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Canine Nation

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Because it matters how we work with our dogs.

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Because it matters how we work with our dogs.

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Essential

By k thomas d - Apr 04 2019
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This podcast has been instrumental in helping me understand my new pooch. I could never put my finger on what felt “off” about conventional training wisdom, and the conventional perspective of the human-dog relationship. This podcast has helped me cut through the cacophony of information out there, and hone in on some essential truisms about dogs, the species. It’s helped me train my dog, but also train myself to see him for what he is, not what I am.

On recall

By Fave pinner - Feb 28 2019
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I love learning from your podcast, and I just thought the episode on using Premack’s principle of reinforcement to work around the difficulty with recall was so clever! Thank you for sharing!

iTunes Ratings

19 Ratings
Average Ratings
12
2
3
0
2

Essential

By k thomas d - Apr 04 2019
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This podcast has been instrumental in helping me understand my new pooch. I could never put my finger on what felt “off” about conventional training wisdom, and the conventional perspective of the human-dog relationship. This podcast has helped me cut through the cacophony of information out there, and hone in on some essential truisms about dogs, the species. It’s helped me train my dog, but also train myself to see him for what he is, not what I am.

On recall

By Fave pinner - Feb 28 2019
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I love learning from your podcast, and I just thought the episode on using Premack’s principle of reinforcement to work around the difficulty with recall was so clever! Thank you for sharing!
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Canine Nation

Latest release on Aug 14, 2019

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: Dogs In The Crossfire

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The clash of cultures is growing within the dog training world. Traditional compulsion based training is being re-branded to appeal to 21st century dog owners.  Newer methods for living with and teaching dogs based on science and rewards is gaining popularity.  Differences between proponents of these approaches to training can be confrontational and not entirely factual.

Change can be difficult. And our knowledge of dogs and how to work with them is changing.  It could be that dogs and their owners are getting caught in the crossfire of debates on dog training philosophies. Can we make the transition to newer and better ways to train with less conflict and more insight? I wonder.

Aug 01 2013

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Rank #2: Is Kindness Enough for Effective Dog Training?

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There is a trend in modern dog training toward kinder, more dog-friendly training methods. Training that seeks to remove everything unpleasant for the dog and to make learning more enjoyable. But is kindness enough to teach our dogs? Is there more to being effective trainers than just being kind to our dogs and not using force?

A transcript of the main text of Is Kindness Enough for Effective Dog Training? is available at the Life As A Human online magazine website. You can visit Life as a Human to find this and other articles.

Thanks for listening to Canine Nation podcasts. I hope you can spread the word and let your dog-friends know about what you’re hearing here.

As always, your comments and suggestions are welcome!

Jul 01 2019

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Rank #3: Reliable Recall – The Holy Grail of Dog Training

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What if you’re standing in a playing field and your dog won’t come to you? What if you want your dog to “sit” and he keeps looking for squirrels?  Let me share methods and mindsets that we have learned for getting more cooperation from our dogs.

Feb 25 2019

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Rank #4: Socializing for Success: Raising a Happy, Confident Dog

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How social is your dog?  Different dogs will want more or less social engagement.  But what is most important is that we teach our dogs how to cope with the lifestyle we bring them into.  Socialization is not just about giving your dog play time with others.  It’s about exposing them to a variety of sights, sounds, and experiences in a safe and enjoyable way.  To have a dog that is comfortable and happy in different social situations, you have to take them with you, teach them kindly, and never overwhelm them.

A transcript of the main text of Socializing for Success: Raising a Happy, Confident Dog is available at the Life As A Human online magazine website. You can visit Life as a Human to find this and other articles.

Thanks for listening to Canine Nation podcasts. I hope you can spread the word and let your dog-friends know about what you’re hearing here.

As always, your comments and suggestions are welcome!

Jun 17 2019

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Rank #5: Finding Out the Truth About Your Dog

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We make a lot of assumptions about dogs.  We pass them one.  And, over time, these suppositions can turn into things we believe as TRUE about dogs.  But ours is an age of reason and science.  Shouldn't we devote as much effort to finding out about our dogs and their behaviour as we do to a new appliance or software program?  The scientific method of posing questions, testing to see what we find, and making conclusions based on experience rather than hearsay has taken mankind a long way.  If it's good enough for modern medicine, it should be good enough for "man's best friend" shouldn't it?  Is it easy to let go of some of our beliefs about dogs?  No.  But examining what we think we know might just be the key to a better life with our dogs.  It has certainly made all the difference in my life.

Jul 27 2011

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Rank #6: Dog Aggression – Fear, Fact, Fiction and How To Cope

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Our dogs will bark, snap, and sometimes even bite if they are put into situations where they feel that is their only choice.  If we take precautions to understand our animals and give them what they need to be successful in our lives, we can reduce the chances of them ever acting out in an aggressive fashion.

Jan 21 2019

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Rank #7: A Balanced Dog – Coping Skills and Managing Stress

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To look at most of our dogs, it’s hard to think of them as “stressed out” as they snooze happily in that patch of sunlight, yet all dogs experience stress, some more and some less — and it’s how they learn to cope with it that is most important.

May 02 2011

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Rank #8: Confessions of a Positive Dog Trainer

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Is it more ethical or moral to use positive dog training? For Eric Brad, the reasons are less lofty and more practical. And sometimes the simplest reasons can be the most compelling.

Apr 17 2012

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Rank #9: Silly Dogs, Happy Dogs

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My dogs are silly sometimes. I'm quite proud of that. And I'm delighted that I get to be silly with them too. There is nothing quite like getting down on the floor and rolling around with my black dogs!

With a little training and practice, we have created many fun and safe games that we play together.  It's a great way to teach them the rules and reward them with fun. And I never have to yell at them to "knock it off!

Jul 15 2013

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Rank #10: Catch Your Dog Doing Something Right

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What if your dog offered you a behaviour you didn’t ask for? What if it was a good idea? Being smart enough to catch your dog doing something right is good for both of you. You get what you want and your dog gets to flex his creative muscles!

May 14 2012

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Rank #11: A Million Ways to Love a Dog

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What I have learned about dogs through behavioural science and modern training methods has fundamentally changed the way I see them as beings. It has changed his life in so many wonderful ways.  But there are lots of ways to love a dog.  Some are very different from others.  But they are love all the same.  We should remember that.

Apr 22 2019

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Rank #12: Dog Training Mechanics

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Dog training is simple. Anyone can do it, right? Well, maybe. Dog training involves a lot of mechanical skills that we can practise. The more we practise, the better we get. The better we get, the faster our dog learns. Maybe we should focus on doing the basics well instead of looking for some new-fangled clever techniques!

Jan 07 2019

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Rank #13: Playing with dogs is seriously fun!

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Did you realize that play is an important part of dogs’ development and overall health throughout their lives? When it comes to our canine friends, it seems that old saying “All work and no play…” is just as true as it is for humans.

May 01 2011

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Rank #14: Mean Dog People Suck – A Rant

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Have you ever noticed all the different ways that people are mean to their dogs? No? Well, there are plenty of people out there who will tell you that you are "abusing" your dog in one way or another even if you didn't know you were doing it. Even your dog might not know they are being abused. Welcome to dog training's "new age!"

Nov 05 2018

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Rank #15: Bad Dog – Handling Problem Behaviours

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Correcting bad behaviour in our dogs can be like putting out a fire. We have to act swiftly and decisively. But if we don't know a little bit about behavioural science, we could end up making things worse instead of better. Inspired by Dr. Susan Friedman, this article looks at what our options are when we need to deal with unwanted behaviour.

Punishing our dog for bad behaviour might be the first thing that comes to mind but, according to Dr. Susan Friedman, it is likely that it will be the least effective for correcting behaviour long-term.  There are lots of options to try before we resort to trying to stop behaviour.  Being proactive and teaching the behaviours we want to see is a great start!

Jun 11 2012

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Rank #16: Dog Expectations – Podcast

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Our dogs have expectations. They may even have expectations of us that we don't know about. What if we took the time to set their expectations to help them fit in better with our lives? It's not as hard as you might think!

Mar 09 2015

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Rank #17: 3 Important Lessons in Dog Training

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While I have learned a great deal from books by Karen Pryor, Jean Donaldson, John Bradshaw, and many others, my greatest education in dogs and dog training came from teachers much lower to the ground. My dogs have taught me the most important things about training and dog behaviour. I wasn't always the best student, but their patience has helped me learn some of the most important lessons of all!

Feb 27 2014

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Rank #18: Dog Training? Who’s Training who?

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Humans like the affection of dogs. We find it reinforcing when they come to us for petting and attention. Once they find something that annoys us, they can be masters at using it to get us to do things in order get them to stop doing it. It’s cause and effect, consequences dictating behaviour. And they know it. As Jean Donaldson put it in her book Culture Clash, “Dogs do what works.” So who is training who in this relationship? The answer is probably both you and the dog. The good news is that it's probably best that way!

Jul 08 2011

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Rank #19: Selling Snake Oil: Stopping Behaviour Doesn’t Make A Good Dog

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It never ceases to amaze me each time a dog trainer tells me how good they are by showing me how long their dog will "Stay." In essence, they are showing me what a good dog they have by demonstrating how long the dog will refrain from doing something. Is that really a skill or is the fear of being reprimanded if they DO try to act? It could be either or it might even be a bit of both. Defining our dogs by what they don't do seems backward to me. Shouldn't we be proud of what they WILL do if asked? This article explores some of the psychology behind non-behaviour and shows that it's not always a good thing!

Nov 16 2010

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Rank #20: Dealing with Demanding Dogs

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Dogs can be pretty persistent creatures. This is especially true if they know they can get what they want. Sometimes our reactions can encourage their annoying behaviour even though we are trying to stop it. Maybe we need to think ahead and know what to do before we just react. How we respond when our dogs nag us matters. And sometimes we shouldn't respond at all!

Dec 18 2013

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