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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.

    The Invisible Reason Your Dog Is Ignoring You #194

    The Invisible Reason Your Dog Is Ignoring You #194

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    Have you ever watched those of us who have dogs on the same wavelength as us, and we ask them to do something, and they do it immediately? The dogs are excited and engaged, keen to listen, and can't wait for the next thing we ask them to do. Now, you might look at your dog’s behavior and think, "that's not possible for me!" but I believe it is possible for you, and I believe the possibility is closer than you may think.
     
    In the episode you'll hear:
     
    • How having a dog enthused to work with you is easier than you think.
    • The three possible relationships we have with dogs and why I want harmony.
    • Why being curious about outcomes creates success.
    • A reminder that progress is not linear but a journey of peaks and valleys that teach us.
    • How to create value for yourself in your dog's eyes
    • Tips for transfer of value with a puppy or rescue dog.
    • Why playing games creates confidence and joy in your dog.
    • How the layers of learning stack so your dog can be brilliant and engaged.
    • That behavior is information about what a dog needs and their communication.
    • Why giving dogs a choice makes them enthusiastic about engaging with us.
    • About considering ego or soul in your relationship with your dog.

    Crate Games and ItsYerChoice
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    Resources:
     
    1. Podcast Episode 189: All The Things That Influence Your Dog’s Behavior And What Behavior Tells You - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/189/
    2. Podcast Episode 177: Dog Training Outside The Box: Transfer Of Value Case Study - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/177/
    3. YouTube Playlist: Puppy Essentials with Susan Garrett Dog Training - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy2hywpv3Md3HbWWPPbVF8W5
    4. Podcast Episode 78: How to Train a Rescue Dog with Behavior Problems - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/78/
    5. YouTube Playlist: How to Train a Dog to Sit and Stay: Step-by-Step Guide with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy2Hq4zfUmUf5VKNGAn3gwsD
    6. Podcast Episode 145: 10 Ways To Teach A Dog To Lay Down And How To Shape It Without Luring - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/145/
    7. YouTube Playlist: Reinforcement, Permissions and Transfer of Value in Dog Training with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy1IUj_4P54q2PIuLNtnXjFO
    8. YouTube Video: Puppy's First Training with Susan Garrett: Shaping, Targeting and Collar Conditioning - https://youtu.be/ticB_1Twx6E
    9. Podcast Episode 40: Using A Head Halter On A Dog, Why My Approach Is So Different - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/40/
    10. Podcast Episode 153: Dog Muzzles: Everything You Need To Know And How To Muzzle Train Dogs - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/153/
    11. YouTube Playlist: Dog Training Games with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy2TzttCtZVFwzwMGayAsaYe
    12. Home School the Dog - https://dogsthat.com/hstd-joinnow/
    13. Recallers - https://recallers.com/
    14. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/SdCQuzXcm2M

    • 12 min
    Do Different Dogs Really Need Different Dog Training Methods? #193

    Do Different Dogs Really Need Different Dog Training Methods? #193

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    Somebody has likely told you that not all dogs can be trained the same way and that different methods are needed for different dogs. Is there truth behind this? I'm covering how different dogs might need different training approaches, but the word philosophy should replace method. Plus, I'm sharing why the dog training philosophy I choose aligns with my heart and an invitation to everyone to consider trying something different.
     
    In the episode you'll hear:
     
    • How any dog can be trained using kindness, clarity and choice-based games.
    • Why my philosophy doesn't involve the use of positive punishment.
    • That the expectations of ourselves should be higher than those we put on our dogs.
    • The difference between dog training philosophies and dog training techniques.
    • How my training approach will differ for dogs as individuals.
    • About the dark history of dog training and its slow evolution.
    • How my training method was mocked decades ago but is now widely adopted.
    • My invitation to open-minded dog trainers who use positive punishment.
    • How confirmation bias subtly influences our worldviews.
    • Why I choose to train with kindness, choice, clarity, and positive reinforcement.
    • Different ways I change my training technique based on what a dog needs.
     
    Resources
     
    1. Podcast Episode 150: Adding Mindset To Your Dog Training Tools: Who Do You Become? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/150/
    2. Podcast Episode 146: Balanced Dog Training: Does It Really Exist? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/146/
    3. Podcast Episode 33: How Do I Stop My Dog Counter Surfing?! - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/33/
    4. Podcast Episode 189: All The Things That Influence Your Dog’s Behavior And What Behavior Tells You - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/189/
    5. Podcast Episode 176: Why Your Dog’s Emotions Are A Critical Element Of Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/176/
    6. Podcast Episode 46: Is Your Dog Trying to Dominate You and What You Can Do About It - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/46/
    7. Podcast Episode 187: When To Listen To Your Heart In Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/187/
    8. Podcast Episode 175: Food Luring VS Shaping In Dog Training: How Science Changed How I Teach Dogs - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/175/
    9. Podcast Episode 8: Get Your Dog in the Belief Loop of Awesome - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/8/
    10. YouTube Playlist: Susan Garrett's Dog Training Philosophy and Training Processes - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy2An5_3KqDPqFVV6J6dYsYx
    11. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xH1JqN34Sr0&feature=youtu.be

    • 17 min
    Barking, Broken Recalls, Wildlife, Dog Trainer Personality And More Questions Answered #192

    Barking, Broken Recalls, Wildlife, Dog Trainer Personality And More Questions Answered #192

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    This episode is brought to you by YOU! I’m answering questions submitted on the DogsThat socials on wide ranging aspects of life with dogs – including how human personality types impact training and dog choice, perseverance when progress stalls, fixing broken recall words, over-aroused dogs, barking in hounds, my fitness regimen, living with littermates, ignoring wildlife, weave poles, handling the unexpected, and so much more.
     
    In the episode you'll hear:
     
    • Answers to your popular questions about dogs.
    • Does an owner’s personality influence their dog training?
    • How to persevere in the midst of a dog training struggle.
    • How to fix a broken recall word and when to replace it.
    • What are dog instincts and over-arousal, and can they be inhibited or leveraged?
    • How do you get hounds to stop barking?
    • How do you physically train yourself?
    • Advice for training littermates - multiple dogs that are siblings with separation anxiety.
    • How to become an accredited reinforcement-based dog trainer in an unregulated industry.
    • When to start weave poles for agility dogs?
    • Thoughts on office dog behavior and training requirements?
    • Best car travel safety tips and products for dogs of all sizes?
    • What to do when another dog attacks yours?
    • How to react during sudden scares on walks and loud noises.
    • Is there any breed unfit for first-time dog owners?
    • Coping with cliques in dog sports.
    • How do you train a dog to ignore wildlife?

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    Resources
     
    1. DogsThat on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/susangarrettdogsthat/
    2. DogsThat on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/susangarrettdogagility
    3. YouTube Playlist: Dog Won't Listen or Ignores You? - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy0HiauCoyVrDAWr1VeAWPES
    4. Podcast Episode 191: Get Your Dog To Calm Down With This Common Sense Protocol For Relaxation - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/191/
    5. Functional Patterns - https://functionalpatterns.com/pages/find-a-practitioner
    6. Podcast Episode 181: Training Multiple Dogs to Wait Turns and Relax - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/181/
    7. Podcast Episode 37: Dog Training As a Career - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/37/
    8. The Academy for Dog Trainers (Jean Donaldson) - https://www.academyfordogtrainers.com/
    9. IAABC - https://m.iaabc.org/
    10. Karen Pryor Academy - https://karenpryoracademy.com/
    11. Susan Garrett’s Playlists on our DogsThat YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/@DogsThat/playlists
    12. Podcast Episode 164: The Danger Of Car Travel For Dogs: Evaluating Your Risk - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/164/
    13. Podcast Episode 45: My Dog Just Got Jumped, Now What? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/45/
    14. YouTube Video: Should My Dog Be Off Leash Right Now? - https://youtu.be/CiygnLThS6Y
    15. Podcast Episode 24: Help for Dogs who Chase Chipmunks, Bicycles, and Neighbor’s Cats (Distraction IntensityIndex) - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/24/
    16. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/12oI1_gKwMs

    • 18 min
    Get Your Dog To Calm Down With This Common Sense Protocol For Relaxation #191

    Get Your Dog To Calm Down With This Common Sense Protocol For Relaxation #191

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    Imagine having a way to trigger your dog to relax. Consider the benefits and applications in everyday life like vet visits, the groomers or travel. It’s not hypnosis. It’s a protocol involving conditioning, capturing and shaping your dog’s behavior to create calm in key moments. The ability to cue relaxation is valuable for ALL dogs, not just those who are hyper or anxious. In fact, we all have personal relaxation protocols, and in this episode, I’m sharing what I frequently use for myself and my dogs to settle down.
     
    In the episode you'll hear:
     
    • Why every dog should have a protocol for relaxation regardless of temperament.
    • About common triggers for relaxation and ones I use for my dogs.
    • How to help anxious or over aroused dogs with intentional calming mannerisms.
    • My breathing technique for triggering the parasympathetic nervous system to counter stress.
    • How to induce a calm state for dogs step-by-step.
    • Why we play ItsYerChoice to help dogs relax.
    • How to positively condition your dog’s relaxation trigger.
    • My capturing technique and tips when dogs are in their “chill zones”.
    • When to begin shaping and adding a calm release word.
    • How to assess your dog’s emotional state with TEMP and an app.
    • About using a remote feeder to add duration to the chill zone.

    ItsYerChoice Summit
    Learn how to play ItsYerChoice:
    https://recallers.com/iycsummit-join/
     
    Resources
     
    1. Podcast Episode 86: How to Train Unmotivated or Overexcited Dogs - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/86/
    2. Podcast Episode 107: Pedicure Please: 3 Steps To Dog Nail Trimming Or Grooming Success At Home! - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/107/
    3. Dirty Dog Doormats - https://dgspetproducts.com/products/dirty-dog-doormats
    4. Podcast Episode 136: Help Your Excited Dog Calm Down And Stop Barking, Lunging, Spinning, Nipping - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/136/
    5. Podcast Episode 189: All The Things That Influence Your Dog’s Behavior And What Behavior Tells You - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/189/
    6. Podcast Episode 171: Dog Training With Layered Shaping: Why Classical Conditioning Must Come First - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/171/
    7. Podcast Episode 151: How Location Specific Reinforcement Markers Will Improve Your Dog Training! - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/151/
    8. Podcast Episode 180: Taking Your Puppy To A Café Or Restaurant: Socialization Success - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/180/
    9. Podcast Episode 4: T.E.M.P. (Tail, Eyes/Ears, Mouth, Posture) - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/4/
    10. Cardalis App - iOS - https://apps.apple.com/us/app/cardalis/id569166179
    11. Cardalis App - Android - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ceva.cardalisv2&hl=en_AU&gl=US&pli=1
    12. *PetSafe Treat and Train Remote Reward Dog Trainer - https://geni.us/treat-train
    13. *PETGEEK IQ Training Treat Dispenser - https://geni.us/petgeek-dispenser
    14. Podcast Episode 190: Using Daily Quickies To Fast Track Your Dog Training And Grow Your Dog's Skills - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/190/
    15. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRmLd4k5qGk&feature=youtu.be
     
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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
    Using Daily Quickies To Fast Track Your Dog Training And Grow Your Dog's Skills #190

    Using Daily Quickies To Fast Track Your Dog Training And Grow Your Dog's Skills #190

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    In August 2021, I released a special video about my dog, This!, titled “Normalizing Imperfection in Dog Training”, covering our challenges so that everyone with a dog knows that struggling at some point in life together is completely normal. In that video, I encouraged everyone to take daily action to make tomorrow better than today for you and your dog. It doesn’t mean blocking out big chunks of time. Dog training with “Daily Quickies” is how I get so much accomplished without having long dog training sessions, and in this episode, I’m covering how easy it can be so that you can put it into action.
     
    In the episode you'll hear:
     
    • How to intentionally build behaviors in short training sessions aka “Daily Quickies”.
    • That all behavior is either growing or falling to pieces unless we're mindful about reinforcement.
    • My priorities for training husbandry, manners, life skills and dog sports skills.
    • That conditioning positive emotional responses for dogs to husbandry is critical.
    • How Daily Quickies differ from formal training sessions.
    • Examples of short games to play for loose leash walking.
    • How splitting behaviors down into quick games contributes to growing skills and confidence.
    • Why using Daily Quickies helps you become a person who sees what's possible for dogs.
     
    Resources:
     
    1. YouTube Video: Normalizing Imperfection in Dog Training - https://youtu.be/X_f1hm_XhJM
    2. Podcast Episode 131: How Would Susan Garrett Plan Your Dog Training Sessions? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/131/
    3. Podcast Episode 141: Average Or Better Dog Training Question: What Did You Just Reward? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/141/
    4. YouTube Playlist: Reinforcement, Permissions and Transfer of Value in Dog Training with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy1IUj_4P54q2PIuLNtnXjFO
    5. YouTube Playlist: The Emotional State of Dogs with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy29pv3_9b7DZdMFJL9ZJPMy
    6. Podcast Episode 107: Pedicure Please: 3 Steps To Dog Nail Trimming Or Grooming Success At Home! - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/107/
    7. YouTube Playlist: Cooperative Care and Consent in Dog Training with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy1wgUlMBX63miIBBpxE-DAO
    8. YouTube Playlist: Help For Dogs Jumping Up and Excited Greetings: Creating Calm with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy3KQXSC-3IzEdBgBetrl2YP
    9. YouTube Playlist: Loose Leash Walking with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy1mGMfdVKXq_hiJ27Ej1shW
    10. Podcast Episode 134: How To Teach A Dog Stay WITHOUT Luring, Collar Pops Or Using The Word “Stay” - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/134/
    11. Podcast Episode 172: How To Teach Your Dog Anything With My Training Plan - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/172/
    12. YouTube Playlist: Dog Training Games with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy2TzttCtZVFwzwMGayAsaYe
    13. YouTube Video: Susan Garrett’s Perch Work Dog Tricks (Pivots and Spins) - https://youtu.be/O6sj6fTJnFc
    14. Podcast Episode 153: Dog Muzzles: Everything You Need To Know And How To Muzzle Train Dogs - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/153/
    15. Podcast Episode 40: Using A Head Halter On A Dog, Why My Approach Is So Different - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/40/
    16. Podcast Episode 155: 10 Ways To Teach A Sit WITHOUT A Food Lure! Unreal Results For Puppies And Dogs Of All Ages - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/155/
    17. YouTube Playlist: Target Training for Dogs with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy3ylCyQ2bJQSCwo_ERiVHj3
    18. Podcast Episode 32: 20 Easy Ways to Exercise Your Dog at Home - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/32/
    19. YouTube Video: 5 Games for Puppies - https://youtu.be/Hxd1sVEQp2Y
    20. Podcast Episode 95: How Playing with Your Dog Like a Puppy Can Reduce Fear - https://dogsthat.com/

    • 14 min
    All The Things That Influence Your Dog's Behavior And What Behavior Tells You #189

    All The Things That Influence Your Dog's Behavior And What Behavior Tells You #189

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    Recently I came across an envelope containing all my report cards from kindergarten through university. Reading over my teachers' comments was an enlightening study of behavior and how I adapted in the face of challenges. I'm sharing what I noticed with you as there's a parallel with dog behavior and why they do the things they do. Behavior can fall into seven distinct categories, and understanding the influence of each category is massively beneficial for us to know what dogs are communicating.
     
    In the episode you'll hear:
     
    • An overview of my school report cards and what they show about my behavior changing.
    • How my teachers’ observations reflected the adaptations I made due to dyslexia.
    • Why labels, absolutes and assumptions about a dog can limit their learning.
    • That dog training is never a linear path, and we are always relationship building.
    • About the 7 categories of Genetics, Health, Education, Exercise, Sleep, Environment and Nutrition and how each can influence a dog’s behavior.
    • That our dog’s behavior is information and gives us great feedback to help them.
    • Why the question “what else might be true” is vital to ask yourself.
    • That unconditional love means allowing your dog to communicate through behavior.
     
    Resources:
     
    1. Podcast Episode 50: Can Your Worst Challenge Make You a Better Dog Trainer? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/50/
    2. Podcast Episode 71: Pro Dog Trainer’s Secret to Help Your Naughty Dog - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/71/
    3. Podcast Episode 186: 2 Types Of Connection With Dogs: Dog Agility And Daily Life Case Studies - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/186/
    4. YouTube Video: Normalizing Imperfection in Dog Training - https://youtu.be/X_f1hm_XhJM
    5. Podcast Episode 188: Why You Should Change Your Strategy Rather Than Your Criteria When Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/188/
    6. Podcast Episode 74: Yes, Susan Garrett’s Dogs Sniff On Walks - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/74/
    7. YouTube Playlist: Puppy Essentials with Susan Garrett Dog Training - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy2hywpv3Md3HbWWPPbVF8W5
    8. YouTube Playlist: Fearful Dogs Help with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy0KAsqgnkMWv0v-5JGjNQG_
    9. YouTube Playlist: Exercising Your Dog's Body and Mind: Tips and Games with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy1ISzbaoCNh0NyLg3qgDG58
    10. Podcast Episode 120: The Rhythm Of Life With Puppies And Dogs - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/120/
    11. Podcast Episode 62: 12 Keys to Helping My Dogs Live a Long and Happy Life - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/62/
    12. YouTube Playlist: Susan Garrett's Dog Training Philosophy and Training Processes - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy2An5_3KqDPqFVV6J6dYsYx
    13. Podcast Episode 46: Is Your Dog Trying to Dominate You and What You Can Do About It - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/46/
    14. Podcast Episode 150: Adding Mindset To Your Dog Training Tools: Who Do You Become? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/150/
    15. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/Tce597xfqA4

    • 19 min

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Kia Ora from New Zealand! I am a first time dog owner and am picking up my puppy in a month. I have been listing to your podcast non-stop! I am a big fan of your philosophy to always give the dog a choice and I cannot wait to start training my pup soon using your techniques and tips (pls wish me luck)!

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Susan, your words speak to my soul! As a student studying Canine Behavior and Training I was introduced to your methods of reward/choice based training through games. This method rang true to how I wanted to train not only my own dog but the many dogs I would encounter. The way you build confidence in us and our dogs is something I strive to do as a dog trainer. It’s empowering! As I continue to listen, read, and watch the many medium you produce my admiration for your wealth of knowledge grows. I want to thank you for shaping me to be the best I can be for our furry friends!

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