Dogmanship is all about an individual’s ability to interact with and train dogs. Good dogmanship involves best practice in dog-human interactions and has a fundamental role in the success of dogs as companions and co-workers.
The dog-human partnership is highly relevant to all of us who adore our dogs and depend on them for companionship and work. Despite the ancient nature of this enduring partnership, dysfunctional relationships and their negative consequences (such as unwelcome behaviours and eventual relinquishment) persist. Human behaviour affects dogs’ behaviour and emotional state, and can be pivotal to the success or failure of any dog-human teams. Our dogmanship research aims to characterise the human attributes that influence dog behaviour and identify optimal ways of interacting with dogs. Additionally, dogmanship examines the psychological underpinnings that can contribute to how humans interact with dogs.
Dogmanship even helps to explain why many women show better dog handling and training skills than their male counterparts.
Reading a dog’s body language is a core skill in dogmanship. This RSPCA resource helps to simplify canine behavioural gestures and decipher what dogs are telling us.