Dog Training: Dog Training Throughout History

Any visit to a museum will reveal that art from as far back as prehistory shows dogs serving as helpers and companions to people.  Historians have learned from such artwork that our ancestors from centuries ago used dogs to help them for hunting and protection.  The benefit of this partnership between species went both ways as dogs had access to easy food and shelter.  Canines demonstrated early in history that their intuitive intelligence and ability to “read” body language made them perfect friends and helpers to human families.

It is not an exaggeration to say that dogs have played an important role in our society since antiquity.  During the agriculture age, dogs were crucial for protection of sheep, cattle and other livestock from predators.  Because they proved highly adaptable and able to learn, their roles grew in society to include jobs in military, health and other domestic settings.
Anatolian sheep dogs for example, an old breed, were crucial to Turkish shepherds in keeping herds under control and  protecting ships from dangerous animals.  But the use of dogs for protecting and herding livestock is one that is used extensively in virtually every society around the world.  In fact, breeds of dogs who instinctively herd animals is a work of art to behold and even show dogs have been trained to demonstrate this talent at high brow dog shows internationally.

The history of the Roman Empire is also rich with illustrations of dogs serving valuable functions as police dogs and in military roles.  The Romans knew the value of dogs in military functions so well that they had entire battalions comprised of dogs who were ready for battle.  Through out history armies recognized the value of trained dogs so much so that in World War I, canine were pivotal in helping out with delivering messages and guarding prisoners or crucial military outposts.  The Bouvier des Flandres was use for his strengh in Belgium and helped move military equipment around.  The number of military jobs dogs took on included scouting, finding hidden weapons and mines, tracking and espionage delivering messages.

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Catherine Potin
About the Author:

Catherine Potin is a dog lover and learned a lot about canine behavior and language through her own dog and the many dogs that entered her life. basic dog trainingto solving behavior issues, you will find solutions to get better result with your training and create a deeper bond with you dog..


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