the well-Mannered Mutt Podcast

Welcome to The Well-Mannered Mutt Podcast, the show for dog owners looking to enhance their relationship with their canine friends. This podcast is designed to both train dogs and teach people, so there can be success and happiness at both ends of the leash.

Your host, Staci Lemke is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, retired Registered Veterinary Technician, and owner of Manners for Mutts Dog Training. With over 20 years of experience working with dogs and their people, Staci is the perfect guide to help you navigate the ups and downs of life with a dog.

So, whether you’re a new dog owner or a seasoned pro, be sure to join Staci for each episode as she shares practical training tips, fun doggy adventures, and simple things you can do to strengthen the bond between you and your four-legged friend.

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The Gift of a Grey Muzzle

The Gift of a Grey Muzzle

Ever heard the myth that “one human year of age equals seven dog years”? It might surprise you to learn that the age at which a dog becomes a senior actually varies by size and breed! So join me to learn when your dog will enter it’s senior years, and how you can take care of them when they do!

Introducing Dogs and Cats

Introducing Dogs and Cats

Ever heard the saying “they fight like cats and dogs”? Well, in this episode, I’m here to explore whether it’s possible for these furry friends to live happily together.

8 Tips to Help Your Shy Dog Gain Confidence

8 Tips to Help Your Shy Dog Gain Confidence

Struggling with a shy or fearful dog? In this episode, I share expert tips and personal experience on this topic as a dog trainer and vet tech. I discuss the reasons behind a dog’s fearfulness, such as genetic predisposition and lack of socialization, and provide eight tips to build their confidence.

What is Leash Reactivity?

What is Leash Reactivity?

Ever wondered why your dog reacts more than expected when they see other dogs or humans while on a walk? It’s called reactivity, and no, it’s not them misbehaving intentionally. In this episode, delve into the topic of reactivity in dogs.

Littermate Syndrome

Littermate Syndrome

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to raise two puppies at the same time? In this episode, I dive into the challenges of raising littermates. We discuss the concept of ‘littermate syndrome’ and the potential problems that can arise when raising two puppies together. I emphasize the importance of individual training and socialization for each puppy, as well as the need for three times the effort compared to raising just one.

Big Life, Small Space: Apartment Living with Dogs

Big Life, Small Space: Apartment Living with Dogs

Have you ever wondered how to make apartment living work for your furry friend?In this episode of The Well-Mannered Mutt Podcast, I dive into the unique challenges and needs of dogs living in apartments. Join me for valuable insights and tips to make apartment living...

6 Tips to Help You if Your Dog Pulls on the Leash

6 Tips to Help You if Your Dog Pulls on the Leash

Does your dog pull like crazy on the leash when you’re walking him? In this episode, I’m going to share with you the secrets to loose leash walking. I delve into the reasons why dogs tend to pull on the leash and offer practical tips to address this common issue.

The Training Gap

The Training Gap

Becoming a new puppy parent? Here’s something to remember: the training and socialization process should start as soon as possible! There’s a crucial ‘training gap’ that often gets overlooked. 

Obedience vs. Relationship

Obedience vs. Relationship

Have you ever wondered if traditional obedience training is really the best approach for building a strong bond with your dog? In this episode, I dive into this topic and challenge the conventional methods of obedience training. I believe that it’s time to shift our thinking and focus on teaching dogs the skills they need to be confident, stable, and happy adults, while also considering their emotional and mental well-being.