Ep. 41: Is Aggression Ever Fixed?

Join Marissa, Kayla, and Ursa as they discuss what aggression is and factors important in determining whether aggression is ever truly fixed. Can trigger be identified? How severe is the aggressive response? What’s the learned history? Can environment be managed? Is b mod being carried out effectively? Dog under threshold Exposure managed positively Significant # of trials Proper use and …

Ep. 40: Education and Certifications for Trainers

Join Kayla and Marissa discuss continuing education opportunities and the importance of certifications. This episode is designed to help support your educational journey and the resources listed below should give you a great place to start!  Certifications: Karen Pryor Academy Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants Books and DVDs: Journey Dog Training Book Recommendations …

Ep. 39: Exotic Animal Training with Emily Martin

How does being an exotic animal trainer and zookeeper relate to dog training? Kayla Fratt and Emily Martin discuss how the zoo field has made Emily a better dog trainer, the most challenging animal Emily has ever trained, and much more. Emily was educated at the Exotic Animals Training and Management school and has worked in zoos and exotic animal …

Ep. 38: Case Study on Dealing with Anxiety, Fear, and Reactivity

In today’s episode, Kayla and Marissa are joined by Kayla’s client Caroline to talk about Caroline’s dog Sonic. Sonic is a four-year-old chihuahua with a variety of different anxious and fear behaviors. They discuss what Kayla and Caroline have done so far for Sonic, as well as what their plans are going forward. Sonic’s triggers are many and varied, but …

Ep. 37: Separation Anxiety with Erin Jones

In today’s episode, Kayla sits down with Erin Jones to talk about separation anxiety. Erin wrote an e-book and created a course for Journey Dog Training all about separation anxiety. She’s got a lot of firsthand knowledge, both with clients and personal dogs, on the topic. They cover questions like: Erin’s separation anxiety experience What separation anxiety actually is – …

Ep. 36: Splitting for Successful Training Sessions

Today’s episode includes creative ways to split steps in your training plans. A good dog trainer and behavior consultant knows that taking your time and moving at the pace of the animal is the best way to go! It ensures success in the learning process.  An example of splitting would include:  Let’s say you’re practicing your recall behavior in a …

Ep. 35: Let Them Sniff!

What is scent enrichment? And why is it important?  Providing opportunities for the dog to engage his super power, his nose, in a variety of ways. Olfaction is the dog’s primary scent. Sometimes we forget that since that is not the case for us humans.  Mental enrichment can be more tiring! Great for dogs who are worried about the world. …

Ep. 34: Types of Reinforcement

In today’s episode we’re going to discuss a variety of reinforcements you can offer your dog during training sessions and real life scenarios. One important point to remind our listeners is that regardless if we’re in training mode or not, our dogs are learning contingencies all the time. The environment is reinforcing our dog’s behavior and unfortunately for our egos, …

Ep. 33: Plenty in Life is Free With Kathy Sdao

Marissa Martino of Paws & Reward Dog Training in Boulder, CO interviews Kathy Sdao of Bright Spot Dog Training in WA. In today’s episode, they talk about a very important concept that can make an impact in these 3 areas: Improving your dog’s behavior Improving your behavior when interacting with your dog Enhancing your relationship with your canine companion The …

Ep. 32 What Should I Do With This Puppy?

Kayla Fratt is joined by Megan Lundberg of Canine Coach training in Colorado to talk about all things puppies! Megan works for The Canine Coach running their puppy days school program, meaning she spends most of her working hours caring for, training, and socializing puppies.  In this episode, Kayla and Megan cover what to look for when selecting a puppy, …