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Actually Karen I would have to agree with the selfish thing. Yeah this study lacks in a number of ways but dogs because of their ancestory need to be selfish . They have evolved from predator to scavenger through time. It is necessary for them to survive (even though we provide their food). This is the basis behind The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins. Also Jean Donaldson talks about this in her book Mine. She also says "To suggest that a dog is stubborn is to suggest that he is a moral creature Ė that he has some sort of conception of what is right and what is wrong, and more importantly, that he chooses what is wrong, despite knowing better. The truth is that dogs do what works for dogs. As Jean Donaldson puts it, they ďare completely and innocently selfish.Ē They have no concept of what is right and wrong, only what serves their interests. And thatís okay. We love them for what they are." Are there examples to contradict this ... maybe but in general most behaviorists go along with this.
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Ian Dunbar was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award from I.P.D.T.A. Here's a picture of me accepting the award on his behalf.
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