Ian Dunbar

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  • Born: April 15, 1947
  • Nationality: British
  • Profession: Director The Center For Applied Animal Behavior









Dr. Ian Dunbar is a veterinarian, animal behaviorist, and dog trainer who received his veterinary degree and a Special Honors degree in Physiology & Biochemistry from the Royal Veterinary College plus a doctorate in animal behavior from the Psychology Department at UC Berkeley, where he researched the development of social hierarchies and aggression in domestic dogs.

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All training is negotiation, whether you're training dogs or spouses.
I grew up on a farm and my grandfather quit school when he was 12, but when it came to common sense and animals, he was the smartest person I've ever met, before or since. He taught me that to touch an animal is an earned privilege. It's not a right.
Learning from wolves to interact with pet dogs makes about as much sense as, 'I want to improve my parenting - let's see how the chimps do it!' Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Families, Children & Parenting
People - and dogs - are dying to be trained.
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. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Training a puppy is like raising a child. Every single interaction is a training opportunity.
When I'm training a dog, I develop a relationship with that dog. He's my buddy, and I want to make training fun.
With every animal, you have to build its confidence around people because people do some crazy and stupid things.
You can instill fear in your kids and get them to mind, but they won't function better in the world and your relationship will suffer greatly.
You don't train a dog in a training hall, jerking his neck or even giving him food treats. You train him using life rewards. Life ;Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture