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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.

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    • Kids & Family
    • 4.7 • 83 Ratings

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.

    10 Common Puppy Mistakes: What To Do Instead! #160

    10 Common Puppy Mistakes: What To Do Instead! #160

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    I have owned nine puppies and had many rescue dogs new to my home, and all have become amazing adult dogs. It might seem I was lucky, but the truth is that I followed a process! And there are things that I don’t do with my puppies or dogs when they come to live with me. I’m covering the 10 common mistakes that people make with a new puppy. Avoiding these 10 things that people do intentionally or inadvertently when they get a new puppy will set puppies up for success.
     
    In the episode you'll hear:
     
    • The 10 mistakes to avoid when your new puppy comes home.
    • About the layers of the 5C Formula applied to puppy raising for confidence.
    • How clarity for me starts with a puppy learning how to be excited and how to be calm.
    • That you have permission to go shopping before your puppy arrives.
    • Why to decide the method of training you want to use with intention.
    • About having realistic expectations because puppies are babies.
    • How to create an environment to set a puppy up for success and confidence.
    • The importance of keeping your slippery floors covered so puppy does not slide.
    • Why to avoid indoor pee pads if you want your puppy to potty outside.
    • About the appropriate timing of socializing puppies.
    • How an overtired puppy is cranky, overstimulated, and needs sleep.
    • Why I encourage you to have your new puppy sleep in the bedroom at night.
    • A bonus tip to prevent counter surfing and scavenging from the get-go.
     
    Resources:
     
    1. Podcast Episode 21: The 5 Critical Dog Training Layers for Confidence with Anything - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/21/
    2. YouTube Video: Vet Visits For Dogs: How To Create A Positive Experience For Everyone - https://youtu.be/VJc42BfNre4
    3. Podcast Episode 146: Balanced Dog Training: Does It Really Exist? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/146/
    4. YouTube Playlist: Puppy Essentials with Susan Garrett Dog Training - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy2hywpv3Md3HbWWPPbVF8W5
    5. Podcast Episode 58: How to Create Kid Friendly Dogs and Dog Friendly Kids - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/58/
    6. Podcast Episode 70: Critical Info for Your Puppy’s First Day and Night at Home - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/70/
    *7. Dirty Dog Doormat Runner - https://geni.us/dirty-dog-runner
    8. Podcast Episode 48: Potty Train Your Puppy in a Week (Easy 3 Step Process) - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/48/
    9. Podcast Episode 26: Pro Dog Training Tips to Get Your Puppy to Sleep All Night - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/26/
    10. Blog Post: All About Dogs Sleeping in the Bedroom - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2020/03/dogs-sleeping-in-the-bedroom/
    11. Podcast Episode 33: How Do I Stop My Dog Counter Surfing?! - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/33/
    12. Learn How to Play ItsYerChoice (IYC) - https://recallers.com/iycsummit-join/
    13. Podcast Episode 157: Dog Body Language: Understanding Canine Communication Signals And Emotions - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/157/
    14. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/Z1w1N54Px0A

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    • 15 min
    Help! My Puppy Is A Bully And Plays Too Rough #159

    Help! My Puppy Is A Bully And Plays Too Rough #159

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    It’s important to realize when a puppy might not be interacting appropriately with another puppy or dog. Some puppies can be bullies, play far too roughly, or be overly exuberant and unable to read the room. We’re covering the steps you can take to help a puppy with appropriate interactions and what to know about puppy play.
     
    In the episode you'll hear:
     
    • What I learned from a Jack Russel Terrier puppy and Border Collie puppy in the 90s.
    • How puppies learn when they are playing with littermates and that young puppies can show calming signals.
    • The reasons that puppies might be bullies including when they leave the litter.
    • About my experiences with Buzz and his discomfort with other dogs.
    • How Tater-Salad had an inappropriate play style when he came to live with us.
    • What to look for when you take your puppy to a play and socialization class.
    • When to use a positive interrupter to help your pup with appropriate interactions.
    • In the episode, you’ll hear What to do if you have a softer puppy who is getting pushed around.
    • About puppies who badger your adult dog and what to do.
    • That most adult dogs have a limited time where they give a puppy a “free pass”, but others have zerotolerance.
    • Ways to help exuberant puppies who have not yet learned to read the room.
    • How to set up your environment for success and safety for puppies and adult dogs.
     
    Resources:
     
    1. Podcast Episode 157: Dog Body Language: Understanding Canine Communication Signals And Emotions - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/157/
    2. Podcast Episode 158: Stop Your Dog’s Unwanted Behaviors With This Positive Interrupter - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/158/
    3. Blog Post: Socializing the Singleton Puppy: Swagger’s Big Adventures - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2011/02/socializing-the-singleton-puppy-a-swaggers-big-adventures/
    4. Book: Shaping Success by Susan Garrett - https://dogsthat.com/product/shaping-success-2/
    5. YouTube Playlist: Behavior Chains in Dog Training with Susan Garrett - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy36FqDOVAwoHy87MhW
    6. Podcast Episode 72: Preventing Dog Aggression: Introducing Dogs or Puppies with Project Togetherness - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/72/
    7. Podcast Episode 30: Why Dog Crates Are Not Dog Cages - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/30/
    8. YouTube Playlist: Living with Multiple Dogs Tips with Susan Garrett - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy36FqDOVAwoHy87MhWFUxVd
    9. Recallers - https://recallers.com/
    10. Podcast Episode 32: 20 Easy Ways to Exercise Your Dog at Home - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/32/
    11. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/0kbDlNIxtn4 

    • 20 min
    Stop Your Dog’s Unwanted Behaviors With This Positive Interrupter #158

    Stop Your Dog’s Unwanted Behaviors With This Positive Interrupter #158

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    If you took an obedience class back in the 80s, you could have learned to say things like AH-AH, NO, and HEY to stop your dog from doing something. And if you learned that that recently or find those old habits still with you, I’ve got something to help! Those short sharp words spoken harshly will startle dogs and stop a behavior, but they will also create stress and anxiety for a dog. Instead, we can teach words or sounds that will interrupt our dogs and let them know what we want them to do.
     
    In the episode you'll hear:
     
    • About the judgement we put on dogs when we use harsh words to stop behavior.
    • The way to condition a new cue to use as a positive interrupter.
    • How a positive interrupter should mean "stop what you are doing and come and find me".
    • When to use a positive interrupter to give your dog something different to do.
    • How an interrupter is not a recall cue and that your recall cue is sacred!
    • About choosing the best sound or word to use as a positive interrupter.
    • How you could use "wit-wit-wit-wit" as your positive interrupter.
    • How to easily teach your new positive interrupter to help you and your dog.
    • When to transition your new cue to real-life situations.
    • That you need to be aware of the thing before the thing and inadvertent behavior chains.
     
    Resources:
     
    1. Podcast Episode 157: Dog Body Language: Understanding Canine Communication Signals And Emotions - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/157/
    2. Kikopup on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/user/kikopup
    3. Blog with Video: Teaching Puppies: It’s Just Arranging Coincidences - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2015/04/teaching-puppies-its-just-arranging-coincidences/
    4. Learn how to play ItsYerChoice (IYC) - https://recallers.com/iycsummit-join/
    5. Podcast Episode 16: The Thing Before Your Dog’s Thing - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/16/
    6. YouTube Playlist: Behavior Chains in Dog Training with Susan Garrett - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy36FqDOVAwoHy87MhWFUxVd
    7. Podcast Episode 64: Help! How Can I Tell My Dog He’s Wrong? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/64/
    8. Podcast Episode 131: How Would Susan Garrett Plan Your Dog Training Sessions? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/131/
    9. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/7I8zLWN4rQk

    • 17 min
    Dog Body Language: Understanding Canine Communication Signals And Emotions #157

    Dog Body Language: Understanding Canine Communication Signals And Emotions #157

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    If you spend time on social media, you will have seen videos where somebody has a family dog and a young toddler or a baby in very precarious situations. It’s unnecessarily dangerous as the dog is giving clear information with their body language on how they are feeling! If we live with a dog, we need to understand how they communicate their emotions. We’re covering what to look for in canine body language, so you know what dogs are telling you.
     
    In the episode you'll hear:
     
    • My observations on what an adult Australian Shepherd is saying about interactions with a puppy.
    • That a play bow does not always mean a dog wants to play.
    • What your dog is trying to communicate to you and what to observe.
    • How our dogs have complex emotions and how they tell us what they are feeling.
    • Four books about canine body language to have in your library.
    • How to really notice what your dog’s tail is telling you, including a left wag.
    • About the way dogs use their eyes to express their emotional state.
    • How dogs use body language to try and diffuse situations.
    • Why to notice what your dog’s tongue is doing and what a dog’s yawn could be saying.
    • The signals to look for in your dog’s ears, head posture, and body.
     
    Resources:
     
    1. Podcast Episode 25: Why All Dogs Can Bite and How to Reduce the Risk with R.E.A.D. - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/25/
    2. Podcast Episode 4: T.E.M.P. (Tail, Eyes/Ears, Mouth, Posture) - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/4/
    3. YouTube Playlist: The Emotional State of Dogs with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy29pv3_9b7DZdMFJL9ZJPMy
    4.* Book - On Talking Terms With Dogs: Calming Signals by Turid Rugaas - https://geni.us/calming-signals
    5. *Book - Canine Body Language: A Photographic Guide Interpreting the Native Language of the Domestic Dog by Brenda Aloff - https://geni.us/canine-body-language
    6. *Book - Body Posture & Emotions: Shifting Shapes, Shifting Minds by Suzanne Clothier - https://geni.us/body-posture-emotions
    7. *Book - Doggie Language: A Dog Lover's Guide To Understanding Your Best Friend by Lili Chin - https://geni.us/doggie-language-book
    8. Podcast Episode 121: How To Stop Dogs Jumping Up On People - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/121/
    9. Podcast Episode 66: Resource Guarding: Dog vs Dog Aggression - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/66/
    10. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/t1Zcqp8IwnI
     
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    Susan only recommends products she uses herself, and all opinions expressed here are her own. The link above is an affiliate link that, at no additional cost to you, we may earn a small commission if you decide to buy from it. Thank you!

    • 20 min
    Dog Fireworks Anxiety Prevention: How To Keep Your Dog Safe And Calm #156

    Dog Fireworks Anxiety Prevention: How To Keep Your Dog Safe And Calm #156

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    The best thing we can do for our dogs is protect them from unpleasant events. Fireworks displays can be beautiful for us but can be traumatic for dogs. It’s not just dogs; many animals are scared of fireworks, including wildlife. We can help our dogs by preparing and keeping them safe, and I’m covering strategies that you can put into place right now.
     
    In the episode you'll hear:
     
    • The alternatives to fireworks and how we can start asking for change.
    • Why not to take fireworks lightly and act now.
    • How exercising on the day there will be fireworks will help your dog.
    • Why to be at home with you during fireworks to keep them safe.
    • What to do if you have multiple dogs and some are sound sensitive.
    • The three strategies of stimulate, soothe and settle to help dogs.
    • How to time and play games to help your dog during thunder or fireworks.
    • How to use food toys, or meaty bones during noise events.
    • About soothing your dog and how settling strategies can help dogs who fear fireworks.
    • When to contact your Vet about medication to help your dog.
    • That the strategies will help you create a positive conditioned emotional response for your dog.
    • About the importance of being proactive in preparing for fireworks.
     
    Resources:
     
    1. YouTube Playlist: Exercising Your Dog's Body and Mind: Tips and Games with Susan Garrett - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy1ISzbaoCNh0NyLg3qgDG58
    2. YouTube Playlist: Dog Training Games with Susan Garrett - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy2TzttCtZVFwzwMGayAsaYe
    3. Podcast Episode 107: Pedicure Please: 3 Steps To Dog Nail Trimming Or Grooming Success At Home! - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/107/
    4.* Thundershirt (Calming Wraps) - https://geni.us/thunder-shirt
    5. iCalmPet (Calming Music) - https://icalmpet.com/
    6. Podcast Episode 112: Stressed Dog? How Trigger Stacking Might Be Putting Your Dog Over Threshold - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/112/
    7. Podcast Episode 4: T.E.M.P. (Tail, Eyes/Ears, Mouth, Posture) - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/4/
    8. *D.A.P. (Adaptil) - https://geni.us/adaptil
    9. Podcast Episode 153: Dog Muzzles: Everything You Need To Know And How To Muzzle Train Dogs - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/153/
    10. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/nHGzCFB6I6Y
     
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    Susan only recommends products she uses herself, and all opinions expressed here are her own. The link above is an affiliate link that, at no additional cost to you, we may earn a small commission if you decide to buy from it. Thank you!

    • 16 min
    10 Ways To Teach A Sit WITHOUT A Food Lure! Unreal Results For Puppies And Dogs Of All Ages #155

    10 Ways To Teach A Sit WITHOUT A Food Lure! Unreal Results For Puppies And Dogs Of All Ages #155

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    There’s a good chance that you’ve seen how to train a sit by luring your puppy or dog with a treat above their nose. I teach a sit 10 different ways, and none involve a lure. I’m covering the details of the 10 alternate ways to train a sit, how I use them and why, plus the reason I am never in a hurry to put sit on cue. You’ll be able to pick one of the 10 ways I’m sharing and start having fun training your puppy or dog to sit right away.
     
    In the episode you'll hear:
     
    • What a sit is for a dog and how it’s very particular.
    • The physical considerations to notice when looking at your dog’s sit.
    • That I want my dogs to sit with hips and hocks aligned.
    • About knowing your criteria for a sit, including why fast is important.
    • Why I don’t want my dogs to sit in front of me unless it’s for a dog sport.
    • The difference between a “push back” and a “pop up” sit.
    • Why I don’t name the behavior of sitting with a young puppy.
    • How you could go for months without putting sit on cue.
    • That the “search” game allows dogs to reset and sit.
    • The details on the 10 ways to teach your puppy or dog to sit: Tugging, Crate Games, Bed Games, Foot
    Target, Plank, Target Stick, Shaping, Rz Alley, Capturing, Free Shaping
     
    Resources:
     
    1. YouTube Video: Understanding Your Dog’s Reinforcement Zone (RZ) - https://youtu.be/OaUAScgaFAg
    2. Podcast Episode 113: Your Dog’s Verbal Cues And Hand Signals: How To Effectively Train Both - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/113/
    3. Podcast Episode 89: Why Dogs Should Not Tug: The Truth Revealed - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/89/
    4. Get Crate Games Online - https://get.crategames.com/
    5. YouTube Video: Perch Work (Pivots and Spins) - https://youtu.be/O6sj6fTJnFc
    6. YouTube Video: Target Stick Training Part One - https://youtu.be/MzePo7RSQu4
    7. YouTube Video: Target Stick Training Part Two - https://youtu.be/TqsEEWCXze0
    8. Podcast Episode 32: 20 Easy Ways to Exercise Your Dog at Home (Search Game) - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/32/
    9. Podcast Episode 134: How To Teach A Dog Stay WITHOUT Luring, Collar Pops Or Using The Word “Stay” - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/134/
    10. Podcast Episode 121: How To Stop Dogs Jumping Up On People - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/121/
    11. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/WP9JRgKL2Ok

    • 19 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
83 Ratings

83 Ratings

T B Who Loves Reading ,

Excellent Proven Training Philosophy

Excellent training philosophy proven with loving and doable practical skills. I made so many mistakes with my first dog, tried numerous ways with bad advice and things were not evolving! After spending hundreds of dollars and many wasted years, I found Susan’s program through a friend. I decided to give it one more try, totally unconvinced it wouldn't be any different from the tons of other advice out there. Was I wrong! Like a gazillion percent wrong!

Susan’s advice is life saving! I also found out that it wasn’t just my “stubborn” dog. It was my negative approach and unclear instructions and numerous other subtleties.

Thank You Thank You Thank You Susan! Your advice is pure gold. I have signed up for homeschool the dogs. It’s been a learning curve for me to get away from all the bad advice that became my default, but it has worked on me first and the dogs second! It worked! I’m looking forward to reading your book and taking more courses. Before this, I began to hate training and get a sick feeling in my stomach. Now I love it and ALL of us are having fun too! It is the relationship fixer and bond builder!

Hayley_k ,

Value in every podcast

I recently followed Susan on Instagram and decided to search her name in Apple podcasts (boy am I glad I did!). I started listening about two weeks ago and haven’t played music in my truck since!! I can’t say enough good things about Susan and her podcasts! I listen to Shaped by dog any chance I get. I appreciate everything Susan has to say and enjoy the real life comparisons she makes. Sometimes I feel as though Susan is my spirit animal (lol). She is fun, relatable, passionate, lighthearted and honest. I have found value in every single podcast (I think I’m now on number 50). Even if it was on a topic I am familiar with or something I already practice with my dogs, it is extremely reassuring to know I'm doing the best thing for my dogs & our relationship, OR how I can improve what’s already being done. Susan’s thoughtful insight helps me to improve as both a dog trainer and dog owner. I’m so grateful for this platform and for her willingness fo spread kindness!!

There are 3 dogs in my household and I have become more aware of where their relationship stand with each other. However! My two males seem to teeter between tolerate and acknowledge, I’d like to move them to acknowledge/adore! I’d love for Susan to speak more on how she would you go about “moving” the dogs.

Thank you Susan!! - Hayley in AB, CAN!

55girll ,

Amazing!

Absolutely loving this podcast! There is so much value and amazing information and tips in this podcast! I’ve been binge-listening to it and can’t get enough!

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