I recently attended the Washington State Search and Rescue Conference in Ellensburg, Wash., and sat in on several canine classes – everything from double-blind testing that can stand up to cross-examination in court to the meteorology of scent.
The popularity of shed hunting has grown greatly over the last several years, and many trainers are developing programs to teach dogs to search out and find antlers. Three years ago, Tom Dokken started developing products to use in training, and then a hunt-test-like program to inject some fun and competition into the scene.
Displacement behavior is simply conduct that doesn’t fit within a scenario or a script, like when a dog that begins to carry out a command suddenly stops and shakes his head, pausing on his own terms for a moment. When this is successful, the dog learns that he doesn’t have to immediately follow your commands at all times, and he will use that precedent to slowly usurp your control.
When I think about this topic, I’m conflicted; emotion and logic run headlong into each other and it combines with a good bit philosophy, too.
The monthly video series that details a puppy’s training is nothing new, but each trainer and each puppy bring new information, ways of doing things, ideas or even just a different slant on the same topic.
There’s no such thing as the “best all-around” dog – there’s always give and take, and finding a balance that makes you happy.
Anyone that has even spent a cursory amount of time around setters, or even read into their history a smidge, will have heard of the Llewellin line.
Discussing the best breed of hunting dog for various game is kind of like arguing whether Chevy or Ford is better. But we bring some definition to the debate in this ultimate dog guide.
Mans’ best friend for tens-of-thousands of years, the domestic dog has filled specific niches as a hunter, guard and beast of burden. Just how long we’ve manipulated the genetic code of dogs and bred them to fill those roles has been debated. However, new DNA evidence from a canine-like animal in central Asia has begun to put the debate to rest.
DNA analyses of a canine-like animal provides new evidence for dating the domestication of dogs.
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