Training Philosophy


The Dog’s Perspective is a biology-based dog training approach that focuses on who dogs are and how they think/perceive the world. The main tenets of our training philosophy include:

  • Dogs are predators
    • Order Carnivora
    • Predators naturally exhibit prey drives
  • Dogs evolved to be friendly and cooperative with humans
    • Dogs should love petting and praise
    • Handling, petting and massage therapy
    • Petting and praise are healthy and easy for everyone
    • Petting and praise are initial and permanent rewards
    • Food treats are initial and temporary rewards
  • Mental capacity of dogs similar to 2-year-old human toddlers
    • Dogs are naturally reactive/mature humans are cerebral
    • Dogs live in the present/now
    • Dogs neither reflect on the past nor project into the future
  • Dogs naturally den
    • Crate = dog den
    • Fundamental in potty training
    • Dogs learn relaxation/reduces anxiety
    • Crates provide safety, including travel in cars
  • Dogs “see” their world through their nose – Olfaction
    • Different levels of dog sniffs
    • Respect and manage the magnificent dog nose
  • Dog play is critical for their development
    • Play using teeth and bodies/rough and tumble
    • Fun and relaxing
    • Socialization skills and observational learning
  • Importance of Observational Learning
    • Natural and easy
    • Monkey See, Monkey Do
    • Good and bad behaviors
    • Novice dogs learn faster working with trained dogs
    • Includes socialization and play
  • Importance of Associative Learning
    • Classical and Operant Conditioning
    • Reward and correction/punishment systems
    • Focus of psychology-based dog training
    • Slower and subordinate to Observational Learning
    • Positive Discipline for humans and dogs

Our gentle, guiding training techniques are practical, fun and successful. Our training goals are to make your dog dreams reality.

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Kathryn R. Gubista, PhD is an evolutionary biologist, college biology instructor, former zookeeper, author and certified professional dog trainer (CPDT-KA) with Lucky Dog Training Asheville and has over 30 years of dog training and human educating experience. The Dog’s Perspective is a training philosophy based on how dogs think.

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