Have you ever wondered how to fix your dog’s unwanted behavior when you want to train with positive reinforcement? In episode 256, I covered the magic question, "What was that cookie for?" that helps us all understand how we may be contributing to the behaviors of our dogs that we want to change. So, I’m following up with my top tips on turning things around. The very good news is that the formula I use to get everything back on track is easy to apply to any inadvertent behavior problem you'd like to change.

In this episode you’ll hear:

  • How unintentional reinforcement contributes to unwanted behaviors.
  • Why our awareness is the start of fixing unwanted behaviors.
  • That permission, access and what your dog loves are powerful reinforcements.
  • Real life examples showing what the cookie was for!
  • Why to check with your Vet before assuming a behavioral problem.
  • Three ways dogs get educated.
  • How using the ‘Training Triage’ keeps dogs safe and what to do next.
  • The formula for triaging your dog's behavior.
  • The effectiveness of games in dog training.
  • The role of play in speeding up the learning process.
  • Challenges associated with low intentional learning and high unintentional reinforcement.
  • Addressing the belief that reinforcement-based training doesn't work.
  • How to join Recallers at a discounted rate.


Write in to us at [email protected] with the subject line “FUD/ Fun University for Dogs” for a very special opportunity to join us in Recallers.

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Resources :

  1. Podcast Episode 256: What Was That Cookie For?! When Positive Reinforcement In Dog Training Goes Wrong
  2. Podcast Episode 205: The Hidden World Of Reinforcement For Dogs And Why You Need To Know
  3. YouTube Playlist: Stop Barking Dogs! Why Dogs Bark And Anti-Bark Action Plan With Susan Garrett
  4. Podcast Episode 226: Safe Toys For Dogs And Why To Avoid Tennis Balls And Sticks
  5. Podcast Episode 227: My Foolproof Strategy To Overcoming Dog Training Challenges
  6. Podcast Episode 253: 7 Ways To Instantly Make Your Dog’s Life Better
  7. YouTube Playlist: Reinforcement, Permissions and Transfer of Value in Dog Training with Susan Garrett
  8. YouTube Video: Vet Visits For Dogs: How To Create A Positive Experience For Everyone
  9. Podcast Episode 218: Puppy Development Stages And Your Dog’s Behavior
  10. Podcast Episode 254: Why Your Older Puppy Or Dog Is Not House Trained And What To Do About It
  11. Podcast Episode 26: Pro Dog Training Tips to Get Your Puppy to Sleep All Night
  12. Podcast Episode 139: Remove Confusion And Build Your Dog’s Confidence With One Simple Dog Training Habit
  13. YouTube Playlist: Behavior Chains in Dog Training with Susan Garrett
  14. Podcast Episode 16: The Thing Before Your Dog’s Thing
  15. Podcast Episode 239: Barking Dogs! How To Help Your Dog Be Quiet And Stop Annoying Barking
  16. Podcast Episode 33: How Do I Stop My Dog Counter Surfing?!
  17. Podcast Episode 24: Distraction Intensity Index: Help For Dogs Who Chase Chipmunks, Bicycles, And Neighbor’s Cats
  18. YouTube Playlist: Loose Leash Walking with Susan Garrett
  19. YouTube Video: 5 Tips for Dog Trick Training with Susan Garrett
  20. Podcast Episode 107: Pedicure Please: 3 Steps To Dog Nail Trimming Or Grooming Success At Home!
  21. Podcast Episode 228: Navigating Failure In Dog Training: What’s Your Plan B?
  22. Podcast Episode 191: Get Your Dog To Calm Down With This Common Sense Protocol For Relaxation
  23. YouTube Video: How To Get Your Dog To Listen Outside Off Leash (Step By Step Guide)
  24. YouTube Playlist: Dog Training Games with Susan Garrett
  25. Podcast Episode 50: Can Your Worst Challenge Make You a Better Dog Trainer?
  26. Podcast Episode 247: Redefining Expertise In Dog Training And What Counts More Than Years Of Experience
  27. Podcast Episode 99: When Reinforcement Based Dog Training Doesn’t Work
  28. Podcast Episode 146: Balanced Dog Training: Does It Really Exist?
  29. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube