Dogs and cats represent the vast majority of the pets in the United States. While they are two very different species, there’s actually a lot of similarities when it comes to training these animals to behave appropriately within a human family.
There are just a handful of issues that make up nearly all of the problems that people have with their pet dogs and cats. This means that these problems are very predictable, and fortunately, they’re also very preventable. And that’s probably the biggest similarity of all. When it comes to behavior problems, whether the pet is a cat or a dog, the easiest, most effective and most efficient approach is prevention. The key is to do as much training as possible, as early as possible.
We know what the problems are going to be, we know how to prevent them, and if we prevent the problems, they never form into bad habits. Once a problem has become a habit, is significantly harder to fix. The treatment is going to use nearly identical methods, it’s just going to take much longer than prevention would have.
So, what are the problems? Mostly they are behaviors which are natural and necessary for these animals to do, and it’s up to us to teach them when, how and where we would like them to perform these behaviors.
Toilet training is the most common issue, especially litterbox training for cats. Destructive chewing and scratching is also common, as is issues of aggression, reactivity, or unwillingness to be handled or restrained.
Learn how to prevent all of these problems, and more, using easy and effective methods that are pleasant for you and your pet.GOALS
- Prevent and fix the most common cat and dog behavior problems.
- Litterbox train a cat and house train a dog.
- Prevent your pet from destroying your home and belongings.
- Train your cat or dog to enjoy being handled and restrained.
- Train your cat or dog to come when called.
- Correct undesirable behaviors by putting alternative behaviors on cue.
This seminar has been approved for 6 CEUs by the CCPDT, IAABC & NADOI. Contact us after you've completed the course to receive your CEUs.
Dr. Ian Dunbar
World-renowned dog trainer, veterinarian, and animal behaviorist
About the instructor
Dr. Ian Dunbar is one of the world's most respected experts on dog training and behavior. He grew up on a farm, training cows, chickens and yes, dogs. He received his veterinary degree from the Royal Veterinary College at London University and his 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. Subsequently, he created and developed the San Francisco SPCA's Animal Behavior Department, he started the American Kennel Club's Gazette "Behavior" column, which he wrote for seven years, and he designed and organized the K9 GAMES®.
In 1993, he founded the Association of Professional Dog Trainers. With over 5000 members in 48 countries, the APDT has grown to be the world's largest association of dog trainers.
He has authored numerous books and videos, including five seasons of Dogs with Dunbar, a popular television program in the UK.
He has given over one thousand seminars and workshops around the world and has been instrumental in the rise of reward-based, fun and games, scientifically sound dog training methods.