School For The Dogs Podcast

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By Annie Grossman
Annie Grossman of the NYC-based dog training center School For The Dogs answers training questions, geeks out on animal behavior, discusses pet trends and interviews industry experts.

Show notes: schoolforthedogs.com/podcast

Have a training question you'd like addressed? Email podcast@schoolforthedogs.com or leave a voicemail at 917-414-2625

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Wonderful "Work To Eat" toys: Slow Food Bowls
Every time you feed a dog, you have the opportunity to channel some of her energy into an appropriate activity, to tire her out, and to give her a sense of purpose. "Work To Eat" toys provide dogs with jobs, and dogs like to be employed! If we don't give them jobs, they too often make up their own jobs, alerting you to every sound in the hallway, or redesigning the couch cushions with their mouths. There are lots of kinds of "Work To Eat" toys. In this episode, Annie talks about one type: Slow Food Bowls. These kinds of toys can be used with any kind of food or treat (wet, dry, raw or frozen), and are no harder to use than a regular bowl. Slow Food Bowls: StoreForTheDogs.com/collections/dog-bowls-and-treat-dispensers Types of "Work To Eat" Toys: SchoolForTheDogs.com/WorkToEat "Ain't We Got Fun" ukulele cover by Jazzbanjo Rex: youtube.com/Jazzbanjorex/ Find Annie at AnnieGrossman.com
22:14
August 13, 2018
How to train a dog to "sit" from scratch
Newsflash: Your dog already knows how to sit! But he may not know the cue you want to associate with that behavior. Annie breaks down how to use the "capturing" technique to teach "sit" anew and to add a novel cue. She covers: -The downsides of "luring" a behavior or "molding" it -The trap of trying to teach a behavior by asking for it repeatedly -The difference between a "cue" and a "command" -How to add a cue -The never-ending process of "shaping" a behavior -How to fade a lure and turn it into a cue Show notes: AnnieGrossman.com/podcast19 Get a clicker: SchoolForTheDogs.com/Clicker Sponsor: Is your Inbox a mess? Train it with SANEBOX! Get a 2 week trial & $15 off when you sign up at SchoolForTheDogs.com/Sane More On Pooper Scooper Law: SchoolForTheDogs.com/happy-birthday-pooper-scooper-law/ Featured Dog: Instagram.com/LeoTolstoyFrank Want to support this podcast? We now accept "Listener Support" at Anchor.FM/Dogs. Chip in $.99, $4.99 or $9.99/month. Thanks!
37:47
August 6, 2018
The Dog Training Triad Part 3: Timing
So, you have a carefully engineered environment (see: The Dog Training Triad Part 1) where your dog is likely to do lots of things you want him to to do, and you have also selected really appropriate rewards (see: The Dog Training Triad Part 2). Now what? you need to make sure your rewards are being given with really excellent TIMING! Dogs are doing things constantly, and concurrently. Behaviors are overlapping at every moment, and a dog may sometimes think a reward is for something other than what you thought it was for. In this episode, Annie explains how to deliver rewards with A+ timing by using a "marker" signal. Read more about this on our blog: schoolforthedogs.com/tmng Parts 1 & 2 of The Dog Training Triad series: SchoolForTheDogs.com/mgmt SchoolForTheDogs.com/rewards Show notes: AnnieGrossman.com/podcast18 Music by: TheEnergyCommission.com Sponsor: Take control of your email! Get a 14-day free SANEBOX trial & a $15 coupon. Sign up at SchoolForTheDogs.com/Sane
43:40
July 30, 2018
The Dog Training Triad Part 2: Rewards
Once you've set the stage to up the chances that you'll get lots of behaviors you want (see The Dog Training Triad Part 1), you'll need to figure out how to reinforce those behaviors. In this episode, Annie discusses: -The difference between reinforcers and rewards -Discerning whether something is a reinforcer -Figuring out your dog's individual reward cornucopia -Understanding rewards as currency -The changing value and appropriateness of rewards -"Real life" rewards -The importance of treat size when using food Read more about this on our blog: schoolforthedogs.com/rwrds Products mentioned: Lamb Lung: schoolforthedogs.com/LL Liquid Treat Dispenser: schoolforthedogs.com/LTD Kalles: schoolforthedogs.com/Kalles Tricky Trainers: schoolforthedogs.com/TT "Big Rock Candy Mountain" cover by Nicole Toombs: youtube.com/user/ntoombs44 Learn more about... Leslie Hawke's Romanian initiatives: AlexFund.org Photographer Milla Chappell: RealHappyDogs.com Pike13: SchoolForTheDogs.com/Pik
41:08
July 23, 2018
The Dog Training Triad Part 1: Management
There are three major ingredients required in any positive reinforcement-based dog training plan. They are: Management, Timing, and Rewards. This episode is about Management, and is the first of a three part series on the Triad. Simply put, management is all about making the right options the easy options for your learner in order to up the chances of getting the behaviors you want. In this episode, Annie looks at the many ways in which we can set up our dog students for success by controlling their physical space, and the ways in which the can also smartly manage their time and energy. Notes: The Dog Training Triad Part 1: Management http://schoolforthedogs.com/management Work-To-Eat Toys: http://schoolforthedogs.com/worktoeat https://storeforthedogs.com/collections/work-to-eat-toys Crate training: http://schoolforthedogs.com/crates The Klimb Platform: https://storeforthedogs.com/products/klimb 8 Things You Didn't Know About The Kong: http://schoolforthedogs.com/kong
36:21
July 16, 2018
Let's talk about dog walking with DivaDog's Shelley Goldberg
In New York City, a good dog walker can be hard to find. Dog owners open up their homes to them, and put their most beloved and vulnerable family members in their care, but a majority of walkers have no training or even interest in their chosen career. DivaDog is a walking company that strives to bring professionalism to the industry. Annie interviews its owner, Shelley Goldberg, about her three decades in the business, her hiring and management practices, and finding meaning and soulfulness in the pet care industry. You can reach Shelley at 707-DIVA-DOG Notes: AnnieGrossman.com/podcast15 11 questions to ask a potential dog walker: http://www.schoolforthedogs.com/11-questions-to-ask-a-potential-dog-walker/ Music: Rockin' Robin cover by Danielle Anderson DanielleAteTheSandwich.com School For The Dogs: schoolforthedogs.com Store For The Dogs: storeforthedogs.com Instagram.com: instagram.com/schoolforthedogs Facebook.com: facebook.com/groups/schoolforthedogs
43:26
July 9, 2018
Let's talk about dog photography with Milla Chappell
This episode is all about Real Happy Dogs, the NYC-based photography business started by Milla Chappell, who is known for her photojournalistic approach to capturing the lives of dogs and their humans in situ. Milla tells Annie about growing up as the daughter (and granddaughter) of veterinarians, and how she went from getting graduate degrees in linguistics and English to becoming a wedding photographer, before eventually finding a way to marry her passion for animals, her interest in writing, and her photography talents. Milla shares some tips for getting great photos of dogs, and tells the stories of some of the rescues she's shot and profiled on her popular Instagram. Show notes: AnnieGrossman.com/podcast14 Milla shares photo tips: SchoolForTheDogs.com/phototips Real Happy Dogs website: RealHappyDogs.com Real Happy Dogs on Instagram: Instagram.com/realhappydogs School For The Dogs on Instagram: Instagram.com/schoolforthedogs Please make sure to rate 5-stars on iTunes!
37:45
July 2, 2018
Ask Annie: Curtailing jumping and helping scaredy dogs
Annie answers questions from listeners dealing with jumpy dogs, and also addresses how to acclimate a nervous dog to all the stimuli she needs to interact with on a daily basis. Have a training question? Leave a voice message at Anchor.fm or at 917-414-2625, or email podcast@schoolforthedogs.com. You'll learn: -Why dogs want to jump & why most attempts to punish jumping don't work -How to use treats effectively on the street -How to have people approach your dog on the street (& how to tell them to go away) -How to employ a remote-controlled treat dispenser to help your dog rehearse good dog manners whenever anyone enters your home Show notes: AnnieGrossman.com/podcast13 How to stop a dog from jumping before he starts: Schoolforthedogs.com/jumping "Give Me Space" vests: etsy.com/shop/GiveADogAHome Treat + Train: storeforthedogs.com/products/treat-train Resources for people w/ dogs who have issues with fearfulness in public: DogsInNeedOfSpace.com TheYellowDogProject.com
37:30
June 25, 2018
What you need to know about the dog flu
In NYC in the last month there have been nearly 100 dogs diagnosed with the dog flu. To learn more, I interviewed Dr. Andrea Y. Tu of Park East Animal Hospital and Veterinary Behavior Consultations of NYC. H3N2 is believed to have originated in birds and was first detected in dogs in South Korea in 2007. It was identified in March 2015 in the Chicago area; it most likely spread from dogs rescued from South Korea and brought to the US for adoption. In this episode, Dr. Tu addresses the following concerns, among others: -How the flu spreads -How you can keep your dog safe -What to do if your dog is infected -What to do if you run a facility that is frequented by dogs Show notes: AnnieGrossman.com/podcast12 A primer on the dog flu outbreak in NYC: schoolforthedogs.com/flu About Dr. Andrea Y Tu: parkeastanimalhospital.com/staff.html nycvetbehavior.com/about-us.html Further resources: dogflu.com Please make sure to subscribe & rate 5-stars on iTunes!
36:48
June 18, 2018
Let's talk about dog parties with Hayley Mehalco
Not long after throwing her own English Bulldog a princess-themed birthday party, Hayley Mehalco decided to leave her job as an event planner at one of New York's poshest hotels in order to become a full-time party planner for the canine set. In this episode, Annie learns about the ins and outs of Puppy Parties NYC, a business that caters to "dog Instagram socialites," and talks about her own former tendency to roll her eyes at such things. Annie also asks some larger questions about modern pet ownership: Is it okay for people to treat their dogs as ersatz children? Who is the real beneficiary of things like parties for dogs? Show notes: AnnieGrossman.com/podcast11 Puppy Parties NYC: puppypartiesnyc.com Puppy Parties NYC on Instagram: instagram.com/puppypartiesnyc School For The Dogs on Instagram: instagram.com/schoolforthedogs Please make sure to subscribe & rate 5-stars on iTunes! Annie Grossman owns School For The Dogs in Manhattan. Learn more at SchoolForTheDogs.com.
31:27
June 11, 2018
A modern dog owner's guide to nipping
Nipping is something that tends to drive new puppy owners batty. A lot of the advice you'll find on the Internet suggests scolding a pup for nipping; usually people are told they should use a high pitched voice (as if to emulate another puppy) or to berate the dog in the deepest voice possible. There are still lots of professionals out there who will advise that conversing with a puppy will curb the problem, if done in the right tone of voice. In this podcast episode, I suggest thinking about puppy nipping less as a problem and more as a natural thing puppies do as they start to learn about the world. Both you and your puppy will benefit if he has lots of daily opportunities to use his mouth appropriately. Show notes: AnnieGrossman.com/podcast10 7 ways to deal with nipping: www.schoolforthedogs.com/nipping On bully sticks: storeforthedogs.com/blogs/news/bully-sticks-what-the-heck-are-they-glad-you-asked Work to eat toys: storeforthedogs.com/collections/work-to-eat-toys
31:31
June 4, 2018
Our Student Basket: Helping Geneticists Extend the Life of Purebred Dogs
School For The Dogs' clients Samantha Schwartz and Ben Ment wanted to find a mixed-breed Bernese Mountain Dog puppy, figuring that it'd be less prone to health issues than a purebred Bernese. When Samantha's email inquiries to breeders got posted to social media, she ended up being cyber bullied by hardcore breed enthusiasts/purists around the world. Samantha tells Annie about how this unexpected and bizarre turn of events led her and Ben to Basket, a puppy from the Bernese Mountain Dog Vitality Project, which is run by breeders and geneticists who are working to help modify the breed for the better over time. Show notes: AnnieGrossman.com/podcast9 Bernese Mountain Dog Vitality Project: bmdvitalityproject.org Basket's Instagram: instagram.com/basketthebrave Please make sure to subscribe & rate 5-stars on iTunes! Annie Grossman owns and operates School For The Dogs in NYC. Studio: SchoolForThedogs.com Shop: StoreForTheDogs.com Instagram: Instagram.com/schoolforthedogs
44:00
May 28, 2018
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00:27
May 22, 2018
Let's talk about Pavlov with dog trainer Anamarie Johnson
Anamarie Johnson has been with School For The Dogs for three years, and, in that time, has won us all over with her pep, humor, and training chops. In this episode, we discuss her background in rescue work, her childhood pets (fruit flies and incestuous cats), the wonders of classical conditioning and why squirrels at her college were painted orange and green. Show notes: AnnieGrossman.com/podcast8 Please make sure to subscribe & rate 5-stars on iTunes! Annie Grossman owns and operates School For The Dogs in NYC. Studio: SchoolForThedogs.com Shop: StoreForTheDogs.com Facebook: Facebook.com/groups/schoolforthedogs Instagram: Instagram.com/schoolforthedogs
54:53
May 21, 2018
Let's talk about veterinary house calls with Dr. Lisa Lippman
Dr. Lisa Lippman, a visiting vet in Manhattan, isn't just a knowledgeable medical professional: She is also a savvy business woman who is using the Internet to build her in-home practice. She and her comedian boyfriend Richie Redding, with whom co-hosts the Pets & Punchlines podcast, chat about the benefits (and occasional downsides) of having a vet come to your home, the "zoobiquity" movement, the 28-pound cat whose star turn that jumpstarted her practice, and more. Show notes: AnnieGrossman.com/podcast7 Pets & Punchlines: PetsAndPunchlines.com Dr. Lisa Lippman: DrLisaLippman.com Richie Redding: RichieRedding.com Please make sure to subscribe & rate 5-stars on iTunes! Annie Grossman owns and operates School For The Dogs in NYC. Studio: SchoolForThedogs.com Shop: StoreForTheDogs.com Facebook: Facebook.com/groups/schoolforthedogs
44:21
May 7, 2018
Let's talk about dogs in the workplace with Carly Strife of Bark
Annie interviews Carly Strife, COO and Co-founder of Bark, the company behind the incredibly successful BarkBox subscription service, which has earned more than half a million subscribers since it launched in 2012. Carly talks about the concept of turning dog toys into human entertainment, and she and Annie chat about the benefits and challenges involved in creating an office that caters equally to both people and pets. Show notes: http://anniegrossman.com/podcast6 8 tips for training the perfect office dog: http://www.schoolforthedogs.com/8-tips-for-training-the-perfect-office-dog/ Bark: http://Bark.co "9 to 5" covered by Azalea Grace: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qetorrFgJg Please make sure to subscribe & rate 5-stars on iTunes! Annie Grossman owns and operates School For The Dogs in NYC. Studio: http://schoolforthedogs.com Shop: http://storeforthedogs.com Facebook: http://facebook.com/groups/schoolforthedogs
44:30
April 30, 2018
Our Canine Cousins: On Behavior & Evolution
Humans and dogs have more in common than what initially meets the eyes. As non-extinct land dwelling mammals, we are both species that are in a special category that makes up 1/20th of 1/20th of 1 percent of all the species of animals who have ever lived. Annie attempts to look at the dog/human relationship from the long lens of the evolution of life on Earth, and helps us think about about what we can extrapolate about dog behavior based on what we know about ourselves. Show notes: http://anniegrossman.com/podcast5 A dog trainer's view of evolution: http://anniegrossman.com/evolution 6 ways in which dogs and humans are exactly alike: http://anniegrossman.com/6ways Please make sure to subscribe & rate 5-star on iTunes! Annie Grossman owns and operates School For The Dogs in NYC. Studio: http://schoolforthedogs.com Shop: http://storeforthedogs.com Instagram: http://instagram.com/schoolforthedogs Facebook: http://facebook.com/groups/schoolforthedogs
42:25
April 9, 2018
Let's talk about dog food with Hanna Mandelbaum of Evermore
Annie interviews Brooklyn-based dog food entrepreneur (and sometimes trapeze artist) Hanna Mandelbaum on why it matters what we feed our dogs. Together, they consider some of the many choices, including dry vs. canned, frozen vs. fresh, and cooked vs. raw. Show Notes: http://anniegrossman.com/2018/03/podcast/podcast-episode-4-lets-talk-about-dog-food/9391/ Evermore Petfood: http://evermorepetfood.com Facebook Group: http://facebook.com/groups/schoolforthedogs School For The Dogs: http://schoolforthedogs.com Please make sure to subscribe & rate 5-star on iTunes! NYC-based dog trainer Annie Grossman loves to find engaging ways to help both dogs & humans approach training as an exercise in better understanding all animal behavior. She specializes in working with puppies, teaching tricks, & prepping dogs for commercial work.
49:47
March 27, 2018
A modern dog owner's guide to house training
Training a dog where to pee and poop is a major priority for most new dog owners. But there is a lot of misinformation on how to do it -- we don't even have a term for it that make sense! Are we training the house? Is it still "house breaking" if you live in an apartment? Annie breaks down how to take on this task in a way that can be easy and error-free using smart management tools, good timing, and well-thought out rewards. If you have a question for Annie or want to request a guest, join our Facebook Group at facebook.com/groups/schoolforthedogs Show notes: http://anniegrossman.com/2018/03/podcast/podcast-episode-3-modern-guide-house-training-dog/9308/ 10 Steps to House Training: http://www.schoolforthedogs.com/house-training-dog-without-stress/ About: Dog trainer Annie Grossman loves to find engaging ways to help both dogs & humans approach training as an exercise in better understanding all animal behavior. Please make sure to subscribe & give us 5-stars on iTunes!
49:48
March 18, 2018
What is “Good” dog training?
There are lots of approaches to training dogs, but they’re not all equally “Good.” Annie breaks down common labels for the kind of training School For The Dogs promotes, including “positive reinforcement training,” “clicker training,” and “science-based training.” If you have a question for Annie or want to request a guest, join our Facebook Group at http://facebook.com/groups/schoolforthedogs Show Notes: anniegrossman.com/2018/03/training/podcast-episode-2-good-dog-training/9257/ School For The Dogs: schoolforthedogs.com Shop For The Dogs: storeforthedogs.com Please make sure to subscribe & give us 5-stars on iTunes! About: NYC-based dog trainer Annie Grossman loves to find engaging ways to help both dogs & humans approach training as an exercise in better understanding all animal behavior. She specializes in working with puppies, teaching tricks, & prepping dogs for commercial work.
28:21
March 8, 2018
Meet Annie and learn how School For The Dogs came to be
In our very first episode, meet your host, dog trainer Annie Grossman, School For The Dogs' co-founder. Learn about her journey from average-jane dog lover to passionate defender of ethical dog training and ownership. Annie Grossman: AnnieGrossman.com Show Notes: http://schoolforthedogs.com/podcast Facebook Group: http://facebook.com/groups/schoolforthedogs School For The Dogs: http://schoolforthedogs.com Shop For The Dogs: http://storeforthedogs.com Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/schoolforthedogs Please make sure to subscribe & give us 5-stars on iTunes! NYC-based dog trainer Annie Grossman loves to find engaging ways to help both dogs & humans approach training as an exercise in better understanding all animal behavior. She specializes in working with puppies, teaching tricks, & prepping dogs for commercial work.
1:00:11
March 3, 2018
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