"Dog training is an art that is easily acquired" - Hutchinson, 1848. Despite the fact that we now have more dog trainers in the world than ever before, why is general dog behavior in most countries of the world getting worse? We now have 'science based dog training', force-free dog training, positive reinforcement dog training, ethological dog training, and many other ways that we have tried to turn dog training into a 'painting by numbers' art form. We more and more train dogs behind closed doors and tend to attract only dog enthusiasts to our training classes and even use outdated training exercises that have more to do with obedience type competitions than they have to do with raising and training a well-behaved family companion. Even the language of dog training has changed and is becoming further and further removed from the language of dogs and their owners. During this session we will examine the ART of dog training and canine communication. There are many different ways to train a dog but by now we should have surely come up with the BEST way? We all claim that our way is the best but the only true test of this is to look at why dog behavior is getting worse in our communities and why we have so many laws denying access to places where dogs have been allowed for hundreds of years. This presentation is designed to question everything that you thought was true about dogs training and behaviour and will be CONTRAVERSIAL! But unless we change something in our attitudes to dog training and behaviour then the future of the companion dog in society is questionable.
KCAI (ADV. WT., ADV BEH),
Northern Centre for Canine Behaviour
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