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Our mission is to help you raise a happy, healthy, and well-behaved dog through companionship, nutrition, and training! Every week we cover topics like dog behavior tips, debates about dog parks, and so much more.

Oh, and let's not forget to mention we bring on some of the top experts in the fields of dog training, nutrition, and behavior. All for a better relationship with your pup!

The Perfect Pup Pupford Team

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.9 • 29 Ratings

Our mission is to help you raise a happy, healthy, and well-behaved dog through companionship, nutrition, and training! Every week we cover topics like dog behavior tips, debates about dog parks, and so much more.

Oh, and let's not forget to mention we bring on some of the top experts in the fields of dog training, nutrition, and behavior. All for a better relationship with your pup!

    Your Dog Is NOT a Robot

    Your Dog Is NOT a Robot

    I’ve always loved robots! The idea of a machine that can complete tasks for you is fascinating.

    And nowadays, we deal with robots every day. You have one on your phone (Siri, etc.), a speaker in your house that will do exactly what you ask, and you may even have a robot that vacuums your house (best appliance I own).

    You give an input or command, and get the same output every single time.

    Unfortunately, I think that because we are so used to getting the exact same output from these robots, we often, inadvertently, view our dogs in the same manner. We want A=B always, but that’s just not reality with our dogs.

    And while I know you don’t actually think your dog is a robot, I want to discuss ways that you might act like your dog is a robot.

    What Works for Me, Might Not Work for You
    I have two sister Labrador Retrievers. So you would think that of all the dogs out there, they would surely behave in a similar fashion.

    Nope.

    They are extremely different in more ways than I can explain. But needless to say, they do not behave the same way in every situation. And how I train and raise them individually is extremely different.

    So, why do we often think that a technique that worked for a neighbor’s dog is going to work for our own?

    And even beyond that, why do we think that a toy your neighbor’s dog loved will be loved by your own dog?

    It’s important to remember that the things you learn (even from us here at Pupford) may need some tweaking to best fit your dog’s needs. Or, they may not work for your dog… and that is okay!

    Don’t be afraid to try out different variations of training techniques you learn to best meet your dog’s needs.

    Don’t Be Too Robotic as a Trainer
    While this episode is about how your pup isn’t a robot, it’s a good reminder for us as humans to not act too robotic when training our pups.

    My opinion is that when we get into ‘training sessions’ we often get hung up on trying the same things over and over. And sometimes that just doesn’t work.

    Don’t be afraid to mix it up! If your pup is struggling with recall, try turning it into a game. Or, try jumping up and down when you call your pup to you.

    Again, remember that if your training becomes too robotic it may lead your pup to tune out and not focus as well.

    Give Your Dog a Break
    My dog Sunny has hip dysplasia. When I tell my dogs to go to their place (typically their bed), I do not expect Sunny to lay down. It can be uncomfortable for her and so a sit is just fine, even though I expect my dog Scout to actually lay down on her place.

    That example illustrates that it’s more important to look at your own dog’s situation than a conventional ‘this is how a behavior is done’ mindset.

    And sometimes, our dogs just need a little bit of a break when they aren’t “performing how we hope”. There are so many factors in their surroundings including sounds, smells, and other stimuli that we may not even notice.

    That isn’t to say we should be okay with our dog not listening to us or following behaviors that they are capable of! Rather, it’s a reminder that our dogs are creatures with nuance, and we should be okay with that.

    Recap
    While we all know our dogs aren’t actually robots, we sometimes get into the trap of thinking they should behave like robots!

    Remember that not every technique will work for your dog and that sometimes may just be having an off day or off moment when we ask for a behavior.

    As we try to view our dogs through the lens of them behaving variably, it can help us remember to be patient and consistent with teaching new behaviors!

    Thanks for listening, please leave us a review!

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    • 9 min
    2 Reasons You Should Be Using a Snuffle Mat

    2 Reasons You Should Be Using a Snuffle Mat

    I'm a huge believer in the power of mental enrichment for dogs! It really can help keep your dog's pesky problem behaviors at a minimum.

    I've noticed in my own dogs that when they have enough mental enrichment they are overall less likely to jump on guests, bark at the door, etc.

    Snuffle Mats are a super easy option for giving your dog some quick mental enrichment. Here are 2 powerful reasons why you should use a Snuffle Mat for your dog!

    #1- Slow Down Mealtime

    My labs love to scarf down their food. Which in most cases isn't a huge deal... but it can be problematic. I've seen it cause stomach issues and sometimes even throwing up (not often, but it has happened).

    Giving your dog their meal in a Snuffle Mat can make the time they consume their meal MUCH longer.

    #2- Mental Enrichment

    Mental enrichment is powerful. And when you can knock out some mental enrichment during a daily task, it makes your life SO much easier!

    As your dog forages for their food or treats in the Snuffle Mat, it works their brain and nose to find the treats. 

    If you wanna try out a Snuffle Mat, right now you can snag one and get a FREE bag of 2oz Training Treats (over 225 treats) and FREE shipping! Get the deal here: https://pfrd.site/snufffle-deal

    Please review and subscribe!! Thanks for listening 🐾

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    • 6 min
    Preparing Dogs for Schedule Changes

    Preparing Dogs for Schedule Changes

    Whether it’s back to school, a job change, or new family members in your home, any time of transition can be a challenge for your pup!

    That sudden adjustment from plenty of time at home with you to suddenly being alone more during the day can cause some fear, anxiety, and even loneliness for your dog.

    Let’s dive into 3 ways you can help make schedule changes easier for your pup.

    1. Give Extra Exercise and Enrichment

    Our dogs need mental and physical exercise. It’s that simple.

    And when we know schedule changes will be happening, we need to give them even more.

    Do NOT plan on leaving for long stretches of time without giving your dog some exercise. Here are some quick ideas:


    Use frozen treats like Lick Mats and Kongs
    Encourage healthy chewing with long-lasting chews
    Do activities that incorporate both physical and mental exercise like fetch, sniff walks, and flirt poles

    And now, the 2nd point.

    2. Slowly Work into the New Schedule

    Dogs are creatures of habit, so if you need to change those habits… try to do it gradually instead of all at once.

    If your summer wake up time for your pup is 8 am but it will be switching to 6:30 am, take a week or two to gradually move up their wake up, feeding, and exercise schedule. accordingly

    And with any time of change, remember to be patient with your pup. They may change their behavior, habits, and even general mood as they go through changes in their schedule.

    Here’s the 3rd and final point.

    3. Get a Dog Walker or Friend to Help Out

    Dogs have been bred for thousands of years to enjoy the company of humans. So if you’re not able to provide that during the day, try to get other people involved in their life.

    Dog walkers or sitters are a good option for midday visits.

    If that isn’t financially viable, try getting the help of a friend, family member, or neighbor. I’m sure there is someone near you who LOVES dogs and would love extra time around one!

    Recap

    Changes in schedule can be surprisingly challenging for dogs of any age. By following these tips you’ll help ensure that this transition is as simple and positive as possible for your dog!

    Have other ideas that helped your dog? Tell me in a review!

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    • 3 min
    Dog Aggression Basics with Karen Chapdelaine CPDT-KA

    Dog Aggression Basics with Karen Chapdelaine CPDT-KA

    Dog aggression is both a scary and often misunderstood topic. And while we won't be able to dive into everything there is to know, this episode will help you understand the basics of dog aggression!

    In this episode, I was lucky enough to be joined by Karen Chapdelaine. Karen is a professional dog trainer who specializes in working with reactive and aggressive dogs.

    She holds multiple certifications including CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed), DN-CET (DogNostic Canine Enrichment Technician), Fear Free Certified, and is an AKC CGC Evaluator.



    You can connect with Karen through her website or social media!

    https://thetimelessdog.com/

    https://www.instagram.com/karenandcj/

    https://www.facebook.com/TheTimelessDog/

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_Qzwou5vLd-DcKGeXtSgOw



    Please review and subscribe!! Thanks for listening 🐾

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    • 32 min
    How to Reduce Dog Shedding

    How to Reduce Dog Shedding

    Trying to reduce dog shedding is... an eternal struggle. If you have a short-haired dog (or almost any dog for that matter), shedding is part of the dog parent experience!

    And no, you cannot stop a dog from shedding. Period. It's not possible. If you find any type of product or supplement that claims to stop shedding, avoid it!

    In this episode, I'm going to break down 3 main things you can do to reduce your dog's shedding.

    #1- Coat Health

    Dog shedding is natural but ensuring your pup's coat health is in top shape can reduce shedding.

    Make sure your dog's getting enough Omega's in their diet or with an added supplement.

    Our dog's overall nutrition and health affect shedding in many ways!

    #2- Brush Regularly

    How often you need to brush your dog will depend on the breed, but most dogs should be brushed at least a couple of times per week. For some dogs, it may need to be done more frequently.

    Regularly brushing helps to pull out the loose hair from your dog's coat. While you may not see dramatic results right away, consistency will help reduce your dog's shedding.

    #3- Bathing Routine

    A consistent bathing routine can also help to reduce how much your dog sheds! 

    If you're dealing with a LOT of shedding, It's important to use a shampoo that can aid in reducing shedding.

    I have two Labrador Retrievers who shed more than you can imagine. And above all, the thing that has helped the most with their shedding is Sudsy.

    It's an all-natural shampoo bar with a combination of ingredients that seriously help reduce shedding. My dog Scout sheds off so much more of her coat when we use Sudsy for baths. You can check out Sudsy (available in 2 scents) here: https://pfrd.site/sudsy-here

    The other important part of a healthy bathing routine is to blow dry your dog. It's best to use a dog-specific blow dryer if possible. The high-powered vacuums work to clear out as much loose hair and undercoat as possible. 

    If you want to use a normal hairdryer, be sure to do it on warm or cool and not on hot. The high heat can cause damage to your dog's coat.

    And the 3rd step of a successful de-shedding bath routine must include brushing your dog. That last step of brushing will help pull out any final hairs still waiting to be shed.

    So your bathing routine should consist of the following.

    -Use a shampoo formulated to reduce shedding

    -Dry dog completely, preferably with a dog-specific hairdryer

    -Completely brush your dog out

    Following that routine has reduced my dog's shedding more than anything else!

    Bonus Tip- Treatments at the Groomer

    If you have an extreme shedder in your house, it could be worth taking your pup into a groomer for a full de-shedding. 

    Prices will vary depending on where you live, but it's likely only something you'll need to do a couple of times each year.

    Personal Life-Hack: Get a Robot Vacuum

    This isn't necessarily going to reduce shedding, but investing in a robot vacuum is a life-saver in a house with dogs.

    There are models that cover a huge price range (some starting at $99) but even something simple will help reduce how frequently you need to sweep/vacuum.

    Our robot vacuum is one of the most important things we have in our home, thanks to two Labrador Retrievers.

    Please review and subscribe!! Thanks for listening 🐾

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    • 9 min
    Don't Compare Your Dog to Other Dogs

    Don't Compare Your Dog to Other Dogs

    Why is my neighbor's dog so good on a leash... he's half the age of my dog?! This is a trap! 

    And you should avoid getting caught in it as much as you can!

    Falling into the comparison trap with our dogs usually just brings about negative feelings and no real help for our dogs. In this episode, I break down a few reasons why you should NOT compare your dog to other dogs.

    Reason #1- You Don't Know That Dog

    Whenever you look at a dog and how they behave, you might be making some assumptions that are completely untrue.

    You typically don't know if that dog is a Hollywood-dog-star with years of dedicated training experience, for example. 

    You also likely don't know how that dog behaves in all situations. While you might see a dog that's good on leash out on a walk, you don't know if that dog tears up couches when left alone.

    Making snap judgments about a dog in comparison to your own isn't fair because you don't truly know that other dog's background. You don't know the experiences the dog and human counterparts have had!

    Any comparison is truthfully an apples to oranges type comparison because every dog is SO different and every situation is unique. 

    Reason #2- You're Only Seeing a Moment in Time

    If you make a comparison about your dog to another, you're like only doing that based on a few snap moments or situations.

    This is even more so true in the world of social media...

    I can almost guarantee you that the pup with 50k followers on Instagram has just as many problem behaviors as you're dealing with for your dog.

    Instagram dog accounts are polished and perfected moments that don't reflect reality. If you let that become your benchmark to what your dog should be aspiring to... you're bound for disappointment.

    Again, you might see a dog that sits well for pictures on their Instagram posts but is an absolute maniac while on a leash.

    So don't be fooled by Instagram dogs! The reality likely isn't what they're willing to actually show you ;)

    Reason #3- You Should Compare Your Dog to Their "Past Self"

    In my opinion, the only comparison you should make about your dog's behavior is to their previous "self".

    Instead of looking at how good your neighbor's dog is at not jumping, look at how much your dog has progressed instead!

    If you were to make a record of your dog's skill level with a specific behavior every day, you would likely see HUGE levels of growth over time.

    It's so much more important to focus on your dog's progress over time than their "skill level" in comparison to other dogs!

    By the way, you can track your dog's behavior progress in the Pupford App! Get it here: https://pfrd.site/getthe-app

    Recap

    No dog or dog's situation is the same. Comparing your dog to the dog next door is a sticky trap that can lead you to forge the good things your dog is doing!

    So instead of comparing your dog to other dogs, compare your dog to their "past self" and see how much improvement has happened over time!



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    • 8 min

Customer Reviews

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29 Ratings

Kudas bff ,

So helpful!!

So many of these episodes have opened my eyes to things I never knew about dog training. Or dogs in general.
Absolutely love all the information on these episodes and recommend to all of my pup parent friends!
Thank you for what you do!

Chrissy Benney ,

Helpful, thoughtful training tips!

Helpful and entertaining podcast with good tips about the basics and also scenarios you may not think about until bad habits have already formed. I especially enjoy the interviews with trainers and groomers.
For a future episode, can you discuss pet insurance? We’re preparing for a new puppy and have received varying advice from family and friends about brands or if it’s worth it.
Thanks for all the helpful, thoughtful advice so far!

Purple0523 ,

Great Podcast with excellent advise & encouragement!

I love having access to all things dog training & encouragement from people who love dogs as well. So many great tips and tricks in these podcasts.
Such a great reminder of the importance of YES Instead of saying No all of the time! 😊

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