Dog Training

Some of you may have noticed an easter egg – most of the outdoor pics on this site include a dog in them. 🙂

The reason for this is that most of the outdoor activities I perform often involve the company of my dogs. To be sure, there are plenty of times around the home when a flashlight comes in handy – but these don’t lend themselves well to visually-interesting photography. Many flashlight enthusiasts are also outdoor enthusiasts, so I choose pictures that tend to represent what I personally consider fun outdoor activities.

But I thought I’d also take a moment here and make a plug for the humane treatment, care and training of pets – especially dogs. Just as I’ve come across a lot of misconceptions about flashlight performance and use, there still seems to be a lot of out-of-date thinking about animal behavior out there.

Dogs obviously aren’t people – they do not experience the world the same way we do, and they don’t have our cognitive capacity to make sense of it and communicate as we do. As a different species, dog behavior may seem mysterious to people who don’t have wide experience with them – but it is understandable, if you take the time to research it and observe carefully.

Ironically, dogs often seem to be much better at reading and correctly interpreting human behavior than the other way around (likely because they have to, to survive with us). Unfortunately, much of what passes for “canine behavior” expertise on the internet and in the popular media is really just out-moded, simplistic concepts for which there is little evidence (or plenty of evidence to the contrary, sadly).

Dogs respond to the exact same sorts of stimuli as we do, both and positive and negative. Which type do you like to receive? What do you think builds a better bond between owner and family member? For those of you who are interested in learning what the modern evidence supports for appropriate, cruelty-free dog training methods (or are looking to find an accredited trainer locally), please see the links below.

I hope you and the canine citizens of your family enjoy many happy hours, at home and outdoors, with or without flashlights (although preferably with).