Rank #1: 4.02 Open Paw & The Not Quite Good Enough Dog
Many dogs end up in shelters because of relatively minor behavior problems. Unfortunately, most dogs then become less adoptable the longer they spend in a shelter, because whatever housetraining or socialization they do have begins to deteriorate. But it doesn’t have to be that way. In this
Feb 14 2011
Rank #2: 5.05 What is Socialization?
Ian’s been reading up on socialization research and he has some fresh thoughts to share. But first, what is socialization, what do we mean when we say it? Is there another word that might be better suited to what we want to talk about? What is socialization on a scientific, biological,
Jan 21 2015
Rank #3: 4.09 It Didn't Work For Me
There are a lot of things that can go wrong in dog training, mistakes which will make any method or exercise significantly less effective. Dog training is complex and requires some important skills, it requires some patience, persistence and timing. Also, there’s something about dogs which tends...
Feb 07 2013
Rank #4: 4.08 German Shepherd Litter
Last week we found ourselves in the position of being able to put the SIRIUS Puppy Raising Initiative into practice. It turns out that one of Jamie's friend's father had bred a litter of German Shepherd Puppies. Unfortunately, he'd done so quite a while ago and the pups were already nine weeks old by the time we learned about them and no one had given him BEFORE or AFTER You Get Your Puppy. While his heart was in the right place, he didn't have all the information he needed to help the pups be their very best selves. However, young pups are super-malleable and puppy training and socialization is what we're all about. We offered to help and he was very enthusiastic, so we got to work. First we helped him set up the housetraining program and address some important socialization issues in their home, then we took all the pups to our SIRIUS training facility in El Cerrito to work on some training and socialization outside the home, which we filmed.
Feb 18 2012
Rank #5: 4.10 Dealing with a Mouthy Rottweiler
A listener has a sweet three-your old Rottweiler that likes to mouth people. He’s never hurt people, but the owner recognizes that this is a potential problem. With a large, potentially intimidating dog like a Rottweiler it’s a particular pressing problem, because people may be very scared.
Mar 27 2013
Rank #6: 5.06 Parvovirus vs. Insufficient Socialization
Many veterinarians are sufficiently concerned about the risk posed by canine parvovirus that they advise dog owners to keep their puppies at home until their vaccinations are complete. This poses some serious limitations for socializing your puppy. In this episode the Dunbars assess the true risk of...
Jan 28 2015
Rank #7: 5.07 Using a Growl Class to Resolve Dog-Dog Aggression
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What is a Growl Class and when might it be useful? These are classes that are intended to help dogs that are
Feb 11 2015
Rank #8: 4.12 Are Puppy Classes Harmful? (Part 1)
In this iWoofs episode we address an article that appears on The Kennel Club website, by Robert Alleyne, a Board member of the Kennel Club Accreditation Scheme for Instructors. As major advocates for puppy classes you can probably imagine that we have a few bones to pick with this article. We
Apr 09 2013
Rank #9: 5.02 Beyond Puppy Classes
We’ve been talking a lot about puppy class lately, but the vast majority of any dog’s socialization takes place outside of classes. It’s incredibly important that a puppy’s socialization and household manners training begins in the first few weeks of a pup’s life, and continues...
May 01 2013
Rank #10: 5.03 Deprivation in Dog Training
What is deprivation, and is there a place for it in dog training? Is it a good idea to keep you dog confined or isolated to get them more excited about training or working with you? In this episode the Dunbars discuss the concept of depriving a dog of access to desired behaviors and items as a...
May 13 2013