Dog Talk ® (and Kitties Too!)

This Gracie® Award-winning show, produced and hosted by pet wellness advocate Tracie Hotchner, has been broadcasting for 11 years with more than 550 consecutive shows from the NPR station Peconic Public Broadcasting in the Hamptons, where it is heard from the East End all across Long Island, into Southern Connecticut and Westchester. It is also carried on the local public radio stations Robinhood Radio in the Berkshires and Radio Cobleskill in upstate New York. DOG TALK® (and Kitties, Too!) features Tracie’s interviews with authors and pet experts from around the world, discussing far-ranging topics involving dogs and cats, many with dog health information, dog and puppy training advice, and help in living harmoniously with your cat.

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Getting “Down & Dirty” with Your Dog

DOG TALK (And Kitties Too!) (08-26-2017) #539: Dr Michael Moyer talks about the “terrible paradox” that used to exist in training veterinary students to practice spay/neuter surgical techniques. To avoid taking dogs from shelters and practicing on them and then allowing them to die after surgery, “purpose bred” lab beagles were shipped in wholesale orders for vet students to practice the skills for surgical sterilization –– and allowed the dogs to die on the table. All veterinary colleges used to employ this “terminal surgical model,” while many (but not all) vet schools have evolved into a humane model where vet students go to shelters for their surgical spay/neuter training, allowing dogs to live and be adopted; Gary McDaniel talks about this book THE DOG’S GUIDE TO HAPPINESS: SEVEN SECRETS FOR A BETTER LIFE FROM MAN’S BEST FRIEND; Marc Bekoff’s article “Get Down and Dirty With Your Dog: Bow, Hug, and Tug (Playing with your dog is a great way to maintain a special bond on their terms)” for Psychology Today, suggests you “get down and dirty and rough-house, hug and play tug of war” with your dog (on the dogs terms, if she enjoys it), which should not be confused with dominance or alpha issues.