Disclosure: when you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.

Reliability and Games 2-Day Dog Training Workshop

Training games are great for motivating owners and dogs alike. Learn to harness games to achieve rock-solid reliability
(980 reviews)
7,686 students
Created by


CourseMarks Score®







Platform: Udemy
Video: 15h 55m
Language: English
Next start: On Demand

Table of contents


Dr. Dunbar’s Off-Leash Reliability & Games Workshops have brought back some sparkle, some excitement, and some razzle-dazzle to pet dog training, all while helping owners achieve huge improvements in reliability with their dogs. Training your dog while off-leash in an exciting and distracting environment makes it much more likely that they will follow your instructions in other distracting situations as well.
Games are extremely enjoyable for dogs and they often bring out the best performances. Dogs are highly motivated because their owners are highly motivated, excited and animated.

All of Dr. Dunbar’s games are designed to improve the quality of the relationship between dogs and their people and each individual exercise or game is specifically designed to fine-tune essential ingredients of your dog’s training repertoire. The prospect of playing games motivates owners to practice. For some owners, heeling and sit-stay homework is not very exciting, but many will stay up to the wee hours to practice for Doggy Dancing or Musical Chairs.
In addition, playing games is an enjoyable and non-threatening way to objectively quantify performance and fine-tune all basic obedience skills, including attention, position changes, stays, following, heeling, and precision work.
Turning training into games and quantifying responses with a stopwatch or tape measure, enables pet dog trainers to remind owners to celebrate with the dog each time they surpass a personal best. Nothing motivates owners more than when they see that they are improving, even with baby steps, and nothing advertises that you’re a great pet dog trainer than the dog’s progressive improvement.
Games make it easy and fun to quantify behavior and training, and quantifying your dog’s responses allows you to prove whether or not your training methods are working, exactly how well they are working and when you surpass a personal best performance.

You will learn

✓ Approved for 12 Continued Education Units from the CCPDT, IAABC & NADOI
✓ Receive a Certificate of Completion (Optional – available upon request)
✓ Train their dogs to respond reliably, even when off leash, distracted and at a distance
✓ Use games to motivate themselves, their dog and their clients
✓ Quantify training progress to determine what dogs have learned and what training methods are most effective
✓ Play Musical Chairs, Doggy Dash, Dancing with Dogs and more…
✓ Proof stays for a wide variety of odd and unexpected situations that would otherwise cause a dog to break


• This workshop will be most useful for dogs that already understand the basic obedience commands such as sit, stand, down, stay and come

This course is for

• Dog trainers interested in learning how to use games to have fun with their dog while increasing their reliability
• Dog owners interested in learning how to use games to motivate clients and help them succeed in training their dog
Expert dog trainer, veterinarian and animal behaviorist
Veterinarian, animal behaviorist, and dog trainer, Dr. Ian Dunbar 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 the development of social hierarchies and aggression in domestic dogs.
He has authored numerous books and DVDs about puppy/dog behavior and training, including AFTER You Get Your Puppy, How To Teach A New Dog Old Tricks 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 France. 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).
Browse all courses by on Coursemarks.
Platform: Udemy
Video: 15h 55m
Language: English
Next start: On Demand

Students are also interested in