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School For The Dogs Podcast

Author: Annie Grossman

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Annie Grossman of the NYC-based dog training center School For The Dogs answers training questions, geeks out on animal behavior, discusses pet trends and interviews industry experts.

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Have a training question you'd like addressed? Email or leave a voicemail at 917-414-2625
52 Episodes
Pet videos fuel the Internet, but too often they perpetuate false ideas about dog behavior by misattributing a dog's intentions, or by falsely framing their actions.  Why do we seek to anthropomorphize dog behaviors rather than celebrating all the behavioral commonalties that exist between us and them?  Annie and the acclaimed, prolific blogger Eileen Anderson of, tackle this question together. This is our 52nd episode, and marks the end of our first season! We'll be back with Season 2 in a few weeks! Have a question for Annie? Submit it at or call and leave a message at 917-414-2625If you are enjoying this podcast, please support us by shopping at, or by leaving a review on iTunes!Notes: Eileen on fake dog videos: on smiling dog video: Susan Friedman's Living and Learning with Animals: Garden: Day's hotel in Carmel, CA: Day Animal Foundation: up for the SFTD Newsletter!
Annie  addresses questions from people who are dealing with dogs who have habits that annoy other dogs, and, ultimately, their owners as well. One owner wants to know how to deal with a new rescue  who is bothering the household's other two dogs and generally causing chaos in the home, and a dog walker asks about how to manage a charge who is constantly trying to hump his walking buddies. In addition to addressing setting up appropriate social situations for dogs, exercising them and using crates in multi-dog households, this episode offers a thoughtful take on why dogs hump and how to keep it from becoming an issue. Follow the askers of these questions on Instagram at @uarndcool and @pudgydogProducts mentioned in this episode: The Treat + Train: Revol Crate: Poles: Animatwist: Animaswizzler:
Leashes, collars and harnesses are some of the first accessories most dog owners acquire when they get a dog, and very soon they come to depend on these tools. But, in this guide to teaching a dog to walk on a loose leash, Annie suggests teaching where you want your dog to walk in relation to your body (right next to your leg), and what you want your dog to be doing on leash (checking in with you often) before you start relying on equipment to control your dog's behavior. This episode contains suggestions on training exercises to help teach nice walking (with or without a leash), protocols for encouraging good behaviors on leash, and gear recommendations. Products mentioned in this episode: Found My Animal double-ended nylon leash: Lightweight Braided Leash Harness Treat Dispenser
Native New Yorker Gloria Bardin lives in a one-bedroom apartment with three Dobermans, one pitbull, a Havanese, two mixed breeds and three cats. And yet... she seems totally sane. Annie talked to her about how she has built a life that can accommodate taking care of so many pets. Notes:Follow Gloria on Instagram: @fourtypawsvstwofeetFollow Beppi on Instagram: @bep.and.zoGarfield Mail:
Last fall, Emily Meadows and her husband took in a stray orange tabby kitten who they called Pip. Pip repaid the kindness by terrorizing their other cats and destroying their Ocean City, Maryland home. To help him extend energy in a more appropriate way, Emily began to take him on walks on the beach. She quickly discovered he loved digging in sand, swimming, and even riding surf boards. Six months later, Pip The Beach cat has become a local celebrity with worldwide fans, and Emily is a full-time cat "momager," who is currently orchestrating Pip's book launch, promoting his rap album, and bringing him nearly daily to do therapy cat work at local nursing homes. Annie talks to her about how finding a creative way to deal with her cat's behavior issues has led to a life neither she nor Pip could ever have predicted.'s NYC adventures as chronicled by The NY Post's Guide To Ocean City's rap video: Big Pippin' By Yungg Bo Feat., with Lil P aka Lil Pip's first rap album with Yungg Bo The Cat's 1980s commercials cat genetics explained this episode? Make sure to subscribe, rate and review School For The Dogs Podcast on iTunes, and follow us on Instagram.
Positive Reinforcement, Negative Reinforcement, Positive Punishment and Negative Reinforcement: You may have heard these terms thrown around, but they're often misused or little understood. Together, they describe four different ways all animals learn by consequences-- aka, Operant Conditioning. In a rush to put up a podcast episode while her young baby naps, Annie challenges herself to describe each "quadrant" of Operant Conditioning in two and a half minutes.  Notes:  Phoebe controls the TV with her eyes conditioning explained in Little Golden Books conditioning explained on The Big Bang Theory Being Skinner's Daughter ways in which dogs and humans are exactly alike dog trainer's view of evolution 42: Let's talk about dog breeding with Cherrie Mahon 44: Are you talking to your socks? Marie Kondo, Cesar Millan & training humans with snake oil
Up until last month, one of the world's largest collections of dog-related art resided outside St. Louis inside a museum that most of the locals didn't even know about: The Museum Of The Dog. That changed last month, when the museum officially relocated to midtown Manhattan.  Annie interviews the museum's executive directly, Alan Fausel, about the museum's collection, history, and fan favorites. Annie will be doing a free training demo at the museum this Saturday, March 30th, at 1pm. Stop by! Learn More at  museumofthedog.orgAre you enjoying School For The Dogs Podcast? Please leave us a 5-star rating on iTunes and make sure to follow us on Instagram! 
In 2012, Joe Freni's wife surprised him with a puppy they named Lenny. Lenny, they felt, was simply perfect. In fact, he was so perfect that they decided to start enrolling him in competitions.  In the years since, Lenny has received titles both in dog sports and dog shows, the latter culminating in his recent spot in the Westminster Dog Show. Not long after he started showing his dog in the ring, Joe decided to also start showing... himself. In this episode, Annie learns about Joe's journey as a body builder, a power lifting world champion, and as a show dog handler.  Lenny on Social Media:Facebook:  @puppy_kidTwitter:  @LennyandJoeShowYouTube: Shop Lenny Gear: more about "The Good Boys of Boston" calendar at @good_boys_of_bostonFun Boston Terrier Facts: beloved Boston Terrier student Reggie is on Instagram at @reggieinnyc---Like this Podcast? Make sure to leave us a 5-start review on iTunes! 
The sprightly Japanese organizing guru Marie Kondo has gained worldwide acclaim for essentially being an excellent trainer of humans. Specifically, she trains people to "tidy up" their homes. While she might be adept at using positive reinforcement (mostly in the form of her sheer enthusiasm about junk drawers) and other methods that dovetail with Good Dog Training, her approach also  encourages people to attach their actions to part in certain bizarre "superstitious" behaviors. like verbally "thanking" pieces of clothing and "waking up" sleeping books by tapping them. In this episode, Annie, who believes that  behavior-changing techniques should appeal more to common sense than to magical thinking,  talks about how Kondo and famous dog trainers like Barbara Woodhouse and Cesar Millan douse snake oil over their proposed solutions in order to suggest that clutter is caused by sleeping books,  dogs love the letter T, and nice leash walking can only happen if you channel amorphous invisible powers. Notes: Marie Kondo on Netflix: Kondo's book:The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up Kondo on The Late Show w/ Stephen Colbert, 2/5/2019: Kondo on Jimmy Kimmel Live, 1/29/2019: Millan clip quoted in podcast, in which Millan tells the dog owner that her dog's won't listen to her unless she is "calm and assertive" and "injecting energy" into them while walking. Woodhouse, dog trainer who throws books at dogs: in podcast is taken from here: doing dishes and peeing: following are blog posts about The Dog Training Triad. Each post contains the podcast episodes on the same subjects, which were I posted last July  (Episodes 16, 17 and 18). Part 1: Management 2: Rewards 3: Timing
In this Q+A episode, Annie answers a question from a puppy owner whose dog is scared of the crate and stresses out when left alone, and then considers another dog owner who asks if "Attachment Theory" applies to dogs. Visit or leave a voicemail at 917-414-2625NOTESProductsAnnie's preferred crate, the Revol: (get $25 off the Revol with code SFTD25 at checkout through March 31, 2019)See through pen on Etsy by ClearlyLovedPets: through crate on Etsy by PrettyKennels: and Train: Toppl toy: Treat Separation in Dogs by Malena Demartini-Price:'ll Be Home Soon by Patricia McConnell, PhD: Evolutionary Parenting article on Attachment Theory and Attachment Parenting by Tracy Cassel PhD: You can witness Gilby and Ghost's playdates at @GhostFrench ( and @GilbyKriss ( Dog Fact: The Beatles song that contains a secret dog whistle:
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