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Dog-Friendly Dog Training

Chris Higgins

Speaking at last year's EG Conference in Los Angeles, animal behaviorist Ian Dunbar gave a talk on dog-friendly dog training. His training method emphasizes positive reinforcement as the key motivator. Dunbar's talk tackles issues of dominance, classical training (which involves punishment), dogs learning English as a second language, turning distractions into trained behaviors, punishment without force, and human relationship skills as applied to puppies...and kids.

There are a few odd audio issues during the talk, but it's definitely worth a look for dog owners.