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Good girl, nice job. Here, buddy. Here. Good girl. Nice job. As we close our section on practical skills training, we ask you to again reflect on what you value in a dog. You hear a lot about the importance of obedience training for puppies, and certain skills are certainly needed in order for a dog to interact graciously in society. But it seems that many people have lost sight of the fact that obedience is only a component which should support the human-animal bond, not an end in itself. If you ask people about their heart dog, the dog that meant more than any other dog ever meant to them, 90% of the time, the first thing they're going to mention is the way the dog looked at them. That when that dog looked at them, they felt a connection that was indescribable. And there's scientific evidence for this. Scientists ran a study and they found that just exchanging gazes with your dog can raise pituitary oxytocin levels. Which does not sound sexy until you realize that oxytocin is what they call the love hormone. It's the hormone that binds us all together. Lovers, parents and children, friends, relatives. So something as simple as having your dog look at you can raise oxytocin levels. But here's the most important part of the study. Oxytocin levels only rose when the dog chose to look at its owner. When the owner had to initiate contact, when the owner had to clap their hands or call the dog's name or ask the dog to look at them, oxytocin levels didn't raise. So it's the act of the dog choosing to look at us that bonds us to them. So while these free-shaping games, the box game, the little training that we do may see in a large way fun parlor tricks but not really practical, these connecting kind of games have a profound effect on the dog, because the dog begins to realize that looking at us is a rewarding experience. The more we can shape our dogs to be watching us, to feel safe to look at us, to want to look at us, the deeper our bond with those dogs is going to be. I think it's interesting when you look at a dog with its owner, you can tell how that owner's training it. Just based on the body language of that dog, the interaction between the two of them. I can look at a dog owner pair and say, I know that dog's being trained with punishment. So often, you'll find these dogs are avoiding eye contact with the owners. It's something very challenging for us when I have a dog who's been trained with punishment, that they're not even willing to make eye contact with me, because they're so worried about what I'm going to do in my training. Whereas if I look at a pair who's been trained with positive reinforcement, that dog's happy, that dog is willing to make eye contact, that dog is engage with the owner of what can I do next to get that pleasurable feeling of a bond with you? It's really exciting to see and it's such a difference.

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Posted by: norabean on Apr 2, 2018


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