Most dogs love their owners, no matter how undeserving the owner is. Most dogs just love humans.
Trust to a dog, not human, has everything to do with EXPECTANT behavior given a certain stmulus. This goes both ways. This statement is profound. This explains why top trainers consistently are on top.
Top trainers are SO FOCUSED. Focused on what? Trust. They are so focused on teaching their dog that certain actions get EXPECTANT REWARDS AND EXPECTANT CONSEQUENCES.
The implication is this. The more PERFECT you are as a handler, or trainer, you give better corrections that are in tuned with a dog's threshhold which will change during training. You also give better TIMED rewards. You set up better distractions to proof consequences. All this BUILDS trust between dog and handler.
This handling skills .......teaching e collar and teaching rewards and consequences is done clearly in most sport clubs.
Top trainers in the world....they take mis timed rewards and corrections very seriously because it undermines the trust between dog and handler.
Now, if you have trust, you have lower stress hormones. Dog looks happier. Explains why most schutzhund dogs look happy (where e collar use is almost 100%) and most non sport people dog obedience looks poor and dog looks very stressed.
I am not saying join sport. However, for almost everyone out there, including me, it is the most credible avenue to LEARN handling skills.
E-Dog - 2012 WPBTCA National Championships
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Act I, Scene IV of William Shakespeare's "King Henry VI"