40 episodes

The admin team of the Pandemic Puppy Facebook Group and Journey Dog Training is bringing you a puppy raising podcast. From selecting a puppy to tackling common behavior problems, we're here to help. Your host is Kayla Fratt, owner of Journey Dog Training and Certified Behavior Consultant. She's raising her FIRST puppy while hosting the podcast.

Pandemic Puppy Podcast pandemicpuppy

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.6 • 22 Ratings

The admin team of the Pandemic Puppy Facebook Group and Journey Dog Training is bringing you a puppy raising podcast. From selecting a puppy to tackling common behavior problems, we're here to help. Your host is Kayla Fratt, owner of Journey Dog Training and Certified Behavior Consultant. She's raising her FIRST puppy while hosting the podcast.

    Raising Toy Breed Puppies with Amber Quann

    Raising Toy Breed Puppies with Amber Quann

    In this episode of Pandemic Puppy, Kayla speaks with Amber Quann about raising toy breed puppies.


    What are the differences between raising a toy breed puppy vs a larger size?


    Easier on the wallet

    Need to be creative on training and reinforcement strategies as they can’t eat as much

    Curate safe interactions that prevent potential injuries such as other dogs running them over by accident, getting on and off furniture, etc.

    Ensure you don’t bubble wrap your dog

    Prepare emergency scenarios, such as picking up your puppy when needed to protect them from getting run over

    Put picking up your dog on cue


    How do we help little dogs become leash reactive?


    It is easy to manage a small dogs behavior through leash tension because of their size, and its important to work against that 

    Little dogs need to learn how to move out of situations on their own

    Be intentional to treat them like a big dog. “Would I do this with my german shepherd?” 

    Teaching them confidence is key

    As always, set them up for success, don’t push them over their threshold 

    Their needs will change with age


    Links Mentioned in the Episode:


    None


    Where you can find Amber: Website | Facebook | Instagram


    You can support the Pandemic Puppy Podcast by joining our Patreon at patreon.com/pandemicpuppy.


    Puppy Raising Blueprint Course | Pandemic Puppy Raising Support Group

    • 29 min
    Introducing Puppies and Cats

    Introducing Puppies and Cats

    In this episode of Pandemic Puppy, Kayla discusses introducing your puppy to cats. 


    Everything depends on the personality of your puppy and your cat

    Set up the environment for success: hiding places, elevation for cats; baby gates, leashes

    Ensure puppy is well-exercised but not overtired/cranky

    Younger puppies adapt more quickly/easily: with MOST really young puppies and many cats, you can allow for supervised interaction pretty quickly

    Breed will vary for dogs - if your breed is more likely to be prey driven, earlier introductions are even better and management will increase through teenagerhood

    Reward BOTH animals for calm ignoring/calm interactionsSuggested treats for cats: meaty baby food on a popsicle stick, tuna, store-bought treats, bonito flakes

    Consider long-lasting chews or licki mats for puppy 




    Handicap the puppy as needed, let the cat move freely

    If the puppy is highly aroused or the cat is extra nervous, use towels over baby gates and/or two baby gates for extra distance (especially for older puppies)

    Teach both animals that the presence of the other = tasty treats!


     


    Links Mentioned in the Episode:


    Two-Part Cat Intro Podcast


    Cat/Dog Introduction Video


    You can support the Pandemic Puppy Podcast by joining our Patreon at patreon.com/pandemicpuppy.



    Puppy Raising Blueprint Course | Pandemic Puppy Raising Support Group  

    • 15 min
    How to Support Undersocialized Puppies

    How to Support Undersocialized Puppies

    In this episode of Pandemic Puppy, Kayla discusses undersocialized puppies. 


     


    How do you know your puppy may be undersocialized?


    This will vary per dog depending on breed and personality, as some breeders are generally more reserved than others

    Puppy history is important to consider. Hoarding or parvo puppies are usually very undersocialized

    It’s normal for your puppy to startle around new things or to be a little shy, but it’s not normal for extreme reactions such as urinating or trembling, or if the startle starts to escalate. If this is the case, you should seek a professional behavior consultant. 


     


    What to do if your puppy is showing signs of being undersocialized?


    Go at your puppy’s pace; work harder, not fasterIf your puppy is under extreme distress, you are going too fast

    If you can’t find a comfortable threshold for your puppy, speak to a professional





    Learn dog body language


    “We want to find the level in which your puppy notices the thing they are concerned about and we want to be working at that level”

    If they are under threshold, let them observe the things that are concerning them

    Support and cheerlead them in ways that help them

    Adjust your expectations

    Counter-conditioning throughout their lifetime

    Is it a trend or a blip? If your puppy is continually spooking at something over and over, it might mean you need to make a more structured plan.

    Overall, please seek professional help!


     


    Links Mentioned in the Episode:


    Find a Behavior Consultant on IAABC


    Find a Certified Dog Training and Behavior Consultant 


    Dog Decoder App


    Canine Body Language


     


    You can support the Pandemic Puppy Podcast by joining our Patreon at patreon.com/pandemicpuppy.



    Puppy Raising Blueprint Course | Pandemic Puppy Raising Support Group 

    • 18 min
    Teaching Puppies to Relax (Aka Installing an Off Switch)

    Teaching Puppies to Relax (Aka Installing an Off Switch)

    In this episode of Pandemic Puppy, Kayla discusses teaching your puppy to relax! 


    How can you get your puppy to relax?


    First things first, you need to meet your puppy’s needs!

    Make sure they are getting enough rest

    Pay for what you like! If they lay down at your feet, reward them for it with a chew, which will help build duration.

    Be cautious of rewarding too heavily because they may start offering other behavior for rewards

    Set up the environment for success. 

    Utilize the puppy pen when you can!

    Don’t have too high of expectations at the start. They are still puppies!

    Layer in distractions and take your timeTake your skills on the road!




    Adjust your expectations as they age and expect the unexpected

    Again, meet your puppy’s needs! These needs will change as they age

    Utilize Karen Overall’s Relaxation Protocol


    Links Mentioned in the Episode:


    Karen Overall's Relaxation Protocol


    You can support the Pandemic Puppy Podcast by joining our Patreon at patreon.com/pandemicpuppy.Puppy Raising Blueprint Course | Pandemic Puppy Raising Support Group  

    • 14 min
    Mythbusting, Part 3

    Mythbusting, Part 3

    This episode is a re-post from Canine Conversations. Enjoy and stay tuned for new Pandemic Puppy Episodes soon!

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Mythbusting, Part 2

    Mythbusting, Part 2

    This episode is a re-post from Canine Conversations. Enjoy and stay tuned for new Pandemic Puppy Episodes soon!

    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

Lanie Black ,

Fantastic Resource for Puppy Parents!

As we anxiously await our GSD pup (3 more weeks!), I’ve been trying to learn as much as possible in hopes of maximizing our puppy time to help shape a great, balanced family dog. I’ve listened to so many podcasts and read all the things, but this podcast has been my favorite. I’m so thankfu! Kayla is so knowledgeable and all her advice resonates as reasonable, practical and thoughtful. Great job, Kayla! Thank you!

StacyinJoshuaTree ,

Excellent and valuable tips

I really feel after listening to this podcast that I’m getting the inside scoop on optimal puppy training. From toy suggestions, to socialization checklists, the podcasters share resources I’d be unlikely to find myself. I’m feeling more confident with each episode!

Flobophone12 ,

Informative, practical, and so valuable!

This podcast brings together some really excellent trainers and a number of experts with different specialties! Everyone who might be getting a puppy (or maybe already has one!) can find something to take away from this, whether it’s an episode on socialization and crate training, to an interview with a veterinarian on managing infectious disease risk with your puppy. This is a great foundation to start with before you take your puppy to puppy class or starts taking on the world!

Top Podcasts In Kids & Family

Girl's Girls Media
Dr. Becky Kennedy
Tinkercast | Wondery
Stories Podcast / Wondery
National Geographic Kids
American Public Media

You Might Also Like

Sarah Stremming, The Cognitive Canine
Hannah Branigan
Michael Shikashio CDBC
Kayla Fratt
Rachel Laurie Harris CPDT-KA