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POD to the Rescue

POD to the Rescue

By Summit Dog Rescue
Our society has a mythologically-based approach to bringing companion pets into our homes, which can lead to all sorts of conflicts, and sadly, failed adoptions. This podcast is for dog rescues, fosters, adopters, and dog lovers desiring to smooth out the bumps of adoption and rescue. Hosts Emily and Libby provide evidence-based information on how to assimilate dogs into our human lifestyles in a way that is a positive experience for all species involved. Emily is a certified professional dog trainer; and between them Libby and Emily have over 2 decades rescuing dogs (and a few cats!).
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Understanding Arousal Will Change Your Dog's Life: Elisheba Fay
Does your dog have BIG feelings? Are they easily excitable, or have a hard time calming down? If so - this episode is a MUST listen. Behavior Consultant Elisheba Fay has a wealth of information to share about arousal in dogs - what it is, what triggers it, and how to de-activate arousal. Seriously - this episode is practical, fascinating, and we are sure you will understand your dog better after listening. Elisheba Fay is a Certified Behavior Consultant through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. She has worked with dogs for more than 20 years. Credits. Libby Felts and Emily Wolf (Hosts and Creators.) Original music by Mike Pesci. Graphic design, editing, and production by Alex Lee-Ammons and For The Love Media, LLC.
01:05:28
October 14, 2021
Tails from the Trenches: Marissa Martino
Training and Behavior Consultant Marissa has a breadth of experience in the dog rescue, shelter, and training worlds. In this conversation with Emily and Libby, they discuss the great potential of collaborations between shelters and rescues, how COVID has changed the rescue world, and so much more. We hope you enjoy this Tail from the Trenches! Credits. Libby Felts and Emily Wolf (Hosts and Creators.) Original music by Mike Pesci. Graphic design, editing, and production by Alex Lee-Ammons and For The Love Media, LLC.
56:09
September 30, 2021
Tails from the Trenches: Meridith Perry, Part 2
This episode follows Part 1 with Meridith Perry (which we recommend listening to prior to this episode!) Libby, Emily, and Meridith discuss transport day, decompression, and how the nature of rescue dogs is inherently mysterious: we often don’t know anything about the dog’s life prior to their rescue. This conversation is honest, open, and speaks to the true nature of the impact of this work on the folks on the other side.  Credits. Libby Felts and Emily Wolf (Hosts and Creators.) Original music by Mike Pesci. Graphic design, editing, and production by Alex Lee-Ammons and For The Love Media, LLC.
39:33
September 16, 2021
Tails from the Trenches: Meridith Perry, Part 1
Welcome to our new series, Tails from the Trenches! In this episode, Libby and Emily speak to Meridith Perry of Corinth-Alcorn Animal Shelter in Mississippi. They share the ethos of rescuing animals, some of the difficulties that accompany the stress of making life-or-death decisions, and some solutions that could address the issues of home shortages and the proliferation of rescue dogs. Credits. Libby Felts and Emily Wolf (Hosts and Creators.) Original music by Mike Pesci. Graphic design, editing, and production by Alex Lee-Ammons and For The Love Media, LLC.
41:07
September 9, 2021
Introduction to Enrichment with Sarah Walsh
As humans, we need mental stimulation for our daily lives - it’s essential for our health. And, surprise: our dogs are the exact same way! Today’s guest, Sarah Walsh, is someone we refer to all the time in these episodes. In this episode, Sarah talks to Emily and Libby about enrichment: what it is, why it’s important, and how we can fold enrichment into our dog’s routines. Sarah has been training dogs and coaching clients professionally for the past 5 years, and has a particular interest in canine enrichment! From this passion stemmed her Youtube channel where she talks dog and provides free training advice for the average pet owner.  She has worked in various shelters in the past, and loves that we now have a podcast geared specifically at shelter work out there! She is currently the Supervising trainer at K9 Wisdom Training and Consulting, LLC in Loveland, CO and would love to hear from you if you are seeking out training advice. Connect with Sarah: Email: sarah@k9wisdomtraining.com Website: https://www.k9wisdomtraining.com/meet-the-pack YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9K_VHBK7r5FyXiJYIfgLNA Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sarahcertified/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sarah.walsh.9022662
01:01:55
August 26, 2021
Training Basics: Door Greeting
What does your dog do when the doorbell rings? In this episode, Emily and Libby lay out the possible ways your dog might respond when there’s someone at the door, break down the potential roots of different behaviors, and discuss ways to address and manage this behavior (hint: your behavior also plays a role in this!) Kim Brophey’s website: https://www.dogdoorcanineservices.com/ Klimb by Blue-9: https://www.blue-9.com/KLIMB Credits. Libby Felts and Emily Wolf (Hosts and Creators.) Original music by Mike Pesci. Graphic design, editing, and production by Alex Lee-Ammons and For The Love Media, LLC.
32:13
August 19, 2021
Deconstructing Aggressive Behavior with Michael Shikashio
We are thrilled to present today’s guest, Michael Shikashio. Michael is a world-renowned expert on dog aggression and has an incredible dearth of information he generously shares, which is helpful for owners, rescuers, and trainers alike. In this conversation, Michael, Emily and Libby define aggression, discuss the ways aggression can present in different dogs (and the different levels of assessing their aggression), and so much more. Make sure to listen to the full episodes, as Michael drops important gems throughout the episode. Michael is an internationally sought out speaker on the topic of aggression - has mentored and presented to thousands of animal professionals. He is the Founder of the Aggression in Dogs Master Course, teaches trainers and consultants in over 25 countries on how to work with aggression cases, and has been featured in countless media, including the New York Times, the New York Post, Web MD, and Women’s Health. Credits. Libby Felts and Emily Wolf (Hosts and Creators.) Original music by Mike Pesci. Graphic design, editing, and production by Alex Lee-Ammons and For The Love Media, LLC.
49:17
August 12, 2021
There is No Farm - Commitment To Our Dogs
We live in a world where humans are often viewed as the center, and our interests and desires and way of being is considered the norm. What would our world look like if we de-centered humans, and listened to the “more-than-human” voice? Deb Matlock is today’s guest. Deb is a humane educator and holds a Masters degree in environmental education from Prescott College. She is a nature-based spiritual arts guide and mentor, animal communicator, and ecologist. She also works at Summit Dog Rescue’s working on dog behavior and bonds. Deb, Em, and Libby talk about the number one way to go into adopting a rescue animal, the massive role of commitment, and treating our animals with respect. https://www.podtotherescue.com/ https://www.facebook.com/PodToTheRescue https://www.instagram.com/podtotherescue/ To learn more about Deb go to www.debmatlock.com  Credits. Libby Felts and Emily Wolf (Hosts and Creators.) Original music by Mike Pesci. Graphic design, editing, and production by Alex Lee-Ammons and For The Love Media, LLC.
42:05
July 8, 2021
Training Basics: The Fourth of July
The Fourth of July is not necessarily a happy holiday for our furry family members! In this Training Basics episode, Libby and Emily talk about ways to keep your dog safe and work with them to help them settle into their environment this holiday. https://www.podtotherescue.com/ https://www.facebook.com/PodToTheRescue https://www.instagram.com/podtotherescue/ Cog Dog Radio: https://thecognitivecanine.com/the-podcast-cog-dog-radio/ Behavior Vets on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VBCCO TTouch: https://www.whole-dog-journal.com/training/the-tellington-ttouch-for-dogs/ Credits. Libby Felts and Emily Wolf (Hosts and Creators.) Original music by Mike Pesci. Graphic design, editing, and production by Alex Lee-Ammons and For The Love Media, LLC.
13:45
June 29, 2021
Management with Mary Angilly
Growing up, Mary Angilly always wanted to work with animals. Now, she is a professional full-time dog trainer and has a wealth of information to share with you. In this episode, she sits down with Emily and Libby to talk about what “management” is, why it makes dogs more adoptable, and how it is distinct from training. This episode will be especially relevant for folks who foster. Credits. Libby Felts and Emily Wolf (Hosts and Creators.) Original music by Mike Pesci. Graphic design, editing, and production by Alex Lee-Ammons and For The Love Media, LLC. Links:  https://www.maryangilly.com/ Free Guide for Fosters and Adopters: https://www.podtotherescue.com/marys-free-foster-guide.html Mary’s collaborations with Dr. Marc Bekoff featured in Psychology Today: Should Dogs Be Shocked, Choked, or Pronged? Dog Training Offers Valuable Lessons in Humane Education Dogs in Gilded Cages: Surviving, but Not Thriving Pandemic Puppy Pandemonium Requires Lots of Time and Love Dog Training: Blending Science With Individual Personalities The Perils of Mislabeling Dog-Appropriate Behavior https://marcbekoff.com/
51:09
June 24, 2021
Training Basics: Food in Training Part 4
This is the fourth and final episode in the “Food in Training” series. Hooray! We hope you have enjoyed learning how best to employ food in training your furry family member. In this episode, Emily and Libby cover the caveats of food in training. There are ways food can be counterproductive, and in this episode you'll learn all about what not to do when using food in training.
24:33
June 17, 2021
Separation Anxiety with Jackie Johnston
Your dog’s separation anxiety isn’t an unsolvable issue, even if it might feel that way sometimes. In this episode, Libby and Emily sit down with Jackie Johnston to talk all things separation. They define separation anxiety and how to identify it in your dog, why it’s natural and adaptive, and how we can work to help our dogs feel safe. Jackie Johnston is a certified separation anxiety trainer with a certificate in training and counseling. She works solely with separation anxiety, and her focused knowledge in this challenging area will be sure to benefit the ways you work with your own dog with this issue. Credits. Libby Felts and Emily Wolf (Hosts and Creators.) Original music by Mike Pesci. Graphic design, editing, and production by Alex Lee-Ammons and For The Love Media, LLC. FOLLOW JACKIE ON SOCIAL http://instagram.com/believeinyourdog/ http://facebook.com/believeinyourdog https://www.believeinyour.dog Free Facebook support group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/272516593265257 BLOGS AND PODCASTS https://malenademartini.com/blog/ https://www.subthresholdtraining.com/blog/ https://www.believeinyour.dog/blog Julie Naismith’s podcast: https://www.subthresholdtraining.com/podcasts/ BOOKS Separation Anxiety in Dogs: Next Generation Treatment Protocols: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08LRPXSRP BRB: https://www.amazon.com/Be-Right-Back-Overcome-Separation-ebook/dp/B081Y9XFXF Doggie language: https://www.doggielanguagebook.com DIY TRAINING PROGRAMS: Heroes Club (if use this affiliate link, you do not have to wait for Heroes club to open) - https://learn.subthresholdtraining.com/heroes-2021?affiliate=jackiejohnston Mission Possible: https://malenademartini.com/for-owners/separation-anxiety-in-dogs-mission-possible-online-course/
55:47
June 10, 2021
Training Basics: Food in Training Part 3
How do we shape what our dogs learn and what associations they make, so they can be good family dogs and companions? This episode is entirely dedicated to that question through the lens of Classical Conditioning. You'll learn how to help your dog create positive associations through the "Stuff-A-Dog Method"  and the Jean Donaldson's  "Open Bar, Closed Bar" method; and the science behind it. Think of this as a learning tool instead of a training tool! https://www.facebook.com/PodToTheRescue https://www.instagram.com/pod_to_the_rescue/ https://twitter.com/podtotherescue https://thecognitivecanine.com/blog/operant-vs-classical-conditioning/ Credits. Libby Felts and Emily Wolf (Hosts and Creators.) Original music by Mike Pesci. Graphic design, editing, and production by Alex Lee-Ammons and For The Love Media, LLC.
26:52
June 3, 2021
Trauma, Decompression, and Going Slow with Dr. Patricia McConnell
In this episode, Libby and Emily are excited to sit down with Dr. Patricia McConnell - she’s kind of a big deal in the dog training world. The trio talk about the initial time of decompression for your rescue dog, the importance of the secure attachment base, and how we can show our dog safety and stability. Dr. McConnell discusses trauma: the nuts and bolts of it, how it manifests, and ways to build resiliency and offer choice and control when recovering from it. Do not miss this episode if you've rescued a dog - you might learn something about humans, too! To learn more about Dr. McConnell, read her blog, find her incredible books and more, visit her website: https://www.patriciamcconnell.com/ To learn more about decompression, visit: https://decompressforsuccess.com/nine-steps-to-success Credits. Libby Felts and Emily Wolf (Hosts and Creators.) Original music by Mike Pesci. Graphic design, editing, and production by Alex Lee-Ammons and For The Love Media, LLC.
54:50
May 27, 2021
Training Basics: Food In Training Part 2
Libby and Emily talk about the “how” of training with food - what to do, when to do it, the frequency and rate, and more. https://www.facebook.com/PodToTheRescue https://www.instagram.com/pod_to_the_rescue/ https://twitter.com/podtotherescue Credits. Libby Felts and Emily Wolf (Hosts and Creators.) Original music by Mike Pesci. Graphic design, editing, and production by Alex Lee-Ammons and For The Love Media, LLC.
20:32
May 20, 2021
Body Language 101 with Emily Tronetti
We know you don't want your dog to be stressed. But do you know how to tell when your dog is stressed? Reducing your dog's stress levels can reduce their reactions of fear and anxiety, and one of the best ways to do that is to learn to read your dog's body language. Emily Tronetti is an animal behavior expert who, in this conversation, gives you invaluable information about how to gauge and manage your dog's health via their body language. She has extensively studied Applied Animal Behavior, Anthro Zoology, and is currently pursing her doctorate at Antioch. (Oh, and she was an SDR Intern back in 2018. Aren't we lucky!) In this episode, the two Emily's and Libby talk about the major dog signals to pay attention to, the ways we can miss our dog's signals, and integrating your dog's consent into the conversation around petting and hugging. This episode has invaluable information that can support your relationship to your dog. Emily Tronetti: https://www.coexistence.consulting https://www.facebook.com/Coexistence.Consulting/, https://www.instagram.com/coexistence.consulting/ Humane Alliance of Rescue Trainers: https://rescuetrainers.org/about/ Fear Free Happy Homes: https://www.fearfreehappyhomes.com/video/dog-body-language-101/ iSpeakDog: iSpeakDog: http://www.ispeakdog.org/ Renée Erdman Free Dog Body Language Course on Thinkific: https://dogknowledge.thinkific.com/courses/dog-body-language Dogkind Petting Consent Test: https://youtu.be/-hsOlJwMwps Pod To The Rescue on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PodToTheRescue Instagram: @podtotherescue Twitter: @podtotherescue Credits. Libby Felts and Emily Wolf (Hosts and Creators.) Original music by Mike Pesci. Graphic design, editing, and production by Alex Lee-Ammons and For The Love Media, LLC.
43:36
May 13, 2021
Training Basics: Food in Training Part 1
“Behavior goes where reinforcement flows.” Emily and Libby never leave the house without a treat pouch. Want to know why? They talk about the benefits of using food - AKA “Behavioral Dollars” - in the process of training your dog. They talk about the "why" of training with food, the concept of primary reinforcers,  Zazie Todd article: https://www.companionanimalpsychology.com/2017/04/the-ultimate-dog-training-tip.html Pod to the Rescue on Social Media https://www.facebook.com/PodToTheRescue Instagram: @podtotherescue Twitter: @podtotherescue
15:20
May 6, 2021
Support For Pandemic Puppies with Amber Quann
12.7 million people brought home a new dog in the last year, many of the dogs which are affectionately being referred to as “Pandemic Puppies.” Amber Quann is the Head Trainer and Owner of Summit Dog Training (fun fact: no affiliation with Summit Dog Rescue!) and has helped many of the folks with Pandemic Puppies socialize and train their new dogs. She’s also an admin on the Pandemic Puppy Facebook Page, a community of over 12k people who are doing their best to raise their dogs with the best training possible. In this episode, she, Libby and Emily talk about puppy success stories, socializing your pup during a pandemic (and an opening!), how to be in public with a new pup, and more. Pandemic Puppy Raising Support Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pandemicpuppy Summit Dog Training: http://www.summitdogtraining.com/ Summit Dog Training Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/summitdogtraining Donate to Bhodi's medical care: https://www.summitdogrescue.org/donate.html Pod To The Rescue on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PodToTheRescue Instagram: @podtotherescue Twitter: @podtotherescue Credits. Libby Felts and Emily Wolf (Hosts and Creators.) Original music by Mike Pesci. Graphic design, editing, and production by Alex Lee-Ammons and For The Love Media, LLC.
35:16
April 22, 2021
Training Basics: The Case for Harnesses
In their years of experience in dog rescue, Emily and Libby have been on a never-ending quest for how to best work with rescue dogs. In this episode, they discuss some of the reasons around-the-neck collars can be injurious or painful to your dog, the ways they pose health risks, and the counterintuitive ways it sets back your dog's training. If you're using a collar for your dog, give this episode a listen for the ways harnesses can ensure better, more humane safety and smoother training. Article 1: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16611932/ Article 2: https://phys.org/news/2020-05-collars-neck-injuries-dogs.html Best puppy harnesses: https://www.whole-dog-journal.com/puppies/best-puppy-collars-harnesses/ Balance Harness: https://www.blue-9.com/shop/BalanceHarness Ruffwear Harness: https://ruffwear.com/collections/dog-harnesses/products/front-range-everyday-dog-harness Freedom Harness: https://www.2houndsdesign.com/product-category/shop-now/freedom-no-pull-harness/ Credits. Libby Felts and Emily Wolf (Hosts and Creators.) Original music by Mike Pesci. Graphic design, editing, and production by Alex Lee-Ammons and For The Love Media, LLC.
14:22
April 15, 2021
Letting the Dog Lead with Trainer Chrissy Messick
Dogs are speaking to us all the time - just not in the way we’re often used to communicating. Are you listening to their subtle ways of communicating? In this episode, Emily and Libby sit down with Chrissy to talk all things training. Chrissy is a dog trainer, and recent rescuer from Summit Dog Rescue. She recently rescued a 3-year old friend named Ginger - she talks about her journey with Ginger, how to let the dog lead their process of adapting to the new family, and the myriad of ways dogs communicate. They talk a lot about how to facilitate the relationship between a new dog and children - how to explain body language and teach your child how to understand that language as well. You’ll want to listen to this episode if you’re worried about the transition from pandemic home-life to social life, and the ways that might impact your dog. This episode will be helpful for anyone adjusting to a new adoption! To learn more about Stop the 77, visit Stopthe77.com. Chrissy's website: http://www.theanimalnature.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thenatureofanimals/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thenatureofanimals/ Doggie Language by Lili Chin: https://www.doggielanguagebook.com/ Donate to Bhodi's medical care: https://www.summitdogrescue.org/donate.html Watch for updates on Boomer on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/summitdogrescue Credits. Libby Felts and Emily Wolf (Hosts and Creators.) Original music by Mike Pesci. Graphic design, editing, and production by Alex Lee-Ammons and For The Love Media, LLC.
43:46
April 15, 2021
Rescue is just the beginning
In this episode, Emily and Libby talk about their own rescue experiences, including “foster failures” and finding lifelong companions. At Summit Dog Rescue, we do things a bit differently; one of those things is how they advocate for modern ethical training methods backed by science. They talk about training faux pas that they used to use - methods that can even be harmful for the dog - because “it’s what people were doing.” They talk about why they use the methods they do and the proven track record of success. They talk about the importance of mission, education, and their support of spay and neuter programs as a way to stop the cycle of needless dog deaths in America. Learn more about Summit Dog Rescue here. Credits. Libby Felts and Emily Wolf (Hosts and Creators.) Original music by Mike Pesci. Graphic design, editing and production by Alex Lee-Ammons and For The Love Media, LLC.
35:19
April 15, 2021
Welcome to POD to the Rescue!
Listen to this bite-size trailer which will tell you what to expect in coming seasons of POD to the Rescue! This podcast is for dog rescuers, fosters, adopters, and anybody who loves dogs. Your hosts Emily and Libby introduce themselves. They talk about their experience in the dog rescue world, their unique qualifications in this field, and more. We are so excited to bring you this podcast in Spring 2021! Learn more about Summit Dog Rescue here. Credits. Libby Felts and Emily Wolf (Hosts and Creators.) Original music by Mike Pesci. Graphic design, editing and production by Alex Lee-Ammons and For The Love Media, LLC.
02:55
March 29, 2021