Rank #1: Episode 13: Pandemic Pups: Part One with Dr. Marlow Ball
Join Dr. Marlow Ball of SOMA Animal Clinic and certified dog trainer Elizabeth Silverstein of Telltail Dog Training for an update to what we know about the pandemic. Podcast quality is a little rough this go around, but the information is pretty solid.
Blog post coming soon.
Special Guest: Dr. Marlow Ball.
Jan 13 2021
Rank #2: Episode 12: Storytelling with the Details
Blog post is coming soon!
Special Guest: Julie Gayler.
Nov 26 2020
Rank #3: Episode 11: Embarrassed: We Got a Handful
Join Elizabeth of Telltail Dog and Dawn of Odin_Pup (https://www.instagram.com/odin_pup/) for a look into the handful that is Odin. Dawn's familiar with being severely embarrassed by her dog -- and she's a dog trainer. Tools and methods mentioned in the podcast are linked below through the blog post.
Odin's personality continued to emerge, and Dawn and Mark weren’t sure they’d be able to keep him. “I would say that there’s probably a lot of reactive dog owners who feel that they have the wrong dog,” Dawn said. “And I would say that they probably don’t, they just haven’t figured out the language yet, but at the same time, I’ve been there. I felt the same way. We were worried that if we couldn’t figure it out, we’d have to find Odin a new home because we weren’t the right home for him."
Then Odin scared Mark, who had been bitten by a dog the year before. Odin latched onto his arm, tugging. “We thought it was aggression,” Dawn said. “I was like, ‘Oh my god, we have to go put this dog down because he just bit my husband.’ Turns out, he had literally no idea what to do with his mouth. He was so overstimulated and he’s a reactive dog who was like, ‘Oh we’re playing tug now? Let’s play tug REALLY HARD.’"
They had some hard discussions and then reached out to Dana Falsetta, a close friend of Mark’s and a dog trainer and then a manager with Philly Unleashed. “She fielded a lot of phone calls from us at 10, 11 o’clock at night in tears, because we just didn’t know what to do,” Dawn shared. “I wasn’t a trainer yet. I had no idea. I was reading all of the books, reading all of the articles. It was a very intense year.”
Special Guest: Dawn Heiderscheidt.
Oct 27 2020
Rank #4: Episode 10: You Deserve a Nice Trainer
It all comes down to methods, personality, and certifications. You deserve a nice trainer, and I view a nice trainer as:
Actively listening. This means asking questions and hearing you without jumping to respond.
Acknowledging the good things you’ve done with your dog and the hard work that you’ve put in so far.
Finding a method that works for you and your dog.
Explaining what they’re doing, why they’re doing it, and showing you how to do it.
Exercising appropriate boundaries.
Cited in the episode:
CCPDT LIMA Policy: https://www.ccpdt.org/about-us/least-intrusive-minimally-aversive-lima-effective-behavior-intervention-policy/
Telltail Dog Treats Handout: https://telltaildogtraining.com/class-handout-treats/
Oct 06 2020
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Rank #5: Episode 9: Embarrassed: The Only Reactive Pitbull in Atlanta
Join Elizabeth of Telltail Dog and Lauren of Empath_N_Drake (https://www.instagram.com/empath_n_drake/) for a candid discussion on reactivity, repression, and training methods. Lauren tried everything after her pitbull Drake developed reactive behaviors when he was seven months old.
Previously, when he looked at another dog, he’d get a correction because a look would lead to a reaction. If he was tense walking down the hallway, he was supposed to get a correction. If he was on edge at all, he’d get a correction. “He was constantly being stimmed,” Lauren shared. “It was so unfair. … It felt like we were constantly in conflict.”
Now, she tries to honor him and work on building him up. When he looks at another dog, she can tell if it’s curiosity or about to lead to a reaction. By inviting him to look at her instead, she can let him know he’s safe.
Lauren also manages Drake’s behavior by:
- Giving him as much space as possible. If anyone is walking towards them, she uses space to manage his reactions and reward him for eye contact.
- Knowing his thresholds. (https://www.whole-dog-journal.com/behavior/5-things-to-know-about-a-dogs-threshold/) A threshold is just the point where a dog has engaged in fight, freeze, or flight, and may struggle to think or process his surroundings. This is where a dog won’t take treats or can’t focus.
- Avoiding trigger stacking. (https://pawsandreward.com/trigger-stacking-your-dogs-threshold/). Trigger stacking just means a dog is unable to recover from the stress of reacting to a trigger before facing a new trigger. This means reactions get more and more intense as the dog gets overwhelmed.
- Utilizing decompression walks. (https://www.dogmindedboston.com/blog/2019/5/27/the-life-changing-power-of-decompression-walks) These sorts of walks allow for freedom of movement and engagement for dogs, allowing them to use their nose and mind and thus ultimately recover from any triggers. As a result, they’re much more mentally able to face any new challenges or triggers.
Special Guest: Lauren.
Sep 01 2020
Rank #6: Episode 8: Embarrassed: Bruises on Bruises
Article by Nicole Skeehan of Philly Unleashed: https://spotonfence.com/blogs/training-tips/dogs-who-cant-play-with-other-dogs.
It’s tempting to be embarrassed about that, too. My dog isn’t a "cool dog". He’s a dog with a distinct personality and likes and dislikes. He’s growled at people for picking him up. Also embarrassing. But he’s never growled at me for picking him up, and we have a special cue for it when I do. Everyone else has done it without his permission, and he let them know.
It can feel particularly embarrassing when:
- Your dog is particular about other dogs or doesn’t like other dogs or
- Your dog doesn’t like all people or most people or
- Your dog has triggers that have to be managed.
I get all of that. I’ve experienced it with not only Jeeves, but with other dogs I’ve lived with. He’s the one that taught me that I need to advocate for him. If I had told the people not to pick him up, he wouldn’t have had to use his voice to do it. He doesn’t have to be okay with just anyone grabbing him.
Aug 27 2020
Rank #7: Episode 7: Group Classes Start in July + Announcements
I wanted to share that classes start in July and address some additional things.
The rescue series is continuing:
- Beyond Finding Homes: https://telltaildogtraining.com/beyond-finding-homes-rescue-in-arkansas/
- They'll Surprise You: https://telltaildogtraining.com/theyll-surprise-you-rescue-in-arkansas/ Stay tuned for the third one!
Jun 30 2020
Rank #8: Episode 6: Meet the New Girl, Inky! Plus: Potty Training Tips
I decided to adopt a rescue dog! Meet Inky. Plus, I share some potty training tips.
I'll start the rescue series this week, and I'll be sharing some more fun collaborations soon! Read more at https://telltaildogtraining.com/meet-inky-potty-training-tips/.
May 19 2020
Rank #9: Episode 5: Fundraiser for CARE
Things over here at Telltail Dog Training in Little Rock have been mostly at a standstill, but I've been able to work on some cool things despite social distancing. After a consulting project with CARE for Animals, I decided to do a fundraiser for them AND launch a rescue series I'd been working on for a pet magazine.
The rescue series will start next week, featuring rescuers from around the state.
For now, I have ten spots available for $10 each. To reserve, go to https://www.paypal.com/fundraiser/charity/120000 and select "Other." Send me the confirmation through email at Info@telltaildogtraining.com or text at 501-500-4685 by Monday, May 18, and within three business days, I'll send you a digital copy of your drawing. When it's safe to do so, the physical copies will be available at CARE in the Heights for you to pick up.
May 06 2020
Rank #10: Episode 4: Call Your Veterinarian: Preparing for Quarantine with your Pet
The pandemic sweeping the nation has brought dog training to a halt, as a lot of what we do can involve frequent contact with people. Instead, I, your host of Telltail Dog and a friendly central Arkansas dog trainer, Elizabeth Silverstein, decided to chat with Dr. Marlow Ball about what's going on at the moment and how to prepare if you do need to quarantine with your pets. This was recorded on Monday, and today's Thursday, and already things have changed.
Stay calm and call your veterinarian.
Arkansas Veterinary Emergency & Specialists
11619 Pleasant Ridge Rd, Little Rock, AR 72212
After Hour Animal Hospital
290 Smokey Ln, North Little Rock, AR 72117
Special Guest: Dr. Marlow Ball.
Mar 26 2020