Science Based Training
Presented by: Ian Dunbar
DVD- 10 disc set
Predict & Prevent Adolescent/Adult Problems
Many dog owners and professionals continue to neglect far too many absolutely basic aspects of husbandry and training. In particular, we are not even close to fully capitalizing on the opportunities of early puppyhood, yet we are still surprised when dogs develop utterly predictable and preventable, behavior, temperament and training problems during adolescence. We have to predict and prevent puppy/adolescent problems. Prevention is quick and easy but treatment can be difficult, time-consuming and sometimes dangerous and of course, sheltering and re-homing is extremely expensive and sad.
Science-Based Dog Training with Feeling
Dog training is in danger of losing its soul. So many trainers are forgetting to talk to their dogs and provide continued verbal instruction and feedback. With the exception of lure/reward training (and much less effective physical prompting), effective instruction is minimal and feedback primarily consists of quantum rewards (clicks and treats) and/or (but much too often, or), quantum punishments (leash-jerks and shocks). Additionally, theoretical discussion (and argument) often takes precedence over actually training dogs to criterion.
Please don't panic, I am not being heretical. Our little book of learning theory is valid; several hundreds of thousands of laboratory experiments cannot be wrong. Existing learning theory is absolutely valid for when computers use non-instructive, quantum feedback (kibble and shocks) to train rats and pigeons in laboratories. However, I think we should question whether people should even try to emulate computer-generated learning theory and methods when training dogs. First, we cannot, and second, surely we can do better. Much better, in fact. Yup! Our creedal learning theory is in dire need of evaluation, deconstruction and reconstruction for practical application in pet dog training.
Quick & Easy, Reliable, Off-leash Verbal Control
The ultimate goal of teaching basic manners and obedience is verbal, off-leash reliability, including times when dogs are at a distance or distracted and especially, without the continued need of any training aid. Additionally the training techniques should be quick and easy and entirely suitable for pet dog owners. Time and trials to criterion is always of the essence in pet dog training. Many owners embrace beginning lure/reward and clicker training but few achieve the criterion of off-leash verbal control without the need of a food pouch. Instead, they continue to use lures (which soon become bribes) and so, response reliability becomes contingent on the owner having food in their hand. Eventually and predictably though, the dog blows off all lures in adolescence. Thinking that behavior is antecedent-driven, owners pursue a futile Sisyphean quest of upping-the-level of the lure and eventually, everyone smells of dried-fish. Other owners learn how to successfully drive behavior using training rewards but few succeed in weaning their dogs off food. Response-reliability becomes contingent on the owner having food on their person and compliance wanes when the dog is off-leash at home and in the park. Owners become discouraged and frustrated and often resort to punishment that increases in frequency and severity.
|Type||DVD universal format|
|Run Time||19 hrs 30 mins|
|Publisher||Tawzer Dog LLC|
|Copyright||© 2010, Tawzer Dog LLC|
|About The Presenter (BIO)||
Dr. Ian Dunbar is a veterinarian, animal behaviorist, dog trainer, and writer. He received his veterinary degree and a Special Honors degree in Physiology & Biochemistry from the Royal Veterinary College (London University) and a doctorate in animal behavior from the Psychology Department at the University of California in Berkeley, where he spent ten years researching the development of hierarchical social behavior and aggression in domestic dogs. For seven years Dr. Dunbar ran a behavior clinic specifically for biting and fighting dogs.
Dr. Dunbar is a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, the California Veterinary Medical Association, the Sierra Veterinary Medical Association, the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior, and the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (which he founded).
Over the past 30 years, Dr. Dunbar has given over 750 one-day seminars and workshops for dog trainers and veterinarians in an effort to popularize off-leash puppy training classes (which he pioneered), temperament modification, and owner-friendly and dog-friendly dog training. Dr. Dunbar books, videos, and AKC Gazette "Behavior" column (which he created), have won numerous awards. Dr. Dunbar is currently Director of the Center for Applied Animal Behavior in Berkeley, California, where he lives with Kelly, Claude, Ollie, and Mittens.