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.
Where should your dog sleep? This is a simple question with multiple answers. On one had I have a strong recommendation where your dog should be sleeping. On the other, it really doesn't matter as long as you make the decision and then stick with it. To make this more clear split my answer into two parts:* Should your dog sleep in or out of the crate?* Where in the house should your dog sleep (including on the bed)?In this episode, I talk about when I have a recommendation, when it's up to you, and things to conciser when deciding.Here is a preview of what I will talk about.In or out of the crate?This is where I have a strong recommendation depending on your dogs age and behavior.During potty training, your puppy should be sleeping in a crate. Even if you know they can sleep through the night without an accident while in the crate, doesn’t mean they won’t have one if they are out of the crate. Throughout adolescence (18-24 months) they should still be in their crate or, at the very least, a puppy-proofed room. The more access they have to the house the more trouble they can get into. And when you are sleeping, I’m going to guess you aren’t supervising.Where in the house?Your dog can sleep outside your bedroom, inside your bedroom but not on the bed, or on your bed. There is no right or wrong answer but there are some things to conciser.No matter where you decide, your dog will adjust and be perfectly happy. The key here is to decide early, and stick with it! Once you let the dog up on the bed with you it is going to be a hard habit to break. Listen to the whole episode to get all the details. Enjoy!
Adding another dog to your pack is an exciting time. It can also be a little stressful because you want to make sure that your current dog accepts your new puppy.Sometimes when you bring a new puppy home the current dog immediately accepts the puppy and it super excited to have a younger brother and sister. And this is a possible scenario.The more likely scenario is that your current dog will be standoffish to the puppy. This is completely normal and a common way for an adult dog to deal with a puppy (in fact, take note on how well your older dog gives the puppy boundaries by simply ignoring them. We could take a few lessons from this). The good news is, the vast majority of the time the dogs will figure it out. That being said there are lots of things that you can do to make the “warm-up” time go more smoothly.The first thing to note is that this “warm-up” time could be a day or two or could take weeks! Don’t rush it and let your current dog set the pace. How they interact in the first few weeks home is not necessarily how they will always interact.In this episode, I talk about a few things you can do to help make this initial time together go smoothly.* Walks, walks, and more walks* Tire the puppy out before you let him/her interact with your current dog* Balance allowing them to interact with giving your current dog some space from the puppy.* Manage food and toys to reduce any competition that might arise. Listen and enjoy!
My dogs aren't perfect, and I'm ok with that? You would think because I'm a dog trainer I would care more. But that's exactly why I know it's OK. Training a dog is time-consuming and it’s something that most of us just simply aren’t good at. Most likely you won't be able to teach your dog EVERYTHING. I've quickly learned that raising a puppy is a combination between training and management. We quickly get frustrated or overwhelmed trying to create this perfect dog and I’m here to tell you to give yourself a break. It's all about YOUR priorities. In this episode, I confess about my dog’s behavior and how I sometimes manage behaviors instead of correcting them. I save my energy and focus on the behaviors that are the most important to me. Your dog only has to live with you. So it's important to raise YOUR Perfect Puppy, not the one your neighbor says you should have or what Google thinks a well-behaved puppy is.Give yourself a break, the perfect puppy is one you love, is happy and healthy, and enhances your life. Not the one your neighbor tells you you SHOULD have. Listen below and enjoy!
There are so many dog supplies out there it can be overwhelming. Over the years I have developed a list of my go-to supplies that I use and recommend to my clients.In this episode, I talk about what my favorite dog supply is in each of these 8 categories and why they have become my go-to. All supplies can be found on Chewy.com or BarkBox.com. 1. Training treat: Freeze dried liverI never met a dog that could resist these liver treats. You can break them down into small training pieces or even sprinkle some on top of a picky eaters food. There is only one ingredient and they are made in the USA.2. Leash pulling tool: Front clip harnessI prefer using harnesses for leash walking in general. Especially if you have a heavy puller. The traditional collar can put a lot of pressure on the neck. With the leash clipped in the front (you don't need a double leash like the picture below) when they start to pull they get turned around so it's hard for them to get the leverage they need to pull hard. 3. Food bowl: Treat ballI may be cheating a little bit with this one. It's not actually a food bowl, but it is my favorite way to feed your dog. Instead of inhaling their dinner from a bowl, they knock around a ball and their food comes out. You have to feed your dog anyway, let them occupy themselves for 20 minutes instead of 20 seconds.4. Chew toy: KongSimilar to the treat ball above you can stuff the Kong with your dog's dinner or some homemade healthy wholefoods (skip the store bought stuffing). Now your puppy is occupied, chewing, and eating something healthy or their own food!5. Teething chew: Ice cubeSimple, free and can entertain your dog for hours (weather permitting). Best part is, they are already in your freezer. 6. Bone: Deer antlerAntlers can be a little pricey but they last a loooong time. I like to use these as the special bone they only get in their crate during crate and potty training. 7. Crate: Life stages crateA crate is an essential tool for any new puppy owner. There are lots of types out there. The life stages crate comes with a divider so it can grow with your puppy. You can also buy an oversize crate and remove the divider once your puppy is potty trained. 8. Dog supply company: BarkBox*There aren't many companies I get excited about but this one is an exception. BarkBox is a monthly subscription box full of treats and toys. The toys are high quality, the treats are healthy and they take great care in making the details fun! They are a fun, cheeky company that also does lots of work with rescue and shelter pets. *This link uses a referral code that any current BarkBox customer can give you. If you have a friend that already uses BarkBox, use their code and they will get a free box. I have my free box going to a shelter pet. I am not affiliated in any way. Listen to the full episode below and enjoy!
Dogs learns through repetition and reward. The easiest and most efficient way to reward your dog is by using treats. That is why they are the go-to for trainers and dog owners.Even though treats is the most popular way to reward your dog they are not, by far, the only way. In fact, there are so many ways to reward our dog we do it everyday by accident. What we can do is use these non-treat rewards to our advantage.The best alternative (and easiest) is our attention. Do not underestimate the value of your verbal praise and attention. This is something we always carry with us so we never have to wean off our verbal praise like we do with treats. In this episode, I go through a bunch of examples to get you started. The key is to look at your dog’s environment and see what motivates them, what makes them happy, and then use that to reward them for good behavior .It’s time to think outside the (treat) box.Enjoy!Photo by Leio McLaren (@leiomclaren) on Unsplash
Dog obedience training is the first thing we think of when we say “training your dog.” In fact, it might be the only thing we think of.Your dog’s training goes WAY beyond obedience but it is a very important part of your new puppy’s education.When starting from scratch it’s important to create a strong and reliable foundation. We can do this in four easy steps. * The Lure: Encourage your dog into the position or action you are looking for, without saying a word.* Add the command: Connect the action with a vocal command.* Hide the treat, add a hand signal: This step prevents the dreaded bribing scenario.* Intermittent treats: Come away from the treats and add other rewards.These are often the steps we skip or rush through. The most notable being, the command is not added until step 2. Now I don’t expect you to be able to listen to this episode and teach your dog ANY command. How these four steps look will vary slightly depending on the exact skill you are teaching. It's the foundation they create that is universal. Always start with this foundation and you will be on your way to reliable dog obedience training in no time.
Bringing your puppy home is exciting and maybe a little stressful. The ride home is the first time you are 100% responsible for them.If this is your first puppy you may be even more nervous. Your puppy might be nervous too. It’s a short and simple topic but something I get asked all the time. Bringing your puppy home should be exciting, not nerve-racking. So I have some advice for you to help it go smoother.Whether it’s a 15-minute ride from your local rescue or a 10-hour ride from your breeder there are some things you can do to be ready.A few tips I discuss in the episode:* Have a towel* Bring one person but not the whole family. You want one person taking care of the dog and one person driving but you don’t want the whole family overwhelming the puppy* Bring something that smells like other your other pets. * Have a plan for when you get home. Right now the ride home seems like it’s the most important thing in the world. You are going to have so much time with your puppy, just make sure they are safe and comfortable. Photo by Emerson Peters on Unsplash
When we think of crate training we usually think of potty training or where we put our puppy when we aren’t home. Crate training goes way beyond that. In fact, we should be using it after potty training AND when we are home.I usually get some resistance to this. Most dog owners have a sense of guilt using the crate even when they are home. You might think “well, it’s not fair to my puppy, he shouldn’t have to be in his crate when I’m home” or “I should be able to supervise him when I’m home.”The only thing we are doing is making things harder on ourselves. Your puppy’s crate is a multi-faceted training tool. In this episode, I’m going to convince you that not only CAN you use the crate when you are home but you SHOULD use your puppy’s crate when you are home.The five reasons for using the crate when you are home are:* It’s the best way to crate train your puppy* Your puppy will hate the crate if you only use it when you leave* Prevent separation anxiety* Your puppy’s safety* Your sanity!I mention two other episodes that are related and highly recommend if you are looking for information on crate training your puppy. YNP #005: Crate Training: How (and Why) to Make Their Crate Your Dog’s Best FriendYNP #022: How to Prevent and Treat Separation AnxietyPhoto by Alvan Nee on Unsplash
How to handle a shy dog is important for all of us to know. If you are anything like me, you just want to put ALL the puppies. But not ALL of the puppies want to be pet. Wait, what??? Crazy, right? This is even worse when it’s our own puppy. We are all excited and ready to share our lives with our new fur ball but he won’t come anywhere near us. Most of us want to win our puppy over. I mean come on, look at this amazing home and all I want to do is love you!!This is not uncommon, especially with rescue dogs. Even though we know they are safe, they don’t know that...yet.In this episode, I talk about why this can happen and what to do if it does.This is a great listen for all dog lovers because anytime you come in contact with a shy, fearful, or insecure dog you will know what to do.This is also a time where a trainer will be important. Insecurities in a puppy, if not addressed, can grow into many different behavior problems.If you take anything away from this episode is it this: Let the dog come to you. Do not try and win them over, they make the first (and second, and third) move.Enjoy!
The foundation of positive dog training is to reward the behaviors we want repeated and ignore or redirect the behaviors we don’t want repeated.Oh, how I wish it were that simple. A question we don’t even think to ask is “how does the dog know what behavior we are rewarding or correcting?” This is where timing is EVERYTHING. Dogs are very present-minded. If we want to reward or stop a behavior from happening we have to do it the exact moment the behavior is happening. Not a before or after. If we are just a moment or two off they may make the wrong connection with the wrong behavior.This is the only way we make sure our dog is making the connection to the right behavior. If we reward them even 30 seconds later, it mines as well be 3 days later.There is some room for error here and we are not going to be perfect. This skill is something WE need to practice. Understanding how timing makes a huge difference is the first step. In this episode, I go into a few examples of what I mean and how to avoid rewarding or correcting the wrong behavior.See you inside!
Very often I get asked: Is human food good for dogs? Or "should I feed my dog people food?" Or they say with pride “I ONLY feed my dog, dog food”The first thing I want to dispel is the idea that there is a difference between "people" food and "dog" food. Food is food.The distinction that we are actually making is the difference between fresh foods and traditional commercial dog food which is typically highly processed. So yes, "human" food is good for dogs because just like us, our dogs benefit greatly from fresh foods.I'm not talking about feeding your dog table scraps or dinner left overs. I'm talking about supplementing their dinner with nutritious fresh foods and snacks.There are a few pitfalls we have to be careful of:* We want to be careful of over feeding our dogs. When we add fresh foods we are also adding calories. * We also want to make sure that we keep a balanced diet. If they are filling up on chicken (which is good for them) they might not be eating the other nutrients they need.* There are some foods that we can eat that our dogs shouldn’t.In this episode I talk about:* The difference between people and dog food (or lack there of).* Cautions when feeding your dog human food.* Benefits of feeding your dog human food.* Some of my favorite fresh foods that I use to supplement my dog’s food. Related Episodes:Your New Puppy Episode #017: 5 Dog Food Myths and the Truth Behind ThemPhoto by Marek Szturc on Unsplash
The thought of raising two puppies together can create a lot of warm, fuzzy, and fun images. They will keep each other company, entertain each other, exercise each other, and create perfect Instagram moments of snuggling together in their bed.We go into it aware that it will take more work. Of course, it makes sense, there are two puppies instead of one. What we don’t realize until we get them home is that it doesn’t take twice the work, it takes THREE times the work as raising one puppy.When a client asks me: "How to do I train two dogs at the same time?" My answer is: "You don’t." Not until you train each one separately so they understand what you are asking. Then you can bring them together and train them as a pack. That is where three times the work comes in.AND it doesn’t stop at skills training. There are many activities you will need to do with your puppies both separately and together.There are also many reasons for this which I talk about within the episode. Litter-mate syndromeYou need to have a relationship and bond with each dog on their own and with both dogs as a pack.Prevent separation anxiety from each other by giving them time apart.Teach them to have the confidence to deal with any environment with and without their sibling there.This is A LOT of work to train and prevent behavior problems. Enough that most dog trainers recommend that you don’t ever get two dogs from the same litter. It can be done, if you are prepared for it. If you already have two puppies or if you are set on getting two, I give you some examples on how to tackle all of this work . If you are still thinking about getting two puppies, I give you the advice I usually give my clients who really want two dogs. Enjoy!
Did you remember to praise your puppy?When using positive training our main tool is to reward behaviors we want our puppies to repeat. The more we praise our puppy's good behavior the more likely they will grow into a well-behaved dog. Unfortunately, there are many times that we don’t remember (or worse, we don’t even realize) it’s an opportunity to praise and reward them to see the behavior again.Recognizing these moments is tough. It takes practice if we are not used to it. That is exactly why this episode includes a little bit of homework for you.In this episode, I talk about 2 situations that most puppy owners can miss: When our puppy is being good and we didn’t even ask.For example: Sitting quietly at our feet.Relaxing on their bed with their toy. Walked past our slipper without picking it up.When they are doing something wrong and we have to tell them to stop...and they do.For example:They stole our shoe but gave it to us when we asked. They jumped up on the couch but they got down when we told them.Press play to listen below or go to where ever you get your podcasts. Photo by Charles Deluvio on Unsplash
Separation anxiety is when your dog is stressed out because they are separated from you. Every single dog has the potential to develop some form of separation anxiety because dogs don’t know how to be alone naturally. This is one of the many things we need to teach them to live in our world. Separation anxiety was also one of the many issues I had to deal with when I brought home my two girls all those years ago. I know how heartbreaking and stressful it can be to deal with severe cases. My goal for you is to prevent it or nip it in the bud. In this episode I talk about:* What separation anxiety is.* What it looks like.* How to prevent it.* How to treat your dog if they are already showing minor signs. If your dog is showing major signs of separation anxiety (destructive behavior, excessive barking, even hurting themselves) please call a certified trainer in your area.Press play to listen below or go to where ever you get your podcasts. Photo by Patrick Carr on Unsplash
A question I get ALL the time is about taking your puppy outside before they are fully vaccinated. This question usually comes up during potty training but my answer has nothing to do with potty training.In short, your puppy needs to get out and start experiencing the world BEFORE they are fully vaccinated. I know this can come into direct conflict with your veterinarian's advice. I am not telling you to ignore your vet! As the title of this episode suggest it is all about balancing your puppy’s physical health and their behavioral development.In this episode I talk about:* What socialization is.* What science tells us about when socialization is the most important.* Why the advice of “keep your puppy inside until fully vaccinated” is still around even though it’s not what is best for your puppy.* Suggestions on how to balance the risks of keeping your puppy physically and mentally healthy.Don’t take my word for it.In the episode, I talk about the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior and their statement on puppy socialization. Their website is https://avsab.org/You can get the statement I reference right here or by going directly to their website (which I recommend, they have lots of great information on dog behavior).
We are always told “prepare for emergencies" or "make an emergency preparedness plan." The problem is the nature of an emergency is they are unpredictable and the situations are usually not something we expect. All we can do is do our best to prepare so when it happens we at least have a head start.The type of emergencies I talk about in this episode is any situation where you either, can’t make it back home or you have to leave your home. Having a dog can make both of these situations even more complicated.When faced with an emergency you will have a lot of things to think about. Planning ahead can take the stress out of the situation that you are dealing with.In this Episode I walk you through making a list of people, places, and things that you may need in these types of emergencies when it comes to taking care of your dog. Keep this list in a safe place so it’s ready for you when you need to use it.My hope for you is that this will be the best time you ever wasted. Links mentioned in this Episode:YNP #014: How to Choose the Right Dog Care – Part One
YNP #015: How to Choose the Right Dog Care – Part Two Pet SittersNow Released: YOUR Perfect Puppy's online course
A fenced-in backyard is considered a very valuable resource for a dog owner. It makes owning, potty training and exercising your dog SO much easier. Or does it?With anything that makes our lives easier there is always a downside. I know this, because I share this struggle with you.In this episode I talk about a very recent experience I had with my own dog. Lucy’s behavior started to worsen out of nowhere and I started to get worried and frustrated all at the same time.Until i realized what was happening. Lucy was BORED OUT OF HER MIND. My fenced in backyard allowed me to get lazy and now Lucy and her behavior were showing it.With an acre of room and her sister to play with she had plenty of exercise but was lacking any other stimulation.This is why, fenced in yard or not, it is still important to get into the habit of walking your dog right away.In this episode I share my own struggle and tips on how we can work on it together.Photo by Aaron Bookout on Unsplash I did take my own advice!Immediately after recording this episode I regretted it ( 😉 not really) because, I had to take my own advice, right? So even though it looked like this outside:My actual front yard. I tapped into my inner Jersey girl, toughened up, put on my snow boots, grabbed the girls’ leashes, and went out the door.I’m SO glad I did. Once I was out there and moving, it wasn’t as cold as I thought AND apparently snow changes the smell of everything because the girls acted like they haven’t seen that tree outside a hundred times before. Leash walking resourceshttps://positively.com/dog-behavior/basic-cues/loose-leash-walking/https://ferndogtraining.com/episode20/
So often, we get stuck in the idea that our dogs need to eat out of a bowl. BORING!! Our dogs are programmed to work for their food so let’s use that in our favor. We already feed our dogs so let’s make it an event! Our dogs have a blast AND it also help in our endless journey to burn off some of our dog's energy! By having them work for their food our dog is occupied for longer than the typical 30 seconds it takes for them to eat out of a bowl. This will relieve boredom and give them some mental exercise in the process (it’s also entertaining for us too)Now, what in the world do I mean? In this episode I talk about three different examples of how to make meal time an event. Use these examples to get your creative juices flowing and even a Google or Pinterest search to get more ideas on how to ditch the bowl.First example: Use a Kong.Most of us know what a Kong is if not here is a photo. You can find them in any pet store and they come in all different sizes and toughness. This is one of the best ways to create a meal time event. Instead of stuffing the Kong with peanut butter we stuff it with their meal. One step that some of us miss is we have to teach your dog to use the Kong. I talk about how to do this. Second example: Use a treat ball.A treat ball is one of my (and my dog's) favorite ways to eat their meal. Despite the name it's not just for treats! There a a bunch of different treat balls on the market. You can also make some yourself. Just search for DIY food puzzles or treat balls. Here are a couple of videos of Miriah and Boris enjoying their treat ball!!
The possibilities are endless!I give a few more examples in the episode to help you start to think outside the bowl.Have your own ideas! Share below!
We know that finding the right dog food for our dog is important. It can also be overwhelming. Most of us want to be able to walk into a pet store, pick up a bag and make the right decision. Unfortunately, it's not that simple.There is a lot of different information out there about which dog food.Deciphering what is true and what is based on common beliefs that may or may not be outdated is next to impossible.To help you out, this in this episode I go over 5 myths associated with commercial dog food. Most of these myths came from a small amount of truth BUT through a game of telephone, the misconceptions grew. The worst of it, are some of the dog food companies take advantage of these myths to continue to sell us low-quality food for our pets.The 5 Dog Food Myths (and what the truth is)#1: Find a dog food your dog likes and stick with it. (not always)#2: Dog food has a long shelf life (sorta)#3: Grain-free means low carb (nope)#4: Higher price means higher quality (not even close)#5: The first ingredient should be meat (Yes! But that’s not the whole story)
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“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” - Benjamin FranklinThe best way to stop your dog from jumping up on people is not to allow him from to do it from day one.The best way to stop your dog from sleeping on the bed with you is to teach him to sleep in his own bed from day one.I know, it sounds so simple. When your dog is a puppy it’s easy to let him jump because at that point it’s cute, not annoying. And right now he doesn’t take up that much room in the bed.It is so easy to let certain behaviors happen when they are small and cute but we end up having to fix bad habits laterIn this Episode, I talk about using preventive training and house rules to think ahead and make training easier.Biggest takeawayAsk yourself and your family the following questions and start enforcing the house rules from day one.Will this behavior be appropriate in the future?Will this behavior be appropriate when our puppy is full grown?Will this behavior be appropriate with small children, grandma, guests, etc?It can be tough to enforce these rules when all you want to do is play and snuggle and give your puppy whatever they want, but I promise you, your family AND your puppy will thank you for it.Resources Mentioned in the EpisodeEpisode #008: When your Dog Jumps: How to Prevent and Correct Jumping up on PeoplePhoto by Tim Trad on Unsplash
Welcome to Part Two of the two-part series on helping you find the right dog care for you. In part one (Episode #14) I talked all about facilities. In this episode I talk about Pet Sitters.Who will take care of your dog when you can’t is a very common concern for most dog owners. With good reason. There is a high level of trust that has to happen for you to feel comfortable to leave your dog in someone else’s hands. Good news is there are a lot of options out there nowadays. The bad news is there is a lot of options out there nowadays.There are a few things to consider when deciding which option is right for you and your dog. Remember that your comfort is just as important as your dog’s comfort. If you are nervous about leaving your dog then your dog will be nervous about being left. Even if you are clear about which service you want, now you have to find the place or person you trust. The only way to really do that is to talk to them and ask lots of questions. Remember this is your dog you will be leaving with them, don’t be shy about getting all the information you can.In this episodeI talk about your different options when considering a pet sitter. Most pet sitters will do home visits. Home visits are where the sitter comes and takes care of your dog while he stays in his home environment. Some pet sitters will even take your dog into their home and stay while you are away.In this episode I talk about both options plus how to find the pet sitter that is right for you and your dog including:Decide on what your priorities areDo your researchCall and ask questionsSchedule a meet and greetDo a test run.Don't forget to check out part one (episode 14) where I talk all about facilities.Dog Care QuestionnaireTo help you through this process I have provide you with a questionnaire you can use as a starting point to ask lots of questions and figure out which pet sitter is going to be the best for you and your dog.The questions are split into two categories: Pet sitters that come to your home and pet sitters that will take your dog into their home. The questions are designed to give you a head start. They center around getting a clear picture of what is happening inside a facility once you drop your dog off. Use these questions exactly or modify and add questions depending on your priorities and needs.
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Resources mentioned in this EpisodeRover.comPetsit.comPetsitters.org
Welcome to Part One in two-part series on helping you find the right dog care for you.Who will take care of your dog when you can’t is a very common concern for most dog owners. With good reason. There is a high level of trust that has to happen for you to feel comfortable to leave your dog in someone else’s hands. Good news is there are a lot of options out there nowadays. The bad news is there is a lot of options out there nowadays.There are a few things to consider when deciding which option is right for you and your dog. Remember that your comfort is just as important as your dog’s comfort. If you are nervous about leaving your dog then your dog will be nervous about being left. Even if you are clear about which service you want, now you have to find the place or person you trust. The only way to really do that is to talk to them and ask lots of questions. Remember this is your dog you will be leaving with them, don’t be shy about getting all the information you can.In this episodeI lay out the following steps and why they are important to help you find the facility that is right for you and your dog.Decide on what your priorities areDo your researchCall and ask questionsGo visitDo a test run.Don't forget to check out part two (episode 15) where I talk all about pet sitters.Dog Care QuestionnaireTo help you through this process I have provide you with a questionnaire you can use as a starting point to ask lots of questions and figure out which facility is going to be the best for you and your dog.The questions are designed to give you a head start. They center around getting a clear picture of what is happening inside a facility once you drop your dog off. Use these questions exactly or modify and add questions depending on your priorities and needs.
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Both a dog park and a dog daycare are a place for your dog to get lots of exercise while playing with his friends. Beyond that the experience is quite different.Where a dog park is free, daycares cost money. You get to stay and interact and play with the other dogs and people at a dog park but a daycare allows you to take a break while your dog is having fun.The biggest difference is the socialization and safety of your dog. Like anything that is free, a dog park involves more caution and risk. Daycares carefully monitor the dog's health and behavior that participate in the play.If you take anything away from this episode it's this: If your goal is to socialize your dog then a daycare is a place to go. If you have a dog that is already well socialized, then a daycare still works. A dog park can too, as long as you use common sense and caution.In this episode, I go through the pros and cons of each so you can decide what is best for you and your dog.
You don’t have to be a dog person to know about basic obedience. It’s usually the first thing you think of when someone says “training a dog”.It is popular for very good reasons. I could list a hundred reasons for you and your dog to go through some kind of obedience training.In this episode, I name a few but I mostly talk about what, in my opinion, is the most important part of your basic obedience education.YOU are the most important part of your dog's obedience training.Learning the commands is only half the story. Developing the relationship and bond is the other. You can’t have one without the other.If you have ever had a dog or have known a dog that only listens to one person in the family or if you have ever known a dog that knew all his commands but still didn’t behave properly then you know what I’m talking aboutI feel that if you approach your training as a relationship building exercise then you are going to get the most out of it.Obedience training isn’t a cure-all but it can create the foundation of your relationship and all training to come.Have you taken an obedience class? Tell us your experience. What was the best thing you got out of it? What do you wish was different? Leave a comment below and let us know.
I find so many dog owners go right for their retractable leash. And I get it! I did the same thing when I got my first dog. Retractable leashes make so much sense in theory; make it short when I want to, give them freedom when I want to. It’s like 10 leashes in one!” Except they are anything but convenient for the safety and training for your dog.If you don’t already have a retractable leash you have most likely thought about buying one. You might even think that it's the type of leash you're "supposed" to get. EVERYONE has one. I'm here to tell you to resist the peer pressure!!This episode is short and sweet. I go through many different reasons why you should grab your regular ol’ leash and leave the retractable leash at home next time you head out the door with your dog. Once you make the switch, I promise you will understand.The main reasons you should leave your retractable leash at home:* Control* Safety* Bonding* Resource controlEnjoy!!
Potty training is a rite of passage for all puppy owners. It’s not the pretty part of owning a new puppy but it’s the one training none of us can ignore.Sometimes we forget that our dogs don’t come pre-programmed to go to the bathroom outside. This is a habit we have to teach them.The concept of potty training and what you need to do isn't hard. The time, the effort, and the emotional roller coaster, that’s what’s hard. And even if you do EVERYTHING right there's still going to be accidents and speed bumps along the way. There are going to be times where you are going to wonder if you're ever going to get your life back. When are you going to be able to sit on your couch and snuggle with your puppy without constantly worrying if he has to go outside?I promise you, that time will come. First, we have to get through the potty training process. There's no skipping it. Yeah just have to do it.Though we can’t avoid it there are some ways to make it quicker and easier. Here I have broken down my Complete Process to Potty Training Your Puppy. By the end you will know exactly what to do when. You can read on or...
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I’ve also put together a 2 page cheat sheet for you with all the information and tips summarized. You can print it out and have it handy throughout the process. It also includes a potty training schedule to help you keep track of everything. The Potty Training Cheat Sheet and Schedule is free and yours to download and keep.
Potty Training Cheat Sheet and ScheduleI’ve created a cheat sheet for you that summarize the steps and tips I talk about in the episode. I’ve also created a one-page Puppy Potty Schedule for you to use to keep track of your dog’s schedule, any accidents that happen and your successes.Keeping track of these things will be extremely helpful if coordinating with multiple people in the household. It is also a great way to find patterns if things aren’t going smoothly.
In the simplest terms, we are teaching our dog, the proper place to go to the bathroom is outside. Potty training is such a common thing for us; we forget that it's not natural for our dogs.What IS natural for our dogs is to not go in their sleeping area. That's why using a crate during potty training makes the whole process faster and more efficient. When used correctly, the crate will give him a safe and secure place when we can’t supervise which will greatly reduce accidents.I talk more about crate training in Your New Puppy’s Podcast Episode 05.I also do NOT use indoor potty pads at all. You don’t want your puppy to have any idea that he might be allowed to go to the bathroom inside.I talk about why I don’t use potty pads in Your New Puppy’s Podcast Episode 09.How long it takes will depend on your dog, on you, and your family. Some dogs just pick it up right away, some struggle. It will depend on how closely you will be able to stick to the process. It takes time and energy and sometimes we are going to drop the ball. What I can promise, is if you stick to this process you will see progress within a week. Let’s go over exactly what to do, when.When should you take your dog out?
Indoor pads (also called wee-wee pads or potty pads) have a purpose but house training should not be one of them.If you want to teach your puppy to go to the bathroom outside only, these pads can be detrimental to this training.Indoor pads are one of those products that seem like a great tool (and are even advertised to us) but are anything but. In the long run they create more work. It's also possible your pup may never be fully house trained.In this episode, I talk about why I strongly discourage the use of indoor pads for house training.If you plan to use indoor pads regularly, I give you a few reasons why that may not be a great idea either.For some indoor pads are a great option, but for most, they are not.Potty training is a right of passage for any puppy owner. It’s a time-consuming process that can be frustrating at times so it’s only natural for us to grab something that might make it easier. However, I promise you if you put in the work now, it will be worth it in the end.Talk to you inside!Related Episodes:YNP #010: Complete Guide to Potty Training Your Puppy
When your dog jumps on you, your family and your friends it can quickly turn into an annoying habit.Luckily there are a few things we can do to prevent or correct this behavior.Most of the time our dog jumps on us it is to get our attention. And if we are honest most of the time, that is exactly what we give them. Remember attention is attention, good or bad. So even if you are telling your dog no and pushing him off you, to your dog, that’s attention.Why does your dog jump?It usually starts when they are puppies because they are so darn cute and it seems harmless. Who can resist those big eyes, right?? Only, when our dogs grow up it may not be as cute and they don’t know the difference. If our pup has always jumped up on us for attention and if it works for them that is what they will always do, muddy paws or not.In this episode, I talk about preventing, ignoring and redirecting your dog’s jumping. I use coming home as the main example but these tips can be used in whichever scenario your dog is jumping on you.Links in this episode:Episode 4: How to Get a Strong Recall: Three Things You Can Do Now to Teach Your Dog to Come Every Time You Call.(I also want to mention I am very surprised I have gotten to episode 8 without my back up singers making an appearance.)
I had a lot of fun recording our first Q&A episode! You asked some great questions that have influenced the topics of many episodes and now I want to answer some specific questions.In this episode, I answer three great questions sent in by listeners.Topics include:* Multiple dog household* Handing a new young dog with older dogs* The difference between adding a male or female dog to your pack.If you have your own questions to ask we want to hear them. You can email us directly at [yournewpuppy (@) playtimepaws.com] or if you sign up for our weekly updates you will not only get information when new episodes are released but you can reply directly to the email that is sent to you.Links discussed in this episodeEpisode #002: Which Type of Dog is Right for YouEpisode #005: How (and Why) to Make Their Crate Your Dog’s Best FriendEpisode #006: My Dog Steals my Stuff!! How to Protect your Dog and your ThingsEpisode #007: Why Dogs Dig and What You Can Do About ItPsychology Today - Aggression Between Dogs in the Same HouseholdIf you are enjoying this Podcast head over to iTunes and leave us a rating and review! This will help others find us!
Does your backyard look like someone has been digging for gold? Having a crater filled back yard is frustrating, not pretty and can even be dangerous. Why do dogs dig? Digging is one of those things that dogs just love to do. It’s right up there with barking and chewing and being with us.The most common reasons why is boredom or has too much energy and he is looking to entertain himself. Other reasons could be to cool dog, chase an animal or even escape.Because this is such a natural behavior your best bet is to redirect or distract from the digging instead of trying to just stop it.In this episode, I talk about the reasons dogs dig and some ways to help save your yard.I talk a little about using a “sandbox” which is a designated place in the yard where your dog is allowed to dig. This is what I do and it works well. In fact, here is Lucy sitting in one of her holes. It’s her favorite because it’s nice and cool and she can watch the street.
What do we do when our dog steals our stuff?We all know the scene: it’s gotten a little too quiet so you go searching for the little fuzzball that was just at your feet. You turn the corner and there he is, chomping happily away on the book you were reading earlier, or maybe it’s something that clearly came out of the garbage.First, you panic because don’t know how much he actually ate. Once you know he’s ok, it’s time to clean up the mess or mourn the possession you are now tossing in the trash.Dogs love to chew. It’s just a fact. It's one of the basic things that all dogs do. But when our dog steals our things to chew on it can be dangerous and at the very least, frustrating.What do we do to protect our dog and our stuff?In this episode, I talk about a few things that you can start doing to stop your dog from stealing your stuff. I also go over how to teach him what he is allowed to chew on.To give you an example I have a case study for you to give you an idea of how I handled this in a real world situation.Links and Info in this episode:Episode 5 (Crate Training)
When we think of crate training, we usually think of house training our dog. It is true that these two things go hand and hand. Using a crate is the best and most efficient way to potty train our dogs. Crate training can go way beyond potty training. If done correctly a crate can be an essential training tool and a way to give you peace of mind long after potty training is over. In this episode I will go over:* Reasons to crate train your dog or puppy and keep him crate trained* Different kinds of crates* How to make your dog LOVE his crate* Tips if your dog isn’t loving his crate right nowBelow are pictures of the different types of crates I talk about during the podcast. Wire CrateMost versatile.Folds down for storage or transport.Comes with a divider to change the size of the crate to grow with the dog.Looks most like a cage.Enclosed CrateAlready enclosed and snug.Airport approved.No way to adjust the size for growing puppies.Can be bulky to travel with. Soft CrateAlready enclosed and snug.Folds down and is light for easy travel.No way to adjust the size for growing puppies.Puppies and heavy chewers can chew holes in the material."End Table" CrateAttractive and can second as an end table.Not easily moved.ExpensiveCozy CrateLucy has a crate that all the dog's love. Even guests who are not crate trained love to sleep in her crate. I very often have to get other dog's out of her crate so Lucy can go to sleep. It's a very cozy area that the dogs are just attracted too. It has a blanket over the top a fleece bed on the bottom and a couple of soft blankets thrown in.Leave a comment below or share with your fellow dog lovers!
Your recall command is any word you use to tell your dog to come to you. The most common being “come.” I’ve also heard “front” and “here” used.The recall is arguably one the most important commands for your dog to know but it’s also one that eludes most of us.I am not going to talk about how to teach the actual command, what I am going to talk about is creating a strong foundation so when it is time to train the command it will be easier.We are going to take advantage of the fact that our dogs are ALWAYS paying attention to us. .We are always training our dog whether we realize it or not.I’m going to talk about three specific things you can do (or never do) to have more confidence that your dog will come to you when you need him to.The three things are:* Never call your dog to you for punishment. Coming to you is the best thing in the world...EVERY TIME* Never chase your dog. But let your dog chase you.* Add a collar grab into his training.PLUS, check out the bonus below. It’s instructions on how to play the game, Rover Round Robin. It’s a game that I teach all my clients because it creates a foundation for recall, tires your dog out and involves the whole family.
Free Tool: Rover Round RobinThis bonus includes step by step instructions on how to teach your dog and your family and friends to play the game. It also includes options to add challenges and new skills to the game. It’s a bonus that you can come back to again and again to continue to teach your dog and involve your family and friends...it doesn’t get better than that.
Free Feeding is when your dog's bowl is always filled with food allowing them to choose when to eat. When you have a dog that likes does to graze leaving their food out all the time can be a convenient. On the surface it seems harmless but what we don't realize is that it can have a negative effect on our dog's behavior and training. In this episode, I talk about how free feeding can affect your dog’s behavior, health, potty training and more.You will also get some tips on how to change the habit if it has already started.For those of us that c an't imagine our dog leaving ANY food in the bowl there is still some great information on how one habit can effect your dog's other behaviors.
Once you have decided that you are ready for a dog (if you haven’t check out episode 1) it’s time to figure out which dog is right for you.During this episode, I talk about 10 different traits to think about to help you decide what type of dog will best fit into your life.While I use examples of different breeds, I do this just to give you a picture of what I’m talking about. Deciding which traits and qualities are best for you isn’t about picking a specific breed. My goal for you is to just be aware that all different types of dogs exist.Remember it is possible to find a dog that you will not only love and care for but that will fit into your life so you can have the best experience possible. I believe that is essential in doing what is best for both your family and the new member you are welcoming in!The specific traits I will talk about are:SizeEnergyTrainingSheddingGroomingNoiseTerritorialGenderClimateHere are additional resources that you can use to research a little further.http://dogtime.com/matchuphttp://www.petmd.com/dog/breedshttp://iheartdogs.com/the-10-best-dog-breeds-for-first-time-owners/https://www.amazon.com/Original-Dog-Bible-Definitive-Source-ebook/dp/B005PYJXDQ/ref=dp_kinw_strp_1
Free Tool! Which Dog is Right for you Workbook!To help you out I’ve developed a tool to walk you through the different traits and qualities to figure out which ones are the most important to you. If you are interested you can request a copy below. It will be delivered directly to your inbox.
Want a new dog? Not sure if you are ready? Getting a new dog is a big decision and a long term commitment. Getting a dog isn’t something you can decide overnight, so we are here to help you figure it out!This episode walks you through 5 questions to ask yourself to see if you are ready for a new dog.Are You Ready for A New Dog? is the first part in a two-part series. Episode 002 will walk you through which type of dog is right for you.The five questions we will go over are:* Do I have time for a dog?* Can I afford a dog?* Does my living situation allow for a dog?* How will I care for my dog when I travel?* Does a dog fit into my life now and in the future?We will talk about the different things you need to think about when answering these questions.
Free Tool: Are you Ready for a New Dog Workbook.To help you answer these questions honestly, below is a workbook where you can write down your answers. This tool is designed to help you work through any challenges and solutions to the above questions. There is also room to add your own questions, depending on your specific situation.
Welcome to Your New Puppy’s Podcast!!
Getting a new puppy (or dog) is exciting and fun but it can also be very overwhelming. No one gets a good dog by accident. It takes time and energy to get the well-behaved dog we all dream of when we decided to bring home our new four-legged family member.
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