Rank #1: 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 #2: 4.11 Ian's Fun & Games Training Workshops
It’s been awhile since Dr. Ian Dunbar has conducted dog training workshops in the United States, but that’s about to change. Over the next few months Ian will be giving dog training workshops in locations all across America, starting in Texas, Rhode Island, New Jersey & Maryland. In this...
Apr 01 2013
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: 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 #5: 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 #6: 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 #7: 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
Rank #8: 5.01 Puppy Husbandry Practices
In this episode we continue our puppy training theme by talking about proper puppy husbandry procedures. What exercises can you do with a puppy to prepare them for being groomed and treated by veterinarians in the future? Pet dogs will get petted, restrained and handled by strangers, whether ...
Apr 22 2013
Rank #9: 4.13 Are Puppy Classes Harmful? (Part 2)
For this episode we return to an article that was on the Kennel Club’s website which suggests that puppy classes and social play sessions are responsible for increasing reactivity and aggression in pet dogs. The article focuses on poorly managed classes, and uses this as justification for...
Apr 15 2013
Rank #10: 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