In order to tame the wild gray wolf (approximately 15,000 years ago), humans used calm and persuasive communication techniques to create trust with their new canine partners – 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.
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
•Using Classical and Operant conditioning
•Use of Clicker Training Techniques
•We use a host of other basic handling/training techniques that are essential to healthy canine development and welfare.
These 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.
Ill use of Dog Whispering
There are some individuals who falsely use the term of Dog Whispering to describe what they do as dog training.
Bruce Clanford, the UK Dog Whisperer will not condone any training that will 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) is entirely inappropriate and unacceptable, and will have adverse effects on psychological development, and may also cause physical damage too.
We offer the most informative, professional and tailor made dog training service available today.
Bruce Clanford The Dog Whisperer
BSc Animal Behaviour Science
Dip.Dog.Psy. M.S.F.T.R. M.O.C is the FIRST and ONLY Qualified Dog Whisperer.