"Your #1 resource for dog training in Medford & Southern Oregon. From basic obedience to competitive dog training we are your first choice in professional dog training"
Dog training is the process of teaching skills or behaviors to a dog. This can include teaching a dog to respond to certain commands, or helping the dog learn coping skills for stressful environments. Dog training often includes operant conditioning, classical conditioning, or non-associative learning to achieve the dog performing a desired behavior or skill. A person who trains dogs is said to be a dog trainer. There are many methods of dog training and many objectives, from basic obedience training to specialized areas including law enforcement, military, search and rescue, hunting, working with livestock, assistance to people with disabilities, entertainment, dog sports, detection dogs and protecting people or property, like guard dogs. As pack animals, wild dogs have natural instincts that favor cooperation with their fellow dogs. Many domestic dogs, either through instinct or breeding, can correctly interpret and respond to signals given by a human handler. The theory or doctrine that human or animal psychology can be accurately studied only through the examination and analysis of objectively observable and quantifiable behavioural events, in contrast with subjective mental states. --- Dictionary.com Typically behaviourists work one-on-one with the dog and its owner. This is often carried out in the home or the area where the dog is showing behavioural problems. Many dogs are cautious or nervous in neutral territory making it difficult to establish the root cause of some common behavioural problems. To this end office bound behaviourists may be disadvantaged when it comes to assessing behavioural modification. As the dog may act very differently when in strange territory The methods and tools of the behaviourist will depend on several factors including the dog's temperament, the trainer's personal philosophy on training, the trainer's experience, and the behavioural problems being addressed. At one end of the spectrum some behaviourists attempt to train dogs without any aversive or coersive methods at all, relying solely on food treats or praise. Other behaviourists believe that the use of verbal corrections, headcollars, correction collars, electric collars etc., are necessary or useful when treating particular dogs or particular behavioural problems. However, the general philosophy in use is to avoid methods that could cause confusion, fear, pain and anything other than mild stressors. The use of electric collars (e-collars) is already banned in Wales, and the ban may be set to spread throughout the UK.