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2.06 – Who's The Boss?

One of the biggest mistakes people make in dog training is blaming their dog’s behavior problems on “leadership” or “dominance” instead of poor training. The Dunbars explain how dog hierarchies actually work, and why it doesn’t really matter when it comes to your relationship with your dog. You are a human, of course you’re in charge! Train your dog well and they’ll want to listen to your every word, even when they’re chasing a squirrel and you don’t have a food treat.

 
iWoofs Seas:  Season 2

2.05 – At the Dog Park

The dog park can be a scary place, especially if you are worried about your dog's socialization skills. The Dunbars discuss when to be worried about your dog being dangerous, and how safety is really all about off-leash control. The park can be an exciting place, so work your way up to it. Hang out next to the park, or go when it’s nearly empty. Keep your dog on-leash and tell it when it’s acting appropriately and when it’s not. Used correctly, the dog park can be the ultimate training tool!

 
iWoofs Seas:  Season 2

2.04 – Finding a Good Dog Trainer

Finding a good dog trainer can be a difficult process. Fortunately, there are a lot of things you can do to make sure that the trainer you find will be a good fit for you and your puppy. The Dunbars discuss what to look for in a good trainer, whether it’s for puppy classes, adult dog training, or individual behavior consultations. Most of all, make sure you use a dog-friendly trainer! There’s no reason why training can’t be fun for all involved.

 
iWoofs Seas:  Season 2

2.03 – Safety First

Some dog behavior problems can put your dog in jeopardy. These need to be addressed in order to ensure the safety of dogs and their owners. The Dunbars respond to listener questions and discuss the importance of highly reliable emergency commands and boundary training. With training for safety, where reliability is so important, the key is proofing the commands against all possible distractions.

 
iWoofs Seas:  Season 2

2.02 – Loo Logistics

Long-term and short-term confinement, indoor and outdoor doggy toilets, night shifts and long days, rewards and reprimands. When it comes to training your pup to use the loo, the devil is in the details. The Dunbars discuss housetraining specifics, including how to set your new puppy up for success from the very beginning.

 
iWoofs Seas:  Season 2

2.01 - BEFORE You Get Your Puppy

Do your homework before you get a dog! The Dunbars discuss some of the questions you should ask yourself before adopting a dog. What do you want from a dog? How do you imagine your ideal canine companion? The first step in training a dog is determining your lifestyle and expectations. Also it's important to make sure the whole family agrees on getting a dog, and understands how to raise it responsibly.

 
iWoofs Seas:  Season 2

1.13 - Animal Behavior in the Home

When I first started teaching off-leash puppy socialization and training classes over 25 years ago, I had recently left Academics at the Psychology Department in Berkeley, California. Many of the Psychology professors were my friends and many brought their new pups to puppy class. As the word spread, many more came simply to observe the classes. Most had the same reaction, that they had never before seen applied psychology quite this way before — in the raw. The interactions between people and dogs were interesting and provided many wonderful examples of good dog training techniques.

 
iWoofs Seas:  Season 1

1.12 - Fun & Games

Games are motivating for dogs, owners, trainers, and onlookers. Games bring out the best performances in dogs and owners, and sometimes in trainers. Playing games (with many rules) is one of the easiest (and sneakiest) ways to get owners to pay attention to instructions and to achieve owner compliance. Most important though, playing games is the least intimidating way to objectively assess the reliability and precision of performance and the effectiveness (in terms of “time and trials to criterion”) of training techniques. Playing games increases the speed (and enjoyment) of learning and

 
iWoofs Seas:  Season 1

1.11 - Choosing and Adopting an Adult Dog

Shelter dogs usually have a bit of behavioral baggage and require immediate and regular behavioral rehabilitation during their stay, to make them more adoptable and ready them for a second chance in another home. Otherwise, uneducated shelter dogs will quickly develop additional behavior, temperament and training problems and will become less adoptable.

 
iWoofs Seas:  Season 1

1.10 - Dog Fears and Quarrels

The presenting subjective history for most dog-dog aggression is: “He fights all of the time and he is trying to kill the other dog”. However, when we objectively analyze the facts, in most cases, we discover that the dog has been involved in several (or many) dog fights, but has yet to put any of his opponents in the veterinary clinic surgery for repair. Obviously, if he is trying to kill the other dog, he is simply not very good at it. On the contrary, over and over, the dog has proved that he is not a dangerous dog. Instead he is belligerent, bellicose, or more likely lacks confidence

 
iWoofs Seas:  Season 1

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