Today I wanted to share a few excellent takeaways from Episode 2 of the Fenzi Dog Sports Podcast, my interview with Sarah Stremming.

Sarah is owner and operator of the Cognitive Canine and the host of her own podcast, the excellent Cog Dog radio. She has been working with dogs in the realms of performance training and behavior solutions for over a decade.

Her special area of interest has long been helping dog owners address behavioral concerns in their competition dogs. Reactivity, anxiety, aggression, and problems with arousal are all major concerns for many competitors, and Sarah works to help her clients overcome these issues and succeed in their chosen arena.

A FEW GREAT TAKEAWAYS FROM OUR INTERVIEW:

“I really advocate a specific type of exercise for dogs. I find that them being allowed to just mill around and sniff around and be a dog in an open space type area is best so off-leash or on a long line and a harness if off-leash is not safe where you are.”

“I really like Kathy Sdao has a system for this that she calls SMART x50, and SMART stands for See, Mark, and Reward Training and then x50 is just that your goal is to do it 50 times a day. And all that means is you see the dog doing something right, you tell them, hey, that was right, I liked that and then you give them a piece of food or a game or something.”

“If something that you’re doing is species-specific, meaning it would only work for the species in front of you, there’s probably a smarter way to do it.”

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