Ian Dunbar – Dogs

IanĀ Dunbar Dogs have interest. They try to harness the distractions that dogs naturally have. You can’t compete with the dog’s natural views, “rear end vs owner.” You train a dog by making up rules, human rules, we don’t take the dog’s rules into account. We keep these rules a secret from the dog. Then we punish the dog from breaking the rules he didn’t know about in the first place. When dogs are puppies they’re trained to do things like jump up on your leg and you pet him and reward him, a year later when he’s huge he gets punished for jumping up the same way. It’s scare the abuse and mixed messages that dogs get.

He’s showing some videos of very well-trained dogs. The dog books tell you when a dog jumps up you whack them with newspaper, squirt them with lemon juice, all types of abuse. The first stage in training is to teach the dog ESL, because they don’t know what you’re saying. The second stage is training is to make the dog want to do what you want it to do. They mix low-frequency behavior with a high-frequency behavior, like “sit, rub belly. sit, fetch ball. sit, food.” They motivate the dog to want to do it, the need for punishment seldom comes up. Phase three, there’s times when you know best, you have to let the dog know about things they must not do, like run outside the house where they could get hit. They have to enforce the rules without the force. A punishment is a stimulus right after an action that encourages that action not to happen again. You can calmly talk to them.

I have friends who train grizzly bears, how are you going to reprimand a grizzly bear? You don’t, it’s a different approach.

If you go to the Lincoln Memorial and look at the Gettysburg address chiseled in the right, and the word “future” is a typo. It’s spelled “uture.” (Huh.)

It’s about relationship skills. Some people take delight in people getting things wrong so we can moan and groan at them. These skills should be taught to everybody. Where I want to do with this doggy stuff is “You know, your husband is really to change.” Just saying “thank you” is so powerful. This should be taught in schools. Good habits are just as hard to break as bad habits. 75 million dogs in the US, 45 million families

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