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Teacher's Pet focuses on command training - and command training is as simple as (and as complicated as) communicating clearly with your dog. Dog's aren't born understanding what sit or come means. Every single thing your dog understands about a command - both the good and the not so good - he learned from a human, probably you! So, if your dog doesn’t obey as you would like, guess who has to change? You do - your dog can change but you have to change first. At Teacher’s Pet on Pet Life Radi ...
 
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Informative discussion as guest Steven Appelbaum, President of Animal Behavior College, shares training tips and informative ideas regarding the care and training of newly adopted shelter dogs and the many ways to help them. Nancy also shares her training tips as well. Have questions? E-mail Nan at nan@petliferadio.com More details on this episode …
 
Today, we’ll discuss some general canine behavior modification tips to help you create a clear and concise pathway of communication for your dog to follow. This will also ultimately strengthen the bond between you and help you to create a stronger but loving leadership role. Have questions? E-mail Nan at nan@petliferadio.com More details on this ep…
 
Today we’ll be talking to Steve Appelbaum, the President of Animal Behavior College regarding their new course offering, Feline Management and Training. The first program of its kind, it educates, guides and instructs those working with companion animals and felines and/or those who care for and live with a cat to motivate and to ultimately train t…
 
Informative interview with the founder and president of the Animal Behavior College, the foremost innovative school for canine behavioral training. Steven Appelbaum discusses the success and history of the school as well as the newest programs that aid countless shelter animals and he also offers special training tips that benefit both canines and …
 
Today we’ll focus on a couple of different topics. We’ll check on several spring and gardening safety tips to keep your pets safe and healthy this season. We’ll take a look at what we can do to correct the ever-popular canine jumping behavior at the front door. And we’ll be inspired by a touching interview about one child’s amazing love for his los…
 
In Iraq and Afghanistan, our US troops, are drawn to nearby animals as a means of loving companionship and a vital way to cope with the emotional struggle and psychological hardships of every day life in a havoc-filled war zone. The SPCA International’s Operation Baghdad Pups is a very special program that provides needed veterinary care and coordi…
 
Today we chat with Martin Buser, the Iditarod World Record Holder, owner of Happy Trails Kennel and the Leonhard Seppala Humanitarian Award winner for best dog care. He talks about his lifestyle with his own dogs on the trail, discusses pet care and shares advice on how to make everyday an adventure with your pets. More details on this episode MP3 …
 
This week Nan Talleno talks about some very basic but most important training cues -- come, sit and focus. They’re the fundamentals for so many others. Even if your dog doesn’t know many commands, these are the ones to know! Tune in to find out why these all-important cues are so necessary. More details on this episode MP3 Podcast - Basic Commands …
 
This week’s Teacher’s Pet program focuses on the communication and interaction of our best friends. It highlights the many ways dogs communicate with each other and with us. And it shows us how their communication helps us -- to ultimately help them. More details on this episode MP3 Podcast - How Dogs Communicate - with Nan Talleno on PetLifeRadio.…
 
K9 Nose Work, the new, exciting, detection-style sport is designed to develop dogs’ natural scenting abilities by using their curiosity, desire to hunt, and their love of toys, food, and exercise. It’s a great way for any dog to have fun, build confidence, and burn lots of mental and physical energy. Dogs are sniffing it up! Scent work, or ‘nose wo…
 
It’s never too early to start training your puppy. Your puppy’s behavior is equally as important as its well-being and physical health. Dr. Patricia McConnell, along with Brenda Scidmore, have written the perfect six-week training program to help you and your puppy get off on the right paw. Dr. McConnell will be talking to us about how to humanely …
 
How many pieces of electronics are attached to your body? How many computers, cell phones, Blackberries, I-Phones and more do you own? Can we ever get away from people? Do you ever take a walk with your dog and not have your phone with you? If not, then how do we train our dogs? This is a complaint that I hear trainers talk about all the time. "I c…
 
People living with more than one dog know that the more dogs you live with, the less time you have for yourself. Yet, life with many dogs doesn’t necessarily have to be overwhelming. Whether you are looking for some tips to help your dog enjoy living with other dogs or dealing with canine chaos, Dr. Patricia McConnell will be discussing the approac…
 
I travel around the world and watch trainers teaching classes or conducting private sessions with their clients. There are many times when I see a client become frustrated or the trainer tells me he or she has a high drop out rate. Why is that? Here are a few tips that I give trainers around the world to help them to encourage you to return to clas…
 
It is difficult for every dog owner to watch their best friend(s) age. We know aging is a normal process, but we feel so helpless. Dr. Kristine Conway and Petra Ford, PT, CCRT of Aqua Dog Rehabilitation, LLC are passionate about this topic. Dr. Conway will talk to us about some of the tools to help slow down the physical and mental aging process. A…
 
Can your dog walk past other dogs without reacting? If not, there could be many reasons for your dog’s "over-reaction" when he sees other dogs, especially on lead. Many dogs are fine with dogs off leash but not when the leash is on; many dogs can play with "some" dogs and not others. What could have caused the problem and what do you do? Pia will d…
 
Dogs and Storks is the first national program that prepares families with dogs for life with the new baby. It offers positive, practical and fun solutions for new and expecting families. The programs will clear up myths; emphasize realistic expectations and set families and their dog up for success before the baby arrives. Jennifer Shryrock will ta…
 
Training behaviors to help your canine companion become a well-mannered pet is necessary. Yet, training should not end with the basic commands such as sit, stay, down and more. Once your dog understands that training can be fun, you can teach him tricks that can be practical or just for fun. There is nothing more entertaining to children than to se…
 
Do you feel like you have been turned upside down by your new puppy? Puppies can certainly drain you of energy, patience and what you thought was going to be fun, has turned into more than a full-time job. You have a very short window of opportunity to make a difference in your puppy's life in order to create an everlasting relationship. Teoti Ande…
 
Shaping is one way to get behaviors from your dog. When we use shaping as a means of obtaining behaviors, we reinforce small incremental steps to the final behavior. For example, if you want your dog to roll over, you would start off by reinforcing the dog lying down. Once he is easily lying down, you will wait for him to move to a hip or lure him …
 
Colleen, a mother of three and a professional dog trainer, certainly has first hand experience in this field. I will be speaking with Colleen today about living with kids and dogs. Colleen offers parents support, advice and lots of encouragement so the don’t "lose their minds!" Colleen will give you tips and remedies for both dogs and their humans …
 
Training behaviors to help your canine companion become a well-mannered pet is necessary. Yet, training should not end with the basic commands such as sit, stay, down and more. Once your dog understands that training can be fun, you can teach him tricks that can be practical or just for fun.There is nothing more entertaining to children than to see…
 
Are you concerned about the dry food your dog is eating? Looking for detailed information about certain food ingredients? Confused about inconsistent information about dog food from pet food manufacturers? Need help comparing dog food brands and finding a better one? Pia talks to animal nutritionist Sabine Contreras about pet food, nutrition and he…
 
Is your dog afraid of strangers? Would he rather hide than play with other dogs or interact with people? You are not alone since this is not an uncommon behavior exhibited by dogs. Nicole Wilde will talk to us about learning how to read your dog’s stress signals, how your attitude affects your dog’s behavior and how four essential skills can be app…
 
Do the risks outweigh the benefits of puppy training and socialization classes? A well-run puppy kindergarten class can definitely get puppies off to a good start. Understanding dogs’ social behavior is a crucial part of conducting a successful class. But, who is coming to class and what is being taught? Are trainers interpreting the behaviors and …
 
Nicole Wilde has worked and lived with wolfdogs (also referred to as wolf hybrids) for many years. There are many considerations that should be taken before you quickly run out in search of a wolf hybrid as your next pet. Nicole will talk to us about what life is really like with them; the legalities involved; housetraining issues; socialization (w…
 
Do small dogs require the same training as their fellow 60 pounders? Is it fair to put a 3 lb. tike in the same class as a 90 lb. brute? Are people avoiding class because they are fearful for their little tykes? Or, do owners really think little dogs aren’t much of a nuisance and don’t require training? I’ve listened to owners’ concerns and as a re…
 
You visited your local animal shelter and sadly you went home without a pet. Don’t fret! Last year, Petfinder.com adopted 1.5 million pets from member organizations. Not only does Petfinder have adoptable pets located in shelters around the country, but there is a listing of pets living in homes that need to be re-homed for various reasons, a lost …
 
When the dog is experiencing competing motivations, the behavior displayed will depend upon which motivation is stronger at that time. Learning and motivation go hand in hand. Without motivation, learning the correct response may not occur. They key to remember is that behaviors can be taught, but are under the control of the dog’s emotional state …
 
When potential adopters go to a shelter, they are looking for a family dog that will live with them for many, many years, giving them great joy and happiness. Rescuing a dog from a shelter is so important since shelters are designed to house dogs for short periods of time, not for long periods or, even worse, indefinitely. The emotional health of t…
 
When the dog is experiencing competing motivations, the behavior displayed will depend upon which motivation is stronger at that time. Learning and motivation go hand in hand. Without motivation, learning the correct response may not occur. They key to remember is that behaviors can be taught, but are under the control of the dog’s emotional state …
 
When we work with dogs, it is critical to understand what is motivating the dog to perform and what might be motivating the dog to do something else. Karen Pryor, a behavioral biologist with an international reputation in two fields, marine mammal biology and behavioral psychology, will talk to us about modern, force-free animal training. These met…
 
In Session #10, you taught your dog to walk nicely on leash. However, there may be times when you want your dog to walk next to your side and not six feet in front or behind you. Times when I use heel might be in a highly trafficked area, when walking in the street and a car is passing by or walking down a path where there might be another dog appr…
 
The pet service industry is growing in leaps and bounds each day, especially with the economic changes and people out of work. Americans shell out over $40 billion each year to care for their pets. While the benefits of dog care and off leash dog play can be wonderful, it might not be the right business for you or the right place for your dog. Cari…
 
Teaching your dog to stand still is an advanced behavior for most dogs since it takes a lot of self-control, especially when there are distractions present. However, it can be an extremely handy behavior when you need to wipe your dog’s muddy paws, give him a bath or clip his nails. Once your dog has learned to hold a reliable sit and down stay, a …
 
More and more pet owners are seeking holistic care for many reasons. The world of holistic care for dogs can be quite mysterious and confusing at the same time. The term holistic has become quite a buzzword and can easily be confused as to exactly what people mean when they call something holistic. "Dr. Doug" will talk to us about the most common h…
 
Being able to send your dog to a mat, dog bed or crate from a distance will come in handy more than you know. It can be used to get your dog away from the front door, relax during mealtime, avoid being stepped on and much more. There are several methods to teaching this behavior so we will go over a few in this session. More details on this episode…
 
What is clicker training and why is it so popular? A clicker is simply a tool, just like your dog’s leash and collar that helps you train your dog. It’s a small plastic box with a mechanism that, when pressed, makes a clicking sound. Clicker training is a special form of positive reinforcement training that emphasizes the use of two types of reward…
 
Teaching your dog to move away from doorways, hot ovens, the refrigerator and more can come in very handy when you are carrying something or want your dog to avoid getting hurt. This is especially necessary for small dogs since they can easily be stepped on. Once your dog has learned to move back, we will work on getting him to sit or lie down away…
 
Do you come home to find complaints from your neighbors taped to your door about your barking dog? Do you have to put your dog outside when guests come to the door because he barks uncontrollably? Does your dog seem to be constantly "on patrol", barking at every person, animal or sound that he sees or hears? If so, you have a barking dog problem. I…
 
Many of you are probably experiencing the problem of your puppy or pulling on leash. As with most behavior problems, this does not simply go away with age. In fact, the older and larger your puppy gets, the worse it can become. To allow your puppy or dog to pull actually tells your him that pulling is acceptable because the more you reward a behavi…
 
There are many contributing factors that cause behavioral problems in pets. Some of these factors include poor training techniques, lack of understanding on how pets communicate, environmental factors, and medical issues. In addition an animal’s genetic predisposition and underlying neurochemistry are also factors that can lead to behavioral proble…
 
A very common behavior problem that people deal with is jumping up on people to greet. Most puppies and dogs jump on people out of excitement, friendliness, and as a means to seek attention. Inadvertently, people pay attention to a jumping puppy by pushing her off, by making eye contact, and/or by petting her. Most of your houseguests are being pol…
 
Throughout the past several thousand years, we have tried to understand and organize personality types using the stars, skull shapes, tea leaves, and the human mind. Finally, there is a more reliable - if often higher-shedding - system for understanding yourself and the other two-legged creatures around you: dogology. Yes dogs. Dogs can talk. Vicki…
 
Two weeks ago, we started to establish a good foundation for getting our dogs to come to us by finding our feet and sitting until released. This week, you will expand upon that by breaking the "recall chain" down into three different links. Think of a recall as a chain of behaviors, consisting of three links. If one link is broken, your dog will no…
 
Too much emphasis has been placed on comparing the similarities of domestic dogs and wolves and not enough on recognizing the significant differences between these 2 species. This unilateral and misguided focus has perpetuated myths about dominance and the "need" for owners to be "alpha", which has had a significant negative impact on dog training …
 
Too much emphasis has been placed on comparing the similarities of domestic dogs and wolves and not enough on recognizing the significant differences between these 2 species. This unilateral and misguided focus has perpetuated myths about dominance and the "need" for owners to be "alpha", which has had a significant negative impact on dog training …
 
I like to use the word ‘HERE’ as my emergency recall word as opposed to the word ‘COME.’ Most people use the word ‘come’ in everyday life and tend to overuse it. For example, we might say ‘come on’ to our dogs when we want them to move along with us. Some say ‘come on, you know this’ when they are becoming frustrated with the dog. Others may have u…
 
One of the most common complaints that dog owners have is that their dogs cause problems when they are left alone. They bark, destroy things, house soil or escape from the property and cause headaches for the owners and their neighbors. These problems can be caused by a variety of different causes, from boredom to separation anxiety. The causes are…
 
Now that your dog is becoming proficient at waiting for permission to go through doorways by making eye contact, it is time for you to add distance between the two of you as well as distractions. If you have not taught your dog to "Wait", please refer back to Training Session #5 for the teaching steps.In this session, we will work on getting your d…
 
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