180 episodes

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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    • 4.9 • 414 Ratings

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.

    Taking Your Puppy To A Café Or Restaurant: Socialization Success #180

    Taking Your Puppy To A Café Or Restaurant: Socialization Success #180

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    When you have a new puppy, safe socializing is important. Something to consider is taking a pup to outdoor cafes or restaurants. When you do it right, there are many benefits. But if done badly, your puppy could end up overwhelmed or having a bad experience and becoming fearful. I’m covering all the steps to grow your puppy’s confidence when dining out at a pet-friendly venue so you can enjoy a coffee or meal with family and friends.
     
    In the episode you'll hear:
     
    • All the benefits of taking your puppy to an outdoor café, restaurant, or similar.
    • That planning and preparing starts with knowing your puppy.
    • How growing confidence in new environments is crucial.
    • Why to have a backup plan and what that could be.
    • The three games that prepare puppies to relax in new spaces.
    • What to bring (and not bring) to the restaurant.
    • Tips on what to practice at home before going to new locations.
    • How to be intentional about picking the right table in the right location.
    • The training plan I use when I have my puppies out at cafes or restaurants.
    • All the steps to making dining out with you a positive experience for your puppy.
     
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    Resources:
     
    1. Blog Post: Have You Tried A “Puppy Adventure Trip?” - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2015/05/have-you-tried-a-puppy-adventure-trip/
    2. Podcast Episode 130: Conditioned Responses: The Magic Every New Puppy (And Dog) Owner Must Know About - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/130/
    3. Crate Games Online - https://get.crategames.com/
    4. Podcast Episode 32: 20 Easy Ways to Exercise Your Dog at Home (Hot Zone) - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/32/
    5. Podcast Episode 134: How To Teach A Dog Stay WITHOUT Luring, Collar Pops Or Using The Word “Stay” - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/134/
    6. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/hJnyW7mROxI

    • 18 min
    Help For Dogs Refusing Treats: Case Study With Training Plan #179

    Help For Dogs Refusing Treats: Case Study With Training Plan #179

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    My dog won’t take treats outside! Is that something you’ve ever said or heard? We’re looking at the challenge of a dog refusing treats as a case study, as training will be so much easier if your dog loves food, especially if you are working on things like loose leash walking or helping your dog with reactivity. I’ve got an outside the box training plan for you to get your dog loving treats no matter where you are.
     
    In the episode you'll hear:
     
    • The physical reasons a dog might be refusing to take food treats and why to rule them out.
    • How not taking food could be a habit for a dog and related to their emotional state.
    • Why reinforcers lose or gain value in different environments.
    • That getting a bigger meatball is not always the answer.
    • Why feeding dogs should be an event and what to notice about your dog’s weight.
    • About rating all of the treats that you can give your dog and different foods to try.
    • The steps for testing treat values in different rooms and times of the day.
    • About creating positive triggers for your dog that are exciting.
    • How to transition using treats from indoors to the outdoors incrementally.
    • What your dog’s physiology has to do with treats and how you can change it.
    • What you need to do before you can start counterconditioning anything.
    • Why training isn’t about work but building deeper bonds with dogs.
     
    Resources:
     
    1. YouTube Playlist: Reactive or Aggressive Dogs: Key Insights with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy0Tbd6ZybIXgJk3mtpBLLk7
    2. Podcast Episode 59: Why Your Treats Aren’t Working for Your Dog - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/59/
    3. Podcast Episode 92: Avoid This Big Mistake When Feeding Your Dog - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/92/
    4. Tasty Treats eBook - https://dogsthat.com/tastytreats/
    5. Podcast Episode 107: Pedicure Please: 3 Steps To Dog Nail Trimming Or Grooming Success At Home! - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/107/
    6. Blog Post: Identifying And Using Positive Triggers For Your Dog - https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2019/01/positive-triggers/
    7. YouTube Playlist: Loose Leash Walking with Susan Garrett - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy1mGMfdVKXq_hiJ27Ej1shW
    8. Podcast Episode 68: 3 Easy Tricks Every Dog Should Know - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/68/
    9. Podcast Episode 112: Stressed Dog? How Trigger Stacking Might Be Putting Your Dog Over Threshold - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/112/
    10. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/lSoSuz2hV3g

    • 17 min
    Dog Walking: Why To Start, How Often, And Where #178

    Dog Walking: Why To Start, How Often, And Where #178

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    Why is it important to walk your dog daily? Besides the obvious health benefits of exercise, we’re looking at the advantages of daily dog walking that many people don’t realize. Sometimes people can give a list of reasons not to walk their dog, so we’re covering why to start and what defines appropriate exercise for dogs.
     
    In the episode you'll hear:
     
    • That our dog Tater Salad does not particularly like walking at certain times.
    • About the health benefits of walking for dogs.
    • What my friends Dr. Karen Becker and Rodney Habib say about canine exercise.
    • Why leaving your dog out in the backyard is not exercise.
    • That dogs benefit from a change of scenery and it can reduce stress and behavior issues.
    • How taking your dog for a walk presents great training opportunities.
    • The reason to find opportunities for your dog to go for a run off leash.
    • About walks being relationship building and special adventure time for you and your dog.
    • That walks have benefits for us and how I make a habit of gratitude when walking.
    • What types of dogs should not be walked and what you can do instead.
    • The common denominator in dogs with long life spans.
     
    Resources:
     
    1.*Book: Forever Dog by Rodney Habib and Dr Karen Becker - https://geni.us/forever-dog
    2. YouTube Playlist: Loose Leash Walking with Susan Garrett - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy1mGMfdVKXq_hiJ27Ej1shW
    3. Sniff Spot - https://www.sniffspot.com/
    4. Podcast Episode 174: Dopamine In Dog Training: Anticipation, Rewards, And The Transfer Of Value - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/174/
    5. YouTube Video: Puppy's First Training with Susan Garrett: Shaping, Targeting and Collar Conditioning - https://youtu.be/ticB_1Twx6E
    6. YouTube Playlist: Exercising Your Dog's Body and Mind: Tips and Games with Susan Garrett - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy1ISzbaoCNh0NyLg3qgDG58
    7. YouTube Playlist: Reactive or Aggressive Dogs: Key Insights with Susan Garrett - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy0Tbd6ZybIXgJk3mtpBLLk7
    8. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/GtGKc2CGWw0
     
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    • 14 min
    Dog Training Outside The Box: Transfer Of Value Case Study #177

    Dog Training Outside The Box: Transfer Of Value Case Study #177

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    When we train dogs with layered shaping, we train with out of the box thinking. In this episode, I’m giving a glimpse of what that looks like and how it relates to the transfer of value. It starts with knowing what a dog loves most of all. I’m also covering a case study on how we used the transfer of reinforcement value for a German Shepherd so that they could learn to retrieve without a force fetch.
     
    In the episode you'll hear:
     
    • What we need our dog to understand about reinforcement and what we need to understand.
    • A review of the reinforcement process in our dog training.
    • Why your dog's age, the location you are training, and what you are training matter.
    • The importance of your placement and delivery of reinforcement.
    • How we found something that a German Shepherd loved and used it for training.
    • The process of transferring the value from bubbles to food with a target stick.
    • Why we need to change a dog’s physiology for training.
    • How ping-ponging reinforcements help with the transfer of value.
    • That there’s not a linear path for all dogs, so we think outside the box.
    • About our brand new free DoggyFlix video streaming adventure for dog people.
     
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    Resources:
     
    1. YouTube Playlist: Susan Garrett's Dog Training Philosophy and Training Processes - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy2An5_3KqDPqFVV6J6dYsYx
    2. Podcast Episode 175: Food Luring VS Shaping In Dog Training: How Science Changed How I Teach Dogs - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/175/
    3. Podcast Episode 174: Dopamine In Dog Training: Anticipation, Rewards, And The Transfer Of Value - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/174/
    4. Podcast Episode 151: How Location Specific Reinforcement Markers Will Improve Your Dog Training! - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/151/
    5. Podcast Episode 31: 5 Simple Hacks to Help Your Dog Learn Faster (Reinforcement Process) - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/31/
    6. Podcast Episode 176: Why Your Dog’s Emotions Are A Critical Element Of Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/176/
    7. YouTube Playlist: Target Training for Dogs with Susan Garrett - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy3ylCyQ2bJQSCwo_ERiVHj3
    8. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/MRohT2ioMUE

    • 19 min
    Why Your Dog’s Emotions Are A Critical Element Of Dog Training #176

    Why Your Dog’s Emotions Are A Critical Element Of Dog Training #176

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    Having coached thousands of people in dog training, I’ve observed that their dogs seem to fall into three categories. The dogs who seem to hate training sessions, the dogs who are so over the top about the training they are frantic, and the dogs who are driven and focused and absolutely love it. It’s not the
    breed of dog or their personality that determines the category, and it’s not the trainer or trainer’s experience; it’s about understanding you’re not only training a behavior but also an emotion.
     
    In the episode you'll hear:
     
    • That your dog’s emotions get built into what you are training.
    • What “Pavlov is Always on Your Shoulder” means.
    • What compulsion trainers get wrong about a dog's emotions.
    • How to gauge your dog's emotional state for training.
    • My top 7 tips to help your dog love training with you.
    • Observations on why dogs leave work or get distracted easily.
    • The reason to know competing reinforcements in your dog's environment.
    • Why not to keep going at half speed because half speed is an emotion.
    • About keeping dog training sessions very short and using balance breaks.
    • About getting “buy in” from your dog before training begins.
    • That your dog is also teaching you, so believe them.
     
    Resources:
     
    1. YouTube Playlist: The Emotional State of Dogs with Susan Garrett - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy29pv3_9b7DZdMFJL9ZJPMy
    2. Podcast Episode 146: Balanced Dog Training: Does It Really Exist? - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/146/
    3. Podcast Episode 106: Consent In Dog Training: The Misuse, Misunderstanding And Misapplication - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/106/
    4. Podcast Episode 107: Pedicure Please: 3 Steps To Dog Nail Trimming Or Grooming Success At Home! - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/107/
    5. YouTube Video: Vet Visits For Dogs: How To Create A Positive Experience For Everyone - https://youtu.be/VJc42BfNre4
    6. Podcast Episode 132: All The Things Your Dog Hates And How To Fix Them - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/132/
    7. Podcast Episode 174: Dopamine In Dog Training: Anticipation, Rewards, And The Transfer Of Value - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/174/
    8. Podcast Episode 167: Reduce Your Dog’s Stress And Anxiety In Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/167/
    9. Podcast Episode 175: Food Luring VS Shaping In Dog Training: How Science Changed How I Teach Dogs - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/175/
    10. YouTube Playlist: Loose Leash Walking with Susan Garrett - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphRRSxcMHy1mGMfdVKXq_hiJ27Ej1shW
    11. Recallers - https://recallers.com/
    12. Podcast Episode 57: Why Balance Breaks Fast Track Your Dog Training - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/57/
    13. Crate Games - https://get.crategames.com/
    14. Podcast Episode 86: How to Train Unmotivated or Overexcited Dogs - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/86/
    15. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/zT1mzPhmGdo

    • 22 min
    Food Luring VS Shaping In Dog Training: How Science Changed How I Teach Dogs #175

    Food Luring VS Shaping In Dog Training: How Science Changed How I Teach Dogs #175

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    I use shaping rather than luring with food or toys in my dog training. In the 80s, I was taught to food lure and correct, learned to do it well, and luring brought me a lot of success in obedience and agility. Luring can have benefits, but I decided to change. When I say I don't lure, it always gets a lot of comments and questions on social media, so in this episode, I'm covering the top ten reasons I prefer shaping.
     
    In the episode you'll hear:
     
    • The advantages of luring, how it can be easy to teach people, and its popularity.
    • What I heard from my mentors Bob and Marian Bailey about luring.
    • How my dog Shelby gave me my first “ah ha” about luring.
    • About a class I took at University and what I learned about backwards conditioning.
    • A review of Pavlov’s experiment with bells, food, and dogs.
    • What happens in dog agility and other sports with luring and dogs who love to chase.
    • How luring can turn into bribing the dog, and that dopamine kicks in at choice points.
    • What I noticed about motivation and treat bags when I was teaching dog trainers in Japan.
    • About pattern training and its relation to luring dogs.
    • How the value dogs have for the food can override everything.
    • The reason to know what you are reinforcing when your dog sees the cookie.
    • That shaping gives us layers to create complex behaviors.
    • Why I think shaping can become part of our whole life.
     
    Resources:
     
    1. Podcast Episode 171: Dog Training With Layered Shaping: Why Classical Conditioning Must Come First - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/171/
    2. Podcast Episode 174: Dopamine In Dog Training: Anticipation, Rewards, And The Transfer Of Value - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/174/
    3. Podcast Episode 145: 10 Ways To Teach A Dog To Lay Down And How To Shape It Without Luring - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/145/
    4. Podcast Episode 173: Target Training For Dogs: How, Why, And When To Fade Targets - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/173/
    5. Podcast Episode 172: How To Teach Your Dog Anything With My Training Plan - https://dogsthat.com/podcast/172/
    6. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube - https://youtu.be/FxAeS2BNvKY

    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
414 Ratings

414 Ratings

Jen Lebo ,

Thankful for Susan!!!

We’ve had our puppy for less than a week and I’ve been binging your episodes and already seeing great results!!! After listening to the episode on sleeping through the night and making the changes you taught, our pup slept all night with not a whimper! After nights of 4-5 wake ups!!! I can’t wait to learn more from you Susan, so I can give my dog and our family the best quality of life together!!! You’re amazing!

Texaschickie ,

Best thing you do with your headphones!

Regardless if you want to learn the science behind the training or just want a better relationship with your furry best friend, this is the best way to spend your commute. Every bit of advice Susan gives is spot on. Try it and see for yourself. She understands your dog better than you, and probably better than the ‘trainer’ you are paying weekly to help you and your dog. Can’t say enough good things about Susan, the podcast and the other trainings she offers!! Check those out too!

IncendioShelties ,

Mandatory for all dog owners!

This is the best podcast out there for dog owners and dog lovers. I’m a professional dog trainer and I recommend it to my clients all the time. Susan Garrett is a fantastic trainer and so good at explaining concepts in a way that is concise, fun, and easy to understand.

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