Be aware of assumptions in dog training

When it comes to dog training, it is essential to be aware of our assumptions and how they can impact our decisions. This is especially true regarding a photo like the one in this blog. Most people will make assumptions about the age of the dog, the breed, the temperament, and the behavior of the dog based on this photo alone. These assumptions can lead us to make assumptions about the dog’s training needs. The dog may be too young for certain types of training, or it will be difficult to train due to its breed or size. These assumptions can lead to incorrect training decisions and can ultimately lead to frustration and poor results. Instead of making assumptions, it is important to look beyond the photo and get to know the dog before making any decisions. Ask the owner questions about the dog’s history and lifestyle, and observe the dog in various situations to better understand its personality. This will help you make more informed decisions about the type of training suitable for the dog and what methods would be most effective. Ultimately, it is our job as trainers to design the best possible training plan for the dog and the handler, and for that reason we need objective information that isn’t biased by our assumptions. Therefore, it is important to be aware of our beliefs and to take the time to get to know the dog and its individual needs before making any decisions.
If we, as trainers, understand more about animal behavior also about human psychology, we can do a better job. For example, Clever Hans’s story explained the importance of working double-blind. The Pygmalion from human psychology explained why higher expectations could lead to higher performances. And there is much more exciting research done that we, as trainers, can help us better understand the dog and our client. 
The dog in the picture is actually a hero, fighting a puma trying to attack two young girls. This dog risked his life to protect humans. For more info check:
Reading these sorts of stories immediately makes me understand that we still don’t know everything about dogs because behaviors like this, protecting children, can not be trained. This dog was doing this despite its severe pain in fighting the puma. And there was no human-selected reinforcer at the end of the battle. Stories like this keep me humble as a trainer and inspire me to study and learn more about our beloved K9 friends. 
At the same time, it helps us to remember that some behaviors cannot be trained, such as the heroic act displayed by the dog in the photo. These acts of courage and loyalty remind us of the incredible bond between humans and dogs and should serve as an inspiration to us as trainers to want to understand more about our canine friends. Finally, it is important to remember that all dogs are unique and have individual needs and personalities. As trainers, we should take the time to get to know the dog and its individual needs before making any decisions. Doing so will help us make more informed decisions and ultimately lead to better results in our training.
As a dog trainer, it is essential to understand the implications of research and human psychology to ensure that your clients have the best possible experience. This knowledge can help you better understand the needs of your canine clients and provide the best possible training methods. Research provides insight into our canine friends’ unique behaviors and motivations. By understanding the latest research, dog trainers can be better equipped to create effective training plans and modify them as needed. This knowledge can also help trainers understand how different breeds may respond to stimuli and customize training plans for each breed.
Furthermore, understanding human psychology is also essential for successful dog training. Humans often use our emotions and behaviors to shape how we interact with our dogs. By understanding the psychology of our clients, dog trainers can better tailor their approach and ensure that they provide an environment that benefits the dog and its owner. Finally, understanding the psychology of a canine can help trainers better understand the results of their training. For example, a trainer who understands the psychology of their client’s dog may be better able to identify the root causes of misbehavior and develop strategies to correct it. In conclusion, it is essential for dog trainers to follow research and understand human psychology to provide the best possible training experience for their clients. By understanding their canine clients’ needs and their human clients’ psychology, trainers can create customized training plans that will lead to successful results.

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