Episodes
Visit us at shapedbydog.com    When you have a new puppy, safe socializing is important. Something to consider is taking a pup to outdoor cafes or restaurants. When you do it right, there are many benefits. But if done badly, your puppy could end up overwhelmed or having a bad experience and becoming fearful. I’m covering all the steps to grow your puppy’s confidence when dining out at a pet-friendly venue so you can enjoy a coffee or meal with family and friends.   In the episode you'll...
Published 09/23/22
Visit us at shapedbydog.com    My dog won’t take treats outside! Is that something you’ve ever said or heard? We’re looking at the challenge of a dog refusing treats as a case study, as training will be so much easier if your dog loves food, especially if you are working on things like loose leash walking or helping your dog with reactivity. I’ve got an outside the box training plan for you to get your dog loving treats no matter where you are.   In the episode you'll hear:   • The...
Published 09/21/22
Visit us at shapedbydog.com    Why is it important to walk your dog daily? Besides the obvious health benefits of exercise, we’re looking at the advantages of daily dog walking that many people don’t realize. Sometimes people can give a list of reasons not to walk their dog, so we’re covering why to start and what defines appropriate exercise for dogs.   In the episode you'll hear:   • That our dog Tater Salad does not particularly like walking at certain times. • About the health...
Published 09/14/22
Visit us at shapedbydog.com    When we train dogs with layered shaping, we train with out of the box thinking. In this episode, I’m giving a glimpse of what that looks like and how it relates to the transfer of value. It starts with knowing what a dog loves most of all. I’m also covering a case study on how we used the transfer of reinforcement value for a German Shepherd so that they could learn to retrieve without a force fetch.   In the episode you'll hear:   • What we need our dog...
Published 09/09/22
Visit us at shapedbydog.com    Having coached thousands of people in dog training, I’ve observed that their dogs seem to fall into three categories. The dogs who seem to hate training sessions, the dogs who are so over the top about the training they are frantic, and the dogs who are driven and focused and absolutely love it. It’s not the breed of dog or their personality that determines the category, and it’s not the trainer or trainer’s experience; it’s about understanding you’re not...
Published 09/07/22
Visit us at shapedbydog.com     I use shaping rather than luring with food or toys in my dog training. In the 80s, I was taught to food lure and correct, learned to do it well, and luring brought me a lot of success in obedience and agility. Luring can have benefits, but I decided to change. When I say I don't lure, it always gets a lot of comments and questions on social media, so in this episode, I'm covering the top ten reasons I prefer shaping.   In the episode you'll hear:   • The...
Published 09/02/22
Visit us at shapedbydog.com     We’re geeking out the topic of dopamine in dog training and how it impacts a dog’s motivation. Dopamine is a type of  neurotransmitter, and there’s a lot of research on its relation to the drive to seek out happiness. Now, you might be wondering what it has to do with dog training but to make sure our dogs want to work with us, it’s something we need to know, and it relates directly to my training protocols and transfer of value.   In the episode you'll...
Published 08/31/22
Visit us at shapedbydog.com    We use targets in our dog training, which has prompted popular questions on the best way to fade a target and when to start fading. So that’s the topic of this episode, along with what targets are and why they work so well. Before you attempt to remove a target, there are three questions to ask and a clear process for fading so that your dog has a strong finished behavior.   In the episode you'll hear:   • The difference between a food lure and a target. ...
Published 08/26/22
Visit us at shapedbydog.com     A good dog training plan will set you and your dog up for success and protect your confidence. The planning I do for myself and my students includes 10 key elements. We’re covering what the 10 elements are, along with how to grow the layers to take training from your living room to the bunny farm.   In the episode you'll hear:   • Why the detailed planning I do for myself and my students starts with criteria. • Tips to prevent cheap or toxic behaviors...
Published 08/24/22
Visit us at shapedbydog.com     The way we dog train is different, and there are four elements that are vital to everything we do. It starts with confidence for people and their dogs and layers to grow a relationship of trust. There are many ways to use reinforcement in dog training, and our focus is on layered shaping, which might be a new concept for many people.   In the episode you'll hear:   • That the vast majority of people start wanting to know how to stop their dogs from doing...
Published 08/19/22
Visit us at shapedbydog.com    If someone says to you that they are a reinforcement-based dog trainer, what does that really mean? There are a lot of ways of training dogs with food or toys. Even though they fall under the reinforcement grouping, the different types of training are all dramatically different. We’re covering what I tried in the past, what I suggest you avoid, and the most effective way to shape your dog.   In the episode you'll hear:   • About training dogs by luring and...
Published 08/12/22
Visit us at shapedbydog.com     If you were to google for help for an anxious, stressed, or reactive dog, you’d get many suggestions, many of which are good! But there are critical elements that are essential for you to know. We’re covering the 10 things that are vital for you to help your dog get into the confidence zone.   In the episode you'll hear:   • Why training should be about reinforcement rather than isolating what you don't like. • The reason not to put your dog or yourself...
Published 08/10/22
Visit us at shapedbydog.com    If your dog is stressed, anxious or reactive, there’s so much you can do to replace that stress, anxiety and reactivity with confidence. Two things are super important to help our dogs become confident, and those are our mindset and training clarity. Believing in your dog will help you bring out their best in any situation.   In the episode you'll hear:   • About thinking the best about our dogs and the best about ourselves. • How to throw away any...
Published 08/05/22
Visit us at shapedbydog.com     Inadvertent stress is something we want to minimize when training our dogs, as excessive stress has the same impact on dogs as it does on us. Now, stress is everywhere, but we don’t want to create it unintentionally and don’t want our dogs to endure anxiety if we can avoid it. We’re looking at how we can set up our training to prevent our dogs from stressing out.   In the episode you'll hear:   • How dogs can stress low or high and what that stress looks...
Published 08/03/22
Visit us at shapedbydog.com    If you were to get 100 of the world’s best dog trainers in a room, there would be a lot of disagreements. However, if you asked, “what’s the number one training mistake people make with their new puppy?” 99 of those dog trainers would give you the same answer. If you were to google, how do I get my puppy to stop, search results like stop peeing in the house, stop barking, and stop putting everything in their mouth, will be returned. These puppy behavior...
Published 07/27/22
Visit us at shapedbydog.com    Help, how can I stop my dog barking in the car while I’m driving!? That’s one of the most common questions we receive, and it’s a dilemma as you can’t drive and train your dog at the same time. But you can fix it! It starts with knowing why a dog is barking in the first place. It could be fear, excitement, anticipation, or maybe the dog is triggered by what they see out the car window.   In the episode you'll hear:   • All the reasons a dog might be...
Published 07/13/22
Visit us at shapedbydog.com     Do you consider yourself a risk taker? Or maybe you play it safe? What about when it comes to your dog? We all want our dogs to be safe, but there’s one area in a dog’s life where people take highly dangerous risks, and that is when travelling in the car.   In the episode you'll hear:   • That I’m not risk aversive, except when it comes to my dogs. • Why I decided to never take part in “go to ground” with my Terriers. • The chances I won’t take with my...
Published 07/08/22
Visit us at shapedbydog.com    If you’ve ever trained your dog in public or put a video on social media, chances are somebody has offered you unsolicited training advice. Likely it’s advice you don’t need, don’t want, and most certainly didn’t request. How to deal with it is a question we see frequently, so if you have ever received unsolicited dog training advice, this episode is for you!   In the episode you'll hear:   • That our job is always to protect and grow confidence for our...
Published 07/06/22
Visit us at shapedbydog.com     There are two types of dogs when it comes to water and going for a swim. Some dogs LOVE water and swimming, and others don’t want anything to do with it. How we teach swimming applies to both kinds of dogs and is different from what you might see others do. Dogs who naturally love to swim can be a challenge, as can dogs who hate water. Help is at hand with my 5 steps for water success for both types of dogs.   In the episode you'll hear:   • Why a dog...
Published 07/01/22
Visit us at shapedbydog.com     Understanding the science of dog training is going to help you help your dog with clarity. In Episode 158 of Shaped by Dog, we covered training and using positive interrupters, and a few questions came in asking how that’s different from a recall cue. The difference starts with the words “unconditioned stimulus” and knowing how conditioning works.   In the episode you'll hear:   • The news that we have a new puppy, and her name is Belief. • More on what...
Published 06/29/22
Visit us at shapedbydog.com     I have owned nine puppies and had many rescue dogs new to my home, and all have become amazing adult dogs. It might seem I was lucky, but the truth is that I followed a process! And there are things that I don’t do with my puppies or dogs when they come to live with me. I’m covering the 10 common mistakes that people make with a new puppy. Avoiding these 10 things that people do intentionally or inadvertently when they get a new puppy will set puppies up for...
Published 06/22/22
Visit us at shapedbydog.com     It’s important to realize when a puppy might not be interacting appropriately with another puppy or dog. Some puppies can be bullies, play far too roughly, or be overly exuberant and unable to read the room. We’re covering the steps you can take to help a puppy with appropriate interactions and what to know about puppy play.   In the episode you'll hear:   • What I learned from a Jack Russel Terrier puppy and Border Collie puppy in the 90s. • How puppies...
Published 06/17/22
Visit us at shapedbydog.com    If you took an obedience class back in the 80s, you could have learned to say things like AH-AH, NO, and HEY to stop your dog from doing something. And if you learned that that recently or find those old habits still with you, I’ve got something to help! Those short sharp words spoken harshly will startle dogs and stop a behavior, but they will also create stress and anxiety for a dog. Instead, we can teach words or sounds that will interrupt our dogs and let...
Published 06/15/22
Visit us at shapedbydog.com     If you spend time on social media, you will have seen videos where somebody has a family dog and a young toddler or a baby in very precarious situations. It’s unnecessarily dangerous as the dog is giving clear information with their body language on how they are feeling! If we live with a dog, we need to understand how they communicate their emotions. We’re covering what to look for in canine body language, so you know what dogs are telling you.   In the...
Published 06/10/22