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3.11 - Apps for Dog Owners

Apps are all the rage these days.  As more and more people get next generation smart phones and iPhones, a whole industry has sprung up.  These mini computer applications can be anything, and they’re usually relatively cheap and can be accessed from your phone while you’re on the move.  The Dunbars talk about the apps available to dog owners, and discuss which of these are useful or entertaining, and which are just plain fluff.  What would make a good app for dog training?  Listen in and find out!

 
iWoofs Seas:  Season 3

3.10 - Tools of the Trade: Dog Training Technology

There are a lot of products out there that claim to help you take care of and train your dog.  Some of these items can make your life considerably easier, while others are a waste of money and some can even be dangerous to your dog.  The Dunbars talk about the best tools you can use in dog training, and how you can use them to make training as easy and fun as possible.  Learn which products can automatically train your dog, which can’t, and what the potential is for reward-based training machines in the future.

 
iWoofs Seas:  Season 3

3.09 - America's Dog Trainer

Dog Star Daily and the Dunbars could not be more excited to announce the launch of a new show that is going to revolutionize dog training TV.  There are nearly as many ways to train dogs as there are dog trainers, which is why we will feature a new trainer each week.  Each one will be using their own brand of  fun and effective, reward-based methods.  Part of the problem with traditional dog training TV is that it’s such a major production that it deprives trainers of the freedom to show real, authentic training, instead of highly-edited entertainment.  You can watch America’s Dog Trainer now...

 
iWoofs Seas:  Season 3

3.08 - Dogs and Dog Trainers in the Media

Dog owners can have some silly notions about their dogs, but if you watch TV and movies it’s easy to see where they come from.  Dogs in the media are regularly portrayed as little people in doggy bodies, which automatically understand us and help us when we need it.   And the dog trainers that have been the most successful in the media have not necessarily been using the most effective or enjoyable methods, contributing to misperceptions about what dog training can and should be like.   The Dunbars talk about the good, the bad and the ugly of dogs in the media.

 
iWoofs Seas:  Season 3

3.07 - How Much is that Doggy in the Window?

Getting a dog is a huge responsibility in a a number of different ways.  In this episode, the Dunbars talk about the financial commitment that a dog, and especially a puppy require.  They break down the cost into the most common categories, and discuss tips on how you can save a little money without compromising your pet’s well-being.  Of course, the single biggest money-saving tip is to train your dog well from the very beginning.  Otherwise you’ll be spending money on destroyed property and professional training and socialization help later on.

 
iWoofs Seas:  Season 3

3.06 - Puppy Class Problems

Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater!  No puppy class is perfect, but an off-leash puppy training and socialization course provides one of the most wonderful learning opportunities in dog training.  Puppies can play together without worry that any of them are aggressive, learning invaluable socialization and bite-inhibition skills.  And a rough and tumble, totally wild puppy class is the greatest training challenge out there.  If you take the time to practice at home and the class is run well, you can gain amazing control of your crazy puppy.

 
iWoofs Seas:  Season 3

3.05 - Why Get a Dog?

People get dogs for a lot of different reasons.  In this episode we hear about the different dogs Kelly and Ian have had throughout the years, and the variety of roles the fulfilled for them.  Dog can provide a lot of things in their relationships with humans, with the most obvious being companionship and protection.  Dogs can make people friendlier, healthier and happier, but only if they've been trained properly.  A well-trained dog will help you make friends, get exercise and enjoy life!

 
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3.04 - Festive or Foolish

The Holiday Pet Hokum:  Every December a lot of puppies are purchased as presents for their families. Sometimes these puppies are purchased as a surprise for children who will not be able to properly train the new pets, and as result some of them end up being surrendered to shelters.  A puppy is a living, breathing creature and you can’t take out the batteries when you get bored with it.  Please don’t get a puppy for someone without first understanding the time and energy that will be required to raise it.  Additionally, the holidays are a busy and stressful time, so think about

 
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3.03 - Peaceful Paradise or Wild Kingdom

Living with multiple dogs can be a lot of work, even in the best of cases.  If those dogs don’t get along though, it can turn your entire life into a stressful nightmare.  As with all dog aggression, the first question is how good is their bite inhibition.  If the dogs are aggressive, but don’t actually harm each other, then the solution lies in lots of classical conditioning.  However, if the dogs are hurting each other you have a dangerous situation and you may have to find a new home for one of the dogs.

 
iWoofs Seas:  Season 3

3.02 - Resource Guarding

Resource guarding is a very natural behavior for dogs.  It’s very important that you take the time to teach your dog that they have no need to guard objects from humans.  Otherwise, you’ll have a ticking time bomb that’s eventually going to scare or hurt someone.  Meanwhile, they’ll live a life filled with unnecessary stress and anxiety.  Fortunately, training your dog to enjoy surrendering objects couldn’t be easier.

 
iWoofs Seas:  Season 3

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