School For The Dogs Podcast

52 EpisodesProduced by Annie Grossman

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: a training question you'd like addressed? Email podcast@schoolforthedog… read more

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Why viral videos are bad for dogs, with Eileen Anderson

May 17th, 2019


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 …

Ask Annie: Dealing with humping and other annoying behaviors

May 7th, 2019


Annie  addresses questions from people who are dealing with dogs who have habits that annoy other dogs, and, ultimately, their owners as well. One …

How to train your dog to walk on a loose leash

April 24th, 2019


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 …

How to live with seven dogs and three cats in a one bedroom in NYC

April 15th, 2019


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 …

Surfer, author, rapper, adventurer, humanitarian: Meet Pip The Beach Cat

April 8th, 2019


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 …

A busy person's guide to Operant Conditioning

April 3rd, 2019


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 …

The Museum of the Dog opens in NYC

March 26th, 2019


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 …

The body builder & the Boston: Joe & Lenny on their journey to Westminster

March 19th, 2019


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 …

Are you talking to your socks? Marie Kondo, Cesar Millan & training humans with snake oil

March 13th, 2019


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 …

Ask Annie: Separation anxiety, tips for crate training and an overview of attachment theory

March 4th, 2019


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. …

Let's talk about dog breeding with Cherrie Mahon of River Valley Doodles

February 26th, 2019


A few years ago, after years of volunteering at rescue organizations and owning both shelter pups and purebred dogs, Cherrie Mahon, a professor of …

New "Diggs" for your dog: Zel Crampton's dog crate revolution

February 12th, 2019


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 …

Teaching a stellar "Down" with a verbal or visual cue

February 6th, 2019


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 …

Let’s talk about dogs & babies with Jessica Jacobson of Dapper Dog Training

January 29th, 2019


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 …

Our student Lola Barksdale: A Floofdragon's guide to Instagram stardom

January 22nd, 2019


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, …

Dog training pet peeves: The word "energy" and the misuse of the word "positive"

January 7th, 2019


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 …

Training "Look" using the "Invisible Triangle" method

December 5th, 2018


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 …

Part 2: How I used punishment to train my husband to cover his mouth when he yawns

November 27th, 2018


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 …

Part 1: How I used punishment to train my husband to cover his mouth when he yawns

November 19th, 2018


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 …

How to shape your dog to go to a mat (and to be a polite Thanksgiving guest)

November 13th, 2018


"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 …

Let's talk about NYC's 1st dog-friendly cafe with Logan Mikhly

November 5th, 2018


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 …

Halloween & Dogs: How to make costumes less scary for pets

October 29th, 2018


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, …

Our student Nelson: Life with a muzzled dog

October 22nd, 2018


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 …

A modern dog owner's guide to sidewalk leash greetings

October 15th, 2018


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 …

Let’s talk about the future of dog food with The Farmer's Dog's Brett Podolsky

October 8th, 2018


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 …

Katie Sturino, mom to @ToastMeetsWorld, on Instadog stardom

October 2nd, 2018


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 …

Teach a foolproof DROP and COME using Classical Conditioning

September 24th, 2018


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 …

A better mousetrap: Building the perfect bully stick holder

September 17th, 2018


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 …

Let’s talk about in-home dog grooming with Ani Corless

September 10th, 2018


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 …

Ask Annie: Navigating dog runs and managing elevator manners

September 4th, 2018


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 …

Let’s talk about SFTD's origins with co-founder Kate Senisi

August 27th, 2018


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 …

Being BF Skinner's daughter: Deborah Buzan dispels the myths

August 21st, 2018


Renowned behavioral psychologist BF Skinner codified much of the science behind positive reinforcement-based animal training, and is a hero to many …

Wonderful "Work To Eat" toys: Slow food bowls

August 13th, 2018


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 …

How to train a dog to "sit" from scratch

August 6th, 2018


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 …

The Dog Training Triad Part 3: Timing

July 30th, 2018


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 …

The Dog Training Triad Part 2: Rewards

July 23rd, 2018


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 Dog Training Triad Part 1: Management

July 16th, 2018


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 …

Let's talk about dog walking with DivaDog's Shelley Goldberg

July 9th, 2018


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 …

Let's talk about dog photography with Milla Chappell

July 2nd, 2018


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 …

Ask Annie: Curtailing jumping and helping scaredy dogs

June 25th, 2018


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 …

What you need to know about the dog flu

June 18th, 2018


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 …

Let's talk about dog parties with Hayley Mehalco

June 11th, 2018


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 …

A modern dog owner's guide to nipping

June 4th, 2018


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; …

Our student Basket: Helping geneticists improve pedigrees

May 28th, 2018


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 …

Let's talk about Pavlov with dog trainer Anamarie Johnson

May 21st, 2018


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. …

Let's talk about veterinary house calls with Dr. Lisa Lippman

May 7th, 2018


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 …

Let's talk about dogs in the workplace with Carly Strife of Bark

April 30th, 2018


Annie interviews Carly Strife, COO and Co-founder of Bark, the company behind the incredibly successful BarkBox subscription service, which has …

Our Canine Cousins: On behavior & evolution

April 9th, 2018


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 …

Let's talk about dog food with Hanna Mandelbaum of Evermore

March 27th, 2018


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, …

A modern dog owner's guide to house training

March 18th, 2018


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 …

What is “Good” dog training?

March 8th, 2018


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 …

Meet Annie and learn how School For The Dogs came to be

March 3rd, 2018


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 …

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