Little documentation regarding formal dog training can be found prior to the First World War (WWI). When looking at history it is apparent why. Most dogs were not valued as the beloved pets they are today, which leads us to believe there was no need for the formal dog training that exists today.
Prior to WWI, most dogs were responsible members of the family with important jobs to do. They guarded property, provided personal protection, herded livestock, rid households of vermin, helped in the hunt, pulled carts and sleds and located lost people. The dogs became “trained” as a result of the living and working arrangements they had within the family unit. People needed them and they needed people. However, during WWI, people began needing dogs to help them in a different way.