The recent experiment interpreted by mainstream science to support the notion that dogs experience jealousy brings a new and especially pernicious form of speciesism to the forefront. The old form of speciesism was considering human beings as a superior form of life and therefore humane treatment need not be extended to lower forms of life since they lack the necessary cognitive, emotional and moral capacities to merit it. The new form is its inverse, animals are loving, intelligent and adaptive WHEN they think like humans, in kind, varying only by degree. Because dogs think like humans is the main reason they should be extended compassionate treatment. Being human remains the superior way of being.
My argument is that the intelligence, lovingness and adaptability of dogs is not a function of human thinking, that they differ in kind in the capacity to compare one moment to another, one point of view to another, and we need not require the projection of human thoughts into the minds of animals in order to extend our good graces their way because their emotional form of consciousness is worthy in its own right.
Books about Natural Dog Training by Kevin BehanIn Your Dog Is Your Mirror, dog trainer Kevin Behan proposes a radical new model for understanding canine behavior: a dog’s behavior and emotion, indeed its very cognition, are driven by our emotion. The dog doesn’t respond to what the owner thinks, says, or does; it responds to what the owner feels. And in this way, dogs can actually put people back in touch with their own emotions. Behan demonstrates that dogs and humans are connected more profoundly than has ever been imagined — by heart — and that this approach to dog cognition can help us understand many of dogs’ most inscrutable behaviors. This groundbreaking, provocative book opens the door to a whole new understanding between species, and perhaps a whole new understanding of ourselves.
|Natural Dog Training is about how dogs see the world and what this means in regards to training. The first part of this book presents a new theory for the social behavior of canines, featuring the drive to hunt, not the pack instincts, as seminal to canine behavior. The second part reinterprets how dogs actually learn. The third section presents exercises and handling techniques to put this theory into practice with a puppy. The final section sets forth a training program with a special emphasis on coming when called.|