The Origins of Dog Training

Niceville, Florida resident Gary R. Gibbs founded Cambridge Associated Real Estate, LLC in 1974 and has since overseen the development of thousands of housing units. Gary R. Gibbs enjoys several personal interests, including golfing, hunting, and dog training.

Before World War I, most dogs were considered members of the family and had jobs including herding livestock, providing protection, and removing vermin from the homes they lived in. However, they were not being formally trained during this period. During WWI, many dogs began to be formally trained for assisting servicemen. At this time, the belief that only alpha dogs could stand up to the rigors of intense compulsion training was formed.

Once WWI was over, military trainers who were discharged played a role in promoting the idea that punishment was an acceptable way to train dogs. It was then that the idea of obedience training for the family dog by using punishment quickly gained popularity.

The American Kennel Club (AKC) introduced the competition obedience training to America in the 1930s yet continued to use compulsion training methods. In the 1980s, as a result of research on wolves, dog training was increasingly focused on using dominance. By the 1990s, operant conditioning and the use of positive reinforcement began to gain credibility with owners and trainers causing a shift away from the previous training methods that focused on negative reinforcement and domination.

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