Ian who? Dr. Ian Dunbar is a veterinarian and animal behaviorist. He has thoroughly studied socialization in puppies and is a tireless advocate of properly socializing your puppy so that you will have a happy, well adjusted adult dog. He is the author of “Before and After Getting Your Puppy” (available as one book or two separate ones), “How to Teach a New Dog Old Tricks”, and many more. All his titles and DVDs are Ian Dunbar Before and After Getting Your Puppy available on Amazon:


He is also the founder of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (www.apdt.com), and has a wonderful website with an amazing amount of highly accessible and easy to implement dog training information. It is one of my go-to sites for all things dog. You need to sign up to get access, but they do not send you endless emails, offers, etc., so do not hesitate to join. www.dogstardaily.com

(One of my other go-to sites is Dr Sophia Yin’s: www.drsophiayin.com)

His numerous credentials and achievements are reason enough to think highly of  Dr. Dunbar. But, the biggest reason I have so much respect for Dr. Dunbar is his ability to see the world from the canine perspective and to clearly communicate to people that vision. The following is his TED talk from 2007. Now I realize it is longer than most YouTube videos, but hang in there and  watch the whole thing as there are some real gems at various points in the talk. Also, if you train with me, or are thinking of training with me, this will give you a very clear idea of what I do and why. So without further ado, I present Dr. Ian Dunbar: