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12 Resources for Breeders

Connie thinks there should be more books out there which show breeders how they can provide the best possible upbringing for their puppies.  We couldn’t agree more.  Breeders, like owners, can benefit from clear instructions regarding not only what needs to be done, but exactly how to do it.  Some breeders assume that it would take too much time to housetrain and chewtoy train their puppies, while also socialiazing them and introducing them to basic obedience.  In fact, it’s very easy and will save lots of time and energy in the long run.  If you’re a breeder interested in putting


4.07 Boulder Dog at SBDTwF

Deborah Flick over at Boulder Dog attended Dr. Dunbar's Science-Based Dog Training with Feeling seminar in Denver, CO this past March, and she wrote a series of wonderful blog posts about her experience.  In this iWoofs we respond to her thoughts on the seminar, which were very interesting.

iWoofs Seas:  Season 4
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11 Not Enough Puppies to Play

Tracy is running puppy classes and wants to make them as useful and successful as possible.  Unfortunately, she’s having trouble getting the volume of puppies that will allow her puppies to get a variety of socialization experiences with other dogs.  Jamie & Kelly explain how she can still provide plenty of socialization with people and props.  And she can certainly use a rotating schedule of puppies, or a regular play session for puppies to interact with adult graduates of her puppy school.  It’s really valuable for puppies to play with a variety of dogs of a variety of ages,

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10 Spring Training

Amy rescued a dog a few months back and now that the weather is warming up and they’ve been going on more walks, they’ve noticed some problems with control around fast-moving distractions.  Bikes, joggers, cars and squirrels all prove too interesting to resist.  These are some of the most potent distractions out there, and you’ll only stand a chance against them if you proof your dog’s obedience thoroughly.  Work your way up to them by slowly increasing their presence and proximity as you train.  You can also harness the power of fast-movements and chasing for training, by

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09 Collar Crazy Spazz Out

Alice’s Jack Russell Terrier goes totally out-of-control-crazy any time she opens the drawer with the leash and collar in it, making it very difficult to go on walks.  Fortunately, Kelly & Jamie have a plan for her.  Simply wait until she calms down enough to sit on command before you put on her collar or take her anywhere.  The first few times will be slow but if you can muster the patience early on, you’ll save so much time and frustration in the long run.


4.06 Protecting My Boy

Hubie got a German Shepherd puppy for his son, who is currently living with his mother.  The mother and boy are scared of the dog and Hubie is at a loss for how to ensure that the dog is gentle with people, so that his son enjoys the dog rather than fears it.   The answer is not physical domination, which is really only an option for the father.  Fortnuately, everyone in the family can proactively train the dog to inhibit the force of its’ mouth.  They can also use lure reward training that can let them assert control over the dog whenever they need it.  What this dog needs most is

iWoofs Seas:  Season 4

4.05 Training an Intact Newfie

This highly devoted owner has a huge Newfoundland that they’ve been working hard to train all through puppyhood.  Now that adolescence has hit though, the owners are having new problems with controlling their dog’s attention and aggression.  As an un-neutered male dog he is the target of additional hostile attention from other dogs.  With such a powerful dog it’s incredibly important to get things under control as quickly as possible.  Fortunately Kelly & Jamie have some easy tips for dealing with the difficulties of adolescence, testicles included.  A rock-solid sit, with eye-contact on cue, will mean your dog is always under control, and unlikely to provoke an aggressive response.  Add in plenty of classical conditioning and your dog can be calm and collected in any situation.

Super-Sit: http://dogstardaily.com/training/ultra-super-sit

iWoofs Seas:  Season 4
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08 Zuckerberg Dog Decision

Kelly & Jamie discuss Mark Zuckerberg’s new dog, and the small kerfuffle  that arose when he used the term “adopt” to describe his acquisition of the dog from a breeder.  Some people out there apparently think the term “adopt” should  be reserved only for dogs brought home from shelters or rescue organizations.


4.04 The Bite Scale and How to Evaluate Aggression

Our perception of dog aggression is easily distorted by fear. That’s why it’s important to evaluate "dog bites" by an objective measure. The Bite Scale provides a consistent way of looking at a dog’s history of aggression by measuring the amount of injury that was inflicted. 95% of “dog bites" result in minimal harm and are not caused by dangerous animals.

Level 1. Obnoxious or aggressive behavior but no skin-contact by teeth. Level 2. Skin-contact by teeth but no skin-puncture. Level 3. One to four punctures from a single bite with no puncture deeper than half the lengthof the dog’s canine

iWoofs Seas:  Season 4

4.03 John Rogerson & The Mongrel Dog

In this episode the Dunbars respond to and discuss a video by John Rogerson about the declining numbers and quality of mongrel dogs in the UK. You can see it yourself at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1s850_3s0C8. Mongrels used to represent the naturally evolved pet dogs of a village, and so they were particularly fit for that community. Today, the demand for pure-bred dogs has distorted the gene pool of our dogs because many are being bred with little regard for their health or temperament. We need to find a way to encourage breeding for more functional attributes, otherwise the pursuit of

iWoofs Seas:  Season 4


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