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!

Welcome to the wonderful world of positive reinforcement. In Read more

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

Should a trainer be a certified dog trainer?

March 29, 2011 by Karin · Leave a Comment
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Most dog trainers have no certification. They may have been self-taught, learned through trial and error, may have apprenticed with other trainers, may have watched tv, or any combination of other options.

One of the benefits of a training program is that there is a program of study associated with the certification. Testing is also required before certification is completed. Some programs are recognized Read more

Beware of the trainer who has learned by watching TV trainers

March 29, 2011 by Karin · Leave a Comment
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I was viewing some trainer’s websites and couldn’t believe what I saw. One trainer proudly states that he/she has learned their techniques by watching TV. Good grief! They don’t know that they don’t know.

Learning about dog training takes more effort than watching TV and emulating those techniques. Plus, TV shows are edited for the most effect.

Regardless of editing, what may appear to be effective may actually backfire Read more

Crates for Puppies & Dogs

January 12, 2011 by Karin · Leave a Comment
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A crate is a great management tool for a puppy when he can’t be supervised. It will keep him out of trouble and prevent him from injuring himself or causing damage. It also helps with, and encourages, housetraining. The crate can be a peaceful place for the pup to rest, to get away from the activity of the home and it helps him relax.

However, should a dog be shut in a crate once he has matured and has proven that he can be trusted in the home? Long hours in a crate may stress and frustrate the dog and Read more

Alpha?

October 25, 2010 by Karin · Leave a Comment
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One of the best descriptions of the family role with the dog was given by Trish King  at the APDT conference. There is  the outdated Alpha role which is based on the rigid military model and the other is based on the family model. The trend today is towards the family model rather than military model. 

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Dog Trainers

September 15, 2010 by Karin · Leave a Comment
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Dog training methods continue to evolve. When I started training my own dogs for competition in the early 80’s we were taught methods that would no longer be acceptable with many trainers. While I wasn’t taught the alpha roll, it was a common practise with trainers. Choke chains were commonly used and we were taught the technique for using them effectively.

In the 90’s the training style shifted to a positive approach. Science supported this and it became the preferred style with many trainers.

When I took the dog trainer certification, I became aware of why the positive approach was more effective. We studied how dogs learn and why the aversive techniques should not be used as the first choice for training.

The standard of care in determining training practices is defined by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. They recommend the Humane Hierarchy which defines an order of implementation for applying training practices.

Even though dog training has evolved, unfortunately there are still many trainers who use force-based, old-style training. Perhaps they just haven’t accepted the newer techniques and prefer their “we’ve always done it this way” methods.

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Education Keeps Dogs Out of Shelters

August 12, 2010 by Karin · Leave a Comment
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“Education keeps dogs out of shelters & happily in homes.” from Dog Star Daily
Read more from this great site Dog Star Daily site

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Training Methods

August 7, 2010 by Karin · Leave a Comment
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Time Magazine had an article in the July 30, 2010 issue on dog training methods. Discussing training methods can become as heated as discussing politics. It’s an interesting read.

http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,2007250,00.html

Do you really have to be a “pack leader” to have a good dog?

December 9, 2009 by Karin · Leave a Comment
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There are many myths about dog training. One of them is about being the pack leader.

Here is an article from the Helping Fido site. The information is provided by behavior scientists.

http://www.helpingfido.com/issues-dominance.htm

Bundle of Joy: Dog Training

November 29, 2009 by Karin · Leave a Comment
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Here’s a video clip with certified trainer and behaviorist, Bob Hammesfahr, on bringing new baby home and your dog.

Bundle of Joy

There is very good advice in training with positive reinforcement.

Adding a new puppy to the family?

May 11, 2009 by Karin · Leave a Comment
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Are you thinking of adding a new puppy or have already added a new puppy to the family? Here’s a great resource for you. It’s Ian Dunbar’s book on the Dog Star Daily site and it’s ready for download. It’s called After You Get Your Puppy.
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