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Join Meg, a Pet Dog Trainer in Orlando Florida, as she chats about all things dogs. From training tools and techniques to mindfulness and habit formation, Meg's got all the insight you need to help you form a better relationship with your dog.

The Everyday Trainer Podcast Meghan Dougherty

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.6 • 109 Ratings

Join Meg, a Pet Dog Trainer in Orlando Florida, as she chats about all things dogs. From training tools and techniques to mindfulness and habit formation, Meg's got all the insight you need to help you form a better relationship with your dog.

    Management vs. training and living with dogs that just don't get along

    Management vs. training and living with dogs that just don't get along

    It's what no one wants to experience... breaking up a dog fight. Unfortunately, so many of you experience it and even live with multiple dogs in the same house that don't get along. In this episode, we're chatting about the difference between management vs. training and how we can use what to live a life with these types of dogs. You know I'm always here to share the things no one wants to talk about, so enjoy and this hopefully makes you feel a little less alone if you have ever had to deal with something so serious. As always, thank you for being here and enjoy.

    • 51 min
    Change doesn't happen without a little discomfort

    Change doesn't happen without a little discomfort

    This week we're getting uncomfy for the sake of growth. So many of our dogs struggle because we never put them through moments of discomfort but for me, this is where success lies. Think of a favorite coach of yours. They most likely pushed you through a grueling practice or two. Maybe you've got a teacher who sees your potential and isn't afraid to ask more of you. This is what I hope we can be for our dogs.

    In a world of over-coddled, spoiled fur babies I beleive it's important we teach our dogs the valuable skill of overcoming the difficult. Those tough moments of fear or doubt that prevent them from living life to the fullest. Who knows, we might learn something about ourselves along the way.

    In this episode, I touch on how we can work our dogs through those moments, the issues I see in dog ownership today, and what I'm doing in my personal life to work through the uncomfy to come out better on the other side.

    You know the drill, grab yourself a tasty drink and meet me back here.

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    • 47 min
    From Shelter Fears to Service Cheers, The Dog Training Chronicles

    From Shelter Fears to Service Cheers, The Dog Training Chronicles

    Have you ever wondered about the delicate dance of communication between humans and dogs, or the remarkable transformations that take place through thoughtful training? Join me, Meg, and four aspiring dog trainers as we recount our two-week journey immersed in the art and business of dog training. Our diverse backgrounds only add flavor to our collective story as we navigate the nuances of canine behavior, and the gratifying yet challenging task of running a successful training business.

    From the trenches of dog rehabilitation, our discussion weaves through the heartwarming tales of triumph with shelter dogs overcoming their fears. Alongside my shadow students, we peel back the layers of what it means to build a connection with these animals through balanced training techniques and the use of tools like E-collars. Our conversation also takes a dive into the realm of service dog training, emphasizing the importance of early socialization, consistent instruction, and the patience it takes to prepare a dog for such an essential role.

    The life of a dog trainer extends beyond the leash; it's a tapestry of personal growth, community, and the discovery of a supportive network among dog training enthusiasts. Listen as we celebrate our leaps in confidence and skill, and find out how caring for our canine clients also means looking after ourselves to prevent burnout. This episode is a tapestry of stories, insights, and heartfelt experiences for anyone who understands the profound bond between dogs and their human counterparts.

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    The Dog Training World in 2024; the In's & Out's

    The Dog Training World in 2024; the In's & Out's

    As I meandered through the golden hues of a Californian sunrise with my trusty companions Zoe, Lucy, and Minka I was struck by an epiphany about the synchronicity between nature's clock and our well-being - a revelation that I'm eager to share with you. Our journey through dog training in 2024 begins with a reflection on how the morning sun doesn't just herald a new day for us, but affects our hormones and how they synchronize our body to the outside world. 

    I unravel the art of communication with our canine partners, suggesting that sometimes silence speaks louder than any command. We explore the virtues of patience, from waiting for a calm start to the morning routines to the meditative pace of a mindful walk, all aimed at fostering a deeper bond and understanding with our dogs. These moments of shared stillness have the power to transform our daily interactions, creating an oasis of peace in a world that often spins too fast.

    Steering the conversation towards the often-overlooked yet pivotal aspect of diet, we question the norms of canine nutrition and its effects on our dogs' anxiety and health. Drawing from personal battles with stress, I share insights on the mirroring effect between our lifestyles and our pets, and the profound impact that natural diets and stress management techniques can have for both species. As we wrap up, we look ahead to the exciting developments in our e-collar training and shadow programs, all tailored to enrich the lives of dog trainers and owners as we embark on this year's journey of growth and companionship.

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    Crafting Calmness and Independence in our Canine Companions with Canyons Canine's Andrea

    Crafting Calmness and Independence in our Canine Companions with Canyons Canine's Andrea

    Gather 'round, fellow dog devotees, as I, Meg, your resident canine connoisseur, alongside fellow crazy dog lady Andrea, clink margarita glasses and spill the kibble on all things dog training. We're not just talking sit and stay — we're venturing into the heart of creating harmony between humans and their hounds. From Andrea's leap from veterinary assistant to dog trainer extraordinaire, we share tales of tail-wagging transformations and the essential elements of safety and connection that make for a well-balanced pup.

    Ever felt like juggling a professional image on social media with the chaos of real life is akin to a balancing act worthy of Cirque du Soleil? Andrea and I lay bare the complexities of this digital tightrope walk, discussing the pressures that come with being in the constant gaze of an online audience. Navigating the waters of content creation, we dwell on the significance of authenticity and the courage to share genuine slices of life, even when the temptation to retreat is strong.

    Our conversation meanders through the philosophical terrain of training, shining a light on the pivotal role of calmness and independence in a dog's world. We advocate for a ribbon of trust and mutual respect to be woven into the leash of every walk and the need for thoughtful rewards and attention to cultivate an unspoken language with our four-legged friends. So grab your beverage of choice, cozy up, and join us for a heartfelt homage to the dogs that leave paw prints on our hearts and the journey of nurturing the bonds that last a lifetime.



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    The Intersection of Dog Training, Mental Health, and Entrepreneurial Grit; A Conversation with Mike Jones of Primal K9

    The Intersection of Dog Training, Mental Health, and Entrepreneurial Grit; A Conversation with Mike Jones of Primal K9

    When the leash tightens and the pressure mounts, how do dog trainers stay balanced and resilient? Join us as Mike Jones, alongside KD Mathews and Frass Azab, returns to our podcast to share raw insights into the personal growth and professional hurdles that come with training man's best friend. This isn't just about teaching dogs new tricks; it's a deep dive into mental health, the rigors of entrepreneurship, and finding solace in activities like running

    Prepare to be challenged, as we navigate the thorny path of ethics in dog training, the art of leadership, and the raw truths of starting over. We go beyond the bark, exploring how trainers become inadvertent life coaches and therapists, reshaping lives one paw at a time. Whether you're in the dog training trenches or simply looking for that spark of motivation in your daily grind, these conversations are packed with wisdom and encouragement to help you find success and fulfillment in life and business.

    As Mike Jones shares his transformative journey, from incarceration to fatherhood, we're reminded of the power of overcoming adversity and the importance of being adaptable in both personal and professional spheres. Uncover how personal support systems, practical education, and authenticity play crucial roles in shaping the entrepreneurs and trainers of tomorrow. This episode is for those seeking a tribe or pack where personal growth is paramount, and the pursuit of success is a shared experience.

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4.6 out of 5
109 Ratings

109 Ratings

Z Lisbon ,

Favorite podcast

This podcast has replaced every podcast I used to listen to. I’m a new dog trainer and have been beyond overwhelmed by the mixed messages and strong opinions out there, but Meg makes all the madness make sense. The intersection of mental health and dog training that goes on in this podcast makes it the best thing out there.

Aspen’s dog dad ,

Best Episode yet!

I’ve enjoyed following Meg on her journey via this podcast, but the most recent one with Shane Murray was the best! It had it all. Plenty of personal stories, a large portion focused on dogs and dog training, and a healthy amount of swearing. I’m hoping to hear more episodes like this one!

Paper plane 340 ,

Amazing podcast

Amazing - she’s rad, articulate and entertaining.

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