The Pawsitive Post in Conversation by Companion Animal Psychology

Teaching recall and stopping dogs from getting lost with Maria Karunungan

May 31, 2023 Zazie Todd & Kristi Benson Episode 10
The Pawsitive Post in Conversation by Companion Animal Psychology
Teaching recall and stopping dogs from getting lost with Maria Karunungan
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It’s surprisingly common for newly-adopted dogs to get lost, and for any dog to go missing at some point in their lives, even if only for a moment. How can we stop dogs from getting lost? We chat with Maria Karunungan of Fetch the Leash in Burlington, Vermont, about the steps dog guardians can take to prevent their dog from getting lost.

From the best treats to use when teaching dogs to come when called, the prevention strategies all dog guardians should use, to special steps to take when your dog is new to you, this episode is packed with tips. Kristi shares the heart-stopping story of when one of her dogs went missing, long before she became a dog trainer. And we also ask Maria for tips for dog trainers on how to work with clients, based on her background in multicultural education. 

At the end, we chat about the books we’re reading.

The books we chat about:

A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin

Zoo by Ogden Nash

Book Lovers by Emily Henry

The books are available from all good bookstores and Companion Animal Psychology's Amazon store .

About Maria Karunungan:

Maria is the owner of Fetch the Leash in Burlington, Vermont. She is an honors graduate of the Academy for Dog Trainers, a PCBC-A from the Pet Professional Guild and she is a Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer. Maria also has a Ph.D. in educational research from Emory University, and an undergraduate degree in music from Yale University. Maria’s experience also includes working with a wide range of shelter animals at various shelters in Northern California.

Fetch the Leash website: https://www.fetchtheleash.biz/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fetchtheleash

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fetch_the_leash/

About the co-hosts:

Kristi Benson is an honours graduate of the prestigious Academy for Dog Trainers and has her PCBC-A from the Pet Professional Accreditation Board. She lives in beautiful northern British Columbia, where she helps dog guardians through online teaching and consultations. Kristi is on staff at the Academy for Dog Trainers, helping to shape the next generation of canine professionals. Kristi’s dogs are rescue sled dogs, mostly retired and thoroughly enjoying a good snooze in front of the woodstove.

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Zazie Todd, PhD, is the award-winning author of Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy and Purr: The Science of Making Your Cat Happy. She is the creator of the popular blog, Companion Animal Psychology, and also has a column at Psychology Today. Todd lives in Maple Ridge, BC, with her husband, one dog, and one cat.

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How Maria got into dog training after her PhD
Teaching recall
A lost dog story
Avoiding lost dogs
Tips from educational research
Books