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Shaped by Dog with Susan Garrett

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Susan Garrett, world-renowned dog trainer, multi-time champion of dog agility, and leading educator on all things canine shares everything related to dogs! Susan understands dog behaviour and wants you and your dog to have the best life together possible.
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When To Start Agility Training With Your Puppy: Insights From A World Champion #277

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    When is the right time to start agility training with your puppy? That's a popular question I receive, and I'm sure other world champions also get asked!  So, to answer, I’m covering everything you need to know about starting agility with a puppy, including the most important factor, and when and how I begin training. Even if you don't do agility, what I'm sharing can apply to a wide range of activities we enjoy with dogs, including being amazing members of our family. Free eBook Get your free Agility Cues eBook for the insider info on the cues I use  - https://dogsthat.com/agility-cues/    In this episode you’ll hear:   • When to consider starting agility training with your puppy, beyond growth plates. • The factors I consider before starting a puppy in agility.  • How to create success, safely and fun for agility puppies. • About the physical and mental readiness needed for agility obstacles. • The four R’s - Relationship, Recalls, Retrieve, Reinforcement Zone. • What’s important about agility handling, verbal cues and discriminations. • How to use jump grids and fitness exercises to prepare your puppy. • My personal experiences with my own agility dogs as puppies. • Why I love forest fitness for a puppy's development. • How to manage the intensity and frequency of agility training for puppies.   Download Your Free eBook: Susan Garrett’s Agility Cues eBook - http://dogsthat.com/agility-cues/   Resources:   1. Podcast Episode 186: 2 Types Of Connection With Dogs: Dog Agility And Daily Life Case Studies - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/186/ 2. YouTube Video: Understanding Your Dog's Reinforcement Zone (RZ) with Susan Garrett   - https://youtu.be/OaUAScgaFAg?si=OKGOlAB1pqGU60ap 3. YouTube Playlist: Exercising Your Dog's Body and Mind: Tips and Games with Susan Garrett - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy1ISzbaoCNh0NyLg3qgDG58 4. Podcast Episode 203: Reactive, Unmotivated and Fearful: Finding Resiliency For This! Beyond Dog Training Part 1 - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/203/ 5. Podcast Episode 204: Dog Behavior And Diet: Recovery For This! Beyond Dog Training Part 2 - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/204/ 6. Podcast Episode 206: First Dog Agility Competition: Creating Joy For This! By Maximizing Reinforcement - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/206/ 7. Podcast Episode 114: Dog Agility Training: 3 Big Mistakes All Dog Owners Should Avoid - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/114/ 8. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube  - https://youtu.be/kMJ0e7HYvPk 
6/28/202418 minutes, 1 second
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What No One Tells You About The Best Place To Train Your Puppy Or Rescue Dog #276

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    The best place to train a puppy or rescue dog might be the best-kept dog training secret you need to know! It's something no one ever tells you, and it will create success with dog training so your dog can be an amazing companion. You don't need to be on a downward spiral of frustration and disappointment, and I've three critical dog training strategies that are easy to implement so you and your dog can live your best life ever.   Free Goodies for You and Your Dog Are you ready for a NEW START? I've got you covered! Here's your link to grab your free Stickers Template, Hand Target Training Video and PDF eBook Lesson Plan - https://dogsthat.com/sbd-new-start-bundle/ Whether you're a seasoned dog trainer or a first-timer, these dog training goodies are for you. They're designed to give every dog and person a fresh start, regardless of their experience level.   In this episode you’ll hear:   • Why some dogs are amazing companions and others are rehomed. • The number one mistake people make with their puppies, rescue dogs or adult dogs.  • An example of my rescue dog, Tater, and how he came to be living with me. • About hope training and what’s really educating dogs. • How the environment is training your dog and getting in the way of your success. • The best place to train your puppy or dog. • Why learning to drive is similar to teaching a puppy or dog. • Where your dog is most engaged, more focused, less distracted and able to grow in confidence. • 3 critical strategies for dog training success that are easy to implement today. • A short time with my friend’s puppy and how the puppy quickly excelled. • How to take daily action to have fun and teach your puppy or dog great skills. • Journalling can be fun and quick so give it a go. • The journal stickers and bundle of free goodies I have for you and your dog - https://dogsthat.com/sbd-new-start-bundle/   Resources:   1. Get your free Stickers Template, Hand Target Training Video and PDF eBook Lesson Plan - https://dogsthat.com/sbd-new-start-bundle/ 2. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/9TiZ3BACSkI 
5/10/202417 minutes, 1 second
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How To Teach A Dog To Speak: From Parlor Trick To Working Dog Skill #275

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    One of the most frequent questions we see is how to get dogs to stop barking, but this week, a Shaped by Dog listener asked the opposite. They want to help their dog start barking. I teach this as a parlor trick, and have the training steps for you. I’m also sharing expert insights from my good friend, Matt Folsom of Modern Malinois fame because for many working dogs, barking is a vital skill, and it’s a very nuanced and detailed behavior.    In this episode you’ll hear:   • That barking on cue is a fun parlor trick and a vital skill for working dogs. • Expert insights from Matt Folsom about how he teaches protection dogs to bark. • How to train your dog to speak on cue as a trick. • How to shape continuous barking. • About capturing barking. • The emotional triggers/reasons behind dog barking and why I harness excitement. • When to add a cue to your dog’s trained barking behavior.   Resources:   1. Podcast Episode 240: Stop Barking Dogs! Step-By-Step Action Plan And Anti-Bark Strategies To Avoid - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/240/ 2. Podcast Episode 238: Barking Dogs! Understanding Canine Vocalization To Prevent Nuisance Barking - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/238/ 3. Podcast Episode 239: Barking Dogs! How To Help Your Dog Be Quiet And Stop Annoying Barking - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/239/ 4. YouTube Playlist: The Emotional State of Dogs with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy29pv3_9b7DZdMFJL9ZJPMy&feature=shared 5. Podcast Episode 69: Clicker Training: Will It Work For Every Dog? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/69/ 6. Matt Folsom The Modern Malinois - https://www.stsk9.com/modern-malinois/ 7. Podcast Episode 170: 5 Popular Ways To Train Your Dog With Food - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/170/ 8. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/p57mCYqIahY
5/3/202412 minutes, 59 seconds
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How I Use 1 Minute Training Sessions To Bring Clarity, Confidence And Calm Thinking To My Dogs #274

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    What if I told you that you could dramatically improve the outcome of your dog training sessions in 60 seconds? Using just 1 minute to train and evaluate helps me be far more efficient and create success for my dogs quickly.  It’s been part of my dog training for at least 20 years and it’s something everyone can do. This one thing can totally skyrocket your confidence and bring clarity, confidence and calm thinking to dogs.   In this episode you’ll hear:   • All the details of using 60 seconds to your dog training advantage. • What makes a good dog training session. • Key factors for evaluation: environment, criteria, reinforcement, tools, and markers. • Why we should gauge our dog's emotional state before training. • What to avoid in your 1 minute evaluation. • Tips to prevent dogs predicting the timer ends their fun. • How to adjust training plans based on your evaluation insights.   Get Crate Games Online: Crate Games Online - https://get.crategames.com/   Resources:   1. Podcast Episode 259: Use These Simple Shaping Hacks To Expedite Your Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/259/ 2. Podcast Episode 131: How Would Susan Garrett Plan Your Dog Training Sessions? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/131/ 3. Podcast Episode 245: Make Dog Training Easy! Quick Guide To Antecedent Arrangements - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/245/ 4. Podcast Episode 218: Puppy Development Stages And Your Dog’s Behavior - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/218/ 5. Podcast Episode 272: 10 Engaging Chase Games To Increase Your Picky Eater Dog’s Food Drive - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/272/ 6. Podcast Episode 151: How Location Specific Reinforcement Markers Will Improve Your Dog Training! - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/151/ 7. Podcast Episode 188: Why You Should Change Your Strategy Rather Than Your Criteria When Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/188/ 8. YouTube Playlist: The Emotional State of Dogs with Susan Garrett - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy29pv3_9b7DZdMFJL9ZJPMy 9. Podcast Episode 266: Hot Zone And Stays – How One Dog Training Nuance Can Fix Anxiety And Duration - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/266/ 10. Podcast Episode 177: Dog Training Outside The Box: Transfer Of Value Case Study - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/177/ 11. Podcast Episode 175: Food Luring VS Shaping In Dog Training: How Science Changed How I Teach Dogs - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/175/  12. Podcast Episode 139: Remove Confusion And Build Your Dog’s Confidence With One Simple Dog Training Habit - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/139/ 13. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/jMelPWy3zWY
5/1/202412 minutes, 24 seconds
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6 Fun Restraint Games For Dogs To Increase Food Drive For Picky Eaters #273

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    Do you have a dog who's really fussy about the treats that you give them? I'm going to show you how to get your dog grabbing treats no matter what you put in front of them. Previously, I shared games of chase that dogs love to play. Now we're amplifying the chase element for dogs by adding restraint, and I've got 6 new fun games for picky eaters that all dogs will enjoy.   In this episode you’ll hear:   • About overcoming picky eating in dogs so they value food as a reinforcer. • How to play 6 new restraint games to boost food drive. • Why these games work and build on previous chase games. • The steps to play the games, from Circle Chases to Restraint to the Moving Bowl. • Tips to maximize the effectiveness of the games. • Insights into increasing treat value and engagement through restraint. • Introduction to ItsYerChoice, an empowering self-restraint game for dogs. • Guidance on transitioning your dog’s food aversion to excitement in training sessions   Learn How To Play ItsYerChoice ItsYerChoice Summit - https://recallers.com/iycsummit-join/ Free eBook Download: Click HERE to get your copy of our “How To Create A Motivating Toy” eBook - https://dogsthat.com/motivating-toy/   Resources:   1. Podcast Episode 269: Why Do Some Dogs Seem to Have Less Food Drive Than Others – 10 Reasons to Consider - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/269/ 2. Podcast Episode 271: Structure Your Dog Training To Create Food Drive In Your Treat Fussy Dog - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/271/ 3. Podcast Episode 272: 10 Engaging Chase Games To Increase Your Picky Eater Dog’s Food Drive - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/272/ 4. YouTube Video: Puppy's First Training with Susan Garrett: Shaping, Targeting and Collar Conditioning (use these tips for a harness) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ticB_1Twx6E 5. Podcast Episode 153: Dog Muzzles: Everything You Need To Know And How To Muzzle Train Dogs (use these tips for a harness) - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/153/ 6. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/Tm_ELWDlUDg 
4/24/202418 minutes, 27 seconds
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10 Engaging Chase Games To Increase Your Picky Eater Dog's Food Drive #272

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    I'm sharing 10 fun and engaging games of chase to play with dogs to increase food drive for picky eaters. Now, you might have a dog who loves treats, but they will still have a great time playing the games with you, so give them a try! The games are quick to play and are a great way to connect with your dog. Playing will give you treats your dog values that you can use to your training advantage, and you'll also gain a treat delivery system that engages your dog.   In this episode you’ll hear:   • Why transfer of value is crucial in dog training. • Three categories of reinforcers: food, toys, and activities. • How games of chase bump up your dog’s value for food. • 10 fun games to play to increase your dog's enthusiasm. • The step-by-step for each game. • How to incorporate flirt poles and food toys into training sessions. • How to build excitement and motivation through playful interactions. • Tips on celebrating successes and using good tension to your advantage. • About a free eBook I have for you, check out the link below.   Free eBook Download: Click here to get your copy of our “How To Create A Motivating Toy” eBook. https://dogsthat.com/motivating-toy/   Resources:   1. Podcast Episode 90: Premack, Dog Training and Transfer of Value - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/90/ 2. YouTube Video: Understanding Your Dog's Reinforcement Zone (RZ) with Susan Garrett - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OaUAScgaFAg 3. Podcast Episode 269: Why Do Some Dogs Seem to Have Less Food Drive Than Others – 10 Reasons to Consider - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/269/ 4. Podcast Episode 271: Structure Your Dog Training To Create Food Drive In Your Treat Fussy Dog - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/271/ 5. Podcast Episode 226: Safe Toys For Dogs And Why To Avoid Tennis Balls And Sticks - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/226/ 6. Podcast Episode 89: Why Dogs Should Not Tug: The Truth Revealed - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/89/ 7. Podcast Episode 41: Get a Behaved Dog by Celebrating Milestones! - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/41/ 8. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/xTBRygO8NAk
4/19/202421 minutes, 15 seconds
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Structure Your Dog Training To Create Food Drive In Your Treat Fussy Dog #271

Visit us at shapedbydog.com   If you are trying to train a dog who is fussy about food, or if you know someone who is in that situation, you may think, "this dog training is never going to work." And you know, you're probably right! Training will be a challenge unless you have something of great value for the dog. We’re continuing our focus on how to create food drive with a look at how to structure your dog training to get a transfer of value from things your dog loves to any treat.   In this episode you’ll hear:   • Essential strategies for boosting your dog's food drive. • The importance of exercise beyond a simple walk for your dog's overall well-being. • How restraint recalls can change your dog's physiology and attitude towards nutrition. • Tips for identifying high-value treats that will excite your dog's taste buds and enhance training. • Strategies for experimenting with various types of treats for your dog. • That patience and playing the long game are assets to boost your dog's food drive. • An introduction to the Premack Principle and how it can be applied to training treats. • Why to celebrate success and avoid cheerleading your dog. • The reason to borrow from the way rabbits behave around a dog.   Resources:   1. Podcast Episode 269: Why Do Some Dogs Seem to Have Less Food Drive Than Others – 10 Reasons to Consider - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/269/ 2. YouTube Video: 15 Ways To Exercise Your Dog - https://youtu.be/SsQY6nm6E30 3. Podcast Episode 147: Teach Your Dog To Listen Off Leash And Far Away - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/147/ 4. Sniffspot.com - https://www.sniffspot.com/ 5. Podcast Episode 191: Get Your Dog To Calm Down With This Common Sense Protocol For Relaxation - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/191/ 6. Podcast Episode 59: Why Your Treats Aren’t Working for Your Dog - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/59/ 7. Podcast Episode 179: Help For Dogs Refusing Treats: Case Study With Training Plan - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/179/ 8. Podcast Episode 177: Dog Training Outside The Box: Transfer Of Value Case Study - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/177/ 9. Podcast Episode 90: Premack, Dog Training and Transfer of Value - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/90/ 10. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/dQJlmWpCrYM
4/17/202416 minutes, 29 seconds
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Goals, Challenges And Joy: Reflections On The Canadian World Team Dog Agility Tryouts With This! #270

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    This episode is all about my girl This! with reflections on this year's Canadian Dog Agility World Team Tryouts. You are all part of Team This! and I'm sharing my goals, challenges, and joys. These same things can relate to whatever you're going through with your own dog. Never give up. At 20 months of age This! didn't even want to wrap a cone or do a tunnel. We've come a long way, and the story continues.   In this episode you’ll hear:   • An update on my Border Collie This! and our story so far. • A debrief of our 2024 Canadian Dog Agility World Team tryouts. • The 3 goals I had for the weekend at the tryouts. • Why This!’s weave pole and dogwalk performance indicates her joy factor. • How each of our five runs together at the tryouts went. • Why we need to focus on fun and joy for any challenge with our dogs. • Reflections on reviewing our dog training processes rather than our goals. • Gratitude to everyone who tunes into Shaped by Dog for supporting Team This!   Resources:   1. Podcast Episode 206: First Dog Agility Competition: Creating Joy For This! By Maximizing Reinforcement - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/206/ 2. Podcast Episode 254: Why Your Older Puppy Or Dog Is Not House Trained And What To Do About It - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/254/ 3. YouTube Playlist: Reactive or Aggressive Dogs: Key Insights with Susan Garrett - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy0Tbd6ZybIXgJk3mtpBLLk7 4. Podcast Episode 240: Stop Barking Dogs! Step-By-Step Action Plan And Anti-Bark Strategies To Avoid - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/240/ 5. Podcast Episode 44: Using Coincidences and Positive Associations in Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/44/ 6. Podcast Episode 203: Reactive, Unmotivated and Fearful: Finding Resiliency For This! Beyond Dog Training Part 1 - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/203/ 7. Podcast Episode 204: Dog Behavior And Diet: Recovery For This! Beyond Dog Training Part 2 - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/204/ 8. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/QjCFXclquIg
4/12/202415 minutes, 19 seconds
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Why Do Some Dogs Seem To Have Less Food Drive Than Others - 10 Reasons To Consider #269

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    How can I train my dog if they're not interested in food? That's a question I'm often asked, and before we get to the how, we need to look at the why! A dog not really wanting to take food is something I've experienced from time to time. I'm covering the top ten reasons why a dog might have low food drive and not be motivated by training treats as a reinforcer.    In this episode you’ll hear:   • About my experiences with dogs not interested in food. • Why singleton puppies might have low food drive. • The impact of a dog’s anxiety or fear. • Why highly stimulated or over aroused dogs might not take treats. • That a dog’s disinterest in food might be a sign of pain or discomfort. • About the importance of good food hygiene for dogs. • The impact of too little activity on a dog’s food drive. • Why to consider your dog’s value for the treats you are using. • What’s important about the way you are presenting treats to your dog. • How overfeeding dogs can lead to disinterest in training treats. • A test to try, but consult with your Veterinarian first! • That food refusal can become a reinforced behavior for dogs.   Resources:   1. DogsThat YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/dogsthat 2. Podcast Episode 179: Help For Dogs Refusing Treats: Case Study With Training Plan - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/179/ 3. Podcast Episode 90: Premack, Dog Training and Transfer of Value - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/90/ 4. Podcast Episode 218: Puppy Development Stages And Your Dog’s Behavior - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/218/ 5. Podcast Episode 191: Get Your Dog To Calm Down With This Common Sense Protocol For Relaxation - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/191/ 6. Podcast Episode 203: Reactive, Unmotivated and Fearful: Finding Resiliency For This! Beyond Dog Training Part 1 - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/203/ 7. Podcast Episode 204: Dog Behavior And Diet: Recovery For This! Beyond Dog Training Part 2 - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/204/ 8. Podcast Episode 252: The Raw Feeding Guide To Training Your Dog With All Forms Of Treats - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/252/ 9. YouTube Video: 15 Ways To Exercise Your Dog - https://youtu.be/SsQY6nm6E30 10. Podcast Episode 92: Avoid This Big Mistake When Feeding Your Dog - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/92/ 11. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/binkDaVM_1c
4/3/202414 minutes, 45 seconds
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Training Thresholds: A Strategy For Balancing The Emotions Of Anxious Or Over Excited Dogs #268

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    How many thresholds does your dog cross a day? It could be a physical or emotional threshold. Training thresholds are important to understand, and thresholds can explain why some dogs seem anxious and refuse to budge, and others get way overexcited. I’ve got tips to help dogs with balancing emotions to cross any type of threshold with calm, thoughtful focus. You’ll also get a peek at what I discovered about my puppy Prophet’s excitement with a see-saw and how I'm counterconditioning the stimulus.   In this episode you’ll hear:   • About understanding thresholds as emotional states that dogs experience. • The different types of thresholds: positive, neutral, and unpleasant. • Examples of thresholds such as entering new environments, or going to specific places like a training class or vet's office. • The importance of observing and managing a dog's emotional state when crossing thresholds. • Strategies for managing extreme reactions at thresholds, such as overexcitement or fear. • How to implement relaxation protocols and counter conditioning to create a more desirable behavior. • Why you need patience and consistency in training to modify a dog's response to thresholds over time. • My puppy Prophet’s See-Saw (Teeter) obsession and counterconditioning the stimulus. • What to do for calm, focused behavior when crossing thresholds. • The importance of being present and proactive in managing thresholds and behaviors.   Resources:   1. Podcast Episode 258: Training Plan For Hyper Excited Dogs: Play The Threshold Game For Calm Focus - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/258/ 2. YouTube Playlist: The Emotional State of Dogs with Susan Garrett - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy29pv3_9b7DZdMFJL9ZJPMy 3. Podcast Episode 245: Make Dog Training Easy! Quick Guide To Antecedent Arrangements - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/245/ 4. Podcast Episode 132: All The Things Your Dog Hates And How To Fix Them - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/132/ 5. YouTube Video: Vet Visits For Dogs: How To Create A Positive Experience For Everyone - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJc42BfNre4 6. YouTube Video: Understanding Your Dog's Reinforcement Zone (RZ) with Susan Garrett - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OaUAScgaFAg 7. Podcast Episode 63: 3 Easy Tricks Every Dog Should Know - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/68/ 8. Podcast Episode 4: T.E.M.P. (Tail, Eyes/Ears, Mouth, Posture) - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/4/ 9. Podcast Episode 157: Dog Body Language: Understanding Canine Communication Signals And Emotions - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/157/ 10. Podcast Episode 165: Why Do Dogs Bark In Cars And How To Stop It - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/165/ 11. Podcast Episode 191: Get Your Dog To Calm Down With This Common Sense Protocol For Relaxation - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/191/ 12. Podcast Episode 266: Hot Zone And Stays – How One Dog Training Nuance Can Fix Anxiety And Duration - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/266/ 13. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/RxJg7smQ6nM
3/27/202414 minutes, 52 seconds
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How To Use A Training Den To Fast Track Your Dog's Success: No Space? No Problem! #267

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    What if I told you that the secret to unlocking your dog's success lies within the walls of your own home? I've been using a training den for many years, and so have my students. I’m covering how to use a training den to fast track your dog’s success and confidence, what I keep in my training den, and why it creates a bond with dogs and helps them love training. The good feelings you create for your dog in your training den transfer to the training, which transfers to you, and you can generalize that to other places. And don’t worry if you don’t have much space; everyone can create an environment for learning success.   In this episode you’ll hear:   • About the importance of identifying ideal training environments for dogs. • The goal of training sessions: build and maintain confidence while we build and maintain behavior.  • Why we need to tailor the training environment to the dog's age and stage. • Where and how to create a dedicated training area or "training den" in your home. • The benefits of the training den in controlling distractions and building positive associations. • Why Positive Conditioned Emotional Responses (CERs) are vital in dog training. • What to include in the training den, and what I have in mine. • Tips on choosing the right flooring for the training area. • How training dens set dogs and people up for success and the value transfers.   Training Den Tools:   1. 4MyMerles Tug Toys - https://4mymerles.com/collections/dogs-that-say-yes  2. * PETGEEK Treat Dispenser - https://geni.us/petgeek-dispenser   3. * Microfiber Feather Duster Target Stick - https://geni.us/extendable-duster  4. * Textured Silicone Coasters (for paw target use) - https://geni.us/silicone-coasters          5. Blue 9: Klimb - https://www.blue-9.com/products/klimb001 6. Blue 9: Propel - https://www.blue-9.com/collections/canine-conditioning/products/pro-plat 7. Cato Board - https://catooutdoors.com/collections/board-plank/ 8. * Dremel Lite 7760N - https://geni.us/dremel-lite  9. * Casfuy Dog Nail Grinder - https://geni.us/nail-grinder          Resources:   1. YouTube Playlist: Puppy Essentials with Susan Garrett - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy2hywpv3Md3HbWWPPbVF8W5 2. YouTube Playlist: Helping Your Rescue Dog After Adoption: Success Strategies for Rehomed Dogs with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy1uFZJTuWdJCjQYmjjOguax&feature=shared 3. Podcast Episode 218: Puppy Development Stages And Your Dog’s Behavior - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/218/ 4. YouTube Playlist: The Emotional State of Dogs with Susan Garrett - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy29pv3_9b7DZdMFJL9ZJPMy 5. Podcast Episode 183: What Does “Train The Dog In Front Of You” Really Mean? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/183/ 6. Podcast Episode 190: Using Daily Quickies To Fast Track Your Dog Training And Grow Your Dog’s Skills - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/190/ 7. Podcast Episode 176: Why Your Dog’s Emotions Are A Critical Element Of Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/176/ 8. Podcast Episode 133: Become Your Own Dog Training Coach With This Video Strategy - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/133/ 9. Podcast Episode 107: Pedicure Please: 3 Steps To Dog Nail Trimming Or Grooming Success At Home! - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/107/ 10. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/IrjcfKH9AI8   *Amazon Links Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Susan only recommends products she uses herself, and all opinions expressed here are her own. The link above is an affiliate link that, at no additional cost to you, we may earn a small commission if you decide to buy from it. Thank you!
3/22/202413 minutes, 56 seconds
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Hot Zone And Stays - How One Dog Training Nuance Can Fix Anxiety And Duration #266

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    Dog training by nature is quite nuanced. Now, there are behaviors that everyone can get at some level with their dogs, like sit and down and fetch, but to get really brilliant behaviors, we need to understand the nuances. The really good news is that even if you’ve never trained a dog before, you can get this dialed in, and I’m covering what to look for with Hot Zone training as an example and have practical tips for you to try right away.   In this episode you’ll hear:   • Why understanding dog training nuances is important. • About the nuances in the release process of duration behaviors for dogs. • A recent scenario involving the Hot Zone and the nuance I found missing. • Why dogs relaxing in their Hot Zone is important. • Tips to try when playing the Hot Zone game with your dog. • Why to notice everything that reinforces your dog, including cues. • What to do when your dog leaves the Hot Zone without a release. • Nuances you could be missing and how to build your dog’s understanding.   Get Crate Games Online - https://get.crategames.com/    Resources:   1. Podcast Episode 155: 10 Ways To Teach A Sit WITHOUT A Food Lure! Unreal Results For Puppies And Dogs Of All Ages - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/155/ 2. Podcast Episode 145: 10 Ways To Teach A Dog To Lay Down And How To Shape It Without Luring - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/145/ 3. Training Program “Bring Me!” - https://dogsthat.com/product/bring-me/ 4. Podcast Episode 16: The Thing Before Your Dog’s Thing - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/16/ 5. Podcast Episode 191: Get Your Dog To Calm Down With This Common Sense Protocol For Relaxation - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/191/ 6. Youtube Playlist: Sit, Down, Stand, Stay! Dog Training Duration Behaviors with Susan Garrett - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy2cY7Fg3MLUaobkSdnVx0jt 7. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/x9_iX6--lXk  
3/15/202413 minutes, 21 seconds
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Dog Training Community And Controversy: Can We Draw From Our Positive Reinforcement Values? #265

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    Have you ever been triggered by social media dramas about dog training methods? It's likely something we all experience. There was a recent incident at Crufts that flowed into the social channels this week that had a lot of thoughts flooding into my brain, including the question of how can we, as a community of dog loving reinforcement-based trainers, show up as our best selves when we get triggered by things out of our control? I'd love to open a dialogue on this topic and want to convey the compassion and empathy I have for everybody when sharing my experiences and observations in this episode. I understand that, for many, it might be a difficult conversation.    In this episode you’ll hear:   • About dog training, controversy and social media dramas. • That we can all be triggered by differing dog training methods. • Thoughts on the core values of reinforcement-based training. • Why I’m not the same person or dog trainer I was 30 years ago. • My experience with being a guest on a podcast with a balanced dog trainer. • Insights into the evolution of dog training perspectives over time. • Why I called Jean Donaldson and had an enlightening conversation. • That we need grace and compassion for ourselves, and the big question.   Resources:   1. Crufts International Dog Show - https://crufts.org.uk/ 2. Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show - https://www.westminsterkennelclub.org/ 3. LickiMat Website - https://lickimat.com/ 4. Podcast Episode 253: 7 Ways To Instantly Make Your Dog’s Life Better - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/253/ 5. *Book: The Forever Dog by Dr. Karen Becker and Rodney Habib - https://geni.us/forever-dog  6. Podcast Episode 175: Food Luring VS Shaping In Dog Training: How Science Changed How I Teach Dogs - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/175/ 7. YouTube Playlist: Susan Garrett's Dog Training Philosophy and Training Processes - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy2An5_3KqDPqFVV6J6dYsYx&feature=shared 8. YouTube Playlist: Mastery of Positive Reinforcement Based Dog Training - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy20_Ko8p2SaE6B2IT4o6g6K 9. Podcast Episode 196: Why Mastering Reinforcement Is The Linchpin To Reinforcement Based Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/196/ 10. YouTube Playlist: The Heart / Mind Connection Side of Dog Training with Susan Garrett - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy1ruLW0CujlHgzCiTLK2Rfh 11. Podcast: Unlocking Us with Brené Brown - https://brenebrown.com/podcast/the-near-and-far-enemies-of-fierce-compassion-part-1-of-2/  12. Podcast Episode 7: You, Your Dog, Maslow and Lizard Brain - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/7/ 13. Podcast Episode 91: Why Judgement Does Not Help People Or Dogs: ItsYerChoice LWT - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/91/ 14. Shaped by Dog Podcast Episodes Site Index - https://dogsthat.com/podcast-all-episodes/ 15. Book: Shaping Success by Susan Garrett - https://dogsthat.com/product/shaping-success-2/ 16. Podcast Episode 196: Why Mastering Reinforcement Is The Linchpin To Reinforcement Based Dog Training (Buzz Retrieve Video) - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/196/ 17. Podcast Episode 197: Outsmarting Distractions: How To Use Environmental Reinforcement in Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/197/ 18. Jean Donaldson Academy for Dog Trainers - https://www.academyfordogtrainers.com/ 19. Podcast Episode 208: Brilliance, Resilience And Gratitude: Inspiration And Motivation With Elliott Connie - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/208/ 20. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/H3Vn7afXLiY   *Amazon Links Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Susan only recommends products she uses herself, and all opinions expressed here are her own. The link above is an affiliate link that, at no additional cost to you, we may earn a small commission if you decide to buy from it. Thank you!
3/13/202422 minutes, 21 seconds
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Shaping Tips For Timid, Shy, Softer Or Fearful Dogs To Create Enthusiastic Learners #264

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    Have you tried shaping a timid, shy, softer or fearful dog and found your dog could not offer behaviors or engage in dog training sessions? The challenge is real! Recently, we looked at shaping high-drive dogs, but what about dogs on the other side of the spectrum who seem unmotivated? Help is at hand, and we’re covering how to shape more reserved dogs to grow their confidence, unlock their full potential, and rapidly increase their joy and enthusiasm for training with you.   In this episode you’ll hear:   • Shaping confidence for reserved, timid, shy, or fearful dogs. • The importance of training the dog in front of you. • About learning from my less confident dog, Decaff. • A review of the confidence triangle for dogs. • Why mindset is everything in training your dog. • Common assumptions about shaping less motivated dogs. • Why you need clarity over complexity for better results. • All about the Yerkes-Dodson's curve and its role in understanding arousal levels in dogs. • The importance of planning training environments strategically to optimize learning. • How to manage frustration effectively. • How to implement location-specific markers like “Cook” and “Search” to enhance training engagement. • Learning the “Flirt Pole" game to build confidence and drive. • Innovative games like “Hand Targets with a Twist” for engagement. • Empower your dog's choice through the ItsYerChoice Summit for better training outcomes. • How confidence grows with Crate Games and other tricks to keep training fun and rewarding.   Learn How To Play ItsYerChoice: ItsYerChoice Summit - https://recallers.com/iycsummit-join/ Get Crate Games Online: Crate Game Online - https://get.crategames.com/   YouTube Playlists to Check Out:   1. Playlist 1 - Emotional Regulation in Dogs: Dysregulation, Coping Strategies, Co-Regulation, Self-Regulation and Habituation - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy0ZnXC_lczh942HhB0Vdo5v  2. Playlist 2 - Mastery of Positive Reinforcement Based Dog Training with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy20_Ko8p2SaE6B2IT4o6g6K&feature=shared 3. Playlist 3 - Unmotivated or Stressed Dogs: Key Insights with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy2u-KJpomR3bHci93tu710D&feature=shared 4. Playlist 4 - Susan Garrett’s Dog Training Philosophy and Training Processes - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy2An5_3KqDPqFVV6J6dYsYx&feature=shared 5. Playlist 5 - Fearful Dogs Help With Susan Garrett - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy0KAsqgnkMWv0v-5JGjNQG_ 6. Playlist 6 - Reinforcement, Permissions and Transfer of Value in Dog Training with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy1IUj_4P54q2PIuLNtnXjFO&feature=shared 7. Playlist 7 - The Emotional State of Dogs with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy29pv3_9b7DZdMFJL9ZJPMy&feature=shared 8. Playlist 8 - The Heart / Mind Connection Side of Dog Training with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy1ruLW0CujlHgzCiTLK2Rfh&feature=shared   Further Resources:   1. Podcast Episode 262: Shaping Tips For High Drive, Frantic, Hyper Dogs To Stop Dog Training Frustration - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/262/ 2. Podcast Episode 229: Transforming An Overwhelmed And Anxious Dog Into A World Champion – DeCaff’s Story Part 1 - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/229/ 3. Podcast Episode 230: Finding Joy Amidst Frustration And Shame In Dog Training – DeCaff’s Story Part 2 - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/230/ 4. Podcast Episode 236: Understanding Dog Fear (Part 1): Genetics, Trauma, And Your Dog’s Well-being - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/236/ 5. Podcast Episode 237: A Plan For Your Fearful Dog (Part 2): Susan Garrett’s Strategic Plan For Anxious Dogs - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/237/ 6. Podcast Episode 110: Is Your Over-Aroused Dog Just Over-Faced In Training? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/110/ 7. YouTube Playlist: Dog Agility Training and Dog Sports Tips with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy3EtWn7JBVSPnYcOfKQrA-O&feature=shared 8. Podcast Episode 259: Use These Simple Shaping Hacks To Expedite Your Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/259/ 9. Podcast Episode 86: How to Train Unmotivated or Overexcited Dogs - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/86/ 10. Podcast Episode 255: Rescue Dog Training: Priorities For Your First Week Together - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/255/ 11. Podcast Episode 151: How Location Specific Reinforcement Markers Will Improve Your Dog Training! - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/151/ 12. Podcast Episode 141: Average Or Better Dog Training Question: What Did You Just Reward? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/141/ 13. *Flirt Pole - https://geni.us/flirt-pole  14. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/yGYJ4jAL4lw   *Amazon Links Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Susan only recommends products she uses herself, and all opinions expressed here are her own. The link above is an affiliate link that, at no additional cost to you, we may earn a small commission if you decide to buy from it. Thank you!
3/8/202424 minutes, 23 seconds
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Breaking Down Dog Behavior Problems: Insights From The Top 10 Frustrations #263

Visit us at shapedbydog.com   I recently asked ChatGPT to list the top 10 frustrations people experience with dogs and am covering how to break down dog behavior problems to help make things better for everyone.  Making things better is the key no matter what challenge you have, and it will give you relief from frustration and allow you and your dog to experience two-sided joy.    In this episode you’ll hear:   • Top 10 frustrations of dog owners worldwide according to ChatGPT. • Strategies to address these frustrations and make life better for you and your dog. • Importance of reframing language and expectations in dog training. • Using the concept of "making it better" rather than aiming for perfection. • Why working on the periphery of challenges is better than diving into the fire. • About using the 4E’s - Enrichment, Engagement, Education, Exercise • How to take quick intentional daily action. • My special opportunity to join Home School the Dog for deeper assistance in addition to my YouTube resources. • Why to focus on progress rather than aiming for instant fixes. • My experience with my puppy Prophet’s fear of men and intentional action to make things better.   Join Home School the Dog: Home School the Dog - https://www.homeschoolthedog.com/   Resources:   1. Podcast Episode Episode 157: Dog Body Language: Understanding Canine Communication Signals And Emotions - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/157/ 2. Podcast Episode 195: Making Your Mind Your Most Powerful Dog Training Tool - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/195/ 3. Podcast Episode 163: Unsolicited Dog Training Advice: How To Protect Your Confidence And Your Dog - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/163/ 4. YouTube Video: Normalizing Imperfection in Dog Training - https://youtu.be/X_f1hm_XhJM?feature=shared 5. YouTube Playlist: Planning Your Dog Training with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy3bIhKLPQApN0x_2PjNJgkG&feature=shared 6. Podcast Episode 200: Solve Your Dog’s Separation Anxiety with FRIDA: Expanding Calm With Functional Relaxation - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/200/ 7. Podcast Episode 259: Use These Simple Shaping Hacks To Expedite Your Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/259/ 8. Podcast Episode 227: My Foolproof Strategy To Overcoming Dog Training Challenges - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/227/ 9. Podcast Episode 199: Puppy Fear Periods: Help For Socializing Puppies or Rescue Dogs Scared Of People - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/199/ 10. YouTube Playlist: Fearful Dogs Help with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy0KAsqgnkMWv0v-5JGjNQG_&feature=shared 11. YouTube Playlist: Reactive or Aggressive Dogs: Key Insights with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy0Tbd6ZybIXgJk3mtpBLLk7&feature=shared 12. Podcast Episode 260: Is My Puppy’s Behavior Normal Or Is It Time For Me To Be Concerned? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/260/ 13. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/z5t2XVqwH0w
3/1/202415 minutes, 56 seconds
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Shaping Tips For High Drive, Frantic, Hyper Dogs To Stop Dog Training Frustration #262

Visit us at shapedbydog.com   High drive, frantic, hyper dogs can be overwhelming! I’ve got shaping tips to help you end dog training frustration. High drive dogs can also be a lot of fun to train once you’ve made a few tweaks and the step by step I’m sharing I’ve learned from my very driven dogs. There are a lot of myths about dogs who seem to get frantic quickly, so we’re covering what’s really going on, why decompression for dogs is important, and what you can do so that your dog can learn how to learn when they’re in a calmer state.   In this episode you’ll hear:   • My experience with high drive dogs in various dog sports. • Myths and wrong assumptions about high drive dogs. • Discussion on frustration theory and its impact on dogs' behavior. • Insights from a 2021 paper - Behavioural and Physiological Correlates of the Canine Frustration Questionnaire. • How frustration can be beneficial for both humans and animals. • Understanding a dog’s responses to frustration: suppression, regression, persistence, and invigoration. • Ways to manage frustration in high drive dogs when training. • The importance of relaxation protocols for high drive dogs. • Shortening training sessions and maintaining clarity in training goals. • Recommendations for meeting the needs of high drive dogs. • Expressions of frustration in high drive dogs during training. • Strategies for shaping high drive dogs so they learn how to learn. • How to approach target mat training and why use a plank for your frantic dog. • Importance of maintaining a calm/neutral demeanor and environment during training sessions. • Suggestions for decompression activities for high drive dogs after training. • Steps to minimize frustration and maximize joy when training high drive dogs.   Learn How To Play ItsYerChoice: ItsYerChoice Summit - https://recallers.com/iycsummit-join/ Book: Shaping Success by Susan Garrett Click here to get your copy from our online store - https://dogsthat.com/product/shaping-success-2/    Resources:   1. Podcast Episode 247: Redefining Expertise In Dog Training And What Counts More Than Years Of Experience - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/247/ 2. Podcast Episode 243: Training My New Puppy, What He Knows So Far: Susan Garrett’s Plan And Puppy Schedule - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/243/ 3. Podcast Episode 232: Canine Predatory Motor Sequence: Understand Your Dog’s Prey Drive To Enrich Your Life Together - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/232/ 4. * Book: Frustration Theory: An Analysis of Dispositional Learning and Memory by Abram Amsel - https://geni.us/frustration-theory 5. Paper: Behavioural and Physiological Correlates of the Canine Frustration Questionnaire - https://www.mdpi.com/2076-2615/11/12/3346 6. Podcast Episode 206: First Dog Agility Competition: Creating Joy For This! By Maximizing Reinforcement - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/206/ 7. Podcast Episode 224: Unleashing Fluency In Dog Training: Cracking The Canine Communication Code - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/224/ 8. Podcast Episode 110: Is Your Over-Aroused Dog Just Over-Faced In Training? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/110/ 9. YouTube Playlist: Help for Over-Aroused, Over Excited, Hyper, Frantic. High Drive or Out Of Control Dogs with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy3tN5Z336OeZkYoF2dJ7gNY&feature=shared 10. Podcast Episode 136: Help Your Excited Dog Calm Down And Stop Barking, Lunging, Spinning, Nipping - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/136/ 11. Podcast Episode 137: Is Your Dog Hyper At Home? How To Teach Relaxation - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/137/ 12. Podcast Episode 138: Frantic Dog? Are You Training Both The Hold And The Do? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/138/ 13. YouTube Video: 15 Ways To Exercise Your Dog - https://youtu.be/SsQY6nm6E30 14. Podcast Episode 259: Use These Simple Shaping Hacks To Expedite Your Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/259/ 15. Podcast Episode 191: Get Your Dog To Calm Down With This Common Sense Protocol For Relaxation - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/191/ 16. Podcast Episode 133: Become Your Own Dog Training Coach With This Video Strategy - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/133/ 17. Podcast Episode 184: Proofing Vs Generalizing In Dog Training To Grow Skills And Confidence - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/184/ 18. Podcast Episode 24: Distraction Intensity Index: Help For Dogs Who Chase Chipmunks, Bicycles, And Neighbor’s Cats - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/24/ 19. Beef Cheek Rolls Raw Hide Free Dog Treats - https://www.amazon.ca/Beef-Cheek-Rolls-CHEW-Treat/dp/B0B61YJYBD/?th=1   20. YouTube Video: DIY Puppy Bombs: Easy & Affordable Enrichment Toy for Puppies - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBveJe2C2dA 21. Respond Systems Inc. Canine Bio-Pulse PEMF: https://respondsystems.com/pemf/canine-products/  22. Podcast Episode 151: How Location Specific Reinforcement Markers Will Improve Your Dog Training! - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/151/ 23. YouTube Video: Understanding Your Dog’s Reinforcement Zone (RZ) with Susan Garrett - https://youtu.be/OaUAScgaFAg 24. Podcast Episode 261: Common Misconceptions Around Shaping: Why You May Find Dog Training Frustrating - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/261/ 25. Canine Conditioning Coach: Anna Lee Sanders - https://canineconditioningcoach.com/measuring-for-platforms/ 26. YouTube Playlist: Target Training for Dogs with Susan Garrett - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy3ylCyQ2bJQSCwo_ERiVHj3 27. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/41EwPKHZeLs    *Amazon Links Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Susan only recommends products she uses herself, and all opinions expressed here are her own. The link above is an affiliate link that, at no additional cost to you, we may earn a small commission if you decide to buy from it. Thank you!
2/28/202423 minutes, 38 seconds
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Common Misconceptions Around Shaping: Why You May Find Dog Training Frustrating #261

Visit us at shapedbydog.com     Recently, I asked for your questions about using shaping in dog training, and wow, did you deliver! I’m covering misconceptions about shaping, where shaping went wrong for me in the 90s with my dogs and a wall, what you need to know about successive approximations, and how behavioral blocks set dogs up for success. Plus, I’m answering some of your most popular questions and sharing the steps so you can shape your dog to close a cupboard door.   In this episode you’ll hear:   • About shaping using successive approximations. • Where successive approximations went wrong for me with Twister, Stoni and a wall. . • How to use reinforced behaviors as building blocks for shaping. • Key tips for successful shaping sessions. • Q1: Should I be using a non-reward marker when I'm shaping? • Q2: What is a good exercise to help a dog to learn to be okay with offering responses?  • Q3: I've heard the comment, click for action and reward for position. Do you agree? • Q4: I try to shape, but my mechanics suck and my dog and I get very frustrated. So, I've heard shaping isn't for novices. Is this true? • Q5: Susan, do you cue shaping sessions? • Q6: What do you do if the dog keeps getting it wrong? • Q7: Does shaping work with all behaviors and tricks that can be taught or shaping only for specific things?  • Q8: Some things I just can't fathom how to shape. • Q9: Does this work with all breeds, even unintelligent breeds?   Learn How To Play ItsYerChoice: ItsYerChoice Summit - https://recallers.com/iycsummit-join/ Get Crate Games Online: Crate Games Online - https://get.crategames.com/   Resources:   1. Podcast Episode 259: Use These Simple Shaping Hacks To Expedite Your Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/259/ 2. Podcast Episode: 171: Dog Training With Layered Shaping: Why Classical Conditioning Must Come First - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/171/ 3. Podcast Episode 5: What is Shaping And How Can Dogs Shape Us - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/5/ 4. Podcast Episode 149: Superstitious Behavior In Dog Training: Beware The Killer Bees! - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/149/ 5. Podcast Episode 69: Clicker Training: Will It Work For Every Dog? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/69/ 6. Podcast Episode 131: How Would Susan Garrett Plan Your Dog Training Sessions? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/131/ 7. Podcast Episode 157: Dog Body Language: Understanding Canine Communication Signals And Emotions - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/157/ 8. Podcast Episode 59: Why Your Treats Aren’t Working for Your Dog - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/59/ 9. Podcast Episode 90: Premack, Dog Training and Transfer of Value - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/90/ 10. Podcast Episode 226: Safe Toys For Dogs And Why To Avoid Tennis Balls And Sticks - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/226/ 11. Podcast Episode 94: How the Best Professional Dog Trainers Use Reinforcement - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/94/ 12. Podcast Episode 151: How Location Specific Reinforcement Markers Will Improve Your Dog Training! - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/151/ 13. YouTube Video: Susan Garrett’s Perch Work Dog Tricks (Pivots and Spins) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6sj6fTJnFc 14. Podcast Episode 133: Become Your Own Dog Training Coach With This Video Strategy - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/133/ 15. Podcast Episode 245: Make Dog Training Easy! Quick Guide To Antecedent Arrangements - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/245/ 16. Podcast Episode 31: 5 Simple Hacks to Help Your Dog Learn Faster (Reinforcement Process) - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/31/ 17. Podcast Episode 12: When Helping Your Dog is an Illusion - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/12/ 18. YouTube Playlist: Target Training For Dogs with Susan Garrett - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy3ylCyQ2bJQSCwo_ERiVHj3 19. Podcast Episode 251: Should We All Stop Using Non-Reward Markers In Dog Training? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/251/ 20. YouTube Video: 5 Tips for Dog Trick Training with Susan Garrett - https://youtu.be/6hmLXI_qcC8 21. Podcast Episode 232: Canine Predatory Motor Sequence: Understand Your Dog’s Prey Drive To Enrich Your Life Together - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/232/ 22. Podcast Episode 184: Proofing Vs Generalizing In Dog Training To Grow Skills And Confidence - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/184/ 23. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/XOT8z4B81eg
2/23/202421 minutes, 18 seconds
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Is My Puppy’s Behavior Normal or Is It Time For Me To Be Concerned? #260

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    Ever wondered if your puppy's behavior is normal or cause for concern? From biting to lunging, fearing to growling, chasing, chewing and more, it can be hard to know what's normal and what's not. There’s a range of behaviors that people might consider problems, but many really are normal, and they can vary based on a puppy's breed, upbringing, and individual quirks. I've got insights and practical tips for understanding and action-taking on common puppy behavior problems, and more.     In this episode you’ll hear:   • The wide range of normal puppy behaviors. • Breed differences and their impact on behavior. • The factors influencing puppy behavior: breed, upbringing, individual quirks. • 2 puppy fear periods and their impact on behavior. • Personal experiences with my own puppies and behavior challenges. • Strategies for managing and helping your puppy. • Importance of understanding and responding to puppy fear and anxiety. • What not to do when addressing puppy behavior issues. • Why to be curious, compassionate, confident, and concerned. • Games for building puppy confidence. • Tips for introducing puppies to new environments and managing triggers. • Importance of seeking professional help for extreme behavior issues.   Training Program “Bring Me!” Get The Mini Course for a Fabulous Fetch! - https://dogsthat.com/product/bring-me/ Learn How To Play ItsYerChoice: ItsYerChoice Summit - https://recallers.com/iycsummit-join/   Resources:   1. YouTube Video: Normalize Imperfection in Dog Training - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_f1hm_XhJM 2. Podcast Episode 232: Canine Predatory Motor Sequence: Understand Your Dog’s Prey Drive To Enrich Your Life Together - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/232/ 3. Podcast Episode 199: Puppy Fear Periods: Help For Socializing Puppies Or Rescue Dogs Scared Of People - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/199/ 4. Podcast Episode 218: Puppy Development Stages And Your Dog’s Behavior - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/218/ 5. YouTube Video: Puppy Blues: Coping With Overwhelm, Anxiety And Regret About Puppies - https://youtu.be/4O-TDOQ4SD4 6. Podcast Episode 246: Susan Garrett’s Puppy Socialization Strategies For Raising Confident, Happy Dogs - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/246/ 7. Podcast Episode 254: Why Your Older Puppy Or Dog Is Not House Trained And What To Do About It - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/254/ 8. Podcast Episode 203: Reactive, Unmotivated and Fearful: Finding Resiliency For This! Beyond Dog Training Part 1 - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/203/ 9. Podcast Episode 204: Dog Behavior And Diet: Recovery For This! Beyond Dog Training Part 2 - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/204/ 10. Podcast Episode 200: Solve Your Dog’s Separation Anxiety With FRIDA: Expanding Calm With Functional Relaxation - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/200/ 11. Podcast Episode 66: Resource Guarding: Dog vs Dog Aggression - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/66/ 12. YouTube Playlist: Fearful Dogs Help with Susan Garrett - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy0KAsqgnkMWv0v-5JGjNQG_ 13. Podcast Episode 36: Puppy Selection: How I Do It and Why I Didn’t This! Time - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/36/ 14. Podcast Episode 24: Distraction Intensity Index: Help For Dogs Who Chase Chipmunks, Bicycles, And Neighbor’s Cats - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/24/ 15. Podcast Episode 189: All The Things That Influence Your Dog’s Behavior And What Behavior Tells You - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/189/ 16. Podcast Episode 7: You, Your Dog, Maslow and Lizard Brain - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/7/ 17. Podcast Episode 79: Reduce Anxiety and Grow Your Dog’s Confidence with These Pro Dog Training Tips - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/79/ 18. Podcast Episode 205: The Hidden World Of Reinforcement For Dogs And Why You Need To Know - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/205/ 19. Podcast Episode 4: T.E.M.P. (Tail, Eyes/Ears, Mouth, Posture) - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/4/ 20. Podcast Episode 157: Dog Body Language: Understanding Canine Communication Signals And Emotions - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/157/ 21. Podcast Episode 151: How Location Specific Reinforcement Markers Will Improve Your Dog Training! - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/151/ 22. Podcast Episode 33: How Do I Stop My Dog Counter Surfing?! - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/33/ 23. Podcast Episode 89: Why Dogs Should Not Tug: The Truth Revealed - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/89/ 24. Podcast Episode 258: Training Plan For Hyper Excited Dogs: Play The Threshold Game For Calm Focus - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/258/ 25. YouTube Playlist: Dog Training Games with Susan Garrett - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy2TzttCtZVFwzwMGayAsaYe 26. Podcast Episode 40: Using A Head Halter On A Dog, Why My Approach Is So Different - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/40/ 27. Podcast Episode 180: Taking Your Puppy To A Café Or Restaurant: Socialization Success - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/180/ 28. Podcast Episode 21: The 5 Critical Dog Training Layers for Confidence with Anything - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/21/ 29. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube -  https://youtu.be/zr7XHtPKmS4 
2/21/202423 minutes, 3 seconds
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Use These Simple Shaping Hacks To Expedite Your Dog Training #259

Visit us at shapedbydog.com   Are you ready to take your dog training to the next level? Whether you're just starting, have been at it a while, or are an experienced dog trainer, I've got hacks to fast track success and take you and your dog to a completely different level of understanding. I'm diving into shaping behavior and why it's the key to unlocking rapid learning for you and your dog. Shaping is not a training method but how all animals learn, and I've got simple yet powerful tips for shaping success, plus you’ll learn how to start training the paws up trick.   In this episode you’ll hear:   • The power of shaping in dog training, regardless of skill level. • My journey from using lures to exclusively shaping with my dog Buzz. • Differentiating between "navel gazing" shaping and linear shaping vs. outside-the-box shaping. • My recent experiment with luring and targeting with my puppy Prophet. • The importance of shaping in bringing understanding to dogs. • Reasons why many trainers still prefer luring over shaping. • Why shaping is a natural learning process for all animals, not just dogs. • The game Tater plays when my dogs are chewing bones. • Understanding the ABCs of shaping: antecedent, behavior, consequence. • Importance of reinforcement hierarchy and classical conditioning in shaping. • Why we need to split behaviors into smaller pieces for effective shaping. • How to shape dogs to do the Paws Up trick. • How creating antecedent arrangements guides the dog's behavior. • The cheat code for successful shaping sessions. • About DASH: Desire, Accuracy, Speed, Habitat. • Creating success with a plan and lighthearted approach.   Shaping and Reinforcement • Podcast Episode 5: What is Shaping And How Can Dogs Shape Us - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/5/ • YouTube Playlist: Reinforcement, Permissions and Transfer of Value in Dog Training with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy1IUj_4P54q2PIuLNtnXjFO&feature=shared   Learn How To Play ItsYerChoice: ItsYerChoice Summit - https://recallers.com/iycsummit-join/ Get Crate Games Online: Crate Games Online - https://get.crategames.com/   Resources:   1. Podcast Episode 243: Training My New Puppy, What He Knows So Far: Susan Garrett’s Plan And Puppy Schedule - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/243/ 2. YouTube Playlist: Target Training for Dogs with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy3ylCyQ2bJQSCwo_ERiVHj3&feature=shared 3. Podcast Episode 175: Food Luring VS Shaping In Dog Training: How Science Changed How I Teach Dogs - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/175/ 4. YouTube Playlist: The Heart/Mind Connection Side of Dog Training with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy1ruLW0CujlHgzCiTLK2Rfh&feature=shared 5. Podcast Episode 202: Getting A Happy Well Behaved Dog With The ABCs Of Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/202/ 6. Podcast Episode 245: Make Dog Training Easy! Quick Guide To Antecedent Arrangements - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/245/ 7. Podcast Episode 16: The Thing Before Your Dog’s Thing - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/16/ 8. Podcast Episode 78: How to Train a Rescue Dog with Behavior Problems - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/78/ 9. Podcast Episode 247: Redefining Expertise In Dog Training And What Counts More Than Years Of Experience - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/247/ 10. Podcast Episode 205: The Hidden World Of Reinforcement For Dogs And Why You Need To Know - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/205/ 11. Podcast Episode 171: Dog Training With Layered Shaping: Why Classical Conditioning Must Come First - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/171/ 12. YouTube Short: Prophet Selfie Trick - https://youtube.com/shorts/bCRbQeBCAu0?feature=share 13. Podcast Episode 69: Clicker Training: Will It Work For Every Dog? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/69/ 14. YouTube Video: Susan Garrett's Target Stick Training for Dogs Part One - All About Targeting - https://youtu.be/MzePo7RSQu4 15. Podcast Episode 191: Get Your Dog To Calm Down With This Common Sense Protocol For Relaxation - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/191/ 16. Podcast Episode 110: Is Your Over-Aroused Dog Just Over-Faced In Training? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/110/ 17. Podcast Episode 89: Why Dogs Should Not Tug: The Truth Revealed - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/89/ 18. Blog Post: 6 Keys to Shaping Behaviour - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2018/12/6-keys-to-shaping-behaviour/ 19. Podcast Episode 151: How Location Specific Reinforcement Markers Will Improve Your Dog Training! - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/151/ 20. Podcast Episode 144: Teach Your Dog To Listen No Matter What… Even If You Think They Are Stubborn - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/144/ 21. Podcast Episode 184: Proofing Vs Generalizing In Dog Training To Grow Skills And Confidence - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/184/ 22. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube -  https://youtu.be/Nx4kmQMTKW8 
2/14/202420 minutes, 59 seconds
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Training Plan For Hyper Excited Dogs: Play The Threshold Game For Calm Focus #258

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    Does your dog get hyper and lose focus the closer they get to something really exciting? You are not alone, and I have a training plan to help you create calm and focus for over-the-top dogs. I’m covering why dogs can get out of control near things they love and what to do about it when you want to be a positive reinforcement-based dog trainer. Plus, you’ll get the steps to play the Threshold Game with a case study of a very excited young dog who visits me with my friend.    In this episode you’ll hear:   • Why we can’t rely on cheese alone. • The difference between transactional and relational dog training. • Why dogs get out of control as they get nearer to exciting things. • A review of the ABC to solve dog training problems: antecedent, behavior, consequence. • The example of puppy Prophet at the store for creating positive experiences for dogs.  • How good triggers and games help dogs change their emotional state. • The Threshold Game training plan to calm dogs down so they focus on you. • About mixing up reinforcement and progressing the Threshold Game   Resources:    1. DogsThat YouTube Channel - http://www.youtube.com/dogsthat 2. Podcast Episode 99: When Reinforcement Based Dog Training Doesn’t Work - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/99/ 3. Podcast Episode 215: What Your Destructive, Lunging, Nipping Or Hyper Dog Or Puppy Is Trying To Teach You - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/215/ 4. YouTube Playlist: Loose Leash Walking with Susan Garrett - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy1mGMfdVKXq_hiJ27Ej1shW 5. Podcast Episode 245: Make Dog Training Easy! Quick Guide To Antecedent Arrangements - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/245/ 6. Podcast Episode 16: The Thing Before Your Dog’s Thing - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/16/  7. Podcast Episode 94: How the Best Professional Dog Trainers Use Reinforcement - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/94/ 8. Podcast Episode 164: The Danger Of Car Travel For Dogs: Evaluating Your Risk - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/164/ 9. Podcast Episode 165: Why Do Dogs Bark In Cars And How To Stop It - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/165/ 10. YouTube Playlist: How to Socialize a Puppy with Susan Garrett - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy0BlVig_nEj72p_phVU00lT 11. Podcast Episode 157: Dog Body Language: Understanding Canine Communication Signals And Emotions - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/157/ 12. Podcast Episode 217: Understanding Emotional Regulation In Dogs To Create Calm - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/217/ 13. Podcast Episode 109: Project Calm Dog: Prevent Over Enthusiastic Greetings - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/109/ 14. YouTube Video: Understanding Your Dog's Reinforcement Zone (RZ) with Susan Garrett - https://youtu.be/OaUAScgaFAg 15. Podcast Episode 73: Why Your Dog Is Still Pulling on Leash And How To Fix It - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/73/ 16. Podcast Episode 88: Barrier Frustration: Help for Fence Fighting, Leash Reactivity and Window Guarding - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/88/ 17. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/1bIBG2B7p1o
2/9/202421 minutes, 15 seconds
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How To Use Your Dog’s Favorite Reinforcements To Fix Unwanted Inadvertent Behaviors #257

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    Have you ever wondered how to fix your dog’s unwanted behavior when you want to train with positive reinforcement? In episode 256, I covered the magic question, "What was that cookie for?" that helps us all understand how we may be contributing to the behaviors of our dogs that we want to change. So, I’m following up with my top tips on turning things around. The very good news is that the formula I use to get everything back on track is easy to apply to any inadvertent behavior problem you'd like to change.    In this episode you’ll hear:   • How unintentional reinforcement contributes to unwanted behaviors. • Why our awareness is the start of fixing unwanted behaviors. • That permission, access and what your dog loves are powerful reinforcements. • Real life examples showing what the cookie was for! • Why to check with your Vet before assuming a behavioral problem. • Three ways dogs get educated. • How using the ‘Training Triage’ keeps dogs safe and what to do next. • The formula for triaging your dog's behavior.  • The effectiveness of games in dog training. • The role of play in speeding up the learning process. • Challenges associated with low intentional learning and high unintentional reinforcement. • Addressing the belief that reinforcement-based training doesn't work. • How to join Recallers at a discounted rate.   Recallers: Write to us at [email protected] with the subject line “FUD/ Fun University for Dogs” for a very special opportunity to join us in Recallers. Your Dog’s Pedicure Please Program: Join Pedicure Please - https://dogsthat.com/product/pedicure-please/   Resources:    1. Podcast Episode 256: What Was That Cookie For?! When Positive Reinforcement In Dog Training Goes Wrong - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/256/ 2. Podcast Episode 205: The Hidden World Of Reinforcement For Dogs And Why You Need To Know - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/205/ 3. YouTube Playlist: Stop Barking Dogs! Why Dogs Bark And Anti-Bark Action Plan With Susan Garrett - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy0bpnsTRDCxIC7NrkOuWYsU 4. Podcast Episode 226: Safe Toys For Dogs And Why To Avoid Tennis Balls And Sticks - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/226/ 5. Podcast Episode 227: My Foolproof Strategy To Overcoming Dog Training Challenges - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/227/ 6. Podcast Episode 253: 7 Ways To Instantly Make Your Dog’s Life Better - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/253/ 7. YouTube Playlist: Reinforcement, Permissions and Transfer of Value in Dog Training with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy1IUj_4P54q2PIuLNtnXjFO&feature=shared 8. YouTube Video: Vet Visits For Dogs: How To Create A Positive Experience For Everyone - https://youtu.be/VJc42BfNre4 9. Podcast Episode 218: Puppy Development Stages And Your Dog’s Behavior - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/218/ 10. Podcast Episode 254: Why Your Older Puppy Or Dog Is Not House Trained And What To Do About It - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/254/ 11. Podcast Episode 26: Pro Dog Training Tips to Get Your Puppy to Sleep All Night - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/26/ 12. Podcast Episode 139: Remove Confusion And Build Your Dog’s Confidence With One Simple Dog Training Habit - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/139/ 13. YouTube Playlist: Behavior Chains in Dog Training with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy36FqDOVAwoHy87MhWFUxVd&feature=shared 14. Podcast Episode 16: The Thing Before Your Dog’s Thing - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/16/ 15. Podcast Episode 239: Barking Dogs! How To Help Your Dog Be Quiet And Stop Annoying Barking - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/239/ 16. Podcast Episode 33: How Do I Stop My Dog Counter Surfing?! - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/33/ 17. Podcast Episode 24: Distraction Intensity Index: Help For Dogs Who Chase Chipmunks, Bicycles, And Neighbor’s Cats - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/24/ 18. YouTube Playlist: Loose Leash Walking with Susan Garrett - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy1mGMfdVKXq_hiJ27Ej1shW 19. YouTube Video: 5 Tips for Dog Trick Training with Susan Garrett - https://youtu.be/6hmLXI_qcC8 20. Podcast Episode 107: Pedicure Please: 3 Steps To Dog Nail Trimming Or Grooming Success At Home! - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/107/ 21. Podcast Episode 228: Navigating Failure In Dog Training: What’s Your Plan B? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/228/ 22. Podcast Episode 191: Get Your Dog To Calm Down With This Common Sense Protocol For Relaxation - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/191/ 23. YouTube Video: How To Get Your Dog To Listen Outside Off Leash (Step By Step Guide) - https://youtu.be/Ei0lWFyAE50 24. YouTube Playlist: Dog Training Games with Susan Garrett - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy2TzttCtZVFwzwMGayAsaYe 25. Podcast Episode 247: Redefining Expertise In Dog Training And What Counts More Than Years Of Experience - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/247/ 26. Podcast Episode 50: Can Your Worst Challenge Make You a Better Dog Trainer?  - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/50/ 27. Podcast Episode 99: When Reinforcement Based Dog Training Doesn’t Work - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/99/ 28. Podcast Episode 146: Balanced Dog Training: Does It Really Exist? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/146/ 29. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/vJ0FVoy1nDk
2/2/202423 minutes, 54 seconds
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What Was That Cookie For?! When Positive Reinforcement In Dog Training Goes Wrong #256

Visit us at shapedbydog.com   With the growing popularity of positive reinforcement-based dog training, there's an increasing popularity of criticizing the use of positive reinforcement. And truthfully, it isn't all unfounded because there can be a huge variability in people's results when they choose not to use physical corrections or verbal intimidation in their dog training. I’m addressing the criticism with a look at 5 different scenarios where dogs get rewarded for things you don’t want, and how using the magic question “what was that cookie for?” can fast track success and turn unwanted behaviors around.   In this episode you’ll hear:   • The growing popularity and criticism of positive reinforcement in dog training. • What variables affect the effectiveness in dog training. • The pivotal question that can transform your approach to dog training. • What “choice point” is in dog training. • Five scenarios illustrating different reinforcement situations and their implications. • What the 5 categories of reinforcements are and knowing what your dog loves. • The impact of reinforcement on both the dog's behavior and the trainer's actions. • Why negative reinforcement is the silent killer of dreams.  • How to be intentional, clear, and purposeful when reinforcing desired behaviors. • About asking the magic question “what was that cookie for?”.   Learn How To Play ItsYerChoice: ItsYerChoice Summit - https://recallers.com/iycsummit-join/   Resources:    1. Podcast Episode 205: The Hidden World Of Reinforcement For Dogs And Why You Need To Know - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/205/ 2. Podcast Episode 231: The Next Generation Of Dog Lovers: Finya’s School Assignment - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/231/ 3. Podcast Episode 42: Behavior Chains: Are You Teaching Your Dog to be Bad to Be Good? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/42/ 4. Podcast Episode 139: Remove Confusion And Build Your Dog’s Confidence With One Simple Dog Training Habit - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/139/ 5. Podcast Episode 141: Average Or Better Dog Training Question: What Did You Just Reward? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/141/ 6. Podcast Episode 142: Giving And Receiving Constructive Feedback About Your Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/142/ 7. Podcast Episode 174: Dopamine In Dog Training: Anticipation, Rewards, And The Transfer Of Value - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/174/ 8. Podcast Episode 253: 7 Ways To Instantly Make Your Dog’s Life Better - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/253/ 9. YouTube Video: How To Get Your Dog To Listen Outside Off Leash (Step By Step Guide) - https://youtu.be/Ei0lWFyAE50 10. YouTube Playlist: Loose Leash Walking with Susan Garrett - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy1mGMfdVKXq_hiJ27Ej1shW 11. Podcast Episode 59: Why Your Treats Aren’t Working for Your Dog - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/59/ 12. Podcast Episode 226: Safe Toys For Dogs And Why To Avoid Tennis Balls And Sticks - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/226/ 13. Podcast Episode 198: What Does “Positive Is Not Permissive” Really Mean In Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/198/ 14. Podcast Episode 177: Dog Training Outside The Box: Transfer Of Value Case Study - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/177/ 15. YouTube Playlist: Dog Agility Training and Dog Sports Tips with Susan Garrett - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy3EtWn7JBVSPnYcOfKQrA-O 16. YouTube Playlist: Fearful Dogs Help with Susan Garrett - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy0KAsqgnkMWv0v-5JGjNQG_ 17. Podcast Episode 146: Balanced Dog Training: Does It Really Exist? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/146/ 18. YouTube Live: Grow & Improve Your Dog's Agility Skills: Seesaws, Start Lines, Weave Poles, Contacts and More! - https://youtube.com/live/XR7k-3lv5Fc 19. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/z8Cx7zJeVSo
1/31/202416 minutes, 26 seconds
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Rescue Dog Training: Priorities For Your First Week Together #255

Visit us at shapedbydog.com   There are a lot of rescue dogs out there. And bravo for those of you who are opening up your homes and adopting them. In this episode, I'm doing a deep dive into the emotions of rescue dogs, and the priorities I have when I bring a rescue dog into my home. This episode is for everybody, regardless of whether you have a rescue or not. I'm sharing the thought process I go through when evaluating all of my dogs, my training, and the next step I need to take with any dog.   In this episode you’ll hear:   • The importance of training the dog in front of you.  • Why we should eliminate judgment or preconceived notions. • Why safety is important for you, your family, and the dog. • How to create an environment of great success for the dog. • Conditioning and shaping behaviors to build a strong bond. • The role of location specific reinforcement markers (words), tools, places, and conditioning in training. • Confidence-building games you can play with the dog. • A special discount for Susan Garrett's Home School The Dog program.   Home School the Dog: Write to us at [email protected] with the subject line "My Dog is Home for Life" for a very special opportunity to join us in Home School the Dog. Get Crate Games Online: Crate Games Online - https://get.crategames.com/ Learn How To Play ItsYerChoice: ItsYerChoice Summit - https://recallers.com/iycsummit-join/   Resources:    1. YouTube Playlist: Puppy Essentials with Susan Garrett Dog Training - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy2hywpv3Md3HbWWPPbVF8W5 2. YouTube Playlist: Helping Your Rescue Dog After Adoption: Success Strategies for Rehomed Dogs with Susan Garrett - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy1uFZJTuWdJCjQYmjjOguax 3. Podcast Episode 227: My Foolproof Strategy To Overcoming Dog Training Challenges - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/227/ 4. YouTube Playlist: The Emotional State of Dogs with Susan Garrett - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy29pv3_9b7DZdMFJL9ZJPMy 5. DogsThat YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/dogsthat 6. Podcast Episode 254: Why Your Older Puppy Or Dog Is Not House Trained And What To Do About It - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/254/ 7. Podcast Episode 226: Safe Toys For Dogs And Why To Avoid Tennis Balls And Sticks - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/226/ 8. YouTube Playlist: Help for Over-Aroused, Over Excited, Hyper, Frantic, High Drive or Out of Control Dogs with Susan Garrett - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy3tN5Z336OeZkYoF2dJ7gNY 9. Podcast Episode 183: What Does “Train The Dog In Front Of You” Really Mean? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/183/ 10. YouTube Playlist: Fearful Dogs Help with Susan Garrett - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy0KAsqgnkMWv0v-5JGjNQG_ 11. YouTube Playlist: How to Socialize a Puppy with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy0BlVig_nEj72p_phVU00lT&feature=shared 12. Podcast Episode 253: 7 Ways To Instantly Make Your Dog’s Life Better - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/253/ 13. Podcast Episode 236: Understanding Dog Fear (Part 1): Genetics, Trauma, And Your Dog’s Well-being - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/236/ 14. Podcast Episode 58: How to Create Kid Friendly Dogs and Dog Friendly Kids - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/58/ 15. Podcast Episode 250: Expectations Vs Reality: Navigating The Path To Dog Training Success - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/250/ 16. Podcast Episode 78: How to Train a Rescue Dog with Behavior Problems - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/78/ 17. YouTube Playlist: Dog Body Language, Communication Signals, and How to Read Dogs with Susan Garrett - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy2IwzRwAWcG0yK8oez1nPU0 18. Podcast Episode 205: The Hidden World Of Reinforcement For Dogs And Why You Need To Know - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/205/ 19. Podcast Episode 171: Dog Training With Layered Shaping: Why Classical Conditioning Must Come First - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/171/ 20. Podcast Episode 177: Dog Training Outside The Box: Transfer Of Value Case Study - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/177/ 21. Podcast Episode 151: How Location Specific Reinforcement Markers Will Improve Your Dog Training! - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/151/ 22. Podcast Episode 174: Dopamine In Dog Training: Anticipation, Rewards, And The Transfer Of Value - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/174/ 23. YouTube Video: Puppy's First Training with Susan Garrett: Shaping, Targeting and Collar Conditioning - https://youtu.be/ticB_1Twx6E 24. YouTube Playlist: Target Training for Dogs with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy3ylCyQ2bJQSCwo_ERiVHj3&feature=shared 25. Podcast Episode 153: Dog Muzzles: Everything You Need To Know And How To Muzzle Train Dogs - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/153/ 26. YouTube Video: Understanding Your Dog's Reinforcement Zone (RZ) with Susan Garrett - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OaUAScgaFAg 27. Susan Garrett’s Dog Training Blog Post: What’s a Reward for Your Dog? List of Reinforcers - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2018/10/reward-list-of-reinforcers/ 28. YouTube Video: Susan Garrett’s 5 Games for Puppies - https://youtu.be/Hxd1sVEQp2Y 29. YouTube Playlist: Loose Leash Walking with Susan Garrett - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy1mGMfdVKXq_hiJ27Ej1shW 30. YouTube Video: Susan Garrett’s Perch Work Dog Tricks (Pivots and Spins) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6sj6fTJnFc 31. YouTube Playlist: Dog Training Games with Susan Garrett - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy2TzttCtZVFwzwMGayAsaYe 32. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/9AoeUZfGbVc
1/24/202420 minutes, 1 second
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Why Your Older Puppy Or Dog Is Not House Trained And What To Do About It #254

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    Do you have or know a dog or older puppy who still isn't completely house trained? If this is you, don't worry, I've got you covered! I’m sharing the reasons a dog might not be fully house trained, what to do about it, a common mistake people make, and how to teach your dog to tell you when they want to go outside to potty.    In this episode you’ll hear:   • Common reasons why older puppies or dogs have accidents inside the house. • How I had house training difficulties in my open-concept home. • Ways dogs can communicate their need to go outside and why tells are important. • When to use positive interrupters.  • How to teach your dog to tell you when they want to go outside. • The biggest mistake that people make when they’re potty training.   Resources:   1. Podcast Episode 140: Stop Your Puppy’s Excited Peeing Or Submissive Urination - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/140/ 2. YouTube Playlist: Puppy Essentials with Susan Garrett Dog Training - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy2hywpv3Md3HbWWPPbVF8W5&feature=shared 3. Podcast Episode 250: Expectations Vs Reality: Navigating The Path To Dog Training Success - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/250/ 4. Podcast Episode 218: Puppy Development Stages And Your Dog’s Behavior - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/218/ 5. Podcast Episode 48: Potty Train Your Puppy in a Week (Easy 3 Step Process) - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/48/ 6. Podcast Episode 170: 5 Popular Ways To Train Your Dog With Food - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/170/ 7. YouTube Playlist: Target Training for Dogs with Susan Garrett - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy3ylCyQ2bJQSCwo_ERiVHj3 8. Podcast Episode 157: Dog Body Language: Understanding Canine Communication Signals And Emotions - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/157/ 9. Podcast Episode 158: Stop Your Dog’s Unwanted Behaviors With This Positive Interrupter - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/158/ 10. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/pf6_E1TRYxU
1/19/202414 minutes
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7 Ways To Instantly Make Your Dog's Life Better #253

Visit us at shapedbydog.com   I was recently asked, "Do you think there's a way we could instantly make our dog's life better?" and I thought about it and decided it would be a great topic for an episode of Shaped by Dog.  The way I narrowed down my list to 7 things might surprise you. The good news is that putting these proven tips into action will not really cost you any more money and will improve life and happiness for all dogs and people.   In this episode you’ll hear:   • The importance of learning a dog's form of communication. • How to know what a dog loves, including favorite foods, toys, and activities. • The value of granting dogs the power of choice. • How to create variety in a dog's life. • About being open to the lessons/feedback dogs provide daily. • Why we should practice compassion in all interactions with dogs. • The significance of providing dogs with a variety of comfortable beds.   Resources   1. YouTube Playlist: Dog Body Language, Communication Signals, and How to Read Dogs with Susan Garrett - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1Zcqp8IwnI&list=PLphRRSxcMHy2IwzRwAWcG0yK8oez1nPU0&pp=gAQBiAQB 2. Podcast Episode 162: Dogs Swimming: 5 Must Do Steps For Dogs Who Hate Or Love The Water - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/162/ 3.* Science and Human Behavior by B.F Skinner - https://geni.us/skinner-science 4. Podcast Episode 107: Pedicure Please: 3 Steps To Dog Nail Trimming Or Grooming Success At Home! - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/107/ 5. *PETGEEK Automatic Pet Feeder - https://geni.us/petgeek-dispenser 6. Podcast Episode 191: Get Your Dog To Calm Down With This Common Sense Protocol For Relaxation - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/191/ 7. Podcast Episode 166: Puppy Freedom: How Much Is Too Much? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/166/ 8. YouTube Playlist: Feeding Dogs, Training Treats, Dog Food and Raw Diets with Susan Garrett - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mtqNQa-J3M&list=PLphRRSxcMHy0ylVCv0BiSj27AeIdObb_q&pp=gAQBiAQB 9. Podcast Episode 59: Why Your Treats Aren’t Working for Your Dog - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/59/ 10. Podcast Episode 225: Keep The Food Bowl! Why Dogs Don’t Need 100% Hand Feeding - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/225/ 11. *Kong Toy - https://geni.us/kong-toy 12. *Toppl Toy - https://geni.us/toppl 13. *Messy Mutts Lick Mat - https://geni.us/lick-matt 14. *Wood Dog Chews - https://geni.us/wood-chew 15. YouTube Video: DIY Puppy Bombs: Easy & Affordable Enrichment Toy for Puppies - https://youtu.be/UBveJe2C2dA 16. Nina Ottosson Food Puzzles: https://www.nina-ottosson.com/  17.*Snuffle Mat for Dogs - https://geni.us/snuffle_mat 18. Podcast Episode 190: Using Daily Quickies To Fast Track Your Dog Training And Grow Your Dog’s Skills - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/190/ 19. YouTube Playlist: Dog Training Games with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy2TzttCtZVFwzwMGayAsaYe&feature=shared 20. YouTube Video: 15 Ways To Exercise Your Dog - https://youtu.be/SsQY6nm6E30?feature=shared 21. Podcast Episode 189: All The Things That Influence Your Dog’s Behavior And What Behavior Tells You - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/189/ 22. Podcast Episode 31: 5 Simple Hacks to Help Your Dog Learn Faster (Reinforcement Process) - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/31/ 23. Podcast Episode 245: Make Dog Training Easy! Quick Guide To Antecedent Arrangements - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/245/ 24. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/r2FLQpkWOBs   *Amazon Links Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Susan only recommends products she uses herself, and all opinions expressed here are her own. The link above is an affiliate link that, at no additional cost to you, we may earn a small commission if you decide to buy from it. Thank you!
1/17/202414 minutes, 29 seconds
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The Raw Feeding Guide To Training Your Dog With All Forms Of Treats #252

Visit us at shapedbydog.com   Feeding dogs raw food and how to train with raw fed dogs are topics I get asked to talk about a lot! I’m covering how I use raw food to my dog training advantage and how I plan what food I’m using when and where. Even if you don’t feed raw, the tips on type of treats for dogs and using treats for training is for everyone.   In this episode you’ll hear:   • What it's like training your dogs when you're a raw feeder. • The detailed strategy I use when I'm planning my training. • Why I decided to feed my dogs raw 25 years ago.  • Good practices when preparing raw. • 3 resources to get started on raw feeding. • My thoughts on kibble.  • How to train as a raw feeder.  • Two recipes for dog treats that my dogs love. • What to avoid when buying prepared dog treats. • Why dog training with raw food is an advantage.  Get the PDF with the two recipes shared in this episode: https://dogsthat.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/Susan-Garrett-Raw-Feeder-Treats.pdf Resources:   1. Podcast Episode 204: Dog Behavior And Diet: Recovery For This! Beyond Dog Training Part 2 - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/204/ 2. *The Forever Dog by Karen Shaw Becker and Rodney Habib - https://geni.us/forever-dog 3. *The Forever Dog Life by Karen Shaw Becker and Rodney Habib - https://geni.us/forever-dog-life 4. Foreverdog.com - https://foreverdog.com/ 5. Turthaboutpetfood.com - https://truthaboutpetfood.com/ 6. Dr. Laurie Coger: The Healthy Dog Expo - https://www.healthydogexpo.com/ 7. Podcast Episode 92: Avoid This Big Mistake When Feeding Your Dog - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/92/ 8. Stainless Steel Bowls - https://www.basispet.com/products/stainless-steel-pet-food-bowls 9. YouTube Playlist: Target Training for Dogs with Susan Garrett - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy3ylCyQ2bJQSCwo_ERiVHj3 10. Podcast Episode 151: How Location Specific Reinforcement Markers Will Improve Your Dog Training! - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/151/ 11. *Coghlan’s Squeeze Tubes - https://geni.us/squeeze-tubes 12. *Silicone Travel Squeeze Bottles - https://geni.us/silicone-travel-bottle 13. Podcast Episode 131: How Would Susan Garrett Plan Your Dog Training Sessions? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/131/ 14. *PetGeek Automatic Treat Dispenser - https://geni.us/petgeek-dispenser 15. Recallers Tasty Treats Recipe eBook - https://dogsthat.com/tastytreats/ 16. *Plastic Squeeze Bottles - https://geni.us/squeeze-bottle 17. *Mini Round Silicone Dog Treat Molds - https://geni.us/silicone-treat-mold 18. *PetSafe Treat & Train Remote Treat Dispensing Dog Training System - https://geni.us/treat-train 19. Podcast Episode 107: Pedicure Please: 3 Steps To Dog Nail Trimming Or Grooming Success At Home! - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/107/ 20. Podcast Episode 191: Get Your Dog To Calm Down With This Common Sense Protocol For Relaxation - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/191/ 21. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/6mtqNQa-J3M   *Amazon Links Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Susan only recommends products she uses herself, and all opinions expressed here are her own. The link above is an affiliate link that, at no additional cost to you, we may earn a small commission if you decide to buy from it. Thank you!
1/12/202415 minutes, 40 seconds
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Should We All Stop Using Non-Reward Markers In Dog Training? #251

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    Non-Reward Markers have long been used in dog training, but are they really necessary? And what drives our choice to use an NRM? An NRM, sometimes called a No Reward Marker, could be a word people use to freeze a dog from making a poor choice during training or even be something like, “ah”, “no”, “hey”, “stop”. I’m covering how things have changed for me and the use of Non-Reward Markers over the years and what we can do instead.   In this episode you’ll hear:   • Why to consider the balance of compassion and ambition. • About the impact of using non-reward markers in dog training. • Why to use the ABC model to create clarity for dogs. • Personal experiences with my dogs over the years.  • Why manipulating the environment sets dogs up for shaping success. • How making a small shift in dog training prevents frustration. • Why to play the "Muffin Tin Game" and how it encourages dogs to offer behaviors. • About considering experimental design and set up.   Resources:   1.Podcast Episode 37: Dog Training as a Career - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/37/ 2. YouTube Playlist: Puppy Essentials with Susan Garrett Dog Training - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy2hywpv3Md3HbWWPPbVF8W5 3. Podcast Episode 70: Critical Info for Your Puppy’s First Day and Night at Home - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/70/ 4. Podcast Episode 234: How To Stop Puppy Biting: Avoid Mistakes With Susan Garrett’s Backup Plan - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/234/ 5. Podcast Episode 64: Help! How Can I Tell My Dog He’s Wrong? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/64/ 6. Podcast Episode 172: How To Teach Your Dog Anything With My Training Plan - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/172/ 7. Podcast Episode 202: Getting A Happy Well Behaved Dog With The ABCs Of Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/202/ 8. Podcast Episode 16: The Thing Before Your Dog’s Thing - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/16/ 9. Podcast Episode 32: 20 Easy Ways to Exercise Your Dog at Home - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/32/ 10. Podcast Episode 245: Make Dog Training Easy! Quick Guide To Antecedent Arrangements - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/245/ 11. Blog Post: Positive Dog Training and the Difference in Shaping https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2018/11/the-difference-in-shaping/ 12. Podcast Episode 44: Using Coincidences and Positive Associations in Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/44/ 13. Podcast Episode 69: Clicker Training: Will It Work For Every Dog? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/69/ 14. Podcast Episode 6: The Art of Manipulation - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/6/ 15. Podcast Episode 218: Puppy Development Stages And Your Dog’s Behavior - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/218/ 16. Podcast Episode 250: Expectations Vs Reality: Navigating The Path To Dog Training Success - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/250/ 17. Podcast Episode 230: Finding Joy Amidst Frustration And Shame In Dog Training – DeCaff’s Story Part 2 - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/230/ 18. Podcast Episode 24: Distraction Intensity Index: Help For Dogs Who Chase Chipmunks, Bicycles, And Neighbor’s Cats - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/24/ 19. Podcast Episode 201: Can Dog Training Be Effective, Efficient AND Compassionate? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/201/ 20. Podcast Episode 78: How to Train a Rescue Dog with Behavior Problems - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/78/ 21. Podcast Episode 175: Food Luring VS Shaping In Dog Training: How Science Changed How I Teach Dogs - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/175/ 22. Podcast Episode 217: Understanding Emotional Regulation In Dogs To Create Calm - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/217/ 23. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/hmtsGw_QetI
1/10/202417 minutes, 27 seconds
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Expectations Vs Reality: Navigating The Path To Dog Training Success #250

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    Recently something happened in my own dog training that I’m sharing in this episode, and it’s all about our expectations of our dogs. Along with our expectations, our beliefs and biases play a role in our relationship with our dogs. We’re all bombarded with unrealistic expectations about dogs daily, so challenging what we think with curiosity can be a fast track to dog training success. Realistic expectations will bring us closer to our dogs, and help them be less frustrated and happier.   In this episode you’ll hear:   • The role of expectations in relationships. • About unrealistic expectations in dog training. • How personal biases are shaped. • My revelation during a training session with my puppy, Prophet. • Why curiosity over disappointment is important in dog training. • About setting up an environment for success. • The shift from expecting perfection to embracing curiosity. • Why we need to manage our expectations. • About questioning our personal biases in dog training.   Resources:   1. Podcast Episode 218: Puppy Development Stages And Your Dog’s Behavior - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/218/ 2. YouTube Playlist: Dog Agility Training and Dog Sports Tips with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy3EtWn7JBVSPnYcOfKQrA-O&feature=shared 3. Podcast Episode 89: Why Dogs Should Not Tug: The Truth Revealed - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/89/ 4. Podcast Episode 133: Become Your Own Dog Training Coach With This Video Strategy - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/133/ 5. Podcast Episode 1: Done Is Better Than Perfect - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/1/ 6. YouTube Playlist: Puppy Essentials with Susan Garrett Dog Training - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy2hywpv3Md3HbWWPPbVF8W5&feature=shared 7. Podcast Episode 230: Finding Joy Amidst Frustration And Shame In Dog Training – DeCaff’s Story Part 2 - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/230/ 8. Podcast Episode 146: Balanced Dog Training: Does It Really Exist? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/146/ 9. YouTube Video: Understanding Your Dog's Reinforcement Zone (RZ) with Susan Garrett - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OaUAScgaFAg 10. Podcast Episode 205: The Hidden World Of Reinforcement For Dogs And Why You Need To Know - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/205/ 11. Podcast Episode 64: Help! How Can I Tell My Dog He’s Wrong? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/64/ 12. Podcast 214: England Banned Shock Collars, Here’s Why That Could Be Sad News - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/214/ 13. Podcast Episode 34: Time Outs for Dogs: Does Your Dog Need One? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/34/ 14. Podcast Episode 227: My Foolproof Strategy To Overcoming Dog Training Challenges - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/227/ 15. YouTube Video: How To Get Your Dog To Listen Outside Off Leash (Step By Step Guide) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ei0lWFyAE50 16. Podcast Episode 24: Distraction Intensity Index: Help For Dogs Who Chase Chipmunks, Bicycles, And Neighbor’s Cats - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/24/ 17. Podcast Episode 202: Getting A Happy Well Behaved Dog With The ABCs Of Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/202/ 18. Podcast Episode 150: Adding Mindset To Your Dog Training Tools: Who Do You Become? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/150/ 19. Podcast Episode 248: Milestones That Transform Your Dog’s Life! Goals To Achieve Dog Training Success - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/248/ 20. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/bju51DJrGSA 
1/3/202413 minutes, 39 seconds
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AMA: Puppy Training, Agility Zoomies, Senior Dogs, Feeding Schedules And More With Susan Garrett #249

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    We’ve got another ask me anything episode, because your questions are so good! I’m sharing answers on topics like training contacts in dog agility, daily training routines for puppies, overcoming fears in dogs, training in multiple sports, feeding schedules for dogs, exercise for dogs, dealing with reactivity between dogs, zoomies in the agility ring and more. Have a question I’ve not covered? Jump over to YouTube and let me know what it is in the comments.   In this episode, I’m answering your great questions:   • What age do you start training contacts in dog agility? When do you do full courses, and what foundations do the puppies need to have? • I'm curious how many hours you spend training Prophet each day?  • Can you share the exact protocol you used for This! to get her out of her fear?  • Are there any disadvantages or severe downside to having a dog trained in multiple sports? • What's on your secret Santa wish list? • Do you plan on competing in the UKI US Open in 2024? • What would you identify as three to five natural abilities or qualities of any agility dog? • How to teach my dog not to destroy toys? My dog, when left alone with a mascot, turns it inside out.  • If a dog is not actively training or lounging with you, do you always have them in a crate or a pen? • When to add the verbal cue? Is it right before they do the desired action or right when they do it?  • Will you ever do public training again? • Can you tell us a fun fact about Swagger? • How does one get into the agility world? • Do you use crates when traveling in a car? If so, what kind? • Do you feel equally connected to all of your dogs, past and present, or are some extra special? • How do you stop the zoomies in the agility ring? • How do you train your pups to bring toys to your hand? • Dealing with reactivity between dogs in the same household, usually after potty.  • What was the science or motivation to switch to once a day feeding? • I love your agility programs. Do you plan on doing any flyball programs? • How can I exercise my dog while we are still learning loose leash walking and recalls.  • How do you make sure your elderly dogs still feel valued and loved? • How do you decide where to start? There's so many behaviors I'd like to improve. I'm feeling really overwhelmed. • Who will you think you will mate This! with? Prophet when it's the right time? • How do you know when it's time to let go of a dog? either age or sickness. • How do you deal with discouragement? If you had a previous job before, how did you make the big jump to the dog world job only?   Our Online Programs Referenced: • Crate Games - https://crategames.com/  • Handling360 - https://connect.handling360.com/ • Recallers - https://recallers.com/ • Home School The Dog - https://www.homeschoolthedog.com/   Resources:   1. Podcast Episode 243: Training My New Puppy, What He Knows So Far: Susan Garrett’s Plan and Puppy Schedule - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/243/ 2. Podcast Episode 190: Using Daily Quickies To Fast Track Your Dog Training And Grow Your Dog’s Skills - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/190/ 3. Podcast Episode 203: Reactive, Unmotivated and Fearful: Finding Resiliency For This! Beyond Dog Training Part 1 - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/203/ 4. Podcast Episode 204: Dog Behavior And Diet: Recovery For This! Beyond Dog Training Part 2 - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/204/ 5. YouTube Video: DIY Puppy Bombs: Easy & Affordable Enrichment Toy for Puppies - https://youtu.be/UBveJe2C2dA 6. Podcast Episode 232: Canine Predatory Motor Sequence: Understand Your Dog’s Prey Drive To Enrich Your Life Together - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/232/ 7. Podcast Episode 166: Puppy Freedom: How Much Is Too Much? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/166/ 8. Podcast Episode 113: Your Dog’s Verbal Cues And Hand Signals: How To Effectively Train Both - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/113/ 9. 2024 APDT/CAPDT Educational Conference and Trade Show - https://www.apdtconference.com/ 10. Gunner Crates - https://gunner.com/ 11. Ruff Land Crates - https://rufflandkennels.com/ 12. Podcast Episode 164: The Danger Of Car Travel For Dogs: Evaluating Your Risk - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/164/ 13. Shaping Success by Susan Garrett - https://dogsthat.com/product/shaping-success-2/ 14. ‘Bring Me’ Training Program - https://dogsthat.com/product/bring-me/ 15. Podcast Episode 72: Preventing Dog Aggression: Introducing Dogs or Puppies with Project Togetherness - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/72/ 16. The Dog Aging Project - https://dogagingproject.org/ 17. Aaron Robbins Online Flyball Training Courses - https://www.strivedogs.com/dog-sports-online-courses 18. Podcast Episode 32: 20 Easy Ways to Exercise Your Dog at Home - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/32/ 19. YouTube Video: 15 Ways To Exercise Your Dog - https://youtu.be/SsQY6nm6E30 20. Blog Post: Rolling out a Big Adventure -  https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2013/08/rolling-out-a-big-adventure/ 21. Podcast Episode 248: Milestones That Transform Your Dog’s Life! Goals To Achieve Dog Training Success - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/248/ 22. Podcast Episode 62: 12 Keys to Helping My Dogs Live a Long and Happy Life - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/62/ 23. Podcast Episode 208: Brilliance, Resilience And Gratitude: Inspiration And Motivation with Elliott Connie - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/208/ 24. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/HVtH3LQR0Qs
12/19/202321 minutes, 33 seconds
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Milestones That Transform Your Dog's Life! Goals To Achieve Dog Training Success #248

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    Ever set goals for your dog but struggled to make progress? I’m doing a deep dive on how to change that! Whether you're a new puppy owner, facing challenges with your dog or want to excel in dog sports, achieving your training goals is possible! Discover the power of setting goals and celebrating achievable milestones to transform your dog training and create success.   In this episode you’ll hear:   • Where you are in your goals for dog training. • The importance of breaking down your goals. • How to have the most amazing family pet. • Why knowing what your goal is and what it looks like creates clarity. • That milestones are a roadmap to achieving your goals.  • The value of listing down skills needed to achieve milestones.  • How hitting monthly and weekly milestones gets you closer to your goals. • The power of your dog progressing.   Resources:   1. YouTube Playlist: Puppy Essentials with Susan Garrett Dog Training - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy2hywpv3Md3HbWWPPbVF8W5 2. Podcast Episode 207: Rescue Dog Behavior: Training Rehomed Dogs Chat With Nadine Hehli and Simone Fasel - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/207/ 3. Podcast Episode 104: Naughty Dog Behaviors And How To Deal With Them - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/104/ 4. Podcast Episode 37: Dog Training as a Career - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/37/ 5. Inner Circle People: IC Peeps - https://dogsthat.com/icp/ 6. Podcast Episode 228: Navigating Failure In Dog Training: What’s Your Plan B? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/228/ 7. Podcast Episode 31: 5 Simple Hacks to Help Your Dog Learn Faster (Reinforcement Process) - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/31/ 8. Podcast Episode 227: My Foolproof Strategy To Overcoming Dog Training Challenges - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/227/ 9. Podcast Episode 172: How To Teach Your Dog Anything With My Training Plan - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/172/ 10. Podcast Episode 30: Why Dog Crates Are Not Dog Cages - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/30/ 11. Podcast Episode 232: Canine Predatory Motor Sequence: Understand Your Dog’s Prey Drive To Enrich Your Life Together - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/232/ 12. Podcast Episode 195: Making Your Mind Your Most Powerful Dog Training Tool - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/195/ 13. YouTube Playlist: Dog Agility and Dog Sports Tips with Susan Garrett - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy3EtWn7JBVSPnYcOfKQrA-O 14. Podcast Episode 48: Potty Train Your Puppy in a Week (Easy 3 Step Process) - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/48/ 15. Susan Garrett’s Blog: How Do I Train My Dog To Come When Called? - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2019/04/train-my-dog-to-come-when-called/ 16. YouTube Playlist: Loose Leash Walking with Susan Garrett - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy1mGMfdVKXq_hiJ27Ej1shW 17. Podcast Episode 24: Distraction Intensity Index: Help For Dogs Who Chase Chipmunks, Bicycles, And Neighbor’s Cats - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/24/ 18. Podcast Episode 121: How To Stop Dogs Jumping Up On People - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/121/ 19. Podcast Episode 211: Confident Working Protection Dogs: Training Chat With Matt Folsom Of Modern Malinois - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/211/ 20. Podcast Episode 41: Get a Behaved Dog by Celebrating Milestones! - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/41/ 21. Podcast Episode 117: What’s More Important Than Your Dog Training Sessions? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/117/ 22. Podcast Episode 191: Get Your Dog To Calm Down With This Common Sense Protocol For Relaxation - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/191/ 23. YouTube Playlist: Dog Training Games with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy2TzttCtZVFwzwMGayAsaYe&feature=shared 24. Podcast Episode 20: Bridging the Gap Between Blame and Kindness in Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/20/ 25. Podcast Episode 230: Finding Joy Amidst Frustration And Shame In Dog Training – DeCaff’s Story Part 2 - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/230/ 26. Podcast Episode 190: Using Daily Quickies To Fast Track Your Dog Training And Grow Your Dog’s Skills - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/190/ 27. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/h8x7jnPo1X8
12/13/202313 minutes, 36 seconds
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Redefining Expertise In Dog Training And What Counts More Than Years Of Experience #247

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    What's better than 30 years of dog training experience? It’s NOT 31! I’m covering why the duration someone spends training dogs does not create expertise, going against the commonly held belief that longevity in a profession guarantees proficiency. Now, 30 years of growing skills and being open to new ideas can create mastery, but living the same year 30 times does the opposite. Get all the critical tips to maximize the next year of your dog training experience and success.   In this episode you’ll hear:   • That experience does not equate to expertise in dog training. • Why some experts or trainers get worse with time. • About the reasons to embrace continual growth.. • Tips to maximize the next year of your dog training experience. • Why it's important to be deliberate and purposeful in quest for growth. • The importance of being able to read your dog’s T.E.M.P. • How creating a training plan is like putting together a recipe. • The value of listening to your dog’s feedback. • How to be deliberate and purposeful in your training   Online Learning: Get Crate Games Online -  https://get.crategames.com/   Resources:   *1. Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise by Anders Ericsson - https://geni.us/peak_book 2. Podcast Episode 195: Making Your Mind Your Most Powerful Dog Training Tool - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/195/ 3. Inner Circle People (IC Peeps) - https://dogsthat.com/icp/ 4. Mary Hunter Dog Trainingology - https://www.dogtrainingology.com/ 5. Article: What is PORTL? - https://behaviorexplorer.com/articles/portl-intro/ 6. GRITTY K9 – Tobias Gustavsson and Boki Damis - https://tobiasgustavsson.com/ 7. Nadine Hehli and Simone Fasel: Leben mit Huden - https://www.lebenmithunden.eu/ 8. YouTube Playlist: Cooperative Care and Consent in Dog Training with Susan Garrett - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy1wgUlMBX63miIBBpxE-DAO 9. Podcast Episode 207: Rescue Dog Behavior: Training Rehomed Dogs Chat With Nadine Hehli and Simone Fasel - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/207/ 10. YouTube Playlist: Puppy Essentials with Susan Garrett Dog Training - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy2hywpv3Md3HbWWPPbVF8W5 11. Podcast Episode 205: The Hidden World Of Reinforcement For Dogs And Why You Need To Know - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/205/ 12. Podcast Episode 4: T.E.M.P. (Tail, Eyes/Ears, Mouth, Posture) - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/4/ 13. Podcast Episode 131: How Would Susan Garrett Plan Your Dog Training Sessions? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/131/ 14. YouTube Video: Dog Training Mechanics Feedback from Tater, This!, Momentum and Swagger (Learning from Failure) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEik-zMmvQ8 15. YouTube Playlist: Planning Your Dog Training with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy3bIhKLPQApN0x_2PjNJgkG&feature=shared 16. Podcast Episode 133: Become Your Own Dog Training Coach With This Video Strategy - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/133/ 17. Podcast Episode 71: Pro Dog Trainer’s Secret to Help Your Naughty Dog - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/71/ 18. Podcast Episode 157: Dog Body Language: Understanding Canine Communication Signals And Emotions - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/157/ 19. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/Xzl94wJPYi0 *Susan only recommends products she uses herself, and all opinions expressed here are her own. The links below are an affiliate links that, at no additional cost to you, we may earn a small commission if you decide to buy from it.  As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. 
12/6/202311 minutes, 43 seconds
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Susan Garrett’s Puppy Socialization Strategies For Raising Confident, Happy Dogs #246

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    For every puppy owner using a socialization strategy that grows confidence and connection, there’s a thousand who don’t do it at all or do it terribly wrong. I’m sharing exactly how I socialize my puppies, including my current five-month-old, Prophet, so that everyone can do the same thing to get the best start to a life of joy with their dog.   In this episode you’ll hear:   • The exact things I do to socialize my own puppies. • Common misconceptions in puppy socialization. • Why puppy daycare and dog parks are potential disasters. • Top 3 reasons why we should train our dog. • How to grow a puppy’s confidence in different environments. • What puppy socialization looks like to Susan Garrett.  • How I train my five-month-old puppy, Prophet. • How to turn distractions into white noise. • Why growing connections is important for puppies. • How to grow positive CER’s in context with husbandries. • What distractions really mean for our puppies. • How I train in the form of games. • 3 groups of games and when to use each. • How “Crate Games” minimizes distractions for our puppies. • Why an overstimulated dog is not ideal for socialization. • That most dogs don't need doggy friends.    Online Learning:  Learn To Play ItsYerChoice - https://recallers.com/iycsummit-join/ Get Crate Games Online -  https://get.crategames.com/   Resources:   1. Podcast Episode 218: Puppy Development Stages And Your Dog’s Behavior - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/218/ 2. Podcast Episode 127: Puppy Socialization: Playtime For Puppies And Permissions - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/127/ 3. Live Stream Replay: Dog Training Foundations for LIFE or for SPORT - https://youtube.com/live/gRhyKfUSflY?feature=share 4. Podcast Episode 186: 2 Types Of Connection With Dogs: Dog Agility And Daily Life Case Studies - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/186/ 5. Podcast Episode 172: How To Teach Your Dog Anything With My Training Plan - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/172/ 6. Podcast Episode 243: Training My New Puppy, What He Knows So Far: Susan Garrett’s Plan And Puppy Schedule - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/243/ 7. Podcast Episode 197: Outsmarting Distractions: How To Use Environmental Reinforcement in Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/197/ 8. Podcast Episode 176: Why Your Dog’s Emotions Are A Critical Element Of Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/176/ 9. Podcast Episode 107: Pedicure Please: 3 Steps To Dog Nail Trimming Or Grooming Success At Home! - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/107/ 10. Podcast Episode 132: All The Things Your Dog Hates And How To Fix Them - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/132/ 11. Podcast Episode 171: Dog Training With Layered Shaping: Why Classical Conditioning Must Come First - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/171/ 12. Podcast Episode 24: Help for Dogs who Chase Chipmunks, Bicycles, and Neighbor’s Cats (Distraction Intensity Index) - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/24/ 13. YouTube Playlist: Fearful Dogs Help with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy0KAsqgnkMWv0v-5JGjNQG_&feature=shared 14. DogsThat Website (Home School the Dog, Recallers, Handling360, Agility Nation) - https://dogsthat.com/ 15. Podcast Episode 182: The Game Within The Game: How To Multiply Your Dog’s Reinforcements - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/182/ 16. Podcast Episode 138: Frantic Dog? Are You Training Both The Hold And The Do? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/138/ 17. YouTube Video: Understanding Your Dog's Reinforcement Zone (RZ) with Susan Garrett - https://youtu.be/OaUAScgaFAg?feature=shared 18. Podcast Episode 151: How Location Specific Reinforcement Markers Will Improve Your Dog Training! - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/151/ 19. Podcast Episode 160: 10 Common Puppy Mistakes: What To Do Instead! - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/160/ 20. Podcast Episode 40: Episode 40: Using A Head Halter On A Dog, Why My Approach Is So Different - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/40/ 21. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/lHE_pRc1Prc
12/1/202319 minutes, 6 seconds
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Make Dog Training Easy! Quick Guide To Antecedent Arrangements #245

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    Recently, a professional dog trainer told me her favorite Shaped by Dog episode is 16, where I explain the simple concept of “antecedent arrangements” as one of the most effective, animal behavior science solutions to ANY dog training problem. Although it’s an all-time favorite of my students and dog training professionals, it’s a hidden gem to the general public. So, I’m revisiting the topic of how to increase brilliant dog behavior – while decreasing undesired ones – with one easy focus shift. As my mentor, Bob Bailey, says, “When dog training is right, it’s easy.” Enjoy this game changer!   In this episode you’ll hear:   • How to increase desired dog behaviors while reducing unwanted ones. • The ABC’s of learned behaviors in the animal kingdom. • What some dog owners and trainers focus on to fix behaviors. • Why “get a bigger meatball” and punishment don’t work in dog training. • That knowing “the thing before the thing” is your dog training salvation. • What “antecedent arrangements” are in triggering behavior. • The stimuli that make a behavior desirable for dogs. • Why lure training makes dog behavior a negotiation rather than a desire. • What sensory stimuli get attached to behavior triggers. • The importance of training in different environments at different times. • Why varying your dog’s daily routine is ideal. • How past experiences influence a dog’s emotional state. • About your dog’s motivations and distractions. • An example of how to stop counter surfing. • How “ItsYerChoice” teaches dogs to choose the right behavior. • About incompatible behaviors. • What “Hot Zones” are and how they help your dog choose wisely. • When dog training is right, it’s easy.   Learn To Play ItsYerChoice - https://recallers.com/iycsummit-join/ Get Crate Games Online -  https://get.crategames.com/   Resources:   1. Podcast Episode 37: Dog Training as a Career - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/37/ 2. Podcast Episode 16: The Thing Before Your Dog’s Thing - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/16/ 3. Podcast Episode 68: 3 Easy Tricks Every Dog Should Know - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/68/ 4. Podcast Episode 33: How Do I Stop My Dog Counter Surfing?! - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/33/ 5. Podcast Episode 202: Getting A Happy Well Behaved Dog With The ABCs Of Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/202/ 6. Podcast Episode 205: The Hidden World Of Reinforcement For Dogs And Why You Need To Know - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/205/ 7. Podcast Episode 59: Why Your Treats Aren’t Working for Your Dog - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/59/ 8. Podcast Episode 121: How To Stop Dogs Jumping Up On People - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/121/ 9. YouTube Short: 19 Week Old Prophet’s Selfie Trick - https://youtube.com/shorts/bCRbQeBCAu0?feature=share 10. Podcast Episode 48: Potty Train Your Puppy in a Week (Easy 3 Step Process) - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/48/ 11. YouTube Playlist: The Emotional State of Dogs with Susan Garrett - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy29pv3_9b7DZdMFJL9ZJPMy 12. Podcast Episode 144: Teach Your Dog To Listen No Matter What… Even If You Think They Are Stubborn - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/144/  13. Blog Post: Built In Dog Crates For Home Decor - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2020/02/built-in-dog-crates/ 14. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/quPNF0tWdvk
11/15/202317 minutes, 40 seconds
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Dog Myths Debunked: Separating Canine Facts From Fiction #244

Visit us at shapedbydog.com   There are 14 canine myths commonly accepted as truths and I’m doing some serious debunking to separate fact from fiction. For example, have you heard the myth about “Doodles never shed”? It's a myth because it's genetics. If you breed a shedding breed to a non-shedding breed, we can't predict what we're going to get. Don’t miss this one, because I’m “shedding” even more light on popular lore about dogs that too many people still believe. Enjoy!   In this episode we’re mythbusting:   • Old dogs can’t learn new tricks. • Puppies outgrow naughty behavior. • Show your dog who's the boss, alpha, pack leader. • Begin puppy training at six months old. • Dogs defy, grow stubborn or ignore you near tempting distractions. • Feeding scared dogs rewards fear. • Wagging tails means happy dogs. • Yawning dogs are tired dogs. • Good dogs tolerate children. • Puppies love hugs and cuddles. • Dogs only see in black and white. • Dogs admit they’re wrong with guilty looks. • Rescue dogs are damaged. • Two puppies provide companionship for one another.   Resources:   1. GoFundMe: Help Us Put an End to Puppy Mills - https://gofund.me/07ecf085 2. Podcast Episode 62: 12 Keys to Helping My Dogs Live a Long and Happy Life - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/62/ 3. Podcast Episode 218: Puppy Development Stages And Your Dog’s Behavior - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/218/ 4. YouTube Video: 15 Ways To Exercise Your Dog - https://youtu.be/SsQY6nm6E30 5. YouTube Playlist: Dog Training Games with Susan Garrett - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy2TzttCtZVFwzwMGayAsaYe 6. YouTube Video: Susan Garrett’s 5 Games for Puppies - https://youtu.be/Hxd1sVEQp2Y 7. Podcast Episode 143: Is It Ever Too Late To Train Your Dog - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/143/ 8. Podcast Episode 46: Is Your Dog Trying to Dominate You and What You Can Do About It - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/46/ 9. Podcast Episode 206: First Dog Agility Competition: Creating Joy For This! By Maximizing Reinforcement - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/206/ 10. Podcast Episode 205: The Hidden World Of Reinforcement For Dogs And Why You Need To Know - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/205/ 11. Podcast Episode 197: Outsmarting Distractions: How To Use Environmental Reinforcement in Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/197/ 12. Podcast Episode 51: Is Your Stubborn Dog Frustrating You? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/51/ 13. Podcast Episode 144: Teach Your Dog To Listen No Matter What… Even If You Think They Are Stubborn - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/144/ 14. Podcast Episode 112: Stressed Dog? How Trigger Stacking Might Be Putting Your Dog Over Threshold - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/112/ 15. YouTube Playlist: Fearful Dogs Help with Susan Garrett - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy0KAsqgnkMWv0v-5JGjNQG_ 16. Podcast Episode 4: T.E.M.P. (Tail, Eyes/Ears, Mouth, Posture) - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/4/ 17. Podcast Episode 157: Dog Body Language: Understanding Canine Communication Signals And Emotions - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/157/ 18. Podcast Episode 243: Training My New Puppy, What He Knows So Far: Susan Garrett’s Plan And Puppy Schedule - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/243/ 19. Podcast Episode 58: How to Create Kid Friendly Dogs and Dog Friendly Kids - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/58/ 20. Podcast Episode 54: Dog Toy Checklist: What’s Good and What to Avoid - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/54/ 21. Podcast Episode 78: How to Train a Rescue Dog with Behavior Problems - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/78/ 22. Podcast Episode 91:  Why Judgement Does Not Help People Or Dogs: ItsYerChoice LWT 91 - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/91/ 23. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/1JypMpz43wY
11/8/202315 minutes, 17 seconds
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Training My New Puppy, What He Knows So Far: Susan Garrett's Plan And Puppy Schedule #243

Visit us at shapedbydog.com   My puppy, Prophet, turned four months old this week! At this point, the Prophet knows nothing. What!? Now, my definition of ‘know’ is different. Although he doesn’t “know” much, Prophet recognizes many behaviors and several markers, and that’s the start of true understanding. I’m sharing exactly what my daily routine and puppy-training plan looks like and my top priorities for raising a confident, joyful dog.   In this episode you’ll hear:   •  What goes into raising confident, joyful puppies. •  My definition of a dog truly knowing a behavior. •  The difference between a puppy recognizing cues vs. knowing cues. •  That when a dog knows the cue, they perform the behavior. •  My top priorities when raising a puppy. •  About teaching a dog or puppy to want what you want. •  My goal is environmental neutrality for my puppy. •  A day in the life of Susan Garrett and Prophet the Puppy. •  Two reasons to not walk puppies often. •  How I create a successful puppy training environment. •  About conditioning, shaping and target training for puppies. •  The importance of verbal override training for puppies. •  Why I always take a puppy to relieve themselves on leash.   Resources:   1. Podcast Episode 24: Help for Dogs who Chase Chipmunks, Bicycles, and Neighbor’s Cats (Distraction Intensity Index) - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/24/ 2. YouTube Playlist: Puppy Essentials with Susan Garrett Dog Training - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy2hywpv3Md3HbWWPPbVF8W5&si=1jhu5NPDbbetx4JC 3. Podcast Episode 90: Premack, Dog Training and Transfer of Value - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/90/ 4. YouTube Playlist: Dog Agility Training and Dog Sport Tips with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy3EtWn7JBVSPnYcOfKQrA-O&si=9Z9o7dtnFhhgR5sR 5. Podcast Episode 13: Naming Your Puppy or Dog - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/13/ 6. Podcast Episode 147: Teach Your Dog To Listen Off Leash And Far Away - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/147/ 7. YouTube Video: Understanding Your Dog's Reinforcement Zone (RZ) with Susan Garrett - https://youtu.be/OaUAScgaFAg 8. Podcast Episode 180: Taking Your Puppy To A Café Or Restaurant: Socialization Success - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/180/ 9. YouTube Playlist: Cooperative Care and Consent in Dog Training with Susan Garrett - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy1wgUlMBX63miIBBpxE-DAO 10. Podcast Episode 107: Pedicure Please: 3 Steps To Dog Nail Trimming Or Grooming Success At Home! - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/107/ 11. Podcast Episode 184: Proofing Vs Generalizing In Dog Training To Grow Skills And Confidence - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/184/ 12. Podcast Episode 242: Help! Why Won’t My Dog Pay Attention? (Secrets Of Focus) - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/242/ 13. YouTube Playlist: Crate Games and Crate Training for Puppies and Dogs with Susan Garrett - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy2cs1uKBQTpAY-LUARQhzT7 14. Podcast Episode 48: Potty Train Your Puppy in a Week (Easy 3 Step Process) - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/48/ 15. Podcast Episode 166: Puppy Freedom: How Much Is Too Much? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/166/ 16. YouTube Video: DIY Puppy Bombs: Easy & Affordable Enrichment Toy for Puppies - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBveJe2C2dA 17. Podcast Episode 239: Barking Dogs! How To Help Your Dog Be Quiet And Stop Annoying Barking - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/239/ 18. Nina Ottosson Food Puzzles - https://www.nina-ottosson.com/products/all-products/ 19. YouTube Playlist: Dog Training Games with Susan Garrett - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy2TzttCtZVFwzwMGayAsaYe 20. Podcast Episode 87: Canine Fitness: Why ALL Dogs Need It And 3 Easy Exercises To Start - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/87/ 21. YouTube Playlist: Target Training for Dog with Susan Garrett - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy3ylCyQ2bJQSCwo_ERiVHj3 22. YouTube Playlist: Sit, Down, Stand, Stay! Dog Training Duration Behaviors with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy2cY7Fg3MLUaobkSdnVx0jt&feature=shared 23. Podcast Episode 151: How Location Specific Reinforcement Markers Will Improve Your Dog Training! - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/151/ 24. YouTube Playlist: Loose Leash Walking with Susan Garrett - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy1mGMfdVKXq_hiJ27Ej1shW 25. * Toppl Dog Toy - https://geni.us/toppl 26. Podcast Episode 181: Training Multiple Dogs To Wait Turns And Relax - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/181/ 27. Podcast Episode 6: The Art of Manipulation - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/6/ 28. Podcast Episode 171: Dog Training With Layered Shaping: Why Classical Conditioning Must Come First - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/171/ 29. * Silicone Textured Coaster Targets - https://geni.us/silicone-coasters 30. Podcast Episode 155: 10 Ways To Teach A Sit WITHOUT A Food Lure! Unreal Results For Puppies And Dogs Of All Ages - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/155/ 31. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/RHQlzQrM_p4   *Amazon Links Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Susan only recommends products she uses herself, and all opinions expressed here are her own. The link above is an affiliate link that, at no additional cost to you, we may earn a small commission if you decide to buy from it. Thank you!
11/3/202320 minutes, 38 seconds
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Help! Why Won't My Dog Pay Attention? (Secrets Of Focus) #242

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    Help! How do I get my dog to focus on me and pay attention? Today I’m sharing the positive reinforcement “secrets” that make your dog prioritize you over environmental distractions. If you feel non-existent to your dog around other dogs, squirrels, cats, people, bicycles, etc. – but you’ve been taught to collar pop and say things like “leave it!” – I’m going to teach you to combine two of my proven, science-based games to inspire your dog to focus on you without you demanding it. No physical or verbal corrections needed.   In this episode you’ll hear:   • How to create desire in your dog to choose you over distractions. • The tools to train canine attention. • About one rescue dog’s complete transformation. • How to get your dog to pay attention to you. • What “old school” dog trainers teach about distractions. • That focus is a reflection of priorities. • How sustained focus happens. • That strongly desired outcomes create laser focus; e.g. dog chasing squirrel. • That nagging doesn’t create drive in humans or dogs. • How to become your dog’s priority with engaging games. • How to journal all of your dog’s priorities. • Why recalling my puppy off bunnies is easy. • Why we don’t bribe dog behavior but reinforce good choices. • The importance of erasing habits that reward your dog away from you. • That good focus habits begin with dog training games. • The difference between inspired focus and forced focus. • That good relationships require daily investment. • The two games to play so your dog chooses you. • How and when to combine Hand Targets and ItsYerChoice to overcome distractions.   Online Learning • Learn To Play ItsYerChoice - https://recallers.com/iycsummit-join/ • Target Training for Dogs - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy3ylCyQ2bJQSCwo_ERiVHj3   Resources   1. Podcast Episode 238: Barking Dogs! Understanding Canine Vocalization To Prevent Nuisance Barking - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/238/ 2. Podcast Episode 37: Dog Training as a Career - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/37/ 3. Podcast Episode 205: The Hidden World Of Reinforcement For Dogs And Why You Need To Know - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/205/ 4. Podcast Episode 228: Navigating Failure In Dog Training: What’s Your Plan B? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/228/ 5. Podcast Episode 147: Teach Your Dog To Listen Off Leash And Far Away - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/147/ 6. Podcast Episode 152: Off Leash Listening Skills For Dogs Part 3: Training Steps - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/152/ 7. Podcast Episode 24: Help for Dogs who Chase Chipmunks, Bicycles, and Neighbor’s Cats (Distraction Intensity Index) - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/24/ 8. Podcast Episode 89: Why Dogs Should Not Tug: The Truth Revealed - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/89/ 9. Podcast Episode 74: Yes, Susan Garrett’s Dogs Sniff On Walks - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/74/ 10. YouTube Playlist: Target Training for Dogs with Susan Garrett - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy3ylCyQ2bJQSCwo_ERiVHj3 11. Podcast Episode 190: Using Daily Quickies To Fast Track Your Dog Training And Grow Your Dog’s Skills - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/190/ 12. Blog Post: How to Use the Distraction Intensity Index to Help Your Dog - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2020/09/distraction-intensity-index/ 13. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube -  https://youtu.be/549B77rN-cY
11/1/202317 minutes, 56 seconds
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Halloween Prep For Dogs: Tricks To Make Celebrations A Treat For Everyone #241

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    Trick or Treat! It’s almost Halloween and although not every country celebrates it, I want to suggest a dog training plan-a-palooza to prep for holidays and celebrations no matter where you live. Halloween and similar events can be scary and dangerous for dogs! I’m sharing common but deadly candy ingredients your dog must avoid, why you shouldn’t take most dogs trick-or-treating and how to prevent reactivity and anxiety when spooky, costumed strangers knock and ding at your door.   🥳 DON’T MISS TODAY: Susan’s YouTube live celebrating 100K subscribers at 1pm EST! Click here to join the tricks, treats and training: Dogs That Online Party: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3sFtvVlNac   In this episode you’ll hear:   • My Halloween dog training plan challenge. • Candy ingredients that are deadly to dogs. • Why we shouldn’t take dogs trick-or-treating (not including service dogs). • How costumed people appear to dogs. • Tips to reduce anxiety for your dog during Halloween. • Why you should never take puppies trick or treating. • Why Halloween is a great time to dog train if they enjoy participating. • How to condition your dog to Halloween costumes and decorations. • Why ItsYerChoice is great to stop dogs from stealing candy. • Why playing Crate Games creates a strong Hot Zone behavior. • How Hot Zone allows your dog to join in Halloween safely. • About Halloween costumes for dogs. • Tricks for your dog to entertain guests from the Hot Zone.   Online Learning: Get Crate Games Online -  https://get.crategames.com/ Learn To Play ItsYerChoice - https://recallers.com/iycsummit-join/   Resources:   🥳 DON’T MISS TODAY: Susan’s YouTube live celebrating 100K subscribers at 1pm EST! Click here to join the tricks, treats and training: Dogs That Online Party: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3sFtvVlNac FREE DOWNLOAD - Encourage people to sing “trick or treat” instead of knocking or ringing doorbell to prevent triggering your dog. Download our fun Halloween flyer here:  Don’t Ring Doorbell: https://dogsthat.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/10/DogsThat_HalloweenDoorSign.pdf   1. Podcast Episode 200: Solve Your Dog’s Separation Anxiety With FRIDA: Expanding Calm With Functional Relaxation - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/200/ 2. YouTube Video: 15 Ways To Exercise Your Dog - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SsQY6nm6E30 3. Podcast Episode 33: How Do I Stop My Dog Counter Surfing?! - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/33/ 4. Podcast Episode 79: Reduce Anxiety and Grow Your Dog’s Confidence with These Pro Dog Training Tips - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/79/ 5. Podcast Episode 240: Stop Barking Dogs! Step-By-Step Action Plan And Anti-Bark Strategies To Avoid - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/240/ 6. Nina Ottoson Food Puzzles - https://www.nina-ottosson.com/products/all-products/ 7. Toppl Dog Toy - https://www.westpaw.com/products/toppl-treat-toy 8. YouTube Playlist: Dog Training Games With Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy2TzttCtZVFwzwMGayAsaYe&si=q298eMSRMOM5D-oj 9. Podcast Episode 32: 20 Easy Ways to Exercise Your Dog at Home - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/32/ 10. Podcast Episode 199: Puppy Fear Periods: Help For Socializing Puppies Or Rescue Dogs Scared Of People - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/199/ 11. Podcast Episode 171: Dog Training With Layered Shaping: Why Classical Conditioning Must Come First - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/171/ 12. Podcast Episode 58: How to Create Kid Friendly Dogs and Dog Friendly Kids - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/58/ 13. Podcast Episode 128: Reduce Stress For Dogs During Holiday Celebrations - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/128/ 14. Podcast Episode 68: 3 Easy Tricks Every Dog Should Know - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/68/ 15. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/qqR-42VX778
10/27/202315 minutes, 53 seconds
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Stop Barking Dogs! Step-By-Step Action Plan And Anti-Bark Strategies To Avoid #240

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    Has your dog’s barking ever had you consider using an anti-bark collar? I did in the Nineties with my dog, Buzz, and I'm letting you know the results right up front. Lessons were learned and I developed an action plan to stop annoying barking that’s proven to work, so I’m sharing what to do step-by-step. Plus, if you want your dog to settle down when greeting houseguests, don’t miss the protocol for using a remote feeder to create calm at home.   In this episode you’ll hear:   • My experience using a spray bark collar in the 90’s. • Steps to replace a barking habit. • Why a few 90 second training “quickies” are more powerful than one weekly long session. • It helps to be predictably unpredictable with your dog’s schedule. • Great, easy ideas for dog enrichment. • The importance of noting your dog’s barking triggers and reinforcements. • To temporarily alter the environment where your dog barks most. • The six games to play during “Daily Quickie” training. • How to counter condition barking triggers. • How to decrease reactivity to doorbells and door knocks. • How to use a remote feeder to reinforce Hot Zone for polite door greetings. • Why to train this with one dog at a time. • How to fade the remote feeder.   Online Learning: Get Crate Games Online -  https://get.crategames.com/ Learn To Play ItsYerChoice - https://recallers.com/iycsummit-join/   Resources:   1. Podcast Episode 238: Barking Dogs! Understanding Canine Vocalization To Prevent Nuisance Barking  - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/238/ 2. *Pet Geek Remote Feeder - https://geni.us/petgeek-dispenser 3. Podcast Episode 224: Unleashing Fluency In Dog Training: Cracking The Canine Communication Code - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/224/ 4. Podcast Episode 239: Barking Dogs! How To Help Your Dog Be Quiet And Stop Barking - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/239/ 5. Podcast Episode 176: Why Your Dog’s Emotions Are A Critical Element Of Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/176/ 6. YouTube Video: 15 Ways To Exercise Your Dog - https://youtu.be/SsQY6nm6E30 7. Podcast Episode 190: Using Daily Quickies To Fast Track Your Dog Training And Grow Your Dog’s Skills - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/190/ 8. YouTube Playlist: Dog Training Games With Susan Garrett - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy2TzttCtZVFwzwMGayAsaYe 9. YouTube Playlist: Target Training for Dogs with Susan Garrett - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy3ylCyQ2bJQSCwo_ERiVHj3 10. Podcast Episode 74: Yes, Susan Garrett’s Dogs Sniff On Walks - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/74/ 11. Nina Ottosson Food Puzzles - https://www.nina-ottosson.com/products/all-products/ 12. DIY Puppy Bombs - https://youtu.be/UBveJe2C2dA 13. *Toppl Dog Toy - https://geni.us/toppl 14. Podcast Episode 71: Pro Dog Trainer’s Secret to Help Your Naughty Dog - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/71/ 15. Podcast Episode 16: The Thing Before Your Dog’s Thing - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/16/ 16. Podcast Episode 205: The Hidden World Of Reinforcement For Dogs And Why You Need To Know - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/205/ 17. YouTube Playlist: Planning Your Dog Training With Susan Garrett - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy3bIhKLPQApN0x_2PjNJgkG 18. Podcast Episode 191: Get Your Dog To Calm Down With This Common Sense Protocol For Relaxation - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/191/ 19. DogsThat YouTube Channel Playlists - https://www.youtube.com/@DogsThat/playlists 20. YouTube Playlist: Mastery of Positive Reinforcement Based Dog Training with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy20_Ko8p2SaE6B2IT4o6g6K&si=Xluasn27sCClvrD2 21. Podcast Episode 21: The 5 Critical Dog Training Layers for Confidence with Anything - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/21/ 22. Podcast Episode 59: Why Your Treats Aren’t Working for Your Dog - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/59/ 23. Podcast Episode 181: Training Multiple Dogs To Wait Turns And Relax - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/181 24. Podcast Episode 66: Resource Guarding: Dog vs Dog Aggression - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/66/ 25. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/kk-wzuV-6fs   *Amazon Links Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Susan only recommends products she uses herself, and all opinions expressed here are her own. The link above is an affiliate link that, at no additional cost to you, we may earn a small commission if you decide to buy from it. Thank you!
10/25/202320 minutes, 32 seconds
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Barking Dogs! How To Help Your Dog Be Quiet And Stop Annoying Barking #239

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    All the details on how to minimize excessive and annoying dog barking with seven fun and fast dog training games! Remember that canine vocalizing can be an expression of emotion, so the solution to nuisance barking begins with a dog’s physical and emotional needs being met. There are also times we DON’T want our dogs to stop barking and times we unconsciously reinforce unwanted vocalizing. Understanding canine vocal communication is the path to a more harmonious relationship with dogs!   In this episode you’ll hear:   • Results of nuisance barking poll. • That dogs bark to express emotions. • That a lot of unwanted barking gets reinforced by us. • Why dog barking can be good at times. • 7 training games to minimize barking. • About The Dog Relaxation Protocol. • That cued barking also needs a “stop” cue. • That it only took 21 days to teach my 4-month-old puppy barking manners. • Reasons dogs bark excessively. • Why we shouldn’t blame the breed for the barking. • How to condition dogs to entertain themselves with enrichment. • That reinforcement builds behavior. • Examples of how we unconsciously reinforce dog behavior. • That you shouldn’t cave to “demand barking.” • About barking to initiate play. • That vocalizing you allow your dog to do must be universal. • About the FRIDA protocol for anxiety barking. • How to decrease alarm barking with habituation to stimuli. • When dogs bark from frustration. • How the environment reinforces barking. • Tips for when dogs bark at feeding time. • Why to be predictably unpredictable with dog schedules.   Get Crate Games Online - https://get.crategames.com/ Learn To Play ItsYerChoice - https://recallers.com/iycsummit-join/   Resources   1. Podcast Episode 238: Barking Dogs! Understanding Canine Vocalization To Prevent Nuisance Barking - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/238/ 2. Podcast Episode 205: The Hidden World Of Reinforcement For Dogs And Why You Need To Know - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/205/ 3. Podcast Episode 186: 2 Types Of Connection With Dogs: Dog Agility And Daily Life Case Studies - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/186/ 4. YouTube Playlist: Dog Training Games with Susan Garrett - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy2TzttCtZVFwzwMGayAsaYe 5. Podcast Episode 191: Get Your Dog To Calm Down With This Common Sense Protocol For Relaxation - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/191/ 6. Podcast Episode 112: Stressed Dog? How Trigger Stacking Might Be Putting Your Dog Over Threshold - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/112/ 7. Podcast Episode 14: Creating Intentional Multi-Dog Household Harmony - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/14/ 8. Podcast Episode 200: Solve Your Dog’s Separation Anxiety With FRIDA: Expanding Calm With Functional Relaxation - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/200/ 9. Podcast Episode 207: Rescue Dog Behavior: Training Rehomed Dogs Chat With Nadine Hehli and Simone Fasel - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/207/ 10. Podcast Episode 165: Why Do Dogs Bark In Cars And How To Stop It - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/165/ 11. Podcast Episode 188: Why You Should Change Your Strategy Rather Than Your Criteria When Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/188/ 12. Podcast Episode 189: All The Things That Influence Your Dog’s Behavior And What Behavior Tells You - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/189/ 13. Podcast Episode 42: Behavior Chains: Are You Teaching Your Dog to be Bad to be Good? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/42/ 14. Podcast Episode 225: Keep The Food Bowl! Why Dogs Don’t Need 100% Hand Feeding - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/225/ 15. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/BfoFvBAue7c
10/20/202323 minutes, 15 seconds
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Barking Dogs! Understanding Canine Vocalization To Prevent Nuisance Barking #238

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    Help, how do I stop my dog barking! This topic gets requested so much I’m turning it into a series. Most people refer to a dog’s verbal communication as barking, but what if you reframed it as vocalizing – just as humans do with whispers, laughing, yelling, sobbing, squealing? It’s all communication. In part one of this series I’m analyzing the 5 reasons dogs bark and identifying different meanings of canine communication with vocalization. Plus, learn how to decrease excessive barking while understanding the emotions behind your dog’s howling, baying, barking, or whining.   In this episode you’ll hear:   • Five reasons dogs bark and what to do about nuisance barking. • That dog vocalization is communication first. • The basic dog needs every owner must consider. • How to decrease unwanted dog barking. • How different dog breeds vocalize. • That barking is an emotional expression. • About frustration, anxiety, loneliness, and alarm barking. • That some senior dogs bark because of dementia. • How we accidentally reinforce demand barking.   Resources:   1. Get Crate Games Online - https://get.crategames.com/ 2. YouTube Video: 15 Ways To Exercise Your Dog - https://youtu.be/SsQY6nm6E30 3. YouTube Playlist: Dog Training Games With Susan Garrett - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy2TzttCtZVFwzwMGayAsaYe 4. Podcast Episode 220: Help Humping, Barking, Destructive, Reactive Dogs Overcome Dysregulation: 4 Case Studies - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/220/ 5. Podcast Episode 71: Pro Dog Trainer’s Secret to Help Your Naughty Dog - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/71/ 6. Podcast Episode 157: Dog Body Language: Understanding Canine Communication Signals And Emotions - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/157 7. Podcast Episode 200: Solve Your Dog’s Separation Anxiety With FRIDA: Expanding Calm With Functional Relaxation - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/200/ 8. Podcast Episode 168: Creating Confidence For Anxious, Stressed Or Reactive Dogs Part 1 - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/168/ 9. Podcast Episode 88: Barrier Frustration: Help for Fence Fighting, Leash Reactivity and Window Guarding - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/88/ 10. Podcast Episode 188: Why You Should Change Your Strategy Rather Than Your Criteria When Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/188/ 11. Podcast Episode 205: The Hidden World Of Reinforcement For Dogs And Why You Need To Know - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/205/ 12 Podcast Episode 191: Get Your Dog To Calm Down With This Common Sense Protocol For Relaxation - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/191/ 13. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/hT3hrn0QZyE
10/18/202313 minutes, 47 seconds
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A Plan For Your Fearful Dog (Part 2): Susan Garrett’s Strategic Plan For Anxious Dogs #237

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    In episode 236 I detailed 10 reasons why dogs might show fear. In today’s part two, I’m giving you a strategic plan to help fearful, anxious dogs grow into calm, confident family pets. My uncommon approach is a game changer for dogs that are constantly afraid, anxious, over-reactive, or extremely excitable. Be sure you’ve listened to Part 1 first so you can identify the triggers that might be contributing to your dog’s fear. Leave me any questions below and here’s to helping you and your dog create a joyful life together!   In this episode you’ll hear:   • Susan Garrett’s strategy for overcoming fear in dogs. • When to seek help from an applied veterinary behaviorist. • The science behind Susan Garrett’s dog training methodologies. • Myths about reinforcement-based dog training. • How to observe your dog’s body language. • The steps to identifying triggers and good environments to train. • About Classical Conditioning aka Pavlovian Conditioning for fearful dogs. • Why I use both Classical and Operant Conditioning for helping fearful dogs. • Published research on Classical plus Operant Conditioning for overcoming fear in rats. • How dogs habituate and generalize fear triggers into white noise. • The Triangle of Growing Confidence for dogs. • The transfer of value into games your dog loves to play. • Two categories of valuable games. • The Yerkes-Dodson Curve of Arousal in animals. • Examples of compound games for dogs. • Valuable calm games for dogs. • How to play the games at the place and time your dog is most comfortable. • How to create a distraction-free training den. • How to use the hierarchy of reinforcement for rewards. • My Success Story: Triangle of Confidence for my scared dog, This! • That counter-conditioning fear takes more than treats. • How to get all the dog training games with coaching support   Join Home School the Dog or Recallers Email us at [email protected] with the subject line: “I’m ready to invest in my dog.”   Resources:   1. Podcast Episode 236: Understanding Dog Fear (Part 1): Genetics, Trauma, And Your Dog’s Well-being - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/236/ 2. YouTube Playlist: Fearful Dog Help with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy0KAsqgnkMWv0v-5JGjNQG_&si=PfwH2W-xDa2vOzB9 3. YouTube Playlist: Reactive or Aggressive Dogs: Key Insights with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy0Tbd6ZybIXgJk3mtpBLLk7&si=Gu2tdonM8mJ3u7m1 4. Podcast Episode 114: Dog Agility Training: 3 Big Mistakes All Dog Owners Should Avoid - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/114/ 5. Podcast Episode 168: Creating Confidence For Anxious, Stressed Or Reactive Dogs Part 1 - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/168/ 6. Podcast Episode 4: T.E.M.P. (Tail, Eyes/Ears, Mouth, Posture) - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/4/ 7. Podcast Episode 227: My Foolproof Strategy To Overcoming Dog Training Challenges - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/227/ 8.YouTube Playlist: Emotional Regulation in Dogs: Dysregulation, Coping Strategies, Co-Regulation, Self-Regulation, and Habituation with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy0ZnXC_lczh942HhB0Vdo5v&si=K4xrKTnZBoriUcGm 9. Podcast Episode 112: Stressed Dog? How Trigger Stacking Might Be Putting Your Dog Over Threshold - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/112/ 10. Podcast Episode 156: Dog Fireworks Anxiety Prevention: How To Keep Your Dog Safe And Calm - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/156/ 11. Podcast Episode 171: Dog Training With Layered Shaping: Why Classical Conditioning Must Come First - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/171/ 12. Podcast Episode 146: Balanced Dog Training: Does It Really Exist? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/146/ 13. Article: Learning and Motivation: A modified counterconditioning procedure prevents the renewal of conditioned fear in rats. - https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0023969012000021?via%3Dihub 14. Podcast Episode 184: Proofing Vs Generalizing In Dog Training To Grow Skills And Confidence - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/184/ 15. Podcast Episode 205: The Hidden World Of Reinforcement For Dogs And Why You Need To Know - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/205/ 16. Susan Garrett’s Dog Training Blog: What’s a Reward for Your Dog? List of Reinforcers - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2018/10/reward-list-of-reinforcers/ 17. YouTube Playlist: Dog Training Games with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy2TzttCtZVFwzwMGayAsaYe&si=pGQvBuUyntjEigtp 18. Podcast Episode 90: Premack, Dog Training and Transfer of Value - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/90/ 19. Podcast Episode 86: How to Train Unmotivated or Overexcited Dogs - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/86/ 20. YouTube Playlist: Cooperative Care and Consent in Dog Training with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy1wgUlMBX63miIBBpxE-DAO&si=CeGFSzzH6Vu1u4Tw 21. Podcast Episode 106: Consent In Dog Training: The Misuse, Misunderstanding And Misapplication - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/106/ 22. Podcast Podcast Episode 203: Reactive, Unmotivated and Fearful: Finding Resiliency For This! Beyond Dog Training Part 1 - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/203/ 23. Book: Shaping Success By Susan Garrett - https://dogsthat.com/product/shaping-success-2/ 24. Podcast Episode 161: Conditioning In Dog Training: Why A Recall And Positive Interrupter Are Different - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/161/ 25. DogsThat YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/dogsthat 26. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/F_y4GCXWfBc
10/6/202324 minutes, 1 second
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Understanding Dog Fear (Part 1): Genetics, Trauma, And Your Dog’s Well-being #236

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    How to help frightened and anxious dogs is a question I receive frequently, so I’m diving into identifying and overcoming canine fears and phobias that often lead to withdrawal or reactivity. Today’s focus is on overlooked reasons dogs become fearful and what you need to know about anxiety. It’s important to recognize a dog’s fear triggers and the role we might play in unconsciously creating stress.   In this episode you’ll hear:   •  Overlooked triggers to many dogs’ fears. • Natural dog fears during certain life stages. • The difference between alert, excited or anxious dog behavior. • How genetics predispose some breeds to fear or confidence. • That animals inherit generational trauma, too. • How events, medical conditions and lack of education can create fear in dogs. • How spaying may impact a female dog’s hormones. • How gut health impacts animal behavior and emotions. • The effect of EMF’s on dogs and animals. • How dogs absorb and internalize human emotions. • How to decode your dog’s body language. • Why we should observe how our reactions impact our dogs.   Resources:   1. Podcast Episode 235: AMA With Susan Garrett: Leash Lunging, Dog Anxiety, Agility Angst, Bad Breeders, And More - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/235/ 2. Podcast Episode 199: Puppy Fear Periods: Help For Socializing Puppies Or Rescue Dogs Scared Of People - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/199/ 3. Podcast Episode 4: T.E.M.P. (Tail, Eyes/Ears, Mouth, Posture) - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/4/ 4. Podcast Episode 29: Understanding and Preventing Reactivity and Aggression in Your Dog - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/29/ 5. Podcast Episode 136: Help Your Excited Dog Calm Down And Stop Barking, Lunging, Spinning, Nipping - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/136/ 6. YouTube Playlist: Puppy Essentials with Susan Garrett Dog Training - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy2hywpv3Md3HbWWPPbVF8W5&si=xyNUFR7eV7G1W2d4 7. Podcast Episode 127: Puppy Socialization: Playtime For Puppies And Permissions - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/127/ 8. Podcast Episode 180: Taking Your Puppy To A Café Or Restaurant: Socialization Success - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/180/ 9. Podcast Episode 79: Reduce Anxiety and Grow Your Dog’s Confidence with These Pro Dog Training Tips - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/79/  10. Podcast Episode 45: My Dog Just Got Jumped, Now What? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/45/ 11. Podcast Episode 78: How to Train a Rescue Dog with Behavior Problems - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/78/ 12. Podcast Episode 81: Sudden Aggression and Your Dog’s Thyroid - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/81/ 13. Podcast Episode 203: Reactive, Unmotivated and Fearful: Finding Resiliency For This! Beyond Dog Training Part 1 - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/203/ 14. Podcast Episode 204: Dog Behavior And Diet: Recovery For This! Beyond Dog Training Part 2 - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/204/ 15. Podcast Episode 189: All The Things That Influence Your Dog’s Behavior And What Behavior Tells You - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/189/ 16. Podcast Episode 217: Understanding Emotional Regulation In Dogs To Create Calm - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/217/ 17. Podcast Episode 157: Dog Body Language: Understanding Canine Communication Signals And Emotions - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/157/ 18. Podcast Episode 62: 12 Keys to Helping My Dogs Live a Long and Happy Life - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/62/ 19. Podcast Episode 67: Are You Stressing About Your Dog’s Stress? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/67/ 20. Podcast Episode 103: Excited Or Suspicious Dog? Dealing With Your Dog’s Emotions - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/103/ 21. Podcast Episode 168: Creating Confidence For Anxious, Stressed Or Reactive Dogs Part 1 - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/168/ 22. Podcast Episode 169: Dog Training A Stressed, Anxious Or Reactive Dog Part 2 - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/169/ 23. Podcast Episode 112: Stressed Dog? How Trigger Stacking Might Be Putting Your Dog Over Threshold - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/112/ 24. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/1baRrsgipII
10/4/202321 minutes, 12 seconds
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AMA With Susan Garrett: Leash Lunging, Dog Anxiety, Agility Angst, Bad Breeders, And More #235

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    How do you know if a breeder is truly reputable? How do I fit a new puppy into my daily routine? Why do some vets say raw food is dangerous for dogs? How do I calm a leash-lunging dog? What’s the best way to cure puppy separation anxiety? How do I help my hyper dog relax? These are just a few of your questions I’m answering in today’s Ask Me Anything about raising and training brilliant, healthy, joyful puppies and dogs using positive reinforcement.   In this episode I’m asked:   • How to teach self-control to a hyper dog. • How to protect a dog’s confidence and your connection when training games fail. • Does training with treats encourage dogs to follow you instead of settling down? • How do I calm a leash-lunging, reactive dog? • Do I make my own raw dog food? • How to train a puppy with separation anxiety? • Can reinforcement-based dog training really be as effective as balanced? • How many times a week do you recommend practicing agility? • What is overtraining in dog agility? • How many different marker words do you use for one dog? • Why do you name dog behavior rewards differently? • Are there dogs that can’t learn agility no matter your effort? • How did I bring Prophet to Canada from Switzerland. • Why ‘slap’ and ‘push’ dogs when playing tug? • How to help a Border Collie pup who lunges at and chases cars. • How do I balance puppy training and a hectic life? • Do you prefer male or female dogs? • When to reduce treat rewards in dog training? • Are breeders registered with the AKC CKC de facto reputable? • What’s your take? My vet said feeding raw food is dangerous due to disease risk from infected animals. • What’s a good course recommendation for a first-time dog owner who wants to do agility?   Susan Garrett’s Online Programs Mentioned Recallers Home School the Dog Crate Games Handling360   Resources:   1. Podcast Episode 99: When Reinforcement Based Dog Training Doesn’t Work - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/99/ 2. YouTube Video: Take Control of Dog Time to Calm Down Excited Dog Greetings and Reduce Anxiety - https://youtu.be/fmzaxSDiHBY?si=JtrcbDW2kxAk2hW3 3. Podcast Episode 184: Proofing Vs Generalizing In Dog Training To Grow Skills And Confidence - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/184/ 4. Podcast Episode 191: Get Your Dog To Calm Down With This Common Sense Protocol For Relaxation - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/191/ 5. Podcast Episode 79: Reduce Anxiety and Grow Your Dog’s Confidence with These Pro Dog Training Tips - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/79/ 6. Podcast Episode 176: Why Your Dog’s Emotions Are A Critical Element Of Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/176/ 7. Podcast Episode 217: Understanding Emotional Regulation In Dogs To Create Calm - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/217/ 8. Podcast Episode 200: Solve Your Dog’s Separation Anxiety With FRIDA: Expanding Calm With Functional Relaxation - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/200/ 9. Podcast Episode 78: How to Train a Rescue Dog with Behavior Problems - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/78/ 10. Podcast Episode 8: Get Your Dog in the Belief Loop of Awesome - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/8/ 11. Podcast Episode 190: Using Daily Quickies To Fast Track Your Dog Training And Grow Your Dog’s Skills - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/190/ 12. Podcast Episode 151: How Location Specific Reinforcement Markers Will Improve Your Dog Training! - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/151/ 13. Podcast Episode 193: Do Different Dogs Really Need Different Dog Training Methods? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/193/ 14. Podcast Episode 203: Reactive, Unmotivated and Fearful: Finding Resiliency For This! Beyond Dog Training Part 1 - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/203/ 15. Podcast Episode 204: Dog Behavior And Diet: Recovery For This! Beyond Dog Training Part 2 - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/204/ 16. Podcast Episode 206: First Dog Agility Competition: Creating Joy For This! By Maximizing Reinforcement - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/206/ 17. Podcast Episode 233: Flying A Dog Or Puppy: Susan’s Pre-Flight Plan - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/233/ 18. Podcast Episode 89: Why Dogs Should Not Tug: The Truth Revealed - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/89/ 19. Podcast Episode 95: How Playing with Your Dog Like a Puppy Can Reduce Fear - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/95/ 20. Podcast Episode 24: Help for Dogs who Chase Chipmunks, Bicycles, and Neighbor’s Cats (Distraction Intensity Index) - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/24/ 21. Podcast Episode 215: What Your Destructive, Lunging, Nipping Or Hyper Dog Or Puppy Is Trying To Teach You - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/215/ 22. Live Replay: Puppy Mill Awareness - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fCUYCj2Jeo 23. YouTube Video: Fighting For The Victims Of Puppy Mills - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7VXmCFbPzw 24. Dr. Laurie Coger - https://healthydogworkshop.com/ 25. Dr. Karen Becker - https://drkarenbecker.com/ 26. Dr. Susan Thixton - https://truthaboutpetfood.com/ 27. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/Tts0sLl8J0E
9/29/202323 minutes, 34 seconds
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How To Stop Puppy Biting: Avoid Mistakes With Susan Garrett's Backup Plan #234

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    I’ve done several episodes on puppy biting, but my new Border Collie, Prophet, is one of the bitiest I’ve ever owned. Today I’m expanding on how to save your feet and hands from puppy teeth with the top ten reasons puppies bite, the biggest mistakes we make during puppy biting, and a preventative action plan for puppy biting I’ve never shared before. Plus, a great new Plan B game for when the puppy is actively biting you. Remember that most biting and nipping is natural as puppies explore new environments with their mouths, so have realistic expectations for your new family member.   In this episode you’ll hear:   • Why puppies bite and games to get you through this phase. • The 10 reasons puppies bite. • How to manage your puppy biting expectations. • Tips to build your puppy’s brain, body and connection with you. • Mistakes puppy owners make that increase puppy biting. • My Puppy Biting Prevention Protocol. • How to play the Consent & Console Game to mitigate puppy biting.   Learn To Play ItsYerChoice: https://recallers.com/iycsummit-join/   Resources:   1. YouTube Playlist: Puppy Biting Help with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy03hWZgAQfG1t5Q6YzGPi7z&si=cHuWRnb3uT-vJ9tE 2. Podcast Episode 228: Navigating Failure In Dog Training: What’s Your Plan B? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/228/ 3. Podcast Episode 225: Keep The Food Bowl! Why Dogs Don’t Need 100% Hand Feeding - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/225/ 4. Podcast Episode 17: Help! How Do I STOP Puppy Biting?! - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/17/ 5. Podcast Episode 42: Behavior Chains: Are You Teaching Your Dog to be Bad to be Good? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/42/ 6. *Kongs - https://geni.us/kong-toy 7. *Wooden Chews - https://geni.us/wood-chew 8. Podcast Episode 218: Puppy Development Stages And Your Dog’s Behavior - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/218/ 9. Podcast Episode 232: Cracking The Canine Code: Prey Drive In Border Collies, Malinois And Other Breeds - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/232/ 10. YouTube Video: Susan Garrett’s 5 Games for Puppies - https://youtu.be/Hxd1sVEQp2Y?si=ukLVHXq2dwKP-VOk 11. Podcast Episode 89: Why Dogs Should Not Tug: The Truth Revealed - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/89/ 12. Podcast Episode 18: Puppy and Dog Training Games for Acquired Bite Inhibition - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/18/ 13. YouTube Playlist: Dog Training Games with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy2TzttCtZVFwzwMGayAsaYe&si=68UsRBptYpE2_LIq 14. YouTube Playlist: Cooperative Care and Consent in Dog Training with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy1wgUlMBX63miIBBpxE-DAO&si=WQGIr5FHHnhXSOac 15. Podcast Episode 191: Get Your Dog To Calm Down With This Common Sense Protocol For Relaxation - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/191/ 16. Podcast Episode 106: Consent In Dog Training: The Misuse, Misunderstanding And Misapplication - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/106/ 17. Podcast Episode 107: Pedicure Please: 3 Steps To Dog Nail Trimming Or Grooming Success At Home! - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/107/ 18. YouTube Video: Vet Visits For Dogs: How To Create A Positive Experience For Everyone - https://youtu.be/VJc42BfNre4?si=sWNGC4ZArJRwuxBf 19. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/3UJhi16mmSA    *Amazon Links Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Susan only recommends products she uses herself, and all opinions expressed here are her own. The link above is an affiliate link that, at no additional cost to you, we may earn a small commission if you decide to buy from it. Thank you!       
9/27/202320 minutes, 30 seconds
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Flying A Dog Or Puppy: Susan's Pre-Flight Plan #233

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    Since I recently had a friend fly my new puppy to Canada from Switzerland in-cabin, many of you asked how I prepare my dogs for airline travel. Even if you don’t have plans to fly a puppy anytime soon, you’ll benefit from hearing how I train them to be great travelers in two phases. Moreover, there’s a lot of red tape and regulations around in-cabin flying with puppies and dogs that vary from airline to airline and country to country. I read the fine print for you and I’m sharing how to avoid expensive – and upsetting – airport snafus when flying with your dog.   In this episode you’ll hear:   • How to prepare puppies to fly in-cabin confidently. • The three parts to puppy flight preparation. • That each airline has different pet travel requirements. • What to expect when checking your dog in at the airport. • My in-cabin pet carrier recommendations. • The best crate for flying dogs in cargo or the hold. • My two dog training projects to prepare dogs and puppies for air travel. • Why Crate Games makes traveling with your dog so much easier.   Susan’s Pet Carrier & Crate Recommendations: *Sherpa Original Deluxe Travel Pet Carrier - https://geni.us/sherpa-bag-carrier *Sturdibag Pet Travel Carrier - https://geni.us/sturdibag-carrier Gunner Crates - https://gunner.com/   Resources:   1. Crate Games Online - https://get.crategames.com/ 2. Flying Your Pet eBook - https://dogsthat.com/product/flying-your-pet-ebook/ 3. Podcast Episode 200: Shaped By Dog Live 200th Celebration Episode With Friends - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/200/ 4. YouTube Playlist: Target Training for Dogs with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy3ylCyQ2bJQSCwo_ERiVHj3&si=eMU2_ODghVGQffbx 5. YouTube Video: Susan Garrett’s Target Stick Training, Part Two - https://youtu.be/TqsEEWCXze0?si=brMfXI5GuNOPV2Zx 6. Podcast Episode 190: Using Daily Quickies to Fast Track Your Dog Training and Grow Your Dog’s Skills - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/190/ 7. Podcast Episode 145: 10 Ways to Teach a Dog to Lay Down and How to Shape It Without Luring - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/145/ 8. Podcast Episode 180: Taking Your Puppy to Café or Restaurant: Socialization Success - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/180/ 9. Podcast Episode 48: Potty Train Your Puppy in a Week (Easy 3 Step Process) - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/48/ 10. YouTube Playlist: Puppy Essentials with Susan Garrett Dog Training - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy2hywpv3Md3HbWWPPbVF8W5&si=is6W0SlqrIMxnqpx 11. YouTube Video: Susan Garrett’s 5 Games for Puppies - https://youtu.be/Hxd1sVEQp2Y?si=GQSZ-yVBje-rJRwU 12. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/3PBHGYjGzwE    *Amazon Links Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Susan only recommends products she uses herself, and all opinions expressed here are her own. The link above is an affiliate link that, at no additional cost to you, we may earn a small commission if you decide to buy from it. Thank you!       
9/20/202312 minutes, 22 seconds
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Cracking The Canine Code: Prey Drive In Border Collies, Malinois And Other Breeds #232

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    Why do Beagles, Border Collies, Belgian Malinois, Boston Terriers (and most breeds) present different dog training challenges? It’s because their Predatory Motor Sequence aka Predation Sequence creates a behavior pattern of eight events selected for some breeds but removed from others. Recognizing which of these eight exists in your dog allows you to enrich, train, reinforce, and avoid denial of things critical to their well-being. Today I’m showing you how to spot these patterns and sharing unique tips and fun games to support or redirect some of the predator sequences inherent in your dog. Enjoy!   In this episode you’ll hear:   • The 8 patterns of a domesticated dog’s Predatory Motor Sequence. • How to identify the Predatory Sequence traits in your own dog. • How certain breeds like Border Collies were bred selectively for certain predatory traits and not others. • How dogs present their predatory traits through play with toys. • The different prey drives of many different dog breeds. • The various ways dogs stalk that most people don’t recognize. • Dog training games for chasing, hunting, biting, and stalking. • That it’s better for dogs to dismember food toys than stuffed animals. • Awesome enrichment ideas and training games to redirect or highlight your breed’s predatory instincts.   Resources:   1. Crate Games Online - https://get.crategames.com/ 2. Podcast Episode 104: Naughty Dog Behaviors And How To Deal With Them - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/104 3. Podcast Episode 25: How All Dogs Can Bite and How to Reduce the Risk with R.E.A.D. - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/25/ 4. Podcast Episode 105: Your Dog Agility And Dog Sports Questions Covered - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/105/ 5. Podcast Episode 58: How to Create Kid Friendly Dogs and Dog Friendly Kids - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/58/ 6. Podcast Episode 18: 4 Puppy and Dog Training Games for Acquired Bite Inhibition - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/18/ 7. YouTube Playlist: Target Training for Dogs with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy3ylCyQ2bJQSCwo_ERiVHj3&si=B5Io4kui_7OB21lz 8. Podcast Episode 89: Why Dogs Should Not Tug: The Truth Revealed - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/89/ 9. Podcast Episode 55: Pro Dog Trainer’s Guide to Toy Selection - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/55/ 10. Podcast Episode 189: All The Things That Influence Your Dog’s Behavior And What Behavior Tells You - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/189/ 11. Podcast Episode 217: Understanding Emotional Regulation In Dogs To Create Calm - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/217/ 12. Podcast Episode 24: Help for Dogs who Chase Chipmunks, Bicycles, and Neighbor’s Cats (Distraction Intensity Index) - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/24/ 13. Nina Ottosson Puzzles - https://www.nina-ottosson.com/products/all-products/ 14. Podcast Episode 226: Safe Toys For Dogs And Why To Avoid Tennis Balls And Sticks - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/226/ 15. YouTube Playlist: Dog Training Games with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy2TzttCtZVFwzwMGayAsaYe&si=8DbnAp84CDe_7GbU 16. Podcast Episode 54: Dog Toy Checklist: What’s Good and What to Avoid - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/54/ 17. *Kong Toys - https://geni.us/kong-toy 18. *West Paw Toppl Treat Toys - https://geni.us/toppl 19. *JW Hol-ee Roller - https://geni.us/holee-roller 20. YouTube Playlist: Puppy Essentials with Susan Garrett Dog Training - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy2hywpv3Md3HbWWPPbVF8W5&si=Qxs08XRjsuIpFtfS 21. Podcast Episode 221: Mindshifting Dog Behavior Problems To Overcome Extreme Training Challenges - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/221/ 22. Podcast Episode 131: How Would Susan Garrett Plan Your Dog Training Sessions? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/131/ 23. YouTube Video: Calm Your Reactive Or Anxious Dog And Reduce Your Stress About Lunging, Barking, Growling - https://youtu.be/TmaR58eVdEY?si=LnOPiiBn2xYiXCDY 24. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/uHBLvBj0Jqo    *Amazon Links Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Susan only recommends products she uses herself, and all opinions expressed here are her own. The link above is an affiliate link that, at no additional cost to you, we may earn a small commission if you decide to buy from it. Thank you!       
9/8/202315 minutes, 50 seconds
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Empowering The Next Generation Of Dog Lovers: Finya's School Assignment #231

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    I love kids, especially those who are keen on training dogs, so when a 10th grader named Finya sent me some wonderful positive reinforcement dog training questions for a school assignment, I said, “Let’s go!” Today I’m answering her questions about shock collars, eCollars, other aversives in agility training, training dog sport champions using only positive reinforcement,plus the importance of mentors, empathy and why dog trainers should keep egos in check for our students. You’ll also hear three critical tips to troubleshoot your positive reinforcement training plan when stuck.   In this episode you’ll hear:   • My answers and advice for an aspiring positive reinforcement trainer and agility competitor. • The benefits of positive reinforcement dog training over other methodologies. • Why we don’t punish or unleash frustration when dogs make mistakes. • My thoughts on which dog training tools and techniques constitute abuse. • Why some people perceive dog agility training as animal abuse. • The importance of empathy for the plight of all sentient beings. • My thoughts on those who employ shock collars, prongs and other aversives. • Why making people feel judged shuts them down to learning. • My checklist for when dog training doesn’t go as planned. • The importance of having a respected and trustworthy dog training mentor.   Resources:   1. Podcast Episode 175: Food Luring VS Shaping In Dog Training: How Science Changed How I Teach Dogs - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/175/ 2. Podcast Episode 205: The Hidden World Of Reinforcement For Dogs And Why You Need To Know - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/205/ 3. YouTube Video: How To Get Your Dog To Listen Off Leash (Step By Step Guide) - https://youtu.be/Ei0lWFyAE50?si=CAuI3w96enkKpqFp 4. Podcast Episode 102: Transitioning Your Dog Training: From All That Is Wrong To That Which Is Right - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/102/ 5. Podcast Episode 78: How To Train a Rescue Dog with Behavior Problems - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/78/ 6. Podcast Episode 214: England Banned Shock Collars, Here’s Why That Could Be Sad News - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/214/ 7. YouTube Video: Puppy's First Training with Susan Garrett: Shaping, Targeting and Collar Conditioning - https://youtu.be/ticB_1Twx6E?si=qEK3jiNTCEWYMipD 8. Podcast Episode 89: Why Dogs Should Not Tug: The Truth Revealed - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/89/ 9. Podcast Episode 217: Understanding Emotional Regulation In Dogs To Create Calm - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/217/ 10. Podcast Episode 69: Clicker Training: Will It Work For Every Dog? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/69/ 11. Podcast Episode 197: Outsmarting Distractions: How To Use Environmental Reinforcement in Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/197/ 12. Blog Post: The Top 10 Reasons Agility Dogs Drop Bars - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2020/05/top-10-reasons-agility-dogs-drop-bars/ 13. Podcast Episode 34: Time Outs for Dogs: Does Your Dog Need One? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/34/ 14. Podcast Episode 142: Giving And Receiving Constructive Feedback About Your Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/142/ 15. Podcast Episode 134: How To Teach A Dog Stay WITHOUT Luring, Collar Pops Or Using The Word “Stay” - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/134/ 16. Podcast Episode 136: Help Your Excited Dog Calm Down And Stop Barking, Lunging, Spinning, Nipping - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/136/ 17. Podcast Episode 133: Become Your Own Dog Training Coach With This Video Strategy - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/133/ 18. YouTube Playlist: Planning Your Dog Training with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy3bIhKLPQApN0x_2PjNJgkG&si=PAUqCh2TgV2Jr9MH 19. Podcast Episode 218: Puppy Development Stages And Your Dog’s Behavior - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/218 20. Podcast Episode 172: How To Teach Your Dog Anything With My Training Plan - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/172/ 21. Podcast Episode 99: When Reinforcement Based Dog Training Doesn’t Work - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/99/ 22. Podcast Episode 203: Reactive, Unmotivated and Fearful: Finding Resiliency For This! Beyond Dog Training Part 1 - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/203/ 23. Podcast Episode 204: Dog Behavior And Diet: Recovery For This! Beyond Dog Training Part 2 - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/204/ 24. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/D-IoY2elb5w
9/6/202315 minutes, 25 seconds
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Finding Joy Amidst Frustration And Shame In Dog Training - DeCaff’s Story Part 2 #230

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    In episode 229, I shared the story about finding joy with a “mighty dog” in my life, a Jack Russell Terrier mix named DeCaff. In Part 2, I admit a painful lesson around frustration, shame and struggle between two of my Terriers; as well as the last six lessons my agility champion taught me about conditioning positive emotional responses, arousal states in dog training, seeing behavior as communication, the canine gut-brain axis, and most importantly: forgiveness of self and others.   In this episode you’ll hear:   • DeCaff’s Story, Part Two: A painful admission about my world champion agility dog. • Lesson 1: A dog shutting down during training is feedback to you. • About DeCaff’s slow weave pole times. • Lesson 2: A dog’s behavior is a critique of your training plan, skills and execution. • How I used time outs in the past. • About DeCaff’s aggression redirection. • Lesson 3: Never sidestep the lesson the dog is trying to share with you. • About my a-ha moment with the “Smack Da Baby” tug game. • How I doubled my agility dog’s weave pole times with positive conditioning. • Lesson 4: You can’t truly help a dog you’ve labelled or compared. • How to acknowledge a dog’s limitations but focus on their joy and strengths. • Lesson 5: Release guilt, shame and angst we have about our dogs. • When DeCaff jumped my sick senior dog. • My struggles training DeCaff after the death of my other dog, Twister. • About forgiveness for mistakes made with your dog. • Lesson 6: Focus on you and your dog’s improvements. • About the lessons dogs bring to our lives. • About the link between gut health, a dog’s reactive behavior and their neuroses.    Resources:   1. Podcast Episode 229: Transforming An Overwhelmed And Anxious Dog Into A World Champion - Decaff’s Story Part 1 - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/229/ 2. Podcast Episode 36: Puppy Selection: How I Do It and Why I Didn’t This! Time - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/36/ 3. Podcast Episode 205: The Hidden World Of Reinforcement For Dogs And Why You Need To Know - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/205/ 4. Podcast Episode 177: Dog Training Outside The Box: Transfer Of Value Case Study - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/177/ 5. Podcast Episode 86: How to Train Unmotivated or Overexcited Dogs - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/86/ 6. Podcast Episode 189: All The Things That Influence Your Dog’s Behavior And What Behavior Tells You - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/189/ 7. YouTube Playlist: Dog Body Language, Communication Signals, and How to Read Dogs with Susan Garrett - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy2IwzRwAWcG0yK8oez1nPU0 8. Podcast Episode 157: Dog Body Language: Understanding Canine Communication Signals And Emotions - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/157/ 9. Podcast Episode 5: What is Shaping And How Can Dogs Shape Us - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/5/ 10. Podcast Episode 71: Pro Dog Trainer’s Secret to Help Your Naughty Dog - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/71/ 11. Podcast Episode 34: Time Outs for Dogs: Does Your Dog Need One? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/34/ 12. Podcast Episode 64: Help! How Can I Tell My Dog He’s Wrong - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/64/ 13. Podcast Episode 172: How To Teach Your Dog Anything With My Training Plan - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/172/ 14. Podcast Episode 104: Naughty Dog Behaviors And How To Deal With Them - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/104/ 15. YouTube Video: The Journey with Susan Garrett - https://youtu.be/JpgEi1n7yPc?si=b4mAJLD40it_TcWc 16. Podcast Episode 95: How Playing with Your Dog Like a Puppy Can Reduce Fear - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/95/ 17. Podcast Episode 221: Mindshifting Dog Behavior Problems To Overcome Extreme Training Challenges - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/221/ 18. Podcast Episode 8: Get Your Dog in the Belief Loop of Awesome - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/8/ 19. Podcast Episode 159: Help! My Puppy Is A Bully And Plays Too Rough - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/159/ 20. Podcast Episode 217: Understanding Emotional Regulation In Dogs To Create Calm - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/217/ 21. *The Gap and the Gain: The High Achievers' Guide to Happiness, Confidence, and Success by Dan Sullivan with Dr. Benjamin Hardy - https://geni.us/the-gap-the-gain 22. Podcast Episode 206: First Dog Agility Competition: Creating Joy For This! By Maximizing Reinforcement - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/206/ 23. Podcast Episode 203: Reactive, Unmotivated and Fearful: Finding Resiliency For This! Beyond Dog Training Part 1 - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/203/ 24. Podcast Episode 204: Dog Behavior And Diet: Recovery For This! Beyond Dog Training Part 2 - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/204/ 25. Podcast Episode 208: Brilliance, Resilience And Gratitude: Inspiration And Motivation With Elliott Connie - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/208/ 26. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/WENcO3tHxB0   *Amazon Links Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Susan only recommends products she uses herself, and all opinions expressed here are her own. The link above is an affiliate link that, at no additional cost to you, we may earn a small commission if you decide to buy from it. Thank you!         
9/1/202322 minutes, 57 seconds
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Transforming An Overwhelmed And Anxious Dog Into A World Champion - Decaff’s Story Part 1 #229

Visit us at shapedbydog.com - https://shapedbydog.com   Imagine a dog or puppy so overwhelmed by everything they see, hear or feel that it causes anxiety and crushes their confidence. Before transforming into a world agility champion, this was my Jack Russell Terrier mix, Decaff. In part one of this two-part series I’m sharing six lessons Decaff taught me as well as reflections on how I uniquely approached some of my toughest dog training challenges. Decaff ultimately blossomed into a brilliant agility dog– as well as a loving, calm family pet – who inspired many of the renowned Recallers online dog training games being played worldwide today.   In this episode you’ll hear:   ● Decaff’s Story: From anxious, over-aroused Jack Russell Terrier mix to world champion agility dog. ● Six lessons, reflections and a few regrets when training Decaff. ● How Decaff came into my life by accident. ● When Decaff first attacked another puppy at 9 weeks old. ● Decaff’s sensitivity to tactile stimulation and new textures could be overwhelming for agility training. ● Lesson 1: Puppy selection for sport dogs. ● About a dog training seminar trip gone awry. ● How Decaff’s breed mix made her physiology perfect for canine sports. ● Lesson 2: Importance of arousal state when training dogs. ● About The Yerkes-Dodson arousal curve for peak performance dog training. ● Why to increase your dog’s joy for training in distracting environments. ● Lesson 3: Create a positive environment for yourself and your dog. ● How I discovered my dog’s best reinforcer - the fly swatter. ● Lesson 4: Be sure never to force what you think is important on the dog when you’re picking their best reinforcer. ● Lesson 5: Transfer of value in dog training. ● How Decaff and I won the ESPN Great Outdoor Games - and $10K. ● Lesson 6: Take the challenge out of your training. ● Reflections on my 3 toughest dogs to train.   Resources:   1. Podcast Episode 168: Creating Confidence For Anxious, Stressed Or Reactive Dogs Part 1 - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/168/ 2. Podcast Episode 95: How Playing with Your Dog Like a Puppy Can Reduce Fear - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/95/ 3. Podcast Episode 159: Help! My Puppy Is A Bully And Plays Too Rough - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/159/ 4. Podcast Episode 180: Taking Your Puppy To A Café Or Restaurant: Socialization Success - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/180/ 5. Podcast Episode 16: The Thing Before Your Dog’s Thing - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/16/ 6. Podcast Episode 36: Puppy Selection: How I Do It and Why I Didn’t This! Time - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/36/ 7. Book: Shaping Success by Susan Garrett - https://dogsthat.com/product/shaping-success-2/  8. Podcast Episode 13: Naming Your Puppy or Dog - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/13/ 9. Podcast Episode 78: How to Train a Rescue Dog with Behavior Problems - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/78/ 10. Podcast Episode 221: Mindshifting Dog Behavior Problems To Overcome Extreme Training Challenges - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/221/ 11. Podcast Episode 197: Outsmarting Distractions: How To Use Environmental Reinforcement in Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/197/ 12. Podcast Episode 86: How to Train Unmotivated or Overexcited Dogs - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/86/ 13. Podcast Episode 206: First Dog Agility Competition: Creating Joy For This! By Maximizing Reinforcement - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/206/ 14. Podcast Episode 228: Navigating Failure In Dog Training: What’s Your Plan B? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/228/ 15. Podcast Episode 220: Help Humping, Barking, Destructive, Reactive Dogs Overcome Dysregulation: 4 Case Studies - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/220/ 16. Podcast Episode 208: Brilliance, Resilience And Gratitude: Inspiration And Motivation With Elliott Connie - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/208/ 17. Podcast Episode 25: Why All Dogs Can Bite and How to Reduce the Risk with R.E.A.D.- https://dogsthat.com/podcast/25/ 18. Podcast Episode 205: The Hidden World Of Reinforcement For Dogs And Why You Need To Know - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/205/ 19. Podcast Episode 226: Safe Toys For Dogs And Why To Avoid Tennis Balls And Sticks - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/226/ 20. Podcast Episode 31: 5 Simple Hacks to Help Your Dog Learn Faster (Reinforcement Process) - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/31/ 21. Podcast Episode 177: Dog Training Outside The Box: Transfer Of Value Case Study - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/177/ 22. Podcast Episode 203: Reactive, Unmotivated and Fearful: Finding Resiliency For This! Beyond Dog Training Part 1 - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/203/ 23. Podcast Episode 150: Adding Mindset To Your Dog Training Tools: Who Do You Become? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/150/ 24. Podcast Episode 34: Time Outs for Dogs: Does Your Dog Need One? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/34/ 25. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/BCV7t3MiKGg
8/30/202323 minutes, 41 seconds
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Navigating Failure In Dog Training: What’s Your Plan B? #228

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    Has there ever been a time when things didn’t go as planned in dog training or in life? Or, not only that, but the outcome was the opposite of what you intended? We’re going deep on how to handle these setbacks with resilience, grit, grace, and a solid Plan B in place. I’m also sharing my favorite books on boosting mental agility, reframing perceptions, letting go of outcomes, and turning obstacles in dog training to your advantage.   In this episode you’ll hear:   • How to overcome adversity and use it to your advantage in dog training. • About This!’s setbacks that made us both better. • The importance of having a Plan B. • How self-talk influences our Belief Loops. • Examples of ego-driven dog trainers. • That dog training is not art, it’s science. • The importance of being mentally agile. • How to reframe negative experiences into positive. • About Decaff and highlighting a dog’s strengths. • About detaching from outcomes. • Why trophies are never my goal. • The importance of celebrations. • My 11 growth mindset book recommendations. • The 5 keys to Pivots, Plan A’s and Plan B’s in dog training. • The top 3 “big picture” goals for happy dogs. • Why I don’t give extra energy to negative experiences.   Susan’s Recommended Reading:   1.*Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck - https://geni.us/mindset-book 2.*The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work by Shawn Achor - https://geni.us/happiness-shawn-achor 3.*The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph by Ryan Holiday - https://geni.us/the-obstacle-book 4.*The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle - https://geni.us/power-of-now-book 5.*Atomic Habits by James Clear - https://geni.us/atomic_habits 6.*The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg - https://geni.us/power-of-habit-book 7.*Man’s Search For Meaning by Victor E Frankl - https://geni.us/search-meaning-book 8.*The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran - https://geni.us/the-prophet-book 9.*Choose Wonder Over Worry by Amber Rae - https://geni.us/wonder-over-worry 10.*Mastery: The Keys to Success and Long-Term Fulfillment by George Leonard - https://geni.us/mastery-keys-book 11.*Unbeatable Mind: Forge Resiliency and Mental Toughness to Succeed at an Elite Level by Mark Divine - https://geni.us/unbeatable-mind   Resources:   1. Podcast Episode 203: Reactive, Unmotivated and Fearful: Finding Resiliency For This! Beyond Dog Training Part 1 - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/203/ 2. Podcast Episode 204: Dog Behavior And Diet: Recovery For This! Beyond Dog Training Part 2 - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/204/ 3. Podcast Episode 117: What’s More Important Than Your Dog Training Sessions? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/117/ 4. Podcast Episode 195: Making Your Mind Your Most Powerful Dog Training Tool - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/195/ 5. Podcast Episode 224: Unleashing Fluency In Dog Training: Cracking The Canine Communication Code - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/224/ 6. YouTube Playlist: Susan Garrett's Dog Training Philosophy and Training Processes - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy2An5_3KqDPqFVV6J6dYsYx&si=mBX_dTYLW-bOwZ4N 7. YouTube Playlist: Fearful Dogs Help with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy0KAsqgnkMWv0v-5JGjNQG_&si=lJEm5QEVKP6vj2lY 8. YouTube Playlist: Reactive or Aggressive Dogs: Key Insights with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy0Tbd6ZybIXgJk3mtpBLLk7&si=_ENedax59O8px3mY 9. Podcast Episode 147: Teach Your Dog To Listen Off Leash And Far Away - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/147/ 10. YouTube Video: Catch Your Runaway Dog! Stop Chasing And Do This In An Emergency - https://youtu.be/PLJoIAz9CeI?si=n4W8QTJptx_biv0P 11. Podcast Episode 41: Get a Behaved Dog by Celebrating Milestones! - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/41/ 12. Podcast Episode 58: How to Create Kid Friendly Dogs and Dog Friendly Kids - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/58/ 13. YouTube Video: Calm Your Reactive Or Anxious Dog And Reduce Your Stress About Lunging, Barking, Growling - https://youtu.be/TmaR58eVdEY?si=j0Z56e04RHU5AMiC 14. Podcast Episode 114: Dog Agility Training: 3 Big Mistakes All Dog Owners Should Avoid - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/114/ 15. YouTube Playlist: Exercising Your Dog's Body and Mind: Tips and Games with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy1ISzbaoCNh0NyLg3qgDG58&si=MVOTn0zwAi5P32BR 16. Podcast Episode 150: Adding Mindset To Your Dog Training Tools: Who Do You Become? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/150/ 17. Podcast Episode 218: Puppy Development Stages And Your Dog’s Behavior - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/218/ 18. Podcast Episode 78: How to Train a Rescue Dog with Behavior Problems - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/78/ 19. Podcast Episode 139: Remove Confusion And Build Your Dog’s Confidence With One Simple Dog Training Habit - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/139/ 20. Podcast Episode 186: 2 Types Of Connection With Dogs: Dog Agility And Daily Life Case Studies - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/186/ 21. Podcast Episode 198: What Does “Positive Is Not Permissive” Really Mean In Dog Training? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/198/ 22. Podcast Episode 71: Pro Dog Trainer’s Secret to Help Your Naughty Dog - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/71/ 23. YouTube Playlist: The Heart / Mind Connection Side of Dog Training with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy1ruLW0CujlHgzCiTLK2Rfh&si=y6BTuGyLJMlUy72E 24. YouTube Playlist: Puppy Essentials with Susan Garrett Dog Training - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy2hywpv3Md3HbWWPPbVF8W5&si=sygo7WiU4QTO1tOd 25. Podcast Episode 227: My Foolproof Strategy To Overcoming Dog Training Challenges - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/227/ 26. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/cC6MXgZaGD0   *Amazon Links Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Susan only recommends products she uses herself, and all opinions expressed here are her own. The link above is an affiliate link that, at no additional cost to you, we may earn a small commission if you decide to buy from it. Thank you!         
8/23/202321 minutes, 53 seconds
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My Foolproof Strategy To Overcoming Dog Training Challenges #227

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    Everyone with a dog, including professional trainers like me, encounters dog behavior problems. It might be a dog's non-existent recall, chasing things, counter surfing, being out of control, not paying attention, or, if you do sports, not listening to you in the ring. Or it could be a dog's naughty habits around home persisting. Help is at hand, and I'm sharing my strategy for success no matter what the dog training challenge.   In this episode you’ll hear:   • How to ensure you overcome dog training challenges for good. • My approach to working through a dog’s triggers with curiosity. • What to do when naughty behaviors reappear. • About knowing where the reinforcement is for unwanted behaviors. • That some behaviors are simply quirks of the dog’s personality. • The unconscious and overt crutches we use to manage our dogs. • That tracking your training will improve your dog’s behavior. • What to journal about the behavior you’re fixing. • Why we don't want to avoid our dog's triggers. • How to handle toxic emotions about your dog’s actions. • About Momentum’s agility see-saw obsession and starting my fix. • Why I'm grateful for the challenges that dogs present. • How I handled an unsolicited opinion about my age and my dog at an agility trial. • That life is better when you see amazing things in your dog.   Contact Us: Write to us at [email protected] for another dog training plan.   Resources:   1. Podcast Episode 33: How Do I Stop My Dog Counter Surfing?! - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/33/ 2. Podcast Episode 215: What Your Destructive, Lunging, Nipping Or Hyper Dog Or Puppy Is Trying To Teach You - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/215/ 3. Podcast Episode 104: Naughty Dog Behaviors And How To Deal With Them - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/104/ 4. Podcast Episode 112: Stressed Dog? How Trigger Stacking Might Be Putting Your Dog Over Threshold - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/112/ 5. Podcast Episode 224: Unleashing Fluency In Dog Training: Cracking The Canine Communication Code - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/224/ 6. Podcast Episode 34: Time Outs for Dogs: Does Your Dog Need One? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/34/ 7. Podcast Episode 186: 2 Types Of Connection With Dogs: Dog Agility And Daily Life Case Studies - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/186/ 8. Podcast Episode 194: The Invisible Reason Your Dog Is Ignoring You - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/194/ 9. Podcast Episode 131: How Would Susan Garrett Plan Your Dog Training Sessions? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/131/ 10. Podcast Episode 150: Adding Mindset To Your Dog Training Tools: Who Do You Become? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/150/ 11. Podcast Episode 71: Pro Dog Trainer’s Secret to Help Your Naughty Dog -https://dogsthat.com/podcast/71/ 12. Blog Post: The Top 10 Reasons Agility Dogs Drop Bars - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2020/05/top-10-reasons-agility-dogs-drop-bars/ 13. Podcast Episode 24: Help for Dogs who Chase Chipmunks, Bicycles, and Neighbor’s Cats (Distraction Intensity Index) - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/24/ 14. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/Oirv9seNtLE
8/18/202319 minutes, 11 seconds
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Safe Toys For Dogs And Why To Avoid Tennis Balls And Sticks #226

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    All dogs deserve toys, and all people with dogs deserve to know as much as possible about toys. I’m covering my favorite dog toys, how I used them, and why to avoid the two most popular for dogs. My house is a treasure trove of toys, and I’m sharing who they are for and when. Plus, we’re looking at toy selection to protect you and your dog from harm and tips for playing fetch safely.   In this episode you’ll hear:   • My top dog toys and toys to avoid. • How I make toys available to my dogs. • About good toy habits for puppies. • Criteria I have for selecting dog toys. • The two categories of toys for training. • About using toys for rescue dogs or puppies to boost confidence. • The dangers of dogs playing with sticks and tennis balls. • Why I created my “Bring Me” program to teach dogs to retrieve. • That North America lacks toxicity guidelines for dog toys. • The safer options of Kong tennis balls and play sticks for dogs. • Why a renowned Veterinary dentist recommends road hockey balls. • Safety tips and suggestions for playing fetch with dogs with balls. • Why to avoid Dollar Store dog toys.   Resources:   1. Podcast Episode 89: Why Dogs Should Not Tug: The Truth Revealed - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/89/ 2. YouTube Video: 15 Ways To Exercise Your Dog - https://youtu.be/SsQY6nm6E30 3. 4MyMerles Dog Toys - https://www.4mymerles.com/product-category/say-yes/ 4. Podcast Episode 95: How Playing with Your Dog Like a Puppy Can Reduce Fear - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/95/ 5. YouTube Playlist: Exercising Your Dog's Body and Mind: Tips and Games - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy1ISzbaoCNh0NyLg3qgDG58 6. Podcast Episode 32: 20 Easy Ways to Exercise Your Dog at Home - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/32/ 7. Vlog Post: How to Teach a Puppy to Retrieve - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2018/11/puppy-retrieve/ 8. Podcast Episode 55: Pro Dog Trainer’s Guide to Toy Selection - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/55/ 9. TikTok Video: The Dangers of Sticks for Dogs - https://www.tiktok.com/@dogsthat/video/7184868456616037638 10. *Wood Dog Chew - https://geni.us/wood-chew  11. *Kong Squeezz Stick - https://geni.us/squeezz-stick 12. Home School the Dog - https://dogsthat.com/home-school/ 13. Recallers - https://recallers.com/ 14. Article: Yikes, Your Dog’s Toys May Be Toxic -  https://www.thewildest.com/dog-health/beware-lead-and-toxic-dog-toys 15. Kong SqueakAir Ball - https://geni.us/kong-tennis-ball 16. Podcast Episode 174: Dopamine In Dog Training: Anticipation, Rewards, And The Transfer Of Value - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/174/ 17. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/QLcnSeRmL-U   *Amazon Links Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Susan only recommends products she uses herself, and all opinions expressed here are her own. The link above is an affiliate link that, at no additional cost to you, we may earn a small commission if you decide to buy from it. Thank you!                                          
8/16/202313 minutes, 36 seconds
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Keep The Food Bowl! Why Dogs Don’t Need 100% Hand Feeding #225

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    Dog training has its fads and one you might have heard is never feeding your dog from a bowl. This trend of feeding dogs exclusively by hand can get people into trouble. I believe that dogs should not have to earn the right to get fed. Today I’m explaining why at least part of your dog’s meals should come from a bowl, alternative feeding methods to enrich your dog, and powerful ways to reinforce your dog that don’t involve food.   In this episode you’ll hear:   • Why dogs should be at least partially bowl-fed. • Enrichment ideas for dogs using food. • What I wrote in my book, Ruff Love. • Why I don’t advise hand feeding dogs only. • Why dogs need reassurance that food isn’t contingent on behavior. • Practical reasons why dogs should learn to eat from a bowl. • How hand feeding dogs only can backfire. • Other ways to reinforce your dog without food. • Why to keep an eye on your dog’s weight.   Resources:   1. YouTube Playlist: Reinforcement, Permissions and Transfer of Value in Dog Training with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy1IUj_4P54q2PIuLNtnXjFO 2. Book: Ruff Love by Susan Garrett - https://dogsthat.com/product/ruff-love/ 3. Vlog: Talking About Ruff Love (Tater and Chipmunks) - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2020/05/ruff-love-tater/ 4. Podcast Episode 216: Dog Sitting For A Friend? Top 10 Tips For Fun, Safety And Success - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/216/ 5. YouTube Playlist: Resource Guarding In Dogs and Puppies with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy1JqsmK9_tnBuTQpBXFfYXi 6. Podcast Episode 196: Why Mastering Reinforcement Is The Linchpin To Reinforcement Based Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/196/ 7. Podcast Episode 94: How the Best Professional Dog Trainers Use Reinforcement - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/94/ 8. Podcast Episode 205: The Hidden World Of Reinforcement For Dogs And Why You Need To Know - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/205/ 9. YouTube Playlist: Loose Leash Walking with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy1mGMfdVKXq_hiJ27Ej1shW 10. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/QLcnSeRmL-U                                               
8/11/202311 minutes, 41 seconds
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Unleashing Fluency In Dog Training: Cracking The Canine Communication Code #224

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    Before my recent episode on latency in dog training, we took a social media poll on cue response times. 62% of people thought their dogs responded too slow. So, to help, this episode covers all the elements that create fluent behavior and what’s truly behind a dog’s response time to a cue. One of the most significant elements can be what we believe to be true about dogs. We’re also looking at the difference between true fluency and a dog's good grasp of a behavior.   In this episode you’ll hear:   • Why people often mistake partial understanding of a behavior for fluency. • What I mean by generalizing a dog’s behavior to all contexts. • About training my “high” Border Collie, Buzz, for agility. • How to create enthusiasm and joy in your dog for behaviors. • My six criteria for dog behavior fluency. • Why instilling joy is always the first step in dog training. • That “will” is a function of skill and environment. • That our beliefs are not truths but personal perceptions. • How we download and accept information from authority figures in our lives. • Why the beliefs and labels of others aren’t your truths. • Why I stopped giving dogs “time outs” over a decade ago. • Why I think I’ve been successful at positive reinforcement dog training. • What to do when frustration, anger, or disappointment sets in with your dog. • That dogs aren’t mad or spiteful when acting out, they’re dysregulated. • About fright, flight, freeze, or please reactions to stressors. • The questions to ask yourself when toxic thoughts or emotions arise. • Why we need to teach dogs from a place of environmental success in layers of joy. • My steps for releasing limiting beliefs and toxic thinking.   Handling360 or Home School the Dog: Write to us at [email protected] with the subject line: Belief Change   Resources:   1. Podcast Episode 222: Get Your Dog To Respond Faster: Latency In Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/222/ 2. Podcast Episode 184: Proofing Vs Generalizing In Dog Training To Grow Skills And Confidence - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/184/ 3. Book: Shaping Success by Susan Garrett (Buzz’s Story) - https://dogsthat.com/product/shaping-success-2/ 4. Podcast Episode 176: Why Your Dog’s Emotions Are A Critical Element Of Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/176/ 5. Podcast Episode 171: Dog Training With Layered Shaping: Why Classical Conditioning Must Come First - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/171/ 6. Podcast Episode 48: Potty Train Your Puppy in a Week (Easy 3 Step Process) - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/48/ 7. Podcast Episode 8: Get Your Dog in the Belief Loop of Awesome - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/8/ 8. Podcast Episode 34: Time Outs for Dogs: Does Your Dog Need One? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/34/ 9. Podcast Episode 71: Pro Dog Trainer’s Secret to Help Your Naughty Dog - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/71/ 10. Podcast Episode 133: Become Your Own Dog Training Coach With This Video Strategy - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/133/ 11. Podcast Episode 219: Self-Regulation Helping Shy, Hyper, Anxious Or Fearful Dogs To A Better Life - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/219/ 12. Podcast Episode 190: Using Daily Quickies To Fast Track Your Dog Training And Grow Your Dog’s Skills - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/190/ 13. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube- https://youtu.be/_DO4sFqghhg
8/9/202329 minutes, 18 seconds
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AMA: Aggression? Agility? This!? Belief? Routine? Dog Training? And More Questions Answered #223

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    I’m answering your questions on dog agility training, helping anxious, aggressive, and fearful dogs, crate training, dog ears, junior handlers, my daily routine, managing canine pain, socializing puppies, and so much more. Hear how I got my start in professional dog training and what’s most essential for me in my relationship with my dogs.   In this episode I’m asked:   • Advice for pet-sitting a seemingly aggressive dog. • What my competitive dog sport goals are for This!. • About my daily and nightly routines and habits for sleep, dog training, fitness, and centering. • If I use target mats for training running contacts. • The relationship essentials for my dogs. • About when pain changes a dog’s behavior. • My unlikely origin story as a dog trainer. • How to introduce puppies to other dogs. • What junior agility handlers can do to excel. • About my Border Collies’ prick ears. • Advice for nervous and/or reactive dogs in competitive sports. • About the brilliant behaviors and skills dogs learn in Recallers. • How my sport-mix puppy, Belief, differs from my Border Collies. • How to overcome separation anxiety in dogs and the protocols to use. • How playing Crate Games helps dogs love their kennel; and more!   Resources:   1. YouTube Playlist: Dog Bite Prevention with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy2Cvc3386SVYrHSEgh5Pl0b 2. Podcast Episode 203: Reactive, Unmotivated and Fearful: Finding Resiliency For This! Beyond Dog Training Part 1 - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/203/ 3. Podcast Episode 204: Dog Behavior And Diet: Recovery For This! Beyond Dog Training Part 2 - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/204/ 4. Agility Nation - https://www.agility-nation.com/ 5. Podcast Episode 196: Why Mastering Reinforcement Is The Linchpin To Reinforcement Based Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/196/ 6. YouTube Playlist: Dysregulated Dogs: Emotional Coping Strategies, Co-Regulation, Self-Regulation, and Habituation with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy0ZnXC_lczh942HhB0Vdo5v 7. Podcast Episode 176: Why Your Dog’s Emotions Are A Critical Element Of Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/176/ 8. Podcast Episode 37: Dog Training as a Career - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/37/ 9. Podcast Episode 72: Preventing Dog Aggression: Introducing Dogs or Puppies with Project Togetherness - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/72/ 10. YouTube Playlist: Fearful Dogs Help with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy0KAsqgnkMWv0v-5JGjNQG_ 11. Recallers - https://recallers.com/ 12. YouTube Playlist: Loose Leash Walking with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy1mGMfdVKXq_hiJ27Ej1shW 13. Podcast Episode 86: How to Train Unmotivated or Overexcited Dogs - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/86/ 14. YouTube Video: How To Get Your Dog To Listen Outside Off Leash (Step By Step Guide) - https://youtu.be/Ei0lWFyAE50 15. Book: Shaping Success by Susan Garrett - https://dogsthat.com/product/shaping-success-2/ 16. Crate Games Online - https://get.crategames.com/ 17. Podcast Episode 191: Get Your Dog To Calm Down With This Common Sense Protocol For Relaxation - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/191/ 18. Podcast Episode 200: Solve Your Dog’s Separation Anxiety With FRIDA: Expanding Calm With Functional Relaxation - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/200/ 19. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/PvHqBoOFhIA 
8/4/202319 minutes, 28 seconds
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Get Your Dog To Respond Faster: Latency In Dog Training #222

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    When you cue your dog to perform a behavior, do they respond with lightning speed or a leisurely pace? The lag time between your cue and your dog’s response is called latency. When I design a training plan for my dogs, latency is built in, because I want super fast responses to cues. We’re covering how why dogs might respond slowly and what you can do to fix it.   In the episode you'll hear:   • What you need to know about latency of behavior. • When to consider a dog’s behavior fluent. • Why dogs develop lag times between a cue and response. • What to consider if dogs are slow to respond. • How to leverage arousal states for focused and fast behaviors. • Common mistakes people make that create lag time for dogs. • How to reduce latency with the example of a dog sitting at the door. • Why to take the problem away from the environment. • About using Jean Donaldson’s “Push, Stick or Drop” to reduce latency. • When to test the latency of a behavior in new habitats. • That fast responses generalize well to many behaviors.   Resources:   1. Podcast Episode 172: How To Teach Your Dog Anything With My Training Plan - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/172/ 2. Podcast Episode 189: All The Things That Influence Your Dog’s Behavior And What Behavior Tells You - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/189/ 3. Podcast Episode 103: Excited Or Suspicious Dog? Dealing With Your Dog’s Emotions - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/103/ 4. Podcast Episode 47: Don’t Wanna, Don’t Hafta: What To Do When Your Dog Refuses To Obey - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/47/ 5. Podcast Episode 86: How to Train Unmotivated or Overexcited Dogs - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/86/ 6. Podcast Episode 117: What’s More Important Than Your Dog Training Sessions? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/117/ 7. Podcast Episode 133: Become Your Own Dog Training Coach With This Video Strategy - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/133/ 8. Podcast Episode 184: Proofing Vs Generalizing In Dog Training To Grow Skills And Confidence - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/184/ 9. Podcast Episode 141: Average Or Better Dog Training Question: What Did You Just Reward? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/141/ 10. Podcast Episode 144: Teach Your Dog To Listen No Matter What… Even If You Think They Are Stubborn - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/144/ 11. Podcast Episode 155: 10 Ways To Teach A Sit WITHOUT A Food Lure! Unreal Results For Puppies And Dogs Of All Ages - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/155/ 12. Podcast Episode 145: 10 Ways To Teach A Dog To Lay Down And How To Shape It Without Luring - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/145/ 13. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/j0M9efVJFmk
8/2/202312 minutes, 55 seconds
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Mindshifting Dog Behavior Problems To Overcome Extreme Training Challenges #221

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    I’ve just returned home from a trip to Houston, where I competed at an agility trial with my young dog This!, and we had an epically amazing weekend. Many of you know of the struggles This! and I have experienced, which is the inspiration for this episode. What mindset do people need to either work through extreme dog training challenges or support somebody in the midst of those challenges? Today, we’re covering strategic approaches to help clear the path forward for you and your dog.   In the episode you'll hear:   • What mindset has to do with extreme dog training challenges. • About the more challenging dogs in my life. • How I transitioned dog training methods with my Border Collie, Buzz. • Why some dogs stop listening to their handlers. • My mindset approach for dog trainers, dog owners and dog sport competitors. • Point 1: Create love and connection for and with the dog. • Point 2: Adopt a positive mindset even if it feels awkward. • Point 3: Use a strategic dog training program that prioritizes the dog’s emotional wellbeing. • Point 4: Daily conversations with your dog that are positive. • Point 5: The 3 types of peer support groups. • Point 6: Cultivate resilience and self-belief. • Point 7: See beyond the “box.” • Point 8: Identify healthy emotional outlets. • Point 9: The answers exist, so ask better questions. • Point 10: Importance of self-awareness and self-talk. • That mindset is the make-or-break factor to realizing our dogs’ potential and our own.   Resources:   1. Podcast Episode 203: Reactive, Unmotivated and Fearful: Finding Resiliency For This! Beyond Dog Training Part 1 - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/203/ 2. Book: Shaping Success by Susan Garrett - https://dogsthat.com/product/shaping-success-2/ 3. Podcast Episode 136: Help Your Excited Dog Calm Down And Stop Barking, Lunging, Spinning, Nipping - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/136/ 4. Podcast Episode 79: Reduce Anxiety and Grow Your Dog’s Confidence with These Pro Dog Training Tips - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/79/ 5. Podcast Episode 36: Puppy Selection: How I Do It and Why I Didn’t This! Time - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/36/ 6. Podcast Episode 78: How to Train a Rescue Dog with Behavior Problems - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/78/ 7. Podcast Episode 150: Adding Mindset To Your Dog Training Tools: Who Do You Become? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/150/ 8. Podcast Episode 172: How To Teach Your Dog Anything With My Training Plan - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/172/ 9. Podcast Episode 207: Rescue Dog Behavior: Training Rehomed Dogs Chat With Nadine Hehli and Simone Fasel - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/207/ 10. Podcast Episode 124: The Woo Side Of Dog Training: Power of Words - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/124/ 11. Podcast Episode 208: Brilliance, Resilience And Gratitude: Inspiration And Motivation With Elliott Connie - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/208/ 12. Podcast Episode 177: Dog Training Outside The Box: Transfer Of Value Case Study - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/177/ 13. Podcast Episode 204: Dog Behavior And Diet: Recovery For This! Beyond Dog Training Part 2 - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/204/ 14. Podcast Episode 71: Pro Dog Trainer’s Secret to Help Your Naughty Dog - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/71/ 15. Podcast Episode 176: Why Your Dog’s Emotions Are A Critical Element Of Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/176/ 16. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/DMkL2JlJJKo
7/26/202319 minutes, 16 seconds
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Help Humping, Barking, Destructive, Reactive Dogs Overcome Dysregulation: 4 Case Studies #220

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    I’m sharing four case studies of dogs that overcame incredibly undesirable behaviors: a humper, a home wrecker, a screamer, and a dog-reactive dog. How did they go from out-of-control to completely calm? From emotional dysregulation to habituation, I’m showing you my strategy for turning behavior problems around. One of these dogs was rehomed because he was so dysregulated – spoiler alert – there’s a twist you won’t want to miss!   In the episode you'll hear:   • Four case studies of dogs with dysregulated behavior. • Why over-excited dog humping is not a dominance display. • How to give dogs a better way to express their emotions vs. humping. • About a Golden Doodle with severe separation anxiety. • That not all separation anxiety is a learned behavior. • How nutrition, exercise, enrichment and empowered choice influence dog behavior. • The wrong ways dog owners employ enrichment toys. • Examples of co-regulation in helping dogs cope emotionally. • About the FRIDA protocol for dog separation anxiety. • About a rehomed rescue dog that destroyed all the furniture. • My strategy for helping a hyper-reactive dog overcome fear. • That you are your dog’s number one advocate regardless of others’ labels.   Resources:   1. Podcast Episode 46: Is Your Dog Trying to Dominate You and What You Can Do About It - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/46/ 2. Podcast Episode 89: Why Dogs Should Not Tug: The Truth Revealed - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/89/ 3. Podcast Episode 200: Solve Your Dog’s Separation Anxiety With FRIDA: Expanding Calm With Functional Relaxation - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/200/ 4. Crate Games Online - https://get.crategames.com/ 5. Podcast Episode 98: Puppy Home Alone: Are You Creating Chaos or Calm? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/98/ 6. Podcast Episode 219: Self-Regulation Helping Shy, Hyper, Anxious Or Fearful Dogs To A Better Life - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/219/ 7. Podcast Episode 191: Get Your Dog To Calm Down With This Common Sense Protocol For Relaxation - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/191/ 8. Podcast Episode 71: Pro Dog Trainer’s Secret to Help Your Naughty Dog - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/71/ 9. Podcast Episode 78: How to Train a Rescue Dog with Behavior Problems - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/78/ 10. Podcast Episode 133: Become Your Own Dog Training Coach With This Video Strategy - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/133/ 11. Podcast Episode 111: How An Anchor Dog Can Help Overcome Your Dog’s Anxiety Or Reactivity - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/111/ 12. Podcast Episode 204: Dog Behavior And Diet: Recovery For This! Beyond Dog Training Part 2 - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/204/ 13. Book: Shaping Success by Susan Garrett - https://dogsthat.com/product/shaping-success-2/ 14. YouTube Video: Dog Training Tip Reorienting at Triggers and Doors: Fence Fighting, Reactivity, Barrier Frustration - https://youtu.be/yULZD4U5ZaY 15. Podcast Episode 189: All The Things That Influence Your Dog’s Behavior And What Behavior Tells You - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/189/ 16. Podcast Episode 217: Understanding Emotional Regulation In Dogs To Create Calm - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/217/ 17. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/SsD631WuLwI
7/21/202318 minutes, 16 seconds
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Self-Regulation Helping Shy, Hyper, Anxious Or Fearful Dogs To A Better Life #219

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    Have you ever wondered why some dogs can walk down a path with their owner, encountering many dogs, but remain completely unfazed? Yet, other dogs see one single dog off in the distance and absolutely lose it. We’re talking about why this happens, the ability of dogs to regulate their emotions, and how we can help them. Plus, what you need to know about habituation and how dogs can grow the capacity to tune things out.   In the episode you'll hear:   • The stages of a dog's emotional regulation from reactivity to white noise. • About deconditioning triggers from reactivity through habituation. • If non-reactivity is possible for all dogs. • The difference between inhibited biting and true aggression in dogs. • That humans also have healthy and toxic ways of emotional self-soothing. • Why expecting more of our dog's emotional intelligence than our own is unfair. • 10 tips on helping your dog overcome stress and anxiety. • Examples of dysregulation in dogs and why it's not the same as reactivity. • To gauge expectations of your dog based on your own animal behavior education. • How to be aware of your dog's communication via their behavior. • How to co-regulate your dog's emotions in the heat of the moment. • A plan to move from co-regulation to self-regulation. • The reason why every sport dog I've owned has won a national championship. • The key data to record during dysregulated episodes. • How to teach your dog to make good choices. • The roles of skill, will and environment in your dog's decision making.   Recallers and Home School the Dog: Contact us at [email protected] with the subject line My Dog Needs Better Choices   Resources:   1. Podcast Episode 217: Understanding Emotional Regulation In Dogs To Create Calm - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/217/ 2. Podcast Episode 218: Puppy Development Stages And Your Dog’s Behavior - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/218/ 3. Podcast Episode 82: Resource Guarding in Puppies: When Your Puppy Biting Seems Aggressive - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/82/ 4. Podcast Episode 29: Understanding and Preventing Reactivity and Aggression in Your Dog - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/29/ 5. Podcast Episode 157: Dog Body Language: Understanding Canine Communication Signals And Emotions - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/157/ 6. Podcast Episode 172: How To Teach Your Dog Anything With My Training Plan - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/172/ 7. Podcast Episode 203: Reactive, Unmotivated and Fearful: Finding Resiliency For This! Beyond Dog Training Part 1 - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/203/ 8. Podcast Episode 204: Dog Behavior And Diet: Recovery For This! Beyond Dog Training Part 2 - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/204/ 9. YouTube Playlist: Exercising Your Dog's Body and Mind: Tips and Games with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy1ISzbaoCNh0NyLg3qgDG58 10. Podcast Episode 189: All The Things That Influence Your Dog’s Behavior And What Behavior Tells You - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/189/ 11. Podcast Episode 191: Get Your Dog To Calm Down With This Common Sense Protocol For Relaxation - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/191/ 12. Podcast Episode 200: Solve Your Dog’s Separation Anxiety With FRIDA: Expanding Calm With Functional Relaxation - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/200/ 13. YouTube Playlist: Mastery of Positive Reinforcement Based Dog Training with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy20_Ko8p2SaE6B2IT4o6g6K 14. Podcast Episode 198: What Does “Positive Is Not Permissive” Really Mean In Dog Training? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/198/ 15. Podcast Episode 98: Puppy Home Alone: Are You Creating Chaos or Calm? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/98/ 16. Podcast Episode 71: Pro Dog Trainer’s Secret to Help Your Naughty Dog - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/71/ 17. Podcast Episode 133: Become Your Own Dog Training Coach With This Video Strategy - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/133/ 18. Podcast Episode 197: Outsmarting Distractions: How To Use Environmental Reinforcement in Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/197/ 19. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/u10eSzly_40
7/19/202324 minutes, 16 seconds
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Puppy Development Stages And Your Dog's Behavior #218

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    Dogs experience seven developmental periods, from puppyhood to adulthood, and it's important we understand each. I'm covering the stages, what they mean for our dog's emotional growth and how we can build skills and confidence for the dogs in our lives. Knowing your puppy's or dog's current stage helps overcome behavior difficulties and guides your training choices.   In the episode you'll hear:   • The four criteria for deeper insight into a dog’s development phases. • How expectations of ourselves and our dogs should be distinct. • The three culprits of ‘dog training gone wrong.’ • The critical importance of understanding a dog’s motivations. • Why the environment you’re training in always wins. • The difference between a willing dog vs. dogs being labelled as wilful. • That dogs are always doing the best they can. • Stage 1 Dog Development: Neonatal (co-regulation from mother) • Stage 2 Dog Development: Transitional (2-4 weeks old) • Stage 3 Dog Development: First Socialization Period (4-7 weeks old) • Stage 4 Dog Development: Second Socialization Period (8-12 weeks old) • How mother dogs discipline their puppies through play. • Why it’s best to keep puppies together for at least nine weeks. • That the first ‘puppy fear period’ may begin at 8 to 12 weeks. • Why relationship games for bonding are critical when a puppy comes home. • How a puppy temporarily attaches themselves in a new or overwhelming environment. • Stage 5 Dog Development: The Juvenile Period (3mos -6mos old) • The importance of managing environments as a puppy’s confidence, independence and curiosity grows. • Stage 6 Dog Development: Adolescence (6 - 18 months old) • That the more informed dog owners become, the smarter the dog becomes. • Stage 7 Dog Development: Maturity Period (18 months - 3 years old) • Why focusing on a dog’s emotional well-being is as important as tricks, sports, and behavior.   Recallers: Contact us at [email protected] with the subject line My Dog Needs Skills   Resources:   1. Podcast Episode 197: Outsmarting Distractions: How To Use Environmental Reinforcement in Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/197/ 2. Podcast Episode 176: Why Your Dog’s Emotions Are A Critical Element Of Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/176/ 3. Podcast Episode 196: Why Mastering Reinforcement Is The Linchpin To Reinforcement Based Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/196/ 4. Podcast Episode 24: Help for Dogs who Chase Chipmunks, Bicycles, and Neighbor’s Cats (Distraction Intensity Index) - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/24/ 5. Podcast Episode 159: Help! My Puppy Is A Bully And Plays Too Rough - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/159/ 6. Podcast Episode 127: Puppy Socialization: Playtime For Puppies And Permissions - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/127/ 7. Podcast Episode 48: Potty Train Your Puppy in a Week (Easy 3 Step Process) - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/48/ 8. Podcast Episode 199: Puppy Fear Periods: Help For Socializing Puppies Or Rescue Dogs Scared Of People - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/199/ 9. Podcast Episode 44: Using Coincidences and Positive Associations in Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/44/ 10. Podcast Episode 217: Understanding Emotional Regulation In Dogs To Create Calm - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/217/ 11. Podcast Episode 204: Dog Behavior And Diet: Recovery For This! Beyond Dog Training Part 2 - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/204/ 12. Podcast Episode 107: Pedicure Please: 3 Steps To Dog Nail Trimming Or Grooming Success At Home! - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/107/ 13. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/BDmQBOA-bCA
7/14/202321 minutes, 34 seconds
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Understanding Emotional Regulation In Dogs To Create Calm #217

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    Do you know how your dog or puppy self-regulates or dysregulates? Or how your dog self-soothes? Most dog owners don’t, and it could be the root of behavioral challenges around your home. Dogs show dysregulation or self-regulation much like humans. Your dog’s responses aren’t the same as choosing right from wrong but a reflection of emotional regulation. Today I’m breaking down what healthy self-regulation looks like and how to recognize and help your dog’s coping mechanisms for a happier, healthier co-existence.   In the episode you'll hear:   • What you need to know before a visiting dog arrives in your home. • How to recognize self-regulation and dysregulation in dogs. • The definition of canine self-regulation. • That dogs don’t choose right from wrong. • What dysregulation looks like in dogs. • That resilience to stress is a byproduct of healthy self-regulation. • That puppies or rescue dogs cannot self-regulate instantly. • The possible signs of dysregulation puppies and dogs display. • Factors that contribute to canine dysregulation. • About my own puppy’s and rescue’s dysregulation. • How environment impacts self-regulation. • About normalizing certain conditions to help dogs. • What “destructive” dogs are really communicating. • The ways puppies and dogs naturally self-regulate. • About canine self-soothing behaviors and coping mechanisms. • How co-regulation facilitates self-regulation for dogs.   Resources:   1. YouTube Playlist: The Emotional State of Dogs with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy29pv3_9b7DZdMFJL9ZJPMy 2. Podcast Episode 64: Help! How Can I Tell My Dog He’s Wrong? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/64/ 3. Podcast Episode 78: How to Train a Rescue Dog with Behavior Problems - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/78/ 4. Podcast Episode 48: Potty Train Your Puppy in a Week (Easy 3 Step Process) - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/48/ 5. YouTube Playlist: Puppy Essentials with Susan Garrett Dog Training - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy2hywpv3Md3HbWWPPbVF8W5 6. Podcast Episode 204: Dog Behavior And Diet: Recovery For This! Beyond Dog Training Part 2 - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/204/ 7. Podcast Episode 112: Stressed Dog? How Trigger Stacking Might Be Putting Your Dog Over Threshold - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/112/ 8. Podcast Episode 200: Solve Your Dog’s Separation Anxiety With FRIDA: Expanding Calm With Functional Relaxation - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/200/ 9. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/p1fFwp14aLE
7/12/202317 minutes, 59 seconds
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Dog Sitting For A Friend? Top 10 Tips For Fun, Safety And Success #216

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    Have you ever had a friend or relative ask if you could look after their dog for the weekend or a short time while they are away? I’m sharing my top 10 tips for dog sitting in your home to help everyone have a good time. And if someone is going to be a pet sitter for you, the tips will also help! Very recently, I had the good fortune to look after a friend’s dog and my brother’s dog, and my tips focus on creating success and safety for everyone.   In the episode you'll hear:   • What you need to know before a visiting dog arrives in your home. • The reasons pet sitting might not be a good idea. • How to plan for the safety and security of everyone. • Getting to know the dog you will be looking after. • The things to discover about the dog who will be in your care. • What to give the dog’s people so they can help you prepare. • How to create psychological and physical safety for a visiting dog. • About planning your time with a dog who is a guest. • Why to do a sleep test for the dog you are minding. • The importance of daily communication with the dog’s person. • How to make a visiting dog feel special.   Resources For Your Visiting Dog’s Person:   1. Crate Games Online - https://get.crategames.com/ 2. Learn How to Play ItsYerChoice - https://recallers.com/iycsummit-join/ 3. Teaching a Dog to Sit - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/155/ 4. Teaching a Dog to Down - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/145/   Resources:   1. YouTube Playlist: Living with Multiple Dogs Tips with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy2ee0fquucowgCTcl1kCdO- 2. Podcast Episode 32: 20 Easy Ways to Exercise Your Dog at Home - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/32/ 3. YouTube Playlist: Fearful Dogs Help with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy0KAsqgnkMWv0v-5JGjNQG_ 4. Podcast Episode 48: Potty Train Your Puppy in a Week (Easy 3 Step Process) - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/48/ 5. YouTube Playlist: Exercising Your Dog's Body and Mind: Tips and Games with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy1ISzbaoCNh0NyLg3qgDG58 6. Podcast Episode 200: Solve Your Dog’s Separation Anxiety With FRIDA: Expanding Calm With Functional Relaxation - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/200/ 7. YouTube Playlist: The Emotional State of Dogs with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy29pv3_9b7DZdMFJL9ZJPMy 8. Podcast Episode 112: Stressed Dog? How Trigger Stacking Might Be Putting Your Dog Over Threshold - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/112/ 9. YouTube Video: How To Get Your Dog To Listen Outside Off Leash (Step By Step Guide) - https://youtu.be/Ei0lWFyAE50 10. YouTube Playlist: Dog Training Games with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy2TzttCtZVFwzwMGayAsaYe 11. Blog Post: All About Dogs Sleeping in the Bedroom - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2020/03/dogs-sleeping-in-the-bedroom/ 12. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/qOqhcy8nQ-4  
7/5/202312 minutes, 19 seconds
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What Your Destructive, Lunging, Nipping Or Hyper Dog Or Puppy Is Trying To Teach You #215

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    Life with dogs is not always easy, especially when they misbehave, blow you off, ignore you, embarrass you in public and generally create frustration. Some days, you might even wonder if you should have a dog or if your dog would be better off with someone else. You are not alone, and I’m going to tell you a story on how finding a different pathway can open the door to amazing grace for your dog and, most importantly, for you.   In the episode you'll hear:   • That we get the dogs we get for a reason. • The story of Bob and his dog Buddy and their life together. • How not giving up can lead you to find new pathways. • Why dog training can be like an iceberg and what matters is underneath. • Why grace can change the way you look at the world and yourself. • How creating a deep connection with a dog can change our life.   Connected Dog Video Series Our Connected Dog Series is on now at  https://learn.doggyflix.com/interactive/   Resources:   1. Podcast Episode 78: How to Train a Rescue Dog with Behavior Problems - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/78/ 2. Podcast Episode 154: Car Vacations With Dogs: Tips To Make Holiday Road Trips Safe And Fun For All - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/154/  3. Susan Garrett’s DogsThat YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/@DogsThat 4. Podcast Episode 189: All The Things That Influence Your Dog’s Behavior And What Behavior Tells You - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/189/ 5. Podcast Episode 186: 2 Types Of Connection With Dogs: Dog Agility And Daily Life Case Studies - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/186/ 6. Podcast Episode 150: Adding Mindset To Your Dog Training Tools: Who Do You Become - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/150/ 7. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/iZA1NCEJYzE 
5/22/202317 minutes, 54 seconds
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England Banned Shock Collars, Here’s Why That Could Be Sad News #214

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    England has banned using remote electric shock collars on dogs starting from February 2024. Why do I find this sad if shock collars aren’t tools I use or advocate? And why is the term “shock collar” offensive to some who use them? I’m covering both questions, why many people will be upset with me about my thoughts on the e-collar ban and alternate solutions for people and dogs.   In the episode you'll hear:   • The pros and cons of England’s ban on e-collars. • Why the term “shock collar” triggers some dog trainers. • The three groups of people who use shock collars and why. • Why shocking dogs for ‘bad’ behaviors is not a solution. • That one of the biggest pet store chains in North America stopped selling e-Collars. • That banning one punishment device could make an even worse one popular. • How the way we choose to train dogs relates to the stories we tell ourselves. • The ways people try to manage their dog’s behavior and justifications for e-Collar use. • My curiosity as to why some elite dog sports competitors are still using shock collars. • How the positive reinforcement dog training community can advocate through education.   Resources:   1. YouTube Playlist: Dog Bite Prevention with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy2Cvc3386SVYrHSEgh5Pl0b 2. Podcast Episode 157: Dog Body Language: Understanding Canine Communication Signals And Emotions - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/157/  3. YouTube Playlist: Dog Body Language, Communication Signals, and How to Read Dogs with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy2IwzRwAWcG0yK8oez1nPU0 4. Podcast Episode 30: Why Dog Crates Are Not Dog Cages - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/30/ 5. Podcast Episode 33: How Do I Stop My Dog Counter Surfing?! - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/33/ 6. Podcast Episode 168: Creating Confidence For Anxious, Stressed Or Reactive Dogs Part 1 - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/168/ 7. YouTube Playlist: The Emotional State of Dogs with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy29pv3_9b7DZdMFJL9ZJPMy 8. Podcast Episode 196: Why Mastering Reinforcement Is The Linchpin To Reinforcement Based Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/196/ 9. YouTube Playlist: Mastery of Positive Reinforcement Based Dog Training with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy20_Ko8p2SaE6B2IT4o6g6K 10. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube -https://youtu.be/GXh4K-EWnMA
5/12/202313 minutes, 52 seconds
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Dog Training Careers And Social Media: Chat With Emily Larlham Of @kikopup #213

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    Emily Larlham, aka Kikopup, has forged the path for dog trainers on social media, spreading the word about progressive reinforcement training. 17 years ago, Emily’s first YouTube video was released, and she has been creating a positive change for dogs and people the world over ever since. Emily graciously joined me for a chat about how Kikopup started and her background in animal rescue, conservation and working with shelter dogs. Enjoy this extract from our livestream celebrating 200 episodes of Shaped by Dog.   In the episode you'll hear:   • Advice for aspiring dog trainers on the positive reinforcement path. • The origin of the now famous Kikopup YouTube channel. • About Emily’s start in dog training and why mentors matter. • That working with shelter dogs shaped Emily's dog training career. • How Emily handles the pressures of training in the public eye. • Emily’s advice for dog trainers growing their social media presence.   Catch the 200 Episodes Celebration Replay and After Party Opportunities Click Here for the Livestream Replay, PDF Downloads and Special Online Program Opportunities - https://dogsthat.com/sbd-celebrate-episode-200/   Resources:   1. Kikopup on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/@kikopup 2. Dogmantics Dog Training: Official Kikopup Website - https://dogmantics.com/ 3. Kikopup on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/kikopup/ 4. Podcast Episode 78: How to Train a Rescue Dog with Behavior Problems - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/78/ 5. YouTube Playlist: The Emotional State of Dogs with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy29pv3_9b7DZdMFJL9ZJPMy  6. Mary Ray Videos on the Crufts YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/@crufts/search?query=mary%20ray 7. Podcast Episode 68: 3 Easy Tricks Every Dog Should Know - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/68/ 8. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/jCwKwHVdLr8  
5/10/202311 minutes, 27 seconds
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Becoming A Dog Trainer: Training Tips Talk With Canine Diva, Laurie C. Williams #212

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    The legendary Laurie C. Williams, our one and only Canine Diva, joins me for a chat on what it really takes to be in the business of training dogs. Laurie and I are kindred spirits and started dog training way back when compulsion was standard for any dog training class. We have forged paths to bring positive reinforcement to the forefront and inspire up-and-coming dog trainers to make a career in helping dog owners have the best relationship possible with the dogs in their life. Enjoy this extract from our livestream celebrating 200 episodes of Shaped by Dog.   In the episode you'll hear:   • Advice for aspiring dog trainers on the positive reinforcement path. • How dog training communities evolved from kennel clubs to social media. • Why a good professional dog trainer needs to be a “people person” first. • Why respect must be earned from your audience authentically. • Why first-time dog owners often make the best students. • About dog training on social media and advice for longevity. • Why to hone dog training skills first so you can show and not simply tell. • Why Laurie’s top tip for dog trainers is to talk less, train more. • That the average dog training student will only take a class for 8 weeks. • How Laurie structured her class offerings with levels so students could make the most progress. • About pushing through fear in your dog training business. • The importance of qualifying the right students for you vs. anyone off the street.   Catch the 200 Episodes Celebration Replay and After Party Opportunities Click Here for the Livestream Replay, PDF Downloads and Special Online Program Opportunities - https://dogsthat.com/sbd-celebrate-episode-200/   Resources:   1. Pup N’ Iron Canine Enrichment Center: Laurie’s Training School Website - https://www.pupniron.com/ 2. Laurie Williams on Pet Life Radio - https://www.petliferadio.com/laurie_williams.html 3. The Canine Diva on TikTok - https://www.tiktok.com/@thecaninediva 4. The Canine Diva on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/thecaninediva/ 5. Podcast Episode 37: Dog Training as a Career - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/37/ 6. Podcast Episode 80: Does Your Dog Love You? Let’s Talk Relationships - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/80/ 7. Podcast Episode 7: You, Your Dog, Maslow and Lizard Brain - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/7/ 8. Podcast Episode 102: Transitioning Your Dog Training: From All That Is Wrong To That Which Is Right - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/102/ 9. YouTube Playlist: The Heart / Mind Connection Side of Dog Training with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy1ruLW0CujlHgzCiTLK2Rfh 10. Links for The Canine Diva - https://linktr.ee/thecaninediva 11. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/-kQZPUP1KFw
5/5/202322 minutes, 17 seconds
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Confident Working Protection Dogs: Training Chat With Matt Folsom of Modern Malinois #211

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    Social media sensation and protection dog trainer Matt Folsom of Modern Malinois, joins me to chat about dog training. Matt is a skilled trainer dedicated to continual growth and uses luring to achieve brilliant results. Although we approach dog training with different methods for different reasons, including how our minds work, we have mutual respect and a lot in common in the way we create a great relationship with dogs and use the things individual dogs love as reinforcers. Enjoy this extract from our livestream celebrating 200 episodes of Shaped by Dog.   In the episode you'll hear:   • Why I want you to meet my friend Matt Folsom of Modern Malinois, master protection dog trainer. • How Matt’s autism and my dyslexia influence our approaches to dog training, including luring vs. shaping. • The difference between Matt’s luring mastery compared to typical luring and how he fades the lure. • Matt’s philosophy on raising puppies, including why he does not want a professional puppy but a professionally trained adult dog. • Our shared philosophy on relationship first and using what a dog loves most to create brilliant behavior. • Why to push the boundaries when training dogs for their benefit. • About Matt’s commitment to continually improving dog training and leaving tools like prong collars behind. • Insight on a training game that makes people say WOW and how it creates a dopamine release for dogs.   Catch the 200 Episodes Celebration Replay and After Party Opportunities Click Here for the Livestream Replay, PDF Downloads and Special Online Program Opportunities - https://dogsthat.com/sbd-celebrate-episode-200/   Resources:   1. Modern Malinois on TikTok - https://www.tiktok.com/@modernmalinois 2. DogsThat on TikTok - https://www.tiktok.com/@dogsthat  3. Modern Malinois on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/@modernmalinois 4. Modern Malinois Website - https://modernmalinois.com/ 5. Podcast Episode 50: Can Your Worst Challenge Make You a Better Dog Trainer? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/50/ 6. Podcast Episode 175: Food Luring VS Shaping In Dog Training: How Science Changed How I Teach Dogs - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/175/ 7. Podcast Episode 196: Why Mastering Reinforcement Is The Linchpin To Reinforcement Based Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/196/ 8. Podcast Episode 194: The Invisible Reason Your Dog Is Ignoring You - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/194/ 9. Podcast Episode 176: Why Your Dog’s Emotions Are A Critical Element Of Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/176/ 10. YouTube Video: Two Dog Training Experts 70+ Years of Experience Talk Reinforcement (Chat with Steve White) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azaRcHN2CUQ 11. Podcast Episode 174: Dopamine In Dog Training: Anticipation, Rewards, And The Transfer Of Value - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/174/ 12. Modern Malinois YouTube Live Video: Bitework with Matt Folsom - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUf7ge7teyU 13. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/327yASVbU4s
5/3/202323 minutes, 27 seconds
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Tips On Finding Time To Dog Train When Life Is Busy: Chat With Natalia Nizker #210

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    Sometimes people think training dogs with positive reinforcement requires a huge time investment. It’s a myth. My students play quick training games to build skills fast with layers. But don’t take it from me. Meet Natalia Nizker, a full-time elementary school teacher and non-profit rescue volunteer with three young boys, two young dogs (a German Shepherd and Belgian Malinois), and one husband. Natalia is also a trick dog trainer in her spare time! Natalia has tips on fitting dog training time into a busy life and how understanding layered learning leads to well-behaved dogs. Enjoy this extract from our livestream celebrating 200 episodes of Shaped by Dog.   In the episode you'll hear:   • That training with positive reinforcement can fit into daily life. • How dog training games are perfect for busy lives and happy dogs. • Hacks for fitting dog training into full schedules. • How training with layered shaping becomes part of daily life. • About introducing a new puppy with household harmony in mind. • How trick training can boost a dog’s confidence and deepen your bond. • Why all dog training is essentially trick training. • How to choose games to play with your dog in stressful environments.   Catch the 200 Episodes Celebration Replay and After Party Opportunities Click Here for the Livestream Replay, PDF Downloads and Special Online Program Opportunities - https://dogsthat.com/sbd-celebrate-episode-200/   Resources:   1. Podcast Episode 209: What Professional Dog Trainers Want Everyone To Know: Talking Dogs With Kamal Fernandez - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/209/ 2. Podcast Episode 190: Using Daily Quickies To Fast Track Your Dog Training And Grow Your Dog’s Skills - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/190/ 3. Podcast Episode 72: Preventing Dog Aggression: Introducing Dogs or Puppies with Project Togetherness - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/72/ 4. Podcast Episode 153: Dog Muzzles: Everything You Need To Know And How To Muzzle Train Dogs - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/153/ 5. Podcast Episode 171: Dog Training With Layered Shaping: Why Classical Conditioning Must Come First - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/171/ 6. Podcast Episode 186: 2 Types Of Connection With Dogs: Dog Agility And Daily Life Case Studies - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/186/ 7. Podcast Episode 79: Reduce Anxiety and Grow Your Dog’s Confidence with These Pro Dog Training Tips - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/79/ 8. YouTube Playlist: Susan Garrett's Dog Training Philosophy and Training Processes -  https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy2An5_3KqDPqFVV6J6dYsYx 9. Podcast Episode 172: How To Teach Your Dog Anything With My Training Plan - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/172/ 10. Podcast Episode 176: Why Your Dog’s Emotions Are A Critical Element Of Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/176/  11. Podcast Episode 112: Stressed Dog? How Trigger Stacking Might Be Putting Your Dog Over Threshold - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/112/ 12. Podcast Episode 24: Help for Dogs who Chase Chipmunks, Bicycles, and Neighbor’s Cats (Distraction Intensity Index) - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/24/ 13. Podcast Episode 20: Bridging the Gap Between Blame and Kindness in Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/20/ 14. Podcast Episode 8: Get Your Dog in the Belief Loop of Awesome - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/8/ 15. Podcast Episode 182: The Game Within The Game: How To Multiply Your Dog’s Reinforcements - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/182/ 16. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/_DNDgy6X-Es
4/28/202312 minutes, 23 seconds
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What Professional Dog Trainers Want Everyone To Know: Talking Dogs With Kamal Fernandez #209

Visit us at shapedbydog.com   We're talking dogs with my friend, UK’s Kamal Fernandez, elite dog sports coach and competitor, international seminar presenter, author, featured dog trainer on TV shows 'Dogs Might Fly' and 'The Dog Academy' and one of my long-time online students. We're chatting about the essential things anyone with a dog needs to know. The tips are the same for companion dogs through to those wanting to train for world-level dog sports competitions. Enjoy this extract from our livestream celebrating 200 episodes of Shaped by Dog.   In the episode you'll hear:   • Insights on everything reinforcing for dogs and how it can work for or against us. • Why labels about dogs can hold us back and limit what our dogs can achieve. • The power of five-minute dog training sessions vs. long time-consuming classes. • Examples of unknowingly rewarding problem dog behaviors. • Examples of transferring value from what a dog loves to what we want them to do. • How tapping into a dog’s unique needs will bring training results. • Why Kamal’s dog training superpowers are empathy and humor. • That dogs are always doing the best they can in circumstances outside their control. • Why truly positive reinforcement-based dog trainers become positive reinforcement-based people.   Catch the 200 Episodes Celebration Replay and After Party Opportunities Click Here for the Livestream Replay, PDF Downloads and Special Online Program Opportunities - https://dogsthat.com/sbd-celebrate-episode-200/   Resources:   1. Kamal Fernandez’s Website - https://www.kamalfernandezonlinetraining.com/ 2. Podcast Episode 208: Brilliance, Resilience And Gratitude: Inspiration And Motivation With Elliott Connie - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/208/ 3. The Dog Academy - UK TV Show Channel 4 - https://www.channel4.com/programmes/the-dog-academy 4. YouTube Playlist: Reinforcement, Permissions and Transfer of Value in Dog Training with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy1IUj_4P54q2PIuLNtnXjFO 5. Podcast Episode 8: Get Your Dog in the Belief Loop of Awesome - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/8/ 6. Podcast Episode 207: Rescue Dog Behavior: Training Rehomed Dogs Chat With Nadine Hehli and Simone Fasel - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/207/ 7. Podcast Episode 122: Being Present With Empathy In Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/122/ 8. Podcast Episode 190: Using Daily Quickies To Fast Track Your Dog Training And Grow Your Dog’s Skills - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/190/ 9. Podcast Episode 166: Puppy Freedom: How Much Is Too Much? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/166/ 10. Podcast Episode 196: Why Mastering Reinforcement Is The Linchpin To Reinforcement Based Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/196/ 11. Podcast Episode 90: Premack, Dog Training and Transfer of Value - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/90/ 12. Podcast Episode 6: The Art of Manipulation - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/6/ 13. Podcast Episode 117: What’s More Important Than Your Dog Training Sessions? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/117/ 14. Podcast Episode 151: How Location Specific Reinforcement Markers Will Improve Your Dog Training! - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/151/ 15. Podcast Episode 11: The Power of Permission in Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/11/ 16. Podcast Episode 200: Solve Your Dog’s Separation Anxiety With FRIDA: Expanding Calm With Functional Relaxation - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/200/ 17. YouTube Playlist: Reactive or Aggressive Dogs: Key Insights with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy0Tbd6ZybIXgJk3mtpBLLk7 18. YouTube Playlist: Fearful Dogs Help with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy0KAsqgnkMWv0v-5JGjNQG_ 19. Podcast Episode 194: The Invisible Reason Your Dog Is Ignoring You - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/194/ 20. Podcast Episode 195: Making Your Mind Your Most Powerful Dog Training Tool - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/195/ 21. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/Ukf9zFnIMIg
4/26/202316 minutes, 14 seconds
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Brilliance, Resilience And Gratitude: Inspiration And Motivation With Elliott Connie #208

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    Accomplished psychotherapist Elliott Connie of Solution Focused Brief Therapy graciously joined me for a conversation that turned into 10 minutes of inspiration and motivation for dog training and life in general. If you’ve ever had days when you doubt your dog training, you are not alone, and Elliott’s insights will carry you through when things are not going to plan. It starts with knowing you are awesome and that your brilliance is far more noticeable and far more impactful than your flaws. Enjoy this extract from our livestream celebrating 200 episodes of Shaped by Dog.   In the episode you'll hear:   • About embracing the best version of ourselves. • How Elliott’s solution-focused therapy stems from a sincere love for his clients. • Why change is possible when you invite the best version of your client or student into the room. • Elliot’s tips for frustrated dog owners when training isn’t going as expected. • That gratitude can be everything and how to start. • How attuning to your brilliance transfers to all facets of your life.   Catch the 200 Episodes Celebration Replay and After Party Opportunities Click Here for the Livestream Replay, PDF Downloads and Special Online Program Opportunities - https://dogsthat.com/sbd-celebrate-episode-200/   Resources:   1. Elliott Connie’s Website - https://elliottconnie.com/ 2. Elliott Connie’s Aha! Moments Podcast on YouTube - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLRLxxjmoBtDroPiyqz7Jbf_3nKU8FAVDO 3. YouTube Playlist: Susan Garrett's Dog Training Philosophy and Training Processes - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy2An5_3KqDPqFVV6J6dYsYx 4. YouTube Playlist: The Heart / Mind Connection Side of Dog Training with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy1ruLW0CujlHgzCiTLK2Rfh 5. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/jN9KgAm_0T0
4/21/202310 minutes, 41 seconds
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Rescue Dog Behavior: Training Rehomed Dogs Chat With Nadine Hehli And Simone Fasel #207

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    Meet the brilliant minds behind the groundbreaking FRIDA Protocol for dog separation anxiety, Nadine Hehli and Simone Fasel, rising stars of positive reinforcement training in Europe. Nadine and Simone have a depth of experience in training rescue dogs, the challenges a rehomed dog might present, and overcoming problems so that rescue dogs can live their best life, and that’s the topic of our conversation. This episode is an extract of our live stream celebrating 200 episodes of Shaped by Dog.   In the episode you'll hear:   • How Nadine and Simone transformed Frida, a hyper, reactive, overly-anxious rescue dog, into a calm, confident family member. • The challenges rescue dogs can bring with them and how to help them. • Why overwhelm about Frida’s anxiety never happened due to trusting the dog training process. • About the gap between expectation and reality with rescue dogs that can create doubt in new owners. • The importance of creating joy for dogs in the present moment. • Advice for overcoming dog training frustration by focusing on what you want your dog to do. • How Nadine and Simone integrated a new puppy into their multi-dog household. • That confidence comes from training the dog in front of you without labeling them. • How breaking big behaviors down into mini lessons creates confidence and quickens learning. • Why giving dogs choice and control is vital for their well-being. • Tips for first-time dog owners beginning their positive reinforcement training journey.   Canine Separation Anxiety Protocol Click Here for Episode 200: Solve Your Dog’s Separation Anxiety With FRIDA: Expanding Calm With Functional Relaxation - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/200/   Catch the 200 Episodes Celebration Replay and After Party Click Here for the Livestream Replay, PDF Downloads and Special Online Program Opportunities - https://dogsthat.com/sbd-celebrate-episode-200/   Resources:   1. Podcast Episode 200: Solve Your Dog’s Separation Anxiety With FRIDA: Expanding Calm With Functional Relaxation - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/200/ 2. Leben mit Hunden Website - https://www.lebenmithunden.eu/ 3. Podcast Episode 71: Pro Dog Trainer’s Secret to Help Your Naughty Dog - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/71/ 4. YouTube Playlist: Reactive or Aggressive Dogs: Key Insights with Susan Garrett - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy0Tbd6ZybIXgJk3mtpBLLk7 5. Podcast Episode 13: Naming Your Puppy or Dog - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/13/ 6. YouTube Playlist: Loose Leash Walking with Susan Garrett -  https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy1mGMfdVKXq_hiJ27Ej1shW 7. Podcast Episode 72: Preventing Dog Aggression: Introducing Dogs or Puppies with Project Togetherness - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/72/ 8. Podcast Episode 183: What Does “Train The Dog In Front Of You” Really Mean? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/183/ 9. Podcast Episode 172: How To Teach Your Dog Anything With My Training Plan - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/172/ 10. Podcast Episode 171: Dog Training With Layered Shaping: Why Classical Conditioning Must Come First - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/171/ 11. Podcast Episode 154: Car Vacations With Dogs: Tips To Make Holiday Road Trips Safe And Fun For All - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/154/ 12. Podcast Episode 157: Dog Body Language: Understanding Canine Communication Signals And Emotions - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/157 13. Podcast Episode 78: How to Train a Rescue Dog with Behavior Problems - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/78/ 14. Join Recallers with our 200 Episodes Celebration After Party Opportunity - https://dogsthat.com/sbd-celebrate-episode-200/ 15. Podcast Episode 189: All The Things That Influence Your Dog’s Behavior And What Behavior Tells You - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/189/ 16. Podcast Episode 203: Reactive, Unmotivated and Fearful: Finding Resiliency For This! Beyond Dog Training Part 1 - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/203 17. Podcast Episode 204: Dog Behavior And Diet: Recovery For This! Beyond Dog Training Part 2 - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/204/ 18. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/O3mjQGAO9vI  
4/19/202330 minutes, 4 seconds
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First Dog Agility Competition: Creating Joy For This! By Maximizing Reinforcement #206

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    In episodes 203 and 204, I shared a two-part deep dive on the metabolic and performance struggles overcome by This!, my 2.5 year-old Border Collie. After a road to recovery with dotted with setbacks, I entered This! in the World Team Tryouts for dog agility. In this episode, I’m sharing my plan, my goal, how I achieved it, and how it could impact your dog training, even if you don’t do dog sports.   In the episode you'll hear:   • My strategy to maximize joy for dog sport competitions, matches, and training classes. • Why I consciously chose a lighthearted attitude and commissioned a custom leash that sparks joy. • My planning so that This!'s first agility competition could be a success for her. • A review of our agility and jumpers runs at the big event. • My 5-step strategy for injecting joy into any activity or experience with your dog. • Step 1: Create a goal of maximizing joy. • Step 2: Know the rules around how you're able to reinforce the dog during the event or activity. • How we used a 'chase-tug-restrain' game for joy for This! at the event. • Step 3: Create a strategic plan around where and when you'll provide high value reinforcement. • Step 4: Rehearse the plan. • Step 5: Execute the plan with joy, have fun and celebrate! • How to use FEO / NFC opportunities to create joy for dogs. • How the energy of the crowd supporting me and This! moved me deeply. • Why allowing yourself grace is vital because everyone, including me, was a beginner once. • That joy results from clarity and how that boosts your dog's confidence.   Resources:   1. Podcast Episode 203: Reactive, Unmotivated and Fearful: Finding Resiliency For This! Beyond Dog Training Part 1  - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/203/ 2. Podcast Episode 204: Dog Behavior And Diet: Recovery For This! Beyond Dog Training Part 2  - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/204/ 3. 4MyMerles Creations (Tug Toys, Leashes and More)  - https://www.4mymerles.com/product-category/say-yes/ 4. Podcast Episode 172: How To Teach Your Dog Anything With My Training Plan  - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/172/ 5. Podcast Episode 205: The Hidden World Of Reinforcement For Dogs And Why You Need To Know  - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/205/ 6. YouTube Video: Dog Training Reinforcement Process: How, Where and When Are You Rewarding Your Dog?  - https://youtu.be/JgmJ5f_u594 7. YouTube Playlist: Mastery of Positive Reinforcement Based Dog Training  - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy20_Ko8p2SaE6B2IT4o6g6K 8. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube  - https://youtu.be/OuGiUXUKbDw
4/14/202317 minutes, 50 seconds
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The Hidden World Of Reinforcement For Dogs And Why You Need To Know

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    To become great at reinforcement-based dog training, you have to get great at the use of reinforcement. I’m covering the hidden world of reinforcers for dogs and why to know the what, when, where and who of reinforcement. It goes well beyond the use of training treats and toy rewards. Awareness of everything reinforcing gives exponential ways to multiply the value of reinforcement in your dog training and to understand your dog's behavior.   In the episode you'll hear:   • How to identify your dog’s hidden reinforcers and leverage them to your advantage. • The clear definition of what reinforcement truly is. • Examples of what a dog finds reinforcing and the influence of when, where and with whom it’s experienced. • How different conditions can multiply or nullify the value of a reinforcer. • When water makes a great reinforcer and a tip to increase its value when appropriate. • That you don’t need super high value reinforcement every time you train. • How interaction and your body language reinforces your dog. • What you need to know about negative reinforcement for unwanted behaviors. • Why the things that lead to dogs chasing are reinforcing. • Types of destructive and productive activities dogs find rewarding. • That where you train, and the conditions greatly impact your training success. • Why every distraction outside of fear is reinforcing to your dog. • Why movement, like a flirt pole, is sometimes better than food rewards around distractions. • What to use to your advantage to create more value for reinforcements when training.   Resources:   1. Podcast Episode 196: Why Mastering Reinforcement Is The Linchpin To Reinforcement Based Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/196/ 2. Podcast Episode 197: Outsmarting Distractions: How To Use Environmental Reinforcement in Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/197/ 3. Tasty Treats Recipes eBook - https://dogsthat.com/tastytreats/ 4. West Paw Toppl Treat Toys - https://www.westpaw.com/products/toppl-treat-toy 5. Kong Toys - https://www.kongcompany.com/ 6. YouTube Playlist: Loose Leash Walking with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy1mGMfdVKXq_hiJ27Ej1shW 7. Podcast Episode 40: Using A Head Halter On A Dog, Why My Approach Is So Different - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/40/ 8. YouTube Video: Understanding Your Dog's Reinforcement Zone (RZ) with Susan Garrett - https://youtu.be/OaUAScgaFAg 9. Podcast Episode 24: Help for Dogs who Chase Chipmunks, Bicycles, and Neighbor’s Cats (Distraction Intensity Index) - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/24/ 10. Podcast Episode 154: Car Vacations With Dogs: Tips To Make Holiday Road Trips Safe And Fun For All - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/154/ 11. Podcast Episode 162: Dogs Swimming: 5 Must Do Steps For Dogs Who Hate Or Love The Water - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/162/ 12. Podcast Episode 127: Puppy Socialization: Playtime For Puppies And Permissions - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/127/ 13. Podcast Episode 121: How To Stop Dogs Jumping Up On People - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/121/ 14. Podcast Episode 88: Barrier Frustration: Help for Fence Fighting, Leash Reactivity and Window Guarding - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/88/ 15. Podcast Episode 42: Behavior Chains: Are You Teaching Your Dog to be Bad to be Good? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/42/ 16. Crate Games Online - https://get.crategames.com/ 17. Podcast Episode 172: How To Teach Your Dog Anything With My Training Plan - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/172/ 18. Podcast Episode 111: How An Anchor Dog Can Help Overcome Your Dog’s Anxiety Or Reactivity - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/111/ 19. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/p1UWLxdDPEI
4/12/202325 minutes, 49 seconds
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Dog Behavior And Diet: Recovery For This! Beyond Dog Training Part 2 #204

Visit us at shapedbydog.com     In episode 203, I told the story of the behavior struggles I’ve had with my two-and-a-half-year-old Border Collie This! and the timeline of our challenges that were beyond dog training. And this episode is part two, covering how we began making changes to her diet, the practitioners who helped me help This!, and what I am doing now to ensure that This! has a life of joy. I also want to add a disclaimer that I am not a Veterinarian or Nutritionist. I just want to let you know the journey This! and I have been on together.   In the episode you'll hear:   • How I narrowed This!'s lack of drive and joy for work down to nutrition. • That you can't dog train a problem that isn't a dog training problem. • How an Austrian naturopath helped me help This!. • Why my naturopath requested photographs of my dogs' gums and what they revealed. • Why I believe a raw food diet is the best option for my dogs. • The help I received from Dr. Laurie Coger, an integrative and functional medicine veterinarian. • The role ancestral geographic origins have in nutrition. • About our IC Peeps roundtable with Unlocking the Canine Ancestral Diet author Steve Brown. • About Dr. Peter Dobias and the results of the heavy metal analysis of This!'s fur sample. • My process for balancing This!'s diet and what I observed. • How an herbalist used acupressure points to balance This!'s endocrine system. • What I'm doing now in dog training to help This! have joy. • How weekly Flyball classes are helping. • What This! is eating now, and my hope for raw food manufacturers. • The reason I entered This! into World Team Tryouts. • Why I believe This!'s comeback will be bigger than her setbacks.   Resources:   1. Podcast Episode 203: Reactive, Unmotivated and Fearful: Finding Resiliency For This! Beyond Dog Training Part 1 - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/203/ 2. Dr. Laurie Coger: The Healthy Dog Workshop - https://healthydogworkshop.com/about/ 3. *Book: Unlocking the Canine Ancestral Diet by Steve Brown  -https://geni.us/unlocking-ancestral 4. Dr. Peter Dobias Website - https://peterdobias.com/ 5. Podcast Episode 183: What Does “Train The Dog In Front Of You” Really Mean? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/183/ 6. Podcast Episode 172: How To Teach Your Dog Anything With My Training Plan - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/172/ 7. Podcast Episode 174: Dopamine In Dog Training: Anticipation, Rewards, And The Transfer Of Value - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/174/ 8. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube  - https://youtu.be/OhlV8M10O2U   *Amazon Links Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Susan only recommends products she uses herself, and all opinions expressed here are her own. The link above is an affiliate link that, at no additional cost to you, we may earn a small commission if you decide to buy from it. Thank you!
3/31/202321 minutes, 58 seconds
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Reactive, Unmotivated and Fearful: Finding Resiliency For This! Beyond Dog Training Part 1 #203

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    Over the past couple of years, I’ve documented many challenges my dog This! and I have overcome, like reactivity, fear, resource guarding, and car sickness, to name a few behavior issues. And then, at an agility seminar here at my facility, This! fell apart. Now it’s time to put everything together. I have a two-part series outlining a timeline of This!’s struggles and what I’ve discovered to help her and any other dogs.   In the episode you'll hear:   • How This! falling apart at an agility seminar was a symptom of a larger problem. • Why you can’t dog train something that isn’t a dog training problem. • The origins of This!’s name and that there are no coincidences. • What I began noticing about This!’s body mechanics early in puppyhood. • That This! only showed true drive for activities of adrenaline like chasing. • About the reactivity, resource guarding, car sickness, stunted growth, and joylessness experienced by This!. • How anything involving thinking for This! led to her decompressing for hours. • Why my only focus for This! became her joy. • How a naturopath came into my life to help me help This!. • About This!’s growth stall relative to her littermates. • What agility jump grids help us notice in our agility dogs. • This!’s immediate performance improvement after nutritional changes.   Resources:   1. YouTube Video: Normalizing Imperfection in Dog Training  - https://youtu.be/X_f1hm_XhJM 2. Podcast Episode 189: All The Things That Influence Your Dog’s Behavior And What Behavior Tells You  - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/189/ 3. Podcast Episode 36: Puppy Selection: How I Do It and Why I Didn’t This! Time  - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/36/ 4. *Book: The Resilience Project: Finding Happiness Through Gratitude, Empathy and Mindfulness by Hugh van Cuylenburg  - https://geni.us/resilience-project 5. Instagram Video: Fixing Sloppy Puppy Sits  - https://www.instagram.com/p/CG_PIBdHh5s/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link 6. Podcast Episode 155: 10 Ways To Teach A Sit WITHOUT A Food Lure! Unreal Results For Puppies And Dogs Of All Ages  - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/155/ 7. YouTube Video: Understanding Your Dog's Reinforcement Zone (RZ) with Susan Garrett  - https://youtu.be/OaUAScgaFAg 8. Podcast Episode 174: Dopamine In Dog Training: Anticipation, Rewards, And The Transfer Of Value  - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/174/ 9. Podcast Episode 66: Resource Guarding: Dog vs Dog Aggression  - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/66/ 10. Podcast Episode 75: Stop Motion Sickness: Helping Your Puppy or Dog Love the Car  - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/75/ 11. Podcast Episode 111: How An Anchor Dog Can Help Overcome Your Dog’s Anxiety Or Reactivity  - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/111/ 12. Podcast Episode 171: Dog Training With Layered Shaping: Why Classical Conditioning Must Come First  - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/171/ 13. Carolyn McIntyre Website  - http://www.mcrehabilitation.com/ 14. Kim Collins Website  - http://www.pawsitivesteps.ca/index.html 15. Podcast Episode 162: Dogs Swimming: 5 Must Do Steps For Dogs Who Hate Or Love The Water  - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/162/ 16. VOSM: Dr Sherman Canapp and Dr Debra Canapp  - https://vetsportsmedicine.com/ 17. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube  - https://youtu.be/ph0ud1Xx9I8   *Amazon Links Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Susan only recommends products she uses herself, and all opinions expressed here are her own. The link above is an affiliate link that, at no additional cost to you, we may earn a small commission if you decide to buy from it. Thank you!
3/29/202327 minutes, 49 seconds
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Getting A Happy Well Behaved Dog With The ABCs Of Training #202

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    “Susan, how do I get what you get with your dogs?” is frequently asked, and the answer is the topic of this episode. We’re looking at 8 zones in your dog’s life, how you can use those zones to your advantage, and what the habits of success look like to get a well behaved dog. The scientific term for setting environments and situations up for your dog’s success is ‘antecedent arrangements’, and understanding how it works will bring you and your dog a life of joy together.   In the episode you'll hear:   • How to get with your dog what I have with my dogs. • That success and failure leave clues for dog training. • The power of antecedent arrangements for creating success for you and your dog. • About eight zones of your dog’s life to use to your advantage. • How the stories we tell ourselves aren’t always true and undermine our potential. • Why I believe wholeheartedly that you and your dog can be brilliant. • The Antecedent-Behavior-Consequence (ABC) cycle that reinforces behavior. • How I helped my dog This! with her fears and reactivity. • Examples of unpredictable situations with dogs and how to manage them. • The deciding factors for having a well-trained dog.   Resources:   1. Podcast Episode 197: Outsmarting Distractions: How To Use Environmental Reinforcement in Dog Training  - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/197/ 2. YouTube Playlist: Behavior Chains in Dog Training with Susan Garrett  - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy36FqDOVAwoHy87MhWFUxVd  3. Podcast Episode 24: Help for Dogs who Chase Chipmunks, Bicycles, and Neighbor’s Cats (Distraction Intensity Index)  - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/24/ 4. Podcast Episode 166: Puppy Freedom: How Much Is Too Much?  - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/166/ 5. Podcast Episode 150: Adding Mindset To Your Dog Training Tools: Who Do You Become?  - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/150/ 6. Podcast Episode 26: Pro Dog Training Tips to Get Your Puppy to Sleep All Night  - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/26/ 7. Podcast Episode 102: Transitioning Your Dog Training: From All That Is Wrong To That Which Is Right  - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/102/ 8. West Paw Toppl Treat Toys  - https://www.westpaw.com/products/toppl-treat-toy 9. PDF Download: How To Make A Snuffle Mat  - https://dogsthat.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/03/Building-a-Snuffle-Mat.pdf 10. Podcast Episode 172: How To Teach Your Dog Anything With My Training Plan  - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/172/ 11. Podcast Episode 190: Using Daily Quickies To Fast Track Your Dog Training And Grow Your Dog’s Skills  - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/190/ 12. Podcast Episode 112: Stressed Dog? How Trigger Stacking Might Be Putting Your Dog Over Threshold  - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/112/ 13. Podcast Episode 103: Excited Or Suspicious Dog? Dealing With Your Dog’s Emotions  - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/103/ 14. Podcast Episode 191: Get Your Dog To Calm Down With This Common Sense Protocol For Relaxation  - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/191/ 15. Podcast Episode 111: How An Anchor Dog Can Help Overcome Your Dog’s Anxiety Or Reactivity  - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/111/  16. YouTube Playlist: Reactive or Aggressive Dogs: Key Insights with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy0Tbd6ZybIXgJk3mtpBLLk7 17. Sniffspot - https://www.sniffspot.com/ 18. YouTube Playlist: Susan Garrett's Dog Training Philosophy and Training Processes  - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy2An5_3KqDPqFVV6J6dYsYx 20. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/UD6TJidqVTM
3/24/202314 minutes, 55 seconds
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Can Dog Training Be Effective, Efficient AND Compassionate? #201

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    We get a lot of great comments on our videos, and sometimes I come across one that inspires a podcast episode like this one. I’m answering a very thoughtful question that many people might have. Should you abandon one training philosophy for another when results appear elusive? And should you pick a dog training lane and stay in that lane? Professional dog trainers often forget what it’s like to be starting out. That can lead to learning overwhelm and students feeling less confident about the education they’re getting and giving their dogs, so it’s important for everyone to know the direction they are heading.   In the episode you'll hear:   • A listener question about abandoning a dog training method when results could be around the corner. • Why compassionate, efficient, and effective dog training is the trifecta of my methodology. • The difference between finding behaviors to praise vs. behaviors to punish. • False assumptions that some balanced dog trainers make about positive reinforcement. • That with enough time, any dog training method will work, but there are other considerations. • Questions to ask yourself when your dog doesn’t behave as you expected. • How my mentor Bob Bailey defines the difference between a good trainer and a great trainer. • What “behavior is a function of consequence” means with dog training as an example. • Why I believe the use of aversives to change behavior in dog training are antiquated. • The two factors of mechanics and the other 23 hours of the day in dog training progress.   Resources:   1. DogsThat YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/@DogsThat 2. Podcast Episode 185: I Tried That, It Didn’t Work - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/185/ 3. Podcast Episode 195: Making Your Mind Your Most Powerful Dog Training Tool - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/195/ 4. YouTube Playlist: Reinforcement, Permissions and Transfer of Value in Dog Training - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy1IUj_4P54q2PIuLNtnXjFO 5. Podcast Episode 193: Do Different Dogs Really Need Different Dog Training Methods? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/193/ 6. YouTube Playlist: Mastery of Positive Reinforcement Based Dog Training - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy20_Ko8p2SaE6B2IT4o6g6K 7. YouTube Playlist: Susan Garrett's Dog Training Philosophy and Training Processes - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy2An5_3KqDPqFVV6J6dYsYx 8. Podcast Episode 197: Outsmarting Distractions: How To Use Environmental Reinforcement in Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/197/ 9. Podcast Episode 74: Yes, Susan Garrett’s Dogs Sniff On Walks - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/74/ 10. Podcast Episode 11: Episode 11: The Power of Permission in Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/11/ 11. YouTube Video: Understanding Your Dog's Reinforcement Zone (RZ) - https://youtu.be/OaUAScgaFAg 12. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-tPwWEe18M
3/22/202314 minutes, 18 seconds
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Solve Your Dog's Separation Anxiety With FRIDA: Expanding Calm With Functional Relaxation #200

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    If you've ever owned or seen a dog who suffers from separation anxiety, you know how heartbreaking that can be. I'm sharing a 10-step protocol that will turn the dog training world on its head because it's like nothing that is out there for separation anxiety help. It's the FRIDA Protocol created by two of my European students, who are amazing dog trainers, Nadine Hehli and Simone Fasel, to help their rescue dog Frida with her extreme separation anxiety. The protocol is now helping many more dogs, and I'm bringing you the steps to overcoming canine separation anxiety for our special 200th episode of Shaped by Dog.   In the episode you'll hear:   • A case study of Nadine and Simone's rescue dog, Frida, who overcame severe separation anxiety. • Why typical approaches to separation anxiety don't work for extreme cases. • The 10 steps of the FRIDA Protocol to help dogs with separation anxiety. • What equipment you'll need to get started, including a snuffle mat and remote feeder. • The foundations for success with the FRIDA Protocol. • Why functional relaxation to create calm for dogs is a critical component. • Reminders about the body language of calm dogs vs. anxious dogs. • When and how to introduce remote feeders and WiFi cameras to work through separation anxiety. • How to begin fading in barriers that allow the dog freedom of movement in their "Fortress of Calm". • When to introduce "Hidden Treasures" for your dog. • Why remote feeders aren't babysitters. • When and how to leave your dog home alone for the first time. • How to create calm relaxation for your dog in other places like the car.   Separation Anxiety Online Program: Register your interest in having Nadine and Simone’s Online Program for Separation Anxiety in English - https://dogsthat.com/separation-anxiety/   Dog Gear Mentioned for the FRIDA Protocol: *West Paw Toppl Treat Toys - https://geni.us/toppl *Snuffle Mat - https://geni.us/snuffle_mat *Bowser Donut Dog Bed - https://geni.us/bowser-bed *Ex-Pen - https://geni.us/ex-pen-white *PetGeek Remote Feeder - https://geni.us/petgeek-dispenser *Treat & Train Remote Feeder - https://geni.us/treat-train *Ring Stick Up Cam - https://geni.us/ring-stick-up-cam Kong Toys - https://www.kongcompany.com/   Resources:   1. FRIDA Protocol for Separation Anxiety Online Program (German) - https://www.lebenmithunden.eu/entspannt_alleine_frida 2. YouTube Playlist: Exercising Your Dog's Body and Mind: Tips and Games with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy1ISzbaoCNh0NyLg3qgDG58 3. Podcast Episode 189: All The Things That Influence Your Dog’s Behavior And What Behavior Tells You - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/189/ 4. Podcast Episode 191: Get Your Dog To Calm Down With This Common Sense Protocol For Relaxation - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/191/ 5. Podcast Episode 157: Dog Body Language: Understanding Canine Communication Signals And Emotions - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/157/ 6. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/nr-qRKBCPUE *Amazon Links Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Susan only recommends products she uses herself, and all opinions expressed here are her own. The link above is an affiliate link that, at no additional cost to you, we may earn a small commission if you decide to buy from it. Thank you!
3/8/202324 minutes, 2 seconds
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Puppy Fear Periods: Help For Socializing Puppies Or Rescue Dogs Scared Of People #199

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    Most puppies go through a ‘Fear Period’ stage, which can include fear of objects, adults, children, and other dogs. Unfortunately, many popular strategies taught to counter puppy fear are the absolute worst things possible. I’m covering three things you should never do when your puppy or rescue dog displays fear of people and what to do instead to create confident and empowered dogs.   In the episode you'll hear:   • The bad advice given when puppies show fear of people. • What 'flooding' is and why it intensifies fears. • The 3E's of Environment, Education and Empowerment for puppy and rescue dog socializing. • About empowering your dog with choice vs. controlling them. • Cues and games that grow confidence for puppies and dogs. • How to use a distinct noise to refocus a puppy's attention when they're worried. • Ways to change the environment easily by changing your appearance. • How to set up "training dens" in your home and increase confidence for puppies or rescue dogs. • What body language looks like for confident and joyful dogs. • How to manage and train in environments with potential fear triggers for your dog. • What to do when you have houseguests that your dog or puppy fears.   Shaped by Dog Episode 200 Online Celebration Event: Register to get the news to join us for an online party for Episode 200! - https://dogsthat.com/sbd-celebrate-episode-200/   Learn to Play ItsYerChoice: https://recallers.com/iycsummit-join   Resources:   1. Crate Games Online - https://get.crategames.com/ 2. Podcast Episode 191: Get Your Dog To Calm Down With This Common Sense Protocol For Relaxation - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/191/ 3. YouTube Video: Susan Garrett’s Perch Work Dog Tricks (Pivots and Spins) - https://youtu.be/O6sj6fTJnFc 4. YouTube Playlist: Target Training for Dogs with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy3ylCyQ2bJQSCwo_ERiVHj3 5. Podcast Episode 89: Why Dogs Should Not Tug: The Truth Revealed - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/89/ 6. YouTube Video: All About Trick Training and Wag Nation (Teach Crawl) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PS0gchkhTXU 7. Podcast Episode 175: Food Luring VS Shaping In Dog Training: How Science Changed How I Teach Dogs - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/175/ 8. Podcast Episode 111: How An Anchor Dog Can Help Overcome Your Dog’s Anxiety Or Reactivity - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/111/ 9. Podcast Episode 157: Dog Body Language: Understanding Canine Communication Signals And Emotions - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/157/ 10. Podcast Episode 4: T.E.M.P. (Tail, Eyes/Ears, Mouth, Posture) - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/4/ 11. Podcast Episode 112: Stressed Dog? How Trigger Stacking Might Be Putting Your Dog Over Threshold - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/112/ 12. Podcast Episode 58: How to Create Kid Friendly Dogs and Dog Friendly Kids - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/58/ 13. Podcast Episode 68: 3 Easy Tricks Every Dog Should Know - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/68/ 14. YouTube Video: Normalizing Imperfection in Dog Training - https://youtu.be/X_f1hm_XhJM 15. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/-QDtHTbpHpY
3/3/202323 minutes, 54 seconds
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What Does "Positive Is Not Permissive" Really Mean In Dog Training? #198

Visit us at shapedbydog.com   The way we train with positive reinforcement might seem a little out there as we put our dog’s emotions first, and if our dog does not do what we want them to do, we don’t punish or correct. It might even make you wonder what sort of anarchy we have in our lives with our dogs! But it’s not like that at all because one of the guiding principles I’ve been talking about since the 90s is that positive is not permissive.   In the episode you'll hear:   • What “positive not permissive” really means. • Why the relationship we have with our dog weaves into everything. • How expectations and consistency create clarity for dogs. • The reasons a dog might not be meeting your expectations. • That dog training can be part of everything you do. • What a day might look like in your life with your dog. • The hierarchy of behaviors to consider. • Why recall, retrieve and relax are my top priorities. • Games you can play with your dog for life skills. • The reason loose leash walking begins at home. • Tips to fit dog training into everyday life with daily quickies.   Shaped by Dog Episode 200 Online Celebration Event: Register to get the news to join us for an online party for Episode 200! - https://dogsthat.com/sbd-celebrate-episode-200/ Learn to Play ItsYerChoice: https://recallers.com/iycsummit-join   Resources:   1. Crate Games Online - https://get.crategames.com/ 2. Podcast Episode 171: Dog Training With Layered Shaping: Why Classical Conditioning Must Come First - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/171/ 3. Podcast Episode 107: Pedicure Please: 3 Steps To Dog Nail Trimming Or Grooming Success At Home! - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/107/ 4. Podcast Episode 20: Bridging the Gap Between Blame and Kindness in Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/20/ 5. Podcast Episode 27: Do Dogs Need Rules? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/27/ 6. Podcast Episode 99: When Reinforcement Based Dog Training Doesn’t Work - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/99/ 7. YouTube Playlist: Dog Won't Listen or Ignores You? Susan Garrett's Training Tips to Get Your Dog Listening Anywhere - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy0HiauCoyVrDAWr1VeAWPES 8. Podcast Episode 26: Pro Dog Training Tips to Get Your Puppy to Sleep All Night - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/26/ 9. Podcast Episode 150: Adding Mindset To Your Dog Training Tools: Who Do You Become? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/150/ 10. YouTube Playlist: Puppy Essentials with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy2hywpv3Md3HbWWPPbVF8W5 11. Podcast Episode 190: Using Daily Quickies To Fast Track Your Dog Training And Grow Your Dog’s Skills - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/190/ 12. Podcast Episode 178: Dog Walking: Why To Start, How Often, And Where - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/178/ 13. Podcast Episode 191: Get Your Dog To Calm Down With This Common Sense Protocol For Relaxation - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/191/ 14. Podcast Episode 158: Stop Your Dog’s Unwanted Behaviors With This Positive Interrupter - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/158/ 15. YouTube Playlist: Loose Leash Walking with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy1mGMfdVKXq_hiJ27Ej1shW 16. YouTube Playlist: Dog Training Games with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy2TzttCtZVFwzwMGayAsaYe 17. YouTube Video: Susan Garrett’s Perch Work Dog Tricks (Pivots and Spins) - https://youtu.be/O6sj6fTJnFc 18. Podcast Episode 153: Dog Muzzles: Everything You Need To Know And How To Muzzle Train Dogs - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/153/ 19. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/e26e7BfX2j4
3/1/202322 minutes, 8 seconds
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Outsmarting Distractions: How To Use Environmental Reinforcement in Dog Training #197

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    The expression about Vegas casinos that “the house always wins” is like the one about dog training: The environment always wins. But it doesn’t have to be true when you learn to use the  environment to your advantage. Mastering reinforcement means understanding what your dog values most, and there are many things dogs value. Once you know where the reinforcement is for your dog, you can build yourself into that reinforcement so that it is you, not the environment, winning your dog’s focus.   In the episode you'll hear:   • The role environments play in your dog’s reinforcers. • How “jackpot” dopamine creates value for dogs. • How a negative prediction error encourages dogs to repeat and escalate behavior. • Where counter surfing really starts (and it’s not at the counter). • Why you need to be aware of the thing before the thing. • How to neutralize distracting environments to win your dog’s focus. • Why training puppies and dogs in the bathroom is ideal in the beginning. • How to grow the environment in your dog training. • What to do when you know your dog will ignore you, with the example of playing with other dogs. • Why and when to give your dog surprise high value rewards. • Tips for building yourself into all the reinforcement your dog receives.   Shaped by Dog Episode 200 Online Celebration Event Register to get the news to join us for an online party for Episode 200! https://dogsthat.com/sbd-celebrate-episode-200/   Resources:   1. Podcast Episode 196: Why Mastering Reinforcement Is The Linchpin To Reinforcement Based Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/196/ 2. Podcast Episode 174: Dopamine In Dog Training: Anticipation, Rewards, And The Transfer Of Value - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/174/ 3. Podcast Episode 172: How To Teach Your Dog Anything With My Training Plan - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/172/ 4. Podcast Episode 33: How Do I Stop My Dog Counter Surfing?! - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/33/ 5. Podcast Episode 162: Dogs Swimming: 5 Must Do Steps For Dogs Who Hate Or Love The Water - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/162/ 6. Podcast Episode 16: The Thing Before Your Dog’s Thing - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/16/ 7. YouTube Video: Understanding Your Dog's Reinforcement Zone (RZ) with Susan Garrett - https://youtu.be/OaUAScgaFAg 8. ItsYerChoice Game - https://recallers.com/iycsummit-join/ 9. Crate Games Online - https://get.crategames.com/ 10. Podcast Episode 191: Get Your Dog To Calm Down With This Common Sense Protocol For Relaxation - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/191/ 11. Podcast Episode 166: Puppy Freedom: How Much Is Too Much? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/166/ 12. YouTube Playlist: Dog Training Games with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy2TzttCtZVFwzwMGayAsaYe 13. YouTube Video: Training Your Dog In New Places: Create Success With Environmental Manipulation - https://youtu.be/MPmOnTSOUJ0 14. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/u5Mi_DwU35A
2/24/202320 minutes, 17 seconds
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Why Mastering Reinforcement Is The Linchpin To Reinforcement Based Dog Training #196

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    There's a very good chance that you, like me, want to train your dog with reinforcement. It aligns with the kind of person you want to be both for your dog and for the world. To get really good behaviors with dogs as a positive reinforcement trainer, you have to get masterful at all that is reinforcing. That's the topic of this episode, and I'm including case studies of two of my dogs, Buzz and Belief and the layers of learning with reinforcement that create amazing skills.   In the episode you'll hear:   • A video review and breakdown of retrieve training with my dog, Buzz, from the 90's. • How you troubleshoot dog sports competition training using positive reinforcement. • Examples of popular, but bad, training advice I received that's still taught today. • How my puppy recalls from play brilliantly because of incremental layers of learning. • Why positive reinforcement is new and revolutionizing centuries of dog training. • How I pioneered positive reinforcement in dog agility training, even when told it would not work. • Why dog training using positive reinforcement is more reliable for recalls and more. • Why consent and cooperation create trust for nail trimming, etc. • The importance of knowing and growing what your dog values in different environments. • How dogs learn to earn reinforcement and how the value transfers to you. • Why teaching dogs "do" works better than teaching "don't." • The truth that you're one good strategy away from a better life with your dog. Shaped by Dog Episode 200 Online Celebration Event Register to get the news to join us for an online party for Episode 200! https://dogsthat.com/sbd-celebrate-episode-200/ Resources:   1. YouTube Playlist: Target Training for Dogs with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy3ylCyQ2bJQSCwo_ERiVHj3 2. Podcast Episode 155: 10 Ways To Teach A Sit WITHOUT A Food Lure! Unreal Results For Puppies And Dogs Of All Ages - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/155/ 3. Podcast Episode 145: 10 Ways To Teach A Dog To Lay Down And How To Shape It Without Luring - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/145/ 4. YouTube Video: Puppy Belief's Training Progress Update: 9 Months Old - https://youtu.be/b6HBZKx7jNs 5. Podcast Episode 146: Balanced Dog Training: Does It Really Exist? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/146/ 6. YouTube Video: Understanding Your Dog's Reinforcement Zone (RZ) with Susan Garrett - https://youtu.be/OaUAScgaFAg 7. Podcast Episode 107: Pedicure Please: 3 Steps To Dog Nail Trimming Or Grooming Success At Home! - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/107/ 8. YouTube Playlist: Susan Garrett's Dog Training Philosophy and Training Processes - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy2An5_3KqDPqFVV6J6dYsYx 9. Tasty Treats Recipe eBook - https://dogsthat.com/tastytreats/ 10. YouTube Playlist: Reinforcement, Permissions and Transfer of Value in Dog Training with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy1IUj_4P54q2PIuLNtnXjFO 11. Blog Post with Video: The Transfer of Value in Dog Training - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2018/02/transfer-of-value-in-dog-training/ 12. Podcast Episode 190: Using Daily Quickies To Fast Track Your Dog Training And Grow Your Dog’s Skills - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/190/ 13. Learn to Play ItsYerChoice - https://recallers.com/iycsummit-join/ 14. Crate Games Online - https://get.crategames.com/ 15. Podcast Episode 191: Get Your Dog To Calm Down With This Common Sense Protocol For Relaxation - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/191/ 16. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/aDe3GiJRXVg
2/22/202320 minutes, 37 seconds
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Making Your Mind Your Most Powerful Dog Training Tool #195

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    Why would a dog training program work or not work for some people? I had the chance to approach dog training from a place of curiosity on social media recently and learned a lot. There was also a comment that got me thinking about approaches to dog training, especially our mind's approach. How our mind matters for dog training success is the topic of this episode, plus I have some bonus book recommendations and a Wag Nation special enrollment surprise.   In the episode you'll hear:   • The two types of students guaranteed to get dog training results. • The difference between successful and lackluster training outcomes. • How our intentional mindset determines our outcomes. • About nature vs. nurture and our ability to change at any time. • About fixed vs. growth mindset in relation to your dog. • Why we should challenge labels and fixed mindsets with curiosity. • About noticing how you show up for others when "squeezed" by life. • How to pinpoint what's holding you back from achieving dog training goals. • The characteristics of students who thrive in DogsThat classrooms. • Where to find lessons in failure. • What we can learn from "The 4 Disciplines of Execution". • About the book "Measure What Matters". • That anyone can achieve a growth mindset. • How to get our Wag Nation and Home School the Dog discount bundle. Wag Nation and Home School the Dog Valetine’s Opportunity Valentine’s Week Bundle https://dogsthat.com/love-wn/ Resources: 1. *Book - Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck - https://geni.us/mindset-book 2. *Book - The 4 Disciplines of Execution by Chris McChesney, Sean Covey, Jim Huling - https://geni.us/4-disciplines 3. *Book - Measure What Matters Paperback by John Doerr - https://geni.us/measurewhatmatters 4. Podcast Episode 150: Adding Mindset To Your Dog Training Tools: Who Do You Become? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/150/ 5. Podcast Episode 186: 2 Types Of Connection With Dogs: Dog Agility And Daily Life Case Studies - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/186/ 6. Podcast Episode 121: How To Stop Dogs Jumping Up On People - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/121/ 7. Podcast Episode 190: Using Daily Quickies To Fast Track Your Dog Training And Grow Your Dog’s Skills - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/190/ 8. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/LRBmRAHjQ9w *Amazon Links Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Susan only recommends products she uses herself, and all opinions expressed here are her own. The link above is an affiliate link that, at no additional cost to you, we may earn a small commission if you decide to buy from it. Thank you! 
2/15/202319 minutes, 19 seconds
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The Invisible Reason Your Dog Is Ignoring You #194

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    Have you ever watched those of us who have dogs on the same wavelength as us, and we ask them to do something, and they do it immediately? The dogs are excited and engaged, keen to listen, and can't wait for the next thing we ask them to do. Now, you might look at your dog’s behavior and think, "that's not possible for me!" but I believe it is possible for you, and I believe the possibility is closer than you may think.   In the episode you'll hear:   • How having a dog enthused to work with you is easier than you think. • The three possible relationships we have with dogs and why I want harmony. • Why being curious about outcomes creates success. • A reminder that progress is not linear but a journey of peaks and valleys that teach us. • How to create value for yourself in your dog's eyes • Tips for transfer of value with a puppy or rescue dog. • Why playing games creates confidence and joy in your dog. • How the layers of learning stack so your dog can be brilliant and engaged. • That behavior is information about what a dog needs and their communication. • Why giving dogs a choice makes them enthusiastic about engaging with us. • About considering ego or soul in your relationship with your dog. Crate Games and ItsYerChoice Get Crate Games Online: https://get.crategames.com/ Learn how to play ItsYerChoice: https://recallers.com/iycsummit-join/   Resources:   1. Podcast Episode 189: All The Things That Influence Your Dog’s Behavior And What Behavior Tells You - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/189/ 2. Podcast Episode 177: Dog Training Outside The Box: Transfer Of Value Case Study - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/177/ 3. YouTube Playlist: Puppy Essentials with Susan Garrett Dog Training - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy2hywpv3Md3HbWWPPbVF8W5 4. Podcast Episode 78: How to Train a Rescue Dog with Behavior Problems - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/78/ 5. YouTube Playlist: How to Train a Dog to Sit and Stay: Step-by-Step Guide with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy2Hq4zfUmUf5VKNGAn3gwsD 6. Podcast Episode 145: 10 Ways To Teach A Dog To Lay Down And How To Shape It Without Luring - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/145/ 7. YouTube Playlist: Reinforcement, Permissions and Transfer of Value in Dog Training with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy1IUj_4P54q2PIuLNtnXjFO 8. YouTube Video: Puppy's First Training with Susan Garrett: Shaping, Targeting and Collar Conditioning - https://youtu.be/ticB_1Twx6E 9. Podcast Episode 40: Using A Head Halter On A Dog, Why My Approach Is So Different - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/40/ 10. Podcast Episode 153: Dog Muzzles: Everything You Need To Know And How To Muzzle Train Dogs - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/153/ 11. YouTube Playlist: Dog Training Games with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy2TzttCtZVFwzwMGayAsaYe 12. Home School the Dog - https://dogsthat.com/hstd-joinnow/ 13. Recallers - https://recallers.com/ 14. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/SdCQuzXcm2M
2/3/202312 minutes, 46 seconds
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Do Different Dogs Really Need Different Dog Training Methods? #193

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    Somebody has likely told you that not all dogs can be trained the same way and that different methods are needed for different dogs. Is there truth behind this? I'm covering how different dogs might need different training approaches, but the word philosophy should replace method. Plus, I'm sharing why the dog training philosophy I choose aligns with my heart and an invitation to everyone to consider trying something different.   In the episode you'll hear:   • How any dog can be trained using kindness, clarity and choice-based games. • Why my philosophy doesn't involve the use of positive punishment. • That the expectations of ourselves should be higher than those we put on our dogs. • The difference between dog training philosophies and dog training techniques. • How my training approach will differ for dogs as individuals. • About the dark history of dog training and its slow evolution. • How my training method was mocked decades ago but is now widely adopted. • My invitation to open-minded dog trainers who use positive punishment. • How confirmation bias subtly influences our worldviews. • Why I choose to train with kindness, choice, clarity, and positive reinforcement. • Different ways I change my training technique based on what a dog needs.   Resources   1. Podcast Episode 150: Adding Mindset To Your Dog Training Tools: Who Do You Become? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/150/ 2. Podcast Episode 146: Balanced Dog Training: Does It Really Exist? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/146/ 3. Podcast Episode 33: How Do I Stop My Dog Counter Surfing?! - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/33/ 4. Podcast Episode 189: All The Things That Influence Your Dog’s Behavior And What Behavior Tells You - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/189/ 5. Podcast Episode 176: Why Your Dog’s Emotions Are A Critical Element Of Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/176/ 6. Podcast Episode 46: Is Your Dog Trying to Dominate You and What You Can Do About It - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/46/ 7. Podcast Episode 187: When To Listen To Your Heart In Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/187/ 8. Podcast Episode 175: Food Luring VS Shaping In Dog Training: How Science Changed How I Teach Dogs - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/175/ 9. Podcast Episode 8: Get Your Dog in the Belief Loop of Awesome - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/8/ 10. YouTube Playlist: Susan Garrett's Dog Training Philosophy and Training Processes - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy2An5_3KqDPqFVV6J6dYsYx 11. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xH1JqN34Sr0&feature=youtu.be
2/1/202317 minutes, 11 seconds
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Barking, Broken Recalls, Wildlife, Dog Trainer Personality And More Questions Answered #192

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    This episode is brought to you by YOU! I’m answering questions submitted on the DogsThat socials on wide ranging aspects of life with dogs – including how human personality types impact training and dog choice, perseverance when progress stalls, fixing broken recall words, over-aroused dogs, barking in hounds, my fitness regimen, living with littermates, ignoring wildlife, weave poles, handling the unexpected, and so much more.   In the episode you'll hear:   • Answers to your popular questions about dogs. • Does an owner’s personality influence their dog training? • How to persevere in the midst of a dog training struggle. • How to fix a broken recall word and when to replace it. • What are dog instincts and over-arousal, and can they be inhibited or leveraged? • How do you get hounds to stop barking? • How do you physically train yourself? • Advice for training littermates - multiple dogs that are siblings with separation anxiety. • How to become an accredited reinforcement-based dog trainer in an unregulated industry. • When to start weave poles for agility dogs? • Thoughts on office dog behavior and training requirements? • Best car travel safety tips and products for dogs of all sizes? • What to do when another dog attacks yours? • How to react during sudden scares on walks and loud noises. • Is there any breed unfit for first-time dog owners? • Coping with cliques in dog sports. • How do you train a dog to ignore wildlife? Recallers Discover more and join our waitlist: https://recallers.com/   Resources   1. DogsThat on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/susangarrettdogsthat/ 2. DogsThat on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/susangarrettdogagility 3. YouTube Playlist: Dog Won't Listen or Ignores You? - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy0HiauCoyVrDAWr1VeAWPES 4. Podcast Episode 191: Get Your Dog To Calm Down With This Common Sense Protocol For Relaxation - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/191/ 5. Functional Patterns - https://functionalpatterns.com/pages/find-a-practitioner 6. Podcast Episode 181: Training Multiple Dogs to Wait Turns and Relax - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/181/ 7. Podcast Episode 37: Dog Training As a Career - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/37/ 8. The Academy for Dog Trainers (Jean Donaldson) - https://www.academyfordogtrainers.com/ 9. IAABC - https://m.iaabc.org/ 10. Karen Pryor Academy - https://karenpryoracademy.com/ 11. Susan Garrett’s Playlists on our DogsThat YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/@DogsThat/playlists 12. Podcast Episode 164: The Danger Of Car Travel For Dogs: Evaluating Your Risk - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/164/ 13. Podcast Episode 45: My Dog Just Got Jumped, Now What? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/45/ 14. YouTube Video: Should My Dog Be Off Leash Right Now? - https://youtu.be/CiygnLThS6Y 15. Podcast Episode 24: Help for Dogs who Chase Chipmunks, Bicycles, and Neighbor’s Cats (Distraction IntensityIndex) - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/24/ 16. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/12oI1_gKwMs
1/27/202318 minutes, 50 seconds
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Get Your Dog To Calm Down With This Common Sense Protocol For Relaxation #191

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    Imagine having a way to trigger your dog to relax. Consider the benefits and applications in everyday life like vet visits, the groomers or travel. It’s not hypnosis. It’s a protocol involving conditioning, capturing and shaping your dog’s behavior to create calm in key moments. The ability to cue relaxation is valuable for ALL dogs, not just those who are hyper or anxious. In fact, we all have personal relaxation protocols, and in this episode, I’m sharing what I frequently use for myself and my dogs to settle down.   In the episode you'll hear:   • Why every dog should have a protocol for relaxation regardless of temperament. • About common triggers for relaxation and ones I use for my dogs. • How to help anxious or over aroused dogs with intentional calming mannerisms. • My breathing technique for triggering the parasympathetic nervous system to counter stress. • How to induce a calm state for dogs step-by-step. • Why we play ItsYerChoice to help dogs relax. • How to positively condition your dog’s relaxation trigger. • My capturing technique and tips when dogs are in their “chill zones”. • When to begin shaping and adding a calm release word. • How to assess your dog’s emotional state with TEMP and an app. • About using a remote feeder to add duration to the chill zone. ItsYerChoice Summit Learn how to play ItsYerChoice: https://recallers.com/iycsummit-join/   Resources   1. Podcast Episode 86: How to Train Unmotivated or Overexcited Dogs - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/86/ 2. Podcast Episode 107: Pedicure Please: 3 Steps To Dog Nail Trimming Or Grooming Success At Home! - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/107/ 3. Dirty Dog Doormats - https://dgspetproducts.com/products/dirty-dog-doormats 4. Podcast Episode 136: Help Your Excited Dog Calm Down And Stop Barking, Lunging, Spinning, Nipping - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/136/ 5. Podcast Episode 189: All The Things That Influence Your Dog’s Behavior And What Behavior Tells You - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/189/ 6. Podcast Episode 171: Dog Training With Layered Shaping: Why Classical Conditioning Must Come First - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/171/ 7. Podcast Episode 151: How Location Specific Reinforcement Markers Will Improve Your Dog Training! - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/151/ 8. Podcast Episode 180: Taking Your Puppy To A Café Or Restaurant: Socialization Success - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/180/ 9. Podcast Episode 4: T.E.M.P. (Tail, Eyes/Ears, Mouth, Posture) - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/4/ 10. Cardalis App - iOS - https://apps.apple.com/us/app/cardalis/id569166179 11. Cardalis App - Android - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ceva.cardalisv2&hl=en_AU&gl=US&pli=1 12. *PetSafe Treat and Train Remote Reward Dog Trainer - https://geni.us/treat-train 13. *PETGEEK IQ Training Treat Dispenser - https://geni.us/petgeek-dispenser 14. Podcast Episode 190: Using Daily Quickies To Fast Track Your Dog Training And Grow Your Dog's Skills - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/190/ 15. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRmLd4k5qGk&feature=youtu.be   *Amazon Links Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Susan only recommends products she uses herself, and all opinions expressed here are her own. The link above is an affiliate link that, at no additional cost to you, we may earn a small commission if you decide to buy from it. Thank you!
1/25/202320 minutes, 28 seconds
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Using Daily Quickies To Fast Track Your Dog Training And Grow Your Dog's Skills #190

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    In August 2021, I released a special video about my dog, This!, titled “Normalizing Imperfection in Dog Training”, covering our challenges so that everyone with a dog knows that struggling at some point in life together is completely normal. In that video, I encouraged everyone to take daily action to make tomorrow better than today for you and your dog. It doesn’t mean blocking out big chunks of time. Dog training with “Daily Quickies” is how I get so much accomplished without having long dog training sessions, and in this episode, I’m covering how easy it can be so that you can put it into action.   In the episode you'll hear:   • How to intentionally build behaviors in short training sessions aka “Daily Quickies”. • That all behavior is either growing or falling to pieces unless we're mindful about reinforcement. • My priorities for training husbandry, manners, life skills and dog sports skills. • That conditioning positive emotional responses for dogs to husbandry is critical. • How Daily Quickies differ from formal training sessions. • Examples of short games to play for loose leash walking. • How splitting behaviors down into quick games contributes to growing skills and confidence. • Why using Daily Quickies helps you become a person who sees what's possible for dogs.   Resources:   1. YouTube Video: Normalizing Imperfection in Dog Training - https://youtu.be/X_f1hm_XhJM 2. Podcast Episode 131: How Would Susan Garrett Plan Your Dog Training Sessions? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/131/ 3. Podcast Episode 141: Average Or Better Dog Training Question: What Did You Just Reward? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/141/ 4. YouTube Playlist: Reinforcement, Permissions and Transfer of Value in Dog Training with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy1IUj_4P54q2PIuLNtnXjFO 5. YouTube Playlist: The Emotional State of Dogs with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy29pv3_9b7DZdMFJL9ZJPMy 6. Podcast Episode 107: Pedicure Please: 3 Steps To Dog Nail Trimming Or Grooming Success At Home! - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/107/ 7. YouTube Playlist: Cooperative Care and Consent in Dog Training with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy1wgUlMBX63miIBBpxE-DAO 8. YouTube Playlist: Help For Dogs Jumping Up and Excited Greetings: Creating Calm with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy3KQXSC-3IzEdBgBetrl2YP 9. YouTube Playlist: Loose Leash Walking with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy1mGMfdVKXq_hiJ27Ej1shW 10. Podcast Episode 134: How To Teach A Dog Stay WITHOUT Luring, Collar Pops Or Using The Word “Stay” - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/134/ 11. Podcast Episode 172: How To Teach Your Dog Anything With My Training Plan - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/172/ 12. YouTube Playlist: Dog Training Games with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy2TzttCtZVFwzwMGayAsaYe 13. YouTube Video: Susan Garrett’s Perch Work Dog Tricks (Pivots and Spins) - https://youtu.be/O6sj6fTJnFc 14. Podcast Episode 153: Dog Muzzles: Everything You Need To Know And How To Muzzle Train Dogs - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/153/ 15. Podcast Episode 40: Using A Head Halter On A Dog, Why My Approach Is So Different - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/40/ 16. Podcast Episode 155: 10 Ways To Teach A Sit WITHOUT A Food Lure! Unreal Results For Puppies And Dogs Of All Ages - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/155/ 17. YouTube Playlist: Target Training for Dogs with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy3ylCyQ2bJQSCwo_ERiVHj3 18. Podcast Episode 32: 20 Easy Ways to Exercise Your Dog at Home - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/32/ 19. YouTube Video: 5 Games for Puppies - https://youtu.be/Hxd1sVEQp2Y 20. Podcast Episode 95: How Playing with Your Dog Like a Puppy Can Reduce Fear - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/95/ 21. YouTube Video: Teach Your Dog To Down On Cue: Easy Shaping With A Bed - https://youtu.be/P3z76PAz9AE 22. Podcast Episode 145: 10 Ways To Teach A Dog To Lay Down And How To Shape It Without Luring - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/145/ 23. DogsThat YouTube Channel Playlists - https://www.youtube.com/@DogsThat/playlists 24. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGUB1REiIlA
1/13/202314 minutes, 15 seconds
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All The Things That Influence Your Dog's Behavior And What Behavior Tells You #189

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    Recently I came across an envelope containing all my report cards from kindergarten through university. Reading over my teachers' comments was an enlightening study of behavior and how I adapted in the face of challenges. I'm sharing what I noticed with you as there's a parallel with dog behavior and why they do the things they do. Behavior can fall into seven distinct categories, and understanding the influence of each category is massively beneficial for us to know what dogs are communicating.   In the episode you'll hear:   • An overview of my school report cards and what they show about my behavior changing. • How my teachers’ observations reflected the adaptations I made due to dyslexia. • Why labels, absolutes and assumptions about a dog can limit their learning. • That dog training is never a linear path, and we are always relationship building. • About the 7 categories of Genetics, Health, Education, Exercise, Sleep, Environment and Nutrition and how each can influence a dog’s behavior. • That our dog’s behavior is information and gives us great feedback to help them. • Why the question “what else might be true” is vital to ask yourself. • That unconditional love means allowing your dog to communicate through behavior.   Resources:   1. Podcast Episode 50: Can Your Worst Challenge Make You a Better Dog Trainer? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/50/ 2. Podcast Episode 71: Pro Dog Trainer’s Secret to Help Your Naughty Dog - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/71/ 3. Podcast Episode 186: 2 Types Of Connection With Dogs: Dog Agility And Daily Life Case Studies - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/186/ 4. YouTube Video: Normalizing Imperfection in Dog Training - https://youtu.be/X_f1hm_XhJM 5. Podcast Episode 188: Why You Should Change Your Strategy Rather Than Your Criteria When Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/188/ 6. Podcast Episode 74: Yes, Susan Garrett’s Dogs Sniff On Walks - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/74/ 7. YouTube Playlist: Puppy Essentials with Susan Garrett Dog Training - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy2hywpv3Md3HbWWPPbVF8W5 8. YouTube Playlist: Fearful Dogs Help with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy0KAsqgnkMWv0v-5JGjNQG_ 9. YouTube Playlist: Exercising Your Dog's Body and Mind: Tips and Games with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy1ISzbaoCNh0NyLg3qgDG58 10. Podcast Episode 120: The Rhythm Of Life With Puppies And Dogs - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/120/ 11. Podcast Episode 62: 12 Keys to Helping My Dogs Live a Long and Happy Life - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/62/ 12. YouTube Playlist: Susan Garrett's Dog Training Philosophy and Training Processes - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy2An5_3KqDPqFVV6J6dYsYx 13. Podcast Episode 46: Is Your Dog Trying to Dominate You and What You Can Do About It - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/46/ 14. Podcast Episode 150: Adding Mindset To Your Dog Training Tools: Who Do You Become? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/150/ 15. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/Tce597xfqA4
1/11/202319 minutes, 28 seconds
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Why You Should Change Your Strategy Rather Than Your Criteria When Dog Training #188

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    As a professional dog trainer, I regularly see a lot of people working with their dogs. A common error people make when things don’t go well is changing criteria in the middle of training to help their dogs be successful. At first glance, this might make sense, but today we’re talking about why it’s a huge mistake, where it could lead you, and what you can do instead.   In the episode you'll hear:   • Why criteria will help your dog and reduce frustration. • The reason changing your strategy is better than changing the goal. • How consistently reinforcing the behavior you want creates clarity. • Why to remember that ‘sometimes’ is ‘anytime’ for dogs. • How to create calm confidence and set training up for your dog’s success. • About splitting things down to grow correct behaviors without changing criteria. • Examples of changing strategy with weaving and targeting in agility and trick training backing up.   Resources:   1. Podcast Episode 155: 10 Ways To Teach A Sit WITHOUT A Food Lure! Unreal Results For Puppies And Dogs Of All Ages - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/155/ 2. Podcast Episode 172: How To Teach Your Dog Anything With My Training Plan - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/172/ 3. Podcast Episode 114: Dog Agility Training: 3 Big Mistakes All Dog Owners Should Avoid - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/114/ 4. Podcast Episode 141: Average Or Better Dog Training Question: What Did You Just Reward? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/141/ 5. Podcast Episode 27: Do Dogs Need Rules? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/27/ 6. YouTube Playlist: Loose Leash Walking with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy1mGMfdVKXq_hiJ27Ej1shW 7. Crate Games Online - https://get.crategames.com/ 8. Podcast Episode 110: Is Your Over-Aroused Dog Just Over-Faced In Training? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/110/ 9. Podcast Episode 139: Remove Confusion And Build Your Dog’s Confidence With One Simple Dog Training Habit - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/139/ 10. YouTube Playlist: Target Training for Dogs with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy3ylCyQ2bJQSCwo_ERiVHj3 11. Podcast Episode 87: Canine Fitness: Why ALL Dogs Need It And 3 Easy Exercises To Start - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/87/ 12. Podcast Episode 32: 20 Easy Ways to Exercise Your Dog at Home (Includes Back Up) - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/32/ 13. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HbpocBiKbfM
1/4/202317 minutes, 28 seconds
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When To Listen To Your Heart In Dog Training #187

Visit us at shapedbydog.com   I’ve met a lot of people at the crossroads of their dog training and looking to go in a more reinforcement-based direction, but they’re worried it won’t work due to old beliefs and habits. Unless you were one of the lucky few to learn nothing but reinforcement-based dog training, leaving behind the familiar for something new naturally creates fear and vulnerability, especially when surrounded by so-called ‘experts’ and naysayers when you encounter challenges. We’re covering how to recognize belief loops that could be holding you back.   In the episode you'll hear:   • That safety for everyone is your first priority in dog training. • Why to choose your experts carefully for your sake and your dog’s well-being. • The reasons dog training knowledge should always be growing and evolving. • How belief loops and confirmation bias impact your dog training and decisions. • Why it’s not necessary to be your dog’s dominant leader. • About protecting yourself from naysayers and uninformed opinions. • Why giving dogs opportunities to earn high value reinforcement creates deep connection.   Resources:   1. Podcast Episode 112: Stressed Dog? How Trigger Stacking Might Be Putting Your Dog Over Threshold - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/112/ 2. Podcast Episode 58: How to Create Kid Friendly Dogs and Dog Friendly Kids - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/58/ 3. YouTube Playlist: Dog Bite Prevention with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy2Cvc3386SVYrHSEgh5Pl0b 4. YouTube Playlist: Dog Body Language, Communication Signals, and How to Read Dogs with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy2IwzRwAWcG0yK8oez1nPU0 5. YouTube Playlist: Reactive or Aggressive Dogs: Key Insights with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy0Tbd6ZybIXgJk3mtpBLLk7 6. YouTube Playlist: Susan Garrett's Dog Training Philosophy and Training Processes - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy2An5_3KqDPqFVV6J6dYsYx 7. Podcast Episode 46: Is Your Dog Trying to Dominate You and What You Can Do About It - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/46/ 8. Podcast Episode 8: Get Your Dog in the Belief Loop of Awesome - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/8/ 9. Podcast Episode 100: Dog Training: The Most Important Lesson I Can Share - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/100/ 10. YouTube Playlist: Reinforcement, Permissions and Transfer of Value in Dog Training with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy1IUj_4P54q2PIuLNtnXjFO 11. Podcast Episode 24: Help for Dogs who Chase Chipmunks, Bicycles, and Neighbor’s Cats (Distraction Intensity Index) - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/24/ 12. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/lb6sGuqE6mk
11/30/202216 minutes, 33 seconds
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2 Types Of Connection With Dogs: Dog Agility And Daily Life Case Studies #186

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    Over the years I’ve asked my students to describe the connection with their dog in different environments. How is it different inside your house versus your front yard? What about the park? Or, around other dogs or children? Often the response describes the emotional connection “to” their dog; not the two-way connection “with” their dog. We’re covering what that difference is between the connection to versus connection with our dogs, why it's super important to understand, and how growing one can also grow the other.   In the episode you'll hear:   • How connection TO a dog differs from connection WITH a dog. • What weakens and strengthens the relationship we have with dogs. • Common words used about dogs that signal a connection crisis. • The reasons understanding and empathy will grow your relationship. • How the sport of dog agility, or any dog sport, is like an amplifier of connection. • Why it's essential to protect your dog's confidence when beginning agility. • How one of my agility students, Jenny, went from overwhelmed to elite competitor with her Siberian Huskies. • The story of Cait's Shiba Inu, Moshi, a pandemic puppy, and how their connection evolved. • That game by game, layer and layer, you can see the connection with your dog blossom.   Connected Dog Video Series Click Here To View The Videos And Play The Games (https://dogsthat.com/cybercentral/)   Resources:   1. Hear From Jenny Kerwick About Her Amazing Agility Transformation - https://youtu.be/UbJhz6pbYtg 2. Watch The Story of Moshi the Shia Inu And Growing Connection With Cait - https://youtu.be/G7kz051u7uU 3. Podcast Episode 36: Puppy Selection: How I Do It and Why I Didn’t This! Time - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/36/ 4. YouTube Video: Normalizing Imperfection in Dog Training - https://youtu.be/X_f1hm_XhJM 5. Podcast Episode 122: Being Present With Empathy In Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/122/ 6. Podcast Episode 114: Dog Agility Training: 3 Big Mistakes All Dog Owners Should Avoid - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/114/ 7. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/2xDj32Ff0Ng
11/23/202214 minutes, 41 seconds
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I Tried That, It Didn't Work #185

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    As a professional dog trainer, I can assure you there are six words that your dog training coach never wants to hear. You might think those words are "but he does it at home," and that's close, but they are actually "tried that and it didn't work". We're covering what's going on with those words for you, your dog, and your coach and how to turn it around. Considering alternative dialogues promotes critical thinking and keeps communications open.   In the episode you'll hear:   • What to consider when your dog doesn't respond to training methods. • Why anyone can call themselves a professional dog trainer. • What Bob Bailey says about anyone being able to train anything given enough time. • That when you say, "it didn't work," you might be shaping your coach. • A better strategy that you can use to get great feedback. • That none of us know what our dogs are thinking. • Why you want a conversation based on intentionally clear statements and questions. • What tactics help if you are the coach hearing "it doesn't work". • Why dog trainers should consider their role and goal with students. • That we need to be more intentional about the action we are taking.   Resources:   1. Podcast Episode 142: Giving And Receiving Constructive Feedback About Your Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/142/ 2. Podcast Episode 184: Proofing Vs Generalizing In Dog Training To Grow Skills And Confidence - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/184/ 3. Podcast Episode 157: Dog Body Language: Understanding Canine Communication Signals And Emotions - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/157/ 4. Podcast Episode 182: The Game Within The Game: How To Multiply Your Dog’s Reinforcements - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/182/ 5. Podcast Episode 133: Become Your Own Dog Training Coach With This Video Strategy - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/133/ 6. Podcast Episode 83: The Dog Training You Do When You’re Not Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/83/ 7. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/2Y8lomnqt7Y
11/18/202214 minutes, 13 seconds
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Proofing Vs Generalizing In Dog Training To Grow Skills And Confidence #184

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    When I first started dog training 30 or so years ago, I was studying the sport of dog obedience because I wanted to compete. We were taught to lure our dog to do what we wanted and then move to the proofing stage. When proofing, we were looking for errors to test how well the dog understood what we’d taught them. And if our dog failed, we were instructed to give them a correction. What if we changed our mindset from proofing to building confidence? We’re covering how to help our dogs clearly understand what we want in any location and situation.   In the episode you'll hear:   • How you can have a well-trained dog without using corrections and intimidation. • What proofing in dog training is and why it can create unrealistic expectations. • About the acquisition and fluency stages of training a dog. • How we can look at any behavior we are training as just one trick. • That fluency will let you know what your dog really understands. • How to generalize behavior, so your dog has the confidence to perform anywhere. • Why generalizing leads to environmental neutrality for dogs. • Bob Bailey’s 80% rule and using Jean Donaldson’s ““Push, Stick or Drop” to determine that 80%.   Resources:   1. Podcast Episode 172: How To Teach Your Dog Anything With My Training Plan – 5C - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/172/ 2. Podcast Episode 24: Help for Dogs who Chase Chipmunks, Bicycles, and Neighbor’s Cats (Distraction Intensity Index) - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/24/ 3. Blog Post: Head Games - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2009/10/head-games/ 4. YouTube Video: Susan Garrett Riffs on Transfer of Value in Dog Training (and water loving Labradors) - https://youtu.be/clFlutZ0mls 5. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/FKUo3NWXhLE
11/11/202217 minutes, 7 seconds
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What Does "Train The Dog In Front Of You" Really Mean? #183

Visit us at shapedbydog.com     Have you ever been in a dog training situation and felt you are in the wrong place as your dog is not responding like other dogs? Or have you ever thought that your dog is not like other dogs? It could be in a dog training class, a workshop or an online course, and you see other people training and think your dog doesn’t compare. You are not alone, and it’s why I often say to my students, “train the dog in front of you” and “meet your dog where they’re at” so that you and your dog can be a confident team.   In the episode you'll hear:   • What I witnessed happen to a Jack Russell Terrier in group stays at a dog obedience class. • Why we need to believe what our dogs are telling us. • How to use the 5C Pyramid to protect and grow confidence for you and your dog. • Tips on how to know if a dog is ready for challenge. • That your dog not doing what other dogs do does not make your dog bad or you less of a trainer. • Why our dog’s issues are opportunities to grow a deeper connection with them. • How to understand what the dog in front of you needs right now. • What I did with my dog Buzz at agility class when he was young and overexcited. • Why we can set goals, but our dogs set the pace of their training.   Resources:   1. Podcast Episode 172: How To Teach Your Dog Anything With My Training Plan – 5C - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/172/ 2. Podcast Episode 138: Frantic Dog? Are You Training Both The Hold And The Do? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/138/ 3. Podcast Episode 29: Understanding and Preventing Reactivity and Aggression in Your Dog - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/29/ 4. Podcast Episode 168: Creating Confidence For Anxious, Stressed Or Reactive Dogs Part 1 - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/168/ 5. Podcast Episode 169: Dog Training A Stressed, Anxious Or Reactive Dog Part 2 - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/169/ 6. YouTube Video: Susan Garrett’s Perch Work Dog Tricks (Pivots and Spins) – Hot Zone - https://youtu.be/O6sj6fTJnFc 7. Crate Games Online - https://get.crategames.com/ 8. YouTube Playlist: Target Training for Dogs with Susan Garrett - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy3ylCyQ2bJQSCwo_ERiVHj3 9. YouTube Playlist: Dog Body Language, Communication Signals, and How to Read Dogs with Susan Garrett - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy2IwzRwAWcG0yK8oez1nPU0 10. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/wORARsMN85Y
11/9/202213 minutes, 49 seconds
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The Game Within The Game: How To Multiply Your Dog’s Reinforcements #182

Visit us at shapedbydog.com     To the uninitiated, reinforcement based dog training looks as if you have to walk around with a boatload of cookies or else you are not going to get your dog to do what you want. That’s just not true. But if you are carrying cookies everywhere, I’m covering how we go about reinforcement based training differently so that you can transfer the value of those cookies to you with games within games.   In the episode you'll hear:   • What I learned about games in a summer job on a dairy farm. • The definition of primary and secondary reinforcers. • An example of a game-within-a-game to teach a dog to easily line up at your side. • The steps to using a hand target for your dog to line up to your side. • What the Karate Kid has to do with dog training. • How the transfer of value works with games within games. • About a game I played at Chicken Camp with Bob and Marian Bailey. • How the transfer of value from games creates connection, focus and drive. • All the reasons my dogs sit at doors, and it’s not about being a control freak. • That all of life is a game-within-a-game creating a deep connection with our dogs.   Resources:   1. YouTube Playlist: Susan Garrett's Dog Training Philosophy and Training Processes - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy2An5_3KqDPqFVV6J6dYsYx 2. Podcast Episode 68: 3 Easy Tricks Every Dog Should Know - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/68/ 3. Podcast Episode 5: What is Shaping And How Can Dogs Shape Us - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/5/ 4. Podcast Episode 147: Teach Your Dog To Listen Off Leash And Far Away - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/147/ 5. Podcast Episode 172: How To Teach Your Dog Anything With My Training Plan - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/172/ 6. Crate Games Online - https://get.crategames.com/ 7. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/PzFKfs90VXA
10/12/202216 minutes, 46 seconds
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Training Multiple Dogs To Wait Turns And Relax #181

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    Trying to work with multiple dogs at once can be a struggle, especially when one dog consistently interferes. Even if you only have one dog, the information offered in this episode is important as you want your dog to be able to relax when there are other dogs or distractions around. I’m covering the criteria and strategy for training in a multi-dog household or when things in the environment are exciting for dogs.   In the episode you'll hear:   • That learning to ignore distractions and relax is important for dogs of all ages. • Why dogs really want in on the action when you are training with fun. • That dogs give us a critique of how we’ve taught them to wait turns. • All the training steps starting with Crate Games then growing to Hot Zone. • Why to listen to your dog’s feedback about their understanding. • What makes a great Hot Zone when your dog is learning to wait their turn. • Why dogs need a brilliant understanding of their release cue. • That it’s up to you to decide your criteria for your waiting dog. • A test you can do with multiple dogs so they can show you what they understand. • How to add other dogs to training when your waiting dog has strong foundations.   Resources:   1. Crate Games Online - https://get.crategames.com/ 2. Podcast Episode 134: How To Teach A Dog Stay WITHOUT Luring, Collar Pops Or Using The Word “Stay” - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/134/ 3. YouTube Video: Susan Garrett’s Perch Work Dog Tricks (Pivots and Spins) - https://youtu.be/O6sj6fTJnFc 4. Learn ItsYerChoice - https://recallers.com/iycsummit-join/ 5. Podcast Episode 137: Is Your Dog Hyper At Home? How To Teach Relaxation - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/137/ 6. Podcast Episode 172: How To Teach Your Dog Anything With My Training Plan - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/172/ 7. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/u4L-ra0fwc8
10/5/202219 minutes, 2 seconds
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Taking Your Puppy To A Café Or Restaurant: Socialization Success #180

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    When you have a new puppy, safe socializing is important. Something to consider is taking a pup to outdoor cafes or restaurants. When you do it right, there are many benefits. But if done badly, your puppy could end up overwhelmed or having a bad experience and becoming fearful. I’m covering all the steps to grow your puppy’s confidence when dining out at a pet-friendly venue so you can enjoy a coffee or meal with family and friends.   In the episode you'll hear:   • All the benefits of taking your puppy to an outdoor café, restaurant, or similar. • That planning and preparing starts with knowing your puppy. • How growing confidence in new environments is crucial. • Why to have a backup plan and what that could be. • The three games that prepare puppies to relax in new spaces. • What to bring (and not bring) to the restaurant. • Tips on what to practice at home before going to new locations. • How to be intentional about picking the right table in the right location. • The training plan I use when I have my puppies out at cafes or restaurants. • All the steps to making dining out with you a positive experience for your puppy.   ItsYerChoice Summit: Learn how to play ItsYerChoice: https://recallers.com/iycsummit-join/   Resources:   1. Blog Post: Have You Tried A “Puppy Adventure Trip?” - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2015/05/have-you-tried-a-puppy-adventure-trip/ 2. Podcast Episode 130: Conditioned Responses: The Magic Every New Puppy (And Dog) Owner Must Know About - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/130/ 3. Crate Games Online - https://get.crategames.com/ 4. Podcast Episode 32: 20 Easy Ways to Exercise Your Dog at Home (Hot Zone) - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/32/ 5. Podcast Episode 134: How To Teach A Dog Stay WITHOUT Luring, Collar Pops Or Using The Word “Stay” - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/134/ 6. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/hJnyW7mROxI
9/23/202218 minutes, 34 seconds
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Help For Dogs Refusing Treats: Case Study With Training Plan #179

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    My dog won’t take treats outside! Is that something you’ve ever said or heard? We’re looking at the challenge of a dog refusing treats as a case study, as training will be so much easier if your dog loves food, especially if you are working on things like loose leash walking or helping your dog with reactivity. I’ve got an outside the box training plan for you to get your dog loving treats no matter where you are.   In the episode you'll hear:   • The physical reasons a dog might be refusing to take food treats and why to rule them out. • How not taking food could be a habit for a dog and related to their emotional state. • Why reinforcers lose or gain value in different environments. • That getting a bigger meatball is not always the answer. • Why feeding dogs should be an event and what to notice about your dog’s weight. • About rating all of the treats that you can give your dog and different foods to try. • The steps for testing treat values in different rooms and times of the day. • About creating positive triggers for your dog that are exciting. • How to transition using treats from indoors to the outdoors incrementally. • What your dog’s physiology has to do with treats and how you can change it. • What you need to do before you can start counterconditioning anything. • Why training isn’t about work but building deeper bonds with dogs.   Resources:   1. YouTube Playlist: Reactive or Aggressive Dogs: Key Insights with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy0Tbd6ZybIXgJk3mtpBLLk7 2. Podcast Episode 59: Why Your Treats Aren’t Working for Your Dog - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/59/ 3. Podcast Episode 92: Avoid This Big Mistake When Feeding Your Dog - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/92/ 4. Tasty Treats eBook - https://dogsthat.com/tastytreats/ 5. Podcast Episode 107: Pedicure Please: 3 Steps To Dog Nail Trimming Or Grooming Success At Home! - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/107/ 6. Blog Post: Identifying And Using Positive Triggers For Your Dog - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2019/01/positive-triggers/ 7. YouTube Playlist: Loose Leash Walking with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy1mGMfdVKXq_hiJ27Ej1shW 8. Podcast Episode 68: 3 Easy Tricks Every Dog Should Know - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/68/ 9. Podcast Episode 112: Stressed Dog? How Trigger Stacking Might Be Putting Your Dog Over Threshold - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/112/ 10. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/lSoSuz2hV3g
9/21/202217 minutes, 34 seconds
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Dog Walking: Why To Start, How Often, And Where #178

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    Why is it important to walk your dog daily? Besides the obvious health benefits of exercise, we’re looking at the advantages of daily dog walking that many people don’t realize. Sometimes people can give a list of reasons not to walk their dog, so we’re covering why to start and what defines appropriate exercise for dogs.   In the episode you'll hear:   • That our dog Tater Salad does not particularly like walking at certain times. • About the health benefits of walking for dogs. • What my friends Dr. Karen Becker and Rodney Habib say about canine exercise. • Why leaving your dog out in the backyard is not exercise. • That dogs benefit from a change of scenery and it can reduce stress and behavior issues. • How taking your dog for a walk presents great training opportunities. • The reason to find opportunities for your dog to go for a run off leash. • About walks being relationship building and special adventure time for you and your dog. • That walks have benefits for us and how I make a habit of gratitude when walking. • What types of dogs should not be walked and what you can do instead. • The common denominator in dogs with long life spans.   Resources:   1.*Book: Forever Dog by Rodney Habib and Dr Karen Becker - https://geni.us/forever-dog 2. YouTube Playlist: Loose Leash Walking with Susan Garrett - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy1mGMfdVKXq_hiJ27Ej1shW 3. Sniff Spot - https://www.sniffspot.com/ 4. Podcast Episode 174: Dopamine In Dog Training: Anticipation, Rewards, And The Transfer Of Value - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/174/ 5. YouTube Video: Puppy's First Training with Susan Garrett: Shaping, Targeting and Collar Conditioning - https://youtu.be/ticB_1Twx6E 6. YouTube Playlist: Exercising Your Dog's Body and Mind: Tips and Games with Susan Garrett - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy1ISzbaoCNh0NyLg3qgDG58 7. YouTube Playlist: Reactive or Aggressive Dogs: Key Insights with Susan Garrett - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy0Tbd6ZybIXgJk3mtpBLLk7 8. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/GtGKc2CGWw0   *Amazon Links Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Susan only recommends products she uses herself, and all opinions expressed here are her own. The link above is an affiliate link that, at no additional cost to you, we may earn a small commission if you decide to buy from it. Thank you!
9/14/202214 minutes, 35 seconds
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Dog Training Outside The Box: Transfer Of Value Case Study #177

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    When we train dogs with layered shaping, we train with out of the box thinking. In this episode, I’m giving a glimpse of what that looks like and how it relates to the transfer of value. It starts with knowing what a dog loves most of all. I’m also covering a case study on how we used the transfer of reinforcement value for a German Shepherd so that they could learn to retrieve without a force fetch.   In the episode you'll hear:   • What we need our dog to understand about reinforcement and what we need to understand. • A review of the reinforcement process in our dog training. • Why your dog's age, the location you are training, and what you are training matter. • The importance of your placement and delivery of reinforcement. • How we found something that a German Shepherd loved and used it for training. • The process of transferring the value from bubbles to food with a target stick. • Why we need to change a dog’s physiology for training. • How ping-ponging reinforcements help with the transfer of value. • That there’s not a linear path for all dogs, so we think outside the box. • About our brand new free DoggyFlix video streaming adventure for dog people.   DoggyFlix Waiting List: Click here to get on our DoggyFlix Waiting List    Resources:   1. YouTube Playlist: Susan Garrett's Dog Training Philosophy and Training Processes - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy2An5_3KqDPqFVV6J6dYsYx 2. Podcast Episode 175: Food Luring VS Shaping In Dog Training: How Science Changed How I Teach Dogs - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/175/ 3. Podcast Episode 174: Dopamine In Dog Training: Anticipation, Rewards, And The Transfer Of Value - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/174/ 4. Podcast Episode 151: How Location Specific Reinforcement Markers Will Improve Your Dog Training! - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/151/ 5. Podcast Episode 31: 5 Simple Hacks to Help Your Dog Learn Faster (Reinforcement Process) - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/31/ 6. Podcast Episode 176: Why Your Dog’s Emotions Are A Critical Element Of Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/176/ 7. YouTube Playlist: Target Training for Dogs with Susan Garrett - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy3ylCyQ2bJQSCwo_ERiVHj3 8. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/MRohT2ioMUE
9/9/202219 minutes
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Why Your Dog’s Emotions Are A Critical Element Of Dog Training #176

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    Having coached thousands of people in dog training, I’ve observed that their dogs seem to fall into three categories. The dogs who seem to hate training sessions, the dogs who are so over the top about the training they are frantic, and the dogs who are driven and focused and absolutely love it. It’s not the breed of dog or their personality that determines the category, and it’s not the trainer or trainer’s experience; it’s about understanding you’re not only training a behavior but also an emotion.   In the episode you'll hear:   • That your dog’s emotions get built into what you are training. • What “Pavlov is Always on Your Shoulder” means. • What compulsion trainers get wrong about a dog's emotions. • How to gauge your dog's emotional state for training. • My top 7 tips to help your dog love training with you. • Observations on why dogs leave work or get distracted easily. • The reason to know competing reinforcements in your dog's environment. • Why not to keep going at half speed because half speed is an emotion. • About keeping dog training sessions very short and using balance breaks. • About getting “buy in” from your dog before training begins. • That your dog is also teaching you, so believe them.   Resources:   1. YouTube Playlist: The Emotional State of Dogs with Susan Garrett - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy29pv3_9b7DZdMFJL9ZJPMy 2. Podcast Episode 146: Balanced Dog Training: Does It Really Exist? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/146/ 3. Podcast Episode 106: Consent In Dog Training: The Misuse, Misunderstanding And Misapplication - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/106/ 4. Podcast Episode 107: Pedicure Please: 3 Steps To Dog Nail Trimming Or Grooming Success At Home! - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/107/ 5. YouTube Video: Vet Visits For Dogs: How To Create A Positive Experience For Everyone - https://youtu.be/VJc42BfNre4 6. Podcast Episode 132: All The Things Your Dog Hates And How To Fix Them - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/132/ 7. Podcast Episode 174: Dopamine In Dog Training: Anticipation, Rewards, And The Transfer Of Value - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/174/ 8. Podcast Episode 167: Reduce Your Dog’s Stress And Anxiety In Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/167/ 9. Podcast Episode 175: Food Luring VS Shaping In Dog Training: How Science Changed How I Teach Dogs - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/175/ 10. YouTube Playlist: Loose Leash Walking with Susan Garrett - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy1mGMfdVKXq_hiJ27Ej1shW 11. Recallers - https://recallers.com/ 12. Podcast Episode 57: Why Balance Breaks Fast Track Your Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/57/ 13. Crate Games - https://get.crategames.com/ 14. Podcast Episode 86: How to Train Unmotivated or Overexcited Dogs - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/86/ 15. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/zT1mzPhmGdo
9/7/202222 minutes, 6 seconds
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Food Luring VS Shaping In Dog Training: How Science Changed How I Teach Dogs #175

Visit us at shapedbydog.com     I use shaping rather than luring with food or toys in my dog training. In the 80s, I was taught to food lure and correct, learned to do it well, and luring brought me a lot of success in obedience and agility. Luring can have benefits, but I decided to change. When I say I don't lure, it always gets a lot of comments and questions on social media, so in this episode, I'm covering the top ten reasons I prefer shaping.   In the episode you'll hear:   • The advantages of luring, how it can be easy to teach people, and its popularity. • What I heard from my mentors Bob and Marian Bailey about luring. • How my dog Shelby gave me my first “ah ha” about luring. • About a class I took at University and what I learned about backwards conditioning. • A review of Pavlov’s experiment with bells, food, and dogs. • What happens in dog agility and other sports with luring and dogs who love to chase. • How luring can turn into bribing the dog, and that dopamine kicks in at choice points. • What I noticed about motivation and treat bags when I was teaching dog trainers in Japan. • About pattern training and its relation to luring dogs. • How the value dogs have for the food can override everything. • The reason to know what you are reinforcing when your dog sees the cookie. • That shaping gives us layers to create complex behaviors. • Why I think shaping can become part of our whole life.   Resources:   1. Podcast Episode 171: Dog Training With Layered Shaping: Why Classical Conditioning Must Come First - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/171/ 2. Podcast Episode 174: Dopamine In Dog Training: Anticipation, Rewards, And The Transfer Of Value - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/174/ 3. Podcast Episode 145: 10 Ways To Teach A Dog To Lay Down And How To Shape It Without Luring - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/145/ 4. Podcast Episode 173: Target Training For Dogs: How, Why, And When To Fade Targets - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/173/ 5. Podcast Episode 172: How To Teach Your Dog Anything With My Training Plan - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/172/ 6. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/FxAeS2BNvKY
9/2/202225 minutes, 46 seconds
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Dopamine In Dog Training: Anticipation, Rewards, And the Transfer Of Value #174

Visit us at shapedbydog.com     We’re geeking out the topic of dopamine in dog training and how it impacts a dog’s motivation. Dopamine is a type of  neurotransmitter, and there’s a lot of research on its relation to the drive to seek out happiness. Now, you might be wondering what it has to do with dog training but to make sure our dogs want to work with us, it’s something we need to know, and it relates directly to my training protocols and transfer of value.   In the episode you'll hear:   • How and when dopamine gets released in a dog’s brain. • About an experiment by Robert Sapolsky on dopamine spikes with a cue, behaviour, and reward. • How a dopamine spike would relate to me and vegan chocolate chip cookies. • That dopamine relates to the transfer of value in dog training (the thing before the thing). • What the research shows about the difference between luring and shaping and dopamine. • About research on blocking dopamine and how it impacts motivation. • What a suppressed level of dopamine does and how that relates to dogs. • What I’ve noticed with my young dog This! and how I’m particular about her training. • About foods and supplements that support healthy dopamine production. • The effects of too much dopamine and what I observed with my dog Buzz. • How I give my dogs a calm walk once a week for a dopamine detox. • Why to look at your dog training to see if your dog is getting healthy dopamine spikes.   Resources:   1. Paper (PDF): A Neural Substrate of Prediction and Reward - Authors: Schultz, W.; Dayan, P.; Montague, P.R. - http://www.gatsby.ucl.ac.uk/~dayan/papers/sdm97.pdf 2. YouTube Video: Wolfram Schultz - Dopamine: from movement via reward to rational choice - https://youtu.be/pLqgakCXW5Q 3. YouTube Video: Dopamine Jackpot! Sapolsky on the Science of Pleasure - https://youtu.be/axrywDP9Ii0 4. Paper: Dopamine reward prediction error coding- Author: Wolfram Schultz, MD, FRS - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4826767/ 5. Article: Why does the brain have a reward prediction error? – Author: Mark Humphries - https://medium.com/the-spike/why-does-the-brain-have-a-reward-prediction-error-6d52773bd9e7 6. YouTube Playlist: Reinforcement, Permissions and Transfer of Value in Dog Training with Susan Garrett - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy1IUj_4P54q2PIuLNtnXjFO 7. Paper: Dopamine Modulates Effort-Based Decision-Making in Rats – Authors: Mark E. Bardgett, Melissa Depenbrock, Nathan Downs, Megan Points, Leonard Green - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2791340/ 8. Book: Shaping Success by Susan Garrett - https://dogsthat.com/product/shaping-success-2/ 9. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/FMzI6VzIU_w
8/31/202214 minutes, 29 seconds
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Target Training For Dogs: How, Why, And When To Fade Targets #173

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    We use targets in our dog training, which has prompted popular questions on the best way to fade a target and when to start fading. So that’s the topic of this episode, along with what targets are and why they work so well. Before you attempt to remove a target, there are three questions to ask and a clear process for fading so that your dog has a strong finished behavior.   In the episode you'll hear:   • The difference between a food lure and a target. • Why targets work so well and how it starts with what your dog loves. • Why your dog's experience will influence when you can fade a target. • That the way you use a target will impact the fading of that target. • Why you want your dog to have DASH (Desire, Accuracy, Speed Habitat). • The reason to know what will replace the target, including verbal cues. • About having clarity for what you want your dog to do for the finished behavior. • Tips for when to add a cue if you are using a target. • All the steps to fading various targets, including changing the size and color. • Mistakes to avoid when you are removing a target. • Why to always believe your dog when you are training anything.   Resources:   1. Podcast Episode 171: Dog Training With Layered Shaping: Why Classical Conditioning Must Come First - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/171/ 2. YouTube Video: Target Stick Training for Dogs Part 1 - https://youtu.be/MzePo7RSQu4 3. YouTube Video: Target Stick Training for Dogs Part 2 - https://youtu.be/TqsEEWCXze0 4. Podcast Episode 12: When Helping Your Dog is an Illusion - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/12/ 5. Podcast Episode 144: Teach Your Dog To Listen No Matter What… Even If You Think They Are Stubborn - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/144/ 6. YouTube Video: Help for Loose Leash Walking: Create Value for Your Dog Walking with You Using a Target Stick - https://youtu.be/umNJrdxTqkM 7. Apple iOS App "Dog Vision HD " by Laan labs - https://apps.apple.com/us/app/dog-vision-hd/id812260666 8. Android App Dog vision - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=fr.nghs.android.cbs.dogvision&hl=en 9. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/bN-wrAMn4Bk
8/26/202220 minutes, 16 seconds
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How To Teach Your Dog Anything With My Training Plan #172

Visit us at shapedbydog.com     A good dog training plan will set you and your dog up for success and protect your confidence. The planning I do for myself and my students includes 10 key elements. We’re covering what the 10 elements are, along with how to grow the layers to take training from your living room to the bunny farm.   In the episode you'll hear:   • Why the detailed planning I do for myself and my students starts with criteria. • Tips to prevent cheap or toxic behaviors when you are training. • That breaking down your ultimate goal into smaller criteria fast tracks dog training. • Why our aim is always a positive conditioned emotional response first. • How to set up the environment for dog training success no matter where you are. • Why to consider the age and stage of your dog or puppy when you are training. • Why to know the sights, sounds and scents that will be distracting to your dog. • About knowing what you’ll be using as a reward in your training. • Why planning props, locations, reinforcements, and equipment ahead of time will help. • About balance breaks and playing games to maintain your dog’s optimal arousal state. • How we use stations and plan transitions between stations. • That Pavlov is always on your shoulder and the need for awareness of what you are conditioning.   Resources:   1. Podcast Episode 171: Dog Training With Layered Shaping: Why Classical Conditioning Must Come First - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/171/ 2. Podcast Episode 131: How Would Susan Garrett Plan Your Dog Training Sessions? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/131/ 3. Podcast Episode 149: Superstitious Behavior In Dog Training: Beware The Killer Bees! - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/149/ 4. YouTube Video: Understanding Your Dog's Reinforcement Zone (RZ) with Susan Garrett - https://youtu.be/OaUAScgaFAg 5. YouTube Playlist: Loose Leash Walking with Susan Garret - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy1mGMfdVKXq_hiJ27Ej1shW 6. Recallers - https://recallers.com/ 7. Podcast Episode 6: The Art of Manipulation - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/6/ 8. Podcast Episode 167: Reduce Your Dog’s Stress And Anxiety In Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/167/ 9. Podcast Episode 24: Help for the Dog who Chases Chipmunks, Bicycles, and the Neighbor’s Cat - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/24/ 10. Crate Games Online - https://crategames.com/ 11. Sniff Spot - https://www.sniffspot.com/ 12. Podcast Episode 133: Become Your Own Dog Training Coach With This Video Strategy - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/133/ 13. Podcast Episode 57: Why Balance Breaks Fast Track Your Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/57/ 14. Learn to Play ItsYerChoice - https://recallers.com/iycsummit-join/ 15.Podcast Episode 157: Dog Body Language: Understanding Canine Communication Signals And Emotions - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/157/ 16. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/rRJM93aC1Ro
8/24/202217 minutes, 49 seconds
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Dog Training With Layered Shaping: Why Classical Conditioning Must Come First #171

Visit us at shapedbydog.com     The way we dog train is different, and there are four elements that are vital to everything we do. It starts with confidence for people and their dogs and layers to grow a relationship of trust. There are many ways to use reinforcement in dog training, and our focus is on layered shaping, which might be a new concept for many people.   In the episode you'll hear:   • That the vast majority of people start wanting to know how to stop their dogs from doing things. • Why our first step is creating a positive conditioned emotional response for dogs, so they feel good. • That behaviour does not happen in an unemotional vacuum, and we want good emotions. • How we want to minimize, and ideally eliminate, a conflict between people and their dogs. • Why to use the things your dog loves in your training. • That our dogs have a fun life, but we want to be aware of where they earn reinforcement. • The reason to know what food, toys and activities your dog loves. • How we want to begin with our dogs doing simple things. • About using games that change our dog's physiology so they can be in their zone of genius. • That once we've established value for our dogs, we want to transfer that value. • Why our dogs want to do what we want because we empower them with choice. • How we use classical conditioning first, so the bond between dogs and people is one of trust.   Resources:   1. Podcast Episode 170: 5 Popular Ways To Train Your Dog With Food - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/170/ 2. YouTube Playlist: Reactive or Aggressive Dogs: Key Insights with Susan Garret - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy0Tbd6ZybIXgJk3mtpBLLk7 3. Podcast Episode 130: Conditioned Responses: The Magic Every New Puppy (And Dog) Owner Must Know About - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/130/ 4.*Book: Tiny Habits: The Small Changes That Change Everything by BJ Fogg - https://geni.us/book-tiny-habits 5. Home School the Dog Online Program - https://dogsthat.com/hstd-joinnow/ 6. *Book: Connection Training: The Heart and Science of Positive Horse Training by Hannah Weston and Rachel Bedingfield - https://geni.us/connection-training 7. Podcast Episode 11: The Power of Permission in Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/11/ 8. Podcast Episode 90: Premack, Dog Training and Transfer of Value - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/90/ 9. Podcast Episode 44: Using Coincidences and Positive Associations in Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/44/ 10. Podcast Episode 151: How Location Specific Reinforcement Markers Will Improve Your Dog Training! - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/151/ 11. Learn the ItsYerChoice Game (IYC) - https://recallers.com/iycsummit-join/ 12. YouTube Video: Understanding Your Dog's Reinforcement Zone (RZ) with Susan Garrett - https://youtu.be/OaUAScgaFAg 13. Podcast Episode 86: How to Train Unmotivated or Overexcited Dogs (Arousal Curve) - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/86/ 14. Podcast Episode 107: Pedicure Please: 3 Steps To Dog Nail Trimming Or Grooming Success At Home! - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/107/ 15. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/VYzJsErAXhs   *Amazon Links Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Susan only recommends products she uses herself, and all opinions expressed here are her own. The link above is an affiliate link that, at no additional cost to you, we may earn a small commission if you decide to buy from it. Thank you!
8/19/202218 minutes, 11 seconds
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5 Popular Ways To Train Your Dog With Food #170

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    If someone says to you that they are a reinforcement-based dog trainer, what does that really mean? There are a lot of ways of training dogs with food or toys. Even though they fall under the reinforcement grouping, the different types of training are all dramatically different. We’re covering what I tried in the past, what I suggest you avoid, and the most effective way to shape your dog.   In the episode you'll hear:   • About training dogs by luring and using food or toys as a lure. • What's termed observational learning or social learning, or sometimes modelling. • About Stella the Kelpie and Bunny the Sheepadoodle using buttons to communicate. • Some of the words that dogs understand and words that excite my dogs. • What capturing behavior means and how to get a captured behavior like a stretch or talking. • About shaping, and the critical difference between two styles used to shape a behavior. • The reason I don't free shape these days and prefer layered shaping. • How to make the correct choice for the dog the obvious choice. • Why splitting behaviours down creates confidence for dogs and give you a strong foundation.   Resources:   1. Podcast Episode 94: How the Best Professional Dog Trainers Use Reinforcement - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/94/ 2. Podcast Episode 59: Why Your Treats Aren’t Working for Your Dog - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/59/ 3. Podcast Episode 2: Reinforcement - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/2/ 4. Stella the Kelpie (Instagram) - https://www.instagram.com/hunger4words/ 5. Bunny the Sheepadoodle (Instagram) - https://www.instagram.com/whataboutbunny/ 6. Podcast Episode 5: What is Shaping And How Can Dogs Shape Us - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/5/ 7. Blog with Video: Positive Dog Training and the Difference in Shaping - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2018/11/the-difference-in-shaping/ 8. Podcast Episode 167: Reduce Your Dog’s Stress And Anxiety In Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/167/ 9. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/XfQFmLfkfbU
8/12/202217 minutes, 42 seconds
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Dog Training A Stressed, Anxious Or Reactive Dog Part 2 #169

Visit us at shapedbydog.com     If you were to google for help for an anxious, stressed, or reactive dog, you’d get many suggestions, many of which are good! But there are critical elements that are essential for you to know. We’re covering the 10 things that are vital for you to help your dog get into the confidence zone.   In the episode you'll hear:   • Why training should be about reinforcement rather than isolating what you don't like. • The reason not to put your dog or yourself in a position where there will be judgment. • About choosing a dog training program that will protect your dog's confidence. • Why to know your dog's number one highest value reward. • The difference between perception triggers and fear triggers. • That triggers don't stay static and get lower or grow in intensity. • Why to know your dog's Confidence Zone and how to grow it in stages. • About Matching Law and how that applies to what you do with your dog. • How creating good active and calm triggers will help you help your dog. • Why it's important to condition a love for any tools you will be using. • That some dogs need behavioral medication, and it can make training easier.   Resources:   1. Podcast Episode 168: Creating Confidence For Anxious, Stressed Or Reactive Dogs Part 1 - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/168/ 2. Podcast Episode 94: How the Best Professional Dog Trainers Use Reinforcement - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/94/ 3. Podcast Episode 46: Is Your Dog Trying to Dominate You and What You Can Do About It - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/46/ 4. Agility Nation - https://www.agility-nation.com/ 5. Podcast Episode 11: The Power of Permission in Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/11/ 6. Podcast Episode 90: Premack, Dog Training and Transfer of Value - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/90/ 7. Podcast Episode 71: Pro Dog Trainer’s Secret to Help Your Naughty Dog - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/71/ 8. Podcast Episode 112: Stressed Dog? How Trigger Stacking Might Be Putting Your Dog Over Threshold - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/112/ 9. YouTube Playlist: Fearful Dogs Help with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy0KAsqgnkMWv0v-5JGjNQG_ 10. Podcast Episode 167: Reduce Your Dog’s Stress And Anxiety In Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/167/ 11. Podcast Episode 166: Puppy Freedom: How Much Is Too Much? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/166/ 12. YouTube Playlist: Dog Training Games with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy2TzttCtZVFwzwMGayAsaYe 13. Podcast Episode 111: How An Anchor Dog Can Help Overcome Your Dog’s Anxiety Or Reactivity - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/111/ 14. Matching Law (Wikipedia) - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matching_law 15. Podcast Episode 86: How to Train Unmotivated or Overexcited Dogs - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/86/ 16. YouTube Video: Puppy's First Training with Susan Garrett: Shaping, Targeting and Collar Conditioning - https://youtu.be/ticB_1Twx6E 17. Podcast Episode 40: Using A Head Halter On A Dog, Why My Approach Is So Different - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/40/ 18. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/WTheqs3fqgE
8/10/202220 minutes, 26 seconds
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Creating Confidence For Anxious, Stressed Or Reactive Dogs Part 1 #168

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    If your dog is stressed, anxious or reactive, there’s so much you can do to replace that stress, anxiety and reactivity with confidence. Two things are super important to help our dogs become confident, and those are our mindset and training clarity. Believing in your dog will help you bring out their best in any situation.   In the episode you'll hear:   • About thinking the best about our dogs and the best about ourselves. • How to throw away any negative feelings you might have about yourself. • That you are doing the best you can and to ignore society’s judgment. • About the unrealistic expectations people have about dogs. • How to see the dog you love everywhere you go with that dog. • Why to know what your dog will do when they are overwhelmed. • That you need a plan to replace food lures and props in your dog training. • About breaking behaviors down and how that applies to walking on a loose leash. • Why we want to help our dogs recover from failure fast and how it starts with ItsYerChoice. • A review of the arousal curve, so you can be aware of your dog’s emotional state. • Why we need to believe our dogs and learn from the information they give us. • That our dogs are always doing the best they can in any situation and change is possible.   ItsYerChoice Game: Learn how to play ItsYerChoice (IYC)   Resources:   1. Podcast Episode 167: Reduce Your Dog’s Stress And Anxiety In Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/167/ 2. YouTube Playlist: Reactive or Aggressive Dogs: Key Insights with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy0Tbd6ZybIXgJk3mtpBLLk7 3. Podcast Episode 163: Unsolicited Dog Training Advice: How To Protect Your Confidence And Your Dog - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/163/ 4. Podcast Episode 78: How to Train a Rescue Dog with Behavior Problems - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/78/ 5. Podcast Episode 114: Dog Agility Training: 3 Big Mistakes All Dog Owners Should Avoid - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/114/ 6. Podcast Episode 3: How Hollywood Made Life Tough For Dogs - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/3/ 7. Podcast Episode 76: Leash Walking: Distracted, or Reactive Dog? These Games Will Help! - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/76/ 8. YouTube Video: Perch Work (Pivots and Spins) - https://youtu.be/O6sj6fTJnFc 9. Podcast Episode 86: How to Train Unmotivated or Overexcited Dogs - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/86/ 10. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/N_XO0jqxvBg
8/5/202215 minutes, 22 seconds
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Reduce Your Dog's Stress And Anxiety In Training #167

Visit us at shapedbydog.com     Inadvertent stress is something we want to minimize when training our dogs, as excessive stress has the same impact on dogs as it does on us. Now, stress is everywhere, but we don’t want to create it unintentionally and don’t want our dogs to endure anxiety if we can avoid it. We’re looking at how we can set up our training to prevent our dogs from stressing out.   In the episode you'll hear:   • How dogs can stress low or high and what that stress looks like. • That our human mechanics can reduce anxiety for dogs. • About practicing without your dog and how that will help minimize stress. • Why videoing will improve your training sessions and help your dog. • How I set up my training area and include stations. • That transitions are the gaps between the training, and we want them seamless. • What an efficient training session is and how to minimize your dog's repetitions. • About the importance of using Balance Breaks in your training sessions. • An answer to a listener's question about using food when training heeling.   Resources:   1. Podcast Episode 86: How to Train Unmotivated or Overexcited Dogs - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/86/ 2. Podcast Episode 4: T.E.M.P. (Tail, Eyes/Ears, Mouth, Posture) - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/4/ 3. Podcast Episode 157: Dog Body Language: Understanding Canine Communication Signals And Emotions - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/157/ 4. Podcast Episode 110: Is Your Over-Aroused Dog Just Over-Faced In Training? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/110/ 5. Podcast Episode 131: How Would Susan Garrett Plan Your Dog Training Sessions? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/131/ 6. Podcast Episode 125: Why Isn’t My Dog Learning What I’m Training? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/125/ 7. Podcast Episode 31: 5 Simple Hacks to Help Your Dog Learn Faster (Reinforcement Process) - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/31/ 8. Susan’s Favorite Tripods and Video Accessories - https://dogsthat.com/favs/#tve-jump-178b15548dc 9. Podcast Episode 133: Become Your Own Dog Training Coach With This Video Strategy - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/133/ 10. Podcast Episode 57: Why Balance Breaks Fast Track Your Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/57/ 11. Crate Games - https://get.crategames.com/ 12. YouTube Video: Perch Work (Pivots and Spins) - https://youtu.be/O6sj6fTJnFc 13. Recallers - https://recallers.com/ 14. Podcast Episode 53: Stop Your Dog Pulling on Leash and Start Walking Together - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/53/ 15. YouTube Video: Understanding Your Dog's Reinforcement Zone (RZ) with Susan Garrett - https://youtu.be/OaUAScgaFAg 16. YouTube Video: Susan Garrett's Target Stick Training for Dogs Part One - https://youtu.be/MzePo7RSQu4 17. YouTube Video: Susan Garrett's Target Stick Training for Dogs Part Two - https://youtu.be/TqsEEWCXze0 18. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/tcae85wYXBE
8/3/202215 minutes, 28 seconds
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Puppy Freedom: How Much Is Too Much? #166

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    If you were to get 100 of the world’s best dog trainers in a room, there would be a lot of disagreements. However, if you asked, “what’s the number one training mistake people make with their new puppy?” 99 of those dog trainers would give you the same answer. If you were to google, how do I get my puppy to stop, search results like stop peeing in the house, stop barking, and stop putting everything in their mouth, will be returned. These puppy behavior problems are related to the number one mistake dog trainers agree about: giving a puppy too much freedom.   In the episode you'll hear:   • Why puppies can’t have too much freedom without something bad happening. • How puppy zones prevent the rehearsal of undesired behaviours. • About the stages of puppy development related to giving freedom. • How I utilize crates, ex-pens and baby gates for puppy zones and safety. • The reason not to use a doggy door with your puppy. • Why I want my puppies to learn alone time, pottying on leash, and listening indoors and outdoors. • About sleep time, potty time, training time, eating time, exercise time and chill time for a puppy. • Tips for structuring your morning schedule with a puppy to create success.   Resources:   1. Podcast Episode 30: Why Dog Crates Are Not Dog Cages - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/30/ 2. Crate Games - https://get.crategames.com/ 3. Podcast Episode 48: Potty Train Your Puppy in a Week (Easy 3 Step Process) - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/48/ 4. Blog Post: All About Dogs Sleeping in the Bedroom - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2020/03/dogs-sleeping-in-the-bedroom/ 5. Podcast Episode 98: Puppy Home Alone: Are You Creating Chaos or Calm? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/98/ 6. Podcast Episode 26: Pro Dog Training Tips to Get Your Puppy to Sleep All Night - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/26/ 7. YouTube Video: Puppy's First Training with Susan Garrett: Shaping, Targeting and Collar Conditioning - https://youtu.be/ticB_1Twx6E 8. Puppy Essentials Playlist on YouTube - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy2hywpv3Md3HbWWPPbVF8W5 9. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/t-CnvRQtsIU
7/27/202218 minutes, 28 seconds
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Why Do Dogs Bark In Cars And How To Stop It #165

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    Help, how can I stop my dog barking in the car while I’m driving!? That’s one of the most common questions we receive, and it’s a dilemma as you can’t drive and train your dog at the same time. But you can fix it! It starts with knowing why a dog is barking in the first place. It could be fear, excitement, anticipation, or maybe the dog is triggered by what they see out the car window.   In the episode you'll hear:   • All the reasons a dog might be barking while you are driving. • How a video can help you diagnose why your dog barks. • About using management for dogs who bark in cars. • The reason to narrow down what might be triggering your dog’s barking. • How eliminating rehearsals of the undesired behaviour is vital. • What to do if you have two or more dogs barking while you are travelling in the car. • That sometimes limiting your dog’s view out the windows can eliminate barking. • Why to reinforce your dog for being quiet when in the car and ways you can set that up. • About using negative punishment when there is a history of rich reinforcement for that which is correct. • The strategy of stopping the car when your dog is barking in anticipation. • Why you need to counter condition and desensitize your dog first. • What to do if your dog is triggered by something when they are in the car. • How to help a dog who gets overexcited about car trips and going places in the car. • All the progressions to stopping your dog barking when you are driving. • That barking is a conditioned behaviour and not a conscious response by your dog.   Resources:   1. Podcast Episode 75: Stop Motion Sickness: Helping Your Puppy or Dog Love the Car - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/75/ 2. Podcast Episode 164: The Danger Of Car Travel For Dogs: Evaluating Your Risk - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/164/ 3. Podcast Episode 112: Stressed Dog? How Trigger Stacking Might Be Putting Your Dog Over Threshold - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/112/ 4. *Remote Feeder: PetSafe Treat & Train - https://geni.us/treat-train 5. Podcast Episode 88: Barrier Frustration: Help for Fence Fighting, Leash Reactivity and Window Guarding - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/88/ 6. YouTube Playlist: The Emotional State of Dogs with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy29pv3_9b7DZdMFJL9ZJPMy 7. Crate Games - https://crategames.com/ 8. YouTube Video: Understanding Your Dog's Reinforcement Zone (RZ) with Susan Garrett - https://youtu.be/OaUAScgaFAg 9. Recallers - https://recallers.com/ 10. YouTube Video: 15 Ways To Exercise Your Dog - https://youtu.be/SsQY6nm6E30 11. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube -  https://youtu.be/XVnjKYoz5WA   *Amazon Links Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Susan only recommends products she uses herself, and all opinions expressed here are her own. The link above is an affiliate link that, at no additional cost to you, we may earn a small commission if you decide to buy from it. Thank you!
7/13/202214 minutes, 20 seconds
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The Danger Of Car Travel For Dogs: Evaluating Your Risk #164

Visit us at shapedbydog.com     Do you consider yourself a risk taker? Or maybe you play it safe? What about when it comes to your dog? We all want our dogs to be safe, but there’s one area in a dog’s life where people take highly dangerous risks, and that is when travelling in the car.   In the episode you'll hear:   • That I’m not risk aversive, except when it comes to my dogs. • Why I decided to never take part in “go to ground” with my Terriers. • The chances I won’t take with my dogs even though they are so well trained. • About all the risks people take with how dogs travel in cars. • Me implore you to please never drive with your dog in the back of a pickup truck. • The dangers of driving with your dog’s head out the window. • About how risky it is to drive with your dog on your lap on the front seat next to you. • How dogs riding loose in the backseat can obsess, leading to anxiety, barrier frustration and aggression. • That even the cargo area is not safe for you or your loose dog. • How I set up my car crates and anchor them down out of the crumple zone. • That a seatbelt attached to a genuinely approved car harness can be a way for your dog to travel in a car. • About evaluating the risk when you go to put your dog in the car for a ride.   Resources:   1. Podcast Episode 154: Car Vacations With Dogs: Tips To Make Holiday Road Trips Safe And Fun For All - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/154/ 2. Center for Pet Safety - https://www.centerforpetsafety.org/ 3. Gunner Crates - https://gunner.com/ 4. Ruff Tough Kennels - https://rufflandkennels.com/ 5. Sleepypod Clickit Harnesse - https://sleepypod.com/ 6. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube -  https://youtu.be/ZwM6NaMSf4k
7/8/202215 minutes, 7 seconds
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Unsolicited Dog Training Advice: How To Protect Your Confidence And Your Dog #163

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    If you’ve ever trained your dog in public or put a video on social media, chances are somebody has offered you unsolicited training advice. Likely it’s advice you don’t need, don’t want, and most certainly didn’t request. How to deal with it is a question we see frequently, so if you have ever received unsolicited dog training advice, this episode is for you!   In the episode you'll hear:   • That our job is always to protect and grow confidence for our dog and ourselves. • How the advice you receive might be coming from a good place with helpful intent. • The chances of a random stranger having any credentials in dog training is very low. • How your internal dialogue is the most important thing, followed by your external response. • What you can do to be proactive and why to think about your recovery response. • That you can deflect to me if needed, and that advice might be like an offer to change a tire. • How to handle online interactions and that when you feel furious, it’s time to get curious. • What to do about unsolicited advice or dog training when it’s from visitors in your home. • About dealing with unsolicited advice when it comes from an authority like your Vet. • Why to never hand your dog over to anyone to “deal with” without asking questions.   Resources:   1. Podcast Episode 112: Stressed Dog? How Trigger Stacking Might Be Putting Your Dog Over Threshold - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/112/ 2. Podcast Episode 153: Dog Muzzles: Everything You Need To Know And How To Muzzle Train Dogs - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/153/ 3. YouTube Video - Vet Visits For Dogs: How To Create A Positive Experience For Everyone - https://youtu.be/VJc42BfNre4 4. YouTube Playlist: The Emotional State of Dogs with Susan Garrett - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy29pv3_9b7DZdMFJL9ZJPMy 5. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube -  https://youtu.be/q8mVmCd50jQ
7/6/202220 minutes, 21 seconds
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Dogs Swimming: 5 Must Do Steps For Dogs Who Hate Or Love The Water #162

Visit us at shapedbydog.com     There are two types of dogs when it comes to water and going for a swim. Some dogs LOVE water and swimming, and others don’t want anything to do with it. How we teach swimming applies to both kinds of dogs and is different from what you might see others do. Dogs who naturally love to swim can be a challenge, as can dogs who hate water. Help is at hand with my 5 steps for water success for both types of dogs.   In the episode you'll hear:   • Why a dog loving water and swimming can be problematic for you and your dog. • The reason control is essential for swimming and your dog’s safety. • How helping your dog like water is helping them be comfortable with life skills. • That the chance to go for a swim can be a high value reinforcer to use to your advantage. • Why I like my dogs to actually be swim when they are in the water. • Reasons some dogs don’t like going in the water, including being “John Wayned” aka flooded. • How you can easily start with an empty kiddie pool for both types of dogs. • The steps to put going into the water on stimulus control for your dog. • How your dog knowing sit, down and spin helps with water and swimming. • The breakdown of all the elements for water loving or water hating dogs.   Resources:   1. YouTube Video: Susan Garrett Riffs on Transfer of Value in Dog Training (and water loving Labradors) - https://youtu.be/clFlutZ0mls 2. YouTube Playlist: Cooperative Care and Consent in Dog Training - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy1wgUlMBX63miIBBpxE-DAO 3. YouTube Playlist: Reinforcement, Permissions and Transfer of Value in Dog Training with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy1IUj_4P54q2PIuLNtnXjFO 4. YouTube Video: Target Stick Training for Dogs Part 1 - https://youtu.be/MzePo7RSQu4 5. YouTube Video: Target Stick Training for Dogs Part 2 - https://youtu.be/TqsEEWCXze0 6. Podcast Episode 157: Dog Body Language: Understanding Canine Communication Signals And Emotions - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/157/ 7. Dog Life Jacket: Salus Skippy Dog Vest - http://www.salusmarine.com/?products=skippy 8. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/oexSF-V3ELg
7/1/202219 minutes, 12 seconds
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Conditioning In Dog Training: Why A Recall And Positive Interrupter Are Different #161

Visit us at shapedbydog.com     Understanding the science of dog training is going to help you help your dog with clarity. In Episode 158 of Shaped by Dog, we covered training and using positive interrupters, and a few questions came in asking how that’s different from a recall cue. The difference starts with the words “unconditioned stimulus” and knowing how conditioning works.   In the episode you'll hear:   • The news that we have a new puppy, and her name is Belief. • More on what positive interrupters are, are not, and what I'm using. • About conditioned cues and how you can use them. • A refresher on location specific reinforcement markers. • How the clicker or marker word tells your dog, "you are correct". • Why to know what you expect your dog to do and the likelihood they will do it. • About intentionally conditioning the words you use. • That the clicker is not a recall cue for your dog. • How all conditioned reinforcers have a specific role for a dog's clarity. • The difference between a positive interrupter and a recall cue.   Resources:   1. Podcast Episode 158: Stop Your Dog’s Unwanted Behaviors With This Positive Interrupter - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/158/ 2. Podcast Episode 130: Conditioned Responses: The Magic Every New Puppy (And Dog) Owner Must Know About - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/130/ 3. Episode 151: How Location Specific Reinforcement Markers Will Improve Your Dog Training! - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/151/ 4. Podcast Episode 144: Teach Your Dog To Listen No Matter What… Even If You Think They Are Stubborn - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/144/ 5. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/Mb8ePPabgFQ
6/29/202214 minutes, 44 seconds
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10 Common Puppy Mistakes: What To Do Instead! #160

Visit us at shapedbydog.com     I have owned nine puppies and had many rescue dogs new to my home, and all have become amazing adult dogs. It might seem I was lucky, but the truth is that I followed a process! And there are things that I don’t do with my puppies or dogs when they come to live with me. I’m covering the 10 common mistakes that people make with a new puppy. Avoiding these 10 things that people do intentionally or inadvertently when they get a new puppy will set puppies up for success.   In the episode you'll hear:   • The 10 mistakes to avoid when your new puppy comes home. • About the layers of the 5C Formula applied to puppy raising for confidence. • How clarity for me starts with a puppy learning how to be excited and how to be calm. • That you have permission to go shopping before your puppy arrives. • Why to decide the method of training you want to use with intention. • About having realistic expectations because puppies are babies. • How to create an environment to set a puppy up for success and confidence. • The importance of keeping your slippery floors covered so puppy does not slide. • Why to avoid indoor pee pads if you want your puppy to potty outside. • About the appropriate timing of socializing puppies. • How an overtired puppy is cranky, overstimulated, and needs sleep. • Why I encourage you to have your new puppy sleep in the bedroom at night. • A bonus tip to prevent counter surfing and scavenging from the get-go.   Resources:   1. Podcast Episode 21: The 5 Critical Dog Training Layers for Confidence with Anything - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/21/ 2. YouTube Video: Vet Visits For Dogs: How To Create A Positive Experience For Everyone - https://youtu.be/VJc42BfNre4 3. Podcast Episode 146: Balanced Dog Training: Does It Really Exist? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/146/ 4. YouTube Playlist: Puppy Essentials with Susan Garrett Dog Training - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy2hywpv3Md3HbWWPPbVF8W5 5. Podcast Episode 58: How to Create Kid Friendly Dogs and Dog Friendly Kids - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/58/ 6. Podcast Episode 70: Critical Info for Your Puppy’s First Day and Night at Home - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/70/ *7. Dirty Dog Doormat Runner - https://geni.us/dirty-dog-runner 8. Podcast Episode 48: Potty Train Your Puppy in a Week (Easy 3 Step Process) - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/48/ 9. Podcast Episode 26: Pro Dog Training Tips to Get Your Puppy to Sleep All Night - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/26/ 10. Blog Post: All About Dogs Sleeping in the Bedroom - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2020/03/dogs-sleeping-in-the-bedroom/ 11. Podcast Episode 33: How Do I Stop My Dog Counter Surfing?! - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/33/ 12. Learn How to Play ItsYerChoice (IYC) - https://recallers.com/iycsummit-join/ 13. Podcast Episode 157: Dog Body Language: Understanding Canine Communication Signals And Emotions - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/157/ 14. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/Z1w1N54Px0A **Amazon Links Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Susan only recommends products she uses herself, and all opinions expressed here are her own. The link above is an affiliate link that, at no additional cost to you, we may earn a small commission if you decide to buy from it. Thank you!
6/22/202215 minutes, 40 seconds
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Help! My Puppy Is A Bully And Plays Too Rough #159

Visit us at shapedbydog.com     It’s important to realize when a puppy might not be interacting appropriately with another puppy or dog. Some puppies can be bullies, play far too roughly, or be overly exuberant and unable to read the room. We’re covering the steps you can take to help a puppy with appropriate interactions and what to know about puppy play.   In the episode you'll hear:   • What I learned from a Jack Russel Terrier puppy and Border Collie puppy in the 90s. • How puppies learn when they are playing with littermates and that young puppies can show calming signals. • The reasons that puppies might be bullies including when they leave the litter. • About my experiences with Buzz and his discomfort with other dogs. • How Tater-Salad had an inappropriate play style when he came to live with us. • What to look for when you take your puppy to a play and socialization class. • When to use a positive interrupter to help your pup with appropriate interactions. • In the episode, you’ll hear What to do if you have a softer puppy who is getting pushed around. • About puppies who badger your adult dog and what to do. • That most adult dogs have a limited time where they give a puppy a “free pass”, but others have zerotolerance. • Ways to help exuberant puppies who have not yet learned to read the room. • How to set up your environment for success and safety for puppies and adult dogs.   Resources:   1. Podcast Episode 157: Dog Body Language: Understanding Canine Communication Signals And Emotions - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/157/ 2. Podcast Episode 158: Stop Your Dog’s Unwanted Behaviors With This Positive Interrupter - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/158/ 3. Blog Post: Socializing the Singleton Puppy: Swagger’s Big Adventures - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2011/02/socializing-the-singleton-puppy-a-swaggers-big-adventures/ 4. Book: Shaping Success by Susan Garrett - https://dogsthat.com/product/shaping-success-2/ 5. YouTube Playlist: Behavior Chains in Dog Training with Susan Garrett - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy36FqDOVAwoHy87MhW 6. Podcast Episode 72: Preventing Dog Aggression: Introducing Dogs or Puppies with Project Togetherness - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/72/ 7. Podcast Episode 30: Why Dog Crates Are Not Dog Cages - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/30/ 8. YouTube Playlist: Living with Multiple Dogs Tips with Susan Garrett - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy36FqDOVAwoHy87MhWFUxVd 9. Recallers - https://recallers.com/ 10. Podcast Episode 32: 20 Easy Ways to Exercise Your Dog at Home - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/32/ 11. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/0kbDlNIxtn4 
6/17/202220 minutes, 55 seconds
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Stop Your Dog’s Unwanted Behaviors With This Positive Interrupter #158

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    If you took an obedience class back in the 80s, you could have learned to say things like AH-AH, NO, and HEY to stop your dog from doing something. And if you learned that that recently or find those old habits still with you, I’ve got something to help! Those short sharp words spoken harshly will startle dogs and stop a behavior, but they will also create stress and anxiety for a dog. Instead, we can teach words or sounds that will interrupt our dogs and let them know what we want them to do.   In the episode you'll hear:   • About the judgement we put on dogs when we use harsh words to stop behavior. • The way to condition a new cue to use as a positive interrupter. • How a positive interrupter should mean "stop what you are doing and come and find me". • When to use a positive interrupter to give your dog something different to do. • How an interrupter is not a recall cue and that your recall cue is sacred! • About choosing the best sound or word to use as a positive interrupter. • How you could use "wit-wit-wit-wit" as your positive interrupter. • How to easily teach your new positive interrupter to help you and your dog. • When to transition your new cue to real-life situations. • That you need to be aware of the thing before the thing and inadvertent behavior chains.   Resources:   1. Podcast Episode 157: Dog Body Language: Understanding Canine Communication Signals And Emotions - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/157/ 2. Kikopup on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/user/kikopup 3. Blog with Video: Teaching Puppies: It’s Just Arranging Coincidences - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2015/04/teaching-puppies-its-just-arranging-coincidences/ 4. Learn how to play ItsYerChoice (IYC) - https://recallers.com/iycsummit-join/ 5. Podcast Episode 16: The Thing Before Your Dog’s Thing - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/16/ 6. YouTube Playlist: Behavior Chains in Dog Training with Susan Garrett - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy36FqDOVAwoHy87MhWFUxVd 7. Podcast Episode 64: Help! How Can I Tell My Dog He’s Wrong? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/64/ 8. Podcast Episode 131: How Would Susan Garrett Plan Your Dog Training Sessions? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/131/ 9. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/7I8zLWN4rQk
6/15/202217 minutes, 21 seconds
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Dog Body Language: Understanding Canine Communication Signals And Emotions #157

Visit us at shapedbydog.com     If you spend time on social media, you will have seen videos where somebody has a family dog and a young toddler or a baby in very precarious situations. It’s unnecessarily dangerous as the dog is giving clear information with their body language on how they are feeling! If we live with a dog, we need to understand how they communicate their emotions. We’re covering what to look for in canine body language, so you know what dogs are telling you.   In the episode you'll hear:   • My observations on what an adult Australian Shepherd is saying about interactions with a puppy. • That a play bow does not always mean a dog wants to play. • What your dog is trying to communicate to you and what to observe. • How our dogs have complex emotions and how they tell us what they are feeling. • Four books about canine body language to have in your library. • How to really notice what your dog’s tail is telling you, including a left wag. • About the way dogs use their eyes to express their emotional state. • How dogs use body language to try and diffuse situations. • Why to notice what your dog’s tongue is doing and what a dog’s yawn could be saying. • The signals to look for in your dog’s ears, head posture, and body.   Resources:   1. Podcast Episode 25: Why All Dogs Can Bite and How to Reduce the Risk with R.E.A.D. - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/25/ 2. Podcast Episode 4: T.E.M.P. (Tail, Eyes/Ears, Mouth, Posture) - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/4/ 3. YouTube Playlist: The Emotional State of Dogs with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy29pv3_9b7DZdMFJL9ZJPMy 4.* Book - On Talking Terms With Dogs: Calming Signals by Turid Rugaas - https://geni.us/calming-signals 5. *Book - Canine Body Language: A Photographic Guide Interpreting the Native Language of the Domestic Dog by Brenda Aloff - https://geni.us/canine-body-language 6. *Book - Body Posture & Emotions: Shifting Shapes, Shifting Minds by Suzanne Clothier - https://geni.us/body-posture-emotions 7. *Book - Doggie Language: A Dog Lover's Guide To Understanding Your Best Friend by Lili Chin - https://geni.us/doggie-language-book 8. Podcast Episode 121: How To Stop Dogs Jumping Up On People - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/121/ 9. Podcast Episode 66: Resource Guarding: Dog vs Dog Aggression - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/66/ 10. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/t1Zcqp8IwnI   *Amazon Links Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Susan only recommends products she uses herself, and all opinions expressed here are her own. The link above is an affiliate link that, at no additional cost to you, we may earn a small commission if you decide to buy from it. Thank you!
6/10/202220 minutes, 48 seconds
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Dog Fireworks Anxiety Prevention: How To Keep Your Dog Safe And Calm #156

Visit us at shapedbydog.com     The best thing we can do for our dogs is protect them from unpleasant events. Fireworks displays can be beautiful for us but can be traumatic for dogs. It’s not just dogs; many animals are scared of fireworks, including wildlife. We can help our dogs by preparing and keeping them safe, and I’m covering strategies that you can put into place right now.   In the episode you'll hear:   • The alternatives to fireworks and how we can start asking for change. • Why not to take fireworks lightly and act now. • How exercising on the day there will be fireworks will help your dog. • Why to be at home with you during fireworks to keep them safe. • What to do if you have multiple dogs and some are sound sensitive. • The three strategies of stimulate, soothe and settle to help dogs. • How to time and play games to help your dog during thunder or fireworks. • How to use food toys, or meaty bones during noise events. • About soothing your dog and how settling strategies can help dogs who fear fireworks. • When to contact your Vet about medication to help your dog. • That the strategies will help you create a positive conditioned emotional response for your dog. • About the importance of being proactive in preparing for fireworks.   Resources:   1. YouTube Playlist: Exercising Your Dog's Body and Mind: Tips and Games with Susan Garrett - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy1ISzbaoCNh0NyLg3qgDG58 2. YouTube Playlist: Dog Training Games with Susan Garrett - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy2TzttCtZVFwzwMGayAsaYe 3. Podcast Episode 107: Pedicure Please: 3 Steps To Dog Nail Trimming Or Grooming Success At Home! - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/107/ 4.* Thundershirt (Calming Wraps) - https://geni.us/thunder-shirt 5. iCalmPet (Calming Music) - https://icalmpet.com/ 6. Podcast Episode 112: Stressed Dog? How Trigger Stacking Might Be Putting Your Dog Over Threshold - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/112/ 7. Podcast Episode 4: T.E.M.P. (Tail, Eyes/Ears, Mouth, Posture) - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/4/ 8. *D.A.P. (Adaptil) - https://geni.us/adaptil 9. Podcast Episode 153: Dog Muzzles: Everything You Need To Know And How To Muzzle Train Dogs - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/153/ 10. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/nHGzCFB6I6Y   *Amazon Links Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Susan only recommends products she uses herself, and all opinions expressed here are her own. The link above is an affiliate link that, at no additional cost to you, we may earn a small commission if you decide to buy from it. Thank you!
6/8/202216 minutes, 47 seconds
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10 Ways To Teach A Sit WITHOUT A Food Lure! Unreal Results For Puppies And Dogs Of All Ages #155

Visit us at shapedbydog.com     There’s a good chance that you’ve seen how to train a sit by luring your puppy or dog with a treat above their nose. I teach a sit 10 different ways, and none involve a lure. I’m covering the details of the 10 alternate ways to train a sit, how I use them and why, plus the reason I am never in a hurry to put sit on cue. You’ll be able to pick one of the 10 ways I’m sharing and start having fun training your puppy or dog to sit right away.   In the episode you'll hear:   • What a sit is for a dog and how it’s very particular. • The physical considerations to notice when looking at your dog’s sit. • That I want my dogs to sit with hips and hocks aligned. • About knowing your criteria for a sit, including why fast is important. • Why I don’t want my dogs to sit in front of me unless it’s for a dog sport. • The difference between a “push back” and a “pop up” sit. • Why I don’t name the behavior of sitting with a young puppy. • How you could go for months without putting sit on cue. • That the “search” game allows dogs to reset and sit. • The details on the 10 ways to teach your puppy or dog to sit: Tugging, Crate Games, Bed Games, Foot Target, Plank, Target Stick, Shaping, Rz Alley, Capturing, Free Shaping   Resources:   1. YouTube Video: Understanding Your Dog’s Reinforcement Zone (RZ) - https://youtu.be/OaUAScgaFAg 2. Podcast Episode 113: Your Dog’s Verbal Cues And Hand Signals: How To Effectively Train Both - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/113/ 3. Podcast Episode 89: Why Dogs Should Not Tug: The Truth Revealed - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/89/ 4. Get Crate Games Online - https://get.crategames.com/ 5. YouTube Video: Perch Work (Pivots and Spins) - https://youtu.be/O6sj6fTJnFc 6. YouTube Video: Target Stick Training Part One - https://youtu.be/MzePo7RSQu4 7. YouTube Video: Target Stick Training Part Two - https://youtu.be/TqsEEWCXze0 8. Podcast Episode 32: 20 Easy Ways to Exercise Your Dog at Home (Search Game) - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/32/ 9. Podcast Episode 134: How To Teach A Dog Stay WITHOUT Luring, Collar Pops Or Using The Word “Stay” - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/134/ 10. Podcast Episode 121: How To Stop Dogs Jumping Up On People - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/121/ 11. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/WP9JRgKL2Ok
6/3/202219 minutes, 43 seconds
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Car Vacations With Dogs: Tips To Make Holiday Road Trips Safe And Fun For All #154

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    Do you take your dog on vacation or for road trips? It will help make your holiday great if you plan ahead and prepare your dog for car rides, consider safety for your trip, know where to take breaks along the way, and where to stay when travelling by car with your dog.   In the episode you'll hear:   • About planning so that your vacation is enjoyable for you and your dog. • Why to consider what your days will be filled with when you are away. • How to prepare your dog for your trip away. • About the car crates that are safe for travelling and the options of canine seat belts. • How playing games on your trip helps makes the experience fun for your dog. • That including ItsYerChoice in your games is important for your dog’s safety. • Why you really want your dog to pee and poop when on leash. • About enrichment for your dog when you are relaxing. • What to pack for your dog when travelling with them. • Where to stop with your dog along the way to your destination. • How to make your stops and stays safe, interesting, and comfortable for your dog.   Road Trip Packing List: Download Susan’s Packing List as a PDF     Resources:   1. Get Crate Games Online - https://get.crategames.com/ 2. Learn How to Play ItsYerChoice (IYC) - https://recallers.com/iycsummit-join/ 3. Podcast Episode 75: Stop Motion Sickness: Helping Your Puppy or Dog Love the Car - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/75/ 4. Podcast Episode 98: Puppy Home Alone: Are You Creating Chaos or Calm? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/98/ 5. Podcast Episode 48: Potty Train Your Puppy in a Week (Easy 3 Step Process) - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/48/ 6. Recallers - https://recallers.com/ 7. YouTube Playlist: Training Games - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy2TzttCtZVFwzwMGayAsaYe 8. Gunner Crates - https://gunner.com/ 9. Ruff Tough Kennels - https://rufflandkennels.com/ 10. Sleepypod Clickit Harnesses - https://sleepypod.com/ 11. Center for Pet Safety - https://www.centerforpetsafety.org/ 12. *Koolatron Kool Wheeler - https://geni.us/koolatron 13. *Aluminet Reflective Mesh - https://geni.us/aluminet 14. *Ryobi Fan - https://geni.us/ryobi-fan 15. Sniff Spot - https://www.sniffspot.com/ 16. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/VW4QahyOg5E    *Amazon Links Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Susan only recommends products she uses herself, and all opinions expressed here are her own. The link above is an affiliate link that, at no additional cost to you, we may earn a small commission if you decide to buy from it. Thank you!
6/1/202219 minutes, 52 seconds
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Dog Muzzles: Everything You Need To Know And How To Muzzle Train Dogs #153

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    Dog training games deepen the bond we have with our dogs, grow trust, build confidence and give our dogs beneficial skills for daily life. A life skill that is important for all dogs is wearing a muzzle. We want to create a positive conditioned emotional response to a muzzle for our dog. Fun games will help your dog LOVE wearing a muzzle and give you confidence if your dog should ever need one.   In the episode you'll hear:   • Why a dog might need to wear a muzzle, including at the Vet. • How emotions are an unconscious response and dogs might react if scared or in pain. • About consent in dog training and that we want our dogs to trust us. • What to look for when selecting a muzzle for your dog. • How a bowl and a canning funnel are great for muzzle training. • The training steps with games so that your dog loves putting a muzzle on. • How to create a positive CER for your dog wearing a muzzle. • What to look for in your dog’s body language for an excellent TEMP. • The reason you want a cue for your dog to muzzle up. • Why I use “Hey, Can You?!” for my dogs to run to get a muzzle on. • How to grow the Double D of duration and distractions for the muzzle. Get Your Free eBook for Muzzle Training and the Video Embed Code: https://dogsthat.com/muzzle Wag Nation Opportunity: Join Us in Wag Nation    Resources:   1. Podcast Episode 106: Consent In Dog Training: The Misuse, Misunderstanding And Misapplication - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/106/ 2. Podcast Episode 107: Pedicure Please: 3 Steps To Dog Nail Trimming Or Grooming Success At Home! - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/107/ 3. YouTube Video - Vet Visits For Dogs: How To Create A Positive Experience For Everyone - https://youtu.be/VJc42BfNre4 4. Podcast Episode 132: All The Things Your Dog Hates And How To Fix Them - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/132/ 5. Podcast Episode 4: T.E.M.P. (Tail, Eyes/Ears, Mouth, Posture) - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/4/ 6. YouTube Video - Should My Dog Be Off Leash Right Now? - https://youtu.be/CiygnLThS6Y 7. YouTube Playlist - Cooperative Care and Consent in Dog Training with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy1wgUlMBX63miIBBpxE-DAO *8. Baskerville Muzzle at Amazon - https://www.amazon.ca/COA-BASKERVILLE-Ultra-Muzzle-Size/dp/B005MJ65Z8/?th=1 9. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/zhtp_UUeq_I   *Amazon Links Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Susan only recommends products she uses herself, and all opinions expressed here are her own. The link above is an affiliate link that, at no additional cost to you, we may earn a small commission if you decide to buy from it. Thank you!
5/27/202227 minutes, 55 seconds
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Off Leash Listening Skills For Dogs Part 3: Training Steps #152

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    We’re now in part three of our series on dogs being able to respond when they are far away, and I’ve got a training plan for you. It’s super important for your dog’s safety that they can listen at a distance and come when called. A recall from something like deer or bunnies all begins with your dog being able to listen close by, and in part three, we’re growing the fundamental skills to listening off leash and away from you.   In the episode you'll hear:   • The errors you might be making in training sit, down and stand. • All the ways you can proof your dog’s understanding of your cues. • How we want our dogs to be able to think even if they are excited. • Why you need to know if your dog is really listening or just guessing. • That you need to be on Team Distraction before you are on Team Distance. • The training steps to grow and test your dog’s listening abilities with position changes. • That what you are teaching might not be what your dog is learning. • How to fix common challenges with position changes at a distance. • About the importance of reinforcing away from you for your dog to listen far away. • How to transition from inside your house to outside to grow layers of understanding.   ItsYerChoice Game: Learn how to play ItsYerChoice (IYC) - https://recallers.com/iycsummit-join/   Resources:   1. Podcast Episode 147: Teach Your Dog To Listen Off Leash And Far Away - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/147/ 2. Podcast Episode 148: Your Dog Listening At A Distance Part 2: Critical Timing Of Distractions - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/148/ 3. Podcast Episode 12: When Helping Your Dog is an Illusion - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/12/ 4. Podcast Episode 151: How Location Specific Reinforcement Markers Will Improve Your Dog Training! - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/151/ 5. Podcast Episode 42: Behavior Chains: Are You Teaching Your Dog to be Bad to be Good? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/42/ 6. Podcast Episode 21: The 5 Critical Dog Training Layers for Confidence with Anything - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/21/ 7. YouTube Video: Perch Work (Pivots and Spins) - https://youtu.be/O6sj6fTJnFc 8. Food Toy: Gamble Ball from 4MyMerles - https://www.4mymerles.com/product/gamble-ball/ 9. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/jJqeiBbU7Pg
5/25/202214 minutes, 55 seconds
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How Location Specific Reinforcement Markers Will Improve Your Dog Training! #151

Visit us at shapedbydog.com     We can use food, toys, or activities our dogs love, like swimming or running, as rewards in dog training. To get an unbelievable transfer of value from that reinforcement, we can use words that tell our dogs what they are doing is correct, how they will be reinforced and where that reinforcement will be. We’re covering Location Specific Reinforcement Markers and how to use them. It’s possible for everyone to double the value of rewards and grow their dog’s understanding when there is clarity about the specifics of release cues.   In the episode you'll hear:   • How my dog would leave position on a click when I first learned about clicker training. • That I learned to mark for position and reward for behavior from Bob and Marian Bailey. • How I started using Location Specific Reinforcement Markers in the mid-nineties with Buzz for his start line. • How to use activities for location specific reinforcement in dog training. • About the nuances of using “search”, “get it”, “bring me” and “break” as release cues and when I use “wit wit”. • How I use different toys and names for those toys for training directionals like left and right for agility. • In the episode, you’ll hear Why the tone of your words is vital for your dog’s clarity and that each should have unique sounds. • An exercise you can do to try out Location Specific Reinforcement Markers in your training. • That we can have many release cues and permissions as Location Specific Reinforcement Markers.   ItsYerChoice Game: Learn how to play ItsYerChoice (IYC) - https://recallers.com/iycsummit-join/   Resources:   1. Podcast Episode 69: Clicker Training: Will It Work For Every Dog? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/69/ 2. Podcast Episode 90: Premack, Dog Training and Transfer of Value - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/90/ 3. Podcast Episode 94: How the Best Professional Dog Trainers Use Reinforcement - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/94/ 4. Podcast Episode 11: The Power of Permission in Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/11/ 5. Podcast Episode 126: How Dog Training Goes Better When You Begin With The End In Mind - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/126/ 6. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/5XDsCd39gCY
5/20/202216 minutes, 50 seconds
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Adding Mindset To Your Dog Training Tools: Who Do You Become? #150

Visit us at shapedbydog.com     One of my most favorite things to talk about is mindset because, to me, it’s everything in life. Mindset is nothing to do with dog training, yet it has everything to do with how successful you will be. Dog training is an unregulated industry, and people can say or do whatever they want. There are many ways to train dogs, and dogs will learn despite what’s being done. Each method of training a dog will impact us personally, so we need to consider who we will become.   In the episode you'll hear:   • That we all have goals and choices in reaching those goals. • How a dog learning will reinforce our training choices. • Why to consider what you trade off in dog training, your time or relationship. • That you need to give yourself grace when learning. • How our dog training choices carry over into other areas of our life. • What we get when you achieve a goal is not nearly as important as who we become. • That our relationship with our dogs is defined when we are frustrated. • How ethical training can be effective, but that it’s you who defines what is ethical. • About my history in dog training and how I’ve changed. • Why dog sports should be a team experience with our dog. • That dog training can be different and help us become who we want to be.   Resources:   1. Podcast Episode 44: Using Coincidences and Positive Associations in Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/44/ 2. Podcast Episode 102: Transitioning Your Dog Training: From All That Is Wrong To That Which Is Right - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/102/ 3. IQ Zoo – History of Animal Behavior Enterprises – Bailey’s and Breland’s - https://www3.uca.edu/iqzoo/iqzoo.htm 4. Podcast Episode 84: Disappointment in Dog Sports: Mindset With Olympian Greg Louganis - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/84/ 5. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/DZhxta1lNV8
5/18/202220 minutes, 58 seconds
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Superstitious Behavior In Dog Training: Beware The Killer Bees! #149

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    Do you have superstitious behavior like wearing a lucky shirt or lucky socks? Dogs can have superstitious behaviors too, and often, we contribute! We don’t want inadvertent or cheap behaviors to become part of what our dogs learn, so I’m covering what to look for and what you can do to avoid reinforcing superstition unintentionally. We’re also looking at why you need to beware of the killer bees in dog training!   In the episode you'll hear:   • How B. F. Skinner described superstitious behavior back in the 1940’s when working with pigeons. • That my mentor Bob Bailey used the term cheap behavior and what that looks like for dogs. • How my husband, John, had a superstitious behaviour at traffic lights. • The ways dogs can develop superstitious behaviors in daily life and dog sports. • How cheap behaviors like vocalizing, pawing, spinning, foot paddling, nipping, and the killer bees like biting, bopping, bouncing, boxing and more can be built into our training or routines. • About preventing cheap behavior or superstition in your dog training and why to look at reinforcement. • That reinforcement can be more complex than what you think you are rewarding. • How some behaviors can be because the dog is overwhelmed or over faced in training and why to look at your dog’s success percentage. • Why to work out your dog’s rate of reinforcement and how that can vary depending on what you are training. • About the importance of a training plan that will set you and your dog up for success. • How to help your dog with something like barking in the crate if that is superstitious. Resources:   1. Podcast Episode 141: Average Or Better Dog Training Question: What Did You Just Reward? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/141/ 2. Podcast Episode 2: Reinforcement - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/2/ 3. Podcast Episode 125: Why Isn’t My Dog Learning What I’m Training? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/125/ 4. Podcast Episode 139: Remove Confusion And Build Your Dog’s Confidence With One Simple Dog Training Habit - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/139/ 5. Podcast Episode 21: The 5 Critical Dog Training Layers for Confidence with Anything - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/21/ 6. Podcast Episode 98: Puppy Home Alone: Are You Creating Chaos or Calm? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/98/ 7. Watch this episode on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sh28zCwQi8o
5/13/202216 minutes, 2 seconds
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Your Dog Listening At A Distance Part 2: Critical Timing Of Distractions #148

Visit us at shapedbydog.com  There are two ways to work on your dog listening around distractions, but many people only learn one. The first way is to get your dog into a controlled position like a sit or down, and introduce distractions. We take it to the next level and do things differently! Let’s face it; there are not too many bunnies who are doing to ask us to get our dogs into a sit before they run across the path. We need our dogs to listen no matter what and no matter how far away they are from us, and the timing of our distractions in training is critical to set our dogs up for success.   In the episode you'll hear: • About the two reasons a dog would listen at a distance. • The way we grow massive confidence in our dog’s ability to listen. • About looking at what you do if your dog makes a mistake. • How games grow responses and enthusiasm for dogs. • What playing video games has to do with dog training. • The importance of controlling the distraction and not the dog. • About growing a dog’s skills in layers and the fun way to practice. • How to really use distractions in your dog training. • Why you always want to be on Team Distraction to get to Team Distance. • What to play with your dog this week in prep for next-level listening games. PDF Download:   List of Controllable Distraction Ideas for Confidence and Clarity -https://dogsthat.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Susan-Garrett-Controllable-Distractions-For-Foundation-Dog-Training.pdf   Resources:   1. Watch Part 1 - Episode 147: Teach Your Dog To Listen Off Leash And Far Away - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/147/ 2. Recallers - https://recallers.com/ 3. Get Crate Games Online - https://get.crategames.com/ 4. Podcast Episode 21: The 5 Critical Dog Training Layers for Confidence with Anything - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/21/ 5. Blog Post: Distraction Work in Dog Training: A Conversation Between Friends - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2012/02/distraction-work-in-dog-training-a-conversation-between-friends/ 6. Podcast Episode 4: T.E.M.P. (Tail, Eyes/Ears, Mouth, Posture) - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/4/ 7. Podcast Episode 110: Is Your Over-Aroused Dog Just Over-Faced In Training? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/110/ 8. Podcast Episode 24: Help for the Dog who Chases Chipmunks, Bicycles, and the Neighbor’s Cat - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/24/1 9. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/v1jiG8tiAOc
5/11/202217 minutes, 33 seconds
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Teach Your Dog To Listen Off Leash And Far Away #147

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    How well does your dog respond to your cues at a distance? Would your dog sit or down when they are off leash and far away? It’s a skill that can be life saving for dogs! It only needs a few minutes a day of engagement with your dog to create great behaviors, and it starts with your dog listening to you when they are close.   In the episode you'll hear:   • That a dog responding from a distance is just showing mastery of skills that they can do close up. • How to find time in your day to train your dog and how it can be engaging. • What your dog understanding of a cue looks like in day-to-day life. • About cleaning up your release cues and the releases that I use. • What to be aware of about cueing, marking, and releasing to create clarity for your dog. • Why we need transfer of value to the behaviour of sit, down or stand for our dogs. • About the experiment we conducted at agility camp and what the results showed about cues at a distance. • Why dogs who understand a behaviour close to you can perform at a distance.   Resources:   1. Blog Post with Video: How to Train Your Dog to Stand on Cue - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2020/10/train-your-dog-to-stand-on-cue/ 2. YouTube Video: Teach Your Dog To Down On Cue: Easy Shaping With A Bed - https://youtu.be/P3z76PAz9AE 3. Learn How to Play ItsYerChoice - https://recallers.com/iycsummit-join/ 4. Podcast Episode 134: How To Teach A Dog Stay WITHOUT Luring, Collar Pops Or Using The Word “Stay” - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/134/ 5. Podcast Episode 21: The 5 Critical Dog Training Layers for Confidence with Anything - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/21/ 6. Podcast Episode 125: Why Isn’t My Dog Learning What I’m Training? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/125/ 7. Podcast Episode 90: Premack, Dog Training and Transfer of Value - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/90/ 8. Podcast Episode 135: Test Your Dog’s Sit Stay Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/135/ 9. Blog Post with Video: Get Your Dog Training Done (And Make Your Week Awesome) - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2019/08/get-your-dog-training-done/ 10. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/MHMzbxNElPs
5/6/202220 minutes, 1 second
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Balanced Dog Training: Does It Really Exist? #146

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    Does balanced dog training really exist? Being a balanced trainer is part of my background in dog training. In many discussions about dog training methods, you will frequently hear about the four quadrants, so I’m going over what those quadrants are and how our experiences can tip the balance. We’re covering the science of operant conditioning and how dogs actively learn.   In the episode you'll hear:   • How I started to learn about dog training from a book called “How to Raise and Train a Chow Chow”. • About the four quadrants and the meaning of +R, +P, -P and -R. • An explanation of the terms Positive Reinforcement, Positive Punishment, Negative Punishment and Negative Reinforcement. • The importance of understanding that punishment suppresses behavior. • How the key with positive reinforcement is that only the dog knows what is reinforcing. • Examples of using the four quadrants in dog training, and how we really want to optimize positive reinforcement. • The reason why no dog trainer is truly balanced. • The decision I made in 1993 only to use positive reinforcement and what I learned. • How our core values, education, curiosity, mentorship, and peer group impact our dog training. • About what pressure and frustration can do to our dog training decisions. • The most valuable lesson I learned from Feature when she was a puppy, and when I realized I’d come the full circle in my dog training.   Resources:   1. Podcast Episode 94: How the Best Professional Dog Trainers Use Reinforcement - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/94/ 2. Podcast Episode 88: Barrier Frustration: Help for Fence Fighting, Leash Reactivity and Window Guarding - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/88/ 3. Podcast Episode 34: Time Outs for Dogs: Does Your Dog Need One? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/34/ 4. YouTube Video: Susan Garrett Riffs on Transfer of Value in Dog Training (and water loving Labradors) - https://youtu.be/clFlutZ0mls 5. Podcast Episode 40: Using A Head Halter On A Dog, Why My Approach Is So Different - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/40/ 6. Podcast Episode 16: The Thing Before Your Dog’s Thing - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/16/ 7. YouTube Playlist: Crate Games and Crate Training for Puppies and Dogs with Susan Garrett - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy2cs1uKBQTpAY-LUARQhzT7 8. Book: Shaping Success by Susan Garrett - https://dogsthat.com/product/shaping-success-2/ 9. TikTok presentation with Sara Richter, CDBC on the 4 Quadrants - https://www.tiktok.com/@sara.richter.cdbc/video/7092504742357781806 10. Podcast Episode 11: The Power of Permission in Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/11/ 11. Podcast Episode 102: Transitioning Your Dog Training: From All That Is Wrong To That Which Is Right - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/102/ 12. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/WtGjhPRQWoo
5/4/202223 minutes, 41 seconds
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10 Ways To Teach A Dog To Lay Down And How To Shape It Without Luring. #145

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    Teaching your dog to lay down on cue is a great life skill for many situations. There are 10 different ways to train your dog to drop. Having a dog who downs immediately when you ask will happen if your dog is engaged and having fun. Your dog obeying you does not need to involve submitting, and we’re looking at how you can create a joyful instant drop on cue for your dog.   In the episode you'll hear:   • That being told to train a dog to down using physical force is a red flag. • About the most common way of teaching a down with luring. • How you could capture a down in daily life, use free shaping, or a target stick. • How I train dogs to down using paw or body targets to get a fast, reliable drop. • The pre-requisites you will need before training your dog to down. • Why you will need a release word to tell your dog when the down is over. • That I use "search", "break", or "get it" as release words and what each means. • The reason to think very carefully about the cue you will use for your dog to down. • How I train down in three different positions and why I start with the sphinx position. • How I train my dogs to down on cue with DASH and fun shaping games. • That we can teach our dogs to LOVE the game of giving us fast, reliable downs on cue.   ItsYerChoice Game: Learn how to play ItsYerChoice as a foundation for your down training: https://recallers.com/iycsummit-join/   Resources:   1. YouTube Video: Target Stick Training Part One - https://youtu.be/MzePo7RSQu4 2. YouTube Video: Target Stick Training Part Two - https://youtu.be/TqsEEWCXze0 3. Podcast Episode 134: How To Teach A Dog Stay WITHOUT Luring, Collar Pops Or Using The Word “Stay” - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/134/ 4. Get Crate Games Online - https://get.crategames.com/ 5. Podcast Episode 33: How Do I Stop My Dog Counter Surfing?! - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/33/ 6. Podcast Episode 107: Pedicure Please: 3 Steps To Dog Nail Trimming Or Grooming Success At Home! - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/107/ 7. Blog Post: Got D.A.S.H. (Desire, Accuracy, Speed and Habitat)? - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2017/01/dash/ 8. YouTube Video: Perch Work (Pivots and Spins) - https://youtu.be/O6sj6fTJnFc 9. Blog Post: Dog Training Question ~ When Do I Add a Cue? - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2018/09/when-do-i-add-a-cue/ 10. YouTube Playlist: Sit, Down, Stand, Stay! Dog training duration behaviors with Susan Garrett - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy2cY7Fg3MLUaobkSdnVx0jt *11. Cato Board: Receive 10% off with the use of this link. Coupon Code: DOGSTHAT10 - https://catooutdoors.com/discount/DOGSTHAT10 12. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/E9IXKuewJDE *Link Disclosure: Susan only recommends products she uses herself, and all opinions expressed here are her own. The link above is an affiliate link that, at no additional cost to you, we may earn a small commission if you decide to buy from it. Thank you!
3/18/202221 minutes, 18 seconds
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Teach Your Dog To Listen No Matter What… Even If You Think They Are Stubborn #144

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    If you’ve ever said, “why won’t my dog just listen,” or “he does this at home,” or “he’s being stubborn,” or wondered why your dog just does not listen, this episode is for you. It applies to all dogs, from puppies to rescues, to older dogs, to sports dogs performing in obedience, agility, flyball, protection or any sport. We’re covering why dogs may or may not listen and the layers to help your dog respond to a cue the first time you ask anywhere.   In the episode you'll hear:   • That the cues we use to prompt a behavior in our dogs are little evaluations. • How you can think of your dog’s response like a bank statement. • About knowing if you have hundred-thousand-dollar responses to your cues. • Why to be aware of competing reinforcement values. • That consistency and reinforcement are vital for our dogs to understand cues. • What overshadowing your dog is and how that relates to your body language. • How to evaluate your sit cue with a 5P test in many locations. • Why a relationship comes before training your dog to do anything. • About DASH and how Desire, Accuracy, Speed and Habitat will help your dog training. • The reason that bribing your dog will not create strong behaviors and how shaping works. • About creating a plan and record keeping. • How to start today so your dog will listen to your cues anywhere.   IYC Summit: Learn how to play ItsYerChoice to get rid of bribes and create choice for your dog: https://recallers.com/iycsummit-join/   Resources:   1. Podcast Episode 51: Is Your Stubborn Dog Frustrating You? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/51/ 2. Podcast Episode 2: Reinforcement - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/2/ 3. Podcast Episode 134: How To Teach A Dog Stay WITHOUT Luring, Collar Pops Or Using The Word “Stay” - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/134/ 4. Podcast Episode 135: Test Your Dog’s Sit Stay Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/135/ 5. Podcast Episode 5: What is Shaping And How Can Dogs Shape Us - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/5/ 6. Podcast Episode 21: The 5 Critical Dog Training Layers for Confidence with Anything - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/21/ 7. Blog Post: Got D.A.S.H. (Desire, Accuracy, Speed and Habitat)? - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2017/01/dash/ 8. Podcast Episode 131: How Would Susan Garrett Plan Your Dog Training Sessions? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/131/ 9. Podcast Episode 71: Pro Dog Trainer’s Secret to Help Your Naughty Dog - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/71/ 10. Recallers - https://recallers.com/ 11. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/_AeiSv4KVo4
3/16/202220 minutes, 37 seconds
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Is It Ever Too Late To Train Your Dog? #143

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    Have you ever felt behind in your dog training? Have you ever wondered if you will ever catch up? Have you ever wondered if it was just too late to train your dog, or if your puppy was just too much, and they would never be able to learn? You are not alone! All of us have challenges with our dogs, including me. The more experience we have, the more our confidence grows. And I want you to know it’s never too late to take action, and you are never behind.   In the episode you'll hear:   • How it does not matter what you have now; you can make changes. • That people and dogs of any age can learn. • The strategies that I use to take daily measured action towards a goal. • How the little steps grow to make a difference for you and your dog. • Why it might seem like you have a big gap between what you have and what you want. • The four categories of emotional challenges, behavioural challenges, functional training and fun training. • Why to not put limits on your dog or let anyone else to put limits on your dog. • About having a good proven plan that aligns with the relationship you want to have with your dog. • How you need to create a framework so you and puppy or dog have success. • That you can make the ending better than you ever expected by starting today. Home School the Dog: Join Home School the Dog on Susan's special opportunity ItsYerChoice Summit: Learn one simple game that has changed the lives of dogs and their people the world over   Resources:   1. Podcast Episode 93: Fix Dog Training and Behavior Problems Before They Happen - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/93/ 2. Podcast Episode 71: Pro Dog Trainer’s Secret to Help Your Naughty Dog - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/71/ 3. Podcast Episode 131: How Would Susan Garrett Plan Your Dog Training Sessions? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/131/ 4. Podcast Episode 133: Become Your Own Dog Training Coach With This Video Strategy - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/133/ 5. Podcast Episode 78: How to Train a Rescue Dog with Behavior Problems - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/78/ 6. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube https://youtu.be/p4uHKPX9hWw   YouTube Playlists: 1. See ALL DogsThat YouTube Channel Playlists - https://www.youtube.com/c/DogsThat/playlists 2. Loose Leash Walking - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy1mGMfdVKXq_hiJ27Ej1shW 3. The Emotional State of Dogs - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy29pv3_9b7DZdMFJL9ZJPMy 4. Reactive or Aggressive Dogs - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy0Tbd6ZybIXgJk3mtpBLLk7 5. Over-Aroused, Over Excited, Hyper, Frantic, High Drive or Out of Control Dogs - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy3tN5Z336OeZkYoF2dJ7gNY 6. Sit, Down, Stand, Stay! Dog Training Duration Behaviors - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy2cY7Fg3MLUaobkSdnVx0jt 7. Puppy Training - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy2SggplHx3uEWAjXOL9hI21 
3/4/202214 minutes, 55 seconds
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Giving And Receiving Constructive Feedback About Your Dog Training #142

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    The only way we can make the world a better place for all the dogs is to inspire everyone with a dog to want to train. But to want to train your dog, you need to receive good feedback and take action on that feedback. It’s a topic dear to my heart as I’ve been coaching in dog training and dog agility for over 30 years and have learned many lessons about teaching.   In the episode you'll hear:   • How to choose a dog training class, including how it might make you feel. • Why core values are important in your dog training decisions. • The top considerations when selecting coaching for your dog training. • How students are a reflection of our ability to teach. • About the way I used to teach dog training. • How to use the 5C Pyramid for teaching. • Where connection, clarity, confidence, challenges and choice fit into coaching and learning. • How my students helped me become a better coach.   Resources:   1. Podcast Episode 100: Dog Training: The Most Important Lesson I Can Share - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/100/ 2. Podcast Episode 37: Dog Training as a Career - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/37/ 3. Download the 5C Pyramid PDF at Podcast Episode 21: The 5 Critical Dog Training Layers for Confidence with Anything - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/21/ 4. Podcast Episode 103: Excited Or Suspicious Dog? Dealing With Your Dog’s Emotions - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/103/ 5. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/cOgXwaysP7w
3/3/202216 minutes, 2 seconds
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Average Or Better Dog Training Question: What Did You Just Reward? #141

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    Imagine if you and your best friend both got puppies who are littermates. And you both train your puppies the same about of time every week, use the same training rewards and follow the same training plan. Then after six months, your friend’s puppy is amazingly well trained, but your puppy does not seem to know much at all. You might think that you got the puppy who was not too bright, but that is not the case. It could all come down to what you are rewarding! We’re talking about why rewarding dogs for “average or better” will fast-track your training success and grow your dog’s skills.   In the episode you'll hear:   • How reinforcement builds behaviour and how the responses we reward will grow. • Why we need to have clear criteria to help our dogs understand what we want. • The reason to ask yourself, “what did that cookie, toy or permission just reinforce?”. • About knowing what average is for your dog’s behaviors. • How your dog is aware of your criteria even if you are not. • About using “average or better” when training a sit. • What a good sit looks like and what you’d not want to see your dog do. • Why to be aware of cheap behaviors that might get built into what you are training. • How average or better will change depending on where you are. • A little test you can do so that you can know your dog’s average or better for sit. • How our dogs can only perform as consistently as our criterion dictates. • That your dog will tell you exactly what your criteria is for what you are training. • About removing Pez dispensing from your training. • What to do for responses by your dog that are below average. • How to set your dog up for success so you can reward average or better.   Resources:   1. Podcast Episode 2: Reinforcement - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/2/ 2. Podcast Episode 11: The Power of Permission in Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/11/ 3. Podcast Episode 135: Test Your Dog’s Sit Stay Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/135/ 4. Podcast Episode 21: The 5 Critical Dog Training Layers for Confidence with Anything - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/21/ 5. Podcast Episode 27: Do Dogs Need Rules? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/27/ 6. Podcast Episode 133: Become Your Own Dog Training Coach With This Video Strategy - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/133/ 7. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/5i6DYIsK4OI
2/24/202217 minutes, 2 seconds
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Stop Your Puppy's Excited Peeing Or Submissive Urination #140

Visit us at shapedbydog.com     Puppies pee for one of three reasons; they might have a bladder infection, their bladder is full and they need to relieve themselves, or they pee because they are excited or a little bit afraid and don’t even realize they are doing it! Often puppies pee when they greet people, and it’s not a conscious choice on their part. It’s not a housebreaking issue and has nothing to do with potty training. We’re talking about overexcited peeing and submissive urination and what you can do to help your puppy or dog.   In the episode you'll hear:   • That excited or submissive urination comes from emotions and your puppy is not aware they are peeing. • Why your dog peeing in excitement or fear has nothing to do with house training. • How helping your puppy starts with building their confidence. • The factors contributing to submissive urination including tone of voice, eye contact and body movement. • How it could happen when you force your puppy to do something when they are not ready. • The seven ways you can prepare for excited or submissive urination and what not to do. • Why to practice calm greetings with your puppy or dog. • About the two different approaches to take to fix your puppy’s unconscious elimination. • How to change your puppy’s focus with a quick fix and toys or treats at your door. • About the empowering fix to grow your puppy’s confidence. • Why to create a new trigger for your puppy and how your visitors can help with calm greetings. • The reason to practice my greet and re-greet protocol to rehearse success.   Resources:   1. Podcast Episode 48: Potty Train Your Puppy in a Week (Easy 3 Step Process) - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/48/ 2. Podcast Episode 103: Excited Or Suspicious Dog? Dealing With Your Dog’s Emotions - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/103/ 3. Podcast Episode 112: Stressed Dog? How Trigger Stacking Might Be Putting Your Dog Over Threshold - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/112/ 4. Get Crate Games Online - https://get.crategames.com/ 5. Podcast Episode 109: Project Calm Dog: Prevent Over Enthusiastic Greetings - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/109/ 6. Learn to Play ItsYerChoice (IYC) - https://recallers.com/iycsummit-join/ 7. Podcast Episode 68: 3 Easy Tricks Every Dog Should Know - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/68/ 8. YouTube Video: 5 Games for Puppies - https://youtu.be/Hxd1sVEQp2Y 9. YouTube Playlist: Puppy Training with Susan Garrett - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy2SggplHx3uEWAjXOL9hI21 10. PDF Download: Project Calm Dog Poster - https://dogsthat.com/project-calm-dog/ 11. Podcast Episode 121: How To Stop Dogs Jumping Up On People - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/121/ **12. Nature's Miracle Stain Remover Eliminator - https://geni.us/natures-miracle 13. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/9iIYL64byV8 **Disclosure: Susan only recommends products she uses herself, and all opinions expressed here are her own. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. You can check out our full Affiliate Disclosure here . Thank you!
2/18/202220 minutes, 5 seconds
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Remove Confusion And Build Your Dog's Confidence With One Simple Dog Training Habit #139

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    I use a simple dog training rule with all my dogs and teach that same rule to my students. The rule is easy to implement and will exponentially improve your dog training success, help your dog learn faster and grow your dog’s confidence. It has everything to do with the rate of reinforcement and how to reward your dog to build good behavior. Only 2 in 30 people follow this rule, but we can get that number much higher after this episode!   In the episode you'll hear:   • About the data I collected around success habits in dog training. • How dogs respond if the dog training is confusing for them. • The ratio of 2 of 30 people who create success with mindfulness. • Why to reduce the use of non-reward markers in dog training. • The reason to interrupt your dog when they get something right! • Why to believe your dog when they answer your dog training questions. • How to reward your dog in a behavior chain using fetch as an example. • An example of being 2 of 30 when you are training in dog agility. • Why a high rate of reinforcement increases your dog’s success and confidence. • How to ask your dog training questions and take action on the answers. • About Screw Up Cookies for dog training and why to use them. • How and when to reward your dog for what you love.   Resources:   1. Podcast Episode 64: Help! How Can I Tell My Dog He’s Wrong? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/64/ 2. Blog Post: Distraction Work in Dog Training: A Conversation Between Friends - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2012/02/distraction-work-in-dog-training-a-conversation-between-friends/ 3. Podcast Episode 126: How Dog Training Goes Better When You Begin With The End In Mind - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/126/ 4. Blog Post: Screw Up Cookies (Your Dog’s Plan B) - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2019/05/screw-up-cookies/ 5. Podcast Episode 2: Reinforcement - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/2/ 6. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/CB0Y9acdvbY
2/16/202217 minutes, 37 seconds
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Frantic Dog? Are You Training Both The Hold And The Do? #138

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    Is your puppy or dog so overexcited, frantic, frenzied, or over-aroused they can't seem to listen or think? You can help by training your dog to both hold and do one behavior. Your dog understanding one behavior will ensure they can respond around triggers and distractions. We're covering the training steps for your dog to be able to listen to you even when overexcited.   In the episode you'll hear:   • Why to never let anyone limit or label you or your dog. • How overexcited dogs are working from their back brain. • Why we need to train our dogs to both hold and do behaviors. • The steps to get one behaviour great using a sit as the example. • Why to add tiny layers of excitement for your dog when training. • How to easily train your dog in at least 10 different locations. • Why to note down all of your dog's triggers. • The reason your dog will benefit from desensitization around the house. • About the layers that will help your dog think and listen anywhere.   Resources:   1. Podcast Episode 136: Help Your Excited Dog Calm Down And Stop Barking, Lunging, Spinning, Nipping - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/136/ 2. Podcast Episode 112: Stressed Dog? How Trigger Stacking Might Be Putting Your Dog Over Threshold - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/112/ 3. Podcast Episode 135: Test Your Dog’s Sit Stay Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/135/ 4. Book: Shaping Success by Susan Garrett - https://dogsthat.com/product/shaping-success-2/ 5. Podcast Episode 76: Leash Walking: Distracted, or Reactive Dog? These Games Will Help! - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/76/ 6. YouTube Video: Perch Work (Pivots and Spins) - https://youtu.be/O6sj6fTJnFc 7. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/c6dWgRafNVQ
2/11/202219 minutes, 51 seconds
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Is Your Dog Hyper At Home? How To Teach Relaxation #137

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    Teaching a dog to calm down when you are out with them amidst exciting events can seem difficult, especially if your dog can’t seem to chill at home when nothing is going on! It might be that your dog seems always to want to be doing something or continually demand your attention. We’re covering why your dog expects you to interact with them constantly and what you can do about it so they can learn how to relax and settle down.   In the episode you'll hear:   • What creates a dog who expects to be entertained by you every minute. • How your dog expecting to be entertained creates problems with relaxing. • Why it’s important for our puppies and dogs to learn how to chill out. • About using the foundations of Crate Games for your dog to relax. • Why having dog beds will help your dog learn to settle down. • What I do with puppies or dogs who chew their beds. • The types of chew toys I use, including raw marrowbones, and the risks. • Why you should never give your dog rawhide chews and what else to avoid. • The steps to help your dog relax in a bed in daily life with you. • How to help your dog or puppy get used to you leaving the room. • The reason that your dog chilling starts small for the behavior to grow.   Resources:   1. Get Crate Games Online - https://get.crategames.com/ 2. Podcast Episode 134: How To Teach A Dog Stay WITHOUT Luring, Collar Pops Or Using The Word “Stay” - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/134/ 3. Podcast Episode 98: Puppy Home Alone: Are You Creating Chaos or Calm? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/98/ 4. Podcast Episode 55: Pro Dog Trainer’s Guide to Toy Selection - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/55/ 5. Podcast Episode 83: The Dog Training You Do When You’re Not Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/83/ 6. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/t1fVPaWlc3w 
2/9/202217 minutes, 21 seconds
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Help Your Excited Dog Calm Down And Stop Barking, Lunging, Spinning, Nipping #136

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    Have you ever thought to yourself, “I can’t wait until this dog calms down!”? Or maybe you are embarrassed by your dog’s behavior when you are walking, or your dog gets so over excited they can’t listen? Perhaps your dog barks, lunges, spins, nips, or ignores you near distractions? You might have an over aroused dog! We’re covering what that means and what you can do about your hyper dog to reduce anxiety for both of you and help your dog relax.   In the episode you'll hear:   • How to recognize over excitement in dogs and why any dog or puppy can appear to be out of control. • About your dog’s emotions, physiology and adrenaline rush. • How more exercise or no exercise might not be the answer to help your dog. • The four responses to frustration that we all experience, including our dogs, and how we can change. • How genetics, diet, age, experience, early training, type of training, and frustration response can create over the top dogs. • The reason to lower the perceived excitement value in any situation for your dog. • How we need to raise our dog’s responsiveness when excited, starting at home. • About recognizing your dog’s round holes if they are a square peg and being fair. • 10 steps you can take right now to help your hyper dog, including recognizing triggers. • Why your role to help your dog means that you need to be calm and how to create anchors to achieve that. • The reason to build yourself into your dog’s exercise, so it’s intentional, not mindless. • Why clarity will create confidence and confidence will create calm for your dog.   Tasty Treat Recipes for Your Dog: Get Your Free Tasty Treat Recipes Book   Resources:   1. Podcast Episode 110: Is Your Over-Aroused Dog Just Over-Faced In Training? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/110/ 2. Podcast Episode 103: Excited Or Suspicious Dog? Dealing With Your Dog’s Emotions - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/103/ 3. YouTube Video: Perch Work Pivots and Spins (Hot Zone) - https://youtu.be/O6sj6fTJnFc 4. Home School the Dog - http://homeschoolthedog.com/ 5. Recallers - https://recallers.com/ 6. Learn how to play ItsYerChoice (IYC) - https://recallers.com/iycsummit-join/ 7. Podcast Episode 18: 4 Puppy and Dog Training Games for Acquired Bite Inhibition (Collar Grab) - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/18/ 8. Podcast Episode 11: The Power of Permission in Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/11/ 9. Podcast Episode 40: Using A Head Halter On A Dog, Why My Approach Is So Different - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/40/ 10. Blog Post: How to Use the Distraction Intensity Index to Help Your Dog - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2020/09/distraction-intensity-index/ 11. Podcast Episode 134: How To Teach A Dog Stay WITHOUT Luring, Collar Pops Or Using The Word “Stay” - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/134/ 12. Podcast Episode 135: Test Your Dog’s Sit Stay Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/135/ 13. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/06CyHsE-bEY
2/3/202229 minutes, 13 seconds
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Test Your Dog's Sit Stay Training #135

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    I’m sharing my implementation guide so that you can teach your dog to stay and hold duration positions easily with reinforcement. Your dog understanding how to wait with duration will help in daily life around home, when you are out together, and in dog sports like obedience and agility. All you need is your dog, a tug or some treats, and you are ready to get started.   In the episode you'll hear:   • Why I don’t use the phrase impulse control these days. • The reason to start with correct being easy for your dog. • How my 5C Formula for Success applies to stay training. • About mini challenges that grow your dog’s confidence. • Why your dog’s choice is your dog answering your question. • How to apply my ItsYerChoice game to stay training. • Why we want our dogs to want to stay in position as their choice. • The steps to playing duration games with food if your dog does not like toys. • Why we need to create clarity about when your dog’s stay is over. • About the words search and break as release cues. • My little test that you can play with your dog as you listen. • How choice based dog training creates connection and trust.   PDF Downloads: Get your PDF downloads of the Stages of Learning Chart and 5C Formula for Success Home School the Dog: Join Home School the Dog on our special opportunity   Resources:   1. • Podcast Episode 134: How To Teach A Dog Stay WITHOUT Luring, Collar Pops Or Using The Word “Stay” - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/134/ 2. • Learn to play ItsYerChoice - https://recallers.com/iycsummit-join/ 3. • Get Crate Games Online - https://get.crategames.com/ 4. • Podcast Episode 44: Using Coincidences and Positive Associations in Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/44/ 5. • Podcast Episode 57: Why Balance Breaks Fast Track Your Dog Training (DASH) - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/57/ 6. • Podcast Episode 21: The 5 Critical Dog Training Layers for Confidence with Anything - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/21/ 7. • Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/pZ1gFNMU-K8
1/21/202221 minutes, 56 seconds
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How To Teach A Dog To Stay WITHOUT Luring, Collar Pops Or Using The Word “Stay” #134

Visit us at shapedbydog.com     Do you ever wish your dog could really stay when you ask? Like when you're eating dinner, and you ask your dog to go on their mat, or maybe you put them in their bed so you can answer the door. There are many times in life when we want our dogs to wait with duration. Training your dog to stay no matter what, starts with them knowing what to do and when it’s over.   In the episode you'll hear:   • The different ways of dog training a stay. • Why lizard brain freeze is different to a dog understanding stay. • How I start training duration behaviours like sit, down and stand. • The layers dogs need from introducing a behaviour, so they can be an elite expert. • How to start stay training easily with a puppy. • Why I reward the pause to start understanding of stay. • About knowing what you are rewarding and how permission is a reinforcer. • How the Collar Grab Game, Tug, ItsYerChoice, and Crate Games help you. • Why Crate Games, along with Hot Zone, grows your dog’s clarity for release cues. • How to use ABCD so that your dog understands how to wait.   Resources:   1 • Podcast Episode 18: 4 Puppy and Dog Training Games for Acquired Bite Inhibition - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/18/ 2 • Podcast Episode 24: Help for the Dog who Chases Chipmunks, Bicycles, and the Neighbor’s Cat - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/24/ 3 • Podcast Episode 44: Using Coincidences and Positive Associations in Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/44/ 4 • Podcast Episode 11: The Power of Permission in Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/11/ 5 • Learn ItsYerChoice in Susan’s free IYC Summit - https://recallers.com/iycsummit-join/ 6 • Get Crate Games Online - https://get.crategames.com/ 7 • Podcast Episode 117: What’s More Important Than Your Dog Training Sessions? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/117/ 8 • Podcast Episode 19: One of My Biggest Pet Peeves in Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/19/ 9• Podcast Episode 85: Understanding Your Dog’s Sit: LWT - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/85/ 10 • Podcast Episode 100: Dog Training: The Most Important Lesson I Can Share - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/100/ 11 • Podcast Episode 6: The Art of Manipulation - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/6/ 12 • YouTube Video: Perch Work Dog Tricks (Pivots and Spins) - https://youtu.be/O6sj6fTJnFc 13 • Podcast Episode 52: The Five Most Common Words in Dog Training and Which Ones I Never Use - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/52/ 14 • Podcast Episode 16: The Thing Before Your Dog’s Thing - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/16/ • Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/gNnnoqLbTzk
1/19/202226 minutes, 16 seconds
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Become Your Own Dog Training Coach With This Video Strategy #133

Visit us at shapedbydog.com     There’s one thing I do when I train my dogs that you can do too, and it will exponentially increase your dog training success. That one thing is videoing my dog training. My training mentor, Dr Bob Bailey, told me that use of videoing training sessions has had the biggest impact on animal training in his lifetime. It’s not just videoing your training; it’s reviewing your video. I’m covering what you need to get started and how to make it easy.   In the episode you'll hear:   • What toilet paper rolls have to do with videoing your dog training. • How you can take advantage of video. • The reason videoing will save you a lot of time and effort. • About how you can be an amazing coach with video review. • How I set up my video and use it in my dog training sessions. • The three things I recommend everyone do when reviewing video. • Why not to judge yourself and to celebrate that you videoed. • How to review your dog training videos for your success.   Videoing Your Dog Training eBook: Get your PDF copy of our “Tips For Videoing Your Training” eBook   Resources:   • Join us in Home School the Dog - https://dogsthat.com/hstd-joinnow/ • Podcast Episode 131: How Would Susan Garrett Plan Your Dog Training Sessions? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/131/ • YouTube Playlist: Dog Training with Susan Garrett - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy2TzttCtZVFwzwMGayAsaYe • Videoleap for iOS - https://apps.apple.com/US/app/id1255135442 • Videoleap for Android - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.lightricks.videoleap • Blog Post: How To Embrace Videoing Your Dog Training - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2019/03/embrace-videoing/ • Blog Post: Practical Videoing Tips - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2019/03/practical-videoing-tips/ • Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/gxEKyks9UGY 
1/14/202216 minutes, 47 seconds
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All The Things Your Dog Hates And How To Fix Them #132

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    Does your dog hate things like grooming, you using the vacuum, getting a bath, you shovelling snow or raking leaves, being held at the vet, getting eye drops or ears cleaned? There can be an endless list of things dogs don’t like! The good news is that we can help our dogs by breaking what they hate down to turn a negative into a positive conditioned emotional response. Helping dogs like what they currently don’t will set them and us up for a life of happiness together.   In the episode you'll hear:   • How it could be the sight, sound, feel, smell, or sensation of your dog’s dislike. • All the things we expect our dogs to tolerate in daily life. • The reasons to know the behaviors you will be training. • How we can create a positive conditioned emotional response (CER). • About the importance of consent for cooperative care and our dog’s buy-in. • The training steps to giving your dog eye drops or ear drops so they don’t hate it. • Why it’s important for dogs to be able to say, “I'm not comfortable”. • How our time patience can help our dog overcome many things.   Hand Targets and ItsYerChoice:   Learn to train a Hand Target in “3 Easy Tricks Every Dog Should Know” Learn how to play the ItsYerChoice (IYC) Game   Resources:   • Podcast Episode 112: Stressed Dog? How Trigger Stacking Might Be Putting Your Dog Over Threshold - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/112/ • Loon (Drill Monkey) Wikipedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loon_(monkey) • Podcast Episode 107: Pedicure Please: 3 Steps To Dog Nail Trimming Or Grooming Success At Home! - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/107/ • Podcast Episode 130: Conditioned Responses: The Magic Every New Puppy (And Dog) Owner Must - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/130/ • Podcast Episode 106: Consent In Dog Training: The Misuse, Misunderstanding And Misapplication - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/106/ • 1TDC Supplement - https://wsow.expert/dogsthatUse1TDC • Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube -https://youtu.be/7CoJfMRFPSM
1/12/202216 minutes, 49 seconds
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How Would Susan Garrett Plan Your Dog Training Sessions? #131

Visit us at shapedbydog.com   How would you rate your last three dog training sessions on a scale of 1 to 10? Today I’m sharing my training checklist and how I plan for success in dog training. If you want to train your dog, it’s worth training the best you can. A training plan for your puppy or dog will improve your sessions, increase success, and see your training progress faster.   In the episode you'll hear:   • Why to know if your training is skills, behaviour, manners, sport or fitness. • About your time and the length of training sessions. • The reasons to know the behaviors you will be training. • Why to mix in training something fun, your domino and something new. • How to record keep your training session. • Why to know what training equipment you will use, including rewards. • How I always warm up before a training session. • About knowing what success is and your criteria. • The reason environmental manipulation creates faster success.   Dog Training Plan Checklist: Get your Dog Training Session Planning Checklist PDF    Resources: • YouTube Video: 5 Game for Puppies - https://youtu.be/Hxd1sVEQp2Y • Podcast Episode 121: How To Stop Dogs Jumping Up On People - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/121/ • Podcast Episode 66: Resource Guarding: Dog vs Dog Aggression - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/66/ • Podcast Episode 119: The Rhythm Of Dog Training And How To End A Session - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/119/ • YouTube Video: Dog Training with Balance Breaks Demo - https://youtu.be/blD_bb-nJkU • Learn ItsYerChoice - https://recallers.com/iycsummit-join/ • Podcast Episode 44: Using Coincidences and Positive Associations in Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/44/ • Podcast Episode 6: The Art of Manipulation - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/6/ • Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/vFZpn62pI60
1/7/202212 minutes, 49 seconds
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Conditioned Responses: The Magic Every New Puppy (And Dog) Owner Must Know About #130

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    Have you ever had your dog’s bowl, picked up your car keys, or the doorbell rings, and your dog gets super excited? That excitement in your puppy or dog is a conditioned response, and we can use the magic of conditioning to help our puppy or dog learn faster and make dog training easier. It’s essential to understand what’s going on with classical conditioning and how you can use it to your advantage for shaping your dog’s behavior.   In the episode you'll hear:   • What conditioning is and how to use it to your advantage. • About Pavlov's dogs and classical conditioning. • The three things that can happen when an animal is being conditioned. • Why good conditioning makes dog training easier. • How your dog's name should mean something good. • Why to notice all the conditioned responses in your dog's life. • The steps to conditioning your puppy or dog to a leash and collar. • How to use conditioning on walks or at the dog park. • About terminal behaviors and how to rehearse the end many times. • Why conditioned responses are powerful and can transfer value.   Home School the Dog: Join Home School the Dog on Susan’s special opportunity     Resources:   • Podcast Episode 39: Is a Resistant Dog a Stubborn Dog? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/39/ • Podcast Episode 48: Potty Train Your Puppy in a Week (Easy 3 Step Process) - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/48/ • Podcast Episode 44: Using Coincidences and Positive Associations in Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/44/ • Blog Post: A GAME to Preserve Your Dog’s Recall Cue - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2019/06/game-to-preserve-your-dogs-recall-cue/ • Blog Post: Identifying And Using Positive Triggers For Your Dog - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2019/01/positive-triggers/ • ItsYerChoice Game - https://recallers.com/iycsummit-join/ • Podcast Episode 5: What is Shaping And How Can Dogs Shape Us - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/5/ • Crate Games Online - https://get.crategames.com/ • Podcast Episode 90: Premack, Dog Training and Transfer of Value - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/90/ • YouTube Playlist for Loose Leash Walking - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy1mGMfdVKXq_hiJ27Ej1shW • Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/s5m7nZCBJQ8
1/5/202216 minutes, 33 seconds
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Shaped By Dog Year In Review: Your Most Popular Dog Training Episodes #129

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    As we wind down the year, we’re looking at the most popular Shaped by Dog podcasts over the last 12 months, and they are all about dog training. The episodes on leash walking, puppy biting, helping dogs with reactivity or resource guarding, and dogs jumping up on people have been at the top of your playlists.   In the episode you'll hear:   • The number one dog training podcast of the year. • A review of my top tips for loose leash walking with your dog. • About how our Do-Land dog training approach is a layered. • More on dogs jumping up on people and how that relates to kids hugging. • Why everything that’s important with our dogs is worth our time. • How behaviour and confidence in dogs will either grow or erode. • The reason we need to be consistently consistent for our dogs. • Why puppies bite and how play helps them understand rules. • My most favourite episode of the year and why I’d love everyone to listen. • Why to have to do list that includes playing with your dog. • That we’re grateful to you for tuning in to Shaped by Dog!   Podcast Episodes:   • Podcast Episode 76: Leash Walking: Distracted, or Reactive Dog? These Games Will Help! - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/76/ • Podcast Episode 121: How To Stop Dogs Jumping Up On People - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/121/ • Podcast Episode 66: Resource Guarding: Dog vs Dog Aggression - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/66/ • Podcast Episode 118: Same Home Different Rules: Will Reinforcement Based Dog Training Work? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/118/ • Podcast Episode 17: Help! How Do I STOP Puppy Biting?! - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/17/ • Podcast Episode 18: 4 Puppy and Dog Training Games for Acquired Bite Inhibition - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/18/ • Podcast Episode 82: Aggressive Puppy Biting Solved - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/82/ • Podcast Episode 68: 3 Easy Tricks Every Dog Should Know - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/68/ • Podcast Episode 106: Consent In Dog Training: The Misuse, Misunderstanding And Misapplication - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/106/ • Podcast Episode 107: Pedicure Please: 3 Steps To Dog Nail Trimming Or Grooming Success At Home! - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/107/ • Podcast Episode 100: Dog Training: The Most Important Lesson I Can Share - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/100/   YouTube Playlists:   • YouTube Playlist: Puppy Training - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy2SggplHx3uEWAjXOL9hI21 • YouTube Playlist: Puppy Biting Help - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy03hWZgAQfG1t5Q6YzGPi7z • YouTube Playlist: Reactive or Aggressive Dogs - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy0Tbd6ZybIXgJk3mtpBLLk7 • YouTube Playlist: Loose Leash Walking - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy1mGMfdVKXq_hiJ27Ej1shW • YouTube Playlist: Dog Training - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy2TzttCtZVFwzwMGayAsaYe • YouTube Playlist: Shaped by Dog Podcast - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy3_6INY488CcjoWaMVgmRJC • Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/rfvsnUle2Lw
12/22/202116 minutes, 44 seconds
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Reduce Stress For Dogs During Holiday Celebrations #128

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    Holiday celebrations are a great time for all of us, but they can be very stressful for our dogs. There are many things you can do to help reduce the stress for your dog when you have visitors or are visiting someone else. We’re covering important tips that will keep your dog safe, children safe and help everyone experience happy holidays.   In the episode you'll hear:   • Why holidays can be overwhelming for dogs. • What you can do to prepare for the safety of your dog. • The reason your dog needs a safe space to relax. • How playing games will help your dog and are fun for everyone. • Why to make sure your dog exercises before you have guests. • About trigger stacking and keeping your dog under threshold. • How to prepare your guests for interaction with your dog. • Why people need to know how dogs say “no, thank you.” • About being the best advocate for your dog. • What to pack for your dog if you travel to celebrate. • How to set your dog up for success if you visit someone else.   PDF Download: Click here for your coloring download for dog safety. - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/128   Resources:   • Crate Games Online - https://get.crategames.com/ • West Paw Toppl Treat Toys - https://www.westpaw.com/products/toppl-treat-toy • Kong Toys - https://www.kongcompany.com/ • Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/vzJmChfC85I Further Learning: • Podcast Episode 112: Stressed Dog? How Trigger Stacking Might Be Putting Your Dog Over Threshold - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/112/ • Podcast Episode 4: T.E.M.P. (Tail, Eyes/Ears, Mouth, Posture) - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/4/ • Podcast Episode 22: The Invisible Bubble of Pressure and Your Dog - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/22/   Games to Play with Dogs: • Learn the ItsYerChoice Game - https://recallers.com/iycsummit-join/ • YouTube Video: 5 Games for Puppies - https://youtu.be/Hxd1sVEQp2Y • Podcast Episode 32: 20 Easy Ways to Exercise Your Dog at Home - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/32/ • Podcast Episode 68: 3 Easy Tricks Every Dog Should Know - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/68/ • Podcast Episode 18: 4 Puppy and Dog Training Games for Acquired Bite Inhibition - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/18/ • YouTube Video: Perch Work Dog Tricks (Pivots and Spins) - https://youtu.be/O6sj6fTJnFc • YouTube Video: Target Stick Training Part 1 - https://youtu.be/MzePo7RSQu4 • YouTube Video: Target Stick Training Part 2 - https://youtu.be/TqsEEWCXze0
12/17/202114 minutes, 49 seconds
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Puppy Socialization: Playtime For Puppies And Permissions #127

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    If you have a puppy, you’ve probably heard that your pup needs to socialize with other puppies and dogs. But what does that mean exactly? How much play is enough or too much for your puppy? Does it mean playing with all other puppies and dogs? We’re looking at critical guidelines and tips for success with puppy playtime, so it’s safe, builds confidence and grows your relationship.   In the episode you'll hear:   • How socialization through play helps puppies with life skills. • The non-verbal communication that pups need to learn. • The reason we don't want puppies playing on slippery floors. • How to make sure the environment is safe for puppies. • Why we want our dog's playmates to give great communication signals. • About keeping playtime short for puppies. • How to be involved in puppy playtime. • The ways you can break off a puppy play session. • That safe play between puppies or dogs involves consent. • How to use "go play" to associate the fun with you. • Why permission to play will grow your puppy's focus for you. • About making sure your puppy gets enough sleep.   Resources:   • Podcast Episode 4: T.E.M.P. (Tail, Eyes/Ears, Mouth, Posture) - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/4/ • Dirty Dog Door Mats - https://dogsthat.com/favs/#tve-jump-178b14eb15e • Podcast Episode 70: Critical Info for Your Puppy’s First Day and Night at Home - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/70/ • Podcast Episode 98: Puppy Home Alone: Are You Creating Chaos or Calm? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/98/ • Puppy Training Playlist on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy2SggplHx3uEWAjXOL9hI21 • Reactive or Aggressive Dogs Playlist on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy0Tbd6ZybIXgJk3mtpBLLk7 • Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/b5po2aC9mAg
12/15/202115 minutes, 16 seconds
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How Dog Training Goes Better When You Begin With The End In Mind #126

Visit us at shapedbydog.com   I’m often asked how to start a dog training plan, and no matter what the behaviour, my answer is always the same. We need to begin with the end in mind. Knowing how we want a behaviour to finish will create confidence and clarity for our dogs. We’re looking at how back-chaining can bring you and your dog joy together in training.   In the episode you'll hear:   • How I taught my friend to ride a bicycle. • Some of the behaviors people train without thinking of the end. • Why some people say “stay, stay, stay” when teaching a sit or down. • About putting wires on fence posts. • The reason “keep going” does not make the end clear. • All about the concept of back-chaining behavior. • Why people struggle teaching duration behaviors. • About the importance of release cues. • Why I teach my dogs “out” to release a tug toy. • How back-chaining triggers what we know best. • The reason back-chaining helps people remember an agility course. • Why to chain back to what the dog loves.   Resources:   • Crate Games Online - https://get.crategames.com/ • Podcast Episode 119: The Rhythm Of Dog Training And How To End A Session - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/119/ • Podcast Episode 52: The Five Most Common Words in Dog Training and Which Ones I Never Use - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/52/ • YouTube Video: Building Drive by 'being' a Bad Dog Trainer (Susan and Buzz) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzqs54qMgQA • Podcast Episode 121: How To Stop Dogs Jumping Up On People - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/121/ • Blog Post: The 3D Model for Dog Training: Duration, Distance, Distraction - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2020/08/duration-distance-distraction/ • Podcast Episode 57: Why Balance Breaks Fast Track Your Dog Training (D.A.S.H.) - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/57/ • Podcast Episode 89: Why Dogs Should Not Tug: The Truth Revealed - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/89/ • Blog with Video: Easy Guide to Handling by the Number for Agility Success - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2020/05/easy-guide-to-handling-by-the-number-for-agility-success/ • Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/nmor27myb1E
12/10/202115 minutes, 33 seconds
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Why Isn't My Dog Learning What I'm Training? #125

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    In education, what the teacher is teaching, and what the learner is learning might not be the same thing. It’s the same when we are training our dogs. If what our dog does is not what we have trained, we need to look at our training to see where that might be flawed. Often it comes down to the reinforcement process, and today we’re going to fix that.   In the episode you'll hear:   • The elements of the reinforcement process in dog training. • How to fix the way you are rewarding your dog. • About the reward process for loose leash walking. • The reason we want to catch our dogs being amazing. • Why to observe, recognize, mark, deliver and place reinforcement, release. • The reason that gaps between reward elements morph behavior. • How barking can be inadvertently rewarded. • Why to ask yourself, “what did you just reward?”. • About being prepared for training to help your dog learn. • The mechanics of good reward delivery. • Why reinforcement placement builds or tears down behaviour. • How your dog will always tell you what they are learning.   Resources:   • Podcast Episode 50: Can Your Worst Challenge Make You a Better Dog Trainer? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/50/ • Podcast Episode 2: Reinforcement - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/2/ • Podcast Episode 53: Stop Your Dog Pulling on Leash and Start Walking Together - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/53/ • Podcast Episode 16: The Thing Before Your Dog’s Thing - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/16/ • Training Pouches / Treat Bags - https://dogsthat.com/favs/#tve-jump-178b1525100 • Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/iR_O7VLtf9s
12/8/202116 minutes, 10 seconds
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The Woo Side Of Dog Training: Power of Words #124

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    There’s a good chance that most of us have been hurt by words at some stage in our life. And it’s not just the meaning; it’s the energy surrounding the words we choose to use. I recently did two weeks of live streams focusing on one word each day because words have power. We’re venturing into the woo of dog training!   In the episode you'll hear:   • What kind of feelings words can conjure. • About the positive energy of words. • How words can help our connection with our dog and training choices. • Why positive is not permissive and training to create amazing dogs. • The reason I think we are on the cusp of discoveries in the world of positive training. • Why I train for total reliability of behaviors. • About aiming for alignment in life. • Why we should give ourselves grace.   Resources:   • DogsThat YouTube Channel Videos - https://www.youtube.com/c/DogsThat/videos • Podcast Episode 8: Get Your Dog in the Belief Loop of Awesome - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/8/ • Podcast Episode 6: The Art of Manipulation - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/6/ • Podcast Episode 119: The Rhythm Of Dog Training And How To End A Session - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/119/ • Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/W42o4O2iEkc
12/3/202114 minutes, 21 seconds
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The Best Gift For Dog Owners (And Puppy Owners) #123

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    Have you ever wondered what the best gift is for a dog owner or someone about to become a dog or puppy owner? We can probably all agree that the surprise gift of an actual puppy or dog is the worst idea because life is not like TV or the movies! I might have a little bit of an obsession with dog beds, toys and leashes, but I don’t believe they are the best gift for a dog lover. So, what will see someone respond to your thoughtfulness with “this is the BEST GIFT EVER!”?   In the episode you'll hear:   • Why education is the ideal gift for anyone with a puppy or dog. • The reason people benefit from learning before getting a dog. • What is taught in traditional dog training classes. • How we don’t have remote control dogs. • That education should be functional is integrative as dogs are part of our lives. • About the progressive layers of choice to empower you and your dog. • How dogs can show us they are amazing with the right education. • The absolute best time to learn how dogs communicate with us. • Why the gift of knowledge can change lives. • How the best teaching for dogs and people creates teamwork and a relationship of joy. • About believing in all that is possible for dogs and the people who love them.   Resource:   • https://shapedbydog.com/gift - learn about our dog training programs and how to gift someone special in your life. - https://shapedbydog.com/gift • Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/8-KTRX7unzs
11/18/202113 minutes, 45 seconds
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Being Present With Empathy In Dog Training #122

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    What three words would you and your dog pick to describe your dog training? I’d like to think my dogs pick the words fun, kind and clear. The late Wayne Dyer influenced my dog training mantra, and I believe that our dogs are doing the absolute best they can with the education we’ve given them in the environment that we are asking them to perform in. If you embrace this, it’s the gateway to having not only the best relationship with your dog but to the best trained dog you have ever had.   In the episode you'll hear:   • How being present for your dog will flow on to the way you show up to the world. • Why our dogs are a mirror of what we are teaching them. • About the questions we can ask ourselves if our dogs do something we don't want. • The reason to bring mindfulness to dog training. • Why to be present for the impact you have in the life of your dog. • About observing when your dog focuses on you. • Knowing if we want a dog in our life or want the best life for our dog. • How dogs learn despite the training methodology. • How the right approach to training lets dogs be brilliant. • About inspiring great responses for dog training to be magical.   Resources:   • Crate Games Online - https://get.crategames.com/ • Podcast Episode 6: The Art of Manipulation - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/6/ • Podcast Episode 57: Why Balance Breaks Fast Track Your Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/57/ • Podcast Episode 90: Premack, Dog Training and Transfer of Value - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/90/ • Podcast Episode 5: What is Shaping And How Can Dogs Shape Us - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/5/ • Podcast Episode 56: 5 Simple Questions to Guide Your Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/56/ • Podcast Episode 100: Dog Training: The Most Important Lesson I Can Share - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/100/ • Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/WK0AlfKHWAM
11/16/202117 minutes, 20 seconds
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How To Stop Dogs Jumping Up On People #121

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    How do I get my dog to stop jumping up on people? Wanting to know how to train a dog to greet people calmly is a question we see often. There are three simple steps to get your dog to never jump on anyone again. It starts with knowing why dogs jump up in the first place.   In the episode you'll hear:   • The reason dogs jump on people. • Why jumping up is rewarding for dogs and why they seek our face. • The tactic that I’d never use when dogs jump up. • About creating a new history of reinforcement. • The three easy steps to stop your dog from jumping up. • Why it all starts with your dog understating sit. • What the bubble of pressure means for your dog’s greetings. • How Crate Games and Hot Zone give you a baseline. • What I do that I’ve never seen anyone else do for dog’s jumping up. • How greet and re-greet will let your dog learn calm greetings.   Resources:   • Blog Post: How do I Stop My Dog from Pulling on the Leash? (RZ – Reinforcement Zone) - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2020/01/stop-my-dog-pulling-on-leash/ • Podcast Episode 19: One of My Biggest Pet Peeves in Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/19/ • Podcast Episode 52: The Five Most Common Words in Dog Training and Which Ones I Never Use - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/52/ • YouTube Video: Susan Garrett's Perch Work Dog Tricks (Pivots and Spins) - https://youtu.be/O6sj6fTJnFc • Podcast Episode 22: The Invisible Bubble of Pressure and Your Dog - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/22/ • Crate Games Online - https://get.crategames.com/ • YouTube Video: Susan Garrett's 5 Games for Puppies (Hot Zone Foundations) - https://youtu.be/Hxd1sVEQp2Y • Podcast Episode 11: The Power of Permission in Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/11/ • Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/Iy4KUSCc3cw
11/12/202112 minutes, 49 seconds
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The Rhythm Of Life With Puppies And Dogs #120

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    The rhythm you have with the dog in your life reflects the connectedness you have with your dog. Connectedness can be defined in the moments when things don’t go the way you expect. Rhythm can range from peaceful and easy through to chaotic and is part of all our relationships. We’re looking at how we can use everyday life to build a relationship of connection and trust with our dogs.   In the episode you'll hear:   • About the rhythm of all our relationships and conversations. • How being grounded creates teamwork and connection with our puppy. • Why to create a steady rhythm to your dog training sessions. • About the importance of our puppies and dogs learning how to relax. • What happens when things don't go the way we expect. • How to recover your rhythm and questions to ask. • What I do if my dog does not sit the first time on cue. • Why the age and experience of our puppy or dog changes our rhythm. • How I use music to match my dog's rhythm when walking an agility course. • How we can create the rhythm of life for the connection we want.   Resources:   • Podcast Episode 119: The Rhythm Of Dog Training And How To End A Session - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/119/ • Podcast Episode 83: The Dog Training You Do When You’re Not Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/83/ • Anita Baker Song on YouTube: Rhythm of Love - https://youtu.be/Pdv0apykeDo • Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/kCRkT6saAgM
11/10/202116 minutes, 54 seconds
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The Rhythm Of Dog Training And How To End A Session #119

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    Have you ever wondered how to end a dog training session so that your dog knows it’s over? We’re looking at the rhythm of training and how a session’s beginning, middle, and end can bring your dog success. Having a clear finish to training time will help you avoid giving your dog a time out and help your dog understand what’s “dog time” and what is not.   In the episode you'll hear:   • How training always starts with a plan. • Why a session begins with engagement. • The structure of a training session and what to include. • About keeping flow in your training time. • Why I practice without my dog for new skills. • How long a training session should be for your dog. • About listening to your dog’s feedback. • How to end a session and the rhythm that helps your dog. • Why we don’t want our dogs initiating the training. • The reason to change locations, even in a small space. • About the importance of what happens outside of training.   Resources:   • Learn How To Play ItsYerChoice (IYC) - https://recallers.com/iycsummit-join/ • PDF Download: Stages of Learning Progressions Chart - https://dogsthat.com/susan-garretts-stages-of-learning-progressions-chart/ • Podcast Episode 35: Pro Dog Training Tip To Improve Your Dog’s Focus - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/35/ • Podcast Episode 109: Project Calm Dog: Prevent Over Enthusiastic Greetings - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/109/ • Podcast Episode 44: Using Coincidences and Positive Associations in Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/44/ • Podcast Episode 57: Why Balance Breaks Fast Track Your Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/57/ • Podcast Episode 97: Overwhelm in Dog Training: How to Take Action on Challenges - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/97/ • Podcast Episode 83: The Dog Training You Do When You’re Not Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/83/ • Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/0g5kwixofEE
11/5/202118 minutes, 1 second
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Same Home Different Rules: Will Reinforcement Based Dog Training Work? #118

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    In the big picture of dog training, how important is it to be consistent? Does everyone who spends time with our dog need to follow the same rules and maintain the same criteria? If they don’t, will that hurt our reinforcement based dog training? Does maintaining criteria mean we are control freaks? These questions are ones we see frequently, and in this episode, we’re covering how it’s your relationship with your dog that matters.   In the episode you'll hear:   • About shaping and transfer of value in dog training. • What happens in a home where two people have different rules for the dog. • Why lack of criteria can see a dog pushing through a proverbial fence. • How your dog understands earning reinforcement. • About Bob Bailey's 10% rule and how that applies to consistency and context. • Why maintaining your dog's sit is all about the release cue. • How my husband and I had different criteria for our dogs. • The relationship between consistency and your dog's value for you. • About using contingencies in your life with your dog.   Resources:   • Podcast Episode 49: How Your Questions Instantly Improve or Sabotage Your Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/49/ • Podcast Episode 90: Premack, Dog Training and Transfer of Value - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/90/ • Podcast Episode 27: Do Dogs Need Rules? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/27/ • Podcast Episode 117: What’s More Important Than Your Dog Training Sessions? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/117/ • Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/aqjtMxZLSJ0
11/3/202114 minutes, 15 seconds
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What’s More Important Than Your Dog Training Sessions? #117

Visit us at shapedbydog.com     For dog agility, we have a start line, and that is where our dog stays until we release them. The start line is a given for my dogs, and I know they will stay, but getting dogs to wait in any position can be very challenging for many. We’re covering what I do that allows me to take it for granted my dogs will stay no matter what. Plus, we’re taking a quick detour to discuss the use of the word no in dog training.   In the episode you'll hear:   • Why we are always dog training, even if we don’t think we are. • The data I’ve collected on my dogs start lines over the years. • How most of my dog training happens around the house. • What I reward my dogs with for holding position. • About the daily life training I do with my dogs. • How start lines start with Crate Games and apply to doors, beds, cars and more. • About the importance of the release cue. • That permission is reinforcing. • All the opportunities to train your dog when you are not training. • How to easily practice a start line 6430 times a year without training. • What I believe about the word “no” in dog training. • About Tater’s marking and how I deal with it. • Why I focus on my dog’s having a head whip reaction to their name.   Resources:   • Podcast Episode 52: The Five Most Common Words in Dog Training and Which Ones I Never Use - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/52/ • Crate Games Online - https://get.crategames.com/ • Podcast Episode 11: The Power of Permission in Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/11/ • Podcast Episode 83: The Dog Training You Do When You’re Not Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/83/ • Podcast Episode 19: One of My Biggest Pet Peeves in Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/19/ • Blog: How Do I Train My Dog To Come When Called? - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2019/04/train-my-dog-to-come-when-called/ • Podcast Episode 33: How Do I Stop My Dog Counter Surfing?! - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/33/ • Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/Bj5AeXdO4-4
10/29/202117 minutes, 2 seconds
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Dog Questions: Choosing Dog Training Classes, "Naughty Dogs" And More #116

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    I get a lot of questions about my dogs, and we’re covering some of your most popular. Have you ever wondered why our rescue Bulldog mix, Tater-Salad, is the “fall guy”? Or which one of my dogs is the smartest (the answer is NOT who you might think it is)? Do you wonder how to select a dog training class or what to do when you have a male dog and your female dog is in season? I’m answering those questions and more!   In the episode you'll hear:   • About Tater’s secret life as an actor. • Which one of my dogs is the smartest. • What dog sport I would do if I didn’t compete in dog agility. • Where my dogs sleep at night and how often I feed my dogs. • Why naughty is in the eye of the beholder and how often I train my dogs. • Why you don’t want to know how much it costs to breed dogs. • The favorite activities my dogs enjoy and what I think is the best number of dogs. • Why my first dog was a Terrier. • The biggest challenges I’ve had training. • If my dogs have dewclaws. • The three words I’ve never say about dogs. • What I look for when I go to a training class. • My favorite qualities of my dogs. • Why I do jump grids for agility. • The challenges I add when building a dog training skill. • How I select a breeder and what I do when my female dogs are in season. • That my agility dogs do not fast before competition. • My observations about social learning in dogs and borrowing confidence. • Why Tater came to live with us.   Resources:   • Join in our Free Online Dog Agility Masterclass - https://www.handling360.com/masterclass/ • Blog Post: All About Dogs Sleeping in the Bedroom - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2020/03/dogs-sleeping-in-the-bedroom/ • Podcast Episode 6: The Art of Manipulation - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/6/ • Podcast Episode 83: The Dog Training You Do When You’re Not Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/83/ • YouTube Video: Normalizing Imperfection in Dog Training - https://youtu.be/X_f1hm_XhJM • Podcast Episode 57: Why Balance Breaks Fast Track Your Dog Training (D.A.S.H.) - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/57/ • Podcast Episode 36: Puppy Selection: How I Do It and Why I Didn’t This! Time - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/36/ • Podcast Episode 111: How An Anchor Dog Can Help Overcome Your Dog’s Anxiety Or Reactivity - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/111/ • Podcast Episode 78: How to Train a Rescue Dog with Behavior Problems - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/78/ • Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/y3YFrSL1StY
10/22/202112 minutes, 30 seconds
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Understanding Your Dog’s Language #115

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    Dog training is like a conversation between two friends. Have you ever travelled somewhere where you don’t speak the language? It can get problematic. And sometimes, our dogs have a similar experience with us. Is your communication with your dog clear enough for a two-way conversation?   In the episode you'll hear:   • Why our dogs might have difficulty with our communication. • What studies show about how our dogs process our words. • Why driving in a blizzard might not be the driving you know. • How to set up training for success with layers of understanding. • Why to believe your dog’s feedback. • How only your dog knows what they have learned. • About breaking down retrieve training. • Why we sometimes babble and how to fix it.   Resources:   • Try the Training Challenge in our Dog Agility Masterclass - https://www.handling360.com/masterclass/ • Blog Post: Distraction Work in Dog Training: A Conversation Between Friends - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2012/02/distraction-work-in-dog-training-a-conversation-between-friends/ • Paper: Awake fMRI Reveals Brain Regions for Novel Word Detection in Dogs - https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fnins.2018.00737/full • Podcast Episode 114: Dog Agility Training: 3 Big Mistakes All Dog Owners Should Avoid - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/114/ • YouTube Video: How to Make ALL Training Easier (Especially Dog Agility) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jusht_cf1r8 • Podcast Episode 113: Your Dog’s Verbal Cues And Hand Signals: How To Effectively Train Both - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/113/ • Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/yFpQ8i9YHUo
10/15/202115 minutes, 17 seconds
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Dog Agility Training: 3 Big Mistakes All Dog Owners Should Avoid #114

Visit us at shapedbydog.com   I got my reputation as a professional dog trainer primarily through excelling in the sport of dog agility. I’ve been teaching and competing in agility for over 30 years and have achieved over 30 National and World Championships. There are three big mistakes that I see people make when training for dog agility and these are the same three things that make it difficult or easy to train for any sport or to have the most amazing family pet possible!   In the episode you'll hear:   • Why a joyful, engaged relationship with your dog is vital for any sport. • That Recall, Retrieve and Reinforcement Zone are what I get in place first. • The top 3 mistakes that are common in the sport of dog agility. • What dog agility and a wild mustang have in common. • About the foundations you need for agility. • How slow is smooth and smooth is fast and why not to rush to the obstacles. • That 50% of dog agility happens between obstacles and is flatwork. • Why it’s all about keeping dogs safe and dogs and handlers having fun. • The reason it’s essential to listen to the feedback from your dog. • The 15 ways your dog will communicate with you.   Resources:   • Join our Free Online Dog Agility Masterclass - https://www.handling360.com/ • Learn About Home School the Dog - https://dogsthat.com/hstd-joinnow/ • Blog with Video: RZ For Dog Sports (Don’t Leave Home Without It) - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2020/02/rz-for-dog-sports/ • Podcast Episode 112: Stressed Dog? How Trigger Stacking Might Be Putting Your Dog Over Threshold - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/112/ • Podcast Episode 35: Pro Dog Training Tip To Improve Your Dog’s Focus - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/35/ • Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube -https://youtu.be/vAkL3UVoOBs
10/6/202114 minutes, 51 seconds
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Your Dog's Verbal Cues And Hand Signals: How To Effectively Train Both #113

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    Sit, down and come are three cues many people use to prompt their dogs to do something. But what happens when your dog can’t hear those words? They might be a distance away or have hearing loss. Enter the physical cue! People can really mess up their hand signals when training their dog, but physical cues can be easy to teach once you know the process.   In the episode you'll hear:   • What a physical cue is and how the training can get messed up. • How physical cues overpower verbal cues. • Why we want our dogs to have some physical cues. • How stimulus creates behaviour and reinforcement sees behavior repeated. • How to train your dog to go to a mat or bed. • About generalizing a behaviour before adding the cue. • When and how to add a cue for your dog. • How I use a finger point as one of my physical cues. • The reason I use "hop it up" for a verbal cue. • Why to remember "new cue, old cue". • The physical cue to use for your dog coming when called. • How to test the cues that you use now for your dog. • Why I don't have a verbal cue for a hand touch.   Resources:   • Podcast Episode 44: Using Coincidences and Positive Associations in Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/44/ • Podcast Episode 6: The Art of Manipulation - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/6/ • YouTube Video: Perch Work (Pivots and Spins) - https://youtu.be/O6sj6fTJnFc • Podcast Episode 85: Understanding Your Dog’s Sit: LWT - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/85/ • Blog Post: Dog Training Question ~ When Do I Add a Cue? - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2018/09/when-do-i-add-a-cue/ • *Large Raised Travel Bed: https://geni.us/pup-travel-bed  • Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/QxCwNl3Wpg8 *Amazon Links Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Susan only recommends products she uses herself, and all opinions expressed here are her own. The link above is an affiliate link that, at no additional cost to you, we may earn a small commission if you decide to buy from it. Thank you!
10/1/202118 minutes, 19 seconds
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Stressed Dog? How Trigger Stacking Might Be Putting Your Dog Over Threshold #112

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    Has your dog ever done something suddenly and without warning? A growl, snap, bite, or behaving in a way that is of character? Sudden behavior change could be the result of trigger stacking. Stacking triggers is your dog accumulating stress. All the small stressors become a big thing, and that last trigger in the stack is the equivalent of the straw that broke the camel’s back. We’re looking at stress reduction and trigger stacking prevention to help dogs have a long and happy life.   In the episode you'll hear:   • How different triggers have different intensities for dogs. • That we also experience trigger stacking. • The way dogs can express trigger stacking. • Examples of triggers getting stacked for your dog. • About adrenaline, cortisol and over threshold dogs. • What to look for in your dog’s body language. • The things that could create trigger stacking. • How our dogs take on our emotions. • What to do when you see your dog is stressed. • About stress recovery and your dog’s cortisol level. • How the way we train reduces stress in dogs. • About generalizing positive conditioned emotional responses. • Why to counter condition and desensitize to remove triggers. • That stress reduction helps dogs have a long and happy life.   Resources:   • Wag Nation: Special Opportunity to Join - https://dogsthat.com/wagnation-hstd/ • Podcast Episode 111: How An Anchor Dog Can Help Overcome Your Dog’s Anxiety Or Reactivity - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/111/ • Podcast Episode 4: T.E.M.P. (Tail, Eyes/Ears, Mouth, Posture) - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/4/ • Podcast Episode 107: Pedicure Please: 3 Steps To Dog Nail Trimming Or Grooming Success At Home! - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/107/ • Podcast Episode 75: Stop Motion Sickness: Helping Your Puppy or Dog Love the Car - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/75/ • Podcast Episode 103: Excited Or Suspicious Dog? Dealing With Your Dog’s Emotions - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/103/ • Podcast Episode 25: Why All Dogs Can Bite and How to Reduce the Risk with R.E.A.D. - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/25/ • Podcast Episode 66: Resource Guarding: Dog vs Dog Aggression - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/66/ • Podcast Episode 71: Pro Dog Trainer’s Secret to Help Your Naughty Dog - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/71/ • Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube: https://youtu.be/Vxp2rQC8VMY
9/24/202119 minutes, 42 seconds
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How An Anchor Dog Can Help Overcome Your Dog’s Anxiety Or Reactivity #111

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    Have you heard of the term “anchor dog”? It’s a term I coined for a dog who helps other dogs become more confident. In ancient times, the symbol of an anchor represented safety. Dogs pick up the emotions of people and also of other dogs. If you have a dog who is not confident, an anchor dog can assist you by reducing overwhelm in overcoming challenges.   In the episode you'll hear:   • How I am helping my puppy This! with an anchor dog. • Why different can be alarming for some dogs. • The reason an anchor dog works best if your dog's fear comes from lack of experience. • What makes a great anchor dog. • Why to be aware that confidence is situational. • That you can grow confidence on your own. • Why I like to set up situations so that outcomes can be positive. • What matters when you are using an anchor dog. • The reason to choose an area where you and your dog can get away. • How it starts with the anchor dog out in front. • Why your words about your dog help to set up success. • The reason working through challenges is a process.   Resources:   • Podcast Episode 29: Understanding and Preventing Reactivity and Aggression in Your Dog - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/29/ • Podcast Episode 79: Reduce Anxiety and Grow Your Dog’s Confidence with These Pro Dog Training Tips -https://dogsthat.com/podcast/79/ • Podcast Episode 8: Get Your Dog in the Belief Loop of Awesome - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/8/ • YouTube Video: Normalizing Imperfection in Dog Training - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_f1hm_XhJM • YouTube Video: Should My Dog Be Off Leash Right Now? - https://youtu.be/CiygnLThS6Y • Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/F7iol9dRZjY
9/22/202112 minutes, 9 seconds
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Is Your Over-Aroused Dog Just Over-Faced In Training? #110

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    High drive dogs are the most misunderstood group of dogs on the planet. High drive dogs are often intentionally bred for work like protection or herding, and they are motivated and focused. In many instances, high drive dogs are created, and the label of “over-aroused” is applied to a dog who is over-faced and misunderstood.   In the episode you'll hear:   • How I have misunderstood high drive dogs. • Why we can’t change who our dogs are, but we can help them. • Why our training mechanics impact highly driven dogs and increase frustration. • How the dog’s frustration can spiral to redlining. • What I videoed to show you how I created over-arousal in my dog, Momentum. • 10 ways you can make life better for you and your high drive dog. • Why maintaining criteria and creating clarity are vital. • The most important question you can ask about your dog.   Resources to Visit Now:   • YouTube Video: Susan Garrett’s Perch Work Dog Tricks (Pivots and Spins) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6sj6fTJnFc • Video Blog: Positive Dog Training and the Difference in Shaping - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2018/11/the-difference-in-shaping/ • PDF Download: Stages of Learning Progressions Chart - https://dogsthat.com/susan-garretts-stages-of-learning-progressions-chart/   Resources to Review:   • Podcast Episode 35: Pro Dog Training Tip To Improve Your Dog’s Focus - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/35/ • Podcast Episode 103: Excited Or Suspicious Dog? Dealing With Your Dog’s Emotions - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/103/ • Podcast Episode 106: Consent In Dog Training: The Misuse, Misunderstanding And Misapplication - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/106/ • Blog Post: Post: Got D.A.S.H. (Desire, Accuracy, Speed and Habitat)? - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2017/01/dash/ • Book: Shaping Success by Susan Garrett - https://dogsthat.com/product/shaping-success-2/ • Podcast Episode 5: What is Shaping And How Can Dogs Shape Us - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/5/ • Podcast Episode 06: The Art of Manipulation - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/6/ • Podcast Episode 69: Clicker Training: Will It Work For Every Dog? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/69/ • Podcast Episode 52: The Five Most Common Words in Dog Training and Which Ones I Never Use - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/52/ • Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/kc3-r2aYarE
9/14/202124 minutes, 13 seconds
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Project Calm Dog: Prevent Over Enthusiastic Greetings #109

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    Does your dog greet you, or anyone at your door, over enthusiastically? Does it seem like your dog might have excessive greeting disorder? You might love your dog’s exuberance but wish it would only show when appropriate. Help is at hand for you, your visitors, and your dog to create calm greetings.   In the episode you'll hear:   • About your daily routine, when it's dog time and when it's not. • How dogs pick up patterns of reinforcement quickly. • My routines and the reactions of my dogs. • What your dog notices about what you do in daily life. • Why dogs anticipate and how that creates excitement. • The predictions your dog makes that create over enthusiastic greetings. • About being intentional with the triggers you have for "dog time". • Why we want calm arrivals and departures for our dog. • An easy way to help your guests help your dog with greetings.   Resources:   • Download Your Door Sign: PDF Poster for Project Calm Dog - https://dogsthat.com/project-calm-dog/ • Podcast Episode 16: The Thing Before Your Dog’s Thing - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/16/ • Podcast Episode 103: Excited Or Suspicious Dog? Dealing With Your Dog’s Emotions - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/103/ • Podcast Episode 98: Puppy Home Alone: Are You Creating Chaos or Calm? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/98/ • Podcast Episode 26: Pro Dog Training Tips to Get Your Puppy to Sleep All Night - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/26/ • Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/WcoiwhupjGA
9/8/202114 minutes, 9 seconds
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Dog Training: When Work Is Play And Play Is Work #108

Visit us at shapedbydog.com     Everything I train dogs to do, I do in the form of a game. We have a mantra around here that “work = play and play = work.” You can minimize the time you need for dog training by keeping this mantra in mind and noticing what your dog loves!   In the episode you'll hear:   • About Tater’s love of watermelon and being in the sun. • What my Terrier Twister would do on a chair. • How dogs do what is reinforcing and show us where the value is for them. • What Tater does going out the door and why he might not go for a morning walk. • About substitute consent and our dogs best interests. • What competing values are for us and how that applies to dogs. • How This! showed me her competing value when we are outside. • What to do about your dog’s competing values. • Why food, toys, activities, permission and our attention can all be reinforcing. • The things dogs do that make me laugh. • What Feature does at the built-in crates when it’s feeding time. • How I have rules so my dogs can have the best life ever.   Resources:   • Podcast Episode 2: Reinforcement - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/2/ • Podcast Episode 94: How the Best Professional Dog Trainers Use Reinforcement - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/94/ • Blog Post: TOP Say Yes Training Reminders - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2018/09/top-say-yes-training-reminders/ • Blog Post: Who’s Shaping Me? - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2009/09/whos-shaping-me/ • Podcast Episode 106: Consent In Dog Training: The Misuse, Misunderstanding And Misapplication - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/106/ • Video Blog: Built In Dog Crates For Home Decor - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2020/02/built-in-dog-crates/ • Podcast Episode 11: The Power of Permission in Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/11/ • Crate Games Online - https://get.crategames.com/ • Podcast Episode 27: Do Dogs Need Rules? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/27/ • Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/95ENqvxLLxI
9/3/202118 minutes, 14 seconds
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Pedicure Please: 3 Steps To Dog Nail Trimming Or Grooming Success At Home! #107

Visit us at shapedbydog.com     Trying to cut a dog’s nails can be one of the most difficult jobs for many dog owners. When I asked who was interested in the topic of consent in dog training for nail trimming on my last podcast episode, there were many comments from people wanting help. So, we’re going through the steps to help everyone clip their dog’s toenails so that all dogs can enjoy a pedicure.   In the episode you'll hear:   • The 5 categories of feelings dogs can have about nail trimming, from terrified through to love. • About the importance of trimmed nails for our dog’s health and longevity. • What my friend Dr. Leslie Woodcock shared about toenails and posture, and wellbeing for geriatric dogs. • How I used to cut nails and what my dog Twister experienced. • Why I developed Your Dog’s Pedicure Please Program. • The three stages of cutting your dog’s nails: CER, Game On, and Trimming. • About creating a positive conditioned emotional response for clipping nails. • How to condition positive emotions to the sight and sound of nail clippers, Dremel or another pet nail grinder. • Why you want a “game on” position and “game off” indicator so your dog shows you consent. • How to keep your dog’s nails short while you are working on them saying “yes!” to a pedicure.   Resources:   • Get Your Dog’s Pedicure Please Program - https://dogsthat.com/product/pedicure-please/ • Podcast Episode 106: Consent In Dog Training: The Misuse, Misunderstanding And Misapplication - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/106/ • Video Blog with Dr. Leslie Woodcock: Cutting Your Dog’s Nails: How Important Is It Really? - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2013/08/cutting-your-dogs-nails-how-important-is-it-really/ • Susan’s Favorite Dremel and Nail Clipping Equipment - https://dogsthat.com/favs/#tve-jump-17b7f042a43 • Susan on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/susangarrettdogsthat/ • YouTube Video: Target Stick Training Part One - https://youtu.be/MzePo7RSQu4 • YouTube Video: Target Stick Training Part Two - https://youtu.be/TqsEEWCXze0 • Learn the ItsYerChoice Game - https://recallers.com/iycsummit-join/ • Video Blog: Help! My Dog Hates His Nails Cut … What Do I Do? - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2020/01/my-dog-hates-his-nails-cut/ • Video Blog: Proactive Conditioning for Dog Nail Trimming Success - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2020/11/proactive-conditioning-dog-nail-trimming/ • Video Blog: This! One is About Conditioning the Dremel for Puppy Nails - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2020/11/conditioning-the-dremel/ • Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/JIPxgReFk58
9/1/202123 minutes, 37 seconds
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Consent In Dog Training: The Misuse, Misunderstanding And Misapplication #106

Visit us at shapedbydog.com     The idea of getting consent to train your dog is growing in popularity for a good reason. It is something I have been doing for many years. But consent is also misused, misunderstood, and misapplied, which can cause massive setbacks for dogs and their owners. So, what is consent really, and how does it benefit our dogs?   In the episode you'll hear:   • Where consent in animal training comes from and why cooperative care is important. • About the “game on” position that I use in my training. • The two categories of consent: general dog training and husbandry for health. • How my dogs show me I have their expressed consent. • What implied consent is and how dogs show you permission. • How our dog’s T.E.M.P. indicates their implied consent. • The category of substituted consent and what that means for our dog’s safety. • What manufactured consent is and why I don’t use it. • The reasons why a dog might say “no, thank you!”. • Why to pay attention to your dog’s emotions, eustress, and physical discomfort. • Where things go wrong when a dog says “no”. • Why we want to grow our dog’s comfort zone. • The importance of D.A.S.H. in dog training. • What to do when your dog says no and why we want to turn that to yes.   Resources:   • Learn How to Play ItsYerChoice - https://recallers.com/iycsummit-join/ • Crate Games Online - https://get.crategames.com/ • Podcast Episode 40: Using A Head Halter On A Dog, Why My Approach Is So Different - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/40/ • Podcast Episode 4: T.E.M.P. (Tail, Eyes/Ears, Mouth, Posture) - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/4/ •Podcast Episode 57: Why Balance Breaks Fast Track Your Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/57/ • Podcast Episode 86: How to Train Unmotivated or Overexcited Dogs - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/86/ • Podcast Episode 79: Reduce Anxiety and Grow Your Dog’s Confidence with These Pro Dog Training Tips - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/79/ • Podcast Episode 24: Help for the Dog who Chases Chipmunks, Bicycles, and the Neighbor’s Cat - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/24/ • Podcast Episode 103: Excited Or Suspicious Dog? Dealing With Your Dog’s Emotions - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/103/ • Podcast Episode 75: Stop Motion Sickness: Helping Your Puppy or Dog Love the Car - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/75/ • Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/mzoUUJT5eiQ
8/27/202118 minutes, 55 seconds
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Your Dog Agility And Dog Sports Questions Covered #105

Answering your dog sport questions! Even if you don’t do dog sports, many of the questions relate to dog training in general. My voice is a bit raspy as we’re just wrapped up a first ever global four day agility camp entirely through Zoom. In the episode you'll hear answers covering: • Connecting with your dog better when running an entire agility course. • Giving motivation a boost when competing. • How often my dogs do fitness training. • Preventing arthritis in sports dogs. • Building value for what I want my dogs to do. • My use of different cues for turns on tunnels and the dog walk. • Working your way up to championship level in agility. • When to retire a dog from competition. • Keeping track of verbal cues. • Why to pay attention to your dog’s emotions at the agility start line. • The importance of focus forward. • Warm up and cool down routines. • Starting puppies in dog sports. • My top five body awareness exercise and why the list depends on age. • The same thing I do on every lead out to connect with my dog. Resources: • Join Agility Nation (Use the Discount Code: SUSANSAID) - https://dogsthat.com/product/agility-nation/ • Susan’s Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/SusanGarrettdogsthat/ • Handling360 - https://connect.handling360.com/ • Podcast Episode 5: What is Shaping And How Can Dogs Shape Us - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/5/ • Podcast Episode 90: Premack, Dog Training and Transfer of Value - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/90/ • Vlog: Toning Up On Cue Clarity (Hearing The Sirens) - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2019/01/toning-up-on-cue-clarity-hearing-the-sirens/ Episodes Covering Your Dog’s Emotions: • Episode 35: Pro Dog Training Tip To Improve Your Dog’s Focus - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/35/ • Episode 86: How to Train Unmotivated or Overexcited Dogs - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/86/ • Episode 103: Excited Or Suspicious Dog? Dealing With Your Dog’s Emotions - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/103/ • Episode 21: The 5 Critical Dog Training Layers for Confidence with Anything - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/21/ • Episode 38: 3 Keys to a Confident Dog - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/38/ • Episode 7: You, Your Dog, Maslow and Lizard Brain - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/7/ • Podcast Episode 79: Reduce Anxiety and Grow Your Dog’s Confidence with These Pro Dog Training Tips - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/79/ • Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on Youtube - https://youtu.be/RITzOlo6uw8
8/25/202123 minutes, 8 seconds
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Naughty Dog Behaviors And How To Deal With Them #104

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    Has your dog ever done something unexpected that is the opposite of what you want? And you just want your dog to stop, but you don’t know what to do while remaining a reinforcement based dog trainer? We’re looking at naughty dog behaviours and how to take appropriate action when things don't go to plan.   In the episode you'll hear:   • The three responses of tolerate, manage, or train. • Why to know if what your dog is doing is stress related. • About the needs of belonging and reinforcement. • Why to know the frequency of the behavior. • About stopping or interrupting what your dog is doing to redirect. • What to do when your dog digs up the water bowl. • The three categories of a dog’s behaviour. • Why to ask “where’s the value?” for your dog. • Your options of redirect, engage, bribe, ignore, or surprise. • When not to ignore a behavior. • What to do in a Code Red situation where your dog is in danger. • Why you need a training plan. • What to do when your dog doesn’t get in the car to leave the park. • Why to train your dog to wait for their turn to work. • What to do with an older puppy who is still biting.   Resources:   • Blog Post: A GAME to Preserve Your Dog’s Recall Cue - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2019/06/game-to-preserve-your-dogs-recall-cue/ • Blog Post: The 3D Model for Dog Training: Duration, Distance, Distraction - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2020/08/duration-distance-distraction/ • Podcast Episode 22: The Invisible Bubble of Pressure and Your Dog - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/22/ • Shaped By Dog Podcast: All Episodes - https://dogsthat.com/podcast-all-episodes/ • Video Blog: Talking About Ruff Love (Tater and Chipmunks) - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2020/05/ruff-love-tater/ • Podcast Episode 88: Barrier Frustration: Help for Fence Fighting, Leash Reactivity and Window Guarding - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/88/ • Blog Post: Bark, Lunge, Spin or Wait, Watch, Work? - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2019/03/wait-watch-work/ • Puppy Biting Playlist on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy03hWZgAQfG1t5Q6YzGPi7z • Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/QIYT-mjd9Vs
8/20/202121 minutes, 15 seconds
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Excited or Suspicious dog? Dealing With Your Dog’s Emotions #103

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    When you feel emotional, are you at your best? Do you make good decisions? It’s the same for our dogs. We’re talking about the emotions dogs experience and what happens when a dog gets too emotional to respond.   In the episode you'll hear:   • A story from my past that is still vivid about the fear that had me running. • What happens to our physiological system when we are afraid. • The emotional capabilities of dogs. • How dogs don't feel guilt or spite. • About the cycles of emotions our dogs experience. • The changes our dogs go through when they are afraid or overexcited. • What happen when dogs red line. • Why dogs can't listen when their emotions paralyze them. • How it's not up to us to decide what triggers fear. • What to do when your dog's emotions mean they cannot respond. • About T.A.R. (Too Aroused to Respond) and dogs. • Why to believe your dog so you can build a relationship of trust.   Resources:   • Video Blog: Where Is Your Dog On The Circle Of Fun? - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2018/07/circle-of-fun/ • Podcast Episode 4: T.E.M.P. (Tail, Eyes/Ears, Mouth, Posture) - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/4/ • Video Blog: Understanding Your Dog’s Triggers - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2019/01/understanding-your-dogs-triggers/ • Podcast Episode 86: How to Train Unmotivated or Overexcited Dogs - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/86/ • Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/RKXDebCXLPU
8/13/202114 minutes, 10 seconds
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Transitioning Your Dog Training: From All That is Wrong to That Which is Right #102

Visit us at shapedbydog.com     How do you move from punishment based or balanced dog training to being a choice based trainer who uses positive reinforcement? That’s a question one of our YouTube viewers asked. If you have the same question, you are not alone. Three keys to help make lasting change in how you train your dog are knowing your why, having a plan, and giving yourself grace.   In the episode you'll hear:   • Why we notice the bad and how that can is evident on social media. • About the ABC’s of dog training: Antecedent, Behavior, Consequence. • How the ABC relates to counter surfing. • Why the consequence of punishment can reinforce that dog training choice. • About starting with your WHY. • The difference between wishing and dedication. • How we train our dog changes us and the way we look at life. • About considering the lessons we are teaching to our children. • How our why can bring the best in our dogs and in ourselves. • That staying present will help you be the trainer you want to be. • How to get brilliant at using reinforcement. • Why to be aware of your dog’s reinforcement away from training. • The reason to change how you think and talk about yourself and your dog. • What grace has to do with dog training. • The questions to ask yourself to create the changes you want.   Resources:   • Learn How to Play ItsYerChoice - https://recallers.com/iycsummit-join/ • Podcast Episode 16: The Thing Before Your Dog’s Thing - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/16/ • Book: Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek - https://www.amazon.com/Start-Why-Leaders-Inspire-Everyone/dp/1591846447 • Podcast Episode 100: Dog Training: The Most Important Lesson I Can Share - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/100/ • Podcast Episode 27: Do Dogs Need Rules? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/27/ • Shaped By Dog Podcast: All Episodes - https://dogsthat.com/podcast-all-episodes/ • Podcast Episode 83: The Dog Training You Do When You’re Not Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/83/ • Podcast Episode 11: The Power of Permission in Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/11/ • Podcast Episode 2: Reinforcement - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/2/ • Podcast Episode 8: Get Your Dog in the Belief Loop of Awesome - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/8/ • Podcast Episode 21: The 5 Critical Dog Training Layers for Confidence with Anything - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/21/ • Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/eFzA4iFVnbU
8/11/202117 minutes, 44 seconds
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Puppy Questions: Spay or Neuter? Humping? Puppy Blues? and Much More #101

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    If you have ever wanted to ask a professional dog trainer questions about puppy training or living with puppies, then this episode is for you! We’re covering the topics that you want to know about to help your puppy.   In the episode you'll hear answers to questions about:   • When to spay or neuter a puppy. • Recalling a distracted puppy. • Dealing with puppies who like to hump. • How to combat the Puppy Blues. • How to tell if a puppy growl in play is excitement or frustration. • If it is okay for your puppy to sit on you with toys or chews. • How much exercise a puppy needs. • How to help your puppy be comfortable in a crate or ex-pen. • How old a puppy should be before they start weave pole training for agility.   Resources:   • Dr. Karen Becker (Facebook Page) - https://www.facebook.com/doctor.karen.becker • Dr. Chris Zink (Website) - https://caninesports.com/ • Blog Post: How Do I Train My Dog To Come When Called? - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2019/04/train-my-dog-to-come-when-called/ • Podcast Episode 46: Is Your Dog Trying to Dominate You and What You Can Do About It - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/46/ • Susan Garrett’s Puppy Training Playlist on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VF_2TRtRpd8&list=PLphRRSxcMHy2SggplHx3uEWAjXOL9hI21 • Susan Garrett’s Blog: Puppy Posts - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/?s=puppies • Podcast Episode 17: Help! How Do I STOP Puppy Biting?! - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/17/ • Podcast Episode 30: Why Dog Crates Are Not Dog Cages - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/30/ • Episode 99: When Reinforcement Based Dog Training Doesn’t Work - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/99/ • Crate Games Online - https://get.crategames.com/ • 2x2 Weave Pole Training DVD - https://dogsthat.com/product/2x2-weave-pole-training/ • Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/Hv038Xqvp8M
8/4/202118 minutes, 53 seconds
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Dog Training: The Most Important Lesson I Can Share #100

Visit us at shapedbydog.com     After 30 years as a professional dog trainer, I’ve learned a lot of things. The most important thing makes dog training far less frustrating. Setting our dogs up for success can set us up for success in many areas of our lives.   In the episode you'll hear:   • How our dog’s behaviours give us all the information we need. • Why I think who we become when we train a dog is as important as who our dog becomes. • What my husband John noticed about me when I was teaching workshops. • The five elements of the belief loop. • How confirmation bias kicks into dog training. • Examples of parenting in the 50’s compared to today. • Why being curious and trying new things is a learning opportunity. • Why I love my dogs to let their light shine. • The reason I want my dogs to confidently makes choices. • About reinforcement and setting dogs up for success. • Why our thoughts influence how we relate to and train our dog. • About asking ourselves important questions. • How you train your dog will change you and the roads you could take. • Why I embrace beliefs that bring out the best in my dogs.   Resources:   • Podcast Episode 1: Done Is Better than Perfect - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/1/ • Podcast Episode 4: T.E.M.P. (Tail, Eyes/Ears, Mouth, Posture) - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/4/ • Podcast Episode 8: Get Your Dog in the Belief Loop of Awesome - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/8/ • Confirmation Bias (Wikipedia) - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Confirmation_bias • Podcast Episode 2: Reinforcement - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/2/ • Podcast Episode 6: The Art of Manipulation - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/6/ • Podcast Episode 99: When Reinforcement Based Dog Training Doesn’t Work - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/99/ • Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/EnHLfIWYMok
7/28/202116 minutes, 48 seconds
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When Reinforcement Based Dog Training Doesn't Work #99

Visit us at shapedbydog.com     Reinforcement based dog training almost sounds too good to be true. Being able to have the dog of your dreams without ever physically correcting your dog or yelling or telling your dog “NO” sounds amazing. But what happens when your reinforcement does not work, and you end up living with what appears to be a four-legged monster?   In the episode:   • About one of my student’s dogs, Riko, who seems to be out of control. • Why I believe our dogs are doing the best they can with the education we have given them. • How reinforcement-based dog training has a bad rap in a lot of circles. • About “positive not permissive”, something I’ve been talking about since 1996. • How dogs need clarity and why clear is kind. • The way to set up your ex-pen and why to use a crate. • Why I love to see dogs have joy in their life. • About the significance of what happens with dogs in the morning. • Why to know what you are really reinforcing. • What a pause is and why we need to create that pause for our dogs. • About my morning routine with my puppies and extending the pause. • How to start getting a pause with enterichement and then intentionally growing it. • Why dogs need to learn we won’t always be in the room.   Resources:   • Podcast Episode 27: Do Dogs Need Rules? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/27/ • Podcast Episode 6: The Art of Manipulation - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/6/ • Podcast Episode 30: Why Dog Crates Are Not Dog Cages - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/30/ • Podcast Episode 16: The Thing Before Your Dog’s Thing - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/16/ • Video Blog: Understanding Your Dog’s Triggers - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2019/01/understanding-your-dogs-triggers/ • Crate Games Online - https://get.crategames.com/ • Podcast Episode 98: Puppy Home Alone: Are You Creating Chaos or Calm? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/98/ • Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/9ImjWUCc7zI
7/26/202119 minutes, 52 seconds
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Puppy Home Alone: Are You Creating Chaos or Calm? #98

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    It’s completely normal to feel some apprehension about leaving a puppy alone. But there are things that you do that contribute to the chaos or calm you find when you return home. I’m covering the formula that I use to ensure a happy life with a puppy and how to prevent separation anxiety.   In the episode you'll hear:   • Why to see a Veterinary Behaviorist if you have a dog experiencing separation anxiety. • About how we can help our puppy look forward to confinement. • Why calm greetings, arrivals and departures contribute to the well-being of puppies. • What my puppy morning routine looks like and the three events of train, walk and enterichment (yes, enterichment, you probably won’t find that in a dictionary!). • What I do to settle my puppy just before I leave to create a routine. • How long you should leave a young puppy alone at home. • Steps you can take to help your puppy get used to alone time and why that is the gift of confidence. • Why to start helping your puppy with being on their own when you are home. • The 5 big mistakes people make that contribute to chaos when a puppy is left alone. • What negative reinforcement is, how it relates to a dog being alone and avoiding nuisance barking. • Why I do not recommend tethering or umbilical cord training for puppies or dogs. • How puppies can grow up to be relaxed dogs who can hang out anywhere at home. • The importance of setting you and your puppy up for success for your life together.   Resources:   • Podcast Episode 30: Why Dog Crates Are Not Dog Cages - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/30/ • Blog Post: A Day in the Life of a Susan Garrett Puppy - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2020/09/a-day-in-the-life-of-a-susan-garrett-puppy/ • Podcast Episode 70: Critical Info for Your Puppy’s First Day and Night at Home - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/70/ • YouTube Video: Perch Work Dog Tricks (Pivots and Spins) - https://youtu.be/O6sj6fTJnFc • Crate Games Online - https://get.crategames.com/ • Susan Garrett’s Puppy Videos: Playlist on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy2SggplHx3uEWAjXOL9hI21 • Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/FTi3dQ_Y2A8
7/23/202117 minutes, 55 seconds
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Overwhelm in Dog Training: How to Take Action on Challenges #97

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    Success in dog training is about taking action. But if you are frustrated or overwhelmed or not sure you are doing the right thing, taking action can be challenging. We’re looking at how to put barriers aside and find the fast track on the path ahead.   In the episode you'll hear:   • About the epiphany I had when cycling and going through gates on the trail. • Why I focus on the path and not the obstacles. • How people can get wrapped up in focusing on the things they don’t like. • A story from basketball about Giannis Antetokounmpo for inspiration. • How easy it is to let your ego interfere with our dog training. • Why our emotional state is important for an amazing relationship with our dog. • What to do when you feel triggered. • Why timeframes can have us focus on the outcome, cut corners, and lead to frustration. • The reason I think of surrender as a place of strength. • A quote from Alexandra Horowitz about how dog training can change us. • Why we need to give ourselves grace and our dogs grace. • About how every interaction with our dogs is training and a conversation. • Five things to focus on to progress your training. • Why exercise, games, downtime, socializing and enrichment are important for puppies. • How things happen faster when you focus on the path.   Resources:   • Podcast Episode 32: 20 Easy Ways to Exercise Your Dog at Home - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/32/ • Podcast Episode 68: 3 Easy Tricks Every Dog Should Know - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/68/ • Podcast Episode 70: Critical Info for Your Puppy’s First Day and Night at Home - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/70/ • Podcast Episode 67: Are You Stressing About Your Dog’s Stress? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/67/ • Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/ZhmoqzG0pbA
7/21/202118 minutes
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Why I Don't Teach "Watch Me", How to Use a Dog Treat Pouch, and More Questions Answered #96

Visit us at shapedbydog.com      If you have ever wondered why I don’t teach my dogs to “watch me”, how I end a training session, or my thoughts on treat bags, today is the day. I’m answering some of your popular dog training questions! We’re also looking at how to avoid puppies chewing up their beds and training dogs who don’t like food or toys.   In the episode you'll hear:   • Why I have attention from my dogs without training “watch me” or “look at me”. • How “watch me” can be misused and why that reinforces what you don’t want. • When I wear a bait pouch, why I don’t use one too often, and where I keep treats. • How to avoid a puppy chewing up a bed and the protocol I use with my puppies. • About reinforcement and training dogs who don’t like food or toys. • How to build excitement and value for food for dogs. • How I end a training session with my dogs. • Why I think of training as relationship building and deepening the bond with my dogs. • How dog training relates to conversations we have with people.   Resources:   • Podcast Episode 42: Behavior Chains: Are You Teaching Your Dog to be Bad to be Good? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/42/ • Learn the ItsYerChoice Game - https://recallers.com/iycsummit-join/  • Podcast Episode 89: Why Dogs Should Not Tug: The Truth Revealed - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/89/ • Podcast Episode 92: Avoid This Big Mistake When Feeding Your Dog - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/92/ • Podcast Episode 59: Why Your Treats Aren’t Working for Your Dog - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/59/ • Podcast Episode 90: Premack, Dog Training and Transfer of Value - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/90/ • Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/y_c8wgv1Ri8
7/16/202115 minutes, 5 seconds
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How Playing with Your Dog Like a Puppy Can Reduce Fear #95

Visit us at shapedbydog.com     Are you the type of dog owner who loves to play with your dog or puppy? It’s a great way to have fun, teach your dog life skills, and can help reduce fear. The tips we’re covering today are essential for all dogs, and if you have an interest in dog agility, I’m also sharing how this applies to dog sports and confidence. Changing just one element of the way you play will have a big impact on how your dog learns and help to decrease fears and phobias.   In the episode you'll hear:   • What happened with my Jack Russell, Shelby when she didn't want to visit the Vet. • How we can desensitize and counter condition fear for our puppies and dogs. • My observations about how dogs play with other dogs. • Why I have "game on" and "game off" permissions when playing with my dogs. • About knowing what happens before your dog says, "game off". • Why I created a game called “Smack Da Baby!”. • The importance of our dogs learning to love physical touch by humans. • How I incorporate “Smack Da Baby!” in a game of tug. • All the stages of including touch for dogs in play. • About putting time into where your dog tells you they need confidence. • The one time I grab my dogs by the muzzle and why. • How my dog DeCaff shaped me to play with her and the impact on weaving in agility. • Why play helps your dog with many life skills. • The importance of taking action if you notice your dog is not comfortable   Resources:   • Podcast Episode 89: Why Dogs Should Not Tug: The Truth Revealed - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/89/ • Book: Shaping Success by Susan Garrett - https://dogsthat.com/product/shaping-success-2/ • Podcast Episode 86: How to Train Unmotivated or Overexcited Dogs - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/86/ • Blog Post: Who’s Shaping me? - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2009/09/whos-shaping-me/ • Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/LvwARdx9Ss4
7/14/202120 minutes, 15 seconds
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How the Best Professional Dog Trainers Use Reinforcement #94

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    Have you ever watched a really well-trained dog, like a police dog, world champion agility dog, or service dog, and noticed that they seem to be working without getting any food or toy reward from their handler? You might have tried the same with your dog, but your dog said, “no reward, no thanks!”. We’re looking at why some dogs appear to work brilliantly with no reinforcement.   In the episode you'll hear:   • The confusion out there about how reinforcement works. • How elite dog trainers use reinforcement. • Why the work can become massively valuable for dogs. • About stacking reinforcement. • The 5 categories of reinforcement that I use. • How attention can be a reward. • About the obvious reinforcers like food or toys. • Why the cues your dog knows can be powerful reinforcers. • How activities can be reinforcing. • Why rewarding activities need to have permission. • What a transactional relationship is and how it relates to dogs. • Why we want a partnership with our dogs. • The inadvertent reinforcement you might be giving your dog. • How all dogs have a hierarchy of reinforcement. • Why a partnership with us becomes intrinsically reinforcing for dogs.   Resources:   • YouTube Video with Susan Garrett and Steve White (Two Dog Training Experts 70+ Years of Experience Talk Reinforcement) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azaRcHN2CUQ • Podcast Episode 16: The Thing Before Your Dog’s Thing - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/16/ • Podcast Episode 80: Does Your Dog Love You? Let’s Talk Relationships - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/80/ • Podcast Episode 11: The Power of Permission in Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/11/ • Podcast Episode 2: Reinforcement - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/2/ • Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/jwZyBAYe6FY
7/7/202118 minutes, 25 seconds
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Fix Dog Training and Behavior Problems Before They Happen #93

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    An old adage in dog training is that the best time to fix a problem or behavior challenge is before it happens. And though that may be true, it does not help when you have a problem or training challenge! There’s a systemic approach that I’ve laid out for myself and my students for any challenge we have with our dogs.   In the episode you'll hear:   • A long list of problems presented by just one dog who was a bit over a year old. • How that dog was thrown out of 3 Day Cares and lost his home. • Why Dr. Google might not be your best source of information for dog training. • How everyone has an opinion about dog training. • The way I look at dog training challenges and why to take an inventory. • About the categories of challenges in dog training. • Why we create autonomy for our dogs and how that creates success. • How to know if you have a Sun Shower, Hurricane or Iceberg with your dog. • The reason to watch for Icebergs. • When Hurricanes might need a Veterinary Behaviorist to diffuse. • The formula to help you with challenges that starts in Do-Land. • Why we need to deal with our dog’s emotion first.   Resources:   • Get your FREE “Challenges in Dog Training” eBook - https://recallers.com/ • Download the PDF to take your Challenges Inventory - https://dogsthat.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Your-Transformation-Story-2021.pdf • Podcast Episode 66: Resource Guarding: Dog vs Dog Aggression - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/66/ • Podcast Episode 6: The Art of Manipulation - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/6/ • Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/7SHbJvTRhGI 
6/16/202119 minutes, 55 seconds
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Avoid This Big Mistake When Feeding Your Dog #92

Visit us at shapedbydog.com     There is one difference between very successful dog trainers and the average pet owner in the way they feed their dogs. That one thing is responsible for a better relationship with your dog and the dog being easier to train, having a long life, and fewer health problems. That one thing is easily achievable by everyone and will also help with a dog’s picky eating.   In the episode you'll hear:   • The ways people feed their dogs. • What free choice feeding or graze feeding looks like for dogs. • The problems that can be created for dogs with free feeding. • Why regular meals help with potty training. • How free choice feeding could result in a dog being a picky eater. • The health benefits of regular meals for dogs. • About the issue of obesity in dogs. • Why free choice feeding makes training difficult. • How to use your dog's meals as a training opportunity. • The risks of missing health issues with free feeding. • How planning your dog's exercise is easier with regular meals. • Why to know what your dog should weigh. • How I feed a high percentage of my dog's meal in training. • A plan to help dogs who are picky eaters. • When to check with your Veterinarian.   Resources:   • Podcast Episode 62: 12 Keys to Helping My Dogs Live a Long and Happy Life - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/62/ • Podcast Episode 48: Potty Train Your Puppy in a Week (Easy 3 Step Process) - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/48/ • (PDF - Kealy RD, Olsson SE, Monti KL, et al.) Effects of limited food consumption on the incidence of hip dysplasia in growing dogs - https://www.icbblog.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Kealy-et-al-1995-Effects-of-limited-food-consumption-on-the-incidence-of-hip-dysplasia-in-growing-dogs.pdf • Podcast Episode 2: Reinforcement - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/2/ • Podcast Episode 70: Critical Info for Your Puppy’s First Day and Night at Home - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/70/ • DogsThat Online Dog Training Programs - https://dogsthat.com/ • Video Blog: 5 Games for Puppies - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2020/04/5-games-for-puppies/ • Podcast Episode 32: 20 Easy Ways to Exercise Your Dog at Home - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/32/ • Podcast Episode 68: 3 Easy Tricks Every Dog Should Know - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/68/ • *Basis Stainless Steel Pet Dog Bowls - https://www.amazon.com/Basis-Pet-Stainless-Steel-Medium/dp/B00ERXJ59S/ • Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube   *Amazon Links Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Susan only recommends products she uses herself, and all opinions expressed here are her own. The link above is an affiliate link that, at no additional cost to you, we may earn a small commission if you decide to buy from it. Thank you!
6/7/202118 minutes, 17 seconds
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Why Judgement Does Not Help People Or Dogs: ItsYerChoice LWT # 91

Visit us at shapedbydog.com     As someone who has been educating dog owners on having a well-behaved dog and an amazing relationship with that dog, I think it’s important to share my failures. Learn, walk, listen and train ItsYerChoice with me as I talk about my big blunder that happened last week, the impact of judgement and critical questions we need to ask ourselves.   In the episode you'll hear:   • My mistake at the grocery store and why I went straight to judgement. • Why to get curious when you find yourself judging. • About outside dogs and littermates. • How I got triggered and responded with a lack of filter. • The way my subconscious kicked in and the thoughts I had when waking up. • What congruency means to me. • What a nose bridge is and how my puppy targets my hand. • How we are all making judgements every day. • Why to ask questions when you are irritated. • About all the different views on dog training out there in the world. • How sitting in judgement of our dogs or others has impact beyond us. • Why I teach everything through games and its effectiveness. • Quick training prompts with IYC, paw movement and reward delivery.   Resources:   • Learn how to play ItsYerChoice - https://recallers.com/iycsummit-join/ • Podcast Episode 70: Critical Info for Your Puppy’s First Day and Night at Home - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/70/ • YouTube Video: Susan Garrett's Tip for Training Frantic Dogs: Stimulus Control (see the nose bridge) - https://youtu.be/Kn3tIuQ7t9g • Podcast Episode 20: Bridging the Gap Between Blame and Kindness in Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/20/ • Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/kZEUfgR4-zg 
6/4/202120 minutes, 47 seconds
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Premack, Dog Training and Transfer of Value #90

Visit us at shapedbydog.com     Has your dog ever been so overexcited they just can’t seem to listen, and it’s frustrating for you? Dogs who want to go swimming, for a car ride, or a walk might be so intent on what they want they might not even sit when you ask, and you know they know how to sit! There are tools to fix the challenge, and you can use what your dog loves to do. We’re looking at the science of the Premack Principle and how you can transfer the value for what your dog loves to you.   In the episode you'll hear:   • How my puppy could not listen when she was outside with the other dogs. • The IF and THEN of contingencies in dog training. • About Premack’s Principle. • Why to think about all the things that your dog loves that are safe. • How to use contingencies to your advantage. • Why the value your dog has for what they love transfers to what you want. • What my dog Buzz taught me through his love of swimming and water. • How the value Buzz had for swimming transferred to our relationship. • Why the low probably behavior needs to be achievable for your dog when you start. • The reason you need to be clear on what behaviour you want for clarity for your dog. • The importance of your dog's history of reinforcement for the low probability behavior. • Why not to repeat cues and how to lower the intensity of what your dog wants with distance. • How I used Reinforcement Zone (RZ) with my puppy, This! so she could run with dogs. • About training an excellent recall in all locations. • How to play my new game called “I Think You Must Be Lost”. • Why to break things down, so everyone has success. • What you can easily do today to start premacking.   Resources:   • Premack’s Principle (Wikipedia) - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Premack%27s_principle • Shaping Success Book - https://dogsthat.com/product/shaping-success-2/  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Premack%27s_principle • Podcast Episode 86: How to Train Unmotivated or Overexcited Dogs - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/86/ • Podcast Episode 53: Stop Your Dog Pulling on Leash and Start Walking Together - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/53/ • Blog Post: How Do I Train My Dog To Come When Called? - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2019/04/train-my-dog-to-come-when-called/ • Podcast Episode 11: The Power of Permission in Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/11/ • Podcast Episode 68: 3 Easy Tricks Every Dog Should Know - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/68/ • YouTube #shorts Video The Thing Before The Thing (Walking with This!) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYYdccCXNsM • Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/WeTfM6G-7AA 
6/2/202123 minutes, 33 seconds
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Why Dogs Should Not Tug: The Truth Revealed #89

Visit us at shapedbydog.com     Tug of War, which is tugging with a dog using a toy, is one of the most basic and fun games we can play. Yet, some authorities will give a list of reasons why dogs should not tug. We’re looking at those reasons, what dogs should not tug, and the five most common mistakes people make with tugging. For most dogs, not only is it okay to play tug, but it’s also critically important.   In the episode you'll hear:   • Why some dogs should not be tugging. • How tugging can help you avoid behavior problems with a puppy. • The reasons given about why dogs should not play tug. • How sporting dogs with a soft mouth can enjoy tugging and still retrieve. • The connection made between growling and a dog being dominant. • How to help dogs who are resource guarding. • What you need to know about arousal, redirection, and boundaries. • How tugging improves your relationship with your dog. • Why dogs need to let go of the toy when you ask. • About my number one rule when playing tug. • The emergency stop to use if a dog makes contact with skin or clothing. • How tugging creates clear communication between you and your dog. • Why the arousal state of a dog when tugging helps with distractions. • The reasons to make safety a priority. • How to play tug so that you and your dog can have fun.   Resources:   • Learn how to play ItsYerChoice - https://recallers.com/iycsummit-join/ • Podcast Episode 46: Is Your Dog Trying to Dominate You and What You Can Do About It - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/46/ • Podcast Episode 88: Barrier Frustration: Help for Fence Fighting, Leash Reactivity and Window Guarding - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/88/ • Podcast Episode 18: 4 Puppy and Dog Training Games for Acquired Bite Inhibition - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/18/ • Podcast Episode 66: Resource Guarding: Dog vs Dog Aggression - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/66/ • Podcast Episode 82: Aggressive Puppy Biting Solved - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/82/ • Podcast Episode 55: Pro Dog Trainer’s Guide to Toy Selection - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/55/ • Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/zBH2lKVxj58 
5/28/202117 minutes, 4 seconds
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Barrier Frustration: Help for Fence Fighting, Leash Reactivity and Window Guarding #88

Visit us at shapedbydog.com     Has your dog ever experienced barrier frustration? The frustration can escalate to aggression, and something like fence running can turn into fence fighting. The leash being on a dog can result in restraint frustration as the lead creates a barrier. Or perhaps your dog barks at other dogs when in the car? When our dogs are frustrated, they are expressing an emotion and we cannot ignore their excitement or anxiety. We can help our dog by creating a different emotional response.   In the episode you'll hear:   • About noticing the early signs of anxiety or frustration. • How fence running can quickly escalate to fighting. • Why arousal can turn to redlining and why we should care. • What we don’t want our dogs to rehearse. • How fence fighting can have consequences away from the barrier. • Being aware of everyone’s safety around dogs who have pent up emotion. • Why a redlining dog could redirect onto another dog, child, or adult. • The easiest way to stop barrier aggression. • Why to focus on the trigger to help dogs with their emotional response. • How to change your dog’s emotional state around triggers. • Strategies to help fence fighting dogs. • Why management is a big part of dog training to prevent rehearsals. • How using a head halter will help you keep your dog under threshold. • The reason to use distance to help your dog with triggers. • Games you can play that will help overcome barrier frustration. • Why the words “Winners Circle!” come with treats for your dog. • How to achieve the goal of your dog seeing a trigger and orientating to you.   Resources:   • Podcast Episode 86: How to Train Unmotivated or Overexcited Dogs - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/86/ • Podcast Episode 29: Understanding and Preventing Reactivity and Aggression in Your Dog - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/29/ • Podcast Episode 40: Using a Head Halter on a Dog, Why My Approach is so Different - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/40/ • Crate Games Online - https://get.crategames.com/ • Podcast Episode 59: Why Your Treats Aren’t Working for Your Dog - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/59/ • Podcast Episode 6: The Art of Manipulation - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/6/ • Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/62V-3JsHKvE 
5/26/202116 minutes, 50 seconds
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Canine Fitness: Why ALL Dogs Need It And 3 Easy Exercises To Start #87

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    Do you have a fitness program for your dog? It’s not something that is just for canine athletes and dog sports! Every dog will benefit from conditioning exercises for their health, well-being and longevity. A fitness program is also a fun way for you and your dog to spend time together and easy to start.   In the episode you'll hear:   • Why fitness for dogs should include more than walks or chasing a ball or frisbee. • How dogs can have an imbalance in their body leading to injury. • The importance of your dog’s weight and getting a fitness check. • Why soundness is different to fitness. • About making sure that your dog has age-appropriate fitness exercises. • The four areas I focus on with my dog’s fitness program. • Why your dog’s strength, flexibility, balance, and proprioception are all important. • The reason we need to build up our dog’s big muscles first. • Why to introduce an unstable surface gradually to your dog’s fitness routine. • What you can do today with a sit, down or stand for your dog’s fitness without any equipment. • How you can join the canine fitness program that I am doing with the Susan20 discount code.   Resources:   • YouTube Video: Susan Garrett’s Perch Work Dog Tricks (Pivots and Spins) - https://youtu.be/O6sj6fTJnFc • Podcast Episode 85: Understanding Your Dog’s Sit: LWT - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/85/ • Blog Video: How to Train Your Dog to Stand on Cue - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2020/10/train-your-dog-to-stand-on-cue/ • Join Carolyn McIntyre’s “From the Ground Up” online fitness program with the discount code: Susan20  • Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/LGdhcU0eNzQ  *Balance pad - https://geni.us/balance-pad *Amazon Links Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Susan only recommends products she uses herself, and all opinions expressed here are her own. The link above is an affiliate link that, at no additional cost to you, we may earn a small commission if you decide to buy from it. Thank you!
5/21/202112 minutes, 31 seconds
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How to Train Unmotivated or Overexcited Dogs #86

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    Are there times your dog just does not want to train? Or perhaps your dog is so distracted that you can’t get their focus on you or the training? The reason a dog will seem so obsessed with something that you can’t get their attention or do not seem motivated comes down to their emotional state. The good news is that you can help get your dog into the zone for peak performance, and when you rehearse success, it becomes easier and easier.   In the episode you'll hear:   • What Yerkes–Dodson Law means for dog training. • How emotional states go up and down based on stress. • Why not all stress is bad and why we need good stress. • About our emotional state and how the same applies to our dogs. • All the stages of arousal and how each state impacts our dog. • How focus narrows when stress goes up. • What over excitement does to us and our dogs. • Why dogs can’t hear us when they are over excited. • What we can do to help our dogs be in the zone. • How you can test your dog’s arousal state with a treat. • The importance of changing our dog’s physiology. • Why the bell curve changes for dogs with clarity through training. • How to train activities that help your dog get to peak performance. • Why not to train something important when your dog is over or under aroused.   Resources:   • Yerkes–Dodson Law (Wikipedia) - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yerkes%E2%80%93Dodson_law • Podcast Episode 84: Disappointment in Dog Sports: Mindset with Olympian Greg Louganis - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/84/ • Podcast Episode 60: When You Don’t Feel Like Training Your Dog - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/60/ • Podcast Episode 57: Why Balance Breaks Fast Track Your Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/57/ • Blog Post: How Do I Train My Dog To Come When Called? - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2019/04/train-my-dog-to-come-when-called/ • Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/jsva1bKdYQg 
5/19/202116 minutes, 3 seconds
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Understanding Your Dog's Sit: LWT #85

Visit us at shapedbydog.com     Learn, walk and train with me! We’re focusing on your dog’s “sit”. I’ll be giving you prompts during this episode for when you are with your dog so we can be dog training together. We’re also covering the 12 things that I consider fundamental for all dogs. Mastering the fundamentals will make anything you want to do with your dog so much easier.   In the episode you'll hear:   • Understanding your dog's sit. • The criteria of speed and latency. • Why to note how long it takes your dog to start sitting after your cue. • Why to notice how fast your dog sits. • Why speed and latency might be different in different environments. • About rewarding for average or better. • When to make use of your high value treats. • About the importance of protecting your dog's confidence. • The top 12 fundamentals for all dogs.   Susan Garrett’s Top 12 Fundamentals   1. Search 2. ItsYerChoice 3. Crate Games / Hot Zone 4. Recall 5. Reinforcement Zone (RZ) / Loose Leash Walking 6. Play with the toy I have 7. Retrieve 8. Sit 9. Down 10.Lay on side for co-operative care 11.Hand Target 12.Functional Tricks   Resources:   • Podcast Episode 19: One of My Biggest Pet Peeves in Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/19/ • Podcast Episode 12: When Helping Your Dog is an Illusion - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/12/ • Podcast Episode 59: Why Your Treats Aren’t Working for Your Dog - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/59/ • Podcast Episode 53: Stop Your Dog Pulling on Leash and Start Walking Together - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/53/ • Podcast Episode 73: Why Your Dog Is Still Pulling on Leash And How To Fix It - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/73/ • Learn the ItsYerChoice Game - https://recallers.com/iycsummit-join/ • Crate Games Online - https://get.crategames.com/ • Podcast Episode 68: 3 Easy Tricks Every Dog Should Know - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/68/ • Email [email protected] to let us know what you think of the new “Learn, Walk and Train” segment for our ShapedByDog podcast. • Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/XsgHnaht_lw 
5/14/202117 minutes, 34 seconds
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Disappointment in Dog Sports: Mindset With Olympian Greg Louganis #84

Visit us at shapedbydog.com     Have you ever had disappointing results in your dog training, in sport, or life in general? One of the toughest things that any of us have to do is recover from disappointment. I’m joined by my friend, Olympic gold medallist Greg Louganis, for a conversation centered on overcoming disappointing results in sport as well as in life. Greg has been called both “the greatest American diver” and “probably the greatest diver in history”, but he is also one of the best experts on the recovery mindset.   In the episode you'll hear:   • How disappointment can impact our well-being. • What happened to Greg Louganis at the Olympics and how he recovered. • How we all feel scared. • Why we need time to process. • The reason to acknowledge how we feel. • How we all are not successful a lot of the time. • Inspiration gained from Frances Louganis. • Why to embrace the things in life that are meant for you. • How we all practice courage every day. • The importance of acknowledging effort.   Resources:   • Agility Nation - https://www.agility-nation.com/ • *Book: Mindset – Changing the Way You Think to Fulfil Your Potential by Carol Dweck - https://geni.us/mindset-book  Join us in Agility Nation. Use discount code GREG20 - https://dogsthat.com/product/agility-nation/  • Meditation in Motion with Greg Louganis - https://greglouganis.com/mim-enrollment/ • Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/8Sbsi3aQGuA  *Amazon Links Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Susan only recommends products she uses herself, and all opinions expressed here are her own. The link above is an affiliate link that, at no additional cost to you, we may earn a small commission if you decide to buy from it. Thank you!
5/12/202124 minutes, 40 seconds
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The Dog Training You Do When You’re Not Dog Training #83

Visit us at shapedbydog.com     “How many hours a day do you spend training your puppy or dog?” is one of the most common questions I get. So, we’ll look at a typical day in the life of my dogs. What happens might surprise you as I don’t spend as much time training as many would think. What is important is the training between the training.   In the episode you'll hear:   • Why the interactions with your dog are the relationship. • About a typical day in my life with my dogs. • How I get the training done before I do the training. • Why I keep dog treats in small bowls around my home. • About being ready to reward your dog for doing something well. • How I capture behaviours that I want my dogs to do. • The opportunities for my dogs to earn reinforcement at mealtimes. • Why I am intentional about catching my dogs doing something well. • About being aware of the thing before the thing. • Why to decide what your rules are for your dog. • About using walks for training opportunities. • Why to be present to what your dog is rehearsing. • How 75% of my puppy training happens when I’m not training. • Why 95% of my adult dog training happens when I’m not training.   Resources:   • Podcast Episode 16: The Thing Before Your Dog’s Thing - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/16/ • *Book: Fierce Conversations by Susan Scott - https://geni.us/fierce-conversations • Podcast Episode 80: Does Your Dog Love You? Let’s Talk Relationships - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/80/ • Podcast Episode 26: Pro Dog Training Tips to Get Your Puppy to Sleep All Night - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/26/ • Podcast Episode 2: Reinforcement - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/2/ • Podcast Episode 11: The Power of Permission in Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/11/ • Podcast Episode 33: How Do I Stop My Dog Counter Surfing?! - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/33/ • Podcast Episode 27: Do Dogs Need Rules? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/27/ • Podcast Episode 15: CSI Tips for Managing a Multi-Dog Household - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/15/ • Blog Post: Rolling out a Big Adventure - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2013/08/rolling-out-a-big-adventure/ • Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/0BhSUusjJ5E   *Amazon Links Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Susan only recommends products she uses herself, and all opinions expressed here are her own. The link above is an affiliate link that, at no additional cost to you, we may earn a small commission if you decide to buy from it. Thank you!
5/7/202118 minutes, 39 seconds
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Resource Guarding in Puppies: When Your Puppy Biting Seems Aggressive #82

Visit us at shapedbydog.com     Imagine if your cute, cuddly puppy suddenly turned aggressive on you. You might think your puppy is trying to dominate you or acting out to spite you, but that is not the case. We’re looking at what is going on with aggression in puppies and what to do about resource guarding. As scary and unimaginable as it may seem, a puppy showing aggression over resources is normal, and there are things that you can do right now to help.   In the episode you'll hear:   • How resource guarding is a survival mechanism for puppies and dogs. • What to notice about the early signs of resource guarding. • How humans can make resource guarding worse. • When and why to see a Veterinary Behaviorist. • What to do when a dog guards against you or another person. • Why to consider your dog’s emotional response and feelings of fear. • How we can have feelings that lead us to want to guard our resources too! • Why to look at things from your puppy’s point of view. • How to create a great Conditioned Emotional Response (CER) for your pup or dog. • The reason punishment only suppresses behavior and does not change behavior. • Why not to take your pup’s bowl away or put your hands in the food. • How to keep everyone safe and create a relationship of trust with your dog. • The common ways your puppy will show you they are not comfortable. • All the steps to prevent and fix puppy aggression.   Resources: • Podcast Episode 66: Resource Guarding: Dog vs Dog Aggression - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/66/ • Podcast Episode 4: T.E.M.P. (Tail, Eyes/Ears, Mouth, Posture) - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/4/ • *Book: Mine! A Practical Guide to Resource Guarding in Dogs by Jean Donaldson - https://geni.us/mine-jean-donaldson • Learn How to Play ItsYerChoice (IYC) - https://recallers.com/iycsummit-join/ • Crate Games Online - https://get.crategames.com/ • To join Home School the Dog at a special discount, write to us at [email protected] with the subject line: I watched resource guarding • Podcast Episode 6: The Art of Manipulation - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/6/ • Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/XDdf1w_9Ha0 Ex-Pen Information: • Ex-Pen: Rover Modular Pet Enclosures - http://dogsthat.com/roverpanels • *Ex-Pen: Plastic 8-Panel - https://geni.us/ex-pen-white • *Ex-Pen: Folding Metal - https://geni.us/ex-pen-metal   *Amazon Links Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Susan only recommends products she uses herself, and all opinions expressed here are her own. The link above is an affiliate link that, at no additional cost to you, we may earn a small commission if you decide to buy from it. Thank you!
5/5/202131 minutes, 19 seconds
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Sudden Aggression and Your Dog’s Thyroid #81

Visit us at shapedbydog.com     Have you experienced sudden onset aggression, fear or behavior change with your dog? Imagine if I could give you a pill to solve any behavior challenge. Now, in some cases, there might actually a pill that can help. We’re looking at what you need to know about your dog’s thyroid.   In the episode you'll hear:   • About my dog Stoni and her sudden lunging at another dog. • What I learned from Dr. Jean Dodds about sudden onset fear and aggression. • About the importance of getting a complete thyroid panel for your dog. • What I noticed with Decaff and her fear of thunder. • About Buzz’s vestibular disorder episode and his thyroid panel. • How hormones impact behavior. • Why behavior is not always a choice for us or our dogs. • How behaviour change could become triggered by events. • The importance of noticing sudden changes in your dog.   Resources:   • Dr. Jean Dodds’s Website (Hemopet) - https://hemopet.org/ • Thyroid Articles by Dr. Jean Dodds - https://drjeandoddspethealthresource.tumblr.com/dodds-thyroid#.YIrqELVKiUl • TUFTS Reference: Behavioral Changes Associated With Thyroid Dysfunction In Dogs by W. Jean Dodds DVM (W. Jean Dodds, DVM and Linda P. Aronson, DVM) - http://siriusdog.com/behavior-thyroid-dysfunction-dodds/ • Video Blog: Understanding Your Dog’s Triggers - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2019/01/understanding-your-dogs-triggers/ • Podcast Episode 29: Understanding and Preventing Reactivity and Aggression in Your Dog - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/29/ • Podcast Episode 79: Reduce Anxiety and Grow Your Dog’s Confidence with These Pro Dog Training Tips - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/79/ • Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/UgvHBgGdw8s
4/30/202112 minutes, 41 seconds
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Does Your Dog Love You? Let’s Talk Relationships #80

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    Many dog owners wonder, “does my dog love me?”. We’d all like to think our dogs love us, but how can we tell? It could all come down to the relationship you have with your dog and how that impacts the way you train your dog and communicate. There are three different sorts of relationships, and our interactions might have elements of each. It’s not dissimilar to the relationship a child has with a parent or relationships in the workplace. We can demand, dominate, and control, or bribe, cajole and cater, or give choices and reinforcement that grow trust and autonomy.   In the episode you'll hear:   • What happens with blame when rules are broken and why to check our ego. • Why control creates resistance, opposition, rebellion and can result in sneaky behavior. • About what really happens if you just want your dog to be a dog. • What a transactional relationship based on bribing and luring does to our dogs. • The ways your relationship with your dog can be exhausting for you. • How each type of relationship can impact something like training a retrieve. • Why we aim for autonomy in relationships with our dogs and what it means. • About choice based training and how that creates a dopamine release. • How our dog training decisions can create trust. • Why I ask my dogs questions and what the answers tell me. • How our relationships can help us all flourish, including our dogs.   Resources:   • Podcast Episode 34: Time Outs for Dogs: Does Your Dog Need One? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/34/ • Podcast Episode 44: Using Coincidences and Positive Associations in Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/44/ • Podcast Episode 78: How to Train a Rescue Dog with Behavior Problems - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/78/ • Podcast Episode 21: The 5 Critical Dog Training Layers for Confidence with Anything - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/21/ • Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/w-XGE_UYACw   Study References:   • Survey of the use and outcome of confrontational and non-confrontational training methods in client-owned dogs showing undesired behaviors - https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0168159108003717 • Does training method matter? Evidence for the negative impact of aversive-based methods on companion dog welfare - https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0225023 • Bad dog? Think twice before yelling, experts say - https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/11/bad-dog-think-twice-yelling-experts-say • Dogs’ Sociability, Owners’ Neuroticism and Attachment Style to Pets as Predictors of Dog Aggression - https://www.mdpi.com/2076-2615/10/2/315/htm
4/28/202115 minutes, 35 seconds
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Reduce Anxiety and Grow Your Dog's Confidence with These Pro Dog Training Tips #79

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    The best thing we can do for our dogs is to protect and grow confidence. But what does that really mean? What is a dog who is worried, or fearful, or growling, or showing aggression telling us? Why do our dogs change depending on where they are and what is around them? When we have a baseline and know what our dog is saying to us, we can start confidence building exercises to help our dog in all situations.   In the episode you'll hear:   • What my friend Greg Louganis taught me about confidence in different situations. • How your dog’s body language can tell you a lot about how they are feeling. • Why to observe your dog’s baseline confidence in your home with no distractions. • Confidence factors including breed, genetics, and socialization. • The dangers of putting a label on your dog or puppy and confirmation bias. • How every dog has the potential to express a lack of confidence by growling. • The two ways to desensitize dogs to help grow confidence. • What I’m doing to grow confidence for my puppy, This! around water. • Why flooding a dog who is fearful seldom works. • How distance will help grow your dog’s confidence. • About using cues to mean “something amazing is going to happen”. • Why motion stimulates arousal and can help your dog be more confident. • The reason we want to prevent our dog from going over threshold. • How to keep a journal to help your dog. • How to grow your dog’s confidence in stages easily.   Resources:   • Podcast Episode 4: T.E.M.P. (Tail, Eyes/Ears, Mouth, Posture) - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/4/ • Podcast Episode 8: Get Your Dog in the Belief Loop of Awesome - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/8/ • Podcast Episode 29: Understanding and Preventing Reactivity and Aggression in Your Dog - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/29/ • Podcast Episode 38: 3 Keys to a Confident Dog - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/38/ • Video Blog: Vlog: Understanding Your Dog’s Triggers - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2019/01/understanding-your-dogs-triggers/ • Podcast Episode 71: Pro Dog Trainer’s Secret to Help Your Naughty Dog - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/71/ • Podcast Episode 66: Resource Guarding: Dog vs Dog Aggression - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/66/ • Podcast Episode 70: Critical Info for Your Puppy’s First Day and Night at Home - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/70/ • Podcast Episode 78: How to Train a Rescue Dog with Behavior Problems - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/78/ • Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube: https://youtu.be/NzqJgT4dYB0
4/23/202118 minutes, 5 seconds
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How to Train a Rescue Dog with Behavior Problems #78

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    When you bring a rescue dog into your family, you want your dog to settle in and be home for life. There are five key things you can do to set your new rescue dog up for success. These tips apply to all dogs! Often rescue dogs might have behavior issues, but you can help with good training and by creating clarity and structure for the new member of your family.   In the episode you'll hear:   • The biggest mistake you can make with a rescue dog. • Why we want to change patterns of behavior rescue dogs might have. • About the honeymoon period when a new dog enters your family and settles in. • What our rescue dog Tater Salad was like when he came home. • The 5 keys to having success when you rescue a dog. • Why to give your rescue dog a new name for a new life. • How to prepare for your dog arriving home and what you need. • About having a daily schedule for your rescue dog. • Why not to take anything at face value until you get to know your dog. • How to keep a journal for your rescue dog. • Why to get real and get honest and to believe your dog. • About creating daily clarity for an amazing life for a rescue dogs. • Why playing ItsYerChoice (IYC) will lift a weight from your dog. • About the importance of focusing on the awesome! ItsYerChoice Summit: Join in with Susan’s free online dog training workshop: Click here for the ItsYerChoce Summit   Resources:   • Podcast Episode 6: The Art of Manipulation - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/6/ • Podcast Episode 27: Do Dogs Need Rules? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/27/ • Video Blog: Help! My Dog Hates His Nails Cut … What Do I Do? - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2020/01/my-dog-hates-his-nails-cut/ • Podcast Episode 70: Critical Info for Your Puppy’s First Day and Night at Home - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/70/ • Podcast Episode 13: Naming Your Puppy or Dog - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/13/ • Podcast Episode 30: Why Dog Crates Are Not Dog Cages - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/30/ • Podcast Episode 40: Using a Head Halter on a Dog, Why My Approach is so Different - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/40/ • Podcast Episode 58: How to Create Kid Friendly Dogs and Dog Friendly Kids - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/58/ • Podcast Episode 24: Help for the Dog who Chases Chipmunks, Bicycles, and the Neighbor’s Cat - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/24/ • Podcast Episode 32: 20 Easy Ways to Exercise Your Dog at Home - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/32/ • Podcast Episode 71: Pro Dog Trainer’s Secret to Help Your Naughty Dog - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/71/ • ItsYerChoice Summit - https://recallers.com/iycsummit-join/ • Ex-Pen: Rover Modular Pet Enclosures - http://dogsthat.com/roverpanels • *Ex-Pen: Plastic 8-Panel - https://geni.us/ex-pen-white • *Ex-Pen: Folding Metal - https://geni.us/ex-pen-metal • Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/-WTjF2ll7Xc   *Amazon Links Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Susan only recommends products she uses herself, and all opinions expressed here are her own. The link above is an affiliate link that, at no additional cost to you, we may earn a small commission if you decide to buy from it. Thank you!
4/21/202122 minutes, 20 seconds
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Conversations with Uncontrollable and Untrainable Dogs #77

Visit us at shapedbydog.com   Does your dog sometimes seem to be out of control? Do you sometimes think your dog is untrainable? Does your dog not appear to listen to you? I believe that dog training is like having a conversation with a friend. The challenges with that conversation happen if we don’t like the answer our friend is giving us, and we end up trying to change the question.   In the episode you'll hear:   • The conversations we have with our dogs. • Why we might keep saying to our dog, “sit, sit, Sit, SIT!” and its origins. • About the four questions to ask when training your dog. • How our dogs show us the only things we can control are our choices. • Why we miss our dog’s responses to our questions. • The two reasons our dogs are not doing what we ask. • What brings out our dog’s confidence. • Why the use of reinforcement is something I have been studying for over 25 years. • What my EGTT acronym stands for and how we could use PLAY instead. • About establishing, growing, transferring and testing value in dog training. • Why jumping straight from knowing the value to testing the value does not work. • The conversations I’m having with my puppy, This!, about tugging near other dogs.   Resources:   • Blog Post: Distraction Work in Dog Training: A Conversation Between Friends - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2012/02/distraction-work-in-dog-training-a-conversation-between-friends/ • Podcast Episode 2: Reinforcement - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/2/ • Tasty Treats Recipes eBook - https://dogsthat.com/tastytreats/ • Podcast Episode 59: Why Your Treats Aren’t Working for Your Dog - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/59/ • Blog Post: A GAME to Preserve Your Dog’s Recall Cue - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2019/06/game-to-preserve-your-dogs-recall-cue/ • YouTube Video: Susan Garrett’s Perch Work Dog Tricks (Pivots and Spins) - https://youtu.be/O6sj6fTJnFc • Podcast Episode 73: Why Your Dog Is Still Pulling on Leash and How To Fix It - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/73/ • Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6eqPpm7JX8
4/14/202116 minutes, 56 seconds
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Leash Walking: Distracted, or Reactive Dog? These Games Will Help! #76

Visit us at shapedbydog.com    I’m sharing games to help improve your dog’s loose leash walking that will help turn your dog’s focus to you when there are distractions ahead. It starts easily at home with Perch Work, and you can transition to walking in the real world using the simple tips. Remember to celebrate your progress with your dog!   In the episode you'll hear:   • How to grow the foundations of Perch Work for walks with your dog. • Games to improve your loose leash walking. • The importance of Reinforcement Zone (RZ) for your dog. • How to use pivots for walking on leash when there are distractions ahead. • Why to be aware of steak throwers in the city. • How to do turns toward your dog and turns away from your dog. • The easy way to have your dog change direction on walks. • How to transition from the perch to walking with your dog. • About transferring value to loose leash walking. • How you walking backwards builds value for your dog to stay with you. • Why I teach my puppies and dogs to tug on a leash. • The reason to play ItsYerChoice (IYC) with your lead. • Why not to be in a hurry and why to take on our one week walking challenge.   Resources:   • Podcast Episode 74: Yes, Susan Garrett’s Dogs Sniff On Walks - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/74/ • YouTube Video: Susan Garrett’s Perch Work Dog Tricks (Pivots and Spins) - https://youtu.be/O6sj6fTJnFc • Podcast Episode 73: Why Your Dog Is Still Pulling on Leash and How To Fix It - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/73/ • Podcast Episode 53: Stop Your Dog Pulling on Leash and Start Walking Together - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/53/ • 4MyMerles Leashes - https://www.4mymerles.com/product-category/eashes/standard-leashes/ • Blog Post: Improve Your Dog Training By Playing Like A Dog (Tugging) - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2012/04/improve-your-dog-training-by-playing-like-a-dog/ • Game: Learn How to Play ItsYerChoice (IYC) - https://recallers.com/iycsummit-join/ • Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube -https://youtu.be/dE3tZbzNgPo
4/7/202118 minutes, 9 seconds
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Stop Motion Sickness: Helping Your Puppy or Dog Love the Car #75

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