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5 Popular Ways To Train Your Dog With Food #170 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 using food or toys as a lure. • What's termed observational learning or social learning, or sometimes modelling. • About Stella the Kelpie and Bunny the Sheepadoodle using buttons to communicate. • Some of the words that dogs understand and words that excite my dogs. • What capturing behavior means and how to get a captured behavior like a stretch or talking. • About shaping, and the critical difference between two styles used to shape a behavior. • The reason I don't free shape these days and prefer layered shaping. • How to make the correct choice for the dog the obvious choice. • Why splitting behaviours down creates confidence for dogs and give you a strong foundation.   Resources:   1. Podcast Episode 94: How the Best Professional Dog Trainers Use Reinforcement - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/94/ 2. Podcast Episode 59: Why Your Treats Aren’t Working for Your Dog - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/59/ 3. Podcast Episode 2: Reinforcement - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/2/ 4. Stella the Kelpie (Instagram) - https://www.instagram.com/hunger4words/ 5. Bunny the Sheepadoodle (Instagram) - https://www.instagram.com/whataboutbunny/ 6. Podcast Episode 5: What is Shaping And How Can Dogs Shape Us - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/5/ 7. Blog with Video: Positive Dog Training and the Difference in Shaping - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2018/11/the-difference-in-shaping/ 8. Podcast Episode 167: Reduce Your Dog’s Stress And Anxiety In Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/167/ 9. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/XfQFmLfkfbU
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5 Popular Ways To Train Your Dog With Food #170 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 using food or toys as a lure. • What's termed observational learning or social learning, or sometimes modelling. • About Stella the Kelpie and Bunny the Sheepadoodle using buttons to communicate. • Some of the words that dogs understand and words that excite my dogs. • What capturing behavior means and how to get a captured behavior like a stretch or talking. • About shaping, and the critical difference between two styles used to shape a behavior. • The reason I don't free shape these days and prefer layered shaping. • How to make the correct choice for the dog the obvious choice. • Why splitting behaviours down creates confidence for dogs and give you a strong foundation.   Resources:   1. Podcast Episode 94: How the Best Professional Dog Trainers Use Reinforcement - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/94/ 2. Podcast Episode 59: Why Your Treats Aren’t Working for Your Dog - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/59/ 3. Podcast Episode 2: Reinforcement - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/2/ 4. Stella the Kelpie (Instagram) - https://www.instagram.com/hunger4words/ 5. Bunny the Sheepadoodle (Instagram) - https://www.instagram.com/whataboutbunny/ 6. Podcast Episode 5: What is Shaping And How Can Dogs Shape Us - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/5/ 7. Blog with Video: Positive Dog Training and the Difference in Shaping - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2018/11/the-difference-in-shaping/ 8. Podcast Episode 167: Reduce Your Dog’s Stress And Anxiety In Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/167/ 9. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/XfQFmLfkfbU
Dog Training A Stressed, Anxious Or Reactive Dog Part 2 #169 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 in a position where there will be judgment. • About choosing a dog training program that will protect your dog's confidence. • Why to know your dog's number one highest value reward. • The difference between perception triggers and fear triggers. • That triggers don't stay static and get lower or grow in intensity. • Why to know your dog's Confidence Zone and how to grow it in stages. • About Matching Law and how that applies to what you do with your dog. • How creating good active and calm triggers will help you help your dog. • Why it's important to condition a love for any tools you will be using. • That some dogs need behavioral medication, and it can make training easier.   Resources:   1. Podcast Episode 168: Creating Confidence For Anxious, Stressed Or Reactive Dogs Part 1 - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/168/ 2. Podcast Episode 94: How the Best Professional Dog Trainers Use Reinforcement - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/94/ 3. Podcast Episode 46: Is Your Dog Trying to Dominate You and What You Can Do About It - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/46/ 4. Agility Nation - https://www.agility-nation.com/ 5. Podcast Episode 11: The Power of Permission in Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/11/ 6. Podcast Episode 90: Premack, Dog Training and Transfer of Value - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/90/ 7. Podcast Episode 71: Pro Dog Trainer’s Secret to Help Your Naughty Dog - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/71/ 8. Podcast Episode 112: Stressed Dog? How Trigger Stacking Might Be Putting Your Dog Over Threshold - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/112/ 9. YouTube Playlist: Fearful Dogs Help with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy0KAsqgnkMWv0v-5JGjNQG_ 10. Podcast Episode 167: Reduce Your Dog’s Stress And Anxiety In Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/167/ 11. Podcast Episode 166: Puppy Freedom: How Much Is Too Much? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/166/ 12. YouTube Playlist: Dog Training Games with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy2TzttCtZVFwzwMGayAsaYe 13. Podcast Episode 111: How An Anchor Dog Can Help Overcome Your Dog’s Anxiety Or Reactivity - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/111/ 14. Matching Law (Wikipedia) - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matching_law 15. Podcast Episode 86: How to Train Unmotivated or Overexcited Dogs - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/86/ 16. YouTube Video: Puppy's First Training with Susan Garrett: Shaping, Targeting and Collar Conditioning - https://youtu.be/ticB_1Twx6E 17. Podcast Episode 40: Using A Head Halter On A Dog, Why My Approach Is So Different - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/40/ 18. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/WTheqs3fqgE
Creating Confidence For Anxious, Stressed Or Reactive Dogs Part 1 #168 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 negative feelings you might have about yourself. • That you are doing the best you can and to ignore society’s judgment. • About the unrealistic expectations people have about dogs. • How to see the dog you love everywhere you go with that dog. • Why to know what your dog will do when they are overwhelmed. • That you need a plan to replace food lures and props in your dog training. • About breaking behaviors down and how that applies to walking on a loose leash. • Why we want to help our dogs recover from failure fast and how it starts with ItsYerChoice. • A review of the arousal curve, so you can be aware of your dog’s emotional state. • Why we need to believe our dogs and learn from the information they give us. • That our dogs are always doing the best they can in any situation and change is possible.   ItsYerChoice Game: Learn how to play ItsYerChoice (IYC)   Resources:   1. Podcast Episode 167: Reduce Your Dog’s Stress And Anxiety In Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/167/ 2. YouTube Playlist: Reactive or Aggressive Dogs: Key Insights with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy0Tbd6ZybIXgJk3mtpBLLk7 3. Podcast Episode 163: Unsolicited Dog Training Advice: How To Protect Your Confidence And Your Dog - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/163/ 4. Podcast Episode 78: How to Train a Rescue Dog with Behavior Problems - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/78/ 5. Podcast Episode 114: Dog Agility Training: 3 Big Mistakes All Dog Owners Should Avoid - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/114/ 6. Podcast Episode 3: How Hollywood Made Life Tough For Dogs - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/3/ 7. Podcast Episode 76: Leash Walking: Distracted, or Reactive Dog? These Games Will Help! - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/76/ 8. YouTube Video: Perch Work (Pivots and Spins) - https://youtu.be/O6sj6fTJnFc 9. Podcast Episode 86: How to Train Unmotivated or Overexcited Dogs - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/86/ 10. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/N_XO0jqxvBg
Reduce Your Dog's Stress And Anxiety In Training #167 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 like. • That our human mechanics can reduce anxiety for dogs. • About practicing without your dog and how that will help minimize stress. • Why videoing will improve your training sessions and help your dog. • How I set up my training area and include stations. • That transitions are the gaps between the training, and we want them seamless. • What an efficient training session is and how to minimize your dog's repetitions. • About the importance of using Balance Breaks in your training sessions. • An answer to a listener's question about using food when training heeling.   Resources:   1. Podcast Episode 86: How to Train Unmotivated or Overexcited Dogs - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/86/ 2. Podcast Episode 4: T.E.M.P. (Tail, Eyes/Ears, Mouth, Posture) - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/4/ 3. Podcast Episode 157: Dog Body Language: Understanding Canine Communication Signals And Emotions - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/157/ 4. Podcast Episode 110: Is Your Over-Aroused Dog Just Over-Faced In Training? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/110/ 5. Podcast Episode 131: How Would Susan Garrett Plan Your Dog Training Sessions? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/131/ 6. Podcast Episode 125: Why Isn’t My Dog Learning What I’m Training? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/125/ 7. Podcast Episode 31: 5 Simple Hacks to Help Your Dog Learn Faster (Reinforcement Process) - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/31/ 8. Susan’s Favorite Tripods and Video Accessories - https://dogsthat.com/favs/#tve-jump-178b15548dc 9. Podcast Episode 133: Become Your Own Dog Training Coach With This Video Strategy - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/133/ 10. Podcast Episode 57: Why Balance Breaks Fast Track Your Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/57/ 11. Crate Games - https://get.crategames.com/ 12. YouTube Video: Perch Work (Pivots and Spins) - https://youtu.be/O6sj6fTJnFc 13. Recallers - https://recallers.com/ 14. Podcast Episode 53: Stop Your Dog Pulling on Leash and Start Walking Together - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/53/ 15. YouTube Video: Understanding Your Dog's Reinforcement Zone (RZ) with Susan Garrett - https://youtu.be/OaUAScgaFAg 16. YouTube Video: Susan Garrett's Target Stick Training for Dogs Part One - https://youtu.be/MzePo7RSQu4 17. YouTube Video: Susan Garrett's Target Stick Training for Dogs Part Two - https://youtu.be/TqsEEWCXze0 18. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/tcae85wYXBE
Puppy Freedom: How Much Is Too Much? #166 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 problems are related to the number one mistake dog trainers agree about: giving a puppy too much freedom.   In the episode you'll hear:   • Why puppies can’t have too much freedom without something bad happening. • How puppy zones prevent the rehearsal of undesired behaviours. • About the stages of puppy development related to giving freedom. • How I utilize crates, ex-pens and baby gates for puppy zones and safety. • The reason not to use a doggy door with your puppy. • Why I want my puppies to learn alone time, pottying on leash, and listening indoors and outdoors. • About sleep time, potty time, training time, eating time, exercise time and chill time for a puppy. • Tips for structuring your morning schedule with a puppy to create success.   Resources:   1. Podcast Episode 30: Why Dog Crates Are Not Dog Cages - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/30/ 2. Crate Games - https://get.crategames.com/ 3. Podcast Episode 48: Potty Train Your Puppy in a Week (Easy 3 Step Process) - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/48/ 4. Blog Post: All About Dogs Sleeping in the Bedroom - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2020/03/dogs-sleeping-in-the-bedroom/ 5. Podcast Episode 98: Puppy Home Alone: Are You Creating Chaos or Calm? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/98/ 6. Podcast Episode 26: Pro Dog Training Tips to Get Your Puppy to Sleep All Night - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/26/ 7. YouTube Video: Puppy's First Training with Susan Garrett: Shaping, Targeting and Collar Conditioning - https://youtu.be/ticB_1Twx6E 8. Puppy Essentials Playlist on YouTube - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy2hywpv3Md3HbWWPPbVF8W5 9. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/t-CnvRQtsIU
Why Do Dogs Bark In Cars And How To Stop It #165 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 barking while you are driving. • How a video can help you diagnose why your dog barks. • About using management for dogs who bark in cars. • The reason to narrow down what might be triggering your dog’s barking. • How eliminating rehearsals of the undesired behaviour is vital. • What to do if you have two or more dogs barking while you are travelling in the car. • That sometimes limiting your dog’s view out the windows can eliminate barking. • Why to reinforce your dog for being quiet when in the car and ways you can set that up. • About using negative punishment when there is a history of rich reinforcement for that which is correct. • The strategy of stopping the car when your dog is barking in anticipation. • Why you need to counter condition and desensitize your dog first. • What to do if your dog is triggered by something when they are in the car. • How to help a dog who gets overexcited about car trips and going places in the car. • All the progressions to stopping your dog barking when you are driving. • That barking is a conditioned behaviour and not a conscious response by your dog.   Resources:   1. Podcast Episode 75: Stop Motion Sickness: Helping Your Puppy or Dog Love the Car - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/75/ 2. Podcast Episode 164: The Danger Of Car Travel For Dogs: Evaluating Your Risk - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/164/ 3. Podcast Episode 112: Stressed Dog? How Trigger Stacking Might Be Putting Your Dog Over Threshold - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/112/ 4. *Remote Feeder: PetSafe Treat & Train - https://geni.us/treat-train 5. Podcast Episode 88: Barrier Frustration: Help for Fence Fighting, Leash Reactivity and Window Guarding - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/88/ 6. YouTube Playlist: The Emotional State of Dogs with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy29pv3_9b7DZdMFJL9ZJPMy 7. Crate Games - https://crategames.com/ 8. YouTube Video: Understanding Your Dog's Reinforcement Zone (RZ) with Susan Garrett - https://youtu.be/OaUAScgaFAg 9. Recallers - https://recallers.com/ 10. YouTube Video: 15 Ways To Exercise Your Dog - https://youtu.be/SsQY6nm6E30 11. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube -  https://youtu.be/XVnjKYoz5WA   *Amazon Links Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. 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!
The Danger Of Car Travel For Dogs: Evaluating Your Risk #164 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 dogs even though they are so well trained. • About all the risks people take with how dogs travel in cars. • Me implore you to please never drive with your dog in the back of a pickup truck. • The dangers of driving with your dog’s head out the window. • About how risky it is to drive with your dog on your lap on the front seat next to you. • How dogs riding loose in the backseat can obsess, leading to anxiety, barrier frustration and aggression. • That even the cargo area is not safe for you or your loose dog. • How I set up my car crates and anchor them down out of the crumple zone. • That a seatbelt attached to a genuinely approved car harness can be a way for your dog to travel in a car. • About evaluating the risk when you go to put your dog in the car for a ride.   Resources:   1. Podcast Episode 154: Car Vacations With Dogs: Tips To Make Holiday Road Trips Safe And Fun For All - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/154/ 2. Center for Pet Safety - https://www.centerforpetsafety.org/ 3. Gunner Crates - https://gunner.com/ 4. Ruff Tough Kennels - https://rufflandkennels.com/ 5. Ruff Wear Load Up Car Harness - https://ruffwear.com/products/load-up-dog-car-harness 6. Sleepypod Clickit Harnesse - https://sleepypod.com/ 5. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube -  https://youtu.be/ZwM6NaMSf4k
Unsolicited Dog Training Advice: How To Protect Your Confidence And Your Dog #163 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 dog and ourselves. • How the advice you receive might be coming from a good place with helpful intent. • The chances of a random stranger having any credentials in dog training is very low. • How your internal dialogue is the most important thing, followed by your external response. • What you can do to be proactive and why to think about your recovery response. • That you can deflect to me if needed, and that advice might be like an offer to change a tire. • How to handle online interactions and that when you feel furious, it’s time to get curious. • What to do about unsolicited advice or dog training when it’s from visitors in your home. • About dealing with unsolicited advice when it comes from an authority like your Vet. • Why to never hand your dog over to anyone to “deal with” without asking questions.   Resources:   1. Podcast Episode 112: Stressed Dog? How Trigger Stacking Might Be Putting Your Dog Over Threshold - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/112/ 2. Podcast Episode 153: Dog Muzzles: Everything You Need To Know And How To Muzzle Train Dogs - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/153/ 3. YouTube Video - Vet Visits For Dogs: How To Create A Positive Experience For Everyone - https://youtu.be/VJc42BfNre4 4. YouTube Playlist: The Emotional State of Dogs with Susan Garrett - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy29pv3_9b7DZdMFJL9ZJPMy 5. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube -  https://youtu.be/q8mVmCd50jQ
Dogs Swimming: 5 Must Do Steps For Dogs Who Hate Or Love The Water #162 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 loving water and swimming can be problematic for you and your dog. • The reason control is essential for swimming and your dog’s safety. • How helping your dog like water is helping them be comfortable with life skills. • That the chance to go for a swim can be a high value reinforcer to use to your advantage. • Why I like my dogs to actually be swim when they are in the water. • Reasons some dogs don’t like going in the water, including being “John Wayned” aka flooded. • How you can easily start with an empty kiddie pool for both types of dogs. • The steps to put going into the water on stimulus control for your dog. • How your dog knowing sit, down and spin helps with water and swimming. • The breakdown of all the elements for water loving or water hating dogs.   Resources:   1. YouTube Video: Susan Garrett Riffs on Transfer of Value in Dog Training (and water loving Labradors) - https://youtu.be/clFlutZ0mls 2. YouTube Playlist: Cooperative Care and Consent in Dog Training - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy1wgUlMBX63miIBBpxE-DAO 3. YouTube Playlist: Reinforcement, Permissions and Transfer of Value in Dog Training with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy1IUj_4P54q2PIuLNtnXjFO 4. YouTube Video: Target Stick Training for Dogs Part 1 - https://youtu.be/MzePo7RSQu4 5. YouTube Video: Target Stick Training for Dogs Part 2 - https://youtu.be/TqsEEWCXze0 6. Podcast Episode 157: Dog Body Language: Understanding Canine Communication Signals And Emotions - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/157/ 7. Dog Life Jacket: Salus Skippy Dog Vest - http://www.salusmarine.com/?products=skippy 8. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/oexSF-V3ELg
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