Some people hate discussions like this - I suggest you move on by and ignore me! Hopefully not everyone will hate it. I've been reading about training elephants, and horses. And the horror in particular of historic training methods for elephants and their lives in unsuitable zoos. I've also read a bit about positive horse training, and a few other animals. I can't help but think when I was a child and visited zoos, I didn't give a second thought to the welfare of the animals there. When I was learning to ride, I didn't think about whether the training methods used on the horses were good for the horse, or whether there was a better way (even though I loved the horses dearly). Why didn't I think about those things at the time? It astonishes me now.... So that got me thinking. What am I doing now that in the future I will look at a different way? How am I treating Charlie, and training Charlie in 2016 that in 2040 will seem ridiculous or even completely inappropriate. I wonder...I wonder whether it will be acceptable to use daycare, whether no-one will feed kibble (or raw), what will happen to vet treatment (or maybe we'll conclude the advancements in vet treatment are inappropriate and stress dogs too much), how we'll view rescue dogs, and breeding dogs - maybe we won't even have pedigree dogs anymore.