Session 101: E-Collar Training Explored with Eric Letendre

Published: Jan. 2, 2021, 6:27 p.m.
Duration: 50 minutes 46 seconds

We have a new conversation with Eric Letendre, a great trainer based in the Massachusetts area. Last time I spoke to Eric (in episode 66) he'd published his first book, The Deadly Dog Training Myth. There is so much conversation about remote training collars, but specifically a lot of misunderstandings about what they are for and what they can do. And it is important to note that a lot of understanding can be gained with this technology by understanding Skinner's Four Quadrants. I talked about this in podcast sessions 73 (part 1) and session 74 (part 2). Note that these will open in new tabs so you won't lose your place here. I ask Eric about some of the mistakes people make when it comes to choosing a collar. We talk about "lesser"/"cheaper" collar types. I tell a funny story about a client who had a very interesting experience and why he gave up on it. Misuse and misunderstanding are a very big factor when considering this training method. Eric talks about dog owners basic use methods; As a low level negative reinforcement (or pressure and release) Using it as a positive reinforcement (at a comfortable level) We'll talk about how it can be an incredibly good or bad tool to use depending on the type you use, and your understanding about the psychological approach that you take when training your dog with it. Imagine a dog's response when you get certain things out and the positive response you receive. When you bring out the remote training collar, what association do you imagine the dog having? After listening to this podcast, it won't surprise you to know that dogs (trained properly) have a positive response to an e-collar! Eric will talk about his philosophy about when the collar is applied during a real life training session and why that is. We talk a bit about each of our philosophies and the importance of that timing. Eric's YouTube Page The Deadly Dog Training Myth on Amazon

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Session 100: Pros and Cons of Food Treats and Corrections

Published: Nov. 15, 2020, 2:12 a.m.
Duration: 35 minutes 25 seconds

On this, our 100th episode, I am going to give a consolidated answer to a question that comes up a lot. When and why I use food as a trainer, when and why I don't use food, and when and why I do or don't use corrections or dog collars. It's all connected, and it's time we dive in on this particular subject. So much of the confusion about this group of topics is that, like everything, for every trainer there is a different opinion. And it's easy to take one specific episode (of the previous 99) 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 will explain why. It's important to understand that one of the drawbacks (or at least an observation you should consider) is that the treats become "the point" for why they obey a command. For example; find an opportunity to evaluate the process when you do and another when you don't. Was their willingness to obey tempered when they saw that you did not actually have a treat for them? There are several ways to evaluate this - we'll talk about a lot of ways to determine the best way for you to train your dog in a way that works best for your situation.

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Session 99: Interview with Brooke Mihajlovich

Published: Sept. 19, 2020, 5:34 p.m.
Duration: 35 minutes 46 seconds

On this episode I talk to Brooke Mihajlovich, a dog trainer who has recently started her practice to Washington state from Indiana. Brooke focuses on remote training collars to help with training without a leash.  She and her husband both shared a love of Doberman's, and part of their passion to make sure that their new dogs were well trained. Her participation in training her dog sparked her love and talent for training dogs herself. Brooke's philosophy focuses on changing the relationships with their owners at a fundamental level. It's important to create a relationship that focuses on their "humans" as leaders more than just owners. 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 some of the other areas of training including  Spatial awareness Loose leash training movement on leash (rather than simply pulling) "auto sits" when stopping Shoulder movement and eye contact Controlling and managing the environment Off leash training Electric Collar Training This is a particularly controversial training with some, but Brooke and I talk about how to do it the right way. It's important to understand that once humans understand that it's not what some might conjure up in their mind about a typical shock they understand that it is subtle, and is designed for a minimum threshold for creating a behavior pattern. Her website is K9CommunityMovement.com, and you can find her on social media at the following destinations; Facebook Instagram I hope that you enjoy this episode, and if you have more questions for Brooke, I hope you'll reach out!

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Session 98: Interview with Dr. Lori Cesario

Published: Sept. 10, 2020, 2:20 p.m.
Duration: 30 minutes 35 seconds

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 her appreciation for the role a certain oncologist in her life played that influenced her decision to specialize in that field. Lori talks about some early detection techniques, and what owners can do to find problems before they become serious. There are dozens of possible manifestations that could be symptoms of cancerous cells.  Lori also talks about some newer testing procedures, like BRAF gene mutation tests that can be good check up tests that can be done every six months. She also discusses some interesting upcoming tests coming to the marketplace. We discuss 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! (iTunes | Spotify | Google Podcasts) Dr. Cesario's website is loaded with content and is a helpful resource for pet owners. Visit her site at CanineCancerAcademy.com.

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Session 97: The Good Dog Episode!

Published: Aug. 28, 2020, 11:28 p.m.
Duration: 40 minutes 49 seconds

On today's episode I talk with Cat Matloub and Dr. Judi Stella of Good Dog, Inc. We'll talk about some of the reasons that the company was founded, and what the company mission is today. Cat Matloub is the Head of Partnerships and Community Legal Affairs and talks about the overall mission of the project and what their focus is to date. One challenge that they found was that families were having  difficulty finding reliable information online when trying to add a new dog to their family. Between disreputable groups who were trying to sell something and the difficulty navigating between responsible information and an enormous amount of disinformation, the founders decided to apply their experience from the technology field to create a resource that was available to the public. Dr. Stella is the Head of Health, Standards, and Research, and discusses healthcare treatment options, socialization practices. One of her key objectives includes knowing what the standards are for their listed breeders, and maintaining accountability to consistent standards. Among many interesting insights in this interview is what they learned during this process about how many truly extraordinary dog breeders there are, and how they are in a way some of the unsung heroes of the process.  I hope you enjoy! Sean    

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Session 96: Interview with Vermont Dog Trainer Ian Grant

Published: June 30, 2020, 4:12 p.m.
Duration: 54 minutes 48 seconds

In today's episode I sit down with Ian Grant, a fellow dog trainer with Vermont Dog Training, based (of course) in Vermont! Ian also has a podcast called Vermont Dog Trainer Show.  Ian's Background Ian has a really interesting story before he became a trainer, having been a professional golfer for a number of years before finding that the world of training dogs was a fascinating study. He shares his story of watching The Dog Whisperer and following some of Cesar Millan's shows with the sound off to get a better feel for the body language between a trainer and the dog. Training Techniques Ian and I talk about his dogs Lula and Maddie, and how they became so important in the process of boarding other animals. We get into a bit of a deeper dive in the concept and practice of dog's behavior in crowds, our collective take on dog parks, and what you might want to think about before venturing into the park yourself. Referral Program I also wanted to let you know about our new referral program! After quite a bit of testing it's finally ready to roll out. I'll explain who might be eligible, and you can decide if it's something you'd like to participate in. You can complete a form at TheDogsWay.com/affiliate to learn more. Getting Your Feedback I've been contemplating whether or not to introduce some "mini" episodes that are with clients and dog owners that have some specific questions about there pet concerns. Would you like to hear these or participate in them? The plan is to create a few of these that are about 20-30 minutes. Contact me to let me know what you think or to participate! Ian Grant's Contact Info (opens in a new window) Vermont Dog Trainer Show Podcast (if you want to check out the episode where I was interviewed click here) Facebook | Instagram | YouTube

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Interview with Ruth Elliott: Greyhounds and Contrast Training

Published: June 3, 2020, 8:07 p.m.
Duration: 51 minutes 7 seconds

First, I hope that everyone has stayed safe and healthy through what may have been the worst of the stay-at-home orders that you may have been subject to. We went through a sort of "emergency sessions" period where the podcast episodes focused on specific things to do with your dog - and as a result we put some of the interviews we had scheduled on hold. Today is the first episode of one of those interviews. What Is Contrast Training? I sat down with Ruth Elliott and talked about a very unique type of training. Ruth is based in Australia, and got into her unique style of training, how she got started, and some of the interesting restrictions to training methods that exist in Australia. Ruth is a greyhound specialist (although she trains all types of dogs). Her business is called Formal Dogs, and 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 her methods as a trainer. We discuss some of the differences in our training style and talk about some of the fundamental teachings in training. Email Bag Amelia in Atlanta, Georgia asks about her dog "Beau" and the fact that he is experiencing a bit of stress her departure when going back to work that he didn't exhibit before. It's a great question, and I'll talk about some transitional elements to use when going from the shelter in place environment to going back to work. Other Questions I also answer some questions about P.U.P. Dog Rescue, why they haven't been mentioned on some of the emergency sessions, and when that will be starting up again. Oh, and if you want to see a cool video, check out this slow motion video of a greyhound running.

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Emergency Session 94: Phase Two of The "Down" Method

Published: May 14, 2020, 6:03 p.m.
Duration: 38 minutes 20 seconds

In this episode we move to phase TWO of the "down" challenge for food motivated and non-food motivated dogs. I'll talk about an interesting discovery from listeners from the Czech Republic and Sweden and how their "crazy stay in place" situation is nothing like that! Life is proceeding pretty much the same there as it was before March. So we we talked about sweeping the leg and your proximity to the floor in the phase one of the training. The goal in this phase is to wean yourself off of that proximity to the floor. We'll go back to those phase one elements of time first, then distraction. Overview Train in different contexts Train through the whole arc of behavior with distractions Use natural transitional rewards as you do small snippets of practice throughout the day Emails Cheryl from Ann Arbor, Michigan - She got her dog Oscar introduced well to the sit and the down. But he is confused between both sit and down. I'll talk about how to help your dog distinguish between them. Sandra from Texas has an interesting question - and apparently has my voice from the podcasts in her head (Sorry, Sandra!) Today's quote comes from Aristotle... "Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees the others." Click here for a closer look at the book on Amazon.

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Emergency Session 93: Intro to Say and Show Down Challenge - Part Two

Published: April 30, 2020, 2:17 p.m.
Duration: 38 minutes 2 seconds

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; but some there are some angles and positions that are distinctly different. There are two categories of people who may be the best for this type of training; Non-food motivated dogs People with dogs who give signs that they see these lessons as "optional" The idea is that we teach this as a necessary part of functional obedience. It's also good to train their dogs this way to "overlap" the food-based approach. I am also linking this to an excerpt I posted on YouTube from our video training series that provides a bit of a visual guidance for the lesson. Emails (07:58) Lara and Tim (and "Kona") from Arizona ask about requirements with puppies and food training (10:11) Ellen asks (on behalf of "Duke") where you should be in a progression and types of treats Quote on Resilience Part of our Emergency Series includes a brief quote about resilience; this one comes from Jocko Willink, who has published two very interesting books; Extreme Ownership The Dichotomy of Leadership

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Emergency Session 92: Intro to Puppy Down - Part One of the Challenge

Published: April 22, 2020, 3:06 p.m.
Duration: 39 minutes 17 seconds

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. Emails I answer an email from Rachael asking about her puppy and (based on her age), whether she should stick to just the introductory training or if she's ready to move to some of the more intermediate and advanced training. I'll talk about the three phases for training puppies to use as a general guide for your dog. Enjoy the episode! I have included some links below as well for other sessions that may be related to this one. LIST OF PAST PODCASTS LINKS Session 18: The overview of what to teach a puppy and when, and teaching two dogs to not go after each other’s fetch toys Session 22: using an air sprayer to stop barking and stubborn puppy “downing” SESSION 27: How to coach a new dog to play better with your existing dog and how to get a puppy out of crate calmly Session 31: Preventing resource guarding in puppy raising and what to do about a dog’s mid-life crisis? Session 32: What are the best chew toys for puppies? And, how to stop an older, larger puppy from Session 44: Prevent Your Puppy from Chasing Your Kids Session 57: Train your Puppy to get along with Baby better Session 58: Fetch! – Teaching your Puppy the rules And another quote/thought about resilience. I mentioned the author, Carol Dweck earlier in the episode, so I thought I'd quote her here. It's about the best thing you can teach your kids about resilience. Here's a link to her book. MINDSET, Carol Dweck. Enjoy, Sean

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Emergency Session 91: Sit Part Three - Sit and Stay Progression

Published: April 8, 2020, 6:58 p.m.
Duration: 27 minutes 42 seconds

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! Here are the links; Episode 89: The Sit Challenge Part One Episode 90: The Sit Command Part Two: Say and Show Method So we'll start with a competency check of sorts - a very important part before progressing to "stay". Emails from previous Sit Lessons Margie in Toronto, Canada Margie asks about the sit command, but asks about the age appropriateness for this command as it applies to her two dogs (but a bit more specific to my video training series version of this lesson). I'll talk about the age differences and I also have a brief edited version of the video clip from my dog training series to give you a bit of a visual idea of the sit lesson! Direct link to the video clip on YouTube (new window) Direct link to the video training series (new window) Tim, Chicago, Illinois Tim asks about recalling that Sean would teach the "puppy version" of some of these emergency sessions. I'll go over what version of the exercises apply to his age of puppy.   Phase One In the first you were in the "luring" phase one - while you were down on a knee and weaned your way off of needing to be there and you knew you were out of phase one when you knew you could do the following; Stand up say "sit" command; Your puppy understood the command and would perform a sit 80-90% of the time; Your puppy would hold that for at least 5 seconds at a time; Say the "release" command and your puppy knew that they were done. Phase Two You started to challenge your puppy with the "two treat" method by working on two parts of the process; Increasing the amount of time your puppy would hold; Performing those instructions with an increased amount of distraction elements during that time. Older Dogs (phases one and two) For those with older/adult dogs that had difficulty doing the command without treats as a motivator, you would have gone through the "say and show" method I taught where you used 50-75 repetitions, and you increased the amount of time, and the number of distraction objects that they could do the "sit" around in phase two. Quote on Resilience "Our greatest glory is NOT in never falling; but in rising every time we fall." - Confucius

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Emergency Session 90: Sit Part Two - Say and Show Method

Published: April 3, 2020, 4:55 a.m.
Duration: 40 minutes 27 seconds

In today's episode I'm ramping up the "sit" command in part two of this series. This is also a good step for adult dogs who have a pretty good grasp already. I'll answer some emails that are timely and play into this specific type of obedience training and talk about a very good question that I did not answer in my part one! And I've been making a habit lately of leaving you with an interesting quote about resilience. I won't let you down this time either. In fact, I've included the quote here along with a link to Viktor Frankl's book; "Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom." - Viktor E. Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning You can download the Audible book here, and also get a free trial of audible with the same link.

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Emergency Session 89: The Sit Challenge Part One

Published: April 1, 2020, 3:02 a.m.
Duration: 36 minutes 43 seconds

In today's episode we're going to work on our obedience skills challenges while we're still confined inside with our dogs! Today's skill at first glance may seem like one you think you already know...but there are some key components to this command - whether your dog is "food" motivated, adult dog or puppy - there are some great tips to go beyond what I call the "phase one" version of the sit command. I'll give you a primer on what is involved with the command and how to progress further. I'll also talk about phase two and lead into things to come for this week and next!

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Published: March 31, 2020, 8:47 a.m.
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Emergency Session 88: The Place Command - Part 2

Published: March 28, 2020, 2:34 a.m.
Duration: 41 minutes 57 seconds

This is part two of the lesson on teaching the "place" command. We're going to take it up a notch from yesterday's work. We'll look at increasing levels of difficulty. We'll also talk to those with older puppies and adult dogs, and those that aren't as "food motivated". The goal being to learn to apply a more advanced set of skills to get the results you're looking for. Hopefully, after episode 87, (which you can click here to check out) you have gone through a few progressions with your puppy to establish their baseline competency level and acceptance of the idea of using their bed. I'll talk to you about evaluating their skills in this episode; this will help you move forward in the right way or correct any bad habits you might not have thought about. There are some great beds that you can use for this. I've included some links below. In full disclosure, these links are affiliated with me on Amazon and I see a small piece of it if you click through. I believe in what I promote, but I just wanted to be clear about what you were clicking! K&H; Pet Products Original Pet Cot, Elevated Dog Bed Cot with Mesh Center, Multiple Sizes (by K&H; Pet Products) A raised cot or bed like this makes the place command much more defined and easier for dogs to learn the skill. And A quote about resilience from this episode “One form of perseverance is the daily discipline of trying to do things better than we did yesterday.” ― Angela Duckworth, author of Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance (Audible version | Paperback version) Sign up for an Audible monthly membership, click here.

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Emergency Session 87: Intro to Place Command for Puppies

Published: March 26, 2020, 11:56 a.m.
Duration: 33 minutes 1 second

Today's emergency session 87 is a fun exercise, and part one of a session to help your puppy learn the "place" command. As part of this exercise we'll talk about teaching him/her to use their dog bed. We'll go over how to analyze and learn about the personality of your puppy based on the skills exercises I demonstrate, and then tailor your training based on what you observe. It can be a great step in ongoing obedience between you and your new pet. I also touch on housebreaking (more in-depth training with this in session 5) and how that fits into this training. I also have a few pens that you can use for training your pet at night and have included links to each; AmazonBasics Foldable Metal Pet Exercise and Playpen IRIS 34'' Exercise 8-Panel Pet Playpen Wire Pen Dog Fence Playpen And near the end of the recent episodes I've begun to say a few words about resilience, with the hopes that you'll take it to heart and perhaps to cheer you and your family up during these challenging times. I hope that you'll enjoy them. Today's philosopher is a bit more modern than yesterday's quote from Horace (a first century poet).. A brief quote from Sylvester Stallone in a speech to his son about perseverance.

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Emergency Session 85: Puppy Socialization During Social Distancing

Published: March 23, 2020, 6:43 p.m.
Duration: 25 minutes 49 seconds

Core foundational skill building is critically important, and practical application of that in today's new "social distancing" environment is essential. I'm going to talk about training exercises that you can run through with your puppy to help determine the type of instinctive response your puppy has, and how to establish some good fundamental behaviors. I think about socializing in three different categories; Socializing to things Socializing to people  Socializing to other animals I usually use that order to establish skills by relative difficulty (since each step in order above is progressively more challenging to establish.) And by the way, if you want a more in depth understanding of what I'm putting into practice today I'd suggest listening to specifically to episode 73 and episode 74 on Skinner's Four Quadrants. Puppy aptitude testing involves sight, startle, sensitivity, and sound, and I talk about how you'll want to consider this when going through these exercises. The first will include the ability to manage their nervous system, recover from stimuli, get back to neutral, so they can get back to a "thinking mode" rather than a more systematic nervous system response mode. The second core skill is helping them stay mentally connected to you during different experiences you both encounter. I'll talk about two specific training exercises you can try!

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Emergency Session 84: Answering COVID-19 Questions

Published: March 22, 2020, 2:08 a.m.
Duration: 16 minutes 22 seconds

It's a strange time for sure in the midst of all of the COVID-19 concerns worldwide. I've received a lot of questions about their pets and I wanted to publish a few brief episodes to not only answer questions that I've received but to give you some fun things to do with your dog along the way while you're sheltered in place, or stuck at home. In this episode I'm primarily talking about the following; Can my dog catch Coronavirus? Risks associated with your pet being a "conduit" What kind of exposure should I allow with my dog? Can I take him/her for a walk? Should I use any product to clean my dog's paws? Some useful links to sites relevant to this episode CDC page Description of sheltering in place with CNN USA Today U of Illinois and Urbana pet care Thanks for listening and stay safe! I'll give you more tomorrow. Sean

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Session 83: Stop Puppy Biting and Nipping

Published: March 3, 2020, 5:46 p.m.
Duration: 49 minutes 44 seconds

In our training session for today I'll help design a game plan for training a puppy that likes to bite and nip. I'll show you how to design an environment that is optimal for training for this type of behavior. It is very much requires a 'relationship based' type of approach. Other trainers use a "behavior centric" approach. I referred to a previous episode I published (episode 76 if you want to check it out) where some veterinarians published an article about whether or not dog's were "pack animals". That study and many like it are done in a vacuum so-to-speak, and lack the broader view of the total approach to behavioral training for dogs. The approach I describe in this podcast uses a comprehensive technique. I think you'll appreciate the broader lesson in this method. I'll break the plan down in a few parts; Principals and Mental Constructs Systemic Setup and Structure Pro training versus anti-training Enjoy!  Also, as always, thanks so much to P.U.P. Dog Rescue for sponsoring the program and today we're featuring Skylar. He's a 1 year old chihuahua pomeranian mix, and currently is homed with a cat. Thanks as always for your support and comments about the show! Be sure to follow us on Instagram @thedogs_way for latest info and fun stuff about your best friends.  

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Session 82: Remote Training Collar 101

Published: Jan. 30, 2020, 8:36 p.m.
Duration: 58 minutes 22 seconds

In today's podcast I will talk about a remote training method using e-collars! In podcast session 45 I talked a bit about this but I'll talk about how it relates to obedience training. There's controversy and some things to consider and I will discuss all of that. When we use it for training it can be very effective and I'll talk about steps for you to train your dog effectively with it. I've given you two links for items to consider buying as a part of this session. Here's a link to the Mini Educator (and in full disclosure, we make a couple bucks off of sales through the link.) You can do your own search for Educator e-collars online as well. In addition to the Mini Educator, the quick collar is helpful. Keep in mind that there is a 1 inch and a 3/4 inch collar. Just make sure it matches the model of educator collar you plan to buy.  Today's rescue pup is Culpepper! He's a maltese mix and is quite small, at about 8 pounds. He's all white, incredibly adorable, easy to be around, and a good natured pet that I'd love for you to take a look at by clicking here. Thanks to P.U.P. dog rescue as always for their support. As I've done before I am presenting a new year's challenge to get you back into training your pet! I'll tell you more about my challenge in training. Also, we are fast approaching completion of our affiliate program through the website. I'll provide more details soon.  

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Session 81: Stopping Jumping On You and Other People

Published: Dec. 8, 2019, 1:36 a.m.
Duration: 54 minutes 46 seconds

If there's one consistent thing that owners put at the top of their list for behaviors it's to keep their dogs from jumping on their owners and other people. I will discuss options and how to create the right environment for it. I'll also talk about the modes of communication, starting with postural and vocal methods and their place in this type of training. These are essential in understanding the communication between you and any dog and is important when assessing feedback. I'll talk about a loose leash technique and what things you'll look before that happen before your dog tries to jump. First, today's rescue pup is Maia! Thanks to P.U.P. dog rescue as always and to get more information about Maia, visit the website by clicking here. By the way, for training sessions like this one I’d recommend going back and listening to episodes 2, 3 and 4, if you haven’t listened to those already. Those episodes give you foundational understandings of my relationship-based method and some of the theoretical constructs that I refer to in training episodes of the podcast. Additional links: Free downloadable e-booklet about create structure around the house Leash pulling article and video clip Session 2: Starting Out: Are you having some “policy” disagreements with your dog? Session 3: Learn how to structure your dog’s lifestyle more Session 4: Follow up on homework from Session 3 & switch gears to learn how to train younger puppies

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Session 80: Love for Senior Paws with Beau Maxwell

Published: Nov. 11, 2019, 5:50 p.m.
Duration: 58 minutes 25 seconds

I love this heartwarming story! Today's episode features Beau Maxwell, owner of Love for Senior Paws. Her focus is on care and adoption for senior pets. Her love and dedication started with a cocker spaniel she rescued from a disreputable breeder. Since then, she's dedicated her life to rescue and adoption of senior dogs for all through her group. She talks about the primary goal of Love for Senior Paws. Some of the areas of focus are; Raising awareness about the needs of senior pets Specific challenges related to their care that the organization faces Foster care / adoption Working with underfunded shelters Providing assistance with medical care while they wait to be adopted Incredible success stories and positives for adopting senior pets Their focus on continuing support for families that take on these pets We talk about what the first steps are for people who want to be involved. We also share some general stories about relationships with dogs, and contrast them with the unique elements that mature dogs bring (whether it's pain management, rules and obedience, family connection, etc.) There are options for sponsoring animals (more details about becoming part of "the pack" here). You can visit Beau's website as well at LoveForSeniorPaws.org.  Also, I'd like to thank our sponsor P.U.P. Dog Rescue, and talk about their featured dog! Cocoa is a 9-year-old Chihuahua - she's a black, brown, and white short haired Chihuahua that is very sweet and calm. For more information, click here. 

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Session 079: David Blank with Happy Tails Canine Adventure Tours

Published: Oct. 23, 2019, 1:17 a.m.
Duration: 49 minutes 19 seconds

Today's interview was with David Blank, owner of Happy Tails Canine Adventure Tours. David is the contact you need to know if you like travel and taking your dogs along! Background David started as a tour guide and found tremendous happiness with travel and tourism and eventually realized that incorporating the travelers' dogs in their adventures was an incredibly enriching experience. He talks about his adopted dog Max, who was close to being euthanized, became the spark for the 20,000 mile journey that would ensue.  The discovery of calm and connection to the dogs takes a bit of learning, but owners find that it gives their dog a sense of relaxation and confidence that they never had before.  Topics I talk about some of the basic steps that David requires for the dog to get started, such as; Obeying sit, stay, type commands Ability to be calm in a dog-friendly restaurant environment Not aggressive towards other animals or humans They need to be able to physically perform in these environments (on more strenuous hikes) Comfort level with the outdoors and other dogs We talk about some day tours as well, so if you or your dog are not ready for the long adventure you can explore some of the wine country in Northern California, or southwest trips, and many more. David was a fun interview and is a great inspiration for those wanting to find a deeper connection with their dog. We'll talk about David's favorite spots to go on adventures. You can visit their website at HappyTailsTours.com You can call them at 262-6-CANINE  (262-622-6463) On Instagram at @happytailstours or on Facebook here. Today's Email Question Today's question was about the training course and how the process steps up, what ages the dogs need to be for which steps, etc. Michelle asked a great question and something that needs to be addressed for anyone interested in the course.  Thank you P.U.P. Dog Rescue! Thanks to our sponsor P.U.P. Dog rescue as well - today's rescue is Moana! She's a 5 month old, white scruffy 6 pound terrier mix. Adorable, and will likely be somewhere around 15-22 pound range. She's housebroken and energetic. You can get more information about her here, or just visit PUPDogRescue.org for more on how they work.  

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Session 078: Train Your Dog to Run With you While you Ride a Bike

Published: Oct. 9, 2019, 12:17 p.m.
Duration: 38 minutes 23 seconds

On today's show I answer a two commonly asked questions; the first from Tanya, one of our listeners. I get a lot of questions specifically about this. If you listen regularly to the podcast I'm sure you've noticed that I make occasional references to my video training series but I don't often talk about the details. I think the explanation of the video series will help you understand my approach and method to step-by-step training for your dog.  Next I respond to Julie, who asks about a specific type of training regarding dogs walking alongside you while you bike! So I'll take the opportunity to discuss this in depth as well.  Video Training Series This is a 12-part series designed to slowly progress in difficulty so that you can become accustomed to these methods with your dog so you both learn the fundamentals together. I go through this process with six different people and different kinds of dogs. Some of the benefits of this for use of the videos is; Using dogs of different sizes With different age levels Their owners have different levels of experience and training I will talk about how this and other lessons fit into the video training course that I offer on my site at TheDogsWay.com. I feature different lessons and a sort of 'competency check' at the end of each to give you a chance to determine what your dog has learned through each. Lessons Loose Leash Walking Revisiting Sit Walking Behind Controlled Walking, kind of a "heel" type instruction "Stay" command "Come" command Meeting people Temporary boundaries Permanent boundaries "Down" command "Leave It" Approaching dogs Of course there are some bonus sections that teach a few different lessons for dogs based on age, and some other factors. On my website I talk about what the course is and isn't, and answer some of the common questions you may have as well. Visit the training course page here if you want to learn more. Teach Your Dog to Walk Along While You Ride a Bike This particular technique is important for many reasons and it seems fairly straightforward; but safety is a key component. I love the idea of doing this because it's great for getting your dog some quick exercise! I'll talk about three categories of the process; Competency - we'll establish what your dog is ready for; Setup - training protocol to establish rules (like a "heel" type training); Some lessons learned (from my first-hand experience) about what not to do. And thanks again to our sponsor, P.U.P. Dog Rescue. This week's rescue dog is 'Stella'. I got a chance to hang out with her, and she's a young, 4 month old German Shepard (I believe maybe a mix). Absolutely adorable! If you'd like more, click here. Or for more information about P.U.P. Dog Rescue visit their site. Thanks for listening!  

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Session 77: Angie Burlingame of A Dogs Life

Published: Sept. 15, 2019, 11:23 p.m.
Duration: 1 hour 3 minutes 10 seconds

In today's episode, and after a few recording attempts, I sit down with Angie Burlingame, owner of A Dog's Life Training School. Angie's a trainer that uses a a board-and-train style method, and offers 2 and 3-week programs. She's based in my neck of the woods (Woodinville, Washington) and we talk in detail about what a typical session would look like for those interested in this type of method for training your dog. Angie and I have known each other for a long time, but this was the first time speaking together in person. In This Episode I go in detail, starting with how a boarding type training session begins. We talk about her initial analysis and what initial evaluation steps are important to her. She has a very positive-minded style and technique, and is extremely conscientious about her approach to dogs. Some of the fun stuff we talk about are; How Angie got started (we have a similar story about our sort of "pre-dog training" corporate lives) What led her into the field of dog training Some of the important keys for her to analyze how a dog behaves on first approach What she thinks of training with treats What kind of criteria leads her to use a 3-week training approach We'll talk a bit about thoughts on "pack" training How a "boarding" style of training differs and what is involved in the process Angie's website is ADogsLifeTrainingSchool.com and you can find her on Facebook by clicking here. Angie has some really great videos online as well. Check them out on Facebook or directly on her homepage. Thanks again as always for your feedback and comments. You can now download our episodes using our Dog's Way Podcast App! Just go to the Android Play or Apple App Store to download it now. Sean

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Session 76: Are Dogs Still Pack Animals?

Published: Aug. 23, 2019, 12:50 p.m.
Duration: 40 minutes 54 seconds

In today's episode I will follow up on one of the many responses I received regarding my Skinner's Four Quadrants episodes 73 and 74 that I received. The concepts and methods that dog trainers use is varied, with peoples' passion for dogs it stands to reason that it would bring out a lot of passionate responses to my use of certain parts of all 4 of Skinner's 4 quadrants. A listener, Vicki wrote in. I'll jump in by starting with Vicki's email: I listened to your podcast on Skinner's Four Quadrants, and while you did an adequate job of summarizing some of the conditioning history, I think you're operating on some outdated information. Judging from some of your other materials you seem to be still laboring under the false assumption that dogs are pack animals. Perhaps you would like to expand and update your understanding of the current research in the literature of dog behavior and psychology. I've attached an article that summarizes the current modern understanding of domestic dogs' social behavior.   - Vicki Vicki attached an article on the VCA Hospitals website that I've added here. And thanks to PUP Dog Rescue for their support. Today's puppy of the week is "Farley", a 62 pound "senior" (he's about eight years old) He's listed as a German Shepherd mix, but he's got sort of a quintessential mutt look. He's very relaxed and laid back temperament and his current foster family speaks very highly of him. I describe a bit more about his personality in the podcast, and you can also click here to see him and inquire! For more of The Dog's Way podcast follow us on Twitter @TheDogsWay Subscribe on Facebook, and listen to all of our episodes on our website. Leave me a voicemail and hear yourself on a future show! I'd love if you'd leave me a brief message to let me know how these tips worked for you! Call (844) 364-7929. And if we use your comments in the show, we’ll send you a free video training series! OR if you don’t like free stuff … Email your questions to me: sean@thedogsway.com All the Best,  

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Session 75 - Teaching sit without food treats with Ryan Brown

Published: Aug. 2, 2019, 9:03 p.m.
Duration: 59 minutes 48 seconds

Ryan Brown (the dog “Philosofur”) operates a dog training business based in Hamilton, Ontario. He has been a great colleague in the business, and was a great guest on my podcast back in episode 69, where we spoke about his practice, and talked about tips for newer dog trainers. In this session Ryan and I will talk about some training commands for your dog WITHOUT food (yes, it is possible). Ryan’s steps include the following essential steps for the sit command: The proper “minimum” age to effectively train to sit; What the “sit’ should actually look like; What the command means to the dog; How to go to the next level so that the dog will hold the position. Ryan talks about the “style” sit versus the “tuck” sit and getting certain concepts worked out first as building blocks for further training. “Am I sure my dog understands the sit command?” Ryan suggests that many owners believe that their dogs already understand and carry out the plan. But a lot have a version of the command covered, but it is essential to set up a sit AND release command, how tone of voice is a significant factor, and how the leash comes into play. Sean talks with Ryan about exactly what the “release” command looks like for dog owners. If you don’t have a specific word for your dog, or if it’s too common a word – you’ll get lots of great information just from this part of the show! The “down” command is discussed as well, and how food use is really only there on a limited basis for recall. And thanks to PUP Dog Rescue for their support. Today's puppy of the week is "Vivienne", an absolutely adorable German Shepherd that has a great mild temper. Click here to see her and inquire! Ryan’s website is TheDogPhilosofur.com and also has some great videos on YouTube as well! For more of The Dog's Way podcast follow us on Twitter @TheDogsWay Subscribe on Facebook, and listen to all of our episodes on our website. Leave me a voicemail and hear yourself on a future show! I'd love if you'd leave me a brief message to let me know how these tips worked for you! Call (844) 364-7929. And if we use your comments in the show, we’ll send you a free video training series! OR if you don’t like free stuff … Email your questions to me: sean@thedogsway.com All the Best,

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Episode 74 - Skinner's Four Quadrants - Part 2 of 2

Published: July 22, 2019, 5:05 a.m.
Duration: 47 minutes 26 seconds

This is a continuation of my talk about Skinner's Four Quadrants. If you're reading this and haven't heard the previous show (episode 73), I'd strongly suggest going back to listen to that first. It will give some context to my deeper dive into what the concepts mean. We'll talk in this episode about the broader argument of the "purely positive" trainers, why I use a mix of all four, and why. Positive-Only" or "Positive-Focused" trainers vs. "Balanced" trainers I'll talk about the critical importance between the theoretical application of these principals when studied in a classroom and the "real world" application of those principals. It is an important distinction to make when deciding how you will apply the same thinking to your pet. The considerations for keeping correction in the mix is that it is sometimes dependent on the temperament of the dog - they are all different and have different tendencies. I'll give some examples. Additionally, I'll give some instances where the positive only concept can kind of backfire. I'll talk about the default rule and how it applies in this situation. The keys to these applications is that it is heavily dependent on the type of situation you are facing. For more of The Dog's Way podcast follow us on Twitter @TheDogsWay Subscribe on Facebook, and listen to all of our episodes on our website. Leave me a voicemail and hear yourself on a future show! (844) 364-7929. And if we use your comments in the show, we’ll send you a free video training series! OR if you don’t like free stuff … Email your questions to me: sean@thedogsway.com All the Best,

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Episode 73 - (Part 1 of 2) Skinner's Four Quadrants

Published: July 22, 2019, 4:40 a.m.
Duration: 38 minutes 28 seconds

Hey there Dog's Way fans, today it's time to get "geeky" and talk about Skinner's Four Quadrants. I get asked a lot about the references I make to B.F. Skinner and Skinner's Four Quadrants so it makes sense to go a bit further into what the concepts are behind positive and negative reinforcements, how trainers adapt to those concepts and in this and episode 74 I go into depth on my methods as well and how to apply it to your own pet. It's a fascinating understanding of behavior, conditioning, and training. There was so much information to digest that I decided to split it into two podcast episodes. Skinner's four quadrants were broken up like this; Positive Punishment Negative Punishment Positive Reinforcement Negative Reinforcement The idea stemmed from a few important predecessors to Skinner, and I talk briefly about their history and the evolution to the concept as applied by Skinner and how it is used for training today. Russian research physiologist Ivan Pavlov, who helped bridge the gap with classical conditioning - the idea that pairing an otherwise neutral occurrence paired with another thing that does have some meaning to a subject. Operant conditioning, as an alternative is a learning behavior. I'll get into that as well. John Watson, behavioral researcher was next in the evolution of conditioning about 15 years or so after Pavlov. Systematic desensitization was the goal. Edward Thorndike was next in the process and with a cat in a box" type experiment that would demonstrate Three laws of learning The law of readiness; the law of exercise; and the law of effect. His experiments led to B.F. Skinner, the subject of today's podcast. He expanded several of the concepts of behavioral theory. I go into that I want to extend thanks to our sponsor P.U.P. Dog Rescue! They have an adorable dog available for rescue named "Sadie", who is kind of a "wire haired" Daschund mix. She's 5 years old, is very playful, and is about 18 pounds. [Click here to see Sadie and inquire](), or go to [PUP Dog Rescue.com] http://www.pupdogrescue.org/) for more information about them. I also want to thank Brian DuBose at OnWeb Productions - they have made some great changes and improvements to the podcast, and I kind of view Brian as kind of a podcast "magician". They've improved some things and made the podcast more accessible, including on Alexa and Google Home Devices. Just say "Hey Alexa, play The Dog's Way Podcast" Thanks again for listening, and remember that both parts of the episode are out, so listen to episode 74 as well for a continuation. Enjoy!

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Session 72: A Great Discussion with Bennie Copeland

Published: July 1, 2019, 5:54 p.m.
Duration: 49 minutes 11 seconds

A Great Discussion with Bennie Copeland, author of Family Dog Fusion Bennie Copeland and I had a great discussion! If you remember Bennie Copeland from Episode 61, you're going to love our continued conversation. Bennie is a trainer in the Nashville area, and recently published a book, Family Dog Fusion. It's full of insights and tips on how best to teach, train, love and build an amazing bond that you may not have thought possible. It's got some great step-by-step tools about behaviors, patience, and talks about what your dog wants based on certain behaviors. I'd love if you'd consider taking a look at the book on Amazon. Some of the things we cover; "Balanced" techniques with dog training How others using correction as a method The varying opinions by different trainers, and how you can sort through what's right or wrong for your pet An interesting example of obeying the "down" command The decision to reward a dog for behaviors as they become instinctive. We also talk about people's opinions about other high profile trainers' techniques (like Cesar Millan), and how best to interpret all of those outside opinions. For more of The Dog's Way podcast follow us on Twitter @TheDogsWay, Subscribe on Facebook, and listen to all of our episodes on our website, TheDogsWay.com. Want to Be a Part of the Show? Leave me a voicemail and hear yourself on a future show! (844) 364-7929. And if we use your comments in the show, we’ll send you a free video training series! OR if you don’t like free stuff … Email your questions to me: sean@thedogsway.com.   All the Best,

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Session 71: The Down Command with Eric Letendre

Published: March 9, 2019, 12:13 a.m.
Duration: 51 minutes 25 seconds

In episode 71, Sean interviews Eric Letendre about his method and tips for introducing the down command to a dog.  Sean and Eric talk about some of the pitfalls that people fall into when introducing an obedience command and how to progress from introduction to a little greater proficiency in the down.

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Session 70: Deciding and Preparing for a Puppy

Published: Dec. 7, 2018, 7 p.m.
Duration: 55 minutes 24 seconds

Sean interviews Cara Putnam of Crossroads Dog Training about her new free e-book “Before You Bring a Puppy Home”.  Her book walks you through the decision phase, preparation phase and your puppy’s first introduction to their new home.  The downloadable e-book is a great resource to guide you through your preparation.

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Session 69: Interview with Ryan Brown from The Dog Philosofur

Published: May 6, 2018, 1:42 a.m.
Duration: 1 hour 5 minutes

In this episode, Sean interviews Ryan Brown about his thriving new dog training business in Ontario, Canada. Ryan shares his insights over the last two years of intense training with hundreds of clients.  Ryan has tips for newer dog trainers and people thinking of dog training as a career, as well as some ideas to make owner’s training easier and more effective with their dogs.

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Session 68: Cara Putnam from Cross Roads Dog Training – Dogs’ instincts and training

Published: March 13, 2018, 2:45 a.m.
Duration: 59 minutes 8 seconds

In episode 68, Sean interviews Dog Trainer, Cara Putnam about her training philosophy, her focus on dogs’ instincts and needs, as well as some specific ideas about how dogs’ marking behavior can affect the pack and play environment. In this session: In this episode What’s the difference [...] The post Session 68: Cara Putnam from Cross Roads Dog Training – Dogs’ instincts and training appeared first on The Dog's Way.

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SESSION 67: Friendly Dog Body Language and BAT Training

Published: Oct. 2, 2017, 1:49 p.m.
Duration: 48 minutes 33 seconds

In episode 67, Sean answers some questions from a couple of listeners about interpreting dogs’ body language in behavioral modification, and what he thinks of a specific form of training called BAT training for dogs.  Sean gives a more detailed list of the dog body language signals that he usually looks for, and why [...] The post SESSION 67: Friendly Dog Body Language and BAT Training appeared first on The Dog's Way.

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The Deadly Dog Training Myth: interview with author Eric Letendre

Published: Aug. 2, 2017, 12:18 p.m.
Duration: 1 hour 9 minutes 26 seconds

In episode 66, Sean interviews author Eric Letendre author of The Deadly Dog Training Myth.  Sean and Eric talk about dog training philosophy, dog training politics, and some of the reasons you may be a little frustrated in trying to solve your dog’s behavior issues.  Eric has been training dogs since the 1980’s and [...] The post The Deadly Dog Training Myth: interview with author Eric Letendre appeared first on The Dog's Way.

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Session 65: Boundaries and The DogWatch Smart Fence Dog Containment System

Published: May 16, 2017, 2:42 a.m.
Duration: 35 minutes 15 seconds

In episode 65, Sean answers an update questions about temporary and permanent boundaries as well as brings you an interview with Dave Van Kirk from DogWatch Hidden fence systems about their new Smart Fence Containment System. In this session: What’s the difference between a temporary and permanent boundary? Is [...] The post Session 65: Boundaries and The DogWatch Smart Fence Dog Containment System appeared first on The Dog's Way.

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SESSION 64: Small Breed Dog? Avoid These Three Mistakes!

Published: March 30, 2017, 11 p.m.
Duration: 47 minutes 16 seconds

In episode 64, Sean outlines and describes the top three mistakes he sees small breed dog owners making.  Sean gives you a remedy for each mistake and a bit of a game plan and homework for you and your small breed dog, if you feel like you’re making these mistakes. Also, Sean reminds us that [...] The post SESSION 64: Small Breed Dog? Avoid These Three Mistakes! appeared first on The Dog's Way.

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Session 63: What’s a Heeling Stick and Who is Peter Caine?

Published: Feb. 21, 2017, 8:41 p.m.
Duration: 30 minutes 56 seconds

In episode 63, Sean answers a listener’s questions about using a “heeling stick” that she saw a trainer on YouTube using (Peter Caine).  Sean describes how a heeling stick is used and describes how it’s not quite the aversive that some people think it is.  Sean also (partially) answers the listener’s question about Peter Caine’s [...] The post Session 63: What’s a Heeling Stick and Who is Peter Caine? appeared first on The Dog's Way.

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SESSION 62: Am I Saying the Right Command?

Published: Jan. 18, 2017, 8:35 p.m.
Duration: 33 minutes 43 seconds

In episode 62, Sean goes over some misunderstandings and mistakes in using various commands in your obedience training.  He gives you an understanding of what elements of verbal commands mean something to your dog and what elements are mainly for humans. Additionally, Sean gives you some tips on how you can "geek out" and take [...] The post SESSION 62: Am I Saying the Right Command? appeared first on The Dog's Way.

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SESSION 61: Discover Your Dog Podcast Interview

Published: Dec. 17, 2016, 1:34 a.m.
Duration: 43 minutes 41 seconds

In episode 61, Sean interviews Bennie Copeland and Devin Best, the guys from Discover Your Dog Podcast.  Bennie Copeland has been training people and dogs in Nashville for quite a while and Devin Best is the co-host of Discover Your Dog Podcast and the Co-founder of Family Dog Fusion.  Sean, Bennie and Devin talk podcasting, [...] The post SESSION 61: Discover Your Dog Podcast Interview appeared first on The Dog's Way.

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SESSION 60: Meeting Other Dogs More Calmly

Published: Dec. 11, 2016, 6:35 p.m.
Duration: 47 minutes 43 seconds

In episode 60, Sean responds to a question from some listeners about how prevent over excitement when your dog approaches and meets other dogs on a walk.  Sean gives you a two-step game plan in this week’s homework to teach your dog to have perpetual awareness of you and settle in their nervous system when [...] The post SESSION 60: Meeting Other Dogs More Calmly appeared first on The Dog's Way.

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SESSION 59: Is a Dog’s Aggression your Fault?

Published: Nov. 16, 2016, 8:48 p.m.
Duration: 42 minutes 8 seconds

In episode 59, Sean answers a listener’s email about the serious aggression issue they have with their dog.  Sean talks about two myths in dog behavior that often results in poor advice to owners of dog’s dealing with aggression issues.  Sean describes his opinion on euthanizing dogs and the very first discussion he might have [...] The post SESSION 59: Is a Dog’s Aggression your Fault? appeared first on The Dog's Way.

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SESSION 58: Fetch! – Teaching your puppy the rules

Published: Oct. 17, 2016, 9:31 p.m.
Duration: 31 minutes 57 seconds

In episode 58, Sean responds to a question from some listeners about how to teach your excited puppy the rules of playing fetch.  These exercises are designed to structure a puppy’s fetch game.  A quick note that this isn’t designed to teach fetching to a dog that has absolutely no inclination to fetch.  Also, you [...] The post SESSION 58: Fetch! – Teaching your puppy the rules appeared first on The Dog's Way.

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Session 57: Train your Puppy to get along with Baby better

Published: Sept. 9, 2016, 11:22 p.m.
Duration: 39 minutes 32 seconds

In episode 57, Sean answers a listeners question about how to get her puppy to stop playing roughly with her baby.  Sean gives you a game-plan for training your puppy to get along with baby better and he gives you 3 areas to focus your training on that will make puppy-baby interactions more agreeable. [...] The post Session 57: Train your Puppy to get along with Baby better appeared first on The Dog's Way.

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SESSION 56: Aggression Cases: Sean’s approach

Published: Aug. 10, 2016, 2:25 a.m.
Duration: 1 hour 38 seconds

In episode 56, Sean responds to a question from some listeners about how he approaches aggression cases.  They had a bad experience with a trainer in their local area and want to know from Sean what sorts of things they should look for in a trainer that can help them solve some aggression issues with [...] The post SESSION 56: Aggression Cases: Sean’s approach appeared first on The Dog's Way.

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SESSION 55: Diabetic Alert Service Dog Training with Ron Pace

Published: July 20, 2016, 7:42 p.m.
Duration: 45 minutes 40 seconds

In episode 55, Sean interviews Ron Pace about his Diabetic Alert Service Dog Training.  Ron explains how he finds the right dogs to do this sort of work, as well as outlining his training process.  Ron has some great stories about how dramatic the benefits could be for diabetics when they have a diabetic alert [...] The post SESSION 55: Diabetic Alert Service Dog Training with Ron Pace appeared first on The Dog's Way.

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SESSION 54: Hidden Fence Systems – Interview with David Van Kirk of Dogwatch Hidden Fence

Published: July 13, 2016, 10:11 p.m.
Duration: 37 minutes 31 seconds

In episode 54, Sean interviews David Van Kirk of Dogwatch Hidden Fence Systems to answer some of the questions that have come in over the last few months about these types of systems.  Sean and David discuss the outdoor and indoor systems that this technology provides to create permanent boundaries for your dogs in and [...] The post SESSION 54: Hidden Fence Systems – Interview with David Van Kirk of Dogwatch Hidden Fence appeared first on The Dog's Way.

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SESSION 53: AVOID THESE 3 DOG TRAINING MISTAKES

Published: June 28, 2016, 7:21 p.m.
Duration: 48 minutes 26 seconds

In episode 53, Sean answers a question from a professional dog trainer.  She asks Sean about the differences in results that she gets when training a dog personally as opposed to the results that her clients get when training their dogs themselves.  Sean outlines the top three mistakes dog owners make in training their dogs [...] The post SESSION 53: AVOID THESE 3 DOG TRAINING MISTAKES appeared first on The Dog's Way.

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SESSION 52: Adding a Second Dog? – Tips and a game plan

Published: June 15, 2016, 7:50 p.m.
Duration: 40 minutes 58 seconds

In episode 52, Sean answers a question from a listener who is thinking of adding a second dog to their family.  Sean covers three areas: 1) how to decide whether it’s a good idea to add a second dog 2) some items to think about in finding a good match with your current dog 3) [...] The post SESSION 52: Adding a Second Dog? – Tips and a game plan appeared first on The Dog's Way.

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SESSION 51: Service Dog Work – Interview with Canine Partners for Life

Published: May 11, 2016, 5:34 p.m.
Duration: 47 minutes 30 seconds

In episode 51, I interview Megan Esherick, Program Director for Canine Partners for Life.  CPL is a service dog organization in Pennsylvania.  They provide highly competent service dogs to recipients to assist with physical limitations, mobility issues, various medical alert services as well as many other issues.  Megan and I discuss their breeding program, their puppy [...] The post SESSION 51: Service Dog Work – Interview with Canine Partners for Life appeared first on The Dog's Way.

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SESSION 50: Deaf Dog Training 101

Published: April 21, 2016, 7:21 p.m.
Duration: 47 minutes 49 seconds

In episode 50, I give you the starting steps of training a deaf dog.  Also, I answer some questions in the update section from the U.K., Australia and Canada.  In answer to one of the listener’s questions I also give you a quick overview of what the online dog training video course covers. [...] The post SESSION 50: Deaf Dog Training 101 appeared first on The Dog's Way.

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SESSION 49: King County Search Dogs Interview

Published: April 4, 2016, 8:25 p.m.
Duration: 41 minutes 56 seconds

In episode 49, I interview Heather Jo Cutting, K9 handler and operations leader from King County Search Dogs.  We talk about what breeds of dogs they look for, they’re training program and their mission parameters. In this session: What does it take to be a search and rescue K9? [...] The post SESSION 49: King County Search Dogs Interview appeared first on The Dog's Way.

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SESSION 48: Cesar Millan, aggression and the pig – Sean’s commentary

Published: March 22, 2016, 3:35 a.m.
Duration: 49 minutes 24 seconds

Cesar Millan seems to be having a rough few weeks in the public relations department.  A woman was severely bitten by an aggressive dog that was once at his training facility, he aired a TV show in which a pig got attacked by a dog he was training, and thousands of people sign a petition to [...] The post SESSION 48: Cesar Millan, aggression and the pig – Sean’s commentary appeared first on The Dog's Way.

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SESSION 47: Puppy Vaccines 101 with Dr. Jake Tedaldi

Published: March 10, 2016, 6:10 p.m.
Duration: 45 minutes 50 seconds

In episode 47, '55pxagb4' I interviewed Dr. Jake Tedaldi DVM.  In our discussion, we cover the basics of puppy vaccinations as well as some of the controversy around how safe vaccines are or aren’t for your puppy.  Dr. Jake gives us his usual balanced, logical approach to thinking through some of the decisions about vaccinating [...] The post SESSION 47: Puppy Vaccines 101 with Dr. Jake Tedaldi appeared first on The Dog's Way.

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SESSION 46: Responding to Disagreements and some Hate Mail

Published: Feb. 26, 2016, 8:22 p.m.
Duration: 41 minutes 45 seconds

In episode 46, I respond to some of the disagreement emails and some genuine hate mail that was prompted by podcast 45.  I’m letting you behind the scenes in this podcast a little bit to illustrate a couple things that may help you guys.  Firstly, I wanted you guys to hear about this debate because, [...] The post SESSION 46: Responding to Disagreements and some Hate Mail appeared first on The Dog's Way.

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SESSION 45: FIX BACKYARD MISBEHAVIOR

Published: Feb. 15, 2016, 7:54 p.m.
Duration: 41 minutes 3 seconds

In episode 45, I answer a question from a listener about how to fix some backyard misbehavior.  One of the podcast listeners is having a challenge with her dog misbehaving in the backyard.  Her dog is apparently digging up some plants and chewing on parts of the deck.  I go through a step by step [...] The post SESSION 45: FIX BACKYARD MISBEHAVIOR appeared first on The Dog's Way.

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SESSION 44: Prevent Your Puppy from Chasing Your Kids

Published: Jan. 29, 2016, 9:37 p.m.
Duration: 49 minutes 41 seconds

In episode 44, I give you a game plan to help your puppy learn to NOT chase your kids around the house or yard.  A listener from Australia sent in a question about their Lab puppy chasing, tackling and nipping at their three kids. In this session: Do you [...] The post SESSION 44: Prevent Your Puppy from Chasing Your Kids appeared first on The Dog's Way.

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SESSION 43: How to Focus Your Puppy Before Group Class

Published: Jan. 18, 2016, 11:46 p.m.
Duration: 33 minutes 56 seconds

In episode 43, I answer a question from a listener about how to prevent your puppy from “losing their mind” when you get to group obedience class.  One the podcast listeners sent me an email describing that their 5 month old puppy just can’t focus on them when they arrive at their puppy kindergarten class [...] The post SESSION 43: How to Focus Your Puppy Before Group Class appeared first on The Dog's Way.

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SESSION 42: IMPROVE YOUR FEEDING RITUAL FOR MULTIPLE DOGS

Published: Jan. 12, 2016, 6:03 p.m.
Duration: 28 minutes 32 seconds

In episode 42, I follow up on homework from podcast 40.  If you recall that podcast, I gave you phase 1 & 2 of the homework so you can teach your dog to settle in their nervous system during feeding time.  In this episode I follow up on that homework with phase 3 & 4 [...] The post SESSION 42: IMPROVE YOUR FEEDING RITUAL FOR MULTIPLE DOGS appeared first on The Dog's Way.

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SESSION 41: Teach your dog to accept petting and handling more neutrally

Published: Dec. 30, 2015, 9:48 p.m.
Duration: 36 minutes 42 seconds

In episode 41, I give you a step by step exercise to teach your dog to accept handling and petting more neutrally.  I promised you this handling exercise in podcast 39 (our micro-first aid class with Lynn Russell).  These exercises, that I recommend you do prior to each meal, will make life easier with your [...] The post SESSION 41: Teach your dog to accept petting and handling more neutrally appeared first on The Dog's Way.

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SESSION 40: How to Settle your Dog More at Feeding Time

Published: Dec. 10, 2015, 12:09 a.m.
Duration: 36 minutes 31 seconds

In episode 40, I give you a two phase training plan that will allow you to teach your dog to settle down a bit more during eating and comfortably allow you to interrupt their feeding. In this session: Does your dog get overly excited about meal time? Do you [...] The post SESSION 40: How to Settle your Dog More at Feeding Time appeared first on The Dog's Way.

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SESSION 39: Learn First Aid for Your Dog from Lynn Russell

Published: Dec. 4, 2015, 10:34 p.m.
Duration: 1 hour 4 minutes 53 seconds

In episode 39, I bring you an interview with Licensed Veterinary Technician and Certified Pet First Aid and CPR Instructor, Lynn Russell.  Lynn takes us through the basic set up of our pet first aid kit, and , more importantly, gives us some key Do’s and Don’ts in using some of those items in our [...] The post SESSION 39: Learn First Aid for Your Dog from Lynn Russell appeared first on The Dog's Way.

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SESSION 38: What is the Dog Land App? Has Social Media Gone to the Dogs?

Published: Nov. 30, 2015, 11:44 p.m.
Duration: 34 minutes 16 seconds

In episode 38, in this episode I interview Jonathon Kolker and Gareth Wilson, two of the founders of the Dog Land App.  We discuss all the cool features of their new App, and the interesting new way they’re creating an ownership opportunity of their company.  If you really like their app you could also be [...] The post SESSION 38: What is the Dog Land App? Has Social Media Gone to the Dogs? appeared first on The Dog's Way.

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SESSION 37: Improve Your Dog’s Behavior with Visitors!

Published: Nov. 25, 2015, 8:04 p.m.
Duration: 49 minutes 45 seconds

In episode 37, I give you a training “game plan” to change your holiday visitor’s interactions with your dog from “train wreck” to training opportunity!  I walk you through how to use a secluded area to give your dog a break from the action and how to think like a trainer during your holiday visiting.  [...] The post SESSION 37: Improve Your Dog’s Behavior with Visitors! appeared first on The Dog's Way.

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SESSION 36: Better dog Nutrition – Interview with Shelly Christiansen

Published: Nov. 14, 2015, 1:03 a.m.
Duration: 52 minutes 49 seconds

In episode 36, I interview Shelly Christensen from Paws Custom Pet Foods.  We talk about pitfalls and tips about common dry dog foods, making your dog’s own food and some of the challenges with a raw food diet. In this session: Is regular dry dog food good for my [...] The post SESSION 36: Better dog Nutrition – Interview with Shelly Christiansen appeared first on The Dog's Way.

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SESSION 35: Ron Pace Interview: Who’s the Boss?

Published: Nov. 6, 2015, 5:17 a.m.
Duration: 46 minutes 57 seconds

In episode 35, I interview Master Dog Training Instructor, Ron Pace about his training methods, some common dog problems and solutions and his book, WHO’S THE BOSS In this session: Hear about how and why Ron Pace turns the dog training approach upside down and spends 10 lessons teaching [...] The post SESSION 35: Ron Pace Interview: Who’s the Boss? appeared first on The Dog's Way.

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SESSION 34: Tips on Finding a Good Dog Trainer?

Published: Oct. 29, 2015, 12:19 a.m.
Duration: 32 minutes 45 seconds

In episode 34, I give new dog trainers some homework to make the transition from “dog trainer” to "people trainer”.  Also, I give dog owners some tips on what to look for when considering a trainer. In this session: What are the two psychological hurdles that all dog trainers [...] The post SESSION 34: Tips on Finding a Good Dog Trainer? appeared first on The Dog's Way.

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SESSION 33: Should All Family Members Have the Same Rules when Training a Dog and Some Comments about Cesar Millan

Published: Oct. 22, 2015, 4:59 p.m.
Duration: 33 minutes 16 seconds

In episode 33, I address a question from a dog trainer about clients that have disagreements about the rules a dog should follow in their household.  Also, I talk a little bit about the training philosophy of Cesar Millan. In this session: Should family members all be on the [...] The post SESSION 33: Should All Family Members Have the Same Rules when Training a Dog and Some Comments about Cesar Millan appeared first on The Dog's Way.

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SESSION 32: What are the best chew toys for puppies? And, how to stop an older, larger puppy from jumping up on kids.

Published: Oct. 9, 2015, 10:21 p.m.
Duration: 48 minutes 46 seconds

In episode 32, I answer a listener's question about the best chew toys for puppies, and in our training section today, I talk about the next step in getting an older, larger puppy to stop jumping up on kids (and other people too) In this session: What are the [...] The post SESSION 32: What are the best chew toys for puppies? And, how to stop an older, larger puppy from jumping up on kids. appeared first on The Dog's Way.

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SESSION 31: Preventing resource guarding in puppy raising and what to do about a dog’s mid-life crisis?

Published: Sept. 28, 2015, 9:44 p.m.
Duration: 39 minutes 22 seconds

In episode 31, I answer a question from a listener about how to prevent your puppy from guarding their resources inappropriately.  And, I answer a question about a middle aged dog forgetting their training. In this session: What should we do to teach puppies to share their stuff better? [...] The post SESSION 31: Preventing resource guarding in puppy raising and what to do about a dog’s mid-life crisis? appeared first on The Dog's Way.

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SESSION 30: PREVENTING DOG ESCAPES AND KITCHEN COUNTER SCAVENGING

Published: Sept. 22, 2015, 5:44 p.m.
Duration: 29 minutes 24 seconds

In episode 30, I answer a question from a listener about how to prevent your dog from escaping from your backyard.  And, I answer a question about how to prevent kitchen counter scavenging.  Also, I tell you about a really cool dog story about some lost dogs that were found a week after they went [...] The post SESSION 30: PREVENTING DOG ESCAPES AND KITCHEN COUNTER SCAVENGING appeared first on The Dog's Way.

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SESSION 29: First Aid – Heat Stroke in Dogs and Teaching a Puppy to Fetch

Published: Sept. 11, 2015, 10:36 p.m.
Duration: 23 minutes 27 seconds

In episode 29, I answer a question from a listener about exercising her dog when it’s hot outside.  In the puppy section, I go through steps to teach your puppy to give you back the ball during fetch. In this session: Is hiking or exercising with a dog in [...] The post SESSION 29: First Aid – Heat Stroke in Dogs and Teaching a Puppy to Fetch appeared first on The Dog's Way.

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SESSION 28: Training dogs to get along with each other and introducing a puppy to a long line

Published: Sept. 5, 2015, 1:36 a.m.
Duration: 37 minutes 20 seconds

In episode 28, I answer a question from a listener about how to train three of her dogs to get along with a new dog that she brought in, and in the puppy section I talk about introducing a puppy to more advanced work and expand your scope of influence over your puppy. [...] The post SESSION 28: Training dogs to get along with each other and introducing a puppy to a long line appeared first on The Dog's Way.

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SESSION 27: How to coach a new dog to play better with your existing dog and how to get a puppy out of crate calmly

Published: Aug. 28, 2015, 7:50 p.m.
Duration: 41 minutes 25 seconds

In episode 27, I answer a listeners question about a couple of behavior scenarios with a new dog that he has 1) How to stop her from jumping up on the back door 2) How to get his new dog to play more sanely with his existing dog. In the puppy section, I answer a [...] The post SESSION 27: How to coach a new dog to play better with your existing dog and how to get a puppy out of crate calmly appeared first on The Dog's Way.

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SESSION 26: Teaching your dog to recover from stimulation and teaching your puppy to NOT jump up

Published: Aug. 14, 2015, 8:06 p.m.
Duration: 36 minutes 29 seconds

In episode 26, I answer a question from a listener about teaching your dog to get better at the skill of “recovery”. Said another way, how to teach your dog to be less reactive. In the puppy section, I go through some steps to teach your puppy to decide to NOT jump up and how [...] The post SESSION 26: Teaching your dog to recover from stimulation and teaching your puppy to NOT jump up appeared first on The Dog's Way.

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SESSION 25: How to: make obedience more functional, harnesses versus training collars, and teaching a puppy an advanced sit.

Published: Aug. 8, 2015, 4:43 p.m.
Duration: 28 minutes 53 seconds

In episode 25, I answer a question from a listener about making the obedience that he’s learned in class more functional in real life. I answer another question about whether someone should use a “prong collar” in training. In the puppy section, I go through the steps for taking a puppy from an intermediate sit [...] The post SESSION 25: How to: make obedience more functional, harnesses versus training collars, and teaching a puppy an advanced sit. appeared first on The Dog's Way.

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SESSION 24: Feeding Your Best Friend Better: Interview with Dog Nutrition Expert and Author Rick Woodford

Published: July 31, 2015, 10:16 p.m.
Duration: 50 minutes 22 seconds

In episode 24, I interview author Rick Woodford. Rick’s compelling story about how he saved his own dog from lymphoma by simply upgrading his nutrition was the start of a long research project for Rick that resulted in his first book. In our discussion today, Rick gives you some quick tips of upgrading your dog’s [...] The post SESSION 24: Feeding Your Best Friend Better: Interview with Dog Nutrition Expert and Author Rick Woodford appeared first on The Dog's Way.

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Session 23: how to stop severe leash pulling and how to use posture to settle puppies

Published: July 25, 2015, 12:41 p.m.
Duration: 42 minutes 42 seconds

In episode 23, I answer a question from a listener about how to stop your dog from pulling when practicing loose leash walking around high level distractions. In the puppy section, I go through how to use posture to teach your puppy to settle more consistently when you greet your puppy or let them out [...] The post Session 23: how to stop severe leash pulling and how to use posture to settle puppies appeared first on The Dog's Way.

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Session 22: using an air sprayer to stop barking and stubborn puppy “downing”

Published: July 17, 2015, 11:47 p.m.
Duration: 34 minutes 54 seconds

In episode 22, I answer a question from a listener about using an air sprayer to stop barking and what to do if your dog goes into a shutdown mode after you use one. In the puppy section, I go through some problem solving if your young puppy is stubborn about learning to “down”. [...] The post Session 22: using an air sprayer to stop barking and stubborn puppy “downing” appeared first on The Dog's Way.

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Session 21: Coping With Fireworks Sounds and How to Deal With Off-Leash, Unfriendly Dogs

Published: July 2, 2015, 9:23 p.m.
Duration: 48 minutes 57 seconds

In episode 21, I discuss two different questions that have come in from a lot of listeners. Question1) what can I do to make my dog more comfortable during 4th of July fireworks? Question 2) what should I do if I’m out for a walk with my dog and a seemingly unfriendly, off-leash dog comes [...] The post Session 21: Coping With Fireworks Sounds and How to Deal With Off-Leash, Unfriendly Dogs appeared first on The Dog's Way.

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Session 20: How to Volunteer with Guide Dogs for the Blind

Published: June 17, 2015, 12:18 p.m.
Duration: 47 minutes 30 seconds

In episode 20, I interview Theresa Stern from Guide Dog for the Blind. Guide Dogs for the Blind is a world class service dog organization that provides fully trained service dogs, completely free of charge, for visually impaired people. We discuss the steps involved in applying to get a dog, as well as all the [...] The post Session 20: How to Volunteer with Guide Dogs for the Blind appeared first on The Dog's Way.

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Session 19: How to become a registered therapy dog team

Published: June 8, 2015, 12:45 p.m.
Duration: 31 minutes 28 seconds

I interview Mandy Pleshaw from Pet Partners. Pet partners is the largest therapy dog organization in the country. We discuss the steps you can take to begin volunteering and doing therapy work with your dog. In this session: In this episode: Have you ever wanted to do therapy work with [...] The post Session 19: How to become a registered therapy dog team appeared first on The Dog's Way.

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Session 18: The overview of what to teach a puppy and when, and teaching two dogs to not go after each other’s fetch toys

Published: June 1, 2015, 8:31 p.m.
Duration: 47 minutes 58 seconds

In this episode, in the puppy section, I take answer a listeners question about what to teach a puppy and when – sort of a puppy curriculum. In the training section, I give you a step by step plan to teach two dogs to not go after each other’s fetch toy. This solution also applies [...] The post Session 18: The overview of what to teach a puppy and when, and teaching two dogs to not go after each other’s fetch toys appeared first on The Dog's Way.

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Session 17: Teaching your puppy to greet people, and teaching your adult dog to learn to be brave around things like vacuum cleaners and lawn mowers

Published: May 22, 2015, 10:23 p.m.
Duration: 55 minutes 5 seconds

In this episode, in the puppy section, I give you a step by step protocol to teach your older puppy to meet and greet people without jumping, mouthing and going crazy. In the adult dog training section, I give you a step by step plan to teach your dog to be brave around objects that [...] The post Session 17: Teaching your puppy to greet people, and teaching your adult dog to learn to be brave around things like vacuum cleaners and lawn mowers appeared first on The Dog's Way.

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SESSION 16: Nose work games and how to condition your dog to using a muzzle.

Published: May 16, 2015, 1:44 p.m.
Duration: 49 minutes 24 seconds

In this episode, I give you a step by step plan to teach your older puppy nose work games to help burn up some of that bouncy energy. In the training section, I give you some reasons why you may want to do some muzzle conditioning with your dog and a step by step protocol [...] The post SESSION 16: Nose work games and how to condition your dog to using a muzzle. appeared first on The Dog's Way.

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Session 15: Step by step plan to help with grooming procedures.

Published: May 4, 2015, 12:58 p.m.
Duration: 43 minutes 35 seconds

In this episode, I give you a step by step plan to help with grooming procedures. In this example of the 3 phase protocol we go through, I look at how to make nail clipping easier for you and your dog. In the puppy section, I give you some tips on teaching your puppy to [...] The post Session 15: Step by step plan to help with grooming procedures. appeared first on The Dog's Way.

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SESSION 14: Protocol for solving problems when your dog is at the office.

Published: April 23, 2015, 1:23 p.m.
Duration: 47 minutes 32 seconds

In this episode, I catch up on answering questions from the email bag as well as go over the protocol for solving problems when your dog is at the office. In the puppy training section, I teach how to progress through Phase 3 and Phase 4 of teaching your puppy to sit. [...] The post SESSION 14: Protocol for solving problems when your dog is at the office. appeared first on The Dog's Way.

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SESSION 13: Questions from the email bag

Published: April 20, 2015, 5:47 p.m.
Duration: 42 minutes 32 seconds

In this episode, I catch up on answering questions from the email bag as well as answering a caller’s question about letting her dog jumping up on her couch. In the puppy training section, I teach you how to start your younger puppy in intermediate training for sit. In this session: [...] The post SESSION 13: Questions from the email bag appeared first on The Dog's Way.

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SESSION 12: interview with Michael and Elizabeth Kohl

Published: March 25, 2015, 9:39 p.m.
Duration: 54 minutes 40 seconds

In this episode, I interview Michael and Elizabeth Kohl, Owners of Candle Hill Shepherds. Michael and Elizabeth breed some amazing German Shepherds in Idaho. In our discussion we give you some great tips on finding a reputable breeder of any breed of dog and of course there’s lots of info in this podcast about the [...] The post SESSION 12: interview with Michael and Elizabeth Kohl appeared first on The Dog's Way.

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SESSION 11: In this episode I interview Laura Tonkin

Published: March 17, 2015, 2:08 p.m.
Duration: 46 minutes 49 seconds

In this episode I interview Laura Tonkin, Executive Director or People United for Pets. Laura gives you great tips on making the transition for your new dog as easy as possible and she gives you three key things you should know before adopting a dog from a rescue shelter. In this [...] The post SESSION 11: In this episode I interview Laura Tonkin appeared first on The Dog's Way.

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Session 10

Published: March 10, 2015, 1:18 p.m.
Duration: 43 minutes 46 seconds

In this week’s episode, I answer a caller’s question who wants a clarification on something they heard in podcast #7 about not picking up a small breed dog too much. And if that applies to her new smaller breed puppy. Also, in the adult dog section, I give you the steps to make training with [...] The post Session 10 appeared first on The Dog's Way.

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SESSION 9: Puppy Stuff: How to pick a puppy from a litter | Adult Dog Stuff: How to condition your dog to like having a bath

Published: Feb. 24, 2015, 6:53 p.m.
Duration: 45 minutes 35 seconds

In this week’s episode, I discuss some of the results of our 21 day New Year’s behavior challenge! And, in our puppy segment, I answer a caller’s question about what to look for when you’re choosing a puppy. Also, in the adult dog section, I give you the steps to make bath time much easier [...] The post SESSION 9: Puppy Stuff: How to pick a puppy from a litter | Adult Dog Stuff: How to condition your dog to like having a bath appeared first on The Dog's Way.

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SESSION 8: Interview with Dr. Jake Tedaldi, author of What’s Wrong with My Dog

Published: Feb. 6, 2015, 9:56 p.m.
Duration: 43 minutes 37 seconds

In this week’s episode we talk to, Dr. Jake Tedaldi, the author of one of the best dog first aid books out there. His book, What’s Wrong with My Dog, has helped many dog owners more accurately assess the symptoms they’re seeing in their dogs, and has helped them more accurately communicate with their veterinarian [...] The post SESSION 8: Interview with Dr. Jake Tedaldi, author of What’s Wrong with My Dog appeared first on The Dog's Way.

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SESSION 7: How to introduce a new puppy into your home when you already have an existing dog. And, Sean goes through some of the problem solving in a question from an email when a dog has shown aggression.

Published: Feb. 1, 2015, 9:56 p.m.
Duration: 45 minutes 26 seconds

In this session of the podcast, I go through the steps and tips of how to introduce a new puppy into your home when you already have an existing dog. And I discuss some of the problem solving I suggest to a listener who has a question about his dog who has been aggressive with [...] The post SESSION 7: How to introduce a new puppy into your home when you already have an existing dog. And, Sean goes through some of the problem solving in a question from an email when a dog has shown aggression. appeared first on The Dog's Way.

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SESSION 6: Puppies meeting, greeting and interaction with other dogs and puppies and our for dogs over 7 months old: Try our New Year’s 21 day behavioral challenge!

Published: Jan. 11, 2015, 9:35 p.m.
Duration: 43 minutes 1 second

In this session of the podcast, I talk about what to do when your puppy loses awareness of you when going up to, and interacting with, other dogs.  ALSO:  For those of you that have a dog older than 7 months, I issue you a New Year’s resolution, 21 day behavioral, challenge for you and [...] The post SESSION 6: Puppies meeting, greeting and interaction with other dogs and puppies and our for dogs over 7 months old: Try our New Year’s 21 day behavioral challenge! appeared first on The Dog's Way.

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SESSION 5: House breaking for puppies and preparing your dog to be better behaved during holiday parties.

Published: Dec. 22, 2014, 7 p.m.
Duration: 44 minutes 42 seconds

In this session of the podcast, I follow up on homework from session 4. We’ll answer a listener email about house breaking with puppies and then we go through a game plan to prepare your dog to be better behaved during parties. In this session: EMAIL BAG SECTION: Front [...] The post SESSION 5: House breaking for puppies and preparing your dog to be better behaved during holiday parties. appeared first on The Dog's Way.

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SESSION 4: Follow up on homework from Session 3 & switch gears to learn how to train younger puppies.

Published: Dec. 9, 2014, 7 p.m.
Duration: 48 minutes 40 seconds

In this session of the podcast, I follow up on homework from session 3. I answer some email questions from listeners and teach you how to “redo” your dog’s “front door ritual”. ALSO: I switch gears a little bit in the second half of today’s show and talk about how to train younger puppies. [...] The post SESSION 4: Follow up on homework from Session 3 & switch gears to learn how to train younger puppies. appeared first on The Dog's Way.

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SESSION 3: Learn how to structure your dog’s lifestyle more.

Published: Nov. 12, 2014, 7 p.m.
Duration: 47 minutes 31 seconds

The Progression of Difficulty: There are three things that make anything harder (or easier) for your dog; What you’re doing while your dog does a task: This is usually measured by how connected (or disconnected) to you. For example, on leash versus off leash. What’s going on around your dog while they do a task: These are sometimes called “distractions” Distraction theory (further break down): Distance Movement Surprise And number of distractions How long you expect your dog to do a task PRACTICAL APPLICATION AND HOMEWORK Get your dog’s freedom/responsibility quotient back into balance Structure your dog’s everyday life more Here’s a link to an article on our blog that will give you some things to change around your house to structure your dog’s life more during this training phase. This article was originally written as a response to people who asked what to do after their newly adopted dogs started acting up, but it’s good advice for anyone trying to tune up their relationship and training with their dog. LOOSE LEASH WALKING Here’s an article on the blog that has a short video clip showing you what I mean by loose leash walking Leash pulling article from the blog Let me know how this experiment goes with your dog!  For more of The Dog's Way podcast follow us on Twitter @TheDogsWay Subscribe on Facebook, and listen to all of our episodes on our website. Leave me a voicemail and hear yourself on a future show! I'd love if you'd leave me a brief message to let me know how these tips worked for you! Call (844) 364-7929. And if we use your comments in the show, we’ll send you a free video training series! OR if you don’t like free stuff … Email your questions to me: sean@thedogsway.com All the Best, The post SESSION 3: Learn how to structure your dog’s lifestyle more. appeared first on The Dog's Way.

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Session 2: Starting out – Are you having some “policy” disagreements with your dog?

Published: Oct. 8, 2014, 7 p.m.
Duration: 44 minutes 19 seconds

In this podcast episode I discuss the start of training. In my “in -person” lessons we all start out at the same place. Whether someone just got a rescue dog a few weeks ago or whether they paid tens of thousands of dollars for a “fully trained” dog, we all start out assessing three things. First, relationship, then basic “core” skills (including the one core skill that makes any dog a “good dog”) and lastly we address “policies”. One of the challenges in starting with a new client is that everyone calls me with what I label a “policy disagreement” with their dog. That is, their dog has one set of default rules and their owner would like them to have another. Before throwing down the new policy manual, (to be fair to your dog) we have to see if they have the basic “core” skills to do the kinds of policies that you want them to do and before we address basic skills, we have to clarify the relationship. At the end of this podcast, I leave you with some “observational” homework so you can start assessing those three areas right away (relationship, basic skills, and policies). For more of The Dog's Way podcast follow us on Twitter @TheDogsWay Subscribe on Facebook, and listen to all of our episodes on our website. Leave me a voicemail and hear yourself on a future show! I'd love if you'd leave me a brief message to let me know how these tips worked for you! Call (844) 364-7929. And if we use your comments in the show, we’ll send you a free video training series! OR if you don’t like free stuff … Email your questions to me: sean@thedogsway.com All the Best, The post Session 2: Starting out – Are you having some “policy” disagreements with your dog? appeared first on The Dog's Way.

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Session 1: (Introduction Podcast) So, Who’s This Sean Mcdaniel Guy?

Published: Aug. 12, 2014, 7 p.m.
Duration: 36 minutes 17 seconds

In this podcast, I go over what you can expect from our podcast on a weekly basis as well as who I am and where I’m coming from with regard to dog behavior and training. I give you some idea about how I got started in training (which is likely very similar to how you [...] The post Session 1: (Introduction Podcast) So, Who’s This Sean Mcdaniel Guy? appeared first on The Dog's Way.

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