K9 Training

The History and Benefits of K9 Training

Humans have been training dogs to carry out tasks for them since prehistoric times, when the main use for a dog was to help humans in their hunt for food. As now, dogs would be trained to hunt and catch small animals such as rabbits and hares, and also to track larger prey which the dog would either bring to bay to be finally killed by its master, or would chase towards a party of men who would then dispatch the larger animal.

Through time dogs were found to be useful for other tasks, apart from hunting, such as herding sheep that draws on the animal’s natural hunting instinct, and to guard their owners’ property. As the training of our K9 friend became more sophisticated they were put to a variety of uses such as law enforcement and leading the blind through unfamiliar territory.

Dogs are now used as pets as well as put to work, and even a pet K9 benefits from good and strict training that enables them to become a member of the family and society in which they live. The training of a dog is not as simple as teaching it tricks or how to obey instructions by the sound of your voice, but is more of a social conditioning. Before undertaking the training of a dog it is essential that the owner learns something about their psychology and the way that dogs socialize with their own species in the wild.
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