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ATP Podcast E008: How to Train a Dog

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Welcome back to the Across The Peak Podcast, the show Where Rich and Justin discuss preparedness, the birds and the bees, guns, history, tattoos, and… well, basically all the stuff your old man shoulda taught you! After a four-year silence we are re-releasing the ATP archive. Here it is, folks, Across The Peak Episode 008: How to Train a Dog. This show was originally released on 08/21/2018.

How to Train a Dog

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Why You Want a Well-Trained Dog

1. Less stressful for you and the dog
– You don’t worry about the dog as much
– The dog knows what you want
– The dog gets “in trouble” less
2. More freedom for the dog – he or she can go many more places
3. Safety for the dog

How to Have a Well Trained Dog

1. Get a smart dog

Book Rec: Intelligence of Dogs, Stanley Coren

2. Build a relationship with the dog
– The dog is not a furry robot and it is not just an eating machine
– Your dog thinks and has emotions
– The dog is totally in the moment; don’t punish after the fact

Book Rec: Inside of a Dog by Alexandria Horowitz

3. Build a Training Plan
– Decide what you want to do
– Decide what commands are important to you
– Recall, Off/Out, Wait, Sit/Down

Book Rec: How to Be Your Dog’s Best Friend, The Monks of New Skete

4. Training specifics
– Crate training
– the dog’s “safe” place
– not a punishment
– travel with it; the dog always has something familiar and comfortable
– makes the dog less stressed when you leave
– Food training – I am not a fan
– Dog might decide that whatever it is doing is more important than food
– Teaches the dog that it can eat from your hand
– Positive reinforcement
– Negative reinforcement

5. Consistency, consistency, consistency
– Dogs don’t speak English; they memorize your words
– Consistency has to apply to everyone that keeps the dog
– Write down commands and what they mean; get your kids/spouse/dogsitter on board


Book of the Week:

The Art of Raising a Puppy by the Monks of New Skete


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