Dr. Dunbar's Off-Leash Reliability & Games Workshops have brought back some sparkle, some excitement, and some razzle-dazzle to pet dog training, all while helping owners achieve huge improvements in reliability with their dogs. Training your dog while off-leash in an exciting and distracting environment makes it much more likely that they will follow your instructions in other distracting situations as well.
Games are extremely enjoyable for dogs and they often bring out the best performances. Dogs are highly motivated because their owners are highly motivated, excited and animated.
All of Dr. Dunbar's games are designed to improve the quality of the relationship between dogs and their people and each individual exercise or game is specifically designed to fine-tune essential ingredients of your dog's training repertoire. The prospect of playing games motivates owners to practice. For some owners, heeling and sit-stay homework is not very exciting, but many will stay up to the wee hours to practice for Doggy Dancing or Musical Chairs.
In addition, playing games is an enjoyable and non-threatening way to objectively quantify performance and fine-tune all basic obedience skills, including attention, position changes, stays, following, heeling, and precision work.
Turning training into games and quantifying responses with a stopwatch or tape measure, enables pet dog trainers to remind owners to celebrate with the dog each time they surpass a personal best. Nothing motivates owners more than when they see that they are improving, even with baby steps, and nothing advertises that you're a great pet dog trainer than the dog's progressive improvement.
Games make it easy and fun to quantify behavior and training, and quantifying your dog's responses allows you to prove whether or not your training methods are working, exactly how well they are working and when you surpass a personal best performance.
- Reliability & Games Day 1 Notes
- Video 1.1 This is How we Train
- Video 1.2 Classical Conditioning & Lure Reward Intro
- Video 1.3 Lure Reward Practice
- Video 1.4 All or None Reward Training
- Video 1.5 Let the Games Begin!
- Video 1.6 Doggie Dash
- Video 1.7 Sit Means Sit-Stay
- Video 1.8 Reliability by the Numbers
- Video 1.9 Proofing Exercises
- Video 1.10 Distance Positions and Dancing with your Dog
- Video 1.11 Lights, Camera, Practice!
- Video 1.12 Musical Chairs
- Reliability & Games Day 2 Notes
- Video 2.1 Concentric Circles
- Video 2.2 Keep Your dog Close/Proximity
- Video 2.3 Slow Recall Race
- Video 2.4 Training In Traffic Game
- Video 2.5 Lure, Reward Training
- Video 2.6 Rolling, Creeping and Backing Up
- Video 2.7 Focus and Persistence
- Video 2.8 Virtual Reality Games
- Video 2.9 Slow Recall Race
- Video 2.10 Distance Catch
- Video 2.11 Musical Chairs
- Video 2.12 Street Slalom Snake
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.