Most dog breeders go to great lengths to breed good dogs, primarily selecting for health, behavior, temperament and conformation and so, it would be a great shame for the puppy’s good genes and behavioral potential to go to waste. As you will discover in the following articles, regardless of breed or breeding, there is no greater variable that has a bigger impact on adult behavior, temperament and trainability, than handling, socialization and environmental enrichment during early puppyhood, i.e., prior to 12 weeks of age and especially, neonatally. Ultimately, the dog’s suitability and success both as a companion and/or as a conformation, working or obedience dog depend on socialization and training: 1. In the breeding kennel prior to eight weeks of age and 2. In the puppy’s new home after eight weeks of age.
A young brain can be permanently compromised in just a few weeks with environmental, social and intellectual (training) deprivation. New puppy owners must know how to raise and train a puppy to profit from your groundwork. To facilitate new puppy owner education, the SIRIUS® Dog Breeder Behavior Program provides breeders with free, handy, comprehensive educational materials to distribute to clients vis a vis the prevention (and resolution) of the most common behavior and temperament problems.
A Puppy’s Brain is Too Precious to Waste!
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.