This is the podcast where dog grooming and dog training meet! Learn how to teach dogs to be great for grooming and other types of handling for health and comfort. Perfect for groomers, trainers, owners, and other pet professionals.
This week we're talking about our role as dog pros who are not veterinarians. Gathering clues about what behaviors are normal and abnormal and helping owners understand that their Vet may have some medications that can help their dogs be comfortable.
In the first part we'll discuss what we would do if were "in crazy land" and wanted to teach dogs to be aggressive for grooming and vet visits. What would we do if we "wanted" dogs to struggle and wiggle against us? In the second part we talk about avoiding tunnel vision and thinking about the bigger picture.
In the first part we'll go over some questions for owners to find out how their dog responds when they don't want ro be touched. In the second part we'll talk about some things for owners to do at home.
This week we'll talk about some puppies that I'm working with. In the first part we'll talk about breaking things into tiny steps and teaching about carriers. In the second part we'll talk about getting owners touching their dogs.
This week we're talking about the importance of having a working knowledge of other dog professions. Learning more about how dogs are handled in veterinary settings, grooming settings, and training settings will help you find like minded professionals to help you with your customers.
This week is for the owners. Have you ever said phrases like "He doesn't let me", "..but she doesn't like it", "I've tried everything", or "The last person told me something different". I understand how frustrating it can be.
In the first part will talk about if we "need to win" and what it means to have an adversarial roll with the dogs we're working with. In the second part we'll talk about counterconditioning and desensitization, habituation, flooding, and how these techniques are different.
In the first part we'll talk about Classical Conditioning and using treats to make things fun. In the second part we'll talk about Operant Conditioning and using Positive Reinforcement to teach a dog that when they are correct they may be rewarded with a treat.
More restraint or time to sedate are two of the "go to" answers to behavior problems in the grooming industry. These are two extremes. In part one we'll talk about adding more restraint and/or equipment to a stressed out dog. In part two we'll talk about how sedating a dog doesn't address the behavior issue and that sedating isn't always a safe option.
In the first part we're going to talk about habits. We all have some things that we do on auto pilot. Our dogs have habits too. Changing habits can be tricky. In the second part we're going to talk about tracking progress. How do you know if the dog is doing better than before? Is it the finished grooming that shows that we were successful? How can we count all of the tiny successes?
In the first part we'll talk about if dogs will misbehave or take advantage of groomers who are too gentle. In the second part we'll talk about observing how owners act with their dogs and what that dog is used to.
In the first part we're going to talk about calm comfortable and cooperative and then the second part we are going to talk about counterconditioning and desensitization and how that relates to calm comfortable and cooperative
In the first part we're going to talk about how our body language can help a dog be more relaxed because everything that we do is training. In the second part we're going to talk about how being more relaxed helps us have a safer work environment.
We're going to start with a game of True or False. Next we'll talk about when business owners are uncomfortable and appologetic when their customer needs more than expected. I use an example from this week's brake job on my car. We'll also be doing our weekly action step that relates to this week's content.
In the first part I'll try to answer some common questions about drying. Are dryers scary? Can we just let the dogs air dry? We'll talk about separating skills into smaller bits to determine what a dog is comfortable with. In the second part we'll talk about ways to make the process easier.
In the first part we're going to talk about "gut feelings" and "I just knew the dog was going to..." and how our brain is picking up on observations that we aren't always aware of. Learning how to define what you observed will help you spot it faster in the future. In the second part we're going to talk about the modern dog owner and how to help them find what they need. Just to add more fun, find us on podcoin. a neat spot where you earn coins while you listen to podcasts.
In the first part we're going to talk about how trainers are kinda being thrown under the bus because we want dogs to be well trained but we haven't given trainers a whole lot of information about what we need. In the second part we're going to talk about the American Kennel Club's Canine Good Citizen test and how it directly relates to grooming and veterinary settings.
In the first part we're going to talk about the owner's responsibilities with training and keeping everyone safe from their dog. In the second part we're going to discuss shaving dogs because shaving isn't as easy as many people think. This weeks "Weekly Action Step" is to take time to ask yourself "Did that help this dog be comfortable, calm, and/or cooperarive?". Getting used to observing if we're being effective will help us learn to be better problem solvers.
In the first part we'll talk about inspiring and encouraging others to try new methods. In the second part we'll talk about some types of touching to work on. We'll also talk about this week's "Weekly Action Step"- using your hand to feel if a dog is loose or stiff. Try it 3 times with each dog you handle each day.
In the first part we'll talk a bit about the use grooming loops, tables, crates, and tubs and why trainers need to know about the use of this equipment before they work with grooming problems. In the second part we'll talk about an outline for working on behavior change. I'm using Dr Susan Friedman's free pdf Behavior Toolkit. We went through part one of the outline today and will continue next week. http://www.behaviorworks.org/htm/downloads_worksheets.html
In the first part we'll talk about body language that you can feel in your hand while grooming and not try to rely on watching faces and whole bodies. In the second part we'll talk about expanding the comfort zone to help a dog gradually feel comfortable with what ever we're working with.
In part one we're going to talk about how we can teach a dog to be truly still for a few seconds by using a countdown. In part two we'll we'll talk about how food isn't always a great option for the grooming setting.
In the first part we'll talk about what the training goal is. You can't reach a goal that you haven't defined. In the second part we'll talk about how good behavior starts at home. Getting owners playing with and handling their dogs.
In part 1 we'll talk about using humor and stories with people and how it helps us to learn and teach. Part 2 is about the difference between "Don't Fight Me" and " Be Good With Me" and what "Being In Charge" looks like.
In this episode we'll talk a bit about talking to grooming customers about a safety policy and changing their expectations. We'll also talk about some things that trainers need to think about when teaching dogs to be good for grooming. This is my first ever podcast. I hope that it's helpful and I'd love your feedback and questions.