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Understanding Man's Best Friend

Understanding Man's Best Friend - Evolution

How Did Your Dog Get to be the Way He Is...........

.........devoted, loving, loyal, adorable.

It took millennia to create the pet that you love. Your dog is the result of selective breeding, design and chance. Do you want to understand your dog? If you aspire to working with other people's dogs, don't you need to understand them? This course will teach you everything you need to know about your dog, and all dogs. Whether you are choosing the correct pet for your family, or about to work with a certain breed of dog, the information in this course will prepare you for life with canines.

This course provides the introduction to all of the other Nash Academy online courses about the canine, and is the basis for everything else you will learn from Nash online.

Explore such important issues as:

  • Why is knowledge of the wolf as a species, and the habits, characteristics and society of wolves, so important to an understanding of the dog?
  • How did man and dog begin their interaction? What did each have to offer the other?
  • How does Darwin's theory of evolution through natural selection help us understand the dog and the way it has evolved into its present-day form?
  • What is selective breeding? How did the various breeds of dogs, and the various jobs and tasks which dogs carry out, come into being?
  • Why are the three critical periods in a puppy's life so important to its development and behavior as an adult dog?
  • How and when should a puppy be socialized to interact with other dogs and with humans?
  • What characteristics in a dog's temperament are inherited, and are therefore the foundation of the dog's behavior?
  • What environmental factors shape a dog's temperament and behavior? How can you control these environmental factors to raise an ideal, cooperative pet?
  • Why does a dog either flee or fight in a situation which the dog perceives as threatening? Why is understanding this flee or fight syndrome so important?
  • How does a dog interpret certain types of eye contact? How can you use eye contact to help you interact with almost any dog successfully?
  • What is the correct method for "introducing" yourself to almost any dog?
  • What is a dog trying to tell you through its body language and vocalizations?
  • What is the difference between teaching and training, and why is this important to understand?
  • How are motivation and compulsive training methods different, and why and when would you use each?
  • How do positive and negative stimuli work in dog training?
  • What are the basic training commands? Why do you need to master them in English, German and Dutch?
  • What does basic obedience training entail? How do you carry out basic obedience training?
  • What new training methods are attracting attention because of their success?
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