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Your New Puppy: Dog Training and Dog Behavior Lessons to Help You Turn Your New Puppy into a Well-Behaved Dog

Debbie Cilento: Dog Trainer | Dog Behavior Consultant | Owner of Playtime Paws | Belly Rub Specialist

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Your host, Debbie, is a positive trainer with a passion for dogs, their behavior and helping you create a well behaved dog. This is a dog training and behavior podcast that with help you and your new puppy build good healthy habits right from the start. It will also help you understand your dog’s behavior and build a strong, fulfilling, and fun relationship for years to come.
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Dogs have been human’s most trusted companions since time immemorial. These lovely creatures bring comfort, security, and playfulness to our lives. But when they misbehave and get out of control, it drives many dog owners crazy. If you don’t know how to handle your canine companion, join Doug Poynter to achieve Better (Dog) Behavior Now! This show is for individuals whose dogs struggle with various behavior issues. Whether you have a rescue, mixed breed, purebred or working dog, Doug solves ...
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I am Chris Onthank, the Canine Master. I am an advocate of everything to do with dogs; sharing info, tips, stories, photos & videos. Follow my blog for an in-depth coverage of dog-related topics including training, health, innovative pet products and general information on how to keep dogs happy, healthy and safe. Join me for practical information and tips on all aspects of dogs and their well-being. Topics will include understanding how a dog thinks and feels, the importance of proper train ...
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Pet insurance isn't the most interesting topic I've ever talked about but it is important. Most often I get the question "is pet insurance worth it?" And I think this is the wrong question. We most often compare it to our own health insurance. But there are key differences that mean we have to think about pet insurance in a different way. Is it goi…
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What do you do when things go wrong between the kids and your dog? Something that isn't talked about enough is how the relationship between kids and dogs isn't always as magical as we imagined. It's very common for the kids to get annoyed with the jumpy puppy and their sharp teeth. It's just as common for the dog to avoid or get defensive with the …
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If you're a parent, how do you know if your kids are ready for a dog? And if they are, how do you prepare them for bringing that new dog home? Well lucky for you (and me) Justine Schuurmans, the expert on families, kids, and dogs, is going to answer those questions. Justine is the founder of The Family Dog and the creator of The Dial Method. Her wo…
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What is dog fitness? Brittni of Potential Unleased Idaho has joined me to answer that question and then some. Brittni talks to us about dog fitness and how it can prevents injuries, builds confidence, and work both body and mind. Of course, we also talked a lot about puppies and how to keep our their muscles and joints safe and happy while their li…
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It can be counter intuitive but when your puppy has a potty accident, we shouldn't punish them. You may feel that you need to do something to let them know "this is wrong". Or maybe you know that you're not supposed to punish your puppy's potty accidents but you're not sure why. In general, I discourage using punishment as a form of teaching your p…
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When I receive multiple questions from my listeners around the same topic I know it's time to do a podcast episode about it. But not all questions warrant a full episode but can still be useful to answer. So that's exactly what I did in this episode. I gathered 5 questions that came from you, my listeners (through email and social media) and answer…
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When your dog refuses to go outside in the rain, it can be annoying and time consuming. It's even worse when you're trying to potty train a young puppy that isn't going to hold it until the rain stops. For most dogs they will learn to tolerate it but for others it may always be a struggle. We know we should stay positive to try and change their ass…
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Muzzle training your dog means exposing your dogs to wearing a muzzle in a positive, stress-free way (see resources below on how to do this). This is something that most of us never think (or want to think) about doing with our dog. It's understandable because muzzles have a bad rap and are thought of as a last resort for an aggressive dog. But the…
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Socialization is the most important training you can do for your puppy. It's also the most overlooked and misunderstood part of your puppy's training. When done correctly as a puppy, socialization creates a confident, well adjusted dog. And who doesn't want that for their puppy? I've gathered the 4 things I think are the most misunderstood about so…
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Is your dog trying to dominate you? The short answer is no, they are not. And though that might not come as a surprise to you, what isn't always clear is why it's not true. Especially because this theory that dogs want to dominate us or some dogs are more "dominate" than others still comes up a lot in dog training. That's why I want to talk about w…
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Teaching your dog to come when called (recall) is arguably the most important skill you can teach your dog. It's also one that we struggle with the most. That's because we try and teach it like we would any other cue like sit, down or stay. But that only gives us half the picture. Recall is a habit […] The post YNP #086: Why We Struggle with Recall…
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Potty training can be overwhelming. The good news is, one of the first things we can check off the list is getting our puppy to sleep through the night. Potty training overnight is a little different than during the day. Even though they can hold it longer overnight, they still aren't going to make more than […] The post YNP #085: How to Handle Pot…
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Toxic masculine energy in dog training perpetuates dominance and aggression, hindering true understanding and connection between humans and their canine companions. Nevertheless, it continues to dominate the way we train our best friends. That needs to change. Unravel the intriguing conversation about the essence of masculine and feminine energies …
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I love puzzle feeders as a way to "ditch the bowl" and make mealtime an event. If you search "puzzle feeder" or "slow feeders" online countless options come up. I have my favorite store bought feeders (see my Supplies page) but there's also many ways to DIY it! In fact, I have three that you can […] The post YNP #084: My Favorite DIY Puzzle Feeders…
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Dogs are spiritual beings. They are given to us as a gift. These loveable creatures were at mankind’s side throughout history, from our cavemen era to the age of civilization. What makes our relationship with dogs special is not just their playful character. Sometimes, it is also in how we train them to modify their behavior. After a hiatus, Doug P…
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I hope you never need this podcast episode. Chances are, you will. Having a lost pet is a stressful and upsetting experience. Sometimes we don't think of the obvious things and sometimes we don't even know the resources that are available I talk about the most effective things you can do, who you should call, where you […] The post YNP #083: What t…
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A microchip is a tiny device that is placed below your pet's skin. It has a unique 15 digit code that you register along with your contact information. This way if your pet ever gets lost, shelters, veterinarians, police stations, and others can scan the microchip and access your contact info and help return your […] The post YNP #082: Let’s Update…
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What is the perfect strategy to deal with your dog's reactivity? In this episode, Doug Poynter provides insights for Enfinatie Phillips, the owner of a pit bull named Maya, to learn the strategy to fix reactivity. Doug teaches us how to use a clicker and some treats properly to train our dogs into getting along with other dogs they meet. Tune in to…
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When we thing of what our dog's walk should look like we think of them walking by our side without being distracted by anything and only sniffing when we say it's ok. Spoiler alert! There is NO "should". I'm here to let you off the hook. Your walk doesn't have to be perfect. As long as […] The post YNP #081: My Rules for Your Dog’s Walk appeared fi…
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In today’s episode, Doug Poynter shares expert tips on obedience training for your furry friends. Dog owners often complain that their dogs become difficult to train and handle, but it’s usually not the dog’s problem. Join Doug as he talks about the human components of misbehaving dogs, as well as the best ways to get your dog to listen to you and …
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Punishment does not work well with dogs. Your dog is a family member, and you don't dominate your family. Instead, you work with them. In this episode, Doug Poynter highlights the value of partnering with your dog instead of punishing them, and correcting their behavior helps in their dog's behavior problem. He also shares how his client uses an e-…
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Most of the time we want to use the cue "off" to tell our dogs to "get down". For example, when they jump on us or our guests or when they jump on the table or counter. I have nothing against teaching this cue, I just approach it in a different way. If we think about it, […] The post YNP #080: Why I Don’t Teach “Off” appeared first on Playtime Paws…
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If your dog is barking excessively, it gets annoying. No one wants their dog barking while they’re asleep or on a Zoom call. Not to mention, your neighbors might hate it! If you tell him to keep quiet, your dog just keeps on barking. It’s like nothing will stop him! If you have this problem, Doug Poynter shares how to solve it in today’s episode. L…
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Animal communication with humans seems far-fetched, but did you know that it is a possibility? Dogs can sense different things like they are telepathic. How does your dog always know when you are on your way home? There has got to be an explanation. Anna Breytenbach, an animal communicator, believes that humans can communicate with animals using vi…
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Potty training is hard. We can set them up for success as much as we can but it takes as long as it takes. It's a process that we can't rush our puppy through. We all struggle with potty training. While we're in it, it feels like it will last forever. For most, we'll have […] The post YNP #079: Are You Still Struggling With Potty Training? appeared…
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A dog often jumps on people because they want to show their affection by licking faces and mouths. Although this can be considered a sign of their playfulness, they may get too excited and jump even on strangers and little kids. To avoid causing serious injuries, Doug Poynter discusses how clicker training can help manage this behavior without taki…
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As pet owners, we only want the best for our pets, so we give them the best. But how do we treat hyperactive dogs? Do we give them the right food and the best exercise to help reduce and utilize that high energy? Today, Doug Pointer shares some insights on working with your dog to help utilize the energy they possess. He also shares some insights o…
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If your dog is acting disobedient, don’t punish them. Give them treats instead. The “search for treats” exercise will get your dog back into its natural instinct of finding and searching for food. This is the best exercise to get them to work and exercise. Like children, dogs have so much energy that if not spent, they get restless. Join Doug Poynt…
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Nipping is one of the biggest struggles every puppy parent goes through. It can be very disheartening especially when the kids don't want to play with the puppy anymore. That's why I'm giving you my three favorite games that I teach my clients to help with a nipping puppy. Each one is designed to give you a […] The post YNP #078: Games to Play with…
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This idea of dominating your dog to show that you are the alpha dog is wrong. Did you know that dogs helped create human civilization? Dogs helped humans survive back in the time of the Neanderthals. So this whole thing about dominance is just wrong. Dogs and humans are meant to be cooperators. Join Doug Poynter as he shares a magazine article he r…
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Sometimes dog owners seem perfectionists and become too unrealistic about how their dogs behave. But, hey, no one's perfect, not even our pets! This episode is packed with insights from Doug Poynter on how well-behaved our dogs need to be. He reminds dog owners that we shouldn't expect more of our dogs' behavior than humans. Doug also shares some i…
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Many dogs are placed in a shelter because of behavior problems. It's a sad occurrence, but even more devastating is how, many times, humans add to their stress when they return them back. In this episode, Doug Pointer shares his wisdom on people who rescue dogs from the shelter and the psychological devastation it causes if things don't work out. H…
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A strong recall is one of the most important behaviors your dog can have. That is why I wanted to replay this episode about how to get a stronger recall. This is a special training that I do inside my digital products (YOUR Perfect Puppy and Playtime Paws Academy) I talk about how I approach recall as […] The post YNP Replay: How to Get a Stronger …
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Welcome to part two of “To Correct Or Not To Correct.” Today, Doug Poynter shares why dog owners gravitate toward correction-based rather than positive behavior training. Find out why alpha dominance amongst dogs is a myth, and discover why punishing your dog does more harm than good. Start rewarding your dog's good behavior today! Love the show? S…
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When dogs “misbehave,” most people would respond by correcting them. But, is correction really the best way to train your dog? Doug Poynter would disagree. In this episode, Doug explains why correction works short term but not so much in the long term. Correction training might even make matters worse for you and your beloved pet. Why? First of all…
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Every single day, furparents face a tremendous challenge: helping their dogs eliminate. Doug Poynter discusses a few practical house pet training tips to guide you in this tedious endeavor. Detailing some tricks he learned from William Campbell, he discusses how to teach dogs to hone the habit of eliminating outside and avoid messing up inside your…
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A lot of new puppy owners wonder if it's OK to use a pen in addition to (or instead of) a crate. The idea of giving your puppy or young dog room to move around and play is a very appealing one. BUT there are some drawbacks to giving them this extra space. A emphasize using the […] The post YNP#077: Using a Crate vs Using a Pen appeared first on Pla…
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Most of Doug Poynter's clients hire him to solve their dog's behavior problems. For such cases, he typically uses a method called marker training, more popularly known as clicker training. In this special session, Doug explores the magic of markers in training your dog to be an obedient and loving pet. He explains the basics of marker training and …
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Canine behavior problems usually start with a human problem. You might be using the wrong solution for their problem or giving them the wrong food. Dogs only have one thing on their mind: a partnership with you. Join Doug Poynter as he shares three stories about three different dogs with different problems. Doug shows us what each owner was doing w…
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If your dog is exhibiting serious behavior problems, it might be time to hand in the training to professionals. Finding a competent and qualified trainer is the way to go to keep yourself and your dog safe and unharmed. In this episode, Doug Poynter gives tips on how to vet trainers that achieve results properly and ethically. Quick results don’t e…
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Nothing helps your dog remember good behaviors better than reward training. This positive-reinforcement training motivates them to continue to do good, especially when done right. Could there be a dark side to the whole process? In this episode, Doug Poynter talks about the power of rewards and when it is good or not. He shares stories from his own…
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Every dog needs a collar and leash. There are many options out there so let's talk about them. Each of these tools has it's advantages and disadvantages and there's no one perfect solution that works for every dog. In part one I talked about the different types of leashes. In this episode (part two) I talk about […] The post YNP #076: Different Lea…
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You've probably heard of the term "alpha" in your dog training journey. But this term might not mean what you think it does. Join Doug Poynter in this insightful episode as he dispels the myth about the dominant alpha. Most people think that the "alpha" is a domineering figure and dog owners often think that's the role they should follow to get the…
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Every dog needs a collar and leash. There are many options out there so let's talk about them. Each option has it's advantages and disadvantages and there's no one perfect solution that works for every dog. So in this episode (part one) I talk about the most common types of leashes that are available. In part two […] The post YNP #075: Different Ty…
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Socialization is the most important training you can do for your Puppy. We want to get our puppy out from the very beginning and do as much as we can in their early weeks. Socialization is more than just exposing your dog to new people and dogs. It also includes new places, objects, sounds, textures, environments, […] The post YNP #074: How to Soci…
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If you have ever taken a pet with you on a plane, then you have Gayle Martz to thank. Gayle is the creator of the SHERPA BAG for all the different modes of pet travel. Her mission is to change, improve and enrich the travel experience for people and their pets. The love we all share for animals is universal. For some, traveling is difficult. Travel…
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Christine Rohloff Gossinger literally wrote the book on dog breeds. She joins me to talk about how understanding your dog's breed can help us understand our dogs and their needs. This episode is chock full of examples, training tips, and fun tidbits just like her book. Listen in and decide for yourself it your dog's breed […] The post YNP #073: Doe…
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Something I get asked often is how I feel about using a potty bell. If you listened to my complete guide to potty training then you know that I don't mention using a bell at all but does that mean I don't want you to? No go ahead...well, maybe... While I'll show my clients how to use […] The post YNP #072: Should You Use a Potty Bell? appeared firs…
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Today’s featured guest is Connecticut veterinarian Dr. Melissa Shapiro. Tune in to hear the story of how she got a a call about a tiny deaf blind puppy rescued from a hoarding situation in need of fostering. She didn’t hesitate to say, “yes.” Little did she know how that decision would transform her, her family, and legions of admirers destined to …
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We all know that dogs are great. There is almost nothing like the love, loyalty and joy that comes with canine companionship. What is better than a dog? How about two dogs? Or three dogs? What about more dogs? At some point every pet parent begins to ask themselves that most important of questions… Should I get another dog? That is the topic of tod…
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