Episodes
Allison is back with some more great tips on how to take better photos of your dog!Who doesn't want that perfect Instagramable, frameable, background photo of our dog.  But even with the 200 photos we have on our phones sometimes it eludes us!Back in episode 52 Allison Shamrell of Allison Shamrell Pet Photography told us all about how to take great photos with just a cell phone and so much more.  Well, I've brought her back to answer some more questions on how to get that perfect shot!In this...
Published 07/09/21
I'm back to burst some bubbles (POP!).  Don't get me wrong, I LOVE my fenced-in yard just like most dog owners.  But just like with most things that make our lives easier there's a downside.  I'm here to help you minimize them!My goal is to make sure that you and your dog can use your backyard in the best way possible.  And that means there's some training that needs to happen before you just let them loose!This applies if you have a puppy or a full grown dog!In this episode I talk about:*...
Published 06/24/21
Socializing your dog, especially when they are young, is SUPER DUPER important.  If you have listened to me at all then this is not news to you. You know that you have to expose your dog to many different people, places, environments, sounds, textures, and dogs.  This is what creates a confident, well-adjusted dog that you can take anywhere and not have to worry about them.  BUT we need to do it right.  That is why I developed my 7 guidelines for socializing your dog.  Not only do we want to...
Published 05/28/21
How many times have you gone to Youtube to find a new dog trick and it's a three-minute video with a dog that already knows the trick?Or you teach your dog a new trick in class to go home and they act like they never heard of it before.  Truth is, training doesn't happen in a straight line.  Yes, there is usually a set of steps we have to follow but those steps don't go as smoothly as the video, book, or class make it look. In this episode, I go session by session describing my journey of...
Published 03/12/21
Your puppy's schedule will vary depending on many factors.  Including age, exercise needs, and your schedule.When I'm asked about what a typical day looks like I know that I'm actually being asked things like:"How many times should I take my puppy out?""How much exercise should my puppy get?""How much time is too much time in the crate?"To help answer these questions and give you a place to start, in this episode, I talk about what a typical day might look like for a 10-week old puppy and how...
Published 02/22/21
When we imagine kids and puppies we think that they go together like peanut butter and jelly (or my preference - chocolate). The reality isn't so sweet.  Your puppy and your kids LOVE each other.  But sometimes it's that same love and excitement that causes scratches, tears, and a disheartening relationship.When we have kids and a puppy in the same house it takes a lot more management and referring than most expect.  We can have that amazing relationship that we imagined when you got the...
Published 01/06/21
Debbie here!  I just wanted to jump into your podcast feed one more time this year.  First I want to thank you, my listeners once again for being a bright spot in an otherwise stressful year.  I also thought it would be fun to take a look back at this year's most popular episodes and also talk about what's to come in 2021.No training advice in this one.  Just a little conversation between us humans.  Press play to listen!Resources mentioned and related to this episode:YNP #046: Puppy Biting...
Published 12/28/20
When you are new at watching dogs play it can be confusing and even a bit concerning.  Dog play is "play fighting" so if you haven't made a career out of knowing dog body language it's easy to get concerned even when dogs are having a grand old time. To make it harder sometimes two dogs play, are having a good time, but it's still inappropriate play and we might want to ask them to take a break.Learning dog play and dog body language is like learning any new language.  It takes study, time,...
Published 12/09/20
When you are new at watching dogs play it can be confusing and even a bit concerning.  Dog play is "play fighting" so if you haven't made a career out of knowing dog body language it's easy to get concerned even when dogs are having a grand old time. To make it harder sometimes two dogs play, are having a good time, but it's still inappropriate play and we might want to ask them to take a break.Learning dog play and dog body language is like learning any new language.  It takes study, time,...
Published 12/09/20
If your dog listens to you inside your house that doesn't mean they know what you want outside on their walk.  Even if you are asking for the same thing.  Dogs are very contextual and need to be taught how to listen even when there distractions.  The good news is, if your dog listens to you in your kitchen then you already know how to teach your dog to listen with distractions!  If you want your dog to listen to you in a new environment you have to reteach them the same skill like they have...
Published 11/20/20
How do you handle potty training when all the adults in the housework full time?  This is a question I get asked a lot.  Mainly because my listeners know I do not like the use of potty pads (for more on that, check out Episode 009).  If you are going to be out of the house longer than your puppy can hold regularly, how do you handle that without using potty pads?  My short answer is "get help!"  I know, it’s not what you want to hear.  And you may think, “wait, SO MANY people have dogs and...
Published 11/02/20
There are SO MANY things we need to train our puppy when we bring them home.  It's really easy to get overwhelmed or focus on the wrong things.  In this episode, I talk about the three most important skills you can teach your puppy.  Start these skills from day one and you will reap the benefits for years to come.  The three skills I talk about are:Being handled (beyond being picked up and petting)Getting their attentionImpulse control (AKA frustration tolerance)In this episode I talk...
Published 10/21/20
Does it feel like your trainer just tells you to stuff your dog's belly full of treats and say then they're trained?  Treats are an essential tool to raising our well-mannered dog but the lesson on HOW to use the treats properly gets lost.And we really want to avoid that place where your dog will only listen if you have a treat in your hand.  In this episode I talk about:Why we use treats.What's the difference between high value and low value treats (and when do we use them).How to know when...
Published 10/09/20
All we want is a peaceful house!  When asking two (or three!) different species to live together it can get tricky!How you introducing your dog and cat depends a lot on the personalities involved. If you have a calm dog and confident cat, count yourself lucky!  If you have an excited dog and a shy cat, it's gonna take a little longer.One of the most important things to keep in mind is not to rush the process.  That being said the best thing you can do to speed the process along is to make...
Published 07/30/20
We all have a hundred (ok, ok hundreds) of photos of our dog.  But how many are keepers?  If you are anything like me you have 600 pictures and 2 end up as keepersIn this episode, let's welcome Allison Shamrell to give us all her best tips on how to get better photos of your dog, even if all you have is a cell phone!This is a fun episode and I learned so much from Allison and I know you will too!What we talk about:How to take better photos with just your cell phoneWhat obedience commands will...
Published 07/15/20
A strong recall is one of the most important behaviors your dog can have.  It's also something that takes LOTS OF WORK!!This episode is a replay a mini recall training I did inside my online puppy course YOUR Perfect Puppy.  I talk about how I approach recall as a habit that you and your dog need to develop (not as a command to teach).  I also go over the most common mistakes that I see and small adjustments that you can make to get that stronger recall. Press play to listen to the entire...
Published 06/18/20
Separation anxiety is always been something dog owners need to be aware of.  How to be alone is something that we have to teach our dogs.  In a perfect world we start this when they are puppies with crate training and the natural rhythm of our lives as we need to go to work, school, family functions or just out to dinner.  But right now we aren't doing any of those things.  As we are spending so much more time with our dogs a concern that has come up recently is how our dogs will react when...
Published 05/22/20
Leash training is a hot topic among dog owners.  Walks are a fundamental joy for dogs but when it comes to walking down the street in a straight line, it's no longer feels natural for them so that's why we encounter some resistance.This is also why there are many different ways we struggle with our dog on a leash.In this episode, I go over the 3 most common questions I get about leash training.* How to stop pulling on a leash.* How to stop jumping and nipping during the walk. * How to handle...
Published 05/08/20
​As your dog grows you will probably experience some behavior changes.  Just as you think you have it ALL figured out your puppy will prove you wrong. It's all part of the roller coaster of owning a puppy.  In this episode, I talk about when these changes can happen, why they happen, and how to handle them.  Press play to listen to the entire episode.  Enjoy!
Published 04/22/20
​If you decide to bring home an adult dog you may have different expectations than if they were a puppy.  Maybe they're already potty trained and crate trained.  They don't have as much energy. Maybe they're out of the chewing stage.  These expectations can lead to some trouble when we first bring them home.  Just like with a puppy, we still need to make them feel safe while they get to know us and we get to know them.For a rescue dog, this can take up to 3 months. Last week I talked about...
Published 04/08/20
​This week I'm doing something a little different.  This is the audio version of a video series called 3 Phases to Bringing Your New Puppy Home.  If you are a future puppy owner than this mini training is perfect for you.In this episode, I talk all about Phase 03: Get to Work.  Right around day 4 your will see your puppy's true personality start to come out.  Now that they are settled in it's time to get to work!  There are four essential tools you will need through every stage of your dog's...
Published 04/03/20
​This week I'm doing something a little different.  This is the audio version of a video series called 3 Phases to Bringing Your New Puppy Home.  If you are a future puppy owner than this mini training is perfect for you.In this episode, I talk all about Phase 02: Settle In.  I go over exactly what you need to focus on in the first 3-4 days your puppy is home.  Just as important, I go over what you don't need to worry about until later!  Press play below to listen to the full episode...
Published 04/01/20
​This week I'm doing something a little different.  This is the audio version of a video series called 3 Phases to Bringing Your New Puppy Home.  If you are a future puppy owner than this mini training is perfect for you.In this episode, I talk all about Phase 01: Prepare.  I go over everything from the supplies I recommend to have the for the day your puppy comes home to how to prepare your home, yourself, and your family.Press play below to listen to the full episode or... Watch the...
Published 03/30/20
In the best of times, it's important to know how to socialize your puppy.  Even though these are not the best of times, socialization is no less important. How are you supposed to socialize your puppy when you're not allowed to socialize yourself?!?!Well, the situation isn't perfect but we can make the best of it.In this episode, I talk about what you can focus on during social distancing and adjustments you can make to still get these essential life experiences in for your puppy. In short,...
Published 03/22/20