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The Biggest Difference Between Humans and Dogs

The Biggest Difference Between Humans and Dogs (RationalEmotionalBehavior2)

The biggest difference between humans and dogs is not that we reason, and they don’t. If you want to observe rational behavior, look at the dog. If you want to see an emotional response, watch the owner.

Some animals, other than humans, do reason. They have well-developed brains and are goal-seeking. They acquire, store, retrieve, and process information. Additionally, research shows that other animals than humans understand rules. In other words, they understand that a series of events must happen in a particular sequence to produce a specific effect.

Animals of many species are capable of solving a broad range of problems involving abstract reasoning. The problem is that most of our research projects into animal cognition either adopt a behaviorist approach—its conditioning methods nearly turning other species than ours into automatons—or focus on particular human characteristics like speaking and counting.

The standard depiction of the ladder of nature, on which the various species occupy successively higher levels, places humans at the top. However, species have distinct kinds of cognitive processes depending on how they have adapted to their different ecological niches.

That brings us back to Darwin—the difference between humans and other animals is “[…] one of degree and not of kind.” (1871 in “The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex.”)

Featured image: The biggest difference between them and us is not that we reason, and they don’t (by D. Myers).

Learn more in our course Ethology. Ethology studies the behavior of animals in their natural environment. Therefore, it is fundamental knowledge for the dedicated student of animal behavior as well as for any competent animal trainer. Roger Abrantes wrote the textbook included in the online course as a beautiful flip page book. Learn ethology from a leading ethologist.

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We All Say We Love Dogs but Do We?


Roger Abrantes
Articles and Blogs, Free
Dogs, Love
We all say we love dogs but do we? (Dogs_Love)

We all say we love dogs and yet we spend most of the time changing them.

We change their appearance and their natural behavior, domesticate, civilize and humanize them. We neuter and sterilize them, crop their ears and dock their tails. We have a prosperous industry and commerce of accessories and gizmos to turn our dogs into something they are not.

How is that compatible with any definition of love? Have you ever thought about that?

Learn more in our course Ethology and Behaviorism. Based on Roger Abrantes’ book “Animal Training My Way—The Merging of Ethology and Behaviorism,” this online course explains and teaches you how to create a stable and balanced relationship with any animal. It analyses the way we interact with our animals, combines the best of ethology and behaviorism and comes up with an innovative, yet simple and efficient approach to animal training. A state-of-the-art online course in four lessons including videos, a beautiful flip-pages book, and quizzes.

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Dogs Are Better Trainers Than We Are

Dogs Are Better Trainers Than We Are (RunningAfterDog)

Dogs are better trainers than we are. They don’t know anything about learning theory but get along perfectly well with whom they want. Dogs don’t get too upset with a growl, overconfident with a yes, and depressed with a no. They force us to get early up and go late to bed so they can go sniffing other dogs’ urine. We pay them expensive food and medical care. And we do all that just because they sit and stand and look silly at us when we ask them so.

I remember, when I was a young student, listening to Professor Lorenz telling us that dogs were better ethologists than we were because they paid more attention to our body language than we did ourselves. That stuck… and still does.

Featured image: Dogs are better trainers than we are (by A. Jones).

Learn more in our course Ethology and Behaviorism. Based on Roger Abrantes’ book “Animal Training My Way—The Merging of Ethology and Behaviorism,” this online course explains and teaches you how to create a stable and balanced relationship with any animal. It analyses the way we interact with our animals, combines the best of ethology and behaviorism and comes up with an innovative, yet simple and efficient approach to animal training. A state-of-the-art online course in four lessons including videos, a beautiful flip-pages book, and quizzes.

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Knowledge to Everyone Everywhere


Roger Abrantes
News
Education, Knowledge

“Knowledge to everyone… everywhere” has been in my mind as far as I remember, going back to the days where I was but a poor student, eager to become a bit less ignorant for each day I lived.

It wasn’t a dream; it was a goal. Now, in my ageing youth, I’m so fortunate that my little team at the Ethology Institute Cambridge shares this goal with me. Although we haven’t succeeded yet in achieving our goal fully, we are on the right path and closer than ever. I’m sure our new program structure, interface, and fees suit many more prospective students than previously. Please, keep reading.

For one, we broke up with the traditional educational system. You study at your own pace. You seek the way that works best for you to gain the necessary practical experience. We don’t examine you, don’t judge you, and don’t label you with grades that will follow you for the rest of your life. We give you tests that you can take as many times as you want, either to improve your knowledge or to refresh it. We offer you proficiency verifications to help you determine whether you possess the necessary skills to pursue your personal goals.

Secondly, we are entirely independent of any economic, religious or political interests or governmental affairs. We don’t sell ideology. We provide you with knowledge, and you decide for yourself how to apply it. You choose what is right or wrong for you, we don’t.

Browse through our website, and we hope you’ll find it attractive and easy to navigate. Pages should load relatively quick even if you do not have a super-fast Internet connection (except for some movies, which might take time on very low net speeds).

We have designed our programs to suit the needs of trainers, animals, and owners. Theory and practice go hand in hand. The theory is what it is, maybe boring for some, but necessary. We have tried to make it as exciting and accessible as possible, yet sometimes, explanations require specialized jargon. We believe that your genuine interest in animal behavior will carry you over this hurdle.

You have complete freedom to obtain your animal training experience wherever it suits you best. We trust you will honestly seek it and report it accurately. You can take your proficiency verifications by video.

Our programs, we discovered, also suit particularly well the many trainers with a vast experience acquired throughout the years but lacking a piece of paper to show for it. Log your experience, take the tests, write the assignments, and take the proficiency verifications needed for the program for which you want to be certified. Once you have completed it all, your diploma will be waiting for you to print.

Our highest priority, beyond quality, has been affordability: to offer quality courses either free or very cheap. We succeeded partially. Registration, two courses, tests, and your logbook are free. The fees for the paid courses are now just 1/3 to 1/4 of earlier. The quality is the same; only the price is lower than previously!

One day, we hope we will be able to offer all programs free of charge (we are still waiting for the right sponsor who shares our views and goals). Our tutors and webmaster donate continually many working hours to this project, “Knowledge to everyone… everywhere.” However, we still have expenses to cover. Therefore, the whole program is not entirely free yet, except for a few students living in parts of the world with a desperate economy and to whom we bestow grants.

Finally, we are continually reviewing and improving courses, programs, and the web platform. As soon as we launch any new major update, inevitable as it is, even though we cross-check all functions, we’ll find some mistakes. We highly appreciate your kindness in pointing them out to us.

“Knowledge to everyone… everywhere” is a massive project created and implemented by a little team of hopeless idealists, unpaid enthusiasts who firmly believe that knowledge is the key to understanding and harmony.

 

Have a great day!

Roger Abrantes