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FREE Course Collection – Dunbar Academy



This collection of free courses is intended for anyone interested in the welfare of dogs, including prospective, new, or longtime puppy/dog owners as well as all dog professionals. 


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Essential Behavior & Training Tips For Dog Owners and Professionals.

Courses include:

Looking for a Puppy? Adopting a Dog? You Need to Know: What You Want Exactly What You’re Getting What to Do (right away) and especially … How To Avoid Being Behind Before You Start Training Whether you are looking for a puppy or adopting an adult dog, choose carefully. Whereas there are some stellar dog breeders and exceptional shelters and rescue groups, there are others that are not so good. In fact, if you rank-order individuals from any profession according to any criterion, by definition, half of them will fall below the median. Most people take this into account when looking for a plumber, a school, or an automobile mechanic but few people even consider this when searching for a professional, e.g., a doctor, lawyer, dog breeder or a shelter/rescue, we just assume, they’re all wonderful. And so how do you tell whether a dog breeder or shelter/rescue is above or below average? Basically, it all depends on the puppies and the dogs that they produce.
Do you have a dog behaviour problem? If so, you’ve come to the right place! Sign up for this free course and you will learn about six simple dog training techniques that can help you resolve all of the most common dog behaviour problems: Barking Pulling on leash dog-dog reactivity Separation anxiety Growling Destructive Chewing Fear of People Hyperactivity Jumping Up And Much More… The techniques presented in this course are easy to use and they will work on any dog. You don’t need any special skills, previous experience or equipment. This course is completely free so there’s no reason not to give it a try.
The primary purpose of this behaviour program is to provide a format and the means for dog trainers to be able to better promote their businesses to other pet professionals, especially breeders, veterinarians and shelters/rescues (the source of puppies/dogs) and to disseminate proactive educational materials to new and especially prospective puppy/dog owners so that the requisite know-how is in place before people get their puppies/dogs. Additionally, this program: 1. Provides a bit of a history of dog training back in the day, so that trainers who didn’t experience it firsthand may appreciate how changes in the ’80s revolutionized obedience training — making the art of training a science and creating a separate new field of companion dog training, 2. Reevaluates present day, reward-based training techniques, and 3. Suggests some changes for dog training and for dog trainers’ education.
A working knowledge of applied animal behaviour is highly advantageous for veterinary practitioners. Not only can simple training procedures make practice easier, quicker and more enjoyable but proactive behaviour and training advice can substantially improve the quality of life for dogs, their owners and clinic personnel. New puppy owners must know how to raise and train a puppy. To facilitate new puppy owner education, the SIRIUS® Veterinary Behavior Program provides practitioners with free, handy, comprehensive educational materials to distribute to clients.
Most shelters struggle with limited facilities, funds, time and personnel. A Shelter Behavior Program with a massive volunteer base is an absolute gold mine in terms of: 1. Catalyzing fund-raising (especially for smaller shelters), 2. Freeing-up oodles of time for employees, 3. Training cats and dogs to be more adoptable and so, 4. Shortening their stay at the shelter, 5. Increasing the permanence of adoption and 6. Creating a calmer, happier and more soothing environment for animals and people. In the early 80s, Dr Dunbar designed what was probably the world’s first Shelter Behavior Program at the San Francisco SPCA. First, we analyzed reasons for shelter input and then, we established a free Nationwide Animal Behavior Hotline to get a feel for the problems that people were experiencing with their cats and dogs. There was absolutely no correlation between the two sets of data. People living with cats and dogs experience animal problems but when surrendering their pets, they cite people reasons. Consequently, we designed a Surrender Questionnaire to determine the real reasons why people surrender their pets and then staff and volunteers addressed the dog behaviour and training problems in-house and after adoption, followed up with the new owners on a regular basis. The SF SPCA program was quite impressive in its day but then, the SF SPCA was rich in funds, facilities and personnel. In the 90s, Kelly Dunbar designed Open Paw for rescues/shelters that had fewer funds, smaller facilities and fewer personnel. The Open Paw Shelter Behavior Program was developed hand in hand with the UC Davis Shelter Medicine program so that we could constantly check that there were no physical health restrictions that would constrain the behaviour program. The Open Paw program was based on a set of Minimal Mental Health Requirements for kenneled animals that catered to the animals’ education, entertainment, comfort and companionship, specifically including, housetraining, chew toy-training, basic manners and ongoing socialization with people and other dogs. Simply housing dogs in cages is not sufficient. For example, without regular toilet breaks, a previously housetrained dog will be forced to soil its living area. Without training, kenneled dogs will become less mannerly, inattentive, hyperactive, and noisier. Without a cage hobby (chew toys), they will become bored and develop doggy habits — bad habits. Without ongoing interaction, socialization, training and play with people and other dogs, they will be lonely and progressively de-socialize. Shelters are ideal places to make homeless dogs more adoptable.
Most dog breeders go to great lengths to breed good dogs, primarily selecting for health, behaviour, temperament and conformation and so, it would be a great shame for the puppy’s good genes and behavioural potential to go to waste. As you will discover in the following articles, regardless of breed or breeding, there is no greater variable that has a bigger impact on adult behaviour, temperament and trainability, than handling, socialization and environmental enrichment during early puppyhood, i.e., prior to 12 weeks of age and especially, neonatally. Ultimately, the dog’s suitability and success both as a companion and/or as a conformation, working or obedience dog depend on socialization and training: 1. In the breeding kennel prior to eight weeks of age and 2. In the puppy’s new home after eight weeks of age. A young brain can be permanently compromised in just a few weeks with environmental, social and intellectual (training) deprivation. New puppy owners must know how to raise and train a puppy to profit from your groundwork. To facilitate new puppy owner education, the SIRIUS® Dog Breeder Behavior Program provides breeders with free, handy, comprehensive educational materials to distribute to clients vis a vis the prevention (and resolution) of the most common behaviour and temperament problems. A Puppy’s Brain is Too Precious to Waste!
Adopting a behaviour program enables pet stores to Help owners help their dogs; Attract more customers; Sell more customers more products; Prevent customer attrition, and Create a passive income.
These videos are all available for free on the Dunbar Academy YouTube channel, but we’ve also collected them here for your convenience. These videos are meant to provide quick and effective training concepts that you can easily start using today to improve your dog’s behaviour.


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