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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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 […]

Dog Talk #404 (01-17-2015)

January 19, 2015

Dog Talk (01-17-2015) #404: Jackson Galaxy talks about his new book Catification: Designing a Happy and Stylish Home for Your Cat (and You!) and how to make your house attractively cat-centric to enrich and enhance your kitty’s life; Lise Pratt, who is one of Tracie’s co-hosts on GOOD DOGS! talks about what a good breeder […]

Dog Talk #403 (01-10-2015)

January 12, 2015

Dog Talk (01-10-2015) #403: Katherine Marr is a Labrador Retriever breeder who explains the differences between field working Labs and show conformation Labs and recommends the Labrador Retriever Club of the Potomac as a good source for information about reputable breeders anywhere in the country;  “accidental” author and “iPhone photographer” Brittni Vega has turned out […]

Dog Talk #402 (01-03-2015)

January 4, 2015

Dog Talk (01-03-2015) #402: Eric Rispau, the director with his wife of the documentary SIT STAY RIDE, talks about the amazing topic of their film — the world of motorcyclists whose dogs ride in sidecars with them — and Tracie is enthusiastic about the special short version of the film that Eric is making specially […]

Dog Talk #401 (12-27-2014)

December 27, 2014

Dog Talk (12-27-2014) #401: Lissa Warren talks about Good Luck Cat: How a Cat Saved a Family, and a Family Saved a Cat, and her extraordinary emotional and physical challenges, which her kitty helped her overcome, while the cat underwent major life-saving surgery herself; Leo Grillo created the D.E.L.T.A. sanctuary [deltarescue.org] on 115 acres in […]