E298: Nicole Wiebsuch and Petra Ford - "Proofing for Performance"

Nicole Wiebusch and Petra Ford joined me to talk about what goes into training fluency that will hold up under the pressures of competition. 

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31 Hits

E297: Julie Flanery - "Shape Up Your Shaping"

Julie Flanery and I talk about what shaping is, and how to use it effectively and efficiently... including putting behaviors under stimulus control!

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208 Hits

E296: Working with a Dog Sports Coach

Denise Fenzi, Nancy Gagliardi Little and Megan Foster join me to talk about working with a dog sports coach — the differences between a coach and a trainer, the advantages to having a coach, and how to get some of the benefits even if you can't find one. 

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469 Hits

E295: Laura Donaldson - "Stop and Smell the Pee Mail"

Laura and I talk about how sniffing can help dogs heal from trauma and how it's critical for all of our dogs — because it's one of their key senses!

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E294: Dealing with Cabin Fever

Heather Lawson, Julie Symons, and Ashley Escobar join me to talk about how they handle it when their dogs are stuck indoors for an extended time... and what they train when limited to a small(er) training space. 

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488 Hits

E293: Hélène Lawler - Big Feelings at Both Ends of the Leash

When your dog has big feelings it can often inspire big feelings in you, too. In this episode, Hélène Lawler and I talk about how handlers can bring their best selves to the training picture by diving into their own big feelings. 

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557 Hits

E292: Denise Fenzi - "Integrating Online and In Person Classes"

Many students take classes both online and in person — so how do you make the most of both options and integrate both into your training?

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413 Hits

E291: Lucy Newton - "Foundations of Tracking"

Lucy and I chat about the skills your dog needs to hone to learn to track, and she answers that frequently asked question: Can you dog do both nosework and tracking?

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E290: Erin Lynes - "Keeping Senior Dogs Fit"

As our dogs age their needs and preferences change; Erin and I talk about what it takes to keep senior dogs fit in mind and body, and how to decide when it may be time to retire them from the sports you both love.  

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E289: Kellie Snider - "Constructional Aggression Treatment"

Kellie Snider helped develop the Constructional Aggression Treatment as part of her thesis in grad school — today, she joins me on the podcast to talk about what it is, how it works, and why negative reinforcement, in this case, gets an undeservedly bad rap. 

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882 Hits

E288: Sara Brueske - "Teaching Toy Play with Food"

Can you, should you, teach toy play with food? Sara's answer is a resounding yes — in this episode we talk about why and how. 

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588 Hits

E287 - Jennifer Summerfield, DVM - “Canine Pancreatitis & Behavior Disorders”

Dr. Jen joins me this week to talk about the growing awareness of chronic canine pancreatitis and for a discussion on behavior disorders in our dogs. 

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462 Hits

E286: Nicole Levesque - "When Handler Health Impacts Dog Training"

Nicole joins me to share her inspiring story and how she's handled health setbacks in her multi-dog, competitive agility household... including how she's preparing for additional months of restricted (human) activity. 

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488 Hits

E285: Petra Ford - "For Better or Worse: Sticking with Training"

Training and trialing with our dogs isn't always easy — Petra and I talk about how to handle it when errors happen, and what it's like to stick with one goal for 6.5 years. 

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1065 Hits

E284: Megan Foster and Liz Joyce - "Increasing Your Handling Options for Agility"

Today Megan and Liz join me to talk about the role of handler fitness, handler skill building, and contact behaviors in agility! 

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1307 Hits

E283: Deb Jones - "The Art of Impulse Control"

What's the difference between impulse control and stimulus control? What about when we throw "zen" behaviors into the mix? Deb and I talk about all that and more in this week's episode! 

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923 Hits

E282: Loretta Mueller - Creating a More Responsive Dog

Loretta and I talk about what it takes to create the balance needed for a responsive agility dog — including how to rehab things!

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844 Hits

E281: Andrea Harrison - "The Human End of the Leash"

Join Andrea and I as we talk about how to recover when things go wrong — whether that means a bad training session or a bad trial!

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706 Hits

E280: Sarah Stremming - "Helping Our Dogs to be Their Best Selves"

In this episode Sarah and I talk about the common thread that seems to run through everything she teaches — the idea of loving the dog you have, while also trying to help them become the best version of themselves. 

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813 Hits

E279: Dr. Kristina Spaulding & Irith Bloom - "Stress and Agency: Building a More Resilient Dog"

Understanding the role stress plays in training and living with our canine partners is essential to optimizing our lives with them! Agency provides one of the most powerful options for empowering our pups and creating an optimistic dog.

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932 Hits