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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

    • Kids & Family
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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.

    How to Take Better Photos of Your Dog (Part 2)

    How to Take Better Photos of Your Dog (Part 2)

    Allison is back with some more great tips on how to take better photos of your dog!Who doesn't want that perfect Instagramable, frameable, background photo of our dog.  But even with the 200 photos we have on our phones sometimes it eludes us!Back in episode 52 Allison Shamrell of Allison Shamrell Pet Photography told us all about how to take great photos with just a cell phone and so much more.  Well, I've brought her back to answer some more questions on how to get that perfect shot!In this episode Allison talks about:* How to approach a photo session with your dog.* How to photograph two dogs together.* How to handle a dog that won't sit still.* How to photograph a dog with a dark face. * A free resource on how to get your dog to look at the camera.Press play and enjoy!



    Allison's Freebie!On top of all the great tips she gives us throughout the episode she also put together a free gift for us:5 Ways to Get Your Dog to Look at the Camera*I've already downloaded it and I have to say there are some juicy tips in there! *This link will take you to Allison's webpage.  I have no affiliation with any links or downloads within that page.  That being said, I've requested the download myself and I highly recommend it.



    Other resources mentioned and related to this episode:YNP #052: How to Take Better Photos of Your Dog with Allison ShamrellAllison's Free Facebook Group: How to Take Better Photos of Your DogAllison's Instagram: @takebetterphotosofyourdogAllison's website: Allison Shamrell Pet PhotographyYOUR Perfect Puppy: 4-week online training course for you and your new puppy.

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    The Downside of a Fenced-in Yard (Part 2)

    The Downside of a Fenced-in Yard (Part 2)

    I'm back to burst some bubbles (POP!).  Don't get me wrong, I LOVE my fenced-in yard just like most dog owners.  But just like with most things that make our lives easier there's a downside.  I'm here to help you minimize them!My goal is to make sure that you and your dog can use your backyard in the best way possible.  And that means there's some training that needs to happen before you just let them loose!This applies if you have a puppy or a full grown dog!In this episode I talk about:* Why letting a puppy have the run of the backyard too soon can backfire.* How to handle a dog that already has bad habits.* How a fenced-in backyard can ruin your recall.* How to work on a stronger recall in your backyard. * When it's time to let your dog run around unsupervised.Press play and enjoy!Other resources mentioned and related to this episode:YNP #019: The Downside of a Fenced-in Backyard (Part 1)YNP #051: How to Get a Stronger RecallYOUR Perfect Puppy: 4-week online training course for you and your new puppy.

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    My 7 Guidelines for Socializing Your Dog

    My 7 Guidelines for Socializing Your Dog

    Socializing your dog, especially when they are young, is SUPER DUPER important.  If you have listened to me at all then this is not news to you. You know that you have to expose your dog to many different people, places, environments, sounds, textures, and dogs.  This is what creates a confident, well-adjusted dog that you can take anywhere and not have to worry about them.  BUT we need to do it right.  That is why I developed my 7 guidelines for socializing your dog.  Not only do we want to expose our dog to all these different things and situations but we need to make sure that we create a good association!  In fact, that's exactly where we start with Socialization Guideline #1!In this episode I talk about:* Why socialization is important to do at a young age (3-16 weeks!).* How to handle a shy dog.* How to handle it when things go bad.* How you, the human, need to act. * How to create a good association.Press play and enjoy!Other resources mentioned and related to this episode:YNP #021: Balancing Vaccines and SocializationYNP Episode: How to Socialize Your Puppy During Social DistancingYOUR Perfect Puppy: 4-week online training course for you and your new puppy.

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    How I Taught My Dog a New Trick

    How I Taught My Dog a New Trick

    How many times have you gone to Youtube to find a new dog trick and it's a three-minute video with a dog that already knows the trick?Or you teach your dog a new trick in class to go home and they act like they never heard of it before.  Truth is, training doesn't happen in a straight line.  Yes, there is usually a set of steps we have to follow but those steps don't go as smoothly as the video, book, or class make it look. In this episode, I go session by session describing my journey of teaching my dog the trick "spin".  I'm not going to teach you HOW to teach "spin" (see the formal steps below for that).  My goal is to illustrate what those videos, classes, and books don't talk about.  The ups, downs, adjustments, mistakes, setbacks, wins, etc.  In this episode I talk about:* How my expectations immediately got me in trouble.* The adjustments I made when Miriah was struggling to learn what I wanted.* A brief cameo from Ollie and how he learned.* How I handled successful sessions and wins. * What needs to happen to deem the command a success.Press play and enjoy!Other resources mentioned and related to this episode:YNP #012: The Most Important Part of Your Dog’s Obedience TrainingYNP #030: The First 4 Steps to Teaching Any New CommandYOUR Perfect Puppy: 4-week online training course for you and your new puppy.



    How to Teach Your Dog the Trick "Spin"*  Using a treat in your hand, lure your dog to walk in a circle.  Don't worry about the size of the circle at this point.  If you have trouble getting the full circle start to reward them when they reach 1/4 or 1/2 way and work them up to the full circle.*  Once your dog is walking in a full circle, tighten up the circle if necessary and start to shorten the lure.  You want to go from using your full arm to walk them in a circle to just using your finger and wrist to point in a half-circle.  If you are over 90% sure your dog will follow your lure at this point you can start to say the command "spin" (or "twirl", your choice).  Say it only once and DO NOT expect them to listen to it.  Use the lure to guarantee they will spin when they hear the word. *  Take away the treat from your lure hand and only use the hand signal.  You are still rewarding them with treats when they perform the behavior. *  Once you are down to the hand signal (90% sure they will listen to it) start to teach the command.  Say the command first, wait on second and then use your lure. Do this until they start to spin before you need to hand signal.  * If your dog performs "spin" without the food lure (remember still treating but there's no food in your lure hand), with just the hand signal and no command, with the command and no hand signal then just keep practicing until the trick is solid!Ways to up the challenge:Teach both directions (one can be "spin" the other "twirl")Teach multiple spins in a rowAdd distance (can you tell them to spin from across the room)Add distractions

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    • 20 min
    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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    • 18 min

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NatalieSof ,

So helpful!!

It’s been 13 years since I took care of a puppy, now with my new little guy home, I am in much need of some refreshers!!! These are short, succinct and so helpful! Thank you Deb!

dan from macomb ,

good info

good info

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Me

My dog is really old,13 year’s he is not so playful so that fetch episode really helped us camunicate.😀👍🐩

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