Asheville, NC is a bastion of alternative practices and ideas. To add to this vibrant alternative community, a local veterinarian and a biologist/dog trainer are joining forces to present Healing & Heeling the Dog Within, a series of educational talks on a favorite topic of many – DOGS! Continue reading
What Training Program is Right for You & Your Dog?
Imagine you and your dogs are the talk of the neighborhood…..for all the right reasons. Imagine your dog looks at you and listens to what you ask, the first time and every time, even off-leash. Your dog has excellent manners and their unruly behaviors are no longer an embarrassment. Every dog owner wants to reach these goals and enjoy the benefits of having a thriving partnership with their trained dog. The real question is how to achieve these training goals. What is the best tactic or training scenario? Continue reading
Imagine you and your dogs are the talk of your neighborhood – for all the right reasons. Imagine your dogs walk on leash without pulling – ever! Even when they see a cat, squirrel or another dog! Imagine that you can walk up to strangers or neighbors and your dog does not jump, bark or lunge on the leash. Imagine that your dog listens to you the first time and every time! Now imagine that you can take your dog off leash and you have the confidence that your dog will not bolt or runaway. Imagine that your dog is the poster pup for the well-mannered dog. Continue reading
Meaning of Dogmane
The Dog’s Perspective is a training philosophy that is dog-friendly, human-friendly, humane and dogmane. What does it mean to be dogmane? The word dogmane is not found in any dictionary, at least at this time. So, a definition is proposed that is based on the definition of humane, but comes from the dog’s perspective. Our upcoming book series, The Dog’s Perspective: How to Train a Dog by Thinking Like a Dog – A Philosophy Primer, discusses the importance of understanding the concept of dogmane and how it compares and contrasts with humane. Neither of the other two training approaches, Human’s Perspective and Wolf’s Perspective, recognizes the existence, let alone the importance, of the dogmane treatment of dogs. A goal of the Dog’s Perspective is to explain why understanding and incorporating the dogmane concept is fundamental to dog training success. Continue reading
The Dog’s Perspective is a training philosophy that takes an evolutionary approach to training based on the biology of dogs. One cannot think like a dog if they do not understand dog biology – how their bodies and minds operate. A basic understanding of the biology of dogs is fundamental to training success, and the foundation of the Dog’s Perspective training approach. In our upcoming book series, the basics of dog biology are introduced. One basic skill is teaching dogs “look” to get their attention. “Look” is a fundamental skill that is the basis of all other training skills. Ironically, many people ask why “look” is so important. When dogs look at their human, they are engaged and ready to listen. Dogs like following directions and look to humans for guidance. Dogs listen to what their humans say, both through their verbal language and body language. Continue reading
The Dog’s Perspective
If you have human children, you probably have heard of Positive Discipline. If you have doggy fur-babies, you most likely have heard of Positive Training. While the Human’s Perspective advocates positive training methods, the Dog’s Perspective advocates and applies positive discipline to dog training. The obvious question is – are these training approaches the same or different? Although the names, positive discipline and positive training, are very similar and based on the same learning theory with the ultimate goal of training dogs, their approaches to training and success rates are quite different. Continue reading
Do you have a dog who needs training? Have you searched the internet for help, but ended up more confused than when you first started? Not surprising! There is so much information – good and bad – out there pertaining to how to train a dog and it is very difficult to figure out which way to turn. Well, we are here to help you better understand this problem and address your training needs.
In the next few weeks, the first volume of our dog training series – The Dog’s Perspective: How to Train a Dog by Thinking Like a Dog will be available. Volume 1 is the Philosophy Primer. We are so excited to share this information with you so that you can better understand how to train your dog. Dog training can be complex and confusing, but it doesn’t have to be. Actually, it shouldn’t be confusing at all, if you truly understand dogs. We sifted through the multitude of dog training information available on Continue reading
Co-evolution of Dog & Human Companionship
Humans have associated with wild canids for at least 30,000. The fossil record confirms human (Homo sapiens) developed relationships with canines as far back as the times of the Neanderthals (Homo neanderthalensis). From these early wild canids evolved the domestic dog. Humans and their dog companions have been together for the last 15,000 years or so, which is a very long time for BFFs. Dogs and humans are two different mammalian species that have developed a highly beneficial, co-evolutionary relationship. No other interspecific relationship, between two species, is as complex and mutually beneficial as the dog-human companionship. The success of our canine companions’ relationship is their ability to communicate and cooperate with humans, a separate species. However, how this communication occurs between humans and dogs is debatable. Continue reading
Dogs have given us their absolute all.
We are the center of their universe.
We are the focus of their love and faith and trust.
They serve us in return for scraps.
It is without a doubt the best deal man had ever made.
~ Roger Caras ~
Do Dogs Like Petting?
Many of us love touching, petting and cuddling our puppy dogs. However, is the feeling mutual? Do our dogs really like all this fuss from humans? More importantly, should dogs like all the touchy-feely attention from not only their own human, but complete strangers? To know if dogs like petting, you can consider your scruffy little pups currently by your side. On a larger scale, think about all the dogs, wild & wonderful, you have had the pleasure of knowing throughout your lifetime. Finally, on the grandest of all scales, evolutionary time scale, contemplate all the domestic dogs that have ever existed over the last 40,000 years. Did domestic dogs always like petting? And….why should we care? The more we think from the dog’s perspective, the better we will be able to communicate with our dogs, and the sooner our dogs will become the best dog in our world. Continue reading