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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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 […]

Preventing Aggression Between Dogs

March 8, 2017

Good Dogs! (03-06-2017) #6065: Gayle from Avidog International explains what a dog’s “prey drive” is — especially when re-directed at other dogs. The dog’s brain focuses only on the prey and they cannot see or hear you trying to stop them when their brain is filled with neuro-chemicals that feel good. Preventing aggression towards other […]

Challenges of Adolescence in Dogs

January 9, 2017

Good Dogs! (01-09-2017) #6063: Lise from Avidog International discusses adolescence in dogs. At 18 months the “true dog” emerges and s/he is now becoming the dog s/he is meant to be. Tracie laments the change in her own 18 month old, Wanda and her prey drive towards other dogs. Lise explains that going after something smaller creates a chemical reaction in the brain that is so exciting that the dog can become deaf and dumb to your attempts to your attempts to stop her. The trick is to interrupt it before it is triggered.