How dog trainers view dogs has changed over time and so has our approach to dog training. Dog training used to be very harsh—today, it's much kinder. Some even argued that dogs don't have emotions—these days we know better.
Many dogs we work with have varying degrees of anxiety and in case of certain breeds it quite disturbing to witness. Fear in dogs is the one most common challenges we are contacted for. The reasons for this fear epidemic in dogs are multifold.
Every dog has a threshold at which it fails to perform. There is always a breaking point. That can mean that distractions become too intense for a dog to still follow obedience commands. It can be that a fearful dog is getting too stressed and shuts down or blows up.
Apparently there is no limit to the number of different training methods trainers advocate. Common names are clicker training, treat-based training, positive-only training, rewards training, force training, etc. What should a dog owner choose? What is the right way? It can be confusing. Unfortunately, many dog trainers and dog trainer schools contribute to this confusion,,,more
The earliest known domesticated dog was found at a German burial site dated 14,000 B.C. Dogs were thought to have worked cooperatively with humans to locate and announce the position of prey wounded by hunters. A recent study in the journal Science, however, which looked at mitochondrial DNA from dogs, wolves, coyotes, and jackals—concluded that wolves and dogs may have genetically diverged much earlier...more