Ep16: Street Dogs with Michael Shikashio

In this episode of Canine Conversations, Kayla talks to Michael Shikashio about street dogs in Latin America. Michael has traveled to Mexico, Colombia, and Chile, where he enjoys observing the street dogs. Back in the US, Michael runs Complete Canines, where he works exclusively with aggression cases. Kayla recently returned from a nearly year-long road trip down the middle section …

Ep15: Science, Take the Wheel: Drive in Dogs

In this episode, Kayla talks to Sarah Dixon about the concept of drive in dogs. Sarah is the president of the board of the International Association of Animal Behavior. She works at Instinct Dog Training in New York City. You can learn more about Sarah here. We started out by discussing three main ways that we see the phrase “drive” …

Ep 14: Dogs and the Great Outdoors

In today’s episode, we are going to talk about heading outdoors with dogs. Our guest, Pine Irwin of Irwin Dog Training, specializes in outdoor adventures. She teaches private lessons and leads a group that is all focused on helping dogs excel in the outdoors, from backpacking to shorter hikes. We talk all about safety and benefits of off-leash (and on-leash) …

Ep13: Online Dog Training

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In this episode, we’re talking about how remote or online dog training works. Kayla runs JourneyDogTraining.com, where she works exclusively with people online and remotely. Marissa is also launching some online classes, so we’re discussing the pros and cons of this approach. Journey Dog Training currently offers four main types of online dog training services: Video or phone calls that …

Ep12: Common Treat-Training Problems and How to Fix Them

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Today’s episode discusses the 8 problems with using treats in your training sessions. Food reinforcement is a powerful way to get and maintain the behaviors we want from our dogs but there is an art and a science to using it properly.   1. Your treats are too low or too high value. Dogs are individuals, just like people, and …

Ep11: Listener Questions

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In this episode, Kayla from Journey Dog Training covers five different Listener Questions about all sorts of dog behavior questions. Lunge-y Hound Dog Kathy has a hound dog that lunges at squirrels, people, dogs, and all sorts of other things. Kathy’s hound is also pretty unfocused outdoors, sniffing all over instead of listening. Suggestions: Looking at a front-clip harness to …

Ep10 What Behavior Consultants Can Learn from Sport Dog Trainers

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In this episode, Kayla speaks to Sarah Stremming from The Cognitive Canine about what dog behavior consultants can learn from sport dog trainers. Sarah’s niche is to work with behavior problems in performance or sport dogs, especially in agility dogs. Many of her clients bark at or bite at their handlers, bark, spin, or more inside the stressful environment of …

Ep09: A Discussion on the No-Kill Animal Sheltering Movement

In this episode, Marissa, Ursa, and Kayla talk about the no-kill animal sheltering movement. All 3 of our hosts have worked at open-admission animal shelters and have had to work with many difficult cases at animal shelters. This episode was recorded partially as reaction to events at the Pueblo, Colorado animal shelter – but it’s about much more than just …

S01 Ep08: Mechanics Matter with Emily Strong

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In this episode, we are joined by the amazing Emily Strong of First Train Home and From Beaks To Barks! Emily is a great dog and people trainer! In this episode, we discuss why mechanics matter and the top 4 training exercises Emily uses in her private with clients and when training new animal shelter staff/volunteers. These exercises help people …

S01 Ep07: How Medical Concerns Affect Behavior with Dr. Jennifer Summerfield

In this episode, we interview Dr. Jennifer Summerfield, veterinarian, and professional dog trainer. Dr. Summerfield focuses on treating behavior problems including aggression, separation anxiety, and compulsive behavior issues. She meets with clients through a private veterinary practice where she has the opportunity to blend her two passions, medicine and behavior. She also writes a blog and hosts a podcast, offering …