Purr’n Pooch To Host One-Day Seminar with Dr. Ian Dunbar – Pioneer in Dog Behavior Training

Purr'n Pooch To Host One-Day Seminar with Dr. Ian Dunbar

Purr’n Pooch is excited and honored to have Dr. Ian Dunbar present “Simple Solutions for Common Dog Behavior & Training Problems” to community dog owners and trainers. The seminar is scheduled for Thursday, April 24, from 9:30am – 5:30pm at the Tinton Falls location.

There will also be an evening reception at 7 p.m. to benefit the Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals‘ grantees. You won’t want to miss this special occasion.

Dr. Dunbar is the pioneer in dog behavior training. Growing up on a farm with a variety of animals ranging from cows and chickens to dogs and cats, he was encouraged by his family to become a veterinarian.

He was also greatly influenced by his grandfather whom he observed using a tactic little used back then of luring the farm  animals to get them to do what he wanted, rather than pushing, prodding and roping. The animals were rewarded by petting and with food, and this reward-based philosophy was later played out in Dr. Dunbar’s studies and his own dog training seminars and lectures.

“I read lots of studies while in vet school and academia about the effects of early environmental enrichment and socialization on puppies,” said Dr. Dunbar.  “What I learned is that the dog’s brain actually degenerates in as little as three weeks’ time with the lack of proper socialization. The animal can actually suffer permanent brain damage.”

After being invited to give public lectures through the University Extension, Dr. Dunbar found the experience so rewarding after a time that he chose to educate the public full time.

“The public was so eager to learn simple basic techniques of reward-based training and puppy socialization, I decided to make it my life’s work,” continued Dr. Dunbar.  “Puppies are fun and easy to teach.  The key is to start the process as early as possible by introducing the puppy to many different people and rewarding the dog for the desired behavior. If the dog is denied proper socialization until six months of age, for example, you’ve lost the opportunity and the dog may never grow to be the happy, well-adjusted and well-behaved dog he could have been.”

Dr. Dunbar suggests when you get a new puppy, plan to have regular parties at your home for the first month.

“Introduce your puppy to as many new people as possible,” said Dr. Dunbar. “Let your puppy learn naturally not to fear strangers, children or men in particular.”

The credits under Dr. Dunbar’s name are numerous and include:

  • Producing the first ever Puppy Training Video, which helped make his reward-based training technique spread easily and quickly throughout the world
  • Founding the Association for Professional Dog Trainers, which is now the world’s largest association of its kind and the only one offering certification to both US and International members
  • Founding OpenPaw.org which helps Animal Shelters set up a dog socialization and behavior training program

Whether a pet parent or pet professional, you won’t want to miss this amazing opportunity to learn from the most highly regarded dog trainer and behaviorist in the world. Expect to learn how to deal with these common canine issues:

  • House soiling
  • destructive chewing,
  • excessive barking
  • digging
  • home-alone problems (and separation anxiety)
  • hyperactivity
  •  jumping-up
  • not coming when called
  • pulling on leash
  • leash reactivity to other dogs
  • lack of attention and compliance

This seminar has been approved for 6 CEUs by the CCPDT & IAABC. Register early here for a fee of $90. Separate registration required for the Q&A and evening reception event.

SPRING INTO ACTION WITH DOG TRAINING AT PURR’N POOCH

Spring has sprung! The flowers are blooming and the weather is getting warmer. It’s the perfect season to enjoy time outside with your dog.

Is your dog’s behavior holding you back from enjoying the great outdoors? Tired of your baby pulling you around the park on the leash? Is he jumping for those burgers at the family barbecue? Is she having trouble listening to your basic commands like sit or stay? If any of these dilemmas are holding you back from enjoying a special day out-and-about with your best friend, we invite you and your pet to join us for training classes at Purr’n Pooch.

Spring is an ideal time to join Purr’n Pooch’s Trainer Iuliana Gedo, dip.CBST for her 6-week session of private and group classes for puppies and adolescents. A well-behaved, happy dog will enjoy an exciting summer of fun in the sun with family and friends!

Puppy Basics Class Starts Thursday, May 10th, 7:00 p.m.
(Puppies 10 Weeks – 5 Months)
Puppy Basics covers potty training, nutrition, bite inhibition and basic obedience, including walking nicely on leash, sit, down, stay, come and leave it/drop it.

Basic 1 Class Starts Wednesday, May 9th, 7:00 p.m.
(Dogs 6 Months & Older)
For the adolescent or adult dog that needs ‘basic training’. Our professional trainers will teach you how to teach your dog sit, down, stay (duration & distance), come, walking nicely on leash, leave it / drop it, and how to politely greet strangers. We’ll also show you how to address unwanted habits like jumping, mouthing, nipping, barking incessantly and becoming overly distracted in the presence of other dogs.

Our Certified Pet and Dog Trainers (CPDT) specialize in household manners, everyday commands and prepare your dog to obey instructions at home, in public and around other dogs. Our animal behavior training uses a reward-based curriculum that’s based on positive reinforcement. Best of all, basic dog training with Purr’n Pooch is fun because we enjoy helping your pooch learn and grow!

  • Private & Group Classes
  • Boarding School
  • Camp
  • Special Needs Programs
  • Behavioral Consultations & Modification

Contact Purr’n Pooch at 732-842-4949 or info@purrnpooch.com for information on rates and private or group training classes. Classes are help in Purr’n Pooch’s Training Hall at 80 West Gilbert Street, Tinton Falls, NJ.

About Purr’n Pooch Dog Trainer Iuliana Gedo, dip.CBST

Iuliana is a graduate of the Animal Behavior College’s Dog Training Program and received her Diploma of Canine Behavior Science and Technology at the Companion Animal Sciences Institute. She has been a partner in the prestigious Community Training Program of Best Friends Animal Society since January of 2010. She comes to Purr’n Pooch from the Monmouth County SPCA, where she worked as a trainer in the Behavior Department, assessing dogs, designing and implementing behavior change protocols and creating enrichment programs to enhance the experiences of shelter dogs. She also trained staff and volunteers on basic dog handling and safety and trained high-level volunteers to participate in advanced behavior modification work.

Training Tips

  • Training must be FUN in order for your dog to learn.
  • Training is not hard; it just takes time, patience, consistency and persistence.
  • Training is not a spectator sport. You must participate to achieve.
  • Training is a lifelong process. If you stop practicing with your pet, he or she will forget. Teach new tricks, play new games and practice commands in new places. Keep training interesting for both you and your dog’s sake.

“Understanding your dog and knowing how to control him, develop his potentials, and resolve behavior problems, emotional conflicts and frustrations are no less essential than love and respect.” Michael W. Fox

HARLEY’S ON GOOD BEHAVIOR WITH TRAINING AT PURR’N POOCH

“Firm, but gentle. Demanding, but passionate. Sincere…”

If we were asked to describe Iuliana, the trainer we selected for our 11 month, work-in-progress, rescue named Harley, then these are the first thoughts that come to mind.

We were very fortunate to have a friend recommend Dick Palazzo, owner of Purr’n Pooch as a contact for someone to train our boxer “beast”. After describing Harley to him, he said “I have just the right trainer for you. Her name is Iuliana”. We spent our first hour at Purr’n Pooch in an upstairs training area with Harley and Iuli. We were horrified at how ill-mannered he was. Yet Iuli just stayed totally calm. She showed us how to discourage his aggressive behavior staying tranquil and rewarding him for doing well. Never once did she try to restrain him or raise her voice. We just sat there with our mouths agape. (Maybe there is hope).

Fast forward two months…he’s still a work-in-progress, but is so much more obedient. Iuli comes to our house and works with him – again reinforcing the positive with encouragement and treats. As we all agree, he’s very smart. He remembers commands. He keeps eye contact when training. But he’s still young and headstrong. But we’re sure he’s going to be a very special guy.

After each session Iuli send us summary reports and further training suggestions.
We will continue to work with Iuli and strongly recommend her skills and demeanor as a trainer extraordinaire.

Ellen and Jay Garfunkle
Oceanport, NJ

TOP TEN REASONS PETS LOVE PURR’N POOCH!

1. Luxury lodging & daycare
2. 24-hour supervision by experienced, certified staff
3. Twilight walks, tuck-in treats & tummy rubs
4. Indoor & outdoor playgrounds and pools
5. Jungle platform cattery with waterfall
6. Shuttle & limo service
7. Training and social skills
8. Award-winning gentle grooming
9. Spa, massage & natural salon products
10. Pet boutique

TRAINING CLASSES MAKE GREAT HOLIDAY GIFTS!

Proud Parents & Pups Purr’n Pooch’s Trainer Iuliana Gedo, dip. CBST. To register for class or with any questions, call 732-842-4949. If interested in attending a Basic I Class on Saturdays, let us know.

Schedule:
(All Classes Run Weekly for 6 Weeks)
Puppy Basics – Wed., Jan. 11, 7-8PM or Sat., Jan. 28, 10-11AM
Adult Basics 2 – Tuesday, Jan. 10, 7-8PM
Adult Basics 1 – Thursday, Jan. 12, 7-8PM