Canine Nation is about discovery. It’s about getting to what is TRUE about dogs and discarding centuries of myth and lore about living and working with dogs. It’s about challenging what we think we know and asking the dogs to tell us what’s real. It’s about giving science, scientific method, and collected data more credibility than hearsay, anecdotes, and the authoritative assertions of self-proclaimed “experts” about dogs.
Canine Nation started as an idea. It is a way to explore the common issues and ideas about dogs and dog training through short, informative essays. The ideas presented come from the personal experiences of dog owners and the creative solutions they have found in behavioural science.
Canine Nation articles appear weekly on the Life As A Human online magazine. We have expanded the reach of Canine Nation to include a podcast, found here, taken from the written articles. Canine Nation is meant to be an open forum and we invite comments and discussion both at Life As A Human and here at this site. We also host a Facebook group called Canine Nation to foster information sharing among dog owners and trainers.
Thorndike, Skinner, Pavlov, and You
Behavioural science has been with us since the turn of the 20th century. From Edward Thorndike, to B.F. Skinner to Ivan Pavlov, the work of behavioural researchers has provided a wealth of information on how and why behaviour occurs in a variety of animals. And new research is being done as well. Scientists like Jaak Panksepp and Steven Pinker continue to expand our understanding of the animal mind.
Canine Nation brings the worlds of science and dog ownership together to help promote understanding and satisfying relationships between dogs and their people. Join us for a different look at dogs and our lives with them. And join the discussion! Your thoughts and stories are important to us.