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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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Visit us at shapedbydog.com     If you have a dog, there will come a time when your dog will say to you “Don’t Wanna, Don’t Hafta”. That is the moment when you ask your dog to do something, and he ignores you. The question is, what do you do when this happens? I’m sharing what I do when my dog says “no” and the questions we need to ask ourselves. In the resources below, I’m referencing a number of previous podcast episodes that I strongly encourage you to check out with the context of what I say here in mind.   In the episode you'll hear:   • Why it’s important to value compassion more than ambition. • Your right to have expectations about how your dog behaves. • About your dog’s competing values. • Why considering your dog’s stage of learning is vital. • The importance of asking yourself if your dog is saying no due to fear. • What I noticed with my puppy This! in class recently with a golf cart. • My 5 keys for working through “Don’t Wanna, Don’t Hafta”. • How to rehearse your dog doing what you ask, when you ask, with fun games. • What it means to be the keeper of the joy. • About hard-wired behaviours and “Don’t Wanna, Don’t Hafta”.   Resources: • Podcast Episode 27: Do Dogs Need Rules? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/27/ • Podcast Episode 46: Is Your Dog Trying to Dominate You and What You Can Do About It - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/46/ • Podcast Episode 44: Using Coincidences and Positive Associations in Dog Training -https://dogsthat.com/podcast/44/ • Podcast Episode 42: Behavior Chains: Are You Teaching Your Dog to be Bad to be Good? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/42/ • Game: Learn How to Play ItsYerChoice (IYC) - https://recallers.com/iycsummit-join/ • Podcast Episode 24: Help for the Dog who Chases Chipmunks, Bicycles, and the Neighbor’s Cat - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/24/ • Blog Post: How to Use the Distraction Intensity Index to Help Your Dog - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2020/09/distraction-intensity-index/
Visit us at shapedbydog.com    The topic of this episode comes from a listener suggestion, and it is about “alpha” and “beta” dogs. It’s a bit of a spicy subject, and the words “alpha” and “beta” go back to disproven “dominance theory”. Even if you are not sure what “dominance theory” is, you might have heard the term “pack leader”. It was common around 30 or so years ago for pet dog training classes to be based on “dominancy theory”, but not so much these days. Each of us has a filter we see the world through, and that filter is going to have an impact on our dog training choices and beliefs.   In the episode you'll hear:   • What influenced the filters through which I see the world. • How my filter has an impact on my dog training. • What I ask if something goes wrong with my dogs. • The commonalities and digressions I’ve noticed in training beliefs. • What I googled about dominance theory. • My quick diversion on humping. • How what we see in our dogs can be interrupted in different ways. • The ways our filters relate to our dog training decisions and how changing our filters is possible for everyone. • That behavior is behavior, for humans and for dogs, and how choice and communication are powerful for any relationship. • How my puppy This! shredded a bed and my reaction. • The three things you can do when faced with a challenge with your dog. • Why it’s time to get curious when you are furious. • What can go into a plan for you to get what you want with your dog. • That none of us is perfect.   Resources:   • Quick video of This! shredding her bed (on Facebook) - https://www.facebook.com/SusanGarrettDogAgility/posts/3749967288358197 • Podcast Episode 43: Can a Dog be Happy and Well Trained? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/43/ • Podcast Episode 6: The Art of Manipulation - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/6/ • Podcast Episode 16: The Thing Before Your Dog’s Thing - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/16/ • Podcast Episode 42: Behavior Chains: Are You Teaching Your Dog to be Bad to be Good? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/42/ • Home School the Dog - https://dogsthat.com/home-school/ • Recallers - https://dogsthat.com/recallers/ • Podcast Episode 44: Using Coincidences and Positive Associations in Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/44/
Visit us at shapedbydog.com    If you own a dog, there is a very good chance that at some point in your dog’s life, your dog could get jumped or possibly attacked by another dog. It’s vital to know that your reaction could actually exacerbate the emotional damage to your dog or puppy. This episode has my top tips for helping your dog and how you can take control of the uncontrollable and your responses. My puppy, This!, was jumped by an older pup, so it’s a topic fresh in my mind.   In the episode you'll hear:   • About being a helicopter parent, the opposite, and what I learned about being a dolphin parent. • Why the ability to recover is so important for our dogs. • The aftermath of our dogs being jumped and what we can do. • About negative conditioned responses and single event learning. • What happened with my puppy This! and what I did to help her. • The importance of changing a dog’s physiological state. • What I learned from a book about preventing PTSD with pattern-matching games. • How “play, don’t’ replay” works. • Why our first responses might not the best responses for our dog. • How to avoid adding emotional fire for your dog to events you cannot control. • Why to practice responding to things you can’t control. • What I do if my dog gets jumped and strategies you can put into action. • How to make the absolute best out of a bad situation. • What to look for in a good organised and structured puppy playgroup.   Resources:   • Book: Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World by Jane McGonigal - https://janemcgonigal.com/my-book/ • Podcast Episode 12: When Helping Your Dog is an Illusion - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/12/ • Podcast Episode 4: T.E.M.P. (Tail, Eyes/Ears, Mouth, Posture) - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/4/ • Susan on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/susangarrettdogsthat/ • DogsThat Gifs - https://giphy.com/dogsthat
Visit us at shapedbydog.com    Up to this point in your dog’s life, your training might not have worked the way you would have liked it to work. You can fix that with a simple set of progressions, and you can start right now. I know this works as it has worked for every dog I’ve ever raised, including rescue dogs, and it has worked for many thousands of my students. It all starts with arranging coincidences and positive associations.   In the episode you'll hear:   • What my goal is when I am raising a dog. • How to look at life from the eyes of your dog and arrange coincidences. • A real-life example of coincidences with a puppy. • How positive associations can come through you. • The dog training progressions that I’ve been using for many years. • How you can start again right now. • Why we want the correct behaviour to be extremely easy for our dogs when we start. • The importance of trust, transfer of value, and our dogs making choices. • How layering of confidence lets you advance your training. • What the mid-level on my training progressions chart looks like and how choice is in play. • What I do to set my dog and myself up for success. • How to create opportunities for choice in training progressions. • About the advanced stages of training with my adult dogs who have the layers of confidence in place. • Why my dogs love challenge and why they choose correctly. • How the connection I have with my dogs, and my students have with their dogs, is possible for everyone.   Resources:   • Blog Post: Teaching Puppies: It’s Just Arranging Coincidences -  https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2015/04/teaching-puppies-its-just-arranging-coincidences/ • Game: Learn How to Play ItsYerChoice (IYC) - https://recallers.com/iycsummit-join/ • Crate Games Online - https://get.crategames.com/ • Home School the Dog - https://dogsthat.com/home-school/ • Recallers - https://dogsthat.com/recallers/ • Handling360 - https://dogsthat.com/handling360/
Visit us at shapedbydog.com    Would you like a well-behaved dog at the expense of having a happy dog? How do we define happy? Would you be willing to make your dog a little sad, confused, anxious, stressed to be well-behaved? With every dog I have ever owned my approach to training has become a little more Zen-like. Trust in me is important for my dogs to be part of my family, and part of the life I lead.   In the episode you'll hear:   • What I was taught in the ‘80s about house training, and what I do now. • Why my dogs are such characters. • The “so what….” question to ask yourself. • More about what I was taught in the ‘80s relating to puppy biting. • About increasing or decreasing trust and happiness for dogs. • Why what we learn first is what we learn best, and how we can change. • How kindness should extend to ourselves. • About the clarity my dogs have for rules and how that gives them freedom. • How our dogs take on our emotions. • The reason to plan your responses to what your dog does. • That clarity is the opposite of anxiety and how certainty helps dogs. • Why the choice is ours on who we are for our dogs. • How our dogs can help us to become more compassionate.   Resources:   • Podcast Episode 4: T.E.M.P. (Tail, Eyes/Ears, Mouth, Posture) - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/4/ • Blog Post: It’s Time to P-o-t-t-y! Inside Scoop on Housetraining - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2018/08/scoop-on-housetraining/ • 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 20: Bridging the Gap Between Blame and Kindness in Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/20/ • Podcast Episode 27: Do Dogs Need Rules? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/27/ • Podcast Episode 6: The Art of Manipulation - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/6/ • Agility Nation - https://dogsthat.com/agility-nation/
Visit us at shapedbydog.com     What if I were to tell you that your dog’s worst behaviour could very likely be there because you have been unintentionally reinforcing it? It might be your dog jumping on guests, barking, getting on the furniture, counter surfing, not wanting to leave the park, lunging, not bringing back a ball. All of these frustrations and many others are things you could be accidentally rewarding your dog for doing. How does this happen? It’s got everything to do with behaviour chains.   In the episode you'll hear:   • How to recognize a behaviour chain and how they work. • About the reinforcement of social attention for dogs. • How your words can be associated with rewards. • About your dog and patterns of reinforcement. • How your dog learns “gotta be bad to be good”. • Why your dog doesn't want to leave the park. • The ways to fix your inadvertent behaviour chains. • How important reinforcement is and why treats are just one form. • The example of a simple behavior being turned into a chain with repeated cues. • How to set up your dog for success. • About rehearsing the correct end of a behavior chain.   Resources:   • Podcast Episode 2: Reinforcement-https://dogsthat.com/podcast/2/ • Podcast Episode 33: How Do I Stop My Dog Counter Surfing?-https://dogsthat.com/podcast/33/ • Podcast Episode 19: One of My Biggest Pet Peeves in Dog Training-https://dogsthat.com/podcast/19/ • Podcast Episode 29: Understanding and Preventing Reactivity and Aggression in Your Dog-https://dogsthat.com/podcast/29/ • Podcast Episode 39: Is a Resistant Dog a Stubborn Dog?-https://dogsthat.com/podcast/39/ • Podcast Episode 40: Using a Head Halter on a Dog, Why My Approach is so Different-https://dogsthat.com/podcast/40/ • Home School the Dog-https://dogsthat.com/home-school/ • Recallers-https://recallers.com/ • DogsThat.Com-https://dogsthat.com/
Visit us at shapedbydog.com    When you get a puppy or dog, what are your expectations of your new family member? Do you have a vision of how your dog will fit into your home? What does it look like, and how do you convey your expectations to your dog? You can deepen the bond with your dog by knowing what your basics, manners and extras are.   In the episode you'll hear:   • All the things you probably don’t want your dog to do. • How expectations set people up for success and why that relates to your dog. • Why you need to know how you want your dog to behave. • The milestones you can set for your life with your dog. • Why there are three areas of focus for your dog to meet your expectations. • The basics of sleeping through the night, not going to the bathroom in the house, not biting and not destroying stuff. • How manners should be an area of focus once the basics are met. • Why teaching your dog a trick and retrieve helps in your life together. • All the extras you can introduce in your life with your dog. • How the more you welcome your dog into your heart the more milestones you can set to deepen your bond. • Why milestones are something you and your dog reach together. • How exercise reduces your dog’s naughty behaviours.   Resources:   • Podcast Episode 26: Pro Dog Training Tips to Get Your Puppy to Sleep All Night - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/26/   If you would like to have fun while showing your dog your expectations on manners, train a trick, teach your dog to fetch, and have ways to exercise your dog at home, you can join me in Home School the Dog through to the end of October.
Visit us at shapedbydog.com     Today I’m sharing with you how I get brilliant behaviours with my dogs. No matter what you are training, the key to success is to build value for what you want your dog to do and avoid your dog rehearsing undesirable behaviours. I’ll walk you through it step by step using walking on a leash as an example, and for me, that starts with using a Head Halter. Now before you turn off, you need to know that how I use a Head Halter is very different to nearly everyone out there. I’m also covering how not to use a Head Halter and clearing up common misconceptions.   In the episode you'll hear:   • Why behaviours get inadvertently chained and how to avoid it. • How to set your dog up for success and keep your dog safe. • Why the use of a Head Halter is controversial. • What walking your dog has to do with driving a car. • About the importance of protective gear. • What you should never do with a Head Halter. • Why I have to earn the right to put a Head Halter on my dog. • How I condition my puppy or dog to a Head Halter. • Why you need to know what you want your dog to do. • The 3 things I train for the times my dog and I come across a distraction when walking. • Everything I do differently when conditioning and using a Head Halter. • How we can be fair to our dogs by rehearsing success. • Why I let my dogs have a choice. • Strategies to use in the face of distractions when you are out with your dog. • What my ultimate goal is when I use a Head Halter.   Resources:   • Blog Post: How Do I Train My Dog NOT to Jump Up?-https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2019/04/train-my-dog-not-to-jump-up/ • Podcast Episode 29: Understanding and Preventing Reactivity and Aggression in Your Dog-https://dogsthat.com/podcast/29/ • Podcast Episode 39: Is a Resistant Dog a Stubborn Dog?-https://dogsthat.com/podcast/39/ • Podcast Episode 4: T.E.M.P. (Tail, Eyes/Ears, Mouth, Posture)-https://dogsthat.com/podcast/4/ • Podcast Episode 24: Help for the Dog who Chases Chipmunks, Bicycles, and the Neighbor’s Cat-https://dogsthat.com/podcast/24/ • Video Blog Post: How do I Stop My Dog from Pulling on the Leash?-https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2020/01/stop-my-dog-pulling-on-leash/ • Video Blog Post: Quick Tip for Dog Walking and Distractions-https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2020/06/dog-walking-and-distractions/
Visit us at shapedbydog.com     What do we do when our dog shows resistance? What happens when your dog appears to be stubborn, and what does that tell you? You might even see resistance in toddlers, teenagers, your spouse, or a co-worker. We're looking at how you can overcome resistance and build a relationship of trust.   In the episode you'll hear:   • Why we want to move from resisting to a willingness to try. • What creates resistance in dogs, the sights, scents, sounds, feelings. • How the unknown and fear relate to resistance. • The importance of conditioning. • The signs your dog is resisting and what that tells you. • About resistance and lizard brain. • What happened with my puppy Shelby in the ’80s that hurt my heart. • Why our dogs might not just get over something and how it creates emotional walls. • The 5 elements that will melt resistance and create confidence. • The most important thing for me when I am conditioning a head halter and how I start. • What’s different from Ruff Love in what I do today in relation to head halters. • What seat belts have to do with dog training. • The importance of building trust rather than breaking trust with your dog.   Resources:   • Podcast Episode 7: You, Your Dog, Maslow and Lizard Brain-https://dogsthat.com/podcast/7/ • Podcast Episode 4: T.E.M.P. (Tail, Eyes/Ears, Mouth, Posture)-https://dogsthat.com/podcast/4/ • Podcast Episode 38: 3 Keys to a Confident Dog-https://dogsthat.com/podcast/38/ • Game: Learn how to play ItsYerChoice (IYC)-https://recallers.com/iycsummit-join/ • Crate Games Online-https://get.crategames.com/ • Book: “Ruff Love” by Susan Garrett-https://dogsthat.com/product/ruff-love/ • Hand Targets in the Video Blog: How to Train Your Dog to Stand on Cue-https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2020/10/train-your-dog-to-stand-on-cue/
Visit us at shapedbydog.com     What is confidence in a dog? Why do we need it? How do we grow it, and why should we even care? Confidence is a topic I’m very passionate about, and there are three things that are big contributors bringing out the best in a puppy or dog.   In the episode you'll hear:   • What my dog Decaff taught me about confidence. • How confidence replaces stress and anxiety. • About my once in a lifetime dogs. • How our beliefs control our thoughts about our dogs and how our thoughts control our actions. • Why today can be your starting point! • The strategy you can adopt to get to where you want to be with your dog. • My promise to Momentum’s four puppies about marbles. • About emotional states and our dogs. • Why to play small to play big. • How you can see lack of marble building behaviour in performance sports like agility. • About defining the behavior you see by what is real. • How much the language you use about your dog matters. • Why we want our bag of marbles overfull.   Resources:   • Blog Post: Is There a Difference? - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2010/04/is-there-a-difference/ • Podcast Episode 8: Get Your Dog in the Belief Loop of Awesome - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/8/ • Susan Garrett’s Recallers Successes Facebook Page - https://www.facebook.com/pg/SusanGarrettsRecallers/photos/ • Podcast Episode 22: The Invisible Bubble of Pressure and Your Dog - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/22/ • Vlog Post: Where is Your Dog on the Circle of Fun? - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2018/07/circle-of-fun/ • Blog Post: Improve Your Dog Training by Playing Like A Dog - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2012/04/improve-your-dog-training-by-playing-like-a-dog/ • Home School the Dog - https://dogsthat.com/home-school/ • Recallers - https://recallers.com/ • DogsThat.Com - https://dogsthat.com/
Visit us at shapedbydog.com   Today’s episode comes from a suggestion by one of our listeners, and it’s on the topic of becoming a professional dog trainer. More specifically, the path that led me to dog training as a career.   In the episode you'll hear:   • What I wanted to be when I grew up. • Why it’s not just training dogs. • The things I had to learn. • My evolution to dog training. • Why to take care about where you learn. • How much your passion should matter. • The importance of the science of behaviour. • About not being afraid to say “I don’t know”. • My thoughts on why immersion is important. • Why I love cows and how working with other animals helps my career. • Why my love of dog sports like obedience, sheep herding, flyball and agility helps me understand the brain of dogs. • How excellence is a mastery of the fundamentals.   Resources:   • Blog Post: Dogs are Amazing and Will Do Everything You Want If You Have Cheese! - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2012/03/dogs-are-amazing-and-will-do-everything-you-want-if-you-have-cheese/ • * Recallers - https://recallers.com/ • Blog Post: How To Embrace Videoing Your Dog Training -https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2019/03/embrace-videoing/ • The Academy for Dog Trainers (Jean Donaldson)-https://www.academyfordogtrainers.com/   *Recallers is CEU approved with CCPDT and IAABC
Visit us at shapedbydog.com   How do you pick a puppy? Even if you are not selecting a puppy, a lot of these concepts apply to a rescue dog. I’ve just raised a litter of puppies, and one will stay with me as my next dog, so I’m covering my tips, plus how my puppy chose me!   In the episode you'll hear:   • How our rescue dog Tater feels about living in a family of Border Collies. • The considerations about what sort of dog is best for you. • How Tina the Poodle came into our family when I was a kid. • Why to set an intention about your next dog. • The three areas I look at when picking my puppy. • What to consider about structure and temperament. • What you need to know about puppies and temperament tests. • About what your heart tells you and why I’m big on the woo. • Why to trust the breeder of your puppy if you have done your research. • The reason to not second guess yourself. • About the adventures that led me to my new puppy. • Who my next dog is and her name!   Spoiler Alert Puppy Names: Moira Rose - Say Yes to Inspired Moments - Dream Alexis - Say Yes to Playing for the Moment - Swish David - Say Yes to Making the Moments Count - Mission Stevie - Say Yes to Being in the Moment - This!   Resources:   • Podcast Episode 13: Naming Your Puppy or Dog - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/13/ • Book: What's Your Angle: Understanding Angulation and Structure for the Performance Dog by Helen Grinnell King - https://geni.us/whatsyourangle • Book: Picking your Performance Puppy by Helen Grinnell King - https://geni.us/performancepuppy • Avidog Website (Search for the word Temperament) - https://dogsthat.com/breeders • Book: The Resilience Project: Finding Happiness Through Gratitude, Empathy and Mindfulness by Hugh van Cuylenburg - https://theresilienceproject.com.au/shop/product/book-finding-happiness-through-gratitude-empathy-mindfulness/ • "This Is Me" by The Greatest Showman Cast from 'The Greatest Showman Soundtrack' (YouTube) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEJd2RyGm8Q   * Amazon Links 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!
Visit us at shapedbydog.com   When I am training, my dog is engaged and excited and attentive. The connection with my dogs is vital in all we do together. You might think getting your dog focused entirely on you is ninja-level dog training, but it’s possible for everyone. Today I’m sharing with you one of the most important things you could be doing that will hurt engagement and connection with your dog, and how you can easily fix it.   In the episode you'll hear:   • What being at a party has to do with dog training. • The ways inadvertent time outs impact on your dog’s confidence. • How we can be present for our dogs. • Where I see inadvertent time outs in the sport of dog agility. • When I change tack to make things right in the world of my dog. • One of the secrets about what I’d rather be when I’m with my dog. • How to get focused attention from your dog. • About being intentional when you are with your dog. • Ways you can easily set your dog up for success. • What I learned from Buzz about high drive dogs. • How to be a Zen master when working with your dog.   Resources:   • Podcast Episode 34: Time Outs for Dogs: Does Your Dog Need One? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/34/ • Crate Games Online - https://get.crategames.com/ • Book: Shaping Success - https://dogsthat.com/product/shaping-success-2/  
Visit us at shapedbydog.com    Chances are you are familiar with the concept of “time outs”. A time out is something you will hear of being used for kids, puppies, and dogs. The bottom line about a time out is that it is punishment. Should a time out be part of life with our dog? Are we using a time out due to our inadequacies as a trainer for our dog?   In the episode you'll hear:   • Lessons I learned about using time outs. • The science of time outs. • About the three different forms of time outs. • The reality of what I’m saying to my dog if I give a time out. • How getting better at reinforcement will reduce punishment. • Why you need to see a change of behaviour if you use a time out. • The reasons you need to ensure your dog knows how to be right. • When a time out might actually be reinforcing for a dog. • The importance of being non-emotional. • Why you need to know the patterns of your use of time outs. • How to use a time out effectively. • Ways you can minimise using time outs.   Resources:   • Book: Shaping Success - https://dogsthat.com/product/shaping-success-2/ • Podcast Episode 33: How Do I Stop My Dog Counter Surfing?! - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/33/ • Podcast Episode 6: The Art of Manipulation - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/6/
Visit us at shapedbydog.com     If your dog is getting on the table or counter and stealing food, you are not alone. The topic of counter surfing is one that I get a lot of questions about, and it’s frequently requested for me to cover on my podcast. Your dog taking things from the counter is a big frustration, and we’re looking at how you can turn this around.   In the episode you'll hear:   • The three ways you could deal with a dog who surfs the counter. • Why dogs start stealing food, and the gradual climb to the crime. • Where the reinforcement is for your dog, and why it might not be what you think. • What you might be doing that rewards your dog’s counter surfing. • How to recognise a behaviour chain. • Games to fix counter surfing and the steps for food theft prevention.   Resources:   • Podcast Episode 11: The Power of Permission in Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/11/ • Podcast Episode 16: The Thing Before Your Dog’s Thing - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/16/ • Podcast Episode 20: Bridging the Gap Between Blame and Kindness in Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/20/ • Podcast Episode 27: Do Dogs Need Rules? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/27/ • Podcast Episode 32: 20 Easy Ways to Exercise Your Dog at Home - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/32/ • Game: Learn how to play ItsYerChoice (IYC) - https://recallers.com/iycsummit-join/
Visit us at shapedbydog.com    If someone comes to me with a behaviour problem, one of the first questions I ask is “how much exercise does your dog get?”. There is often a definite link between the mental and physical stimulation a dog receives and the amount of trouble the dog gets into. Exercising your dog or puppy can be easy and done within your home.   The games I’m sharing are great ways to engage your dog’s brain and body if you can’t get out, or you have an injury that means you can’t go for your usual walks or outings with your dog.   In the episode you'll hear:   • Why dogs need exercise and how you can include this in daily life. • 20 easy games to play with your puppy or dog. • How to use what you have at home to engage your dog’s mind and body.   Resources:   • How to Train Stand on Cue (YouTube) - https://youtu.be/YCD1PvaLmPI • Crate Games Online - https://get.crategames.com/ • Video Blog: 5 Games for Puppies - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2020/04/5-games-for-puppies/ • Podcast Episode 31: 5 Simple Hacks to Help Your Dog Learn Faster - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/31/
Visit us at shapedbydog.com    You can make your dog training a lot more effective, and a lot more efficient with the effective use and placement of rewards. It does not matter if you are just starting or have been a dog trainer for years, using my pro tips about where and how to place reinforcement will see you get results faster, and supercharge your training sessions.   In the episode you'll hear:   • How every behaviour is a transfer of value. • What our mechanics have to do with dog training. • How Bob Bailey’s saying of “reinforcement is a process, not an event” relates to you and your dog. • Why your dog’s love of roast beef can create a love for any behaviour you train. • How to define your criteria for what you want your dog to do, using a down as an example. • What the thing before the thing has to do with Clever Hans. • The three vital steps of select, mark, and deliver for you as the dog trainer. • Why the placement of reinforcement is your secret sauce and how it relates to the proximity to you. • Why only our dog really knows for sure what we are training. • When and why to give a release cue to your dog to supercharge your training.   Resources:   Video Blog: Learning from Cats and Seagulls … Chat with Bob Bailey - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2019/05/chat-with-bob-bailey/ Podcast Episode 16: The Thing Before Your Dog’s Thing - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/16/ Clever Hans (Wikipedia) - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clever_Hans Blog Post: The 3D Model for Dog Training: Duration, Distance, Distraction - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2020/08/duration-distance-distraction/ Podcast Episode 11: The Power of Permission in Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/11/
Visit us at shapedbydog.com   In this episode, I am talking about one of my favourite things to train. If you love your dog, I'm asking you to listen with an open mind, because we're talking about comfort with confinement, a topic inspired by a note from one of my online students.   In the episode you'll hear:   • Why should you care about crating your dog. • About the importance of safety for your puppy or dog. • The one thing that makes comfort with confinement essential for your dog’s well being. • How to help dogs with separation anxiety. • What type of crate to use for your dog and how I choose my crates. • Where you should put your puppy’s crate. • How I use a “gated community” that combines a crate and ex-pen. • Why to be intentional about crating. • How long your dog or puppy should be in a crate. • The time to invest in helping your dog be comfortable with confinement. • Why not to be in a hurry to close the crate door. • The progressions to ensure crate comfort and security for your dog.   Resources:   Rover Modular Pet Enclosures - http://dogsthat.com/roverpanels Crate Games Online - https://get.crategames.com/ Video Blog: Bult In Dog Crates for Home Decor - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2020/02/built-in-dog-crates/ Gunner Crate Crash Test - https://gunner.com/pages/crash-tested Blog Post: All About Dogs Sleeping in the Bedroom - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2020/03/dogs-sleeping-in-the-bedroom/ Podcast Episode 26: Pro Dog Training Tips to Get Your Puppy to Sleep All Night - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/26/ 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/
Visit us at shapedbydog.com   Today’s topic covers the serious issue of reactivity and aggression in dogs. If you have a challenge with your dog, I strongly advise that you seek out the help of a Certified Veterinary Behaviorist who is equipped to deal with these issues in a reinforcement-based program. Seek the help of a qualified professional who will, where needed, use pharmaceutical intervention to help create a different reality for your dog, so your dog does not go through life feeling the need to react. I’m sharing how what is “different” can lead to reactivity or aggression, and how a lot of aggression is learned. It’s not that there is something wrong with the dog. You can help your dog to catalogue experiences in a way that is appropriate for their well being and yours.   In the episode you'll hear:   • Insights into why aggression can be a learned behavior. • How you and your dog can have better outcomes. • What stimulus is, and what’s good, innocuous and not good for your dog. • Understanding stimuli from your dog’s perspective. • Why “different” creates a response in your dog. • How your dog’s curiosity could lead to reactivity. • What a dog’s cautious curiosity can look like. • The importance of what happens during and after our dog displaying curiosity for something that is different. • The two strategies you need for changing a trigger and minimizing the stress of an experience for your dog. • Why you should believe what your dog is telling you. • What you can do to help your dog.   Resources:   Podcast Episode 4: T.E.M.P. (Tail, Eyes/Ears, Mouth, Posture)-https://dogsthat.com/podcast/4/ Podcast Episode 27: Do Dogs Need Rules?-https://dogsthat.com/podcast/27/ Podcast Episode 24: Help for the Dog who Chases Chipmunks, Bicycles, and the Neighbor’s Cat-https://dogsthat.com/podcast/24/ Video Blog: Understanding Your Dog’s Triggers-https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2019/01/understanding-your-dogs-triggers/ Video Blog: Dog Body Language, Fear and Aggression-https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2018/06/body-language-fear-and-aggression/ Blog Post: Leash Aggression in Dogs: Are We Trying To Put Out A Fire With Gasoline?-https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2015/11/leash-aggression-in-dogs-are-we-trying-to-put-out-a-fire-with-gasoline/
Visit us at shapedbydog.com   Have you ever thought about why we own dogs really? What is the main benefit? That’s on my mind, and your reasons might be like mine … dogs are companions and make our lives better. We have a relationship with our dogs. So why do we call the way we relate to our companions “training”? We don’t think of our relationships with the people in our life as “training”, so why do we “dog train”?   In the episode you'll hear:   • The way I look at my relationship with my dogs. • My goal for “dog training” my dogs. • How we all want to make the best decisions for our dogs. • Why I bit my tongue during a dinner party conversation. • About creating safety and control. • How our dogs have free will. • Why our responses to our dog’s choices matter. • What the “inner freak flag” is in our dogs. • About honouring who our dog is and how it can enhance our lives. • How I use my dog's strengths in the sport of agility. • The conscious choices we need to make for our dogs.   Resources:   “The Journey” – YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TfXGD4hP1Ro Podcast Episode 27: Do Dogs Need Rules? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/27/
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Melinda Moss

love your explanation of ABC! GREAT podcast, I highly recommend! #Recallers #H360

Aug 2nd
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Melinda Moss

love love your podcast! well done! I have binged all your episodes and regularly recommended to my friends & students. Recallers, H360 & AN has changed my life & training relationship with my dogs, Thank you!!! #Msquared #agilitydogs #H360 #Recallers #Agilitynation #Aussies

Jul 25th
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