Dog Talk ® (and Kitties Too!)

This Gracie® Award winning show, produced and hosted by pet wellness advocate Tracie Hotchner, has been broadcasting for over 8 years with 450 shows from the NPR station Peconic Public Broadcasting in the Hamptons, where it is heard from the East End across all of Long Island, into Southern Connecticut and Westchester, as well as on the local NPR station Robinhood Radio in the Berkshires. DOG TALK® features global authors and experts discussing far-ranging topics involving dogs and cats, many of them with dog advice and health information, dog and puppy training tips, and help in understanding your cat.

Hosted by Tracie Hotchner


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Why You Shouldn’t Let Your Dog Lick Your Face

January 22, 2017

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (01-21-2017) #508: Dr. Nandi Neilanjan, quoted in the New York Times article “Should You Let Your Dog Lick Your Face” talks about the transmittable pathogens we can get from our dogs’ saliva, like worms, e. coli, and more!; Dr. Julie Bailey discusses safe travels with animals; Sarah Ellis speaks from […]

Pet and Women’s Safety (PAWS) Act

January 15, 2017

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) #507: Lauren Dorsch discusses the community support behind the grant from Bayer Animal Health to the Rose Brooks Center in the Kansas City area that welcomes pets into the shelter(and receive K9 Advantix II for their dogs), and explains the Pet and Women’s Safety (PAWS) Act; Zoe Agnew-Svoboda is the […]

Insect larvae as New High Tech Protein Source for Pet Food?

January 7, 2017

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (01-07-2017) #506: Blair Braverman talks about her book WELCOME TO THE GODDAMN ICE CUBE: CHASING FEAR AND FINDING HOME IN THE GREAT WHITE NORTH, and the time she spent with sled dogs in a very challenging environment; Patrick Pittaluga co-founded Grubbly Farms in Atlanta Georgia, a tech start-up insect farm company using black Soldier fly larvae to consume the waste from the human food production chain, and then use the insects as a protein source for animal food; Maria Goodavage talks about her newest book focused on military working dogs: SECRET SERVICE DOGS: THE HEROES WHO PROTECT THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.

The Dog’s World of Smell

January 3, 2017

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (12-31-2016) #505: Alexandra Horowitz talks about how dogs experience the world through their amazing olfactory abilities in her newest book, BEING A DOG: FOLLOWING THE DOG INTO A WORLD OF SMELL; Mel Miskimen talks about her uplifting memoir SIT, STAY, HEAL: HOW AN UNDERACHIEVING LABRADOR WON OUR HEARTS AND BROUGHT […]

A Special Christmas Dog Talk

December 27, 2016

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (12-24-2016) #504: For a very special holiday episode of Dog Talk, here’s a conversation with Tracy, a listener from Batavia, Ohio, whose story exemplifies the very best of the holiday spirit and good cheer. She faced her yearly task of assembling her crew of pooches for their Christmas photo — […]

Importance of Environment in Lives of Dogs

December 17, 2016

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (12-17-2016) #503: Melissa McCue-McGrath talks about how environment matters in whether a dog has a successful life with you in her book CONSIDERATIONS FOR THE CITY DOG, and explains how “noise sensitive” dogs don’t belong in an urban setting and why, surprisingly, Greyhounds can be the best city dogs; Heather […]

3 Wonderful Books for the Holidays

December 10, 2016

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (12-10-2016) #502: Three wonderful books for the holidays! TV star Brandon McMillan talks about his quick training tips in his book LUCKY DOG;  Alex Kava’s newest K-9 adventure RECKLESS GREED takes you into the world of tracking; Diane Les Becquets’ book BREAKING WILD throws you into wilderness survival. MP3 Audio […]

NYC’s First Pet-Friendly Domestic Violence Shelter

December 5, 2016

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (12-3-2016) #501: Nathaniel Fields, President of the Urban Resource Institute, talks about opening NYC’s first pet-friendly domestic violence shelter (which was chronicled in a New York Times article “Where the Abused, and Their Pets, Can Be Safe,” which addresses the need for co-sheltering of pets with their owners since 40% […]

Dog Talk 500: Training Police Dogs; Love of Goldens

November 26, 2016

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (11-26-2016) #500: David Yaskulka from Halo, Purely for Pets, a long time sponsor of DOG TALK, joins Tracie to celebrate the 500th consecutive episode of the show; Dr. Cindy Otto discusses her program at the University of Pennsylvania Working Dog Center at the veterinary school, where she heads a team […]

Help Animals While World Traveling

November 19, 2016

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (11-19-2016) #499: Photographer Julie McGuire won a World Press Photo award for her picture “Full House,” taken at a private rescue in Penang, Malaysia where she photo-documented what she calls “islands of hope in the midst of misery”; Karen Menczer from Animal Kind International talks about how to do good […]