Summary: Welcome to the Canine Conversations Podcast: where we’re positively obsessed with behavior. Join certified dog trainers as we discuss case studies, explore training concepts, and interview experts in the field of behavior. The hosts of this show include Marissa Martino, owner of Paws and Reward Dog Training in Boulder, CO, Ursa Acree, a co-owner of Canis Major Dog Training in Denver, CO, and lastly, Kayla Fratt, the owner of Journey Dog Training, a remote, online business. Canineconvos.com
Kayla and Ursa return for another Hot Takes. They take turns pulling a topic from a hat, then they have 3 minutes to give their thoughts on it - then the other person has 2 minutes to add their thoughts. Remember, you can now support the podcast through Patreon for as little as $3/month! Patrons can submit questions, which we’ll answer at the end of each episode. Join the conversation over at patreon.com/canineconvos.
Kayla and Ursa try out a new format they're calling Hot Takes. They take turns pulling a topic from a hat, then they have 3 minutes to give their thoughts on it - then the other person has 2 minutes to add their thoughts.
Kayla speaks to Rebecca Hintz of Wintegrity K9 in Vacaville CA about deciding where to get a puppy. For the purpose of this episode, we are only comparing getting a dog from a responsible breeder versus a shelter. We are not discussing getting a dog from a pet store, online marketplace, grocery store lot, or backyard breeder because we do not support those venues of puppy acquisition. If you’re unsure how to find a responsible breeder, stay tuned for upcoming episodes.
In today’s episode, Kayla hopped on the line with Marissa, our former co-host. On the show, we discussed how to provide your dog with the necessary daily enrichment while also taking into consideration what you need from the relationship as a pet parent. We share 6 different ways you can meet your dog’s needs along with a list of questions to consider, inviting you to personalize this content for you and your dog!
Ursa and Kayla have a lighthearted holiday episode where they share some favorite stories about their dogs, past and present.
Ep. 53: Case Study on Madge
Kayla sits down with Kim Brophy to discuss dominance in dogs and dog training from an ethological lens.
Ep. 51: Tips for Surviving the Holidays with Your Dog
Ep. 50: Behavioral Euthanasia Part 2
Kayla chats with Kim Brophey about the study of ethology, and how that creates a different framework with which to look at dog behavior.
Kayla and Ursa discuss the tough topic of behavioral euthanasia for pet and shelter dogs.
Ursa and Kayla tackle MORE dog training myths, including: 1. Greeting a dog after an absence creates separation anxiety 2. You need to always end training sessions on a good note 3. You need to eat first/walk through doors first/not let your dog on furniture or your dog will be alpha 4. You have to support the hierarchy between dogs 5. Aggression to kids = dominance structure 6. Pinch/prong collars are equivalent to corrections from mom
Kayla sits down with Dr. Jessica Hekman of the Functional Dog Collaborative to talk about breeding dogs for behavioral and physical health. They talk about how the FDC aims to help
Kayla sits down with Jio and Taylor from Smart Bitch Dog Training, Curtis from Pet Parent Allies, and Allison from Dog Liaison to talk about whether or not dogs can be racist. Canine Conversations has been excited to get this episode out for a while, and we recognize it might be perceived as “late to the party.” I hope that instead we can view it as a continuation of an important discussion that is already fading from the news cycle. I am so grateful to all for joining me when they are so busy!
Kayla talks to Michael Shikashio about the Aggression in Dogs Conference and Michael's new podcast, The Bitey End of the Dog.