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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Health Benefits of Delayed Spaying

December 5, 2016

Good Dogs! (12-05-2016) #6062: Lise from Avidog International discusses delaying spaying a female dog (as Tracie has with her young Weimaraner, Wanda) purely for health reasons and the challenges of dealing with a bitch in heat for a novice like Tracie. Buyers of Avidog Golden Retrievers actually have to sign a contract not to spay […]

The Challenge of Training Small Dogs

October 31, 2016

Good Dogs! (10-31-2016) #6060: The challenges of training small dogs! Marcy from Avidog International says to make training the “wee ones” a game! It needs to be fun for both of you — and should include a mountain of very small delicious treats to reinforce commands — especially the basic “Come!” command. MP3 Audio [12 […]

Why People Shouldn’t Treat Small Dogs Like Babies

October 10, 2016

Good Dogs! (10-10-2016) #6061: Marcy from Avidog asks: Should people treat and view their small dogs as canines —– or babies? Because they are “babies” with teeth! If you keep holding that little dog in your arms instead of letting her be a dog, you are setting her up to bite. MP3 Audio [12 MB]DownloadShow […]

Handling Separation Anxiety in Older Dogs

September 20, 2016

Good Dogs! (09-19-2016) #6059: Can separation anxiety affect a dog later in life? Lise says it can — and that the best way to minmize your dog’s anxiety about your departure is to be unpredictable in your exiting behavior. Change the time and routine of how you leave and your dog won’t have a chance […]

The “Screw Up Cookie” & other Dog Training Tips

September 5, 2016

Good Dogs! (09-05-2016) #6056: Want to know what a “screw up cookie” is?! Hear that and more of Gayle Watkins’ training tips from Avidog International. Myth-busting: you do NOT have to end training on a positive note (keep it short & sweet). Make it FUN! MP3 Audio [9 MB]DownloadShow URL

“Rewarding Nothing” Explained

August 10, 2016

GOOD DOGS! (08-08-2016) #6058: Margaret Tumino Mills, who does the marketing for Halo, Purely for Pets — also volunteers as a dog trainer at the North Hempstead shelter, where she focuses on recognizing the individual personality of each dog that is up for adoption. She discusses “rewarding ‘nothing’” and what that apparent contradiction means. MP3 […]

Be Prepared When Adding Another Dog

July 11, 2016

Good Dogs! (07-11-2016) #6054: Marcy discusses re-homing issues and how it affects resident pets. Bringing in another dog always influences the harmony of the household — assume the worst can happen and if it does, be prepared to let go of that new potential canine family member because the welfare of your existing pets come […]

Hugging A Dog? Fine, with Care

June 20, 2016

Good Dogs! (06-21-2016) #6057: Naturalist and professor Marc Bekoff is world-renowned for his studies of wolves, coyotes and dogs.  He wanted to disagree with the recent Good Dogs! show cautioning against “dog hugging” because he believes each dog should be viewed as an individual with likes and dislikes that may also change. He shares his […]

Should You Hug Your Dog?

June 13, 2016

Good Dogs! (06-13-2016) #6055: Gayle Watkins of Avidog International answers the question of whether you should you hug your dog — and whether face-to-face encounters, close holding and direct eye contact mean the same thing to a dog as they do to a person and the potential danger of this inter-species miscommunication. MP3 Audio [10 […]

Three Supplements Every Dog Needs Every Day

June 7, 2016

Good Dogs! (06-06-2016) #6053: Marcy on the 3 supplements every dog should get every day: geneflora, probalance, high-quality Omega-3 MP3 Audio [13 MB]DownloadShow URL