Dog Talk ® (and Kitties Too!)

This Gracie® Award-winning show, produced and hosted by pet wellness advocate Tracie Hotchner, has been broadcasting for 11 years with more than 550 consecutive shows from the NPR station Peconic Public Broadcasting in the Hamptons, where it is heard from the East End all across Long Island, into Southern Connecticut and Westchester. It is also carried on the local public radio stations Robinhood Radio in the Berkshires and Radio Cobleskill in upstate New York. DOG TALK® (and Kitties, Too!) features Tracie’s interviews with authors and pet experts from around the world, discussing far-ranging topics involving dogs and cats, many with dog health information, dog and puppy training advice, and help in living harmoniously with your cat.

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Providing Play Time for Shelter Dogs

September 2, 2017

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (09-02-2017) #540: Aimee Sadler founded Dogs Playing for Life, which visits shelters around the country to teach staff and volunteers how to get dogs out into play groups to improve their quality of life and make them more adoptable, too — their motto being “Every Dog Every Day” gets play […]

Getting “Down & Dirty” with Your Dog

August 27, 2017

DOG TALK (And Kitties Too!) (08-26-2017) #539: Dr Michael Moyer talks about the “terrible paradox” that used to exist in training veterinary students to practice spay/neuter surgical techniques. To avoid taking dogs from shelters and practicing on them and then allowing them to die after surgery, “purpose bred” lab beagles were shipped in wholesale orders […]

About those “Pets Are the Best Medicine” Ads

August 19, 2017

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (08-19-2017) #538: Steve Feldman is the Executive Director of HABRI (the Human-Animal Bond Research Institute) and talks about the hilarious mock-ad videos they made with Zoetis called “Pets are the best medicine, which are now in the NY Dog Film Festival;” Dr. Paul Kline from CityVet in Texas (which is […]

How Diabetic-Alert Dogs Change Lives

August 12, 2017

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (08-12-2017) #537: Steve Lawrence talks about his “The Cat Rescuers” movie that is in production; Mary Emma Young from the Pet Food Institute talks about the process by which the FDA works with manufacturers and the PFI to avoid and deal with problems, specifically a recent recall of canned dog […]

Training, Guidelines Needed for Emotional Support Animals

August 5, 2017

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (08-05-2017) #536: Priscilla Clark from the Connecticut Humane Society talks about their challenges and triumphs; University of Missouri researcher Cassie Boness discusses the lack of training and requirements for emotional support animals — no obedience, no health requirements (vaccinations, etc) total lack of guidelines and much abuse by people claiming […]

Mushing with Six-Dog Team on Dry Land

July 29, 2017

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (07-29-2017) #535: Liz Stainitis talks about being a mushing enthusiast who started with one Siberian Husky and at one point had a six-dog team, competing in NJ and on dry land, too; Deborah Knaan is the Executive Director of BARC Education, the first-of-its-kind online animal cruelty prevention and education course […]

Ultra-Marathoner Runs Gobi Desert With Little Dog

July 23, 2017

DOG TALK (And Kitties Too!) (07-22-2017) #534: World class ultra-marathoner Dion Leonard talks from Scotland about his book FINDING GOBI: THE AMAZING TRUE STORY about the amazing little dog who ran the marathon with him through the Gobi desert and now lives in Scotland; Virginia Donohue is the Executive director of San Francisco Animal Care […]

How Much Do Dogs Understand Us?

July 17, 2017

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (07-15-2017) #533: In what ways are dogs like people in a coma? How do we know what our dogs are experiencing and understanding from us? Renowned veterinary behavior specialist Dr. Karen Overall has a lively discussion with Tracie about whether or not she is crazy for talking to her dogs […]

Support For Veterinary Medical Emergencies

July 8, 2017

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (07-08-2017) #532: Robin Olson (who has a great blog “Covered in Cat Hair”) has been kitten raising and fostering in her designated Blue Bathroom for 17 years and says “You cannot have a bad day in a room full of kittens”; Melinda Cianos discusses The Buddy Foundation of Maryland, a […]

Using Genetic Markers to Identify Potential For Illness

July 1, 2017

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (07-01-2017) #531: Dr. Lowell Ackerman is a veterinarian who wrote THE GENETIC CONNECTION: A GUIDE TO HEREDITARY HEALTH PROBLEMS IN DOGS AND CATS, discusses what “personalized medicine” means in using genetic markers to identify individual dogs’ potential for illness; Dr. Dena Mangiamele was formerly Chief Veterinarian for the entire city […]