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In Sexier Than a Squirrel, the Official AbsoluteDogs Podcast, veterinary behaviourist Tom Mitchell and international agility competitor and professional dog trainer Lauren Langman talk training your dog, transforming your dog training struggles and getting real-life results through GAMES!

Sexier Than A Squirrel: Dog Training That Gets Real Life Results absoluteDogs

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.3 • 173 Ratings

In Sexier Than a Squirrel, the Official AbsoluteDogs Podcast, veterinary behaviourist Tom Mitchell and international agility competitor and professional dog trainer Lauren Langman talk training your dog, transforming your dog training struggles and getting real-life results through GAMES!

    My Dog Hates Me

    My Dog Hates Me

    This week we discuss: My Dog Hates Me
    Does your dog struggle with going to the vet, having their nails trimmed, or just being handled in general? We know that sometimes things must happen and that can definitely withdraw from our relationship bank account with our dogs. 
    What is the relationship bank account? 
    It’s the way we go through life with our dogs. This bank account can have investments and withdrawals. Investments are positive interactions, like playing games from the Sexier than a Squirrel 25-Day Challenge. 
    Withdrawals are negative interactions and experiences that your dog does not enjoy like ear treatments, punishment in training, etc. 
    We are talking on how to top up your relationship bank account even if there are withdrawals – to truly balance it out with so many more investments. 
    Learn about:
    Predictors AND how they influence your dogWhat you can to make predictable events less predictableHow you can replenish your relationship bank account with your dogHow little daily actions can have such a positive impactA review is a valuable point of feedback for us. If you could take a moment to review the podcast, that would be so, so appreciated. 
    We want to bring you valuable, insightful content that helps dogs all over the world (yours included).
    Play a game with your dog today and have fun. 
    Invest in your relationship bank account today,  
    Tom & Lauren

    • 17 min
    The Dog That Chased The Chicken

    The Dog That Chased The Chicken

    This week we discuss: The Dog that Chased the Chicken
    In today’s podcast episode, we dive into seeking solutions with a Gamechanger from our incredible community. Listen in as we give advice to Quinn! 
    Quinn’s 9-month-old Retriever x Bernese that is a sexier than a squirrel superstar who managed to chew through a lead to chase after a rogue chicken! 
    If you’re wondering how to get real-life results without the lead attached and have a super responsive dog no matter the situation, we have supercharged this episode with advice and strategies meant for you. 
    We talk on:
    Controlling the ControllableLet your energy focus on what you want to grow (solutions, not problems!)How can you prepare for the situation? How can we set our dog (and us!) up for success?Choose SEXY over frustrated, overwhelmed, disappointed or sad!Create an experience for your dog… especially if its unpredictable and unexpected! Eliminating opportunities for your dog rehearse the naughty behaviour and behaviours that are very similar. So much is uncovered into today’s episode. If you are struggling with your dog’s behaviour and you want insight on overcoming their behaviour struggle, we’ve got just episode for you! 
    A review is a valuable point of feedback for us. If you could take a moment to review the podcast, that would be so, so appreciated. 
    We want to bring you valuable, insightful content that helps dogs all over the world (yours included).
    Play a game with your dog today and have fun. 
    You rock,  
    Tom & Lauren

    • 20 min
    Imposter Syndrome

    Imposter Syndrome

    This week we discuss: Imposter Syndrome
    No matter whether you are a dog owner, aspiring dog trainer, or a professional dog trainer, this very much applies to you. 
    What is imposter syndrome? This is when, in any facet of your life, you doubt your skills, talents, or accomplishments. No matter that the world keeps telling you that you are quite in the right place, that your experience and skills are valued, you might interpret those confirmations of your abilities to only be the case because you’ve somehow deceived those around you in believing that you are capable. 
    You are exactly who you need to be. You are the very best you that you can be you. You are absolutely crushing it. 
    In today’s episode we go through some super top tips that we apply in our own lives, to kicking imposter syndrome to the curb, and to continue being the awesome human being that you already are. 
    Supercharge your day and listen to an episode that will surely give you the optimism boost you need. You’ve got this! 

    A review is a valuable point of feedback for us. If you could take a moment to review the podcast, that would be so, so appreciated. 
    We want to bring you valuable, insightful content that helps dogs all over the world (yours included).
    Play a game with your dog today and have fun. 
    You rock,  
    Tom & Lauren

    • 15 min
    7 Year Old Plus Dog? Listen To This!

    7 Year Old Plus Dog? Listen To This!

    This week we discuss: How we can support our senior dogs?
    As our dogs age, their bodies change, as do their minds. In this episode, we want to empower dog owners around the world to take charge of their senior dog’s care and to take action in reducing (and sometimes even reversing) the symptoms of ageing. 
    We have experienced ageing dogs in our own homes, and we are all too aware of the changes that can occur. Our once spry, joyful, and alert dogs can become a little stiffer, sleep more, wake more at odd hours, or even appear to be less joyful in their interactions with us. 
    Our own senior dogs inspired us to grow our knowledge. What can you do to support your senior dog? We dive deeper into cognitive changes, as well as physical changes, and include some great learning, as well as some implementable strategies so that you too can help support your dog as they enter their senior years. 
    Not only are there a lot of things you can do day to day that will help your dog; there are also some great ways to support your senior dog nutritionally. Empower yourself and other senior dog owners by listening in and sharing this immense episode with any owners you know may benefit.
    A review is a valuable point of feedback for us. If you could take a moment to review the podcast, that would be so, so appreciated. 
    We want to bring you valuable, insightful content that helps dogs all over the world (yours included).
    Play a game with your dog today and have fun. 
    Have an amazing day,  
    Tom & Lauren

    • 26 min
    Pandemic Puppies

    Pandemic Puppies

    This week we discuss: Pandemic Puppies
    As a result of the changes in the world in the past year, there are many shy dogs and pandemic puppies that have had limited exposure. Is limited exposure the end of the world, is that a bad thing, or is it potentially not such a bad thing?
    We know that empowering your dog through games can help prepare them for life. One bad event outweighs even 100 positive events. The key to having a puppy that is cool, calm, and collected in the world is quality over quantity. 
    Interaction vs. Being in the Presence of is a HUGE thing to consider when exploring socialisation with your Pandemic Puppy. In addition, growing concepts prepares your dog far more than a checklist. There are so many top tips in this episode and if you have a pandemic puppy or know someone that does, this is the episode for you (and share away!). 
    A review is a valuable point of feedback for us. If you could take a moment to review the podcast, that would be so, so appreciated. 
    We want to bring you valuable, insightful content that helps dogs all over the world (yours included).
    Play a game with your dog today and have fun. 
    Have an amazing day,  
    Tom & Lauren

    • 22 min
    Adding A new Family Member

    Adding A new Family Member

    This week we discuss: Adding a New Family Member
    Are you looking to bring a new canine family member into your home? 

    Would you like to know what to consider when adding a new family member to your home, especially if you are adding a dog to your family and creating a multi dog household?

     We dive deep and focus on the questions provided to us by our very own clients. 
    Does the age and gender of your new companion matter? What impact does that have on existing dog family members? 

    How can you encourage harmony when bringing your newest family member home. 
    If you’ve been curious, and considering whether you’re ready, this is the episode for you. 

    A review is a valuable point of feedback for us. If you could take a moment to review the podcast, that would be so, so appreciated. 
    We want to bring you valuable, insightful content that helps dogs all over the world (yours included).
    Play a game with your dog today and have fun. 
    Have an amazing day,  
    Tom & Lauren

    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
173 Ratings

173 Ratings

Zephyrluna ,

Progressive dog training made accessible!

My journey with Absolute Dogs and the Sexier Than a Squirrel podcast started with a Naughty But Nice (NBN) rescue dog we fostered. At the time, I devoured all the newest science and training I could get my hands on to help her through her behavior issues. I quickly discovered that everything I knew about dog training and animal behavior has been completely upended within just the past few decades (granted, research has been out there far longer, it just hadn’t made its way into the dog training lexicon yet).
A lot of the best wisdom and advice out there is directed to the sport/working dog audiences though. It’s available for pet dog guardians, it’s just not as accessible.
Enter Sexier Than a Squirrel. What started as a hastily assembled online dog training challenge that dogs and their guardians could do under lockdown orders has turned into an incredible, accessible resource for pet parents and their pups (and sometimes cats or horses).
Although they can sound like they’re trying to sell you something, dog guardians can get a HUGE amount of value from free resources (like this podcast).
Enthusiastically recommended!

lady16130 ,

Love the podcasts!

So much learning and information. Great advise and learning to understand my dog.

amyeb1 ,

Love this podcast!

I love listening to the dog training advice on this podcast. It is upbeat and positive and a lot of fun as well as info.

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