It’s no secret what a dog’s nose knows. While we humans have only around 5 million scent receptors, dogs’ olfactory receptors number in the hundreds of millions! Dogs use their noses as a primary source of navigation and information gathering. They use scent-marking a source of communication. Dogs take in scent the way most people take in visual and auditory information.
Yet in our human-centric world, dogs are constantly thwarted or punished for gathering info/exploring/expressing themselves via sniffing and marking.
The human equivalent would be to live with blinders on, our
I just read the Independent Pet Food Nutrition Research Study by John Martinez based on a modification to Goldstein’s Wellness & Longevity Program — Natural Care for Dogs & Cats.
245 pet foods were scored according to quality of protein, fats and carbohydrate (whole grain and grain-free), absence of additives & preservatives, with a premium based on uncooked foods and vitamins, presence of phytonutrients, antioxidants, probiotics, prebiotics and lecithin and absence of non-beneficial nutrients to help reduce gas and form stool. (Obviously, with a good diet, dogs have good-looking...Tags: pet food canine nutrition best brands dog food dunbar
As with any training, recall is all about putting a routine into your dogs day which he enjoys taking part in. Recall should never mean "if I run back to my owners, she'll put me back on leash" but always, "if I run back to my owner, it's usually worth my while". With adult dogs, all recall training is easier done using a long line, which is dropped on the ground & dragged behind the dog. Never go from a short leash, to no leash. Instead use a long line which gives your dog freedom, without you losing control.
Socialization for your pup or dog is key to raising a healthy, stable animal. Socialization is exposure to SIGHTS, SOUNDS, SCENTS AND SURFACES paired with positive experience. Socialization is to people of all ages, other dogs (both on and the especially raucous off leash type of socializing), other animals and different places at different times of the day and throughout the year. Whether your plans for your dog include companionship, competition, assistance or other types of work dog -- or all of the above and then some -- it is critically important to find time, make the effort and commit Tags: socialization Har-Vest Rhodesian Ridgeback A Better Pet
Yesterday was a great day, a day when I felt like I had gotten in the game and put action behind my convictions. I’m passionate about keeping dogs in living rooms and out of shelters. I’m passionate about teaching people that behavioral issues can be solved humanely and positively. I’m passionate about spreading the word of positive training techniques far and wide. But passion is pointless when kept to yourself, and I honestly believe that actions speak louder than words.
There has been a fatal dog attack on a young girl in the UK this week. My heart goes out to the friends and family of Jade Anderson. My heart breaks for their loss. There are no words of comfort I can offer to make things better in this time of tragedy. However, there is much to say regarding the incident. This incident was not unavoidable. Let’s hope that as the media swarms on the sensationalistic aspect of this sort of sad news and as the horror of such an attack leads people to become reactionary and call for blanket bans and breed specific legislation, that common sense and education...Tags: fatal dog attack dog bites dangerous dogs bsl dunbar
I have just read a paper in the March/April issue of the Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association describing a study that concluded, puppies vaccinated at least once prior to starting puppy classes at less than 16 weeks of age were at no more risk of being diagnosed with Canine Parvovirus infection than vaccinated puppies that did not attend classes.
The study comprised two parts:
1. A total of 21 veterinary clinics were selected from both low- and high-income zones in four cities with different seasonal patterns (Atlanta GA, Chicago IL, Phoenix AZ and Seattle WA). Data were...Tags: puppy classes canine parvovirus dr. ian dunbar
So, there are some words, phrases and cues that I choose not to use with dogs. One of those is, “Look at me.” I don’t say it and I don’t teach it. Of course there’s nothing wrong with it, but I find it redundant and unnecessary in my training, so I don’t use it.
If I want to get someone’s attention, I generally say their name. The expectation is that if I say someone’s name, they will respond by looking at me and at that point I can say whatever it is I need to say. If I say someone’s name and they don’t respond, I can assume they either didn’t hear me or they are ignoring...Tags: dog training dog behavior impulse control eye contact puppy training
Years ago after a puppy class, a frustrated owner (of a Jack Russell Terrier) complained that her puppy wouldn’t sit still for a second. I got out my stopwatch and checked. She was quite correct; the puppy only sat for 0.2 of a second. I wrote the number on a sheet of paper and stuck it on the wall. On the fourth trial though, the JRT proved her wrong and sat for 1.2 seconds. I wrote the dog’s new personal best on the sheet of paper. Baby steps? Yes. But because we objectively quantified the dog’s performance, we realized that these baby steps reflected a 600% improvement. I explained to...Tags: dog training quantifying dr. ian dunbar sit Jack Russell Terriers
Tell me about your plan for your dogs should something happen to you. Not what you think or hope will happen, but your actual plan. Who will take them? Will that person keep them or be charged with the responsibility of rehoming them? Do you have a dog that could not be rehomed and might have to be euthanized instead? Have you thought about these things?
I recently and quite suddenly lost a friend. She was only 43 years old and by all appearances perfectly healthy. She died of a pulmonary embolism. She had two dogs, one of them is blind. There is no way that she or anyone else Tags: rehoming dogs dog adoption dog owner planning plan death
I was working with a dog at the dog park the other day. We were near the dog park, but not inside the play area. We walked around practicing loose leash walking, eye contact, the “let’s go” cue, sits and stays. While working close to the dog park fence, a woman asked me if the dog was friendly with other dogs. I explained that he was and that he routinely went to dog daycare and to dog parks. She then asked if he was going to come in to play when he was done working. I told her that he wasn’t.
What is the number one reason for puppy class? To continue to work on puppies’ acquired bite inhibition. Put differently, to teach people how to give appropriate feedback to their mouthy young pup with needle-sharp teeth.
It’s generally the very first question we get at our SIRIUS Puppy & Dog Training School, “How do I stop my puppy from biting?” Even though puppies are pretty tiny and have weak jaws, there pointy little teeth really pack a punch. It is no wonder people don’t want their pups to bite them, but our job at puppy school is to convince people not to punish out Tags: puppy biting puppy mouthing puppy class sirius bite inhibition
The trouble with people claiming to be able to “predict” the “dangerousness” of a dog based on their breed or “type” is this, they have not put forth any proof they themselves know anything about dog behavior and or human behavior as it relates to the potential dangerousness of dogs, so they cannot make the claim.
Even if one did have great insights to dog behavior or the breed or mix of the dog, they cannot make the clam based solely on the dog’s type, the major factor in a dog’s “dangerousness” are the humans and their behavior, period. As a collective community, people on both...Tags: Pit Bulls BSL Dangerous Dogs Dog Bites
It's become quite popular in many areas to move dogs from one shelter to another in the hopes that they will have a better chance to be adopted. The original idea of shelter transfers was a good one, I believe, when done right. In my opinion, doing it right means that shelters and rescues are helping one another to better serve their communities by trading animals, giving long time shelter residents new exposure in a new location or transferring a dog with special needs (health or behavioral) to an organization with the resources to meet those needs.
Hello everyone! It’s been ages since I blogged here at Dog Star Daily and that is a shame. I’ve been very busy with the redesign of the site, revamping puppy training protocols for SIRIUS®, traveling teaching fun scent work games for pet dogs, and with the encouraging boom of Open Paw® shelter training workshops. Regardless, my apologies for staying away for so long!
Have you heard of Open Paw? It’s one of my very favorite projects and I don’t think I’ve ever written about it here on DSD. People like to call it a shelter dog and cat training and behavior program, but I like to call it Tags: Open paw animal shelters dog dog training kelly gorman dunbar