Turn Your Fearful Dog Into A Confident Dog!
November 29, 2022
I have trained dogs for over 16 years. Thousands of dogs. Countless situations. You might be surprised to learn that my training boils down to this—how to teach people to disregard their own instincts in order to understand their dog’s. Strange but true— and especially true when it comes to fearful dogs! Human intuition says, “comfort them, talk sweetly to them, help them find a safe place.” The trouble is dogs aren’t people, and these techniques usually confuse them further and cause them increased anxiety.
Your fearful dog can become a confident dog if you know how to address the fear in the proper way. We’re chatting about that today on the Canine Lowe-Down.
What A Dog Wants
November 22, 2022
In the year 2000, Mel Gibson started as Nick Marshall in the movie, “What Women Want.” The film depicts the stark (and often humorous) discrepancies between what men THINK women want...and what they ACTUALLY want!
In this episode of The Canine Lowe-Down, we’re going to talk about “what a dog wants.” Not what we humans THINK our dogs want…but what they ACTUALLY want. 🐾
Take a listen and see if you agree...
Please Stop Fighting! (Causes and Cures for Pack Rivalry)
November 15, 2022
Over the years I’ve been contacted by clients who are extremely frustrated that their dogs just can’t seem to get along. Nearly every situation—from toys and treats to favorite beds—seems to be an occasion for the dogs to bicker and form rivalries.
There’s a simple solution to this thorny problem. So simple, in fact, that it may surprise you. We’ll talk about it on this episode of The Canine Lowe-Down.
Here’s the Pitch…(YIKES!)
November 08, 2022
It’s a fact—most folks love their dogs so much they indulge in “baby talk” when addressing their furry family members in sentimental ways. “So what’s wrong with that?” you may ask. “If we talk to our human babies that way why can’t we talk to our fur babies that way?”
There is an important reason to avoid baby talk with your dog—especially if that baby talk is high-pitched! Sound ridiculous? Sounds bizarre? I promise I’ll explain everything to you on this episode of The Canine Lowe Down!
To Crate or Not to Crate?
November 01, 2022
To crate, or not to crate--that is the question! Advice abounds on the internet and social media. Some owners say that their dog absolutely LOVES its crate. Others say their dog panics once inside the crate's confines. The necessity of crate training is affirmed by many experts, but is this always the best practice for your beloved canine?
HELP, I JUST GOT A PUPPY! (with celebrity guest, Kelly Stables)
October 25, 2022Puppies! How we love them! Few things in life elicit such effusive emotions of love and tenderness as a warm, cuddly bundle of fur, squinting and squeaking endearingly. But the emotions can quickly cool when this romantic little bundle is brought home and promptly begins shredding socks, depositing frequent puddles of pee, and lacerating tender human skin with tiny, needle-sharp teeth! Raising a puppy is often more than most folks bargained for! My special guest today is American actress, comedian, singer (and first-time puppy parent), Kelly Stables. She is known for her work in television comedies such as Two and a Half Men and Superstore. She has guest-starred on a number of shows including NCIS, Get Shorty, and Bones. Kelly is the voice of Joni the Showstoppin’ Pony on Doc McStuffins, Saffron the horse on Sofia the First, and Athena in Tom and Jerry. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Kelly graduated magna cum laude from the University of Missouri with a BA in Theater and Communications. She is now married with two sons and enjoys catching the occasional Cardinals baseball game with the fam. Kelly is a first-time puppy mom and has been experiencing the parenting pains of raising a young canine. That’s where I come in! It’s an honor to have her as my guest on this episode of The Canine Lowe-Down!
Dixie the Praying Dog
October 18, 2022
The loss of a canine family member can be devastating and frequently leaves a hole in our hearts and homes. Many struggle to open their hearts again to a new furry family member, pained at the notion that their dear departed dog can be replaced when they know they can’t. My guest today is Brian Calvert, owner and trainer of Dixie the Praying dog. Many know Brian and Dixie from their starring role in Amazon Prime’s “The Pack”. But comparatively few have heard the heart-rending story of the house fire that claimed the lives of Brian’s three dogs, Ruger, Bristol, and Merle. How Brian healed and opened his heart to a new furry family member, Dixie, is our topic today on The Canine Lowe-Down.
Fence Line Fiascos!
October 11, 2022
We all know the heart pounding anxiety we experience when an angry dog charges the fence barking thunderously. And regardless of which side of the fence you find yourself on, whether you’re the hapless jogger or you’re the apologetic owner, the fact remains the a manic dog snapping at a fence line is enough to put everyone on edge. Today on the podcast we’ll talk about why dogs can get so nasty at the fence line, even dogs who are in most other scenarios, placid, friendly, and calm. And I’ll also give you some tips for teaching your dog to ramp it down at the fence.
STOP CHASING THAT!! (with special guest, Kristi Lee)
October 04, 2022
So what is it with dogs chasing everything down? It's a desirable trait when it comes to a game of fetch with our beloved canines. But when our furry family members turn to the pursuit of passing bicycles or hapless joggers, our embarrassment knows no bounds. So what causes an otherwise friendly and peaceable dog to instantly and intensely pursue anything that darts by? The answer is...(drumroll please)...PREY DRIVE!
My guest today is Kristi Lee, Indiana Broadcasting Pioneer Hall of famer, and longtime news director/cohost of The Bob and Tom Show. Kristi's charming golden doodle, Frankie, is a model citizen in many respects, but had a perpetual urge to lunge towards bikers and joggers on a nearby trail. Kristi got a hold of me for help, and we chat about that (and a lot more) on this episode of The Canine Lowe-Down!
H.E.L.P. Your Fearful Dog!
September 27, 2022
There are few sights more pitiful than a dog cowering in fear. Our sympathies are stirred, a lump grows in our throat, and, with a voice quivering with love, we tell the animal that everything will be okay. Alas, the furry one seems unaffected by our tenderness, and our compassion appears meaningless in the face of panic.
I see this scenario play out constantly. Why can't love win in these situations? Why don't our visible displays of love and compassion have a calming effect on a fearful dog? What are we missing?
Today on the Canine Lowe-Down we'll discuss, step-by-step, the tried and true process I've used for over a decade to help fearful dogs rediscover a life of trust and peace.
It’s a Rottie Thing
September 20, 2022
The Rottweiler has a rich, storied history dating back to the days of the Roman Empire. The "Rottie," as it is often affectionately known, is an energetic, powerful, watchful breed. Rottweilers can be loving, sweet, exemplary pets if raised properly--with lots of early socialization and no-nonsense rules.
Unsung Canine Heroes (with special guest, Patty Spitler)
September 13, 2022What does it mean for a dog to save your life? We routinely hear heartwarming, soul stirring tales of brave dogs risking fur and fang to pull a child from a burning building, or help a drowning swimmer to shore. But in a world where heroic canines execute movie-worthy, life-saving exploits, some furry helpers go unnoticed as they quietly preserve their human family members from silent killers like depression, anxiety, and despair. Today on the podcast I am joined by my friend (and media mentor), Patty Spitler. Patty has Ménière’s disease, and when she was first diagnosed, her late, beloved Bernese Mountain Dog, Louie, helped her cope with crippling depression. “He truly saved my life,” she often says. It is my great honor and privilege to have Patty with me today on the Canine Lowe-Down.
Meet and Greets—Canine Edition!
September 06, 2022
Most of us have had the unpleasant experience of walking happily into a friend's home, only to be mauled with excitement by their out-of-control dog! And if the beast is of above-average girth, the experience can be a painful one! It's often hard to know what to do in a situation like that. We don't want to offend our friend by scolding their dog. But we do feel entitled to some respect in our personal space. I mean...c'mon!
Believe it or not, most folks unwittingly prompt a dog to jump up and “go crazy” upon first meeting them. But there are a number of ways to keep a dog controlled and manageable when first saying “hi.” We're gonna chat about it today on the Canine Lowe-Down!
Great Crate Manners Matter!
August 30, 2022
The ritual is one that repeats in itself in many homes...Your well-loved, but destructive canine family member is, of necessity, confined to his crate while you do a few errands. Upon returning a few hours later, your furry friend is fully charged and ready to blaze out of his crate like an errant missile. It's a ritual you've learned to dread...you reach down, unlatch the crate...and brace yourself for the mania.
But did you know, confining and releasing your dog from the crate can be a calm, peaceful process? Really, it can! That's our topic of discussion today on the Canine Lowe-Down!
• Get Out! (with your dog 😊) with guest: Drew Blair
August 23, 2022
We all love to relax. A predominantly sedentary life, however, can lead to physical and psychological complications--depression, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis and chronic pain just to name a few. We were made to move! And our dogs can help motivate us to do just that. I can't think of anyone more qualified to chat with me about this than my good friend, WISH-TV Daybreak anchor, Drew Blair. She's a triathlete and a german shepherd mom. She's my honored guest today on the Canine Lowe-Down!
Good Dog, Bad Dog?
August 16, 2022“My dog WANTS to be good!” “My dog KNOWS when they’re bad!” If I had a quarter for every time I heard phrases like these, I would be a very VERY wealthy dog trainer! We love our dogs. Because we do, we have this nagging tendency to make them into our own human likeness— including our very strong sense of right and wrong! Hey, if we know something is right or wrong, surely our dogs do too, right? What if I told you that dogs don’t have a moral compass? What if I told you that a spit spewing junkyard dog who bites anyone who dares approach isn’t, technically, a bad dog? And what if I told you that the soft-faced, happy-go-lucky golden retriever puppy who has nothing but kisses for everyone she meets isn’t, in reality, a “good” dog? www.indydogwhisperer.com
August 09, 2022
There’s few things as comforting as the serene companionship of a senior dog. Content to curl up by the fire on a cold winter day, or snooze lazily near an air conditioning vent in the heat of summer, senior dogs remind us to take it easy and let life hurry by outside the windows...if it must. But despite their low-maintenance façade, senior dogs have very specific needs—needs that go well beyond the physical. As a dog trainer who sees lots and lots of senior dogs each year, I have been able to observe these needs first hand…and some of these needs often go unnoticed.
The Pitbull—Pet or Pariah?
August 02, 2022
The pitbull…a formidable mass of muscle and agility. The pitbull is a breed that is perhaps most universally feared by human beings. And though its reputation as a bloodthirsty killer is undeniable, does this powerful breed truly deserve the fear and loathing it so often receives? Today on the podcast I’ll share the history of the breed, talk about its tendencies and temperament, and discuss who may or may not be a match for this powerful, affectionate animal.
The Little girl and Gwennie
July 26, 2022
What would you do if your beloved 5 year old granddaughter was being targeted by a huge family dog? A dog that meant well but was playing too rough. How would you set about to teach the dog to be calm around the little one? But, most importantly, how would you help your granddaughter lose her fear and become friends with the very animal that had terrified her? Such were the questions plaguing the mind of my guest, Doty Gatner, a concerned grandma who reached out to me in desperation when her daughter’s massive Great Dane, Gwennie, began targeting Doty’s five year old granddaughter, Ashlyn. This is Doty and Ashlyn’s story. A story with a very happy ending!
Welcome to The Canine Lowe-Down
July 25, 2022
Living with a canine can be a challenging experience. And all the more when you don’t speak the same language. Nathan Lowe, the Indy Dog Whisperer has helped hundreds of dog owners experience greater harmony and peace with their beloved dogs with his tried-and-true system that has achieved seemingly miraculous results time and time again. Join him on The Canine Lowe-Down as he helps you get wise to the whys behind your dog’s behavior. From peeing Pit Bulls to Yapping Yorkies, there’s help and hope for every dog (and humans too). Join Nathan each week on The Canine Lowe-Down from the All Indiana Podcast Network.