On our 100th episode I give a consolidated answer to a question that comes up a lot. When and why I use food as a trainer (or choose not to), and when and why I do or don't use corrections or dog collars. It's time we dive in on this subject. For every trainer there is a different opinion. And it's easy to take one particular past podcast episode and think that I either am or am not a "food treat" trainer based on the topic at hand. Different situations dictate those circumstances and I explain why.
On this episode I talk to Brooke Mihajlovich, a dog trainer in Washington state. Brooke focuses on remote training collars to help with training without a leash. Her primary focus is to give them tools to create a relationship bond that creates very positive results for both the pet and the owner. We get into spatial awareness, loose leash training, and electronic collar training. I hope that you enjoy, and if you have more questions for Brooke, You can reach her at K9CommunityMovement.com.
In this episode I speak to Dr. Lori Cesario, a board certified veterinary oncologist. We discuss her passion about being a vet as a child and an influence that brought her to specialize in that field. Lori talks about some early detection techniques, newer testing procedures, specific breed related risks, learning about the normal baseline for your dog's health, and her new podcast called Your Dog Wants You To Know This! Visit her site at CanineCancerAcademy.com.
On today's episode I talk with the folks of Good Dog, Inc. We talk about why the company was founded, and what the company mission is today. I'll talk with Cat Matloub, the Head of Partnerships and Community Legal Affairs, about the overall mission of the project and what their focus is to date. Dr. Stella is the Head of Health, Standards, and Research, and joins us as well to talk about how they handle healthcare treatment, socialization, and standards for their listed breeders.
In today's episode I sit down with Ian Grant, a fellow dog trainer with Vermont Dog Training. Ian also has a podcast called Vermont Dog Trainer Show. Ian has an interesting history of professional golf before becoming a trainer. He shares his story of following Cesar Millan's shows with the sound off to get a better feel for the body language between a trainer and the dog. I also talk about the official release of our referral program, mini episodes that you can participate in and much more!
Today is the first episode of one of the interviews that were originally put on hold because of the shelter-in-place orders. I sat down with Ruth Elliott and talked about a very unique type of training. Ruth is based in Australia and is a greyhound specialist and owner of Formal Dogs. She trains and escorts people's dogs to attend their owner's weddings! This is the first I've heard of this and think you'll appreciate her story and methods as a trainer. Visit formaldogs.com.au to learn more about her.
In this episode we move to phase TWO of the "down" for food motivated and non-food motivated dogs. The goal: get away from proximity to the floor. Plus we review phase one of time first, then distraction. I'll explain training in different contexts, training through the whole arc of behavior with distractions, and using transitional rewards as you do small bits of practice throughout the day. "Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees the others." - Aristotle
In this episode we'll jump to a critical point with the "down" challenge that uses no food and instead focuses on the "say and show" method. It's not unlike the say and show version of sit except for some angles and positions. Non-food motivated dogs and people with dogs that see lessons as "optional" are probably best for this type of training. Our resilience quote for the episode comes from Jocko Willink and links to an accompanying video are available on episode 93 link on TheDogsWay.com.
In this episode we're going to jump into another obedience skills challenge. This one is focused on the 'down' command. This is an important lesson for small puppies as they develop, and even rescue adult dogs in instances where they may not have received much training, or were last trained years ago when they were puppies themselves. And another quote/thought about resilience. I mentioned the author, Carol Dweck earlier in the episode, so I thought I'd quote her here. Enjoy, Sean
While you're all stuck at home, hopefully you've all stayed safe - and hopefully you've been working on parts one and two of the "sit" command with your dog! In today's episode we'll work on sit by moving toward the "stay" progression; and I'd highly encourage you to go back and listen to the previous two episodes if you haven't already before jumping into this lesson! Sean also shares a link to an excerpt of his video training series to help you get a visual sense of the sit and stay commands.