290 episodes

Want to know what's happening in the canine industry? For all the latest news, views and expert opinions stay right here for the Canine Paradigm. You'll hear from industry leaders, experts, learned colleagues, movers and shakers, and the odd randy guest! Get the latest insights and expert advice from both here and abroad, from the people in the know.



Glenn Cooke and Pat Stuart will take you on an educational adventure throughout the wonders and mysteries of the canine training and behaviour industry.

The Canine Paradigm Glenn Cooke & Pat Stuart

    • Education
    • 4.9 • 333 Ratings

Want to know what's happening in the canine industry? For all the latest news, views and expert opinions stay right here for the Canine Paradigm. You'll hear from industry leaders, experts, learned colleagues, movers and shakers, and the odd randy guest! Get the latest insights and expert advice from both here and abroad, from the people in the know.



Glenn Cooke and Pat Stuart will take you on an educational adventure throughout the wonders and mysteries of the canine training and behaviour industry.

    Episode 290: Turds always find their way to the sewer

    Episode 290: Turds always find their way to the sewer

    In our latest podcast episode, an off-the-cuff remark during the closing segment sparked an unexpected yet profound discussion. The phrase, casually mentioned, was not the main focus of our conversation but we find way to make interesting headings. l







    A blog by Larry Krohn a week back led us to explore the contrasting approaches between sport dog trainers and pet owners when faced with challenges.







    This casual comment prompted us to delve into how individuals find motivation and resilience in the face of adversity. Sport dog trainers, for instance, often find a way to push through obstacles, such as inclement weather, demonstrating a remarkable level of commitment. Their ability to find consistency in training, regardless of external factors, showcases the importance of perseverance in achieving goals.







    Conversely, pet owners might find valid reasons to adjust their training schedules when faced with similar challenges. This flexibility in approach highlights a different kind of resilience, where one finds balance between commitment and adaptability.







    The discussion allowed us to find valuable insights into how the mindset we adopt in response to challenges can significantly impact our journey, not just in dog training but in various aspects of life. It's a reminder that sometimes, it's the unexpected comments that find a way to resonate with us, offering new perspectives and understanding.







    Further details







    looking for great dog trainers and supporters of the canine paradigm? Below is a vast array of people and business’s who stand by us, donate to our running costs and do great things for the canine community.







    Glenn runs and has almost everything canine related at, Canine Evolution or Pet Resorts Australia







    Pat has a full range of coaching and dog training services at Operant Canine







    You can support our show and get extra content right here on our Patreon page. Everything goes into keeping the show running and we love all the wonderful people who are part of that community. If you’re not sure how, just ask us.







    You can get our full range of our Merch at our Teespring store here







    You can help us by spreading the word amongst the canine community or even suggesting a special guest to interview.







    If you need to find out how to listen to our podcast, go here







    We have a YOUTUBE channel that you can subscribe to now







    If you enjoyed the podcast, please review us on Itunes, spotify and any other podcast directory







    Details on joining the IACP can be found here. If you’re not in it you should be! Understand?







    Check out Dogs Playing for Life! A rescue process changing dogs lives across the USA

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Episode 289: The Hidden Trauma of Dog Bites

    Episode 289: The Hidden Trauma of Dog Bites

    Being bitten by a dog can be an unexpectedly traumatic experience, leaving both physical and emotional scars. In workplaces, hobbies, and professions where interaction with dogs is common, understanding the risks and preventive measures is crucial.







    The trauma of a dog bite extends beyond the immediate physical injury. Victims often experience heightened anxiety, fear of dogs, and even PTSD, affecting their ability to work or engage in activities they once enjoyed. The psychological impact can be profound, altering one’s sense of safety and well-being.







    To mitigate these risks, implementing comprehensive strategies in environments where dogs are present is essential. This includes strict adherence to safety protocols, understanding dog behavior, and recognizing warning signs before an incident occurs.







    Staff training plays a pivotal role in prevention. Educating employees on safe dog handling techniques can drastically reduce the likelihood of bites. Training should cover understanding dog body language, maintaining a calm and assertive demeanor, and knowing how to approach and interact with dogs safely.







    Moreover, first aid training is indispensable. Quick and appropriate responses to a bite can prevent severe infections and promote faster healing, reducing the long-term impact of the injury.







    Further details







    looking for great dog trainers and supporters of the canine paradigm? Below is a vast array of people and business’s who stand by us, donate to our running costs and do great things for the canine community.







    Glenn runs and has almost everything canine related at, Canine Evolution or Pet Resorts Australia







    Pat has a full range of coaching and dog training services at Operant Canine







    You can support our show and get extra content right here on our Patreon page. Everything goes into keeping the show running and we love all the wonderful people who are part of that community. If you’re not sure how, just ask us.







    You can get our full range of our Merch at our Teespring store here







    You can help us by spreading the word amongst the canine community or even suggesting a special guest to interview.







    If you need to find out how to listen to our podcast, go here







    We have a YOUTUBE channel that you can subscribe to now







    If you enjoyed the podcast, please review us on Itunes, spotify and any other podcast directory







    Details on joining the IACP can be found here. If you’re not in it you should be! Understand?







    Check out Dogs Playing for Life! A rescue process changing dogs lives across the USA







    For more details on how to help our friends at Peggy’s Promise,

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Episode 288: Awe, wonder and the magic of dogs

    Episode 288: Awe, wonder and the magic of dogs

    We're thrilled to welcome back Birdy O'Sheedy to our show after a much-anticipated hiatus. Birdy, a cherished regular and a beacon of insight in the realms of psychology and trauma healing, returns with a heart-warming twist to her expertise—integrating the holistic magic of dogs into her therapeutic practices.







    Birdy's journey into the mystical bond between humans and dogs illuminates a path of awe and wonder, shedding light on how these loyal companions weave a tapestry of emotional support and unconditional love around us. Her expanded approach resonates deeply with many in the dog training industry, acknowledging the psychological challenges and potential traumatic experiences that can emerge from the intense human-animal connections formed.







    In today's conversation, Birdy will unravel the enchanting synergy between canine companionship and human well-being. She delves into the transformative power of dogs, not just as pets, but as vital co-journeyers in the healing process, offering solace, joy, and a unique sense of wonder that rekindles the magic in our everyday lives.







    Join us as we explore these captivating themes with Birdy O'Sheedy, and rediscover the magic that dogs bring into our lives, highlighting their role not only as our best friends but also as silent healers and bringers of light in times of darkness.







    Further details







    looking for great dog trainers and supporters of the canine paradigm? Below is a vast array of people and business’s who stand by us, donate to our running costs and do great things for the canine community.







    Glenn runs and has almost everything canine related at, Canine Evolution or Pet Resorts Australia







    Pat has a full range of coaching and dog training services at Operant Canine







    You can support our show and get extra content right here on our Patreon page. Everything goes into keeping the show running and we love all the wonderful people who are part of that community. If you’re not sure how, just ask us.







    You can get our full range of our Merch at our Teespring store here







    You can help us by spreading the word amongst the canine community or even suggesting a special guest to interview.







    If you need to find out how to listen to our podcast, go here







    We have a YOUTUBE channel that you can subscribe to now







    If you enjoyed the podcast, please review us on Itunes, spotify and any other podcast directory







    Details on joining the IACP can be found here. If you’re not in it you should be! Understand?







    Check out Dogs Playing for Life! A rescue process changing dogs lives across the USA







    For more details on how to help our friends at Peggy’s Promise,

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Episode 287: Better at polishing a turd

    Episode 287: Better at polishing a turd

    In a recent episode of The Canine Paradigm, we were thrilled to have Tracy Racich join us for an enlightening discussion. This episode, intriguingly titled "Better at Polishing a Turd," stems from a candid comment made by Tracy. The conversation was sparked by a post Tracy shared about a month ago, which caught our attention and led us to delve deeper into the subject on our show.







    The focus of our discussion with Tracy was on the current state of dog training, highlighting both the commendable aspects and the areas that require improvement. Tracy's insights are particularly valuable for newer trainers entering the industry, offering them guidance on how to navigate the complexities of dog training effectively.







    One of the key points Tracy emphasised was the importance of not just "polishing" our skills but also recognising and addressing the underlying issues in dog training practices. This metaphor of "polishing a turd" serves as a powerful reminder that superficial improvements are not enough; we must strive for genuine progress and development in our training methodologies.







    For those new to the field, understanding the balance between polishing existing techniques and innovating new approaches is crucial. Tracy's perspective sheds light on the need for continuous learning and adaptation in dog training, ensuring that we provide the best possible guidance and support to the dogs in our care.







    As we reflect on our conversation with Tracy, it's clear that the path to becoming a better dog trainer involves more than just polishing our skills. It requires a deep commitment to understanding the nuances of canine behaviour and a willingness to embrace change and improvement in our practices.







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    Further details







    looking for great dog trainers and supporters of the canine paradigm? Below is a vast array of people and business’s who stand by us, donate to our running costs and do great things for the canine community.







    Glenn runs and has almost everything canine related at, Canine Evolution or Pet Resorts Australia







    Pat has a full range of coaching and dog training services at Operant Canine







    You can support our show and get extra content right here on our Patreon page. Everything goes into keeping the show running and we love all the wonderful people who are part of that community. If you’re not sure how, just ask us.







    You can get our full range of our Merch at our Teespring store here







    You can help us by spreading the word amongst the canine community or even suggesting a special guest to interview.







    If you need to find out how to listen to our podcast, go here







    We have a YOUTUBE channel that you can subscribe to now

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Episode 286: Dog training with a single source

    Episode 286: Dog training with a single source

    In a recent episode, we were joined Matthias Lenz, a distinguished source in the dog training community. His evolution from a simple dog walker to a training director for puppies aiding the visually impaired is remarkably inspiring. Matthias joined us to address a critical issue within the dog training community: the division between the +R (positive reinforcement) and balanced training methodologies. His unique viewpoint highlights the urgent need for unity and understanding in this specialized field.







    Matthias's journey serves as a significant source of knowledge about the dog training community's internal conflicts. He voiced concerns regarding the escalating divide between the +R and balanced training factions. The +R community, proponents of positive reinforcement techniques, often hesitates to recognise the benefits of balanced training methods. Matthias points out that this discord impedes the development of a more holistic and effective dog training approach.







    Matthias underscores the necessity of open-mindedness within the dog training community. He contends that both +R and balanced trainers possess valuable insights. Nevertheless, the +R community's reluctance to collaborate with balanced trainers creates a formidable obstacle. This mindset restricts the flow of ideas and techniques that could advantageously serve both dogs and their trainers.







    Matthias's advocacy for a unified approach in dog training is a vital step towards fostering a more inclusive and efficient environment. Recognising the strengths of both +R and balanced training methods can lead to the development of more versatile and adaptable training strategies. It's essential for the dog training community to unite, share knowledge, and strive towards the shared goal of enhancing the lives of dogs







    Further details







    looking for great dog trainers and supporters of the canine paradigm? Below is a vast array of people and business’s who stand by us, donate to our running costs and do great things for the canine community.







    Glenn runs and has almost everything canine related at, Canine Evolution or Pet Resorts Australia







    Pat has a full range of coaching and dog training services at Operant Canine







    You can support our show and get extra content right here on our Patreon page. Everything goes into keeping the show running and we love all the wonderful people who are part of that community. If you’re not sure how, just ask us.







    You can get our full range of our Merch at our Teespring store here







    You can help us by spreading the word amongst the canine community or even suggesting a special guest to interview.







    If you need to find out how to listen to our podcast, go here







    We have a YOUTUBE channel that you can subscribe to now







    If you enjoyed the podcast, please review us on Itunes, spotify and any other podcast directory

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Episode 285: What do you call the guy who came last at medical school?

    Episode 285: What do you call the guy who came last at medical school?

    In a thought-provoking discussion within our Ethics in Dog Training group, Tracy Racich brought forward an essential topic: the ethical landscape in dog training. Tracy's insights delve into the varying skill levels of trainers and the ethical responsibilities that accompany them.







    Tracy raises a critical point about the ethical dilemmas faced by trainers who overestimate their skills. The issue, as noted, isn't with less experienced trainers working in the field. Instead, it's when these individuals fail to recognize their limitations. Tracy emphasizes that ethical breaches occur when trainers, regardless of their experience, charge high fees for inconsistent results, often shifting blame onto clients.







    Another concern highlighted by Tracy is the handling of complex cases by under qualified trainers. Tracy advocates for the importance of recognizing one's limits and the value of referring challenging cases to more experienced professionals. This approach, Tracy suggests, is not only an ethical practice but also a pathway for professional development.







    Tracy also underscores the importance of continuous learning in the field of dog training. According to Tracy, acknowledging one's current skill level and aspiring to improve is key to maintaining ethical standards in the industry. Tracy's vision is for a community where knowledge sharing and mentorship are encouraged, facilitating the growth of all trainers.







    Tracy Racich's contributions to our group discussion serve as a reminder of the importance of ethics in dog training. Recognizing our limitations and committing to ongoing education are crucial steps in upholding the professional integrity that Tracy so rightly advocates.







    Further details







    looking for great dog trainers and supporters of the canine paradigm? Below is a vast array of people and business’s who stand by us, donate to our running costs and do great things for the canine community.







    Glenn runs and has almost everything canine related at, Canine Evolution or Pet Resorts Australia







    Pat has a full range of coaching and dog training services at Operant Canine







    You can support our show and get extra content right here on our Patreon page. Everything goes into keeping the show running and we love all the wonderful people who are part of that community. If you’re not sure how, just ask us.







    You can get our full range of our Merch at our Teespring store here







    You can help us by spreading the word amongst the canine community or even suggesting a special guest to interview.







    If you need to find out how to listen to our podcast, go here







    We have a YOUTUBE channel that you can subscribe to now







    If you enjoyed the podcast, please review us on Itunes, spotify and any other podcast directory







    Details on joining the IACP can be found a href="https://www.canineprofessionals.

    • 1 hr 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
333 Ratings

333 Ratings

southern empathetic woman ,

The Best Dog Training Podcast

Ive been listening for years. It’s been great for when i started dog training my personal dog and while i started professionally training. What i love the most about this podcast is while there’s tons of great practical info, i really appreciate the wisdom and the mental health points that both Pat and Glen bring up. It’s helped me a lot through very rough years and helped me face issues head on and become a better person and trainer.

Breeves2398 ,

Starting from the beginning

I’m new here and liked this so much I have started at #1 and working my way through. It’s great to just listen in on some conversations.

sassySparrow ,

My favorite pod by dog trainers

Such a well of invaluable information. Thanks for keeping it up, guys!

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