School For The Dogs Podcast

School For The Dogs Podcast

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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: schoolforthedogs.com/podcast Have a training question you’d like addressed? Email [email protected] or leave a voicemail at 917-414-2625


Why viral videos are bad for dogs, with Eileen Anderson
May 16 • 45 min
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…
Ask Annie: Dealing with humping and other annoying behaviors
May 7 • 37 min
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…
How to train your dog to walk on a loose leash
Apr 24 • 44 min
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…
How to live with seven dogs and three cats in a one bedroom in NYC
Apr 15 • 52 min
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…
Surfer, author, rapper, adventurer, humanitarian: Meet Pip The Beach Cat
Apr 8 • 53 min
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,…
A busy person’s guide to Operant Conditioning
Apr 3 • 38 min
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…
The Museum of the Dog opens in NYC
Mar 25 • 31 min
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…
The body builder & the Boston: Joe & Lenny on their journey to Westminster
Mar 19 • 46 min
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…
Are you talking to your socks? Marie Kondo, Cesar Millan & training humans with snake oil
Mar 13 • 35 min
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…
Ask Annie: Separation anxiety, tips for crate training and an overview of attachment theory
Mar 4 • 51 min
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 AnnieGrossman.com/ask or leave…
Let’s talk about dog breeding with Cherrie Mahon of River Valley Doodles
Feb 25 • 76 min
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.…
New “Diggs” for your dog: Zel Crampton’s dog crate revolution
Feb 11 • 45 min
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…
Teaching a stellar “Down” with a verbal or visual cue
Feb 5 • 34 min
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…
Let’s talk about dogs & babies with Jessica Jacobson of Dapper Dog Training
Jan 28 • 50 min
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…
Our student Lola Barksdale: A Floofdragon’s guide to Instagram stardom
Jan 21 • 50 min
When we first met Lola Barksdale, she was a tiny Frenchie puppy in our Kindergarten classes. We had no idea that she would become an Instagram star, or that she was secretly obsessed with unicorns and alpacas, loved purple fruit loops and waffles (which…
Dog training pet peeves: The word “energy” and the misuse of the word “positive”
Jan 7 • 51 min
In the modern era of dog training, people often rush to blame a person or a dog’s “energy” for behavior issues. In this episode, Annie addresses why all the talk about using or observing “energy” in order to train a dog makes her cringe, and also why she…
Training “Look” using the “Invisible Triangle” method
Dec 4, 2018 • 36 min
Everyone is impressed by a dog whose eyes meets a human’s gaze with magnet-like intensity on cue. Teaching a dog to “touch” his or her eyes to your eyes is a great exercise to practice no matter what the pooch’s training level is. When teaching this…
Part 2: How I used punishment to train my husband to cover his mouth when he yawns
Nov 26, 2018 • 48 min
In this episode, Annie offers a follow up to the previous episode, which featured a candid conversation with her husband about her ill-fated attempt to use punishment to keep him from showing her his uvula very time he yawned. Here, she points out some of…
Part 1: How I used punishment to train my husband to cover his mouth when he yawns
Nov 19, 2018 • 42 min
Annie is happily married to a man named Jason Pedicone, who is basically perfect in every way except… he doesn’t cover his mouth when he yawns. So, she decided to use her talents as a dog trainer to train him to change this behavior. But she decided to…
How to shape your dog to go to a mat (and to be a polite Thanksgiving guest)
Nov 12, 2018 • 34 min
“Shaping” is simply the process of breaking a behavior down to its smallest components and slowly raising your criteria in order to build new behaviors. By reinforcing successive approximations, it’s possible to train dogs to do almost anything they are…
Let’s talk about NYC’s 1st dog-friendly cafe with Logan Mikhly
Nov 5, 2018 • 49 min
Earlier this year Logan Mikhly and her father Coppy Holzman opened a business unlike any other in NYC: A dog-friendly cafe. Logan has a background in animal rescue, Coppy is a dog-loving serial entrepreneur, and both are obsessed with coffee. Frustrated…
Halloween & Dogs: How to make costumes less scary for pets
Oct 29, 2018 • 35 min
Halloween can be a scary time… for dogs! But it can also be a time to think about how to use training to reduce fears and overcome challenges. In this episode, Annie discusses, among other things: -Ideas for low stress, easy costumes that most dogs can…
Our student Nelson: Life with a muzzled dog
Oct 22, 2018 • 63 min
After years of researching breeds, Joanie Comenzo of Manhattan decided to get a Welsh Terrier. When she went to pick up her new dog, Nelson, the breeder pushed him into her arms and said “Your puppy is an alpha.” Joanie loved him from the moment she saw…
A modern dog owner’s guide to sidewalk leash greetings
Oct 15, 2018 • 27 min
As much as we want our dogs to be social beings, the sad fact is that city streets are not an ideal place for leashed dogs to socialize. The close confines of the sidewalk can keep dogs from having enough space to greet each other properly, and leashes…
Let’s talk about the future of dog food with The Farmer’s Dog’s Brett Podolsky
Oct 8, 2018 • 43 min
When Brett Podolsky’s dog was chronically unwell, he had an idea: What if he bought the same ingredients listed and in the commercial brand he was feeding her, and made her fresh food? The change in her health was drastic, and led to Brett, who was then…
Katie Sturino, mom to @ToastMeetsWorld, on Instadog stardom
Oct 1, 2018 • 45 min
Katie Sturino is many things: A publicist, an influencer, a fashion blogger, a product developer and more. You might know her from The12ishStyle, the blog and Instagram account where she suggests celeb-worthy looks that can be worm by larger ladies who…
Teach a foolproof DROP and COME using Classical Conditioning
Sep 24, 2018 • 45 min
There are two types of conditioning we use in dog training: Operant (aka learning by consequence, or “Skinnerian Conditioning”) and Classical (aka learning by association, or “Pavlovian Conditioning”). When we teach new behaviors, we tend to focus on…
A better mousetrap: Building the perfect bully stick holder
Sep 17, 2018 • 42 min
If you have a dog, you’ve likely encountered bully stick chews. They’re great for keeping dogs occupied, but there is always the risk of swallowing them, especially when they get chewed down to their ends. Several products have recently hit the market,…
Let’s talk about in-home dog grooming with Ani Corless
Sep 10, 2018 • 46 min
Ani Corless is a dog groomer and the owner of the NYC-based business Luxury Groomer. Unlike most groomers, Ani goes into her clients’ homes to groom their dogs. Annie and she discuss her path to becoming a groomer, some common mistakes that…
Ask Annie: Navigating dog runs and managing elevator manners
Sep 3, 2018 • 49 min
In this Q+A episode, Annie discusses how to deal with dogs in elevators, and how to navigate dog parks. She also talks about what to do if your dog gets off leash, and how to help a dog who attacks her brother whenever they pass another dog. Have a…
Let’s talk about SFTD’s origins with co-founder Kate Senisi
Aug 27, 2018 • 45 min
In 2011, Annie Grossman and Kate Senisi were both trying to figure out how to make a business out of dog training. They met through the Association for Professional Dog Trainers’ message board, and discovered they lived a block away from one another in…
Being BF Skinner’s daughter: Deborah Buzan dispels the myths
Aug 20, 2018 • 55 min
Renowned behavioral psychologist BF Skinner codified much of the science behind positive reinforcement-based animal training, and is a hero to many dog trainers. But for over half a century, his reputation has been tarnished by rumors that his daughter…
Wonderful “Work To Eat” toys: Slow food bowls
Aug 13, 2018 • 22 min
Every time you feed a dog, you have the opportunity to channel some of her energy into an appropriate activity, to tire her out, and to give her a sense of purpose. “Work To Eat” toys provide dogs with jobs, and dogs like to be employed! If we don’t give…
How to train a dog to “sit” from scratch
Aug 6, 2018 • 37 min
Newsflash: Your dog already knows how to sit! But he may not know the cue you want to associate with that behavior. Annie breaks down how to use the “capturing” technique to teach “sit” anew and to add a novel cue. She covers: -The downsides of “luring” a…
The Dog Training Triad Part 3: Timing
Jul 30, 2018 • 43 min
So, you have a carefully engineered environment (see: The Dog Training Triad Part 1) where your dog is likely to do lots of things you want him to to do, and you have also selected really appropriate rewards (see: The Dog Training Triad Part 2). Now what?…
The Dog Training Triad Part 2: Rewards
Jul 23, 2018 • 41 min
Once you’ve set the stage to up the chances that you’ll get lots of behaviors you want (see The Dog Training Triad Part 1), you’ll need to figure out how to reinforce those behaviors. In this episode, Annie discusses: -The difference between reinforcers…
The Dog Training Triad Part 1: Management
Jul 16, 2018 • 36 min
There are three major ingredients required in any positive reinforcement-based dog training plan. They are: Management, Timing, and Rewards. This episode is about Management, and is the first of a three part series on the Triad. Simply put, management is…
Let’s talk about dog walking with DivaDog’s Shelley Goldberg
Jul 9, 2018 • 43 min
In New York City, a good dog walker can be hard to find. Dog owners open up their homes to them, and put their most beloved and vulnerable family members in their care, but a majority of walkers have no training or even interest in their chosen career.…
Let’s talk about dog photography with Milla Chappell
Jul 2, 2018 • 37 min
This episode is all about Real Happy Dogs, the NYC-based photography business started by Milla Chappell, who is known for her photojournalistic approach to capturing the lives of dogs and their humans in situ. Milla tells Annie about growing up as the…
Ask Annie: Curtailing jumping and helping scaredy dogs
Jun 25, 2018 • 37 min
Annie answers questions from listeners dealing with jumpy dogs, and also addresses how to acclimate a nervous dog to all the stimuli she needs to interact with on a daily basis. Have a training question? Leave a voice message at Anchor.fm or at…
What you need to know about the dog flu
Jun 18, 2018 • 36 min
In NYC in the last month there have been nearly 100 dogs diagnosed with the dog flu. To learn more, I interviewed Dr. Andrea Y. Tu of Park East Animal Hospital and Veterinary Behavior Consultations of NYC. H3N2 is believed to have originated in birds and…
Let’s talk about dog parties with Hayley Mehalco
Jun 11, 2018 • 31 min
Not long after throwing her own English Bulldog a princess-themed birthday party, Hayley Mehalco decided to leave her job as an event planner at one of New York’s poshest hotels in order to become a full-time party planner for the canine set. In this…
A modern dog owner’s guide to nipping
Jun 4, 2018 • 31 min
Nipping is something that tends to drive new puppy owners batty. A lot of the advice you’ll find on the Internet suggests scolding a pup for nipping; usually people are told they should use a high pitched voice (as if to emulate another puppy) or to…
Our student Basket: Helping geneticists improve pedigrees
May 28, 2018 • 44 min
School For The Dogs’ clients Samantha Schwartz and Ben Ment wanted to find a mixed-breed Bernese Mountain Dog puppy, figuring that it’d be less prone to health issues than a purebred Bernese. When Samantha’s email inquiries to breeders got posted to…
Let’s talk about Pavlov with dog trainer Anamarie Johnson
May 21, 2018 • 54 min
Anamarie Johnson has been with School For The Dogs for three years, and, in that time, has won us all over with her pep, humor, and training chops. In this episode, we discuss her background in rescue work, her childhood pets (fruit flies and incestuous…
Let’s talk about veterinary house calls with Dr. Lisa Lippman
May 7, 2018 • 44 min
Dr. Lisa Lippman, a visiting vet in Manhattan, isn’t just a knowledgeable medical professional: She is also a savvy business woman who is using the Internet to build her in-home practice. She and her comedian boyfriend Richie Redding, with whom co-hosts…
Let’s talk about dogs in the workplace with Carly Strife of Bark
Apr 29, 2018 • 44 min
Annie interviews Carly Strife, COO and Co-founder of Bark, the company behind the incredibly successful BarkBox subscription service, which has earned more than half a million subscribers since it launched in 2012. Carly talks about the concept of turning…
Our Canine Cousins: On behavior & evolution
Apr 9, 2018 • 42 min
Humans and dogs have more in common than what initially meets the eyes. As non-extinct land dwelling mammals, we are both species that are in a special category that makes up 1/20th of 1/20th of 1 percent of all the species of animals who have ever lived.…
Let’s talk about dog food with Hanna Mandelbaum of Evermore
Mar 26, 2018 • 49 min
Annie interviews Brooklyn-based dog food entrepreneur (and sometimes trapeze artist) Hanna Mandelbaum on why it matters what we feed our dogs. Together, they consider some of the many choices, including dry vs. canned, frozen vs. fresh, and cooked vs.…
A modern dog owner’s guide to house training
Mar 18, 2018 • 49 min
Training a dog where to pee and poop is a major priority for most new dog owners. But there is a lot of misinformation on how to do it — we don’t even have a term for it that make sense! Are we training the house? Is it still “house breaking” if you live…
What is “Good” dog training?
Mar 8, 2018 • 28 min
There are lots of approaches to training dogs, but they’re not all equally “Good.” Annie breaks down common labels for the kind of training School For The Dogs promotes, including “positive reinforcement training,” “clicker training,” and “science-based…
Meet Annie and learn how School For The Dogs came to be
Mar 3, 2018 • 60 min
In our very first episode, meet your host, dog trainer Annie Grossman, School For The Dogs’ co-founder. Learn about her journey from average-jane dog lover to passionate defender of ethical dog training and ownership. Annie Grossman: AnnieGrossman.com…