Episode #6: Your Dog’s Emotional Threshold with Sarah Stremming

Marissa MartinoPaws & Reward Podcast

I had the great opportunity to interview Sarah Stremming of the Cognitive Canine in Washington. Sarah is a dog trainer, agility and obedience competitor, and canine behavior consultant. She travels the globe helping dogs and handlers understand each other better. She also has a well-known podcast Cog-Dog Radio. Check it out! In today’s episode, we discuss how to work with … Read More

Episode #5: Separation-related Behaviors with Jackie Johnston

Marissa MartinoPaws & Reward Podcast

Join me as I interview Jackie Johnston of Believe in your Dog. Jackie is a Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer (CSAT) who helps pet parents modify their dog’s separation anxiety behaviors. In today’s episode, we discuss what separation-related behaviors are, how to address them, and how to know when to get additional help.  What is separation anxiety? Separation anxiety is a … Read More

Episode #4: Nonviolent Communication for Everyone with Kathy Sdao

Marissa MartinoPaws & Reward Podcast

Join Marissa Martino interview one of her favorite mentors in the animal training industry, author of Plenty in Life is Free, Kathy Sdao. During the episode, they discuss what Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is and how we can use these principles when communicating with our canines and our loved ones.  When training dogs (and people), both Marissa and Kathy subscribe to … Read More

Episode #3: Kids and Dogs Living in Harmony with Kirsten Kinsella

Marissa MartinoPaws & Reward Podcast

Join Marissa Martino interview Kirsten Kinsella, a therapy dog trainer that works with children in NYC. Kirsten shares the tips and tricks that she uses to facilitate successful interactions between kids and dogs and the 5 things you can do today to build better bonds. **Please note: If you are a parent navigating the relationship between your kids and a … Read More

Episode #2: Healthy Dog Play with Mara Velez

Marissa MartinoPaws & Reward Podcast

Join me as I interview Mara Velez of the Shelter Playgroup Alliance to discuss what healthy and safe inter-canine interactions look like. Mara shares how to facilitate safe interactions, what behaviors to be aware of, and when to intervene to keep play safe and positive.  What does healthy play look like? Healthy play between two dogs consists of: Loose, exaggerated … Read More

Episode #1: 4 Strategies to Support You During the Training Process with Dr. Chris Pachel

Marissa MartinoPaws & Reward Podcast

The training and behavior modification process can be a daunting task for pet parents. Join Marissa Martino interview Dr. Chris Pachel, board-certified veterinary behaviorist, as they discuss four strategies to help support pet parents. 1. Reaching out for professional help can be a vulnerable process.  As trainers and behavior consultants, we know that most pet parents did not acquire dogs … Read More

Setting your Dog Training Sessions up for Success

Marissa MartinoBehavior & Training Resources

1. Management is your best friend. Management can be a long term solution to a behavior problem or a short term solution while you are training a new behavior response in that context. For example, you can manage your dog’s barking by leaving the blinds closed. You could do that forever OR you can do that for now while you … Read More

5 Tools to Create Successful On Dog Leash Greetings

Marissa MartinoBehavior & Training Resources

There is unspoken pressure for all dogs to get along in many different environments such as on leash greeting, dog parks, daycares, breweries….the list goes on! Not all people get along so I am not sure why we would expect that of our dogs?! Many dog owners want their dog to meet other dogs while walking on leash. There are … Read More

Canine Enrichment & Mental Stimulation Toys

Marissa MartinoBehavior & Training Resources

Enrichment and mental stimulation are the most important outlets you can provide your dog at any age! It can help reduce many unwanted behaviors in our young puppies and adolescent dogs as well as keep our senior dogs sharp, exercising their cognitive abilities! Enrichment can help prevent these behaviors: Puppy Mouthing Attention Seeking Behaviors Boredom Destruction Anxiety and fear Barking, digging in the … Read More

Dog Training Rewards: A Guide Beyond Treats

Marissa MartinoBehavior & Training Resources

What is a reward? Google told me a reward is defined as a thing given in recognition of one’s service, effort or achievement. One of the most important concepts about rewards is to remember that their value is defined by the person receiving them, not the person giving them. For example, if I went to work and instead of a … Read More