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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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