You Don’t Need To Be Punishing The Dog To Get What You Want

You Don’t Need To Be Punishing The Dog To Get What You Want

The Bark Show is a podcast where we discuss all things dogs, co-hosted by Pam Curry and Suzana Curcija, brought to you by Toronto Dog Walking and I Speak Dog. Today’s guest is Juliana Willems of Dog Latin Dog Training. She is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) and a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP). Her company Dog Latin provides in-home private training for the Washington, DC area and focuses on everything from puppy training to reactivity and aggression. Her methods are rooted in the science of learning, with a heavy emphasis on positive reinforcement.      

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Podcast Episode Summary

  • Juliana worked in Humane Society as an event planner, then started fostering dogs, now full time dog trainer for 3 years
  • Great thing about positive reinforcement training with dogs is the bond between human and dog that grows
  • Dog training is an unregulated industry but Karen Pryor Academy has a prestigious reputation so that’s why Juliana completed their program and learned about positive reinforcement there
  • Flexibility and thinking on your feet is key when training dogs
  • Dr. Susan Friedman’s humane hierarchy says: When you’re looking at an animal or a learner’s needs, look at their nutrition, environment, then you go to positive reinforcement, then the negative punishment/reinforcement. There is a hierarchy of steps to take. Don’t skip all the steps and go to the heavier tools, use the least invasive method of behaviour intervention.
  • Most of Dog Latin Dog Training clients referred to by their vet
  • Juliana’s specialty is reactivity in dogs, and figuring out where that behaviour is coming from
  • Good to keep the rate of reinforcement high, dog is getting many wins so that they stay engaged. It can be faded out slowly
  • The more the fun when training, the better success
  • Every behaviour has a function, instead of eliminating a bad behavior, think to replace
  • What are the benefits of positive reinforcement? Building a positive relationship with your dog.
  • Aversive training is taking a risk, it’s a quick but non-guaranteed solution. It’s not a magic trick, risk of fallout is not worth it.


“There is a hierarchy of steps to take. Don’t skip all the steps and go to the heavier tools because every learner deserves to be looked at as an individual. What is the least invasive method of intervention we can do here?”

“Dogs are living beings and it’s a complete myth that they want to work with us just because they are intrinsically designed to want to please us. That is not the case for pretty much any dog.”

“You don’t need to be punishing the dog to get what you want.”

“You only gamble what you can afford to lose, and when it comes to your dog I don’t think you can afford to gamble.”

Recommended Resources


  • @dog_latin_dog_training on Instagram



Your Dogs Toronto Event Guide for August – Dog Friendly Toronto

Your Dogs Toronto Event Guide for August – Dog Friendly Toronto

Want to have an active social life, attend lots of events, but don’t want to leave your furry best friend at home? Here is a list of events you can attend WITH your beloved pup, and get to spend quality time with them too!

Toronto Food Truck Festival: Friday, August 3

As far as food festivals go, this one is a classic and popular annual event that is sure to be a hit, year after year. The official lineup this year includes 39 trucks; 30 with vegetarian options, 14 with halal, 19 with vegan and 16 with gluten free items on their menu! Besides the food trucks, this free admission event gives you the chance to see some local Toronto talent, and do fun things watching or participating in live eating challenges! There will also be a water play area, a playground, climbing wall, soccer fields and a bandshell.

Situated on a 28-acre park with a beautiful pond and a boardwalk through nature, you and your pup can catch a hold of many species of wildlife and birds in the area.  More info on the Facebook event page here.

Toronto Food Truck Festival


Taste of the Middle East’ Food Festival: Saturday, August 4

Taking place right at the heart of Dundas Square is a FREE ADMISSION event where you can walk around with your pup, learn how Turkish coffee is made (trust me- it’s delicious), eat some grilled halloumi, and enjoy that Middle Eastern HEAT! There will be an array of vibrant art, music and dancing from Middle Eastern cultures to accompany the food.

Proceeds go to the largest food rescue charity in Canada, Second Harvest. For more info visit their Facebook event page here.

middle east festival


Open Farm Demo: Saturday, August 4

This is a great and informative event by the Zen Dog Services (who also host the DOGA events) where a representative from Open Farm will have yummy treats for your pups to try out, and offer information about their products. Stop by with your pup if you want to get your pup some treats, and learn more about what your dog loves to eat! Open Farm is a pet food company that specializes in humane farming and sustainable fishing standards. More info on Open Farm here: and the Facebook event page for the demo is here.

Open farm demo


Promise Cherry Beach Summer 2018: Monday, August 6 & Sunday, August 12 & Sunday, August 19

This recurring music event is for those who enjoy dancing to the DJ spinning house, techno, dub, disco, electro, and beach party grooves on the beach. This event happens every Sunday or Monday on long weekends from 3 pm to 11 pm, and is for owners and pups who aren’t easily overwhelmed by loud music and big crowds, so you have been warned!

That being said, four-legged friends are totally welcome, and participants are encouraged to bring their picnics, hammocks and anything else that will make their beach experience perfect.  Tickets cost whatever you can spare, but a $20 donation is encouraged.

More info on the food, the DJs playing, and more here:



Paws in the Park 2018- Adoption and Fun Festival: Saturday, August 12

OK, OK, OK: We know you already have your FURever pal at home. But there’s always room for more dogs!! Right? These wonderful pups need a home, and if you aren’t considering fostering or adopting right now, maybe you could take a friend along whose heart could be stolen by these cuties.

In any case, this is not just an adoption event. Paws in the Park is celebrating their 130th year of saving lives at Woodbine Park, and there will also be delicious food, beer, A PET PHOTO BOOTH, shopping from vendors, face painting, PRIZES, a caricature artist, free dog training sessions, and lots more activities for both you and your pup to enjoy!! Oh my. Hear these magic words: Free Admission.

If you’d like to sign up for their 4km sponsores walk with your pup, and raise pledges, go to:

For more info on this event here.

Paws In The Park


Doggy Paddle on Cherry Beach: Sunday, August 12

If there’s one thing we’re passionate about, it’s exercise for you AND your dog… at the same time. Join Surf the Greats instructors certified by Paddle Canada, the International Surfing Association and Yoga Alliance (so you know they’re legit) at the Cherry Beach Off Leash Dog Park for a fun day of paddleboarding!

The event will begin with a brief introduction session on dry land before all pups and owners head out to the waters, and AFTER the teaching, left to their own devices (supervised) to enjoy their time with their pup in the water! Beginners, experienced surfers, and all level expertise in between are welcome.


This is a 2-hour monthly event, so if you can’t make it to this month’s, look out for their next session on September 9.

Surf The Greats Online


Save Our Scruff Adoption Event: Saturday, August 25

Here’s an event that will make your day better and brighter, even if you don’t come home with your new four legged best friend: Dog adoption charity Safe Our Scruff is partnering up with Zen Dog Services to host a Meet & Greet adoption event for some adorable pups that need a FURever home.

Facebook event page here.

And if you want to take a look at the pups currently available for adoption, head on over: They are too precious!!

If not, we’ll see you at the event on 584 Church Street where you can meet all the pups, learn about how you can help in big or small ways, and perhaps buy some merch or make some donations so that these events may continue until ALL the pups are adopted! Hurrah!

Save Our Scruff


Zen Dogs Wellness DOGA at Trillium Park: Days Throughout August 4-26

Dog Yoga: Don’t say you never tried it. Or seen your dog perfect the downward dog pose a lot faster than you ever did!

As hosted by Zen Dogs Wellness regularly, these events at Ontario Place’s Trillium Park welcome pups of all sizes and all ages to join. It’s a unique and fun experience to connect more deeply with your pup through meditation, energy work and massage by giving them all the love and attention that they deserve.

BYOM (Bring your own mat) and non-retractable leash. For more info, check out their Facebook page here.

Grab your tickets here! 



Toronto Artisan Market at Trinity Bellwoods Park: Sunday, August 26

We did not forget about you, fashion, shopping and arts and crafts enthusiasts. Toronto Artisan Market regularly hosts these wonderful events at Trinity Belwoods and Christie Pitts Park, and your pupper is absolutely encouraged to come along.

Take a look at some original art, handmade jewellery and fashion accessories, vegan and natural skin care, ceramics/pottery, plants, home décor, stationary, antiques, vintage, collectibles and more!  It’s never too early to shop for Christmas presents, either. NEVER TOO EARLY! 

Head to their website for more details:

Artisan Market

5 Things to Do With Your Dog This Weekend in Toronto (July 28-29)

5 Things to Do With Your Dog This Weekend in Toronto (July 28-29)

Summer is far from over, so here are some events both you AND your furry best friend can enjoy together this weekend:

OSS FEST: Saturday, July 28

Taking place between Dundas St. West and Queen St. West on Ossington, this vibrant festival will be a pedestrian takeover of culture and the 3 F’S: Fashion, food and fitness! Not only are our furry friends encouraged to attend, as detailed in the Facebook event page, but this festival is also completely free to absolutely anyone and everyone. Yes!

A new instalment from last year’s event is the Fitness and Wellness morning from 8 am to 11 am for the early risers who want to take part in some exercise and learn about healthy lifestyles. However, the official festival starts later in the day at noon so you can sleep in if you want to! Expect a variety of local vendors and exhibitors, music and patio fun to enjoy with your furry best friends all day long. There will be a yoga and meditation session on the street, street art and so much more. Your dog will get to socialize, soak up the sunshine, and enjoy the friendly and vibrant atmosphere. Check out @ossingtonfestival on Facebook for more details!



U-Pick at Fresh City Farms: Sunday, July 29

If you’ve ever dreamed of letting your beloved dog run free at a farm and enjoy the fresh air that green pastures have got to offer, then this is the event for you. It is also an opportunity for the humans to pick their own vegetables such as peas, beans, carrots, beets, cucumbers, zucchini and a variety of greens!

It’s easy to get caught up in the busy rhythm of a big and vibrant city like Toronto, and get stressed out during the week. This free event is an incredible escape from the big city hustle while also being easily accessible via transit. Take a TTC bus to Keele & Sheppard to meet with the Fresh City Farms farmers at their greenhouse at Downsview Park, right beside 70 Canuck Avenue. There is also parking available for those travelling via car. For more details, head on over to their Facebook Page.

Summer In The City


DOGA- Yoga With Your Dog: Saturday, July 28

DOGA a.k.a yoga with dogs is the new trend that you don’t want to miss out on. This is a unique bonding experience for dogs and dog owners to share between them. It’s also a fantastic chance to interact with other dog lovers and their adorable pups!

Held at the Grand Avenue Park in Etobicoke, instructor Shannon Young takes participants through doing poses, stretching out, and meditating together. You will get a chance to massage your dog, connect with them on a deeper level, and practice calmness. The session is divided into 10-minute portions of warm up, massage and stretching, yoga poses, and meditation. Those who often find themselves arriving early to their meeting will be in luck: The first 5 people to register will receive a free goodie bag full of gifts for humans and pups alike! Tickets at

Dog Yoga


Missisauga Latin Festival: Saturday and Sunday, July 28 and 29

The 10th annual Mississauga Festival is a big event that holds 35,000 attendees at the Mississauga Celebration Square over the weekend. There are many outdoor activities and entertainment for attendees to enjoy whether they are looking to learn how to dance salsa, practice their Spanish, eat some latin food, or enjoy the culture in general. But most importantly, this is a dog-friendly event!

There are plenty of things to check out, including an art gallery, local vendors, a children’s play area, and performers. Some of the fun sessions include a Zumba Fitness session at 1 pm on Saturday, and a Latin Parade at noon on Sunday.

Mississauga Latin Festival


Soul Sunday Street Party: Sunday, July 29

As part of the popular and well-loved Kensington Market Pedestrian Sunday, this car-free street party near Trinity Common at 303 Augusta Avenue takes place the last Sunday of every month to let loose, soak up the sunshine, and enjoy what your community has to offer. There will be music, there will be drinks, and there will be dancing on this day like no other.

Kensington Market Pedestrian Sundays are not only a great occasion to bring out-of-town friends to enjoy a taste of Toronto, but also a great day for dog lovers and dog owners to see and play with some adorable pups out and about! There are tons of entertainment factors like chalk drawing, costumes, bubbles, water fights and even a meditation flash mob taking place at 2:30 for those interested. Did we mention it’s a free event??

If your pup finds it all a bit too much, the rest of Kensington Market is just steps away to take a break and maybe even venture out to the park for a little nap. All this weekend excitement can get a little intense for our pups sometimes, after all!

Got a dog friendly event that we need to know about? What are you and your pupper up to this weekend? Let us know in the comments!

How to Brush Your Dogs Teeth Without A Toothbrush – Dog Dental Hygiene

How to Brush Your Dogs Teeth Without A Toothbrush – Dog Dental Hygiene

A transcript of an interview with Blue Stem Oral Care.

Okay. Hi. So we are from The Bark Show. We’re doing a live Facebook show today. We’re just going around and just interviewing vendors of other company and the products that they carry. So please let us-


… know what you’re carrying.

For sure. So we have bluestem oral care products here. They’re all made in Canada. So bluestem products, they’re targeting plague and tartar buildup in pet’s mouths, also freshening their breath. So we always suggest for pet owners they need to do some kind of oral care routine, to pick the option that they’re going to do the most often. So we have a toothpaste right here, it’s chicken flavored toothpaste, comes with a dual-headed toothbrush inside. We also have an oral spray that they can use once a day on either side of their mouth or a water additive and it comes in three different flavors. So for picky pets, they can go with our original unflavored water additive. It has no color, no taste, no scent. You just slip it into their water daily and it helps to break down all that hard plague and tartar buildup on their teeth, and freshen their breath.


Oh. So it’s not just for bad breath, it’s actually doing the work at the same time.

It does, yes. It’ll break down all those hard minerals that have built up in their tartar and pull them out of the tartar. Chelates them and that way it’s a lot softer, so you can go in there with toothbrush or bones and toys, and it will take off a lot more of that tartar.

Oh, wow. Because that’s the one thing with dogs. No dogs really likes having their teeth brushed unless you got it down from an early age or unless you put the work in.

Yeah. If you haven’t started at an early age and you’re finding it too difficult to brush your dog’s teeth, you can use something else and it’ll still be effective.

And how long would you think if you bought the one for the water, how long would it actually last? [ bottle]

This is going to last a medium-sized dog about a month.



Our oral spray goes a little bit further and it’ll last about three months.

That’s great.

And what’s the cost of them?

The water additives sell for $20. The oral spray is $25. And our toothpaste, toothbrush combo pack is $15.

Great prices.

Oh, wow. So where can people find out more about yourselves and where if they want to buy? Are they in pet stores? Is it online?

Yup. They can purchase our product on our store,, or they can find us at Pet Valu, Global Pet Foods, tons of independent retailers here in the GTA and

Well, it’s on Amazon, it’s all good.

That’s amazing. Thank you so much for your time today.

Thank you.