Dog Talk ®

This NPR-based show 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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Track Cat Weight Loss; Afterlife Care

March 30, 2015

Dog Talk (03-28-2015) #414: Fat Cat developer David Ladowitz is an engineer whose kitty needed to lose weight so he created a tool to help others track their cats’ weight loss with an online tracker and graph at http://www.littlecatlabs.co/; Nancy Taylor, the Director of Bideawee, talks about the evolution of the death and burial ritual […]

Challenges of Making Raw Pet Food

March 23, 2015

Dog Talk (03-21-2015) #413: Jocelyn Rosenthal created Boo Boo’s Best and discusses the joys and challenges of making raw pet food; Dona Cosgrove-Baker, President of the Feral Cat Caretakers Coalition since 1988, discusses the plight of feral cats and kittens and negotiating with landowners to Trap-Neuter-Return an existing colony and  manage it; Tracie answers some […]

Differences in Deaths: Mother vs. Cat

March 15, 2015

Dog Talk (03-14-2015) #412: Margo Rabb wrote about the differences between her mother’s death and her cat Sophie’s, which she wrote about in a recent New York Times op-ed piece: http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/author/margo-rabb/?_r=0  Rabbi Douglas Krantz, founding rabbi of the Congregation Bnai Yisrael in Armonk, talks about his journey from supporting locally grown produce through a CSA, to […]

Should dogs be considered property?

March 9, 2015

Dog Talk (03-07-2015) #411: Law professor Yolanda Eisenstein talks about her book The American Bar Association Legal Guide for Dog Owners which questions whether should dogs be property, as they have been considered legally? Are there reasons against changing that legal description of pets, as Rhode Island has done?; Tonya Wilheim is co-author of What’s […]

Dog Talk #410 (02-28-2015): Underwater therapy; pet hospice; behavior evaluations

March 3, 2015

Dog Talk (02-28-2015) #410: Becky talks about her champion dock diving boxer-mix Mercedes, and how underwater therapy and a healing supplement like Activphy can get a performance dog back on track after an injury; Monica Turenne is specialized in pet hospice, certified in thanatology (the many aspects of dying and death for people as well […]

Dog Talk #409 (02-21-2015): Switzerland petition against dog/cat meat consumption

February 23, 2015

Dog Talk (02-21-2015) #409: Tomi Tomek calls from Switzerland where she is fighting against the legal consumption of dogs and cats, especially in the German Swiss mountain areas. Her group SOS CHATS is trying to stop the dog and cat meat trade in Switzerland and asks Americans to sign their petition; Laurence Alexander is a […]

Dog Talk #408 (02-14-2015): Lost Cat Finder; Love Me, Feed Me; dog park attack

February 15, 2015

Dog Talk (02-14-2015) #408 Kim Freeman is “the Lost Cat Finder” and talks about how cats who get out go into “silent hiding mode” and could be hiding in the house or 100 strides in any direction from point of escape, and that Trucatch traps are best for trapping lost cats; Judith Jones, a renowned […]

Dog Talk #407 (02-07-2015)

February 9, 2015

Dog Talk (02-07-2015) #407: Gabor runs the rescue network of the Nutmeg Weimaraner Club in Connecticut, through which Tracie found a 4 year old Weimaraner for adoption — which went bad very quickly since she was not told the whole story; in order for others not to suffer the terrible quandary Tracie was put in […]

Dog Talk #406 (01-31-2015)

February 2, 2015

Dog Talk (01-31-2015) #406: Director John Harden talks about his highly original film “La Vie D’Un Chien” which will be shown at the Dog Film Festival and imagines a potion that allows people to become dogs and fall in love; Lucky Dog is the memoir of Dr. Sarah Boston, a surgeon who specializes in oncology […]

Dog Talk #405 (01-24-2015)

January 26, 2015

Dog Talk (01-24-2015) #405: Dr E’Lise Christensen Bell, DVM DACVB, Board Certified Veterinary Behaviorist explains the escalation from growling to barking to snapping to nipping to biting and how when “The Tinies” do it, owners blow it off, but it’s still a serious warning that escalates; Mikita Brottman’s THE GREAT GRISBY: Two Thousand Years of […]