Dog Talk ® (and Kitties Too!)

DOG TALK® (and Kitties, Too!) originated on the only NPR station on Long Island, Peconic Public Broadcasting WPPB 88.3 FM in the Hamptons, where it has been on the air for 13 years and over 650 consecutive shows. This Gracie® Award-winning show (for “Best entertainment and information program on local public radio”), is produced and hosted by pet wellness advocate Tracie Hotchner. Each show features Tracie’s interviews with authors and pet experts from around the world, discussing far-ranging topics involving practical and philosophical issues regarding our relationships with dogs and cats.

The show broadcasts from the East End and reaches all across Long Island, into Southern Connecticut and Westchester. It is also carried on the NPR stations WHDD 91.9 FM “Robinhood Radio” in Sharon, Connecticut and Radio Cobleskill WCSQ-LP 105.9 FM in Cobleskill, New York.

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Natural Products for Pets from Earth Animal

February 15, 2020

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (02-15-2020) #662: Featuring Bob & Susan Goldstein, Gwen Cooper, and Melissa Starling. Dr. Bob & Susan Goldstein talk about being pioneers in embracing and promoting the concept of natural products for pets, from creating their own store to developing natural products at Earth Animal; Gwen Cooper discusses her new book […]

Paw Project to Outlaw Declawing Cats in All States

February 8, 2020

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (02-08-2020) #661: Featuring Dr Jenny Conrad, Brigitte Schuster, and David Rosenfelt. Dr. Jenny Conrad talks about why other veterinarians “should care more about cats than couches” when they declaw cats, which is why she launched The Paw Project, working to change laws state by state, so that it’s illegal to […]

Partnering with a Military Working Dog

February 4, 2020

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (02-01-2020) #660: Featuring John Migdal, Tiffany Tarkington, and Victoria Stilwell. John Migdal — working dog handler Master-at-Arms Petty Officer 2nd Class on the U.S. Navy base in Naples, Italy — talks about being assigned to Naval Support Activity (NSA) Naples, where he has been partnered with Military Working Dog “Fanto” […]

Are Dogs Really Pack Animals?

January 25, 2020

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (01-25-2020) #659: Featuring Marc Bekoff, Eric O’Grey, and Brooks Bradbury. Marc Bekoff has studied dogs “forever” and one of his Psychology Today articles looks at the question of whether dogs are actually pack animals or whether, left to themselves, there really is a pack or the concept of an “alpha” […]

Spencer Quinn Discusses Heart of Barkness

January 18, 2020

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (01-18-2020) #658: Featuring Spencer Quinn, Marjie Alonso, and Nadyat el Gawley. Spencer Quinn discusses his newest fun novel, HEART OF BARKNESS; Marjie Alonso, Executive Director of the IAACBP (International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants) talks about how to choose a dog trainer; Nadyat el Gawley, a freelance radio producer for […]

Sydney Collier (Paralympic Dressage Rider) Discusses her Service Dog

January 11, 2020

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (01-11-2020) #657: Featuring Sydney Collier, Adrienne McLean, and Gisella McSweeny. Paralympic dressage rider Sydney Collier talks about her service dog, Logan (who is sponsored by Evermore Pet Food, as described in her BLOG) and travels the world with her, representing the United States; Adrienne McLean, Professor of film studies at […]

The Case Against Using E-Collars

January 4, 2020

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (01-04-2020) #656: Featuring Victoria Stilwell, and Melinda Miller. Dog training author and television host (“It’s Me or the Dog”) Victoria Stilwell joins Tracie to represent her firm belief in the case against ever using e-collars on dogs, and a longer conversation about what can be effectively done for or with […]

Barack Obama’s Photographer Discusses Hope, Never Fear

December 28, 2019

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (12-28-2019) #655: Featuring Callie Shell, Sara Driscoll, and Colin Butcher. Callie Shell was Barack Obama’s photographer from his early days in Chicago right to the White House and her book of photos and commentary, HOPE, NEVER FEAR, are beautiful reminders of a much finer time in these United States (when […]

Bruce Cameron Discusses A Dog’s Promise

December 23, 2019

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (12-21-2019) #654: Featuring Bruce Cameron, Katherine Altizer, and Elaine Rosen. Beloved author Bruce Cameron continues his series with the new novel, A DOG’S PROMISE, which shows us how real love never dies (at least not between us and our dogs); Katherine Altizer is writing her PhD dissertation at the Indiana […]

E-Collars Can Be Part of Positive Dog Training Relationship

December 15, 2019

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (12-14-2019) #653: Featuring Aimee Sadler and Dr. Sam Hocker. Aimee Sadler, the founder of Dogs Playing for Life and director of the Canine Center of Florida, talks about the many training techniques that come into play when trying to save and rehabilitate “last chance” dogs at risk for euthanasia and […]