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Good Dog Pro
35 minutes | Nov 21, 2019
Dog Etiquette in Public & At Home
Do you have a dog that jumps on visitors, freaks out when the doorbell rings, and doesn't behave when you leave the house? Join Drayton and Kim as they discuss dog etiquette. The secret is dog etiquette isn't all about the dog, it's about people. Dog owners, dog lovers and anyone who encounters a dog all play a role in how a dog is going to behave, in addition to the environment that interaction takes place in. Drayton goes through simple, quick, and easy ways to manage your dog at home and eliminate issues with guests, doorbells, and special occassions. Then we go outside and talk about how to advocate for your dog with strangers, how to deal with people who want to meet your dog (and people who don't), and using cues your dog already knows. We'll also talk about socializing your puppy vs your adult dog. We also have a discussion about taking your dog to restaurants, cafes, and with you at public places.
33 minutes | Oct 31, 2019
Good Dog Pro - Ep6 - Counter Conditioning
Many times what is needed in hectic, sudden situations is not "training," but counter conditioning. Counter conditioning is the process of reducing stress for dogs towards events on leash, people in the home, or things like harnesses or nail clipping. Counter conditioning is a huge advantage to any dog owner or dog professional. Learn how to implement counter conditioning, why it's crucial to keep dogs under threshold to reduce stress and fear, on leash counter conditioning, and using counter conditioning at home.
35 minutes | Oct 25, 2019
Good Dog Pro - Ep8 - Little Dogs with the Little Dog Guru
Little dogs have special needs and are more prone to fear, stress and reactivity. Take a deep dive into all things small this week with Drayton Michaels, CTC, as he discusses the needs of little dogs. From the proper ways to approach and pick up a small dog to how to counter condition using a dog carrier like a doggie Bjorn, we talk about setting up environments that promote positive associations for our tiny four legged friends. Drayton talks about how to set up little dogs for success, how to find appropriate dog play mates, how to deal with multiple dogs of different sizes in the same house, and how to work with kids and small dogs. He also brings up piddle pads and their use with small dogs, as well as work-to-eat toys.
32 minutes | Oct 24, 2019
Good Dog Pro - Ep7 - Dog Play for Adolescent & Adult Dogs
What is dog play and why is it important? In a followup to his article, "Dog Play & Prediction Error," Drayton Michaels, CTC, talks about shaping dog play and the need for getting your dog into regular, supervised play with doggie friends. It's not just us humans that need friends and benefit from the social interaction, so do dogs. Dog play is often misunderstood, by dog owners and professionals, alike. Drayton discusses combating fearful and stressed out dogs with behavior problems with dog play. But supervision is key, and tips are given for refereeing and how to avoid dog fights and negative experiences.
35 minutes | Oct 24, 2019
Good Dog Pro - Ep5 - Pit Bulls and The Truth
October is Pit Bull Awareness Month and October 25th is National Pit Bull Awareness Day. While there have been substantial gains in the understanding and empathy for dogs classified as "pit bulls," there are still 27 states in the US that have bans or restrictions against this and other dog breeds. Drayton and Kim discuss the state of the pit bull movement and the prejudice in the media against this breed. They define what a pit bull actually is, concerns of the general public, genetics, and where we can go from here.
36 minutes | Oct 17, 2019
Good Dog Pro - Ep4 - Puppy Play & Development
Have a new puppy or thinking of getting one? You won't want to miss this episode of Good Dog Pro, where Drayton and Kim discuss puppy development and puppy socialization. Drayton talks about the importance of puppy group classes and why you want to expose your young puppy to other puppies in supervised play situations. Learn the difference between your puppy playing with other dogs vs playing with other puppies. Learn how to pick a puppy class for your dog and why you want to choose one that is reward based. Drayton discusses the best age to get your puppy. He talks about punishing without fear and pain and the importance of counter conditioning. Get ideas for food treats, scheduling and physical management of your new puppy to make your life and your puppy's new home less stressful.
32 minutes | Oct 4, 2019
Good Dog Pro - Ep3 - General Impulse Control & Stress Reduction for All Dogs
Do you have a stress reduction plan for your dog? In this episode of Good Dog Pro, Drayton and Kim discuss how to make every day less stressful for you and your dog. Learn why your dog should be on a schedule, how to use chewing and food dispensing toys as stress busters, the role of counter conditioning and exercise in reducing stress.
34 minutes | Oct 4, 2019
Good Dog Pro - Ep2 - Understanding How Behavior Works
Behavior is something all humans do and all humans require from dogs in order for us to live with less stress. Delve into understanding behavior from the dog's perspective, as well as from the human side of the equation with Drayton Michaels, CTC. This episode discusses associative learning and consequence learning with dogs. Drayton explains the application of behavior change and understanding reinforcements, both positive and negative. He and Kim discuss consent for dogs and how to achieve the goal of a sound dog.
12 minutes | Oct 4, 2019
Good Dog Pro - Ep 1 Introduction
Good Dog Pro premieres by introducing co-hosts, Drayton Michaels, CTC, of Urban Dawgs and ModernDogTraining.com, and Kim Merritt, co-founder of GoodDogInABox.com and GoodDogPro.com. Drayton and Kim talk about the new video podcast format, with the first thirty minutes focused on the dog owner/lover or someone interested in getting a dog, while the second thirty minutes is aimed at the dog professional and is only available through a subscription to GoodDogPro.com. Drayton will focus on reward based dog training methods with no pain and no fear, helping all dog owners understand gentle methods of co-existing with and understanding their dog.
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