Not much enrages the temperaments of dog trainers more than arguing about the true nature of dogs. One would think that by now we would have settled this argument, but clearly, we haven't. And while we probably have as many opinions as we have dog trainers, most viewpoints fall somewhere on...
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Ralf is the president and lead behaviorist of Happy Dog Training. Ralf is a certified dog trainer (IACP CDT, CDTA), a professional member of the International Association of Canine Professionals, an AKC approved evaluator for the AKC Puppy Star, CGC and Advanced CGC programs and certified in canine first aid by the Red Cross. Ralf is also the author of the behavioral book If Your Dog Could Talk: Understand Your Dog Like Never Before.
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As Stuart Brown outlined in his 2009 TED Talk “Play is more than Fun”, Play is an essential part of cognitive, emotional and physical development. True Play doesn’t have a purpose more important than playing itself.
Neurologist Frank Wilson (author of The Hand) also points out...more
Everyone wants positive training, right? Why wouldn’t you? Negative training doesn’t sound like a good idea. Or “force-based training”? Or “pain-based training”? Or my favorite “outdated dominance-based theories”. And the list goes on and on.
Stress is a fact of life. We all experience stress every day and must learn to develop some resilience to the life stresses we deal with and manage daily. People without the ability to handle stress, can’t function in our world. This is no different for dogs ...