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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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

Reward Dog for Regular Good Behavior

May 16, 2016

Good Dogs! (05-16-2016) #6052: Lise from Avidog reminds us: Don’t overlook the good stuff your dog does! She discusses the  importance of rewarding a dog for doing nothing (bad). “Good job” when a dog is being quiet. Pick two things you’d love to have as part of your dog’s behavior: catch her doing it and […]

Understanding Hormones in Dogs

April 19, 2016

Good Dogs! (04-18-2016) #6050: Vasectomies for dogs? Avidog’s Dr. Gayle Watkins talks about hormones in male dogs, which at 10 months old are in adolescence at the peak of testosterone levels. A male’s raging hormones can make it a challenge to manage such young gentlemen — however for females, estrogen is a full body hormone, […]

Consistency Crucial for Puppy Training

March 21, 2016

Good Dogs! (03-21-2016) #6051: Lise talks about “starting off on the right foot” with a puppy or new adopted dog and how every family member has to be on board and consistently communicate what they want from the dog. Her advice to Tracie about managing the overly exuberant greetings she gets from her girls when […]

Health Benefits of Delayed Spaying

February 22, 2016

Good Dogs! (02-22-2016) #6049: Tracie wants information about how to recognize and manage her young Wanda’s first heat (Tracie’s first female dog that she is choosing not to spay at 6 months). Dr. Gayle Watkins from Avidog International explains that for a small dog her first heat will be around 6 months, for medium dogs […]

Essentials for Well-Mannered Dog

January 25, 2016

Good Dogs! (01-25-2016) #6046: Marcy discusses greetings — and keeping them civilized. You have to discover the reinforcement that works for that individual dog. Essentials for a well-mannered dog are a reliable recall and a solid “Sit-stay” — which can be taught (and your dog’s success measured) by the concept of “3 D” — duration, […]

SRMA: Steroid Responsive Meningitis

December 21, 2015

Good Dogs! (12-21-2015) #6045: Golden Retriever breeder Marcy from Avidog talks about the rare disease SRMA — steroid responsive meningitis — that has affected one of the Avidog young Goldens. Tracie is relieved to learn that Gayle Watkins has the same good health insurance she does, Healthy Paws, which is covering the bills. MP3 Audio […]

How to Reward Dog’s Good Behavior

November 30, 2015

Good Dogs! (11-30-2015) #6048: Rewards! Lise from Avidog explains how you must have something that your dog specifically loves as “payment” for behavior he has offered to you. A dog needs to wonder when the reward is coming and anticipation is what drives the behavior — the reward needs to be random, like a slot […]