The Evolution of Dog Training

September 6, 2015 by Karin · Leave a Comment
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There is a quiet evolution taking place in methods used by dog trainers today. It is quite different from the rock star image of training done on the television, where a dog is magically transformed from an out-of-control beast to a perfect family member in a single hour. As with magic, this is an illusion created through the liberal use of editing. The myth that a dog owner needs to be the “alpha” has long been exposed by animal researchers worldwide. Simply put, bullying your dog may get him/her to suppress a behavior out of fear. Let’s take a look at a different method of training; one that not only works, but allows the owner and the dog to enjoy the process!

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A Work in Progress

September 6, 2015 by Karin · Leave a Comment
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Most families with dogs tend to consider their pets as family members. That said, every member of the family continues to learn throughout their lifetime. With the humans, I know that there is no such thing as a family member whose actions make their family members pleased with them 100% of the time. As a long-time trainer with canine family members, I know that the above line rings true for our four-legged family members too! Just as each human family member is unique, so are the furry family members we acquire. Let’s take a look at a great example of positive behaviour change over time.

Let me introduce my current dog. Polly is a Read more