Susan Garrett, world-renowned dog trainer, multi-time champion of dog agility, and leading educator on all things canine shares everything related to dogs! Susan understands dog behaviour and wants you and your dog to have the best life together possible.
Release date: 2023-03-01
1. Excellent. Just excellent. - I am devouring every podcast and YouTube video I can get. Next week we get our puppy. These podcasts have made me so confident to bring in another dog into the family. I play the YouTube videos for my kids and they are showing great improvements with the dog we already have because of the things we’re learning from Susan. Thank you for making your show family friendly and an enjoyable learning experience. Pam Smith
2. Brilliant! - I just found this podcast and I love it. The teachings are thoughtful and rich in the “why” you would work with your dog this way. She helps you understand the way the dog thinks, which helps you think through every interaction you would have with your dog. I love the way she teaches respect.
3. How to stop counter surfing? - Counter surfing was an escalating behavior for months for my month old Labrador retriever. Despite several different approaches to the behavior continued with lots of frustration. THIS podcast () totally changed how we approached it. And within days of treat diving and IYC the behavior has greatly diminished. My family is amazed! My connection with my dog is better too. Thank you Susan. I wish I had seen this podcast months ago. I will definitely be sharing with all the dog people I know! Each episode is loaded with practical detailed science based training methods that anyone can implement. I’m excited to learn more! Knowing better and doing better!
4. Love Susan! - Susan will hold your attention through the entire information packed podcast and isn’t shy about calling you out on your negative habits. At the very least, you will likely be forced to evaluate yourself and your knowledge of training. I have turned my mindset around since finding Shaped by Dog and I am thoroughly committed to stopping the stern voice and the palm to the snout as a “stay” command, among other things! I have yet to find another trainer who explains the ‘how’ AND the ‘why’ behind their methods or gives this much truly good information anywhere else. I love that her training is all science based and she goes farther than following the latest trends, she is setting them. Very appreciative of all the advice I have definitely put to use.
5. Thankful for Susan!!! - We’ve had our puppy for less than a week and I’ve been binging your episodes and already seeing great results!!! After listening to the episode on sleeping through the night and making the changes you taught, our pup slept all night with not a whimper! After nights of - wake ups!!! I can’t wait to learn more from you Susan, so I can give my dog and our family the best quality of life together!!! You’re amazing!
6. Best thing you do with your headphones! - Regardless if you want to learn the science behind the training or just want a better relationship with your furry best friend, this is the best way to spend your commute. Every bit of advice Susan gives is spot on. Try it and see for yourself. She understands your dog better than you, and probably better than the ‘trainer’ you are paying weekly to help you and your dog. Can’t say enough good things about Susan, the podcast and the other trainings she offers!! Check those out too!
7. Goid info. Hard to listen to. - I love the information presented but she sounds like she's screaming it the whole time and is constantly referencing other episodes simply by the episode number as though I should have her entire catalog of episodes memorized and categorized by number. She doesn't really explain why she's rattling off an episode number so it's difficult to follow and really understand.
8. Mandatory for all dog owners! - This is the best podcast out there for dog owners and dog lovers. I’m a professional dog trainer and I recommend it to my clients all the time. Susan Garrett is a fantastic trainer and so good at explaining concepts in a way that is concise, fun, and easy to understand.
9. New Pup - I just found Susan’s podcast. We have a new puppy. We have older rescue dogs in our home. We have had several dogs over the last years. We have only had true puppies. The last was yrs ago. Susan’s podcasts are fabulous and so helpful. They are not too long and are chocked full of information. I have enjoyed her delivery of her tips. Thanks Susan for this podcast. Love it and highly recommend.
10. Awesome podcast by an awesome trainer! - I had been a Recallers member for a few years but only recently found Susan’s podcast! Some of these subjects were discussed but somehow when I am driving or cooking I am absorbing the info in such a different depth. I am enjoying being able to rewind statements and concepts and listen to them over and over. And be able to write them down and also pull up the session notes — so much value and I realize how much I have been missing being a part of the Recallers community! Thank you Susan for giving us all so very much value in such a easily consumable fashion.
11. Masterclass in dog psychology - I absolutely love this podcast! I was looking for a trainer who uses science and psychology to train my pup, and Susan fits that bill perfectly. She is funny and entertaining to listen to, but also life changing, your dog will thank you for taking the time to understand how they learn and think. The information in these podcasts/ YouTube channel will transform your relationships with your dog if you apply it.
12. So helpful! - I just found this podcast recently and it’s already been so helpful for me and my border collie/aussie rescue who’s working through some anxiety challenges. I really appreciate the enthusiasm, the science behind everything, and especially how much it’s already impacting my attitude and approach to training. I love Susan’s little tidbits of “woo” sprinkled in and I can’t say enough how helpful and meaningful it is to be pointing out the positive things instead of the negatives (for both me and my dog). I think we both look forward to playing games throughout the day! Excited to keep learning and building a stronger, more trusting relationship with my pup!
13. Fantastic, Insightful, Humorous - I’m a small animal veterinarian and just recently stumbled across this podcast through YouTube. Hands down my favorite podcast now! Susan has a gift for teaching and explaining the science of positive reinforcement in ways I have never heard before. I signed up for her Home School the Dog program as we have a new puppy. Her program is blending beautifully with our local training and is giving me such a deeper understanding of my relationship goals with my pup. I feel inspired & energized after each podcast. Thank you, Susan! I will be recommending your podcast to my new puppy clients and my vet students.
14. Pivotal! - Crate Games, created by Susan Garrett, was recommended to me when a "herding" or "working" dog showed up at my door as a young stray. I had been told that this dog would be a "handful, maybe a nightmare" if it wasn't on a farm- and I was eager for some training tips when i decided to add Sterling, the miniature australian shepherd to the family. Crate Games, It's yer choice & the recallers program isnt "training tips." Susan's shaped by dog approach is a way of life! And for me, a brilliant & pivotal shift in both learning with Sterling & in my personal life. As someone who learned punishment based training first, the episode about transitioning from punishment based to reinforcement based training was a quintessential map to help me better understand my commitment to reinforcement training. I can proudly say that i am learning to be a better person, companion to my dog, friend & partner through what i've gained here. And as for sterling?! She's an absolute joyful addition to the family! & who just last week, at a full sprint; turned on a dime when recalled! Keep it coming, Susan!
15. Thanks for letting me have grace - Susan episode was so timely for me. I’m in Recallers and have been so proud of my dogs and myself with what we’ve learned and our improvement. Yesterday I took them to therapy dog visit with my sisters dog and two teenager and. years. My nephew had handled one of my dogs. But ge is also not very directive even with their own dog. Both dogs and myself reverted. They were not acting like “ they were supposed to”. Pulling , no focus.It was hot until we got in facility. Found myself being frustrated,disappointed in them, and gritting my teeth. The good thing is they were awesome with all the residents who were so appreciative.
Later I was so upset with myself for expressing my frustrations and disappointment with them. They are like sponges and taking to Recallers that has become a joy for me This podcast made me see things different. It was a new facility. They hadn’t seen my sister , kids and dog in ages. It was higher distraction area and I was handling both. They did the best they could. And of course they did what they were supposed to do- bring happiness to the residents of the home. Next time I’ll bring only one so I can focus better and be the only one handling or coaching my nephew one on one. Forgiveness to one self is a step towards grace
16. Super impressed! - I’m a dog nerd! My service dog (owner trained) prospect is coming in just a few days. I’m an experienced dog handler, but really want to be sure I’m doing this thing right with my new standard poodle pup! I’ve been listening to dozens of podcasts, but when I stumbled upon this one I was THE MOST impressed. It beats out MANY other podcasts in terms of ACTUAL helpful tips, training advice, methods I can get down with, and genuine thoughtful advice based on dog behavior. No aversive methods and solid skill building. Love this cast! I’ve totally subscribed and gone off to find the Facebook page!
17. BEST dog training app - I first heard about Susan on a Tim Ferriss podcast and was intrigued by what she said. I absolutely LOVE the Shaped by Dog podcast. Susan’s training methods make so much sense. She truly cares about dogs and it really shows. I’ve listened to nearly episode and watched several on YouTube. Susan is funny, kind, and very knowledgeable. If you have a dog, even if you aren’t sure about training it, the things Susan says, make sense. She gives great analogies that really help put things in perspective. Thank you, Susan, for making me look at dogs and dog training through a new lens. You ROCK!
18. Every dog owner should listen - Every single dog owner should listen to this podcast. So much to learn, and the way you think of dogs is how every person should. I have a year old Australian shepherd who I’ve been training for the years now. He is incredibly well behaved and I feel Like I’m at least moderately dog savvy, but my goodness your podcast has given so much information I never would have thought of or applied in my training! It’s been wonderful to listen.
Hey, there dog folk! Welcome to the No Bad Dogs Podcast, hosted by Tom Davis. Do you often wonder what your dog is thinking? Join Tom as he teams up with dog trainers, dog lovers, dog enthusiasts and EVERYTHING in between to bring you the No Bad Dogs Podcast! Each episode will be PACKED full of dog training information and tips. Don't miss the weekly Q&A segment where you can call in and ask your own dog-related questions! Some of the topics we'll cover include dog/puppy training, dog/canine...
Release date: 2023-03-02
1. Amazing Podcast! - Hey Tom, I’ve gone through about episodes in week since I found this podcast, I absolutely love it. I have two questions;
. How do I find the episodes before ? Both on Spotify and Apple podcasts they only go back to ,
. I’m a little bit confused on Fostering dogs, it’s something I would really like to do but I have this dilemma of getting the dog building a good bond and then the dog thinking I’m abandoning it as this is probably all they have ever known, also I don’t know how to start. Curious to hear your thoughts on fostering?
2. Training with mobility problems - Hi Tom, love the podcast. I’ve only been listening for about two weeks or so and I love hearing all the different dogs and training approaches for them. My question is about an older individual being able to train a puppy. Long story short, my friends mom got two puppies for Christmas against everyone’s recommendations and she doesn’t/didn’t know anything about training dogs. She let them play together all day every day with no interventions and no training or keeping them separate. I offered to take one of them to train and so she could focus on the other one to train and get housebroken. I’ve been working with her a couple of sessions now on how to give corrections and basic structure (thresholds, keeping a schedule, putting in a couple of training sessions a day) with a puppy, which she is doing some of at this point, hard to say how much. The puppy I have has come a long way is doing fine with training. But my question is, since she is an older woman and has arthritis in her hands and is not very fast, do you have suggestions on tools or methods to help her be able to train this puppy herself and do so safely and with fairness to the dog? We will be doing more sessions together and teaching her how to become a better dog handler and are currently using your slip leash which I have had success using with this puppy but the woman is still learning how to use it. which ultimately means sometimes she doesn’t know what to do when the puppy is reacting to seeing other dogs or people and the puppy is just choking herself out. I’m tentative about moving to a prong collar but not really sure what to do. If you have any thoughts I’d greatly appreciate it! Once again love the podcast and all the other content, it’s all helped me become a better handler and create better relationships with my dogs!
3. Love it you are amazing. Your podcast are so educational - In all my years of owning dogs, This new rescue is a challenge. He is sensitive and emotional and seems to be all terrier! He is Months lb American pitbull terrier and American Staffordshire terrier according to his dna results we have had him for about months. He is neutered. I have acquired a trainer who recommended your pod casts and a book on top of the training. I have had training sessions and were working on leash control. Sit , place, aryour normal obedience. We have just added collar as an additional tool because I’m having issues controlling him through a leash and we discussed the prong collar may not work well with his redirection right now. My issue is he Is like dr Jekyll and me Hyde. My yo son can’t freely walk through the house. He has bitten my husband on a correction one minute he is loving my friends and the next he is attacking. He has been kicked out of daycare until his attitude is adjusted.
There’s also a question of Lyme, he was recently treated for. I just want this aggression to cease or. I want to be able to control it better. I know obedience comes into play first. Maybe I’m trying to rush it I am just so stressed out by him.
4. Fav dog podcast! - Hi Tom! I love all your content but I LOVE your podcast. Being able to listen and learn on my drives brings so much joy to my life. Thank you for everything you put out. Your training style helped me raise the absolute BEST dog, and I couldn’t thank you enough as I was a complete novice before I got him and with your content I was able to set him up for success in every aspect except the one thing I have a question about I have a year old doodle (poodle/Pekingese) who was attacked by two large dogs in December of who pinned him down. Although I was able to pick him up so no physical harm was done, plenty of psychology damage was still the result. Since the attack we’ve been dealing with some on leash reactivity as well as barking in the car. He still does great with dogs knew and trusted before the attack though! He’s a very structured dog. He knows the rules and very seldomly pushes limits. Even when he does a change in tone fixes him quite quickly. We train daily for at least - minutes, walk him, burn him out mentally. And it’s always been like that. I’ve tried R approached and tried correcting the behavior when he lunges and barks at these dogs, as well as as soon as I see him fixating. What is the best timing? Or best approach to getting him to finally get over it. I honestly do not expect him to be fine with other dogs (although I’d like a second dog eventually!) I just want him to relax and trust that I’ve got this so we can get back to our normal life of him going out and about and having fun with us. Instead of it being stressful for both of us. Advice appreciated SO MUCH thank you.
5. Offering a helping hand - I have a coworker that has a / year old spayed German Shepard that definitely is reactive, I have met the dog and when they let the dog out of the crate I ignored the dog and she would bark at me as like a get away and would charge me but I don’t react at all, and the dog gave up trying to ward me off. The owner of the dog is my assistant and she’s young and learning. I would love to help them make the dogs life better about modifying that behavior and having the dog think in those situations. But how do I bring up offering to help? I’ve definitely have mentioned like if you need anything I’m here to help and I don’t know if I should just be available until they realize they may need help or try to say something about I can help with that?
6. Neighborhood Reactivity - Hey Tom! Absolutely LOVE your podcast and am so thankful for all the information you put out there. I currently work with a balanced trainer and overall my goldendoodles obedience is excellent. He’s years old and we just recently started having major dog reactivity problems only in our neighborhood. We used to allow him off leash with an e-collar(mini educator) to play in our un-fenced yard, however it’s gotten to the point where he’s gone after a dog walking by so we no longer allow him out without a long line and constantly making sure no dogs are walking by if we play fetch. I use a prong collar when I walk him in the neighborhood on a leash and every dog we pass he gets super reactive now (except small dogs). Ignores corrections and changes of direction. Sometimes can get him distracted if I hold a high-value treat in front of his face. However, if I go on a trail away from my home he can be off leash with an e-collar and not even care about other dogs. I just find it strange how he seems so protective, but only in his house or neighborhood. Any ideas on why this is or anything we can do to help with this? Side note: Many of our neighbors have electric fences and sometimes have gone through them to chase my dog while on leash, so I’m thinking that’s what may have “traumatized” him from the neighborhood dogs unfortunately.
7. Ball Targeting - Thank you for all the content you put out. I have been watching your your YouTube before I got my my dog. You helped me a base and plan of attack when I got her. Your content is some of the most digestible for beginner and novice dog handlers. Thank you you everything you do for the dog owners and the dog training community. I Spend a lot of time in my car and I have listen to every episode which has helped drive as a dog training enthusiast. Now on to my question. I saw you story of your everyday with Lakota and how she focuses on the ball with the rope. I had and almost yr old wire haired pointing griffon. I have a ball with a rope that I use for play and building of drive in her. The problem I have is getting her to target the ball. She always targets the rope on it. She will grab the rope and destroy it. I will hold it at the ball and try to get her to grab the ball but it becomes less interesting to her. What is the best way to have her target grabbing the ball as opposed to always going after the rope it’s on? Thank you in advance Joe
8. Mental Health & Dog Training in - First off, THANK YOU! Your podcast has guided me thru many frustrating and emotional rollercoaster moments with my pittie mix puppy. And you are the best resource I’ve had access to that gives me real life scenarios that not only helps me understand my dog better and how to help/handle her, but to also know these struggles are common and have a solution. It helps tremendously to know im not alone and that its not just me! Now to my question :) Athena is just over now. And when i have her food in hand she is practically militant with her training. On point, nails every command (enthusiastically as she has tons of energy) and can even hold the commands for - minutes (place work) in low and medium distractions until I break her…as long as there is still food around. Once she realizes training session is over, its downhill and her commands turn into “maybe i will, most likely i won’t). So she is very food aware. How do I translate this training into just obedience and less a performance act?. Is it just a matter of time? Do I need to do higher distraction training that would help solidify the obedience more? Or does she just need to finish maturing mentally to make better choices?
9. Tom is one of the best dog trainers ever! - No need to read on podcast Tom, I love the podcast and learn so much from these episodes. I was wondering if you could make another podcast that does follow up with your training sessions on the podcast, maybe another staff member could do the follow-up calls since you have so much on your plate currently. I’m being selfish, and I get so into these episodes that I thought hearing how Ochie, not sure of the dogs name spelling, how Ochie is doing after the initial episode of advice and how the tune ups worked for especially problematic dogs episodes. I’m just being selfish and would love more content too. I do have a question about long lines, what's the best length you recommend for beach walks, and can be easily used on leash training also? If that makes sense. A length where my dog can have more of a “break” on some walks but is also a length good to use to return to training.
10. Q: How to change dog’s emotional state towards other dogs - Hi Tom! First off, thank you for always providing so much quality content on all things dog. You have made a huge difference in my life as well as my dogs! I have a pretty reactive yr old Heeler mix, his obedience is fair, it is still a work in progress! I understand that with reactive dogs you must have really strong obedience to counteract them reacting. However, my question is how do I begin to change his “emotional” response to dogs? Would you suggest more exposure at a far distance, and work on building a closer threshold w/out reacting? What would you suggest the first steps would be on building a calmer/neutral response around dogs? My goal is neutrality around dogs in a public setting.
11. Fear Free Shelter - Bad Behavior - Hi Tom - love the podcast. Your approach and explanation for everyday lifestyle dog behavior is life changing. My question is more about my volunteerism at my local shelter. Our Columbus Ohio shelter is large, over k dogs a year and typically dogs on the adoption floor at any given time. The shelter uses fear free methods which are wonderful for most dogs, and makes sense because there are so many levels and abilities of the volunteers. But there’s a small group that are trained for working with more of the tougher behavior cases- typically leash biting, mouthy, jumpy, grabby, reactivity, etc. Do you have any suggestions or ideas for dealing with the more severe behaviors, especially leash biting that maybe we haven’t though of. We use high and tight slip leads, pvc pipe over the leash, redirecting tools like squeakers and voice, tossing treats, asking for sits and rewarding…etc Sometimes these work and sometimes not so much.
We completely understand the high stress environment and know a lot of the behavior is shelter stress related but always looking for more options. In general would LOVE an episode (or more!) on shelter dog behaviors. Thank you!!!
12. Rightfully Dog Podcast! - Hi Tom, thank you so much for the content that you and your team provide. It has helped us so much to better the relationship between us and our two dogs with obedience training. Our two dogs have much better lives thanks to the help of your content and a local trainer. It has even inspired me to start making leashes geared towards training such as the slip leads similar to what your team uses. Question: With one of our dogs, we still struggle with dog reactivity to other dogs on walks. When approaching another dog, I will have her heeling on my left side. If she is not reacting I try to say “yes” and break her with treats. Then after she eats the treat off the ground I will typically try to do a turn or a drawback recall and heel her again. If she does react and start to lunge, she seems like she will get frustrated when she gets corrected (with either a prong collar correction or stimulation from a mini educator e-collar). I know that both her and I need more practice around other dogs and that my timing is what is lacking, but what other tips do you recommend for when she starts to build when looking at another dog? Also, if she looks at a dog but then starts to build, how quickly do you redirect with an inside turn or drawback? When would you use a “leave it” vs redirecting with a drawback or turn? (Only use a leave it if she lunges vs redirect if she starts to build?) Thank you so much! Joel
13. Recovering Reactive Dog - Hi Tom. I want to first thank you for all that you do for dog owners. Your commitment to the greater good is so admirable. I love listening to your podcasts. Every episode I learn something new that helps me build the “bigger picture.” I also want to send my best wishes to you and your new family. I hope y’all are happy, healthy, and thriving. I started watching your YouTube videos about . years ago when I got my first puppy in my adult life. My dog Molly is a Boxer, Shepherd, and Lab mix with fear-based reactivity that is now basically non-existent. I have done extensive training to get to this point. Along our reactivity journey, I trusted a “professional trainer” who most likely didn’t know how to manage fear-based reactivity. I didn’t know any better at the time, but his methods (fully compulsion/suppression) exacerbated our problem and caused my dog to be fearful of me as well. Her fear never went away, she was just more afraid of the punishment she would receive for showing it (the reactions). Initially, I didn’t understand what I was seeing, but it’s been . years and I’ve learned so much. I go back and watch the videos from her training and it makes me want to cry. I was angry for a while but now I feel obligated to reach out to the trainer. I truly feel like he’s misinformed and really thinks he is helping dogs. But I don’t know if I should make the effort to reach out to this guy as in our training, he had quite the cocky vibe, “my way or the highway type”. I just have high hopes he’ll do some self-reflection on his training methods. It hurts my heart to think any other dog should go through what Molly did.
14. Prong Collar Question! - Hey Tom! I have a question about my prong collar/corrections! I have a . year old husky, she is great usually, but sometimes when I correct her on the prong when she breaks heel, she kind of panics and starts to bolt… I would describe it as she is literally trying to flee because she did something wrong! I feel really awful when this happens, because I don’t want her to have this reaction when I correct her. In these instances, there are no distractions and she simply is just foraging forward a little too far… Once she does go into the position I want, I do reward her but she will still break heel once the reward is over & the cycle starts again. I am asking for a standard heel on left side, head in line with my left leg. Am I being too strict with the positioning of her heel? I do not want her to walk in front of me at all. Prong is fit properly, sits high up behind the ears, doesn’t move, the correction I do is a swift & firm “pop”, the middle plate is over the trachea in the proper place, etc! Also, Sometimes she will somehow anticipate a correction and move back with the correction (softening the correction/beating it all together!!), and thus it is not effective… because she still won’t be in “heel” after correcting herself? She will just return back to the wrong position. What do you think of this? Also, I know the prong cannot hurt her, but as you can see sometimes she is SO dramatic when I correct her. Just want to make sure that I am actually not being too rough with her… I am a lb ’” woman and she is lbs, so I don’t really think I am even capable of doing anything that would actually hurt her. I am not yanking on the prong, I am doing a firm pop correction. We have a great relationship and we do EVERYTHING together, many adventures, daily enrichment & training… I do hold her accountable, and never ask her to do anything if I cannot hold her accountable in the situation. Everyone who is allowed to give her commands also follows this. I know huskies are stubborn and can be harder to train, but just need your thoughts and professional opinion on this!! I know she knows how to do these things! And She DOES do them, but time I said sometimes these mistakes happen because she is not a robot. Thanks so much!
15. A better life with my dogs - Tom,
I don’t have a question, just praise. Much to my opposition, last summer, my wife and two teenage boys brought an week old Aussiedoodle puppy (Asher) into our home. The original “plan” was to only puppy sit for a week and then return him to the family that had the litter. Well, during that week he seemed to have wiggled his way into my heart and we became a dog family. Our other dog is a year old untrained terrier mix named Buster, that we rescued from the shelter as a puppy. Buster is a sweet dog, but just absolutely awful on the leash. Fast forward many months and weeks ago I realized that I now have a month old pound puppy and a year old terrier that I’m not enjoying walking, even after months of attempted leash training with the doodle. We have a fenced in back yard, but we still walk our dogs many times a day because we know how valuable that can be. I found myself not looking forward to the experience of walking them. I felt like we were missing something and I felt like we were getting nowhere with the doddle pup. I hadn’t even tried training the terrier. Then I started sifting through YouTube videos and found your videos to be the most helpful. Furthermore, I discovered your podcast and have since been absorbing hours of great information the past weeks. The podcast is extremely entertaining, informative, and packed full of very helpful free info. Currently my relationship is building in a positive way with our young doodle, but the bigger success story might just be with my untrained older smaller terrier. Historically, he is terrible on the harness (no surprise) with his pulling and leaning and leash reactivity with other dogs. His behavior has often been embarrassing and I’ve even resorted to just picking him up and walking home. However!!! after weeks of successful walking with the doodle I finally decided to give the slip lead a try with the older terrier and just today had one of the most rewarding walks I’ve ever had with him. After just a few corrections he was right with me, looking up and turning when I turned and with a loose leash and he seemed extremely happy to be doing so. I was floored…it looked like one of your videos where before he was, nose to the ground and in all directions and then within minutes he was eyes and attention on me with a wagging tail. I think my relationship with both dogs will be forever changed. Now I look forward to walking both dogs (separately) and training as well. Training has become a bit of a hobby for me now and I’m viewing training and walking and connecting with my dogs as more of an art form and lifestyle and not the chore that it once felt like. I have also noticed that your desire to help others have a better life with their dog seems to be what is driving you, so thank you for that too. We need more helpers in this world. Now, when I’m asked by my neighbors, how it is that my dogs are walking so well on the leash, I will certainly drop your name. I will also spread the word to my friends and family about why dogs (even small dogs) need trained. PJ Gilmore Athens Ohio
16. Always love your podcasts! - My dog is scared of the e-collar. I’m not sure where I went wrong. I used positive reinforcement with treats when first introducing it. I use obedience commands and reward him with treats when we use it. He is good with his commands off the e collar as well. I wanted the e collar for off leash training. The remote is not on a high level I have it at (this is the level he responds) We we’re making excellent progress on recall but suddenly he seems afraid of me and the collar.I’ve been letting him off leash with it on our path in neighborhood when no one’s around and he would always come back when I hit the nick and called his name followed by treats and a release command.Tonight I tried again and he ran away in fear, I had to press the vibrate to stop him and get him to come back. Ive used the vibrate option to deter his reactivity towards dogs on walks. I say”leave it” and as he builds I hit vibrate and he stops.He is not aggressive towards other dogs he just wants to sniff them, but I don’t want him to meet every dog by pulling my arm off. I use a slip lead behind the ears. I’ve only used the vibrate option different times when on walk and see dogs.He is a year old powerful,confident,neutered GSD. Help, I want him to enjoy off leash freedom with the e-collar, I have the Tom Davis NBD Dogtra collar.
17. Learning so much - I’ve really appreciated all of Tom’s insight into dog behavior. His measured approach and empathy for humans and dogs alike has really helped with my newly adopted rescue! Question: Here’s some background: I just adopted a year old American bulldog/pit bull mix. He came to the shelter as a stray and spent months there, and to my knowledge was neutered at the shelter. He’s a huge hunk of love and super great, but he did some with a few quirks. We’ve only had him for a little less than a month but we’ve noticed some behavioral concerns. Specifically while he’s pretty good with new people outside the home and dogs off leash, he’s quite leash reactive to other dogs (seems like he’s just very excited but still!) and he has reacted poorly to new people entering the home—he specifically seems to be resource guarding me (growling/lunging at mostly men, he warms up with treats and time but definitely a concern since he’s lbs and has a huge head). He came knowing only sit and paw so we’re working hard on obedience, but given his age he’s got some habits. What are your top recommendations for setting the tone early in a relationship with an adult rescue dog? What skills should I focus on? What can I do to build trust in my leadership? Thanks so much for all your great content!
18. So glad to have found Tom! - I’m so grateful to have found Tom when I was struggling with my newly adopted month old dog. I was out of my mind with his bad behaviors and considering giving him up. Tom has helped me in so many ways - me and my boy have made incredible progress! Love his YouTube channel and this podcast.
19. Easy listening, with valuable content! - I have recently dove into the dog training world ( months) and was looking to broaden my knowledge base through consuming a variety of content when I found No Bad Dogs Podcast. This has been the most palatable and consistent content I’ve found to date, and enjoy listening to anytime everywhere. Thank you for all you do! My Question: My husband is a K handler for the Marine Corps, and looking to get out of the service in the next years. We want to open a board/train business that will be fully functional by that time. He has a lot of education through the military, whereas I do not. To feel partnership and valuable I’d also like to gain education also, but I’m having problems finding a good online or in person program (GA if that helps). Do you recommend or know of any who will make me an asset and valuable? Thanks again!
Your host, Debbie (owner of Playtime Paws), is a positive trainer with a passion for dogs, their behavior and helping you create a well-behaved dog. This is a dog training and behavior podcast that with help you and your new puppy build good healthy habits right from the start. It will also help you understand your dog’s behavior and build a strong, fulfilling, and fun relationship for years to come.
Release date: 2023-01-22
1. Quick & Helpful Puppy Practice - So happy I stumbled upon this podcast. My puppy is coming home in week and I have learned so much in preparation for it. Debbie provides quick, easy to follow episodes, full of wonderful suggestions for training your puppy or dog. The show notes are great and it’s easy to refer to other episodes. I feel so much more confident bringing my puppy home with all the info I learned.
2. So much I didn’t realize I didn’t know - Podcast is full of information and every bit of it is helpful! Definitely leaves you wanting a tiny bit more but we have to remember she’s also running a business definitely going to check out her online training program. I’m excited to have a mutually beneficial relationship with my puppy
3. So grateful! - When I was surprised with two German shepherd littermates, the overwhelming feeling of my entire life being flipped upside down sunk in. I started googling myself into a black hole, especially when % of resources only talk about the bad scenarios of littermates. My anxiety was at a , and when I found this podcast it took it down to at least a (lol). Honestly I love this podcast so much. It has given me such amazing starting points and advice, and I love the behavior focus of understanding why dogs are the way they are. Thank you one thousand times! I started listening when I had week old puppies back in June, and now I have week old smart cookies that are in a much better place than they would be without my discovery of Debbie. :)
4. Awsome! - I am getting a dog in a few months. I immediately fell in love with it. It is very helpful. I love it! It is very helpful that debbie states alllll the facts. I llllooooovvvveeee that-she loves dogs and has personal advice. Also, do you think some one other than your family can get a dog and give it to you? Thanks ty
5. Interesting and Informative! - My husband and I are planning to bring home a puppy in about months and came across this podcast while on a road trip. We ended up listening to almost every podcast episode in a span of days! Debbie is extremely knowledgeable and shares really interesting and helpful advice. We feel so much more prepared to own a dog now! I'll definitely be recommending this to other dog-owners :)
6. Great tips with explanations - I found Debbie very clear and concise. Her tips were easily understood and actionable. By explaining the logic behind the behaviors and solutions, she helps owners understand the whole picture. Things are going very well with our -month old after months following her advice.
7. Excellent information! - I'm new to puppyhood and was so nervous to bring my new puppy home. Debbie helped me feel prepared and provided many actionable tips to help our pup settle in. Day , and we're off to a great start with crate training, potty training and she has learned to sit on command! This has been a fantastic bridge until our trainer can start working with her next month!
8. Now I feel prepared - This podcast has truly calmed my new parent nerves!! From the process of picking out the right puppy to how to prep for the new arrival to how to deal with things like barking and crate training, Debbie covers everything. Thank you soooooo much!!! My hubby and I will definitely be signing up for your online course when our new arrival comes home!!
9. Fun and Helpful - I am bringing home my first puppy of my own in two weeks. I know I have a lot of work ahead of me, but listening to your insight and tips has me so excited for the rewarding challenge ahead. I’ve read books and watched videos, which have been great too, but your podcast has by far been my favorite way to prepare. Thank you Debbie!
10. THANK YOU DEBBIE!! - This podcast is fantastic! A few weeks ago I brought home a golden retriever puppy who loves to chew, nip, and hates his crate. Debbies pointers are so easy to implement and I’m so happy to say we’ve made so much progress since bringing him home. Thank you so much Debbie for teaching me how to bond with my pup and make him a confident and well-trained dog!
11. So happy I found this podcast! - Debbie is a pro at clear, concise tips for you to follow. We love listening to her bite-sized information that is so essential and really makes me think about why a dog acts like a dog! We’re welcoming a new puppy into the home in a month, so this has made us feel a lot more prepared. Plus, a friend of ours who’s been following the guidance of this podcast for her new puppy has been having excellent results. Thank you for your hard work and empathy towards both humans and dogs I’ve been recommending this to all our friends with both puppies and adult dogs.
12. If you have a puppy or are thinking of getting one.... - LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST!!
I’ve been in animal work for over yrs and I’ve learned so much from this podcast! Debbie made me the example that you CAN teach an old dog new tricks!
I currently have a month old goofy, sweet and VERY LARGE labradoodle/shep/boxer cross and a mos Australian shep/lab/Chesapeake bay cross.
This podcast has been a lifesaver!!
I can’t say enough wonderful things about this!!
13. Love the advice on this podcast - We listened to basically every available episode in before we got our first puppy. I still go back for a refresher on certain topics and I listen to the new ones even though our dog is now yrs old! Much of it is still applicable because we are never “done” training our dog. All of Debbie’s advice aligns with the positive methods we have used to train our dog and it has worked out really well. I can’t tell you all the times we get compliments on how friendly and well behaved our pup is. Even the vet is so impressed. I also like the downloads that are available on the website. And the way Debbie explains topics about dog behavior is easy, straightforward and non-judgemental. I knew very little about dog behavior before this. Highly recommend giving this podcast a listen no matter the age of your dog!! But (spoiler alert) YOU still have to put in the work to train your dog every day!
14. So helpful! (Ignore the FEW bad reviews) - Found this podcast after my (first) meltdown during potty training. Binged every episode after! Such great and practical info in digestible little episodes. I’ll often listen over and over until I’m sure how best to approach a situation with my new pup! I looked at some bad reviews out of curiosity and they all went along the lines of her not being informative enough or specific enough (not usually true!) but please keep in mind this is her business. You can pay for one on one training and programs with her and thats her career. We should be grateful she gives so much great info for free rather than criticizing the info she retains for her paying customers!
15. The best puppy podcast - I started listening to this a few months ago before we got our new puppy. Before him, we only had a rescue that we got as a year old so this was a lot of firsts for us. This podcast helped us to manage our puppy’s behaviors and integrate him with our other pets. I loved it so much, I even took the puppy class that she offers on her website. Honestly, can’t get enough!
16. Wonderful down earth advice - I’ve had dogs ( or at a time) for years. I have a small dog now and am about to get a slathered breed puppy. I wanted to see if there were ways to improve my dog training approach. Debbie has shown me many ways to address issues I’ve had with dogs in the past. I’ve binged on the podcast for weeks and applied what I’ve heard to my Chihuahua. The differences are amazing. Thanks Debbie
17. Yay for R based methods! - Very practical advice for pet dog owners. However I’m not sure why the LLW episode goes over techniques that don’t actually inform the dog what we’d like them to do and how to earn reinforcement. Yo-yo walking, changing direction and having the dog sit every x number of feet are not really teaching them much; they’re the dog avoiding something they don’t want. The jumping and biting as well; why use extinction in a stinky way? Loads better than CM, but still a lot of allowing the dog to rehearse unwanted behaviors and then interrupting, redirecting, using extinction, and P-. We know better and can do better by our dogs!
18. A New Puppy Owner Necessity! - I strongly recommend new puppy owners listening to this podcast. I love listening to her, as she breaks down training really easily, and it’s all positive. She’s VERY down-to-earth and realistic with her training, without any of it being harmful advice. I cannot recommend her enough, as she has saved me so often when I just didn’t think I had what it takes to raise my puppy. Thank you so much, Debbie!
19. Perfect! - Wow! I love this podcast like crazy! You deliver practically and easy ways to prevent problems, fix problems, and your recommendations for puppy products really helps to find better products for my dog. You delivery this information in a clear manner, and it’s very easy to understand. I % recommend this podcast for puppy owners, and older dog owners alike. Thank you so, so much for this awesome information!
A behind-the-scenes look into the reality of dog training, behavior, teaching, and learning. We love our dogs, we love our jobs, but sometimes it's not all unicorns and rainbows. Sometimes at the end of the day, you just need a drink and friend who gets it. We'll keep it fun, and keep it real.
Release date: 2023-02-14
1. Belittling - I’m listening to episode and was enjoying the episode. Until about halfway through. Then you both started laughing about other dogs exhibiting undesirable behavior on walks. And how you both would put books in your neighbors mailboxes so THEY could do better to make YOUR walks nicer. And as a dog mom whose fur baby has a less than ideal puppyhood, and has pulled and whined on walks in our neighborhood. Our neighbors have made it clear they do not like my dog. We’ve been in contact with a trainer for almost the entire time we’ve had him in our family. He’s grown so much and we’re constantly working on skills. So maybe when you’re talking, think twice.
2. A missing piece! - My new favorite podcast in all the world! I've been a veterinarian for almost years, and have trained/managed my own family dogs for way longer. But I've only recently started nerding out, as I work with the first "my dog" of my lifetime--a raucous joyful handful of an adolescent Irish Setter. I've been consuming pods and books and classes like a fiend, but in this podcast, and in Hannah's voice and wisdom and humor, I feel like I've found one of my missing pieces. I'm learning a ton and maybe laughing way too much at her little asides. Going through the back catalog now, dreading the moment I've caught up. This one goes to !
3. A Truly Great Podcast - I’m an amateur gun dog trainer and over the past few years I’ve been looking for opportunities to learn more about positive reinforcement methods that I can apply. This podcast has been a major breakthrough for me and it exceeds all expectations. I’ve learned tons directly from the podcast (Hannah is a great host - working to break things down into bite size and memorable pieces that can be applied every day). The podcast has also helped me connect with so many other great resources through her guests. All that and I’m only just listening to podcasts from , as I’ve gone back and started listening from the beginning! Thank you Hannah!
4. Great Podcast for Dog Training Nerds - This is a phenomenal podcast. Both in quality of content and quality of production. The content is second to none as Hannah Branigan is an absolute expert in the field of positive dog training. She knows this stuff inside, outside, upside down. She has a range of expereince in everything from big dogs to small dogs and everythign from "my dog won't stop jumping on me" to upper level agility and obedience. The quality of the podcast is exceptional. Great audio. Great production. Just wonderful. For those of us listening with small children, I was concerned with the "parent advisory" label on the podcast. I'm over that now. I've listened to hours and hours of this podcast and the most "parent advisory" thing that ever happens is an occasional swear word. No big deal. Nothing that bothers me if the kids hear it occasionally. I've used things I've learned in this podcast in working with my dog, my children, and our livestock and can % reccomend. I've also bought her book- Awesome Obedence and her buddies's book - Agility Right from the Start. Both books are top notch. Just like this podcast. You can't go wrong. Happy Listening!
5. with Marsha - Enjoyed so much. Marsha Penner is a great pick and hope she will do a ‘sequel’ and a third… I am on nd listen and looking up various studies & concepts-so much to think about. She also has great looking website. Thanks for introducing her to audience.
Love all your podcasts and content Hannah. Thanks for doing all you do and being YOU!
6. CAT - I really learned a lot about CAT. I use it a lot in my business. It’s all about choices, safety and respect. I have found that teaching my clients that dogs are just like us, helps them get a real clear picture into their dogs emotions. I always use the “going to a party and everyone is a stranger.” analogy. I ask clients, how do you feel and what is your reactions? I think empathy for the dog is crucial. I really love your podcast Hannah, Thank you for giving me another opportunity to learn while driving. Paula Shimko KPACTP
7. behavioral euthanasia - This podcast is a gem!
Question: During the podcast with Dr. Pachel you don’t discuss the bigger picture. Every day, so many healthy, go lucky dogs are euthanized while we pour all resources into one dog. The case of the dog who’s on medication cocktail , must wear a muzzle constantly, and is confined to his home, makes me doubt about his and the human’s life quality. Plus management always fails. As a professional dog trainer, I struggle so much with this. I look at the animal and human in front of me and see the suffering, yet I also see the love and bond they share. I have had cases where speaking about how many dogs need a loving home, and by setting their heart dog free they will ‘save’ one more animal, has helped with the decision. Could you address this in a part ?
8. Fantastic dog training podcast! - This is one of the best dog training podcasts ever! It is perfect for dog trainers and dog enthusiasts. Hannah mixes it up between both instructional and conversational podcasts, which keeps things interesting. She researches her topics and is easy to listen to and follow. She gets me thinking and I love that!
9. Clear science AND plenty of laughs! - As a trainer, DFTF is my favorite dog training podcast for several reasons. Hannah has a unique way of explaining challenging concepts both clearly and with humor as well as adding in useful analogies. She lets each of us professionals off the proverbial perfectionist hook by regularly highlighting her own mistakes and misconceptions. I honestly got a bit teary eyed with gratitude once when listening to an episode after a challenging lesson resulted in thinking I should toss in the towel. Instead, I was able to get out of that negative thought spiral and remember how to pick myself up and move forward. But overall, the clear science (mixed with layers of complexity as there should be!), the fantastic guests, great topic choices and Hannah’s funny but approachable personality have made this podcast a staple in my library.
10. Thank You! - I just picked up my new German Shepherd puppy in early April. I appreciate the ideas for getting her used to her new big world while also coping with the pandemic. The establishment now of a model of our future routine, the importance of her having some “alone time” and the importance of being comfortable at the veterinarians office were all great tips. Many thanks.
11. Great presentation, fun listening and super learning - I have really enjoyed listening and learning about positive reinforcement and how to apply it. I’ve been a volunteer trainer for several years and was getting stuck and not understanding what went wrong. Your podcasts have really opened my eyes and I am sharing what I have learned with my fellow volunteer trainers and pointing them to your podcasts. Thanks and keep up the good work
12. Incredible. - I have been listening to this podcast for he last three years. At first, because I was new to this type of training, I had to listen to some of the podcasts over and over and discuss them with my colleagues. But the more I listened, thought and shared, and applied the easier it became. You have helped me, my colleagues, and my dogs in more ways than I can express. I also think that your book is great, and though I don’t compete I do use many things out of your book to help my charges. I am very much looking forward to seeing you at Clicker Expo in Louisville KY (hopefully it will still be on next week)
13. A Must Listen To! - Are you curious about dog training? I am! I started listening to Hannah’s podcast about a year ago when I adopted my first dog and knew nothing about positive training. I’d only ever heard of traditional training and didn’t want to do that to my dog. Hannah makes the science accessible. She has helped me understand confusing concepts and shaped my training with my pup. She also has introduced me to so many new concepts via her guests. This podcast is a “Must Listen To” for me and I look forward to every new episode!
14. Feels like talking shop with your girlfriend. - I love this podcast. My absolute favorite dog training info, resource, rambling about my favorite subject. She's so real and smart but it's not stuffy, it's funny without being annoying to listen to other people laugh. I love her voice,she's so easy to understand and great audio quality. I listen and drink my wine before bed after a long day of dog training.
15. Podcast passion - Love your passion for training; it clearly shines through! I have learned so much through your podcasts; they motivate me to further research the concepts you address. I am happy to recommend you to fellow trainers, on the APDT member site, and on R FB pages. Best of luck with the book; please do a seminar in South Florida (maybe this winter? Lotsa sunshine and warmth here in January.... ;} )
Kim Geisert Director of Day Training
Delray Beach, FL
16. This podcast is EXACTLY what I have been looking for - I discovered this podcast after purchasing Hannah’s book “Awesome Obedience” and I absolutely love it. Hannah does such a great job exploring topics that surround clicker training/R methods that every trainer finds themselves thinking about, and puts them into a very practical perspective. I am only episodes in an have already found myself gaining a new understanding of some of the very “basic” principles that I have learned on my journey thus far. I SO wish that I had been a listener prior to my KPA professional program, I know that the new perspectives that I will acquire through this podcast would have been very valuable background as a KPA student. Thanks for putting out great content!!
17. Love love love - I love this podcast! She’s so smart but not snobby, and a REAL PERSON which I love. Love her sense of humor, and full of great info! I recently got a course on pet nutrition and although they are smart, the delivery is boring/snotty. I love learning from real people who can act authentic, which is exactly what Hannah is! Reinforcing her to create more episodes w stars :) lolz
18. High-Value Reinforcer for Training Geeks - You'll laugh, you'll be inspired, you'll gain new perspectives, and you'll become a better trainer! Hannah's podcast brings everything a behavior geek could want: thought-provoking ideas, entertainment, heckin' realness, relatability, loads of diverse and science-based perspectives, and a good variety of geeky training topics. It's like having another behavior geek friend in the car with you! I have a positive CER to getting into my car for appointments since I started listening to this on my drives to my clients' homes. Hannah's (and her guests') ideas are so often immediately applicable to your own training. I learn something awesome and useful from every. single. episode. (I have a Masters degree in Clinical Animal Behavior plus other training quals, started as an amateur years ago and went professional years ago, if that helps you gauge how much ANYONE has to gain from listening.) Do yourself and your dogs (and your clients) a favor, and check out Drinking From the Toilet!
19. So much great education! - So much great information- thank you! Being so new to dog training much of the information is beyond my comprehension but I am working hard to understand more all the time - and the podcasts help so much! The Awesome Obedience book offers a clear, methodical training plan that I am taking my time with. The education you have given me access to is great and I always appreciate your encouragement and positive, realistic approach to both dog training and how it fits in our busy, demanding lives. I am now a dedicated fan! Thanks!
In Sexier Than a Squirrel, the Official AbsoluteDogs Podcast, veterinary behaviourist Tom Mitchell and international agility competitor and professional dog trainer Lauren Langman talk training your dog, transforming your dog training struggles and getting real-life results through GAMES!
Release date: 2023-02-21
1. No useful info, just a long infomercial - I have listened to two episodes, both unreactive dogs, hoping to pick up some chips. However, there is little advice given. They’ll make obvious statements like, “You want a confident dog who trusts you,” but they never tell you what to do to make your dog trust you. They just say that they know of helpful games, but they never teach you how to play any of those games with your dog. Instead, they just share customer testimonials and direct you to purchase their workshop packages. This is not an educational podcast. It is just a long infomercial. Waste of time.
2. Grateful to be learning from T&L - Found this during a hard week of learning how to raise my pup Peako. Love this podcast - I pair it with Sexier Than a Squirrel training and feel very supported. I learn something new in each short episode and also learn their underlying approach better, which is present in all their teachings. They are clear, consistent, positive, and so helpful. Peako’s happy behavior at the moment is Middle! Thank you so much!
3. Helpful, Informative & Fun! - I love this podcast. At first I was hesitant, because Tom and Lauren's energies felt so chaotic to me. I kept tuning in tho, because I always walked away with a new tip or understanding. Now I look forward to each and every episode. These two are literally buzzing with ideas and are so enthusiastic about helping all dog owners fall in love with their role as a puppy parent. I love everything Absolute Dogs including this podcast!
4. THANK YOU!!! - Wow. I just listened to a past episode about barking because my normally quiet dog started barking like crazy in our new apartment (we only moved yesterday! It’s a huge change). As a dedicated dog mom, I right away started to find ways to help my pup feel more comfortable in our new home. Thank god I found this podcast with such incredible trainers! I found my answer and so much more. Definitely my favorite new podcast and I’ll be listening to as much as I can!!!
5. Progressive dog training made accessible! - My journey with Absolute Dogs and the Sexier Than a Squirrel podcast started with a Naughty But Nice (NBN) rescue dog we fostered. At the time, I devoured all the newest science and training I could get my hands on to help her through her behavior issues. I quickly discovered that everything I knew about dog training and animal behavior has been completely upended within just the past few decades (granted, research has been out there far longer, it just hadn’t made its way into the dog training lexicon yet). A lot of the best wisdom and advice out there is directed to the sport/working dog audiences though. It’s available for pet dog guardians, it’s just not as accessible. Enter Sexier Than a Squirrel. What started as a hastily assembled online dog training challenge that dogs and their guardians could do under lockdown orders has turned into an incredible, accessible resource for pet parents and their pups (and sometimes cats or horses). Although they can sound like they’re trying to sell you something, dog guardians can get a HUGE amount of value from free resources (like this podcast). Enthusiastically recommended!
6. Yes! Nice! And what ever your positive marker word might be. - I have fallen in love with absoluteDOGS! The message of positivity and fun is exactly what we need in this world; with our dogs and with our fellow people. This is a community of yay-sayers. Tom and Lauren are wonderful. So personable and real. Enjoy the podcast and buy into the entire training program. This is how we become better humans.
7. DriveTime Delight - I listen to STAS podcast whenever I run errands in the car— it’s the perfect break from too much news. Lauren and Tom’s energy and positivity is inspiring and the topics are super timely. I always learn something and with Lab Sammy in the back seat where he loves to loll we can try something new when we get where we’re going!
8. Episode : the dog that chased a chicken - I had to smile as I listened to this episode. Fourteen years ago I took my dog to an all day training class, and the instructor was trying to get us to train our dogs to ignore the caged chicken in the middle of the yard. I had zero success, so the instructor took my dog and popped her choke chain so swiftly as my pup went near the cage. Yes, on the next pass my poor girl circled round with her tail firmly between her legs, so she ignored the bird, but at what cost? This training just felt SO WRONG to me. My current dogs and I are now enjoying playing games and training the Absolute Dogs way - tails wagging and I’m smiling, because this just feels RIGHT!
9. Super show, Good boy! Good girl! - This podcast and your Sexier than a squirrel challenge . has saved the lives of our rescue dogs! They were heartworm positive when we adopted them and they received their heartworm injections last week. I was desperate for a way to keep them calmly engaged and entertained and a non-drug way to keep them quiet for days. The games and how playing these games shape the dog’s brain is invaluable. Now on day of days of no activity they are both off of their tranquilizers and calm around the house, a fantastic result! Thank you Tom and Lauren, Good Job!
10. Amazing and fun way to train your dog - Tom and Lauren of Absolute Dogs have changed our life with our dog. They have an amazing games-based and fun, positive way to transform dog behavior. This podcast has lots of excellent information and they have many additional and excellent resources available via Facebook and their own website. I have learned a lot from Absolute Dogs, but the biggest ah-ha moment was that my dog had zero disengagement and needed to learn this skill. He could not disengage from toys, other dogs, the environment, smells, people, etc. Tom and Lauren haven given us the fun games to play with our dog to teach him how to disengage. Now we can see our dog figuring out on his own how to disengage from things at times. This has greatly enhanced our life and our dog is much better behaved. Check out this podcast and their other resources. It takes consistency and time to see the changes, but it is so worth it!
11. But their product or don’t bother. - I gave the podcast a listen as it had promise. Through minutes, they gave almost zero useful information and instead promoted their day challenge every few minutes. It’s essentially a minute rambling advertisement for the challenge. If the challenge is as inefficient as the podcast, there isn’t a price I’d pay. I deleted the remaining casts I had queued up. I don’t need the advertisement again.
12. Unable to Download or Play - I would love to give this podcast a listen but I am only able to play the most recent episode. I did some research and found that the reason that I get a pop up that says “this episode temporarily unavailable” isn't the player that is causing the issue its the third party providing the podcast file. The issue is that with new software updates to the iPhone or iPod the podcast files must also be updated. I’d appreciate the ability to listen to this podcast.
13. Pretty sure these guys just want to sell you things - Feels scammy. They seem like they’re the type of podcast that is too in love with itself as well as the hosts and themselves with no actionable content. Also the last episode was a minute ad copy for $ box of probiotics for dogs (and it wasn’t clear how much it would last for but something like a month I suspect) made by either the host Or someone who uses the same graphics for branding that promised to cure everything from dental health to behavioral problems oh, and collect email addresses. Wow. Unsubscribed from this mess.
14. The missing link! - I feel like I’ve finally found what I’ve been search for for years! When I was younger, I swore I’d never get dogs again because of the way they were treated. It seemed really unfair and didn’t sit well with me. But then I met Koda, my Rhodesian ridgeback, boxer, pibble mix, who was about to be put down for severe separation anxiety at months old. He drastically changed my life and my views and I have been determined to help him find his happiness! He’s about to be yrs old and if it wasn’t for Tom and Lauren’s training styles, techniques and understanding of dog behavior, my Koda Bears would still be a wreck of a dog with a stress bucket the size of a thimble and everything in the world filling it that thimble, constantly. We joined the Training Academy, joined the Sexier Than A Squirrel Challenge, ditched the food bowl - thanks to the ditch the food bowl - raw ebook that we got from joining, and now we are anxiously awaiting to join the Pro Dog Trainers! My bonded pair of dogs have been transforming every single day. They are happier, calmer, enjoying life more, we’re having a blast together every day, and so am I in turn am so much happier and enjoying life more! I can’t thank these two enough and all of the wonderful people that help make this happen!! Truly amazing stuff here!! Thank you!!!!
15. Constantly talking over each other - Even though this was a targeted add I really needed help with an aspect of my dogs personality. This is NOT the place to find it. It is near impossible to follow what they’re talking about. They constantly interrupt each other, go off on confusing tangents and generally give absolutely no useful information just anecdotes. They used a targeted ad after I audibly mentioned something about squirrels and my dog to my mom over breakfast. So basically they’re just another sad business who exploits the lack of privacy we have on our phones to hawk their product just like big corporations that I also do not support.
16. One long infomercial - This is nothing more than cheerleading for their course, which you must buy to get at all the “really great” strategies they tee up but do not describe in any useful way. It is delivered with all the breathless excitement of an old infomercial for a revolutionary new cleaning product. If you buy into that junk, you’ll probably love this. For me, it’s a miss by a mile.
17. Endless blather - I’ve listened to two episodes. The blather is endless. It’s likely there there is good training advice somewhere in there, however, if you want to demonstrate that you’re a decent dog trainer try not boring your listeners to tears with blather. My dogs like me to get to the point, they aren’t stupid, and neither are your listeners.
18. I’m bringing sexy back! - Tess or Contessa my possible Cusinu or Aussie mix rescue is a Diva. For the last two years she has been unexpectedly pessimistic, over eager, unable to chill out and fearful. She has fallen in love with the games most of the time and we are only getting better. I’m loving the podcast keeps me hopeful and inspired. As Ian Dunbar says “face the beast.” Thank you for being on this journey with us as I learn to be a better companion for the Contessa.
19. More training content needed - These trainers spend a lot during each podcast session building up dog owner confidence but lacks useful content. I would love to hear more useful tips throughout. I am hesitant to purchase any of their Materials because of this. I also can’t get this start link that they keep referring to during the sessions.
Equine veterinarian Dr. Erica Lacher and show host Justin Long discuss horse healthcare, and proper care and maintenance. Whether your horse is an athlete or a lawn ornament, you'll learn something that will help you be a better horse parent!
Release date: 2023-02-15
1. Love it so much - I love this podcast. Not a ton of ads and promos, just real information in a straightforward delivery with a little humor (but not fluff) thrown in. Feels like I’m talking to my actual vet, not sitting in a seminar. I just wish there was more, more, more! I know it’s a vet, but riding tips from a vet’s perspective would be amazing too. Like warm-up/cool-down tips, footing thoughts, jumping/riding frequency, using boots/other extraneous tack, bits/saddles, everything!
2. Useful Topics - A lot of the topics they cover in this podcast are super helpful! I’m about halfway through the first season and have already found a lot of the stuff covered to be very useful. Personally I feel like some topics are dove into with too much detail so I tend to try to concentrate on and remember the details and the message seems to escape me. I do wish there was a way to submit episode ideas… I would love an episode on recommended supplements, maintaining the easy keepers that can get fat off air, preparing your horse for (and) breeding, barn/buddy sourness, etc. All in all though I do enjoy listening to this podcast on my hour drive to work every day!
3. The BEST! - I learn soooo much! I love the way Dr. L explains things. I started listening to this podcast one year before becoming a horse owner and now I’m going back to re-listen. Worming time is coming, so I will revisit that one. Oh and Laminae - I can totally see what you described. Thank you! And Justin isn’t too shabby either. Keep asking the questions like a Noob for noobs like me.
4. Love love love the information - I really appreciate your discussions on topics that effect me and my horses. The way you explain these topics is great as anyone with a basic understanding of horses can easily understand what you are discussing and learn so much. As a horse owner I want to make sure I have a good handle on current medical trends and can provide the best for my guys. So thanks.
5. Highly Engaging - This podcast has been a tremendous asset to my personal private farm as well as the Equine Assisted Learning facility I manage. Each podcast has provided me new or updated information from what I had previously learned and in some circumstances welcomed me into topics that were completely uncharted territory. It has given me countless opportunities to make changes to my management practices to enhance the overall well being of the Equine’s under my care- from detailed emergency procedure plans to fly management and beyond. In the future I would love to hear about the topics of: track systems, DSLD, alternative therapies, as well as gauging and supporting mental health in Equine’s. Thank you for your dedication to this podcast and the ripple effect it has on equine lives.
6. Very useful information- stars - Who would know.....? I’ve already used information from about episodes in the past month. For instance, today was wound bandaging and ordering Sox For Horses. And since I was a young girl in the horse world, I have seen much of what you talk about. I love that I now learn new things, probiotics for instance, and that it reinforces practices I already know and use. I look forward to a podcast on horse insurance, arthritis (ringbone), pasture management and effects of high elevation on unacclimated horses. Thank you both for your time and hard work for the benefit horses and their people.
7. Love this podcast! - So much information in a way that is easy to understand & remember!! Would love to hear a podcast on topical options for wound care (scrapes & such) abc which types of wounds your vet wants to know about & which types you should just handle on your own. Thanks again for a fantastic podcast!
8. Best podcast in the market! - After searching for a podcast concerning horse care and ownership I’ve found this to be the best in the market. The information is presented in a very professional and informative manner. As a “mature” rider and first time horse owner I’ve learned something from every single episode. Thank you Justin and Dr Lacher for a wonderfully presented podcast. I’m telling all my riding buddies to download your podcast. It’s a must!!
Canine Conversations tackles just about everything dog related: dog training, dog health, owning a dog, dog behavior problems, competitive dog sports, what to feed, rescue dogs, shelter dogs, talks with other dog lovers and so much more. Hosted by Robert Cabral, master trainer and behavior specialist. Robert has trained and worked with thousands of dogs through his work with Bound Angels at shelters throughout the US. He has also trained and titled competitive obedience and protection dogs wo...
Release date: 2023-02-24
1. HE’S AMAZING!!! - I first started listening to him on Spodify on somewhere in January and have listen to him ever since and I have always wanted to train dogs and I am now going on . I am finally getting started on my own business he is very knowledgeable and I love how he puts God in the middle of his podcasts and how passionate and he has a lot of knowledge of dogs which I love and you can always learn something new from and about him! He is always straightforward!! Even if you don’t want to hear it lol but he’s AMAZING!! If you are looking at the comments to see if this is the right podcast and you LOVE dogs GO!! I encourage you to LISTEN to him.
2. Crystal Wyrick - I am listening to this podcast and I am far from a dog trainer. I have gained so much knowledge from listening to you, Larry Krohn, and even Tom Davis (not my favorite). I have beautiful rescue dogs (not easy) due to the knowledge I was able to gain from your work. My dogs are e collar trained in my yard/ hiking and they live the best lives, even when I take them to my friend’s homes. I will be your lobby. They live with me in my home and the ecollar has done so much for our lives.
3. If dogs could talk... - I just stumbled upon this podcast simple because, well, I love dogs. I absolutely enjoyed the conversation between Larry Krohn and you. It was heartwarming and informational. You dedication to the canine and your passion for life comes through clear! I can't wait to listen to back episodes. Thank you for keeping it real without pretense or gimmicks.
4. Fantastic resource! - My wife and I just added a Belgian Malinois to our family and everything that I’ve heard Robert say about this breed has been extremely accurate. If you’re familiar with the breed, then you’ll know how important constant, and I do mean constant, engagement is to integrate them into your family. Robert’s willingness to express his honest opinion about dog training has proven to be an invaluable resource. This podcast is a goldmine of information for any dog owner. I also highly recommend obtaining a membership to his website.
5. Invaluable and enjoyable - One of my very favorites! Amazing training advice and also so many fascinating and heartwarming dog examples! I absolutely love listening to Roberts podcasts and also highly recommend his monthly membership subscription to access his awesome training videos! Thank you Robert!
6. What to Do Over the Loss of a Dog - This episode helped me immensely. I have felt a slow leak of daily grief since my Sheltie’s cancer diagnosis last year and subsequent passing. There were many blessings though as our vet came to our home and euthanized him here albeit on Valentines Day.
Thank you so much for this podcast. I have been listening for awhile now. I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your compassionate and thoughtful words regarding loss. It’s such a hard burden to bear. It never seems to alleviate. TFW
7. Great advices for all dog owners - Listening to this podcast has been a great tool for me to learn more about canine behavior, and consequently become a better pet owner. I love that Robert is honest and is not afraid to express his opinion on what he believes is right/wrong. I feel like that’s rare in a world where people are mostly focused on saying what is politically correct instead of staying true to what they believe.
8. Training & Info Straight Up - I love watching Robert Cabral’s videos. They are very informative, his training methods are awesome and he is completely straight forward no holds barred. I just started training my two puppies using his methods and they’ve been doing well. I also became a member of his online website and have been watching his videos which are more detailed than the YouTube videos, however, I still watch the YouTube ones as well. I highly recommend Robert Cabral for anyone who wants to train their dog at any age. Just joined the podcasts today!!!
9. Human in training - Probably like most. I discovered this when my husband came home with a Sheppard type dog. For the husband it was love at first site. For me however, this meant getting over my fear of animals and buckling up with expert advise. This podcast is great because it covers topics/questions that are not always covered in his videos. Robert is straight to the point, which I appreciate. Lots of helpful tips.
10. Amazing podcast/Amazing Trainer - I have discovered Robert just a few days ago and I have already listened to almost all episodes. This podcast is invaluable. Whenever Robert covers a topic, it makes so much sense. I also appreciated his fiancé’s (Janet) insight on dog ownership and training. Please keep this podcast and YouTube videos going. I love love love Robert’s approach to dog life. Thank you.
11. Informative and empathetic - What an amazing life-saving podcast. I have learned so much from what to feed (home cooked all the way!) to how to have a balanced approach in training to how to get through grieving a dog (and more). I am so grateful that I am able to access this information for free, instantly on my phone. For people who can’t afford a trainer I’m sure this is the best resource to seek out. For people like me who are constantly endeavoring to improve my relationship with my dog and fine-tune my techniques and come up with new ideas for training, this is a great tool. Thank you Robert!!
12. Best Dog Training Podcast out there - Robert has been so inspirational to me and my work in dog rescue. We share a passion for training of shelter/rescue dogs and the belief that the training helps dogs get adopted but more importantly stay adopted. The best thing about Robert's information and methods is that they all make sense. The same cannot be said for a lot of other trainers out there. Give Rober's material a listen and I can promise that you will find at least one thing you can apply to your dog. The information is direct and no-nonsense (exactly the way dog's learn BTW) so if you're easily offended by that you need to get over yourself. The rainbows and unicorns podcast will be tomorrow's episode. Robert speaks candidly because he has spent a lifetime working with dogs who's lives are literally on the line. In the shelter world time is of the essence and direct and no-nonsense saves lives. If you desire having a great relationship with your dog, Robert can help. Can't recommend him enough.
13. Amen - As a professional K- Handler I concur with Robert on his feelings towards the rising number of “Fake Service Animals”. I have spent thousands of hours training and working with my partner to have it all defecated on by someone who spent $ on credentials so they can do what ever they want with their animal. All you need to do is look at the web page for the ESA and you will see the agenda. Live in pet free house or fly on an airplane are the top two in huge bold typeface and with beautiful color pictures. God bless you Robert. Huge fan.
14. Great trainer - Robert Cabral is a realistic trainer. That's what I appreciate about him. I love dogs, so much to the point that prior to owning my own puppy, I assumed that even correcting a dog for misbehaving with a collar would make me a horrible person. When he mentioned that an uncorrected dog is similar to a child running free in a store knocking everything over, that changed my relationship with my dog for the better. My puppy couldn't be happier because she doesn't need to figure anything out, she can look to me for guidance.
15. Honest, informational, give it a listen!! - I’ve been listening to Robert Cabral for a long time and I’ve got to say his videos on YouTube have been a cornerstone to my dog training. Me and my girlfriend rescued an month old Akita who was a stray for his whole life. His videos helped us solve a lot of his issues from crate training to food aggression or even just setting up proper structure for your dog in a fair balanced way. Listened to the first four episodes of this podcast and I got to say I’m very happy to hear that he has a podcast!
16. Excellent results with Robert Cabrals method! - First found Robert Cabral through youtube, have gone through nearly all videos and subscribed to his member area on his website. It is amazing how well the methods work and my week dalmatian is doing amazing with his behavior and training! Excited for this podcast for car rides to dig deeper and keep the fun going at home!
Welcome to Lone Duck’s Gun Dog Chronicles. We’re here to talk all things related to bird hunting, gun dogs and trade stories between friends, pro trainers and hunting buddies.
Release date: 2023-02-22
1. Ep. : Best ecollar podcast ever! - year trainer of dogs here. Protection sports, not knowledgeable about bird dogs. BUT, this was the best round up discussion on why you should use an ecollar: the ultimate in safety training and the improved confidence and freedoms a well trained ecollar dog enjoys when off leash are paramount. No other tool can do this.
A perfect podcast for beginners to learn exactly how to condition your dog to an ecollar and have your dog love it.
2. Review - Just like the dog house podcast they don’t care about you or your dog they are in it for the all mighty dollar. Just like most people in the hunt test community they put on a front that it’s family but in reality they want nothing to do with you unless you can benefit them in some way. Pushed people every episode to by Eukanuba dog food then when he got offered more money he switched.
3. Teaches to all levels - This is by far my favorite podcast. Bob and Kevin do a great job explaining how they train their dogs and also have a great sense of humor. The guys invite great guests to the show that bring different perspectives and training techniques that are very helpful. I am currently looking for a podcast that is close to as good as this podcast, while I wait for the new episodes to come out. But I haven’t found one that is as close to as good as this one.. yet.
4. Great show for the first time dog owner - Love listening to this show. I’m training my first duck/grouse dog (yellow lab) and it’s great to hear everything from simple obedience to high level training for tests/trials. Favorite episode was the collar conditioning with Blaine. I was anxious to collar condition for the first time, but the show helped me to know what to do and what not to do. I started with the command “here” first... sorry Blaine. Second favorite was the show with Fritz Heller about hunting grouse with a flushing lab. Loved how he went into grouse habitat and dog handling.
5. Great show! - Kevin and his brother are great! I’ve been listening since the beginning. They have taught me a ton about dogs. Since I have a Boykin Spaniel my favorite episodes are when co- host Blaine comes on. Keep up the good work. FYI the wording of the first sentence was planned. You’re welcome Kevin.
6. What an A Podcast!!!!! - Finally caught up to ALL of the episodes and I’ve learned so much from Bob and his guests. Bob has great insights in dog training. The tips I’ve learned I have put into action with my Labrador and it has made my sessions easier to understand. Biggest tip I took away was PATIENCE PATIENCE PATIENCE. Eukanuba Baby - The problem I had with my lab was he couldn’t maintain the ideal weight that everyone talks about. I can easily see his ribs and spine even though I was feeding him cups a day (in separate feeding). I took the month Eukanuba challenge from Bob and saw a dramatic weight change in just one week. He gained the ideal weight everyone always talked about. Best thing I did for my lab. Thank you to Bob and Kevin for being such a fantastic host.
7. Bob “Bizzzzzmmmuuuthhhh” Owens and Kevin Owens rock! - You guys are a real treat to listen to. You bring great content and even better guests on the show and I look forward to each and every episode. Can’t wait to implement the things I’ve learned by to listening to all the podcasts! Mmmmmmm biiiizzzzmuuthhhhh babay
8. Keep it up guys. Love it! - Nathan Hockensmith from Mammoth Cave KY. I’m years old always loved hunting & fishing, grew up doing it. Got into duck hunting around years ago. I’m just now getting into training labs. I got great quality pups on the way, should all be home by thanksgiving. Gonna have my hands full I’ve got several good hunting buddies and trainer buddies that say they’re gonna help me out! One of them said he knows Bob really good, said he roomed with you at nationals, Eric Thompson is his name. Getting a pup from him, a pup out of Juice and also a pup out of Choco. I’m excited nervous anxious all at the same time. This podcast is awesome. So much knowledge and wisdom that an amateur like me needs. I’m listening to this everyday to get caught up. I hope you all keep doing this. We all love it. We need it! Hoping my training endeavors lead me to meeting you one day. I have high hopes for my program. Wish me luck guys!
9. The all around, best duck dog podcast out there - This podcast has content beneficial to the hunter getting his first dog all the way to the young pro getting ready for master nationals. When they are talking advanced dog work they take the time to explain terms, like hip pocket marks, to ensure every can track what is going on. They are great representatives of the gun dog world.
10. The Unspoken Bond - Before I start my review, I’d like to give a shout out to Gunner Kennels, Dogtra, Eukanuba, Traeger Grills and Waypoint Outdoor Collective. Bob and Kevin do a great job of presenting to the listener an array of information that the new to amateur trainer can benefit from. Aside from the training techniques and information, they also deliver great entertainment with both their personal experiences and those of their guests.
All of which is a great filler during those times that Blaine is unable to run the podcast! Thanks, Bob and Kevin, for such a great podcast that revolves around “The Unspoken Bond”!
11. Great people Great help great entertainment - Bob and Kevin have helped me through a number of things. Many they did without knowing like the in depth two series description of force fetch. Which I used and followed and multiple others to, I probably re listened to those two at least a pc each. Then there’s their comic relief that they bring many when it is really needed. Last but definitely not least when I got hung up on a problem and reached out to them Bob replied inside of an hour that night I used his advice it fixed the problem. Thank you guys
12. The best duck hunting/dog training podcast out there! - I’ve been listening to Loneduck’s Gundog Chronicles since episode . Bob and Kevin do a great job at what they do and have a passion for it and it shows through the podcast. It’s great to be able to have these recourses like we do today. I’d bet people would have loved to have something like this years ago. This is my go to on the road podcast. I guess you could listen to music on the road but I like to learn and pick up new gundog training tips, tricks and helpful hints and that’s exactly what this podcast is about. Thanks again Bob and Kevin for what y’all do for this great sport and lifestyle!
13. Dyn - o - mite! - Bob and Kevin keep the show honest and straightforward. On top of all the great guest they bring on the show they also provide insight into training problems that the listeners are experiencing. If there is a topic that is controversial they do not pretend to know the right way to do something but they openly explain they way that they handle them.
14. It just resonates! - I’m a master of none, and entered a Mario dog training years ago. Week after week topics are discussed thoroughly that have been running through my head in training. Bob is well on his way to being one of the best in the business and his brother is the Robin to Batman on the show. If you are a amateur or master trainer I strongly encourage you to go through all the podcasts for excellent topics. Last note, uncle bob was the keynote speaker on the “duck gun” podcast about raising a hunting puppy. If you’re considering buying a retriever, ITS A MUST LISTEN.
15. NAHRA - I love this podcast you give great information and teach others of the many dog games. You have spoke of AKC, HRC, SRS but no NAHRA
Could you please do an episode on NAHRA? They were the originator of the hunt test game and do not get much attention. Also they have aspects that the other organizations do not do
16. Practical Advice - Whether you are new to the “game” or a grizzly veteran, Lone Duck has practical advice for everyone. Browse the list of topics, pick one, or listen to them all. Love the shout-outs to followers on Instagram live and the answers to specific questions. If you have a duck dog, save this podcast to your favorites. You won’t be disappointed.
17. Incredible podcast - This podcast helps so much to give instructions on how to create an incredible gun dog. I’ve listened to every episode that has come out so far and there isn’t a bad one in there. I highly recommend listening to episode of Gun Dog Notebook where Bob is a guest. It really puts how much knowledge he has and how modest he is into perspective. I have direct messaged Lone Duck twice now and heard back the same day! Can’t say enough about how they have helped me learn how to train my first hunting dog (black lab). Thank you for everything you do Bob and Kevin!