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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.

Your New Puppy: Dog Training and Dog Behavior Lessons to Help You Turn Your New Puppy into a Well-Behaved Do‪g‬ Debbie Cilento: Dog Trainer | Dog Behavior Consultant | Owner of Playtime Paws | Belly Rub Specialist

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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.

    A Typical Puppy Schedule

    A Typical Puppy Schedule

    Your puppy's schedule will vary depending on many factors.  Including age, exercise needs, and your schedule.When I'm asked about what a typical day looks like I know that I'm actually being asked things like:"How many times should I take my puppy out?""How much exercise should my puppy get?""How much time is too much time in the crate?"To help answer these questions and give you a place to start, in this episode, I talk about what a typical day might look like for a 10-week old puppy and how it will change as your puppy gets older.   In this episode I talk about:* What your puppy's schedule will revolve around depending on their age.* How exercise and enrichment vary depending on your puppy's age.* How your puppy's schedule will change as they get older.* Examples from clients on the daily schedules that work for them. * Bedtime and wake time.Press play and enjoy!Other resources mentioned and related to this episode:YNP #056: Potty Training for a Working HouseholdYNP #018: Ditch the Bowl and Make Mealtime an Event YNP #042: 10 Ways to Play With Your Dog YNP #059: How to Teach Your Dog to FetchRover Round Robin: Instructions to a fun, structured, family game that also reinforces recall.11 activities to do with your dogThe flirt pole: Found under toys section of my recommended supply list.  YOUR Perfect Puppy: 4-week online training course for you and your new puppy.

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    • 13 min
    Kids and Puppies

    Kids and Puppies

    When we imagine kids and puppies we think that they go together like peanut butter and jelly (or my preference - chocolate). The reality isn't so sweet.  Your puppy and your kids LOVE each other.  But sometimes it's that same love and excitement that causes scratches, tears, and a disheartening relationship.When we have kids and a puppy in the same house it takes a lot more management and referring than most expect.  We can have that amazing relationship that we imagined when you got the puppy for the kids, but it does take some work to get there.  Be sure to check out all the resources below that I mention throughout the episode. In this episode I talk about:* What the kids/dog relationship looks like vs what we imagine.* Why there can be more tension with the kids than with adults.* My recommended house rules for families with young kids.* Other tips to manage and make sure the puppy and kids stay best friends. Press play and enjoy!Other resources mentioned and related to this episode:The Family Dog: One of the most powerful videos about the kid/dog relationship and why we need to respect it.  If your puppy is ever going to have contact with kids, watch this 2.5 minute video.Rover Round Robin: Instructions to a fun, structured, family game that also reinforces recall.11 activities to do with your dogThe flirt pole: Found under toys section of my recommended supply list.  YOUR Perfect Puppy: 4-week online training course for you and your new puppy.

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    2020 Sign Off: A Look Back and Look Forward

    2020 Sign Off: A Look Back and Look Forward

    Debbie here!  I just wanted to jump into your podcast feed one more time this year.  First I want to thank you, my listeners once again for being a bright spot in an otherwise stressful year.  I also thought it would be fun to take a look back at this year's most popular episodes and also talk about what's to come in 2021.No training advice in this one.  Just a little conversation between us humans.  Press play to listen!Resources mentioned and related to this episode:YNP #046: Puppy Biting and Why You Might Still Be StrugglingYNP #050: The 3 Most Common Leash Training QuestionsYNP Episode: How to Prevent Separation Anxiety During Stay-at-HomeYNP #053: Tips to Introduce Your Dog and Cat YNP #051: How to Get a Stronger Recall Press play and enjoy!Other resources mentioned and related to this episode:The Not-So-New Puppy WorkshopYOUR Perfect Puppy: 4-week online training course for you and your new puppy.

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    How to Teach Your Dog to Fetch

    How to Teach Your Dog to Fetch

    Fetch it the one game we all think of when we talk about playing with our dog.  So it's easy to forget that we have to teach them how to fetch.  We have the picture in our mind of our dog running across the yard or park to get the ball and bring it back.   It's so clear to us that we try to jump right there with our dogs!  But the reality is, our dogs have no idea what the rules of the game is...yet!To teach your dog to fetch first you have to make it SUPER EASY so they know what we want from them.  For fetch that means we have to start with super short distances in a small space.  Then build them up from there!The catch (hehe) is some dogs with take to the game like it's the best thing since sliced bacon, others may never take to it all.  To really know the difference take it slow to make sure they know how to play!In this episode I talk about:* Where we go wrong when teaching your dog to fetch.* My fair warning about teaching fetch (curiously of my old dog Chance).* Tips on how to start to teach your dog to fetch.* How to handle when you dog wants to play chase or refuses to bring it back. Press play and enjoy!Other resources mentioned and related to this episode:11 activities to do with your dogYOUR Perfect Puppy: 4-week online training course for you and your new puppy.

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    How to Recognize Appropriate Dog Play

    How to Recognize Appropriate Dog Play

    When you are new at watching dogs play it can be confusing and even a bit concerning.  Dog play is "play fighting" so if you haven't made a career out of knowing dog body language it's easy to get concerned even when dogs are having a grand old time. To make it harder sometimes two dogs play, are having a good time, but it's still inappropriate play and we might want to ask them to take a break.Learning dog play and dog body language is like learning any new language.  It takes study, time, and a whole lot of practice. You aren't going to learn everything in one podcast episode.  But as dog parent we do want to have a "conversational dog" understanding.  My goal is to give you more confidence when your pup is playing to know if they are having a good time and let them have at it or if it's time to break it up and let it rest.  In this episode I talk about:* Signals that two are playing and having a good time* What to do when you think one dog is not playing nice* When two adolescent dogs play rough* When it's OK to give them a break* What to do if you are not sure (when in doubt)* A word about dog parksPress play to listen and enjoy!

    As promised, below are a couple videos to demonstrate some of the signals and signs I talk about inside the episode. 



    Pauses in PlayIn the video below, you can see how Sandi and Zorro pause periodically during their play session (or as I describe it inside the episode (play, play, play, pause).  Periodical pauses in the play is a good sign that everyone is having fun and respecting each other's boundaries. .searchie-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .searchie-container iframe, .searchie-container object, .searchie-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; }



    SneezingHere, the play looks very concerning with all the snapping and teeth showing.  But listen for the quick little sneezes. Those are a clear sign that it's play.  Silly but true!.searchie-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .searchie-container iframe, .searchie-container object, .searchie-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; }



    No Pauses and Increased ExcitementIn this video keep a close eye on Bromley (the small dark brindle puppy).  Notice that Bromley isn't taking any breaks and by the end she seems to be getting more and more excited.  Ollie (the larger white dog) is being very gentle and patient (which is great) but this is a time I might stop the play for a minute or two to give Bromley a chance to settle and then let them play again. .searchie-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .searchie-container iframe, .searchie-container object, .searchie-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; }Loose and Curving Body LanguageThis last video is more subtle.  Watch how Lucy (black and white) and Ollie (white) have very loose body language.  They curve their bodies toward each other a lot.  Also notice how they always approach each other from the side (chest to shoulder or side to side) rarely straight on (head to head).  This is ideal dog play. .searchie-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .searchie-container iframe, .searchie-container object, .searchie-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; }

    Other resources mentioned and related to this episode:YNP #013: Dog Park vs. Dog Daycare a href="http://www.playtimepaws.

    • 17 min
    How to Teach Your Dog to Listen With Distractions

    How to Teach Your Dog to Listen With Distractions

    If your dog listens to you inside your house that doesn't mean they know what you want outside on their walk.  Even if you are asking for the same thing.  Dogs are very contextual and need to be taught how to listen even when there distractions.  The good news is, if your dog listens to you in your kitchen then you already know how to teach your dog to listen with distractions!  If you want your dog to listen to you in a new environment you have to reteach them the same skill like they have never learned it before.  Then it's about practice, practice, practice.In this episode, I talk about how to teach your dog to listen with distractions!Press Play and enjoy!In this episode I talk about:* How to think about distractions.* Practice, practice, practice.* How to know when to increase or decrease the distractions.* How to prepare for the unexpected. Press play and enjoy!Other resources mentioned and related to this episode:YNP #054: How to Use Training Treats Properly YOUR Perfect Puppy: 4-week online training course for you and your new puppy.

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