Theoretical Perspectives

Attempting to understand how voluntary behavior is modified produces many interrelated theoretical and practical questions. Whereas behavioral scientists are primarily interested in developing general laws and principles governing learned behavior, trainers focus on how voluntary behavior is most efficiently modified and turned to practical purposes. Many lines of theoretical reasoning inform modern training theory. To appreciate these various contributions, a brief theoretical overview is provided below. This overview is not intended as a complete historical representation of the development of learning theory, but rather an effort is made to delineate some of the more significant historical issues and to summarize them with emphasis on their relevance for the dog behavior consultant and trainer.

Dog Owners Handbook

Dog Owners Handbook

There are over a hundred registered breeds of dogs. Recognizing the type of the dog is basically associated with its breed. A purebred animal belongs to a documented and acknowledged group of unmixed lineage. Before a breed of dog is recognized, it must be proven that mating two adult dogs of the sametype would have passed on their exact characteristics, both appearance and behavior, to their offspring.

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