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.

Research Demonstrates Positive Impact of Child Sponsorship

Gary R. Gibbs is the owner of Cambridge Associated Real Estate, LLC, a company that develops commercial and residential real estate properties. Outside of work, Gary R. Gibbs supports nonprofit organizations and, along with his wife, has sponsored more than 30 children living in Nicaragua.

Sponsoring children is a familiar form of a direct financial aid provided from households in developed countries with $3.39 billion being spent on the sponsorship of 9.14 children. A study published in the 2013 Journal of Political Economy demonstrates that this sponsorship results in positive results including a 27 to 40 percent increased chance that the children will complete secondary school and a 50 to 80 percent increased chance they will complete university. The study also showed that sponsored children have better employment outcomes when they become adults since they have a 35 percent increased probability of finding work in a white-collar job.

This study used data collected by Compassion International, an established childhood sponsorship organization that investigated the adulthood outcomes of 10,144 individuals living in Uganda, the Philippines, Kenya, Guatemala, and other countries.

Dog Training Is Not Optional

As a real estate developer in Niceville, Florida, Gary R. Gibbs has experience in developing multi-unit family dwellings and senior housing. Outside of his more than 45-year career, one of Gary R. Gibbs’ hobbies is training dogs. Seen by some as an option, training a family dog can have major benefits for both the dog and the owner.

Dogs usually are trained as puppies and in one of two ways, focusing on behavior modification. Through a rewards system, dogs are rewarded for good behaviors while bad behaviors are ignored, so that the dog eventually realizes when they exhibit good behaviors they are given treats and other rewards. Aversion therapy is also another type of positive reinforcement, which punishes the puppy for unwanted behaviors. Aversion therapy is frowned upon by many training schools because it can exacerbate the problem behaviors.

Whether a pup or an adult, dogs should have some training, for a few reasons. For one, a training class can socialize the dog so that it is used to interacting with other pets and people. Without this interaction dogs become stressed and anxious in the company of other dogs and people, and a dog training class is also the chance for the pet to engage in badly needed exercise. Finally, a trained dog knows the rules when its owner is away from the home. No one likes to come home to chewed up furniture, seat cushions, and shoes, and other messes because the dog simply was not trained properly.

The Miracle League Gives Kids a Chance to Play Baseball

In 1974, real estate professional Gary R. Gibbs established Cambridge Associated Real Estate, LLC, which grew to be a multimillion-dollar company. Beyond his work, Gary R. Gibbs raises funds for The Miracle League, a charitable organization that builds baseball fields for children with special needs.

The Miracle League started in 1998 when the Rockdale Youth Baseball Association invited a 7-year-old boy in a wheelchair to play on the team. A year later, other children with disabilities were invited to play for Rockdale.

The concept of The Miracle League, expressed in its tagline “Every Child Deserves a Chance to Play Baseball,” caught the attention of many professional baseball players, including Harmon “The Killer” Killebrew. Killebrew was a legend in professional baseball. He became an outspoken supporter of many charities and causes, including The Miracle League.

Killebrew devoted the last years of his life promoting and raising awareness of The Miracle League’s impact on the lives of adults and children with disabilities. He actively helped construct several Miracle Fields across the nation.