Meaning of Dogmane
The Dog’s Perspective is a training philosophy that is dog-friendly, human-friendly, humane and dogmane. What does it mean to be dogmane? The word dogmane is not found in any dictionary, at least at this time. So, a definition is proposed that is based on the definition of humane, but comes from the dog’s perspective. Our upcoming book series, The Dog’s Perspective: How to Train a Dog by Thinking Like a Dog – A Philosophy Primer, discusses the importance of understanding the concept of dogmane and how it compares and contrasts with humane. Neither of the other two training approaches, Human’s Perspective and Wolf’s Perspective, recognizes the existence, let alone the importance, of the dogmane treatment of dogs. A goal of the Dog’s Perspective is to explain why understanding and incorporating the dogmane concept is fundamental to dog training success.
Humane – Dogmane Comparison
Being humane and dogmane requires kind and gentle treatment towards humans and animals. In addition, both are marked by compassion, sympathy or consideration for humans or animals. However, where these definitions significantly diverge is with respect to the culture on which they are based – human or canine. Humane is based on humanistic culture, which centers around human interests and values; Dogmane is based on canine culture, which centers on canine interests and values.
Although dogs do not reside in little doggy communities, what dogs prefer is based on canine sociobiology. Dog training should be both humane and dogmane; however, perceived conflicts between humane and dogmane training can arise in two primary ways: (1) perceived humane techniques are not dogmane; (2) perceived inhumane techniques are dogmane. To understand the difference between humane and dogmane, just compare the answers to these questions: What would humans do? What would dogs do? Whenever conflicts arise, dogmane techniques override perceived inhumane treatment. And once dogmane techniques are fully appreciated, it becomes obvious the perceived inhumane techniques are totally humane because they are dogmane. The book continues with examples of the conflicts……………….
How Dogs Play
The video below is a great example of dog behavior that may not appear “humane”, but is totally “dogmane”. Dogs love to wrestle and chase one another. In the eyes of some humans, it may seem like the dogs are being mean or hurting each other, but this couldn’t be farther from the truth. Their behavior demonstrates how balanced, well-adjusted doggies play together. Humans need to accept the fact that many dogs like rough and tumble play. Dogs should be allowed to exhibit play behavior and not be punished for this behavior. One of the saddest comments spoken from a positive trainer is that their dogs are not allowed to play. Dogs not permitted to play bite each for behavior management reasons is like not allowing children time to play on playgrounds. Not allowing dogs to play like dogs is the fast tract to developing dysfunctional dogs. When training from the Dog’s Perspective, dogmane treatment of dogs includes allowing dogs the opportunity to play.
Kathryn R. Gubista, PhD is an evolutionary biologist, college biology instructor, former zookeeper, author and certified professional dog trainer (CPDT-KA) with Lucky Dog Training Asheville and has over 30 years of dog training and human teaching experience. The Dog’s Perspective is a training philosophy based on how dogs think.