Eat, Love, Fetch: A Conversation About Puppies with Author and Trainer, Dr. Ian Dunbar
Whether you’re thinking about adopting that cute slobbery mutt from your local shelter or have an adorable puppy that is currently tearing your house apart, make sure you watch this short interview with Dr. Ian Dunbar. For those of you who are just entering the world of obedience training, leave Cesar Milan and his endless “tshh-ing” behind. As you’ll soon learn, Dr. Dunbar highly recommends the power of positive reinforcement when it comes to teaching your puppy his or her manners.
Dr. Dunbar is not only a dog trainer, veterinarian, and animal behaviorist, but he’s also an acclaimed author. His titles include How to Teach an Old Dog New Tricks, Doctor Dunbar’s Good Little Dog Book, Dog Behavior: Why Dogs Do What They Do, and Before and After Getting Your Puppy: The Positive Approach to Raising a Happy, Healthy Dog have long been considered the go-to books for owners looking to use positive reinforcement dog training.
In this video, Dr.Dunbar is interviewed by NaturallyHappyDogs about how owners can mold their rambunctious pup into a well-behaved pooch. He stresses that owners should start training their dogs at eight weeks but warns that training never stops, even when the dog is old. Socialization and handling is also important as well—that way, your puppy will stay still when having their teeth brushed.
Dr. Dunbar stresses that it’s also important to teach your puppy bite inhibition so that, even if they are nippy, they won’t hurt you with their razor-sharp fangs. While he does admit that consistent training is key to having a well-behaved dog, Dr. Dunbar argues that training should be fun and easy to integrate into your daily lifestyle: when the dog is out for a walk, while at the dog park, when you’re cooking, etc.
As long as you’re on top of training your puppy and make it part of your daily routine, you’ll be well on your way to having a well-mannered dog that will be the envy of your neighbors!