Shaped by Dog with Susan Garrett

Susan Garrett, world-renowned dog trainer, multi-time champion of dog agility, and leading educator on all things canine shares everything related to dogs! Susan understands dog behaviour and wants you and your dog to have the best life together possible.


episode 171: Dog Training With Layered Shaping: Why Classical Conditioning Must Come First #171

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The way we dog train is different, and there are four elements that are vital to everything we do. It starts with confidence for people and their dogs and layers to grow a relationship of trust. There are many ways to use reinforcement in dog training, and our focus is on layered shaping, which might be a new concept for many people.


In the episode you'll hear:


• That the vast majority of people start wanting to know how to stop their dogs from doing things.
• Why our first step is creating a positive conditioned emotional response for dogs, so they feel good.
• That behaviour does not happen in an unemotional vacuum, and we want good emotions.
• How we want to minimize, and ideally eliminate, a conflict between people and their dogs.
• Why to use the things your dog loves in your training.
• That our dogs have a fun life, but we want to be aware of where they earn reinforcement.
• The reason to know what food, toys and activities your dog loves.
• How we want to begin with our dogs doing simple things.
• About using games that change our dog's physiology so they can be in their zone of genius.
• That once we've established value for our dogs, we want to transfer that value.
• Why our dogs want to do what we want because we empower them with choice.
• How we use classical conditioning first, so the bond between dogs and people is one of trust.




1. Podcast Episode 170: 5 Popular Ways To Train Your Dog With Food -
2. YouTube Playlist: Reactive or Aggressive Dogs: Key Insights with Susan Garret -
3. Podcast Episode 130: Conditioned Responses: The Magic Every New Puppy (And Dog) Owner Must Know About -
4.*Book: Tiny Habits: The Small Changes That Change Everything by BJ Fogg -
5. Home School the Dog Online Program -
6. *Book: Connection Training: The Heart and Science of Positive Horse Training by Hannah Weston and Rachel Bedingfield -
7. Podcast Episode 11: The Power of Permission in Dog Training -
8. Podcast Episode 90: Premack, Dog Training and Transfer of Value -
9. Podcast Episode 44: Using Coincidences and Positive Associations in Dog Training -
10. Podcast Episode 151: How Location Specific Reinforcement Markers Will Improve Your Dog Training! -
11. Learn the ItsYerChoice Game (IYC) -
12. YouTube Video: Understanding Your Dog's Reinforcement Zone (RZ) with Susan Garrett -
13. Podcast Episode 86: How to Train Unmotivated or Overexcited Dogs (Arousal Curve) -
14. Podcast Episode 107: Pedicure Please: 3 Steps To Dog Nail Trimming Or Grooming Success At Home! -
15. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube -


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 2022-08-19  18m