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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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    • Pets & Animals
    • 4.8 • 47 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.

    How Your Questions Instantly Improve or Sabotage Your Dog Training

    How Your Questions Instantly Improve or Sabotage Your Dog Training

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    What if it were possible to dramatically improve your dog’s focus, skills and overall behaviour just by changing the questions you are asking? There’s no magic pixie dust, but it is possible for everyone. Reinforcement-based training requires outside-the-box thinking. Anyone can become a resourceful solutions-based dog trainer, and I’m giving you the four-step process I share with all of my students.
     
    In the episode you'll hear:
     
    • About swapping old thinking to new thinking.
    • Why the human brain is an amazing computer.
    • How to ask better questions.
    • The challenge with social media darkness and drama.
    • Why we humans have more compassion for strangers than ourselves.
    • How you are already answering dog training questions with great ideas.
    • That you are somebody’s expert.
    • About knowing what to do next with your dog.
    • The four-step process for posting a dog training question.
    • How to get your brain to give you amazing answers.
    • The importance of empowering statements.
    • How to get the best support and help with the way you ask questions.
    • How to have conversations with your family and friends about your dog.
     
    Resources:
     
    • Recallers - https://recallers.com/
    • Home School the Dog - https://dogsthat.com/home-school/
    • Game: Learn How to Play ItsYerChoice (IYC) - https://recallers.com/iycsummit-join/
    • Susan Garrett's Dog Training Blog - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/
    • Book: Fierce Conversations by Susan Scott -https://geni.us/fierce-conversations
     
    * Amazon Links Disclosure: 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
    Potty Train Your Puppy in a Week (Easy 3 Step Process)

    Potty Train Your Puppy in a Week (Easy 3 Step Process)

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    The number one problem every puppy owner will experience is “how do I get my puppy to go to the bathroom in the appropriate spot?”. Now some puppy owners never get this mystery solved as a lot of adult dogs will mess in the house. Things are about to get easier because today we are covering the HOT topic of getting a pup or adult dog house trained fast. I’m sharing my easy 3 part process so you can have potty training success in a week, and within a month put any accidents behind you.
     
    In the episode you'll hear:
     
    • All about what’s HOT: Habit, Observation, Timetable
    • The easy process you can use to get pottying success within a week.
    • Simple ways you can set your puppy or dog up for housetraining success.
    • Why you will thank me for having your puppy or dog on a leash when you start potty training.
    • Your dog’s privacy and the importance of your silence while you are waiting.
    • About my “pee in three” criteria.
    • What a double pee-er is and how your timing matters.
    • Why to do a bedding check twice a day.
    • The importance of your puppy or dog having clarity.
    • What playing poker has to do with housetraining.
    • The timetable I use for potty training a puppy.
    • When to get your puppy or dog checked by a Veterinarian.
    • What to do if an accident happens inside the house.
    • How to use the same easy steps if you have a potty tray inside the house.
     
    Resources:
     
    • Blog Post: It’s Time to P-o-t-t-y! Inside Scoop on Housetraining-https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2018/08/scoop-on-housetraining/
    • Podcast Episode 44: Using Coincidences and Positive Associations in Dog Training-https://dogsthat.com/podcast/44/
    • Podcast Episode 6: The Art of Manipulation-https://dogsthat.com/podcast/6/
    • Podcast Episode 30: Why Dog Crates Are Not Dog Cages-https://dogsthat.com/podcast/30/
    • Ex-Pen: Rover Modular Pet Enclosures-http://dogsthat.com/roverpanels
    • Crate Games Online-https://get.crategames.com/
    • Podcast Episode 26: Pro Dog Training Tips to Get Your Puppy to Sleep All Night-https://dogsthat.com/podcast/26/
    • Podcast Episode 43: Can a Dog be Happy and Well Trained?-https://dogsthat.com/podcast/43/
    • YouTube Video: 5 Games for Puppies-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hxd1sVEQp2Y

    • 18 min
    Don't Wanna, Don't Hafta: What To Do When Your Dog Refuses To Obey

    Don't Wanna, Don't Hafta: What To Do When Your Dog Refuses To Obey

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    If you have a dog, there will come a time when your dog will say to you “Don’t Wanna, Don’t Hafta”. That is the moment when you ask your dog to do something, and he ignores you. The question is, what do you do when this happens? I’m sharing what I do when my dog says “no” and the questions we need to ask ourselves. In the resources below, I’m referencing a number of previous podcast episodes that I strongly encourage you to check out with the context of what I say here in mind.
     
    In the episode you'll hear:
     
    • Why it’s important to value compassion more than ambition.
    • Your right to have expectations about how your dog behaves.
    • About your dog’s competing values.
    • Why considering your dog’s stage of learning is vital.
    • The importance of asking yourself if your dog is saying no due to fear.
    • What I noticed with my puppy This! in class recently with a golf cart.
    • My 5 keys for working through “Don’t Wanna, Don’t Hafta”.
    • How to rehearse your dog doing what you ask, when you ask, with fun games.
    • What it means to be the keeper of the joy.
    • About hard-wired behaviours and “Don’t Wanna, Don’t Hafta”.
     
    Resources:
    • Podcast Episode 27: Do Dogs Need Rules? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/27/
    • Podcast Episode 46: Is Your Dog Trying to Dominate You and What You Can Do About It - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/46/
    • Podcast Episode 44: Using Coincidences and Positive Associations in Dog Training -https://dogsthat.com/podcast/44/
    • Podcast Episode 42: Behavior Chains: Are You Teaching Your Dog to be Bad to be Good? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/42/
    • Game: Learn How to Play ItsYerChoice (IYC) - https://recallers.com/iycsummit-join/
    • Podcast Episode 24: Help for the Dog who Chases Chipmunks, Bicycles, and the Neighbor’s Cat - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/24/
    • Blog Post: How to Use the Distraction Intensity Index to Help Your Dog - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2020/09/distraction-intensity-index/

    • 18 min
    Is Your Dog Trying to Dominate You and What You Can Do About It

    Is Your Dog Trying to Dominate You and What You Can Do About It

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    The topic of this episode comes from a listener suggestion, and it is about “alpha” and “beta” dogs. It’s a bit of a spicy subject, and the words “alpha” and “beta” go back to disproven “dominance theory”. Even if you are not sure what “dominance theory” is, you might have heard the term “pack leader”. It was common around 30 or so years ago for pet dog training classes to be based on “dominancy theory”, but not so much these days. Each of us has a filter we see the world through, and that filter is going to have an impact on our dog training choices and beliefs.
     
    In the episode you'll hear:
     
    • What influenced the filters through which I see the world.
    • How my filter has an impact on my dog training.
    • What I ask if something goes wrong with my dogs.
    • The commonalities and digressions I’ve noticed in training beliefs.
    • What I googled about dominance theory.
    • My quick diversion on humping.
    • How what we see in our dogs can be interrupted in different ways.
    • The ways our filters relate to our dog training decisions and how changing our filters is possible for everyone.
    • That behavior is behavior, for humans and for dogs, and how choice and communication are powerful for any relationship.
    • How my puppy This! shredded a bed and my reaction.
    • The three things you can do when faced with a challenge with your dog.
    • Why it’s time to get curious when you are furious.
    • What can go into a plan for you to get what you want with your dog.
    • That none of us is perfect.
     
    Resources:
     
    • Quick video of This! shredding her bed (on Facebook) - https://www.facebook.com/SusanGarrettDogAgility/posts/3749967288358197
    • Podcast Episode 43: Can a Dog be Happy and Well Trained? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/43/
    • Podcast Episode 6: The Art of Manipulation - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/6/
    • Podcast Episode 16: The Thing Before Your Dog’s Thing - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/16/
    • Podcast Episode 42: Behavior Chains: Are You Teaching Your Dog to be Bad to be Good? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/42/
    • Home School the Dog - https://dogsthat.com/home-school/
    • Recallers - https://dogsthat.com/recallers/
    • Podcast Episode 44: Using Coincidences and Positive Associations in Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/44/

    • 17 min
    My Dog Just Got Jumped, Now What?

    My Dog Just Got Jumped, Now What?

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    If you own a dog, there is a very good chance that at some point in your dog’s life, your dog could get jumped or possibly attacked by another dog. It’s vital to know that your reaction could actually exacerbate the emotional damage to your dog or puppy. This episode has my top tips for helping your dog and how you can take control of the uncontrollable and your responses. My puppy, This!, was jumped by an older pup, so it’s a topic fresh in my mind.
     
    In the episode you'll hear:
     
    • About being a helicopter parent, the opposite, and what I learned about being a dolphin parent.
    • Why the ability to recover is so important for our dogs.
    • The aftermath of our dogs being jumped and what we can do.
    • About negative conditioned responses and single event learning.
    • What happened with my puppy This! and what I did to help her.
    • The importance of changing a dog’s physiological state.
    • What I learned from a book about preventing PTSD with pattern-matching games.
    • How “play, don’t’ replay” works.
    • Why our first responses might not the best responses for our dog.
    • How to avoid adding emotional fire for your dog to events you cannot control.
    • Why to practice responding to things you can’t control.
    • What I do if my dog gets jumped and strategies you can put into action.
    • How to make the absolute best out of a bad situation.
    • What to look for in a good organised and structured puppy playgroup.
     
    Resources:
     
    • Book: Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World by Jane McGonigal - https://janemcgonigal.com/my-book/
    • Podcast Episode 12: When Helping Your Dog is an Illusion - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/12/
    • Podcast Episode 4: T.E.M.P. (Tail, Eyes/Ears, Mouth, Posture) - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/4/
    • Susan on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/susangarrettdogsthat/
    • DogsThat Gifs - https://giphy.com/dogsthat

    • 17 min
    Using Coincidences and Positive Associations in Dog Training

    Using Coincidences and Positive Associations in Dog Training

    Visit us at shapedbydog.com 
     
    Up to this point in your dog’s life, your training might not have worked the way you would have liked it to work. You can fix that with a simple set of progressions, and you can start right now. I know this works as it has worked for every dog I’ve ever raised, including rescue dogs, and it has worked for many thousands of my students. It all starts with arranging coincidences and positive associations.
     
    In the episode you'll hear:
     
    • What my goal is when I am raising a dog.
    • How to look at life from the eyes of your dog and arrange coincidences.
    • A real-life example of coincidences with a puppy.
    • How positive associations can come through you.
    • The dog training progressions that I’ve been using for many years.
    • How you can start again right now.
    • Why we want the correct behaviour to be extremely easy for our dogs when we start.
    • The importance of trust, transfer of value, and our dogs making choices.
    • How layering of confidence lets you advance your training.
    • What the mid-level on my training progressions chart looks like and how choice is in play.
    • What I do to set my dog and myself up for success.
    • How to create opportunities for choice in training progressions.
    • About the advanced stages of training with my adult dogs who have the layers of confidence in place.
    • Why my dogs love challenge and why they choose correctly.
    • How the connection I have with my dogs, and my students have with their dogs, is possible for everyone.
     
    Resources:
     
    • Blog Post: Teaching Puppies: It’s Just Arranging Coincidences -  https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2015/04/teaching-puppies-its-just-arranging-coincidences/
    • Game: Learn How to Play ItsYerChoice (IYC) - https://recallers.com/iycsummit-join/
    • Crate Games Online - https://get.crategames.com/
    • Home School the Dog - https://dogsthat.com/home-school/
    • Recallers - https://dogsthat.com/recallers/
    • Handling360 - https://dogsthat.com/handling360/

    • 18 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
47 Ratings

47 Ratings

Jmscrtny ,

Jumping up

Hi Susan,
Thanks so much for your podcasts. We are having really good success learning along with our Golden Retriever puppy. Using your techniques we have the basics covered plus sit, lie down, wait, bed, fetch, drop, leave it and more. Challenge though is how to stop unwanted behaviour, the big one right now is jumping up on us and others. Please do an episode on that. Using jumping up as the example I’m sure would help us to understand how to tackle other problem areas. Cheers. James.

Tessa 3 ,

So helpful!

I have trained several dogs, but this has changed my thinking and my approach. I am having a great time training my new puppy using positive techniques, and the puppy is behaving amazingly well. Many thanks for this excellent resource.

The RubyRoo Team ,

Timely support!

Ruby, my Australian shepherd and I, have been learning and growing together so much from these podcasts and your many programs! Thanks for opening up ‘Homeschool the Dog’, which led me to ‘Wag Nation’ and your other excellent resources and support groups. I highly recommend your teaching and resources to anyone wanting to build a solid relationship with their beloved pet. All the best! 💞

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