A few weeks ago, I had an interesting conversation with a dog trainer from IL, Chad Makin.  He brought to my attention that there have been recent tests that show that dog’s DO in fact have more complex emotions that what was previously thought.  I had been taught that dogs have simple feelings and emotions.  They can feel sadness, loss, fear, and happiness, but for a dog to be feel jealousy or to be able to reason was obscure.  Newer tests have been brought to my attention and the results are mind blowing.  As a canine professional, it is easy to think that you may know it all.  I beg to differ.  If you are a canine professional or professional in any industry and you think you know all there is to know about your target industry, you, my friend, need to find a new job.  One of the reasons I choose to be a dog trainer was the fact that I am always learning new things.  Just a surgeon has to stay up to date on current tests, studies, and scientific findings, dog trainers, and canine professionals in general, have to be open to changes and contradictions to their beliefs.  They have to be willing to adapt and or change to current knowledge canine behavior, thought processes, health, and overall well-beings of dogs.  I personally try to be as minded as anyone can be to provide the most accurate and best care for my clients and their four-legged friend.


Krystal Nierman

Owner, Head Trainer

Dog Psychology and Training Center


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