History of Dogs

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Miacis was a weasel sized small carnivore that lived forty million years ago in the Eocene Period. Miacis is believed to be the oldest ancestor of the present day dogs. Six forms and millions of years later the wild ancestor of dogs, wolves arrived. The wolves would follow hunters, leading to the hunter's befriendment of the wolves and their domestication.

"The greatest fear dogs know is the fear that you will not come back when you go out the door without them." States Stanley Coren who is a dog psychologist. (CITATION)

Earlier though dogs were broken in and trained by cruel manners and fear. They would be whipped, starved, or even shot with buckshot. This showed a lack of understanding of dog's psychology and an absence of ability from the trainers.

Since then two thousand distinct breeds of dogs have been narrowed down to four hundred. Survival along with selective breeding.....The AKC or the American Kennel Club grouped all dogs into six classes plus a miscellaneous class.

Animal trainers use techniques to teach animals for riding, security, performance, or obedience. Some trainers specialize in training animals to assist the disabled or for search and rescue. They also train animals to make them pleasant to live with as well as for the safety of all pets and humans. Trainers accustom animals with human voice and contact in order to get them to respond to commands.

Trainers usually specialize in one type of animal. They need a high school diploma and around one year of on-the-job training. May become certified by an organization but it is not needed. The American Boarding Kennels Association offers a three stage, home-study program for individuals interested in pet care. Those who complete the third st...

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...lop relationships with humans and other puppies. Much of their behavior will be influenced by their mothers.

Whoever has been handling the pups the most at this point should have no problem developing relationships and will be responsible for introducing strangers to the pups during their third to fifth weeks of life. This is when they may develop either a fear of strangers or curiosity. Continue this until they have a new home or after the peak of twelve to fourteen weeks. this natural fear is to keep puppies safe from predators but can hinder normal relationships with people.

Startle reactions to sudden movements and sounds begin. They now determine which events are dangerous and which are safe or insignificant. Attachments to certain locations, noticed when a extreme disturbance in a puppy occurs when location is changed. this is known as localization.
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