Ep. 45: Can Dogs Be Racist?

Kayla sits down with Jio and Taylor from Smart Bitch Dog Training, Curtis from Pet Parent Allies, and Jenna from Dog Liaison to talk about whether or not dogs can be racist. Let’s start by saying that Canine Conversations has been excited to get this episode out for a while, and we recognize it might be perceived as “late to …

Ep. 43: Mythbusting Part Two

Join Marissa, Ursa, and Kayla as they discuss dog training myths including: Comforting a scared dog teaches the dog to be scared A single dog training class is all the obedience/training your dog needs Episode on generalization here Feeding your dog human food teaches them to beg Listen to our episode on common treat-training issues and how to deal with …

Ep. 42: Myth-Busting Part 1

Join Kayla, Ursa, and Marissa as they discuss some common myths about how dogs behave and how best to train them. The myths we discuss today include: Tail wags = happy dogs You can’t train XYZ breed to do ABC thing Exposure will make things better (Kayla’s blog on the topic is here) My dog can tell if someone’s untrustworthy …

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 …