In this episode we continue our puppy training theme by talking about proper puppy husbandry procedures. What exercises can you do with a puppy to prepare them for being groomed and treated by...
Puppy Classes And Canine Parvovirus
I have just read a paper in the March/April issue of the Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association describing a study that concluded, puppies vaccinated at least once prior to starting puppy...
Adopting an Adult Dog
Adopting an adult dog can be a marvelous alternative to raising and training a puppy. Alternatively, a new adult dog can be a full-time project. Adult dogs can be perfect or problematic — carrying
Choosing Your Puppy
Choosing a puppy is a very important decision, and everyone who lives in the household should agree before any puppy is brought into the home. If the puppy is to truly become a member of the family,...
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General Dog Training Tips
1. Choose Wisely When Selecting Your Future Pup
Whether selecting your prospective pup from a professional breeder or from a family breeding a litter for the very first time, the criteria are the same. Look for puppies raised indoors around human companionship and influence—specifically around people who have devoted lots of time to the puppies' education.
2. Future Problems Result from Early, Non-Corrected Problems
On Sunday, after an hour of taking in the sights, sounds, and scents of a local farmers market, I felt the unmistakable pang of hunger in my belly. I decided to grab a late lunch at a nearby patio eating spot.
Eyes hidden behind a pair of dark sunglasses, I was casually strolling the half mile to my intended destination while studying the young professionals, hipsters, families, and (confession) the attractive women that peppered downtown on this beautiful spring day. Smiles were abundant and everyone seemed in high spirits.
“Hi!” I hear someone say to my right. I turn and see an...
Dogs with jobs, like people, require a strong core of foundation skills and opportunity to practice in order to be functional in their job. If the intention is to incorporate a dog into service, working for you in a variety of public settings, taking the dog in public is fundamental to service dog training. Maintaining reliablility of their skills out in the world requires continued practice.
In this video, Service Dog Team in Training Dory and her human partner Julie, venture out to a large, indoor mall. While for some the mall is a fun outing, for others it can be an overwhelming and
I am releasing a new series of dog advocacy videos called Walking The Talk. They are short 1 – 3 minute videos of my exchanges with people while on a dog walk. These are real life occurrences not set-ups.
Many people advocate for dogs and as much as they do via avenues such as Twitter or Facebook nothing is more powerful than real honest exchanges with dogs and people that result in a learning experience.
For years I have taken it upon myself to speak with anyone that may have an interest or perhaps be slightly concerned about a dog I am walking. As long as the dog in my charge is social,...
In this vlog post Ian Dunbar describes one of his latest workhops and what he most enjoys about teaching people and dogs in this format. He loves bringing "impossible" problem behaviors into the workhop and resolving them in real time. He teaches handlers how to quanitfy progress, test reliability, and improve performace vastly. This put the responsibility of reliability and performance on the handler and on training, rather than on the dog. Far too many dogs are being punished in the name of training or due to disobedience, when the fault actually lies within the teaching process.
What is deprivation, and is there a place for it in dog training?Is it a good idea to keep you dog confined or isolated to get them more excited about training or working with you?In this episode the Dunbars discuss the concept of depriving a dog of access to desired behaviors and items as a tool in training.For some things like food or mental stimulation, there’s a minimum level which the dog needs for physical and mental health.For many other things, the notion of deprivation can be a relative thing that depends on the dogs’ environment and experience.Far better than simply...
We’ve been talking a lot about puppy class lately, but the vast majority of any dog’s socialization takes place outside of classes.It’s incredibly important that a puppy’s socialization and household manners training begins in the first few weeks of a pup’s life, and continues uninterrupted when the puppy is taken home by its new family. Ideally, a puppy class should function as a place to check in with a professional trainer to make sure that your pup is progressing appropriately.Of course, if a pup is has not been sufficiently socialized by the time they show up for their first puppy...
In this episode we continue our puppy training theme by talking about proper puppy husbandry procedures.What exercises can you do with a puppy to prepare them for being groomed and treated by veterinarians in the future?Pet dogs will get petted, restrained and handled by strangers, whetherit’s by a groomer, a veterinarian or a neighborhood kid at the park.If your pup has been properly prepared for this sort of handling it won’t be a problem.If they haven’t been prepared they are likely to suffer anxiety in these sorts of situations, and they may react aggressively as a result.
For this episode we return to an article that was on the Kennel Club’s website which suggests that puppy classes and social play sessions are responsible for increasing reactivity and aggression in pet dogs.The article focuses on poorly managed classes, and uses this as justification for condemning the whole concept.The Dunbars explain how a well-run class or socialization session is actually the best way of preventing reactivity and aggression, and creating friendly, easy-to-handle and reliable adult dogs.
It’s no secret what a dog’s nose knows. While we humans have only around 5 million scent receptors, dogs’ olfactory receptors number in the hundreds of millions! Dogs use their noses as a primary source of navigation and information gathering. They use scent-marking a source of communication. Dogs take in scent the way most people take in visual and auditory information.
Yet in our human-centric world, dogs are constantly thwarted or punished for gathering info/exploring/expressing themselves via sniffing and marking.
The human equivalent would be to live with blinders on, our
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