Bravo Dog Knowledge: Dog Training Podcast

Are Puppies Blank Slates?

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Are Puppies Blank Slates?
In this episode we discuss whether it’s possible for puppies, or any dog for that matter, to be considered a blank slate. is live. Use code LAUNCH2019 for 20% off for a limited time
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The Most Important Thing You Can Teach Your Dog
It’s not sit, down, stay or come when called!
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Post Adoption
Congratulations! You have adopted a dog.... now what?
September 13, 2019
When should we add another dog to our home?
When is the best time to add a dog to your family?
July 4, 2019
Trigger Stacking
Trigger stacking can create large scale reactions. In this episode we discuss stressors, threshold and trigger stacking.
June 6, 2019
Being an Advocate for Your Dog
Being an advocate for your dog can mean many things. In this episode we discuss measures you can take to empower your dog and set them up to succeed.
May 5, 2019
Behaviour Band-Aids
Why suppressing undesirable behaviour often backfires. 
April 16, 2019
Regulation & Standards in Dog Training with Dr Karen Van Haaften
In this episode we talk to Dr Karen Van Haaften to discuss regulation in dog training and pet care. The BC SPCA has developed standards for dog trainers through the Animal Kind Accreditation program. Read about the standards here:
March 16, 2019
Notes from a Crossover Trainer
Sébastien Larabée, CPDT-KA, co-owns and has been working as a dog trainer and behaviour consultant for approximately 8 years. He was not always using modern, reward-based methods. Originally he was trained to use methods that were unpleasant to the dogs he worked with but made a conscious decision to change and evolve. How did he get to that point? What are the challenges of making those changes?
March 6, 2019
Dr Zazie Todd: Barriers to the adoption of humane dog training methods
We talk to Dr Zazie Todd of and discuss her paper 'Barriers to the adoption of humane dog training methods'
February 5, 2019
Babies, Children and Dogs
We talk about children and dogs today - covering baby prep, appropriate interactions and some simple tips to set your family up for success. Kathrine Mancuso Christ joins us from in Wichita, Kansas
January 25, 2019
Animal Welfare and Training Methods
The correlations between the training methods we use and the welfare of our animals is our topic on this episode. We discuss different methods, the 5 Freedoms and when to make changes.
January 19, 2019
Leash Reactivity
Leash reactivity is all too common. It’s frustrating and can be embarrassing for dog owners. It can be even worse for the dogs at the end of leash. Often we make it worse by using the wrong equipment and approach.
January 13, 2019
Multiple Dog Households
Multiple dog households can face challenges. We can’t expect everyone to get along all the time so what can we do when harmony needs to be restored?
January 5, 2019
How to Choose a Dog Walker
We talk to Nicky Wilke of about what to look for when screening a dog walker and if you’d like to become a dog walker we chat about that as well.
December 24, 2018
Jane Killion of Puppy Culture & author of When Pigs Fly
Jane Killion is a woman with many titles: author, breeder, fancier, trainer, educator and advocate for working with and teaching humans and their dogs on a variety of levels. We talk about her initiative “Puppy Culture” and what drives her to continue creating programs for breeders and anyone interested in or working with puppies.
December 8, 2018
Whose Walk Is It Anyway?
I often receive questions about what rules exist surrounding dog walks, what equipment to use and how to stop pulling. I’ve compiled a few answers I hope will help.
December 5, 2018
Compassion Fatigue Expert Jessica Dolce
If you work with animals, people or even the environment chances are compassion fatigue is something you’ve experienced. Jessica discusses how to identify when CP may arise and strategies to manage it so you can continue doing the important work caring for others.
November 9, 2018
Certifications and Education; Why It Matters
Is experience enough in the dog training industry? Which certifications should the public look for? Which education programs should one consider?
November 1, 2018
Richard Courtney talks Adoption: Expectations & Advice
We talk with Richard Courtney, animal welfare crusader in AZ and discuss adoption. What to expect, tips and advice.
October 12, 2018
What is flooding? Is it ethical? What can we do for fearful dogs?
September 13, 2018
Aggression in Dogs: Michael Shikashio
Michael Shikashio specializes in aggression cases. We discuss his approach, the challenges and some helpful information to think about if your dog is facing behavior challenges.
August 29, 2018
Fast is not Effective
Lasting behaviour change in companion animals is not linear, nor os ot fast when executed correctly.
August 24, 2018
Corrections in Training with Erika Gonzalez
Erika Gonzalez at From Dusk Till Dog in Mantua, New Jersey joins us. Corrections in dog training. What are they and why should we avoid them? We also discuss labels and words commonly used when working with dogs that could be holding you back.
August 7, 2018
Puppy Development & Socialization
Raising puppies is an important job and one in which we have a lot of information about socialization.
July 13, 2018
Behavior Medications
Dr Claudia Richter discusses using medication for behavior challenges. Dr Richter is a veterinary behaviorist finishing her residency and currently practicing gives insight into how medication can help animals with behavioral challenges.
June 30, 2018
What is Socialization?
What is socialization and can we socialize adult dogs?
June 29, 2018
David Shade: Military Methods Not Needed
We talk to David Shade of At Attention Dogs in Pennsylvania and discuss his journey from the US Army to force-free dog trainer & advocate. Listen to his thoughts about using evidence-based training & his approach to working with humans and their dogs.
June 16, 2018
Dog Daycares
Stefania of Mindful Mutts has created a daycare model challenging the lack of standards or regulations. We discuss how to screen daycares, red flags and what to look for.
June 13, 2018
Chat with Don Hutton, dog trainer
Male Trainers in a Female Focused Field. We talk to Don Hutton, KPA Certified Dog Trainer and owner of Running Dogs Training & Behaviour Consulting
June 9, 2018
First episode: why reward-based training?
Why Reward-based training?
June 1, 2018
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