This is DAY THREE of the SIRIUS® Four Day Academy in Chicago.
"Adult Classes & Home Training"
Dr. Dunbar addresses the issues of implementing adult dog training classes. He covers the many issues one might face as described below.
Adult I Classes are intended for quiet, people-friendly and dog-friendly dogs between 18 weeks and two years of age to learn basic manners. The syllabus for adult classes is really quite straightforward and comprises controlling the dog's energy and enthusiasm, capturing the dog's attention, and increasing the reliability of responses. Initially, adult classes must be taught on-leash (bite inhibition is unknown). Off-leash and handling exercises may be incorporated once you have had time to evaluate the dog's behavior and demeanor. All dogs should be handfed daily diet of kibble prior to the first session.
Several types of dog are unsuitable for Adult Classes:
- Barking dogs are too disruptive in class and require and individual behavior consultation to teach 'Woof'ť and 'Shush.'ť
- Dog-human aggressive dogs are too disruptive and potential dangerous in class and require an individual behavior consultation.
- Dog-dog aggressive dogs are too disruptive and potential dangerous in class and require an individual behavior consultation, or a specialized 'Growl Class.'ť
Adult II Classes are intended for Adult I graduates, who have proved to be quiet, people-friendly and dog-friendly to learn higher level off-leash obedience, especially including distance control, stays with heavy distractions, walking on a loose leash, heeling, placement commands ("Go to your mat and settle down"). The exercises are the same as for Puppy II, except that most of the class is taught on leash. However, selected dogs may be tried off leash when teaching emergency sits/downs. Adult II dogs must be selected before being allowed to register for K9 GAMES® classes.
Presentation by: Ian Dunbar
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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.
This video qualifies for 6 trainer CEUs