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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

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    • 4.8 • 646 Ratings

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.

    The Power of Practice

    The Power of Practice

    "Practice makes perfect."  We all know that one.  Well, it's just as true for our dogs.  When we teach our dogs how to sit we know to start at step one and work them up to a reliable sit in any situation.  When we want to change a behavior (like barking, digging, leash walking, or counter surfing) it's no different. We don't usually think of it as something we have to intentionally practice but this is exactly what's we need to do. We think about how we want the behavior to change in the moment and try to work there when really we have to back up a whole bunch of steps and practice in easier more controllable situations. It's like trying to teach someone algebra, when they don't know how to add and substract.  Our dogs are no different. That's why it's the power of practice that will teach our dogs how we want them to behave. In this episode I talk about:* The difference between changing a behavior and just reacting to it. * What I mean by intentional practice.* When management is appropriate.* How to set up easy situations to practice for the hard ones.* Why it's important to set up controlled situations. * Why it's important to start at step one and why we always want to start at step 8.Press play and enjoy!Other resources mentioned and related to this episode:YNP #047: How to Handle a Reactive Dog on a LeashYNP #050: The 3 Most Common Leash Training QuestionsYNP #066: How to Stop a Dog From Barking (Part 1)YNP #067: How to Stop a Dog From Barking (Part 2)YOUR Perfect Puppy: 4-week online training course for you and your new puppy.

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    How to Stop Your Dog From Barking (Part 2)

    How to Stop Your Dog From Barking (Part 2)

    In part one we talked about demand barking.  Here in part two I go into detail about alert barking.  Alert barking is when your dog is barking at something.  A dog out the window, a noise like a doorbell, your neighbor, etc.  This type of barking usually starts in as your puppy gets older.  Once they reach adolescence this instinct kicks in. It also feel really good to them!  It burns energy and relieves boredom.  So the habit can start very easily.  There are a few ways to handle this type of barking.  Unlike demand barking where we ignore and disengage, here we want to interrupt and redirect.  Listen now to learn the difference!In this episode I talk about:* Summary of what we talked about in Part 1.* What alert barking is and how it's different from demand barking.* The different techniques to handle alert barking.* Examples of different scenarios and how to handle them. * How to recognize when they are barking out of fear.Press play and enjoy!Other resources mentioned and related to this episode:YNP #027: How to Handle a Shy DogYNP #063: My 7 Guidelines for Socializing Your DogYNP #066: How to Stop a Dog From Barking (Part 1)See Part 1's show notes for links to these episodes:Episodes to help with barking while crate trainingEpisode to help with barking because of separation anxietyEpisode to help with barking while on a leashOther resources:YOUR Perfect Puppy: 4-week online training course for you and your new puppy.

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    How to Stop a Dog From Barking (Part 1)

    How to Stop a Dog From Barking (Part 1)

    Barking comes in many different forms. This makes how to stop a dog from barking more complicated than we think.  We can't just ask "how do I stop my dog from barking?" and get an answer because why they are barking plays a significant role in how we stop them.  Are they barking in the crate?  Are they barking at you?  Are they barking at your neighbor?  Do they only bark when on a leash?  Even if you answered "yes" to more than one, how you address the barking will change depending on the situation.  In this two-part series, I'm going dive deep into two different types of barking demand barking (part 1) and alert barking (part 2).  I have some previous episodes that go into some other types of barking.  I've listed those episodes below. In this episode I talk about:* Why stopping a dog from barking is complicated.* The different types of barking.* What techniques I don't use.* How to address demand barking. * Examples of different scenarios and how to handle them.Press play and enjoy!Other resources mentioned and related to this episode:Episodes to help with barking while crate training:YNP #005: Crate Training: How (and Why) to Make Their Crate Your Dog’s Best FriendYNP Special Edition: Q&A Tuesday – Crate TrainingYNP #028: 5 Reasons to Use the Crate When You’re Home.Episode to help with barking because of separation anxiety:YNP #022: How to Prevent and Treat Separation AnxietyEpisode to help with barking while on a leash:YNP #047: How to Handle a Reactive Dog on a LeashOther resources:YOUR Perfect Puppy: 4-week online training course for you and your new puppy.

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    • 14 min
    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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    • 24 min
    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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    • 16 min
    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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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
646 Ratings

646 Ratings

MichelleT20000000000 ,

Texas puppy mom

The Best! Great advice and very informative! We have learn so much and put into practice what we have been hearing from this podcast.

16runnergirl16 ,

THANK YOU DEBBIE!!

This podcast is fantastic! A few weeks ago I brought home a golden retriever puppy who loves to chew, nip, and hates his crate. Debbies pointers are so easy to implement and I’m so happy to say we’ve made so much progress since bringing him home. Thank you so much Debbie for teaching me how to bond with my pup and make him a confident and well-trained dog!

louis_ ,

So happy I found this podcast!

Debbie is a pro at clear, concise tips for you to follow. We love listening to her bite-sized information that is so essential and really makes me think about why a dog acts like a dog! We’re welcoming a new puppy into the home in a month, so this has made us feel a lot more prepared. Plus, a friend of ours who’s been following the guidance of this podcast for her new puppy has been having excellent results. Thank you for your hard work and empathy towards both humans and dogs ❤️ I’ve been recommending this to all our friends with both puppies and adult dogs.

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