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In Sexier Than a Squirrel, the Official AbsoluteDogs Podcast, veterinary behaviourist Tom Mitchell and international agility competitor and professional dog trainer Lauren Langman talk training your dog, transforming your dog training struggles and getting real-life results through GAMES!
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This week we discuss: How we can support our senior dogs?As our dogs age, their bodies change, as do their minds. In this episode, we want to empower dog owners around the world to take charge of their senior dog’s care and to take action in reducing (and sometimes even reversing) the symptoms of ageing. We have experienced ageing dogs in our own homes, and we are all too aware of the changes that can occur. Our once spry, joyful, and alert dogs can become a little stiffer, sleep more, wake more at odd hours, or even appear to be less joyful in their interactions with us. Our own senior dogs inspired us to grow our knowledge. What can you do to support your senior dog? We dive deeper into cognitive changes, as well as physical changes, and include some great learning, as well as some implementable strategies so that you too can help support your dog as they enter their senior years. Not only are there a lot of things you can do day to day that will help your dog; there are also some great ways to support your senior dog nutritionally. Empower yourself and other senior dog owners by listening in and sharing this immense episode with any owners you know may benefit.A review is a valuable point of feedback for us. If you could take a moment to review the podcast, that would be so, so appreciated. We want to bring you valuable, insightful content that helps dogs all over the world (yours included).Play a game with your dog today and have fun. Have an amazing day,  Tom & Lauren
Pandemic Puppies

Pandemic Puppies

2021-04-0522:02

This week we discuss: Pandemic PuppiesAs a result of the changes in the world in the past year, there are many shy dogs and pandemic puppies that have had limited exposure. Is limited exposure the end of the world, is that a bad thing, or is it potentially not such a bad thing?We know that empowering your dog through games can help prepare them for life. One bad event outweighs even 100 positive events. The key to having a puppy that is cool, calm, and collected in the world is quality over quantity. Interaction vs. Being in the Presence of is a HUGE thing to consider when exploring socialisation with your Pandemic Puppy. In addition, growing concepts prepares your dog far more than a checklist. There are so many top tips in this episode and if you have a pandemic puppy or know someone that does, this is the episode for you (and share away!). A review is a valuable point of feedback for us. If you could take a moment to review the podcast, that would be so, so appreciated. We want to bring you valuable, insightful content that helps dogs all over the world (yours included).Play a game with your dog today and have fun. Have an amazing day,  Tom & Lauren
This week we discuss: Adding a New Family MemberAre you looking to bring a new canine family member into your home? Would you like to know what to consider when adding a new family member to your home, especially if you are adding a dog to your family and creating a multi dog household? We dive deep and focus on the questions provided to us by our very own clients. Does the age and gender of your new companion matter? What impact does that have on existing dog family members? How can you encourage harmony when bringing your newest family member home. If you’ve been curious, and considering whether you’re ready, this is the episode for you. A review is a valuable point of feedback for us. If you could take a moment to review the podcast, that would be so, so appreciated. We want to bring you valuable, insightful content that helps dogs all over the world (yours included).Play a game with your dog today and have fun. Have an amazing day,  Tom & Lauren
This week we discuss: Creating Food Drive in your Dog! Let’s talk about creating a food driven dog! We get hundreds, thousands, of emails asking how to take a dog that lacks motivation for food and grow them into a truly food driven dog. We’ve got super solutions for you and this episode is jam packed! It’s all about creating an experience for you and your dog. As with anything, focus on progress, not perfection. This can be a gradual progression and that’s okay! Measure your progress by focusing on you and your dog as a team. Everyone will have their own journey. It’s easy to want to compare, and yet your journey with your dog is an adventure that will be unique to you. We provide answers to all the great questions our students most often ask when wanting to encourage more food drive in their dog. Hop on and listen now for the insights that will help you begin creating food drive today. A review is a valuable point of feedback for us. If you could take a moment to review the podcast, that would be so, so appreciated. We want to bring you valuable, insightful content that helps dogs all over the world (yours included).Play a game with your dog today and have fun. Talk to you again soon, Tom & Lauren
This week we discuss:  Stop Your Dog from Jumping Up! When dogs jump up with all the exuberance in the world, it is most definitely a pain point. If this is your struggle, we wanted to dedicate an entire episode of the podcast to this! This struggle can have an impact on whether you even have visitors come to your home, or if you have children or grandchildren, this can really be an unhappy experience. Even other pets can be affected by a younger pet’s crazy jumping behaviour and energy. We talk on all of the super strategies that can help to eliminate the behaviour. We focus on solutions, not problems! What are some things you can do to stop your dog from jumping right now? Find out by having a listen and then apply what you learn.Check out this YouTube Video to see a Tigger’s (super jumpy dog!) jumping improve in 5 minutes!And subscribe to our YouTube channel!Another super video from our AbsoluteDogsTV channel would be our dive into Calm!Check out the Calm Video And some homework? Grab a copy of our Boundary Games digital download and get started on achieving amazing levels of calm in your dog. A review is a valuable point of feedback for us. If you could take a moment to review the podcast, that would be so, so appreciated. We want to bring you valuable, insightful content that helps dogs all over the world (yours included).Play a game with your dog today and have fun. Talk to you again soon,Tom & Lauren
This week we discuss:  Your Best Training Session Ever!Your training sessions do not have to be difficult… In fact, dog training in general does not have to be difficult. Let’s get rid of those barriers or anything that gets in the way and focus on having your best training session ever. In this episode, we talk on how to make your training sessions, even with a busy life, and even when time seems to be always evasive. Some great tips include exploring how to make your training sessions more efficient and intentional without taking the fun away from the games. You can target specific concepts that your dog needs with a fun time, not a long time.Getting away from the typical “training session” and having spontaneous training when you’re in the middle of doing something else! There are always training opportunities you can take advantage of that will help to grow your dog’s training success without requiring you to completely change the schedule of your day. Want more tips? Listen in! This episode is full of some great information that will help you find opportunities for a training session that will give you easy wins and the incredible chance to be present with your dog without turning your day upside down.  Share http://www.absoluteDogs.me/start with your friends and family, and colleagues, so that they can grow their knowledge and boost their relationship with their dog. A review is a valuable point of feedback for us. If you could take a moment to review the podcast, that would be so, so appreciated. We want to bring you valuable, insightful content that helps dogs all over the world (yours included).Play a game with your dog today and have fun. Talk to you again soon,Tom & Lauren
This week we discuss:  The Power of Scent with Ann McGloonThis week we introduce you to Ann McGloon, one of our amazing Pro Dog Trainers, and experienced Search and Rescue handler.Meet Ann, and get to hear her passion and energy shine through as she dives into the benefits of scent for every dog, as well as vivid, incredible stories of wins and wow moments with her own brilliant Sussex Spaniels and Working Cocker Spaniel. Have you ever wanted to get involved in scent work with your dog? If you have, or even if you haven’t, get prepared to feel the desire to leap in and join in on this incredible relationship boosting sport that has so many facets. From simple confidence boosting games to more complex ventures such as man-trailing, air-scenting (wilderness), cadaver, detection, and more – listen in on a magical episode that will inspire you. Is scent work in your future?  A review is a valuable point of feedback for us. If you could take a moment to review the podcast, that would be so, so appreciated. We want to bring you valuable, insightful content that helps dogs all over the world (yours included).Play a game with your dog today and have fun. Talk to you again soon,Tom & Lauren
This week we discuss: Surrendering to your Inner Awesome!In this podcast episode, we spend time learning about Justin Prust, a personal and executive coach, and entrepreneur. Do you want to find out how you can get out of the way of your own success? Listen to the voice inside of you and surrender to that inner awesome you’ve been suppressing for way too long. There is a core voice within you that is guiding you to success. Too often that voice is drowned out by the voices of those around us. OWN your inner compass, that unique and amazing part of you that makes you, YOU! Justin inspires and motivates others to become their own superhero. Even if you’re doing something that wasn’t exactly your dream, and your passion lies elsewhere, your answers await you within this episode. Justin’s perspective and outlook on being the best version of you is inspirational. You do not want to miss this! Get inspired to take action. You are not alone, and you can do it! A review is a valuable point of feedback for us. If you could take a moment to review the podcast, that would be so, so appreciated. We want to bring you valuable, insightful content that helps dogs and dog owners all over the world.Find your inner awesome today!Talk to you again soon, Tom & Lauren
This week we discuss: Health, Superfoods and Behaviour!We can have a very important impact on our dog’s health. This is one topic that cannot be underestimated! Many dog owners want to know how they can improve their dog’s quality of life, and how they can measure their dog’s quality of life. In this episode we dive into and explore how we can support our dog’s health and behaviour. We can combine how we transform their behaviour (the outside-in) with transforming their health (inside-out). Find out all of the ways that health can impact behaviour and how you can be proactive as a dog owner and take on a whole picture approach to your dog’s behavioural and physical wellness. This includes adding Superfoods to your dog’s diet. What is your dog’s bespoke Superfood or Supplement that will support them best? Take a super cool quiz here: http://www.a-ok9.com/quiz/  A review is a valuable point of feedback for us. If you could take a moment to review the podcast, that would be so, so appreciated. We want to bring you valuable, insightful content that helps dogs all over the world (yours included).You are the best owner for your dog. Talk to you again soon, Tom & Lauren
This week we discuss: Valentine’s Gifts for our Dogs!In today’s podcast we dive into what we can do for our dogs to show them even more love in our everyday life. What are some gifts sprinkled in love that we can give our dogs to support them? We show love to our dogs all the time. Today’s tips focus on providing our dogs with that extra bit that will help them be the best version of themselves. Valentine’s Day celebrates love and we want to celebrate you being your dog’s best owner. Keep being amazing! You and your dog rock. Health and Wellness Support, Check out: http://www.a-ok9.comReferenced in this episode is our AbsoluteDogsTV YouTube video: https://youtu.be/KaojPmzris0A review is a valuable point of feedback for us. If you could take a moment to review the podcast, that would be so, so appreciated. We want to bring you valuable, insightful content that helps dogs all over the world (yours included).Play a game with your dog today and have fun. Happy Valentine’s,  Tom & Lauren
This week we discuss: The Power of Games for Rescue Dogs (featuring Caroline Johnson)Caroline Johnson, the General Manager, of Oak Tree Animals Charity, talks on how special the animal and human relationship truly can be. Caroline talks on how they enrich the lives of the animals they work with and how they provide diversity and games into each day. Games have allowed them to enhance every day for the dogs, as well as to cater the experience to help the dog individually, depending on what they need most to prepare for finding their new home. Caroline talks on the many amazing solutions they seek when a dog comes to be rehomed, including offering training opportunities, fostering programs, and more. This is truly one jampacked episode and one that is a must listen! Do you have a rescue dog? Rescue dogs are able to reach their full potential. No matter their history, no matter their behaviour struggles, games can be a powerful tool.Empower your dog with games!Tom & Lauren
This week we discuss: Top tips on crate and boundary training! This is an epic episode!One of the foundation layers of many of our training programmes focuses on teaching our dogs to settle and relax on anything. We utilise a variety of surfaces to generalise the game.In today’s episode of Sexier than a Squirrel, we provide some top tips tennis on the nuances of achieving advanced boundary games training. We also cover what you can do today to start creating a feel good response both with the crate and any other settle station (even when you shut the door!How do you fade food when working on your Boundary Games? How can we encourage our dog to feel better when the crate door closes? What do we do to create strong value in both crates, ex-pens, and beds?If you want insight into answers to the questions above, this is one episode you will not want to miss! A review is a valuable point of feedback for us. If you could take a moment to review the podcast, that would be so, so appreciated. We want to bring you valuable, insightful content that helps dogs all over the world (yours included).Play a game with your dog today and have fun. Talk soon,  Tom & Lauren
This week we discuss: Barking, Lunging, and Distracted Dogs and the path to transformation that you have within your reach, right now.  We want everyone to know that struggles with a dog with reactivity or frustrating (sometimes even embarrassing) behaviour that they are not alone. There is hope. You may have gone to other trainers that have said there is nothing they can do.You know that your dog has great potential. Perhaps friends and family, loved ones, even strangers, have disempowered you and created this picture that your dog will never overcome their struggles. We know because of our experiences with our own dogs, as well as the thousands of dogs we’ve worked with, that transformation is achievable. We can empower you and your Naughty but Nice dog today. Let go of your uncertainty, of the fear that your dog may never change, that the situation is a dark and helpless place. You can overcome your dog training struggles and we are here to help you ever step of the way. Check out our new book Real Life Results Dog Training TransformationCommit to taking daily action and transforming your reactive dog today!Jump in! Share! Tell other people. Everybody needs to know that there is hope and that they can overcome their dog training struggles and get started for £7/$10.http://www.absolutedogs.me/NBNchallengeEmpower yourself, empower your dog, and take advantage of learning that is tried and true and has helped thousands of dogs around the world, dogs just like yours. We’re here to help, Tom & Lauren
This week we discuss:  Being a leader of your dogTo really unlock real-life transformations, to unlock next-level relationship, look after both ends of this lead! This means YOU, just as much as you look after your dog. This will allow you to get the momentum that you need to really transform their behaviour for the better. Your optimism, as your dog’s owner, is so, so key! Just as powerful as it can be to grow concepts in our dog’s world, it’s so important to grow concepts in our own lives. In this episode, we are playing some super tips tennis on just how we can be the best leader for our dog through growing our own optimism and making sure that we are taking care of ourselves and our own mindset. What are your strengths? If you want something build it, grow it! Check out our new book Real Life Results Dog Training Transformation Are you asking yourself the right questions? Find out what they are in this episode!Guard your optimism AND be an amazing leader for your dog,Tom & Lauren
This week we discuss: Focusing on Moving into 2021 with Momentum and the Drive toward your Dreams! 2021 is a year of real-life results! Can you believe that 2021 is here?! We can’t and yet here we are, ready to get started, ready to have targets, intentions, goals, or vision, whatever it is that helps us be in the present moment so that we are aware of the steps that will allow us to thrive in 2021!We cover top tips for 2021 in this episode that will give you a super top up!You get a fun task to do that will energise you! How will you feel?! What excites you? Create vibrant goals that feel you with passion! Making a training plan and how that ties into your task!What can you do every day that is achievable and will grow progress?Obstacles that prevent progress… how can you overcome action inertia?2021 can be your year! It isn’t the big, grand gestures that create the real-life results, it’s the day by day, the small adjustments and changes that move you toward making that dog owning dream a reality! Will 2021 be a year of problems or a year of solutions? This is something you are in control of and we can’t wait to celebrate your successes in your journey! Happy, happy 2021!
Police Dog Insights

Police Dog Insights

2020-12-2828:40

This week we discuss: Police Dog Insights and a Dive into What We Can Learn from Everything They Do!The West Midlands Dog Unit joins us today in an EPIC episode! You are going to LOVE listening is as this episode is jampacked with super insights into the police dog programme process, the passion and intensity that is day to day for these incredible human beings and their canine partners, AND we talk about the parallels of police dog training and pet dog training! This is our third episode with the police, and we are beyond excited to have them join us again offering a different perspective, as well as providing us with just how the process works for police dogs. Do you go into your dog training with intention?Learn how bringing up a pet dog and bringing up a police dog have similarities and how you can apply that knowledge to overcome your dog training struggles!
Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

2020-12-2423:48

This week we discuss: Christmas Day and Celebration! What are you celebrating today? What can you look forward?Finding easy wins, and small things to celebrate on a daily basis, is so key. Christmas is a great opportunity to talk about wins! There are so many wonderful things we can celebrate together! How did you start this year with your dog? Reflect very briefly on 2020. Sometimes we can be hard on ourselves about progress. We often get lost in comparing our progress with others. Instead, let’s take a moment to celebrate what we can get excited about! What can you do every single day? 365 days of the year!? Let’s focus on the 1% improvement that will change everything! Growth is measurable! Growth is exciting! Let’s do this together! Empower yourself! Email in and tell us what your big wins for 2020 were! We want to hear them! Email us at ask@absolute-dogs.com
This week we discuss: What should you do when you bring a new dog into your home, whether you’ve got a new puppy arriving, or an older dog!Woohoo! Get excited, we are bringing some top tips tennis on bringing a new dog into your home! We discuss:Setting up the environment and the dog for success before they even come home! Knowing what your expectations are proactively!Taking the energy of each room into consideration (and what that means!)If you have a home with multi-dogs it is quite possible that each of your dog’s may have different rules and guidelines they may have to follow.How do you establish these guidelines to make sure that they are easier for your dog to follow?How to prevent problem behaviours before they even happen! How to encourage calmness and different strategies to help your dog’s rehearse calm rather than chaos.And so much more! Are you getting a new puppy or dog? Dive into this episode!And as a friendly reminder, we have a super cool resource just for you and in case you haven’t downloaded it, do it today! Grab it now at https://absolutedogs.me/start/ Mentioned in the episode, grab our eBooks on Ditching the Bowl and Ditching the Routine at https://absolutedogs.me/ditch/And grab an amazing probiotic in preparation for your new dog’s arrival by going to https://a-ok9.com/ and check out Calm-K9, a veterinarian recommended probiotic that is appropriate for dogs of all ages, including puppies at 8 weeks old! Get started the way you mean to continue and now you’ll have the tools to do just that!
Vet Visit Success

Vet Visit Success

2020-12-1422:44

This week we discuss: Preparing for the situation instead of in the situation whilst preparing our dogs for upcoming vet visits! Our dog’s may spend one visit or more throughout the year with their vet. We all know that it can go quite well or it can go quite poorly… How can we prepare our dogs so that each visitWe cover some really cool concepts and strategies, including:Dissect how we can get lovely vet visits every single time!How to avoid the chaos of the waiting room and have a success strategyVideo, take pictures, or note take to prepare for your vet visit to minimize the stress on your dog! What are some things to consider prior to your vet visit to help your vet as much as possible?Our dogs are learning all the time! What do we want them to learn for going to the vet?The Power of the Vet Table!Accommodations for larger dogs to help support them in their vet visit… And more! Find out what you can do to make your dog’s vet visits as stress-free as possible. Super insightful tips that will change your perspective and approach on vet visits. 
This week we discuss: Super strategies to survive and THRIVE through the Christmas holidays with our dogs amidst the holiday fun!In this epic episode, we give ourselves permission to get really excited about the holidays ahead! Regardless of whether you are separated from your dog, or your dog is with you and you think they might be naughty in the Christmas chaos – we are here to prepare you and your dog by training beforehand and setting them up for success. We cover some really cool concepts and strategies, including:Presence does not mean access – how can we implement this in a way that gets our dogs ready for the holiday fun (and being away from us!)Topping up games already in the bank to make sure our dogs are ready! The power of Boundary Games is immense! Tips on how to prepare for Christmas well beforehand. Decide your do’s and don’ts and stick to them (even if your family encourages otherwise!)Make sure you’re not put into a position of making choices IN the moment – it doesn’t always go well … Some really cool things you can do now that will have a long-term impact beyond the festive excitement.Curious about the amazing magical transformational power of Boundary Games? Check them out here: >> Find out more about Boundary Games << 
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Comments (7)

Hilde Doyle

Great information but it's hard to listen to the hosts speak over each other.

Aug 12th
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Becky Germain

This was so good Tom and Lauren. I have a 4 month old puppy that I've been busy trying to introduce to everything which is kind of difficult with our current world situation. So now I can refocus and just think about having new quality experiences when appropriate.

Apr 8th
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Lindsay Shirley

yeah when I lost weight I felt good about my self I have condfince in my self quit hiding between .a 🌲 are u santa clausa sorry look in the mirror. my asshole hole looks better thanur face.

Feb 25th
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Will Gortoa

Was Lauren inside a kennel in this episode? 🤔

Feb 23rd
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Ava S Bajpai

when is the next episode?!! I just listened and have Downloaded the booklet I'm keen to get going!! I'm going to watch your channel this week for help with recall and play biting (Lexie - 6 month collie alsation cross!!!) love the energy Kent to try out your way of Training :) Ava & Lexie

Feb 17th
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