Dog Talk ®

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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Filmmaker William Wegman

May 23, 2015

Dog Talk (05-23-2015) #422: The William Wegman Hour! A whole show with the amazing artist and photographer William Wegman, whose iconic and astonishing film “The Hardly Boys in Hardly Gold” will be featured at the Dog Film Festival, as will one of his early video pieces, “The Spelling Lesson,” with his original Weimaraner, Man Ray. […]

A Test for the Deadly Dog Flu

May 18, 2015

Dog Talk (05-16-2015) #421: Dr Alexis Seguin, a veterinary internist developing diagnostic tests for IDEXX, announces that her company has already created a test to diagnose whether a dog has the new deadly form of canine flu that swept through Chicago only weeks ago; Erin Moore’s new book That’s Not English: Britishisms, Americanisms, and What […]

Canine-Human Exercise Classes

May 11, 2015

Dog Talk (05-09-2015) #420: In Madison, Wisconsin people can take a canine-human exercise class together at Dog Face www.dogfacepet.com — to experience yet another aspect of the human-animal bond; Matthew Algeo’s book ABE & FIDO discovers the remarkably forward-thinking attitude Abraham Lincoln had about animals, and especially his own dog Fido, whose name became a […]

Lyme Disease: What You Need to Know

May 4, 2015

Dog Talk (05-02-2015) #419: “Everything you need to know about Lyme disease and might have to educate your own vet about.” Dr. Donna Spector, Tracie’s co-host on the Radio Pet Lady network show THE EXPERT VET brings everyone up to date on the when/why/how of Lyme disease; Dr. Melissa Beall DVM PhD was one of […]

Hearing Assistance Dog

April 27, 2015

Dog Talk (04-25-2015) #418: Aimee Sadler talks about her nationwide non-profit Dogs Playing for Life that gets shelter dogs out together in play yards and how her son Kodi now works with her; Taylor has a hearing assistance dog (she was deaf from birth) and describes how her Midwest Assistance Dog Zoe alerts her to […]

De-Stress with Cats at Meow Parlour

April 18, 2015

Dog Talk (04-18-2015) #417: The New York City Meow Parlour (and Macaron parlour) created by Christina Ha, who describes how people make reservations to de-stress around the cats and possibly to adopt; the cats at Meow Parlour live there until adopted and come from the all-volunteer group Kitty Kind, which Miriam Hibel explains is helped […]

How Supplements Are Developed

April 13, 2015

Dog Talk (04-11-2015) #416: Dr. Jamie Nickerson (with a doctorate in molecular biology and a post-doctoral degree in human health & nutritional sciences) explains how a lab scientist helps develop supplements, running clinical and in-vitro trials for Vivamune to discover how their active ingredient OxyC Beta works; Emily Yoffe has a cautionary tale about getting […]

Dog Agility in North America

April 7, 2015

Dog Talk (04-04-2015) #415: Annie DeChance talks about the United States Dog Agility Association being the pioneer of the fascinating sport of dog agility in North America and welcoming mixed-breed dogs right along with purebred ones; Meg Donohue’s book DOG CRAZY is about a pet bereavement counselor whose own traumas have left her afraid to […]

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 […]