Robert Milner’s new dog training book, Absolutely Positively Gundog Training, has garnered another accolade from the writing community. On May 24, 2016, Bookvana.com announced the winners and finalists of THE 2016 INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS (IBA). Absolutely Positively Gundog Training was selected as a finalist in the 2016 International Book Awards in the category Animals/Pets: General. On May 10, 2016 the book was selected as a finalist in the 2016 Indie Next Generation Book Awards.
The awards mark advances of the dog’s evolution from the forest to the cave to the ancient village fire to the modern house. The dog has been evolving much faster in his adaptation role than his human companion has been advancing in dog training knowledge and technique.
The earliest archeologic evidence of domestication of dogs is around 14,000 years old. That is the era in which dogs took a different path from the Eurasian Gray Wolf which DNA studies have shown to be the ancestor of all of our present day dogs. This domesticating dog has been carrying most of the communication load for those 14,000 years. He has become a phenomenal master of reading people thru body language, gestures and nuances. The dog has carved out a major place in man’s life through his ability to adapt, project and make himself valuable to humans. Look at the dog’s track record. Global wolf population numbers today are around 200,000. The global dog population today is around 525 Million. The dog has enjoyed an immensely successful trek down the evolutionary trail.
Milner’s book equips the reader with a training model which assumes the dog is smart, as his evolutionary success would suggest. The positive training model tells the dog what you want him to do, rather telling him what you don’t want him to do. Milner gives the trainer the tools with which to catch up with the dog in communication. The dog has been carrying most of that load for the past 14,000 years. It’s time for humans to hurry.