Every time we work with our dog, the history of all of our experiences with this dog follow us. For better or for worse, our dog remembers. Your dog’s expectations of you and your time together will depend on how you have shaped those memories. Our dogs are always observing but they don’t remember every detail. Mostly they recall general patterns and emotions. We can shape our dog’s view of the world or we can let it happen without paying much attention. In either case, that history is there. The best dog trainers know how to use that history to best advantage.
A transcript of the main text of Dogs, Memory, and Learning – Why History Is Important is available at the Life As A Human online magazine website. You can visit Life as a Human to find this and other articles.
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