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Your host, Debbie (owner of Playtime Paws), is a positive trainer with a passion for dogs, their behavior and helping you create a well-behaved dog. This is a dog training and behavior podcast that with help you and your new puppy build good healthy habits right from the start. It will also help you understand your dog’s behavior and build a strong, fulfilling, and fun relationship for years to come.

Your New Puppy: Dog Training and Dog Behavior Lessons to Help You Turn Your New Puppy into a Well-Behaved Dog Debbie Cilento: Dog Trainer | Dog Behavior Consultant | Owner of Playtime Paws | Belly Rub Specialist

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.8 • 700 Ratings

Your host, Debbie (owner of Playtime Paws), is a positive trainer with a passion for dogs, their behavior and helping you create a well-behaved dog. This is a dog training and behavior podcast that with help you and your new puppy build good healthy habits right from the start. It will also help you understand your dog’s behavior and build a strong, fulfilling, and fun relationship for years to come.

    Does Your Dog's Breed Matter?

    Does Your Dog's Breed Matter?

    Christine Rohloff Gossinger literally wrote the book on dog breeds.  She joins me to talk about how understanding your dog's breed can help us understand our dogs and their needs.  This episode is chock full of examples, training tips, and fun tidbits just like her book. Listen in and decide for yourself it your dog's breed matters.In this episode Christine talks about:* Her journey to becoming a trainer.* How understanding what your dog was bred for can help us understand our dog's needs.* How we can adjust training and enrichment for our specific dog.* Each of the different breed groups with examples of what those dogs need.* How each dog is an individual with their own needs and understanding them can help us improve our relationship and our dog's quality of life.Press play and enjoy!How to learn more from Christine:* Connect with Christine on Facebook* Her Book (find on Amazon): Dog Breed Guide for Kids: 50 Essential Dog Breeds to Know and Love with Fun Facts and Tips for Care* *Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links that, at no additional cost to you, I may earn a small commission.  If you don't wish to use these link you can find this book by searching Amazon.com, Target.com or BarnesandNoble.comOther resources mentioned and related to this episode:YNP #002: Which Type of Dog is Right for You?Playtime Paws Academy:  A brand new program for dog and humans no matter where you are in your training journey.

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    • 42 min
    Should You Use a Potty Bell?

    Should You Use a Potty Bell?

    Something I get asked often is how I feel about using a potty bell.  If you listened to my complete guide to potty training then you know that I don't mention using a bell at all but does that mean I don't want you to?  No go ahead...well, maybe... While I'll show my clients how to use the bell if they ask, I find myself talking them out of it more often than not.  I'm not against using a bell, I just find that it doesn't work in the way we may think.  BUT as long as our expectations are in the right place a potty bell might work for you.  So stick around until the end when I tell you exactly how to teach your dog to ring a bell to go outside.  In this episode I talk about:* Why I may hesitate to teach the bell.* Why a bell might not work the way you think it will.* Conversations I have with my clients before teaching the bell.* Reasons a potty bell might work for you.* How to teach your dog to ring a bell to go outside.Press play and enjoy!Other resources mentioned and related to this episode:YNP #010: Complete Guide to Potty Training Your PuppyPlaytime Paws Academy:  A brand new program for dog and humans no matter where you are in your training journey.

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    • 12 min
    Tips for a Stronger Stay

    Tips for a Stronger Stay

    Teaching your dog "Stay" is one of the easier cues to teach your dog...if we do it right.  And of course most of us are doing it wrong.  Stay can be a useful command ("Stay" so I can take your picture).  It can be used for safety ("Stay" while I clean up this glass that just broke).  I also use it all the time to focus an overstimulated dog.  With just a few adjustments you can build a foundation to a stronger and longer Stay. In this episode I talk about:* How to set your dog up for success.* What's wrong with the Stay-Come exercise.* How to reset them when they break.* Stay is a one syllable word.* What makes Stay different from other cues.Press play and enjoy!Other resources mentioned and related to this episode:YNP #012: The Most Important Part of Your Dog's Obedience TrainingPlaytime Paws Academy:  A brand new program for dog and humans in any stage of training.

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    • 9 min
    What is Raw Feeding?: Puppy Edition

    What is Raw Feeding?: Puppy Edition

    Kasie comes back to teach us more about raw feeding.  This time we talk all about puppies! Plus Kasie has some advice on treats and how to start even if you feel overwhelmed.This episode is Part 2 of a two part series.  In Part 1 we talk about raw feeding more general.  Kasie has been raw feeding for 30 years and is the founder and owner of San Francisco Raw.  If you are new to raw feeding this is a great opportunity to hear from the perspective from someone who's been doing it for a while. In this episode we talk about:* How to start with a brand new puppy. * How much to feed a puppy.* What is microbiota and how does it affect our puppies health?* Poop! (can't talk about puppies without talking about poop).* Treats. * How to start if you're feeling overwhelmed. Press play and enjoy!Other resources provided by Kasie:* Raw supportive vets worldwide: https://rfvs.info/find-a-vet/* Local supplier resources for ingredients: www.eatwild.com* Nationally available prepared raw foods (alternative to Answers Pet Food which Kasie no longer recommends): https://www.kurepetfood.com/ * Nationally available prepared raw foods: https://rawdogfoodandco.com/  * Raw food consultants: https://freshfoodconsultants.org/canine-consultants* Puppy feeding guide: https://perfectlyrawsome.com/raw-feeding-puppy-guides/ * Raw feeding myths: http://rawfed.com/myths/ Related articles from Kasie's blog:* https://sfraw.blog/2016/09/14/baywoofs-september-nutrition-issue-featured-article-starting-puppies-on-a-raw-food-diet-by-kasie-maxwell/* a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://sfraw.

    • 29 min
    What is Raw Feeding?

    What is Raw Feeding?

    Maybe you've never heard of raw feeding your dog.  Maybe you have but you're not quite sure what it means.  This episode can start to answer some of your questions. Raw feeding is something that I've dabbled in but I am NO expert.  Since I do get questions about it all the time, I've decided to bring in Kasie Maxwell Grujcic to help teach us more about it.  Kasie has been raw feeding for 30 years and is the founder and owner of San Francisco Raw.  If you are new to raw feeding this is a great opportunity to hear from the perspective from someone who's been doing it for a while. This episode is Part 1 of a two part series.  In Part 2 we focus on raw feeding puppies.In this episode we talk about:* Kasie's story. * A brief history of traditional dog food.* What is raw feeding?* How it's easier than most people think.* The different ways of raw feeding. * How to start.Press play and enjoy!Other resources provided by Kasie:* Raw supportive vets worldwide: https://rfvs.info/find-a-vet/* Local supplier resources for ingredients: www.eatwild.com* Nationally available prepared raw foods (alternative to Answers Pet Food which Kasie no longer recommends): https://www.kurepetfood.com/ * Nationally available prepared raw foods: https://rawdogfoodandco.com/  * Raw food consultants: https://freshfoodconsultants.org/canine-consultants* Puppy feeding guide: https://perfectlyrawsome.com/raw-feeding-puppy-guides/ * Raw feeding myths: http://rawfed.com/myths/ Related articles from Kasie's blog:* https://sfraw.

    • 35 min
    The Power of Practice

    The Power of Practice

    "Practice makes perfect."  We all know that one.  Well, it's just as true for our dogs.  When we teach our dogs how to sit we know to start at step one and work them up to a reliable sit in any situation.  When we want to change a behavior (like barking, digging, leash walking, or counter surfing) it's no different. We don't usually think of it as something we have to intentionally practice but this is exactly what's we need to do. We think about how we want the behavior to change in the moment and try to work there when really we have to back up a whole bunch of steps and practice in easier more controllable situations. It's like trying to teach someone algebra, when they don't know how to add and substract.  Our dogs are no different. That's why it's the power of practice that will teach our dogs how we want them to behave. In this episode I talk about:* The difference between changing a behavior and just reacting to it. * What I mean by intentional practice.* When management is appropriate.* How to set up easy situations to practice for the hard ones.* Why it's important to set up controlled situations. * Why it's important to start at step one and why we always want to start at step 8.Press play and enjoy!Other resources mentioned and related to this episode:YNP #047: How to Handle a Reactive Dog on a LeashYNP #050: The 3 Most Common Leash Training QuestionsYNP #066: How to Stop a Dog From Barking (Part 1)YNP #067: How to Stop a Dog From Barking (Part 2)YOUR Perfect Puppy: 4-week online training course for you and your new puppy.

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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
700 Ratings

700 Ratings

Puppy Henry's Mom ,

New Puppy

I’m in day 3 with my new puppy. I love listening to this podcast to get quick training tips, and I’m finding them very helpful!

Hushhuk ,

Awsome!

I am getting a dog in a few months. I immediately fell in love with it. It is very helpful. I love it! It is very helpful that debbie states alllll the facts. I llllooooovvvveeee that-she loves dogs and has personal advice. Also, do you think some one other than your family can get a dog and give it to you? Thanks ty

paige.robison ,

Interesting and Informative!

My husband and I are planning to bring home a puppy in about 2 months and came across this podcast while on a road trip. We ended up listening to almost every podcast episode in a span of 2 days! Debbie is extremely knowledgeable and shares really interesting and helpful advice. We feel so much more prepared to own a dog now! I'll definitely be recommending this to other dog-owners :)

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