Exhaustion and Emily the Pitbull

Understanding animal behavior often requires knowledge of physiology. Without an adequate knowledge of involved processes, less informed dog trainers resort to story-telling involving “energies”, “magnetism” and “submissiveness”. Case in point, Emily the pitbull; here Cesar Millan mistakes physical exhaustion – and probably hypoxia from the leash on the trachea – with submissiveness and relief. For…

Dogs and Self Control…again.

A while back I wrote about self-control in ‘Tired Dogs Make Dumb Choices. The study “Too dog tired to avoid danger: Self-control depletion in canines increases behavioral approach toward an aggressive threat” has also prompted a blog post from new-age writer Lee Charles Kelley and in his usual manner he misreads the findings and superimposes…

Androgen Receptor Gene and Aggression in the Japanese Akita Inu

These individual differences are of the highest importance for us, for they are often inherited, as must be familiar to every one; and they thus afford materials for natural selection to act on and accumulate, in the same manner as man accumulates in any given direction individual differences in his domesticated productions. — Charles Darwin,…