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Canine Nation - A Positively Scientific Look At Dogs and Dog Behavior



Canine Nation is about discovery. It’s about getting to what is TRUE about dogs and discarding the myth and lore of living and working with dogs. It’s about challenging what we think we know and asking the dogs to tell us what’s real. It’s about giving science, scientific method, and collected data more credibility than hearsay, anecdotes, and the assertions of self-proclaimed dog 'experts.'



Canine Nation started as a way to explore the common issues and ideas about dogs and dog training through short, informative essays. The podcast presents these ideas from the personal experiences of dog owners and the creative solutions they have found in behavioral science and positive training methods.



Canine Nation brings the worlds of science and dog ownership together to help promote understanding and satisfying relationships between dogs and their people. Join us for a different look at dogs and our lives with them as we explore the fact and fiction behind the behavior and workings of the canine mind.

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Canine Nation - A Positively Scientific Look At Dogs and Dog Behavior



Canine Nation is about discovery. It’s about getting to what is TRUE about dogs and discarding the myth and lore of living and working with dogs. It’s about challenging what we think we know and asking the dogs to tell us what’s real. It’s about giving science, scientific method, and collected data more credibility than hearsay, anecdotes, and the assertions of self-proclaimed dog 'experts.'



Canine Nation started as a way to explore the common issues and ideas about dogs and dog training through short, informative essays. The podcast presents these ideas from the personal experiences of dog owners and the creative solutions they have found in behavioral science and positive training methods.



Canine Nation brings the worlds of science and dog ownership together to help promote understanding and satisfying relationships between dogs and their people. Join us for a different look at dogs and our lives with them as we explore the fact and fiction behind the behavior and workings of the canine mind.

    PetLifeRadio.com - Canine Nation Episode 51 Programming Dogs

    PetLifeRadio.com - Canine Nation Episode 51 Programming Dogs

    We used to call it a 'command' when we wanted our dog to offer us a behavior. I find the parallel with issuing commands to computers very interesting. Do we have unreasonable expectations about our dogs and our training with them? Do we expect unquestioning obedience and compliance from our dogs just the same way we expect our computers and other appliances are supposed to just work? Dogs are not something we can program. They are beings that we need to TEACH!

    • 13 min
    PetLifeRadio.com - Canine Nation Episode 50 The Shape of Modern Dog Training

    PetLifeRadio.com - Canine Nation Episode 50 The Shape of Modern Dog Training

    Some of us are shapers, some of us are prompters, some of us even use lures. No matter how you train, it’s important to show your dog the ropes so they know what to expect when it comes to training time. If your dog needs help, be sure to provide it. If your dog needs time to explore and try things, be sure to let that happen. It’s not about how you train, but how well you do it with your dog!

    • 13 min
    PetLifeRadio.com - Canine Nation Episode 49 Shelter Dog Heroes

    PetLifeRadio.com - Canine Nation Episode 49 Shelter Dog Heroes

    Dogs can end up in shelters for lots of reasons, some bad, some awful, and some that couldn’t be avoided. Shelter workers have incredibly difficult jobs. They take in and care for these dogs, not knowing what is in their past or what their future may hold. And they care. That may be the hardest part of all. Caring for these dogs is no easy task but I am grateful that dog training professionals are starting to help out shelter workers with new tools and techniques. Anything we can do to make their jobs easier, I say. I’m so thankful they are out there.

    • 18 min
    PetLifeRadio.com - Canine Nation Episode 48 Over Under Dogs

    PetLifeRadio.com - Canine Nation Episode 48 Over Under Dogs

    Is my dog 'over threshold?' Is she 'under threshold?' Is that good? Is that bad? Do I even know what I’m looking for? Knowing how your dog is responding to their surroundings can play a key role in whether they are learning, whether they are enjoying themselves, or want to get the heck out of there! If we aren’t paying attention to our dog’s thresholds, are we asking them to put up with more than we should? I think that’s a question we should all be thinking about.

    • 15 min
    PetLifeRadio.com - Canine Nation Episode 47 Top Dogs: The Importance of Winning

    PetLifeRadio.com - Canine Nation Episode 47 Top Dogs: The Importance of Winning

    Training our dogs is like a game of charades. We’re just trying to get them to do the thing we’re trying to teach them. But who wins and who loses? Well, since we’re the ones running the game, I guess we get to decide. How often does your dog win? How often do they lose? Do they know the difference? You bet they do! Dogs who feel like 'winners' are more likely to want to work with you. No one likes losing, after all.

    • 14 min
    PetLifeRadio.com - Canine Nation Episode 46 Training Dogs In Your Head

    PetLifeRadio.com - Canine Nation Episode 46 Training Dogs In Your Head

    Sometimes all of the hashing and rehashing of this theory or approach or concept just starts to irritate me. What happened to working with the dogs to see if it works or not? We can speculate and pontificate all day long but if our dog’s behavior says it isn’t true, then that’s what it is. Shouldn’t we be sharing what we KNOW about our dogs rather than what we THINK we know?

    • 17 min

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