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Welcome! This podcast is a thought provoking journey into the world of dog rescue, science, rehabilitation, and canine behavior. Host, Billie Groom, is an expert in Canine Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and award winning author. She was featured in Psychology Today Magazine by Marc Bekoff, and appears on many shows, including LA Tribune, IGNITE Your Essence, DVM 360, The Animal Innovations Show, and is a featured speaker at the Animal Behavior Society Conference 2022. Billie openly shares her experiences and knowledge, in a straight-forward and often humorous manner, acquired over three decades working with dogs, rescuers, fosters, adopters, and industry experts. She describes how dogs think, learn, process, and absorb our urban world, compared to that of puppies, and explains, without judgement, the inherent limitations of conventional training methods. Billie, then, introduces us to Canine Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CCBT), a scientifically proven methodology designed to recognize pre-established thought patterns, respect emotions, and harness cognitive abilities. NOTE: this podcast does not provide specific training advice. As a successful behaviorist for over 3 decades, and an expert in CCBT, Billie shares with us the learning journeys of a few of her clients. If you feel defeated, or as though nothing is working, you are not alone! Billie has helped hundreds of people every year who felt that surrender or euthanasia was their only option. You can do this, too! Billie chats with the most interesting people who help animals. From volunteers, to rescuers, to veterinarians, and authors, you will be amazed by the work these wonderful people do everyday! Mixed in with all this enlightening information, Billie dives deep into scientific studies on dog behavior, and dissects the world of dog rescue and training. Are the experts providing you with all the information? Or are you being saturated with gimmicks and ineffective advice? This podcast aims to change societal views on rescued dogs and our ability to effectively integrate dogs with checkered pasts into our world. By incorporating Canine CBT into mainstream dog rearing, we can reclaim the lost human-animal bond, and change the world for dogs in need.ABOUT Billie: Billie is a member of the Dog Writers Association of America, Comparative Cognition Society, and Animal Behavior Society. She is the author of an award winning book on rescued dogs, and published in Ruff Drafts Magazine, Cold Noses News, and Dog Desk Radio. She is a guest on multiple podcasts, tv and radio shows, and is a graduate of Western Ont. University. Her business won the Global Business Awards 2021. She hails from Ontario, Canada and lives in Saskatchewan, Canada with her rescued dogs and a cat who adopted her.

Dog Training DisrUPted - UPWARD Dogology Billie Groom

    • Pets & Animals
    • 4.6 • 22 Ratings

Welcome! This podcast is a thought provoking journey into the world of dog rescue, science, rehabilitation, and canine behavior. Host, Billie Groom, is an expert in Canine Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and award winning author. She was featured in Psychology Today Magazine by Marc Bekoff, and appears on many shows, including LA Tribune, IGNITE Your Essence, DVM 360, The Animal Innovations Show, and is a featured speaker at the Animal Behavior Society Conference 2022. Billie openly shares her experiences and knowledge, in a straight-forward and often humorous manner, acquired over three decades working with dogs, rescuers, fosters, adopters, and industry experts. She describes how dogs think, learn, process, and absorb our urban world, compared to that of puppies, and explains, without judgement, the inherent limitations of conventional training methods. Billie, then, introduces us to Canine Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CCBT), a scientifically proven methodology designed to recognize pre-established thought patterns, respect emotions, and harness cognitive abilities. NOTE: this podcast does not provide specific training advice. As a successful behaviorist for over 3 decades, and an expert in CCBT, Billie shares with us the learning journeys of a few of her clients. If you feel defeated, or as though nothing is working, you are not alone! Billie has helped hundreds of people every year who felt that surrender or euthanasia was their only option. You can do this, too! Billie chats with the most interesting people who help animals. From volunteers, to rescuers, to veterinarians, and authors, you will be amazed by the work these wonderful people do everyday! Mixed in with all this enlightening information, Billie dives deep into scientific studies on dog behavior, and dissects the world of dog rescue and training. Are the experts providing you with all the information? Or are you being saturated with gimmicks and ineffective advice? This podcast aims to change societal views on rescued dogs and our ability to effectively integrate dogs with checkered pasts into our world. By incorporating Canine CBT into mainstream dog rearing, we can reclaim the lost human-animal bond, and change the world for dogs in need.ABOUT Billie: Billie is a member of the Dog Writers Association of America, Comparative Cognition Society, and Animal Behavior Society. She is the author of an award winning book on rescued dogs, and published in Ruff Drafts Magazine, Cold Noses News, and Dog Desk Radio. She is a guest on multiple podcasts, tv and radio shows, and is a graduate of Western Ont. University. Her business won the Global Business Awards 2021. She hails from Ontario, Canada and lives in Saskatchewan, Canada with her rescued dogs and a cat who adopted her.

    Senior Dogs - What to Expect, with guest Dr. Cristina Diaz Madronero. Snippet: Best training method based on life stage

    Senior Dogs - What to Expect, with guest Dr. Cristina Diaz Madronero. Snippet: Best training method based on life stage

    Cristina is a Veterinary Surgeon. Author. RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Dermatology.  She shares with us her vast knowledge on senior dogs in respect to health issues, changes, and what to expect.

    This fun, casual conversation ventures into chatting about adopting mature dogs, and, well, just how great they are!

    I follow our chat by introducing the topic I spoke on at the Animal Behavior Society Conference 2022. You may have heard me say, multiple times, "There is no one right way to work with a dog," and in this episode I explain what I mean. Not only should the method match the reason for the behavior and the personality of the dog, but also, because of brain development in different life stages, some methods are simply more effective than others at different ages.  Find out why!

    Thanks for your interest, and as always, feedback and questions are welcome.

    Link to Cristina's book:
    THE NEW PET PARENT BOOK: Dog edition : Diaz-Madronero, Dr Cristina: Amazon.ca: Books

    Dr Cristina Diaz-Madronero PgC(SAD) MVB MRCVS | LinkedIn

    Here is the link to my presentation at the Animal Behavior Society Conference, as referred to in the Snippet piece

    ABSConference1.mp4 - Google Drive

    For more info on Billie Groom and Canine CBT

    UPWARD Dogology (@upwarddogology) • Instagram photos and videos
    Billie Groom | LinkedIn

    Dog Training - UPWARD Dogology | Instagram, Facebook | Linktree

    Here is the link to the recent article in Psychology Today Mag by Marc Bekoff on Canine CBT
    Dog Training: Perception, Cognition, and Emotions | Psychology Today

    Buy My Book! Winner of the 2019 American Best Book Fest Award (pets/narrative/non-fiction)
    The Art of Urban People With Adopted and Rescued Dogs Methodology: Rescued Dogs: The Misunderstood Breed: Groom, Billie: 9781525547287: Books - Amazon.ca


    Thanks again to the musicians
    Jeff Mertick | Facebook
    Danielle Bourjeaurd | Facebook
    Open Strum | Facebook
    Brian John Harwood | Facebook

    • 35 min
    Dominance, Alpha and Pack Leader - The Good, the Bad, and the Useless (not in that order).

    Dominance, Alpha and Pack Leader - The Good, the Bad, and the Useless (not in that order).

    Hello and thanks for joining me!

    I am guessing most of you are not proponents of methods that take a "dominance" approach. What does this really entail? And how is it different from Alpha and Pack Leader?

    There are common exercises in dominance training that may not seem as though they would have a negative effect, and, in fact, are part of mainstream dog training.  Is going through a door first harmful or simply counterproductive? Can this routine lead to dominance, and will that achieve the goal of addressing unwanted behavior? How do dogs perceive these exercises and the theory of dominance?

    This episode raises some interesting thoughts on how mainstream dog training can, unintentionally, decrease the bond between you and your dog, and effect the success of your training routine.  Or perhaps your dog simply thinks you are not very bright!

    I then provide some suggestions for exercises to try at home to improve the bond and increase your communication with your dog.

    For more links to social media, interviews, and press releases, pls visit my websites.
    Upward Dogology
    Dog Dog Trainer | DogLogic Behavioural Rehabilitation | Regina (doglogicregina.com)

    Here is the link to the recent article in Psychology Today Mag by Marc Bekoff on Canine CBT
    Dog Training: Perception, Cognition, and Emotions | Psychology Today

    Buy My Book! Winner of the 2019 American Best Book Fest Award (pets/narrative/non-fiction)
    The Art of Urban People With Adopted and Rescued Dogs Methodology: Rescued Dogs: The Misunderstood Breed: Groom, Billie: 9781525547287: Books - Amazon.ca

    Thanks again to the musicians
    Jeff Mertick | Facebook
    Danielle Bourjeaurd | Facebook
    Open Strum | Facebook
    Brian John Harwood | Facebook

    • 14 min
    Tips When Expecting a Baby to be Prepared for a Busy Life!

    Tips When Expecting a Baby to be Prepared for a Busy Life!

    Welcome!

    This episode is for those who have a dog,  and are bringing a little human into the family. I provide simple suggestions of things to do BEFORE the arrival of the baby that will make your busy life easier. These exercises can be adapted to suit your lifestyle and the personality of your dog.

    As always, please share, and feel free to provide questions and feedback.

    Recordings of my presentations at the Animal Behavior Society Conference 2022 will be posted on my LI (Billie Groom), and on my YouTube - Dog Training, Behavior and Cognition.

    For more links to social media, interviews, and press releases, pls visit my websites.
    Upward Dogology
    Dog Dog Trainer | DogLogic Behavioural Rehabilitation | Regina (doglogicregina.com)

    Here is the link to the recent article in Psychology Today Mag by Marc Bekoff on Canine CBT
    Dog Training: Perception, Cognition, and Emotions | Psychology Today

    Buy My Book! Winner of the 2019 American Best Book Fest Award (pets/narrative/non-fiction)
    The Art of Urban People With Adopted and Rescued Dogs Methodology: Rescued Dogs: The Misunderstood Breed: Groom, Billie: 9781525547287: Books - Amazon.ca

    Thanks again to the musicians
    Jeff Mertick | Facebook
    Danielle Bourjeaurd | Facebook
    Open Strum | Facebook
    Brian John Harwood | Facebook

    • 11 min
    Neuroscience Explains Adolescent Dog Behavior and Training Methods

    Neuroscience Explains Adolescent Dog Behavior and Training Methods

    Welcome!  In this episode I refer to the studies by Dr. Kathy Murphy, owner of Barking Brains, and a neuroscientist who specializes in brain development in respect to behaviors and the success (or lack there of) of training methods in different life stages. 

    This episode focuses on the adolescent stage, describing brain development and how it effects behaviors. There are a lot of comparisons to teenagers!

    The adolescent stage is where I have devoted my three decades of study and work to, and where Canine CBT is particularly effective.  Find out why based on neuroscience!

    For more info on Dr, Kathy Murphy:
    Barking Brains | Facebook

    For more links to social media, interviews, and press releases, pls visit my websites.
    Upward Dogology
    Dog Dog Trainer | DogLogic Behavioural Rehabilitation | Regina (doglogicregina.com)

    Here is the link to the recent article in Psychology Today Mag by Marc Bekoff on Canine CBT
    Dog Training: Perception, Cognition, and Emotions | Psychology Today

    Buy My Book! Winner of the 2019 American Best Book Fest Award (pets/narrative/non-fiction)
    The Art of Urban People With Adopted and Rescued Dogs Methodology: Rescued Dogs: The Misunderstood Breed: Groom, Billie: 9781525547287: Books - Amazon.ca

    Thanks again to the musicians
    Jeff Mertick | Facebook
    Danielle Bourjeaurd | Facebook
    Open Strum | Facebook
    Brian John Harwood | Facebook

    • 15 min
    Water Rescue Dogs - the story of Al, by guest, Lynne Cox

    Water Rescue Dogs - the story of Al, by guest, Lynne Cox

    Welcome to Dog Training DisrUPted, by UPWARD Dogology

    This episode features animal lover, professional swimmer, writer, speaker, and creator of peace, Lynne Cox.

    Lynne's new book, Tales of Al, The Water Rescue Dog, is a heartwarming story about a dog expected to be an "easy train" by the elite Italian Water Rescue Dog Team. Lynne recounts her visit to Italy, meeting all the dogs, and sharing the story of Al, (well, not the end of the story!)

    Lynne is an American long-distance open-water swimmer, who is best known for being the first person to swim between the US and the Soviet Union in the Bering Strait, a feat which has been recognized for easing the Cold War tensions between Ronald Reagan  and Soviet Leader, Mikhail Gorbachev. She still swims every morning, preferably with dogs, and she is such an inspiration for so many people. I have the utmost respect for Lynne. 

    Following our chat, I talk about cognitive skills, and they are harnessed differently for different activities, and the importance of adapting to dog's personalities.

    You can purchase Lynne's book here Tales Of Al: The Water Rescue Dog, Book by Lynne Cox (Hardcover) | www.chapters.indigo.ca Learn more about Lynne and all her accomplishments here Lynne Cox - Wikipedia

    For more info on Canine Cognitive Behavioral Therapy,
    Upward Dogology
    Dog Dog Trainer | DogLogic Behavioural Rehabilitation | Regina (doglogicregina.com)

    Interview with Marc Bekoff in Psychology Today Magazine
    Dog Training: Perception, Cognition, and Emotions | Psychology Today

    Social Media
    Billie Groom | LinkedIn
    UPWARD Dogology (@upwarddogology) • Instagram photos and videos
    Upward Dogology | Facebook

    Buy My Book! Winner of the 2019 American Best Book Fest Award (pets/narrative/non-fiction)
    The Art of Urban People With Adopted and Rescued Dogs Methodology: Rescued Dogs: The Misunderstood Breed: Groom, Billie: 9781525547287: Books - Amazon.ca

    Thanks again to the musicians
    Jeff Mertick | Facebook
    Danielle Bourjeaurd | Facebook
    Open Strum | Facebook
    Brian John Harwood | Facebook

    • 30 min
    Leash Walks - Dogs Love Them, And You Should, Too!

    Leash Walks - Dogs Love Them, And You Should, Too!

    Leash walks can be frustrating when dogs are pulling, putting on the brakes, or  lolly-gagging.  Should you be expected to continuously turn around, or simply allow your dog to sniff everything? Should you be expected to have decompression walks that are really only decompressing for your dog?

    In this ep I talk about common recommendations, from continuously turning around, standing still, to allowing your dog to sniff and decide the direction (is this a technique?).  I talk about different apparatuses designed to prevent pulling, and discuss some pros and cons of some popular ones.

    I make some suggestions of easy exercises to apply to gain greater focus (no, not treats or the look at me command), and provide suggestions as to how to apply these to your situation and daily life. 

    Leash walking is all about having the skills to communicate and provide calm, clear direction. Your dog's perception of you and the environment determines his or her behavior.

    NOTE - this is not a training guide. The advice is to be adjusted to your needs and specific situation, and dog.

    NOTE - for dogs over six months of age 

    For more links to social media, interviews, and press releases, pls visit my website.
    Upward Dogology

    Billie Groom | LinkedIn
    UPWARD Dogology (@upwarddogology) • Instagram photos and videos
    Upward Dogology | Facebook
    Billie Groom with a rescue | Linktree

    Buy My Book! Winner of the 2019 American Best Book Fest Award (pets/narrative/non-fiction)
    The Art of Urban People With Adopted and Rescued Dogs Methodology: Rescued Dogs: The Misunderstood Breed: Groom, Billie: 9781525547287: Books - Amazon.ca

    Thanks again to the musicians
    Jeff Mertick | Facebook
    Danielle Bourjeaurd | Facebook
    Open Strum | Facebook
    Brian John Harwood | Facebook

    NOTE: This ep is not a step by step training guide. The suggestions are simply to introduce a new approach. The specific application varies. UPWARD Dogology or Billie are not responsible for the application of the exercises. 

    • 20 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

ggtcall ,

Another dog rescued by Billie

Billie has an amazing way to work with dogs. If you have a dog that is over 6 months, you want to listen to this podcast. As a client, she has given me skills to work with all dogs and her podcast not only covers her focus: Canine Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, but also covers other trends in the dog (and broader animal) world and features guests and organizations that go above and beyond for dogs. Lots of information and humour make for easy listening.

CoreyNaish ,

Big help for rescue dogs

I heard about Billie’s podcast through our local fostering agency, and it has probably single handedly saved our foster dog’s life. Absolutely worth a listen, whether you’re struggling with a dog or not. Especially helpful with dogs that are already adults/no longer in puppy phase.

ElleSheldon ,

Animal lovers must listen!

This podcast is one of the highlights of my week. Billie worked with dogs in my rescue and later helped me work with my own dog when her behaviour became dangerously aggressive. Within 2 sessions I had a clear handle on my dog’s behaviour and saw a massive turnaround using Billie’s CBT. This lady absolutely knows her stuff. I’ve met many trainers over my time as a dog owner and through working in animal rescue, but nobody gets how to engage their brains in the way they need like Billie does. She also shows a great deal of patience for us slower animals, the humans! I’m so grateful for the change we’ve been able to bring about in my dog- we can do so much more fun things together now than when I was constantly worried there would be a problem, and I’ve seen her confidence go up so much. I love this podcast for the training tips, but also for the stories. There is so much to learn and I love hearing all of it. Keep it up, Billie!

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