W. E. Mason - Dogs of all Nations

Kevin Behan Ignores Genetics, Invents a New History for the Doberman

I’m nearly finished with Pat Shipman’s book ‘The Invaders‘ and thought about writing something on it; during the preliminary research I came across Kevin Behan’s take on this book. His post is the usual pseudo-science babble and mystical energy nonsense but one part caught my attention for its brazen dismissal of well documented history. Behan…

"Waiting Dog" by Ogata Gekko 
Ca. 1900.

One Step Forward. One Step Back.

I was still basking in the afterglow of 3 days of solid canine science yet I knew the feeling couldn’t last. The world of dog training lives in two worlds. One world is populated by people who study and understand science, who use modern methods and apply ethical standards to their interactions with our non-human…

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Dunning & Kruger 1999, Vol. 77, No. 6. ] 121-1134

The Confident Fool

   “To be ignorant of one’s ignorance is the malady of ignorance.” — A. Bronson Alcott I saw this TMZ video (56 s) posted on the BCM Facebook page; in it Cesar Millan says  “dogs don’t think.” Naturally he is wrong – as he usually is – but I was struck by how confident he…