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Sirius Puppy Training

3.9 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews

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SIRIUS PUPPY TRAINING by Ian Dunbar 2007 James & Kenneth Publishers DVD The original puppy training video and still. . . "the leader of the pack." Voted BEST VIDEO (2000, 2001 & 2002) by the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. Learn the gentle and enjoyable methods of off-leash training and socialization that made the SIRIUS philosophy the international standard in companion dog training. Dr. Dunbar developed SIRIUS classes in 1981, so his Malamute puppy could go to school. At that time, of the 50 dog training schools in the San Francisco Bay Area. . . NONE would allow puppies until they were six months to a year old. SIRIUS Puppy Training redefined and revolutionized dog training. Before SIRIUS there were no puppy classes, and virtually no food lures and rewards in training. The SIRIUS methods have been adopted and adapted by most caring dog trainers worldwide. This DVD is written and hosted by veterinarian, animal behaviorist, and author Dr. Ian Dunbar - the creator of off-leash puppy classes, which sparked the revolution for positive, reward-based dog-friendly dog training. Dr. Dunbar is the founder of several dog training organizations, including th Center for Applied Animal Behavior; the Association of Pet Dog Trainers - the largest and most influential worldwide association of professional pet dog trainers; and SIRIUS Puppy Training - the Original Puppy Training School.

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"SIRIUS Puppy Training is the video which changed dog training. It remains the best video on positive methods and early socialization available today." Jean Donaldson, author of The Culture Clash --Jean Donaldson, author of The Culture Clash

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  • Actors: Dr. Ian Dunbar
  • Directors: Dr. Ian Dunbar
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    G
    General Audience
  • Studio: Coastline Design
  • DVD Release Date: January 1, 2007
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NQRWMK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,377 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Rosana Hart on February 8, 2008
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I got this program several years ago to train our puppy, and it was a great help. At the time, I had no idea that Dr. Ian Dunbar was one of greatest positive dog trainers around. Turns out the program has won numerous awards and is quite a best-seller. It recently came out in DVD.

I watched it again recently, and was struck again by how useful it is.

Many of the people taking the puppy training class are children themselves -- some look as young as four or five years old. This would be an excellent video for children to watch. Both kids and adults can benefit from watching Sirius Puppy Training several times.

I think that even people with a fair amount of dog experience would benefit from Sirius Puppy Training -- unless they have already watched other programs of Ian Dunbar's. I'm a great book lover, but the DVD gives you a lot that you couldn't get from his (or anyone's) books.

Note that the program is designed for puppies under the age of 18 weeks without major behavior problems.
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Dr. Dunbar is an advocate of positive reinforcement techniques. There is no shouting or pushing down on puppy's rump to get him to sit. it's all about luring the dog with little treats and praise to reinforce the behaviors that you want. Every move is demonstrated clearly and explained. The DVD--which is identical to the VHS version--shows the entire family working with the puppy, even the very small children. Dr. Dunbar also addresses common behavioral problems and their solutions.
This DVD worked great for my family and our new rescue puppy because we could start her training at home before she was old enough for classes. Training *is* essential for the happiness of the whole family and can save your dog's life. Highly recommended.
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Ground breaking training developed by the vet who started it all. I knew the cameraman and producer of this video in the 80's, Marty Blueford. His father raised Golden 's in Carmel where he met Dr.Dunbar.He told us all about this wonderful Dr. who loved dogs and promoted training puppies and using positive reinforcement.We bought a new Great Dane puppy and knew we had to watch this video and so ordered it from Amazon. I re-watched the video and found it still terrific
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I bought this video before purchasing my 8 week old puppy, but didn't actually watch it until the puppy was 5 1/2 months old. Big mistake! Although this video was made many years ago, the training techniques shown by Ian Dunbar are very fresh. He is the grandfather of the "kinder, gentler" approach to the dog training methods that have become so popular today. I highly recommend this video to ALL new puppy owners!
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This is an excellent video for anyone with a new puppy. We started using Ian Dunbar's instructions on our new puppy and it's amazing how quickly this training works.
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I'd heard many good things about Ian Dunbar, and was even considering taking one of his workshops...until I saw this video. I found his manner a bit too critical and scolding of the humans in his workshop when they did something he didn't like. I was surprised when he occasionally hit and shouted at the dogs. Okay, maybe hitting is the wrong word, it was more like a hard tap, but his manner seemed unnecessary to me. In fairness, I've been a fan of Karen Pryor and have attended one of her workshops and never saw this negativity towards humans or animals, so I'm probably biased. This video does seem a bit dated, so maybe he's softened in his approach. There are good things to learn from this, and I was open to learning new ways, but it's unlikely I'll take his workshop. I'd recommend this video with reservations.
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This is an excellent video for a new puppy owner! Even though I've had dogs all my life, it's been a long time since I had a puppy and wanted to make sure I did it right.

The video is like taking a "puppy kindergarten" training course, but without the other puppies. You will learn a lot from watching, and re-watching, the positive training methods used. It is especially helpful to see how the owners each overcome unique difficulties with their dogs (a slow malamute, a shy Westie, a hyper Golden, etc.)

The only downside to the video is that it is designed for puppies under the age of 18 weeks-- once they hit adolescence, while you can still use positive training methods, you will probably also need some corrections.
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Sirius Puppy training shows the first-time and experienced puppy owner how to teach their puppy the sit, down, stand, off, come, and stay commands as well as bite inhibition, greeting people, etc. all through rewarding lavishly with praise and food treats. Parts of actual training classes with Dr. Ian Dunbar are included in this 90 minute VHS tape as well as helpful suggestions on puppy potty training and general handling tips. It is both humorous and entertaining while being informative. Segues well into a puppy training class in your area.
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