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Puppy Talk

Dale Buchanan

Puppy Talk offers advice and training tips for new puppy owners. We cover topics such as potty training, play biting, basic commands, behavior problems, and leash training. Dale has trained thousands of puppies, as well as raising several of his own own. If you enjoy this podcast, please follow. Be sure to check out our website at http://puppytalkpodcast.com. This podcast is sponsored by http://topgundogtraining.com

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How to Stop Submissive or Excitement Peeing in Puppies
4d ago
How to Stop Submissive or Excitement Peeing in Puppies
I have a lot of clients with puppies that pee when they get excited. This is a huge issue with some new puppy owners, and in this episode I will provide some tips to help you deal with excited or submissive urination in puppies.In this episode I discuss:What is the difference between submissive and excited urination?Why do either of these happen?What steps can you take to minimize submissive urination? What steps can you take to minimize excited urination?When to get professional help from a dog trainerWhen to see a vet or veterinary behavioristReference article Talk Website website
How to Stop Submissive or Excitement Peeing in Puppies
4d ago
How to Stop Submissive or Excitement Peeing in Puppies
I have a lot of clients with puppies that pee when they get excited. This is a huge issue with some new puppy owners, and in this episode I will provide some tips to help you deal with excited or submissive urination in puppies.In this episode I discuss:What is the difference between submissive and excited urination?Why do either of these happen?What steps can you take to minimize submissive urination? What steps can you take to minimize excited urination?When to get professional help from a dog trainerWhen to see a vet or veterinary behavioristReference article Talk Website website
Setting Realistic Puppy Training Goals
Jun 15 2022
Setting Realistic Puppy Training Goals
Setting unrealistic goals for your new puppy is a huge mistake.  This is just as bad as trying to “fix” all of your puppies unwanted behaviors. As discussed in the last episode, we always want to focus on what we want the puppy to do, not what we want them not to do. Be patient, take it slow, don’t force the puppy to try and learn too fast. Remember, they do not live with the same technology as humans in the digital world. Their life is analog, and they learn at their own pace. SMART GoalsSpecificMeasurableAttainableRealisticTimelyOur website sponsor:
How to Fix Your Puppies Bad Behavior
Apr 17 2022
How to Fix Your Puppies Bad Behavior
There is one secret to raising your puppy so that they continue to do what you ask from them, and stop doing the behaviors that you don’t eat such as barking, jumping, play biting, and chewing. Listen to this entire episode for complete details. Visit the shows website our sponsors website
Training Puppies Using Hand Signals
Mar 27 2022
Training Puppies Using Hand Signals
In this episode I discuss the importance of using hand signals in addition to vocal commands for foundational work such as sit, down, stay, come, etc.3 reasons to use hand signals:Dogs easily habituate vocal commands when overdoneDogs sight is dominant over their hearing - Dogs perceive the world through her nose, eyes, and ears (in that order)Body language, spacial pressure, and hand signals combined together can help calm a puppy over a lot of vocalization and commands. Support the show (
An Alternative to Pee Pads
Mar 12 2022
An Alternative to Pee Pads
In this episode I discuss Fresh Patch all natural real grass training pads for puppies. I also discuss the benefits and how to use Fresh Patch effectively. Here is a link to their website if you want more information the show (
Review of the Top 5 Puppy Talk Episodes
Feb 17 2022
Review of the Top 5 Puppy Talk Episodes
Here is a list of our top 5 Puppy Talk episodes:Episode #35 - Puppy Training Series: Teaching ComeEpisode #3 - How to Potty Train Your PuppyEpisode # 2 - The First 5 Things to Teach Your New PuppyEpisode # 1 - Owning a New Puppy is a Lot of WorkEpisode # 18 - The Importance of Puppy Relaxation with Laura DonaldsonSupport the show (
Puppy Training Series: Teaching Drop-it
Feb 8 2022
Puppy Training Series: Teaching Drop-it
In this lesson, I am going to discuss how to teach the “drop-it” command to your puppy. This is for basic obedience training, this technique does not apply to resource guarding. What not to do:Repeat the commandGrab the object from the puppy’s mouthWhat to do:Say the words “drop-it” after puppy has an object in their mouth that you don’t want them to haveWait for puppy to let it go, do not force this step, be patientReward them with a high value food reward after they drop it.Watch my TikTok video demonstration here the show (
Puppy Training Series: Teaching Leave-It
Feb 4 2022
Puppy Training Series: Teaching Leave-It
In this episode I teach you you to teach your puppy the leave-it command before they pick unwanted things up in their mouth. Follow these steps:Grab some high value food rewardsLocate the item that you don't want your puppy to have in their mouthBring the item close to the puppy until they start to open their mouth and attempt to grab itBefore they grab the item, firmly say "leave-it"When they bak off from the item, say yes or good girl/boy and reward.Support the show (
How to Prevent Unwanted Puppy Behaviors
Jan 22 2022
How to Prevent Unwanted Puppy Behaviors
In this important episode, I discuss how to prevent unwanted puppy behaviors.  Follow these steps below. Do not have the mindset of “fixing” your puppy, they are not broken.Two parts to preventing unwanted behaviors 1) Before the puppy knows they exist, and 2) at the beginning of the act of displaying the unwanted behavior.When my dog Dixie was with me the very first day, I corrected her play biting, jumping, and barking.If your puppy already has the behavior, such as jumping, correct the behavior the moment the puppy begins to do it, not after they have done it a few times.Stop reinforcing unwanted behaviors.Redirect puppy to an alternative behaviorReward the behavior that you want.Support the show (
Puppy Leash Training Tips
Jan 8 2022
Puppy Leash Training Tips
This is our 1 Year Anniversary Episode! Today we talk about leash training tips for puppies. Below is a list of the topics discussed and links to recommended equipment.Nothing is more important than the dog walk, If properly done, it builds the relationship, discipline, and obedience.3 Types of walks: potty break, training walk, enrichment walkSet you intention for the walkUse good equipment - no rear clip harness. Use easy walk harness or flat collar. Links in show notes for my recommendationsWalk starts indoors before leaving house. Dog should be calm and relaxed.If once outside, puppy pulls, stop! Slow down their mind at the beginning of walk by stopping your movement.If puppy reacts to stimulus, DO NOT REINFORCE BY SAYING A LOT OF COMMANDS TO PUPPY. Increase your distance and get puppy focused on your with a “sit” and “watch me”…say each command only once. DO NOT REPEAT PUPPIES NAME OVER AND OVER AGAIN.If puppy lays down on grass or sidewalk, bring a squeaky toy or treats to lure puppy and add a motivation for them to move. Be patient, and practice multiple times dailyEasy Walk Harness: Slip Lead: Leather Collar: 6' Leash: the show (
How Much Sleep Does Your Puppy Need?
Dec 19 2021
How Much Sleep Does Your Puppy Need?
This is a great question, and one I get asked a lot. This episode breaks it down for you and provides important information that will help you understand the importance of sleep for puppies. 8-12 week old puppies need 16-18 hours of sleep per day12-16 week old puppies need 14-16 hours of sleep per day16 weeks - 1 yr old puppies need 12-14 hours of sleep per dayPuppies 1 yr+ need at least 10-12 hours of sleep per dayDon't underestimate the power of sleep for puppies. Listen to episode #41 for ideas of developing a puppy schedule. Support the show (
Are You Ready For a Puppy?
Dec 8 2021
Are You Ready For a Puppy?
This episode was inspired by a post from Juliette Jones of Inquiring Noses Dog Training in Rockwell, TX. Her website and Instagram page is listed at the bottom of the show notes.Before you get a puppy, ask yourself these questions:➡️ Why do I want a puppy? Why now?➡️ Is my home suitable for a puppy?➡️ Is my entire family ready for a puppy?➡️ Is my entire family on board with getting a puppy?➡️ Will my current pet be okay with sharing their home?➡️ Does my current pet need any training?➡️ What does the next year look like? Planned moves? New baby?➡️ Am I going to be able to dedicate time and money into proper and humane training?➡️ Am I able to be prepared for any planned or surprise veterinarian costs?➡️ Am I able to afford regular grooming visits that are appropriate for the breed I choose?If after asking yourself those questions and you determine that yes, you are in fact ready and able to take care of a puppy, consider the following:➡️ What breed or mix of breeds is right for my lifestyle?➡️ What behaviors and health issues is that breed genetically predisposed to?➡️ What veterinarian will I use?➡️ What groomer will I use?➡️ What trainer will I use?➡️ What house rules will I set?➡️ How can I set up my home to prevent unwanted behaviors before I bring the puppy home?➡️ What will our routine be? Who will be responsible for what care?I encourage anyone who is considering adding a puppy to their home, regardless of the time of year, to reach out to a certified professional dog trainer BEFORE you get the puppy so they can help you answer all of these questions.Juliette's Website: Juliette's Instagram: the show (
New Puppy Schedule
Dec 1 2021
New Puppy Schedule
Getting a new puppy is very exciting and also a lot of hard work. Maintaining and adjusting the puppies schedule so they become a well behaved and balanced adult dog is extremely important.Complete article with sample puppy schedule can be found here the show (
Essential Equipment for New Puppy Owners
Nov 24 2021
Essential Equipment for New Puppy Owners
This episode discusses the Essential Equipment for New Puppy Owners:Play Toys: Mendota pet has great toys sticks antler puppy starter kit Pet slip lead snap leash line Walk Harness our blog post link to all of these items mentioned in this episode,  click here our website at the show (
When Should You Start Training Your Puppy?
Nov 17 2021
When Should You Start Training Your Puppy?
The correct answer to when you should start training your new puppy is the minute you take possession of the puppy. Keep in mind that training is not always about the basic commands such as sit, down, stay, and come.  Start with these 5 things listed below from Episode #2, and go from there. Here is The First 5 Things to Teach Your New Puppy:Bite InhibitionDogs NamePotty TrainingLeave-It CommandCome CommandThese 5 things need to begin even before the basic obedience training command such as sit, down, stay, etc. If you teach your new puppy these 5 things from the very beginning, you can prevent a lot of frustration.Visit our website at the show (
How to Choose the Right Puppy
Nov 10 2021
How to Choose the Right Puppy
There are a lot of things to consider when getting a new puppy.  Here are just a few questions to  ask yourself and my suggestions.  Who is the puppy for?Why are you getting a puppy?What activities do you want the puppet do?Is this going to be a house dog?What is your lifestyle?Can you take the puppy for lots of walks?Can you socialize the puppy?Can you train the puppy yourself?My suggestions:Retriever for outdoorsPoodle or Maltese for indoorsMini Aussie or Australian Shepherd for easy trainingAnything mixed with a Poodle is great and hypoallergenic. Visit our website at the show (
Dog Obedience Training vs Behavior Modification
Nov 3 2021
Dog Obedience Training vs Behavior Modification
Dog obedience training and behavior modification are very different, as discussed in this episode.  To read more about behavior modification, visit this link our website at the show (
How to Speak to Your Puppy
Oct 27 2021
How to Speak to Your Puppy
There are several things to consider when speaking to you puppy.  This episode discusses the best ways to use your voice for communicating with your puppy. The tone of our voice has a great impact of puppy behaviorLow slow tones calm a puppyHigh pitch fast speech excites a puppyBe like John WayneLess is better is in doubt. Never repeat commandsVisit our website at the show (
Puppy Training Series: Teaching Come
May 24 2021
Puppy Training Series: Teaching Come
This is the final installment in our puppy training series, teaching puppy recall (come). Todays Lesson:Make sure you have a good sit, down, and stay before expecting a good recall under distractions. DO NOT call you puppy to you and punish them or make them do something they don’t walk like go to crate, etc. Use high value food reward3 Types of recallPlace puppy in stay, release them with an “ok”, then call them to you with “come” - be energetic and use high pitch voice. Use a long lead, I use 30’ leash, allow puppy to go to end of the lease, and practice calling them back “Dixie, come” while using a slight tug on the leash.Try a restrained recall where you distance your self from the puppy while someone holds the puppy back, because they will follow you, and do the recall “Dixie, come” as the other person lets the puppy go. Recall outside with a lot of distractions will take a lot of time, be patient. Practice makes perfect. 3-5 minutes a day.ApplicationsCall puppy from anywhere is the houseCall puppy to you on a walkCall puppy back to you if they get off leashVisit our website at the show (
Puppy Training Series: Teaching Stay
May 11 2021
Puppy Training Series: Teaching Stay
Puppy Training Series: Teaching Stay. Unlike sit and down, we are not going to use shaping or luring with food.  Down-stay is the ultimate calming command for any puppy or dog.4 Steps to “stay”Make sure that your puppy has a good sit and down, episodes #31 and #33.Program the command “stay” firmly with held signal at same time.Start with 10 seconds and build up from there.Mark and reward every 10 seconds while standing next to puppySlowly increase the 3 D’s: distance, duration, distractions, but not all at once.Down-stay outside with a lot of distractions will take a lot of time, be patient. Practice makes perfect. 3-5 minutes a day of down-stayApplicationsUse when you want puppy settle downUse when you want puppy to behaveUse when you want puppy to go to place (bed)Our website the show (