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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: James & Kenneth Publishers; 3 edition (May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 188804702X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1888047028
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ian Dunbar PhD, BVetMed, MRCVS

Dr. Ian Dunbar is a veterinarian, animal behaviorist, dog trainer, and writer. He received his veterinary degree and a Special Honors degree in Physiology & Biochemistry from the Royal Veterinary College (London University) and a doctorate in animal behavior from the Psychology Department at the University of California in Berkeley, where he spent ten years researching the development of hierarchical social behavior and aggression in domestic dogs. For seven years Dr. Dunbar ran a behavior clinic specifically for biting and fighting dogs.

Dr. Dunbar is a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, the California Veterinary Medical Association, the Sierra Veterinary Medical Association, the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior, and the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (which he founded).

Over the past 30 years, Dr. Dunbar has given over 750 one-day seminars and workshops for dog trainers and veterinarians in an effort to popularize off-leash puppy training classes (which he pioneered), temperament modification, and owner-friendly and dog-friendly dog training. Dr. Dunbar’s books, videos, and AKC Gazette "Behavior" column (which he created), have won numerous awards.

Dr. Dunbar is currently Director of the Center for Applied Animal Behavior in Berkeley, California, where he lives with Kelly, and Claude, Ollie, Ugly and Mayhem.


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Consulting Editor Ian Dunbar, Ph.D., MRCVS, is the founder and an ongoing member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. Consulting Editor Pamela Leis Higdon, an aviculturist of long standing, was an associate editor for Bird Talk magazine and the first managing editor of Birds USA.

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Easy to read, easy to follow instructions.
aussiemom
We've made progress with training since getting the book but now it's repetition and consistency Good luck!
Sarah Baldwin
Dr. Dunbar's lure/reward methods are totally positive and upbeat.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 31, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book offers tons of practical advice. It has step by step photos with captions that describe exactly how to train your dog. It is entertaining and useful, cleverly written so it can be enjoyed by the whole family, adults and children alike. We followed the instruction outlined in the book and by the time our dog got to training school she was the star of the class.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By N. Rider on November 10, 2003
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This book is written in a way that is down to earth and easy to understand, even for a first time dog owner. Dr. Dunbar's advice actually works! Just follow it and be consistent! It worked for my dog, it can work for yours too! Great pictures and even a training plan. You need this book!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By monami on August 10, 2008
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I second all the other 5 star reviews! "Ian Dunbar's books are the best in positive dog training available." Simple, straighforward, easy to read and easy to follow instructions. No new dog owner should be without this and his Before and After You Get Your Puppy" books! I've followed his methods and took some classes at Sirius Dog Training, which teach his methods, and couldn't be happier with my two happy dogs! They are a delight to live with.

Don't hesitate for a second before buying this and his other books. If more dog owners tried his methods, which are so humane, the dog populations at shelters would plummet! So many dogs are sent to shelters because the owners don't understand that dogs don't understand from birth what we expect of them - they have to be taught!!! The best way to teach is to understand the animal's nature and why it behaves as it does, which leads to understanding how to teach it what you want. People who tell you their dog is just stubborn or who tell you that you have to dominate the dog and show it who's boss are showing their ignorance about dogs and training. Give them this book!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By F. Anderson on August 22, 2007
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All I can say is that this book should go home with all new dog/puppy owners! It really is a must have, it's exactly what Dr. Dunbar say's "Efficient, Effective, Easy, Efficacious, Enjoyable, and Expedient". It's easy for kids to use too.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By W. G. james on July 13, 2007
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My dog is a product of Dr. Dunbar's training techniques. He is a dream dog! Consequently, I give his books to all my friends and family who have puppies. These books are easy to read and follow and best of all, they work!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cora A. Victorine on February 18, 2010
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Good information for new puppy and for existing dogs. Positive training ideas. Step by step instructions. Good reference book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By aussiemom on April 7, 2008
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Ian Dunbar's books are the best in positive dog training available. Easy to read, easy to follow instructions. Practical no nonsense solutions. All new dog owners should read this book and Before and After You Get Your Puppy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kris G. on May 29, 2013
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This book is aimed at the person who is bringing a puppy home, not raising a litter for adoption. I bought the book because I am most interested in the proper socialization of these puppies, to make sure they turn out to be great dogs. Many have heard Dr. Dunbar's recommendation that your puppy meet 100 people by the time they are 16 weeks old. This is why I got the book - to get more detail on that recommendation. Sadly, there wasn't much more than that. They are sections on training too. I guess when the book was first written, this was cutting edge knowledge - not so much now. Still good information, however.
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