Another example of Brad Pattison’s twisted view of dogs seemed appropriate before the upcoming book review.
When is submissive behavior an attempt at dominance?
In an episode of At the End of My Leash, Pattison meets a black GSD with some fear-aggression issues that manifested in a lot of barking and some lunging. It also looked like the dog had never been trained since it was unresponsive to the owner’s cues. When the dog barks, Pattison reacts by yelling aggressively and moving threateningly towards the GSD. This makes the dog bolt and run upstairs as Pattison gives chase continuing to yell. He manages to corner the fearful dog and the dog eventually stops barking and urinates on the floor.
Pattison’s then tells us that the dog was trying to be dominant and manipulate him with submissive urination!!!??? You just stepped into Bizarro World
In fact Brad Pattison tends to see dominance everywhere. He writes:
“Here are some signs that your puppy is polishing his résumé or has already moved into the executive suite:
- He tries to manipulate you by displaying exaggerated signs of submission as soon as you even attempt to assert your leadership. These fake-out submissions include shrieking an equivalent of “Ouch” when you dethrone him from your bed or favourite armchair; twirling around in circles when you try to clip on the leash for a walk’ and dropping down or rolling over like a drama queen at the dog park after he’s had adequate socialization and you need to wrap it up”.[p.142]
What Pattison describes: walking in circles, dropping, sitting rolling over, shrieking are all pacifying behaviors and/or signs of stress. A natural response when you consider that Mr. Pattison asserts his “leadership” by hanging dog until they sit, pinching a dog’s ear, walking into a dog to force it to move, hitting a dog on the snout and worse.
What does it say about a person that has never met a dog that wasn’t trying to “dominate” him? And why is the response always a violent one?
- Brad Pattison: Submissiveness is Really Dominance
- Brad Pattison on learned helplessness
- Brad Pattison Puppy Book Review by columnist Yvette Van Veen
- Brad Pattison Laughs at a Panicking Dog (video)
- Pattison’s views on Mexican street dogs (Facebook screencap)
- Pattison Hanging Dog to Force a Sit and Slapping it (video)
- Jerking and Slapping Bulldog(video)