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Check back here regularly for this podcast series focusing on dogs.  Hosted by the folks with emBark, the Chippewa Valley's premier and most trusted site for dog care and training.

Heather Mishefske (CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA), is a certified Professional Dog Trainer and Certified Behavior Consultant is here to tackle all things canine.  Heather owns emBARK, which provides ethical, evidence based and empathic dog training in midwestern Wisconsin.  Heather is also on the board of directors of her profession’s largest organization, the Association Of Professional DogTrainers.  Find her at

New Episodes drop every other Tuesday morning


Episode #62 How to Read Your Dog's Owners Manuel  Click Here to Listen


Its true, your dog doesn’t come with a hard copy “user manual”.  That said, through signals and cues your dog tells you what it needs.  Your dog is pre-disposed to do certain things depending on breed, environment and genetics.


Episode #61  5 Places you May Want to Take Your Dog   Click Here to Listen  

Dog owners are increasingly wanting to take their companion everywhere they go.  In theory thatsounds fantastic and isn’t necessarily a bad intention.  That said, Heather is here to touch on key points to consider in relation to five places specifically.

1)     Parades

2)     Picnics

3)     Games

4)     Campgrounds

5)     Restaurants


Episode #60  Multi-Dog Households  Click Here to Listen

What is better than one dog?  Howabout two (or more) dogs!  

Having more than one dog in your home can be fulfilling and fun, however there are very important things to keep in mind and common issues that need to be managed. 


What are some of the issues to look out for?   What are the proper ways to manage multi-dog dynamics.


The impact different breeds have on the dynamic.


Where/When do conflicts between the dogs typically occur?

Episode #59  Stranger Danger  Click Here to Listen 

Heather takes us through the dos and don’t for your dog around those that are strangers to them.  What are typical behaviors we may see from dogs when they around humans that are unfamiliar to them.  Dog body language is key.  The role genetics and upbringing have.

Why experiences and providing experiences are helpful.


And Heather explains why her opinion on “let the dog smell your hand” has changed.

Episode #58  "Its Okay, He's Friendly"  Click Here to Listen

Picture this scenario. You are out and about with your dog perhaps, walking in the neighborhood, and along comes another human with their “off-leash” dog who comes charging.

“Its okay, he’s friendly” is likely what you’ll hear and many times nothing bad happens. However, potential does exist for injuries.


Heather gives you the dos and don’ts that you should do. Both for the person with the leashed dog and those of you who go off-leash.


She gives some tricks, including a neat one involving umbrellas. Also, effective ways to use treats.


Recommendation: Download the “Sniff Spot” app before your next dog walk.

Episode #57 - Separation Anxiety in Dogs  Click Here to Listen

Headed off for work, school or just running out for an errand? That can be a big deal for a dog that deals with separation anxiety when you aren’t around.

Dawn Olson, a certified separation anxiety dog trainer, joins Heather to discuss handling dogs that deal with separation anxiety.  A very real problem for humans that impacts dogs as well.


What does separation anxiety look like and ways to treat this emotion (which is a fear)?

Episode #56 "Re-homing" your Dog  Click Here to Listen

Episode #55  Weird Things Dogs Do  Click Here to Listen


Episode #54 Correcting Misinformation about Service Dogs   Click Here to Listen

Episode #53  Noticing your dog's needs/wants better   Click Here to Listen

Episode #52  Grieving the Loss of a Pet  Click Here to Listen

Episode #51  4 Tips to Guide Your Dog Through the Holidays   Click Here to Listen


Episode #50  What to Expect when Having a Dog   Click Here to Listen


Episode #49 Pocket Guide to Dog Treats  Click Here to Listen


Episode #48  5 Dog Training Advices you Need to Let Go Of  Click Here to Listen


Episode 47  When to go see Who  Click Here to Listen


Episode #46 - Puppy Biting  Click Here to Listen


Episode #45 - Top 4 Things to do NOW to improve a dog's behavior  Click Here to Listen 


Episode #44 - Why I don't use Punishment  Click Here to Listen 

Episode #43 - Socialization of your Puppies  Click Here to Listen

Episode #42 - Arousal & Play & Excitement  Click Here to Listen

Episode #41 - How to Pick a Breeder - Click Here to Listen

Episode #40 - Summer Reading  Click Here to Listen

Episode #39 - 4 everyday dog behavior management tools  Click Here to Listen 

Episode #38 - Coat brushing, toe-nail care and more  Click Here to Listen 

Episode #37  The myth of the "normal" dog   Click Here to Listen

Episode #36 Fear and Anxiety Click Here to Listen

Episode #35 - Dealing with uncommon ailments  Click Here to Listen

Episode #34:  Crate Training  Click Here to Listen

Episode #33  The 4 Things Every Dog Should be Taught   Click Here to Listen

Episode #32 Surviving your dog's adolescent/teenage years  Click Here to Listen

Episode #31 Proper Training of "Bully Breeds:  Click Here to Listen

Episode #30  Meeting your Dog's Needs  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Episode #29  - Jumping Up  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Episode #28 - Handling Large Gatherings for your Dog  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Episode #27 - Loose Leash Walking  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Episode #26 - Humane Hierarchy:  Best practices to handle behavior   CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Episode #25 - Winter Fun for Your Dog   CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Episode #24 - Door Dashing  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Episode #23 - Triggers and Thresholds  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Episode #22  Canine Accessories  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Episode #21 Lost Dogs of Wisconsin  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Episode #20  Preparing your Dog to be Left Alone  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Episode #19  Basics of Dog Behavior CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Episode #18  Therapy/Emotional/Support Dogs  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Episode #17 Doggy Body Language   CLICK HERE TO LISTEN.

Episode #16 Hiking with Your Dog   CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Episode #15 Can Do Canines (& Prison Program)   CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Episode #14 More Myth Busting   CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Episode #13 Dog Training Myths   CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Episode #12 Unleashing your dog reactivity   CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

 Episode #11 Getting your dog to 'chill out'   CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Episode #10 Your dog's personality   CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Episode #9 Acupuncture for your dog  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Episode #8 Resource Guarding   CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Episode #7 Why dogs do what they do  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Episode #6 Socializing your Puppy in a Pandemic  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Episode #5 Enriching your dog's life  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Episode #4 Families, babies and Dogs CLICK HERE TO LISTEN



EPISODE 1  - Let's Get to Know the area's Dog Expert

On the debut episode of this series, we are introduced to Heather from emBark.  The podcast includes:

1) Her background and the start of emBark

2) The best part of working with dogs

3)  The basic dog tips she gives

4) Things to consider when adding a dog to your family

5)  The misconception of "Alpha" dogs

6) COVID-19 impacts on dogs.


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