Human and Dog Interactions
12 November 2013
Throughout time, humans have communicated to animals, whether it has been intentional or non-intentional. From strictly hunting animals, to having animals work with humans, to having animals as companions, humans have always interacted with animals. Interspecies communication is a form of communication that is often overlooked as it may not involve a person. Interspecies communication is communication, vocalized or through body language, between members of different species. The most common form of interspecies communication with humans is the interaction between people and dogs. The communication people have with dogs comes in all forms of interaction, whether it is through a volunteer service, an abusive interaction, or the multiple ways of training a dog to suit a person’s image of a perfect dog. Key Characteristics
In the pet community, the most popular pet to have is man’s best friend, the dog. According to the Humane Society, 83.3 millions of pet dogs are in the US. The way a person handles a dog can vary drastically within the millions of dog owners. Some individuals may treat their pet dog as they would treat a child and inevitably let the dog rule the house. Other owners may hardly interact with their dog and leave it in the backyard at all times. No matter how an owner treats a dog, the dog still has experience with training, whether it is direct or indirect. Some common types of direct training include obedience training, competition training, and training an assistance dog.
The most common form of training that people participate in with dogs is obedience training. People want their dogs to be well behaved and to obey when a command is given. Some dogs that are perfectly well behaved without any training, but the majority of dogs need a bit of training at least. Obedience training includes manners and the basic commands such as sit, down, and stay. Some dogs catch on fast when going through training, while other dogs need constant work throughout their lives.
Competition training is another form of training that people and dogs engage in. Many different sports involve dogs and how well they have been trained by their owner. Agility competition, freestyle, obedience trials, herding, and dock diving are a few of the competitive sports people can participate in with their dog. Some competitions require more training than others, while some rely on the dog’s natural instincts. These competitions can be very competitive and some owners take the dog’s training very seriously as to win the competitions. Other owners however, participate in these competitions for non-competitively and to work with their dogs to have fun.
Dog training can also be used to have dogs help people in their daily lives. Service dogs, guide dogs, and assistance dogs are all trained to help individuals who are disabled in some way. The training for assistance dogs is much more extensive than the training that most pet dogs go through. The majority of the time dogs are picked when young to begin training to become assistance dogs for their whole life. Assistance dogs have to master basic obedience but, they also have to learn how to behave in public and to perform higher level skills so as to serve their owner. A skill such as finding an object by name takes time and dedication in training before a dog will reliably find a certain item. The individuals who need the aide of assistance dogs rely on them to do skills when commanded but also to know when to do the skills on their own.
Training is beneficial both for people and animals as it is an opportunity where humans and dogs can learn to understand each other better. The majority of training happens during everyday interactions between people and dogs. The owners are not the only ones to interact with the pet dog but also any friends or family that meet the dog. New...
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