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.
Three Important Skills to Teach Your Puppy From Day 01
There are SO MANY things we need to train our puppy when we bring them home. It's really easy to get overwhelmed or focus on the wrong things. In this episode, I talk about the three most important skills you can teach your puppy. Start these skills from day one and you will reap the benefits for years to come. The three skills I talk about are:Being handled (beyond being picked up and petting)Getting their attentionImpulse control (AKA frustration tolerance)In this episode I talk about:What these skills are.Why they are so important.How you will benefit for years to come.Where to start when training your puppy these skills. Press play and enjoy!Other resources from this episode:YOUR Perfect Puppy: 4-week online training course for you and your new puppy.
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How to Use Training Treats Properly
Does it feel like your trainer just tells you to stuff your dog's belly full of treats and say then they're trained? Treats are an essential tool to raising our well-mannered dog but the lesson on HOW to use the treats properly gets lost.And we really want to avoid that place where your dog will only listen if you have a treat in your hand. In this episode I talk about:Why we use treats.What's the difference between high value and low value treats (and when do we use them).How to know when to come away from the treats.How to ween your dog off the treats but still have a dog that listens. Press play and enjoy!Other resources from this episode:YNP #031: Reward Your Dog Without Treats
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Tips to Introduce Your Dog and Cat
All we want is a peaceful house! When asking two (or three!) different species to live together it can get tricky!How you introducing your dog and cat depends a lot on the personalities involved. If you have a calm dog and confident cat, count yourself lucky! If you have an excited dog and a shy cat, it's gonna take a little longer.One of the most important things to keep in mind is not to rush the process. That being said the best thing you can do to speed the process along is to make sure everyone not only IS safe but also FEELS safe.In this episode, I go over my top tips to introducing your dog and cat. SPOILER ALERT: it has everything to do with making sure your cat feels safe around the dog. P.S. You can replace "cat" with any pet (that isn't a dog) that your dog needs to share the house or yard with.
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How to Take Better Photos of Your Dog with Allison Shamrell
We all have a hundred (ok, ok hundreds) of photos of our dog. But how many are keepers? If you are anything like me you have 600 pictures and 2 end up as keepersIn this episode, let's welcome Allison Shamrell to give us all her best tips on how to get better photos of your dog, even if all you have is a cell phone!This is a fun episode and I learned so much from Allison and I know you will too!What we talk about:How to take better photos with just your cell phoneWhat obedience commands will come in handyHow to take a great action shotYou can learn even more from Allison here:Allison's Free Facebook Group: How to Take Better Photos of Your Dog Allison's website: Allison Shamrell Pet Photography
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How to Get a Stronger Recall
A strong recall is one of the most important behaviors your dog can have. It's also something that takes LOTS OF WORK!!This episode is a replay a mini recall training I did inside my online puppy course YOUR Perfect Puppy. I talk about how I approach recall as a habit that you and your dog need to develop (not as a command to teach). I also go over the most common mistakes that I see and small adjustments that you can make to get that stronger recall. Press play to listen to the entire episode! Enjoy!Links mentioned in this episode:* YNP #004: 3 Things You Can Do Now to Teach Your Dog to Come Every Time You Call* YOUR Perfect Puppy online new puppy course* Rover Round Robin cheat sheet
How to Prevent Separation Anxiety During Stay-at-Home
Separation anxiety is always been something dog owners need to be aware of. How to be alone is something that we have to teach our dogs. In a perfect world we start this when they are puppies with crate training and the natural rhythm of our lives as we need to go to work, school, family functions or just out to dinner. But right now we aren't doing any of those things. As we are spending so much more time with our dogs a concern that has come up recently is how our dogs will react when we do start leaving the house again.In this episode, I address exactly that. I have you some ideas on how to ease your dog or puppy back into being alone (or maybe being left alone for the first time). I talk about specific considerations during this time of COVID-19.If this is something you are struggling with I also recommend you check out Episode 022: How to Prevent and Treat Separation Anxiety.
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Love these podcasts!
Debby has been a huge help is preparing my partner and I for our new puppy addition shortly! 😊
Amazing podcast for all your trading questions!
Love this show, I make sure I download every ep as soon as it is released. Super easy to absorb and implement Debbie’s advice. Very valuable!
Thanks Debbie! Cam from Australia
Great podcasts if you are getting a new pup definitely recommend amazing stuff thanks so much Debbie love your stuff!