James Lu Dunbar

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FREE SEMINAR: Science-Based Dog Training (with Feeling)

Science-Based Dog Training (with Feeling) is Dr. Ian Dunbar's ultimate dog training seminar and for a limited time it is available to watch for FREE on Dunbar Academy!

It's a distillation of his entire life's work. He's been studying dogs and dog behavior his whole life, as a farm boy, a veterinarian, an academic researcher, a professional dog trainer, and a trainer of dog trainers, and all of those different roles have provided him with a truly unique and unparalleled perspective on the science of dog training AND the easiest ways to get your dog to do what you want them to do.

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Science-Based Dog Training (with Feeling) in 60 seconds!

We are currently running a fun promotion on Dunbar Academy where you can watch one of Ian's all-time greatest seminars for free!

With that in mind, we made these three silly little videos where Jamie attempts to summarize each day of Ian's Science-Based Dog Training (with Feeling) seminar into just 60 seconds! That's a compression factor of x360! 

Day 1 of Science-Based Dog Training (with Feeling) is all about behavior problems, and how to resolve all the common ones, and, even better, how to prevent all of them in puppyhood, and why so few people manage to actually do so.

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Tug Life – How a Love of Tug can Resolve Reactivity (and Hyperactivity!)

FOR A LIMITED TIME Watch the all-new Dunbar Academy Dog-Dog Reactivity webinar for FREE, where Dr. Ian Dunbar explains why teaching your dog to play Tug is one of the smartest things you can do to resolve dog-dog reactivity.

Teaching your dog to love playing Tug can be incredibly helpful for addressing reactivity and hyperactivity problems. Tug is a game that your dog plays WITH YOU, and it's easy and portable to bring with you anywhere. The beauty of Tug is that it keeps your dog's focus on YOU, which allows you to pull your dog's focus away from anything they might react towards.

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Quick Tip: The Keys to the Kingdom – How to Use Life Rewards to Motivate Your Dog

Teaching your dog what you want them to do is just the first step in training. The second step is motivating your dog to WANT to do what you want them to do, and this actually represents the vast majority of the time and energy that it takes to train a dog, 

The key to motivation is harnessing the activities that your dog enjoys, and using them as rewards in training. As your dog's owner, you have control over their access to most of their favorite activities, and if you manage that access carefully you can teach your dog that the best way for them to do the things they want to do is by

 

Quick Tip: The Gift of Gab – Maximize the Effectiveness of Your Training by Talking to your Dog!

Your voice is one of the most useful tools you have in dog training. Sadly, it's also one of the most underutilized. Many dog owners don't understand how much they can communicate by using their voice, and as a result, they fail to give their dogs the feedback they need to learn how to behave. 

Of course, your voice is most powerful when you use words that your dog understands, but even when you use words they don't understand your dog will appreciate the tone and intensity and that can communicate quite a lot!

Watch the video below to learn more:

 

Quick Tip: Handcrafted – How to make the best use of your HANDS during training

You have to know how to use your hands correctly if you want to be a good dog trainer. Excellent dog handlers know how to use their hands to energize, calm, lure and reward.

On the other hand, when owners don't know what they're doing, they can accidentally train their dog to become afraid of human hands, which can lead to anxiety and aggression problems.

And of course, the best thing about your hands is that they are one of just a few tools that you always have with you!

To learn more, watch this video:

 

Quick Tip: Superfood – What You Should and Should not be Feeding Your Dog

For many dogs, the most important aspect about the food you feed your dog is whether or not you use it in training. If your dog has behavior problems, you can, and should, use their regular food to help solve those problems.

That's why it's well worth considering a dry kibble that will be convenient to use in training. For many people, if it's not convenient, it's not going to happen, and when you fail to use food in training you really handicap yourself. 

To learn more, watch this video:

 

Quick Tip: Ditch the Dish – The First Step to Resolving Your Dog's Behavior Problems

When it comes to dog training and behavior problems, the number of different solutions are as great and varied as the number of different problems.

But whatever your problem is, there's a good chance that the first step you're going to want to take is getting rid of your dog's food bowl. Feeding your dog form a food bowl really undermines your ability to use food in training, and food, used properly, can make training much, much easier.

To learn more, watch this video:

 

Dunbar Academy Gets a Make-Over

Dunbar Academy is our online dog training and behavior school and presents a more structured and curated learning experience than Dog Star Daily can provide.

But it wasn't always that way. When we started Dunbar Academy a couple of years ago, it primarily consisted of video recording of Ian's many dog behavior seminar and workshops. 

But in the past few months we've totally revamped the website to make it into a very streamlined set of courses that are each tailored to one of several important groups of doggy people: regular pet dog owners, dog trainers and other doggy professionals

 

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