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.

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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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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.