Your host, Debbie, is a positive trainer with a passion for dogs, their behavior and helping you create a well behaved dog. This is a dog training and behavior podcast that with help you and your new puppy build good healthy habits right from the start. It will also help you understand your dog’s behavior and build a strong, fulfilling, and fun relationship for years to come.
All we want is a peaceful house! When asking two (or three!) different species to live together it can get tricky!How you introducing your dog and cat depends a lot on the personalities involved. If you have a calm dog and confident cat, count yourself lucky! If you have an excited dog and a shy cat, it's gonna take a little longer.One of the most important things to keep in mind is not to rush the process. That being said the best thing you can do to speed the process along is to make sure everyone not only IS safe but also FEELS safe.In this episode, I go over my top tips to introducing your dog and cat. SPOILER ALERT: it has everything to do with making sure your cat feels safe around the dog. P.S. You can replace "cat" with any pet (that isn't a dog) that your dog needs to share the house or yard with.
We all have a hundred (ok, ok hundreds) of photos of our dog. But how many are keepers? If you are anything like me you have 600 pictures and 2 end up as keepersIn this episode, let's welcome Allison Shamrell to give us all her best tips on how to get better photos of your dog, even if all you have is a cell phone!This is a fun episode and I learned so much from Allison and I know you will too!What we talk about:How to take better photos with just your cell phoneWhat obedience commands will come in handyHow to take a great action shotYou can learn even more from Allison here:Allison's Free Facebook Group: How to Take Better Photos of Your Dog Allison's website: Allison Shamrell Pet Photography
A strong recall is one of the most important behaviors your dog can have. It's also something that takes LOTS OF WORK!!This episode is a replay a mini recall training I did inside my online puppy course YOUR Perfect Puppy. I talk about how I approach recall as a habit that you and your dog need to develop (not as a command to teach). I also go over the most common mistakes that I see and small adjustments that you can make to get that stronger recall. Press play to listen to the entire episode! Enjoy!Links mentioned in this episode:* YNP #004: 3 Things You Can Do Now to Teach Your Dog to Come Every Time You Call* YOUR Perfect Puppy online new puppy course* Rover Round Robin cheat sheet
Separation anxiety is always been something dog owners need to be aware of. How to be alone is something that we have to teach our dogs. In a perfect world we start this when they are puppies with crate training and the natural rhythm of our lives as we need to go to work, school, family functions or just out to dinner. But right now we aren't doing any of those things. As we are spending so much more time with our dogs a concern that has come up recently is how our dogs will react when we do start leaving the house again.In this episode, I address exactly that. I have you some ideas on how to ease your dog or puppy back into being alone (or maybe being left alone for the first time). I talk about specific considerations during this time of COVID-19.If this is something you are struggling with I also recommend you check out Episode 022: How to Prevent and Treat Separation Anxiety.
Leash training is a hot topic among dog owners. Walks are a fundamental joy for dogs but when it comes to walking down the street in a straight line, it's no longer feels natural for them so that's why we encounter some resistance.This is also why there are many different ways we struggle with our dog on a leash.In this episode, I go over the 3 most common questions I get about leash training.* How to stop pulling on a leash.* How to stop jumping and nipping during the walk. * How to handle distractions. Press play to listen to the entire episode!
As your dog grows you will probably experience some behavior changes. Just as you think you have it ALL figured out your puppy will prove you wrong. It's all part of the roller coaster of owning a puppy. In this episode, I talk about when these changes can happen, why they happen, and how to handle them. Press play to listen to the entire episode. Enjoy!
If you decide to bring home an adult dog you may have different expectations than if they were a puppy. Maybe they're already potty trained and crate trained. They don't have as much energy. Maybe they're out of the chewing stage. These expectations can lead to some trouble when we first bring them home. Just like with a puppy, we still need to make them feel safe while they get to know us and we get to know them.For a rescue dog, this can take up to 3 months. Last week I talked about the 3 Phases to Bringing Your New Puppy Home. Bringing home an adult dog doesn't look much different.You want to keep their world small and grow it slowly. This will help them feel safe and while they start to trust you and you get to know each other. You know that you're going to be the best dog parent ever, and you're not wrong. We sometimes have to give our new four-legged family member some time to figure that out. Once your new adult dog settles in it is ALL very much worth it!!Press play to listen the entire episode!
This week I'm doing something a little different. This is the audio version of a video series called 3 Phases to Bringing Your New Puppy Home. If you are a future puppy owner than this mini training is perfect for you.In this episode, I talk all about Phase 03: Get to Work. Right around day 4 your will see your puppy's true personality start to come out. Now that they are settled in it's time to get to work! There are four essential tools you will need through every stage of your dog's life. I go over what they are and how they work together.Press play below to listen to the full episode or...
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This week I'm doing something a little different. This is the audio version of a video series called 3 Phases to Bringing Your New Puppy Home. If you are a future puppy owner than this mini training is perfect for you.In this episode, I talk all about Phase 02: Settle In. I go over exactly what you need to focus on in the first 3-4 days your puppy is home. Just as important, I go over what you don't need to worry about until later! Press play below to listen to the full episode or...
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This week I'm doing something a little different. This is the audio version of a video series called 3 Phases to Bringing Your New Puppy Home. If you are a future puppy owner than this mini training is perfect for you.In this episode, I talk all about Phase 01: Prepare. I go over everything from the supplies I recommend to have the for the day your puppy comes home to how to prepare your home, yourself, and your family.Press play below to listen to the full episode or...
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In the best of times, it's important to know how to socialize your puppy. Even though these are not the best of times, socialization is no less important. How are you supposed to socialize your puppy when you're not allowed to socialize yourself?!?!Well, the situation isn't perfect but we can make the best of it.In this episode, I talk about what you can focus on during social distancing and adjustments you can make to still get these essential life experiences in for your puppy. In short, we are going to work with what we got! Press play and enjoy!
I wanted to take a minute and check in and reach out. How are you doing?Just about every single person out there is touched by what's happening. I too, sat in my anxiety and stress for a little while. You know what brought me out of it? YOU.I carved out this little corner of the internet to help dog parents and new puppy parents have an amazing life with their dog. That's exactly what I'm going to continue to do even through this incredibly rough time.I 100% believe that stress management is just as important as washing your hands right now. Conveniently enough, we all have little stress relievers running around our house.Over the past few days I've been posting an activity a day to do with your dog. I encourage you to turn off your phone, turn off the news and just take an hour and play with your dog. Keep yourself entertained, keep the kids entertained, and have a little extra playtime guilt free!!In this episode, I talk about a few of the activities that I've already posted (on Facebook and Instagram). Below are the videos and all links to the resources I talk about. I'll be keeping this page updated so check back!I hope this finds you safe and healthy. Give your pups a belly rub from me as we all get through this together!Links and resources:YNP #042: 10 Ways to Play With Your DogYNP #018: Ditch the Bowl and Make Mealtime an EventYNP #004: 3 Things You Can Do Now to Teach Your Dog to Come Every Time You CallRover Round Robin step by step guide
Activity 01: Puppy SoccerWhat you’ll need:✔1 or more humans (you'll take turns)✔Your dog✔Your dog’s dinner (or dry treats, or peas, or anything that will roll across the floor)✔A tiled or wood floor (no carpet)To Play:Step 01. Show your puppy the food or treat. Let them sniff it and get them excited about it.Step 02: Roll across the floor.Step 03: Once they catch it, call them back to you.Step 04: Repeat!Tips:✔Start with short distances while your dog is learning.✔Make sure the dog sees you roll the food.✔Great for young kids and adults!✔Feed your dog dinner and get some exercise and bonding time as well!!
Activity 02: Scavenger HuntWhat you’ll need:✔1 or more humans✔Your dog✔Your dog’s dinner and smelly treatsTo Play:1. Keep your dog in a separate room as you hide portions of their dinner mixed with the treats.2. Put a few pieces in plain sight to get them started.3. Bring your dog in and let them sniff and hunt!Tips:✔Start with super smelly treats (liver treats work) while they are learning the game then you can switch to their food only once they get the hang of it.✔Start with super easy places (where he can see it as well as smell it) until your dog gets the hang of it then up the challenge.✔Puppies are still developing their ability to sniff out food so make it super easy for them.✔Don’t hide it where your dog has to break a house rule to find it (in the couch or on a shelf). This is great nose work, tires out their brain and fills the tummy!
Activity 03: Rover Round RobinWhat you need:✔2 or more humans✔Your dog✔Treats, toys, and a silly attitudeTo Play:1. Stand a few feet apart.2. Take turns and call you dog to you.3. When your dog reaches you, shower him with praise, give him treats, and/or play a game of tug.Tips:✔Start close together while you and your pup are learning. Add distance once your dog learns the game.✔When it’s your turn to call your dog, throw a party! Get excited,
When you have a reactive dog on a leash it takes all of the fun out of walks and makes them stressful and a chore.Unfortunately, having a reactive dog is all too common. It comes from the dog’s fight or flight response. When they are on a leash and tethered to you, some can default to the fight instinct. They’re not being bad, they are only showing this “aggression” because they feel they have to.Then it turns into a habit and your walks turn into a nightmare.Before you resort to walking your dog at 2 am or down that back ally where you know there won’t be any people or dogs, I have some tips for you on how to handle your dog when they bark or lunge at other people, dogs, or even fast-moving objects on a walk.If this has been going on for a while, if you’re working on it and you don’t see improvement or if it gets worse, it’s time to call a trainer. Most have experience with reactive dogs and it’s a behavior that can be improved but it can also takes timing and a technique that takes practice. Having a professional guide you will be your best option.Your overall goal is to get your dog’s attention, keep their attention while whatever they usually bark at goes by. We want to teach them “when I see another dog I pay attention to my human and good things happen!”In this episode, I provide my top tips that you can use if this is just starting or is minor. As an added bonus these same tips can also apply to an overexcited dog that is distracted by something in their environment.My tips include:* Practice getting your dogs attention in low-level environments* Stand or walk between your dog and the stimulus* Use distance to your advantagePress play to listen to the entire episode and enjoy!
Puppy biting is something that just about every new dog owner struggles with. It can go from being an annoyance to affecting your enjoyment and bond with your puppy. It gets even worse with the kids. Puppies don't know how to play with humans. It's in their DNA to play with their tough-skinned, fur-covered littermates, but not us wimpy humans with our delicate skin. Working with your puppy on their nipping is pretty straight forward. When you don't like the way they're playing, you stop playing. You become completely boring and disengage. Turn your back, tuck your hands or maybe even walk out of the room. What you don't do is say "no, no, no, stop" and physically try to stop them. To your puppy, you are still playing. Then, even if you are doing everything right, you may still be struggling. The main reason I see, is that stopping your puppy's biting is a process. You will be working on and managing puppy biting for a good portion of their first 6 months.Just like potty training, it takes time for our puppy to understand how to play with us. Remember, we are working against their natural instincts. So, you're gonna have good days and bad days. What you need to look for is progress. The other big reason is that sometimes the puppy biting has nothing to do with biting at all. There is something else going on that you need to address. An overtired puppy will bite moreAn over-excited puppy will bite moreA teething puppy will bite moreOn those really bad days, instead of "strong-arming" our puppy into stopping, it's probably more about addressing one of the above problems.* Maybe it's time for your puppy to rest in their crate with a toy or chew* Maybe we need to give them a little bit more exercise like a walk or a structured game (like Rover Round Robin which I talk about in Episode 4).* Maybe we need to give them their chew toy to satisfy their aching mouth. In this episode, I talk about what to do when your puppy is biting while playing and why you might still be struggling.Press play to listen and enjoy!!
There are a bunch of different types of dog training programs out there. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages. Which one (or ones) you choose depends on your learning style, what's going on with your dog, and what your budget is.In this episode, I take a look at a puppy class vs obedience class vs private training vs online trainingNo matter which one you think is right for you it all comes down to you doing the work. Once you walk out of the class or the trainer walks out the door it’s just you and your pup. The last thing you need to do is find a trainer that has the program you want and that you like and trust. Believe me, it's worth the time to call, talk to and research because your relationship with the trainer can make all the difference. Press play to listen to the entire episode.
Just like humans, dogs get car sick. It's especially common for puppies. Their little bellies are sensitive and not used to the motion. The good news is, most will grow out of it. The bad news is there is always a chance they will develop a bad association with the car. Since it starts out as a physical reaction there isn't much we can do but help them feel better and try to avoid the sickness. The last thing we want to do is stop taking our dog places. That's why in this episode, I go over tips to help prevent the car and motion sickness, including the anxiety that can develop. I also give you a place to start if your dog is already has a bad association with the car. Press play to listen to the entire episode.
You've read ALL the books, watched ALL the videos, listened to ALL the podcast but there are things that still come as a surprise when you get a new puppy.Let's be honest, some of these things they DO tell you, but maybe we don't hear them because they aren't the fun part of having a puppy.In this episode, I talk about the important things from how raising a puppy is an 18 month road to how your kids may react unexpectedly to the puppy.No worries, I didn't just talk about the doom and gloom. I end the episode with some fun stuff like how puppies get the hiccups...a lot. Press play to listen and enjoy!!
Especially with a new puppy, you'll hear 20 times a day, play with your puppy, exercise your puppy, stimulate your puppy so they don’t get bored, bond with them to create a strong relationship…OK OK, we get it’s important but after 160 games of fetch things get a little...well, boring. In this episode, I’m going to go through 10 ways to play with your dog. And this is just to get you started, it doesn’t stop here, not even close. In reality, there are hundreds of ways to play with your dog. I want you and your dog to get creative and take it from here. With the cold weather settling in here in NJ I decided to concentrate on indoor activities. It’s easy to take things outside and get all the exercise and entertainment you need. It’s when you're stuck inside that things get harder. No matter what activity we do with them, we are entertaining, stimulating, and bonding with them. It’s tiring them out that can sometimes seem impossible. That is why I also focused on ways that will up the exercise and tiring out factor. At the end of the day (literally) what we want is a tired and happy dog! Your dog will probably have their favorites. I hope you can find something you love, your dog loves AND gets everyone to sleep! Let’s get those creative juices going!! Press play to listen and enjoy!!
Raising a puppy is challenging. Raising a puppy in an apartment adds a few additional challenges. It’s becoming more and more common to raise a puppy in an apartment. This is great because it means more places are allowing dogs but before you run and get your new puppy there are some things to consider and to be ready for. When we think about raising a puppy in an apartment we usually think about the size restriction the apartment building has (which I don’t agree with and I talk about why). There are also a few other things.When living in an apartment (or a condominium or even a townhouse) you have close neighbors that can make crate training harder. Sometimes you can’t get outside quickly which can be a struggle during potty training. And most of the time the room you have to exercise your dog is limited.I have you covered with some tips on how to handle these extra challenges. Including:* Getting the right age and breed* Potty training tips * Crate training tips* When they destroy something that's not yoursPress play to listen to the full episode. Related Episodes:YNP #002: Which Type of Dog is Right for You?YNP #005: Crate Training: How to Make Their Crate Your Dog’s Best FriendYNP #009: Why Indoor Pads Should NOT be Used When House Training Your PuppyYNP #010: Complete Guide to Potty Training Your Puppy
You need to be your dog’s pack leader. This much is clear. However, when I talk about leadership it doesn’t have anything to do with “alpha” or “dominance”. I believe those words are overused and greatly misunderstood. But mostly, I believe that it leads us to the wrong type of relationship with our dog. Make no mistake you need to be your dog’s pack leader, but I want you to think about more like a parent or teacher. You make the rules, you decide how you want your dog to act and then it's up to us to guide and teach them how to be the dog we want them to be. It’s a balance of respect, patience, and trust.There are three parts to being a good pack leader to your dog that builds this type of relationship. We need to:* Lead by example* Lead with consistency * Lead with patienceIn this episode, I will talk about each one, what they mean, and how they fit into the bigger picture.
This is the third and final special edition highlighting the great questions I received during Q&A Tuesdays. Every Tuesday in October I will be answering your training questions. These are just a few of the great questions I received and I thought would be beneficial to all my listeners. October is now officially over and therefor so are Q&A Tuesdays, for now..If you don't want to miss the next time I do Q&A Tuesdays, you can find me on Instagram or Facebook because that is where it all happens. I got the idea for Q&A Tuesday because this is very similar to what I do inside YOUR Perfect Puppy my online course for new puppy owners. More info on YOUR Perfect Puppy.For this special edition I cover the following topics:A dog that is marking in other people's homes.When your dog is uncomfortable or "afraid" of something (in this case a brush).Tips if you want to run with your dog.How to tell the difference between whining to go out and whining for attention.Teaching puppy to be calm around a cat. Press play to listen to the full episode with more details and examples. Enjoy!
Potty accidents are part of having a puppy. You can do everything right and you are still going to have an accident. And let’s face it, we probably aren’t going to do everything right. In all of my years helping puppy owners with potty training there are a few types of accidents that I see over and over. Knowing what they are can not only help you avoid them but sometimes it’s nice to know what may seem like weird place to have an accident, it actually quite normal. In this episode, I go over the most common types of potty accidents I see. First I go over common places and then common situations that will occur. Of course, I give you tips throughout on how to avoid them altogether.
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Every Tuesday in October I will be answering your training questions. These are just a few of the great questions I received and I thought would be beneficial to all my listeners.I got the idea for Q&A Tuesday because this is very similar to what I do inside YOUR Perfect Puppy my online course for new puppy owners. You can find me on Instagram or Facebook next Tuesday to get a preview of the kind of access you get to me inside the course or just get your training questions answered. I'll be hanging out in my messages all day. More info on YOUR Perfect Puppy.For this special edition I chose a theme of all crate training questions. Press play to listen to the full episode with more details and examples. Enjoy!
Every Tuesday in October I will be answering your training questions. These are just a few of the great questions I received and I thought would be beneficial to all my listeners.I got the idea for Q&A Tuesday because this is very similar to what I do inside YOUR Perfect Puppy my online course for new puppy owners. You can find me on Instagram or Facebook next Tuesday to get a preview of the kind of access you get to me inside the course or just get your training questions answered. I'll be hanging out in my messages all day. More info on YOUR Perfect Puppy.The questions I answer in this special edition of the podcast include potty training, how to handle working households with a puppy, counter surfing, and puppy nipping. Press play to listen to the full episode with more details and examples. Enjoy!
There is only one thing that you need to know about dog behavior to teach or stop any behavior! Yup, when it comes down to it, our dogs are very simple creatures. In this episode, I am revealing my secret. This is what I use to solve 90% of my client's training issues. I have centered my life around dog behavior. And everything I have learned and observed comes down to this one thing. SPOILER ALERT...
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The one thing you need to know about dog behavior***Dogs do what works for them...always; and they don’t feel guilty about it.*** That's it. If your dog is exhibiting some behavior then it is working for them. Otherwise, they wouldn't be doing it. The trick is to understand what's working. We can use it to our advantage to teach a behavior. For example, you want to teach your dog to sit, you give them a treat every time their butt hits the floor when you say "sit". Now, that behavior works for them so they are going to repeat it. Or we want to stop a behavior. For example, your dog barks at you and you give them attention by looking at them or even telling them "no." That behavior now works for them and they will repeat it. To change the behavior we have to take the attention away. The top 4 most common things your dog is looking for isAttentionFoodRelease extra energy Relieve boredomThese are not the only things but they are the place to start. The concept is easy, it’s applying that gets tricky. Sometimes it's super obvious (your dog jumps on the counter and gets to the food) or not so obvious (your puppy is whining in the crate for attention, not to go potty). This episode is chock full of examples on how to apply this. Now you know my secret. This is the same place I always start when trying to teach or stop a behavior. It takes practice, but if we take a hard look at our dog’s behavior (and ours) you will see the pattern. Press play to listen to the full episode with more details and examples. Enjoy!
There are three types of training that you need to turn your puppy into a well-rounded, well-behaved, and well-mannered dog.When we think of training our dog we usually think about teaching our dog to “listen to me” I want him to come when I say come and stay when I say stay. Or we don’t even think about training until a bad behavior starts and we want to correct it. In this episode, I talk about three different types of training that you need. My goal is to get you to approach training your dog a little differently. Instead of it being something that you do when needed it’s actually something that is integrated into your everyday life with your dog.
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Here is a summary of each type I talk about. Skills trainingThis is the type of training that we think of. It involves formally training your dog to do something on command. The most common example is obedience training. This is the training we gravitate to because it's really easy to see. We tell our dog to do something and we do it. The feedback is obvious. Preventative trainingStop bad habits before they start. When we put our shoes away so our puppy doesn't discover them or when we take our dogs for a walk before they use their extra energy to dig up the garden. This is a more subtle type of training but it is just as important. Habit trainingWhere preventative training is stopping bad habits before they start, habit training is creating everyday good habits on purpose. Potty training is teaching our dog the habit of going to the bathroom outside only. When we play with our dog when they pick up their own toys to chew on we are teaching them to always play with their toys. All ThreeThere isn't one of these that is more important than the other. In fact, they all work together and most of the time you will be using more than one. So, you don’t have to know which one you are doing when. The point here is that training is more than just teaching your dog to "listen to me." Sometimes training is done in the everyday subtle things like closing the front door or putting the remote on a high shelf or consistently not allowing them on the couch or bed.It's also important to know that just about everything we do with our puppy means something. This can help in those moments that you feel that nothing is happening and your puppy isn't learning. Remember those little things count just as much as the big stuff. Press play to listen to the full episode with more details and examples. Enjoy!
Raising a puppy is something we have to learn. It's not natural for us humans. So just like with learning anything new we are going to make a few mistakes along the way. First we have to know what mistakes we are making in the first place. In this episode, I talk about 4 mistakes I see new puppy owners make (and what to do instead).
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Let's take a quick look at each one. #1. Give too much freedom too soonWhen we first imagined having a dog we thought about a dog wandering around the house, sleeping on the couch or freely playing the back yard. Then when we bring our puppy home we end up giving them too much freedom too soon. What I mean is within the first couple weeks home you give the puppy the run of the first floor of the house or let them run around in the back yard (yes, even if you have a fenced-in yard).This is too much freedom for a new puppy! You will have that dog that freely runs around your home but right now you have a puppy and there is some work to get there. What to do instead:Right now they are learning EVERYTHING about your world and how to live in your house. Think of their freedom as something they earn by building trust and a bond with you, not something they automatically get when they move into your home.Until they earn that freedom, keep your puppy's world small, and closely supervised. The more freedom we give our puppy the more trouble they get into.#2. Underestimating the importance of socializationSocialization is THE most important training you can do for your puppy. So many new puppy owners aren’t aware of just how important it is or they simply misunderstand it. When I say socialization most think about letting their puppy play with other dogs. This is true, but interacting with other dogs is only a small part of socializing your puppy.Socializing teaches your puppy to interact properly with EVERYTHING in their environment. It goes from sounds, textures, smells, climbing stairs, being handled, as well as interacting with people and other dogs. The other part that is greatly misunderstood is that you can’t put off socialization. Socializing has the greatest impact between the age of 3-16 weeks. This isn’t something we can change. It’s how a puppy’s brain grows and matures. This also happens to be the time so many dog owners are keeping their dogs inside and avoiding interaction with the outside world. Usually at the advice of their own vet or breeder because of vaccinations. I talk all about balancing socialization and vaccinations in Episode 21.An under-socialized dog has trouble adjusting to new people and places. A well-socialized dog is a confident dog that can go anywhere with you. You can't over-socialize a dog but you can very easily under-socialize a dog.The Socialization lesson inside YOUR Perfect Puppy (my 4 week puppy course) is by far the biggest lesson because it's SO important. What to do instead:If you have a puppy at home get your puppy out there experiencing new people and places AT LEAST 3 times a week (every day if possible). If you have one coming soon, be ready to hit the ground running. #3. Ignoring behaviors hoping that they grow out of themThe dangerous part about this one is that there is some truth to it. As your dog matures they will be less likely to cause trouble. Their energy decreases, their need to chew, explore, and rebel also decrease. BUT when they are puppies they are discovering everything and learnin...
Where should your dog sleep? This is a simple question with multiple answers. On one had I have a strong recommendation where your dog should be sleeping. On the other, it really doesn't matter as long as you make the decision and then stick with it. To make this more clear split my answer into two parts:* Should your dog sleep in or out of the crate?* Where in the house should your dog sleep (including on the bed)?In this episode, I talk about when I have a recommendation, when it's up to you, and things to conciser when deciding.Here is a preview of what I will talk about.In or out of the crate?This is where I have a strong recommendation depending on your dogs age and behavior.During potty training, your puppy should be sleeping in a crate. Even if you know they can sleep through the night without an accident while in the crate, doesn’t mean they won’t have one if they are out of the crate. Throughout adolescence (18-24 months) they should still be in their crate or, at the very least, a puppy-proofed room. The more access they have to the house the more trouble they can get into. And when you are sleeping, I’m going to guess you aren’t supervising.Where in the house?Your dog can sleep outside your bedroom, inside your bedroom but not on the bed, or on your bed. There is no right or wrong answer but there are some things to conciser.No matter where you decide, your dog will adjust and be perfectly happy. The key here is to decide early, and stick with it! Once you let the dog up on the bed with you it is going to be a hard habit to break. Listen to the whole episode to get all the details. Enjoy!
Adding another dog to your pack is an exciting time. It can also be a little stressful because you want to make sure that your current dog accepts your new puppy.Sometimes when you bring a new puppy home the current dog immediately accepts the puppy and it super excited to have a younger brother and sister. And this is a possible scenario.The more likely scenario is that your current dog will be standoffish to the puppy. This is completely normal and a common way for an adult dog to deal with a puppy (in fact, take note on how well your older dog gives the puppy boundaries by simply ignoring them. We could take a few lessons from this). The good news is, the vast majority of the time the dogs will figure it out. That being said there are lots of things that you can do to make the “warm-up” time go more smoothly.The first thing to note is that this “warm-up” time could be a day or two or could take weeks! Don’t rush it and let your current dog set the pace. How they interact in the first few weeks home is not necessarily how they will always interact.In this episode, I talk about a few things you can do to help make this initial time together go smoothly.* Walks, walks, and more walks* Tire the puppy out before you let him/her interact with your current dog* Balance allowing them to interact with giving your current dog some space from the puppy.* Manage food and toys to reduce any competition that might arise. Listen and enjoy!
My dogs aren't perfect, and I'm ok with that? You would think because I'm a dog trainer I would care more. But that's exactly why I know it's OK. Training a dog is time-consuming and it’s something that most of us just simply aren’t good at. Most likely you won't be able to teach your dog EVERYTHING. I've quickly learned that raising a puppy is a combination between training and management. We quickly get frustrated or overwhelmed trying to create this perfect dog and I’m here to tell you to give yourself a break. It's all about YOUR priorities. In this episode, I confess about my dog’s behavior and how I sometimes manage behaviors instead of correcting them. I save my energy and focus on the behaviors that are the most important to me. Your dog only has to live with you. So it's important to raise YOUR Perfect Puppy, not the one your neighbor says you should have or what Google thinks a well-behaved puppy is.Give yourself a break, the perfect puppy is one you love, is happy and healthy, and enhances your life. Not the one your neighbor tells you you SHOULD have. Listen below and enjoy!
There are so many dog supplies out there it can be overwhelming. Over the years I have developed a list of my go-to supplies that I use and recommend to my clients.In this episode, I talk about what my favorite dog supply is in each of these 8 categories and why they have become my go-to. All supplies can be found on Chewy.com or BarkBox.com. 1. Training treat: Freeze dried liverI never met a dog that could resist these liver treats. You can break them down into small training pieces or even sprinkle some on top of a picky eaters food. There is only one ingredient and they are made in the USA.2. Leash pulling tool: Front clip harnessI prefer using harnesses for leash walking in general. Especially if you have a heavy puller. The traditional collar can put a lot of pressure on the neck. With the leash clipped in the front (you don't need a double leash like the picture below) when they start to pull they get turned around so it's hard for them to get the leverage they need to pull hard. 3. Food bowl: Treat ballI may be cheating a little bit with this one. It's not actually a food bowl, but it is my favorite way to feed your dog. Instead of inhaling their dinner from a bowl, they knock around a ball and their food comes out. You have to feed your dog anyway, let them occupy themselves for 20 minutes instead of 20 seconds.4. Chew toy: KongSimilar to the treat ball above you can stuff the Kong with your dog's dinner or some homemade healthy wholefoods (skip the store bought stuffing). Now your puppy is occupied, chewing, and eating something healthy or their own food!5. Teething chew: Ice cubeSimple, free and can entertain your dog for hours (weather permitting). Best part is, they are already in your freezer. 6. Bone: Deer antlerAntlers can be a little pricey but they last a loooong time. I like to use these as the special bone they only get in their crate during crate and potty training. 7. Crate: Life stages crateA crate is an essential tool for any new puppy owner. There are lots of types out there. The life stages crate comes with a divider so it can grow with your puppy. You can also buy an oversize crate and remove the divider once your puppy is potty trained. 8. Dog supply company: BarkBox*There aren't many companies I get excited about but this one is an exception. BarkBox is a monthly subscription box full of treats and toys. The toys are high quality, the treats are healthy and they take great care in making the details fun! They are a fun, cheeky company that also does lots of work with rescue and shelter pets. *This link uses a referral code that any current BarkBox customer can give you. If you have a friend that already uses BarkBox, use their code and they will get a free box. I have my free box going to a shelter pet. I am not affiliated in any way. Listen to the full episode below and enjoy!
Dogs learns through repetition and reward. The easiest and most efficient way to reward your dog is by using treats. That is why they are the go-to for trainers and dog owners.Even though treats is the most popular way to reward your dog they are not, by far, the only way. In fact, there are so many ways to reward our dog we do it everyday by accident. What we can do is use these non-treat rewards to our advantage.The best alternative (and easiest) is our attention. Do not underestimate the value of your verbal praise and attention. This is something we always carry with us so we never have to wean off our verbal praise like we do with treats. In this episode, I go through a bunch of examples to get you started. The key is to look at your dog’s environment and see what motivates them, what makes them happy, and then use that to reward them for good behavior .It’s time to think outside the (treat) box.Enjoy!Photo by Leio McLaren (@leiomclaren) on Unsplash
Dog obedience training is the first thing we think of when we say “training your dog.” In fact, it might be the only thing we think of.Your dog’s training goes WAY beyond obedience but it is a very important part of your new puppy’s education.When starting from scratch it’s important to create a strong and reliable foundation. We can do this in four easy steps. * The Lure: Encourage your dog into the position or action you are looking for, without saying a word.* Add the command: Connect the action with a vocal command.* Hide the treat, add a hand signal: This step prevents the dreaded bribing scenario.* Intermittent treats: Come away from the treats and add other rewards.These are often the steps we skip or rush through. The most notable being, the command is not added until step 2. Now I don’t expect you to be able to listen to this episode and teach your dog ANY command. How these four steps look will vary slightly depending on the exact skill you are teaching. It's the foundation they create that is universal. Always start with this foundation and you will be on your way to reliable dog obedience training in no time.
Bringing your puppy home is exciting and maybe a little stressful. The ride home is the first time you are 100% responsible for them.If this is your first puppy you may be even more nervous. Your puppy might be nervous too. It’s a short and simple topic but something I get asked all the time. Bringing your puppy home should be exciting, not nerve-racking. So I have some advice for you to help it go smoother.Whether it’s a 15-minute ride from your local rescue or a 10-hour ride from your breeder there are some things you can do to be ready.A few tips I discuss in the episode:* Have a towel* Bring one person but not the whole family. You want one person taking care of the dog and one person driving but you don’t want the whole family overwhelming the puppy* Bring something that smells like other your other pets. * Have a plan for when you get home. Right now the ride home seems like it’s the most important thing in the world. You are going to have so much time with your puppy, just make sure they are safe and comfortable. Photo by Emerson Peters on Unsplash
When we think of crate training we usually think of potty training or where we put our puppy when we aren’t home. Crate training goes way beyond that. In fact, we should be using it after potty training AND when we are home.I usually get some resistance to this. Most dog owners have a sense of guilt using the crate even when they are home. You might think “well, it’s not fair to my puppy, he shouldn’t have to be in his crate when I’m home” or “I should be able to supervise him when I’m home.”The only thing we are doing is making things harder on ourselves. Your puppy’s crate is a multi-faceted training tool. In this episode, I’m going to convince you that not only CAN you use the crate when you are home but you SHOULD use your puppy’s crate when you are home.The five reasons for using the crate when you are home are:* It’s the best way to crate train your puppy* Your puppy will hate the crate if you only use it when you leave* Prevent separation anxiety* Your puppy’s safety* Your sanity!I mention two other episodes that are related and highly recommend if you are looking for information on crate training your puppy. YNP #005: Crate Training: How (and Why) to Make Their Crate Your Dog’s Best FriendYNP #022: How to Prevent and Treat Separation AnxietyPhoto by Alvan Nee on Unsplash
How to handle a shy dog is important for all of us to know. If you are anything like me, you just want to put ALL the puppies. But not ALL of the puppies want to be pet. Wait, what??? Crazy, right? This is even worse when it’s our own puppy. We are all excited and ready to share our lives with our new fur ball but he won’t come anywhere near us. Most of us want to win our puppy over. I mean come on, look at this amazing home and all I want to do is love you!!This is not uncommon, especially with rescue dogs. Even though we know they are safe, they don’t know that...yet.In this episode, I talk about why this can happen and what to do if it does.This is a great listen for all dog lovers because anytime you come in contact with a shy, fearful, or insecure dog you will know what to do.This is also a time where a trainer will be important. Insecurities in a puppy, if not addressed, can grow into many different behavior problems.If you take anything away from this episode is it this: Let the dog come to you. Do not try and win them over, they make the first (and second, and third) move.Enjoy!
The foundation of positive dog training is to reward the behaviors we want repeated and ignore or redirect the behaviors we don’t want repeated.Oh, how I wish it were that simple. A question we don’t even think to ask is “how does the dog know what behavior we are rewarding or correcting?” This is where timing is EVERYTHING. Dogs are very present-minded. If we want to reward or stop a behavior from happening we have to do it the exact moment the behavior is happening. Not a before or after. If we are just a moment or two off they may make the wrong connection with the wrong behavior.This is the only way we make sure our dog is making the connection to the right behavior. If we reward them even 30 seconds later, it mines as well be 3 days later.There is some room for error here and we are not going to be perfect. This skill is something WE need to practice. Understanding how timing makes a huge difference is the first step. In this episode, I go into a few examples of what I mean and how to avoid rewarding or correcting the wrong behavior.See you inside!
Very often I get asked: Is human food good for dogs? Or "should I feed my dog people food?" Or they say with pride “I ONLY feed my dog, dog food”The first thing I want to dispel is the idea that there is a difference between "people" food and "dog" food. Food is food.The distinction that we are actually making is the difference between fresh foods and traditional commercial dog food which is typically highly processed. So yes, "human" food is good for dogs because just like us, our dogs benefit greatly from fresh foods.I'm not talking about feeding your dog table scraps or dinner left overs. I'm talking about supplementing their dinner with nutritious fresh foods and snacks.There are a few pitfalls we have to be careful of:* We want to be careful of over feeding our dogs. When we add fresh foods we are also adding calories. * We also want to make sure that we keep a balanced diet. If they are filling up on chicken (which is good for them) they might not be eating the other nutrients they need.* There are some foods that we can eat that our dogs shouldn’t.In this episode I talk about:* The difference between people and dog food (or lack there of).* Cautions when feeding your dog human food.* Benefits of feeding your dog human food.* Some of my favorite fresh foods that I use to supplement my dog’s food. Related Episodes:Your New Puppy Episode #017: 5 Dog Food Myths and the Truth Behind ThemPhoto by Marek Szturc on Unsplash
The thought of raising two puppies together can create a lot of warm, fuzzy, and fun images. They will keep each other company, entertain each other, exercise each other, and create perfect Instagram moments of snuggling together in their bed.We go into it aware that it will take more work. Of course, it makes sense, there are two puppies instead of one. What we don’t realize until we get them home is that it doesn’t take twice the work, it takes THREE times the work as raising one puppy.When a client asks me: "How to do I train two dogs at the same time?" My answer is: "You don’t." Not until you train each one separately so they understand what you are asking. Then you can bring them together and train them as a pack. That is where three times the work comes in.AND it doesn’t stop at skills training. There are many activities you will need to do with your puppies both separately and together.There are also many reasons for this which I talk about within the episode. Litter-mate syndromeYou need to have a relationship and bond with each dog on their own and with both dogs as a pack.Prevent separation anxiety from each other by giving them time apart.Teach them to have the confidence to deal with any environment with and without their sibling there.This is A LOT of work to train and prevent behavior problems. Enough that most dog trainers recommend that you don’t ever get two dogs from the same litter. It can be done, if you are prepared for it. If you already have two puppies or if you are set on getting two, I give you some examples on how to tackle all of this work . If you are still thinking about getting two puppies, I give you the advice I usually give my clients who really want two dogs. Enjoy!
Did you remember to praise your puppy?When using positive training our main tool is to reward behaviors we want our puppies to repeat. The more we praise our puppy's good behavior the more likely they will grow into a well-behaved dog. Unfortunately, there are many times that we don’t remember (or worse, we don’t even realize) it’s an opportunity to praise and reward them to see the behavior again.Recognizing these moments is tough. It takes practice if we are not used to it. That is exactly why this episode includes a little bit of homework for you.In this episode, I talk about 2 situations that most puppy owners can miss: When our puppy is being good and we didn’t even ask.For example: Sitting quietly at our feet.Relaxing on their bed with their toy. Walked past our slipper without picking it up.When they are doing something wrong and we have to tell them to stop...and they do.For example:They stole our shoe but gave it to us when we asked. They jumped up on the couch but they got down when we told them.Press play to listen below or go to where ever you get your podcasts. Photo by Charles Deluvio on Unsplash
Separation anxiety is when your dog is stressed out because they are separated from you. Every single dog has the potential to develop some form of separation anxiety because dogs don’t know how to be alone naturally. This is one of the many things we need to teach them to live in our world. Separation anxiety was also one of the many issues I had to deal with when I brought home my two girls all those years ago. I know how heartbreaking and stressful it can be to deal with severe cases. My goal for you is to prevent it or nip it in the bud. In this episode I talk about:* What separation anxiety is.* What it looks like.* How to prevent it.* How to treat your dog if they are already showing minor signs. If your dog is showing major signs of separation anxiety (destructive behavior, excessive barking, even hurting themselves) please call a certified trainer in your area.Press play to listen below or go to where ever you get your podcasts. Photo by Patrick Carr on Unsplash
A question I get ALL the time is about taking your puppy outside before they are fully vaccinated. This question usually comes up during potty training but my answer has nothing to do with potty training.In short, your puppy needs to get out and start experiencing the world BEFORE they are fully vaccinated. I know this can come into direct conflict with your veterinarian's advice. I am not telling you to ignore your vet! As the title of this episode suggest it is all about balancing your puppy’s physical health and their behavioral development.In this episode I talk about:* What socialization is.* What science tells us about when socialization is the most important.* Why the advice of “keep your puppy inside until fully vaccinated” is still around even though it’s not what is best for your puppy.* Suggestions on how to balance the risks of keeping your puppy physically and mentally healthy.Don’t take my word for it.In the episode, I talk about the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior and their statement on puppy socialization. Their website is https://avsab.org/You can get the statement I reference right here or by going directly to their website (which I recommend, they have lots of great information on dog behavior).
We are always told “prepare for emergencies" or "make an emergency preparedness plan." The problem is the nature of an emergency is they are unpredictable and the situations are usually not something we expect. All we can do is do our best to prepare so when it happens we at least have a head start.The type of emergencies I talk about in this episode is any situation where you either, can’t make it back home or you have to leave your home. Having a dog can make both of these situations even more complicated.When faced with an emergency you will have a lot of things to think about. Planning ahead can take the stress out of the situation that you are dealing with.In this Episode I walk you through making a list of people, places, and things that you may need in these types of emergencies when it comes to taking care of your dog. Keep this list in a safe place so it’s ready for you when you need to use it.My hope for you is that this will be the best time you ever wasted. Links mentioned in this Episode:YNP #014: How to Choose the Right Dog Care – Part One
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A fenced-in backyard is considered a very valuable resource for a dog owner. It makes owning, potty training and exercising your dog SO much easier. Or does it?With anything that makes our lives easier there is always a downside. I know this, because I share this struggle with you.In this episode I talk about a very recent experience I had with my own dog. Lucy’s behavior started to worsen out of nowhere and I started to get worried and frustrated all at the same time.Until i realized what was happening. Lucy was BORED OUT OF HER MIND. My fenced in backyard allowed me to get lazy and now Lucy and her behavior were showing it.With an acre of room and her sister to play with she had plenty of exercise but was lacking any other stimulation.This is why, fenced in yard or not, it is still important to get into the habit of walking your dog right away.In this episode I share my own struggle and tips on how we can work on it together.Photo by Aaron Bookout on Unsplash I did take my own advice!Immediately after recording this episode I regretted it ( 😉 not really) because, I had to take my own advice, right? So even though it looked like this outside:My actual front yard. I tapped into my inner Jersey girl, toughened up, put on my snow boots, grabbed the girls’ leashes, and went out the door.I’m SO glad I did. Once I was out there and moving, it wasn’t as cold as I thought AND apparently snow changes the smell of everything because the girls acted like they haven’t seen that tree outside a hundred times before. Leash walking resourceshttps://positively.com/dog-behavior/basic-cues/loose-leash-walking/https://ferndogtraining.com/episode20/
So often, we get stuck in the idea that our dogs need to eat out of a bowl. BORING!! Our dogs are programmed to work for their food so let’s use that in our favor. We already feed our dogs so let’s make it an event! Our dogs have a blast AND it also help in our endless journey to burn off some of our dog's energy! By having them work for their food our dog is occupied for longer than the typical 30 seconds it takes for them to eat out of a bowl. This will relieve boredom and give them some mental exercise in the process (it’s also entertaining for us too)Now, what in the world do I mean? In this episode I talk about three different examples of how to make meal time an event. Use these examples to get your creative juices flowing and even a Google or Pinterest search to get more ideas on how to ditch the bowl.First example: Use a Kong.Most of us know what a Kong is if not here is a photo. You can find them in any pet store and they come in all different sizes and toughness. This is one of the best ways to create a meal time event. Instead of stuffing the Kong with peanut butter we stuff it with their meal. One step that some of us miss is we have to teach your dog to use the Kong. I talk about how to do this. Second example: Use a treat ball.A treat ball is one of my (and my dog's) favorite ways to eat their meal. Despite the name it's not just for treats! There a a bunch of different treat balls on the market. You can also make some yourself. Just search for DIY food puzzles or treat balls. Here are a couple of videos of Miriah and Boris enjoying their treat ball!!
The possibilities are endless!I give a few more examples in the episode to help you start to think outside the bowl.Have your own ideas! Share below!
We know that finding the right dog food for our dog is important. It can also be overwhelming. Most of us want to be able to walk into a pet store, pick up a bag and make the right decision. Unfortunately, it's not that simple.There is a lot of different information out there about which dog food.Deciphering what is true and what is based on common beliefs that may or may not be outdated is next to impossible.To help you out, this in this episode I go over 5 myths associated with commercial dog food. Most of these myths came from a small amount of truth BUT through a game of telephone, the misconceptions grew. The worst of it, are some of the dog food companies take advantage of these myths to continue to sell us low-quality food for our pets.The 5 Dog Food Myths (and what the truth is)#1: Find a dog food your dog likes and stick with it. (not always)#2: Dog food has a long shelf life (sorta)#3: Grain-free means low carb (nope)#4: Higher price means higher quality (not even close)#5: The first ingredient should be meat (Yes! But that’s not the whole story)
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“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” - Benjamin FranklinThe best way to stop your dog from jumping up on people is not to allow him from to do it from day one.The best way to stop your dog from sleeping on the bed with you is to teach him to sleep in his own bed from day one.I know, it sounds so simple. When your dog is a puppy it’s easy to let him jump because at that point it’s cute, not annoying. And right now he doesn’t take up that much room in the bed.It is so easy to let certain behaviors happen when they are small and cute but we end up having to fix bad habits laterIn this Episode, I talk about using preventive training and house rules to think ahead and make training easier.Biggest takeawayAsk yourself and your family the following questions and start enforcing the house rules from day one.Will this behavior be appropriate in the future?Will this behavior be appropriate when our puppy is full grown?Will this behavior be appropriate with small children, grandma, guests, etc?It can be tough to enforce these rules when all you want to do is play and snuggle and give your puppy whatever they want, but I promise you, your family AND your puppy will thank you for it.Resources Mentioned in the EpisodeEpisode #008: When your Dog Jumps: How to Prevent and Correct Jumping up on PeoplePhoto by Tim Trad on Unsplash
Welcome to Part Two of the two-part series on helping you find the right dog care for you. In part one (Episode #14) I talked all about facilities. In this episode I talk about Pet Sitters.Who will take care of your dog when you can’t is a very common concern for most dog owners. With good reason. There is a high level of trust that has to happen for you to feel comfortable to leave your dog in someone else’s hands. Good news is there are a lot of options out there nowadays. The bad news is there is a lot of options out there nowadays.There are a few things to consider when deciding which option is right for you and your dog. Remember that your comfort is just as important as your dog’s comfort. If you are nervous about leaving your dog then your dog will be nervous about being left. Even if you are clear about which service you want, now you have to find the place or person you trust. The only way to really do that is to talk to them and ask lots of questions. Remember this is your dog you will be leaving with them, don’t be shy about getting all the information you can.In this episodeI talk about your different options when considering a pet sitter. Most pet sitters will do home visits. Home visits are where the sitter comes and takes care of your dog while he stays in his home environment. Some pet sitters will even take your dog into their home and stay while you are away.In this episode I talk about both options plus how to find the pet sitter that is right for you and your dog including:Decide on what your priorities areDo your researchCall and ask questionsSchedule a meet and greetDo a test run.Don't forget to check out part one (episode 14) where I talk all about facilities.Dog Care QuestionnaireTo help you through this process I have provide you with a questionnaire you can use as a starting point to ask lots of questions and figure out which pet sitter is going to be the best for you and your dog.The questions are split into two categories: Pet sitters that come to your home and pet sitters that will take your dog into their home. The questions are designed to give you a head start. They center around getting a clear picture of what is happening inside a facility once you drop your dog off. Use these questions exactly or modify and add questions depending on your priorities and needs.
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Welcome to Part One in two-part series on helping you find the right dog care for you.Who will take care of your dog when you can’t is a very common concern for most dog owners. With good reason. There is a high level of trust that has to happen for you to feel comfortable to leave your dog in someone else’s hands. Good news is there are a lot of options out there nowadays. The bad news is there is a lot of options out there nowadays.There are a few things to consider when deciding which option is right for you and your dog. Remember that your comfort is just as important as your dog’s comfort. If you are nervous about leaving your dog then your dog will be nervous about being left. Even if you are clear about which service you want, now you have to find the place or person you trust. The only way to really do that is to talk to them and ask lots of questions. Remember this is your dog you will be leaving with them, don’t be shy about getting all the information you can.In this episodeI lay out the following steps and why they are important to help you find the facility that is right for you and your dog.Decide on what your priorities areDo your researchCall and ask questionsGo visitDo a test run.Don't forget to check out part two (episode 15) where I talk all about pet sitters.Dog Care QuestionnaireTo help you through this process I have provide you with a questionnaire you can use as a starting point to ask lots of questions and figure out which facility is going to be the best for you and your dog.The questions are designed to give you a head start. They center around getting a clear picture of what is happening inside a facility once you drop your dog off. Use these questions exactly or modify and add questions depending on your priorities and needs.
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Both a dog park and a dog daycare are a place for your dog to get lots of exercise while playing with his friends. Beyond that the experience is quite different.Where a dog park is free, daycares cost money. You get to stay and interact and play with the other dogs and people at a dog park but a daycare allows you to take a break while your dog is having fun.The biggest difference is the socialization and safety of your dog. Like anything that is free, a dog park involves more caution and risk. Daycares carefully monitor the dog's health and behavior that participate in the play.If you take anything away from this episode it's this: If your goal is to socialize your dog then a daycare is a place to go. If you have a dog that is already well socialized, then a daycare still works. A dog park can too, as long as you use common sense and caution.In this episode, I go through the pros and cons of each so you can decide what is best for you and your dog.
You don’t have to be a dog person to know about basic obedience. It’s usually the first thing you think of when someone says “training a dog”.It is popular for very good reasons. I could list a hundred reasons for you and your dog to go through some kind of obedience training.In this episode, I name a few but I mostly talk about what, in my opinion, is the most important part of your basic obedience education.YOU are the most important part of your dog's obedience training.Learning the commands is only half the story. Developing the relationship and bond is the other. You can’t have one without the other.If you have ever had a dog or have known a dog that only listens to one person in the family or if you have ever known a dog that knew all his commands but still didn’t behave properly then you know what I’m talking aboutI feel that if you approach your training as a relationship building exercise then you are going to get the most out of it.Obedience training isn’t a cure-all but it can create the foundation of your relationship and all training to come.Have you taken an obedience class? Tell us your experience. What was the best thing you got out of it? What do you wish was different? Leave a comment below and let us know.
I find so many dog owners go right for their retractable leash. And I get it! I did the same thing when I got my first dog. Retractable leashes make so much sense in theory; make it short when I want to, give them freedom when I want to. It’s like 10 leashes in one!” Except they are anything but convenient for the safety and training for your dog.If you don’t already have a retractable leash you have most likely thought about buying one. You might even think that it's the type of leash you're "supposed" to get. EVERYONE has one. I'm here to tell you to resist the peer pressure!!This episode is short and sweet. I go through many different reasons why you should grab your regular ol’ leash and leave the retractable leash at home next time you head out the door with your dog. Once you make the switch, I promise you will understand.The main reasons you should leave your retractable leash at home:* Control* Safety* Bonding* Resource controlEnjoy!!
Potty training is a rite of passage for all puppy owners. It’s not the pretty part of owning a new puppy but it’s the one training none of us can ignore.Sometimes we forget that our dogs don’t come pre-programmed to go to the bathroom outside. This is a habit we have to teach them.The concept of potty training and what you need to do isn't hard. The time, the effort, and the emotional roller coaster, that’s what’s hard. And even if you do EVERYTHING right there's still going to be accidents and speed bumps along the way. There are going to be times where you are going to wonder if you're ever going to get your life back. When are you going to be able to sit on your couch and snuggle with your puppy without constantly worrying if he has to go outside?I promise you, that time will come. First, we have to get through the potty training process. There's no skipping it. Yeah just have to do it.Though we can’t avoid it there are some ways to make it quicker and easier. Here I have broken down my Complete Process to Potty Training Your Puppy. By the end you will know exactly what to do when. You can read on or...
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I’ve also put together a 2 page cheat sheet for you with all the information and tips summarized. You can print it out and have it handy throughout the process. It also includes a potty training schedule to help you keep track of everything. The Potty Training Cheat Sheet and Schedule is free and yours to download and keep.
Potty Training Cheat Sheet and ScheduleI’ve created a cheat sheet for you that summarize the steps and tips I talk about in the episode. I’ve also created a one-page Puppy Potty Schedule for you to use to keep track of your dog’s schedule, any accidents that happen and your successes.Keeping track of these things will be extremely helpful if coordinating with multiple people in the household. It is also a great way to find patterns if things aren’t going smoothly.
In the simplest terms, we are teaching our dog, the proper place to go to the bathroom is outside. Potty training is such a common thing for us; we forget that it's not natural for our dogs.What IS natural for our dogs is to not go in their sleeping area. That's why using a crate during potty training makes the whole process faster and more efficient. When used correctly, the crate will give him a safe and secure place when we can’t supervise which will greatly reduce accidents.I talk more about crate training in Your New Puppy’s Podcast Episode 05.I also do NOT use indoor potty pads at all. You don’t want your puppy to have any idea that he might be allowed to go to the bathroom inside.I talk about why I don’t use potty pads in Your New Puppy’s Podcast Episode 09.How long it takes will depend on your dog, on you, and your family. Some dogs just pick it up right away, some struggle. It will depend on how closely you will be able to stick to the process. It takes time and energy and sometimes we are going to drop the ball. What I can promise, is if you stick to this process you will see progress within a week. Let’s go over exactly what to do, when.When should you take your dog out?
Indoor pads (also called wee-wee pads or potty pads) have a purpose but house training should not be one of them.If you want to teach your puppy to go to the bathroom outside only, these pads can be detrimental to this training.Indoor pads are one of those products that seem like a great tool (and are even advertised to us) but are anything but. In the long run they create more work. It's also possible your pup may never be fully house trained.In this episode, I talk about why I strongly discourage the use of indoor pads for house training.If you plan to use indoor pads regularly, I give you a few reasons why that may not be a great idea either.For some indoor pads are a great option, but for most, they are not.Potty training is a right of passage for any puppy owner. It’s a time-consuming process that can be frustrating at times so it’s only natural for us to grab something that might make it easier. However, I promise you if you put in the work now, it will be worth it in the end.Talk to you inside!Related Episodes:YNP #010: Complete Guide to Potty Training Your Puppy
When your dog jumps on you, your family and your friends it can quickly turn into an annoying habit.Luckily there are a few things we can do to prevent or correct this behavior.Most of the time our dog jumps on us it is to get our attention. And if we are honest most of the time, that is exactly what we give them. Remember attention is attention, good or bad. So even if you are telling your dog no and pushing him off you, to your dog, that’s attention.Why does your dog jump?It usually starts when they are puppies because they are so darn cute and it seems harmless. Who can resist those big eyes, right?? Only, when our dogs grow up it may not be as cute and they don’t know the difference. If our pup has always jumped up on us for attention and if it works for them that is what they will always do, muddy paws or not.In this episode, I talk about preventing, ignoring and redirecting your dog’s jumping. I use coming home as the main example but these tips can be used in whichever scenario your dog is jumping on you.Links in this episode:Episode 4: How to Get a Strong Recall: Three Things You Can Do Now to Teach Your Dog to Come Every Time You Call.(I also want to mention I am very surprised I have gotten to episode 8 without my back up singers making an appearance.)
I had a lot of fun recording our first Q&A episode! You asked some great questions that have influenced the topics of many episodes and now I want to answer some specific questions.In this episode, I answer three great questions sent in by listeners.Topics include:* Multiple dog household* Handing a new young dog with older dogs* The difference between adding a male or female dog to your pack.If you have your own questions to ask we want to hear them. You can email us directly at [yournewpuppy (@) playtimepaws.com] or if you sign up for our weekly updates you will not only get information when new episodes are released but you can reply directly to the email that is sent to you.Links discussed in this episodeEpisode #002: Which Type of Dog is Right for YouEpisode #005: How (and Why) to Make Their Crate Your Dog’s Best FriendEpisode #006: My Dog Steals my Stuff!! How to Protect your Dog and your ThingsEpisode #007: Why Dogs Dig and What You Can Do About ItPsychology Today - Aggression Between Dogs in the Same HouseholdIf you are enjoying this Podcast head over to iTunes and leave us a rating and review! This will help others find us!
Does your backyard look like someone has been digging for gold? Having a crater filled back yard is frustrating, not pretty and can even be dangerous. Why do dogs dig? Digging is one of those things that dogs just love to do. It’s right up there with barking and chewing and being with us.The most common reasons why is boredom or has too much energy and he is looking to entertain himself. Other reasons could be to cool dog, chase an animal or even escape.Because this is such a natural behavior your best bet is to redirect or distract from the digging instead of trying to just stop it.In this episode, I talk about the reasons dogs dig and some ways to help save your yard.I talk a little about using a “sandbox” which is a designated place in the yard where your dog is allowed to dig. This is what I do and it works well. In fact, here is Lucy sitting in one of her holes. It’s her favorite because it’s nice and cool and she can watch the street.
What do we do when our dog steals our stuff?We all know the scene: it’s gotten a little too quiet so you go searching for the little fuzzball that was just at your feet. You turn the corner and there he is, chomping happily away on the book you were reading earlier, or maybe it’s something that clearly came out of the garbage.First, you panic because don’t know how much he actually ate. Once you know he’s ok, it’s time to clean up the mess or mourn the possession you are now tossing in the trash.Dogs love to chew. It’s just a fact. It's one of the basic things that all dogs do. But when our dog steals our things to chew on it can be dangerous and at the very least, frustrating.What do we do to protect our dog and our stuff?In this episode, I talk about a few things that you can start doing to stop your dog from stealing your stuff. I also go over how to teach him what he is allowed to chew on.To give you an example I have a case study for you to give you an idea of how I handled this in a real world situation.Links and Info in this episode:Episode 5 (Crate Training)
When we think of crate training, we usually think of house training our dog. It is true that these two things go hand and hand. Using a crate is the best and most efficient way to potty train our dogs. Crate training can go way beyond potty training. If done correctly a crate can be an essential training tool and a way to give you peace of mind long after potty training is over. In this episode I will go over:* Reasons to crate train your dog or puppy and keep him crate trained* Different kinds of crates* How to make your dog LOVE his crate* Tips if your dog isn’t loving his crate right nowBelow are pictures of the different types of crates I talk about during the podcast. Wire CrateMost versatile.Folds down for storage or transport.Comes with a divider to change the size of the crate to grow with the dog.Looks most like a cage.Enclosed CrateAlready enclosed and snug.Airport approved.No way to adjust the size for growing puppies.Can be bulky to travel with. Soft CrateAlready enclosed and snug.Folds down and is light for easy travel.No way to adjust the size for growing puppies.Puppies and heavy chewers can chew holes in the material."End Table" CrateAttractive and can second as an end table.Not easily moved.ExpensiveCozy CrateLucy has a crate that all the dog's love. Even guests who are not crate trained love to sleep in her crate. I very often have to get other dog's out of her crate so Lucy can go to sleep. It's a very cozy area that the dogs are just attracted too. It has a blanket over the top a fleece bed on the bottom and a couple of soft blankets thrown in.Leave a comment below or share with your fellow dog lovers!
Your recall command is any word you use to tell your dog to come to you. The most common being “come.” I’ve also heard “front” and “here” used.The recall is arguably one the most important commands for your dog to know but it’s also one that eludes most of us.I am not going to talk about how to teach the actual command, what I am going to talk about is creating a strong foundation so when it is time to train the command it will be easier.We are going to take advantage of the fact that our dogs are ALWAYS paying attention to us. .We are always training our dog whether we realize it or not.I’m going to talk about three specific things you can do (or never do) to have more confidence that your dog will come to you when you need him to.The three things are:* Never call your dog to you for punishment. Coming to you is the best thing in the world...EVERY TIME* Never chase your dog. But let your dog chase you.* Add a collar grab into his training.PLUS, check out the bonus below. It’s instructions on how to play the game, Rover Round Robin. It’s a game that I teach all my clients because it creates a foundation for recall, tires your dog out and involves the whole family.
Free Tool: Rover Round RobinThis bonus includes step by step instructions on how to teach your dog and your family and friends to play the game. It also includes options to add challenges and new skills to the game. It’s a bonus that you can come back to again and again to continue to teach your dog and involve your family and friends...it doesn’t get better than that.
Free Feeding is when your dog's bowl is always filled with food allowing them to choose when to eat. When you have a dog that likes does to graze leaving their food out all the time can be a convenient. On the surface it seems harmless but what we don't realize is that it can have a negative effect on our dog's behavior and training. In this episode, I talk about how free feeding can affect your dog’s behavior, health, potty training and more.You will also get some tips on how to change the habit if it has already started.For those of us that c an't imagine our dog leaving ANY food in the bowl there is still some great information on how one habit can effect your dog's other behaviors.
Once you have decided that you are ready for a dog (if you haven’t check out episode 1) it’s time to figure out which dog is right for you.During this episode, I talk about 10 different traits to think about to help you decide what type of dog will best fit into your life.While I use examples of different breeds, I do this just to give you a picture of what I’m talking about. Deciding which traits and qualities are best for you isn’t about picking a specific breed. My goal for you is to just be aware that all different types of dogs exist.Remember it is possible to find a dog that you will not only love and care for but that will fit into your life so you can have the best experience possible. I believe that is essential in doing what is best for both your family and the new member you are welcoming in!The specific traits I will talk about are:SizeEnergyTrainingSheddingGroomingNoiseTerritorialGenderClimateHere are additional resources that you can use to research a little further.http://dogtime.com/matchuphttp://www.petmd.com/dog/breedshttp://iheartdogs.com/the-10-best-dog-breeds-for-first-time-owners/https://www.amazon.com/Original-Dog-Bible-Definitive-Source-ebook/dp/B005PYJXDQ/ref=dp_kinw_strp_1
Free Tool! Which Dog is Right for you Workbook!To help you out I’ve developed a tool to walk you through the different traits and qualities to figure out which ones are the most important to you. If you are interested you can request a copy below. It will be delivered directly to your inbox.
Want a new dog? Not sure if you are ready? Getting a new dog is a big decision and a long term commitment. Getting a dog isn’t something you can decide overnight, so we are here to help you figure it out!This episode walks you through 5 questions to ask yourself to see if you are ready for a new dog.Are You Ready for A New Dog? is the first part in a two-part series. Episode 002 will walk you through which type of dog is right for you.The five questions we will go over are:* Do I have time for a dog?* Can I afford a dog?* Does my living situation allow for a dog?* How will I care for my dog when I travel?* Does a dog fit into my life now and in the future?We will talk about the different things you need to think about when answering these questions.
Free Tool: Are you Ready for a New Dog Workbook.To help you answer these questions honestly, below is a workbook where you can write down your answers. This tool is designed to help you work through any challenges and solutions to the above questions. There is also room to add your own questions, depending on your specific situation.
Welcome to Your New Puppy’s Podcast!!
Getting a new puppy (or dog) is exciting and fun but it can also be very overwhelming. No one gets a good dog by accident. It takes time and energy to get the well-behaved dog we all dream of when we decided to bring home our new four-legged family member.
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