We’ve come a long way from choke collars and the “show them who’s boss” days of dog training. Increasingly, trainers are using scientific research into canine cognition to inform their methods. Here are six developing trends.

Dog training is a dynamic field, always growing and transforming. It changes over time as both scientific discoveries and innovations by people working in this area influence the way we approach it. It’s been a decade since I wrote about dog training trends, so I’m overdue for discussing what’s new in the world of teaching dogs to do (or not do) things. Following are six concepts that are trending right now.

1. Consent. We often do things to dogs that they may not enjoy. In addition to the old standbys—having their nails trimmed or being bathed—there are other interactions that dogs may dislike, including being touched in a certain way, being…

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