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Dominance Behavior in Canids

I didn’t really even WANT to make a post about this.

The alpha-beta-omega model of wolf packs is dead in scientific literature, hammered into the ground, so to speak, and it’s been dead for over ten years. So why am I still hearing about it on TV and reading about it in articles? Why are popular dog trainers that encourage you to “be the alpha” still taken seriously?

I think the unfortunate truth is that the idea that there are strong and ferocious leaders in wolf packs and that you, too, can take on that role with your dog is just somehow appealing to people. Almost romantic, in the older sense of the word. And because of this, it makes money. It sells werewolf media. It sells dog training classes. Educational science channels that have no business promoting this false ideology keep it on board because it gets people watching.

If you couldn’t tell, I’m pretty fed up with the whole thing.

Okay, let’s talk about dominance, particularly what the word even means, because popular media does a terrible job of explaining it.

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scinewscom:

Dogs Can Experience Jealousy, Scientists Sayhttp://www.sci-news.com/biology/science-dogs-jealousy-02077.html

scinewscom:

Dogs Can Experience Jealousy, Scientists Say

http://www.sci-news.com/biology/science-dogs-jealousy-02077.html

tajehle:

I too strongly identify with this lazy space cat.

tajehle:

I too strongly identify with this lazy space cat.

'Word Crimes' by 'Weird Al' Yankovic (Parody of Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines')

Jul 4

When Kepler found his long-cherished belief did not agree with the most precise observation, he accepted the uncomfortable fact. He preferred the hard truth to his dearest illusions; that is the heart of science.

- Carl Sagan (via whats-out-there)

anisis-scrapbook:

Some variations of griffins

frenchfrycoolguy:

eva i dont have a rarity or a pinkie on hand but i do have a WIP of vinyl!!

frenchfrycoolguy:

eva i dont have a rarity or a pinkie on hand but i do have a WIP of vinyl!!

lil-mizz-jaye:

lil-mizz-jaye:

Just reminding everyone why we came to Tumblr.

Holy shit why does this have over a thousand notes

ofools:

The cave hyena (Crocuta crocuta spelaea)

Some more reconstruction art based on Pleistocene mammals, this time the cave hyena, weighing in at a whopping 100-110 kg. It has longer and more muscular legs than the modern african counterpart giving it less of a sloped back. Its shoulder reached about 100 centimetres (modern hyenas are around 80 centimeres)

Cave paintings reveal that the cave hyena retained much of the appearance of the spotted hyena, with spotted pelt, rounded ears and slightly sloping back

No Man's Sky