Category Archives: Animals

New journey: dog trainer education

A rare update from my corner of the Internet: some things have changed here (others stay the same). I’ve started on a new chapter of my life, let’s call it “becoming a dog trainer”.

I’m currently studying for a Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services, which is a government accredited dog trainer/pet professional education here in Australia. The version of it that I am doing takes two and a half years part time, and takes place mainly online. The offline elements comprise two seminars, and work experience with animal training and class teaching.

(The study does not free me from needing work in the meanwhile, but it sounds better than “unemployed” and gives a focus and vision for the future)

The Plan with it has two versions: Continue reading

Wolf: The Ecology and Behavior of an Endangered Species. A Book Review

Wolf: The Ecology and Behavior of an Endangered SpeciesWolf: The Ecology and Behavior of an Endangered Species by L. David Mech
My rating: 4 of 5 stars ★★★★

“Wolf: The Ecology and Behavior of an Endangered Species” is a “classic” wolf biology book from 1971.


The book systematically outlines key aspects of wild wolves and their environments: such as their ecological niche, pack structure and population dynamics, physical and mental characteristics, hunting, seasonal movement patterns, key species of prey, and their relations with prey and other stake holders… including humans (and much more).

Some unusual circumstances surround this book: The author says he has urged his publishers to stop republishing it, because some of the research in it is outmoded. He is particular unhappy about the book’s contribution to cementing “the myth about the alpha wolf” and the wolf pack as a dominance hierarchy. He explains the “alpha wolf” problem in this video:



The publishers, however, continue to reprint and sell the book. Continue reading

Wolves of the High Arctic: a Book Review

Wolves of the High ArcticWolves of the High Arctic by the International Wolf Centre and L. David Mech
My rating: 5 of 5 stars ★★★★★

Minimalist, photography-based, insightful and concise presentation of the life of wild wolves in the High Arctic by some of the world’s leading authorities on wolf biology.

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