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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     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 wag@dogsthat.com 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 
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 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!
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 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!
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 wag@dogsthat.com 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 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!
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
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
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
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: 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   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
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
Visit us at shapedbydog.com    Car sickness in a dog or puppy can be heartbreaking. My puppy has been getting car sick, and I’ve been documenting what I’ve been doing to help her. If your puppy or dog is drooling in the car, refusing to get in the car, hates car rides, throwing up or foaming at the mouth when travelling, or showing any other sign of motion sickness, you are not alone.   In the episode you'll hear:   • The signs of car sickness in puppies and dogs. • How I helped my puppy This! initially and what happened after lockdown. • What motion sickness does to puppies and dogs. • Why some puppies outgrow car sickness, but others do not. • The importance of counter conditioning our dogs for travelling. • How the sight of a car can bring on sickness for a puppy. • About changing our dog’s emotional response to the car. • What I have been doing with my puppy to help her with car rides. • How I became a canine booster seat. • Why I didn’t turn on the car for a week and how games are helping. • About building up to longer drives in the car when there is motion sickness. • Why I borrowed the confidence Tater has in the car to help my puppy. • All the steps to creating a positive conditioned emotional response to the car for our dogs. • Why to write to us about Home School the Dog.   Resources:   • YouTube Video: Let’s Train Your Doodle with Susan Garrett - https://youtu.be/Ro_boHKLH5A • Gunner Crate Crash Test - https://gunner.com/pages/crash-tested • Podcast Episode 66: Resource Guarding: Dog vs Dog Aggression - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/66/ • Write to us at wag@dogsthat.com with the subject line “My Kids Are Going to Love This” for a special opportunity to join Home School the Dog. • Susan Garrett’s DogsThat YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCC17PDLl8y1dP2BRV5vuseg • Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/XXkPmR5am5U
Visit us at shapedbydog.com    If you are like most people, you take your dog for a walk for exercise or for a potty break. Surprisingly, one of the questions I get asked frequently is when and how I walk my dogs. There are five main reasons I walk my dogs, and the walking is always intentional. Those reasons are for elimination (toilet breaks), relationship building, to give my dogs a chance to sniff (read the pee mail), exercise, and sometimes to socialize.   In the episode you'll hear:   • The types of walks I take with my dogs. • How I walk my dogs, and when I choose off-leash or on a leash. • About Tater’s LOVE of people and what that means when walking him. • The reasons I am cautious and intentional when walking in new places. • Why I am always on alert when walking my dogs on leash in a city. • What I do to keep my dogs safe when walking in new places. • When and why I use a head halter, a harness or a flat collar. • About how I start when walking the dogs at home. • The games I play on walks with my puppy for relationship building. • About letting dogs scent on walks and sniffing to read the pee mail. • What I do when my dogs don’t come when called. • How Tater, Momentum and This! love to use their noses. • What I do to be intentional about my dogs sniffing on walks.   Resources:   • Podcast Episode 48: Potty Train Your Puppy in a Week (Easy 3 Step Process) - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/48/ • YouTube Video: Susan Garrett’s Perch Work Dog Tricks (Pivots and Spins) - https://youtu.be/O6sj6fTJnFc • Podcast Episode 40: Using a Head Halter on a Dog, Why My Approach is so Different - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/40/ • Podcast Episode 16: The Thing Before Your Dog’s Thing - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/16/ • Podcast Episode 11: The Power of Permission in Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/11/ • Recallers - https://recallers.com/ • 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/ • Podcast Episode 29: Understanding and Preventing Reactivity and Aggression in Your Dog - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/29/ • Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/bxx5Rnk4tYs
Visit us at shapedbydog.com    If you’d like to train your dog to walk beside you on a leash without pulling, you are in the right place. There is one mistake that most people make when they are training walking on lead, and that is overwhelming their dog. In dog training lingo, we call it “lumping”. Once you understand how to split a behaviour down, you will have success and quickly stop your dog from pulling on leash.   In the episode you'll hear:   • What it would be like to learn how to juggle while on a pushbike. • Why new people are like seeing movie stars for a puppy. • About birds and bunnies and all the things that are distraction on your walks. • How to split walking on a leash down for your dog. • The easy way to start loose leash walking with perch work and pivots. • Why it will only take you 7 days if you commit. • How pivots help your dog to change sides on a walk. • The importance of building value for Reinforcement Zone (RZ) for your dog. • How to start fading your foot target. • Why training leash walking starts with you and your dog stationary. • How to know if you have gone too far, too fast and lumped. • What to do to exercise your dog while you are working on walking on a lead. • The layers needed for our dogs to succeed with loose leash walking.   Resources:   • YouTube Video: Susan Garrett’s Perch Work Dog Tricks (Pivots and Spins) - https://youtu.be/O6sj6fTJnFc • Podcast Episode 53: Stop Your Dog Pulling on Leash and Start Walking Together - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/53/ • Podcast Episode 32: 20 Easy Ways to Exercise Your Dog at Home - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/32/ • Podcast Episode 59: Why Your Treats Aren’t Working for Your Dog - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/59/ • Vlog Post: How do I Stop My Dog from Pulling on the Leash? - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2020/01/stop-my-dog-pulling-on-leash/ • Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/gPMkBT_GGTs
Visit us at shapedbydog.com    Safe, structured introductions for a new rescue dog or puppy will set everyone up for success. When you have two or more dogs, your wish as a dog owner is that they all get along. But sometimes, that just does not happen. Living with multiple dogs should be intentional. We can help by implementing “Project Togetherness” to condition dogs to like and look forward to seeing each other.   In the episode you'll hear:   • When to see a Veterinary Behaviourist. • The times to put your togetherness project plan into action. • About the signs your dog will give to show they are not comfortable with another dog. • Why to recognize your dog’s emotional state. • The importance of paying attention to your dog’s body language. • How dogs don’t need other dogs putting them in their place. • What happens when my dog Feature looks out the window. • About starting Project Togetherness. • When to use a muzzle and why to desensitize your dog to wearing one. • Why to use high value treats that are special. • About the importance of supervision and safety for all dogs. • How to use “Easter Biscuits” as part of Project Togetherness. • What a “Friendship Bed” is and why to use it. • How I use dog mealtimes for togetherness. • Why to record keep and why to know where your dog’s comfort level is with other dogs. • The reason you should celebrate your progress!   Resources:   • 4MyMerles Creations (Shaped by Dog Podcast Hoodie) - https://www.4mymerles.com/product-category/say-yes/ • Podcast Episode 71: Pro Dog Trainer’s Secret to Help Your Naughty Dog - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/71/ • Blog Video: Understanding Your Dog’s Triggers - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2019/01/understanding-your-dogs-triggers/ • Podcast Episode 4: T.E.M.P. (Tail, Eyes/Ears, Mouth, Posture) - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/4/ • Podcast Episode 6: The Art of Manipulation - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/6/ • Podcast Episode 14: Creating Intentional Multi-Dog Household Harmony - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/14/ • Podcast Episode 15: CSI Tips for Managing a Multi-Dog Household - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/15/ • Podcast Episode 68: 3 Easy Tricks Every Dog Should Know - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/68/ • Video: Target Training for Dogs Part Two - Step by Step Training Plan - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TqsEEWCXze0 • DogsThat YouTube Channel (Watch Shaped by Dog Podcast Videos and More!) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TqsEEWCXze0 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 • Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/K17x8i_Qb9k   *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    There is one thing that you can do easily to help overcome any dog training challenge you might have. That one thing is something I’ve been talking about and doing for 30 years. It’s record keeping! Keeping a journal for your dog is not as hard as you might think, and it will fast track your success.   In the episode you'll hear:   • What labels can do to our dogs. • How I journaled This!’s resource guarding and why it helped fast track success. • What to keep track of when you are record keeping. • Why to ask the question Jean Donaldson recommends: Is your dog upset? • When to focus on your dog’s emotional state. • What will create a ticking time bomb for your dog and how to avoid it. • About counter conditioning to help your dog. • The importance of eliminating rehearsals of behavior you want to change. • Why dog training alone is not always the answer. • About fear responses in dogs. • Why to include what your dog does well in your journaling. • What I learned about This! by record keeping and why she now has a middle of the day nap. • About the way record keeping showed me what happens at the top of the stairs. • How knowing patterns will help resolve your dog’s challenges. • The importance of celebrating progress. • Why to differentiate between dog training and emotional states. • When to get an evaluation from a reinforcement based dog trainer.   Resources:   • DogsThat YouTube Channel (Watch Shaped by Dog Podcast Videos and More!)-https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCC17PDLl8y1dP2BRV5vuseg • 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/ • Blog Video: Understanding Your Dog’s Triggers-https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2019/01/understanding-your-dogs-triggers/ • Podcast Episode 6: The Art of Manipulation-https://dogsthat.com/podcast/6/ • Podcast Episode 48: Potty Train Your Puppy in a Week (Easy 3 Step Process)-https://dogsthat.com/podcast/48/ • Podcast Episode 14: Creating Intentional Multi-Dog Household Harmony-https://dogsthat.com/podcast/14/ • Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUJksPoQNps
Visit us at shapedbydog.com    The first day with your new puppy is a critical start your relationship. When a puppy comes into your home, they are fully capable of learning the moment they arrive. It’s super important to be intentional about how your puppy goes about life from the moment they join your family.   In the episode you'll hear:   • The essential things to do during your puppy’s first 24 hours at home. • What to avoid doing with puppies in the first few days. • Why to talk to your puppy’s breeder or rescue organization. • What to know about what your puppy has been eating, their potty training experience and if they have had any crate training. • What I feed my puppies and how to select dog food. • Why to plan to be home for a few days when your puppy arrives. • About the importance of protecting your puppy’s mental and physical health and how to create positive associations with you. • How puppies explore with their mouths and five ways to set your pup up for success. • Where to create puppy zones and what they are. • About the importance of creating a schedule for a puppy to thrive and the schedule I use for a pup. • How to make your puppy’s first week one of comfort and confidence. • The games to play with puppies and the toys I use. • Why your puppy needs to know who is safe and about socializing with people and dogs. • What not to do with your puppy. • Why to write to us wag@dogsthat.com with the subject line “I am committed”.   Resources:   • 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 • Gunner Crate Crash Test-https://gunner.com/pages/crash-tested • 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/ • Video: 5 Games for Puppies-https://youtu.be/Hxd1sVEQp2Y • 4MyMerles Creations Toys-https://www.4mymerles.com/product-category/say-yes/ • West Paw Toppl Treat Toys-https://www.westpaw.com/dog-toys/puzzle/toppl-treat-toy • Podcast Episode 10: What to Know Before Getting a Puppy or Dog-https://dogsthat.com/podcast/10/ • 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 26: Pro Dog Training Tips to Get Your Puppy to Sleep All Night-https://dogsthat.com/podcast/26/ • Podcast Episode 30: Why Dog Crates Are Not Dog Cages-https://dogsthat.com/podcast/30/ • Podcast Episode 32: 20 Easy Ways to Exercise Your Dog at Home-https://dogsthat.com/podcast/32/ • Podcast Episode 41: Get a Behaved Dog by Celebrating Milestones!-https://dogsthat.com/podcast/41/ • Podcast Episode 44: Using Coincidences and Positive Associations in Dog Training-https://dogsthat.com/podcast/44/ • Podcast Episode 48: Potty Train Your Puppy in a Week (Easy 3 Step Process)-https://dogsthat.com/podcast/48/ • Podcast Episode 58: How to Create Kid Friendly Dogs and Dog Friendly Kids-https://dogsthat.com/podcast/58/ • Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/rUIX5qW85tU *Disclosure: Susan only recommends products she uses herself, and all opinions expressed here are her own. The links above are Amazon affiliate links 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    How do you decide when to use a clicker and what to use it for in dog training? That’s a question recently asked on my Instagram and what we’re covering in this episode. Is a clicker a good choice for your dog, or you as a trainer, or for the behavior you want to train?   In the episode you'll hear:   • About using clickers, markers and what conditioned reinforcers are. • The four things you can do when using reinforcement in your training. • The verbal markers I like to use and why I changed from “yes” to a short “good”. • Why we use a clicker and how it can reduce stress. • About the clicker's precision and how a precise tool helps our training. • Why a clicker is like a laser for training to isolate exact moments for your dog. • About knowing what your dog thinks you clicked, not what you think you clicked. • What I learned about getting what I click in the nineties when training a go out. • When I use a clicker. • The reasons to use reward throwing or food chucking in dog training. • What to do if you are luring to fade the lure as soon as you can. • How I inadvertently trained by dog Buzz to stop at the first weave pole. • The difference between gross behaviors, behaviors of motion, and precise moments in time. • Easy games to help improve your timing and skills with a clicker.   Resources:   • Video: 5 Games for Puppies - https://youtu.be/Hxd1sVEQp2Y • Susan’s Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/SusanGarrettdogsthat/ • Blog Post: Three Different Types of Verbal Markers in Dog Training - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2018/09/three-verbal-markers-in-dog-training/ • Blog Post: To Click or Not to Click, that is the Question - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2009/09/to-click-or-not-to-click-that-is-the-question/ • Blog Post: When Clicking Goes Wrong - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2009/09/when-clicking-goes-wrong/ • Blog Post: Practical Videoing Tips - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2019/03/practical-videoing-tips/ • Video: Target Training for Dogs Part Two - Step by Step Training Plan - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TqsEEWCXze0 • Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/Hl2aB1TrE1E
Visit us at shapedbydog.com    We’re talking about trick training for dogs; it’s fun and easy! Can you remember the very first thing you trained a dog to do and how you went about training it? The first thing I trained a dog to do was to dance. It was when I was a kid with our family dog, Tina the Poodle. Training tricks with our dogs is something I consider important, and there are three favourite tricks that I think all dogs should learn.   In the episode you'll hear:   • About our feelings when we are training tricks. • What I noticed about my Border Collie, Stoni, in the Obedience Ring. • Why everything can be a trick to bring joy to us and our dogs. • My progression as a dog trainer and transitioning to shaping behaviors. • How trick training provides a model for clarity for our dogs. • Why trick training teaches our dogs never to give up. • About the elements of strength, flexibility and proprioception when choosing tricks. • How to train your dog to hand target. • About the ways to shape your dog to pivot on a perch. • The steps for training your dog to wave.   Resources:   • Recallers - https://recallers.com/ • Home School the Dog- https://dogsthat.com/home-school/ • Video: Target Training for Dogs Part One - All About Targets - https://youtu.be/MzePo7RSQu4 • Video: Target Training for Dogs Part Two - Step by Step Training Plan - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TqsEEWCXze0 • Podcast Episode 62: 12 Keys to Helping My Dogs Live a Long and Happy Life - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/62/ • Game: Learn How to Play ItsYerChoice (IYC) - https://recallers.com/iycsummit-join/ • 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 22: The Invisible Bubble of Pressure and Your Dog - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/22/ • *Cato Board: Receive 10% off with the use of this link - https://catooutdoors.com/discount/DOGSTHAT10 • Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/UUrzaXmFO2g 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    I’ve been thinking about stress and how we deal with it. Consider your dog and any challenges you might have in your training. Those challenges could be creating anxiety for you, and your dog will pick up on your emotions. You are not alone if you find yourself stressing about your dog.   In the episode you'll hear:   • What happened with my dog Shelby when I locked my keys in the car. • Why I check in with myself when I feel stressed. • How I look for every day with my dogs to be a great day. • An update on my puppy’s resource guarding. • The science of our dogs taking on our emotions. • About thinking of the future rather than the past. • What we can do for our dogs by being curious. • How we are all in the same place with our dog training and why to do one thing. • The reason I end all of my blog posts with gratitude. • All about the exercise of behaving gratitudinaeously and the dog you love.   Resources:   • Podcast Episode 66: Resource Guarding: Dog vs Dog Aggression-https://dogsthat.com/podcast/66/ • Paper: Interspecies transmission of emotional information via chemosignals: from humans to dogs (Canis lupus familiaris)-https://www.researchgate.net/publication/320265642_Interspecies_transmission_of_emotional_information_via_chemosignals_from_humans_to_dogs_Canis_lupus_familiaris • Susan Garrett’s Dog Training Blog-https://susangarrettdogagility.com/ • Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/Xugyg5R9umc
Visit us at shapedbydog.com Resource Guarding between dogs is a big topic. It’s also one of the most requested for me to cover on my podcast. Over the past week, my six-month-old puppy has started attacking some of the other dogs in my household over resources. It’s a good time for me to share what I am doing to help This! overcome possession aggression around resources, particularly food. Yes, even professional dog trainers experience challenges to work through.   In the episode you'll hear:   • About the two forms of resource guarding, against humans and against dogs. • Why dogs resource guard. • What I’ve seen with my puppy This! guarding resources against other dogs. • The signs to look for that show a dog could be resource guarding. • My previous experiences with my dogs and resource guarding. • The two approaches to take and why one can result in an all-out aggressive dog. • What NOT to do about resource guarding. • The reason discipline and corrections are like putting gasoline on a fire. • About fear periods in puppies and why to stay grounded and calm. • The reason to get appropriate help from a qualified Veterinary Behaviorist. • What I am doing about resource guarding to help my puppy. • How I am journaling what happens every day, the good and not so good. • About identifying and removing triggers and creating a safe environment. • Why to keep your dog under threshold. • All the elements to help your dog and why to email us about joining Recallers.   Resources:   • Podcast Episode 45: My Dog Just Got Jumped, Now What?-https://dogsthat.com/podcast/45/ • *Book: Mine! A Practical Guide to Resource Guarding in Dogs by Jean Donaldson-https://geni.us/mine-jean-donaldson • Podcast Episode 59: Why Your Treats Aren’t Working for Your Dog-https://dogsthat.com/podcast/59/ • Game: Learn How to Play ItsYerChoice (IYC)-https://recallers.com/iycsummit-join/ • Susan's Team: wag@dogsthat.com   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
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Melinda Moss

very inspiring and insightful. thank you for sharing

Dec 4th
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Cheryl Ruddy Mathis

Thanks for sharing. Sometimes people don't understand how to ask the questions to get the answers they seek.

Nov 30th
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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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