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Podcast #79: Contrafreeloading with Chirag Patel

This week we are hanging out with Chirag Patel who runs Domesticated Manners in London, UK. He consults on the ethical and science-based practice of behavior management and training for animals housed in domestic, zoo, and laboratory environments. Chirag also conducts workshops for professionals internationally and was a behavior consultant … Read more “Podcast #79: Contrafreeloading with Chirag Patel”

Podcast #78: Training Trolls with John McGuigan

A few weeks ago when I did an episode with Sarah Stremming on her podcast, CogDogRadio, we talked about how important it is for positive reinforcement trainers to put their training out there, on the internet, where the public can see. We have this technology available to us, and it … Read more “Podcast #78: Training Trolls with John McGuigan”

Podcast #77: Your Questions, My Answers

This week we are doing a grab bag Q&A session on the podcast. The answers are coming from yours truly, but the questions are coming from YOU! Well, they are if you’re an Instagram follower of mine. Recently, I asked my Insta audience to submit their training questions to me … Read more “Podcast #77: Your Questions, My Answers”

Podcast #76: Setting Our Puppies (and ourselves) Up For Success with Emelie Johnson Vegh

This week I am hanging out with returning guest, Emelie Johnson Vegh (one half of Carpe Momentum). It turns out that Emelie and I both have puppies at the same time! How exciting! In this episode, we talk about how it’s going with our puppies, what we’ve learned from experience … Read more “Podcast #76: Setting Our Puppies (and ourselves) Up For Success with Emelie Johnson Vegh”

Podcast #75: Five Counterintuitive Training Hacks

This week I want to share a couple of counterintuitive solutions to training problems you may have encountered. First, let’s talk about what I mean by counterintuitive. When we say something seems counterintuitive, we usually mean that on the surface, it seems to go against common sense. But often, when … Read more “Podcast #75: Five Counterintuitive Training Hacks”

Podcast #74: Dog Photography with Åsa Jakobsson

This week, we are talking to Åsa Jakobsson, who is a Swedish dog photographer, she has Kelpies… and she also trains. We “met” (air quotes) through a mutual friend, Emelie… half of the mind of Carpe Momentum, who you will remember from several other episodes, including Start Buttons. I’ve been … Read more “Podcast #74: Dog Photography with Åsa Jakobsson”

Podcast #73: Behavior Analytic Research with Jackie and Diana

As a dog trainer, I am working with changing behavior in the real world in dogs and humans. And also myself. Trying to understand and modify behavior as it’s happening in the world… in animals and human learners. So much of animal training is based on anecdote and tradition, rather … Read more “Podcast #73: Behavior Analytic Research with Jackie and Diana”

Podcast #72: Using Video to Make Faster Training Progress

If you are like me, you mostly train by yourself. And training by yourself definitely has some pros and cons. If you’re also an introvert like me, that alone time with your dogs is the best part of your day. But it means we have to work a little harder … Read more “Podcast #72: Using Video to Make Faster Training Progress”

Podcast #71: Teaching a Foodie Dog to Tug

This week we talk about tugging and specifically what I did with my dog, Rugby, to build it. My terrier, Rugby, came straight out of the package with good food drive already installed. All I had to do was harness it. But getting him started with toys was a much … Read more “Podcast #71: Teaching a Foodie Dog to Tug”

Podcast #70: Fear Not! Marketing Is A Lot Like Dog Training

This particular episode is a little different topic, as it’s really aimed mostly at those of you who work as professional trainers, especially if you own your own business. You see, Melissa’s specialty is… well, it’s marketing. I know, I know… as a dog trainer, I too am terrified of … Read more “Podcast #70: Fear Not! Marketing Is A Lot Like Dog Training”