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We take a deep dive into the training and personal journeys of the world's best dog trainers. Each guest shares their unique roles in the industry and brings fresh perspective on topics such as competition dog sports, personal protection, dog genetics, breeding, behavioral issues, police K9s, general dog training, and more. Listeners will gain a better understanding of each sector as new ideas are unlocked and gates are opened. The goal of the YOLO PUP PODCAST is to empower dog owners/handlers, celebrate leaders, and cultivate community.
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Dog training leader Denise Fenzi talks technique & culture
Denise Fenzi has been in the dog training game for decades. She started training dogs at 12 years old. Denise knows 👏her👏 shit 👏.   She has titled dogs in obedience, tracking, schutzhund, mondioring, herding, conformation, and agility.  Denise is best known for her flashy and precise obedience work, earning perfect scores in both schutzhund and Mondio Ringsport obedience.   Denise is a dog trainer, author, entrepreneur, story teller & advocate for humans and animals. We also think she should run for dog training president (not kidding 😜).   Denise is a leader and uses her platform to educate.   In this live we cover:  - Denise’s personal journey  - Raika  - Force free vs Balanced training  - Labeling the two and why it’s hurting the community  - Heelwork  - Scatter training  - Hyper greeters  - Raw vs Kibble  - Window film hack 🎥🔥   Thank you, Denise!
May 1, 2021
Canada’s Top Trainer, Elite Decoy, & Police Vendor Mike Nezbeth has a wide range of experience in all things dogs. He is the owner/founder of GrassrootsK9 in Toronto and GrassrootsK9 in Maryland. He’s also an established Police Vendor who carefully selects ideal candidates that would make strong, level-headed, and confident members in the police force and trains them to go into duty whether it be for detection, tracking, bitework, etc. Mike has a background in Psychology and Sociology which has played a role in his thorough understanding of operant conditioning. He is also passionate about training real world experiences which led him into the police world. In this live we discuss: - Police Vendor Role - Qualities to look for in candidates - Puppy selection - ‘Activating’ a dog - Proactive vs. Reactive - Most expensive dog 😅 - Ideal bite grips - Bitework foundation - Bitework Exercises - Backties and Bunjee training - The difference between operant & classical conditioning - Markers - Behavior questions - Scentwork - Favorite Memory & a lot more. Thank you so much, @k9_mike! Good luck with the puppy search and hope all goes smoothly crossing the border. We don’t want another Vito situation!
April 12, 2021
Dr. Lisa Lippman is a doctor of veterinary medicine and has been practicing for 10 years. She is the founder of @vetsinthecity, an at home/concierge vet service business. She has been a pet health contributor for Dr. Oz, Inside Edition, and other media outlets and is the host of the very popular podcast @wedontdeservedogs. Dr. Lisa is badass!! During the pandemic, Dr. Lisa’s parents both became deathly ill with Covid and she relocated to Florida to support them. She then pivoted her business to Telehealth to assist dog owners virtually. We invited Dr. Lisa on to discuss a variety of different topics, but the main one being the TICK 🕷situation. New York is swarming with ticks and we’ve been contemplating what is the best solution. I’ve pulled 5 off of Ryka and check her daily. In this live we cover: - Oral tick medicine - Spay/Neutering - Recommended age to Spay/Neuter - Raw Feeding - Kibble vs. Raw Food - Supplements - Finding the right vet - Specific medical questions from guests Thanks so much, Dr. Lisa! We appreciate you and your time! You’re a boss 👏👏
April 9, 2021
Jerry Bradshaw is a household name. He is the executive director and co-founder of the Protection Sports Association, owner of Tarheel Canine, a world renowned training facility in North Carolina best known for training elite police dogs, author, and host of the popular podcast ‘Controlled Aggression’. Jerry is a pioneer and his efforts have raised the bar in dog training and competition sports leaving an imprint on decades to come. PSA provides an outlet for competitive dog sport enthusiasts to compete in obedience and controlled protection. The league has taken off since it’s birth back in 2001 honoring excellence, encouraging sportsmanship, and bringing together a community of passionate competitors. During the pandemic, PSA has brought joy, community, and a sense of normalcy to not just participants, but to hundreds of thousands of spectators across social media. In this live, Jerry walks us through his journey from his time at UNC Chapel Hill, to professional dog trainer, to where he is today. He recounts the creation of PSA and talks about some of the trials and tribulations faced. He offers guidance, insight, and advice for green handlers, upper level competitors, and new clubs. We also talk about police dog training and the value dogs bring to the police force. Jerry brings a wealth of knowledge and we are so grateful for his time with us. Thank you for sharing, Jerry! You’re a legend 🙏
April 9, 2021
How to build trust & strengthen your bond: Q&A with David is a former special education teacher and behavioral therapist who has used his experience to create a training system built on clear communication, trust, and bond building. David also competes in Protection Sports, has three dogs (Karma, Zero, & Manic), and gives a mean manicure 💅(we’ll explain). In this Q&A we discuss: - Benefits of grooming your dog and getting them comfortable with trimming their nails, baths, etc. - Creating positive associations - The art of play & how YOU are the game (over the tug/ball/toy) - Nutrition [Raw diet vs. Kibble] - Affection - Protection Sports - Life with multiple dogs - Dog behavioral training questions answered - Collar smart dogs - Advice to future PSA competitors Loved chatting with you David! Keep you posted on our nail trimming *journey* (dremel comes tomorrow)
April 5, 2021
Handling Belgian Malinois Puppy Biting with Master Dog Behaviorist Landy Angeli
Master dog behaviorist & trainer Landy Angeli shares her techniques to gain control of your puppy’s biting, how to redirect it, and shape the wanted behavior. Landy has decades of experience working with dogs and families to build good behavior inside and out of the home. She was mentored and trained by Master K9 Handler Raul Perez and has helped us build a strong foundation in training Ryka. She is active in the dog rescue community and is an advocate for building strong human/canine relationships. Landy has personally helped us create a strong, solid foundation with Ryka, a Belgian Malinois, since she was 8 weeks old. She's been a mentor to Jillian and has shaped the way Jillian conducts herself with Ryka, being a strong, leader who commands attention and respect, while showing love and affection to create a balanced dog. For more info on Landy @landyangeli
April 1, 2021
We have a MALINOIS PROBLEM. Who are we going to call? ROBERT CABRAL
Renowned Professional Dog Trainer, Behaviorist, Rescue Advocate, and dog sport competitor Robert Cabral doesn’t sugar coat anything. He’s straight up & tells it like it is. We asked Robert to join us to discuss some behavioral issues we’re facing.   Robert is an authority on canine behavior whether it be in basic obedience, aggression, and complex behaviors and has worked with most every breed and temperament of dog during his time working in animal shelters and private practice. He has trained and titled competitive obedience and protection dogs in AKC, Mondioring and IPO / Schutzhund and his online training provides countless animal shelters, trainers, and dog owners with humane solutions to their dog issues.   We called up Robert to help us with our biggest battle at the moment - crying & whining in the crate! (We apologize in advance for the crying.) Hopefully this real world situation is helpful for those facing a similar problem. Spoiler** the crying/whining does get dealt with... it just takes some time so be patient with us.   Robert also answered a slew of other questions from our YOLO PUP followers. Questions we covered:  - Socializing your dog  - Reactivity (dog barks at skateboards, people, joggers)  - How breeders play a role in overall development  - To neuter or not to neuter - Opinions on ear/tail cropping  - Proper correction techniques  - Why it’s so hard to join a French Ring Club  - Which dog sport is right for you  - Dog pulls throng prong collar  - Two handlers training a Mal  - Biting  - Separation anxiety for COVID puppies  And most importantly  - why you should not get a Malinois if you can’t handle the commitment.  To learn more about Robert or to join his member only website, visit 
March 29, 2021
Behavioral Dog Training with PSA Champ & Ex-Israeli Defense K9 Handler Jonathan Katz
Jonathan Katz is a world class trainer, leader in the Protection Sports Association (PSA), and a Belgian Malinois breeder. Over the last decade, Jonathan has put PSA 3 titles on 3 dogs; Uzi, Cougar, & Puma and founded his own PSA club, Strong Island Working Dogs in Long Island, New York which gained national recognition in 2017 as the PSA Champion Club. KATZ LEGIT KNOWS DOGS. In this live, Katz opens up about his history going from classically trained chef to working for the Israeli Ministry of Defense as a K9 handler & trainer and eventually circling back to his New York roots. We dive into behavioral training questions, protection, dog breeding, puppy selection, when to wash a dog, downfalls of first time Malinois, and so on... When he's not training dogs or traveling around the world giving seminars, you can find him designing and leather making. He crafts custom leather pieces, collars, and aprons for private clients. For more on Jonathan, follow @katzknowsdogs For more information on YOLO PUP, visit Follow on IG @yolopupla
March 27, 2021
WTF is Operant Conditioning? Australian Ex-Special Forces Dog Trainer Explains
Pat Stuart of Operant Canine spent 12 years in Australia’s Army Special Forces before diving into dog training full time. He has been mentored and coached by some of the world’s best dog trainers, most notably Michael and Bart Bellon and has studied everything from hands-off force free training to old school compulsion. He is a certified instructor for the NePoPo® system of dog training. The method “prepares dogs for the rigors of life and creates an active free thinking dog ready to engage with his environment. It also prepares a dog to receive a correction without ever dropping in motivation.” Pat is also an active competitor in PSA, a certified decoy and the PSA Assistant Regional Director for Australia. He also co-hosts a weekly podcast dedicated to dog behavioral training called 'The Canine Paradigm'. We're having a little obedience problem with puppy Ryka the Belgian Malinois, so we called Pat for some much needed advice on what to do!  We cover: - Operant conditioning - NePoPo Training - Why Corrections are Important for Dogs - Aggression - Leash Reactivity  - "My dog snarls & gets aggressive with the prong collar. What should I do?" - "My dog is never not chasing cats. Help!" - Best uses for e-collar  - Box Feeding - Resource Guarding For more info on Patrick Stuart, visit Operant Canine & check out his podcast 'The Canine Paradigm' with Glenn Cook! Want more YOLO PUP? Visit SHOP the YOLO PUP Collection Instagram: Youtube: @yolopupla Facebook: @yolopupla
March 26, 2021
What makes a champion? Dog Training Legend Ivan Balabanov Explains
Ivan Balabanov is an icon in the dog world. His bold confidence & sheer resilience is palpable and it's what led him to be a 2 time World Champion in IGP and 14 time National Champion representing the US. Over the last 40 years, he has revolutionized dog training, competition dog sports, and  shifted the way we communicate with dogs in a profound way.  In this live, Ivan opens up about fleeing communist Bulgaria, venturing to Belgium where he discovered his first Malinois and trained with the greats, and eventually landing in Florida where he teaches his world renowned dog training techniques.  Ivan has ‘that thing’, an inner fire to win and pave his own way.   Chock it up to genetics — a big portion of this interview and a topic Ivan is passionate about. He started breeding Belgian Malinois back in 1989 and continues to do so with his kennel Ot Vitosha Malinois in Plant City, Florida.  We also discuss:  - The power of play  - Dog’s emotional needs  - Motivation  - Genetic studies *Reference to: ‘Blueprint’ by Robert Plomin  - Future of dog training   Thank you so much, Ivan! You truly are an inspiration and a testament to the human spirit!  For more information on Ivan & his world renowned training program: Visit 'Training Without Conflict'   For more on YOLO PUP, visit: SHOP the YOLO PUP Collection Instagram: Youtube: @yolopupla Facebook: @yolopupla
March 26, 2021
Digital Dog Training Mogul Tom Davis looks back on 10 years of development
When you search for anything dog training related on YouTube, chances are Upstate Canine Academy pops up. ... no simple feat. Tom Davis has poured his heart and soul into building Upstate Canine and a digital empire for dog lovers and training. Tom’s podcast “No Bad Dogs” began with recording real life audio sessions with clients he’s helped and it’s taken off from there. He also has a business & personal staff, sponsorships, merchandise, and makes time to engage with his audience. This success did not happen *by chance*. It takes loads of work to sustain 10 years of creating content, growing a business, and a developing a circle of trust that share his mission. It started back in 2009 when Tom lost his beloved St. Bernard puppy. After some trials and tribulations, Tom started a dog walking company that skyrocketed into so much more. In this live we cover: - Tom’s personal journey - Dealing with Online Hate - Staying Grounded - E-Collars - Balanced vs Positive Only training - Dog Fights - Neutrality & Socialization - “Must Train” behaviors - Dog Training Culture and importance of community A pleasure chatting with Tom and thank you for the positive encouragement to start this podcast 🙌! We stan.  Want more YOLO PUP? Visit SHOP the YOLO PUP Collection Instagram: Youtube: @yolopupla Facebook: @yolopupla
March 25, 2021