Common Misconceptions Around Shaping: Why You May Find Dog Training Frustrating #261
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by Susan Garrett
17h ago
Visit us at shapedbydog.com     Recently, I asked for your questions about using shaping in dog training, and wow, did you deliver! I’m covering misconceptions about shaping, where shaping went wrong for me in the 90s with my dogs and a wall, what you need to know about successive approximations, and how behavioral blocks set dogs up for success. Plus, I’m answering some of your most popular questions and sharing the steps so you can shape your dog to close a cupboard door.   In this episode you’ll hear:   • About shaping using successive approximations. • Where succes ..read more
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Is My Puppy’s Behavior Normal or Is It Time For Me To Be Concerned? #260
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by Susan Garrett
4d ago
Visit us at shapedbydog.com    Ever wondered if your puppy's behavior is normal or cause for concern? From biting to lunging, fearing to growling, chasing, chewing and more, it can be hard to know what's normal and what's not. There’s a range of behaviors that people might consider problems, but many really are normal, and they can vary based on a puppy's breed, upbringing, and individual quirks. I've got insights and practical tips for understanding and action-taking on common puppy behavior problems, and more.     In this episode you’ll hear:   • The wide range of no ..read more
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Use These Simple Shaping Hacks To Expedite Your Dog Training #259
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by Susan Garrett
1w ago
Visit us at shapedbydog.com   Are you ready to take your dog training to the next level? Whether you're just starting, have been at it a while, or are an experienced dog trainer, I've got hacks to fast track success and take you and your dog to a completely different level of understanding. I'm diving into shaping behavior and why it's the key to unlocking rapid learning for you and your dog. Shaping is not a training method but how all animals learn, and I've got simple yet powerful tips for shaping success, plus you’ll learn how to start training the paws up trick.   In this episod ..read more
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Training Plan For Hyper Excited Dogs: Play The Threshold Game For Calm Focus #258
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by Susan Garrett
2w ago
Visit us at shapedbydog.com    Does your dog get hyper and lose focus the closer they get to something really exciting? You are not alone, and I have a training plan to help you create calm and focus for over-the-top dogs. I’m covering why dogs can get out of control near things they love and what to do about it when you want to be a positive reinforcement-based dog trainer. Plus, you’ll get the steps to play the Threshold Game with a case study of a very excited young dog who visits me with my friend.    In this episode you’ll hear:   • Why we can’t rely on cheese alo ..read more
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How To Use Your Dog’s Favorite Reinforcements To Fix Unwanted Inadvertent Behaviors #257
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by Susan Garrett
3w ago
Visit us at shapedbydog.com    Have you ever wondered how to fix your dog’s unwanted behavior when you want to train with positive reinforcement? In episode 256, I covered the magic question, "What was that cookie for?" that helps us all understand how we may be contributing to the behaviors of our dogs that we want to change. So, I’m following up with my top tips on turning things around. The very good news is that the formula I use to get everything back on track is easy to apply to any inadvertent behavior problem you'd like to change.    In this episode you’ll hear: &nb ..read more
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What Was That Cookie For?! When Positive Reinforcement In Dog Training Goes Wrong #256
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by Susan Garrett
3w ago
Visit us at shapedbydog.com   With the growing popularity of positive reinforcement-based dog training, there's an increasing popularity of criticizing the use of positive reinforcement. And truthfully, it isn't all unfounded because there can be a huge variability in people's results when they choose not to use physical corrections or verbal intimidation in their dog training. I’m addressing the criticism with a look at 5 different scenarios where dogs get rewarded for things you don’t want, and how using the magic question “what was that cookie for?” can fast track success and turn unwa ..read more
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Why Your Older Puppy Or Dog Is Not House Trained And What To Do About It #254
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by Susan Garrett
1M ago
Visit us at shapedbydog.com    Do you have or know a dog or older puppy who still isn't completely house trained? If this is you, don't worry, I've got you covered! I’m sharing the reasons a dog might not be fully house trained, what to do about it, a common mistake people make, and how to teach your dog to tell you when they want to go outside to potty.    In this episode you’ll hear:   • Common reasons why older puppies or dogs have accidents inside the house. • How I had house training difficulties in my open-concept home. • Ways dogs can communicate their need to g ..read more
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7 Ways To Instantly Make Your Dog's Life Better #253
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by Susan Garrett
1M ago
Visit us at shapedbydog.com   I was recently asked, "Do you think there's a way we could instantly make our dog's life better?" and I thought about it and decided it would be a great topic for an episode of Shaped by Dog.  The way I narrowed down my list to 7 things might surprise you. The good news is that putting these proven tips into action will not really cost you any more money and will improve life and happiness for all dogs and people.   In this episode you’ll hear:   • The importance of learning a dog's form of communication. • How to know what a dog loves, includi ..read more
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The Raw Feeding Guide To Training Your Dog With All Forms Of Treats #252
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by Susan Garrett
1M ago
Visit us at shapedbydog.com   Feeding dogs raw food and how to train with raw fed dogs are topics I get asked to talk about a lot! I’m covering how I use raw food to my dog training advantage and how I plan what food I’m using when and where. Even if you don’t feed raw, the tips on type of treats for dogs and using treats for training is for everyone.   In this episode you’ll hear:   • What it's like training your dogs when you're a raw feeder. • The detailed strategy I use when I'm planning my training. • Why I decided to feed my dogs raw 25 years ago.  • Good practices wh ..read more
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Should We All Stop Using Non-Reward Markers In Dog Training? #251
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by Susan Garrett
1M ago
Visit us at shapedbydog.com    Non-Reward Markers have long been used in dog training, but are they really necessary? And what drives our choice to use an NRM? An NRM, sometimes called a No Reward Marker, could be a word people use to freeze a dog from making a poor choice during training or even be something like, “ah”, “no”, “hey”, “stop”. I’m covering how things have changed for me and the use of Non-Reward Markers over the years and what we can do instead.   In this episode you’ll hear:   • Why to consider the balance of compassion and ambition. • About the impact of us ..read more
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