Good Dogs! ™

Empowering breeders and owners to raise stable, healthy, well-mannered puppies that enrich people’s lives.

Do you wish your dog was better behaved? This show will help you give the right beginning to a young dog and improve an older dog’s behavior, too — featuring the wisdom of three veteran trainers, Gayle Watkins, Lise Pratt and Marcy Burke — who will take turns co-hosting. They have also spent decades breeding and competing healthy performance Golden Retrievers — and created Avidog, a system to help breeders and new puppy owners raise well-behaved companions.

Hosted by Tracie Hotchner, Gayle Watkins, Lise Pratt, Marcy Burke


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Understanding Dog Friendships

May 14, 2018

Good Dogs! (05-14-2018) #6077: Dog friendships are misunderstood. Gayle Watkins discusses whether dogs have individuals they really like — or can’t stand? Can a dog have a favorite friend, a “bestie?” What makes dogs good friends? How to judge compatibility. Play styles. Does breed matter in choosing a playmate? MP3 Audio [22 MB]DownloadShow URL

Are Cats Ever Safe in Dog Household?

March 26, 2018

Good Dogs! (03-26-2018) #6076: Are cats ever truly safe in a dog household? Dr. Gayle Watkins from Avidog International talks about the prey drive in many dogs and the danger this poses to cats once they run. Her recommendation is that pet owners have to commit to being totally disciplined about separating cats and most […]

Raising Puppies to be Good Companions

January 24, 2018

Good Dogs! (01-22-2018) #6075: Brother Christopher from the Monks of New Skete (and author of HOW TO BE YOUR DOG’S BEST FRIEND), talks about their philosophies of raising puppies to be good companions. MP3 Audio [49 MB]DownloadShow URL

Introducing a Puppy to Other Dogs, Cats

December 18, 2017

Good Dogs! (12-18-2017) #6074: Marcy from Avidog International talks about the art of introducing a puppy to other dogs — as well as to other animals, including cats? MP3 Audio [13 MB]DownloadShow URL

What “Alpha Dog” Really Means

October 22, 2017

Good Dogs! (10-23-2017) #6073: Do you know what an “alpha dog” really is? Marcy of Avidog International says people don’t really understand what that phrase means since “alpha dogs” are never aggressive — because they don’t need to be! She and Tracie discuss what “alpha dog” actually means and what makes such a dog tick. […]

Who’s in Charge: You or Your Dog?

September 12, 2017

Good Dogs! (09-11-2017) #6069: Lise from Avidog International discusses “Who’s in charge?” Is your dog running the show –– or do you have some say over the what/when/how? What you do with the tennis ball dropped in your lap determines which of you is in control and making the decisions. Let it be you! MP3 […]

Barking Behavior

August 21, 2017

Good Dogs! (08-21-2017) #6071: Gayle Watkins talks about BARKING!! And the reactive dog, who barks first, thinks later. Gayle dispels the belief that little dogs bark more [they do not], however certain breeds do bark less (Rottweilers for example). She and Tracie discuss ways to manage nuisance barking behavior. MP3 Audio [14 MB]DownloadShow URL

Let Your Dog’s Personality Flourish

July 17, 2017

Good Dogs! (07-17-2017) #6068: Lise from Avidog International speaks about how to let your dog’s individual personality quirks flourish. What less-than-perfect behavior can you allow? And how to manage behavior that could make other people uncomfortable? Dogs only understand black and white—not gray—so you have to be consistent in what you allow, and when and […]

Car Manners for Dogs

June 12, 2017

Good Dogs! (06-12-2017) #6070: Gayle Watkins from Avidog talks about car manners. How to teach a dog to be calm in a vehicle and how you want him to behave. The first step is for someone else to drive and you have a collar, leash and treats. She emphasizes the importance of a crash-tested harness. […]

Finding a Reputable Breeder of Purebred Puppies

April 24, 2017

Good Dogs! (04-24-2017) #6066: Marcy from Avidog International talks about how to find a reputable breeder if you’re looking for a purebred puppy. Her tips include: find that breed’s national club of America which will list known strengths and weaknesses of that breed, along with a health link on that site. Talk to a breeder […]