Most dog owners have recognized that their dog responds when the owner is sad or upset and it's wonderful when that aware dog tries to make us feel better. But there is more to this than just that. When raising a puppy it's especially important to be aware of your emotions as puppies are just little balls of emotion anyway. Then, too, when training your dog your emotions can help you or hinder your efforts. Liz, Petra, and Kate talk about emotions and your dog so tune in.
Some puppy owners bring home two puppies thinking that they will amuse each other, perhaps keep each other out of trouble, and free the family from some of the burdens of puppy raising. Unfortunately this is incorrect. Two puppies at the same time is a big problem, so much so that there has been a lot written about it. Listen in as Liz, Petra, and Kate discuss double the trouble.
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Liz, Petra, and Kate discuss creativity in dog training. This doesn't mean you have to teach your dog to paint (although that might be fun!) but instead, creativity can help prevent boredom, both for yourself and your dog. Creativity can also get your dog more involved in his own training.
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Liz, Petra, and Kate talk about generalization in regards to dog training. What is it? Why is it important? And how to you help your dog learn these important skills. Tune in and listen.
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Recently Petra's two-year-old dog, Tango, was diagnosed with Addison's disease. She talks about the diagnosis, treatment plan, and how he's doing. Living with a dog with a chronic illness means more trips to the veterinarian, usually a change in your routine for vet visits and medications, as well as an emotional upset. It's tough.
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Liz has lost two dogs to cancer in the last four years. Petra has lost four dogs to cancer; as has Kate. A traumatic illness, it affects vast numbers of dogs. So let's talk about how it affects your dog and you.
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Training class students ask Liz, Petra, and Kate for recommendations as to what is good (and safe) for their dogs to chew on. Plus, what can you give dogs who are fussy about their chews? Thankfully, there are some good alternatives.
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Liz, Petra, and Kate have talked previously about choosing the right dog. Taking a look at breed, gender, activity level and more. But it's also important to have a vision of where this new dog will fit into your life. Thinking about that prior to bringing home a dog is vital. After all, the dog can't change who he is.
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In this, the second of two podcasts on housetraining, Liz, Petra, and Kate discuss options for housetraining including the pros and cons of doggy doors, potty pads, litter box options, and more. Included are suggestions for housetraining a dog in the big city as well as what you can do should you work long hours.
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In this and their next podcast, Liz, Petra, and Kate are talking about housetraining. This subject is the source of many questions from class students and podcast listeners. In this podcast, they discuss the definition of housetraining, why a schedule is important, teaching a vocabulary, word, crate training, and much more.
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A common problem that dog trainers here is that the dog won't come when called. Since a reliable come makes everyday life so much easier and can be a life saver for your dog, teaching the come is important. Liz, Petra, and Kate discuss several ways to teach the come as well as a couple of things you shouldn't do.
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Spring is an great time to get ready for summer's challenges. Just as we check our smoke and CO2 alarms when time changes we can check a few other things. Are you prepared for fleas, ticks, and heartworms? If not, talk to your veterinarian. When was the last time you scrubbed out your dog's outside water bowl? It's easy to forget. Liz, Petra, and Kate don't want to tell you how to live with your pet, but instead just want to offer some suggestion you may not have thought about...
Kate's cocker mix, Walter, is thirteen now and is almost blind and pretty much completely deaf. Kate's been doing quite a bit of research on how to help her dog and wants to share that. Liz and Petra talk with Kate about disabled dogs, old dogs, and ideas for helping them.
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If you're listening to this podcast, you already think dogs are pretty special. We do, too. But the love that our dogs have for us sometimes goes beyond special. There's a touch of magic there, too. Tune in and listen as Liz, Petra, and Kate talk about some special dogs and the magic they provide.
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We asked veterinarians on social media this question, "What can your clients do to help you help their pets?" We received a number of responses from veterinarians across the US. Although some of their responses were expected, others were not. Tune in to see what they said.
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We talked about adolescence a few years ago but this is a subject that can't be re-visited too many times. The teenage stage in puppies (or humans for that matter!) can be frustrating and challenging. Since Liz and Petra both have teenage puppies, as does another of Kindred Spirits' trainers, this is a subject that has been on our mind. We'll share some of our coping techniques.
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Liz, Petra, and Kate have talked several times previously about traveling with dogs, both at hotels and in RVs. On their last trip they invited friends Wayne and Kei to join them. Kei joins the podcast to talk about their decision to rent an RV, the challenges in getting to know the RV, how their dogs reacted, and the fun they had on the trip. Kei also offers suggestions for those thinking about doing this.
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Liz, Petra, and Kate invite a friend and fellow dog trainer, Sue Dewer to talk about the dog bite Sue is still recovering from. The dog that bit Sue is a pit bull but Sue isn't blaming the breed, or even that particular dog. Instead, the dog was newly adopted and Sue is questioning the shelter's screening process.
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There are a number of reasons why some dog owners would like to teach their dog to relieve herself inside, appropriately of course! In this podcast Liz, Petra, and Kate discuss some of the reasons why, new and old products that can make it easier to do, how to transition the dog to outside if you'd like to do that, and of course, how to teach your dog. Petra, who has Pomeranians trained to go inside, talks about her experiences.
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Hurricane Irma was charging up the coast of Florida while Liz, Petra, and Kate were recording this podcast. At the same time, 100 dogs from Texas were landing in San Diego to make room in Texas shelters for dogs rescued from Hurricane Harvey. While everyone seems to agree that these dogs needed a chance for a better life, sometimes well meaning rescue groups aren't as careful as they could be. Kate leads the conversation here and discusses her concerns.
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