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What's Your Problem?

  • Does your dog fight with other dogs? Are they fearful of people? Does your dog suffer from separation anxiety?
  • Is your dog hyperactive or out of control? Do they pull on leash? Do they jump up on visitors? Do they run away? Not come when called?
  • Does your dog soil your house? Chew your valuables? Bark incessantly?

These are all very normal and natural doggy behaviors that can destroy your quality of life and make it impossible to truly enjoy life with your dog. Fortunately, all these problems are easy to solve... if you know how.

Imagine how much better your life with your dog would be if you could:

  • Walk your dog without fear of aggressive or reactive outbursts
  • Let your dog off-leash with the confidence they will come to you as soon as you call them
  • Train your dog to feel comfortable and at ease around all types of people, dogs and in all sorts of environments
  • Get your dog to perform obedience skills on cue, reliably and promptly, without the need for food treats or any training tools, using only your voice
  • Tell your dog to "Get your chew toy, go to your bed, and settle down" and have them actually do it
  • Leave your dog at home unsupervised, confident that they will not get into any trouble

We've been teaching people how to train their dogs to do these things for over 30 years. We have trained over 100,000 dogs!!!

We can show you how! 

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Learn how to train your dog with effective, easy, and enjoyable methods

Your Personal Dog Training Expert

Dog training can be amazingly effective, easy, and enjoyable, if you use the right methods. Unfortunately, it can be hard to find the right methods, and if you use the wrong methods, you can waste a lot of time and energy and even make things worse.

When you join the Top Dog Academy, you get access to all of the best dog training methods. These methods will allow you to resolve any dog behavior problem and train your dog to do what you want, when you want. If you need help applying our methods, just let us know and one of our dog training experts will help guide you!

We're Here to Help!

The Top Dog Academy is filled with TONS of dog training content, but if you can't find what you're looking for we will make sure you get the help you need.

  • Access to our Exclusive Facebook Group where you can get answers and advice from other members, professional dog trainers, and the Dunbars

  • Personalized Email Support to help you find the content you need or help you design a customized training plan for your dog

  • Periodic Live Webinars and Q+A Sessions provide you with a chance to ask the Dunbars your dog behavior and training questions in real time

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Get access to your very own personal dog training expert

What's Included

The Top Dog Academy is a subscription that provides access to dozens of dog training courses. In these courses you will find a TON of dog training content on a wide variety of dog training topics. If you were to purchase all the material separately, it would total well over $1,500.00!

  • 100s of hours of Dog Training Videos

  • Dozens of Dog Training Handouts and Worksheets

  • Dozens of Recorded Seminars and Workshops

  • 13 hours of dog training podcasts

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You and Your Dog Will Love Learning and Training Together!

Our Methods

We evaluate all dog training techniques based on three main criteria: Effectiveness, Ease of Use, and Enjoyability. The best part is, our methods are FUN, for you and your dog.

  • Effective. Our methods are science-based so you'll see measurable progress immediately.

  • Easy. Our methods are so simple you don't need experience or special skills. Anyone can use our dog training methods.

  • Enjoyable. Our methods are so much fun to use that you and your dog will both love training together!

Our Methods Will WORK for YOU!

  • My dog is too old, too young, too stupid, too smart, the wrong breed...

    Our methods work for any dog, any age, any breed, regardless of prior training and habits.

  • I don't have dog training skill or experience...

    Our methods are simple and easy to use. You can be lazy, you can be inconsistent and you can still train your dog.

  • I don't have the time to train my dog...

    Our methods will save you time. Think of the time you waste dealing with your dog's behavior problems. Some of our training techniques can produce significant improvements in just a single training session.

  • I don't want to hurt or scare my dog...

    Our methods are enjoyable for you and your dog. We use rewards to reinforce good behavior and redirection to correct the behaviors we don't like.

  • I want my dog to respect me...

    Our methods will allow you to communicate with your dog, teaching and enforcing rules so they understand how to behave, and who is the boss. (You!)

  • My dog isn't food motivated...

    Our methods will allow you to train your dog to become food motivated while also harnessing the power of other, far more powerful types of lures and rewards that you can use in training.

Still not sure?

We get it. This sounds too good to be true. Who wouldn't want to teach their dog to listen and follow instructions reliably and promptly? Who wouldn't want to train their dog to be more at comfortable in all situations? Who wouldn't want a dog that is happy to settle down alone, quietly for long stretches? Who wouldn't want to use training methods that are easy AND enjoyable?

But it is true. And we'll prove it to you! If you're not entirely happy with what you get in the Top Dog Academy, simply let us know and we'll give you your money back!

Save Big with an Annual Subscription

Save $90 off the regular price when your subscribe for a full year. Satisfaction guaranteed!

Meet Your Instructors

Dr. Ian Dunbar is one of the world's most respected experts on dog training and behavior, with a veterinary degree from London University and a doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley. In 1982, he designed and taught the world's very first off-leash puppy socialization and training classes – SIRIUS® Puppy Training – and revolutionized the world of pet dog training. He founded the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, the world's largest association of dog trainers, has authored numerous books and videos,  has given over one thousand seminars and workshops around the world and has trained thousands of dogs. He has been instrumental in the rise of reward-based, fun and games, scientifically-sound dog training methods.

Kelly Dunbar has spent her life training dogs, beginning in Chicago where she founded her own dog behavior counseling service, then in Los Angeles at the SPCALA's Outreach Department. Kelly co-founded Dog Star Daily with Ian, a website filled with free dog training information and resources, and she also started a non-profit called Open Paw that created and promoted resources for dog shelters. Kelly is the lead instructor and the director of curricula at SIRIUS Puppy Training and Dunbar Academy.

Jamie Dunbar is Ian's son, and he initially joined the family business as a cameraman and video editor, but his role has since expanded to encompass a wide variety of responsibilities, including marketing, advertising, graphic design and writing. Jamie is an expert at taking complicated ideas and making them simple and accessible to novices, which is something he also enjoys doing in the form of illustrated books for children.


  • Who is this course for?

    This course is for anyone who has a dog, anyone who is thinking about getting a dog, or anyone who works with dogs. You don't need to have any previous experience with training dogs. This course is for you whether you are struggling with behavior problems or simply looking to take your dog's training to the next level.

  • How long do I get access to the content?

    You will have access to the content so long as you are actively subscribed.

  • Is it possible to download any of the content?

    Most of the content is only accessible on our website, while you have an active subscription, but there are some ebooks and audio files that you can download and save to your computer or mobile device.

  • Do you offer a monthly subscription?

    Yes, on this page you can enroll in an Annual Subscription to the Top Dog Academy but we also offer a Monthly Subscription, which is the default. Youc an

  • What payment methods do you accept?

    When it comes to the Top Dog Academy, we only accept credit cards. We do accept PayPal for a la carte courses, but at this time we are unable to accept PayPal for any subscriptions.

What people are saying

“I am a long-time reasonably savvy dog owner, and I have read a lot of books on dog behavior and training, but Dunbar Academy is the single most valuable resource I have found - a one-stop treasure trove of information, wisdom and experience. My biggest regret is that I didn’t know all this before I bought my GSD.”

David V.

“All of the information here and within Top Dog Academy is just absolutely epic, if I had the focus and time availability I'd learn from your website 24 hours a day! I wish I'd found it earlier in my life but I'm certainly going to make the most of it now. Everything you say makes so much sense, with the perfect level of explanation, terminology and instruction being used, along with humor to make you smile. This learning is giving me the confidence and answers that I've sought for so long...”

Melanie V.

“This course is phenomenal. I came across this incredible course when my pooch turned 5 months, and wish I had known of it before. I had taken him to puppy classes, yet this would have been immensely beneficial. However, it’s been brilliant and I am so glad I have it now, and using it as it is enlightening and helping me in numerous ways. ”

Claudia S.

“I am so glad I discovered Dunbar Academy. I have learned so much and now feel confident in training my dogs. Lots of great information!”

Beverlie H.

“AMAZING! This training is an amazing resource for beginning trainers and veteran trainers alike. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it! ”

Alicia M.

“The Most Comprehensive Dog Training Program! This program was well thought out, thorough and provided meticulous instruction and direction! I learned so much!! 🐶👍🐶👍🐶 ”

Caroline Y.

“Dr. Dunbar is an endless wealth of knowledge about dogs, their behavior, and how to manage the behavior of their humans! Great resource for dog trainers or dog owners wanting to get more out of their relationship with their dog.”

Celia S.

“Amazingly helpful! What a gift this course and training are to the world and to our pets. Thank you for your life's work, Ian. ”

Susan S.