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* Tue 10th, Wed 11th, Thur 12th and Fri 13th October 2017

* Stoneleigh Park, Nr Coventry, Warwickshire

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Ian Dunbar 4-day dog training seminar ***AVAILABLE FROM 1st JULY***

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Attendees can choose whether they want to come for 1, 2, 3 or 4 days of this 4 day event. These need to be pre-booked.  Swapping to another day after booking will depend on availability. Please specify which days you would like to attend in the 'comments' section of the checkout when booking your tickets. Your place is not secure until you have let us know which date(s) you would like. Each ticket is for an individual person so please purchase separate tickets for each person attending.


Dr Ian Dunbar is returning to the UK in October 2017 for a 4-day event about dog training and behaviour. This is the 'must see' event of the year, even if you can only make one day!

All four days are suitable for both dog trainers and dog owners. New puppy owners need to know that the clock is running … errorless housetraining and chewtoy-training must be in place from the very first day to prevent housesoiling, chewing, barking and separation anxiety; and early socialization and handling with people are beyond urgent during the puppy’s first month at home. Basic training is not so urgent but it’s just so much easier and more fun to train young puppies, especially when using techniques that are quick and easy. When adopting an adult dog, owners should search for a shelter/rescue with an in-house training programme to make them more adoptable, i.e. housetrained, quiet, calm, confident and friendly. 

Tuesday 10th October - Behavior and Training Problems (everything but biting and fighting)

Preventative measures and simple solutions for the most common dog behavior problems, including housesoiling, destructive chewing, excessive barking, digging, separation anxiety, no recall, running away, pulling on-leash, jumping-up and hyperactivity.

Wednesday 11th October Biting and Fighting

Obviously, prevention is the key to success — oodles of early socialization and handling with people and frequent off-leash walks, play and socialization with other dogs.

With all cases of aggression (regardless of cause), the first step is to determine whether or not the dog is actually dangerous. Being reactive is not the issue; all animals “react”, humans included. The essential question is: Do they cause physical harm? Dog bite incidents are objectively assessed on a 1–6 scale based on wound pathology. Dog fights are assessed by calculating the Fight:Bite Ratio. Most dog bites and dogfights cause little, if any, damage and, so, the prognosis is excellent for an hasty resolution via speedy classical conditioning techniques and basic lure/reward training for control and focus. With severe damage, though, the dog is dangerous, the prognosis for resolution is extremely poor, so rehabilitation should not be undertaken cavalierly, if at all.

Thursday 12th October The Easiest, Quickest, Most Effective & Enjoyable Way To Train Your Puppy/Dog

Dog owners are not trainers. Many pet dog trainers forget that most dog owners do not have their experience or expertise. Consequently, trainers need to teach owners how to train dogs using very different techniques than they might use themselves.

1. Pet dog training must be easy, otherwise many owners (e.g. children) can’t do it. Dog training should not require a complicated skill set, consistency, or good timing. Many owners simply do not have these skills; they need to be taught during the process. First start with the easiest technique (all-or-none reward training) and then the quickest technique (lure/reward training), before introducing more demanding and time-consuming methods, e.g. shaping.

2. Pet training should be quick, otherwise many owners won’t have the time. Speed of learning is the quintessence of successful pet owner and pet dog training.

3. It should go without saying that training should be effective. Trainers should objectively quantify behavioural change (in the intended direction) and especially, the speed of behavioural change and the Response-Reliability Percentage.

4. And of course, training should be fun — for dogs, owners and the trainer. Why not?

Friday 13th OctoberBehaviour Programs for Dog Professionals

The world of dog husbandry and training is in dire need for another quantum leap! The time is long overdue for all dog professions (breeders, veterinarians, pet store retailers, trainers and shelters/rescues) to utterly re-evaluate and re-focus their practices and to champion a combined focus on educating prospective and new puppy owners vis a vis puppy raising, so that puppies stay in their original homes instead of being surrendered to shelters as adolescents.

Just as we have great owners and not so great owners, it is truly a sobering thought that, by definition, in any profession, when assessed according to any criterion, 50% of professionals fall below median. Dog owners have had an enormous impact on the improved selection of quality products offered in pet stores. As educated consumers, prospective owners can have and probably, will have, similar expectations and effects on breeders, shelters and trainers. From breeders, owners will be looking for puppies that at the very least have been housetrained, chewtoy-trained, manners-trained and socialised to people. Similarly, from shelters/rescues, adopters will be searching for dogs that have been housetrained, chewtoy-trained and manners-trained during their stay and are now friendlier and more confident. From trainers, puppy and dog owners will be looking for the easiest, quickest, most effective and most enjoyable training techniques that offer immediate and enormous benefits.

We really can’t keep blaming irresponsible pet owners if no one tells them what to do (before they make predictable and preventable mistakes). The requisite puppy-raising educational materials are readily available but they need to be universally distributed (via email) by all dog professions to all other dog professions and eventually, to all dog owners. Some dog owners might get another puppy. More likely though they will know a friend or neighbour who is searching for one and, so, pass along the information. Additionally, put the materials on your company website for free download.

The educational materials may be customized with your business name and contact information and, so, you may brand your dog business in the community as the one trying to make a difference. Remember, it only takes just one dedicated and persistent person to cause a change. Disseminating information is so do-able these days given the technological advances in social media.

Dr. Dunbar has created a number of Behaviour Programs for Dog Professionals to evaluate practices and to co-ordinate and accelerate the distribution of educational materials to prospective and new puppy owners.

1. To encourage Breeders to at least housetrain, chewtoy-train, teach basic manners and socialise their litters and especially, to preferentially breed for longevity. Longevity is the best indicator of physical and behavioural health. It is simply not right that so many pure-bred dogs predictably die so young.  “A live dog is better than a dead lion.” Ecclesiastes 9

2. To encourage Veterinary Practitioners to take full advantage of their most unique and enviable position of seeing every breeder, most prospective puppy owners (existing clients) and nearly every new puppy owner on several occasions when puppies are brought in for immunization shots. This is the optimal time for puppies and their owners to receive an educational vaccine. Of all the dog professions, veterinarians have by far the best opportunity to prevent the development of utterly predictable and easily preventable dog behaviour and temperament problems. “It is easier to build strong puppies than to repair broken dogs.” (With apologies to Frederick Douglas.)

3. To encourage Pet Store Retailers to disseminate the same educational materials (i.e., instructions for use of dog products) to prospective or new puppy owners that come to purchase food and supplies. For example, puppy owners need to know why they are buying a dog crate — to prevent mistakes around the house, to autoshape chewtoy chewing and to predict when the puppy needs “to go” so that it can be taken to a toilet area and trained to eliminate on cue.

4. To encourage all Shelters/Rescues to adopt an in-house, behavior and training programme, such as Open Paw  (tickets for Open Paw seminar in July available here http://www.dog-and-bone.co.uk/seminars/open-paw-kennel-program) — at the very least including, housetraining, chewtoy-training, basic manners and ongoing socialization with people and other dogs. Simply housing dogs in cages is not sufficient. For example, without regular toilet breaks, a previously housetrained dog will be forced to soil its living area. Sheltering is supposed to make homeless dogs more adoptable, not less adoptable. But even more important, shelters/rescues must strive to stop the problem at the cause and so, reduce shelter input. Of all the dog professions, with their enormous mailing lists, animal charities have the best opportunity to disseminate puppy-raising materials to dog people.

5. To encourage Dog Trainers to be the people that catalyse the change in their communities by being more pro-active in promoting their businesses and at the same time, educating prospective and new puppy owners by emailing the educational materials to all clients, all other dog professionals, all local media and to anyone and everyone.


When and Where?

Attendees can choose whether they want to come for 1, 2, 3 or 4 of this 4 day event. These need to be pre-booked.  Swapping to another day after booking will depend on availability. Please specify which days you would like to attend in the 'comments' section of the checkout when booking your tickets. Each ticket is for an individual person so please purchase separate tickets for each person attending.

  • Tuesday 10th October - Behavior and Training Problems (everything but biting and fighting)
  • Wednesday 11th October - Biting and Fighting
  • Thursday 12th October - The Easiest, Quickest, Most Effective & Enjoyable Way To Train Your Puppy/Dog
  • Friday 13th October - Behaviour Programs for Dog Professionals

Each day will run 9:30 registration for 10am start. 5pm finish

The Kennel Club Building, Stoneleigh Park, Nr Coventry, Warwickshire CV8 2LZ (SATNAV CV8 2LG)

An optional sandwich buffet lunch is available at £5 per person, payable on the day. We need to book in advance so please let us know at least 2 weeks before the event.


How much?

Each ticket is valid for one person. For orders of 1, 2 or 3 dates, the dates must be specified in the comments section at the checkout. Multiple tickets for multiple people can be ordered together. 

Any 1 day is £85

Any 2 days are £85 + £80 = £165

Any 3 days are £85 + £80 + £75 = £240

All 4 days are £85 + £80 + 75 + 55 = £295


Accommodation suggestions  

www.stoneleighparklodge.com is dog friendly and very close by. Basic camping is available on request, although there is no lighting. Contact Stoneleigh Park Lodge for more information.

www.thebagintonoak.co.uk is also dog friendly and a 10 minute drive away. The organisers will be staying here and will be sorting some evening gatherings for the nights in between. You can get £10 off the website price per room per night if you call the venue directly to book rather than booking through the website. 

Please visit www.dog-and-bone.co.uk/accommodation for further accommodation suggestions. 



By Car

Situated conveniently between major motorways, the Kennel Club Building at Stoneleigh Park is located just off the A46 dual carriageway which links the M40 (junction 5) with the M69 and the M6 (junction 2). The entrance to Stoneleigh Park is on the B4113, Stoneleigh Road between Coventry and Leamington Spa which is accessed from the A46 following the signs for ‘Stoneleigh Park’, ‘National Agricultural Centre’ or ‘NAC’, or from the A45 following the signs for ‘Stoneleigh’. As you drive into Stoneleigh Park, the Kennel Club Building is to the left of the main road a short distance from the main gate. Please note that the Park has a 20 mile an hour speed limit.

Public Transport

The Kennel Club Building is situated in the Royal Agricultural Society England showground which is 15 minutes ride by taxi from Coventry Train Station and Warwick Parkway. Buses run from Coventry’s Pool Meadow bus station past Stoneleigh Park. A copy of the timetable is available to download from www.stoneleighpark.com Coventry airport is just 5 miles taxi ride away and Birmingham International Airport is 25 minutes taxi ride or by train to Coventry Train Station and 15 minutes taxi ride from there.


There is a taxi company on site called AA Taxis and can be contacted on 02476 696666.


Ian Dunbar

Ian Dunbar

Veterinarian, animal behaviorist, and dog trainer, Dr. Ian Dunbar (PhD, BSc, BVetMed, MRCVS) received his veterinary degree and a Special Honors degree in Physiology & Biochemistry from the Royal Veterinary College (London University) plus a doctorate in animal behavior from the Psychology Department at UC Berkeley, where he researched olfactory preferences and the development of aggression in domestic dogs.

Dr. Dunbar has authored numerous books and DVDs about puppy/dog behavior and training, including the Good Little Dog Book and the SIRIUS® Puppy Training video. In 1982, Dr. Dunbar designed and taught the world’s very first off-leash puppy socialization and training classes — SIRIUS® Puppy Training. Subsequently, 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 nearly 1500 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. After he founded the Association of Pet Dog Trainers in 1993, Dr. Dunbar was inducted into the Dog Fancy Hall of Fame along with four of his heroes, James Herriot, Konrad Lorenz, Lassie, and Balto.

Currently, Dr. Dunbar is President of the APDT Foundation, TopDog (CEO) of the Center for Applied Animal Behavior and Scientific Director forwww.dogstardaily.com — a free online, multi-media educational website for puppy and dog owners.

There are very few educated trainers who have not been strongly influenced by Dr. Dunbar's fun & games, from-the-animal's-point-of-view, dog friendly dog training. Dr. Dunbar is peerless in his field; there is simply no other person who has his qualifications, experience, and expertise in the realm of modern psychological dog training and behavior counseling-fields which Dr. Dunbar has played a major role in developing over the past 25 years. 

Dr. Dunbar's books and DVDs are available from the Dog & Bone store.


Quotes from Ian's previous seminars

"All staff / helpers were very helpful, cheery and friendly"

"Amazing seminar"

"Great job! One of the best seminars I've been in ages! Thanks a mill."

"Great Speaker, very entertaining and generous with his time."

"Perfect speaker. Great seminar, very funny whilst being informative - thanks!"

"Very charismatic and interesting speaker, I especially liked how Ian links stories together and an interesting twist was the addition of his personal life, adds a little more extra interest to the lecture, fabulous and witty anecdotes "

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q. Can I come to just one day?
A. Attendees can choose whether they want to come for 1, 2, 3 or 4 of this 4-day event. These need to be pre-booked.  Swapping to another day after booking will depend on availability.

Q. Can I bring my dog?
A. This is a seminar not a practical workshop. Only assistance dogs will be permitted inside the venue.   

Q. Can I share a multi-day ticket with someone else?
A. Each ticket is for an individual person so please purchase separate tickets for each person attending.

Q. I have a specific question, can I contact you?
A. Yes, send an e-mail to info@dog-and-bone.co.uk or phone us on 01763 256917. Leave a message on the answerphone, if necessary, and someone will get back to you.

Q. Is there an Early Bird discount?
A. There is no early bird discount for this event. 

Q: Are there discounts for groups, students or rescue organisations?
A. Discounts are available for Charity workers and volunteers, students and Naturally Happy Dogs members. Contact us for the code to use at the checkout. Charity worker/volunteer or student evidence will be required on the door.

Q: If I can’t come, can someone else come in my place?
A: Yes, that’s perfectly fine, we’d just need their name and contact details, ideally a week before the event (or they may not receive an amended certificate)

Q: Will I receive a certificate of attendance?
A: Yes, all attendees receive a certificate of attendance which can be used as evidence of CPD.

Q: Will I receive a printed ticket?
A: No, but you will receive confirmation of your place via e-mail and further information a few weeks before the event.

Q: Is lunch included?
A. Complementary tea, coffee and biscuits will be available. An optional sandwich buffet lunch is available at £5 per person, payable on the day. We need to book in advance so please let us know at least 2 weeks before the event.

Q: What is the refund policy?
A. For information about refunds and other terms, please visit our Terms and Conditions page

Q: Will the event be recorded / will photos be taken?
A. Photos and videos are often taken by Dog & bone at their events, either for social media, advertising or for DVDs of the events. If you do not want to appear on any photos, please let us know at the beginning of each day.

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