Dog Talk ® (and Kitties Too!)

DOG TALK® (and Kitties, Too!) originated on the only NPR station on Long Island, WLIW-FM, 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.

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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 […]

Why Best Friends Animal Sanctuary Stopped Collaborating with National Canine Center

December 7, 2019

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (12-07-2019) #652: Featuring Holly Sizemore, Annie England Noble, and Joelle Nielsen. Holly Sizemore, Chief Mission Officer for Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Utah, answers Tracie’s questions about what prompted Best Friends to stop collaborating with Aimee Sadler and the National Canine Center in Florida; Annie England Noble reads from her […]

Why Dogs Are Not Pack Animals

November 30, 2019

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (11-30-2019) #651: Featuring Marjie Alonso, Judy Korman, and Sue Pethick. Marjie Alonso, the Executive Director of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC I), corrects a common misconception by explaining how dogs are not pack animals and we are not their pack leaders; Dr. Judy Korman describes a new […]

Ways We Can Keep Older Dogs Comfortable

November 23, 2019

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (11-23-2019) #650: Featuring Clive Wynn, Alex Kava, and Dr Kristin Kirkby-Shaw. Clive Wynn returns to discuss the many ways that we share love with dogs as described in his book DOG IS LOVE; Alex Kava talks about two books from her action-packed series, DESPERATE CREED and LOST CREED; Dr. Kristin […]