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. Dale 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. This podcast is sponsored by http://topgundogtraining.com


June 23, 2022 11 min

I have a lot of clients with puppies that pee when they get excited. This is a huge issue with some new puppy owners, and in this episode I will provide some tips to help you deal with excited or submissive urination in puppies.

In this episode I discuss:

  • What is the difference between submissive and excited urination?
  • Why do either of these happen?
  • What steps can you take to minimize submissive urination? 
  • What steps can you take to mi...
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    Setting unrealistic goals for your new puppy is a huge mistake.  This is just as bad as trying to “fix” all of your puppies unwanted behaviors. As discussed in the last episode, we always want to focus on what we want the puppy to do, not what we want them not to do. 

    Be patient, take it slow, don’t force the puppy to try and learn too fast. Remember, they do not live with the same technology as humans in the digital world. Their li...

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    April 17, 2022 7 min

    There is one secret to raising your puppy so that they continue to do what you ask from them, and stop doing the behaviors that you don’t eat such as barking, jumping, play biting, and chewing. Listen to this entire episode for complete details.

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    March 27, 2022 10 min

    In this episode I discuss the importance of using hand signals in addition to vocal commands for foundational work such as sit, down, stay, come, etc.

    3 reasons to use hand signals:

  • Dogs easily habituate vocal commands when overdone
  • Dogs sight is dominant over their hearing - Dogs perceive the world through her nose, eyes, and ears (in that order)
  • Body language, spacial pressure, and hand signals combined together can help calm a puppy...
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    March 12, 2022 6 min

    In this episode I discuss Fresh Patch all natural real grass training pads for puppies. I also discuss the benefits and how to use Fresh Patch effectively. Here is a link to their website if you want more information https://www.freshpatch.com/

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    February 17, 2022 4 min

    Here is a list of our top 5 Puppy Talk episodes:

  • Episode #35 - Puppy Training Series: Teaching Come
  • Episode #3 - How to Potty Train Your Puppy
  • Episode # 2 - The First 5 Things to Teach Your New Puppy
  • Episode # 1 - Owning a New Puppy is a Lot of Work
  • Episode # 18 - The Importance of Puppy Relaxation with Laura Donaldson
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    February 8, 2022 7 min

    In this lesson, I am going to discuss how to teach the “drop-it” command to your puppy. This is for basic obedience training, this technique does not apply to resource guarding. 

    What not to do:

  • Repeat the command
  • Grab the object from the puppy’s mouth
  • What to do:

  • Say the words “drop-it” after puppy has an object in their mouth that you don’t want them to have
  • Wait for puppy to let it go, do not force this step, be patient
  • Reward them wit...
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    In this episode I teach you you to teach your puppy the leave-it command before they pick unwanted things up in their mouth.

    Follow these steps:

  • Grab some high value food rewards
  • Locate the item that you don't want your puppy to have in their mouth
  • Bring the item close to the puppy until they start to open their mouth and attempt to grab it
  • Before they grab the item, firmly say "leave-it"
  • When they bak off from the item, say...
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    January 22, 2022 10 min

    In this important episode, I discuss how to prevent unwanted puppy behaviors.  Follow these steps below. 

  • Do not have the mindset of “fixing” your puppy, they are not broken.
  • Two parts to preventing unwanted behaviors 1) Before the puppy knows they exist, and 2) at the beginning of the act of displaying the unwanted behavior.
  • When my dog Dixie was with me the very first day, I corrected her play biting, jumping, and barking.
  • If your pu...
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    January 8, 2022 15 min

    This is our 1 Year Anniversary Episode! Today we talk about leash training tips for puppies. Below is a list of the topics discussed and links to recommended equipment.

  • Nothing is more important than the dog walk, If properly done, it builds the relationship, discipline, and obedience.
  • 3 Types of walks: potty break, training walk, enrichment walk
  • Set you intention for the walk
  • Use good equipment - no rear clip harness. Use easy walk ha...
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    December 19, 2021 7 min

    This is a great question, and one I get asked a lot. This episode breaks it down for you and provides important information that will help you understand the importance of sleep for puppies. 

  • 8-12 week old puppies need 16-18 hours of sleep per day
  • 12-16 week old puppies need 14-16 hours of sleep per day
  • 16 weeks - 1 yr old puppies need 12-14 hours of sleep per day
  • Puppies 1 yr+ need at least 10-12 hours of sleep per day
  • Don't un...

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    December 8, 2021 10 min

    This episode was inspired by a post from Juliette Jones of Inquiring Noses Dog Training in Rockwell, TX. Her website and Instagram page is listed at the bottom of the show notes.

    Before you get a puppy, ask yourself these questions:
    ➡️ Why do I want a puppy? Why now?
    ➡️ Is my home suitable for a puppy?
    ➡️ Is my entire family ready for a puppy?
    ➡️ Is my entire family on board with getting a puppy?
    ➡️ Will my current pet be okay with shari...

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    December 1, 2021 9 min

    Getting a new puppy is very exciting and also a lot of hard work. Maintaining and adjusting the puppies schedule so they become a well behaved and balanced adult dog is extremely important.

    Complete article with sample puppy schedule can be found here https://www.puppytalkpodcast.com/blog/new-puppy-schedule/

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    November 24, 2021 9 min

    This episode discusses the Essential Equipment for New Puppy Owners:

  • Play Toys: Mendota pet has great toys https://www.mendotapet.com/collections/toys
  • Kong https://prf.hn/l/6WxZM2g
  • LickiMat https://prf.hn/l/rGDWM2O
  • Puzzles https://prf.hn/l/7RAWaPA
  • Bully sticks https://prf.hn/l/rwb5OqG
  • Dear antler https://prf.hn/l/7BDBMRJ
  • Nylabone puppy starter kit https://prf.hn/l/78akOOJ
  • Mendota Pet slip lead https://prf.hn/l/KmPdyy0
  • 6” snap leash https://...
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    The correct answer to when you should start training your new puppy is the minute you take possession of the puppy.

    Keep in mind that training is not always about the basic commands such as sit, down, stay, and come.  Start with these 5 things listed below from Episode #2, and go from there.
    Here is The First 5 Things to Teach Your New Puppy:

  • Bite Inhibition
  • Dogs Name
  • Potty Training
  • Leave-It Command
  • Come Command
  • These 5 things need to be...

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    November 10, 2021 7 min

    There are a lot of things to consider when getting a new puppy.  Here are just a few questions to  ask yourself and my suggestions.  

  • Who is the puppy for?
  • Why are you getting a puppy?
  • What activities do you want the puppet do?
  • Is this going to be a house dog?
  • What is your lifestyle?
  • Can you take the puppy for lots of walks?
  • Can you socialize the puppy?
  • Can you train the puppy yourself?
  • My suggestions:

  • Retriever for outdoors
  • Poodle or Maltese...
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    Dog obedience training and behavior modification are very different, as discussed in this episode.  To read more about behavior modification, visit this link https://topgundogtraining.com/behavior-modification

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    October 27, 2021 7 min

    There are several things to consider when speaking to you puppy.  This episode discusses the best ways to use your voice for communicating with your puppy. 

  • The tone of our voice has a great impact of puppy behavior
  • Low slow tones calm a puppy
  • High pitch fast speech excites a puppy
  • Be like John Wayne
  • Less is better is in doubt. 
  • Never repeat commands
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    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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