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.
How to Teach Your Dog to Listen With Distractions
If your dog listens to you inside your house that doesn't mean they know what you want outside on their walk. Even if you are asking for the same thing. Dogs are very contextual and need to be taught how to listen even when there distractions. The good news is, if your dog listens to you in your kitchen then you already know how to teach your dog to listen with distractions! If you want your dog to listen to you in a new environment you have to reteach them the same skill like they have never learned it before. Then it's about practice, practice, practice.In this episode, I talk about how to teach your dog to listen with distractions!Press Play and enjoy!In this episode I talk about:* How to think about distractions.* Practice, practice, practice.* How to know when to increase or decrease the distractions.* How to prepare for the unexpected. Press play and enjoy!Other resources mentioned and related to this episode:YNP #054: How to Use Training Treats Properly YOUR Perfect Puppy: 4-week online training course for you and your new puppy.
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Potty Training for a Working Household
How do you handle potty training when all the adults in the housework full time? This is a question I get asked a lot. Mainly because my listeners know I do not like the use of potty pads (for more on that, check out Episode 009). If you are going to be out of the house longer than your puppy can hold regularly, how do you handle that without using potty pads? My short answer is "get help!" I know, it’s not what you want to hear. And you may think, “wait, SO MANY people have dogs and work, how do they do it?” I address that too.At the very least I highly recommend working out a schedule to give your pup potty breaks - which might mean getting help from a sitter, neighbor, or friend - until at least 6 months (longer depending on your dog). That is the minimum age a puppy can be left alone for an extending period. I think it’s of great benefit for both you and your puppy to go beyond that and I explain why in this episode. Press Play and enjoy!In this episode I talk about:* What I mean by a working household.* Why I highly recommend you get help instead of using potty pads.* Why it's about more than potty training.* Remember you have a puppy not a dog (yet). Press play and enjoy!Other resources mentioned and related to this episode:YNP #009: Why Indoor Pads Should NOT be Used When House Training Your PuppyYNP #014: How to Choose the Right Dog Care – Part One FacilitiesYNP #015: How to Choose the Right Dog Care – Part Two Pet Sitters YOUR Perfect Puppy: 4-week online training course for you and your new puppy.
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Three Important Skills to Teach Your Puppy From Day 01
There are SO MANY things we need to train our puppy when we bring them home. It's really easy to get overwhelmed or focus on the wrong things. In this episode, I talk about the three most important skills you can teach your puppy. Start these skills from day one and you will reap the benefits for years to come. The three skills I talk about are:Being handled (beyond being picked up and petting)Getting their attentionImpulse control (AKA frustration tolerance)In this episode I talk about:What these skills are.Why they are so important.How you will benefit for years to come.Where to start when training your puppy these skills. Press play and enjoy!Other resources from this episode:YOUR Perfect Puppy: 4-week online training course for you and your new puppy.
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How to Use Training Treats Properly
Does it feel like your trainer just tells you to stuff your dog's belly full of treats and say then they're trained? Treats are an essential tool to raising our well-mannered dog but the lesson on HOW to use the treats properly gets lost.And we really want to avoid that place where your dog will only listen if you have a treat in your hand. In this episode I talk about:Why we use treats.What's the difference between high value and low value treats (and when do we use them).How to know when to come away from the treats.How to ween your dog off the treats but still have a dog that listens. Press play and enjoy!Other resources from this episode:YNP #031: Reward Your Dog Without Treats
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Tips to Introduce Your Dog and Cat
All we want is a peaceful house! When asking two (or three!) different species to live together it can get tricky!How you introducing your dog and cat depends a lot on the personalities involved. If you have a calm dog and confident cat, count yourself lucky! If you have an excited dog and a shy cat, it's gonna take a little longer.One of the most important things to keep in mind is not to rush the process. That being said the best thing you can do to speed the process along is to make sure everyone not only IS safe but also FEELS safe.In this episode, I go over my top tips to introducing your dog and cat. SPOILER ALERT: it has everything to do with making sure your cat feels safe around the dog. P.S. You can replace "cat" with any pet (that isn't a dog) that your dog needs to share the house or yard with.
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How to Take Better Photos of Your Dog with Allison Shamrell
We all have a hundred (ok, ok hundreds) of photos of our dog. But how many are keepers? If you are anything like me you have 600 pictures and 2 end up as keepersIn this episode, let's welcome Allison Shamrell to give us all her best tips on how to get better photos of your dog, even if all you have is a cell phone!This is a fun episode and I learned so much from Allison and I know you will too!What we talk about:How to take better photos with just your cell phoneWhat obedience commands will come in handyHow to take a great action shotYou can learn even more from Allison here:Allison's Free Facebook Group: How to Take Better Photos of Your Dog Allison's website: Allison Shamrell Pet Photography
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This is the most amazing podcast EVER. It answers almost all my questions, but all the unanswered ones can be asked through an email! And also, I learned new things. This will help me soooo much. I recommend this.
Debbie provides the best tips in quick, digestible episodes! I've learned so much for my puppy training
Makes working with a puppy fun and less intimidating! Super knowledgeable! Great energy; cute personality!