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Shaped by Dog with Susan Garrett

Oct 22, 2021

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I get a lot of questions about my dogs, and we’re covering some of your most popular. Have you ever wondered why our rescue Bulldog mix, Tater-Salad, is the “fall guy”? Or which one of my dogs is the smartest (the answer is NOT who you might think it is)? Do you wonder how to select...

Oct 15, 2021

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Dog training is like a conversation between two friends. Have you ever travelled somewhere where you don’t speak the language? It can get problematic. And sometimes, our dogs have a similar experience with us. Is your communication with your dog clear enough for a two-way...

Oct 6, 2021

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I got my reputation as a professional dog trainer primarily through excelling in the sport of dog agility. I’ve been teaching and competing in agility for over 30 years and have achieved over 30 National and World Championships. There are three big mistakes that I see people make when...

Oct 1, 2021

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Sit, down and come are three cues many people use to prompt their dogs to do something. But what happens when your dog can’t hear those words? They might be a distance away or have hearing loss. Enter the physical cue! People can really mess up their hand signals when training their dog,...

Sep 24, 2021

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Has your dog ever done something suddenly and without warning? A growl, snap, bite, or behaving in a way that is of character? Sudden behavior change could be the result of trigger stacking. Stacking triggers is your dog accumulating stress. All the small stressors become a big thing, and...