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School For The Dogs Podcast

Summary: Annie Grossman of the NYC-based dog training center School For The Dogs answers training questions, geeks out on animal behavior, discusses pet trends and interviews industry experts. Show notes: Have a training question you'd like addressed? Email or leave a voicemail at 917-414-2625

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 What dog owners need to know about the coronavirus with Dr. Lisa Lippman | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 861

Welcome to Season 2 of School For The Dogs Podcast!  This episode is a conversation show host Annie Grossman had with veterinarian Dr. Lisa Lippman about the thing we are all talking about: COVID19. Annie asked Dr. Lisa if our pets can get sick, if they can get us sick, and the two spoke about how to take necessary precautions to keep our dogs safe.  Most of this episode is from a webinar Dr. Lisa and Annie did on March 4. It can be found here.  Learn more about Dr. Lisa Lippman at

 Why viral videos are bad for dogs, with Eileen Anderson | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2736

Pet videos fuel the Internet, but too often they perpetuate false ideas about dog behavior by misattributing a dog's intentions, or by falsely framing their actions.  Why do we seek to anthropomorphize dog behaviors rather than celebrating all the behavioral commonalties that exist between us and them?  Annie and the acclaimed, prolific blogger Eileen Anderson of, tackle this question together.  This is our 52nd episode, and marks the end of our first season! We'll be back with Season 2 in a few weeks! Have a question for Annie? Submit it at or call and leave a message at 917-414-2625 If you are enjoying this podcast, please support us by shopping at, or by leaving a review on iTunes! Notes:  Eileen on fake dog videos: Eileen on smiling dog video: Dr. Susan Friedman's Living and Learning with Animals: Toast Garden: Doris Day's hotel in Carmel, CA: Doris Day Animal Foundation: Sign up for the SFTD Newsletter!

 Ask Annie: Dealing with humping and other annoying behaviors | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2250

Annie  addresses questions from people who are dealing with dogs who have habits that annoy other dogs, and, ultimately, their owners as well. One owner wants to know how to deal with a new rescue  who is bothering the household's other two dogs and generally causing chaos in the home, and a dog walker asks about how to manage a charge who is constantly trying to hump his walking buddies. In addition to addressing setting up appropriate social situations for dogs, exercising them and using crates in multi-dog households, this episode offers a thoughtful take on why dogs hump and how to keep it from becoming an issue.  Follow the askers of these questions on Instagram at @uarndcool and @pudgydog Products mentioned in this episode:  The Treat + Train: The Revol Crate: Flirt Poles: The Animatwist: The Animaswizzler:

 How to train your dog to walk on a loose leash | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2674

Leashes, collars and harnesses are some of the first accessories most dog owners acquire when they get a dog, and very soon they come to depend on these tools. But, in this guide to teaching a dog to walk on a loose leash, Annie suggests teaching where you want your dog to walk in relation to your body (right next to your leg), and what you want your dog to be doing on leash (checking in with you often) before you start relying on equipment to control your dog's behavior. This episode contains suggestions on training exercises to help teach nice walking (with or without a leash), protocols for encouraging good behaviors on leash, and gear recommendations.  Products mentioned in this episode:  Found My Animal double-ended nylon leash: Mendota Lightweight Braided Leash Freedom Harness Liquid Treat Dispenser

 How to live with seven dogs and three cats in a one bedroom in NYC | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3132

Native New Yorker Gloria Bardin lives in a one-bedroom apartment with three Dobermans, one pitbull, a Havanese, two mixed breeds and three cats. And yet... she seems totally sane. Annie talked to her about how she has built a life that can accommodate taking care of so many pets.  Notes: Follow Gloria on Instagram: @fourtypawsvstwofeet Follow Beppi on Instagram: @bep.and.zo Garfield Mail:

 Surfer, author, rapper, adventurer, humanitarian: Meet Pip The Beach Cat | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 3185

Last fall, Emily Meadows and her husband took in a stray orange tabby kitten who they called Pip. Pip repaid the kindness by terrorizing their other cats and destroying their Ocean City, Maryland home. To help him extend energy in a more appropriate way, Emily began to take him on walks on the beach. She quickly discovered he loved digging in sand, swimming, and even riding surf boards. Six months later, Pip The Beach cat has become a local celebrity with worldwide fans, and Emily is a full-time cat "momager," who is currently orchestrating Pip's book launch, promoting his rap album, and bringing him nearly daily to do therapy cat work at local nursing homes. Annie talks to her about how finding a creative way to deal with her cat's behavior issues has led to a life neither she nor Pip could ever have predicted.  Notes: Pip's NYC adventures as chronicled by The NY Post Pip's Guide To Ocean City Pip's rap video: Big Pippin' By Yungg Bo Feat., with Lil P aka Lil Pip Pip's first rap album with Yungg Bo Morris The Cat's 1980s commercials Orange cat genetics explained Like this episode? Make sure to subscribe, rate and review School For The Dogs Podcast on iTunes, and follow us on Instagram.

 A busy person's guide to Operant Conditioning | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2281

Positive Reinforcement, Negative Reinforcement, Positive Punishment and Negative Reinforcement: You may have heard these terms thrown around, but they're often misused or little understood. Together, they describe four different ways all animals learn by consequences-- aka, Operant Conditioning. In a rush to put up a podcast episode while her young baby naps, Annie challenges herself to describe each "quadrant" of Operant Conditioning in two and a half minutes.   Notes:   Phoebe controls the TV with her eyes Operant conditioning explained in Little Golden Books Operant conditioning explained on The Big Bang Theory Being BF Skinner's Daughter 6 ways in which dogs and humans are exactly alike A dog trainer's view of evolution Episode 42: Let's talk about dog breeding with Cherrie Mahon Episode 44: Are you talking to your socks? Marie Kondo, Cesar Millan & training humans with snake oil

 The Museum of the Dog opens in NYC | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1881

Up until last month, one of the world's largest collections of dog-related art resided outside St. Louis inside a museum that most of the locals didn't even know about: The Museum Of The Dog. That changed last month, when the museum officially relocated to midtown Manhattan.  Annie interviews the museum's executive directly, Alan Fausel, about the museum's collection, history, and fan favorites.  Annie will be doing a free training demo at the museum this Saturday, March 30th, at 1pm. Stop by!  Learn More at Are you enjoying School For The Dogs Podcast? Please leave us a 5-star rating on iTunes and make sure to follow us on Instagram! 

 The body builder & the Boston: Joe & Lenny on their journey to Westminster | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2761

In 2012, Joe Freni's wife surprised him with a puppy they named Lenny. Lenny, they felt, was simply perfect. In fact, he was so perfect that they decided to start enrolling him in competitions.  In the years since, Lenny has received titles both in dog sports and dog shows, the latter culminating in his recent spot in the Westminster Dog Show. Not long after he started showing his dog in the ring, Joe decided to also start showing... himself. In this episode, Annie learns about Joe's journey as a body builder, a power lifting world champion, and as a show dog handler.   Lenny on Social Media: Facebook: Instagram:  @puppy_kid Twitter:  @LennyandJoeShow YouTube:  Shop Lenny Gear: Learn more about "The Good Boys of Boston" calendar at @good_boys_of_boston Fun Boston Terrier Facts: Our beloved Boston Terrier student Reggie is on Instagram at @reggieinnyc --- Like this Podcast? Make sure to leave us a 5-start review on iTunes! 

 Are you talking to your socks? Marie Kondo, Cesar Millan & training humans with snake oil | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2144

The sprightly Japanese organizing guru Marie Kondo has gained worldwide acclaim for essentially being an excellent trainer of humans. Specifically, she trains people to "tidy up" their homes. While she might be adept at using positive reinforcement (mostly in the form of her sheer enthusiasm about junk drawers) and other methods that dovetail with Good Dog Training, her approach also  encourages people to attach their actions to part in certain bizarre "superstitious" behaviors. like verbally "thanking" pieces of clothing and "waking up" sleeping books by tapping them. In this episode, Annie, who believes that  behavior-changing techniques should appeal more to common sense than to magical thinking,  talks about how Kondo and famous dog trainers like Barbara Woodhouse and Cesar Millan douse snake oil over their proposed solutions in order to suggest that clutter is caused by sleeping books,  dogs love the letter T, and nice leash walking can only happen if you channel amorphous invisible powers.  Notes:  Marie Kondo on Netflix: Marie Kondo's book: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up Marie Kondo on The Late Show w/ Stephen Colbert, 2/5/2019: Marie Kondo on Jimmy Kimmel Live, 1/29/2019: Cesar Millan clip quoted in podcast, in which Millan tells the dog owner that her dog's won't listen to her unless she is "calm and assertive" and "injecting energy" into them while walking. Barbara Woodhouse, dog trainer who throws books at dogs: Clip in podcast is taken from here: On doing dishes and peeing: The following are blog posts about The Dog Training Triad. Each post contains the podcast episodes on the same subjects, which were I posted last July  (Episodes 16, 17 and 18).  Part 1: Management Part 2: Rewards Part 3: Timing

 Ask Annie: Separation anxiety, tips for crate training and an overview of attachment theory | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3114

In this Q+A episode, Annie answers a question from a puppy owner whose dog is scared of the crate and stresses out when left alone, and then considers another dog owner who asks if "Attachment Theory" applies to dogs. Visit or leave a voicemail at 917-414-2625 NOTES Products Annie's preferred crate, the Revol: (get $25 off the Revol with code SFTD25 at checkout through March 31, 2019) See through pen on Etsy by ClearlyLovedPets: See through crate on Etsy by PrettyKennels: Treat and Train: The Toppl toy: Books:  Treat Separation in Dogs by Malena Demartini-Price: I'll Be Home Soon by Patricia McConnell, PhD: Sites:  Evolutionary Parenting article on Attachment Theory and Attachment Parenting by Tracy Cassel PhD: Shoutout:  You can witness Gilby and Ghost's playdates at @GhostFrench ( and @GilbyKriss ( Fun Dog Fact:  The Beatles song that contains a secret dog whistle:

 Let's talk about dog breeding with Cherrie Mahon of River Valley Doodles | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 4600

A few years ago, after years of volunteering at rescue organizations and owning both shelter pups and purebred dogs, Cherrie Mahon, a professor of business in Rochester, New York, did something that'd change her life forever: She got a Goldendoodle.  Cherrie fell in love with the breed, and pitched an idea to her mother, a school bus driver who was looking for a retirement career: Maybe they could start a family business breeding doodles? In the years since, Cherrie, her mother, her sisters and a few cousins have  been in the business of bringing fluffy dreams to life for hundreds of happy families. But there are plenty of moments that haven't been so... golden. Cherrie and Annie have an honest discussion about the way people acquire dogs, the science of good breeding, and the emotional rollercoaster of rearing puppies.  NOTES RVD Online:   Breeding resources referenced by Cherrie:  MistyTrails' content can be found here  Puppy Intensive Care On wolves and poodles If you really want to geek out on dog genetics, this slide show is for you. Gets into poodles/wolves around the 4th minute: Also see Chapter 13 of Man and Wolf: Advances, Issues, and Problems in Captive Wolf Research On Goldendoodles and "back crosses" Some of School For The Dogs' students from River Valley Doodles -- Woof Shout Out: Learn more about Gary, aka Garebear, an adorable and adoptable young Frenchie who currently being fostered in the East Village, at

 New "Diggs" for your dog: Zel Crampton's dog crate revolution | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2707

We use dog crates every day at School For The Dogs. They're an integral part of dog training: We recommend them to clients who are house training puppies, incorporate them into class exercises, and transport dogs in them. And yet, all of us who work at our training center agree: Crates... kind of suck! They're clunky and ugly! Noisy! Storing them is a pain, and when you have to open and then collapse them all day long (like we do), you're going to suffer pinched fingers. It has long seemed like a problem with no solution, but Zel Crampton might just be our white knight. Crampton is the founder of Diggs, a product development company whose flagship item, the Revol, is a crate that just might change everything... In this episode, he and Annie talk about the problem with crates, and the "revolution" that he foresees.  Notes:  Find the Revol at StoreForTheDogs:  Through 3/31/19, get $25 off your Revol crate purchase from with code SFTD25 10 innovative crates: Database of dogs licensed in NYC (last updated in 2017): The Treat And Train: In this episode, Annie spoke about how she wished there were a collar that could vibrate but not shock a dog; most vibrating collars are also shock collars. But after recording the episode, she was told about one! Witness the Dogwidgets "No Shock E-Collar Pet Trainer"

 Teaching a stellar "Down" with a verbal or visual cue | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2049

Every dog already knows how to lie down -- your dog lies down all the time! The trick to training a "down" is to teach your dog to do it when you ask for it. That involves adding a cue. In this episode, Annie addresses the difference between a "cue" and a "command," and talks about some of the pitfalls people tend to fall into when attempting to cue a dog -- is the dog responding to your words? Or your body language? Or both? Or neither?! Annie goes over how to teach a "down" using two methods: Capturing, and luring. For the former, she describes how to use a verbal cue. For the latter, she explains how to morph a lured down into a down that is a response to a clear and subtle visual cue. The result is a dog who will understand what you want in as little as just one training session. Also make sure to see our recent episode on training "Sit." Are you enjoying this podcast? Please leave it a 5-star rating and write a review on iTunes! If you have a training question you'd like answered, submit it at School:  Shop:  Instagram:  Facebook Group:

 Let’s talk about dogs & babies with Jessica Jacobson of Dapper Dog Training | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3001

You might consider your dog your "baby," but what happens if you decide to add an actual infant to your family? Jessica Jacobson, owner of NYC's Dapper Dog Training, has spent years coaching families on prepping their dogs for the arrival of a tiny non-furry new family member. Annie and she discuss how she built her career, and go over some key things to consider when training a dog for interspecies sibling-hood.  Notes:  Dapper Dog Training: Marilyn Ullman of the "Discover Your Dream Career" course: Association of Professional Dog Trainers' annual conference: Nursing Your Baby by Karen Pryor: Snuggle Puppies: Annie's baby!: Music: "Hello Ma Baby" ukulele cover by The Channel Drifters


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