Early Domestication of Dogs

In order to tame the wild grey wolf (approximately 15,000 years ago), man must have used calm communication techniques to create trust – a form of Dog Whispering. Dog Whispering is still used today to communicate with the Domestic Dog (Canislupus familiaris), based upon the early communication methods.

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Where did the term ‘Dog Whispering’ come from?

Originally back in the early 18th century there was an Irish “Horse Whisperer”, by the name of Daniel Sullivan, who had a “mysterious technique” for rehabilitating troubled horses. Most of his training techniques were passed on until the 1850’s, then lost until a brief mention in the 1950’s followed by a novel by Nicholas Evans in 1995 and then a film The Horse Whisperer, with Robert Redford in 1998. Today there are many trainers and equine workers, who use the name Horse Whisperer, and it is believed that is the origin of the popular term “Dog Whisperer”.

Methods of Dog Whispering

The Dog Whispering methods used by Bruce Clanford, the UK Dog Whisperer, are:
• Non – Confrontational
• Passive
• Motivating
• Peaceful
• Combination of Classical
and Operant Conditioning
• Use of Clicker Training


These combination training techniques, along with dog whispering, are used as they are not only therapeutic, but it is rewarding to see a well behaved dog and after hours/days/weeks of patient, calm, repetitive, training, this is what they become, naturally.

Commercial Methods of Dog Whispering

There are commercial methods of Dog Whispering that we discourage, as they cause the dog to be forcefully placed into submission. Any attempt at physical correction using the wrong intensity (hitting, kicking, pulling, tugging – generally causing the dog pain) are unhelpful for learning correct behaviours and future development.