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Muttz with Mannerz Canine Academy

Corey McCusker, Diane Purser

The Muttz with Mannerz Canine Academy Podcast with Corey McCusker, Canine Coach and Diane Purser, Canine Educator. Corey and Diane share dog training tips and educational information to help you raise your pup - young or old - so they can be a loving part of your family and your community for life. We have a passion for pups!

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Emergency Planning For Your Pet
Emergency Planning For Your Pet
Have you made an Emergency Plan to ensure your dog is cared for in case of an emergency like a house fire, accident, or a power outage?In this Episode of the Muttz with Mannerz™ Canine Academy Podcast, co-hosts Corey McCusker and Diane Purser provide some tips and resources to help you have a plan to keep your pet safe and cared for during an emergency.In this episode, Corey and Diane cover:The types of emergencies that you should be preparing for pet’s care.How training plays a role in your plan and some important things to consider.Why socialization and acclimatizing your pet to alarms is important.Preparing your dog to be comfortable in temporary shelter and what type of identification you should have.Making an emergency list (see our Pet Information Form) with all the information someone may need to care for your pet.Ensure those who may be taking care of your pet  have the list!Checking the emergency preparedness protocols for the area you live in.Corey shares her arrangement with her neighbour in case of emergency.Creating an emergency kit and what goes in it.What our pet is going through during an emergency and keeping in mind they are stressed as well and some things you can do to help them to be more comfortable.ResourcesOur checklist for creating an emergency kit >> https://www.muttzwithmannerz.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Pet_Emergency_Kit_Checklist.pdfOur Pet Information Form >> https://www.muttzwithmannerz.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Pet_Information_Sheet.pdfExample of what to pack in a first aid kit >> https://trupanion.com/canada/pet-care/pet-first-aidGovernment of Canada site for information >> https://www.getprepared.gc.ca/cnt/plns/ptsndsrvcnmls-en.aspxHow to find pet-friendly hotels.Ontario (Trip Advisor) – https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g154979-zfa9-Ontario-Hotels.htmlSouthern Ontario (Hotels.com) – https://ca.hotels.com/re10235896-am64/pet-friendly-hotels-in-southern-ontario-canada/Canada – https://www.petfriendly.ca/USA – https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/home-living/a-guide-to-pet-friendly-hotel-chains-in-the-united-states/Your Hosts:Corey McCusker, Canine CoachCorey’s passion for helping humans and dogs excel led her to take a leap of faith after 22 years working in the Financial Industry to leave her corporate job in 2006 and start two companies. Corey is a Coach at heart and works with business leaders and high-performance teams, but her true passion has always been canines. She now has created a career that supports both. Corey founded Muttz with Mannerz in 2006. Her foundation of knowledge which includes being a Senior Manager, Dog Trainer, Vet Assistant, World Tour Lead, and Mental Performance Coach helped her to launch the Canine Academy. The purpose of the academy is to assist pet parents build the foundation for their pups to be with them for life. Corey believes in giving back to the community. Over many years she has volunteered at the Toronto Humane Society and the OSPCA and is also proud to be an evaluator for St. John Ambulance Dog Therapy Program. She held the position of Director of Communications on the board for the Canadian Association for Women Entrepreneurs and Executives from 2017-2019.  She has been active with Markham Fair and been a Team Captain and on the Executive for Stouffville Ladies Floor Hockey League for over 15 years. Corey has made Stouffville her home for the last 18 years and shares it with Mike, her partner, two stepdaughters, Karla and Alison, and their two energetic kittens, Dino and Demi. Over the years Corey has been fortunate to be blessed to share her life with 6 wonderful canines, Tilley (Miniature Dachshund), Tiny, Kira (Great Danes), Fred (Maltese), Charlie (Morkie), and Cleo (Miniature Poodle). Corey and Mike welcomed their new puppy, Skye, a rescue Muttz from Manitoba reserves into their home in June. 2021. They have big hopes for her and look forward to Skye filling their lives with joy and being an active member of Team Muttz. Diane Purser, Canine EducatorDiane has had a lifelong love of animals and knew at some point she would enter the world of Animal Welfare, specifically around Companion Animals. After a long career, Diane was able to leave the corporate world in 2004 and decided to immerse herself in dogs, animal welfare, and humane education. Her experience both corporately and personally allowed her to bring extensive knowledge in marketing, education, fundraising, and event coordination to her new career.Over the last 15+ years, Diane has held positions in Community Education with the OSPCA, St. John Ambulance Dog Therapy Program as a Dog Handler and Evaluator, plus various roles (including Board member) with Pugalug Pug Rescue. Diane’s passion for education has been fueled by her extensive involvement with the OSPCA Youth and Pets Program, Pet Ownership Responsibility, and collaboration with St John Ambulance Therapy Dog Bite Prevention Program. Her mission is to help future, current, and new dog owners have loving and fulfilling lifelong relationships with their dogs.Diane’s skills are a perfect match for Muttz with Mannerz™. She collaborates with Corey on delivering educational seminars and support to pet parents and the community. Her goal is to find dogs their forever homes and keep them there, ultimately lowering the number of unwanted dogs entering shelters and rescues.Diane is very fortunate to share her life with her supportive husband, Keith, and son, Kyle, who both share her passion and concern for the wellbeing of animals. Their home has been graced with 5 wonderful dogs:  Mikki, Maggie & Neeko (pugs), Teeny (Yorkie-x), and Tippy (Pom-x) and now includes two senior Yorkies, Lola and Fred who were a bonded pair and needed to be adopted together.Contact:Muttz with Mannerz – https://muttzwithmannerz.comCorey’s Email – corey@muttzwithmannerz.comJoin Corey each month for the Women and Dog Circle Free Meetups you can register here  >> https://www.seewhatshecando.com/women-and-dogs-circle
2d ago
14 mins
When Do I Call a Behaviour Consultant? An Interview with Karen Baxter
Are you concerned about your dog’s behaviour? Do you know who to call for help?In this Episode of the Muttz with Mannerz™ Canine Academy Podcast, host Corey McCusker interviews Karen Baxter, Dog Trainer and Behaviour Consultant. Corey and Karen discuss the various options available to you, and Karen shares how she works with her clients.Beginning her professional career with dogs over 20 years ago, Karen Baxter brings an experience and joy to her work that can be felt by each dog and dog owner that she works with, regardless of the size of the breed of the dog. Karen's training philosophy is one size does not fit all.In this episode Corey and Karen share:The differences between a Dog Trainer, Behaviour Consultant, and Veterinary Behaviourist and how each one can help your dog.Karen shares a positive success story of one of her clients which has utilized all three specialists.How changing the behaviour of a dog is like that of a person changing a ‘bad’ habit.Why changing dog behaviour – their emotional reaction to something - is not going to be a “quick fix”.The multi-step process Karen uses to assess a dog to understand if she can help them.The 3 main concerns that people approach Karen with for help with their dogs.The number one piece of advice that Karen would give to people about dog behaviour issues –it’s not your fault!For more information about Karen and Unified K9 Behaviour Centre please visit her website www.unifiedk9.ca . About Karen BaxterKaren Baxter has loved dogs all her life and feels privileged that she has the ideal job… following her life-long passion and working with dogs. Beginning her professional career with dogs over 20 years ago, Karen brings an experience and joy to her work that can be felt by each dog and dog owner that she works with regardless of the size or the breed of dog. Karen’s training philosophy is “one size does NOT fit all!” and true to the Unified K9 difference, tailors her training protocols and/or treatment plans to the needs of the dog and the lifestyle and goals of the dog’s owner. Her positive and fair techniques are designed to bring out enthusiasm in each dog so they learn to love training which results in building stronger relationships with their humans, based on trust. Karen has participated in various training programs over several years preparing for her career in dog training. She is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer having passed the Knowledge Assessment examination through the Certification Council for Professional Pet Dog Trainers.  She is a graduate of Animal Behaviour College’s Certified Dog Trainer program. Karen has also studied and completed training on the practical application of Behaviour Adjustment Training for fearful, anxious and aggressive dogs and Aggressive Dog Conflict Resolution with Behaviourist and author Cheryl Smith.Her most recent accomplishments include completing the Master Aggression Course with world renowned Behaviour Consultant and expert on dog aggression, Michael Shikashio and she is currently completing her diploma in Canine Behaviourology with a specialty in working with aggressive dogs Karen has also worked with local animal shelters and Rescue organizations to assist in the care and rehabilitation of rescued dogs who are usually suffering from trauma and stress related behaviour issues. Her continuing education and experience have ensured Karen has developed expertise in dog psychological issues manifesting themselves as anxiety or aggression.Karen’s training specialties include Rally Obedience, Agility, Working Dogs Tracking, Scent work, and puppy foundations. She is a member of the International Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants, The Agility Association of Canada, the Canadian Association for Professional Dog Trainers and is certified in Pet First Aid and CPR.Karen lives in York Region with her dogs most of which compete in obedience, agility and Rally Obedience. Her dogs have reached master level in all sports. Your Host:Corey McCusker, Canine CoachCorey’s passion for helping humans and dogs excel led her to take a leap of faith after 22 years working in the Financial Industry to leave her corporate job in 2006 and start two companies. Corey is a Coach at heart and works with business leaders and high-performance teams, but her true passion has always been canines. She now has created a career that supports both. Corey founded Muttz with Mannerz in 2006. Her foundation of knowledge which includes being a Senior Manager, Dog Trainer, Vet Assistant, World Tour Lead, and Mental Performance Coach helped her to launch the Canine Academy. The purpose of the academy is to assist pet parents build the foundation for their pups to be with them for life. Corey believes in giving back to the community. Over many years she has volunteered at the Toronto Humane Society and the OSPCA and is also proud to be an evaluator for St. John Ambulance Dog Therapy Program. She held the position of Director of Communications on the board for the Canadian Association for Women Entrepreneurs and Executives from 2017-2019.  She has been active with Markham Fair and been a Team Captain and on the Executive for Stouffville Ladies Floor Hockey League for over 15 years. Corey has made Stouffville her home for the last 18 years and shares it with Mike, her partner, two stepdaughters, Karla and Alison, and their two energetic kittens, Dino and Demi. Over the years Corey has been fortunate to be blessed to share her life with 6 wonderful canines, Tilley (Miniature Dachshund), Tiny, Kira (Great Danes), Fred (Maltese), Charlie (Morkie), and Cleo (Miniature Poodle). Corey and Mike welcomed their new puppy, Skye, a rescue Muttz from Manitoba reserves into their home in June. 2021. They have big hopes for her and look forward to Skye filling their lives with joy and being an active member of Team Muttz. Contact:Muttz with Mannerz – https://muttzwithmannerz.comCorey’s Email – corey@muttzwithmannerz.comJoin Corey each month for the Women and Dog Circle Free Meetups you can register here  >> https://www.seewhatshecando.com/women-and-dogs-circle
Apr 12 2022
21 mins
Key Points that Impact the Effectiveness of Your Dog Training
Dog training isn’t easy, today we share some tips that will positively contribute to your success and help make your dog training fun for everyone!In this Episode of the Muttz with Mannerz™ Canine Academy Podcast, co-hosts Corey McCusker and Diane Purser discuss the key points that impact the effectiveness of your dog training. In this episode, Corey and Diane cover:Things to think about with dog training - setting training goals, communication and how training evolves through the dog’s life.Understanding how to communicate with your dog and how to important your body language is too – including hand signals.How tone of voice can impact your training.Consistency and positivity lead to fun and success – that includes our energy.Dog Training happens in stages.Stage 1: Teaching Phase - teaching new behaviours and the use of a motivating lure and introducing distractions.Stage 2: Proof and Reinforcement - building commitment and a bond with your dog and introducing positive correction.The Importance of moving through the stages correctly.Stage 3: Maintenance Phase – this stage is for life., your dog knows what is expected of them. It’s time to introduce fun classes for you both!Why being aware of what stage your dog is at is important and how your trainer can help!ResourcesMuttz with Mannerz™ blog on How to Increase the Effectiveness of Your Dog Training >> https://www.muttzwithmannerz.com/how-to-increase-the-effectiveness-of-your-dog-trainingThe Muttz with Mannerz™ class schedule to help you find a class for the stage your dog is in visithttps://www.muttzwithmannerz.com/dog-training/classesYour Hosts:Corey McCusker, Canine CoachCorey’s passion for helping humans and dogs excel led her to take a leap of faith after 22 years working in the Financial Industry to leave her corporate job in 2006 and start two companies. Corey is a Coach at heart and works with business leaders and high-performance teams, but her true passion has always been canines. She now has created a career that supports both. Corey founded Muttz with Mannerz in 2006. Her foundation of knowledge which includes being a Senior Manager, Dog Trainer, Vet Assistant, World Tour Lead, and Mental Performance Coach helped her to launch the Canine Academy. The purpose of the academy is to assist pet parents build the foundation for their pups to be with them for life. Corey believes in giving back to the community. Over many years she has volunteered at the Toronto Humane Society and the OSPCA and is also proud to be an evaluator for St. John Ambulance Dog Therapy Program. She held the position of Director of Communications on the board for the Canadian Association for Women Entrepreneurs and Executives from 2017-2019.  She has been active with Markham Fair and been a Team Captain and on the Executive for Stouffville Ladies Floor Hockey League for over 15 years. Corey has made Stouffville her home for the last 18 years and shares it with Mike, her partner, two stepdaughters, Karla and Alison, and their two energetic kittens, Dino and Demi. Over the years Corey has been fortunate to be blessed to share her life with 6 wonderful canines, Tilley (Miniature Dachshund), Tiny, Kira (Great Danes), Fred (Maltese), Charlie (Morkie), and Cleo (Miniature Poodle). Corey and Mike welcomed their new puppy, Skye, a rescue Muttz from Manitoba reserves into their home in June. 2021. They have big hopes for her and look forward to Skye filling their lives with joy and being an active member of Team Muttz. Diane Purser, Canine EducatorDiane has had a lifelong love of animals and knew at some point she would enter the world of Animal Welfare, specifically around Companion Animals. After a long career, Diane was able to leave the corporate world in 2004 and decided to immerse herself in dogs, animal welfare, and humane education. Her experience both corporately and personally allowed her to bring extensive knowledge in marketing, education, fundraising, and event coordination to her new career.Over the last 15+ years, Diane has held positions in Community Education with the OSPCA, St. John Ambulance Dog Therapy Program as a Dog Handler and Evaluator, plus various roles (including Board member) with Pugalug Pug Rescue. Diane’s passion for education has been fueled by her extensive involvement with the OSPCA Youth and Pets Program, Pet Ownership Responsibility, and collaboration with St John Ambulance Therapy Dog Bite Prevention Program. Her mission is to help future, current, and new dog owners have loving and fulfilling lifelong relationships with their dogs.Diane’s skills are a perfect match for Muttz with Mannerz™. She collaborates with Corey on delivering educational seminars and support to pet parents and the community. Her goal is to find dogs their forever homes and keep them there, ultimately lowering the number of unwanted dogs entering shelters and rescues.Diane is very fortunate to share her life with her supportive husband, Keith, and son, Kyle, who both share her passion and concern for the wellbeing of animals. Their home has been graced with 5 wonderful dogs:  Mikki, Maggie & Neeko (pugs), Teeny (Yorkie-x), and Tippy (Pom-x) and now includes two senior Yorkies, Lola and Fred who were a bonded pair and needed to be adopted together.Contact:Muttz with Mannerz – https://muttzwithmannerz.comCorey’s Email – corey@muttzwithmannerz.comJoin Corey each month for the Women and Dog Circle Free Meetups you can register here  >> https://www.seewhatshecando.com/women-and-dogs-circle
Mar 15 2022
16 mins
How to Begin Training Your New Puppy
Here at Muttz with Mannerz we get calls and emails from excited owners who are picking up their new puppy soon to bring to their forever home and they ask “when do I start the training?”. Puppies start learning from birth and by 8 weeks when they go to their forever home, they are well on their way.In this Episode of the Muttz with Mannerz Canine Academy Podcast, co-hosts Corey McCusker and Diane Purser discuss new puppies – when and how to begin their training as you welcome them into their new forever home.In this episode, Corey and Diane cover:When puppies start learning.Starting your training out simply, positively, and gently.Getting started with the right motivation!How to use treats during training.Marking their correct behaviour with a key word.How often to give a command to your pup.The important of patience and consistency.Phasing out or modifying treats and rewards over time.Incorporating verbal praise and hand signals.When to introduce distractions.How much time to spend training and how to incorporate it into your daily life.The benefits of group classes for your puppy.ResourcesMuttz with Mannerz™ blog post on the Tips to Train Your New Puppy  >> https://www.muttzwithmannerz.com/tips-for-training-your-new-puppyYour Hosts:Corey McCusker, Canine CoachCorey’s passion for helping humans and dogs excel led her to take a leap of faith after 22 years working in the Financial Industry to leave her corporate job in 2006 and start two companies. Corey is a Coach at heart and works with business leaders and high-performance teams, but her true passion has always been canines. She now has created a career that supports both. Corey founded Muttz with Mannerz in 2006. Her foundation of knowledge which includes being a Senior Manager, Dog Trainer, Vet Assistant, World Tour Lead, and Mental Performance Coach helped her to launch the Canine Academy. The purpose of the academy is to assist pet parents build the foundation for their pups to be with them for life. Corey believes in giving back to the community. Over many years she has volunteered at the Toronto Humane Society and the OSPCA and is also proud to be an evaluator for St. John Ambulance Dog Therapy Program. She held the position of Director of Communications on the board for the Canadian Association for Women Entrepreneurs and Executives from 2017-2019.  She has been active with Markham Fair and been a Team Captain and on the Executive for Stouffville Ladies Floor Hockey League for over 15 years. Corey has made Stouffville her home for the last 18 years and shares it with Mike, her partner, two stepdaughters, Karla and Alison, and their two energetic kittens, Dino and Demi. Over the years Corey has been fortunate to be blessed to share her life with 6 wonderful canines, Tilley (Miniature Dachshund), Tiny, Kira (Great Danes), Fred (Maltese), Charlie (Morkie), and Cleo (Miniature Poodle). Corey and Mike welcomed their new puppy, Skye, a rescue Muttz from Manitoba reserves into their home in June. 2021. They have big hopes for her and look forward to Skye filling their lives with joy and being an active member of Team Muttz. Diane Purser, Canine EducatorDiane has had a lifelong love of animals and knew at some point she would enter the world of Animal Welfare, specifically around Companion Animals. After a long career, Diane was able to leave the corporate world in 2004 and decided to immerse herself in dogs, animal welfare, and humane education. Her experience both corporately and personally allowed her to bring extensive knowledge in marketing, education, fundraising, and event coordination to her new career.Over the last 15+ years, Diane has held positions in Community Education with the OSPCA, St. John Ambulance Dog Therapy Program as a Dog Handler and Evaluator, plus various roles (including Board member) with Pugalug Pug Rescue. Diane’s passion for education has been fueled by her extensive involvement with the OSPCA Youth and Pets Program, Pet Ownership Responsibility, and collaboration with St John Ambulance Therapy Dog Bite Prevention Program. Her mission is to help future, current, and new dog owners have loving and fulfilling lifelong relationships with their dogs.Diane’s skills are a perfect match for Muttz with Mannerz™. She collaborates with Corey on delivering educational seminars and support to pet parents and the community. Her goal is to find dogs their forever homes and keep them there, ultimately lowering the number of unwanted dogs entering shelters and rescues.Diane is very fortunate to share her life with her supportive husband, Keith, and son, Kyle, who both share her passion and concern for the wellbeing of animals. Their home has been graced with 5 wonderful dogs:  Mikki, Maggie & Neeko (pugs), Teeny (Yorkie-x), and Tippy (Pom-x) and now includes two senior Yorkies, Lola and Fred who were a bonded pair and needed to be adopted together.Contact:Muttz with Mannerz – https://muttzwithmannerz.comCorey’s Email – corey@muttzwithmannerz.comJoin Corey each month for the Women and Dog Circle Free Meetups you can register here  >> https://www.seewhatshecando.com/women-and-dogs-circle
Feb 8 2022
22 mins
Speaking of Dogs Rescue - Interview with Lorraine Houston
In this Episode of the Muttz with Mannerz Canine Academy Podcast, host Corey McCusker interviews Lorraine Houston, President, and Founder of Speaking with Dogs Rescue. Lorraine has 40 years “in dogs” when she began her career at the Toronto Humane Society in 1980. Since 2001 Speaking of Dogs Rescue has helped transport, foster, vet, and re-home hundreds of dogs in the Toronto area. All dogs entering their rescue are spayed or neutered, microchipped, and have their medical needs attended to. Corey and Lorraine discuss:How Speaking of Dogs helps dogs in need to care for them and find them new homes.A friend’s experience with Speaking of Dogs – rescuing a 14-year old dog.Helping Homeless Pets and how Speaking of Dogs assists them.What you need to be aware of if you are considering adopting a rescue.A story about a rescue situation – how Speaking of Dogs steps in when a senior owner can no longer care for their beloved pet.What slow and steady means as it relates to a rescue dog.The Speaking of Dogs foster program, including the amazing forever and foster program for older dogs.How this registered charity uses the funds from their fundraising and donations. Corey shares how Muttz with Mannerz is helping out!Their adoption application process and how Corey felt when applying to adopt her new fur-baby Skye!To learn more about Speaking of Dogs Rescue visit their website at https://www.speakingofdogs.com/    or connect with them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Speaking-of-Dogs-154018351304125/To donate visit https://www.speakingofdogs.com/donate/To learn more about their adoption process visit https://www.speakingofdogs.com/adoption/adoption-process/Sign up for their newsletter at https://www.speakingofdogs.com/resources/subscribe-to-our-newsletter/About Lorraine HoustonEven as a child Lorraine’s passion for dogs was evident but officially and professionally, she has 40 years “in dogs” when she began her career at the Toronto Humane Society in 1980. Throughout the years her experiences have included animal shelter work and management, Animal Control Officer, SPCA cruelty agent, dog trainer, Therapy Dog evaluator, newspaper columnist, seminar organizer, and host, animal advocacy Board member, Hurricane Katrina response team, canine behaviour training and assessments and dearest to her heart – dog rescue and fostering.A three-time Maxwell award winner from the Dog Writers Association of America, Lorraine has penned numerous magazine and newspaper articles to raise awareness about the plight of homeless dogs, the puppy mill industry, and the rewards of positive, force-free, motivational dog training. She launched Speaking of Dogs Rescue in 2001 when an old friend from the Toronto Humane Society called her to come and meet a dog who was at Toronto Animal Services and would benefit from a foster-based rescue organization.Your Host:Corey McCusker, Canine CoachCorey’s passion for helping humans and dogs excel led her to take a leap of faith after 22 years working in the Financial Industry to leave her corporate job in 2006 and start two companies. Corey is a Coach at heart and works with business leaders and high-performance teams, but her true passion has always been canines. She now has created a career that supports both. Corey founded Muttz with Mannerz in 2006. Her foundation of knowledge which includes being a Senior Manager, Dog Trainer, Vet Assistant, World Tour Lead, and Mental Performance Coach helped her to launch the Canine Academy. The purpose of the academy is to assist pet parents build the foundation for their pups to be with them for life. Corey believes in giving back to the community. Over many years she has volunteered at the Toronto Humane Society and the OSPCA and is also proud to be an evaluator for St. John Ambulance Dog Therapy Program. She held the position of Director of Communications on the board for the Canadian Association for Women Entrepreneurs and Executives from 2017-2019.  She has been active with Markham Fair and been a Team Captain and on the Executive for Stouffville Ladies Floor Hockey League for over 15 years. Corey has made Stouffville her home for the last 18 years and shares it with Mike, her partner, two stepdaughters, Karla and Alison, and their two energetic kittens, Dino and Demi. Over the years Corey has been fortunate to be blessed to share her life with 6 wonderful canines, Tilley (Miniature Dachshund), Tiny, Kira (Great Danes), Fred (Maltese), Charlie (Morkie), and Cleo (Miniature Poodle). Corey and Mike welcomed their new puppy, Skye, a rescue Muttz from Manitoba reserves into their home in June. 2021. They have big hopes for her and look forward to Skye filling their lives with joy and being an active member of Team Muttz.  Contact:Muttz with Mannerz – https://muttzwithmannerz.comCorey’s Email – corey@muttzwithmannerz.comJoin Corey each month for the Women and Dog Circle Free Meetups you can register here  >> https://www.seewhatshecando.com/women-and-dogs-circle
Jan 11 2022
26 mins
How to Read Your Dog's Body Language
Is your dog trying to tell you something? Did you know that a dog’s ears do more than hear and that they can smile? A dog’s body language is one of the key ways that they communicate with you and other dogs .In this Episode of the Muttz with Mannerz Canine Academy Podcast, co-hosts Corey McCusker and Diane Purser will share some key tips on how to understand your dog’s body language and what they may be trying to tell you. In this episode, Corey and Diane cover:How your dog’s body language provides you with valuable information.Reading your dog’s eyes – what clues they hold to what your dog is feeling.What else a dog’s ears do other than just hear.How arousal in your dog can be used to describe a positive or negative emotion.Cues from a dog’s mouth – including the sometimes misunderstood, growl.What a dog’s smile can tell you.Why a wagging tail doesn't always mean a happy dog.How your dog releases stress - the shake-off.What your dog does to tell you that they want to play, and when they want to stop!The “zoomies”! What are they and why is your dog doing that?ResourcesHow to Read Your Dog’s Body Language - Modern Dog Magazine, by Dr. Stanley Coren, that has visuals >> https://moderndogmagazine.com/articles/how-read-your-dogs-body-language/415American Kennel Club article on the "zoomies" >> https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/lifestyle/what-are-zoomies/Muttz with Mannerz™ blog post on Understanding Your Dog’s Body Language >> https://www.muttzwithmannerz.com/blog/understanding-your-dogs-body-languageYour Hosts:Corey McCusker, Canine CoachCorey’s passion for helping humans and dogs excel led her to take a leap of faith after 22 years working in the Financial Industry to leave her corporate job in 2006 and start two companies. Corey is a Coach at heart and works with business leaders and high-performance teams, but her true passion has always been canines. She now has created a career that supports both. Corey founded Muttz with Mannerz in 2006. Her foundation of knowledge which includes being a Senior Manager, Dog Trainer, Vet Assistant, World Tour Lead, and Mental Performance Coach helped her to launch the Canine Academy. The purpose of the academy is to assist pet parents build the foundation for their pups to be with them for life. Corey believes in giving back to the community. Over many years she has volunteered at the Toronto Humane Society and the OSPCA and is also proud to be an evaluator for St. John Ambulance Dog Therapy Program. She held the position of Director of Communications on the board for the Canadian Association for Women Entrepreneurs and Executives from 2017-2019.  She has been active with Markham Fair and been a Team Captain and on the Executive for Stouffville Ladies Floor Hockey League for over 15 years. Corey has made Stouffville her home for the last 18 years and shares it with Mike, her partner, two stepdaughters, Karla and Alison, and their two energetic kittens, Dino and Demi. Over the years Corey has been fortunate to be blessed to share her life with 6 wonderful canines, Tilley (Miniature Dachshund), Tiny, Kira (Great Danes), Fred (Maltese), Charlie (Morkie), and Cleo (Miniature Poodle). Corey and Mike welcomed their new puppy, Skye, a rescue Muttz from Manitoba reserves into their home in June. 2021. They have big hopes for her and look forward to Skye filling their lives with joy and being an active member of Team Muttz. Diane Purser, Canine EducatorDiane has had a lifelong love of animals and knew at some point she would enter the world of Animal Welfare, specifically around Companion Animals. After a long career, Diane was able to leave the corporate world in 2004 and decided to immerse herself in dogs, animal welfare, and humane education. Her experience both corporately and personally allowed her to bring extensive knowledge in marketing, education, fundraising, and event coordination to her new career.Over the last 15+ years, Diane has held positions in Community Education with the OSPCA, St. John Ambulance Dog Therapy Program as a Dog Handler and Evaluator, plus various roles (including Board member) with Pugalug Pug Rescue. Diane’s passion for education has been fueled by her extensive involvement with the OSPCA Youth and Pets Program, Pet Ownership Responsibility, and collaboration with St John Ambulance Therapy Dog Bite Prevention Program. Her mission is to help future, current, and new dog owners have loving and fulfilling lifelong relationships with their dogs.Diane’s skills are a perfect match for Muttz with Mannerz™. She collaborates with Corey on delivering educational seminars and support to pet parents and the community. Her goal is to find dogs their forever homes and keep them there, ultimately lowering the number of unwanted dogs entering shelters and rescues.Diane is very fortunate to share her life with her supportive husband, Keith, and son, Kyle, who both share her passion and concern for the wellbeing of animals. Their home has been graced with 5 wonderful dogs:  Mikki, Maggie & Neeko (pugs), Teeny (Yorkie-x), and Tippy (Pom-x) and now includes two senior Yorkies, Lola and Fred who were a bonded pair and needed to be adopted together.Contact:Muttz with Mannerz – https://muttzwithmannerz.comCorey’s Email – corey@muttzwithmannerz.comJoin Corey each month for the Women and Dog Circle Free Meetups you can register here  >> https://www.seewhatshecando.com/women-and-dogs-circle
Dec 14 2021
20 mins
The Benefits of Adopting a Dog
Are you thinking about growing your fur family? You may think that you need to go to a breeder, but have you considered adopting from a shelter or rescue instead? We support adoption and want to share with you the good reasons why.In this Episode of the Muttz with Mannerz Canine Academy Podcast, co-hosts Corey McCusker and Diane Purser will highlight the benefits of adopting a dog, discuss how to find the right shelter or rescue, and what to expect when adopting.In this episode, Corey and Diane cover:The key reasons to consider adopting a dog.Finding a reputable rescue or shelter.The 3-3-3 rule for when your dog joins your family.Having a support system to assist you with your new dog’s transition.Corey and Diane share their personal experiences in adopting dogs from a rescue and shelter.ResourcesMuttz with Mannerz Blog on the 7 Key Reasons to AdoptCanadian Kennel Club Finding An Accountable Breeder https://www.ckc.ca/en/Choosing-a-Dog/Finding-an-Accountable-BreederHumane Canada How to find a responsible breeder https://humanecanada.ca/stop-puppy-mills/find-a-responsible-breeder/Speaking of Dogs Rescue Rescue Directory https://www.speakingofdogs.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/2020-Rescue-Directory.pdfAdoption Process example https://www.speakingofdogs.com/adoption/adoption-process/Your Hosts:Corey McCusker, Canine CoachCorey’s passion for helping humans and dogs excel led her to take a leap of faith after 22 years working in the Financial Industry to leave her corporate job in 2006 and start two companies. Corey is a Coach at heart and works with business leaders and high-performance teams, but her true passion has always been canines. She now has created a career that supports both. Corey founded Muttz with Mannerz in 2006. Her foundation of knowledge which includes being a Senior Manager, Dog Trainer, Vet Assistant, World Tour Lead, and Mental Performance Coach helped her to launch the Canine Academy. The purpose of the academy is to assist pet parents build the foundation for their pups to be with them for life. Corey believes in giving back to the community. Over many years she has volunteered at the Toronto Humane Society and the OSPCA and is also proud to be an evaluator for St. John Ambulance Dog Therapy Program. She held the position of Director of Communications on the board for the Canadian Association for Women Entrepreneurs and Executives from 2017-2019.  She has been active with Markham Fair and been a Team Captain and on the Executive for Stouffville Ladies Floor Hockey League for over 15 years. Corey has made Stouffville her home for the last 18 years and shares it with Mike, her partner, two stepdaughters, Karla and Alison, and their two energetic kittens, Dino and Demi. Over the years Corey has been fortunate to be blessed to share her life with 6 wonderful canines, Tilley (Miniature Dachshund), Tiny, Kira (Great Danes), Fred (Maltese), Charlie (Morkie), and Cleo (Miniature Poodle). Corey and Mike welcomed their new puppy, Skye, a rescue Muttz from Manitoba reserves into their home in June. 2021. They have big hopes for her and look forward to Skye filling their lives with joy and being an active member of Team Muttz. Diane Purser, Canine EducatorDiane has had a lifelong love of animals and knew at some point she would enter the world of Animal Welfare, specifically around Companion Animals. After a long career, Diane was able to leave the corporate world in 2004 and decided to immerse herself in dogs, animal welfare, and humane education. Her experience both corporately and personally allowed her to bring extensive knowledge in marketing, education, fundraising, and event coordination to her new career.Over the last 15+ years, Diane has held positions in Community Education with the OSPCA, St. John Ambulance Dog Therapy Program as a Dog Handler and Evaluator, plus various roles (including Board member) with Pugalug Pug Rescue. Diane’s passion for education has been fueled by her extensive involvement with the OSPCA Youth and Pets Program, Pet Ownership Responsibility, and collaboration with St John Ambulance Therapy Dog Bite Prevention Program. Her mission is to help future, current, and new dog owners have loving and fulfilling lifelong relationships with their dogs.Diane’s skills are a perfect match for Muttz with Mannerz™. She collaborates with Corey on delivering educational seminars and support to pet parents and the community. Her goal is to find dogs their forever homes and keep them there, ultimately lowering the number of unwanted dogs entering shelters and rescues.Diane is very fortunate to share her life with her supportive husband, Keith, and son, Kyle, who both share her passion and concern for the wellbeing of animals. Their home has been graced with 5 wonderful dogs:  Mikki, Maggie & Neeko (pugs), Teeny (Yorkie-x), and Tippy (Pom-x) and now includes two senior Yorkies, Lola and Fred who were a bonded pair and needed to be adopted together.Contact:Muttz with Mannerz – https://muttzwithmannerz.comCorey’s Email – corey@muttzwithmannerz.comJoin Corey each month for the Women and Dog Circle Free Meetups you can register here  >> https://www.seewhatshecando.com/women-and-dogs-circle
Nov 16 2021
17 mins
Being a Responsible Dog Owner
Are you thinking about bringing a dog into your family and wondering how to figure out the best breed or temperament to suit your lifestyle? Or do you already have a dog and want to know more about being a responsible owner? Having a dog involves a lot of responsibility. In this Episode of the Muttz with Mannerz Canine Academy Podcast, co-hosts Corey McCusker and Diane Purser discuss the key things that an owner needs to think about and do to be a responsible dog owner.In this episode, Corey and Diane will cover:Key questions to ask yourself when choosing a dog.The investment involved.Key things to do for your dog.What the law requires.How you can help to control pet population.Making arrangements for someone to care for your pet if you are going to be away.ResourcesPerfect Dog App from Apple StoreOSPCA – Meet Your Match Survey >> https://ontariospca.ca/adopt/meet-your-match/Podcast Episode 001: The Importance of Socialization for your PupPet insurance Blog Post: Key Questions To Ask Before You Buy Pet InsuranceOSPCA Standards of Care Act >> https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/090060Your Hosts:Corey McCusker, Canine CoachCorey’s passion for helping humans and dogs excel led her to take a leap of faith after 22 years working in the Financial Industry to leave her corporate job in 2006 and start two companies. Corey is a Coach at heart and works with business leaders and high-performance teams, but her true passion has always been canines. She now has created a career that supports both. Corey founded Muttz with Mannerz in 2006. Her foundation of knowledge which includes being a Senior Manager, Dog Trainer, Vet Assistant, World Tour Lead, and Mental Performance Coach helped her to launch the Canine Academy. The purpose of the academy is to assist pet parents build the foundation for their pups to be with them for life. Corey believes in giving back to the community. Over many years she has volunteered at the Toronto Humane Society and the OSPCA and is also proud to be an evaluator for St. John Ambulance Dog Therapy Program. She held the position of Director of Communications on the board for the Canadian Association for Women Entrepreneurs and Executives from 2017-2019.  She has been active with Markham Fair and been a Team Captain and on the Executive for Stouffville Ladies Floor Hockey League for over 15 years. Corey has made Stouffville her home for the last 18 years and shares it with Mike, her partner, two stepdaughters, Karla and Alison, and their two energetic kittens, Dino and Demi. Over the years Corey has been fortunate to be blessed to share her life with 6 wonderful canines, Tilley (Miniature Dachshund), Tiny, Kira (Great Danes), Fred (Maltese), Charlie (Morkie), and Cleo (Miniature Poodle). Corey and Mike welcomed their new puppy, Skye, a rescue Muttz from Manitoba reserves into their home in June. 2021. They have big hopes for her and look forward to Skye filling their lives with joy and being an active member of Team Muttz. Diane Purser, Canine EducatorDiane has had a lifelong love of animals and knew at some point she would enter the world of Animal Welfare, specifically around Companion Animals. After a long career, Diane was able to leave the corporate world in 2004 and decided to immerse herself in dogs, animal welfare, and humane education. Her experience both corporately and personally allowed her to bring extensive knowledge in marketing, education, fundraising, and event coordination to her new career.Over the last 15+ years, Diane has held positions in Community Education with the OSPCA, St. John Ambulance Dog Therapy Program as a Dog Handler and Evaluator, plus various roles (including Board member) with Pugalug Pug Rescue. Diane’s passion for education has been fueled by her extensive involvement with the OSPCA Youth and Pets Program, Pet Ownership Responsibility, and collaboration with St John Ambulance Therapy Dog Bite Prevention Program. Her mission is to help future, current, and new dog owners have loving and fulfilling lifelong relationships with their dogs.Diane’s skills are a perfect match for Muttz with Mannerz™. She collaborates with Corey on delivering educational seminars and support to pet parents and the community. Her goal is to find dogs their forever homes and keep them there, ultimately lowering the number of unwanted dogs entering shelters and rescues.Diane is very fortunate to share her life with her supportive husband, Keith, and son, Kyle, who both share her passion and concern for the wellbeing of animals. Their home has been graced with 5 wonderful dogs:  Mikki, Maggie & Neeko (pugs), Teeny (Yorkie-x), and Tippy (Pom-x) and now includes two senior Yorkies, Lola and Fred who were a bonded pair and needed to be adopted together.Contact:Muttz with Mannerz – https://muttzwithmannerz.comCorey’s Email – corey@muttzwithmannerz.comJoin Corey each month for the Women and Dog Circle Free Meetups you can register here  >> https://www.seewhatshecando.com/women-and-dogs-circle
Oct 12 2021
16 mins
How to Greet a Dog & Bite Prevention Tips
Do you and your children know how to properly greet a new dog? Do you know how to ask others to approach your dog so meeting new people is a positive experience for everyone?In this Episode of the Muttz with Mannerz Canine Academy Podcast, co-hosts Corey McCusker and Diane Purser discuss dog bite prevention and important tips on how to greet a new dog properly to avoid an unwanted dog bite!In this episode, Corey and Diane will cover:Meeting a new dog – the responsibilities of the dog owner.Meeting a new dog – the responsibilities of the greeter. Including asking permission!Recommended steps to follow meeting a new dogAdvice for all of us in approaching a stray, or off-leash dog (especially for children).As an owner how you can prepare your dog for greeting others.ResourcesPuppy socialization Podcast Episode >> Episode 001: The Importance of Socialization for your PupDownload our Puppy Socialization Tips and Checklist hereYour Hosts:Corey McCusker, Canine CoachCorey’s passion for helping humans and dogs excel led her to take a leap of faith after 22 years working in the Financial Industry to leave her corporate job in 2006 and start two companies. Corey is a Coach at heart and works with business leaders and high-performance teams, but her true passion has always been canines. She now has created a career that supports both. Corey founded Muttz with Mannerz in 2006. Her foundation of knowledge which includes being a Senior Manager, Dog Trainer, Vet Assistant, World Tour Lead, and Mental Performance Coach helped her to launch the Canine Academy. The purpose of the academy is to assist pet parents build the foundation for their pups to be with them for life. Corey believes in giving back to the community. Over many years she has volunteered at the Toronto Humane Society and the OSPCA and is also proud to be an evaluator for St. John Ambulance Dog Therapy Program. She held the position of Director of Communications on the board for the Canadian Association for Women Entrepreneurs and Executives from 2017-2019.  She has been active with Markham Fair and been a Team Captain and on the Executive for Stouffville Ladies Floor Hockey League for over 15 years. Corey has made Stouffville her home for the last 18 years and shares it with Mike, her partner, two stepdaughters, Karla and Alison, and their two energetic kittens, Dino and Demi. Over the years Corey has been fortunate to be blessed to share her life with 6 wonderful canines, Tilley (Miniature Dachshund), Tiny, Kira (Great Danes), Fred (Maltese), Charlie (Morkie), and Cleo (Miniature Poodle). Corey and Mike welcomed their new puppy, Skye, a rescue Muttz from Manitoba reserves into their home in June. 2021. They have big hopes for her and look forward to Skye filling their lives with joy and being an active member of Team Muttz. Diane Purser, Canine EducatorDiane has had a lifelong love of animals and knew at some point she would enter the world of Animal Welfare, specifically around Companion Animals. After a long career, Diane was able to leave the corporate world in 2004 and decided to immerse herself in dogs, animal welfare, and humane education. Her experience both corporately and personally allowed her to bring extensive knowledge in marketing, education, fundraising, and event coordination to her new career.Over the last 15+ years, Diane has held positions in Community Education with the OSPCA, St. John Ambulance Dog Therapy Program as a Dog Handler and Evaluator, plus various roles (including Board member) with Pugalug Pug Rescue. Diane’s passion for education has been fueled by her extensive involvement with the OSPCA Youth and Pets Program, Pet Ownership Responsibility, and collaboration with St John Ambulance Therapy Dog Bite Prevention Program. Her mission is to help future, current, and new dog owners have loving and fulfilling lifelong relationships with their dogs.Diane’s skills are a perfect match for Muttz with Mannerz™. She collaborates with Corey on delivering educational seminars and support to pet parents and the community. Her goal is to find dogs their forever homes and keep them there, ultimately lowering the number of unwanted dogs entering shelters and rescues.Diane is very fortunate to share her life with her supportive husband, Keith, and son, Kyle, who both share her passion and concern for the wellbeing of animals. Their home has been graced with 5 wonderful dogs:  Mikki, Maggie & Neeko (pugs), Teeny (Yorkie-x), and Tippy (Pom-x) and now includes two senior Yorkies, Lola and Fred who were a bonded pair and needed to be adopted together.Contact:Muttz with Mannerz – https://muttzwithmannerz.comCorey’s Email – corey@muttzwithmannerz.comJoin Corey each month for the Women and Dog Circle Free Meetups you can register here  >> https://www.seewhatshecando.com/women-and-dogs-circle
Sep 14 2021
12 mins
Separation Anxiety
Is your dog suffering from separation anxiety? Separation anxiety can happen at any time in your dog's life and it can happen for a variety of reasons. Corey and Diane can help!In this Episode of the Muttz with Mannerz Canine Academy Podcast, co-hosts Corey McCusker and Diane Purser discuss separation anxiety. The cause, the behaviours (symptoms), and tips to help you avoid it, or stop the progression once it has started in your pet.In this episode, Corey and Diane will cover:A definition of separation anxiety vs separation distress.Common causes and examples from Corey & Diane’s own pets.Typical behaviours a dog exhibits when they are anxious.Valuable tips to help prevent or stop the progression of separation anxiety in your pet.Check out this crate training blog on the Muttz with Mannerz site:Steps to Crate Train your PuppyYour Hosts:Corey McCusker, Canine CoachCorey’s passion for helping humans and dogs excel led her to take a leap of faith after 22 years working in the Financial Industry to leave her corporate job in 2006 and start two companies. Corey is a Coach at heart and works with business leaders and high-performance teams, but her true passion has always been canines. She now has created a career that supports both. Corey founded Muttz with Mannerz in 2006. Her foundation of knowledge which includes being a Senior Manager, Dog Trainer, Vet Assistant, World Tour Lead, and Mental Performance Coach helped her to launch the Canine Academy. The purpose of the academy is to assist pet parents build the foundation for their pups to be with them for life. Corey believes in giving back to the community. Over many years she has volunteered at the Toronto Humane Society and the OSPCA and is also proud to be an evaluator for St. John Ambulance Dog Therapy Program. She held the position of Director of Communications on the board for the Canadian Association for Women Entrepreneurs and Executives from 2017-2019.  She has been active with Markham Fair and been a Team Captain and on the Executive for Stouffville Ladies Floor Hockey League for over 15 years. Corey has made Stouffville her home for the last 18 years and shares it with Mike, her partner, two stepdaughters, Karla and Alison, and their two energetic kittens, Dino and Demi. Over the years Corey has been fortunate to be blessed to share her life with 6 wonderful canines, Tilley (Miniature Dachshund), Tiny, Kira (Great Danes), Fred (Maltese), Charlie (Morkie), and Cleo (Miniature Poodle). Corey and Mike welcomed their new puppy, Skye, a rescue Muttz from Manitoba reserves into their home in June. 2021. They have big hopes for her and look forward to Skye filling their lives with joy and being an active member of Team Muttz. Diane Purser, Canine EducatorDiane has had a lifelong love of animals and knew at some point she would enter the world of Animal Welfare, specifically around Companion Animals. After a long career, Diane was able to leave the corporate world in 2004 and decided to immerse herself in dogs, animal welfare, and humane education. Her experience both corporately and personally allowed her to bring extensive knowledge in marketing, education, fundraising, and event coordination to her new career.Over the last 15+ years, Diane has held positions in Community Education with the OSPCA, St. John Ambulance Dog Therapy Program as a Dog Handler and Evaluator, plus various roles (including Board member) with Pugalug Pug Rescue. Diane’s passion for education has been fueled by her extensive involvement with the OSPCA Youth and Pets Program, Pet Ownership Responsibility, and collaboration with St John Ambulance Therapy Dog Bite Prevention Program. Her mission is to help future, current, and new dog owners have loving and fulfilling lifelong relationships with their dogs.Diane’s skills are a perfect match for Muttz with Mannerz™. She collaborates with Corey on delivering educational seminars and support to pet parents and the community. Her goal is to find dogs their forever homes and keep them there, ultimately lowering the number of unwanted dogs entering shelters and rescues.Diane is very fortunate to share her life with her supportive husband, Keith, and son, Kyle, who both share her passion and concern for the wellbeing of animals. Their home has been graced with 5 wonderful dogs:  Mikki, Maggie & Neeko (pugs), Teeny (Yorkie-x), and Tippy (Pom-x) and now includes two senior Yorkies, Lola and Fred who were a bonded pair and needed to be adopted together.Contact:Muttz with Mannerz – https://muttzwithmannerz.comCorey’s Email – corey@muttzwithmannerz.comJoin Corey each month for the Women and Dog Circle Free Meetups you can register here  >> https://www.seewhatshecando.com/women-and-dogs-circle
Aug 10 2021
16 mins
How to Stop your Puppy Biting and Nipping
My puppy won’t stop biting us! HELP!Are you concerned about your puppy nipping at the kids, or biting way too hard during play? In this Episode of the Muttz with Mannerz Canine Academy Podcast, co-hosts Corey McCusker and Diane Purser discuss the natural tendency for puppies to bite, why you want to curb it, and how to help your puppy develop appropriate bite inhibition.In this episode, Corey and Diane will cover:Natural puppy behaviours.How to control mouthing, biting and nipping.Bite Inhibition - what is it?3 Steps to guide your puppy to bite inhibition.How crate training can help with nipping and biting.Check out two of our blogs on the Muttz with Mannerz site:Steps to Curb Nipping and BitingSteps to Crate Train your PuppyYour Hosts:Corey McCusker, Canine CoachCorey’s passion for helping humans and dogs excel led her to take a leap of faith after 22 years working in the Financial Industry to leave her corporate job in 2006 and start two companies. Corey is a Coach at heart and works with business leaders and high-performance teams, but her true passion has always been canines. She now has created a career that supports both. Corey founded Muttz with Mannerz in 2006. Her foundation of knowledge which includes being a Senior Manager, Dog Trainer, Vet Assistant, World Tour Lead, and Mental Performance Coach helped her to launch the Canine Academy. The purpose of the academy is to assist pet parents build the foundation for their pups to be with them for life. Corey believes in giving back to the community. Over many years she has volunteered at the Toronto Humane Society and the OSPCA and is also proud to be an evaluator for St. John Ambulance Dog Therapy Program. She held the position of Director of Communications on the board for the Canadian Association for Women Entrepreneurs and Executives from 2017-2019.  She has been active with Markham Fair and been a Team Captain and on the Executive for Stouffville Ladies Floor Hockey League for over 15 years. Corey has made Stouffville her home for the last 18 years and shares it with Mike, her partner, two stepdaughters, Karla and Alison, and their two energetic kittens, Dino and Demi. Over the years Corey has been fortunate to be blessed to share her life with 6 wonderful canines, Tilley (Miniature Dachshund), Tiny, Kira (Great Danes), Fred (Maltese), Charlie (Morkie), and Cleo (Miniature Poodle). Corey and Mike welcomed their new puppy, Skye, a rescue Muttz from Manitoba reserves into their home in June. 2021. They have big hopes for her and look forward to Skye filling their lives with joy and being an active member of Team Muttz. Diane Purser, Canine EducatorDiane has had a lifelong love of animals and knew at some point she would enter the world of Animal Welfare, specifically around Companion Animals. After a long career, Diane was able to leave the corporate world in 2004 and decided to immerse herself in dogs, animal welfare, and humane education. Her experience both corporately and personally allowed her to bring extensive knowledge in marketing, education, fundraising, and event coordination to her new career.Over the last 15+ years, Diane has held positions in Community Education with the OSPCA, St. John Ambulance Dog Therapy Program as a Dog Handler and Evaluator, plus various roles (including Board member) with Pugalug Pug Rescue. Diane’s passion for education has been fueled by her extensive involvement with the OSPCA Youth and Pets Program, Pet Ownership Responsibility, and collaboration with St John Ambulance Therapy Dog Bite Prevention Program. Her mission is to help future, current, and new dog owners have loving and fulfilling lifelong relationships with their dogs.Diane’s skills are a perfect match for Muttz with Mannerz™. She collaborates with Corey on delivering educational seminars and support to pet parents and the community. Her goal is to find dogs their forever homes and keep them there, ultimately lowering the number of unwanted dogs entering shelters and rescues.Diane is very fortunate to share her life with her supportive husband, Keith, and son, Kyle, who both share her passion and concern for the wellbeing of animals. Their home has been graced with 5 wonderful dogs:  Mikki, Maggie & Neeko (pugs), Teeny (Yorkie-x), and Tippy (Pom-x) and now includes two senior Yorkies, Lola and Fred who were a bonded pair and needed to be adopted together.Contact:Muttz with Mannerz – https://muttzwithmannerz.comCorey’s Email – corey@muttzwithmannerz.comJoin Corey each month for the Women and Dog Circle Free Meetups you can register here  >> https://www.seewhatshecando.com/women-and-dogs-circle
Jul 13 2021
11 mins
The Importance of Socialization for your Pup
Do I really have to spend the time to socialize my pup? Does it really matter? In this Episode of the Muttz with Mannerz Canine Academy Podcast, co-hosts Corey McCusker and Diane Purser discuss puppy socialization. This topic is of great importance and one they are very passionate about! Today they share why it is so important to get it right and get started with your pup as soon as possible.In this episode Corey and Diane cover:Setting your pup up for success.What do we mean when we say socialization?When do I start?What do I expose my puppy to?The consequences of improper socialization.Ideas to make a plan that works.Links Puppy Socialization Tips and ChecklistYour Hosts:Corey McCusker, Canine CoachCorey’s passion for helping humans and dogs excel led her to take a leap of faith after 22 years working in the Financial Industry to leave her corporate job in 2006 and start two companies. Corey is a Coach at heart and works with business leaders and high-performance teams, but her true passion has always been canines. She now has created a career that supports both. Corey founded Muttz with Mannerz in 2006. Her foundation of knowledge which includes being a Senior Manager, Dog Trainer, Vet Assistant, World Tour Lead, and Mental Performance Coach helped her to launch the Canine Academy. The purpose of the academy is to assist pet parents build the foundation for their pups to be with them for life. Corey believes in giving back to the community. Over many years she has volunteered at the Toronto Humane Society and the OSPCA and is also proud to be an evaluator for St. John Ambulance Dog Therapy Program. She held the position of Director of Communications on the board for the Canadian Association for Women Entrepreneurs and Executives from 2017-2019.  She has been active with Markham Fair and been a Team Captain and on the Executive for Stouffville Ladies Floor Hockey League for over 15 years. Corey has made Stouffville her home for the last 18 years and shares it with Mike, her partner, two stepdaughters, Karla and Alison, and their two energetic kittens, Dino and Demi. Over the years Corey has been fortunate to be blessed to share her life with 6 wonderful canines, Tilley (Miniature Dachshund), Tiny, Kira (Great Danes), Fred (Maltese), Charlie (Morkie), and Cleo (Miniature Poodle). Corey and Mike welcomed their new puppy, Skye, a rescue Muttz from Manitoba reserves into their home in June. 2021. They have big hopes for her and look forward to Skye filling their lives with joy and being an active member of Team Muttz. Diane Purser, Canine EducatorDiane has had a lifelong love of animals and knew at some point she would enter the world of Animal Welfare, specifically around Companion Animals. After a long career, Diane was able to leave the corporate world in 2004 and decided to immerse herself in dogs, animal welfare, and humane education. Her experience both corporately and personally allowed her to bring extensive knowledge in marketing, education, fundraising, and event coordination to her new career.Over the last 15+ years, Diane has held positions in Community Education with the OSPCA, St. John Ambulance Dog Therapy Program as a Dog Handler and Evaluator, plus various roles (including Board member) with Pugalug Pug Rescue. Diane’s passion for education has been fueled by her extensive involvement with the OSPCA Youth and Pets Program, Pet Ownership Responsibility, and collaboration with St John Ambulance Therapy Dog Bite Prevention Program. Her mission is to help future, current, and new dog owners have loving and fulfilling lifelong relationships with their dogs.Diane’s skills are a perfect match for Muttz with Mannerz™. She collaborates with Corey on delivering educational seminars and support to pet parents and the community. Her goal is to find dogs their forever homes and keep them there, ultimately lowering the number of unwanted dogs entering shelters and rescues.Diane is very fortunate to share her life with her supportive husband, Keith, and son, Kyle, who both share her passion and concern for the wellbeing of animals. Their home has been graced with 5 wonderful dogs:  Mikki, Maggie & Neeko (pugs), Teeny (Yorkie-x), and Tippy (Pom-x) and now includes two senior Yorkies, Lola and Fred who were a bonded pair and needed to be adopted together.Contact:Muttz with Mannerz – https://muttzwithmannerz.comCorey’s Email – corey@muttzwithmannerz.comJoin Corey each month for the Women and Dog Circle Free Meetups you can register here  >> https://www.seewhatshecando.com/women-and-dogs-circle
Jun 15 2021
9 mins
Welcome to the Muttz with Mannerz Canine Academy Podcast
Welcome to the Muttz with Mannerz Canine Academy Podcast! Today co-hosts Corey McCusker,Canine Coach and Diane Purser, Canine Educator share their journey and experiences with pups. You will learn about the origin of this podcast and various benefits that Muttz with Mannerz can offer pet parents. In this introductory podcast, Corey and Diane will discuss:How they met.Their individual and joint journeys that became a ‘passion for pups’.Why sharing tips and information on dog training is so important to them.The benefits of this podcast for all dogs and their owners.Your Hosts:Corey McCusker, Canine CoachCorey’s passion for helping humans and dogs excel led her to take a leap of faith after 22 years working in the Financial Industry to leave her corporate job in 2006 and start two companies. Corey is a Coach at heart and works with business leaders and high-performance teams, but her true passion has always been canines. She now has created a career that supports both. Corey founded Muttz with Mannerz in 2006. Her foundation of knowledge which includes being a Senior Manager, Dog Trainer, Vet Assistant, World Tour Lead, and Mental Performance Coach helped her to launch the Canine Academy. The purpose of the academy is to assist pet parents build the foundation for their pups to be with them for life. Corey believes in giving back to the community. Over many years she has volunteered at the Toronto Humane Society and the OSPCA and is also proud to be an evaluator for St. John Ambulance Dog Therapy Program. She held the position of Director of Communications on the board for the Canadian Association for Women Entrepreneurs and Executives from 2017-2019. She has been active with Markham Fair and been a Team Captain and on the Executive for Stouffville Ladies Floor Hockey League for over 15 years. Corey has made Stouffville her home for the last 18 years and shares it with Mike, her partner, two stepdaughters, Karla and Alison, and their two energetic kittens, Dino and Demi. Over the years Corey has been fortunate to be blessed to share her life with 6 wonderful canines, Tilley (Miniature Dachshund), Tiny, Kira (Great Danes), Fred (Maltese), Charlie (Morkie), and Cleo (Miniature Poodle). Corey and Mike welcomed their new puppy, Skye, a rescue Muttz from Manitoba reserves into their home in June. 2021. They have big hopes for her and look forward to Skye filling their lives with joy and being an active member of Team Muttz. Diane Purser, Canine EducatorDiane has had a lifelong love of animals and knew at some point she would enter the world of Animal Welfare, specifically around Companion Animals. After a long career, Diane was able to leave the corporate world in 2004 and decided to immerse herself in dogs, animal welfare, and humane education. Her experience both corporately and personally allowed her to bring extensive knowledge in marketing, education, fundraising, and event coordination to her new career.Over the last 15+ years, Diane has held positions in Community Education with the OSPCA, St. John Ambulance Dog Therapy Program as a Dog Handler and Evaluator, plus various roles (including Board member) with Pugalug Pug Rescue. Diane’s passion for education has been fueled by her extensive involvement with the OSPCA Youth and Pets Program, Pet Ownership Responsibility, and collaboration with St John Ambulance Therapy Dog Bite Prevention Program. Her mission is to help future, current, and new dog owners have loving and fulfilling lifelong relationships with their dogs.Diane’s skills are a perfect match for Muttz with Mannerz™. She collaborates with Corey on delivering educational seminars and support to pet parents and the community. Her goal is to find dogs their forever homes and keep them there, ultimately lowering the number of unwanted dogs entering shelters and rescues.Diane is very fortunate to share her life with her supportive husband, Keith, and son, Kyle, who both share her passion and concern for the wellbeing of animals. Their home has been graced with 5 wonderful dogs:  Mikki, Maggie & Neeko (pugs), Teeny (Yorkie-x), and Tippy (Pom-x) and now includes two senior Yorkies, Lola and Fred who were a bonded pair and needed to be adopted together.Contact:Muttz with Mannerz – https://muttzwithmannerz.comCorey’s Email – corey@muttzwithmannerz.comJoin Corey each month for the Women and Dog Circle Free Meetups you can register here >> https://www.seewhatshecando.com/women-and-dogs-circle
Jun 7 2021
13 mins