I figure calling this particular blog entry a “vlogcast” is a good description because it’s a blog post with a video of a podcast episode. A podcast is something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time, and I decided that 2020 would be the year. But, there’s a lot of planning. A lot of things I didn’t know about podcasting. A big learning curve.

It was looking like the podcast would take a long time. It would have been easy to procrastinate. But then, I decided “you know what Susan, done is better than perfect”. And that became the title of the very first episode that we released in June. The video is below and “done is better than perfect” is relevant to many things in life, including dog training.


“Done is Better Than Perfect” is a great model for everybody to adopt because a lot of times there’s things that we want for ourselves or our dogs, but we’re a little bit afraid. There’s a fear of attempting something new. There’s a fear of maybe failing. For some people, there’s a fear of being successful and what kind of attention that will bring or expectations to follow up with. In order to improve something, you need to start with anything.

For my podcast, we started and figured it out along the way. You can now subscribe to Shaped By Dog on the podcast app of your choice, just search for the name. We got the Shaped By Dog webpage up with transcripts, and we’re putting each episode on YouTube. Now, we could have still been thinking of these things and spending hours planning, but done is better than perfect!

I called the podcast Shaped By Dog, because my life has revolved around training dogs, and that has given me so many life lessons in return and is still shaping me. In the first episode I mention my video called “The Journey” and it’s below for you.


At time of writing, we’ve got 15 episodes of Shaped By Dog released for you. I’m aiming for two a week on Wednesday and Friday. If you have been listening, I’d love to know your favourite episode so far. And if you have any suggestions on topics you’d like me to cover, let me know in the comments below.

Today I am grateful for my amazing team who jumped into the world of podcasting with me so we could get things done!