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Veterinarian and animal behaviorist Ian Dunbar once had a Malamute puppy.

And it’s a good thing for the rest of us that he did….

When he couldn’t find a training class for young puppies anywhere in the San Francisco bay area, he created the Sirius Puppy Training classes.

And a new era in puppy training began: Ian Dunbar’s emphasis on kind, positive approaches — based on what dogs are really like — has revolutionized the field.

His work extends to every aspect of dog training. He’s created many dog training books and videos. I describe some of the best ones below. He has given hundreds of workshops, hosted TV shows, and won numerous awards.

Dr. Dunbar is the Director of the Center for Applied Animal Behavior in Berkeley, California. He once ran a behavior clinic for biting and fighting dogs, and he was a founder of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, an organization with thousands of members.

Rosana and dog

Rosana’s Ramblings:

All these credentials are impressive, but what strikes me so much in his videos is the warm, caring, and humorous person he is. There is a moment in the Sirius Puppy Training program where he says to a young child that he’s a kid too. She doesn’t think so, but I do!

Some Dog Training Programs with Ian Dunbar

Sirius Puppy Training — click on the title to go to my rave review of this best-selling program.

Cover of Dog Training for Children, video with Ian DunbarDog Training For Children
We adults may not want to admit it, but children are sometimes even better dog trainers than we are! They are more playful and often more patient. This DVD has helped many kids (and their parents) to train dogs.

Adapted from a television program, it includes:

  • Taking on a new puppy
  • Housetraining
  • Early lead training
  • Teaching sit and down
  • Developing a rapport
  • Focusing attention
  • Improving off-leash control
  • Training a fast recall
  • Training as a family
  • Family competitions
  • Improving the sit stay
  • Teaching with toys
  • Playing training games

Highly recommended if there are children in your family! DVD format.

Dog Training for Children is available from:


See more at the site run by his wife: Dogstardaily.com

Rosana and dog

Rosana’s Ramblings:

You could immerse yourself in the works of Ian Dunbar, and it would be totally to the good!

Every time I dip into a book of his or watch a program again, I learn something… and get more inspired! There are few people — if any — who have had a more beneficial effect on dog training than Dr. Ian Dunbar.


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