What are animal behavior and ethology?
Ethology is the scientific and objective study of animal behaviour under natural conditions.
Ethology is a combination of laboratory and field science, with a strong relation to neuroanatomy, ecology and evolutionary biology.
Understanding ethology is important in animal training. Considering the natural behaviours of different species and breeds enables the trainer to select the individuals best suited to perform the required task. It also enables the trainer to encourage the performance of naturally occurring behaviours and also the discontinuance of undesirable behaviours.