When I started working with dogs many, many years ago, empathy in dog training was not a phrase that was typically used in conjunction with the training of dogs…
Empathy in dog training is the ability to understand the effect our actions have on our dogs and then to change what we do for the better. This is empathy and yes, it most certainly has a place in dog training.
A client of mine has written a piece on empathy in dog training for her blog, it’s worth a read. http://unimenta2.dsm.pw/?p=1867
One area of research that has attracted attention is whether dogs feel empathy or not. More information on this can be found here.https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/canine-corner/201206/canine-empathy-your-dog-really-does-care-if-you-are-unhappy