The admin team of the Pandemic Puppy Facebook Group and Journey Dog Training is bringing you a puppy raising podcast. From selecting a puppy to tackling common behavior problems, we're here to help. Your host is Kayla Fratt, owner of Journey Dog Training and Certified Behavior Consultant. She's raising her FIRST puppy while hosting the podcast.
Raising Toy Breed Puppies with Amber Quann
29:00In this episode of Pandemic Puppy, Kayla speaks with Amber Quann about raising toy breed puppies. What are the differences between raising a toy breed puppy vs a larger size? Easier on the wallet Need to be creative on training and reinforcement strategies as they can’t eat as much Curate safe interactions that prevent potential injuries such as other dogs running them over by accident, getting on and off furniture, etc. Ensure you don’t bubble wrap your dog Prepare emergency scenarios, such as picking up your puppy when needed to protect them from getting run over Put picking up your dog on cue How do we help little dogs become leash reactive? It is easy to manage a small dogs behavior through leash tension because of their size, and its important to work against that Little dogs need to learn how to move out of situations on their own Be intentional to treat them like a big dog. “Would I do this with my german shepherd?” Teaching them confidence is key As always, set them up for success, don’t push them over their threshold Their needs will change with age Links Mentioned in the Episode: None Where you can find Amber: Website | Facebook | Instagram You can support the Pandemic Puppy Podcast by joining our Patreon at patreon.com/pandemicpuppy. Puppy Raising Blueprint Course | Pandemic Puppy Raising Support Group
Introducing Puppies and Cats
15:57In this episode of Pandemic Puppy, Kayla discusses introducing your puppy to cats. Everything depends on the personality of your puppy and your cat Set up the environment for success: hiding places, elevation for cats; baby gates, leashes Ensure puppy is well-exercised but not overtired/cranky Younger puppies adapt more quickly/easily: with MOST really young puppies and many cats, you can allow for supervised interaction pretty quickly Breed will vary for dogs - if your breed is more likely to be prey driven, earlier introductions are even better and management will increase through teenagerhood Reward BOTH animals for calm ignoring/calm interactionsSuggested treats for cats: meaty baby food on a popsicle stick, tuna, store-bought treats, bonito flakes Consider long-lasting chews or licki mats for puppy Handicap the puppy as needed, let the cat move freely If the puppy is highly aroused or the cat is extra nervous, use towels over baby gates and/or two baby gates for extra distance (especially for older puppies) Teach both animals that the presence of the other = tasty treats! Links Mentioned in the Episode: Two-Part Cat Intro Podcast Cat/Dog Introduction Video You can support the Pandemic Puppy Podcast by joining our Patreon at patreon.com/pandemicpuppy. Puppy Raising Blueprint Course | Pandemic Puppy Raising Support Group
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How to Support Undersocialized Puppies
18:36In this episode of Pandemic Puppy, Kayla discusses undersocialized puppies. How do you know your puppy may be undersocialized? This will vary per dog depending on breed and personality, as some breeders are generally more reserved than others Puppy history is important to consider. Hoarding or parvo puppies are usually very undersocialized It’s normal for your puppy to startle around new things or to be a little shy, but it’s not normal for extreme reactions such as urinating or trembling, or if the startle starts to escalate. If this is the case, you should seek a professional behavior consultant. What to do if your puppy is showing signs of being undersocialized? Go at your puppy’s pace; work harder, not fasterIf your puppy is under extreme distress, you are going too fast If you can’t find a comfortable threshold for your puppy, speak to a professional Learn dog body language “We want to find the level in which your puppy notices the thing they are concerned about and we want to be working at that level” If they are under threshold, let them observe the things that are concerning them Support and cheerlead them in ways that help them Adjust your expectations Counter-conditioning throughout their lifetime Is it a trend or a blip? If your puppy is continually spooking at something over and over, it might mean you need to make a more structured plan. Overall, please seek professional help! Links Mentioned in the Episode: Find a Behavior Consultant on IAABC Find a Certified Dog Training and Behavior Consultant Dog Decoder App Canine Body Language You can support the Pandemic Puppy Podcast by joining our Patreon at patreon.com/pandemicpuppy. Puppy Raising Blueprint Course | Pandemic Puppy Raising Support Group
Teaching Puppies to Relax (Aka Installing an Off Switch)
14:28In this episode of Pandemic Puppy, Kayla discusses teaching your puppy to relax! How can you get your puppy to relax? First things first, you need to meet your puppy’s needs! Make sure they are getting enough rest Pay for what you like! If they lay down at your feet, reward them for it with a chew, which will help build duration. Be cautious of rewarding too heavily because they may start offering other behavior for rewards Set up the environment for success. Utilize the puppy pen when you can! Don’t have too high of expectations at the start. They are still puppies! Layer in distractions and take your timeTake your skills on the road! Adjust your expectations as they age and expect the unexpected Again, meet your puppy’s needs! These needs will change as they age Utilize Karen Overall’s Relaxation Protocol Links Mentioned in the Episode: Karen Overall's Relaxation Protocol You can support the Pandemic Puppy Podcast by joining our Patreon at patreon.com/pandemicpuppy.Puppy Raising Blueprint Course | Pandemic Puppy Raising Support Group