Last Thursday night the lovely Rachael and I went to see the great Leon Redbone with her parents at a funky little bar in Northampton, MA.

If you don’t know, Leon was the voice of the snowman in the movie “Elf.” He also sang “It’s Cold Outside” with Zooey Deschanel in the movie. Leon is very unique and puts on a great show. If you ever get the chance go check him out.

Anyway, as I was watching him on stage I remembered what Frank Sinatra said about preforming, he stated:

“Anyone who needs anything more than a light and a microphone is a punk.”

Leon goes on stage with a guitar and a microphone and everyone’s eyes are glued to him through out the entire performance.

I guess I was thinking about that because one trainer that really changed the way I trained was Dr. Ian Dunbar. Before learning from him training was all about collars, leashes, harnesses, etc. Dr. Dunbar was the first trainer I ever saw that trained dogs with out a leash or collar. It was amazing and I changed the way I trained forever.

When I first started training dogs it was an adversarial relationship. Corrections, punishment, and harsh tones. Dr. Dunbar’s methods taught the owner and the dog to work more like a team.

Dr. Ian Dunbar has been a huge influence for dog trainers and owners all over the world. He has tirelessly promoted positive training methods for years. Please leave your comments below.