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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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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 An Anchor Dog Can Help Overcome Your Dog’s Anxiety Or Reactivity

    How An Anchor Dog Can Help Overcome Your Dog’s Anxiety Or Reactivity

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    Have you heard of the term “anchor dog”? It’s a term I coined for a dog who helps other dogs become more confident. In ancient times, the symbol of an anchor represented safety. Dogs pick up the emotions of people and also of other dogs. If you have a dog who is not confident, an anchor dog can assist you by reducing overwhelm in overcoming challenges.
     
    In the episode you'll hear:
     
    • How I am helping my puppy This! with an anchor dog.
    • Why different can be alarming for some dogs.
    • The reason an anchor dog works best if your dog's fear comes from lack of experience.
    • What makes a great anchor dog.
    • Why to be aware that confidence is situational.
    • That you can grow confidence on your own.
    • Why I like to set up situations so that outcomes can be positive.
    • What matters when you are using an anchor dog.
    • The reason to choose an area where you and your dog can get away.
    • How it starts with the anchor dog out in front.
    • Why your words about your dog help to set up success.
    • The reason working through challenges is a process.
     
    Resources:
     
    • Podcast Episode 29: Understanding and Preventing Reactivity and Aggression in Your Dog - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/29/
    • Podcast Episode 79: Reduce Anxiety and Grow Your Dog’s Confidence with These Pro Dog Training Tips -https://dogsthat.com/podcast/79/
    • Podcast Episode 8: Get Your Dog in the Belief Loop of Awesome - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/8/
    • YouTube Video: Normalizing Imperfection in Dog Training - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_f1hm_XhJM
    • YouTube Video: Should My Dog Be Off Leash Right Now? - https://youtu.be/CiygnLThS6Y
    • Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/F7iol9dRZjY

    • 12 min
    Is Your Over-Aroused Dog Just Over-Faced In Training?

    Is Your Over-Aroused Dog Just Over-Faced In Training?

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    High drive dogs are the most misunderstood group of dogs on the planet. High drive dogs are often intentionally bred for work like protection or herding, and they are motivated and focused. In many instances, high drive dogs are created, and the label of “over-aroused” is applied to a dog who is over-faced and misunderstood.
     
    In the episode you'll hear:
     
    • How I have misunderstood high drive dogs.
    • Why we can’t change who our dogs are, but we can help them.
    • Why our training mechanics impact highly driven dogs and increase frustration.
    • How the dog’s frustration can spiral to redlining.
    • What I videoed to show you how I created over-arousal in my dog, Momentum.
    • 10 ways you can make life better for you and your high drive dog.
    • Why maintaining criteria and creating clarity are vital.
    • The most important question you can ask about your dog.
     
    Resources to Visit Now:
     
    • YouTube Video: Susan Garrett’s Perch Work Dog Tricks (Pivots and Spins) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6sj6fTJnFc
    • Video Blog: Positive Dog Training and the Difference in Shaping - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2018/11/the-difference-in-shaping/
    • PDF Download: Stages of Learning Progressions Chart - https://dogsthat.com/susan-garretts-stages-of-learning-progressions-chart/
     
    Resources to Review:
     
    • Podcast Episode 35: Pro Dog Training Tip To Improve Your Dog’s Focus - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/35/
    • Podcast Episode 103: Excited Or Suspicious Dog? Dealing With Your Dog’s Emotions - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/103/
    • Podcast Episode 106: Consent In Dog Training: The Misuse, Misunderstanding And Misapplication - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/106/
    • Blog Post: Post: Got D.A.S.H. (Desire, Accuracy, Speed and Habitat)? - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2017/01/dash/
    • Book: Shaping Success by Susan Garrett - https://dogsthat.com/product/shaping-success-2/
    • Podcast Episode 5: What is Shaping And How Can Dogs Shape Us - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/5/
    • Podcast Episode 06: The Art of Manipulation - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/6/
    • Podcast Episode 69: Clicker Training: Will It Work For Every Dog? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/69/
    • Podcast Episode 52: The Five Most Common Words in Dog Training and Which Ones I Never Use - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/52/
    • Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/kc3-r2aYarE

    • 24 min
    Project Calm Dog: Prevent Over Enthusiastic Greetings

    Project Calm Dog: Prevent Over Enthusiastic Greetings

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    Does your dog greet you, or anyone at your door, over enthusiastically? Does it seem like your dog might have excessive greeting disorder? You might love your dog’s exuberance but wish it would only show when appropriate. Help is at hand for you, your visitors, and your dog to create calm greetings.
     
    In the episode you'll hear:
     
    • About your daily routine, when it's dog time and when it's not.
    • How dogs pick up patterns of reinforcement quickly.
    • My routines and the reactions of my dogs.
    • What your dog notices about what you do in daily life.
    • Why dogs anticipate and how that creates excitement.
    • The predictions your dog makes that create over enthusiastic greetings.
    • About being intentional with the triggers you have for "dog time".
    • Why we want calm arrivals and departures for our dog.
    • An easy way to help your guests help your dog with greetings.
     
    Resources:
     
    • Download Your Door Sign: PDF Poster for Project Calm Dog - https://dogsthat.com/project-calm-dog/
    • Podcast Episode 16: The Thing Before Your Dog’s Thing - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/16/
    • Podcast Episode 103: Excited Or Suspicious Dog? Dealing With Your Dog’s Emotions - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/103/
    • Podcast Episode 98: Puppy Home Alone: Are You Creating Chaos or Calm? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/98/
    • Podcast Episode 26: Pro Dog Training Tips to Get Your Puppy to Sleep All Night - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/26/
    • Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/WcoiwhupjGA

    • 14 min
    Dog Training: When Work Is Play And Play Is Work

    Dog Training: When Work Is Play And Play Is Work

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    Everything I train dogs to do, I do in the form of a game. We have a mantra around here that “work = play and play = work.” You can minimize the time you need for dog training by keeping this mantra in mind and noticing what your dog loves!
     
    In the episode you'll hear:
     
    • About Tater’s love of watermelon and being in the sun.
    • What my Terrier Twister would do on a chair.
    • How dogs do what is reinforcing and show us where the value is for them.
    • What Tater does going out the door and why he might not go for a morning walk.
    • About substitute consent and our dogs best interests.
    • What competing values are for us and how that applies to dogs.
    • How This! showed me her competing value when we are outside.
    • What to do about your dog’s competing values.
    • Why food, toys, activities, permission and our attention can all be reinforcing.
    • The things dogs do that make me laugh.
    • What Feature does at the built-in crates when it’s feeding time.
    • How I have rules so my dogs can have the best life ever.
     
    Resources:
     
    • Podcast Episode 2: Reinforcement - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/2/
    • Podcast Episode 94: How the Best Professional Dog Trainers Use Reinforcement - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/94/
    • Blog Post: TOP Say Yes Training Reminders - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2018/09/top-say-yes-training-reminders/
    • Blog Post: Who’s Shaping Me? - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2009/09/whos-shaping-me/
    • Podcast Episode 106: Consent In Dog Training: The Misuse, Misunderstanding And Misapplication - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/106/
    • Video Blog: Built In Dog Crates For Home Decor - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2020/02/built-in-dog-crates/
    • Podcast Episode 11: The Power of Permission in Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/11/
    • Crate Games Online - https://get.crategames.com/
    • Podcast Episode 27: Do Dogs Need Rules? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/27/
    • Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/95ENqvxLLxI

    • 18 min
    Pedicure Please: 3 Steps To Dog Nail Trimming Or Grooming Success At Home!

    Pedicure Please: 3 Steps To Dog Nail Trimming Or Grooming Success At Home!

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    Trying to cut a dog’s nails can be one of the most difficult jobs for many dog owners. When I asked who was interested in the topic of consent in dog training for nail trimming on my last podcast episode, there were many comments from people wanting help. So, we’re going through the steps to help everyone clip their dog’s toenails so that all dogs can enjoy a pedicure.
     
    In the episode you'll hear:
     
    • The 5 categories of feelings dogs can have about nail trimming, from terrified through to love.
    • About the importance of trimmed nails for our dog’s health and longevity.
    • What my friend Dr. Leslie Woodcock shared about toenails and posture, and wellbeing for geriatric dogs.
    • How I used to cut nails and what my dog Twister experienced.
    • Why I developed Your Dog’s Pedicure Please Program.
    • The three stages of cutting your dog’s nails: CER, Game On, and Trimming.
    • About creating a positive conditioned emotional response for clipping nails.
    • How to condition positive emotions to the sight and sound of nail clippers, Dremel or another pet nail grinder.
    • Why you want a “game on” position and “game off” indicator so your dog shows you consent.
    • How to keep your dog’s nails short while you are working on them saying “yes!” to a pedicure.
     
    Resources:
     
    • Get Your Dog’s Pedicure Please Program - https://dogsthat.com/product/pedicure-please/
    • Podcast Episode 106: Consent In Dog Training: The Misuse, Misunderstanding And Misapplication - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/106/
    • Video Blog with Dr. Leslie Woodcock: Cutting Your Dog’s Nails: How Important Is It Really? - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2013/08/cutting-your-dogs-nails-how-important-is-it-really/
    • Susan’s Favorite Dremel and Nail Clipping Equipment - https://dogsthat.com/favs/#tve-jump-17b7f042a43
    • Susan on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/susangarrettdogsthat/
    • YouTube Video: Target Stick Training Part One - https://youtu.be/MzePo7RSQu4
    • YouTube Video: Target Stick Training Part Two - https://youtu.be/TqsEEWCXze0
    • Learn the ItsYerChoice Game - https://recallers.com/iycsummit-join/
    • Video Blog: Help! My Dog Hates His Nails Cut … What Do I Do? - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2020/01/my-dog-hates-his-nails-cut/
    • Video Blog: Proactive Conditioning for Dog Nail Trimming Success - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2020/11/proactive-conditioning-dog-nail-trimming/
    • Video Blog: This! One is About Conditioning the Dremel for Puppy Nails - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2020/11/conditioning-the-dremel/
    • Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/JIPxgReFk58

    • 23 min
    Consent In Dog Training: The Misuse, Misunderstanding And Misapplication

    Consent In Dog Training: The Misuse, Misunderstanding And Misapplication

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    The idea of getting consent to train your dog is growing in popularity for a good reason. It is something I have been doing for many years. But consent is also misused, misunderstood, and misapplied, which can cause massive setbacks for dogs and their owners. So, what is consent really, and how does it benefit our dogs?
     
    In the episode you'll hear:
     
    • Where consent in animal training comes from and why cooperative care is important.
    • About the “game on” position that I use in my training.
    • The two categories of consent: general dog training and husbandry for health.
    • How my dogs show me I have their expressed consent.
    • What implied consent is and how dogs show you permission.
    • How our dog’s T.E.M.P. indicates their implied consent.
    • The category of substituted consent and what that means for our dog’s safety.
    • What manufactured consent is and why I don’t use it.
    • The reasons why a dog might say “no, thank you!”.
    • Why to pay attention to your dog’s emotions, eustress, and physical discomfort.
    • Where things go wrong when a dog says “no”.
    • Why we want to grow our dog’s comfort zone.
    • The importance of D.A.S.H. in dog training.
    • What to do when your dog says no and why we want to turn that to yes.
     
    Resources:
     
    • Learn How to Play ItsYerChoice - https://recallers.com/iycsummit-join/
    • Crate Games Online - https://get.crategames.com/
    • Podcast Episode 40: Using A Head Halter On A Dog, Why My Approach Is So Different - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/40/
    • Podcast Episode 4: T.E.M.P. (Tail, Eyes/Ears, Mouth, Posture) - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/4/
    •Podcast Episode 57: Why Balance Breaks Fast Track Your Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/57/
    • Podcast Episode 86: How to Train Unmotivated or Overexcited Dogs - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/86/
    • Podcast Episode 79: Reduce Anxiety and Grow Your Dog’s Confidence with These Pro Dog Training Tips - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/79/
    • Podcast Episode 24: Help for the Dog who Chases Chipmunks, Bicycles, and the Neighbor’s Cat - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/24/
    • Podcast Episode 103: Excited Or Suspicious Dog? Dealing With Your Dog’s Emotions - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/103/
    • Podcast Episode 75: Stop Motion Sickness: Helping Your Puppy or Dog Love the Car - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/75/
    • Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/mzoUUJT5eiQ

    • 18 min

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