Patrons of ICB

Meet our patrons

Dr Ian Dunbar

Veterinarian, animal behaviorist, and author, 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 sexual differentiation and especially, the development of aggression in domestic dogs.

Dr. Dunbar has authored numerous books and DVDs about puppy/dog behavior and training, including How To Teach A New Dog Old Tricks and the SIRIUS® Puppy Training videos. 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.

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 well over 1500 one-day seminars and workshops for dog trainers and veterinarians to popularize early puppy socialization, temperament modification, and owner-friendly and dog-friendly dog training. After he founded the Association of Pet Dog Trainers in 1993 and later, the APDT Foundation, Dr. Dunbar was inducted into the Dog Fancy Hall of Fame along with four of his heroes, James Herriot, Konrad Lorenz, Lassie, and Balto.

Dr. Dunbar is TopDog (CEO) of the Center for Applied Animal Behavior in Berkeley and a Director for — a free online, multi-media educational website for puppy and dog owners. Ian lives in Berkeley, California.



 Marc Bekoff Ph.D.

Marc Bekoff is professor emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado Boulder. He is an award winning researcher who has published more than 1000 essays (scientific, popular, and book chapters) and 30 books, including Canine Confidential: Why Dogs Do What They Do. Marc has studied dogs and their wild relatives for many decades. His homepage is


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