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Does your dog bark at strangers, pull on the leash, or ignore you in training class? Or, perhaps your new pup runs away from you at the park, jumps all over visitors, or has potty accidents in the house. If so, don't worry - you're not alone! Join Dr. Jen, a veterinarian and professional dog trainer, as she delves into a wide variety of different topics in dog training and behavior - with an emphasis on practical advice to make life with your dog easier and more fun.
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Having a multi-dog household is great… when everyone is getting along! Who doesn’t love watching their pups romp and play in the backyard, or snuggle up together on the couch for a nap? But what happens when there’s trouble in paradise? Housemate dogs who fight with each other can make life stressful for everyone involved, and it’s not always easy …
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It's no secret that most dogs aren't thrilled about going to see the vet. (Understandably so!) Shots, blood draws, and even physical exams can be stressful, even for dogs who are normally easy-going and friendly. But the good news is, it doesn't have to be this way! Join Dr. Jen for some simple suggestions to make things easier and less scary for y…
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When it comes to keeping our canine pals healthy and happy, we all know that outdoor activities like walks, visits to the park, and games of fetch can be great ways to burn off energy. As the saying goes – a tired dog is a good dog! But, did you know that physical exercise isn’t the “end all, be all” of keeping your pup entertained and well-behaved…
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Choosing a new family member is a big decision that we shouldn't take lightly. Unfortunately, trainers and veterinarians see a lot of dog and owner "mismatches" - these can be challenging to resolve from a training standpoint, and often result in lots of frustration for both parties. If you're thinking of adding a new dog to your household, join Dr…
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How much do you know about resource guarding in dogs? If your pup growls at you over his food bowl or his favorite rawhide, don't be embarrassed - you're not alone! It might surprise you to learn that this is a normal canine behavior, and one that's usually fairly easy to modify with some smart management and a good training plan. Also, a bonus lis…
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In today's episode, Dr. Jen tackles some common myths about using treats in training. Does using "human food" to train your dog make him more likely to beg at the table? If you use treats to train a behavior, is it true that you'll always need have food on hand to get your dog to listen? And why do we need food rewards, anyway - shouldn't our dogs …
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Today's episode is all about dog parks! Is your pup a good "dog park dog," or would you be better off finding other options for exercise? How can you tell? What does appropriate play look like, and how can you make sure your dog isn't being bullied? Plus, a bonus listener question about cat training! (But still tangentially related to working with …
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Join Dr. Jen for the first of a two-part series about excessive barking! Does your dog spend his afternoons looking out the window for things to bark at, or go crazy when he hears a noise outside? Today's episode breaks down the issue of "alert barking" in the house - why dogs do this, and what we can do to calm the chaos when the barking is too mu…
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Are you confused about the best time to spay or neuter your dog, or have questions about whether this procedure is really necessary in the first place? If so, you're not alone! Spay/neuter recommendations used to be very simple - have it done, as early as possible. But in recent years, new research on how sex hormones influence growth, behavior, an…
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Does your dog come when you call him, every time, no matter where he is or what he's doing? This is one of the most important skills you'll ever teach your dog, so it pays to do it right! In this episode, learn how to build a reliable recall from the ground up - whether you have a new puppy, or an adult dog with a history of ignoring you. Dr. Jen w…
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Does your dog hate car rides? In today's episode, Dr. Jen breaks down how differentiate motion sickness from anxiety, and discusses how to help your dog get more comfortable in the car no matter what the underlying problem is. She also tackles a quick bonus question from a listener - why do some dogs eat grass, and is this behavior anything to worr…
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"Socialization" is a popular buzzword when it comes to puppies, but do you really know what it means? This question isn't just academic - socializing your pup properly (or not!) can have a huge impact on his personality and behavior for the rest of his life. So when should you start getting your new puppy out and about? Should he have his vaccines …
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If you ever find yourself feeling frustrated about your dog's behavior, welcome! Never fear - you're in good company. In this episode, Dr. Jen talks a bit about her background and lays out what to expect from the podcast - practical, science-based advice on everything from puppy problems and common training issues, to more serious behavior problems…
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