Episode 20: Bridging the Gap Between Blame and Kindness in Dog Training

If you are here, chances are you have an interest in how to train a dog without punishment or blame. When you are moving away from training with physical corrections, intimidation, or verbal corrections, you can fall into what I call “the gap”. If your dog is digging in the garden, has paws on the counter, has jumped in the pond or is chasing a cat, you freeze. The old lessons come to your head telling you to “stop the dog and punish”. You want to leave that behind and fall into “the gap” because you don’t know what to do.

In the episode you’ll hear:
• How our dogs are doing the best they can with the education we have given them in the environment that we are asking them to work in.
• About Do-Land where no babies cry, all the birds sing, and there are unicorns and rainbows.
• When I became aware of “the gap” through my friend Lynda Orton-Hill and her Golden Retriever, Spirit.
• How to move on from blame and judgement.
• Why “positive is not permissive” and how training with positive reinforcement does
not mean we have no guidelines.
• The 2 things you can do when you are in “the gap”.
• How I learned to “bang head here” from my mentors Bob and Marian Bailey.
• Why my training structure for dogs to be amazing family pets creates excellence
in my dogs for world level agility competition.
• How Do-Land is possible for everyone!

• Blog: Where the Heck is Do-Land, Anyway? –
• Vlog: Loose Potatoes (Sometimes Dog Training Needs a Plan B) –
• Podcast Episode 6: The Art of Manipulation –
• Podcast Episode 11: The Power of Permission in Dog Training –
• Podcast Episode 2: Reinforcement –
• Podcast Episode 19: One of My Biggest Pet Peeves in Dog Training –
• Vlog: Talking About Ruff Love (Tater and Chipmunks) –
• Vlog: Learning from Cats and Seagulls … Chat with Bob Bailey –

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Dogs That is brought to you by Susan Garrett and the Say Yes Dog Training Team.

Susan Garrett’s interest in animal behaviour started at the University of Guelph where she earned a Bachelor of Science majoring in Animal Science. Since then she has developed into a preeminent dog trainer and canine sports instructor and competitor. Susan is one of the most successful agility competitors of the last three decades. She has won multiple Gold Medals at National or World Championship events with every dog she has ever owned over the past 30 years.

A natural teacher and an entertaining speaker, Susan is world renowned as a leading educator of dog trainers. Her understanding of how to apply science-based learning principles to both competitive and family pet dog training has been pivotal in changing how dogs are trained.

Susan is now helping many thousands of dog owners in 82 countries have the best relationship possible with their dogs. The real joy for her comes from bringing confidence to dogs and their owner through playful interactions and relationship building games that are grounded firmly in the science of how animals learn.
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