Dog Chats

Dog Chats

You love your dogs, but sometimes their behavior can be confusing, frustrating or even embarrassing. Join Emma Clifford, a CPDT certified dog trainer, and Kirsten Wojcik, an IAABC certified dog behavior consultant and Licensed Family Dog Mediator as they chat about behavior, ways to connect with dogs, how to build positive relationships and their journeys with their own dogs. Respected in their field for their creative approach to challenging dog behavior and finding ways to meet the needs of both families and their dogs, Emma and Kirsten offer practical advice and a bit of humor. To connect with your Dog Chats podcast hosts use these links: Emma: https://www.ecdogtraining.com Kirsten: https://www.kwhappydogs.com

Episodes

May 24, 2024 37 mins

Have you been given different advice about which equipment to use on your dog?  Is your dog comfortable in their gear when they are heading out for a walk?  Emma and Kirsten explore answers to these questions and offer some guidance about the equipment that is available and why they choose to use it with their own dogs.  In a market with so many choices, it is helpful to hear first-hand from professionals about best options that ar...

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Have you ever considered adopting a dog with special needs? This episode takes you on one couple's heartwarming adventure of bringing a blind dog into their life.  Scout has a degenerative condition that is causing blindness, and though he faces some challenges, his pet parents have found ways to support him and he is thriving!     Check out reels and photos of Scout in action here https://www.instagram.com/rogersnaps/
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Remember when you were 14- years- old and you were a totally balanced, perfect teenager?  Of course you don't...because how could you feel calm and confident when your world was changing and your body was taken over by alien hormones.  It is the same for our adolescent dogs and in this episode, Emma and Kirsten share the science behind this challenging development stage while offering tips on how to support your struggling teen.  D...

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With her incredible wit and wisdom, special guest Alexis Davison offers insights into the importance of communication in the role of behavior change, the history of positive reinforcement training and how using the UnChase Protocol can help pets learn to live together and be safe alongside wildlife.  Alexis is a professional mentor to both Emma and Kirsten.  Ready to learn a bit about life and predatory action behavior patterns?  L...

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Ready for more fun indoor activities with your pups?  Emma and Kirsten offer up some more creative enrichment activities that are easy to set up and super fun for both you and your dog! From Food Flicking Football to Musical Mats, and other seeking and scenting games, this episode will give you lots to do during the chilly days of winter.   Visit us @dogchats_podcast on Instagram for videos and more tips from this episode.
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Now that the days are shorter and we are spending more time indoors with our dogs, it is time to cozy up for a Towel Dry, Hot Lava, scenting games and fun DIY enrichment activities.  Your hosts Emma and Kirsten describe some of their favorite indoor dog games and offer tips about keeping your dogs busy and happy while growing your relationship together.

 

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Does your dog communicate their fear or frustration through barking, lunging and snapping?  Check out this new episode where Kirsten unravels some of the "why" and "how" behind these maladaptive  behaviors.  She offers a few tips for pet parents who are working to support their dogs and reminds us to start from a place of empathy and understanding for both dog and human clients.

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September 18, 2023 17 mins
Whether you just got a new puppy, or are introducing a new dog to your home and world, you will love Emma's pearls of wisdom about the significance of socialization,  independence and getting support from a professional.  Like usual, Emma makes a complex topic easy to understand as she offers a few important tips for pet parents.   ecdogtraining.com website ec_training instagram emma13clifford@icloud.com
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In episode 14, The Podiversary Episode, Emma and Kirsten interview the professional pet sitter and dog walker, Lynes Downing, Jr. As our hosts share their own concerns about finding the right pet sitter when they travel, Lynes offers reassuring advice and wisdom about how to choose a good sitter, and how to set the sitter up for success.  

 

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In this episode, Emma and Kirsten share their thoughts on the current research that defines the social systems of dogs. The amazing matrix of status, communication and relationships that are a part of our dogs' social environments is beautiful and complex.  Let's unpack some of the  misunderstood research about pack theory and dominance so we can examine our own relationships with our dogs in a meaningful way.

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Suzanne Gollin, the Foster Care Coordinator at Marin Humane, has been working to connect animals in need with loving foster families for 23 years.  Have you ever considered fostering a pet?  In this episode, we walk you through the joyful process of fostering and hope to inspire some of you to bring a shelter pet into your home, if even for a very brief period.  Emma and Kirsten both have "forever foster" pets in their homes, and w...

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April 22, 2023 43 mins

Analyzing dog body language brings us so much closer to understanding how our dogs are thinking and feeling.  In this episode your hosts share their insights into how dogs communicate with humans and with other dogs. Having this knowledge gives you a chance to empathize and communicate better with your own dog.

recommended reading Dogs in Translation by Maue and Krauss Doggie Language by Lili Chin
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Emma and Kirsten had the incredible opportunity to chat with Marion Fitzgibbon, Marin Humane’s Humanitarian of the year recipient in 2008, for Episode 10.  Marion is a champion of animal welfare who created and directs the Limerick Animal Welfare Sanctuary in Kilfinane, Ireland.  She shares her inspirational story from helping stray dogs as an 8-year-old girl, to creating one of the largest and desperately needed animal shelters in...

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February 18, 2023 20 mins

We love our dogs so deeply, and they bring us so much joy and happiness.   But unfortunately their time here on Earth is not long enough.  When they are gone, the grief is raw and the pain is real.  In this episode Emma and Kirsten recall stories of their past dogs' journeys from the joy when they joined their families, until their passing.  With heart-felt emotion, support and advice in the areas of grieving and moving on, your ho...

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With their easy-going, authentic conversation and genuine concern for both dogs and their guardians, Emma and Kirsten reveal what they have in store for you in 2023.   In this episode, our hosts reflect on past training practices and the evolution of dog training as it has transitioned from control to choice.   They answer questions about current changes in their profession, what inspires them and where they are heading.  

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The holidays are almost upon us and Kirsten and Emma have some thoughtful tips about how to keep our dogs healthy and happy during this special season. Also they offer creative ways to include our dogs in our rituals and traditions, while sharing some humorous stories about their own past holiday dog memories.  Baking dog biscuits, preparing for holiday guests and thinking about the holidays from our dogs' perspective- Episode 7 wi...

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October 16, 2022 27 mins

Thinking about bringing a new dog or cat into your home and wondering how you can set your resident pets up for a successful transition?  In this episode Emma and Kirsten share a few management tips, procedure advice and thoughtful insights about how to expand your pet family in a way that is positive for all the animals and humans involved.

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September 13, 2022 33 mins

Fall is in the air and kids are back in school, so we thought, why not find out what students want to know about dogs?  Kids have such creative minds and fresh perspectives, and It seems to us that having more knowledge about dogs should be a priority.  No Dog Left Behind.  So we asked some local teachers to poll their students and gather up some questions, and the result is a podcast episode meant for adults and children alike.  S...

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Our dogs are so intelligent and perceptive.  It is our task as their guardians to offer them sensory enrichment and engaging mental and physical stimulation.  In Episode 4, Emma and Kirsten share practical tips and creative games designed to encourage your dogs to express their inherent canine behaviors through activities, puzzles and exercises you can do together to enrich both of your lives.

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July 23, 2022 24 mins

Camping with your dog can be so fulfilling if you are prepared and set up for a positive experience.  Episode 3 discusses the incredible enrichment camping offers both dogs and their guardians, along with some practical advice of what to pack and what to consider when you pick a destination.  And don't worry, Kirsten shares her strong feelings about Snowy Plovers and their "nesting rights," but she is really a bird lover at heart. ...

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