Dr Dunbar's iWoofs Podcasts

Dr Dunbar's iWoofs Podcasts

Dr. Dunbar's iWOOFs Radio covering a wide variety of topics, including: Pet Dog Training; The Birth of Puppy Training; Behavior Problems or Normal Behavior?; Errorless Housetraining & Chewtoy Training, Home Alone!; Socialization for Dogs &Their Owners; Come Here!; Hyperdog!; Pulling On-Leash; Dog Fears & Quarrels; Choosing & Adopting an Adult Dog; Fun & Games; and Animal Behavior in the Home & Office.

Episodes

May 25, 2021
We had more thoughts about food in training! Specifically, what constitutes a bribe? Food can be so useful for teaching dogs behaviors and motivating them to do those behaviors on cue, but we don’t want our dogs’ attention and compliance to become dependent on food lures or rewards, so how do we
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Some people want their dogs to do what they ask without having to use food in training. A lot of people don’t want to have to bribe their dog to get them to follow instructions. So what is a bribe? What is a lure? What is a reward? How can you use food in training without becoming dependent on it?
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We started out with the intention of discussing all the most common dog training myths. But, as is so often the case, once we got started, we just couldn’t stop, and so this episode ended up being entirely about one of the most common myths in dog training: the myth of intent. Too often, dog
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  There are people who believe that puppy classes are causing an increase in some dog behavior problems? Could there be any truth to this? What is a puppy class for? What makes a puppy class good? What can make a puppy class bad?
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  We give this question a second attempt, and this time we manage to stay on topic. Is there an increase of dog aggression or just the perception of dog aggression? If aggression is on the rise, how can we address it?
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June 18, 2015
  Coprophagia (the eating of poop) is not pretty, but is there an upside? In this episode we discuss why some dogs eat feces and how you might prevent them from eating feces in the future.
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  Is aggression on the rise with pet dogs? Who knows? We certainly don’t get to the bottom of this question in this episode where we meandered a bit off the original topic, into the realm of punishment and discipline and how they fit into the practice of dog training. How do we correct our dog’s
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Shirley in New Jersey has a problem with her dog being reactive when off-leash, jumping her fence and chasing down bikers and joggers. She’s tried setting up training scenarios, but the dog doesn’t seem to react when it’s on-leash, so how should she address the problem?
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Want to observe a Growl Class right now? Use this link to save 20% off the price of Ian's single-day Growl Class, in the form of an online video you can download or stream online instantly. What is a Growl Class and when might it be useful? These are classes that are intended to help dogs that are
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Many veterinarians are sufficiently concerned about the risk posed by canine parvovirus that they advise dog owners to keep their puppies at home until their vaccinations are complete. This poses some serious limitations for socializing your puppy. In this episode the Dunbars assess the true risk of...
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  Ian’s been reading up on socialization research and he has some fresh thoughts to share. But first, what is socialization, what do we mean when we say it? Is there another word that might be better suited to what we want to talk about? What is socialization on a scientific, biological,
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When it comes to dogs, people say and do a lot of silly things. Sometimes they record those things and publish them on the internet. Today we're looking at just two examples of this sort of behavior. First is a Facebook post by Sarah Palin where she celebrates her son for stepping on their dog as an...
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  What is deprivation, and is there a place for it in dog training?  Is it a good idea to keep you dog confined or isolated to get them more excited about training or working with you?  In this episode the Dunbars discuss the concept of depriving a dog of access to desired behaviors and items as a...
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  We’ve been talking a lot about puppy class lately, but the vast majority of any dog’s socialization takes place outside of classes.  It’s incredibly important that a puppy’s socialization and household manners training begins in the first few weeks of a pup’s life, and continues...
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  In this episode we continue our puppy training  theme by talking about proper puppy husbandry procedures.  What exercises can you do with a puppy to prepare them for being groomed and treated by veterinarians in the future?  Pet dogs will get petted, restrained and handled by strangers, whether  ...
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  For this episode we return to an article that was on the Kennel Club’s website which suggests that puppy classes and social play sessions are responsible for increasing reactivity and aggression in pet dogs.   The article focuses on poorly managed classes, and uses this as justification for...
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In this iWoofs episode we address an article that appears on The Kennel Club website, by Robert Alleyne, a Board member of the Kennel Club Accreditation Scheme for Instructors.  As major advocates for puppy classes you can probably imagine that we have a few bones to pick with this article.  We
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  It’s been awhile since Dr. Ian Dunbar has conducted dog training workshops in the United States, but that’s about to change.  Over the next few months Ian will be giving dog training workshops in locations all across America, starting in Texas, Rhode Island, New Jersey & Maryland.  In this...
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A listener has a sweet three-your old Rottweiler that likes to mouth people. He’s never hurt people, but the owner recognizes that this is a potential problem. With a large, potentially intimidating dog like a Rottweiler it’s a particular pressing problem, because people may be very scared.
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There are a lot of things that can go wrong in dog training, mistakes which will make any method or exercise significantly less effective.  Dog training is complex and requires some important skills, it requires some patience, persistence and timing.  Also, there’s something about dogs which tends...
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