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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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 […]

Dangers of Cat Scratch Fever

November 14, 2016

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (11-12-2016) #498: Jonathan Crown speaks from Berlin where he wrote the astonishing modern fable SIRIUS: THE LITTLE DOG WHO ALMOST CHANGED HISTORY; Alex Doucet brings a French man’s point of view about fresh ingredients in dog food to his new company, Ollie, which ships gently cooked human quality food right […]

Farm Animal Welfare: Shop With Your Heart

November 5, 2016

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (11-05-2016) #497: Daisy Freund, Director of Farm Animal Welfare for the ASPCA, recently launched a campaign for farm animal welfare called Shop With Your Heart, which encourages mindful purchasing decisions by choosing animal products that come with third-party verified certifications — Animal Welfare Approved, Certified Humane and/or Global Animal Partnership; […]

Reading to Dogs

October 31, 2016

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (10-29-2016) #496: Raymond Coppinger discusses his book WHAT IS A DOG? which analyzes the historical adaptation of free-roaming, un-owned dogs and what they reveal about the dogs who live with us; Victoria Wells — the manager of Behavioral Training for the ASPCA — talks about the New York Times article […]

Animals with Disabilities

October 24, 2016

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (10-22-2016) #495: Sara Baume’s extraordinary novel SPILL SIMMER FALTER WITHER has Tracie (and surely others) comparing Baume to James Joyce for creating a new language to depict the inner life of an Outsider, and his life on the run with a vicious dog he adopts and treasures; Brenda Sizer talks […]

Older Dogs, Deeper Love

October 15, 2016

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (10-15-2016) #494: Kasey Klonsky’s film “Love Unleashed” was in part a creative family endeavor as she traveled all over the country filming people and their aging dogs, alongside her mother Jane Klonsky who was taking photographs for her new book UNCONDITIONAL: OLDER DOGS, DEEPER LOVE; Theresa Stern is Vice President […]

Dog Talk Univ: What’s Up with Up-Chucking?

October 10, 2016

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (10-08-2016) #493: Dog Talk University: What’s Up with Up-Chucking? “Everything you should know about a dog vomiting but were too queasy to ask.” Tracie returns to the roots of the show and answers the question of what you should do when your dog throws up — and how to know […]