JOHN WADE'S 'ASK THE DOG GUY' PAWDCAST
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This fear/anxiety issue is more common than you might think and usually entirely avoidable. Often people think it's due to the dog being abused by what it fears, but the truth is the problem is almost always due to a breeder's neglect to provide appropriate exposure at the correct age, and then failing to inform the new owners of the limited window to complete proper imprinting.Listen →
A dog owner writes to ask how to get her dog to listen to her around her other dog and ironically sends in a video where the dogs show her how it's done.Listen →
Imagine walking along with your dog some dark night, and someone approaches suspiciously making you a little nervous. You give a silent hand signal, and, or say, "Warn Him!, and your dog erupts into a cacophony of barking?
In this episode a puppy that is currently starting to nuisance bark is taught instead - to bark only on command - and the command is - "Warn Him". Just a trick, so we're not taking on the risk and associated liability of actually encouraging aggression, but in these uncertain times, perhaps a handy trick, in these uncertain times, a handy one.Listen →
About the show
If you become a regular ‘Ask The Dog Guy Pawdcast’ listener, you’ll quickly begin to wonder if the majority of dog training content found on the Internet and provided by the amateur dog training world hasn’t been based on a belief that the Disney movie the ‘Lady and The Tramp’ was a companion dog behavior documentary. 😄
After listening to a few episodes, where various training issues are reviewed, you’ll come to learn that companion dog training has historically not been driven by the sciences related to behavior (ethology, evolutionary psychology, and biology, sociobiology, anthropology, etc.) and that it rarely holds up to critical thought or passes the filtering of cognitive bias and logical fallacy.
It will start to make sense as to why so few dogs come away from what their owners are told are ‘obedience’ classes at best doing a ‘trick’ called obedience, instead of a useful life skill. You’ll instead learn that there is, in fact, a treat addiction-free/brutality-free way to train a dog to be able to ‘Stay,’ ‘Come’ and “Heel’ – No Matter What, and far more effective strategies for addressing behavior problems.
The fact is that companion dog training has been driven, not by science (although they often claim it is) but by well-meaning people that confused their love of dogs with being an ‘expert in all things dog’. In time most settle into one of two ‘camps.’ The most common of the pseudo-science ideology camps embraced by the amateur dog training world is the ‘All Positive/Purely Positive/Force-Free/Never Say No/R+…’, treat, treat, treat and to a lesser extent, its polar opposite, the ‘Might Is Right,’ Alpha, Pack Leader, Dominant (Yank and Crank) ideology.
I think you’ll find that the Ask The Dog Guy Pawdcast provides a wonderfully refreshing contrast to the above through an embracing of science, common sense, and humor.
I hope you become a regular listener and even better embrace one of the ways to support this pawdcast, and by default science and common sense in companion dog training. (Patreon/Buy Me A Coffee)
– John Wade 🐾 (www.askthedogguy.com)
Meet the Host
John 'Ask The Dog Guy' Wade
I have been teaching companion dog owners and their dogs full-time for over 30 years. I’ve written quite a few books which you can find here.
I designed a dog training collar that you may have heard of, The Power Steering Dog Training Collar (aka The WadeCollar) which is more for those dogs that have a physical edge over their owners.
Pre-covid I (and will again post-Covid) toured around doing a very fun and entertaining seminar for companion dog owners called, ‘Why Your Dog Doesn’t Listen and What To Do About It‘.
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Questions about companion dog training and behavior problems, and answers that embrace both science and common sense.