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The Acknowledge Dogs Podcast is the one place to find everything dog training: dog trainer insights into behavior problems, training, obedience, science, and theory with professional dog trainers, behaviorists, authors, scientists, and animal lovers. Learn how to train your dog, understand their minds, and acknowledge their needs through relationship building; and much, much more!

Acknowledge Dogs Michael J. Accetta

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The Acknowledge Dogs Podcast is the one place to find everything dog training: dog trainer insights into behavior problems, training, obedience, science, and theory with professional dog trainers, behaviorists, authors, scientists, and animal lovers. Learn how to train your dog, understand their minds, and acknowledge their needs through relationship building; and much, much more!

    Pitfalls to Avoid In Training: Episode 164

    Pitfalls to Avoid In Training: Episode 164

    From using punishment-based methods to not being consistent, these pitfalls can derail your progress and harm your relationship with your furry friend. Join us as we discuss these obstacles and offer practical tips and advice to ensure a positive and successful training experience for both you and your dog

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    • 11 min
    The 5 Golden Rules of Dog Training: Episode 163

    The 5 Golden Rules of Dog Training: Episode 163

    Transform your pup's training with this essential podcast episode on the five golden rules of dog training. Learn how to get to know your pup better, make training sessions enjoyable, and use positive reinforcement and consistency to help them learn. Plus, we'll provide helpful tips and resources to ensure you and your pup get the most out of each session. Tune in to become an expert dog trainer and strengthen your bond with your furry companion.


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    • 26 min
    Ai's Ten Ways To Burn Your Dog's Energy: Episode 162

    Ai's Ten Ways To Burn Your Dog's Energy: Episode 162

    Tired of your hyperactive dog? In episode 163 of my podcast, I use AI to explore 10 ways to burn off your pup's energy. With in-depth advice ranging from the basics of daily walks to the mischievous fun of doggie dancing, this episode has something for everyone. I provide insights on how to get the most out of AI and avoid potential problems, making it the perfect resource for professional dog trainers.

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    00:02:10:20 - 00:02:34:13Michael AccettaIt has been a while since I've recorded a podcast episode. We went on a little hiatus there with the holidays and everything going on just kind of slowed down my production a little bit. But you will be happy to know that things are going to pick up. And I am debating starting a second podcast, more in-depth science business related for professional dog trainers.

    00:02:34:13 - 00:02:53:14Michael AccettaIf you're a professional dog trainer who listens to my podcast and that sounds like something you'd really want to listen to and maybe be a guest on, please let me know as I might start doing it. If a lot of people are interested in it. If not, then I'll stick to my acknowledged dogs. Otherwise, we'll have two podcasts with my wonderful voices, people say.

    00:02:54:12 - 00:03:14:13Michael AccettaSo today I want to talk about and this is actually pretty interesting. I asked I because I is this big thing right now. I said, Okay, if I if I got a hyper active dog, a really excited dog, and I want it to tire them out, what should I do? Now understand? I gives you just blanket information. It's very general.

    00:03:14:20 - 00:03:30:05Michael AccettaIt's not very specific. So what I did was I looked at the ten that it gave me and I said, okay, that's not too shabby. That's not too bad. But what I wanted to do is expand on it, give you what I is advices in the event that you went and you said, Oh, I don't know what to do with my dog today.

    00:03:30:05 - 00:03:48:05Michael AccettaLet me, you know, type in, hey, I act as my dog trainer and tell me what I should do, because that's often what I do. When I don't have something for dinner. Like, Hey, what should I have for dinner? These are the ingredients and it'll spew out a good recipe. So if you're deciding to do that or you haven't thought of it, now you're like, Wow, Michael, that's a that's amazing idea.

    00:03:48:05 - 00:04:10:15Michael AccettaI'm going to try that out. Here are some things you got to watch out for. Number one, it's generic. Okay. It gives you very blanket statements. Number two, there's detail, but it's not in-depth detail. And number three, it does not account for some of the things that could happen or your particular goals unless you strategically put them into your prompt for the A.I..

    00:04:11:00 - 00:04:30:19Michael AccettaFor example, in one of the things that we're going to talk about. It talks about doggie dances, like dancing with your dog to music, which is cute. It's great. It's fun. However, if you have a hyperactive dog, it does not account for the fact that you're teaching your dog to be overstimulated whenever you start to dance. What happens when you go to dance with your spouse?

    00:04:30:29 - 00:04:46:19Michael AccettaWhat happens when you got to go to the bathroom and you do that silly dance and now your dog jumps in and knocks you down and you've made a mess, right? So I'm going to go over some of those things that maybe the I didn't think about or we could probably change if we strategically put in a specific prompt.

    00:04:47:08 - 00:05:12:12Michael AccettaOkay. So number one, it says, right? And I just asked it very simply. I said, Hey, give me ten easy ways to exercise my dog. Number one, going for a daily walk. This is this is, you know, the bare bones of exercising your dog. Go for a daily walk. It says this is the most basic and easy

    • 28 min
    Automatic or Manual Stay: Episode 161

    Automatic or Manual Stay: Episode 161

    I am often asked whether or not to use the command 'stay' when training dogs. In my experience, there are different schools of thought on this topic.

    I believe that there is a difference between using the command and not using it, similar to the difference between driving a manual and automatic car

    Tune in to my podcast to discover the difference it can make in your dog's behavior.


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    00;00;01;08 - 00;00;32;01Michael J. AccettaWelcome. My name is Michael, etc.. I'm the founder of Matador Canine Brilliance and author of The Dog Training Chico's. You're listening to the Acknowledge Dogs Podcast To my professors in college had very different opinions on telling dogs stay or not to say the word stay. We even joked about making T-shirts about it where we would say, I believe in stay where I don't believe in stay.

    00;00;32;15 - 00;00;50;21Michael J. AccettaSo which is the correct school of thought? Should we be telling our dogs stay after we tell them to do something right as they stay or should sit just by itself? Tell my dog what they're doing should be continued until I tell them to do something else. Well, I'll give you my quick answer. I prefer not to say the word stay.

    00;00;51;11 - 00;01;07;10Michael J. AccettaThat may be so. I understand why people say stay and why people don't say stay. So I'm going to show you both sides of it today. We're going to discuss why it would be important to say the word stay. Maybe change to not saying the word stay or stay with saying a word stay. How many times can I say the word stay?

    00;01;07;10 - 00;01;25;18Michael J. AccettaAt any given moment, right. So we're going to go over whether you should be saying stay to your dog or not. Number one, the first thing you have to understand that there is a difference between saying the word stay and not saying it. And I want you to think about that as the difference between a manual car and an automatic car.

    00;01;26;06 - 00;01;40;20Michael J. AccettaWe're going to get more in-depth about this as we talk about stay. So stay tuned because although that might seem confusing, like, okay, yeah, I understand Emanuel and I are staying in automatic, but how the hell does that apply to dog training? And telling our dog a steak? Stay tuned. I'm going to go over it. First things first.

    00;01;40;20 - 00;02;01;03Michael J. AccettaIf you're already saying the word stay, it would probably behoove you to continue using it. At least for a little while, unless you fully understand the concept of teaching your dog something new. If you don't fully understand that concept, trying to teach them something new at this point, by completely demolishing everything you've worked on is not going to be beneficial to you or your dog.

    00;02;02;15 - 00;02;22;16Michael J. AccettaInstead, keep doing what you're doing and eventually change it. Maybe on the next behavior teaching. So if you're saying sit, stay, you're not going to just completely forego that because you're essentially starting all over with the word sit. I'll explain that in a minute. If we're now teaching our dog down, stay. Maybe we only teach them the word down instead of down.

    00;02;22;16 - 00;02;46;14Michael J. AccettaStay. Understand? Right. So it's a little different. If I'm already using the word stay, I might as well continue using it. It's what my dog is accustomed to. It's what they're used to. And if I change it, they're going to get slightly confused. Now, the reason they get confused and this is one of the pitfalls and people say, well, you shouldn't be telling your dog stay is because of I say the word stay that becomes content agent on my dog staying.

    00;02;47;01 - 00;03;04;26Michael J. AccettaIf I don't say the word stay, then they can do whatever they want. Okay. We break that d

    • 12 min
    Maximize Success in Dog Training, The Importance of Reward Placement: Episode 160

    Maximize Success in Dog Training, The Importance of Reward Placement: Episode 160

    In today's episode of the Acknowledged Dogs podcast, we're exploring the concept of reward placement and how it can affect your dog's training. Reward placement refers to the location in which a reward is given during a training session. When used correctly, reward placement can accelerate your dog's learning and improve its behavior. However, if used incorrectly, it can lead to disobedience and further problems.

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    Episode Transcript

    00:00:00:02 - 00:00:21:07Michael J. AccettaTo the Acknowledged Dogs podcast. Today's episode is all about exploring the concepts of reward placement. What is reward placement? How does it affect our dogs? Learning, how does it affect our dogs training and how if we use it effectively, we can accelerate everything that our dog is trying to learn everything. We're trying to teach them the skills that they need to know to adapt to everyday life.

    00:00:21:12 - 00:00:42:02Michael J. AccettaOr if you're trying to do competition to try to fix problem behaviors. Reward placement is huge. When working with your dog and trying to do anything of value. We're also going to talk to the concept of why reward placement could have negative effects, how it could create disobedience, it could create more problems than good if we do it incorrectly.

    00:00:42:11 - 00:00:57:13Michael J. AccettaOkay, we're going to go over the science of reward places. We're going to go over positive reinforcement and how it influences your dog. We're going to talk about some of the common mistakes and the techniques that you're going to be able to use right after listening to this episode with your own dog and accelerating your training. So let's jump into it first.

    00:00:57:19 - 00:01:21:29Michael J. AccettaWhat is reward placements? To understand reward placements, you have to understand what's called the reward event. Whenever you give your dog a treat, whenever you give them a toy, whenever you give them praise the big picture is what's called a reward event. Now, professionals will use a reward event in different locations to prompt their dog to do something different in the next repetition.

    00:01:22:13 - 00:01:43:01Michael J. AccettaFor example, if I want my dog a little forward and whatever behavior I'm trying to do, I might reward them in front of them. If I want them to back up, I will reward them behind. The best example I can give to this is if you're having your dog recall to you. Of course, if your dog's running directly at you, you would not toss a toy behind them, right?

    00:01:43:02 - 00:01:57:09Michael J. AccettaThat might seem normal when my dog's running to me. Maybe I want to reward them with a toy, so I'm going to toss the toy behind them and they're going to chase after the toy and then they're going to come back. What actually happens more often than not is instead of our dog running all the way to us, they'll stop further and further away.

    00:01:57:22 - 00:02:16:28Michael J. AccettaEvery single repetition, they are rewarded further and further away from us. They're going to stop further and further away. Instead of coming all the way to us, they're like, Oh, well, you're going to toss it behind me. I might as well back up. I might as well get ready for it. That is reward placement. The reward event is happening further away from you, and so they are actively looking to go further away from you.

    00:02:16:28 - 00:02:33:21Michael J. AccettaProfessionals know this, and instead they'll toss the toy behind them, their dogs running directly to them. If you can get your dog to run between your legs, that's fantastic. Your dog's running to you, toss the toy behind you. They'll run straight through your legs. They get the toy, you turn around, you recall them again, they run back to you.

    00:02:33:26 - 00:02:51:09Michael J. AccettaYou tell them to drop the toy. They drop the toy. You throw a second toy. Behind you. You're teaching them to ru

    • 30 min
    First Things First, Puppy Training: Episode 159

    First Things First, Puppy Training: Episode 159

    Whether you have a puppy, are getting one, or adding a member to the family you will want to listen to today's episode. It is important to do these three fundamental steps in order to ensure you have the best companion for the next fifteen years. 

    If you have a younger dog, the information will still help you learn why your dog might be the way that they are and what you need to do in order to jumpstart your training and gain some momentum. 

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    Episode Transcript:

    00:00:18:07 - 00:00:34:14Michael J. AccettaYou just got a puppy or you're getting a puppy and you want to know, how do I socialize my dog? How do I build their confidence in one of the first three things I need to be able to teach my dog first to really have a good, long lasting relationship for the next 15 years. Then this is the episode for you.

    00:00:34:14 - 00:01:01:07Michael J. AccettaStay tuned on this. All right. So first the socialization period. You just got your puppy. Now they're not allowed to leave their mom until after eight weeks. You are already most of the way through a socialization period. What does that mean? When your dog is born, their brain starts to develop a lot faster than an adult dogwood. And so they're taking in all of this information what essentially happens is between three to 12 weeks of age.

    00:01:01:07 - 00:01:27:02Michael J. AccettaAnd that does depend based on the breed and the size of the dog between three to 12 weeks of age. They take in everything that they need to know is normal. That's the key phrase that I want you to take away from this. They need to know that is normal. Now, if a dog grows up on a farm and they're never exposed to busses or trains or subway stations, they have never been on a plane, that's what they think is normal.

    00:01:27:10 - 00:01:44:10Michael J. AccettaSo if you were to remove a dog and teleport them from a farm into the city, they would freak out. Vice versa. If you got a dog that grows up in the city and you take them to the farm, they might seem actually stressed because there isn't a lot of interactions. There isn't a lot of noise going on all the time.

    00:01:45:06 - 00:02:03:14Michael J. AccettaSo whatever your dog needs to know is normal should be exposed to them between three to 12 weeks of age. Now, again, if you're getting a puppy or you got a puppy and they're eight weeks old, you only have a couple of weeks to do this. So before you get the puppy or right now write down everything your dog needs to know is normal.

    00:02:03:14 - 00:02:16:14Michael J. AccettaDo they need to know how to get into the car? Do they need to know how to be picked up and handled, manipulated, put into the trunk of the car? If you're going to have a, you know, a big car with a crate? Maybe they need to be able to go into the trunk. Maybe you want them to sit in the front with you.

    00:02:17:11 - 00:02:33:07Michael J. AccettaOkay. I don't do that because I think it's a little dangerous, but many people do it. And if you do that, then you need to teach your dog that sitting in the front is normal. You need to teach your dog around kids, socialize them to kids, socialism to other dogs, socialize them to the family members in your house.

    00:02:33:07 - 00:03:00:11Michael J. AccettaThose things need to become normal. If you are going to be someone who grooms your own dog, then you're going to want to teach your dog that all of the equipment in grooming is normal. The Clippers the brush, the shampoos, the scrubbers, everything, towels, even different textures, all of the things that you are going to use in your daily life and maybe even above that should be exposed to your dog.

    00:03:01:08 - 00:03:20:00Michael J. AccettaOkay, th

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