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The Dog's Way Podcast, with professional dog trainer Sean McDaniel, deals with practical dog obedience for real life situations. Sean gives you underlying theory and practical training assignments based in a more naturalistic dog training philosophy to help you solve the most common dog behavior issues. Sean shares his experience from over fifteen years of working with clients and their dogs, dealing with behavior modification, functional dog obedience issues and everyday dog training issues. In the “dog training podcasts”, Sean leaves you with homework assignments to help you begin practically dealing with your dog’s issues. Sean also, interviews leading dog issue experts in topics such as: your dog's diet, veterinary medicine, puppy raising, dog breeding and selecting the right dog for you.

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The Dog's Way Podcast, with professional dog trainer Sean McDaniel, deals with practical dog obedience for real life situations. Sean gives you underlying theory and practical training assignments based in a more naturalistic dog training philosophy to help you solve the most common dog behavior issues. Sean shares his experience from over fifteen years of working with clients and their dogs, dealing with behavior modification, functional dog obedience issues and everyday dog training issues. In the “dog training podcasts”, Sean leaves you with homework assignments to help you begin practically dealing with your dog’s issues. Sean also, interviews leading dog issue experts in topics such as: your dog's diet, veterinary medicine, puppy raising, dog breeding and selecting the right dog for you.

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Sean is super informative and really cares about you and your dog. Everything is presented in a step by step process. I have a much better understanding of how to move forward with my dogs.

Sean is so knowledgeable and easy to follow

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Great host with loads of knowledge. Very smart guy who knows exactly how to get good results with your dog on your own.

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104 Ratings
Average Ratings
77
12
6
4
5

Great podcast!

By jpavlik8 - Aug 03 2019
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Sean is super informative and really cares about you and your dog. Everything is presented in a step by step process. I have a much better understanding of how to move forward with my dogs.

Sean is so knowledgeable and easy to follow

By Blackdove1 - Apr 15 2019
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Great host with loads of knowledge. Very smart guy who knows exactly how to get good results with your dog on your own.

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The Dog's Way Podcast: Dog Training for Real Life

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The Dog's Way Podcast, with professional dog trainer Sean McDaniel, deals with practical dog obedience for real life situations. Sean gives you underlying theory and practical training assignments based in a more naturalistic dog training philosophy to help you solve the most common dog behavior issues. Sean shares his experience from over fifteen years of working with clients and their dogs, dealing with behavior modification, functional dog obedience issues and everyday dog training issues. In the “dog training podcasts”, Sean leaves you with homework assignments to help you begin practically dealing with your dog’s issues. Sean also, interviews leading dog issue experts in topics such as: your dog's diet, veterinary medicine, puppy raising, dog breeding and selecting the right dog for you.

SESSION 3: Learn how to structure your dog’s lifestyle more.

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The Progression of Difficulty:

There are three things that make anything harder (or easier) for your dog;

  1. What you’re doing while your dog does a task: This is usually measured by how connected (or disconnected) to you. For example, on leash versus off leash.
  2. What’s going on around your dog while they do a task: These are sometimes called “distractions”
Distraction theory (further break down):
  • Distance
  • Movement
  • Surprise
  • And number of distractions
  • How long you expect your dog to do a task
PRACTICAL APPLICATION AND HOMEWORK

Get your dog’s freedom/responsibility quotient back into balance

Structure your dog’s everyday life more

Here’s a link to an article on our blog that will give you some things to change around your house to structure your dog’s life more during this training phase. This article was originally written as a response to people who asked what to do after their newly adopted dogs started acting up, but it’s good advice for anyone trying to tune up their relationship and training with their dog.

LOOSE LEASH WALKING

Here’s an article on the blog that has a short video clip showing you what I mean by loose leash walking

Leash pulling article from the blog

Let me know how this experiment goes with your dog! 

For more of The Dog's Way podcast follow us on Twitter @TheDogsWay Subscribe on Facebook, and listen to all of our episodes on our website.

Leave me a voicemail and hear yourself on a future show! I'd love if you'd leave me a brief message to let me know how these tips worked for you! Call (844) 364-7929. And if we use your comments in the show, we’ll send you a free video training series! OR if you don’t like free stuff … Email your questions to me: sean@thedogsway.com

All the Best,

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SESSION 48: Cesar Millan, aggression and the pig – Sean’s commentary

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Cesar Millan seems to be having a rough few weeks in the public relations department.  A woman was severely bitten by an aggressive dog that was once at his training facility, he aired a TV show in which a pig got attacked by a dog he was training, and thousands of people sign a petition to [...]

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Mar 22 2016

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SESSION 53: AVOID THESE 3 DOG TRAINING MISTAKES

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In episode 53, Sean answers a question from a professional dog trainer.  She asks Sean about the differences in results that she gets when training a dog personally as opposed to the results that her clients get when training their dogs themselves.  Sean outlines the top three mistakes dog owners make in training their dogs [...]

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Jun 28 2016

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Session 23: how to stop severe leash pulling and how to use posture to settle puppies

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In episode 23, I answer a question from a listener about how to stop your dog from pulling when practicing loose leash walking around high level distractions. In the puppy section, I go through how to use posture to teach your puppy to settle more consistently when you greet your puppy or let them out [...]

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Jul 25 2015

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SESSION 4: Follow up on homework from Session 3 & switch gears to learn how to train younger puppies.

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In this session of the podcast, I follow up on homework from session 3. I answer some email questions from listeners and teach you how to “redo” your dog’s “front door ritual”. ALSO: I switch gears a little bit in the second half of today’s show and talk about how to train younger puppies. [...]

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Dec 09 2014

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SESSION 37: Improve Your Dog’s Behavior with Visitors!

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In episode 37, I give you a training “game plan” to change your holiday visitor’s interactions with your dog from “train wreck” to training opportunity!  I walk you through how to use a secluded area to give your dog a break from the action and how to think like a trainer during your holiday visiting.  [...]

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Nov 25 2015

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SESSION 5: House breaking for puppies and preparing your dog to be better behaved during holiday parties.

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In this session of the podcast, I follow up on homework from session 4. We’ll answer a listener email about house breaking with puppies and then we go through a game plan to prepare your dog to be better behaved during parties. In this session: EMAIL BAG SECTION: Front [...]

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Dec 22 2014

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Session 17: Teaching your puppy to greet people, and teaching your adult dog to learn to be brave around things like vacuum cleaners and lawn mowers

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In this episode, in the puppy section, I give you a step by step protocol to teach your older puppy to meet and greet people without jumping, mouthing and going crazy. In the adult dog training section, I give you a step by step plan to teach your dog to be brave around objects that [...]

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May 22 2015

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SESSION 67: Friendly Dog Body Language and BAT Training

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In episode 67, Sean answers some questions from a couple of listeners about interpreting dogs’ body language in behavioral modification, and what he thinks of a specific form of training called BAT training for dogs.  Sean gives a more detailed list of the dog body language signals that he usually looks for, and why [...]

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Oct 02 2017

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SESSION 60: Meeting Other Dogs More Calmly

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In episode 60, Sean responds to a question from some listeners about how prevent over excitement when your dog approaches and meets other dogs on a walk.  Sean gives you a two-step game plan in this week’s homework to teach your dog to have perpetual awareness of you and settle in their nervous system when [...]

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Dec 11 2016

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SESSION 44: Prevent Your Puppy from Chasing Your Kids

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In episode 44, I give you a game plan to help your puppy learn to NOT chase your kids around the house or yard.  A listener from Australia sent in a question about their Lab puppy chasing, tackling and nipping at their three kids. In this session: Do you [...]

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Jan 29 2016

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Session 18: The overview of what to teach a puppy and when, and teaching two dogs to not go after each other’s fetch toys

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In this episode, in the puppy section, I take answer a listeners question about what to teach a puppy and when – sort of a puppy curriculum. In the training section, I give you a step by step plan to teach two dogs to not go after each other’s fetch toy. This solution also applies [...]

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Jun 01 2015

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SESSION 26: Teaching your dog to recover from stimulation and teaching your puppy to NOT jump up

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In episode 26, I answer a question from a listener about teaching your dog to get better at the skill of “recovery”. Said another way, how to teach your dog to be less reactive. In the puppy section, I go through some steps to teach your puppy to decide to NOT jump up and how [...]

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Aug 14 2015

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SESSION 58: Fetch! – Teaching your puppy the rules

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In episode 58, Sean responds to a question from some listeners about how to teach your excited puppy the rules of playing fetch.  These exercises are designed to structure a puppy’s fetch game.  A quick note that this isn’t designed to teach fetching to a dog that has absolutely no inclination to fetch.  Also, you [...]

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Oct 17 2016

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SESSION 32: What are the best chew toys for puppies? And, how to stop an older, larger puppy from jumping up on kids.

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In episode 32, I answer a listener's question about the best chew toys for puppies, and in our training section today, I talk about the next step in getting an older, larger puppy to stop jumping up on kids (and other people too) In this session: What are the [...]

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Oct 09 2015

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SESSION 56: Aggression Cases: Sean’s approach

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In episode 56, Sean responds to a question from some listeners about how he approaches aggression cases.  They had a bad experience with a trainer in their local area and want to know from Sean what sorts of things they should look for in a trainer that can help them solve some aggression issues with [...]

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Aug 10 2016

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SESSION 25: How to: make obedience more functional, harnesses versus training collars, and teaching a puppy an advanced sit.

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In episode 25, I answer a question from a listener about making the obedience that he’s learned in class more functional in real life. I answer another question about whether someone should use a “prong collar” in training. In the puppy section, I go through the steps for taking a puppy from an intermediate sit [...]

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Aug 08 2015

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The Deadly Dog Training Myth: interview with author Eric Letendre

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In episode 66, Sean interviews author Eric Letendre author of The Deadly Dog Training Myth.  Sean and Eric talk about dog training philosophy, dog training politics, and some of the reasons you may be a little frustrated in trying to solve your dog’s behavior issues.  Eric has been training dogs since the 1980’s and [...]

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Aug 02 2017

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SESSION 64: Small Breed Dog? Avoid These Three Mistakes!

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In episode 64, Sean outlines and describes the top three mistakes he sees small breed dog owners making.  Sean gives you a remedy for each mistake and a bit of a game plan and homework for you and your small breed dog, if you feel like you’re making these mistakes. Also, Sean reminds us that [...]

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Mar 30 2017

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SESSION 47: Puppy Vaccines 101 with Dr. Jake Tedaldi

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In episode 47, '55pxagb4' I interviewed Dr. Jake Tedaldi DVM.  In our discussion, we cover the basics of puppy vaccinations as well as some of the controversy around how safe vaccines are or aren’t for your puppy.  Dr. Jake gives us his usual balanced, logical approach to thinking through some of the decisions about vaccinating [...]

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Mar 10 2016

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Session 80: Love for Senior Paws with Beau Maxwell

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I love this heartwarming story! Today's episode features Beau Maxwell, owner of Love for Senior Paws. Her focus is on care and adoption for senior pets. Her love and dedication started with a cocker spaniel she rescued from a disreputable breeder. Since then, she's dedicated her life to rescue and adoption of senior dogs for all through her group.

She talks about the primary goal of Love for Senior Paws. Some of the areas of focus are;

  • Raising awareness about the needs of senior pets
  • Specific challenges related to their care that the organization faces
  • Foster care / adoption
  • Working with underfunded shelters
  • Providing assistance with medical care while they wait to be adopted
  • Incredible success stories and positives for adopting senior pets
  • Their focus on continuing support for families that take on these pets

We talk about what the first steps are for people who want to be involved. We also share some general stories about relationships with dogs, and contrast them with the unique elements that mature dogs bring (whether it's pain management, rules and obedience, family connection, etc.)

There are options for sponsoring animals (more details about becoming part of "the pack" here).

You can visit Beau's website as well at LoveForSeniorPaws.org

Also, I'd like to thank our sponsor P.U.P. Dog Rescue, and talk about their featured dog! Cocoa is a 9-year-old Chihuahua - she's a black, brown, and white short haired Chihuahua that is very sweet and calm. For more information, click here

Nov 11 2019

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Session 079: David Blank with Happy Tails Canine Adventure Tours

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Today's interview was with David Blank, owner of Happy Tails Canine Adventure Tours. David is the contact you need to know if you like travel and taking your dogs along!

Background

David started as a tour guide and found tremendous happiness with travel and tourism and eventually realized that incorporating the travelers' dogs in their adventures was an incredibly enriching experience. He talks about his adopted dog Max, who was close to being euthanized, became the spark for the 20,000 mile journey that would ensue. 

The discovery of calm and connection to the dogs takes a bit of learning, but owners find that it gives their dog a sense of relaxation and confidence that they never had before. 

Topics

I talk about some of the basic steps that David requires for the dog to get started, such as;

  • Obeying sit, stay, type commands
  • Ability to be calm in a dog-friendly restaurant environment
  • Not aggressive towards other animals or humans
  • They need to be able to physically perform in these environments (on more strenuous hikes)
  • Comfort level with the outdoors and other dogs

We talk about some day tours as well, so if you or your dog are not ready for the long adventure you can explore some of the wine country in Northern California, or southwest trips, and many more. David was a fun interview and is a great inspiration for those wanting to find a deeper connection with their dog. We'll talk about David's favorite spots to go on adventures.

You can visit their website at HappyTailsTours.com

You can call them at 262-6-CANINE  (262-622-6463)

On Instagram at @happytailstours or on Facebook here.

Today's Email Question

Today's question was about the training course and how the process steps up, what ages the dogs need to be for which steps, etc. Michelle asked a great question and something that needs to be addressed for anyone interested in the course. 

Thank you P.U.P. Dog Rescue!

Thanks to our sponsor P.U.P. Dog rescue as well - today's rescue is Moana! She's a 5 month old, white scruffy 6 pound terrier mix. Adorable, and will likely be somewhere around 15-22 pound range. She's housebroken and energetic. You can get more information about her here, or just visit PUPDogRescue.org for more on how they work.

Oct 23 2019

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Session 078: Train Your Dog to Run With you While you Ride a Bike

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On today's show I answer a two commonly asked questions; the first from Tanya, one of our listeners. I get a lot of questions specifically about this. If you listen regularly to the podcast I'm sure you've noticed that I make occasional references to my video training series but I don't often talk about the details. I think the explanation of the video series will help you understand my approach and method to step-by-step training for your dog. 

Next I respond to Julie, who asks about a specific type of training regarding dogs walking alongside you while you bike! So I'll take the opportunity to discuss this in depth as well. 

Video Training Series

This is a 12-part series designed to slowly progress in difficulty so that you can become accustomed to these methods with your dog so you both learn the fundamentals together.

I go through this process with six different people and different kinds of dogs. Some of the benefits of this for use of the videos is;

  1. Using dogs of different sizes
  2. With different age levels
  3. Their owners have different levels of experience and training

I will talk about how this and other lessons fit into the video training course that I offer on my site at TheDogsWay.com. I feature different lessons and a sort of 'competency check' at the end of each to give you a chance to determine what your dog has learned through each.

Lessons
  • Loose Leash Walking
  • Revisiting Sit
  • Walking Behind
  • Controlled Walking, kind of a "heel" type instruction
  • "Stay" command
  • "Come" command
  • Meeting people
  • Temporary boundaries
  • Permanent boundaries
  • "Down" command
  • "Leave It"
  • Approaching dogs

Of course there are some bonus sections that teach a few different lessons for dogs based on age, and some other factors. On my website I talk about what the course is and isn't, and answer some of the common questions you may have as well. Visit the training course page here if you want to learn more.

Teach Your Dog to Walk Along While You Ride a Bike

This particular technique is important for many reasons and it seems fairly straightforward; but safety is a key component. I love the idea of doing this because it's great for getting your dog some quick exercise!

I'll talk about three categories of the process;
  • Competency - we'll establish what your dog is ready for;
  • Setup - training protocol to establish rules (like a "heel" type training);
  • Some lessons learned (from my first-hand experience) about what not to do.

And thanks again to our sponsor, P.U.P. Dog Rescue.

This week's rescue dog is 'Stella'. I got a chance to hang out with her, and she's a young, 4 month old German Shepard (I believe maybe a mix). Absolutely adorable! If you'd like more, click here. Or for more information about P.U.P. Dog Rescue visit their site.

Thanks for listening!

Oct 09 2019

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Session 77: Angie Burlingame of A Dogs Life

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In today's episode, and after a few recording attempts, I sit down with Angie Burlingame, owner of A Dog's Life Training School. Angie's a trainer that uses a a board-and-train style method, and offers 2 and 3-week programs. She's based in my neck of the woods (Woodinville, Washington) and we talk in detail about what a typical session would look like for those interested in this type of method for training your dog. Angie and I have known each other for a long time, but this was the first time speaking together in person.

In This Episode

I go in detail, starting with how a boarding type training session begins. We talk about her initial analysis and what initial evaluation steps are important to her. She has a very positive-minded style and technique, and is extremely conscientious about her approach to dogs.

Some of the fun stuff we talk about are;

  • How Angie got started (we have a similar story about our sort of "pre-dog training" corporate lives)
  • What led her into the field of dog training
  • Some of the important keys for her to analyze how a dog behaves on first approach
  • What she thinks of training with treats
  • What kind of criteria leads her to use a 3-week training approach
  • We'll talk a bit about thoughts on "pack" training
  • How a "boarding" style of training differs and what is involved in the process

Angie's website is ADogsLifeTrainingSchool.com and you can find her on Facebook by clicking here. Angie has some really great videos online as well. Check them out on Facebook or directly on her homepage.

Thanks again as always for your feedback and comments. You can now download our episodes using our Dog's Way Podcast App! Just go to the Android Play or Apple App Store to download it now.

Sean

Sep 15 2019

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Session 76: Are Dogs Still Pack Animals?

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In today's episode I will follow up on one of the many responses I received regarding my Skinner's Four Quadrants episodes 73 and 74 that I received. The concepts and methods that dog trainers use is varied, with peoples' passion for dogs it stands to reason that it would bring out a lot of passionate responses to my use of certain parts of all 4 of Skinner's 4 quadrants. A listener, Vicki wrote in.

I'll jump in by starting with Vicki's email: I listened to your podcast on Skinner's Four Quadrants, and while you did an adequate job of summarizing some of the conditioning history, I think you're operating on some outdated information. Judging from some of your other materials you seem to be still laboring under the false assumption that dogs are pack animals. Perhaps you would like to expand and update your understanding of the current research in the literature of dog behavior and psychology. I've attached an article that summarizes the current modern understanding of domestic dogs' social behavior.   - Vicki

Vicki attached an article on the VCA Hospitals website that I've added here.

And thanks to PUP Dog Rescue for their support. Today's puppy of the week is "Farley", a 62 pound "senior" (he's about eight years old) He's listed as a German Shepherd mix, but he's got sort of a quintessential mutt look. He's very relaxed and laid back temperament and his current foster family speaks very highly of him. I describe a bit more about his personality in the podcast, and you can also click here to see him and inquire!

For more of The Dog's Way podcast follow us on Twitter @TheDogsWay Subscribe on Facebook, and listen to all of our episodes on our website.

Leave me a voicemail and hear yourself on a future show! I'd love if you'd leave me a brief message to let me know how these tips worked for you! Call (844) 364-7929. And if we use your comments in the show, we’ll send you a free video training series! OR if you don’t like free stuff … Email your questions to me: sean@thedogsway.com

All the Best,

Aug 23 2019

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Session 75 - Teaching sit without food treats with Ryan Brown

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Ryan Brown (the dog “Philosofur”) operates a dog training business based in Hamilton, Ontario.

He has been a great colleague in the business, and was a great guest on my podcast back in episode 69, where we spoke about his practice, and talked about tips for newer dog trainers.

In this session Ryan and I will talk about some training commands for your dog WITHOUT food (yes, it is possible).

Ryan’s steps include the following essential steps for the sit command:

  • The proper “minimum” age to effectively train to sit;
  • What the “sit’ should actually look like;
  • What the command means to the dog;
  • How to go to the next level so that the dog will hold the position.

Ryan talks about the “style” sit versus the “tuck” sit and getting certain concepts worked out first as building blocks for further training.

“Am I sure my dog understands the sit command?”

Ryan suggests that many owners believe that their dogs already understand and carry out the plan. But a lot have a version of the command covered, but it is essential to set up a sit AND release command, how tone of voice is a significant factor, and how the leash comes into play.

Sean talks with Ryan about exactly what the “release” command looks like for dog owners. If you don’t have a specific word for your dog, or if it’s too common a word – you’ll get lots of great information just from this part of the show!

The “down” command is discussed as well, and how food use is really only there on a limited basis for recall.

And thanks to PUP Dog Rescue for their support. Today's puppy of the week is "Vivienne", an absolutely adorable German Shepherd that has a great mild temper. Click here to see her and inquire!

Ryan’s website is TheDogPhilosofur.com and also has some great videos on YouTube as well!

For more of The Dog's Way podcast follow us on Twitter @TheDogsWay Subscribe on Facebook, and listen to all of our episodes on our website.

Leave me a voicemail and hear yourself on a future show! I'd love if you'd leave me a brief message to let me know how these tips worked for you! Call (844) 364-7929. And if we use your comments in the show, we’ll send you a free video training series! OR if you don’t like free stuff … Email your questions to me: sean@thedogsway.com

All the Best,

Aug 02 2019

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Episode 74 - Skinner's Four Quadrants - Part 2 of 2

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This is a continuation of my talk about Skinner's Four Quadrants. If you're reading this and haven't heard the previous show (episode 73), I'd strongly suggest going back to listen to that first. It will give some context to my deeper dive into what the concepts mean.

We'll talk in this episode about the broader argument of the "purely positive" trainers, why I use a mix of all four, and why.

Positive-Only" or "Positive-Focused" trainers vs. "Balanced" trainers

I'll talk about the critical importance between the theoretical application of these principals when studied in a classroom and the "real world" application of those principals. It is an important distinction to make when deciding how you will apply the same thinking to your pet.

The considerations for keeping correction in the mix is that it is sometimes dependent on the temperament of the dog - they are all different and have different tendencies. I'll give some examples. Additionally, I'll give some instances where the positive only concept can kind of backfire. I'll talk about the default rule and how it applies in this situation.

The keys to these applications is that it is heavily dependent on the type of situation you are facing.

For more of The Dog's Way podcast follow us on Twitter @TheDogsWay Subscribe on Facebook, and listen to all of our episodes on our website.

Leave me a voicemail and hear yourself on a future show! (844) 364-7929. And if we use your comments in the show, we’ll send you a free video training series! OR if you don’t like free stuff … Email your questions to me: sean@thedogsway.com

All the Best,

Jul 22 2019

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Episode 73 - (Part 1 of 2) Skinner's Four Quadrants

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Hey there Dog's Way fans, today it's time to get "geeky" and talk about Skinner's Four Quadrants.

I get asked a lot about the references I make to B.F. Skinner and Skinner's Four Quadrants so it makes sense to go a bit further into what the concepts are behind positive and negative reinforcements, how trainers adapt to those concepts and in this and episode 74 I go into depth on my methods as well and how to apply it to your own pet.

It's a fascinating understanding of behavior, conditioning, and training. There was so much information to digest that I decided to split it into two podcast episodes. Skinner's four quadrants were broken up like this;

  • Positive Punishment
  • Negative Punishment
  • Positive Reinforcement
  • Negative Reinforcement

The idea stemmed from a few important predecessors to Skinner, and I talk briefly about their history and the evolution to the concept as applied by Skinner and how it is used for training today.

Russian research physiologist Ivan Pavlov, who helped bridge the gap with classical conditioning - the idea that pairing an otherwise neutral occurrence paired with another thing that does have some meaning to a subject.

Operant conditioning, as an alternative is a learning behavior. I'll get into that as well.

John Watson, behavioral researcher was next in the evolution of conditioning about 15 years or so after Pavlov. Systematic desensitization was the goal.

Edward Thorndike was next in the process and with a cat in a box" type experiment that would demonstrate

Three laws of learning

  • The law of readiness;
  • the law of exercise;
  • and the law of effect.

His experiments led to B.F. Skinner, the subject of today's podcast. He expanded several of the concepts of behavioral theory. I go into that

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I also want to thank Brian DuBose at OnWeb Productions - they have made some great changes and improvements to the podcast, and I kind of view Brian as kind of a podcast "magician". They've improved some things and made the podcast more accessible, including on Alexa and Google Home Devices. Just say "Hey Alexa, play The Dog's Way Podcast"

Thanks again for listening, and remember that both parts of the episode are out, so listen to episode 74 as well for a continuation.

Enjoy!

Jul 22 2019

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Session 72: A Great Discussion with Bennie Copeland

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A Great Discussion with Bennie Copeland, author of Family Dog Fusion Bennie Copeland and I had a great discussion! If you remember Bennie Copeland from Episode 61, you're going to love our continued conversation. Bennie is a trainer in the Nashville area, and recently published a book, Family Dog Fusion. It's full of insights and tips on how best to teach, train, love and build an amazing bond that you may not have thought possible. It's got some great step-by-step tools about behaviors, patience, and talks about what your dog wants based on certain behaviors. I'd love if you'd consider taking a look at the book on Amazon. Some of the things we cover;
  • "Balanced" techniques with dog training
  • How others using correction as a method
  • The varying opinions by different trainers, and how you can sort through what's right or wrong for your pet
  • An interesting example of obeying the "down" command
  • The decision to reward a dog for behaviors as they become instinctive.
We also talk about people's opinions about other high profile trainers' techniques (like Cesar Millan), and how best to interpret all of those outside opinions. For more of The Dog's Way podcast follow us on Twitter @TheDogsWay, Subscribe on Facebook, and listen to all of our episodes on our website, TheDogsWay.com. Want to Be a Part of the Show? Leave me a voicemail and hear yourself on a future show! (844) 364-7929. And if we use your comments in the show, we’ll send you a free video training series! OR if you don’t like free stuff … Email your questions to me: sean@thedogsway.com.   All the Best,

Jul 01 2019

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Session 71: The Down Command with Eric Letendre

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In episode 71, Sean interviews Eric Letendre about his method and tips for introducing the down command to a dog.  Sean and Eric talk about some of the pitfalls that people fall into when introducing an obedience command and how to progress from introduction to a little greater proficiency in the down.

Mar 09 2019

51mins

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Session 70: Deciding and Preparing for a Puppy

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Sean interviews Cara Putnam of Crossroads Dog Training about her new free e-book “Before You Bring a Puppy Home”.  Her book walks you through the decision phase, preparation phase and your puppy’s first introduction to their new home.  The downloadable e-book is a great resource to guide you through your preparation.

Dec 07 2018

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Session 69: Interview with Ryan Brown from The Dog Philosofur

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In this episode, Sean interviews Ryan Brown about his thriving new dog training business in Ontario, Canada. Ryan shares his insights over the last two years of intense training with hundreds of clients.  Ryan has tips for newer dog trainers and people thinking of dog training as a career, as well as some ideas to make owner’s training easier and more effective with their dogs.

May 06 2018

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Session 68: Cara Putnam from Cross Roads Dog Training – Dogs’ instincts and training

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In episode 68, Sean interviews Dog Trainer, Cara Putnam about her training philosophy, her focus on dogs’ instincts and needs, as well as some specific ideas about how dogs’ marking behavior can affect the pack and play environment. In this session: In this episode What’s the difference [...]

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Mar 13 2018

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SESSION 67: Friendly Dog Body Language and BAT Training

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In episode 67, Sean answers some questions from a couple of listeners about interpreting dogs’ body language in behavioral modification, and what he thinks of a specific form of training called BAT training for dogs.  Sean gives a more detailed list of the dog body language signals that he usually looks for, and why [...]

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Oct 02 2017

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The Deadly Dog Training Myth: interview with author Eric Letendre

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In episode 66, Sean interviews author Eric Letendre author of The Deadly Dog Training Myth.  Sean and Eric talk about dog training philosophy, dog training politics, and some of the reasons you may be a little frustrated in trying to solve your dog’s behavior issues.  Eric has been training dogs since the 1980’s and [...]

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Aug 02 2017

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Session 65: Boundaries and The DogWatch Smart Fence Dog Containment System

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In episode 65, Sean answers an update questions about temporary and permanent boundaries as well as brings you an interview with Dave Van Kirk from DogWatch Hidden fence systems about their new Smart Fence Containment System. In this session: What’s the difference between a temporary and permanent boundary? Is [...]

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May 16 2017

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SESSION 64: Small Breed Dog? Avoid These Three Mistakes!

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In episode 64, Sean outlines and describes the top three mistakes he sees small breed dog owners making.  Sean gives you a remedy for each mistake and a bit of a game plan and homework for you and your small breed dog, if you feel like you’re making these mistakes. Also, Sean reminds us that [...]

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Mar 30 2017

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Session 63: What’s a Heeling Stick and Who is Peter Caine?

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In episode 63, Sean answers a listener’s questions about using a “heeling stick” that she saw a trainer on YouTube using (Peter Caine).  Sean describes how a heeling stick is used and describes how it’s not quite the aversive that some people think it is.  Sean also (partially) answers the listener’s question about Peter Caine’s [...]

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Feb 21 2017

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SESSION 62: Am I Saying the Right Command?

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In episode 62, Sean goes over some misunderstandings and mistakes in using various commands in your obedience training.  He gives you an understanding of what elements of verbal commands mean something to your dog and what elements are mainly for humans. Additionally, Sean gives you some tips on how you can "geek out" and take [...]

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Jan 18 2017

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SESSION 61: Discover Your Dog Podcast Interview

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In episode 61, Sean interviews Bennie Copeland and Devin Best, the guys from Discover Your Dog Podcast.  Bennie Copeland has been training people and dogs in Nashville for quite a while and Devin Best is the co-host of Discover Your Dog Podcast and the Co-founder of Family Dog Fusion.  Sean, Bennie and Devin talk podcasting, [...]

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Dec 17 2016

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