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Dominance - How It Impacts Dog Training and Why It’s Not an Argument for Force. Presented by Yvette Van Veen

  • Friday, June 10, 2022
  • 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday, June 02, 2026
  • Recorded Webinar


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Dominance - What it is. What it isn’t… the impacts on dog training and why it’s not an argument for force.

How can the research and information on dominance be contradictory? Join this webinar to learn about social dominance, starting with an overview of conflict resolution in various species of animals.

Queen bees and workers. Why do some individuals sacrifice themselves during mating? Isn’t that maladaptive? A look at haplodiploid species and why anyone would “serve the hive."

Learning Objectives

  • Learn how social structure can lead to adaptive processes such as sex changes to avoid conflict.
  • How does the sociality of the species impact displays, mating, and group dynamics.
  • Learn why we cannot extrapolate data from one species to another without concern.
  • The role of sex in various social societies. Why do some species have harems?
  • How exactly do dogs fit into all of this? Are dogs “dominant” if yes, does it matter?
  • How much does dominance impact dog training?

About Your Presenter 

Yvette Van Veen

Yvette Van Veen has two decades of experience training dogs, lives and works in London Ontario. She offers both group and private sessions. She has worked extensively with formerly feral dogs. Yvette’s writing has been a long-standing feature in Ontario’s newspapers, currently appearing in the Toronto Star. Her life is shared with her son Jordan, her formerly feral dog, “Kipper the ex-crotch ripper”, border collie, “Karma” and Icarus the cat. You can reach Yvette at info@awesomedogs.ca or on Facebook at facebook.com/londondogtrainer/

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