Three Day Seminar- Austin TX
Presented by: Ian Dunbar
DVD- 9 disc set
DAY ONE: (6 HRS) Dominance, Fighting, Biting, Compliance and Punishment.
True Top Dogs- Cool and Confident, They seldom growl or fight; they don’t need to.
Alpha Dogs- Dominant Dogs, Insecure, growly, bellicose, middle-ranking males.
Hierarchies- Real or hypothetical, Linear or nonlinear, Uses and abuses.
Rank-Reduction Programs- What’s important and What’s not.
Doggy Social Structure Unplugged — Linear male hierarchies; Less-linear female hierarchies; Female amendments to male hierarchical law; Puppy-Adult relationships; Puppy license to misbehave; Developmental nolo contendre; Special friendships and animosities; Triadic relationships; Policing dogs; Pack harmony.
When the “Treatment” is the Cause — Slow recalls; No recalls; Houdini stays; Lackluster heeling; Owner-Absent problems; Fighting; and Biting. (Rather than increasing compliance, the (often) inappropriate use of punishment exacerbates existing problems and causes additional problems.)
Fighting — caused by marginal socialization, lack of representative feedback for appropriate social behavior, yet highlighting occasional fearful and antisocial behavior by punishing the dog for growling or fighting. Biting — caused by lack of socialization and handling and by exacerbating early warnings of fearfulness and aggression by punishing the dog for growling, lunging and biting, thus giving the dog an additional reason to growl, lunge and bite. Better ways of producing friendly, respectful, loving and happily compliant dogs.
DAY TWO: (6 HRS) Quantitatively & Qualitatively Raising The Bar In Dog Training:
Theoretical Education vs. Practical Experience — Knowing what’s common and what’s not; Preventing predictable behavior and training problems; Critically evaluating the severity of existing problems; Offering realistic prognoses; Establishing realistic criteria; Offering a number of best possible solutions; and Training the dog to criterion. Phasing out Food (and Toy) Lures and Reward Phasing out all Management and Training Tools Difference between Lures, Rewards, Motivators, Distractions and Bribes Natural Motivation — Life rewards; Putting problem behaviors on cue, so that potential distractions become huge usable rewards; Phasing out all external rewards; The Self-Motivated, Internally-Reinforced Dog. Enforcing without Force — calm, gentle insistence to produce happy, willing and confident compliance. Quantification for Quality: The Sit Test; Test-Train-Test, Training=Testing; Command:Response Ratios; Percentage Performance Reliability; Command: Correction Ratios; Progressive and Realistic Criteria Setting; Time-and-Trails to Criterion; Differential Reinforcement. Some Results from the SIRIUS Research Study — speed and effectiveness of training So when Plan A Fails, What about Plan B and Plan C?
DAY THREE: (6 HRS) Training Puppy Classes, Adult Classes And Playing Games:
Puppy Training Classes In 1982 Dr Dunbar developed and taught the world’s very first off-leash puppy socialization and training classes intended for the whole family (especially children) with a syllabus encompassing all aspects of behavior modification and temperament training as well as teaching basic off-leash manners. In order to make the SIRIUS® Puppy Training video though, the Director changed the class format to facilitate filming — owners were seated in chairs with their puppies on-leash to provide an attractive backdrop while Dr. Dunbar worked with one owner and puppy at a time. The SIRIUS® video was a “how to train your puppy” video for pet owners, it was not intended as a “how to teach puppy classes” video for dog trainers. Unfortunately, many trainers religiously copied the “filming-format” and are still teaching classes in that fashion today. Of course, puppy classes should not be taught that way. (*Recently, we filmed SIRIUS® Puppy Training Redux — so that dog trainers may see how to teach off-leash puppy socialization and training classes.) Classes should be taught entirely off-leash to maximize dog-dog play (learning bite inhibition) and socialization with people, especially strangers, men and children.
Adult Dog Training Classes:
Teaching adult dog classes can be frustrating and overwhelming, but this is not the fault of the dogs, or their owners, rather it is the fault of trying to use inappropriate training techniques. Adolescent dogs begin to bark and strain on leash and eyeball the other dogs. The dogs blow off food and toy lures, they blow off any attempts at training and they blow off their owners, which, of course, is why most people have come to class. Adolescent dogs require oodles of classical conditioning and all-or-none reward training techniques in order to make training simple, effective, surprisingly calm, and above all, rewarding. Exercises focus on building confidence, calming, settling-down, and regaining attention. During attention-training exercises, most dogs learn to walk calmly on leash and to sit stay as a bonus. All-or-none reward training techniques are simply magical.
Once owners have learned to control their dogs’ energy and exuberance and the dog has acquired impulse control and offers healthy attention, lure/reward training techniques may be used to teach the basic skills needed for a mannerly pet dog — sit, down, stand, stay, walking on-leash and polite greetings.
Tricks & Games: Learning tricks and playing games rapidly accelerates the speed of learning. Not only do tricks and games motivate both dogs and owners to give their very best performances but also, tricks and games motivate 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 Musical Chairs or Doggy Dancing. All tricks/games are designed to improve the quality of the relationship between dogs and their people and each individual game, (including musical chairs, doggy-dashes, retrieval races, woof relays and of course, doggy dancing), is specifically designed to fine-tune essential ingredients of your dog’s training repertoire. For example, with tricks as simple as Biscuit Balance and Playing Possum, you end up with fantastic Sit-Stays and Down-Stays. In addition, playing games is an enjoyable and non-threatening way to objectively quantify performance. For example, there will be only one fastest recall and only one longest sit stay. However, regardless of comparative rank of performance (compared with other competitors), the most worthwhile reason to play games is to establish a personal best, setting personal goals, and above all, striving to progressively better your best from week to week. Games may be used to fine-tune basic obedience skills, including attention, position changes, stays, following, heeling, and precision work.
|Type||DVD universal format|
|Run Time||18 hrs|
|Publisher||Tawzer Dog LLC|
|Copyright||© 2009, 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.