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Proven Dog And Puppy Training The Kind And Gentle Way By Doggy Dan: Dog Training - Dog and Puppy Trainer, Behaviorist, Speaker, Author

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Jennifer Cattet: The Amazing Talents of Trained Service Dogs Today’s Guest Jennifer Cattet Ph.D. CPDT-KA: I’m so excited to introduce to you today’s guest, Jennifer Cattet, the founder of Medical Mutts,  a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to the training of high quality diabetes alert dogs, seizure dogs and psychiatric service dogs, while providing a new lease of life to shelter dogs. Jennifer is a wonderful person to chat with regarding service animals because she has an incredible amount of education around the topic. In fact, she has a PhD in Ethology from the University of Geneva in Switzerland where she studied dog behavior and has worked with dogs for over 35 years now. Today Jennifer and her husband have a dual mission…to rehabilitate shelter dogs and to make it possible for anyone who is in need of a service animal to get the training, instruction and resources they need.  Of course, during our time together, Jennifer also sheds light on the amazing abilities dogs have to aid humans with health related issues and provides an incredible amount of information regarding why it’s so important to help people in need of service dogs get the resources they need to thrive.  Jennifer’s mission is a win-win for both dogs and humans alike.   If you’re curious about service dogs, what types of jobs they can perform, and how they are trained, this is a podcast you don’t want to miss! You’ll Hear About:  [01:00] Who is Jennifer Cattet and What’s Medical Mutts All About [02:30] The Difference Between Service and Therapy Dogs  [03:30] What Services Can Dogs Provide? [04:00] How Dogs Detect Conditions with Smell  [11:00] The Science of Smell   [12:00] Amazing Baby Bath Tub Story     [21:30] Psychiatric Therapy Dogs  [24:30] Can Dogs Count? [27:00] Requirements for a Good Service Dog  [30:00] Attributes of a Great Service Dog  [36:00] Do Service Dogs Have to Be Perfect?  [39:30] Are You Cut Out to Be a Service Dog Trainer? [42:00] Get Connected with Medical Mutts  How Can You Get Involved Help Medical Mutts by donating, sponsoring a dog or volunteering. Interested in training your own service dog? Medical Mutts offers online LIVE classes that you can join, no matter where you live in the world! Links & Resources Website: https://medicalmutts.org/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MedicalMutts Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/medicalmutts/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/jennifercattet YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoPj_4-SIHs2FN1_iJ0vBiw/videos Train Your Own Service Dog: https://medicalmutts.org/train-your-own-service-dog/ Chai the Diabetic Alert Dog - https://youtu.be/QvObXmuElqU Learn more by tuning into the podcast! Thanks for listening—and again, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on TODT App / iTunes / Spotify to get automatic updates.     Cheers,

Nov 10

44 min 2 sec

Nigel Reed: Emotional Intelligence Based Dog Training Today’s Guest Nigel Reed I’m so excited to introduce to you today’s guest, Nigel Reed, a dog trainer with over 20 years of experience who specializes in emotional intelligence based dog training techniques. Nigel has turned his love for dogs into a lifelong career, helping families rebuild their relationships with their pups using kind training techniques and has an incredible resume behind his name!  In fact, Nigel is the author of the bestselling book, The Dog Guardian and he holds certificates and qualifications in dog training behavior, animal assisted therapy, and wolf studies. If you’re curious about Nigel’s dog training methods and how they are both similar and different from my own training methods, I invite you to check out my podcast episode now! You’ll Hear About:  [01:00] Who is Nigel Reed [03:00] Nigel’s Approach to Dog Training   [05:30] Emotional Intelligence Training Concept  [07:30] The problem with shock collars and other harsh methods     [14:30] 5 Building Blocks for Training   [17:00] Fight, Freeze, or Flight     [23:30] How to Raise a Happy Dog     [25:40] Pack Leader Misconceptions  [31:00] Crossover Between Wolves and Domestic Dogs  [33:20] Candidolgy  [34:50] The Issue With Zero Boundaries    [37:30] Learn More About Nigel Reed Links & Resources Website: https://www.thedogguardian.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DogGuardian Instagram: https://instagram.com/thedogguardian/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/thedogguardian YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/LondonDogListener Book: The Dog Guardian: https://www.thedogguardian.com/buy-the-dog-training-book, also available on Audible. Learn more by tuning into the podcast! Thanks for listening—and again, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on TODT App / iTunes / Spotify to get automatic updates.     Cheers,

Oct 21

40 min 18 sec

Jim and Jamie Dutcher: Living With Wolves – Six Years With The Sawtooth Pack Today’s Guest Jim and Jamie Dutcher I’m so excited to introduce to you today’s guests, Jim and Jamie Dutcher – cinematographers and wolf behavioral experts who spent 6 years living in the wild amongst a wolf pack to study their behavior. In the past, there wasn’t much known about wolf behavior and sadly, popular stories like Little Red Riding Hood, painted a negative picture about how wolves behave in real life.  Jim and Jamie Dutcher have played an incredible role in getting rid of negative stereotypes associated with wolves and have brought to light just how gentle, shy, and family-oriented they truly are.  Throughout our talk, they share incredible stories about their time with the wolves and also shed light into the true temperaments, behaviors, and personalities that these beautiful beings embody.  If you’re curious about the real truth behind the lives of wolves, this is a podcast you don’t want to miss! You’ll Hear About:  [01:00] Who are Jim and Jamie Dutcher [03:00] True Wolf Temperament  [07:30] Wolf Enclosure Setup  [14:30] Fascinating Wolf Routines  [17:30] Wolf Bonds  [20:00] Shocking Wolf Encounter    [24:00] Feeding Wolves [27:00] The Potato Chip Story   [29:00] Mourning Wolves [31:00] The Truth About Wolves and Livestock   [35:00] The Unfortunate Truth About Population Control   [40:00] All About The Living With Wolves Organization  [43:00] Dan’s Burning Questions about Sex, Marking, and More. How You Can Get Involved Go to https://www.livingwithwolves.org/ and support Jim and Jamie’s ongoing work to save the wolves. You can donate, or buy their beautiful books and continue learning more about the Sawtooth Pack..  If you’re a parent or educator then get hold of their learning packs.  Above all, spread the word about how amazing and beautiful these precious creatures are, and how important they are to maintaining ecological balance. Links & Resources Website: https://www.livingwithwolves.org/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Living-with-Wolves/118401838193984 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/living_w_wolves/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/LWWolves YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPCMGVbGZwzCpJgyiW7126A Books and Videos: https://www.livingwithwolves.org/products/ Farley Mowat’s book: Never Cry Wolf https://www.amazon.com.au/Never-Cry-Wolf/dp/B00NPBH9NM/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=never+cry+wolf&qid=1630832973&sr=8-1 Learn more by tuning into the podcast!     Thanks for listening—and again, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on TODT App / iTunes / Spotify to get automatic updates.     Cheers,

Sep 22

56 min 35 sec

Dr. Karen Becker: Zoopharmacognosy & The Science Behind Healthy Dog Diets Today’s Guest Dr. Karen Becker: I’m so excited to introduce to you today’s guest, Dr. Karen Becker, a world-famous vetertain who is known for her unique perspective on the importance of feeding dogs raw, natural, species-appropriate diets. Dr. Becker has shared a love for animals since childhood, saving bugs on the road and doing everything in her power to ensure the wildlife around her was safe and sound. This passion led her to a career in animal rehabilitation, which then ultimately led to her becoming a veterinarian.  Dr. Becker’s story isn’t quite like every other vet’s, however. Growing up in a healthy proactive home, along with her education in zoopharmacognosy has provided her with a perspective on how to properly feed dogs that you won’t find within many vet offices.  If you’re curious about how to determine what your pup should be eating, along with the science behind how it all works, this is a podcast you don’t want to miss! You’ll Hear About:  [01:00] Who is Dr. Karen Becker [03:00] Dr. Becker’s Journey to Vet Care  [08:30] Why Pet Food Education is Important to Dr. Becker [12:30] Evolutionary Animal Food     [15:30] The Challenges of Modern Vet Care Education  [18:30] Our Responsibility as Pet Parents    [21:30] The Science behind Zoopharmacognosy    [26:30] The Benefit of Letting Dogs Eat Grass and Dirt  [32:00] Is All Pet Kibble Bad? [34:00] The Benefits of Varied Diet   [36:30] Nurturing Your Dog’s Microbiome  [38:30] How Making Small Changes Can Make a Big Impact  [49:00] Learn More About Dr. Becker and Her Work How You Can Get Involved Keep an eye out for Dr. Becker’s new book, The Forever Dog, coming out in October, 2021. Educate yourself about pet health and well-being so you can be an advocate for your dog. A great place to start is Dr. Becker’s podcast show < link to https://healthypets.mercola.com/podcast.aspx > and the docufilm, Pet Fooled! < Link to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1axZ9vSjmI > Links & Resources Website: https://www.drkarenbecker.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/doctor.karen.becker Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/drkarenbecker/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/drkarenbecker YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/MercolaHealthyPets Podcast Show: https://healthypets.mercola.com/podcast.aspx Dr. Becker’s new book, The Forever Dog: https://foreverdog.com/ Docufilm Pet Fooled: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1axZ9vSjmI Learn more by tuning into the podcast! Thanks for listening—and again, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes / Spotify to get automatic updates.    Cheers, ~Doggy Dan 🙂      

Sep 2

51 min 18 sec

Dr. Asaf Dagan: Intuitive Body and Behavior Tracking Dog Collar Today’s Guest Dr. Asaf Dagan: Intuitive Body and Behavior Tracking Dog Collar I’m so excited to introduce to you today’s guest, Dr. Asaf Dagan, the chief veterinarian and co-founder of PetPace. Dr. Asaf is a graduate from Tufts University and specializes in canine and feline medicine. As a vet he has a thorough understanding of how medical devices function and has used that expertise to help create a collar that is capable of collecting important data including heart rate, respiration, and sleep activity. This technology is incredibly important as it’s a pioneer in detecting health issues in pets before they become a major problem. Of course, on top of the many medical benefits, these collars also have built-in GPS systems that help owners keep track of where their pets are—a major safety feature especially for pet parents that have pups that like to run!  If you love your pup and you love technology I think you’re really going to enjoy this latest podcast! Don’t miss it! You’ll Hear About: [01:00] Who is Dr. Asaf Dagan [01:30] What is PetPace? [03:30] PetPace Monitoring   [06:30] Why PetPace Collars Are So Important   [12:00] The Science Behind PetPace Technology    [15:00] Activity Tracking   [19:00] GPS Tracking Abilities   [22:00] The Importance of Activity Tracking  [24:30] Where to Get a PetPace Collar  [26:30] Incredible Rhodesian Ridgeback Story  [29:30] Use In Epileptic Dogs  [31:30] HRV Tracking [33:30] PetPace Purchasing Information Links & Resources  Website: https://petpace.com/ Learn more by tuning into the podcast! Thanks for listening—and again, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on TODT App / iTunes / Spotify to get automatic updates.   Cheers,

Aug 12

36 min 5 sec

DeDe Murcer Moffett: Raw Food Diets for Dogs – Should You Make the Switch? Today’s Guest DeDe Murcer Moffett – Dog Food Nutritionist & CEO of Raw Dog Food and Co. I’m so excited to introduce to you today’s guest, DeDe Murcer Moffett, a dog food nutritionist and CEO of Raw Dog Food and Co DeDe first became interested in raw food for dogs when her friend’s poor pup was on death’s door. Her friend was told to take his dog home and let nature run its course. He wasn’t about to let his best friend pass without trying anything, so he began to research raw dog food diets. The dog made a miraculous turnaround and shocked everyone.  This piqued DeDe’s interest in learning more about raw food for her own furbaby.   20 years later DeDe has continued to feed her pups raw food and has become a certified raw dog food nutritionist in order to help other pet parents provide their pups with the best nutrition possible.  If you want to improve your dog’s health and increase your dog’s longevity, or are interested in how to get your pup started on a raw diet, this is a podcast you don’t want to miss!  You’ll Hear About: [01:00] Who is DeDe Murcer Moffett  [03:30] How DeDe Got Started with Raw Food  [06:30] A Dog’s Carnivorous Design  [9:00] The Truth About “Premium” Kibbles   [11:30] How Convenience Kills   [13:00] All About Preservatives  [18:00] The Importance of Variety in a Dog’s Diet  [24:00] Can a Dog Be Vegetarian?  [28:30] Safe Bones for Dogs to Eat Whole  [34:30] Why Vets Don’t Encourage Raw Diets   [49:00] Logic Behind Raw Food Diets How You Can Get Involved Add some raw food to YOUR dog’s diet! You can start with eggs, sardines, raw chicken, mince and meaty bones.  Watch DeDe’s video for raw feeding beginners: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfLLrWdbEyc Continue your education by subscribing to The Raw Dog Food Truth Podcast and complete the transition away from processed food … and just watch your dog’s health, coat, odor and poops improve!  If you’re in the USA, there’s a good chance that Raw Dog Food and Co will ship to your area. Otherwise, reach out to your local pet-lovers’ community to find out how to source raw meat, organs and bones for a reasonable price in your location. … And remember, what you spend on food now, you’ll SAVE on vet bills later!   Links & Resources  Website: https://rawdogfoodandco.com The article DeDe mentions at 16:41: This shows which foods in the raw diet provide the various nutrients our dogs need: https://rawdogfoodandco.com/what-about-vitamin-and-minerals-in-the-raw-diet/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rawdogfoodandco Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/raw_dog_food_and_company/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/rawdogfoodandco YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXZ7Komi7fjhCp-9DzOuAbQ Learn more by tuning into the podcast! Thanks for listening—and again, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on TODT App / iTunes / Spotify to get automatic updates.   Cheers, ~Doggy Dan 

Jul 15

53 min 57 sec

Christina Burki: The Power of Animal Communication and Connection Today’s Guest Christina Burki – Animal Communicator I’m so excited to introduce to you today’s guest, Christina Burki, an animal communicator that works to bring peace and understanding between animal parents and their pets. Christina’s journey began as a psychotherapist for humans. Everything changed when she adopted her first dog, a labrador, and decided to take a course on animal communication. During the workshop, Christina realized she had a gift for communicating with animals who were willing to share their thoughts. At risk of being called crazy by her peers, she began reading animals in hopes of helping pet parents around the world.  If you have any interest in how Christina talks to animals, what they have to say, and want to hear some incredible stories from her work, this is a podcast you don’t want to miss! You’ll Hear About: [01:00] Who is Christina Burki [06:00] Christina’s first animal communication experience [08:00] Elle and Chris’s Story [10:30] Labrador’s Healing Kidney Story [14:00] Amazing Elephant Story [19:00] How Animal Communication Works [25:00] Christina’s Communication Services [28:00] Aggressive Horse Story [32:00] Stories On Crossing the Rainbow Bridge  [39:00] Ubud’s Story  [43:00] How to Connect with and Learn More About Christina’s Work Links & Resources Website: https://www.animalcommunications.com.au/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/animalconnectvision/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/animal_connect/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxt9i-HKLucfoSADc37uiog/videos Learn more by tuning into the podcast! Thanks for listening—and again, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on TODT App / iTunes / Spotify to get automatic updates.   Cheers, ~Doggy Dan 

Jun 23

48 min 1 sec

Dr. Conor Brady: The Amazing Benefits of Raw Food for Dogs Today’s Guest Dr. Conor Brady – Canine Nutritionist I’m so excited to introduce to you today’s guest, Dr. Conor Brady, a canine nutritionist that specializes in the benefits of raw food diets for dogs!  Dr. Brady’s interest in raw food diets began after moving to Perth Australia to work at an incredible guide dog organization. At the time, raw food diets were all the rage in Perth, a complete 180 from what was popular in his native country, Ireland.  During his time in Perth, Dr. Conor was given the opportunity to transform the lives of the dogs he worked with while switching them to raw diets instead of processed foods. The work he did within rescue organizations and the research he put into the benefits of raw diets for dogs is incredible. If you have any interest in the science behind what makes a healthy diet for a dog and how to begin the process of feeding your own dog raw foods, this podcast was made for you!  From science backed information to heartwarming stories of Dr. Brady’s time working with rescue organizations, this is a podcast you won’t want to miss! You’ll Hear About: [01:00] Who is Dr. Conor Brady [02:00] How Dr. Brady Became Immersed in Raw Diets for Dogs   [03:00] Dr. Brady’s Raw Food Experiment  [06:30] How Raw Food Saved Rescue Organizations Billions of Dollars  [09:30] What’s Inside Dr. Brady’s Raw Food Diet  [13:30] Primary Concerns with Processed Dog Foods [17:30] Feeding Dogs: Dr. Brady’s Science Based Book  [23:30] The Scary Truth Behind Early Dog Deaths  [30:30] Why Dogs are 10x More Likely to Get Cancer than Humans  [36:30] Should Your Dog Eat Plant Matter?  [39:30] How to Access Dr. Brady’s Book, Research, and Other Info How You Can Get Involved: Buy Dr. Conor’s latest book, “Feeding Dogs”: Feeding Dogs: The Science Behind The Dry Versus Raw Debate Show 29: Mutual Rescue: The Incredible Healing Power of Dog and Human Relationships Show 29: Mutual Rescue: The Incredible Healing Power of Dog and Human Relationships Play     1x15s30s     0:0042:48 Subscribe           Listen above or: TODT App / iTunes / Spotify  (Tap the subscribe button – it’s free and keeps you updated!)     Today’s Guest       Dr. Conor Brady – Canine Nutritionist I’m so excited to introduce to you today’s guest, Dr. Conor Brady, a canine nutritionist that specializes in the benefits of raw food diets for dogs!  Dr. Brady’s interest in raw food diets began after moving to Perth Australia to work at an incredible guide dog organization. At the time, raw food diets were all the rage in Perth, a complete 180 from what was popular in his native country, Ireland.  During his time in Perth, Dr. Conor was given the opportunity to transform the lives of the dogs he worked with while switching them to raw diets instead of processed foods. The work he did within rescue organizations and the research he put into the benefits of raw diets for dogs is incredible. If you have any interest in the science behind what makes a healthy diet for a dog and how to begin the process of feeding your own dog raw foods, this podcast was made for you!  From science backed information to heartwarming stories of Dr. Brady’s time working with rescue organizations, this is a podcast you won’t want to miss! You’ll Hear About [01:00] Who is Dr. Conor Brady [02:00] How Dr. Brady Became Immersed in Raw Diets for Dogs   [03:00] Dr. Brady’s Raw Food Experiment  [06:30] How Raw Food Saved Rescue Organizations Billions of Dollars  [09:30] What’s Inside Dr. Brady’s Raw Food Diet  [13:30] Primary Concerns with Processed Dog Foods [17:30] Feeding Dogs: Dr. Brady’s Science Based Book  [23:30] The Scary Truth Behind Early Dog Deaths  [30:30] Why Dogs are 10x More Likely to Get Cancer than Humans  [36:30] Should Your Dog Eat Plant Matter?  [39:30] How to Access Dr. Brady’s Book, Research, and Other Info How You Can Get Involved: Buy Dr. Conor’s latest book, “Feeding Dogs”:  Feeding Dogs: The Science Behind The Dry Versus Raw Debate Get started feeding raw with Dr. Conor’s YouTube series: Dr. Conor Brady - Raw Dog Food in 10-minutes Links & Resources Website: https://dogsfirst.ie Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DogsFirstIreland/ In the podcast we talked about a Ted Talk…here’s the link to that Ted Talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uNDWvejza4c&t=4s Here’s the follow-on scandal TWO YEARS LATER: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-30/popular-dog-food-suspected-of-making-dogs-sick-advance-dermocare/9699866 Learn more by tuning into the podcast! Thanks for listening—and again, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on TODT App / iTunes / Spotify to get automatic updates.   Cheers, ~Doggy Dan     

Jun 22

42 min 42 sec

Mutual Rescue: The Incredible Healing Power of Dog and Human Relationships Today’s Guest Carol Novello – Mutual Rescue I’m so excited to introduce to you today’s guest, Carol Novello, the founder of Mutual Rescue. Mutual Rescue is an organization that is devoted to demonstrating that when people adopt animals, their own lives can be dramatically transformed in positive and often unexpected ways. Carol’s perspective on rescuing dogs (who go on to “rescue” their humans) is brilliant and is key for helping heal communities of people who are struggling with anxiety, depression, health issues, and more! During our time together Carol shares some beautiful stories and illustrates how important our canine companions truly are. From a dog that helped his human lose weight and finally regain his health to a pooch that helped his owner cope with job loss I have no doubt you’ll be moved by all the “tails” that are shared. I really hope you’ll join us to hear first hand how communities are being transformed via dog and human relationships. Who knows…you might even see yourself in some of the stories that Carol shares! If you’re interested in learning more about Mutual Rescue and how this organization is working hard to heal both dogs and humans you don’t want to miss today’s podcast! You’ll Hear About: [00:30] The Mission of Mutual Rescue [03:30] Carol’s Story [07:00] The Power of Animal Connections [08:30] Eric and Peety’s Story [10:00] The Science of Animal/Human Connection [11:00] Josh and Scouts Story [16:00] Doggy Day Out Program [21:30] Mike and Abby’s Story [28:30] How Animals Help Us Tune Into Ourselves [41:30] How you can get involved in Mutual Rescue How You Can Get Involved: If you’re interested in getting involved with Mutual Rescue I encourage you to visit their website. On the website you can learn more about the project as well as the various opportunities to get involved or help support the amazing organization. Together we can make an incredible impact on the lives of dogs and the people who love them! Links & Resources Website: https://mutualrescue.org/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MutualRescue/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/mutualrescue/ YouTube Stories: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyHzbGa72hBw7v0GkQcQvwA Watch here: https://youtu.be/JD0_IeAAa7c Learn more by tuning into the podcast! Thanks for listening—and again, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on TODT App / iTunes / Spotify to get automatic updates.   Cheers, ~Doggy Dan 

May 18

42 min 47 sec

The Big Fix Uganda: Improving the Lives of Dogs and Humans Around the Globe Today’s Guest Sarah Schmidt - Founder of The Big Fix Uganda I’m so excited to introduce to you today’s guest, Sarah Schmidt, the founder of The Big Fix Uganda. Sarah and her team do incredible work to help improve the lives of the dogs and people in Uganda through providing spay/neuter programs for population control, veterinary care to help fight off disease that can spread to both animals and humans, and dog training education. All of these elements are essential to helping improve the health and wellbeing of both the dogs and the people of Uganda, all while promoting important human-animal bonds.  On top of providing care and education, this organization has another amazing program called the Comfort Dog Project. This program is aimed at helping Ugandan war trauma survivors overcome the debilitating symptoms of PTSD. Sadly, the experiences of Acholi people in Northern Uganda are incredibly traumatic. It wasn’t uncommon for children to be kidnapped and forced to serve in the rebel army either as sex slaves or as gun-bearing soldiers. These types of experiences truly cause a degradation in the social fiber of the people. You don't have the ability to trust other people, to live in community with other people. The Big Fix Uganda has been a cornerstone in helping heal the people in this community by connecting them with dogs.  Having these programs in place is a HUGE win-win for both the people and dogs in Uganda and has brought about healing (for both the people and the canines) in ways you would never believe is possible.  If you’re interested in learning more about The Big Fix Uganda and the incredible ways they are healing communities and improving the lives of both dogs and people you don’t want to miss today’s podcast! You’ll Hear About: [02:15] The Mission of The Big Fix Uganda [03:45] The Devastation of the Acholi people in Northern Uganda [06:00] How dogs and humans are helping each other heal [07:00] The Comfort Dog Project [10:00] The Science Behind the Comfort Dog Project [11:00] Charles Healing Story with Dog Ogen [14:00] The importance of names to the Acholi people [17:30] Lucy’s Story [21:30] How the Comfort Dog Project Works [23:30] How you can help support The Big Fix Uganda How You Can Get Involved: If you’re interested in getting involved with The Big Fix Uganda I encourage you to visit their website. On the website you can learn more about the project as well as the various opportunities to support them by giving financially, becoming a volunteer, or donating supplies.  Together we can make an incredible impact on the lives of dogs and the people who love them! Links & Resources Website: https://www.thebigfixuganda.org/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheBigFixUganda/ NTV story about Comfort Dog Project:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3UJUW4awmk BBC Video about Filda and Lok Oroma: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCgOu0p7x0c Video showing Lucy and Sadik: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmMSbVKcMuw Learn more by tuning into the podcast! Thanks for listening—and again, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes / Spotify to get automatic updates. Cheers, ~Doggy Dan     

Mar 17

44 min 20 sec

The Polyvagal Theory: Know It And Know Your Dog, With Sue Mimm Today’s Guest Sue Mimm - Reactive Dog Expert I’m so excited to introduce to you today’s guest, dog trainer and behavior therapist, Sue Mimm. For someone who describes herself as “not very sciencey” she sure has a great understanding of what’s going on when our dogs are reacting! Sue is a fellow dog behaviorist, and we found a great deal of common ground when it comes to our ways of working with reactive dogs. We both understand that dogs who’ve had some sort of trauma, or even just a lack of socialization, can be reactive to other dogs, strangers and a variety of other stimuli. We know that we need to help these dogs learn that the things they think are dangerous, actually aren't… and we know that our barking, lunging dog is not just doing this for the fun of it. Our dog is actually distressed.  Now what Sue brings to us today is a scientific explanation of what’s going on in our dog’s brain and body while they are reacting to things they think might be dangerous. Driven by her own desire to understand and help our distressed dogs, Sue’s research led her to the Polyvagal Theory, developed by Dr. Stephen Porges, Ph.D. This has enabled Sue to understand and to pinpoint the times when we can work on desensitization with our dogs versus the times when we need to just allow our dogs to feel safe and happy, and highlights the importance of the Social Engagement System. When we understand what’s really going on inside our dogs, and we understand the science behind what makes our training methods so successful, then we are far better equipped to help our reactive dogs. I just loved having this chat with Sue because it helped me to understand WHY we aim to work with our dogs when they’re in the Green Zone. I knew that our dogs learn best when they’re calm, and that trying to work with a dog who has spiked up into the Red Zone is simply not helpful, but it was such a buzz for me to learn the science behind why this is the case! If you’re trying to help your reactive dog then you absolutely MUST tune into today’s podcast with Sue Mimm. You’ll be seeing things in a whole new light! You’ll Hear About:  [02:15] The Honeymoon Period [04:30] When things start to go wrong [05:30] The Polyvagal Theory [09:00] … and how it operates in our dogs [12:10] Why dogs “don’t listen” [15:00] The incredible benefits of being in the “Green Zone” [17:45] Why many types of “Desensitisation Training” don’t work [21:15] Keys things we can do to calm down our Nervous System [25:00] Co-regulation: How OUR moods and feelings can affect our dogs - and the role of the Vagus Nerve [33:00] The importance of helping our dogs to feel safe [36:40] How to do “desensitisation” the right way [40:30] Where to learn more from Sue How You Can Get Involved: Contact Sue for a chat about helping your REACTIVE dog. Sue is based in Tirol, Austria, where she runs her business called Heart Connection Dogs.  She offers both online services and in-person coaching in English and German. What are YOU doing to help your own energetic state? Remember how important this is for helping YOUR reactive dog. Consider meditation, yoga, and being in nature. Perhaps make a list of things you ALREADY do that help you to be in your Green Zone, and give yourself a pat on the back! Links & Resources Sue Mimm’s business website: https://heartconnectiondogs.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HeartConnectionDogs/ The Harmonium — one of my ways to connect and ground myself — and my ode to Peanut https://theonlinedogtrainer.com/dcc-aggression-song-peanut-yt1/ Learn more by tuning into the podcast! Thanks for listening—and again, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes / Spotify to get automatic updates. Cheers, ~Doggy Dan 

Jan 27

44 min 23 sec

Zero To Hero: The Astounding Success Of Dog Trainer Academy Graduate, Cindy Christensen Today’s Guest Cindy Christensen - Doggy Dan-Trained Dog Trainer Extraordinaire I’m so excited to introduce to you today’s guest, Cindy Christensen. She’s a dear friend of mine, a graduate of my Dog Trainer Academy, and is now a wildly successful dog trainer! In today’s podcast Cindy shares her journey of how her very stubborn and scary cocker spaniel set her upon an amazing journey to become a wildly successful dog trainer in her own right. Cindy describes herself as just an ordinary person, however, she made over $250 000 last year as a dog trainer … a business she created only three years ago! Now Cindy didn’t get to where she is now because she set out to make a million bucks, she’s where she is now because certain life situations led her in a certain direction. All she had to do, as she describes it, was to take a leap of faith, and to do everything I told her to in my Dog Trainer Academy course, no shortcuts and no excuses. Today, Cindy is going to share with us her ups and downs, her doubts and her triumphs, and she will convince you that, if she can do it, then anybody can. Along with learning how to be a dog trainer and how to set up her own business, Cindy also learnt much about herself and grew as a person in ways she’d never imagined. I’m so proud and honored to have been a part of Cindy’s journey. If you’re excited to hear more then tune in to today’s AWE-INSPIRING podcast! You’ll Hear About:  [03:00] Cindy’s VERY difficult cocker spaniel that led her to finding Doggy Dan [08:30] Dan’s magic words that convinced Cindy to take the leap of faith to join Dog Trainer Academy and become a dog trainer. [09:15] What Cindy is doing in her business right now [13:30] Doggy Dan’s Dog Trainer Academy from Cindy’s perspective [19:50] Who’s really the best judge of a dog trainer or training method [20:30] Why the Energy part of this was life-changing for Cindy [25:00] Fears and obstacles Cindy overcame to embark upon this journey [29:00] How Cindy gives back to her community [29:30] Why there is such a great need for Doggy Dan’s style of dog training [31:15] The psychology of pricing [34:10] Dog training part-time [36:40] How much experience is needed to be a dog trainer [38:30] The value Dan’s Dog Trainer Academy adds by helping members set up and run their businesses [41:30] How quickly students can start doing real consults with real clients [43:30] Dan’s first consult [46:20] Cindy’s unexpected Dog Trainer Academy bonus How You Can Get Involved: Join my Dog Trainer Academy to become a super successful dog trainer, just like Cindy! Check out testimonials and peek into the successes of many of my graduates. Contact Cindy to engage her services or to chat with her about Dog Trainer Academy. Start your $1 3-day trial of The Online Dog Trainer. Links & Resources Cindy Christensen’s Lets Train Your Dog: https://letstrainyourdog.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LTYDUtah/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXjpGDWUMPzfprXF8g3c2fA Doggy Dan’s Dog Trainer Academy: https://dogtraineracademy.org Doggy Dan’s The Online Dog Trainer: https://theonlinedogtrainer.com/ Learn more by tuning into the podcast! Thanks for listening—and again, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes / Spotify to get automatic updates. Cheers, ~Doggy Dan   

Dec 2020

51 min 38 sec

Medicinal Cannabis For Dogs: An Expert Guide From America’s Favorite Vet Today’s Guest Dr. Gary Richter - America’s Favorite Veterinarian What’s all the fuss about cannabis? Well, where do I start? In today’s podcast Dr. Gary Richter chats with me about all the ways cannabis can HELP our dogs. From helping to cure illnesses, to pain management and anxiety, Dr Gary answers all our questions about what’s in cannabis that helps our dogs, and why it helps! Perhaps you’ve already decided to use cannabis and you’re wondering how to choose and source the right product, maybe you’re overwhelmed by the terminology and conflicting information about the safety of certain components, or you don't know much about it at all but would like to learn more… … then this podcast is for you! If you want to learn more about this miracle plant and how it can help, then tune in to today’s mind-blowing podcast! You’ll Hear About:  [05:30] The components of the cannabis plant and what all the terminology means [07:30] Legal considerations [12:30] Why it’s important for pet professionals to know about cannabis [14:00] If cannabis is safe [18:30] Some of the many ailments where cannabis can help [28:00] How cannabis works in the body [30:30] THC: Helpful or harmful? [32:00] How to choose and source a product [33:20] Why a Certificate of Analysis is important [35:30] What we’re learning about dosing [38:00] The “Entourage Effect” [42:10] When side-effects are good! [43:20] How to find out more about Dr. Gary Richter How You Can Get Involved: Get started with the right nutrition and health information for YOUR beloved furry friend. Read Dr. Gary Richter’s book, The Ultimate Pet Health Guide: Breakthrough Nutrition and Integrative Care for Dogs and Cats. Learn more about what’s going on with cannabis in the veterinary world and support the Veterinary Cannabis Society Where To Get CBD Oil For Your Dog As you’ve heard, it’s all about the quality of the CBD oil out there in the market. Is it Broad Spectrum? Is it Premium Grade? Does it have zero THC? These are really important questions, and I’ve spent a long time researching this. I can now say that the only CBD products for dogs I recommend are the ones I have personally been involved with, right from the growing and sourcing of the hemp to the final manufacturing... Check out my range here: Doggy Dan’s Angel Oil CBD For Dogs Links & Resources Dr. Gary Richter’s veterinary practice: https://holisticvetcare.com Dr. Gary Richter’s website: https://drgaryrichter.com/ The Veterinary Cannabis Society: VCS.pet Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/petvetexpert/ Education: https://www.veterinarycannabis.org YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/UltimatePetNutrition/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/petvetexpert @petvetexpert Twitter - https://twitter.com/petvetexpert   @petvetexpert Doggy Dan’s Angel Oil: 1. Blog Post: https://theonlinedogtrainer.com/cbd-oil-for-senior-dogs/       2. Buy: https://shop.theonlinedogtrainer.com/doggy-dans-angel-oil-cbd-dcc-n Dr. Gary Richter dives deep into cannabis on Dog Cancer Answers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzftS04HJa0 Learn more by tuning into the podcast! Thanks for listening—and again, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on TODT App / iTunes / Spotify to get automatic updates. Cheers, ~Doggy Dan   

Oct 2020

47 min 7 sec

Pet Food or Pet Fooled? A Look Inside a Questionable Industry Today’s Guest Kohl Harrington - Director of Pet Fooled My guest today is the man who BLEW THE LID on the commercial pet food industry with his documentary film, Pet Fooled. Kohl Harrington’s mission is to STOP THE ROT when it comes to our dogs’ health! For the past decade he has been studying the pet food industry, its regulations, and the role of the FDA, in the production and marketing of commercial pet food. He challenges our assumption that, if a food is “regulated” then it must be healthy…. Well, cigarettes are “regulated” but we all know they’re not healthy. Where do the ingredients come from that go into our dog’s food? How are these ingredients defined? For example, if it says “corn” does that mean it has to be “corn” as we eat it, or is it just the cob after the corn is processed off it for human use? Who makes these decisions?  Regulation states that no meat other than that obtained by slaughter may go into the product, but if that’s the case, why does the EUTHANAZIA DRUG keep showing up in pet food? It begs the question: Are the regulations being enforced? For the sake of your pet, and your peace of mind, tune in to today’s eye-opening podcast. Let’s all learn how to make better choices for our dogs! You’ll Hear About:  [02:00] Pet Fooled - the documentary [07:10] What’s really in our commercial dog food [09:00] Where the FDA comes in, and where food labels are misleading us [10:30] How the euthanization drug keeps showing up in pet food [14:00] If pet food is really “balanced” [18:30] Where you can learn more about feeding raw, and what’s going on with the regulations and oversight [23:00] Government decisions and definitions being made in secret from the public [26:15] The power of switching to a raw diet [29:00] How to choose a better food for your dog [32:00] Preservatives that keep pet food “fresh” for 25 years are also making dogs sick [39:30] Considering where our foods, and our dogs’ foods, come from How You Can Get Involved: Sign up to Kohl Harrington’s new course to learn more about this! Join the movement to raise healthy happy dogs, instead of lining the pockets of rich Pet Food executives! Links & Resources Pet Schooled: https://www.petschooled.com/ Facebook: Kohl Harrington: https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Public-Figure/Kohl-Harrington-1184165814937440/ Facebook: Pet Fooled: https://www.facebook.com/petfooled YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_97eejXDFT4DttjprX_LKw Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/petfooled Twitter - Pet Fooled: https://twitter.com/petfooled @PetFooled Pet Fooled Trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmHHkcrCFOY Learn more by tuning into the podcast! Thanks for listening—and again, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on TODT App / iTunes / Spotify to get automatic updates. Cheers, ~Doggy Dan   

Sep 2020

45 min 18 sec

Show 23: Happy Tails Sanctuary - saving dogs in Mauritius Today’s Guest Nathalie Duthil-Cowham My guest today is a wonderful lady who moved to Mauritius with her husband, David, and started up the Happy Tails Sanctuary from nothing but a piece of land generously donated by a local woman. In today’s podcast Nathalie shares this heartwarming and inspiring story with us. Happy Tails Sanctuary rescues dogs (and some cats!) from poverty, neglect and abuse, and nurses them back to health. As Nathalie says, Happy Tails Sanctuary is “full of love,” and we feel this as she tells us about how happy her pack of 70 dogs are, running about in their large enclosures with a beautiful view of the beach, with their tails in the “happy” position. Nathalie and David also run sterilization campaigns and dog welfare education programs in the community. Amazingly, given the huge numbers of dogs rescued, Happy Tails Sanctuary has only existed for a few years. There is still a lot of work to do and Nathalie and David are looking for dog lovers to help them out. Listen along as we hear how Nathalie’s journey to find happiness in her work turned out to be the dogs’ tale of rags to riches! You’ll Hear About:  [01:30] The lives of dogs in Mauritius and why Nathalie’s work is so important [07:00] How to manage 70 dogs! [12:30] How dogs end up at Happy Tails Sanctuary [17:00] A retirement dream come true [19:00] Where the dogs saved at Happy Tails end up [23:30] How bad it can be for dogs in Mauritius [27:00] The power of the pack [29:30] How Nathalie came to be living her dream [35:00] What else Happy Tails Sanctuary is doing for dogs in the community [37:00] Ways we can all help [39:00] Happy Tails Sanctuary - the very beginning. How You Can Get Involved: Donate or buy a tee-shirt: https://www.happytailssanctuary.com/shop … or better still, study theonlinedogtrainer.com and plan a trip to Mauritius to help out Nathalie and David with their dog packs! Links & Resources Happy Tails Sanctuary: https://www.happytailssanctuary.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/happytailssanctuarymauritius/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_gq_AbOQqi2g8DFuJNcvGQ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/happy_tails_mauritius/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/HTMauritius?lang=en Rescue and recovery of Yoda https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdiNMf4FY1o Learn more by tuning into the podcast! Thanks for listening—and again, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on TODT App / iTunes / Spotify to get automatic updates. Cheers, ~Doggy Dan 

Aug 2020

42 min 38 sec

Show 22: A Wolf Called Romeo: The Alaskan Wolf Who Loved Dogs Today’s Guest Nick Jans My guest today is a man known to be the most prolific author and photographer of Alaskan wildlife, landscapes and culture, Nick Jans. But what he’s most well known for is bringing a huge, black, wild wolf called Romeo, into the hearts and minds of people all across the world. This is such a special podcast for me. I’ve always loved the wolves, and what they’ve taught me about our dogs. Chatting with a studier of wolves in the wild, someone who has been up close with them, is a goal I’ve had for a long time — a bucket-list ticker! Nick has spent much of his life in Alaska and had many encounters with the large black wolf known as Romeo. Hear the story of how Romeo interacted with people and became friends with local dogs. Warm your heart as Nick tells us about the first time his labrador, Dakota, met Romeo, and laugh along when Romeo plays just like a dog! You’ll Hear About:  [05:00] Nick’s beginning with the wolves [14:50] How close exactly did Nick get to Romeo? [20:35] How Romeo became friends with Nick’s labrador, Dakota [27:00] How old the human-dog relationship is [29:00] Wolves - the SuperDogs! [33:30] Do wolves play with balls? [24:30] Dances With Wolves - how accurately the wolf-human interaction portrayed in this film [37:00] The special relationship between the Shoshone Indians and the local wolves [38:45] If wolves really are a danger to people [47:35] Romeo’s tragedy How You Can Get Involved: Buy A Wolf Called Romeo from Nick’s website and grab yourself a bargain as he pairs it up with The Giant’s Hand: A Life in Arctic Alaska for just $30! He’ll even personalize the books for you! Keep Romeo’s story in your heart, and use it to remind yourself of how loving and amazing these often misunderstood creatures really are!   Links & Resources Nick Jans: https://nickjans.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Nick-Jans-1711864788848160/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/A-Wolf-Called-Romeo-1505246469695154 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0DfUiLdzKCuk9UOxlgAmsQ 2 great videos of Nick speaking about Romeo: Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/247411185 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Szhc2wEKEJE Learn more by tuning into the podcast! Thanks for listening—and again, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on TODT App / iTunes / Spotify to get automatic updates. Cheers, ~Doggy Dan 

Jul 2020

59 min 5 sec

Show 21: Therapy Dogs Healing Addiction - with Dr. Colleen Dell Today’s Guest Dr. Colleen Dell My guest today is Dr. Colleen Dell, who is a Centennial Enhancement Chair in One Health and Wellness at the University of Saskatchewan. She is a Professor in the Department of Sociology and School of Public Health. Dr. Colleen’s recent research projects include the use of therapy dogs to help people with addiction and other mental health issues, and she has worked extensively with some of the most dangerous prison inmates. Dr. Colleen, in her position at One Health and Wellness, founded the Paws Your Stress program, which is offered in partnership with Peer Health and the St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog program. Amazingly, this program is now being offered online so that these incredible dogs can continue to help those in need, during the COVID-19 pandemic! You’ll Hear About:  [05:30] How the therapy dogs work with prisoners [08:30] How our own energy reflects in dogs’ behaviour with us [11:30] The power of Bond, Trust and Respect (BTR) in all relationships [13:30] Dogs waking people up when they’re having a nightmare [15:00] Dr. Colleen training her own dog, Subie, to be a therapy dog [19:25] The therapy horse who chose his own patients [22:00] Can any dog be a therapy dog? [24:30] How different types of service-dog personalities suit different types of people/patients [29:50] Peanut’s special talent [32:00] One particular condition in people that makes dogs uneasy [35:10] Why dogs should not be in charge   [39:30] The power of your own energy and tone of voice [46:15] More about Colleen Dell and how to get involved How You Can Help Visit the links below to learn more about Dr. Colleen and her Therapy Dog Programs. Tap into the program yourself, or suggest it for a loved one. Also see tips on how you and your dog can help each other through stressful times. Links & Resources Dr. Colleen Dell: http://www.colleendell.ca/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AnnaBelleSubiesAdventures Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PAWSYourStress/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCktTwbHipNjEReDp9IahWhQ/videos Twitter: https://twitter.com/ColleenAnneDell Twitter: https://twitter.com/PawsStress Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pawsyourstress/ Watch Dr. Colleen’s great Ted Talk HERE: Learn more by tuning into the podcast! Thanks for listening—and again, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes / Spotify to get automatic updates. Cheers, ~Doggy Dan 

Jul 2020

48 min 26 sec

Show 20: Wolves and Warriors - Combat Vets and Rescued Wolves Healing Each Other Today’s Guest Dr Lorin Lindner and Matt Simmons from Wolves and Warriors My guests today are Dr. Lorin Lindner and Matt Simmons of the Lockwood Animal Rescue Center (LARC). The Lockwood Animal Rescue Center offers a therapeutic work environment for returning combat veterans, and a forever home to wolves, wolf-dogs, coyotes, horses, parrots and other animals that are no longer able to cope in their natural environment. In their Wolves and Warriors program, veterans care for the wolves and wolf-dogs in the sanctuary, and the relationships that develop often lead to healing from traumas eventuating from combat, or from being injured and unable to cope in their natural habitat - be it the human world, or the wolf world. Often our veterans find it difficult to talk about their own trauma and their own feelings during therapy sessions. Learn how this special partnership with their paired wolf helps them to express themselves through their bonded wolf. You’ll Hear About:  [02:19] The Lockwood Animal Rescue Center (LARC) and the very special reason LARC is not open to the public [10:35] How wolves show the subtle differences between envy and jealousy [14:00] The difference between dominance and aggression [06:00] How Veterans and Wolves are paired up [13:24] Warriors protecting wolves [16:30] The puppy-like behavior of one of the most dominant wolves at LARC [07:00] One interesting way this relationship assists in therapy [19:30] Whether wolf packs are patriarchal or matriarchal [22:00] Significant similarities between dogs and wolves [23:00] The myth that wolves are dangerous to humans [24:45] The sad problem when we try to breed wolf-dogs for pets [27:30] Whether wolves have the range of personality types that dogs do [29:20] Differences between wolves and dogs [31:40] When working with wolves gets scary [35:20] Identifying a connection between a wolf and a veteran [39:30] How YOU can help the Lockwood Animal Rescue Center How You Can Help Right now, an incredibly generous supporter has offered to match all gifts, up to $50,000 to help the Lockwood Animal Rescue Center Fundraiser get through this crisis! That means your vital, emergency donation will be DOUBLED to have twice the impact. Click here before July 31, 2020, to DOUBLE your donation Links & Resources Lockwood Animal Rescue Center: https://lockwoodarc.org/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LockwoodARC/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wolvesandwarriors/ YouTube: ? Twitter: https://twitter.com/LARCwolves If you’re interested in learning more about the Lockwood Animal Rescue Center, check out this video. Watch sneak peeks of Wolves and Warriors HERE Learn more by tuning into the podcast! Thanks for listening—and again, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes / Spotify to get automatic updates. Cheers, ~Doggy Dan   

Jun 2020

43 min 40 sec

Show 19: The Secrets of Dog DNA Testing: Uncovering Breeds, History and Health Issues, with Adam Boyko from Embark Today’s Guest Adam Boyko -  Co-founder and Chief Science Officer at Embark - Leaders of DNA Testing for Dogs My guest today is Adam Boyko from Embark. Embark is a leading dog DNA testing company, providing dog lovers with detailed analyses of their dogs’ DNA. This process identifies breed makeup and potential genetic health conditions. Embark clients love that their support also contributes to Embark’s ongoing research, done in conjunction with the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. Powered by a deep love for dogs and a passion for understanding everything about them, Adam Boyko and his brother, Ryan, have spent the last decade learning everything they could about dogs and asking the deeper question like: How did dogs first get humans to fall in love with them?  How did humans and dogs change each other in the years since then? And how can we best care for our furry family members? Ever wondered what dog DNA testing could tell you about your dog? Tune in to hear this fascinating story of where our dogs came from, and what makes them who they are today! You’ll Hear About:  [03:45] What Embark is all about [08:30] What Embark’s DNA testing can tell you about your dog [10:00] The huge number of potential health conditions that Embark can detect  [10:45] How inbreeding could affect your dog  [13:45] The first breed of dog genome sequenced [14:50] Which breeds are the most inbred [16:15] Testing pedigrees [17:20] Variations in inheriting DNA … and is Doggy Dan more Egyptian than English?  [20:37] Intriguing breakthroughs during the Boykos’ research trips [22:00] What we know so far about the evolution of wolves into dogs [24:00] Purposely bred breeds vs naturally occurring breeds [27:00] Is the Dingo a ‘dog’? [29:00] How we ended up with such wide and diverse breeds of dogs [34:30] The breed of dog that sings! [38:30] The rarest and extinct dog breeds [40:00] All sorts of interesting things we can identify in dogs’ genomes [41:30] The surprising strongest genome signal identified across dog breeds [42:40] Who was “Flopsy”? [43:15] What you can learn about YOUR DOG when you use Embark’s DNA testing services - and how it can SAVE YOU MONEY! [45:30] How a dog’s appearance can actually be misleading when trying to guess their breed [46:30] Can breed determine temperament? [49:00] How to get a test done for YOUR dog Special Podcast Only Offer Adam has extended a special offer to all my podcast listeners. For a limited time you can save $30 on a Breed + Health Kit today by using the coupon code DNA30. Click on the link below and discover your dog’s DNA story... Save $30 on my DNA Breed + Health Kit Links & Resources Embark website: https://embarkvet.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EmbarkVet/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCv5RSkcC9YEY-wQjfdqHfTQ Twitter: https://twitter.com/embarkvet Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/embarkvet Learn more by tuning into the podcast! Thanks for listening—and again, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes / Spotify to get automatic updates. Cheers, ~Doggy Dan   

May 2020

51 min 31 sec

Show 18: Beating Cancer With Healthy Dog Food Recipes, with Ryan Alarid Today’s Guest RYAN ALARID - Advocate for healthy food for dogs, and author of Real Food for Dogs My guest today is Ryan Alarid, who sadly, like many of us, lost his beloved family dog, Rosie, to cancer. Rosie was struck with frequent seizures that broke his family’s hearts. Her once happy and relaxed loving eyes showed pain, embarrassment and confusion as she deteriorated to the point of losing control of her bladder and falling down frequently. Within 2 years of her diagnosis, after trying various remedies and medications with limited success, it was time to let Rosie go.  Ryan and his family were devastated, but he was also MAD! Why did this happen? What could he have done to prevent it?  This tragedy set Ryan on the path to finding the cause of Rosie’s—and many other dogs’— cancers. Today he shares with us what he learned, and how to potentially almost double your dog’s lifespan, and quality of life. Let’s find out what our dogs REALLY need in their DIETS with Ryan’s Healthy Dog Food Recipe Books You’ll Hear About:  [08:52] Rosie’s sad cancer story [10:45] When it’s time to say goodbye [18:06] Commercial dog food  [18:56] Ryan’s research into kibble [23:50] The Maillard Reaction and its link to cancer [27:57] Wet food [29:40] How to use the Salt ingredient to make an educated guess about the amount of other ingredients in the food [32:30] Feeding dogs meat [34:00] Real Food for Dogs - Recipes [43:30] Spices for dogs [44:26] How expensive is giving your dog Real Food? How much time does it take? [48:04] What about grains, flour and pasta… and garlic? [52:22] Get Ryan’s books for a bargain! Links & Resources Check out Ryan’s Healthy Dog Food Recipe Books where he shares the massive discount for all my TODT listeners.   Ryan Alarid and Rosie If you are interested in more about dog food check out this video by Dr Becker https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0lFwdNm_Go For a great resource about exactly what’s in YOUR dog’s food check out Dog Food Advisor Learn more by tuning into the podcast! Thanks for listening—and again, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes / Spotify to get automatic updates. Cheers, ~Doggy Dan   

May 2020

59 min 45 sec

Show 17: The Amazing Animal-Human Connection, with Carl Safina Today’s Guest CARL SAFINA - Ecologist, Author, and Advocate for Planet Earth My guest today is Carl Safina, leading ecologist, author, and advocate for all living things. He’s written numerous insightful books exploring our human relationships with the living world, and how we can make it better. Carl has worked with elephants, whales, macaws, chimpanzees, and even raised a raccoon who showed a similar connection with us that our own pets do!  If you’ve ever wondered if you’re anthropomorphizing your pets (attributing human emotions and feelings to animals) then Carl’s take on this may leave you pleasantly surprised!  Let’s find out what our dogs are REALLY THINKING! You’ll Hear About:  [5:05] How a dog mourned the passing of a family chicken [8:15] The parrot who escaped on the back of a dog [9:30] A dog’s concept of death  [11:38] One dog’s amazing response when a packmate passed. [21:53] Whether dogs dream [24:44] When anthropomorphizing is spot on [26:50] The science of observing an animal’s behavior versus assigning an imagined reason for the behaviour. [31:45] How dogs love [37:28] The indoor raccoon who knew when it was about to put outside. [40:30] How dogs read our subtle and unintentional cues Links & Resources Jack’s behavior when Peanut passed: https://theonlinedogtrainer.com/a-dogs-amazing-ability-to-understand-life-and-death/ Website: https://www.carlsafina.org/  https://www.safinacenter.org/ Facebook:  Carl Safina https://www.facebook.com/CarlSafinaAuthor/ Instagram: @csafina, @safinacenter Twitter: @carlsafina, @safinacenter Youtube: Among Carl’s many informative and intriguing YouTube videos, this Ted Talk is pretty cool:  What Animals are Thinking and Feeling, and Why it Should Matter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wkdH_wluhw

Apr 2020

49 min 54 sec

Show 16: Real Talk and Tears, with the Taiwanese Animal Rescue Superhero, Sean McCormack Today’s Guest SEAN MCCORMACK - Founder of Animal Care Trust ACT Accountant turned animal-rescuer, my guest today is Sean McCormack, founder of the Taiwan SPCA, head of the Animal Care Trust, and an all-round great guy. He’s worked with the likes of Cesar Milan, Ian Dunbar, Jane Goodall and, well, me!  Sean’s rescued thousands of animals, and his sanctuary is currently the home of over 200 dogs and cats - and a flying squirrel. Many are adopted out or released back into the wild, but those who aren’t live happily on the SPCA property—a no-kill shelter.  Unlike many traditional “rescue” centers that primarily take on surrendered pets, Sean actually rescues dogs who’ve been caught in traps, injured by other animals, or just homeless and in bad shape. Sean’s got some amazing and touching stories to tell, so get comfy and take a listen! You’ll Hear About [3:15] How ACT is different from most SPCAs [5:02] Sean’s 12 hour hike to rescue Sandy the dog [14:40]How the animals are helped by the Animal Care Trust  [18:15] Calming fearful street dogs [20:40] Sean’s connection to The Online Dog Trainer [22:15] The journey from accountant in England to a dog rescuer in Taiwan [23:25] Day to day life rescuing animals in Taiwan  [25:10] The benefits of hand feeding  [28:50] How Jane Goodall, and Becky Barron have inspired Sean on his journey [33:15] The power of calm energy around dog’s  [39:20] How we can support Sean’s work  [41:20] What it costs to run a rescue centre like Sean’s  [45:20] Sean’s touching rescue (and human) philosophy    Links & Resources Website: https://actforanimals.org Facebook:  ACT (Animal Care Trust)  https://www.facebook.com/ACTAnimalCareTrust/ Facebook:  Sean McCormack https://www.facebook.com/seanimals Instagram: Act_ For_ Animals YouTube: Watch Sean’s incredible dog rescue—when everyone said it couldn’t be done  

Mar 2020

51 min 9 sec

Mouthing in nature In nature it's so natural for puppies to mouth their siblings. They understand exactly what's acceptable and what's not. When they're living with us however we often struggle to come to terms with what is okay and what's not. I sometimes find myself working with people whose homes have been turned into fish bowls where their puppy is like a piranha fish trying to bite anything that moves. Listen to the podcast In this free podcast I cover off 3 key topics on How to stop puppy biting and mouthing.   1. How Biting & Mouthing works in nature Here we take a look at how it all works in nature and why we are making things hard for ourselves with some very old school training methods. If you have a young puppy then you may well discover that you have been told to set your puppy up to fail without even realising it. 2. Summary of the solution The thing about stopping puppies biting and mouthing is that it's actually very simple when you know how. There is no need for screaming and shouting and certainly no need for tapping or smacking your puppy. In fact these things will often only make things worth. A calm approach with a simple yet effective consequence if they continue is all you need. 3. Why things go wrong Here I cover off some of the most common reasons why things go wrong and explain exactly what to do to turn it around, including the missing piece of the jigsaw... The one thing that every puppy owner needs to do to put an end, quickly and easily, to all that biting and mouthing. Understand the real battle that's taking place As well as covering off all the practical steps we need to take, we also take a more in depth look at why we're really running into trouble. For example we look at how a mother dog works patiently with her pups, putting up with so much hassle, however when she draws the line in the sand and says that's enough, the pups will respect her and stop. So the question has to be asked “Why do our puppies fight back so hard?”, and the answer may surprise you! Q & A and more help if you need it At the end of the podcast I answer a selection of your questions and show you where you get a whole load more information on stopping this and many other issues if you want more help. Of course this puppy problem is completely covered off in my video training website, theonlinedogtrainer.com. If you’re struggling with puppy mouthing and biting or have an older puppy or dog and are in trouble then help is here, enjoy the podcast! Have a great training day, and as always, love your dog ☺ Thanks for Listening!  

Dec 2014

33 min 41 sec

If you have a new puppy or you’re struggling with an older puppy, run puppy training classes or you just love dogs, then you’ll love this podcast. It’s all about a refreshing new approach to puppy training. Taking a stand Now a little word of warning… I’ve decided to make a splash and be just a tad controversial, so please be open-minded as you listen. Hey, they say that in life you either fit into the current mold and go with the flow, or do something different and make a change. And I decided a long time ago that I could certainly improve the world of dog and puppy training. So this recording should shake up the ‘puppy-school’ industry a little (who knows… maybe a lot!). Why Puppy School needs to change As soon as I finished the podcast, two things happened that really made me smile. Firstly, I received a phone call from a lady enquiring about my puppy training consultations. She needed some way of controlling her new puppy and explained how she’d already attended 4 puppy classes for $120, however it hadn’t been very helpful. Well as you can imagine, I was intrigued. “What did you learn?” I asked her very innocently. There was a long pause, I could almost hear her thinking, then she replied (rather unsure)… “Well, they taught us about the importance of vaccinations, worming and flea treatments… Oh and we learnt how to do a sit.” I secretly smiled to myself. I’d heard this so many times before. Then within a couple of minutes I received an email from another lady. Here are her exact words.   “Hi Dan, We have two small dogs that we adopted from the pound 4 years ago (we think they are Powder Puffs crossed with Maltese). We’ve had problems from the start that puppy training school didn’t help with.” I stopped and thought “So this lady has endured 4 years of problems that should have been addressed when they were puppies. What are they teaching at these so-called puppy schools? More to the point, what aren’t they teaching?” So this issue is something I feel strongly about, and why I’ve taken a certain stance on it. As you can imagine, I was really pleased that I’d just completed this podcast; finally here’s something useful you can actually learn in your puppy training. So what’s covered off? Well without going into it too much, I’ve broken the podcast down into 4 topics: Topic 1 – The problem with most puppy classes Topic 2 – The “Secret to having an amazing puppy” training that should be taught but never is Topic 3 – The importance of socializing and options Topic 4 – A complete puppy training program that’s available to everyone Get started now Ok… so if you want to save heaps of money, stress and time then turn up the volume and get ready to find out how to get your puppy off to the perfect start. The alternative is to check out my puppy training program on The Online Dog Trainer where you get to watch everything I do on video. There’s also a weekly video diary of the raising of my puppy, Moses, so you get to see all the steps involved in how to bring up the dog you’ve always wanted. Check it out here: theonlinedogtrainer.com Have a great training day, and as always, love your dog 

Aug 2014

33 min 35 sec

When the walk becomes dangerous… Taking your dog for a walk is supposed to be one of those pleasant experiences; relaxing, enjoyable and memorable. However for many people it’s memorable for all the wrong reasons! Dragged down the street, pulled off your feet, arm yanked out of its socket, damaged wrists and a lot of stress. It can actually be quite frustrating to see other dog owners with their dogs walking nicely beside them off leash. One lady I worked with told me about her how she had just bought a coffee to enjoy whilst walking her two black Labradors, when they spotted another dog and charged towards it. She ended up clinging to a lamppost, arms and legs wrapped around it, coffee in one hand and two dogs in the other! That was the final straw… She called me for help as soon as she made it home. So how do you go from this crazy situation where your dog is out of control from the very start to having a nice calm walk? When it comes to leash training your dog when its too excited to walk, you have to start right at the beginning. A totally different approach In this podcast I explain a technique that I suggest only dog owners with the most energetic dogs need to apply. For most of us this method is not necessary. Becoming the pack leader and waiting for your dog to calm down at every stage of preparing for the walk will be enough to regain control as you leave the house.   Taking the top off the dog’s energy first In maybe 1-in-20 difficult dogs who pull on the lead, I will apply this method of draining some of the dog’s energy before attempting to get them under control. Many of these dogs have not been for a walk for a long time as it’s become too stressful and dangerous for the owners, the dog and the public. The approach I explain in the podcast is simple but it needs to be done correctly or you’ll get nowhere fast because it’s very subtle, and it’s easy to miss the whole point. Here’s the general idea of what we’re doing. The standard approach Let me first summarize the standard approach to calming your dog down before the walk. Usually when we’re training our dogs to stay calm and walk nicely on the leash, we only continue with the walk if your dog is calm. So we would only progress through the door if your dog has calmed down to a reasonable level. Then we would only progress down the garden path if your dog is still calm. Simple enough?   However with a very small number of dogs, this is never going to happen! Some dogs are just so super-charged up, due to their age, character, lack of exercise, breed, situation and many other factors, that it’s almost impossible for them to calm down before we take the top off their energy. Breaking old habits and creating new ones This approach looks at taking them for a good run at the park. The clever and very subtle part is how we take advantage of our tired out dog when we return home and immediately put in place some brand new habits! Breaking old habits and forming new ones, new associations and new ways of behaving is half the battle. Once you get started it’s so much easier to keep improving. If you love learning about dog training or you have a super-charged dog… enjoy the podcast ☺ To take a look at my complete dog training package click here. Have a great training day, and as always, love your dog.

Aug 2014

18 min 46 sec

In this FREE podcast we take a look at one of the most basic of all commands. Something that's surely so natural for a dog… but sadly for many people it isn't. So simple in theory The recall, as I like to call it, is all about getting your dog to return to your side. And in theory it's so simple. You call your dog and they come running towards you wagging their tail. Yet in reality so many people struggle with this. Unfortunately it results in dogs being walked only on by leash their entire lives, or worse still, they aren’t walked at all for fear of them never coming back. The Frustration You’ve probably seen it dozens of times. A frustrated dog owner slowly asking, then calling, then shouting for their dog to come as the dog carries on running around in circles having the time of their life. It can be amusing to watch but so annoying when its happening to you. Sometimes it can be far more subtle… your dog stands just out of reach, refusing to come, or running around just out of your grasp. It can all be so frustrating. Is recall really that hard? So is recall a tricky exercise to master? Something that only a few owners will be able to achieve at any high level? Or is there something that we're missing? The truth is recall is one of the most natural commands for almost any dog, and so simple to train when you know how. In this podcast I explain why it's such a natural action for dogs and why it actually works WITH their nature. 6 Keys to a successful recall Then I’ll walk you through 6 of the most powerful ways to turn your recall around, and get your dog running back to you every time you call them. We cover off… The Contract: This is where it all starts to go wrong. When you call your dog what do they think is going to happen? Most likely your dog is thinking “OK so they want to put me on the leash.” Rewards: Most people have either stopped rewarding their dog completely or are using rewards but not in a smart way. Understanding how to use the three types of rewards is key. Control of your environment: What do you do when your dog doesn’t come when called? And how to prevent it in the first place. Your body language: We take a look at how your body language, movement, stance and voice can all determine whether your dog comes or not when called. Pack Leader: Dogs will listen and follow the commands of pack leaders far more than those they see as below them in the pack. Frequency: The overuse of recall is one of the biggest reasons it fails. Knowing when and how often to call your dog is key. More recall training resources Often putting in place just a few of the suggestions in the podcast can turn around your recall. Sometimes in a very short time. For those of you who are looking to perfect your technique, take it to another level or have a particularly tricky dog, I also explain where you can get a heap more information including another audio from myself with loads more tips on this topic. For my complete dog training video program including audios and videos on the recall and how to train your dog to come every time, take a look at The Online Dog Trainer. What's your recall like? Tell me in the comments section below just how frustrating your recall is right now... I'd love to know, and offer some help! Have a great training day, and as always, love your dog.

Aug 2014

31 min 4 sec

In life you can accept what the norm is and go with the flow, or you can decide to do things differently. I feel that the dog and puppy training world needs a real shake up. There are so many accepted practices and beliefs that don’t really make any sense and need to be put into perspective. All of this is based on my experience of working with thousands of dogs… and this is what I’ve learnt from them. This is what I’ve seen and what they’ve shown me. Myth No.1: Dog training takes lots of time - Sadly some people spend years trying to get their dogs under control. However when you know what to do, dog training is simple, fun, straight forward and you can have a different dog often in just a matter of days… Myth No.2: Dogs will only have one pack leader in the home - Wrong. Dogs are happy to have more than one pack leader. If you are a family with many people in the home you really want your dog to respect everyone, not just one person. Myth No.3 Attending puppy school is imperative - Not so. There are thousands of people who attend puppy school and end up with serious behavioral issues. Many puppy schools do not provide the important information owners need such as how to establish yourself as the pack leader. Too much focus is put on learning a ‘sit’ and a ‘down!’ Socializing is an important aspect of puppy training however it can be achieved in many different ways for free. Myth No.4: Quality dog training is expensive - Not so. Most dog and puppy training is expensive for what you actually get. At the end of the training people seem to have learnt very little. When you know where to go you can get excellent information at a fraction of the cost. For a complete solution to puppy training and dog training have a look at my Online Dog Training resource. Myth No.5: You can train a dog using only positive reinforcement - No, but it sounds good. Very few dogs are just so perfectly behaved from puppy through to being an adult dog that they only need positive encouragement. Like children, most dogs also need to be guided, redirected, stopped, and sometimes shown that some behaviors are unacceptable. Myth No.6: You should never use food treats - Nope. Food treats have their place in dog training and great dog trainers know when and how to use them. Using food treats with a dog or puppy is just like rewarding your children for excellent behavior and it goes a long way to reinforcing that behavior. Myth No.7: You can’t teach an old dog new tricks - Oh yes you can! Many of the dogs that I work with are around a year old. A smaller percentage of them are much older, around 10 years old, and they can all change their behavior. Of course prevention is better than cure, but it’s never too late when you understand what’s going on. Myth No.8: Hard work and practice is all you need - Nope. Sometimes hard work and lots of practice is not enough. You need to actually change what you’re doing and try something else. The definition of insanity is to do the same thing and expect a different result. If it’s not working, you have to try a different approach. Myth No.9: Little dogs are easier to train than big dogs - Not always! Sometimes bigger dogs are calmer and easier, and sometimes little dogs are incredibly difficult. Of course the opposite can also be true. Just like with people, you can’t generalize all big people as being a certain way and all little people being another! Myth No.10: Most dogs causing trouble are stupid - Oh no they are not! In fact very often the dogs that cause trouble are the really clever, intelligent dogs who would naturally become the pack leaders in the wild. Dogs who challenge you are usually not that impressed with your performance and actions and are looking for you to step up to the mark! To step up to the mark and become the amazing pack leader that your dog is waiting for join my Online Dog Training program. Have a great training day, and as always, love your dog

Jul 2014

25 min 45 sec

Ever wondered why on earth a dog would bite their owner? Or maybe your question is even closer to home such as “why did my dog bite ME?” Why did they do it? Was it random? Have they tasted blood? Is this the end? Can anyone help now? Is it too late? When dogs bite it can all be extremely stressful for all involved. The good news is that there is a solution and it’s not rocket science. When Dogs Bite Their Owners... That’s what this podcast is all about. By the end you will have a completely different understanding of what is going on. Your dog’s behavior will make so much more sense to you and you’ll see that they’re not being completely random. They are simply following the rules of being a dog. Winning is easy The great news is that there’s actually so much that we can do to help set them up to win. Then there’s far less chance of any accidents ever occurring again. There’s nothing worse than living in fear of your dog. Worried that they may bite you or a family member. If you have young children and a dog then understanding what is going on is crucial if you are wanting to avoid the unthinkable from happening. Sadly when dogs do bite, everyone suffers. The person or child who was bitten suffers pain, your dogs life often takes a turn for the worse without them really understanding why and the relationship that you have with your dog takes a dive… The crazy thing is that it does not have to be this way. In fact dogs biting owners is one of the easiest problems to solve, or even better, avoid! A summary of what we cover off in the podcast 1. Firstly we look at the most common reasons that dogs bite owners: Food, and the danger of not understanding it Unhappy with your behavior. When you misbehave in your dog's eyes! Deflected aggression. Why getting involved when your dog is stressed can result in you getting bitten Space invading. What it means when you invade your dog's space 2. Secondly we take a look at how dogs behave in the wild regarding these topics as it helps us understand how they naturally behave. 3. Thirdly I explain why we need to avoid the lethal combination of mixing children, food and dogs together and why it so often results in accidents. 4. Fourthly we go through one life saving rule. It's very simple and if it's put into place your chances of not being bitten increase dramatically. I call this Part One of the solution. 5. And then lastly I explain how the real solution lies in understanding how to make your dog more tolerant. As with people, the more relaxed, calm and tolerant they are the less chance there is of them snapping. So there you go, get stuck into it and enjoy the podcast. To say thanks for for your time, click here to get five of my free dog training videos. If you enjoyed this session… Please share it! All you have to do is click one of the social sharing buttons on the left. Thank you so much for your support! Oh, and don’t forget to leave a rating or review in iTunes! It just takes a second and you can help the show increase its rankings on iTunes just by this simple gesture. Have a great day and as always, love your dog

Mar 2014

38 min 54 sec

In this podcast we look at the amazing topic of how to use food correctly when training your dog. If you have ever wondered whether or not you are using it correctly and making the most out of it, then this podcast will answer all those questions. Many people are using food when there’s absolutely no need for it, others are making things more complicated by using it, and some are not using it when it could really help with their training. It’s important to note that things in the dog training world have changed over time. Years ago, the use of food in training was absolutely unheard of. Now you will find some dog trainers shoving food into their dog’s mouths for doing virtually nothing. So if you find yourself confused, hoping that maybe there’s a middle ground that would make sense to you that has been overlooked then I think you will enjoy what I have to say. Here is a summary of what we go through in the podcast: How To Use Food In Your Dog Training 1. Why you should use food Food is like money to a dog… for many dogs it’s their training currency. There are some behavioral issues that can be fixed in an instant with food. I answer some of the key questions such as shouldn’t dogs just do as you say without having to use food? 2. What are the exercises where we seriously consider using food? The use of food during the puppy training phase. How food can be used to help stop some behavioral issues. How to use food as a powerful distraction. 3. When not to use food Why using food treats will never replace dog psychology. Why using food treats is only a part of the solution. The danger of not using treats wisely (when your dog outwits you!). How treats can actually encourage the behavioral issues you are trying to extinguish when they are used at the wrong time. 4. Seeing food through your dogs eyes Not all food is created equal. The $1 million pay cheque. My dog’s absolute top shelf favorite treat. I answer the question “What is more appealing to a food orientated dog than a sausage”. We finish of the podcast with whole bunch of tips and tricks all related to the use of food, that will help you and your dog get the most out of every little morsel that they eat! By the end of the podcast you will see food in a completely different light and understand what great dog trainers have learnt. That food used correctly is a very powerful tool. Simply throwing a bowl of food down in front of your dog each morning without a second thought will become a thing of the past! So enjoy the podcast, and let me know what you think. Thanks for reading, have a great day and as always, love your dog.

Mar 2014

33 min 48 sec

This post will give you an overview of what’s included in this episode: Barking When Left Alone. If you have a dog that's barking and barking every time you leave the house, then this is for you… But if your pooch is calm when you're out, then please, in the comment section below, tell me what issues you’d like me to cover in future episodes. Alternatively if you have a dog or puppy and want help with other problems or you need some dog training, then go straight to my video website and watch over 250 of my training videos at The Online Dog Trainer - try it all for just a $1! Helping dogs who bark when they are left at home alone. So what’s in this podcast? Well let me explain: Understanding the cause The first thing that I help explain is the reason behind why most dogs are barking when they are left. Very often we assume or think that it is our dogs way of showing us that they are bored, or just being naughty however this couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact a good way to test out the bored theory is to ask yourself if your dog is bored when you are at home… If they are calm and relaxed most of the day then the chances are that your dog is not simply bored! (And dogs are not naughty for the fun of it – so that rules that out). The two main causes In fact the two main scenarios that cause your dog to bark are trigger barking and separation anxiety. They are very different scenarios. Trigger barking is where something sets your dog off and your dog simply does not stop. They are stressed and just keep on going. Whereas separation anxiety doesn’t need a trigger to get your dog barking, they simply become stressed when you leave and bark continuously. Inside the podcast I help explain fully what is going on in these two situations and explain what the solution is. Other techniques There are so many approaches to solving barking but most of them do not go to the root cause of the problem. In some situations they can certainly help and are worth trying however I would recommend only in conjunction with the basic solution that I have put together. On their own they are very unlikely to work. We cover all the home alone barking issues Here is a short list of some of the other things that we also discuss which impact your dog's barking when they're alone… Exercise – does it help, is it the solution? The Environment – the impact that making your dog comfortable can have Herbal remedies vs drugs – would I recommend them? Music, TV – whether it can help your dog Inside vs outside – where is best for your dog Large area or small – what will work best Why harsh methods that just try to “stop the barking” are missing the point As you can see it is an action packed podcast. At the end of it you will see barking dogs in a fresh new light and you will see that stopping barking dogs even when you are not at home is not complicated – you just need to know how :) and hopefully your neighbours will love you even more! Dogs are beautiful and amazing creatures. They deserve to be treated and understood for what they are. This podcast is all committed to us understanding them and helping them better. Getting it right So if you are wondering how to stop your dogs barking when they are left at home alone then you have found the right place. First listen to my free podcast and if you enjoy it and it all makes sense then I’d suggest you get straight onto solving the cause of the problem by checking out my video website The Online Dog Trainer - there's a whole section on Barking with loads of videos of me dealing with the problem in other people's homes, and specifically, videos on Barking When Left Alone.  Join here: The Online Dog Trainer (for over 300+ detailed, step-by-step videos covering every issue of dog training, including The 5 Golden Rules of being the Pack Leader)

Feb 2014

25 min 13 sec

Listen to the Doggy Dan Podcast Show No.5 by using the player above, or subscribing to iTunes and listening on your mobile device. This post will give you an overview of what’s included in this episode: Socializing a new puppy. If you have a new puppy and want to understand what socializing is all about and why it’s so important then you’ve come to the right place… If you don’t have a puppy, or yours is already socialized properly, then please, in the comment section below, tell me what issues you’d like me to cover in future episodes. Alternatively if you have a puppy and want help with other puppy problems or dog training you can go straight to my video website for help and watch my training videos at The Online Dog Trainer - over 300 videos for just a $1 trial! Why, when, where and how should we socialize your puppy? Inside the podcast I cover off these important questions:  Why Socializing your puppy is one of the most important activities that you can do. It allows them to experience a whole variety of different dogs at an age where they are most tolerant and submissive. Inside the podcast I help you see the whole experience through your dogs eyes so that they have the best experience possible when socializing. Think of it like taking a child to childcare when they are young. It is important that they learn how to behave around many children. This is not to say that they have to be best mates with everyone!  When Timing is crucial when it comes to socializing. If you leave it too late then you can really run into trouble. Often you will find yourself balancing advice from your vets that you need to wait for more vaccinations before you socialize your puppy. Inside the podcast I talk through how I would weigh up these two important pieces of information and come to a decision.  Where There are many different ways to socialize your puppy, one solution does not suit everyone. You can take your puppy to pre-puppy training, puppy training, doggy day care, the vet, or the park. Many people choose to do the socialization themselves and do a great job. Inside the podcast I point out the benefits and downsides of each option and leave you to decide what suits you best since there is no one way to go about socializing. Do-it-yourself is a perfectly good option when you do it correctly. How The most important part is knowing how to actually socialize your puppy in a way that will ensure that they have a good experience and can take that into the next doggy meet and greet. Knowing when and how to step-in to stop overly excited play and when to leave your puppy is crucial to helping set boundaries for your new puppy. Getting this wrong can make the situation worse and create a mountain out of a mole-hill! The three C’s to socializing  I also cover off three important aspects to socializing: Calm – how to maintain a calm situation and how it affects your puppies experience. Control – why you need to be in control of your puppy and a simple way to achieve this Choose – the importance of selecting the right dogs or puppies to socialize with and why older dogs are so important. As you can see there is a massive amount of tips and advice inside the podcast helping you to get this crucial aspect of your puppy training right, first time.  Some classics mistakes to avoid  To ensure your success I have decided it makes sense to alert you to some of the biggest mistakes that people make when socializing their puppy and how to avoid them. So often people only find out about these things when the opportunity has passed them by. Sometimes just a little bit of knowledge can make a big difference. So if you really want to end up with a dog friendly, well behaved, dog-sociable-dog then make sure you are aware of:  The most common error that people make when socializing their puppy The biggest reason that socializing goes wrong and does not work What you need to do to ensure that your puppy stays friendly with dogs as they grow up. There you go! If you have a new puppy then I suggest that you listen to the podcast and enjoy learning about why, when, where and how to socialize your puppy and the mistakes to avoid so that you end up with the dog of your dreams. And remember, for those of you after immediate help with your puppy training, check out my video website The Online Dog Trainer – you’ll also get access to Project Moses, the 8 week–1 year video diary of me raising my puppy, Moses (over 30 videos). And to say thanks for reading this post, I'm giving you free access to 5 videos from my training website. Grab them now: Get your free videos. All the best, and enjoy the socializing - it's so much fun!

Feb 2014

34 min 1 sec

The Doggy Dan Podcast Show No.4 is available now. This blog will give you an overview of what is included in the podcast: Excited and aggressive dog greetings. (If you are not needing help with this topic then don’t worry, the topic you want is coming soon… just leave me a comment and let me know what you'd like me to cover, OK? Alternatively you can go straight to my video website to watch ALL my training videos, over 300, at The Online Dog Trainer - all for just $1!) So what's in this podcast… This podcast looks at the very common issue of dogs meeting other dogs on the walk and being so excited barking, pulling and jumping that their behaviour looks anything but friendly. Very often there has been no aggression but your gut instinct tells you that all is not well and it would be wise to nip the behaviour in the bud. I couldn’t agree more. Prevention is better than cure and that's what this podcast is all about. But first to that question… Excitement or Aggression? “So is my dog being aggressive or are they just excited?” This is the big question that many people are asking themselves, (and often me) as their dogs race up bounding and barking at dogs that they meet. The answer is not simply one or the other, and in most cases I would suggest it is a bit of both. As I explain in the podcast the more excited your dog is the more chance that their behaviour may be interpreted at aggressive or threatening and so the calmer your dog is the better your chances of a calm encounter. What should I do when my dog is pulling and lunging Inside the podcast I go through in detail your three options... Walk away – if your dog is way too excited Let them meet – if your dog is calmer than usual Calming your dog down, then make a decision – this is where the training comes in It may sound a bit obvious but having those three options clear in your mind will give you some immediate direction as you approach a dog. Knowing what your options are helps you to select the right one which in turn will help you to achieve your goal. An amazing journey for answers I also look at one lady's quest to solve her dog's over-excited barking towards other dogs and how 4 different trainers had given 4 completely different solutions to this issue, none of which have brought her any joy. We look briefly at some of the unsuccessful approaches she has tried, what she has learnt from the 35 dog training books she has read and the fascinating insights that she has gained. This podcast is dedicated to her commitment to finding an answer! Calming your dog down The real key to success is understanding how to calm your dog down. Inside the podcast I explain how the following areas will help you achieve this. Practical tools and techniques – some of the methods that I use everyday for calming your dog down that are especially useful on the walk and at the park How being the pack leader at home will result in a completely different dog at the park (calmer!) The trick of calming an over excited dog and what you are trying to achieve when you are training them to be calm. (this is a very subtle point but is crucial for success and often overlooked.) So if you are are wondering how to interpret and alter your dogs behavior as they approach other dogs then you have found the place. First listen to my free podcast and if you enjoy it and it all makes sense then I’d suggest you get straight onto solving the cause of the problem by checking out my video website theonlinedogtrainer.com All the best, and enjoy your walks!

Feb 2014

35 min 25 sec

Dogs fighting in the same house One of the strangest things about this topic from our human point of view is that it often seems to be for absolutely no reason at all. Your dogs may have lived together for many years, happy and content. Then over a period that could be days or months, the aggression has begun. Very often it seems to be started by one dog more than the other. It can be extremely confusing why it is happening which is why stopping it can be virtually impossible unless you really understand what is going on. One thing is for sure. All the training in the world is not going to stop your dogs fighting. No amount of puppy training, dog obedience or advanced dog obedience is going to prepare you for what you need in this situation…very likely your dogs attended and passed all these classes. What is required is a certain amount of dog psychology. And that is where I can help. The real cause of the problem Dogs are pack animals, with leaders and followers. Fighting between dogs is almost always very closely if not completely linked to a fight to become the pack leader. In my experience the overwhelming factor in stopping dogs from attacking each other is implementing a clear leadership program. This is where both dogs are shown that they are the followers and that you as the human shall decide who does what, where and when. This may sound tough but in fact it is a very gentle approach to calming dogs down. Once your dogs know that they are not in charge many will simply calm down and live harmoniously with the other dogs in the house. Inside my video website I show you a comprehensive program to becoming the pack leader, just like I would show you during a consultation. This is the key to your solution. Managing your dogs and their needs As well as becoming the pack leader to your dogs it is important that you cover off a number of other important aspects when bringing them back together. Managing the environment is key especially in the early stages this could mean keeping your dogs apart when you are not around and using a crate or a baby gate to manage the introductions. Monitoring your dogs’ energy is crucial to succeeding. Sometimes they will be more relaxed and ready to be together than others. It is up to you to use common sense and pick suitable times to put your dogs together. Exercise will tire your dogs out and generally calm them down. If you have high energy dogs especially you will need to put in place a structured exercise plan so that your dogs energy does not build up leading to frustration and then aggression. Built up energy has to go somewhere. Understanding how everyone’s actions that live in the house have a huge impact on how the dogs will behave. Inside the podcast I have included lots of tips and helpful advice inside the podcast about helping dogs fighting in the same house. Here are a just a few of the topics I have covered off Understanding why it happens from your dogs’ point of view! The importance of staying calm yourself Keeping control of your environment Removing all the triggers and learning to recognise what they are The use of muzzles Why your dog being the pack leader can cause fights If you are stuck in a situation where your dogs are fighting then rest assured that this method works. So enjoy the podcast, and congratulations on finding the answer to your problem. And remember, for those of you after immediate help with your dog training, check out my video website theonlinedogtrainer.com All the best, and happy Holidays!

Dec 2013

32 min 13 sec

Traditional toilet training Toilet training is a funny thing in that there are two completely different issues to understand. Firstly there are those puppies (and sometimes dogs) who simply need some help in the area of being reminded where we would like them to go pee pee and poo poo, (this is what we commonly know as toilet training). Read more about it and watch the videos on this free Video Course here: Puppy Potty Training. This issue is usually quite straightforward to solve, however there is often a lot of patience involved. But it has very little, if anything, to do with being the pack leader. Toilet training as a behavioural issue Dogs are pack animals and when a dog believes that they are the pack leader a whole host of issues can arise surrounding the area of toileting. Often a dog will have been toileting very happily for several years when suddenly you return to a very large poo in the middle of the carpet and it is completely out of character. This is what I would call a behavioural issue surrounding mixed messages about being the pack leader. Here is a list of just a few of the signs that suggests that your dog is in need of something other than more basic toilet training: Toileting in the house when you leave (even if it is for a short period) Marking your possessions such as shoes, bed, the children’s clothes Urinating outside then coming inside and finishing off Finding poo or wee right in the middle of the room, almost like your dog is trying to tell you something When you get these sorts of issues, no amount of training is going to sort things out. Rather you need to understand where your dog is coming from and why they are doing what they are doing. It’s about understanding what your dog is thinking and why. Then the solution will become obvious. Inside the podcast I have included lots of tips and help and advice about training puppies. Here are just a few of the topics I have touched on… Crate training Setting your puppy up to succeed Breaking old habits The feeding and watering routine The power of rewarding What to do if your puppy makes a mistake I think what I have to say will fascinate you even if you don’t have a dog or puppy with these issues. So enjoy the podcast and love your dog. And remember, for those of you after immediate help with your dog training, check out my video website www.theonlinedogtrainer.com. Good luck! Comment below and let me know how you get on.

Aug 2013

42 min 27 sec

1. Who is Doggy Dan? Who am I, what do I do, where have I come from and why am I so passionate about sharing my knowledge! If you have just stumbled across me then feel free to check out my other websites www.doggydan.co.nz (my New Zealand dog consult site) and www.theonlinedogtrainer.com (my international online dog training website). 2. So what’s so special about my method? When you understand how different this method is and how it approaches dog training from such a different angle compared to conventional “dog training” you will start to see why I love it so much. 3. The fun and games of a professional dog trainer So what do I really get up to on a day-to-day basis? What do I actually do during a consult and how does it work? I’ll cover that off so you know how and why I get to deal with so many dog owners with so many problematic dogs of all breeds and sizes. 4. This method can help YOU today Whatever your situation I believe that you will find a way to help your dog and improve your situation. I have worked with many people who were about to give up, having tried what they thought was everything. Hope is a good thing… possibly the best of things. 5. The future of dog training is here… When you see how powerful some of the basic principles are in my method you really begin to wonder how long will it be before everyone starts to implement it under some version or another! My promise to you This method uses what I call the Laws of the Universe. So many of the teachings and basic learnings that have proven to be so powerful (such as how to diffuse potentially explosive situations with my two children!) that I have employed many of them in more than just my dog training. As a parent I have found much of this dog training method invaluable in becoming a calm, gentle pack leader for my children. On the 3rd May 2013 the largest book publisher in the world will publish my first book called “What The Dogs Taught Me About Being A Parent”, so look out for that. I’ll be in touch with links on where to get it, for the best price. When you put in place some of the principles that this method is based on, your life will change forever. This podcast is only the beginning. Questions or Feedback? Leave Me a Message! If you have a question you’d potentially like answered on the show, or just feedback in general (constructive criticism and praise is absolutely welcome!), feel free to quickly and easily leave a comment below. And, please Thank you again for your support, and I wish you all the best!

Aug 2013

30 min 50 sec

This first show is about something that many of you (and a number of parenting organizations) have requested information about. Bringing home a new baby is a wonderful experience although it can also be a stressful and testing time as you juggle to make everything flow smoothly for everyone in the family. This podcast provides you firstly with some solid advice in key areas to help you make the initial transition of a baby coming into the home a simple and relaxing experience. Then we look at how to ensure that long term your family unit includes your dog rather than pushing them away. Here are some of the things I’ve covered off… How to introduce your baby to your dog Some simple pieces of advice to ensure your baby's safety, Why taking your dog for a walk beforehand can make all the difference Understanding how you create the energy of the room Safety of babies around dogs Two of the most common reasons a dog will snap Why babies, food and dogs can be a dangerous combination Space invading toddlers and the importance of a doggy safe place Establishing rules Establish rules and boundaries for both your children and your dogs A few simple rules that will have a profound effect on your dog How you can use your pram or baby buggy to get your dog to heel :) Helping to establish a bond between your baby and dog How feeding time for your baby can become a time for you to relax with your dog The importance of staying calm when your baby is screaming Training your dog how to behave around a baby mat or blanket If you enjoy the podcast please point your friends, baby organizations and parenting classes this way… there are a lot of doggy-baby relationships that could benefit with some of this help. There's also more on the blog about this topic: Managing your dog with a new baby at home.

Aug 2013

29 min 58 sec

You'll discover: Why you need to become the Pack Leader Why you think you may be the Pack Leader but in your dog's eyes you are not. Who needs to become the Pack Leader How becoming the Pack Leader is going to help you Simple psychology To understand a dog you really need to know where they're coming from. Learning the 5 Golden Rules will teach you the psychology of dogs. What they think, what they see, and how you fit into their lives – which is very different to how we think we fit into theirs. Listen now I encourage everyone to listen to this podcast first, either here on this page by clicking the little play button above, or subscribing to iTunes and using your favourite podcasting app. If you already know the basics behind the Pack Leader mentality, then you can move on to Golden Rule No.1 and the rest which you'll find inside my membership website, theonlinedogtrainer.com. There you'll find videos and more audios covering every aspect of becoming the Pack Leader. I strongly encourage every dog owner, all over the world, to learn the Five Golden Rules.

Aug 2013

23 min 12 sec