Best Pet Training: Taming your three-headed dog from hell
Sirius Puppy Training
Before veterinarian and animal behaviorist Ian Dunbar made his mark in the 1980s, dog training exclusively focused on adult dogs, teaching them to obey simple commands. Dunbar decided that dogs -- especially young ones -- needed more than a willingness to do what they're told: They need to know how to make friends. So he created a special program for pups as young as ten weeks old, immersing them in socialization classes, getting them comfortable around other dogs, and mediating the reflexive fight-or-flight response to strangers. Today, his socialization seminars happen in churches and shopping malls all around the East Bay. If you like your canines convivial, it may pay to attend Dunbar's Sirius training sessions, which take place in Antioch, Castro Valley, Concord, El Cerrito, Fremont, Montclair, San Ramon, and Walnut Creek.