Rank #1: Sport Dogs versus Protection/LEO Dogs with Sam Edmonds & Mark Torrence - Ep. #28
Nov 02 2018
Rank #2: The Best Dog Training Devices and Tools with Danny Walker and Josh Wilson, Ep #10
What are the four quadrants of dog training?
Dog training is similar raising kids: you can use rewards and reprimands as tools to get desired behaviors. A great trainer makes sure to use the four quadrants to ensure a well-rounded training for each dog. The four quadrants are positive reinforcement, positive punishment, negative reinforcement and negative punishment. Positive means it adds something, negative means it takes something away. (By the way, negative does not mean beat your dog!) Positive reinforcement increases the likelihood that the behavior will happen again and punishment decreases the likelihood that the behavior will happen again. Listen to Nick clearly explain the four quadrants with a great analogy on this episode of The Dog Show.
Slip leads are important tools of the trade
Slip leads are wonderfully easy to use tools to really get control of a dog. If you’ll notice vets, animal shelters, and groomers all use slip leads to help keep dogs in their care under control and to minimize flight risks. For training purposes, you can use it subtly, and make small corrections. Slip leads use the least amount of intensity. The trick when using slip leads is not to choke the dog, to just make it snug. Doing this allows clear communication to the dog. As with any tool, there are downfalls. One is that people use slip leads without any education on how to effectively use them. Other downfalls are having bad timing or using the wrong size. This doesn’t allow for proper communication. Listen to the positives and negatives of slip leads on this episode of The Dog Show.
The prong collar gets a bad rap, but does it deserve it?
The prong collar has a bad reputation, but it can be a fantastic dog training device. The main issue with prong collars is sizing. Most dog owners have no idea how to shop for one. Important matters to consider with prong collars are placement, proper fit, and prong size. Prong collars help owners make small corrections with a subtle touch. Before using a prong collar it is important to educate yourself on how to use them. They are excellent dog training devices for sporting dogs. Listen to this episode of The Dog Show to hear more about dog training devices and tools.
Not all e-collars are created equal
The e-collar has been the center of controversy lately. This is a shame because used properly and purchased from a reputable company, e-collars are an incredibly effective training tool. One of the most important things to remember is to not settle for a cheap one. There is not a legitimate e-collar out there that you can buy for under $100. As with a prong collar a proper fit is key, if the collar is too loose it can cause chafing. 90% of the time owners will fit an e-collar too loose on their dog. Before using an e-collar or any training tool you need to be 100% sure that you are educated enough to use that dog training device. You’ll love hearing Joe as he puts an e-collar on Nick on this episode of The Dog Show. Listen to this episode to hear about the best dog training devices and tools.
Mar 03 2018
Rank #3: Dog Law w/Elliot Harding of Harding Law - Ep. #30
Nov 09 2018
Rank #4: How to Recognize and Treat Anxiety in Dogs, Ep #09
Common symptoms of anxiety in dogs.
Have you ever wondered if your dog suffers from anxiety? What should you look for? Is anxiety something that will significantly impact your dog’s quality of life or is it something that you can sufficiently manage? On this episode, Nick and Joe talk about the various symptoms of anxiety in dogs and what owners like you can do to identify them early and begin treatment. Joe explains that there are two tiers of behaviors when it comes to anxiety symptoms, mild fears and panic attacks.
Mild fears will initiate the following behaviors:
Searching for passive escape routes
Panic attacks will initiate the following behaviors:
Active searching for escape routes
Chewing on themselves constantly
To hear the guys expand on these common symptoms and how they show up in dogs who suffer from anxiety, make sure to listen to this helpful episode!
How CBD oil can help treat dogs with anxiety.
Now that you’ve seen what anxiety symptoms to look for in your dog, what steps can you take to solve or manage it? Did you know that CBD oil can help treat anxiety in dogs? It’s true! On this episode, you’ll hear from Nick and Joe as they explain how they’ve used CBD oil with their dogs and why they believe it can serve as an effective treatment for anxiety symptoms. Joe specifically points to the example of his dog, Yager and how CBD oil really made a difference with managing the anxiety that he suffers from. The guys also stress that there is no downside to treating your dog with CBD oil, so what do you have to lose? To hear more about Nick and Joe’s experience with using CBD oil on their dogs, make sure to listen to this episode.
Why you shouldn’t just assume your dog has anxiety.
While many of the symptoms that Nick and Joe have highlighted end up pointing to anxiety, it’s a good idea to slow the rush to diagnose your dog with suffering from anxiety. On this episode, the guys explain why anxiety symptoms can show up in your dog for causes unrelated to anxiety. Joe stresses the importance of taking your dog in for a physical examination by a veterinarian if you see symptoms of anxiety start to manifest. There could be underlying pain and other issues that may end up causing your dog to act in a way that points to anxiety. Make sure to listen to this episode as the guys go into further depth on this important topic!
Additional solutions for dogs with anxiety.
Nick and Joe have mentioned that using CBD oil has helped them with treating anxiety in their dogs, is that the best course of action? Are there other Solutions that dog owners like you can use to treat anxiety? On this episode, you'll hear from Nick and Joe as they provide additional solutions that you can use to treat your dog if they suffer from anxiety.
Long lasting chews
Training in general
While each of these solutions has varying degrees of success, Nick and Joe both encourage dog owners to try these options or CBD oil to treat anxiety in their dogs before they go down the path toward pharmaceutical medication. Listen to this episode to hear more from Nick and Joe on the subject of anxiety and much more!
Feb 24 2018
Rank #5: Get the Scoop on Tracking and Trailing with USMC Special Ops, Ep #11
What is the difference between tracking and trailing? Is it helpful or harmful to the average dog owner to try tracking and trailing with their dog? How can this method of training provide dogs with the best possible workout? On this episode, you’ll hear from Nick and Joe as they welcome guests, Jacob Robinson and Mountain Sanz to the podcast to discuss the answers to these questions and so much more! Find out the ins and outs of tracking and trailing and what it means for dog enthusiasts like you!
The difference between tracking and trailing.
Have you ever wondered what the difference is between tracking and trailing? Is one better than the other? What purpose does each serve? On this episode, Nick and Joe dive into this important topic and explain the difference between these two important aspects of dog training. Tracking is when a dog tracks a subject footstep for footstep taking their exact path with no deviations. Trailing is when a dog uses all of its senses to track a subject especially focusing on smell to cut corners and find the most direct route to their target. To hear more about the differences and the practical uses of these two aspects of dog training, make sure to listen to this episode!
Why tracking and trailing is so beneficial for dogs.
Is there a real and lasting benefit for the average dog owner to work on tracking and trailing with their dogs? What are the drawbacks? On this episode, you’ll hear from Nick and Joe as they break down the reasons why this activity is one of the best training activities you can work on with your dog. The guys explain that if you are an active and outdoors type of person, tracking and trailing is one of the best jobs you can work with your dog on. While every breed is different and some will excel at it more than others, every dog can practice tracking and trailing to some degree. Go deeper with this important topic by listening to this engaging episode!
Which dog breed and gender are better for training purposes?
Is there one dog breed that is better for training purposes more than any other breed out there? Is it preferable to train with male or female dogs? How does neutering or spaying your dog impact their ability or drive? On this episode, the guys discuss the optimal condition and preferences they have when choosing which dogs to train with. At the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter if the dog is male or female or if they’ve been neutered or spayed, it all comes down to the personal preference of the trainer. When it comes to tracking and trailing, the guys touch on why Malinois dogs are one of the best breeds out there, but really there is a whole range of dog breeds that will excel in tracking and trailing. Learn more about these trainers preferences on this exciting episode!
Tracking and trailing stories.
What do tracking and trailing look like on a practical level? What should a dog owner expect if they were to start working on this aspect with their dog? On this episode, you’ll hear from the guys and their guests as they go over some real-world applications and stories about tracking and trailing. While it may sound intimidating and out of reach for some dog owners, if you are interested in giving it a try, the guys provide some helpful tips on how to get started and where to look in your local area. Don’t miss this great opportunity to learn from their stories and get started!
Mar 17 2018
Rank #6: Xmas Puppies, Dog Psychics, and Why Do Dogs Smile? - Ep. #31
Dec 01 2018
Rank #7: CBD For Dogs. Really? Get the Truth Instead of the Hype, with Desiree Joyce and Cody Tallent, Ep #6
CBD for dogs is one of the most amazing treatments to come along
Desiree Joyce explains that being an all natural, organic substance - and being entirely free of any hallucinogens such as THC - CBD reacts with both human and K9 physiology in a very trouble-free, calming manner. She’s seen many dogs with nervous conditions and other personality issues become much more centered and calm through the simple administration of CBD oil to their food. It’s laced with omega 3 fatty acids as well so the fishy taste/smell is something dogs really love. Find out more about CBD for dogs and whether it’s right for you, on this episode.
Why is Desiree such an advocate for CBD for dogs?
These days there’s lots of controversy surrounding the use of CBD, for humans, and for pets. But for Desiree Joyce, there’s no question about its usefulness. She was diagnosed with cancer and after months of chemo and radiation treatments, she decided she simply couldn’t take the abuse to her body anymore. That’s when she turned to CBD and her own cancer (ovarian cancer) shrunk and finally disappeared. Her doctors were astounded and she became a staunch advocate of CBD treatments. Being in the dog training industry, she naturally felt that the claims about the benefits of CBD for dogs were probably true - and she was right. In this episode Desiree explains many of the ways CBD oil is being used to treat a variety of conditions in our K9 friends, so be sure you listen.
Cody Tallent is not your average decoy
One of the most amazing K9 trainers you’ll ever meet is Cody Tallent. He’s a confident, skilled professional who loves being a decoy for the dogs he trains. The goal is to desensitize the dogs to as many distracting and difficult situations as possible so that when they are actually in the field (either the battlefield or an urban environment as a police dog), they will be able to handle anything that comes their way. He teaches the dogs confidence and mechanics behind effective attacks to enable them to be useful tools to their military and law enforcement handlers. He says he's in the process of building an animal weapon, and he speaks about it in depth on this episode.
Effectively training bite dogs is not an easy task, but Cody Tallent excels at it
One of the things that makes Cody unique in his dog training is that he is able to teach his dogs how to be aggressive and mean when it comes to subduing suspects or criminals, but at the same time he can be affectionate and warm with them - and they respond in kind. It’s amazing to see what he can do with a dog and the powerful weapon they become in the hands of the good guys as a result. Cody explains his approach to the training of bite dogs and why he’s become one of the best there is, on this episode.
Feb 03 2018
Rank #8: Everything You Want To Know About Canine Training for Fire and Police with Ben Gouldman & Paul Ludwig, Ep #7
Canine training for fire department work.
What does it take to train a dog for fire department work? How does it help that department save money? What are some of the challenges involved in training? On this episode, you’ll hear from firefighter and canine trainer, Ben Goldman. In his conversation with Joe, Ben talks about his relationship with his dog, Duchess and the work she does with accelerant detection. Ben says that he does some type of training with Duchess every day and that they’ve built a strong connection. Ben is convinced that there remains a high need in fire departments all over the nation to invest in canine training that will end up saving valuable resources. To hear more about Ben’s story and his work with Duchess, make sure to listen to this episode!
Canine training for police department work.
What does it take to get a dog fully trained and ready to go as a police canine? How does police canine training differ from fire department work? On this episode of The Dog Show, you’ll hear from police canine trainer Paul Ludwig. In their conversation, Joe and Paul discuss Paul’s movie, K9 Guardians and what that experience was like. Paul also explains why he doesn’t think it is wise to try to retrain a police dog that lacks the determination and resolve to perform in the field. Don’t want to miss a minute of Paul’s unique perspective on this episode!
The benefits of agility training.
What benefits can agility training bring to dogs working for the police department? Is this a common aspect of training for police canines? On this episode of The Dog Show, you’ll hear from Paul Ludwig as he provides his take on agility training and its role with training police canines. Paul shares some specific and illuminating stories that drive home his point about the usefulness of agility training for dogs in the field. To hear more about the role of agility training and how it can help police canines, make sure to listen to this episode featuring Paul!
Why dog selection is an important and overlooked factor.
When choosing a canine for police work, is it really that important to select a dog with the right temperament and personality or can training make up for that? On this episode of The Dog Show, police canine trainer Paul Ludwig opens up about his thoughts on dog selection and its role in fielding the best dogs for police work. It is clear that Paul is convinced that dogs need to be selected from the beginning with the right temperament and personality to perform as a police canine officer. While it may not be cost-effective, Paul strongly expresses the need for police departments to find a new dog to replace dogs that can’t perform at the right time in the field. Go into further depth on this topic with Paul on this engaging episode!
Feb 10 2018
Rank #9: Four friends at a table talking dogs - Ep #26
Sep 26 2018
Rank #10: Wild Stories, Upcoming Projects, Dog News, and More! Ep #5
Be prepared and go with the flow.
How do you respond to frustrating experiences? Do you bottle it all in, make light of the situation, let it get to you, or let it roll off of your back? On this episode of The Dog Show, Nick opens up about his recent trip to Naples, Italy. Looking back on the trip now, Nick can laugh at the absolute absurdity of it all but at the time, you can see how it must have been really frustrating. Enjoy Nick and Joe’s entertaining back and forth as they walk through all the details of the trip and share some observations from the experience.
An unexpected predator for dogs.
What comes to mind when you think about predators for dogs? While your mind may quickly go to animals like coyotes, mountain lions and bears have you considered the danger presented by owls? Seriously! An owl is not going to swoop down and fly away with your German Shepherd or Labrador Retriever but Yorkies and puppies, beware! Listen to this episode of The Dog Show as Nick and Joe discuss a recent news highlight that told the story of a Yorkie getting carried away by an owl. It sounds crazy and unbelievable but it’s true!
A prank while hungover? No thanks!
How do you respond to pranks? Do you enjoy them like a select few of the population or do you hate them? When was the last time you got away with a prank? How would you respond to getting pranked while hungover? On this episode of The Dog Show, Nick and Joe tell the story of visiting Georgia Canine while Joe was hungover from the flight. After their flight from Virginia to South Carolina, a hungover Joe realized that they must have messed up their travel plans and missed the second leg of their trip to Georgia. Nick played along as they secured a rental car and hit the road on the way to “Georgia.” As it turns out, Georgia Canine has a second location in South Carolina just minutes from the airport, unbeknownst to Joe. Hear all the details of this hilarious misadventure on this episode!
Upcoming projects and guests!
As you can tell, the guys are pretty busy with projects and travel plans. They both enjoy (usually) the travel aspect of their business but more than that, they love helping dog owners get the most out of their dogs! On this episode of The Dog Show, the guys share some upcoming trips and projects they have planned and give a sneak peek into next week’s podcast episode. Next week’s episode will feature Cody Tallent, a master trainer for multi-purpose canine (MPC) training programs.
Jan 27 2018
Rank #11: Do You Really Need To Train Your Dog? Ep #3
Addressing criticism from listeners.
Was it fair to say that in general, the Amish community does a poor job of breeding dogs? Did it cross the line or go too far? Does this opinion automatically mean that Nick and Joe dislike Amish people? On this episode of The Dog Show, the guys address recent criticism they’ve received for their comments on last week’s episode. While Nick and Joe don’t think that the Amish are bad people, they are simply speaking from their experience as trainers that generally speaking they’ve noticed that the Amish are subpar breeders. The guys also run down a list of some of the top problematic areas that are known for subpar dog breeders and show that they often fall into areas with a large Amish population. To hear more about this topic and their response to the criticism they’ve received, make sure to listen to this episode!
Why just about every dog owner should train their dog.
Should you spend the time and money to train your dog? Is it really worth the investment? In which scenarios is it OK to not train your dog? On this episode of The Dog Show, Nick and Joe explain why it’s important to train your dog. Joe is convinced that because we’ve domesticated dogs, it is our responsibility as humans to properly train the dogs we take into our care. The truth is, dogs thrive when they are trained in a structured environment. This doesn’t mean that you have to go to the extreme end of the spectrum, just know that your dog will be happier (and so will you) if you invest in decent obedience training. Of course, there will be situations where it’s not practical to train your dog, but those are the exception, not the rule! Go deeper with this topic by listening to this episode!
You’ve got to socialize your dog!
What are the advantages to socializing your dog? What are the drawbacks if you neglect this area of their development? On this episode of The Dog Show, Nick and Joe share the importance of socialization for dogs. Nick says that you can never go wrong with socializing your dog. But he has seen numerous examples of dogs who haven’t been socialized, to their detriment. Regardless of your unique situation, the guys highly recommend that you take the time to socialize and train your dog. Learn more tips and insights by listening to this episode!
Do your research before you get your dog trained.
Once you’ve come the conclusion that it’s important for you to train your dog, the question then becomes, where do you start? How do you pick the right trainer? Does it really matter where you go to get your dog trained? On this episode of The Dog Show, Nick and Joe go over some tips for finding the right dog trainer. While of course, they point to their own services, the guys want to make sure you do your research before you put in the time and money to train your dog. Don’t get duped! Find out why it’s important to do your research and how you can make the right pick by listening to this episode!
Jan 09 2018
Rank #12: Do Dogs Need A Job?, Ep #4
What might happen if your dog doesn’t have an appropriate job?
If you’ve got a pet that doesn’t have a job to keep it occupied and use up its energy you may run into a wide variety of problems with your pet. Some will become lazy and unhealthy, essentially from boredom. Others may become overly aggressive or hyper. The difference will depend on the breed of dog and the conditions in its environment. Listen to this entire conversation to hear Joe and Joe discuss dogs, jobs, and various forms of training to facilitate the right job for your dog.
Could it be possible that the dog’s owner needs to find new activities?
There are many situations Joe and Joe come across where dog owners say that there is no real job they can give to their dog. Because of their belief that dog ownership is a heavy responsibility that is as much about the health and well-being of the dog as it is about the fun of the owner having a pet, they insist that many times the owner of the dog needs to find new passions, hobbies, or activities in order to provide a job for the dog. You can hear how the guys recommend owners go about it, on this episode of The Dog Show.
When you choose a job for your dog, understand it’s a commitment
It should be clear by now that having a job for your dog to do is important and that it’s for the well-being and health of your pet. Having said that, it’s important for dog owners to think the issue through all the way to the end. Choosing a job for your dog is not a one-time thing. It’s an ongoing commitment that you, the owner have to make in order to keep up the routine and discipline that enables your dog to actually do its job consistently. Find out how Joe and Joe recommend you go about it by listening to this episode.
How you can evaluate which job is best for your dog
Much of the decision about the job you choose for your dog will depend on the breed and temperament of your animal. There is no one-size-fits-all approach. One of the recommendations made on this episode is that dog owners visit their local training facility to consult with the trainers there about the specific needs of their dog when it comes to job selection. As in any situation, having the characteristics of the specific animal in mind and getting the advice of a skilled professional in light of it is the best way to go.
Jan 20 2018
Rank #13: #RescueDog Talk with FXBG SPCA & PW Humane Directors - Ep. #32
Dec 08 2018
Rank #14: Hot Seat Interview w/Congressional Candidate, Denver Riggleman, #letstalkaboutit - Ep. #29
Nov 03 2018
Rank #15: Which dog food is best, dry dog food, canned, or raw? with Nancy Guinn, Ep #8
Have you seen dog food in the news?
If you’ve heard any news lately about dog food, you’ve probably heard about recalls on dog food. It seems that pet food brands always have a recall for one reason or another. Pet nutritionist, Nancy Guinn, says that not all pet food recalls are created equal. She recommends researching any recalls that may involve your favorite dog food brand. The most recent one happened because there were traces of a euthanasia drug in many brands of dog food. How on earth can this happen, you ask? Listen to this episode if you want to find out!
What should you feed your dogs?
Nancy Guinn joins The Dog Show to share her pet nutritionist expertise. She joins Joe to get to the bottom of the age-old question, what should you feed your dog? There are so many questions about dog food. For example, do puppies really need special food? What about seniors? Is it okay to feed your dog vegan? Which is best, dry dog food, wet dog food, or the infamous raw food diet? Nancy shares an amazingly easy secret to ensuring that your dog’s diet is the best that it can be. If you’re curious to hear what that is then you won’t want to miss this episode. Make sure you listen to find out how you should be feeding your four-legged friend.
Learn the ins and outs of dog nutrition
It doesn’t matter whether you’re feeding your dogs kibble, raw food, or canned food. Good nutrition is as simple as reading the ingredients on the back of the package. If it says meat or animal on the package rather than duck, beef, fish, or a specific kind of animal protein, don’t feed it to them. It is so important to know what each ingredient is. So if you don’t know what’s in the food then, don’t feed it to your dogs. The instructions on the back of the bag are a recommended portion size. Every dog metabolizes their food differently and may need more or less food. If you want to learn more about dog nutrition and how to feed your dogs what they should be eating then listen to this episode of The Dog Show to hear pet nutritionist, Nancy Guinn’s excellent advice on dog nutrition,
Should you feed your dog a raw diet?
There is a big debate out there on the raw food diet for dogs. Nancy says that if you can afford to feed your dogs raw then do it. A raw diet is very healthy for your dog. But, you cannot feed your dog a raw chicken every day and just walk away. They need extra supplements in their diets. A raw diet is not a complete diet for your dog. Listen to this episode with pet nutritionist, Nancy Guinn to learn everything you need to know to get your dog started on a raw food diet.
Feb 17 2018