What Can You Learn From Police Dog Training?

Police dogs are highly-trained officers, just like their owners. Do you often look in envy as a police dog obediently does as its owner says, while looking happy about it? Maybe your own dog looks upon the scene with only mild interest but we’re sure it got you thinking.

The way police dogs are trained is important; when on active duty they need to perform various tasks, like finding a substance by smell or protecting their handler. But before being promoted to patrol the streets, police dogs have a basic training they need to pass.

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The Problems With Dominance Theory

Dominance theory has been around for a while, mainly since the mid-1930’s when Schjelderup-Ebbe studied the hierarchical order of domestic chickens; although it gained notoriety after studies in the 1940’s to the 1970’s with captive wolves. This meant that dogs’ behaviours tended to be interpreted in a hierarchical way for a very long time.

It was therefore believed that aggressive behaviours simply meant that dogs were trying to be dominant and climb the social structure of their pack. However, this theory has since proven problematic and outdated in regards to its ideas – meaning it’s a theory that can ultimately be damaging to your dog. [Read more…]

Getting Your Home Puppy-Ready

One of the most exciting things that can happen to a home is deciding to bring back a pooch. Filled with love, energy and their own little personalities, they are the perfect pet for families.

However, there are a few things you need to put in place before bringing your new friend home. Whether you’re choosing to adopt or are buying a new puppy, the basic guidelines of how to prepare your home stay the same.  [Read more…]