How do you know if a breeder is truly reputable? How do I fit a new puppy into my daily routine? Why do some vets say raw food is dangerous for dogs? How do I calm a leash-lunging dog? What’s the best way to cure puppy separation anxiety? How do I help my hyper dog relax? These are just a few of your questions I’m answering in today’s Ask Me Anything about raising and training brilliant, healthy, joyful puppies and dogs using positive reinforcement.

In this episode I’m asked:

  • How to teach self-control to a hyper dog.
  • How to protect a dog’s confidence and your connection when training games fail.
  • Does training with treats encourage dogs to follow you instead of settling down?
  • How do I calm a leash-lunging, reactive dog?
  • Do I make my own raw dog food?
  • How to train a puppy with separation anxiety?
  • Can reinforcement-based dog training really be as effective as balanced?
  • How many times a week do you recommend practicing agility?
  • What is overtraining in dog agility?
  • How many different marker words do you use for one dog?
  • Why do you name dog behavior rewards differently?
  • Are there dogs that can’t learn agility no matter your effort?
  • How did I bring Prophet to Canada from Switzerland.
  • Why ‘slap’ and ‘push’ dogs when playing tug?
  • How to help a Border Collie pup who lunges at and chases cars.
  • How do I balance puppy training and a hectic life?
  • Do you prefer male or female dogs?
  • When to reduce treat rewards in dog training?
  • Are breeders registered with the AKC CKC de facto reputable?
  • What’s your take? My vet said feeding raw food is dangerous due to disease risk from infected animals.
  • What’s a good course recommendation for a first-time dog owner who wants to do agility?

Susan Garrett’s Online Programs Mentioned:


  1. Podcast Episode 99: When Reinforcement Based Dog Training Doesn’t Work
  2. YouTube Video: Take Control of Dog Time to Calm Down Excited Dog Greetings and Reduce Anxiety
  3. Podcast Episode 184: Proofing Vs Generalizing In Dog Training To Grow Skills And Confidence
  4. Podcast Episode 191: Get Your Dog To Calm Down With This Common Sense Protocol For Relaxation
  5. Podcast Episode 79: Reduce Anxiety and Grow Your Dog’s Confidence with These Pro Dog Training Tips
  6. Podcast Episode 176: Why Your Dog’s Emotions Are A Critical Element Of Dog Training
  7. Podcast Episode 217: Understanding Emotional Regulation In Dogs To Create Calm
  8. Podcast Episode 200: Solve Your Dog’s Separation Anxiety With FRIDA: Expanding Calm With Functional Relaxation
  9. Podcast Episode 78: How to Train a Rescue Dog with Behavior Problems
  10. Podcast Episode 8: Get Your Dog in the Belief Loop of Awesome
  11. Podcast Episode 190: Using Daily Quickies To Fast Track Your Dog Training And Grow Your Dog’s Skills
  12. Podcast Episode 151: How Location Specific Reinforcement Markers Will Improve Your Dog Training!
  13. Podcast Episode 193: Do Different Dogs Really Need Different Dog Training Methods?
  14. Podcast Episode 203: Reactive, Unmotivated and Fearful: Finding Resiliency For This! Beyond Dog Training Part 1
  15. Podcast Episode 204: Dog Behavior And Diet: Recovery For This! Beyond Dog Training Part 2
  16. Podcast Episode 206: First Dog Agility Competition: Creating Joy For This! By Maximizing Reinforcement
  17. Podcast Episode 233: Flying A Dog Or Puppy: Susan’s Pre-Flight Plan
  18. Podcast Episode 89: Why Dogs Should Not Tug: The Truth Revealed
  19. Podcast Episode 95: How Playing with Your Dog Like a Puppy Can Reduce Fear
  20. Podcast Episode 24: Help for Dogs who Chase Chipmunks, Bicycles, and Neighbor’s Cats (Distraction Intensity Index)
  21. Podcast Episode 215: What Your Destructive, Lunging, Nipping Or Hyper Dog Or Puppy Is Trying To Teach You
  22. Live Replay: Puppy Mill Awareness
  23. YouTube Video: Fighting For The Victims Of Puppy Mills
  24. Dr. Laurie Coger
  25. Dr. Karen Becker
  26. Dr. Susan Thixton
  27. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube