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5.09 Unplugged, Unedited & Off-Topic

Is aggression on the rise with pet dogs? Who knows? We certainly don’t get to the bottom of this question in this episode where we meandered a bit off the original topic, into the realm of punishment and discipline and how they fit into the practice of dog training. How do we correct our dog’s behaviors when they aren’t appropriate?

 
iWoofs Seas:  Season 5

5.08 Over the Top Dog Aggression

Shirley in New Jersey has a problem with her dog being reactive when off-leash, jumping her fence and chasing down bikers and joggers. She’s tried setting up training scenarios, but the dog doesn’t seem to react when it’s on-leash, so how should she address the problem?

 
iWoofs Seas:  Season 5

5.07 Using a Growl Class to Resolve Dog-Dog Aggression

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What is a Growl Class and when might it be useful? These are classes that are intended to help dogs that are aggressive towards other dogs, but friendly towards people. These days there are a lot of dogs that fit that description, and it can be a very difficult and time-consuming problem to address. Growl classes can be stressful, but they can also produce a lot of progress very quickly. Before admitting a

 
iWoofs Seas:  Season 5

5.06 Parvovirus vs. Insufficient Socialization

Many veterinarians are sufficiently concerned about the risk posed by canine parvovirus that they advise dog owners to keep their puppies at home until their vaccinations are complete. This poses some serious limitations for socializing your puppy. In this episode the Dunbars assess the true risk of Parvo, and how you can socialize your puppy without putting them at risk of contracting this disease.

At SIRIUS Dog Training, we’ve started a Puppy Kindergarten class level that welcomes pups as young as 8 weeks. Done correctly it is perfectly safe and does wonders for the pup’s developing...

 
iWoofs Seas:  Season 5

5.05 What is Socialization?

Ian’s been reading up on socialization research and he has some fresh thoughts to share. But first, what is socialization, what do we mean when we say it? Is there another word that might be better suited to what we want to talk about? What is socialization on a scientific, biological, structural, neurological level? Research shows a lack of sufficient socialization in young social animals leads to permanent and physical brain damage. So please, socialize that puppy!

 
iWoofs Seas:  Season 5

5.04 It Came from the Internet

When it comes to dogs, people say and do a lot of silly things. Sometimes they record those things and publish them on the internet. Today we're looking at just two examples of this sort of behavior. First is a Facebook post by Sarah Palin where she celebrates her son for stepping on their dog as an illustration of persistence and problem solving. The second is a video on YouTube of a man being very irresponsible around a baby and a Rottweiler. Just because you see it on the internet, doesn't mean it's a good idea!

 
iWoofs Seas:  Season 5

5.03 Deprivation in Dog Training

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...

 
iWoofs Seas:  Season 5

5.02 Beyond Puppy Classes

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...

 
iWoofs Seas:  Season 5

5.01 Puppy Husbandry Practices

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, whether  it’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.

 
iWoofs Seas:  Season 5

4.13 Are Puppy Classes Harmful? (Part 2)

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.  

 
iWoofs Seas:  Season 4

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