Puppy Talk

Puppy Talk

Puppy Talk offers advice and training tips for new puppy owners. We cover topics such as potty training, play biting, basic commands, behavior problems, and leash training. This podcast is sponsored by Top Gun Dog Training. Dale is a graduate of Catch Canine Trainers Academy, and has trained thousands of puppies, as well as raising several of his own own. If you enjoy this podcast, please follow. Be sure to check out our website at http://puppytalkpodcast.com


May 24, 2021 9 min

This is the final installment in our puppy training series, teaching puppy recall (come).

Todays Lesson:

  • Make sure you have a good sit, down, and stay before expecting a good recall under distractions. 
  • DO NOT call you puppy to you and punish them or make them do something they don’t walk like go to crate, etc. 
  • Use high value food reward
  • 3 Types of recall

  • Place puppy in stay, release them with an “ok”, then call them to you with “come”...
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    Puppy Training Series: Teaching Stay. Unlike sit and down, we are not going to use shaping or luring with food.  Down-stay is the ultimate calming command for any puppy or dog.

    4 Steps to “stay”

  • Make sure that your puppy has a good sit and down, episodes #31 and #33.
  • Program the command “stay” firmly with held signal at same time.
  • Start with 10 seconds and build up from there.
  • Mark and reward every 10 seconds while standing next to pupp...
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    This episode is part a change in the format for Puppy Talk Podcast. Once a week I will be providing detailed instructions of training commands for your puppy. This episode coaches you how to teach your puppy the "down" command. 

    Todays Lesson:

  • Teaching down using shaping
  • Need training treats - see episode 11 for recommendations
  • Also need a quiet place with no distractions for you and your puppy
  • Lure into sit. 
  • 4 parts: food lure,...
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    Interview with Michelle Dart and Yo Armendariz of The Empowered Dog Show to talk about their new podcast and other exciting news for dog trainers. You might know Michelle and Yo from the 2020 International Dog Trainers Winter Summit last December.?

    We talk about:

  • What is The Empowered Dog
  • How they started The Empowered Dog?
  • Why they switched from Facebook Live video to audio format
  • The importance of Hybrid Learning System
  • And much, much ...
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    April 19, 2021 11 min

    This episode starts a change in the format for Puppy Talk Podcast. Once a week I will be providing detailed instructions of training commands for your puppy. This episode coaches you how to teach your puppy the "sit" command. 

    Todays Lesson:

  • Teaching sit using shaping
  • Need training treats - see episode 11 for recommendations
  • Also need a quiet place with no distractions for you and your puppy
  • Lure food over puppies head and sligh...
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    In this episode, I had a great interview about canine nutrition with Rei Kawano of Heed Foods. We talk about many things related top optimal puppy and adult dog nutrition.  Be sure to visit their website at https://www.heedfoods.com/

  • How you founded the brand?
  • What is so important about the ingredients you use?
  • Why the focus on gut health? 
  • Are there any dog food regulations that monitor the ingredients and quality of the food?
  • What are...
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    April 4, 2021 6 min

    To control Puppy Barking, we first need to determine what type of barking it is. Here are the 4 most common types of barking:

  • Frustrated Barking
  • Fear Barking
  • Guard Barking
  • Excited Barking
  • For creating a solution to the barking, here are 4 tips:

  • Make sure your puppy is getting plenty of physical and mental exercise
  • Make sure your puppy is getting plenty of socialization with people and other puppies
  • Manage surroundings of the triggers that ...
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    In this episode, I talk about 5 tips that will help your puppy if they are a picky eater. My own puppy, Dixie, has been a picky eater all her life. I have many clients with puppies that are also picky eaters.

    Here are the 5 tips:

  • Feed puppy only at scheduled times
  • Find a food that the puppy really loves
  • Try freeze dried and air dried foods
  • Feed puppy by hand
  • Feed puppy in a Kong or Licky Mat
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    In this episode me and Irith Bloom discuss leash training and leash walking for puppies. We talk about the how to get started and what to do when problem behaviors appear.  You can learn more about Irith on her website https://thesophisticateddog.com/.

    What we discussed:

  • At what age should new puppy owners start leash training?
  • What is the best equipment for puppies? Leash length collars, harness…
  • What types of walks should new puppy o...
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    March 18, 2021 8 min

    This episode focuses on 4 things that every puppy, and adult dog, needs to be healthy, happy, and obedient. The link with an outline of the 4 things is on our blog here https://www.puppytalkpodcast.com/blog/4-things-that-every-puppy-needs/

    Be sure to visit our sponsor https://topgundogtraining.com/

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    In this episode I explain what you need to do to stop your puppy from jumping on people. This is broken down into two parts: 1) puppy jumping own people out on a walk and 2) puppy jumping on people coming in the house.

    Two things to do right now to help stop the behavior are 1) stop reinforcing the jumping and 2) stop allowing the puppy to reverse the behavior by not putting it in a position to have access to the stimulus (people) w...

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    In this episode, I talk about the Major Biden Dog Bite Incident at the White House that happened on March 9, 2021.  I provide my feedback of the situation from a dog behavior modification standpoint. Since there is way to much information that we do not know about the incident, only what's in the press release, we can only provide a guideline of the necessary steps to get Major Biden ready to safely come back to the White House...

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    March 9, 2021 8 min

    In this episode I provide a comparison of dog park vs doggie day care and rate each on 8 different categories. In the end, I also provide an overall winner, and some final thoughts and tips.  Remember that for puppies to go to either the dog park or doggie day care, they need to be fully vaccinated, including rabies.

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    Sponsor Website: https://topgundogtraining.com/

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    In this episode, me and Trish discuss how to properly manage multi-dog households, with a special bonus of how to manage dogs and cats in the same home. 

    Trish is a certified professional dog trainer and certified dog behavior consultant, with a Masters Degree in animal behavior. She specializes in training and behavior modification work using positive reinforcement with dogs, cats, and horses. 

    Trish is located in Mars Hill, NC and ...

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    March 4, 2021 9 min

    In this episode, I provide tips for crate training your puppy.  The goal is for the puppy to associate a positive experience with the crate.  This can take some time and patience.  Don't try to rush the process. 

    Tips of what to do:

  • Use treats to lure puppy into crate
  • Have puppy lie down in crate with lure or one time saying “down”
  • Feed using their food bowl, or Lickimat, or Kong (do not close door to crate)
  • Play games with puppy an...
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    For this episode I provide 4 tips on how to stop overstimulating your puppy. This is a follow up to Episode #18 on The Importance of Puppy Relaxation. 

    Here are the 4 tips:

  • Stop talking to your puppy so much
  • Stop playing with your puppy on floor or couch
  • Do mental stimulation with your puppy
  • Make sure that hard exercise is not in the apartment, house, or yard
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    February 26, 2021 14 min

    In this episode, I talk about how to raise a puppy in an apartment. I've had puppies, and adult dogs, in apartments for that past 14 years. and there are a few things you need to know and implement into the puppies life to make it work most effectively.  These tips will hopefully minimize the risk of puppies eliminating, chewing, and barking  inside of the apartment. 

    There are 4 things that you puppy will need to help living in...

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    Laura Donaldson, is a PhD, CDBC, KPA CTP and the owner of Four Paws, Four Directions Dog Training & Behavior Consulting, LLC at https://fourpawsfourdirections.com

    The episode will focuses on THE IMPORTANCE OF RELAXATION FOR PUPPIES (& ALL DOGS). Topics covered include mat training for puppies, calming enrichment activities and the cognitive as well as emotional underpinnings of the RELAXATION RESPONSE that we want to teach o...

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    In this episode I talk about  the New Your Times Article liked below.  The name of this article is The People Who Got Puppies Were in Over Their Heads. Now professional dog trainers are all booked up. While you wait, they have some advice to share.

    Here is the article link https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/19/style/dog-trainers-pandemic-puppies.html?searchResultPosition=3

    Here are other links mentioned in this episode:

    Pandemic Pupp...

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    February 17, 2021 52 min

    Kim Brophey is an applied ethologist and professional Family Dog Mediator™ working to solve problems between people and dogs with modern science.  Kim is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC), a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA)

    I’ve seen Kim’s presentation on Ethology for Dogs in the Aggression in Dogs Master Course and the Aggression in Dogs Conference, and both times I was blown away by her level of knowledge, exp...

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