Join Marissa Martino, certified dog behavior consultant (CDBC, CTC), of Paws and Reward on her podcast where she stops and reflects on behavior change, dog training, the human-canine bond, and the relationships with our loved ones!
Ep 48: Let's have TEA and CAKE with Andrew Hale
Join me as I speak with Andrew Hale (Bsc, ISCP.Dip.Canine.Prac), the owner, principal trainer and behaviorist at Train Positive in the UK, about emotional awareness and how that applies to dog training.
Both animals and humans have individual emotional care needs. They both need validation, positive reinforcement, and permission to make mistakes. Working with dogs can show us how to be more emotionally available to others. Listen to the episode to learn more about what we can learn from dogs and their emotional experience, switching from a task-oriented approach to a care-oriented approach, and Andrew's acronyms TEA and CAKE!
Ep 47: The Humane Hierarchy with Dr. Chris Pachel
In episode 47, Dr. Chris Pachel and I will be talking about The Humane Hierarchy for both our dogs and their people. The Humane Hierarchy is a framework that trainers, behavior consultants, and veterinary behaviorists use when working with their clients. It's an ethical approach, inviting professionals to develop a behavior modification plan rooted in least intrusive, minimally aversive options.
Since I love listening to Dr. Pachel explain this framework, I knew he’d be the perfect guest for the show. As we discuss each step of the Humane Hierarchy, we provide examples of what it would look like in real life. This episode is for both pet professionals and pet parents.
Ep 46: Pain and Behavior with Ursa Acree
I am so excited to announce the launch of season 3. The first episode starts with Ursa Acree! She is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant, Certified Professional Dog Trainer, and Fear Free Certified Trainer. She is the Training Manager at Behavior Vets in Colorado where she works collaboratively with vet behaviorists and veterinarians specializing in pain. Together they treat the animal holistically addressing the animal’s emotional, physical, and behavioral needs. This is why she was the perfect guest to bring on the podcast to discuss just how often pain is affecting our dogs and their behavior.
Ep 45: A Tribute to Sully and a Lesson in Grief
Join Marissa Martino in this bonus episode where she talks about her experience with grief as she says goodbye to her best friend of 13.5 years, Sully. This episode is a tribute to the lessons he taught her (even at the last moment) and their special relationship. Marissa hopes all pet parents will find solace and comfort through her words. Sharing our lives with dogs is such a beautiful gift and we can all agree that there isn't enough time.
Ep 44: The Many Hats a Dog Trainer Wears with Jenna Teti
In Episode 44, Marissa is joined by her friend and colleague Jenna Teti of Think Smart Dog Training to discuss what their roles as dog trainers and behavior consultants entail. What does the title of “dog trainer” encompass? What’s expected of them and how can they meet those expectations? For pet parents, knowing what to expect from a good trainer and consultant is key to finding the right fit for you.
Ep 43: Inter-household Aggression with Michael Shikashio
In episode 43 of the podcast, Marissa invites Michael Shikashio on the podcast to talk about inter-household aggression. During this episode, Michael defines what inter-household aggression is, what his favorite management strategies are, and what every pet parent that is experiencing this concern should know. They also discuss how they as behavior consultants determine risk in each case and how to support the pet parent through this challenging situation.
Thank you for sharing your experiences, heart and soul. Sending love to you, your family and the Angel Sully.🙏❤️
I’ve long been an avid lover of this podcast, and am feeling inspired to write something here after listening to the latest episode, A Tribute to Sully and a Lesson in Grief.
Firstly, Marissa, my deepest, deepest condolences and I am sending both you and Sully a lot of love. Coping with the passing/transition of a dog is something where no words feel adequate, but those are some I’ll offer.
I’m so grateful for the honesty, vulnerability, and complexity you’ve shared— not an easy task, I imagine. I’m also grateful for ways you’ve been expressing for a while how grief has been showing up for you while Sully aged.
I have a dog--or maybe she has me— who is aging, and I have felt (and routinely feel) that pre-emptive grief that bubbles up. It’s hard to express how helpful and healing it is to feel seen and connected to others who’ve lived through this too, even if it’s across the bounds of the internet and we don’t actually know each other.
Chestnut and I form a sweet little family together, and I can echo your sentiment that I’ve learned more lessons from her than can be listed. She’s around 11, has lived a hard life before the last two years since we’ve been together, and has a complex health landscape that’s more layered than a Jackson Pollock.
That “not enough”-ness you describe feels resonant; it’s in the triumph of responding to that part of ourselves with love and compassion where I find hope. Whenever I worry I’m not doing enough for my canine companion, I try to circle back to the knowledge that, in being together, both of our qualities of life are so unfathomably better than they were before. She’s completely transformed my life (among the many things that she does, she helps me as someone living with C-PTSD) and I know that I’ve transformed her life as the most loving, attentive, and responsive caregiver she’s ever had.
Thank you, Marissa, for what you’ve put out there; it’s an honor to get a glimpse of you and Sully’s relationship. And something I appreciate about ALL of the work that you do is your attentiveness to the *relationships* between people and dogs not as something one-sided, but as something mutual, abundant, and rich in lessons for *all* of our interpersonal relationships.
I hope other people out there who can relate feel some connected-ness, too. Thank you, Marissa and thank you, Sully.
Real-life and Informative
Not only does this podcast give really tangible and helpful advice, it also helps pet guardians feel less alone when it comes to the messy side of having a dog. Marissa does such a wonderful job covering a variety of topics with authenticity and integrity.