How Has Dog Training Changed Over Time?

Formal dog training as we know it originated during World War II. Before that, dogs had been working household members and their behavior was largely shaped through organic learning from older dogs. Only when soldiers needed to train large numbers of dogs to assist in warfare did compulsion training arise and, when the war ended, was developed into a recognized field by discharged military personnel. Back then, society as a whole accepted punishment as a valid teaching method. Typical training approaches involved physical corrections, leash jerks, and loudly yelling at the dog. This was difficult for puppies to endure, so the prevailing wisdom was to hold off on proper training until the puppy was seven months old (house-training was the exception).   In some places, these outdated methods are still used. But from the 60s and 70s and on—through the work of pioneers like Bob Bailey, Karen Pryor, and Dr.

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Assistant Dog Trainer Wanted

A to Z Dog Training is searching for an Assistant Trainer to conduct Puppy Kindergarten and Basic Obedience classes as well as In Home Training sessions. A to Z Dog Training is a well established and expanding company that dedicates themselves in making good dogs better through training dogs and educating owners. Our training philosophy is ‘have fun and be consistant.’ For our trainers, we offer continuing education, as well as on the job training and opportunities for advancement. Duties: Conduct Puppy Kindergarten and Basic Obedience classes as well as In Home Training sessions and train Boarding School Dogs. Office work such as emailing students, answer the phone, social media, and dog training software. Organizing various paperwork Requirements: Available to work Saturdays and some evenings General knowledge of animal training Willingness to drive to In Home Training sessions Friendly personality with good communication skills Pay: Pay is dependant upon experience

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How To Have A Dog Your Neighbors Are Jealous Of

Do you dream of having a dog that your neighbor says ‘wow, what a good dog’ or ‘I wish my dog could do that’.  Dog owners who are eager to train the perfect puppy or therapy dog set their sites on obtaining their Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Certification.  The CGC is a recognized title from the American Kennel Club (AKC) stating that your dog is well trained, groomed, in good health, and that you are a responsible pet owner.  The CGC is a prerequisite to a dogs Therapy Dog Certification. Why do the extra training?   Does it really matter?  Training takes time and consistency.  Meeting with a group weekly can help you problem solve and also allows you to see you are not alone in some of the pitfalls you might be having with your dog. Many students like to have accountability to continue their dogs training. Joining a class and working towards

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The Basenji

This dapper little hunting dog traces her general ancestry back to ancient Africa; carvings of dogs resembling Basenjis decorate the tombs of Egyptian pharaohs. Of the many charming distinguishing characteristics a Basenji possesses, the most well known are her “barroo,” a yodel-like sound, and her habit of standing on hind legs to see better, the way Meerkats do. Another fun trait is her almost feline obsession with grooming—a pastime she can spend hours on. Despite (or perhaps because of) her acute intelligence, the Basenji is not the easiest to train, but with patience and gentle, positive methods she can be a polite and attentive family companion. In addition to gracing royal tombs and paintings throughout history, this dog’s imperial good looks and curious and independent nature has inspired movies (Good-bye My Lady) and novels (Heart of Savannah and The Basenji Revelation). To give a Basenji a home, search online for

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Introducing New Dog To Household

Dog Meets Dog New dog in the household? The key to success is to plan ahead and be patient. Don’t assume the dogs will take an instant liking to each other or that they will work things out themselves. If your dogs get off on the wrong paw, the relationship might not recover. Taking a little extra time is well worth the effort. Before you get in the house: • Arrange an on-leash meeting on neutral ground. That means not in your house or yard, and with plenty of space around. Keep the leashes loose and let the dogs approach calmly. (Is your dog more comfortable off leash? Leave the leash off and keep tasty treats ready in case you need to call him away.) • After a 2-second greet-and-sniff , call each dog away with a cheerful voice. Praise and treat. • Now take a short walk with both

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