The primary purpose of this behavior program is to provide a format and the means for dog trainers to be able to better promote their businesses to other pet professionals, especially breeders, veterinarians and shelters/rescues (the source of puppies/dogs) and to disseminate proactive educational materials to new and especially prospective puppy/dog owners, so that the requisite know-how is in place before people get their puppies/dogs.
Additionally, this program:
1. Provides a bit of a history of dog training back in the day, so that trainers who didn’t experience it firsthand may appreciate how changes in the 80’s revolutionized obedience training — making the art of training a science and creating a separate new field of companion dog training,
2. Reevaluates present day, reward-based training techniques, and
3. Suggests some changes for dog training and for dog trainers’ education.
- Trainer Behavior Program
- Promotional Program for Trainers
- Back in the Day...
- Evaluating Present Day Reward-Based Training Techniques
- Some Suggested Changes for Dog Training and Trainer Education?
- 1. Accelerating and Empowering Classical Conditioning
- 2. Maximizing the Effectiveness of Luring & Then Phasing out Food Lures
- 3. Maximizing the Power of Reinforcement
- 4. Effectively Resolving Misbehavior and Non-Compliance
- 5. Quantification of Response Reliability & Speed of Training
- 6. Trainer Education
- 1. What's Common & What's Not
- 2. What's Dangerous & What's Not
- 3. Pros and Cons of Different Training Techniques
- 4. How to Phase out Training Tools
- 5. Kibble, Not Treats
- 6. How to Reward Effectively
- 7. How to Effectively Eliminate Undesirable Behavior
- 8. Clients are not Trainers
- 9. People Skills
- 10. Proactive Promotion & Marketing in the Community
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.