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The Puppy Training Podcast

Baxter & Bella Puppy Training

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Amy Jensen is a professional puppy trainer, service dog trainer and creator of Baxter & Bella's Puppy Prep - The Online Puppy School. She spends her free time training dogs to be calm, well-mannered household members as well as service & therapy dogs. After receiving many requests to train dogs for people, Amy decided to roll out a comprehensive how-to online training program to help you train your own dog. On this podcast, she shares training tips aimed at helping you be successful on your ...
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Can you imagine your puppy roaming freely around the house without causing havoc? In this episode, we reveal ten indispensable strategies to transition your puppy from confined spaces like pens and crates to enjoying more freedom at home. You'll learn how to gradually introduce your puppy to new rooms, create a puppy-proof environment, and use posi…
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How do you balance the needs of a senior dog, a young adult, and a playful puppy all under one roof? Join us on this episode of the Puppy Training Podcast as we navigate the complexities of living with multiple dogs. Amy shares stories about Bruno, the wise 12-year-old snorky mix, Baxter, the vibrant 3-year-old Labradoodle, and Bella, the energetic…
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Ever wondered how a simple walk could strengthen the bond between you and your dog? This episode of the Puppy Training Podcast promises to transform your daily strolls into enjoyable and rewarding experiences. Discover the secret to successful leash walking, starting with the crucial step of acclimating your dog to their surroundings. By allowing y…
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Have you ever returned from vacation to find your puppy's behavior completely changed? Discover the secrets to managing those unexpected shifts. Learn how vacations can disrupt our pets' routines and trigger issues like separation anxiety, changes in appetite, and potty accidents. Together, we'll explore effective strategies for preparing your furr…
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Looking for safer, controlled alternatives to dog parks? We've got you covered! In the second part of our conversation, I share my personal experiences and favorite activities that ensure your dog stays active while minimizing risks. From harnessed walks in regular parks to fun games of fetch and Frisbee, these alternatives provide a secure environ…
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In this episode, we'll guide you through helping your dog stay calm amidst the usual apartment hustle and bustle. By creating a familiar auditory environment with specific sound playlists and using engaging activities like play and toys, you'll learn to ease your dog's anxiety and adapt seamlessly to apartment life. Enhance your training journey wi…
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From the safety of your backyard to the sensory smorgasbord of a bustling cityscape, we map out a path to canine calmness. Hear about the art of tethering your dog while you go about your activities, a method that subtly instills in them the virtue of tranquility. As we unfold the steps to build up your dog's impulse control, you'll learn how to re…
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Are puppy teeth making playtime a little too adventurous? It's a phase that every fur parent faces, and just like tiny tots, puppies use their mouths to explore every nook and cranny of their world. This episode isn't just about discussing the whys; it's packed with actionable advice on guiding your pup with positive reinforcement through this teet…
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Today, we will explore the topic of loose leash walking and how to transition your dog from working in a confined space to going on destination walks. Loose leash walking is an essential skill that all dogs should learn, as it allows them to walk calmly beside their handlers without pulling or tugging on the leash. When it comes to transitioning fr…
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Unlock the secrets to a tranquil, tail-wagging canine companion with our latest episode on crate training mastery! We're diving into the cozy corners of your dog's potential paradise, transforming the humble crate from a simple tool to an absolute haven. I, Amy Jensen, alongside our special contributor Laurie—a compassionate soul who's recently wel…
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Today let’s talk about the important questions to ask your vet when bringing home a new dog. There are lots of things to know when it comes to raising a canine and your veterinarian is a medical professional with expert information ready to share. So don't be shy! Ask your questions. Here are a few to consider. Support the Show. Follow us on social…
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Are your puppy's playdates more of a wrestling match than a refined social gathering? Fear not! We've got the scoop on transforming your exuberant pup into the belle of the ball—or at least the playdate. This episode is a treasure trove of advice for guiding your four-legged friend through the maze of canine social etiquette. From setting up the pe…
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Do you watch your puppy and wonder, "Is my dog aggressive?" Puppy play can be rough and it may look a bit scary at times. Whether you have young children in the house or other dogs, it is important to manage as you train. I'll take you through the paces of managing a multi-dog household, tackling the misconceptions around puppy aggression head-on. …
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If you’re like me right now, you have a new puppy and you may be wondering what happened to my life? When will I get it back? Right? I’m right there with you. So today I want to talk about routines. How can you navigate having a new puppy and running your regular life - kids, work, the gym, household chores, sleep, etc. I promise it’s possible and …
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Ever found yourself puzzled by your puppy's backyard serenades? Wonder no more! In this episode, you'll learn the ins and outs of managing your pup's barking behavior. This episode contains insights on deciphering the reasons behind those barks, whether they stem from excitement, fear, or just plain boredom. I'll guide you through understanding the…
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Have you ever been caught off guard by your puppy's unexpected puddle during a joyful greeting or a timid encounter? This episode is a treasure trove of insights into these common but often misunderstood behaviors. You'll learn to distinguish between a puppy's display of submission and uncontrollable excitement and discover how to interpret the pre…
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Wanting to take your dog camping but are not sure of what to do or how to do it? Today, I guide you through the essentials of ensuring a good time in the great outdoors. This episode is your ultimate checklist, from must-have gear like leashes and comfy crates to the nitty-gritty of a dog-first aid kit. We'll talk about the importance of extra food…
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Learn how to provide your pup with a rich, fulfilling life through controlled social experiences and get the inside scoop on observational socialization techniques that can work wonders from the safety of a distance. With expert advice from a seasoned breeder and our actionable tips, you'll be well-equipped to foster positive interactions and preve…
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Today, we're tackling a common challenge: teaching your puppy to walk with a loose leash. But don’t worry, we've got the tips and tricks to make loose leash training possible. This episode includes what you'll need to get started, teaching your dog to follow first, rules of leash walking and ways you can make it fun for both you and your dog! Suppo…
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Ever been bowled over by your dog's overzealous hellos? Fear not, Amy Jensen here, and I've got the training treats and tips you need to transform your pooch's greetings from boisterous to genteel. In this episode, we unpack the art of teaching your dog the sit-and-greet—a doggy handshake, if you will. With a generous sprinkle of patience and a das…
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Acknowledging the occasional frustrations that accompany pet ownership, I extend a warm, supportive hand to all dog lovers out there. You're not alone when those moments of exasperation arise; it's a natural part of the journey. We're here to help guide you through with tips and advice on training and behavior management, available right at your fi…
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Have you ever considered turning a game of fetch into a lesson in training? Or imagined that hide and seek could be the key to a well-mannered dog? Join me, Amy Jensen, as I unveil the transformative power of play in dog training. In this episode, we'll reveal how simple playtime activities can be harnessed to address common canine challenges, like…
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Unlock the secrets to a calmer, happier dog as we explore the art of managing canine reactions to environmental triggers. Your beloved pup can learn to turn tail and trot away from stress-inducing stimuli, and in this episode, we reveal how. By pinpointing what sets your dog off, be it squirrels or speeding cyclists, we tackle the issue head-on wit…
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Do you ever marvel at the sight of a well-mannered dog patiently waiting for their owner's cue? It's a skill that doesn't come naturally to our four-legged companions, but with a sprinkle of positive reinforcement and a dash of consistent practice, it's certainly attainable. Join me, Amy Jensen, as I guide you through the journey of cultivating pat…
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Ever wondered how to transform your dog's recall from distracted to precise? Join me, Amy Jensen, as I walk you through the world of recall using a long line—a game-changer in building your dog's recall reliability. Through my own adventures with Baxter, I'll let you in on creating those irresistible positive associations that have your dog boundin…
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Ever felt guilty for not giving your four-legged friend the outdoor adventure they crave on those blustery days? Fret no more! I, Amy Jensen, am here with a treasure trove of indoor enrichment activities that will keep your pooch mentally stimulated and their tail wagging with joy. Join us as we delve into the world of puzzle toys and food puzzles …
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Ever wondered how to get your energetic pup to switch gears from playtime to peace? Look no further, as we unravel the secrets to teaching your dog the vital skill of settling down. In this episode, we dive into the transformative impact a structured routine can have on your dog's ability to understand when it's time to romp and when it's time to r…
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Discover the secrets to a festive season that's joyful for both you and your four-legged companion! As we unwrap the do's and don'ts of holiday puppy care, you'll learn how to navigate the potential dangers that come with the season's celebrations. From keeping harmful foods out of paw's reach to managing the parade of holiday guests, this episode …
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Are you ready to rock the holiday season with a new puppy addition to your family, but feeling a little overwhelmed about introducing them to your current dog? That's exactly what we're here to help you with, ensuring a harmonious transition while you juggle the festivities. We dig deep into the essentials of understanding dog behavior, particularl…
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Ever wonder how your cute little puppy turns into a calm and well-behaved adult? It all begins with the Z's! Yes, sleep is paramount in your pup’s growth process and we're going to explore just how pivotal it is, not just for their physical development but also mental growth. Shaping a routine that balances mental and physical exercise with substan…
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Are you ready to unlock the true potential of your dog training efforts? Join our host Amy Jensen as we uncover the power of motivation in shaping your dog's behavior. Embrace the science of positive reinforcement, discarding the myths and fears, and tap into the desires of your four-legged friend. This episode is a treasure trove of practical wisd…
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Are you ready to transform your dog’s behavior and build a loving bond? That's exactly what you'll accomplish as I, Amy Jensen, guide you through the ins and outs of crate training in this podcast episode. We'll dive into the multitude of benefits crate training can bring - from housebreaking aid to creating a safe, comforting space for your new do…
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What if there was a more accessible, less nerve-wracking approach to caring for your pet's health? Get ready to transform your understanding of pet care as Dr Matt Glassman from Dr Cuddles shares the ins and outs of his innovative product, ReadyRESCUE. We delve into the pressing issue of veterinary medicine accessibility that has often left pet own…
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Ever wished you could get your new puppy or older dog house trained quickly and effectively? Well, guess what? You can! I'm Amy Jensen, your canine coach, and this episode of the Puppy Training Podcast is all about mastering the art of house training. I'll be sharing my top tips for establishing an effective routine, using crates and baby gates, an…
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Is your dog a nibbling nightmare, gnawing on everything from shoes to furniture? Fear not! We're here to guide you through the process of understanding and managing your pup's chewing behavior. We get into the nitty-gritty of why puppies chew - be it teething, boredom, or anxiety. We'll share some handy tips on how to puppy-proof your home, suggest…
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Think about the last time your dog cowered under the bed during a thunderstorm, or how they tremble at the sight of your vacuum cleaner. Can you imagine a world where your pup is no longer held hostage by these fears? On the podcast today, we'll guide you on a journey to understand why puppies develop fear, how to spot it, and effective ways to hel…
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Join us as we explore the fascinating world of puppy biting and help you understand why it's a normal part of their development. Discover the key to teaching your furry friend bite inhibition, so they can control the force of their mouth and prevent any accidental nips. With practical tips and positive reinforcement techniques, you'll soon enjoy a …
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Ever wondered why your dog can't seem to stop licking? Whether it's your face, their paws, or your furniture, dogs have an undeniable affinity for this behavior. Join us today as we explore the world of dogs and their licking habits. We promise you'll come away with a deeper appreciation for our four-legged friends and their instinctual behaviors t…
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Have you ever wondered if your dog remembers your face or that time you played fetch in the park? On today's podcast, we talk about how our dogs' memories not only mirror but also deviate from our own, with their extraordinary sense of smell playing a pivotal role in recollections. We also dive into how a reward system can build confidence in your …
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Imagine transforming your dog's car anxiety into a joyous ride. That's the promise we are making to you in this episode of the Puppy Training Podcast. Your host, Amy Jensen, explores the underlying causes of your pet's discomfort during car rides and offers solutions to mitigate it. With proven strategies such as desensitization, positive reinforce…
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Ready to ignite a new spark in your dog training sessions? Brace yourself for an exciting revelation about food scatters, a simple yet potent positive reinforcement technique. This episode is all about how you can harness the power of food scatters to boost your dog's motivation, focus, and mental acuity. Forget about the frustration of trying to d…
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Ready to transform your furry friend into a Canine Good Citizen? This episode, with the guidance of Michele Riley from Baxter Bella, deciphers the American Kennel Club's CGC program, a comprehensive 10-step training regime. This program is designed to instill not just basic behaviors and loose leash walking, but also grooming and etiquette – a comp…
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Has your pup been growling when you pick them up? Well, fear not, it's a typical canine behaviour and we're here to guide you through it. Unravelling the mysteries of puppy growling, we'll help you interpret their body language and identify those telltale signs of stress such as yawning, lip licking, or turning away. Remember, your furry friend is …
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Ready to unleash your creativity and build a jungle gym for your puppy that promotes positive socialization? Join us as we walk you through a simple, fun project that will not only strengthen the bond with your furry friend but also help them get used to various surfaces, sounds, and textures. This is a fantastic summer activity for the whole famil…
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Ever wondered how to build a strong relationship with your puppy and perfect off-leash recalls? In this episode, I share my experience with a client's new puppy, and we explore the importance of fostering good check-ins from our furry friends. We'll learn how to practice getting your pup to willingly follow you without leash pressure, as well as re…
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Do you love to hike? Do you want to bring your dog with you? Baxter and I really enjoy this activity. We have put together a few hiking tips for you to be successful! Click Fido Pro & enter this discount code: Baxter&Bella20 Check out our Products page for other favorite items. Support the Show. Follow us on social media Instagram @BAXTERandBella F…
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Today let’s talk about babies and dogs. Super important topic. Bailey, a trainer here at B&B put together a Babies and Dogs class for you! She had a baby not too long ago and having been a trainer for awhile, has valuable experience to share with you. I want to give you a preview today of that class and encourage you to sign up for it if you find y…
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Join Amy and team for a conversation on barking! Learn tips and tricks to change your dog's barking behavior and keep the peace in and out of the house. BAXTER & Bella Trainers on today's show: Courtney Goblirsch Laura Sarvinski Emily Jolliff Barbara Cannon Bailey Atwood Amanda Crosland Bailey's video of dogs barking out a window: https://www.youtu…
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Meet Ben and Kaitlin - owners of Furesque. They are on the podcast today to share their success story with their dog Bailey and using our BAXTER & Bella program, as well as telling us about their unique company they started! If you're looking for a unique family portrait, or a gift for someone special, checkout furesque.com. Use code BAXTER to save…
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Today I want to answer a question that recently came to my inbox. This client writes, “Hello! We’re on our way to pick up our puppy! One question on the first week together program - should I do one section a day or review the entire week's lessons and practice the content over seven days before moving on. So excited but a little nervous and very g…
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