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Welfare implications of training methods

Tiny De Keuster (UGent) and Christel Moons (UGent)
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Dogs have been trained by humans for centuries as working dogs and hunters , and techniques such as “whipping-in” were accepted by society as being necessary and useful and equally popular in disciplining humans. In 1910 Konrad Most a German Kolonel in charge of training police dogs wrote “Training dogs, a manual” . Even though this book demonstrated the understanding of learning principles , before there were formally outlined by scientist, it also promoted numerous aversive training techniques. Despite abundant research proving the benefit of training methods respecting animal welfare, the use of aversive methods as a “gold standard” to change behaviour remains very popular. Hence the need to reflect on contemporary dog training methods : what are they based on – what complicates training and how to deal with the constraints , in order to contribute to dog (and human) welfare.
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method, Dog training, animal welfare

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De Keuster, Tiny, and Christel Moons. 2013. “Welfare Implications of Training Methods.” In FECAVA Eurocongress, Abstracts.
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De Keuster, T., & Moons, C. (2013). Welfare implications of training methods. FECAVA Eurocongress, Abstracts. Presented at the 19th FECAVA EuroCongress.
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De Keuster T, Moons C. Welfare implications of training methods. FECAVA Eurocongress, Abstracts. 2013.
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De Keuster, Tiny, and Christel Moons. “Welfare Implications of Training Methods.” FECAVA Eurocongress, Abstracts. 2013. Print.
@inproceedings{5968011,
  abstract     = {Dogs have been trained by humans for centuries as working dogs and hunters , and techniques such as “whipping-in” were accepted by society  as being necessary and useful and equally popular in disciplining humans. In 1910 Konrad Most a German Kolonel in charge of training police dogs wrote “Training dogs, a manual” . Even though this book demonstrated the understanding of learning principles , before there were formally outlined by scientist, it also promoted  numerous aversive training techniques. 
Despite abundant research proving  the benefit of training methods respecting animal welfare, the use of aversive methods as a “gold standard” to change behaviour remains very popular.  Hence the need to reflect on contemporary dog training methods  : what are they based on – what complicates training and how to deal with the constraints , in order to contribute to  dog (and human) welfare.},
  author       = {De Keuster, Tiny and Moons, Christel},
  booktitle    = {FECAVA Eurocongress, Abstracts},
  keywords     = {method,Dog training,animal welfare},
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {Dublin, Ireland},
  title        = {Welfare implications of training methods},
  year         = {2013},
}