Speaker: Nicole Dorey, Ph.D.
Description: With so many different training methods available to dog trainers, research in dog training is very important. This lecture will discuss some of the research that has been conducted to date and that is currently being conducting by Dr. Nicole Dorey. The hope is that this information will inspire dog trainers to think critically about the methods that they use and to investigate which is the best method for optimal learning.
Blackwell et al. (2008) reported that out of 192 owners who completed their survey 88% of them reported that their dog received some kind of training. However, over half of the owners that reported training their dog preferred to do it themselves rather than hiring a professional dog trainer (Blackwell, et al., 2008). This trend could result in more dogs being relinquished to shelters if the training methods used are not effective.
There is a joke among dog trainers which goes “The only thing that two dog trainers can agree on is what a third one is doing wrong”. This is evident in dog training books were the author promotes their way of training as the right and only way to train. To further this problem, veterinary medicine is plagued with myths and antidotal information on the behavior of animals and decreasing problem behaviors (Tynes, 2008). With all this miss information it is no surprise that New, et al., 2000 found that 31.8% of dog owners believe it is “helpful” to rub their dog’s nose in feces to get it to stop eliminating in the house.
In recent decades there has been wider dissemination of basic scientific principles of behavior, there has been very little empirical research on important aspects of dog behavior.
Today I will present on some of my recent studies on dog behavioral problems and investigations of training methods.
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