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Episode 203 - Easy Peasy Puppy Squeezy


Released Sat January 26, 2019
Length: 0:55:23
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Easy Peasy Puppy Squeezy

Any time you spend with your dog, one of you is training the other.
 - Steve Mann

Steve Mann runs the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers, helps celebrities with their dogs, and believes that the key to good dog training is to have a good relationship with your dog. In this wide-raging, in depth interview, Steve and Julie discuss how to get it right with your puppy so that they grow into the dog you want.

You could put 50 treats in your pocket at 8 o'clock in the morning, and each time you see the dog do something good give them one treat, and see how many treats you've got left at the end of the day. Rather than looking at the stuff you don't want, your job is to look at the stuff you do want, and invest in that.
 - Steve Mann

Steve has an exciting 2019 ahead of him, as he is heading off to China and has plans to spread the message about positive, reward based training there. You can find out more about Steve from his Steve Mann Dog Trainingwebsite. There is also a lot of useful information at the IMDT website and to benefit from Steve's advice via his Easy Peasy Puppy Squeezy book.

First and foremost, your investment in your puppy, your investment in your dog, is that you're mates. If you're walking down the park with your mate - your actual mate, your human mate - they're not going to be 100 metres away, they're going to be next to you, having out having a conversation with you.
 - Steve Mann

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Motivation and dog training

Julie has been working on a variety of articles lately involving liaising with some great dog trainers, and it's got her thinking about motivation and how we sometimes get things wrong. But there are simple steps you can take to get your training back on track, or to pep things up if it's already going well. She's surprised at the difference it's making to Mischief!

John Cathy and Rocky

In Episode 184 John and Cathy got in touch to tell us about their rescue dog Rocky. Recently, they got in touch about a film they went to see in the Netherlands where they live. Julie reads their review of the film, Buddy.

You can read about their adventures at John, Cathy and Rocky's blog .


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