A group of researchers recently set out to investigate the effects of play after training, and the results of their study (published 2017) may have huge implications for dog trainers and owners alike! Prior to this study, it had already been well-established that excitement around the same time or right after an event can help solidify memories of that event for animals and people. You're much more likely to have strong memories of a day at school if that day's lesson involve
According to a recent study published in the journal Science, the answer depends on HOW you say it! Researchers were aiming to investigate how dogs process words and intonations in human speech. They found that dogs' brains process words themselves with the left hemisphere, while the right hemisphere processes tone of voice. This is very interesting, considering that human brains process speech in the same way! Even more fascinating is the finding that dogs use their ability
Recently, more researchers have become interested in the science of dog training. With all of the different approaches to training, it's important to really study each style before endorsing or criticizing them. How can we really know what works if we don't test and compare these different methods? Some trainers use a "discipline-based" training style, using physical or verbal corrections in order to teach dogs which behaviors are desired or inappropriate. Corrections may inc
Current research suggests that dogs decended from a wolf-like ancestor (NOT the modern wolf as we know it) as far back as 34,000 years ago. For scale, this would mean that dogs have been a staple of human society long before agriculture, and even before the end of the last ice age. Dogs are so different from wolves that using wolf packs (of which little is known anyhow) to describe dog behavior is unwise. It would be similar to watching a group of chimps in order to predict h
Science has a lot to say about how people learn. Future teachers go through an extensive training process in which the best teaching practices, established through empirical research, are taught and tested rigorously. There is also a great body of research which has investigated the most effective dog training methods.
Interestingly, dogs learn much the same way that people do! As science has been applied to dog training, it has become clear that "Alpha-Dog" training metho
Dogs trained using positive reinforcement-based methods are happy dogs! Punishment does not motivate a dog to learn how you'd like them to behave; rather, it's showing them what NOT to do. Punishing methods are not inherently cruel, but they ARE inherently less effective and less pleasant than positive reinforcement methods are. CLICK HERE for the article. #science #positivedogtraining #dogtraining #atlanta