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Podcast #09 – Conversation with Amy Cook

This week we spend some time hanging out with Amy Cook, PhD. Amy is a fast-talking, tap-dancing, ultra-cool dog geek who teaches with me at the Fenzi Dog Sports Academy.  Amy has been training dogs for over 20 years. She earned a PhD in Psychology from UC Berkeley. Her research … Read more “Podcast #09 – Conversation with Amy Cook”

Podcast #08 – Using a distraction as a cue?

In this episode, I consider the term “distraction proofing”, what it means, how I feel about it, and some considerations we should have when training with or for distractions. Before I started this episode, I didn’t like the term “proofing”, mostly because it’s something I associate with errors and punishment. … Read more “Podcast #08 – Using a distraction as a cue?”

Podcast #07 – Conversation with Shade Whitesel

This week we talk with Shade Whitesel. Shade has the exceptional qualification of being one of the only trainers out there training and competing successfully in the sport at high levels and with excellent scores, all without using physical corrections! She has a creative, yet practical, approach to training, always keeping … Read more “Podcast #07 – Conversation with Shade Whitesel”

Podcast #06 – Conversation with Laurie Luck

Did you know Laurie Luck was my instructor when I went through the Karen Pryor Academy as a student? She was! In fact, she is largely to blame for my current situation, particularly my existence on social media and even this blog! Even after graduation, she just couldn’t shake me. … Read more “Podcast #06 – Conversation with Laurie Luck”

Podcast #05 – It’s more than a click (or clicker)

As you or may not know, I self-identify as a clicker trainer. I always struggle a bit to find language to succinctly describe what I do and how I do it in a meaningful way. And I still don’t have a way I’m 100% happy with, because, of course, labels … Read more “Podcast #05 – It’s more than a click (or clicker)”

Podcast #04 – The Relationship Between Frustration and Extinction

Today’s topic is frustration. The inspiration for today’s topic is brought to you by a combination of my personal life experience and a Dr. Susan Friedman of BehaviorWorks.  In one of her excellent presentations at Clicker Expo, she mentioned: Happiness is a function of positive reinforcement Depression is a function … Read more “Podcast #04 – The Relationship Between Frustration and Extinction”

Podcast #03 – Special Guest Leslie McDevitt!

Leslie McDevitt is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) famous for her popular and powerful program Control Unleashed (often abbreviated as “CU”). Through her classes, seminars, books, and DVDs, Leslie helps dog owners and training instructors turn stress into confidence, and distraction into focus, using methods that are entirely based on positive reinforcement. … Read more “Podcast #03 – Special Guest Leslie McDevitt!”

Podcast #02 – Shaping vs Luring… mortal enemies? Or no?

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New Podcast – Drinking from the Toilet

You may have heard the rumor, and it’s entirely true! I have started a podcast. Ack! It’s kind of a terrifying endeavor, especially consider how much I enjoy listening to the sound of my own voice (which is to say, not at all). Nevertheless, here it is! If you enjoy … Read more “New Podcast – Drinking from the Toilet”