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Being a dog parent is tough. Between vet visits, picking the right food and treats, and of course, training a well-behaved dog, it can be OVERWHELMING! Our goal with this podcast is to give you actionable, easy-to-understand, and well-thought-out tips and advice to make your daily dog parent life easier!

We cover topics like how to keep your dogs cool, figuring out what the h*ck impulse control is (and why your dog might be lacking it) and how to prepare your dog for each season and holiday!
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Being a dog parent is tough. Between vet visits, picking the right food and treats, and of course, training a well-behaved dog, it can be OVERWHELMING! Our goal with this podcast is to give you actionable, easy-to-understand, and well-thought-out tips and advice to make your daily dog parent life easier!

We cover topics like how to keep your dogs cool, figuring out what the h*ck impulse control is (and why your dog might be lacking it) and how to prepare your dog for each season and holiday!

And all of that will hopefully help you build a better relationship with your pup! << Show Less
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How Dogs Can Improve (or Damage) Our Mental Health: An Interview with Chrissy Lawler Licensed Therapist Dogs can play a huge role in our mental health journey. But, is it always “improvements”?!

I sat down with Chrissy Lawler, a licensed therapist & sleep expert, to discuss the good AND the bad parts of dogs and our mental health.

And while dogs typically provide SO much good in our lives, it’s important to understand some of the bad that can pop up.

Here is what we’ll cover in this podcast interview:
-Are there situations where dogs become a “net-negative” for someone’s mental health?
-How can having a dog impact a child’s or young adult’s mental health?
-Is it typically the responsibility of taking care of a dog that helps with depression & mental illness, or is it the dog itself?
-If someone is looking to get a dog to help improve their mental health, what should they consider when making that decision?

If your dog's behavior is starting to cause you more stress and challenges, be sure to sign up for our 100% free online dog training course here: https://pfrd.site/freehere-class

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How Dogs Can Improve (or Damage) Our Mental Health: An Interview with Chrissy Lawler Licensed Therapist Dogs can play a huge role in our mental health journey. But, is it always “improvements”?!

I sat down with Chrissy Lawler, a licensed therapist & sleep expert, to discuss the good AND the bad parts of dogs and our mental health.

And while dogs typically provide SO much good in our lives, it’s important to understand some of the bad that can pop up.

Here is what we’ll cover in this podcast interview:
-Are there situations where dogs become a “net-negative” for someone’s mental health?
-How can having a dog impact a child’s or young adult’s mental health?
-Is it typically the responsibility of taking care of a dog that helps with depression & mental illness, or is it the dog itself?
-If someone is looking to get a dog to help improve their mental health, what should they consider when making that decision?

If your dog's behavior is starting to cause you more stress and challenges, be sure to sign up for our 100% free online dog training course here: https://pfrd.site/freehere-class

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Dog Harness vs Collar: 5 Pros and Cons of Each Wherever you interact with other pup parents, you’ve probably experienced the harness vs collar debate.

While it comes down to your preference and your dog’s needs, there are some pros and cons of both harnesses and collars you must be aware of!

In this article, I’ll break down 5 pros and cons of both harnesses and collars for your puppy or adult dog and by the end, you’ll be able to make an informed decision for your pup!

It’s vital to understand that both harnesses and collars are not a training solution, they are just a tool!

No dog will magically walk perfectly on a leash just because you put a no-pull harness on him/her.

When used properly, a good harness (or collar) should be seen as a supplemental tool to your leash training efforts.

So please ensure your expectations are accurate when it comes to what harnesses and collars can do for your dog’s behavior!

Now, here is a simple overview of harnesses vs collars!

Pros of Harnesses
-More secure on your dog’s body
-Better control, especially with a 2-contact point harness
-Can help reduce pulling
-Less leash tangling
-Safer distribution of pressure

Cons of Harnesses
-Can be uncomfortable
-More challenging to get the right fit
-Can affect your dog’s gait (although research conflicts)
-Often don’t have tags/ID holder
-Can increase pulling

Pros of Collars
-Easy to remove and put on
-Less intrusive as it doesn’t go over your dog’s face
-Many styles and options are available
-Holder for tags/ID
-Often easier to clean

Cons of Collars
-Has been shown to cause pressure on the eyes
-Can cause neck/back pain, no distribution of pressure
-Dogs can easily slip out (martingale helps with this)
-Can be dangerous if caught on things which can lead to choking
-More leash tangling

Want to check out my FAVORITE dog harness (I've tried too many others to count)? Head here: https://pfrd.site/best-harnesss

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3 Dog Training Books EVERY Pup Parent Should Read + 3 Bonus Reads While online learning is valuable beyond compare, there’s something to be said about education through physical books (or ebooks if you must 😜). On that note, I wanted to share 3 of the best dog training books that I think EVERY pup parent should read!

These books not only will help improve your dog’s behavior, but they’ll ultimately help you better understand what’s going on in your pup’s head!

1- Don’t Shoot the Dog - Karen Pryor: https://amzn.to/3uDMO9f
2- Culture Clash - Jean Donaldson: https://amzn.to/3OY24pr
3- Zak George's Dog Training Revolution: The Complete Guide to Raising the Perfect Pet with Love: https://amzn.to/3c44oN8
4- How Dogs Work - Raymond Coppinger: https://amzn.to/3Iw3dCn
5- The Other End of the Leash - Patricia McConnell: https://amzn.to/3Ixz3yM
6- Meet Your Dog - Kim Brophey: https://amzn.to/3ywwgRN

While it's not a book, our 30 Day Perfect Pup course is full of helpful information and resources for training a well-behaved dog. AND it's 100% free. Sign up here: https://pfrd.site/signupnow

Please leave a review on Apple Podcasts, thanks for listening!

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15 Summer Safety Tips for Dogs + 3 Bonus Hacks for Dogs in the City Imagine wearing a jacket all day long in the middle of July… That’s essentially what our dogs do!

And unfortunately, dog heat stroke is a serious problem and can sneak up on you quickly!

So, in this article, I’m going to give you 15 dog summer safety tips to help your pup stay cool, protected, and safe, even during the hottest days.

And even if you live in a cooler area, you never know where travel might take you. So let’s get right into it! ⬇️

-Walk at cooler times of day
-Use shoes/boots when it’s really hot
-Always bring water & a bowl
-Take frequent breaks
-Give your dog frozen treats
-Be aware of critters like snakes, fleas & ticks, chiggers, etc.
-Don’t leave your dog in the car
-If your dog must be left outside, provide shade and water
-Use an elevated or cooling bed
-Swimming and water activities
-Keep lawn and garden products out of your dog’s reach
-Brush more frequently
-Use sunblock (really)
-Screens on windows in your home
-Keep your dog’s hair trimmed (but not shaved)

Bonus Hacks for City Living
-Find pet-friendly restaurants and businesses to ask for water
-Opt for shady streets
-Clean paws after being outside

Need paw balm for your pup?! Check out Butter Up here: https://pfrd.site/pawbalm

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Dog Microchips: A Complete Guide Every year millions of pets are lost or run away. And unfortunately, not having a dog microchip makes it 2.4x LESS likely that you’ll be reunited with your pup!

And to make matters worse, the 4th of July and the following days typically lead to about a 30% uptick in lost dogs.

But, it’s not all gloom and doom. Microchips are extremely easy to get, relatively cheap, and can keep your pup safe for their entire life!

So, we’re gonna dive into all things dog microchips to help you keep your pup safe!

Here’s some of what we’ll cover in this guide 🐶
-What is a dog microchip?
-How do dog microchips work?
-How big is a dog microchip?
-Do dog microchips have GPS?
-Where are dog microchips placed?
-How to lookup & register a dog’s microchip
-Should you microchip your dog?
-How much does dog microchipping cost?
-What are some dog microchipping side effects?

Dog microchips are an extremely useful and beneficial tool for pup parents. By microchipping your dog, you vastly increase your odds of being reunited with your pup if they run away or are lost.

And while there have been reported side effects, those effects are generally mild and don’t last for long.

No matter where you live or your dog’s breed, choosing to microchip your dog is a smart choice!

Do you have an experience where you (or someone you know) benefitted from having their dog microchipped? Tell everyone about it in the comments below!

And if you’re a new pup parent trying to learn the ropes of raising a pup, be sure to sign up for 30 Day Perfect Pup! It’s an online, free (no cc required), and effective video training course to help you raise a well-behaved dog!

Sign up for free here: https://pfrd.site/course-here

PLEASE leave a review, it helps the podcast get found by more pup parents like you!

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Life Hack: ALWAYS Have Puppy Pads, Here's Why Some things in life are never fun. Like, cleaning up dog vomit.

But, by using a simple item like puppy pads, you can make that clean-up about 37x easier. Actually, you can make that clean-up almost non-existent.

Let me tell you why, where, and how puppy pads are just about the most underrated life hack known to dog parents!

In this video, we’ll cover the following:
-Why I always have puppy pads
-Where I keep puppy pads

Why I Always Have Puppy Pads - Even When Not Potty Training
A few weeks ago as my wife and I lay in bed, probably watching Ozark, I heard the noise that no pup parent ever wants to hear…

The regurgitating-are-you-about-to-cough-or-throw-up noise that only dogs can make.

It’s the type of noise that will get your attention no matter what. Even if you’re in a deep sleep!

I quickly pulled a puppy pad out from my nightstand drawer, tossed it to my wife, and she placed it under my dog Scout’s mouth.

Scout proceeded to throw up…

RIGHT ON THE PUPPY PAD! 🙌

It was a moment that typically would have been dreadful but was actually slightly blissful. And that was only because I had a puppy pad handy and ready!

Moments like this happen WAY more frequently than you might think, especially when you have a puppy.

Having puppy pads readily available can protect your carpets, couches, and comforters from nasty messes!

But those aren’t the only places… ⬇️

Where I Keep Puppy Pads
Now that we’ve established that puppy pads are an absolute life-saver, where should you keep them?!

There are everyday places like near a crate, dog bed, or puppy play area but there are some unique spots that’ll save you some cleaning time, too!

Here are spots I love to keep puppy pads at all times:
-Car, usually in the glove box, middle compartment, or another convenient area
-Dog bag, whatever you take when you go to the park or on a walk with your pup
-Purse/backpack, the space a potty pad takes up will be well worth the benefits of having it on you when you least expect the need for it
-On a bedside table/nightstand, see the story above 😜
-In your main living room area, essentially wherever you spend the most time in your home… It’s almost certain your pup will vomit, poop, or throw up in that area at some point

Hopefully you get the point! Having puppy pads readily available in common areas of your home, car or bag will save you in the long run.

Final Thoughts on Puppy Pads for Mess Clean Up
Puppy pads are first and foremost for potty training a puppy, but they can serve as a quick clean-up tool too!

I highly highly recommend you snag some puppy pads here (up to 15% off): https://pfrd.site/pads-here

Or, don’t… and risk all kinds of nasty messes ending up on places you don’t want them 😉

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Why Do Puppies Bite So Much?!? 9 Ways to Explain the Nipping & Biting After about the 73rd puppy bite of the day, I looked down at my bloodied hands and wondered aloud… WHY do puppies bite so much?!

I tried all the puppy biting tips but nothing seemed to be working. 😫 What a challenge!

Like many things in life, understanding the why behind our dog’s behaviors can actually help us more effectively train and raise a well-behaved pup!

So, let’s break down why puppies bite, how they interact with the world around them, and of course, some other FAQs around puppy biting.

Now, here are 9 major reasons puppies bite so much ⬇️

1- Overtired
2- Overexcited
3- Frustrated
4- Saying “No”
5- Playing
6- Teething
7- Some breeds bite more
8- Telling you they need to potty
9- It’s how they explore the world

While it is painful to deal with, puppy biting is normal behavior. Our young dogs explore the world with their mouths!

So if you’re dealing with the puppy biting stage, focus on reducing the behavior over time.
Give proper chewing outlets.

Provide plenty of redirection for unwanted biting.

Take your puppy for puppy play dates.

For even more puppy biting tips, be sure to sign up for 30 Day Perfect Pup!

This course taught by Zak George has a full section devoted to the challenges of puppy biting.

Sign up for the 100% free (no cc required) online training course here: https://pfrd.site/class-biting

When have you noticed your puppy bites the most?! Any other theories as to why puppies bite so much? Tell me in the comments below!

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Is Crate Training Necessary? 17 Pros & Cons of Crate Training a Dog In the vast majority of cases, crate training is extremely beneficial. But is it necessary..?

Many pup parents questioning the necessity of crate training are at their wit’s end with their puppy whining and barking in the crate.

And to that I say, trust the process. If you set out with a desire to have a crate-trained puppy, don’t give up just yet.

So to answer the question of whether crate training is necessary… the answer is no. At least according to the dictionary definition.

Necessary is defined as; absolutely needed, required. Example: Food is necessary to survive.

So under the literal definition, crate training a dog is not necessary. A dog doesn’t need a crate to survive. It is not absolutely needed.

BUT! 🚨

Crate training your puppy is highly recommended and extremely beneficial to your pup’s well-being.

I believe that each pup parent needs to make decisions that fit their lifestyle, home environment, and their dog. The adage ‘train the dog in front of you’ is timeless wisdom in a world of infinite opinions, information, and ideas.

So, let’s break down 17 Pros and Cons of crate training your puppy to help you make an educated decision for yourself.

17 Crate Training Pros and Cons
Pretty much all dog topics have pros and cons, and crating your puppy is no different. Here are 17 pros and cons of crate training!

PROS of Crate Training

Provides a safe space for your dog that is completely their own
Massive help for potty training
Reduces destruction
Reduces the potential for ingesting dangerous items/foods
Greater peace of mind when away from home
A valuable skill for boarding, grooming, vet visits, etc.
Creates a real barrier when you don’t want your dog to have access to guests
Makes travel easier
Teaches dog to settle

CONS of Crate Training

Many people become overreliant on crates and leave dogs for too long
Crates can exacerbate anxiety issues
Incorrect sizing can cause physical and emotional distress
Can make some medical issues worse
Incorrect assembly can be dangerous to your dog
If not properly ventilated, can be very dangerous
If used as a punishment, can create other problem behaviors
Collars and harnesses can get stuck and cause major problems


For a more in-depth look at crate training, check out the Crate Training Course taught by Amber Aquart CPDT-KA!

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THE Essential Puppy Potty Training Tip Often the first thing new pup parents search for is puppy potty training tips (no one wants to clean pee from their carpet constantly).

And you can find LOADS of information and tips about potty training, but there is one essential tip you can’t skip out on…

It is setting a schedule and timers and following them to a T. That is the most effective puppy potty training tip. Period.

While that may sound simple, new pup parents often forget and neglect it.

The result? ⬇️

Accidents, frustration, and a confused pup. So, let’s dive deeper into what your potty schedule should be, how to follow it, and a few other basic puppy potty training tips!

Moreso than anything else, setting a potty schedule with timers and sticking to it will provide the fastest road to potty training success.

Having a schedule is one thing, but setting timers will keep you on track with that schedule! So, if you decide you need to take your puppy out every 60 minutes, set a timer to remind you.

Once the timer goes off, take your puppy out to potty and then repeat that process.

The biggest potty training mistake pup parents make is thinking they can just guess when their puppy will need to pee. Do NOT do this. Young puppies are not capable of telling you when they need to pee!

For puppies 8-10 weeks, I would recommend setting a timer for 45-90 minutes and taking your pup out every time the timer goes off.

I gave a range there for two reasons.

#1- Every puppy is different

#2- Size plays a role in how often your puppy will need to pee. Smaller dogs will need to go more often than larger dogs

I can already hear you saying ‘every 45 minutes, that seems like way too much work and time’. 😜

Well, let me tell you this… It is much easier to take a pup out more frequently and have successful potty breaks outside than it is to try and untrain a learned behavior of going potty inside.

Your main goal when potty training a young puppy is to give your pup as many opportunities as possible to go potty outside and be rewarded (heavily) for that.

I’ll say it again. Your focus with a new puppy should be to provide ample chances for your young pup to do their business outside, not inside!

Because remember (from above), every time your pup goes potty inside they are naturally reinforced by no longer having an urge to pee.

As your pup ages, you can extend those timers up to around 1.5 to 3 hours. And generally speaking when a puppy is about 5-6 months old they have a mature bladder and can hold it longer.

You’ll quickly find what timing works best as your pup progresses, but avoid the trap of trying to overextend the interval between potty breaks. That’s when accidents happen!

For more in-depth potty training tips, check out the course taught by Traci Madson here!

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