EP 16: Dog Trainers Round Table: How To Choose the Right Dog Trainer

Megan Arey, AAS, CPDT-KA, CGC Evaluator Owner & Trainer talks again with Laura Gendron, owner of Miss Behavior Training & Louise Daigle, owner of Red Pointy Dog Training in their third, Dog Trainer Round Table episodes. Laura is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, & holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and an Associate’s degree in Animal Science. She worked as a Veterinary Technician for 10 years and offers Virtual Coaching and Training for you and your family dog. Louise graduated from UNH in 2012 with a degree in Applied Animal Science. From there she went on to work at the New Hampshire SPCA where she trained shelter dogs and taught a wide array of classes. A few years later she began work at the Lakes Region Humane Society creating a Behavior Rehabilitation Program where they take in dogs with undesirable behaviors, train them, and find them homes. Her work involved assessing each dog and creating a behavior modification plan for their specific needs. Louise now runs Red Pointy Dog Training full time with her fiancée, Jake, and offers a wide array of services to the community. Join them today as they talk about what to look for when you’re searching for a dog trainer, the questions to ask, and the red flags to look for so you can find the best one to fit your learning style, your dog’s personality, your goals, and needs. There is a trainer out there to fit every dog and human team to reach your goals and help your dog become the best version of themselves!

The Dog Owners Guide Podcast: Dog Trainers Round Table: How To Choose the Right Dog Trainer

We discuss topics such as:

  • What to look for when looking for a dog trainer on social media
  • What to look for on a dog trainers’ website
  • The different types of certifications for dog trainers
  • The importance of filling out the behavior forms on your dog trainer’s website
  • Questions to ask when talking with a prospective dog trainer
  • The big RED FLAGS to look for
  • The things that are worth looking for in a dog trainer

Resources and Links:

Visit our Inspire K-9’s website & see the most up-to-date class schedules.

Join our Inspire K-9’s Facebook group today!  We’d love to have you!

Red Pointy Dog Training with Louise Daigle- Visit their website here.

Miss Behavior Training: Visit their website here.

Ep 15: How can we help our fearful or reactive dogs? It’s all about knowing thresholds and desensitization!

Megan Arey, AAS, CPDT-KA, CGC Evaluator Owner & Trainer talks today about fear, reactivity, thresholds, and desensitization!  Do you have a fearful or reactive dog?  Most dogs have these reactions at some point in their life and today Megan goes in-depth on each type of reaction and how we can help our dogs in these situations, so they have a successful outcome. Megan talks about common triggers that elicit these reactions, ways to manage them, and why your relationship with your dog is so important in the process of helping them overcome their fears and the way they respond to these triggers. If this is something you struggle with, with your dog, this is an episode you don’t want to miss!

 

 

The Dog Owners Guide Podcast: How can we help our fearful or reactive dogs?  It’s all about knowing thresholds and desensitization!

We discuss topics such as:

  • What are the reasons behind your dog’s reactions?
  • Conflict based, fear-based, predatory, and territorial reactions
  • Idiopathic reactions and what is important to consider when your dog has this response
  • Common triggers that can initiate these reactions and how to identify them
  • Management tools to use until you can get into a trainer for help
  • Biting
  • Over-reactivity and threshold points
  • Why your relationship with your dog is so important
  • Timeouts and how to use them

Resources and Links:

Visit our Inspire K-9’s website & see the most up-to-date class schedules.

Join our Inspire K-9’s Facebook group today!  We’d love to have you!

Check out Jean Donaldson’s book, Culture Clash: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding the Relationship Between Humans and Domestic Dogs

 

EP 14: What is the Lima Hierarchy?

Megan Arey, AAS, CPDT-KA, CGC Evaluator Owner & Trainer talks today about the Lima Hierarchy!  Have you ever heard of it before?  Well, most people haven’t.  According to the CCPDT website, “LIMA describes a trainer or behavior consultant who uses the least intrusive, minimally aversive strategy out of a set of humane and effective tactics likely to succeed in achieving a training or behavior change objective. LIMA adherence also requires consultants to be adequately educated and skilled in order to ensure that the least intrusive and aversive procedure is used.” So come join Megan today as she teaches you her approach to training and deep dives into each level of the pyramid to give you real-life examples and how to help your dog achieve the desired behavior by giving them alternative skills to respond appropriately in all situations.

 

The Dog Owners Guide Podcast: What is the Lima Hierarchy?

We discuss topics such as:

  • What is the Lima Hierarchy?
  • Are you positive? How does changing your approach benefit your dogs’ behavior?
  • Where to start on the pyramid and why it’s important
  • What do nutrition, wellness, and medical issues have to do with training?
  • The next tier…how the environment can affect behavior and what we can do to manage it
  • My favorite! Positive Reinforcement Training!
  • Help with differential reinforcement
  • The difference between negative reinforcement and negative punishment
  • Positive punishment and why it should not be used
  • Why the pyramid is helpful in preventing learned helplessness

Resources and Links:

  • Visit our Inspire K-9’s website & see the most up-to-date class schedules.
  • Join our Inspire K-9’s Facebook group today!  We’d love to have you!
  • Learn more about the Lima Hierarchy here!
  • Miss Behavior Training: Visit their website here.

EP 13: Lessons from the Dog Trainers Round Table: What Are My Options for Dog Training Classes?

Megan Arey, AAS, CPDT-KA, CGC Evaluator Owner & Trainer talks again with Laura Gendron, owner of Miss Behavior Training & Louise Daigle, owner of Red Pointy Dog Training in our first of many, Dog Trainer Round Table episodes.  Laura is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, & holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and an Associate’s degree in Animal Science.  She worked as a Veterinary Technician for 10 years and offers Virtual Coaching and Training for you and your family dog. Louise graduated from UNH in 2012 with a degree in Applied Animal Science. From there she went on to work at the New Hampshire SPCA where she trained shelter dogs and taught a wide array of classes. A few years later she began work at the Lakes Region Humane Society creating a Behavior Rehabilitation Program where they take in dogs with undesirable behaviors, train them, and find them homes. Her work involved assessing each dog and creating a behavior modification plan for their specific needs. Louise now runs Red Pointy Dog Training full time with her fiancée, Jake, and offers a wide array of services to the community.  Join them today as they talk about the different dog training options out there and how to find the best one to fit your learning style, your dog’s personality, your goals, and needs.  There is a trainer and training style out there to fit every dog and human team to reach your goals and help your dog become the best version of themselves!  If you’ve ever wondered if there’s something out there that would fit your needs, you won’t want to miss this episode!

 

 

The Dog Owners Guide Podcast: Lessons from the Dog Trainers Round Table: What Are My Options for Dog Training Classes?

We discuss topics such as:

  • Quick tips for dog owners that they should either ask or pay attention to when they’re going and exploring a dog training service or dog coaching service.
  • The different types of dog training services.
  • Pros and cons of group classes.
  • Pros and cons of one-on-one/private training.
  • Pros and cons of virtual training.
  • Pros and cons of day or In-Home Training with transfer sessions.
  • Where to start with finding the best fit for you and your dog.

Resources and Links:

Visit our Inspire K-9’s website & see the most up-to-date class schedules.

Red Pointy Dog Training with Louise Daigle- Visit their website here.

Miss Behavior Training: Visit their website here.

Join our Inspire K-9’s Facebook group today!  We’d love to have you!

Ep 12: Impacting The Next Generation Through 4H and Dog Training!

Join us in today’s episode as Megan Arey, AAS, CPDT-KA, CGC Evaluator Owner, and Trainer talks with two of her 4H students, Katie and Rissa, about dog training at a young age. Learn how they got into the dog world, what they like about training and working with their dogs and how anyone, at any age, can do this and get involved.  This episode will be one to make you laugh, learn about how the next generation can be involved in dog sports and give you the inspiration to try something new, even if you’re not good at it initially.  So come join them today! You’ll be so glad you did!

 

We discuss topics such as:

  • One thing they wish they had known before they started working with their dogs that they want others to know before they get one.
  • Get to know the dogs they are training and what they love most about their dogs.
  • What made them want to continue diving more into dog training and the sparks that ignited that passion.
  • Their favorite memory of their dogs.
  • What they have accomplished with their dogs that they never thought they could.
  • Their advice and encouragement to other children or young adults who may be thinking about diving into working with their own dogs.
  • Learn what their dogs’ favorite things to do would be “if” they could talk!
  • The doors and opportunities that have opened for them since starting 4H and dog training.
  • Learn their biggest takeaways from today’s episode.

Resources and Links:

If your child would like to become involved with 4H in your area but you aren’t sure where to get started, visit their website here.

If you’re interested in classes or learning more about Inspire K9’s please visit our website here.

Join our Inspire K-9’s Facebook group today!  We’d love to have you!

Ep 11: What is Reinforcement?

So, what is reinforcement for dogs? Think you know? Guess again! Megan Arey, AAS, CPDT-KA, CGC Evaluator Owner and Trainer talks today about Reinforcement! Learn from Megan as she continues her series on communication and shares how dogs view reinforcement differently than humans and how we can learn to reinforce the dogs in front of us effectively to modify the behaviors or patterns that we may accidentally be reinforcing. Join Megan as she gives us insight into how to encourage the behavior we want and to help your dog continue to grow their skillset so we can continue to develop our relationship with them! You won’t want to miss this episode!


 

The Dog Owners Guide Podcast: What is Reinforcement?

We discuss topics such as:

  • What IS reinforcement?
  • What is the difference between good, bad, and general reinforcement?
  • How to reinforce your dog?
  • Why do we reinforce?
  • When do we reinforce?
  • What’s your verbal marker queue?
  • How to reward the correct way so your dog knows the placement of their reward.
  • How long should you reinforce a dog for their behavior?

Resources and Links:

If you’re interested in classes or learning more about Inspire K9’s please visit our website here.

Join our Inspire K-9’s Facebook group today!  We’d love to have you!

Ep 10: What Is My Dog’s Body Language Trying to Tell Me?

Megan Arey, AAS, CPDT-KA, CGC Evaluator Owner and Trainer talks today about Body Language! Learn from Megan as she shares the different levels of body language dogs can show us, how to spot them and what to do to make sure you and your dog are communicating effectively so you can help them modify these behaviors. Megan will also deep dive into the differences between each type of signal, what your dog’s body language may be telling you, and give practical examples to effectively work through the behavior. Join Megan today to gain insight into body language so you can help create a safe space for your dog and know how to prevent these stressors in the future! You won’t want to miss this episode!

The Dog Owners Guide Podcast: What Is My Dog’s Body Language Trying to Tell Me!

We discuss topics such as:

  • Body Language: A different type of communication and how to spot it!
  • What are the different types of body language?
  • How to know the subtle signals and what they mean.
  • How to spot your dog’s cues to help them in any situation.
  • How to spot the more moderate body language signals.
  • How to spot severe body language signals and what are they?
  • How to modify the behaviors behind the calming signals.
  • Cut-off cues and what they mean.

Resources and Links:

If you’re interested in classes or learning more about Inspire K9’s please visit our website here.

Join our Inspire K-9’s Facebook group today!  We’d love to have you!

Ep 9: Barking! Why Won’t They Stop?

Megan Arey, AAS, CPDT-KA, CGC Evaluator Owner and Trainer talks today about Barking! Everyone’s favorite topic!  Learn from Megan as she shares WHY dogs bark, the purpose of it, and how to effectively manage dogs who tend to bark a lot. She teaches how to help set realistic expectations, based on “the dog in front of you”, that will set you and your dog up for success in the future.  Megan will also deep dive into the differences between each type of bark, how your dog’s breed may contribute to barking, and give you key points on how to effectively work through the behavior. If you’re stressed and pulling your hair out because of a barking dog in your home, know you’re not alone.  Join Megan today to gain insight into this behavior and learn the strategies to effectively manage barking to create a more peaceful environment! You won’t want to miss this episode!

 

 

The Dog Owners Guide Podcast: Barking!  Why Won’t They Stop?

We discuss topics such as:

  • Why do dogs bark?
  • What are the different types of barks?
  • What is the purpose of barking?
  • How can you get a dog to stop barking?
  • What are some of the reasons dogs bark?
  • What are the best ways to manage barking?

Resources and Links:

If you’re interested in classes or learning more about Inspire K9’s please visit our website here.

Join our Inspire K-9’s Facebook group today!  We’d love to have you!

Ep 8: Expectations! Realistic, Unrealistic and Assumed!

Megan Arey, AAS, CPDT-KA, CGC Evaluator Owner and Trainer talks today about the importance of Expectations! Realistic, Unrealistic, and Assumed.  Learn from Megan as she touches on last week’s episode, “How To Train The Dog In Front Of You”, and then shares how to set realistic expectations that will set you and your dog up for success in the future.  Megan will also deep dive into the key differences between each type of expectation, how you can have a different mindset when it comes to setting them, and challenges you to make your goals, evaluate those goals and make sure these are goals that you and your dog are capable of meeting. And if not, that’s okay too!  She will discuss the different avenues you can take to help you evaluate ways to make it capable and evaluate options to help set expectations to set your dog up for success!  You won’t want to miss this episode!

 

 

The Dog Owners Guide Podcast: Expectations! Realistic, Unrealistic, and Assumed!

We discuss topics such as:

  • What are expectations?
  • What can we put on our dogs?
  • What can we not put on our dogs?
  • What is realistic?
  • What is unrealistic and how can humans evaluate that?
  • Do dogs think like humans?
  • What behaviors are you reinforcing that may have allowed your dogs’ behavior not to meet your expectations?
  • How do dogs like to learn and think?
  • When is it right to put expectations on our dogs?
  • Do dogs have expectations?

Resources and Links:

If you’re interested in classes or learning more about Inspire K9’s please visit our website here.

Join our Inspire K-9’s Facebook group today!  We’d love to have you!

Ep 7: Train The Dog In Front Of You

Megan Arey, AAS, CPDT-KA, CGC Evaluator Owner and Trainer talks today about the importance of learning to Train the Dog In Front of You.  Over her break, Megan was able to spend some time thinking of her own goals for 2022 and reflected on what that might mean to her.  She realized that all the goals she came up with, were from the dogs that were right in front of her!  Learn from Megan as she shares what you can also learn from your dogs.  Megan will also deep dive into the key differences between dogs and how they learn, what drives them, what reinforces them, how they survive, and understanding what your dog’s purpose is.  You won’t want to miss this episode!

 

 

The Dog Owners Guide Podcast: Train the Dog In Front of You

We discuss topics such as:

  • What Megan’s goals are for 2022
  • How using a dog’s mindset can help you:
  1. Be more present in the moment
  2. Be more mindful of others and our surroundings
  3. Not set high expectations for yourself and those around you, but realistic and manageable expectations.
  • Her biggest goal she challenges you with this year for you and your dog
  • What the key differences are within dogs that may help you learn their learning styles, drives, reinforcement (how we pay them), how they survive and understanding the purpose that your dog was bred for
  • How to use “breed bias” for you to help your dog learn the way they need
  • How to help you think about who is training your dog and their abilities to know what YOUR dog needs and enlisting the help of a trainer, if needed, to help you be more successful in understanding your dog, how to teach them, how their drive is and what the reinforcement style is

Resources and Links:

If you’re interested in classes or learning more about Inspire K9’s please visit our website here.

Join our Inspire K-9’s Facebook group today!  We’d love to have you!