“When I’m training a dog I develop a relationship with that dog. He’s my buddy and I want to make training fun,” says Dr. Ian Dunbar. “Training a dog to me is on a par with learning to dance with my wife or teaching my son to ski. These are fun things we do together. If anyone even talks about dominating the dog or hurting him or fighting him or punishing him, don’t go there.”
Dr. Dunbar is perhaps the world’s most respected authority on dog training and behavior, combining sound scientific theory and gentle common sense implementation. He was “dog whispering” long before Cesar Millan.
Training is about giving your dog social savvy and confidence so that your dog is cool in your house and you can walk him so that he can greet anyone.
We have three types of problems:
Manners: Come, stay, sit when greeting people. You can teach that in a couple of days.
Behavior: Chewing, digging, barking, house soiling. The longer the dog has been doing it or the older the dog, the longer this is going to take.
Temperament problems. Biting, fighting, fearfulness. Maybe you can’t resolve this at all.
I had always enjoyed dogs, but for those who were on the other side of the outdoor gps devices, I wanted to figure out a way to get them out here, and have them enjoy it with their dogs as well.