This is DAY FOUR of the SIRIUS® Four Day Academy in Chicago.
"Puppy Training Classes & Home Training"
Dr. Dunbar walks you through all the different phases described below and how to implement the training.
Puppy I classes are for puppies between 12 and 18 weeks of age. Unlike adult classes, the puppy class curriculum is huge and comprises bite inhibition (soft mouth), socialization to people (especially children, men, and strangers) and other dogs,, temperament training, behavior problem counseling, and basic manners. Puppy classes Class priorities are teaching bite inhibition (so your puppy develops a soft mouth), socializing your puppy and teaching basic manners, with all training interludes embedded in off-leash play. Unlike adult dogs, puppies may be flooded with social stimuli. Trainers should not waste this opportunity to quickly socialize pups to people, and desensitize them to all potentially frightening stimuli. Also, puppies of this age may safely be allowed to play together off-leash. Trainers should capitalize on this narrow time-window of opportunity by teaching classes entirely off-leash, with the only exception of teaching leash-work. All puppies should be handfed daily diet of kibble prior to the first session.
Puppy II off-leash classes are reserved for a Puppy I graduate only, anytime up to 2 years of age. In Puppy II classes, dogs and owners learn higher level off-leash obedience; especially distance control, emergency sits/downs, stays with heavy distractions, walking on loose leash, precise heeling, and placement commands. All training interludes are embedded in off-leash play
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.
No CEU's offered for this video per CCPDT.