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Last update: 2012-10-10

PetLifeRadio.com - Teacher's Pet - Episode 79 Shelter Dogs

2012-10-10 :: Nan Talleno
Length: 30s

Informative discussion as guest Steven Appelbaum, President of Animal Behavior College, shares training tips and informative ideas regarding the care and training of newly adopted shelter dogs and the many ways to help them. Nancy also shares her training tips as well.

Have questions? E-mail Nan at nan@petliferadio.com

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PetLifeRadio.com - Teacher's Pet - Episode 78 Behavior Modification

2012-05-04 :: Nan Talleno
Length: 32s

Today, we’ll discuss some general canine behavior modification tips to help you create a clear and concise pathway of communication for your dog to follow. This will also ultimately strengthen the bond between you and help you to create a stronger but loving leadership role.

Have questions? E-mail Nan at nan@petliferadio.com

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PetLifeRadio.com - Teacher's Pet - Episode 77 Feline Management and Training Program

2011-12-24 :: Nan Talleno
Length: 43s

Today we’ll be talking to Steve Appelbaum, the President of Animal Behavior College regarding their new course offering, Feline Management and Training.

The first program of its kind, it educates, guides and instructs those working with companion animals and felines and/or those who care for and live with a cat to motivate and to ultimately train them (yes, they are trainable!) and to introduce them to more appropriate and positive behaviors.

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PetLifeRadio.com - Teacher's Pet - Episode 76 Steven Appelbaum -- Innovation and Dedication To Training

2011-09-19 :: Nan Talleno
Length: 36s

Informative interview with the founder and president of the Animal Behavior College, the foremost innovative school for canine behavioral training. Steven Appelbaum discusses the success and history of the school as well as the newest programs that aid countless shelter animals and he also offers special training tips that benefit both canines and felines.

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PetLifeRadio.com - Teacher's Pet - Episode 75 Behavioral Techniques, Spring Safety Tips, and A Heart Full Of Love

2011-04-16 :: Nan Talleno
Length: 32s

Today we’ll focus on a couple of different topics. We’ll check on several spring and gardening safety tips to keep your pets safe and healthy this season. We’ll take a look at what we can do to correct the ever-popular canine jumping behavior at the front door. And we’ll be inspired by a touching interview about one child’s amazing love for his lost dogs and how at a young age has helped countless homeless animals.

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PetLifeRadio.com - Teacher's Pet - Episode 74 Operation Baghdad Pups

2011-03-02 :: Nan Talleno
Length: 27s

In Iraq and Afghanistan, our US troops, are drawn to nearby animals as a means of loving companionship and a vital way to cope with the emotional struggle and psychological hardships of every day life in a havoc-filled war zone. The SPCA International’s Operation Baghdad Pups is a very special program that provides needed veterinary care and coordinates the logistics and transportation requirements for the sole purpose of reuniting these much loved pets with their eagerly awaiting service men and women back home in the US. Today we’ll talk from Iraq with the program’s manager Terri Crisp.

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PetLifeRadio.com - Teacher's Pet - Episode 73 Martin Buser and His Dogs- Sharing Their Lives, Adventure and A Special Bond

2011-01-17 :: Nan Talleno
Length: 29s

Today we chat with Martin Buser, the Iditarod World Record Holder, owner of Happy Trails Kennel and the Leonhard Seppala Humanitarian Award winner for best dog care. He talks about his lifestyle with his own dogs on the trail, discusses pet care and shares advice on how to make everyday an adventure with your pets.

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PetLifeRadio.com - Teacher's Pet - Episode 72 Basic Commands

2010-11-18 :: Nan Talleno
Length: 34s

This week Nan Talleno talks about some very basic but most important training cues -- come, sit and focus. They’re the fundamentals for so many others. Even if your dog doesn’t know many commands, these are the ones to know! Tune in to find out why these all-important cues are so necessary.

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PetLifeRadio.com - Teacher's Pet - Episode 71 How Dogs Communicate

2010-10-21 :: Nan Talleno
Length: 31s

This week’s Teacher’s Pet program focuses on the communication and interaction of our best friends. It highlights the many ways dogs communicate with each other and with us. And it shows us how their communication helps us -- to ultimately help them.

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PetLifeRadio.com - Teacher's Pet - Episode 70 What is K9 Nose Work?

2010-08-28 :: Pia Silvani
Length: 35s

K9 Nose Work, the new, exciting, detection-style sport is designed to develop dogs’ natural scenting abilities by using their curiosity, desire to hunt, and their love of toys, food, and exercise. It’s a great way for any dog to have fun, build confidence, and burn lots of mental and physical energy. Dogs are sniffing it up!

Scent work, or ‘nose work’ as it is often called is the most natural thing any dog can do. Dogs have an amazing sense of smell and a natural desire to hunt. Classes are being offered around the country. Want to learn more? Then join Pia in a fun discussion with one of the founders, Jill Marie O’Brien.

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PetLifeRadio.com - Teacher's Pet - Episode 69 The Puppy Primer

2010-08-17 :: Pia Silvani
Length: 42s

It’s never too early to start training your puppy. Your puppy’s behavior is equally as important as its well-being and physical health. Dr. Patricia McConnell, along with Brenda Scidmore, have written the perfect six-week training program to help you and your puppy get off on the right paw. Dr. McConnell will be talking to us about how to humanely and effectively teach your pup the rules of your house and much more. As she says "While your pup is maturing, remember, Lassies are made, not born."

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PetLifeRadio.com - Teacher's Pet - Episode 68 TRAINING SESSION #24 -- Training in a "Twitter" World

2010-08-06 :: Pia Silvani
Length: 30s

How many pieces of electronics are attached to your body? How many computers, cell phones, Blackberries, I-Phones and more do you own? Can we ever get away from people? Do you ever take a walk with your dog and not have your phone with you? If not, then how do we train our dogs?

This is a complaint that I hear trainers talk about all the time. "I cannot get compliance from my client since they don’t have time to practice." Sound familiar? Well, believe it or not, I don’t have time either! Here are a few tips that I give trainers so you will have a better chance succeeding. Trainers forget that the average pet owner is not a professional dog trainer and the tips they may be giving you are not always practical. Listen and find out what trainers are saying and how you can help them achieve success by explaining to them what you really need!

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PetLifeRadio.com - Teacher's Pet - Episode 67 Feeling Outnumbered? How to Manage and Enjoy Your Multi-Dog Household

2010-07-23 :: Pia Silvani
Length: 31s

People living with more than one dog know that the more dogs you live with, the less time you have for yourself. Yet, life with many dogs doesn’t necessarily have to be overwhelming. Whether you are looking for some tips to help your dog enjoy living with other dogs or dealing with canine chaos, Dr. Patricia McConnell will be discussing the approach she takes with her dogs so everyone can live in peace and harmony.

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PetLifeRadio.com - Teacher's Pet - Episode 66 TRAINING SESSION #23-- What Should You Expect From Your Trainer?

2010-05-30 :: Pia Silvani
Length: 31s

I travel around the world and watch trainers teaching classes or conducting private sessions with their clients. There are many times when I see a client become frustrated or the trainer tells me he or she has a high drop out rate. Why is that? Here are a few tips that I give trainers around the world to help them to encourage you to return to class each week while helping you stay motivated to train. Training your dog should be fun! If your instructor isn’t living up to your expectations, don’t leave. Discuss your concerns. Who ends up losing in the end? Your dog!

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PetLifeRadio.com - Teacher's Pet - Episode 65 Super Seniors -- A ProActive Approach to the Aging Canine

2010-05-13 :: Pia Silvani
Length: 35s

It is difficult for every dog owner to watch their best friend(s) age. We know aging is a normal process, but we feel so helpless. Dr. Kristine Conway and Petra Ford, PT, CCRT of Aqua Dog Rehabilitation, LLC are passionate about this topic. Dr. Conway will talk to us about some of the tools to help slow down the physical and mental aging process. A personalized well-rounded exercise program with minimal impact on aging joints will help give your dog a new lease on life!

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PetLifeRadio.com - Teacher's Pet - Episode 64 TRAINING SESSION #22 - Aggression Un-Leashed -- Why Doesn’t My Dog Like Other Dogs?

2010-04-27 :: Pia Silvani
Length: 32s

Can your dog walk past other dogs without reacting? If not, there could be many reasons for your dog’s "over-reaction" when he sees other dogs, especially on lead. Many dogs are fine with dogs off leash but not when the leash is on; many dogs can play with "some" dogs and not others. What could have caused the problem and what do you do? Pia will discuss possible causes, getting to understand what kind of response your dog is giving and some ideas to get started.

For more information and to purchase Pia’s training manual called "Feisty Fidos", please visit www.sthuberts.org or email thofer@sthuberts.org for an order form.

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PetLifeRadio.com - Teacher's Pet - Episode 63 Dogs and Storks

2010-04-08 :: Pia Silvani
Length: 30s

Dogs and Storks is the first national program that prepares families with dogs for life with the new baby. It offers positive, practical and fun solutions for new and expecting families. The programs will clear up myths; emphasize realistic expectations and set families and their dog up for success before the baby arrives. Jennifer Shryrock will talk to us today about how this organization empowers new and expecting families by providing education on the subtle signs of dog displays and what they mean, and much more. If you are expecting, planning on starting a family soon or know someone that is expecting, you will not want to miss this interview.

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PetLifeRadio.com - Teacher's Pet - Episode 62 TRAINING SESSION #21 -- Parlor Tricks -- Just for the Fun of It -- Part 2

2010-03-12 :: Pia Silvani
Length: 29s

Training behaviors to help your canine companion become a well-mannered pet is necessary. Yet, training should not end with the basic commands such as sit, stay, down and more. Once your dog understands that training can be fun, you can teach him tricks that can be practical or just for fun.

There is nothing more entertaining to children than to see dogs perform tricks. Also, if you are thinking about getting your dog certified as a pet therapy dog, tricks will come in handy and are always a hit at the hospital, school or nursing home. In today’s session, we will teach your dog a few fun tricks to show off to your guests!

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PetLifeRadio.com - Teacher's Pet - Episode 61 Your Outta Control Puppy

2010-02-23 :: Pia Silvani
Length: 33s

Do you feel like you have been turned upside down by your new puppy? Puppies can certainly drain you of energy, patience and what you thought was going to be fun, has turned into more than a full-time job. You have a very short window of opportunity to make a difference in your puppy's life in order to create an everlasting relationship. Teoti Anderson will give us a wealth of useful information and practical tips using fun, reward-based training methods that have been proven to modify behavior. She will give you the tools you need to turn your little monster into a dog that you can truly trust and enjoy for a lifetime.

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PetLifeRadio.com - Teacher's Pet - Episode 60 TRAINING SESSION #20 -- Shaping Game Using A Clicker

2010-02-16 :: Pia Silvani
Length: 30s

Shaping is one way to get behaviors from your dog. When we use shaping as a means of obtaining behaviors, we reinforce small incremental steps to the final behavior. For example, if you want your dog to roll over, you would start off by reinforcing the dog lying down. Once he is easily lying down, you will wait for him to move to a hip or lure him onto his hip before you reinforce. The third reinforcement step is when the dog’s shoulder is on the ground. Eventually, step-by-step, you stop reinforcing the beginning steps and only reinforce the dog at the end of the final behavior -- when he rolls over. This takes patience but is a great way for your dog to use his brain, especially on a cold or rainy day when you cannot get him out for physical exercise. In today’s session, you will teach your dog some behaviors through the process of shaping. If you have a clicker, make sure you have it handy and ready, along with a bag of soft treats.

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PetLifeRadio.com - Teacher's Pet - Episode 59 Living with Kids and Dogs... Without Losing Your Mind -- An Interview with Colleen Pelar

2010-01-31 :: Pia Silvani
Length: 36s

Colleen, a mother of three and a professional dog trainer, certainly has first hand experience in this field. I will be speaking with Colleen today about living with kids and dogs. Colleen offers parents support, advice and lots of encouragement so the don’t "lose their minds!" Colleen will give you tips and remedies for both dogs and their humans to avoid misunderstandings that can, unfortunately, lead to dog bites. Today’s society is busy. Colleen will give you some guidance so you don’t sink into pure chaos.

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PetLifeRadio.com - Teacher's Pet - Episode 58 TRAINING SESSION #19 -- Parlor Tricks -- Just For The Fun of It!

2010-01-11 :: Pia Silvani
Length: 33s

Training behaviors to help your canine companion become a well-mannered pet is necessary. Yet, training should not end with the basic commands such as sit, stay, down and more. Once your dog understands that training can be fun, you can teach him tricks that can be practical or just for fun. There is nothing more entertaining to children than to see dogs perform tricks. Also, if you are thinking about getting your dog certified as a pet therapy dog, tricks will come in handy and are always a hit at the hospital, school or nursing home. In today’s session, we will teach your dog a few fun tricks to show off to your guests!

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PetLifeRadio.com - Teacher's Pet - Episode 57 Canine Care & Nutrition

2009-12-29 :: Pia Silvani
Length: 38s

Are you concerned about the dry food your dog is eating? Looking for detailed information about certain food ingredients? Confused about inconsistent information about dog food from pet food manufacturers? Need help comparing dog food brands and finding a better one? Pia talks to animal nutritionist Sabine Contreras about pet food, nutrition and her website: The Dog Food Project.

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PetLifeRadio.com - Teacher's Pet - Episode 56 Help For Your Fearful Dog

2009-11-24 :: Pia Silvani
Length: 41s

Is your dog afraid of strangers? Would he rather hide than play with other dogs or interact with people? You are not alone since this is not an uncommon behavior exhibited by dogs. Nicole Wilde will talk to us about learning how to read your dog’s stress signals, how your attitude affects your dog’s behavior and how four essential skills can be applied to everyday life to help your dog relax.

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PetLifeRadio.com - Teacher's Pet - Episode 55 TRAINING SESSION #18 -- Devil Puppies -- Who Are They?

2009-11-02 :: Pia Silvani
Length: 31s

Do the risks outweigh the benefits of puppy training and socialization classes? A well-run puppy kindergarten class can definitely get puppies off to a good start. Understanding dogs’ social behavior is a crucial part of conducting a successful class. But, who is coming to class and what is being taught? Are trainers interpreting the behaviors and interactions correctly? Do they truly understand and implement proper socialization techniques? I’ve seen a massive increase in dog-dog aggression. Can puppy classes be contributing to this? If so, where have we gone wrong? Or, is it becoming more difficult to find a good puppy? When you get a puppy, how do you know if the pup is exhibiting ‘normal’ puppy behavior or is the behavior over the top, a-social and not a good choice for your family? What could have gone wrong and what do you do? If you’ve asked yourself these questions, you will be interested in tuning in!

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PetLifeRadio.com - Teacher's Pet - Episode 54 Living With Wolfdogs

2009-10-22 :: Pia Silvani
Length: 32s

Nicole Wilde has worked and lived with wolfdogs (also referred to as wolf hybrids) for many years. There are many considerations that should be taken before you quickly run out in search of a wolf hybrid as your next pet. Nicole will talk to us about what life is really like with them; the legalities involved; housetraining issues; socialization (what really works); isolation issues and much more. Her everyday guide to life with this companion is a fascinating read so you won’t want to miss this discussion.

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PetLifeRadio.com - Teacher's Pet - Episode 53 TRAINING SESSION #17 -- Living In A Big Dog’s World -- Petite Pals

2009-10-14 :: Pia Silvani
Length: 34s

Do small dogs require the same training as their fellow 60 pounders? Is it fair to put a 3 lb. tike in the same class as a 90 lb. brute? Are people avoiding class because they are fearful for their little tykes? Or, do owners really think little dogs aren’t much of a nuisance and don’t require training? I’ve listened to owners’ concerns and as a result, developed a training course specifically designed for dogs 30 lbs. or less. Training is done in an environment designed to make learning more enjoyable and comfortable for both owner and dog. Many small dogs rarely leave the house on foot, especially during the cold weather. Today I’ll discuss various training ideas when living with a petite pal!

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PetLifeRadio.com - Teacher's Pet - Episode 52 Petfinder.com! The Virtual Home of Adoptable Pets

2009-09-30 :: Pia Silvani
Length: 31s

You visited your local animal shelter and sadly you went home without a pet. Don’t fret! Last year, Petfinder.com adopted 1.5 million pets from member organizations. Not only does Petfinder have adoptable pets located in shelters around the country, but there is a listing of pets living in homes that need to be re-homed for various reasons, a lost and found pet section, a message board, a library full of information and more.

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PetLifeRadio.com - Teacher's Pet - Episode 51 TRAINING SESSION #16 -- Getting Reliable Behaviors -- Part 2

2009-09-18 :: Pia Silvani
Length: 35s

When the dog is experiencing competing motivations, the behavior displayed will depend upon which motivation is stronger at that time. Learning and motivation go hand in hand. Without motivation, learning the correct response may not occur. They key to remember is that behaviors can be taught, but are under the control of the dog’s emotional state at all times. There are two stages of learning. The first is the acquisition stage. The second is the maintenance stage. Pia will go over the key points to getting behaviors and making sure they are reliable in the next several training sessions. Can you get reliability? Of course, but how can you keep that behavior strong? Listen and find out!

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PetLifeRadio.com - Teacher's Pet - Episode 50 - To Test or Not To Test? The Importance of Temperament Testing in Shelter & Rescue Dogs

2009-09-02 :: Pia Silvani
Length: 35s

When potential adopters go to a shelter, they are looking for a family dog that will live with them for many, many years, giving them great joy and happiness. Rescuing a dog from a shelter is so important since shelters are designed to house dogs for short periods of time, not for long periods or, even worse, indefinitely. The emotional health of the dog is critical during housing to ensure that the dog's quality of life remains stable. Not all dogs kennel well and their behavioral health can suffer as a result. So, before you are quick to pick the dog you feel sorry for, think twice and ask questions. Jackie Fahey will be discussing the importance of temperament testing and maintaining good emotional health for shelter dogs.

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PetLifeRadio.com - Teacher's Pet - Episode 49 TRAINING SESSION #15 -- Getting Reliable Behaviors -- Part 1

2009-08-19 :: Pia Silvani
Length: 33s

When the dog is experiencing competing motivations, the behavior displayed will depend upon which motivation is stronger at that time. Learning and motivation go hand in hand. Without motivation, learning the correct response may not occur. They key to remember is that behaviors can be taught, but are under the control of the dog’s emotional state at all times. There are two stages of learning. The first is the acquisition stage. The second is the maintenance stage. Pia will go over the key points to getting behaviors and making sure they are reliable in the next several training sessions. Can you get reliability? Of course, but how can you keep that behavior strong? Listen and find out!

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PetLifeRadio.com - Teacher's Pet - Episode48 Reaching The Animal Mind -- What The Clicker Training Method Teaches Us About All Animals

2009-08-06 :: Pia Silvani
Length: 35s

When we work with dogs, it is critical to understand what is motivating the dog to perform and what might be motivating the dog to do something else. Karen Pryor, a behavioral biologist with an international reputation in two fields, marine mammal biology and behavioral psychology, will talk to us about modern, force-free animal training. These methods are being used around the world in zoos to help animals deal with being handled to avoid putting them under anesthesia for simple treatments such as nail trimming. Why is this methodology so popular and how can we use it in our day-to-day training of dogs? Listen and find out.

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PetLifeRadio.com - Episode 47 TRAINING SESSION #14 -- "HEEL" -- Teaching Your Dog to Walk By Your Side

2009-07-07 :: Pia Silvani
Length: 32s

In Session #10, you taught your dog to walk nicely on leash. However, there may be times when you want your dog to walk next to your side and not six feet in front or behind you. Times when I use heel might be in a highly trafficked area, when walking in the street and a car is passing by or walking down a path where there might be another dog approaching.

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PetLifeRadio.com - Episode 46 All About Day Care and Off Leash Dog Play

2009-06-24 :: Pia Silvani
Length: 32s

The pet service industry is growing in leaps and bounds each day, especially with the economic changes and people out of work. Americans shell out over $40 billion each year to care for their pets. While the benefits of dog care and off leash dog play can be wonderful, it might not be the right business for you or the right place for your dog. Caring for people’s beloved pets at your facility requires business skills, animal skills, people skills and money. There are joys and risks to owning a day care and dropping your dog off for what you think will be a day of play and fun. Robin Bennett has been in the business for over 12 years and she’ll tell it all!

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PetLifeRadio.com - Episode 45 TRAINING SESSION #13 -- "Stand Still!" -- Teaching Your Dog to Stand Stay

2009-06-13 :: Pia Silvani
Length: 29s

Teaching your dog to stand still is an advanced behavior for most dogs since it takes a lot of self-control, especially when there are distractions present. However, it can be an extremely handy behavior when you need to wipe your dog’s muddy paws, give him a bath or clip his nails. Once your dog has learned to hold a reliable sit and down stay, a stand stay should not be very difficult.

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PetLifeRadio.com - Episode 44 The Holistic Health Guide: Natural Care for the Whole Dog with Dr. Doug Knueven

2009-05-27 :: Pia Silvani
Length: 30s

More and more pet owners are seeking holistic care for many reasons. The world of holistic care for dogs can be quite mysterious and confusing at the same time. The term holistic has become quite a buzzword and can easily be confused as to exactly what people mean when they call something holistic.

"Dr. Doug" will talk to us about the most common holistic treatment methods, such as acupuncture, chiropractic care, massage therapy, herbal medicine, and homeopathy. In addition, we will learn how conventional veterinary practices can be integrated into a holistic care program, including safe vaccination protocols.

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PetLifeRadio.com - Episode 43 TRAINING SESSION #12 -- "Go To Place" -- There’s nothing better than teaching your dog to go chill out!

2009-04-02 :: Pia Silvani
Length: 30s

Being able to send your dog to a mat, dog bed or crate from a distance will come in handy more than you know. It can be used to get your dog away from the front door, relax during mealtime, avoid being stepped on and much more. There are several methods to teaching this behavior so we will go over a few in this session.

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PetLifeRadio.com - Episode 42 Clicker Basics for Dogs and Puppies

2009-03-28 :: Pia Silvani
Length: 32s

What is clicker training and why is it so popular? A clicker is simply a tool, just like your dog’s leash and collar that helps you train your dog. It’s a small plastic box with a mechanism that, when pressed, makes a clicking sound. Clicker training is a special form of positive reinforcement training that emphasizes the use of two types of reward: a primary reward and a secondary reward.

Once your dog becomes "clicker savvy", meaning that he really understands the meaning of the click, he may start to "offer all his favorite tricks. A dog that offers behaviors has caught on to the game of training and is trying to figure out what it takes to get you to click! This is great mental stimulation for your dog and makes training an interesting and creative process for you. It’s a win-win situation!

Carolyn Barney will review the basics of clicker training and go over ways to "turn your dog" onto another way to train!

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PetLifeRadio.com - Episode 41 TRAINING SESSION #11 -- "Get Back!" -- Teaching Your Dog to Back Away from Doors and Other Areas

2009-03-16 :: Pia Silvani
Length: 31s

Teaching your dog to move away from doorways, hot ovens, the refrigerator and more can come in very handy when you are carrying something or want your dog to avoid getting hurt. This is especially necessary for small dogs since they can easily be stepped on.

Once your dog has learned to move back, we will work on getting him to sit or lie down away from you. This can come in handy if your dog is at a distance and you need him to be still or when he is riding in a car and blocking your view.

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PetLifeRadio.com - Episode 40 Barking Dogs

2009-03-06 :: Pia Silvani
Length: 36s

Do you come home to find complaints from your neighbors taped to your door about your barking dog? Do you have to put your dog outside when guests come to the door because he barks uncontrollably? Does your dog seem to be constantly "on patrol", barking at every person, animal or sound that he sees or hears? If so, you have a barking dog problem. In this interview, we talk to certified animal behaviorist Dr. Daniel Estep about why dogs bark excessively and what can be done to reduce or stop problem barking. Dr. Estep is internationally recognized as a teacher, researcher and educator in animal behavior.

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PetLifeRadio.com - Episode 39 TRAINING SESSION #10 -- "Teaching Good Leash Manners" -- Walk With Me -- I am Not a Sled!

2009-03-06 :: Pia Silvani
Length: 30s

Many of you are probably experiencing the problem of your puppy or pulling on leash. As with most behavior problems, this does not simply go away with age. In fact, the older and larger your puppy gets, the worse it can become. To allow your puppy or dog to pull actually tells your him that pulling is acceptable because the more you reward a behavior, even ones you do not like, the stronger the behavior becomes. Many owners inadvertently teach their dogs the fine art of mushing by yanking and pulling them back while continuing to walk. Instead of teaching them not to pull, you teach them to pull harder. When a dog pulls forward and you pull back and continue to walk, the dog’s reaction is to pull forward again, only harder. He is being inadvertently rewarded since the walk continues; he gets to sniff and his obedient owner (you) follows behind him.

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PetLifeRadio.com - Episode 38 The Use of Psychoactive Medication in Pets with Behavioral Problems

2009-01-29 :: Pia Silvani
Length: 36s

There are many contributing factors that cause behavioral problems in pets. Some of these factors include poor training techniques, lack of understanding on how pets communicate, environmental factors, and medical issues. In addition an animal’s genetic predisposition and underlying neurochemistry are also factors that can lead to behavioral problems such as aggression, anxiety, panic, house-soiling, feather picking etc…..If the behavioral problems stems in part or solely due to underlying neurophysiological reasons, medication may be a necessary and valuable part of an overall treatment program. The assessment of whether the behavior problem is based in underlying physiology should be seen by a qualified individual such as a veterinary behaviorist (www.dacvb.org) or a veterinarian with a special interest in behavior (www.avsab.org).

The medications that can be used in pets with behavior problems are similar to medications used in people with various behavioral issues. The medications are similar as the underlying neuroanatomy and neurochemistry in people and pets is similar. Medications are not without risk and each patient needs to be evaluated on an individual basis to identify which medication would be best for that pet and realistic expectation of that medication.

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PetLifeRadio.com - Episode 37 TRAINING SESSION#9 -- "GET OFF ME!" -- Teaching Your Dog to Properly Greet People Without Jumping Up

2009-01-22 :: Pia Silvani
Length: 30s

A very common behavior problem that people deal with is jumping up on people to greet. Most puppies and dogs jump on people out of excitement, friendliness, and as a means to seek attention. Inadvertently, people pay attention to a jumping puppy by pushing her off, by making eye contact, and/or by petting her. Most of your houseguests are being polite by telling you they do not mind, when, in fact, they really do. You must teach your dog that jumping is not a way to greet humans or get attention. This is important regardless of the size of your dog -- 4 muddy paws are still 4 muddy paws!

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PetLifeRadio.com - Episode 36 Dogology! What Your Relationship with Your Dog Reveals About You!

2009-01-15 :: Pia Silvani
Length: 29s

Throughout the past several thousand years, we have tried to understand and organize personality types using the stars, skull shapes, tea leaves, and the human mind. Finally, there is a more reliable - if often higher-shedding - system for understanding yourself and the other two-legged creatures around you: dogology. Yes dogs. Dogs can talk. Vicki Croke and Sarah Wilson, the world's first practicing dogologists, have been jotting it all down, forming this fool-proof personality-analyzing system. Sarah will talk to us about what they have found out and how it can help with your relationship with your dog.

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PetLifeRadio.com - Episode 35 TRAINING SESSION #7 - "HERE"- Getting a Really Reliable Recall! - Part 2

2008-12-29 :: Pia Silvani
Length: 29s

Two weeks ago, we started to establish a good foundation for getting our dogs to come to us by finding our feet and sitting until released. This week, you will expand upon that by breaking the "recall chain" down into three different links. Think of a recall as a chain of behaviors, consisting of three links. If one link is broken, your dog will not come to you. You will work on the three links separately, and eventually you will put them all together.

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PetLifeRadio.com - Episode 34 Much Ado About Dominance Part 2

2008-12-18 :: Pia Silvani
Length: 32s

Too much emphasis has been placed on comparing the similarities of domestic dogs and wolves and not enough on recognizing the significant differences between these 2 species. This unilateral and misguided focus has perpetuated myths about dominance and the "need" for owners to be "alpha", which has had a significant negative impact on dog training and handling philosophies. The result has been a communication breakdown between owners and their dogs resulting in conflict for both parties. We will discuss behavioral, lifestyle and genetic differences between domestic dogs and wolves and how this impacts dog-owner interactions. We will consider challenges in working with owner-directed aggression, behavior modification strategies that work, those that don’t work, and management options.

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PetLifeRadio.com - Episode 33 Much Ado About Dominance

2008-12-11 :: Pia Silvani
Length: 31s

Too much emphasis has been placed on comparing the similarities of domestic dogs and wolves and not enough on recognizing the significant differences between these 2 species. This unilateral and misguided focus has perpetuated myths about dominance and the "need" for owners to be "alpha", which has had a significant negative impact on dog training and handling philosophies. The result has been a communication breakdown between owners and their dogs resulting in conflict for both parties. We will discuss behavioral, lifestyle and genetic differences between domestic dogs and wolves and how this impacts dog-owner interactions. We will consider challenges in working with owner-directed aggression, behavior modification strategies that work, those that don’t work, and management options.

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PetLifeRadio.com - Episode 32 TRAINING SESSION #7 -- "HERE" - Getting a Really Reliable Recall! -- Part 1

2008-11-20 :: Pia Silvani
Length: 32s

I like to use the word ‘HERE’ as my emergency recall word as opposed to the word ‘COME.’ Most people use the word ‘come’ in everyday life and tend to overuse it. For example, we might say ‘come on’ to our dogs when we want them to move along with us. Some say ‘come on, you know this’ when they are becoming frustrated with the dog. Others may have used the word ‘come’ to mean move to me but the dog only has a 50/50 success rate. If you want a really reliable recall, you need to ensure that the dog moves to you 100% of the time. You are conditioning a behavior. If you are sloppy, the dog will be sloppy. In Part 1, we will start off with the basics of getting that really reliable recall.

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PetLifeRadio.com - Episode 31 Helping Fido Be Happy Home Alone

2008-11-10 :: Pia Silvani
Length: 34s

One of the most common complaints that dog owners have is that their dogs cause problems when they are left alone. They bark, destroy things, house soil or escape from the property and cause headaches for the owners and their neighbors. These problems can be caused by a variety of different causes, from boredom to separation anxiety. The causes are often very different from what owners think they are, because they are NOT due to spite, revenge or just "acting out." In addition, Many dogs are labeled as having "separation anxiety" when in fact they do not. Discover how to tell what’s motivating your dog’s home alone problems, and what actions you can take to solve them. Even if your dog doesn’t have any home alone "issues", you’ll find out ways to enrich his home alone time so he can be happier by himself.

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PetLifeRadio.com - Episode 30 TRAINING SESSION #6 -- Stay -- "Wait!" -Adding Distractions

2008-10-30 :: Pia Silvani
Length: 31s

Now that your dog is becoming proficient at waiting for permission to go through doorways by making eye contact, it is time for you to add distance between the two of you as well as distractions. If you have not taught your dog to "Wait", please refer back to Training Session #5 for the teaching steps. In this session, we will work on getting your dog to look away from distractions that he might want to run to and look for permission before he moves forward. It is nice to have a polite dog that waits at the backdoor but will he wait if there are animals running around?

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PetLifeRadio.com - Episode 29 Bullies? -- The Bully Breeds

2008-10-21 :: Pia Silvani
Length: 31s

There is a type of dog called a bully. They consist of several breeds having a predisposition to be bullies (Pitbulls, Bull Terriers, Boxers), but the behaviors are not confined to one type of dog. They require "different" raising skills than many other dogs, including more work on impulse control and on appropriate body language. Having owned many different breeds, as well as a bully breed, Trish will give us some insight into what we need to do if we own a "bully" breed.

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PetLifeRadio.com - Episode 28 TRAINING SESSION #5 - Wait! Stop Moving Forward!

2008-10-10 :: Pia Silvani
Length: 33s

It is extremely important to teach your dog to "WAIT" - both for your convenience and for his safety. "WAIT" puts your dog on hold - it tells him to proceed no further. Whereas your release words grant permission to do something, "WAIT" denies permission. The most important use of "WAIT" is at doors - the doors of your home or other buildings and the doors of cars. When you use your release word ("OK!") and open a door, the dog is permitted to go through. When you say "WAIT," he is not permitted to go through. In order for your dog to be released, he must make eye contact with you. When your dog makes eye contact with you, he is asking for permission. If you are consistent, your dog will always look to you for permission before he heads out the door. Teaching "WAIT" makes going in and out of doors convenient and safe.

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PetLifeRadio.com - Episode 27 Emotions In You and Your Dog

2008-09-26 :: Pia Silvani
Length: 36s

What’s the same, and what’s different? Recent advances in biology have underscored how much of our emotional lives are shared by our four-legged best friends, although it’s also important to be aware of the differences. However, we all experience emotions, but don’t always understand them. What are emotions? Do people and dogs share facial expressions when communicating their emotions and if so, how? Fear, anger, happiness, love, grief, jealousy and sympathy are all human emotions. Do dogs have these as well? We’ll talk about how an understanding of emotions in people and dogs can enrich the lives of both of you.

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PetLifeRadio.com - Episode 26 Training Session #4 - Stay - Adding Distractions and Distance

2008-09-10 :: Pia Silvani
Length: 35s

The purpose of adding distractions when you say "Stay" is to teach your dog that it is worth responding to your cues, despite the fact that the environment around your dog might be more interesting. Your dog should obey you anywhere, anytime, and under any circumstance. This is called reliability. You want to be able to rely on your dog to obey, no matter what. To get a high level of reliability, you must practice with your dog in new and different environments where distractions occur naturally. Pia will help you learn to get your dog to be reliable when told to Stay, regardless of what is going on around your dog as well as beginning to add distance between the two of you.

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PetLifeRadio.com - Episode 25 Is My Dog Grieving?

2008-09-02 :: Pia Silvani
Length: 31s

Do dogs grieve the loss of a canine companion? Many owners wonder what the signs of grief in dogs are, and what they can do to help their beloved friend during difficult times. We will review the signs of grieving and what can be mistaken as grieving may have another cause. A list of things to do and not to do will also be discussed.

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PetLifeRadio.com - Episode 24 TRAINING SESSION #3 - Step 1 to Teaching Stay

2008-08-17 :: Pia Silvani
Length: 38s

It’s important that you effectively communicate what you want from your dog. Remember, dogs do not understand English. They do not understand when you talk to them in sentences, paragraphs, or lectures. They are not born knowing what sit, down, stay or come mean. Dogs can learn quite a large vocabulary of words and short phrases. However, for each word or phrase you want him to respond to, you must carefully teach him what it means by communicating with him in a way he will understand. We communicate with dogs by a process of demonstration and reward. We help the dog learn what our English word means by helping him carry out the action as we say the word. As soon as he does it, we reinforce him for cooperating. Today’s lesson will focus on teaching your dog to hold a reliable Stay. Pia will work with you and your dog on the first steps of getting a reliable Sit and Down Stay. Teaching your dog to exhibit self-control will make your life much easier, especially when you have company over or are out and about.

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PetLifeRadio.com - Episode 23 Selecting the Right Dog from a Shelter

2008-08-10 :: Pia Silvani
Length: 31s

Our interview will focus on adopting a dog from a shelter or rescue organization. I will be detailing specifically what behaviors to look for when meeting a dog or puppy, as well as what adopters can expect from the shelter system.

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PetLifeRadio.com - Episode 22 TRAINING SESSION #2 - Eye Contact - When, How and Why?

2008-08-01 :: Pia Silvani
Length: 33s

To teach anything, you must first have your dog’s eye contact and attention. Everything you will do with your dog builds on this exercise. This is your foundation for getting reliable behaviors. When you say your dog’s name, your dog should look into your eyes. He should not continue doing what he was doing nor should you have to repeat his name over and over. You should get a good solid look into your eyes, not a glance, not a look at your treat pouch, your hand or elsewhere. Pia will go over techniques to get your dog to “want” to look at you, even when you don’t ask. What happens when you take the leash off your dog? Does he run away? How insulting! Pia will teach you an exercise that will help keep your dog near you and wait for permission to leave your side, regardless of whether the leash is on or off. Putting the leash back on a loose dog should not be a punisher for the dog. You will practice this exercise as Pia talks you through each step.

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PetLifeRadio.com - Episode 21 Summer Noise Phobias

2008-07-25 :: Pia Silvani
Length: 29s

Summer can be a difficult time for noise phobic dogs as fireworks and thunderstorms occur throughout the summer. In severe cases, a dog’s fearful reactions can literally be life threatening as some dogs will engage in extreme measures attempting to get away from what to them are terrifying sounds.
We’ll discuss the challenges in working with noise phobias, what’s helpful and what’s not, myths about "rewarding fear", management options, and why winter is the best time to work with these problems.

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PetLifeRadio.com - Episode 20 Training Session #1 - Getting Off to a Good Start

2008-07-19 :: Pia Silvani
Length: 30s

Training should be fun for both you and your dog. Positive reinforcement training to shape your dog's behavior encourages upbeat, enthusiastic responses and ensures that your dog will enjoy learning. First of all, we will talk about rewards. Getting the right reward will motivate your dog to perform that behavior again in hopes of getting another reward. You will find your dog’s motivational triggers, learn how to rate your rewards and when and how to use them. Now you need a signal to tell your dog what he just did was right. Learn about marker words and how to use them correctly. Teaching "take it" and "give" are critical in developing a respectful relationship with your dog. Dogs that will not willingly give up objects when asked can end up sick, require surgery or bite. The best way to teach this is by playing Tug! Once your dog learns the rules and plays fairly and politely, this will probably end up on the top of your list to use as a reward. Pia will carefully go over the rules to effectively play tug with your dog.

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PetLifeRadio.com - Episode 19 Play and Behavior Problems

2008-07-12 :: Pia Silvani
Length: 32s

Play is an entire category of behavior that is underutilized in treating behavior problems. Play can be incorporated into treatment plans for many types of dog behavioral issues. Because so many types of behavior problems are arousal-based, at least in part, the energetic nature of play can be an effective way to redirect dogs’ behavior into more appropriate channels. Another reason that play can often be so effective at treating behavior problems is that play does more than change a dog’s behavior. Play can actually change dogs’ emotions. Many behavior problems have an emotional component, so changing the dogs’ emotions through play treats the cause of the issue, not just the effects of it. When play is part of a treatment plan, client compliance is generally better, with the result that better progress is made in improving the problem behavior. Using play to treat behavior problems makes it fun for both people and dogs, and that is a large part of why it is so effective.

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PetLifeRadio.com - Episode 18 Parenting Your Dog

2008-07-06 :: Pia Silvani
Length: 33s

How many parents use their parenting skills to raise dogs? Trish King conducts privates on a regular basis, many of them with successful parents. As a result her book “Parenting Your Dog” published by TFH Publications focuses just on that. It seems logical that people could use their good parenting skills to raise their dogs, including setting limits and using natural consequences for actions. Trish will give us some great tips in using the skills that we are already good at!

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PetLifeRadio.com - Episode 17 Can You Hear Me Now? Training a Deaf Dog

2008-06-28 :: Pia Silvani
Length: 25s

Owning a deaf dog may not be as difficult as one thinks. As humans, we rely heavily on sound, but the deaf dog can force you to be more creative in your methods and more conservative with your communication. Most inexperienced handlers talk and use sound way too much as part of the training process. As a result, dogs become overloaded with stimuli and begin to tune out. They are quickly labeled distracted and inattentive. This interview will explore how training the deaf dog will help you focus on non-verbal communication skills and teach you to "edit" what you "say" so that your meaning is clear to deaf and hearing dogs alike.

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PetLifeRadio.com - Episode 16 Hand Blocking, Creating Success and Mobility Assistance Dogs!

2008-04-19 :: Sarah Wilson
Length: 32s

In this episode, you get three short training sessions where you'll see hand blocking with a young pup who has never seen it before (it takes under two minutes), rewarding a pup's interest, a pulsing on lead situation and a how Sarah handle's an "oops" moment (everyone has them) and then you get an interview with Shirley Minatelli about life with her Mobility Assistance dog, Xia. Enjoy!

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PetLifeRadio.com - Episode 15 Mother May I

2008-03-09 :: Sarah Wilson
Length: 30s

"Mother May I" is a game out of Sarah's book My Smart Puppy (written with her partner and husband, Brian Kilcommons) with the goal of teaching your dog to look to you whenever something tempting (or concerning) comes into view. Each piece of this game is taught separately but you can see the end result in the two video clips of Sarah working her rescue dog, Pip. This episode also includes a fun and creative trick that Shirley Minatelli taught her service dog, Xia. What a tidy pair these two are!

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PetLifeRadio.com - Episode 14 Simple Sit, Guided Down, Beginning of Come and More!

2008-02-17 :: Sarah Wilson
Length: 35s

See the Simple Sit, learn what part a slack lead plays in the guided down, hear how to turn that head turn into a consistent Come!, find out Sarah's suggestions for a listener's question and, want to know how Sarah answers a bystanders friendly suggestion to just put the puppy Sarah's working in the back of their car? Tune in!

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PetLifeRadio.com - Episode 13 Walking On Lead 1: Games to Play

2008-02-04 :: Sarah Wilson
Length: 32s

Listen (and watch) to Sarah coach a friend with her puppy then see Sarah working with a German Shepherd Dog puppy - learn a few tricks of the trade and some tips on how to build success with this universally challenging behavior: walking on a loose lead. Also, see how Sarah uses Place for Pip at meal time as well as how Pip "begs" for her supper, after that, we'll check in on the cheese retrieve.

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PetLifeRadio.com - Episode 12 Head Turn

2008-01-17 :: Sarah Wilson
Length: 33s

This week learn how to create better control around distractions. See Sarah work with a 12 week old puppy, watch Melissa Fischer (www.puppyhomeschool.com) work with her sensitive Beagle, Milo, and then listen to a more advanced session with Melissa and her Australian Shepherd, Petra. This work is easy, fun, and every dog/ handler would benefit from it. After that, learn a creative way of using place to problem solve and hear Pip's second session in the Cheese Retrieve. Enjoy!

Links to the clips can be found at Petliferadiocom - Teacher's Pet - the Episode Info page for this Episode

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PetLifeRadio.com - Episode 11 Reactive Dogs: Out and About Part 1

2008-01-01 :: Sarah Wilson
Length: 33s

Does your dog bark or drag you around when you go to a new place? Is he reactive to people and things when he gets excited? So it Pip! In this episode, Pip and Sarah head out to a local pre-holiday shopping center for a field trip. Come along and find out what Sarah does when Pip gets unnerved by some holiday cheer, how she handles a typical foray into a pet supply store and find out what training project she's starting.

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PetLifeRadio.com - Episode 10 Holiday Show 2007

2007-12-20 :: Sarah Wilson
Length: 33s

Find the perfect gift for your dog in this edition of Teacher's Pet. It's not a leash, it's not a toy, it's not a bed, it's not a treat... what is it? Tune in and find out! See Sarah in action on Comcast Cable (Video on Demand - Life and Home - Pets - Children).

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PetLifeRadio.com - Episode 09 Corrections

2007-12-11 :: Sarah Wilson
Length: 32s

Ever wondered about corrections? Is there a secret to doing them well? Are they bad? Can they be good? Find out in this week's episode of Teacher's Pet with Sarah Wilson. Learn why giving calm, clear direction can be hard for women and how your history in school can influence your training today. See how to have fun and be effective as Sarah teaches Pip something brand new and then has Pip begging for more.

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PetLifeRadio.com - Episode 08 "Place"

2007-12-03 :: Sarah Wilson
Length: 32s

Want your dog to go to his bed on a word and stay there? Then you're going to love "Place". In this episode, listen to Sarah get a delightful Italian Greyhound puppy started, then we go to advanced work with Pip (you'll hear some Pip-typical crashing and skidding as she flies to her bed). We wrap up hearing Place ideas from three other professional trainers - all a little different, all fun, all work.

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PetLifeRadio.com - Episode 07 Listening Outside

2007-11-11 :: Sarah Wilson
Length: 31s

Does your dog listen as well outside as in? No? Then you're not alone and this episode with Sarah Wilson and her dog, Pip is for you! Sarah will teach you games to play to build your dog's connection to you one lead or off, you'll hear things go well and not so well and what Sarah does in response to both. Find out what you have in common with the fifty dog professionals at the recent What Every Pro Should Know conference. If you want fun and effective games to help you over this training hump, you'll find them here!

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PetLifeRadio.com - Episode 06 Walking On A Loose Lead

2007-10-29 :: Sarah Wilson
Length: 35s

Everyone wants it and most people struggle with it. Why? Because we're going about it the wrong ways! Listen while Sarah takes a walk with Pip - does everything go "perfectly"?

No... but you'll learn who Sarah handled it and made the walk successful even with a band of dirt bikes roaring into the woods frightening her dog. Listen as she helps Pip over her concerns, explains the games she recommends for walking work, what she thinks of various equipment and why some tools make matters worse.

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PetLifeRadio.com - Episode 05 Coming When Called

2007-10-18 :: Sarah Wilson
Length: 35s

Right Now, Thank you is critical to your dog's safety and your sanity. And it is possible - once you know how to think about the process. Follow along with Sarah as she explains the three questions she asks when addressing a problem with Coming When Called then see how those questions are applied to real life dogs and their people. Next week, The Most Unnatural Act - Walking on a Loose Lead. You'll go for a walk with Sarah and Pip, hearing what Sarah does and why along the way.

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PetLifeRadio.com - Episode 04 Building Consistent Response

2007-10-09 :: Sarah Wilson
Length: 33s

Want your dog to respond consistently to your commands? Who doesn't? Learn how to create just that (and learn where many of us go wrong) in this Episode of Teacher's Pet. You'll also find out why a puppy who was downing right away suddenly stopped and a competition's dog attention may be wandering. Next week's episode is Coming When Called: Right Now Thank You!

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PetLifeRadio.com - Episode 03 Motivation

2007-09-28 :: Sarah Wilson
Length: 32s

Motivation! How to create it in your dog, convert distractions into cues, have more fun and match motivators to your dog/situation to get better results ... motivation is what it is all about. Listen and enjoy! Next episode: Creating Consistent Response.

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PetLifeRadio.com - Episode 02 The Five Ways We Communicate With Our Dogs

2007-09-17 :: Sarah Wilson
Length: 32s

In this episode... Learn the five ways we all communicate with our dogs - whether we want to or not - and how to use those ways to your best advantage. Then hear how to apply these ideas to resolve some real-life problems posed by pet owners. Enjoy!!

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PetLifeRadio.com - Episode 01 Introduction- Welcome To Teacher's Pet

2007-09-15 :: Sarah Wilson
Length: 3s

Sarah welcomes everyone to her new show, "Teacher's Pet" on PetLifeRadio, and talks about the topics she'll be discussing in the episodes to come!

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Teacher's Pet - Training Pets & Pet Obedience - Pets & Animals on Pet Life Radio (PetLifeRadio.com)

Teacher's Pet focuses on command training - and command training is as simple as (and as complicated as) communicating clearly with your dog. Dog's aren't born understanding what sit or come means. Every single thing your dog understands about a command - both the good and the not so good - he learned from a human, probably you! So, if your dog doesn’t obey as you would like, guess who has to change? You do - your dog can change but you have to change first. At Teacher’s Pet on Pet Life Radio, obedience training is something to do with your dog, not to your dog and it is fun for both ends of the leash so - give us a try!

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