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Something to Bark About

Join internationally recognized, dog trainer, speaker, and writer, Chad Mackin for discussions about all things dog!

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Episode 19: Separation Anxiety Part 1

The first of a two part series on dealing with separation anxiety. In this episode Chad discusses some lifestyle strategies that can reduce some of the causes of separation anxiety.


26 Feb 2019

Rank #1

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Episode 22: Jay Jack: When Dogs Fight within the Household

Chad sits down with Jay Jack to talk about his reintegration protocol for dogs who fight within a household. This is by far the best approach we know of for dealing with these issues.

1hr 7mins

27 Mar 2019

Rank #2

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Episode 25: Tyler Muto

Chad talks with Tyler Muto about trainer, teaching learning, and even investing in stocks!

1hr 44mins

29 Nov 2019

Rank #3

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Episode 26: Who Says Dogs Have Emotions and Why Do We Care?

Recently in a video a dog trainer asked "Who says dogs have emotions?" and "If they do, why does it matter?" This week Chad answers both questions and a bit more.


6 Dec 2019

Rank #4

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Episode 27: Where Do You Draw the Line?

We are being divided over the issue of physical corrections, do you use them or not. This week Chad takes a look at whether that's a sensible place to draw the line, or just an easy place to draw it.


19 Dec 2019

Rank #5

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Episode 30: Sarah Dixon

Join Chad as he talks with Sarah Dixon about Coronavirus, stress inoculation, cooperative care, leash pressure and more!

1hr 22mins

7 Apr 2020

Rank #6

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Episode 32: Marc Goldberg

Marc Goldberg joins Chad to talk about his upcoming book with The Monks of New Skete, The Art of Training Your Dog

1hr 20mins

25 Aug 2020

Rank #7

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Josh Moran: Dog Philosophy, Robot Dog Training, and Finding Inspiration outside of Dogs

Join Chad Mackin as he talks with The Barefoot Dog Trainer, Josh Moran about the importance of having a consistent philosophy of dogs, developing one's self, and finding inspiration to be a better trainer and much more!

1hr 22mins

20 Dec 2018

Rank #8

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Uncut Bonus Episode: Jay Jack on Reintegration and bags of weapons

This is the uncut version of episode 22, and a return to the less structured style of Dog Training Conversations. If you were a fan of the old show, this is the episode for you. If you want to share the reintegration protocol with clients, the official episode might be better for that.

1hr 18mins

27 Mar 2019

Rank #9

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Episode 21: Arousal and the Orientation Response

Chad discusses a recent insight on dealing with arousal whether it is caused by fear or exitement, and shares practical steps on addressing issues of arousal


20 Mar 2019

Rank #10

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Jason Cohen: Teaching Clients, Tool Dependency, Real World Work, and More

Join me as I chat with Jason Cohen about becoming a better teacher/coach, avoiding tool dependency while still getting real world results for clients, and much more ...

1hr 37mins

28 Dec 2018

Rank #11

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Episode 20: Separation Anxiety Part 2

Chad continues the discussion on helping dogs and their owners overcomes separation anxiety issues. Including more crate acclimation strategies, ways to reduce stress associated with leaving and returning, the use of medication and other aids, plus a bit more ...


5 Mar 2019

Rank #12

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Mini Episode 2: Ego, Improvement, and Impulse Control

A couple of small rants regarding ego and improvement. Also is impulse control really controversial?


16 May 2019

Rank #13

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Episode 17: Getting Better Client Compliance

Everywhere I go, I hear dog trainers talking about the frustration of clients who just don't do the work. In this episode, I share a few of my thoughts on getting better compliance out of dog owners


12 Feb 2019

Rank #14

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Episode 15: Bad Weather Training plus Using No Reward Markers

Chad discusses how to make the most of training when the weather makes outdoor training tough. He also addresses the idea of a No Reward Marker, how to teach it and why it matters.


29 Jan 2019

Rank #15

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Episode 28: Pat Stuart (dimensions of the box not included)

Join Chad as he chats with Pat Stuart about Pat's recent NePoPo seminar in Chicago.

1hr 38mins

14 Feb 2020

Rank #16

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Mini-Episode: Rewards and Rants

In this short episode, Chad talks about the value of rewards, and how to deal with bad dog training online ... Strong language abounds!


25 Apr 2019

Rank #17

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Episode 16: Live in Riverside!

After day one of the Biology of Behavior Workshop, Chad and some of the workshop participants talk about mistakes in training, imposter syndrome, the need for good mentors, and as a bonus Chad tells his origin story!

1hr 24mins

5 Feb 2019

Rank #18

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Episode 18: More on Client Compliance

This is a continuation of last week's episode about getting more compliance from dog training clients.


20 Feb 2019

Rank #19

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Episode 29: Group Classes With Brent Dry

Melbourne based dog trainer, Brent Dry and Chad discuss the value and challenges of teaching group classes

1hr 43mins

25 Mar 2020

Rank #20