Q & A with Ian Dunbar: The Dog Training Legend Shares His Most Valuable Insights For Pet Professionals

Ian Dunbar is a legend in the dog training and pet professional community. His knowledge about dog training and behavior is astounding. In this segment, he answers the questions many of you posed to him on our Facebook page. (Thank you for your great questions!) Regardless of whether you're a pet sitter, dog walker, pet groomer, dog trainer or dog day care owner, you’ll find many of Ian’s answers relevant, unusual and out-of-the-box. Want the leading edge in your dog business? Watch this empowering segment and then use the many valuable dog behavior tips you'll learn from this video in your daily interactions with dogs. Your clients and competitors are sure to be “wowed” by your dog behavior knowledge and dog handling skill!

Dr. Ian Dunbar

In This Segment You’ll Learn:

  • How pet sitters and dog walkers can maximize their impact when doing their pet visits with dogs who have behavioral issues
  • Ways to alleviate reactivity to thunderstorms and fireworks for your own dog and your clients’ dogs
  • How to stop unwanted barking
  • How to build confidence in shy and fearful dogs
  • How to best introduce a new dog into a multi-pet household
  • And much more!

Kristin - MUSINGSKristin’s Musings:

When I was thinking about what topic to interview Ian on for this year’s conference, it was hard to come up with just one topic so I thought I’d let my Facebook friends decide the topic. So many of you posted great questions for my interview with Ian (Thank you!) and he was able to answer a lot of them. This is the third time I’ve interviewed Ian and each time I walk away from the interview having learned so much from this amazing man about dogs and dog behavior. I think you will experience that too after watching this segment. Enjoy!

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Ian Dunbar - Headshot with DuneDr. Ian Dunbar

In 1982, Dr. Dunbar designed and taught the world’s very first off-leash puppy socialization and training classes — SIRIUS® Puppy Training. Next, he created and developed the San Francisco SPCA’s Animal Behavior Department, the American Kennel Club's Gazette "Behavior" column, which he wrote for seven years, and the K9 GAMES®, which were first held in San Francisco in 1993 and continue as annual events in Japan and Europe. He hosted the popular UK television series Dogs With Dunbar for five seasons and has appeared on numerous radio and television programs, including the Today Show (US) and Dash Village (Japan). 

Additionally, Dr. Dunbar has consulted on a variety of movies — full-length features, documentaries and animation (including Pixar’s UP) and he has twice spoken at the prestigious Conference (TED).  Over the past 40 years, Dr. Dunbar has given well over 1000 one-day seminars and workshops for dog trainers and veterinarians in an effort to popularize off-leash puppy socialization classes, temperament modification, and owner-friendly and dog-friendly dog training.

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  • Kristin Morrison

    Reply Reply September 18, 2018


    Feel free to come down here to post your comments and insights after watching Ian’s video.

    Hope you’re enjoying the conference,


  • Pierinna Tenchio

    Reply Reply September 18, 2018

    Dr Ian Dunbar is my Fave!!! I have taken many of his courses online and his teachings are working wonderful on my Great Danes, as well as my clients, since I am a Dog Psychologist in Uruguay, South America. Thank you Dr. Ian, always adorable! and Thank you Kristin for this wonderful opportunity!!<3<3

  • Agnes Gordon

    Reply Reply September 18, 2018

    I think that Dr. Ian Dunbar’s methods are very sound; however, I do not see how I can apply it to my pet sitting business. Many pets live very unnatural lives locked up in a lonely house bored, and under exercised. The owners hire us to get the dog out of the house – not to stand and do nothing. Very few would see the training value involved.

  • Christina Coughlin

    Reply Reply September 18, 2018

    It’s hard to pick out one specific thing. I almost filled my notebook with notes from this video.

    Ian’s view on dog’s that have caused injury to other dogs (should not be walked) is a huge contrast to what I had seen and been taught by a local dog trainer that I worked for. Ian’s rules make so much more sense! I had seen dogs that really should not have been in a dog-dog social situation being subjected to weekly sessions at a dog daycare. Yes, the dogs could do okay, but staff was in a situation where they couldn’t even sneeze without wondering who might have an issue at any given moment. Sure, we would love to see dogs “fixed” and be perfectly normal, social animals, but that’s not the world we live in. Thank you for making it clear and okay that some dogs just need to live out their lives in the safety of their home and yard.

  • Ann Brazeau

    Reply Reply September 19, 2018

    Thanks Kristin for having Dr. Dunbar as one of your speakers. I was impressed with him 30yrs. ago when I attended a veterinary conference where he was a guest speaker. This was one of the main reasons I signed up. He has a great way of communicating his points to be easily understood.

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