Dog Trainer and educator, Kristi Benson, follows up her last post on how she learned everything she needs to know about dog training from a hornet. In this post, Kristi describes how she helped her fearful dog Datson, overcome his fear of hornets. Great example of how to help a dog overcome his aversive-induced fear!
What could a hornet possibly teach us about dog training? The answer could mean everything to your dog. Another artfully-written and engaging post by dog trainer and educator, Kristi Benson, who introduces us to her Alaskan husky, Datson. Find out how a hornet inadvertently changed Datson’s life and what the implications are for dogs who are *purposely* trained with “hornets” (aversive stimuli).
Jessica Perry Hekman, DVM, PhD, tackles The Question – Is genetics absolute? In other words, can some dogs be dealt a bad hand genetically and be doomed to a life of bad behavior? She addresses real world questions like “Are pit bull-type dogs genetically aggressive toward people?” and “Is my dog aggressive because of poor socialization (my fault) or bad genetics (the breeder’s fault)?Behavior Research, canine genetics, dog behavior, heritability
In recent years there has been a proliferation of assistance dogs being trained for many different disabilities and conditions. In addition to guide dogs that work with the blind or those with physical limitations, many dogs are now trained to assist those with emotional and/or behavioural issues, such as children on the autistic spectrum and veterans with PTSD for example. In this post, UK dog trainer Jo Boyce explores the expanding roles of service dogs and how dogs are trained for these emerging roles.Assistance dog, Emotional support dog, Psychiatric assistance dog, Service dogs, Therapy dogs