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School For The Dogs Podcast - Dog Training & Animal Behavior with Annie Grossman

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Annie Grossman of the NYC-based dog training center School For The Dogs answers training questions, confronts myths, geeks out on animal behavior, discusses pet trends and interviews industry experts. Annie encourages people to become literate in the basics of behavioral science in order to help their dogs and themselves. Tune in to learn how to use science-based methods to train dogs (and people) without pain, force, or coercion! Show notes: schoolforthedogs.com/podcast Have a training question you'd like addressed? Email podcast@schoolforthedogs.com or leave a voicemail at 917-414-2625

Annie Grossman of the NYC-based dog training center School For The Dogs answers training questions, confronts myths, geeks out on animal behavior, discusses pet trends and interviews industry experts. Annie encourages people to become literate in the basics of behavioral science in order to help their dogs and themselves. Tune in to learn how to use science-based methods to train dogs (and people) without pain, force, or coercion! Show notes: schoolforthedogs.com/podcast Have a training question you'd like addressed? Email podcast@schoolforthedogs.com or leave a voicemail at 917-414-2625

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Annie Grossman of the NYC-based dog training center School For The Dogs answers training questions, confronts myths, geeks out on animal behavior, discusses pet trends and interviews industry experts. Annie encourages people to become literate in the basics of behavioral science in order to help their dogs and themselves. Tune in to learn how to use science-based methods to train dogs (and people) without pain, force, or coercion! Show notes: schoolforthedogs.com/podcast Have a training question you'd like addressed? Email podcast@schoolforthedogs.com or leave a voicemail at 917-414-2625

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English

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(212) 353-3647


Episodes

Lessons learned from foster dogs: A discussion with our apprentice Anna Heyward

9/18/2020
At School For The Dogs, we've been lucky enough to be able to mentor a handful of aspiring dog trainers through our apprenticeship program. One of our current apprentices, Anna Heyward, first came to us as a client. Anna, a writer who is originally from Australia, has fostered dogs in NYC for years; last year, she took in a dog whose separation anxiety was beyond anything she'd ever seen. She came to School For The Dogs after consulting with several dog trainers. Some suggested the dog was...

Duration:01:00:36

My family thinks I'm crazy: Dealing with those who don't see the "whole" picture of holistic dog training

9/11/2020
What does it mean to be a holistic dog trainer? To Annie, it means addressing issues using what we know about the science of behavior as it applies to both dogs and humans, and looking at the whole picture of a dog's life in order to address issues. One alternative approach involves narrowly focusing on getting rid of a problem using punishment, which can produce new unwanted behaviors which are then part of the whole picture, too. Sometimes, that whole picture contains people who don't see...

Duration:00:47:09

The Pandemic Puppy Boom: A discussion with breeder Cherrie Mahon of River Valley Doodles

9/4/2020
This episode is a second conversation with Cherrie Mahon, with whom Annie spoke last year (Episode 45: Let's talk about dog breeding with Cherrie Mahon). During quarantine Cherrie, like many breeders, has been inundated with applications. She and Annie discuss how breeders are dealing with the deluge, and think about what this boom might mean in the future for both puppy mills and shelters. Annie also answers a question from a listener whose puppy is jumping up when she tries to prepare food...

Duration:00:39:43

Dogs don't think we're dogs: Ethologist Dr. Marc Bekoff on how we can give our "frustrated captives" a good life in a human world

8/28/2020
Last week, Annie looked a bit at the career of Dr. Stanley Coren, a writer who recently penned a Psychology Today article suggesting that one way to silence a barking dog is to clamp down on the dog's nose with your hand, like a mother wolf might do to try to silence a wolf pup. Ethologist Dr. Marc Bekoff, who is a columnist for Psychology Today, penned a response saying that we need to consider the causes of dog behaviors we don't like, acknowledge that they're engaging in behaviors that...

Duration:01:04:34

Don’t put a towel over a dog’s head & other lessons not learned from Stanley Coren & Psych. Today

8/21/2020
Looking for misguided information about dog training? Look no further than Psychology Today, which is publishing new articles that are offering outdated and possibly dangerous information. In this episode, Annie surveys the work of Dr. Stanley Coren, who recently suggested to the publication's readers that they should mimic wolves and clamp down on a dog's muzzle to stop barking. She reads from some of Dr. Coren's books on dogs from the early 1990s and also shares a comedy clip from the...

Duration:00:58:37

There’s so much to love about snuffle mats! Buy or make a fabric work-to-eat toy.

8/14/2020
We are obsessed with work-to-eat toys at School For The Dogs! Snuffle mats are one type of work-to-eat toy we recommend all the time. Made of fabric, they’re great for hiding dry food or treats. They pack well, are easy to wash, and you can even make them yourself. Annie talks about some of the ones sold at storeforthedogs.com and gives instructions on how to make your own. Products mentioned in this episode: The Buster Activity Mat Wooly Snuffle Mat Fleece Activity Mat The Hol-ee...

Duration:00:13:48

Restaurant dining with your dog: How to train the perfect outdoor dinner date

8/7/2020
It's a golden moment for those wanting to eat outdoors with their dogs. Just think: There's so much outdoor dining! And people are keeping their distance from each other! And tables are spaced at a nice distance from each other! Annie gives some tips about how you can help train your dog to be the perfect outdoor-dining companion. Also: Learn what 1950s superstar very nearly became the real Lassie's owner. Products mentioned in this episode: Tricky Trainer's Crunchy Treats:...

Duration:00:29:15

Schedules of Reinforcement, “Baked In” Behaviors & How Dog Training Can Help You Take The MCAT

7/31/2020
A listener who is studying for the MCAT exam wrote in to ask if there were any dog training scenarios that could help illustrate some of the terms she needed to know for the psychology section of the exam. Annie, who has learned most of what she knows about dog training from working with dogs rather than from studying terms or taking exams, does her best to help make some "science-y" concepts more understandable through the lens of dog training and human behavior as we experience in everyday...

Duration:00:42:53

Mean Talk, Mouse Traps & Water Guns: Rudd Weatherwax’s “Lassie Method”

7/24/2020
A few weeks ago, Annie interviewed Jon Provost, who played the little boy Timmy on the Lassie TV series in the 1950s and 60s. He talked a little bit about Rudd Weatherwax, who was Lassie's owner and trainer. Jon talked about how Weatherwax only trained with praise and rewards, and Annie described him as "progressive." After the episode aired, however, she found some old videos that showed training methods that suggested otherwise. In this episode, Annie reads from Weatherwax's 1971 book, The...

Duration:00:36:33

Is Dominance Really A Thing? Cesar Millan, Libertarianism + A Dog Named Pizza

7/17/2020
Before she became a dog trainer, Annie assumed that understanding dogs' supposed obsession with dominance was an important part of being a good trainer. She pushed her 18-pound Yorkiepoo into alpha rolls so he'd know she was boss. She yelled in his face, and made sure he never entered through a doorway before her, because Cesar Millan said that that would make the dog think he was the one in charge. The whole idea that dog behavior, and the way dogs learn, had anything to do with science...

Duration:00:47:23

Puppy Socialization In The Time Of Quarantine

7/10/2020
Nothing makes people want puppies quite like a global pandemic! Those who are raising puppies during quarantine may face some challenges when it comes to socialization. But, if you succeed at doing a good job with it -- if you can clear the unusual hurdles that new dog owners have to face right now -- you will be paving the way for a great future for your dog and while developing your own training abilities. Annie discusses what socialization is, how to spot signs of possible stress, and...

Duration:00:39:48

Lassie's Boy Sidekick: Meet Jon Provost, aka Timmy

7/3/2020
Jon Provost was the boy sidekick to the 20th Century's most-loved dog: Lassie. In the late 1950s and early 1960s a third of American households tuned in each week to watch Lassie, a whip-smart Collie, help Timmy get out of countless pickles. Lassie came to define the "perfect" dog. In this episode Provost, who is now 70, talks about working with a dog star, and about what he learned from Lassie's rather progressive trainer/owner, the famous Hollywood dog trainer Rudd Weatherwax. He and Annie...

Duration:00:40:44

Don't Let Your Dog Cry It Out: On Training Dogs To Be Alone

6/26/2020
In an ideal world, dogs would all be trained to be able to be alone. It would be a process of shaping a behavior, and helping your dog make good associations with being without you. But, in the real world, not everyone can take the time to acclimate a dog to alone time. Annie talks about the "cry it out" method and some of the tools that are used to punish the behaviors that can occur when a dog is stressed about being alone, and their potential fall out. She also gives a few strategies you...

Duration:00:35:45

Cues & Commands: How We Communicate To Dogs What We Want From Them & Vice Versa

6/19/2020
Before Annie became a dog trainer, she assumed all dogs were trained using "commands" and cues were for... pool games and stage actors. In this episode, she talks about the difference between cues and commands, describes the process of adding a cue, noticing cues, changing cues, and more. Enjoy School For The Dogs Podcast? Please leave a 5-star rating on iTunes and a review! Notes: Find Annie's new MasterClass at http://anniegrossman.com/masterclass A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's...

Duration:00:27:09

A Pet Food Killed My Dog: Susan Thixton & The Truth About Pet Food

6/12/2020
Thirty years ago, a vet told Susan Thixton that dog food had given her dog bone cancer, and the dog had two weeks to live. "That day changed my life," she said. She dove into researching pet food, and found an industry doing its best to keep its practices opaque to pet owners. Too often, she discovered, we are literally feeding our dogs garbage. In the decades since, Susan has become a full time blogger on the subject and a consumer advocate, lobbying to try to improve the quality of the...

Duration:00:50:21

On Racism, Reinforcement, Leashes & Poop Bags

6/5/2020
Last week in New York City a white woman called the cops on a black man, saying he was threatening her life. Really, he just wanted her to obey Central Park's leash laws. In this episode, Annie attempts to dissect the altercation from a dog trainer's point of view, talking about everything from how we should use leashes, to how the man used an interesting combination of treats and negative reinforcement to get the woman to leash the dog. Through the lens of dog behavior and training, we can...

Duration:00:37:31

The Greatest Animal Trainer On Earth: Ken Ramirez

5/22/2020
When Ken Ramirez is not training elephants to avoid poachers, teaching dogs to count, coaxing polar bears out of suburban garbage cans or getting butterflies to fly on cue, he is mentoring and educating dog trainers. Ken is the Executive Vice President and public face of Karen Pryor Clicker Training, which operates the Karen Pryor Academy, among other things. In this episode, he and Annie discussed his new book of essays, how he almost got The Dog Whisperer's time slot, the existence of free...

Duration:00:59:30

The Most Important Behavior You'll Ever Train

5/15/2020
There is one behavior we teach every dog we work with at School For The Dogs: Touch! This is an easy-to-teach building block that you can use to build... whatever you want! In this episode, Annie outlines how to teach touch, and talks about this behavior's countless uses and variations. Annie's Free Webinar on training touch - More on Chirag Patel's Bucket Game - Ken Ramirez demonstrates different types of targeting. - Doodle Buddy and other apps you can use with your dog. Support this...

Duration:00:32:27

Separation Anxiety Expert Malena DeMartini on Helping Dogs Learn To Be Alone

5/8/2020
Some dogs have panic attacks when they are left alone. If you have a dog who can't be alone, and you have any interest in sometimes leaving your home without your dog, you know the agony of canine separation anxiety. It's an issue that has led to too many dogs ending up at shelters. A good dog trainer can help, but many good dog trainers dread taking on separation anxiety cases because...they're really hard. "Who in their right mind would choose separation anxiety as a speciality?" says...

Duration:01:16:39

A Different Kind Of Dog Photographer: Meet Andrea Castanon of BowieShoots

5/1/2020
A few years ago, Annie thought it'd be fun to do yearbook-style posed photos of dogs graduating from classes at School For The Dogs. She mentioned the idea to a few photographers and they all gave her blank stares. Then, she was scrolling through Instagram and she found a photographer whose entire feed was... posed, yearbook-style photos of dogs. Annie got in touch with the person behind the account: Andrea Castanon. Andrea was working as a professional photo retoucher and during her...

Duration:00:31:18