Dog Talk ® (and Kitties Too!)

This Gracie® Award winning show, produced and hosted by pet wellness advocate Tracie Hotchner, has been broadcasting for over 9 years with 500+ shows from the NPR station Peconic Public Broadcasting in the Hamptons, where it is heard from the East End across all of Long Island, into Southern Connecticut and Westchester, as well as on the local NPR station Robinhood Radio in the Berkshires. DOG TALK® features global authors and experts discussing far-ranging topics involving dogs and cats, many of them with dog advice and health information, dog and puppy training tips, and help in understanding your cat.

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How Much Do Dogs Understand Us?

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (07-15-2017) #533: In what ways are dogs like people in a coma? How do we know what our dogs are experiencing and understanding from us? Renowned veterinary behavior specialist Dr. Karen Overall has a lively discussion with Tracie about whether or not she is crazy for talking to her dogs and believing they understand her. Dr. Overall confirms that our communication with dogs and how everything we do, say and touch matters — dogs do understand and talking to them has value and matters — which many people believe is also true of people in a comatose state; cat enthusiast Ingrid King talks about how tortoiseshell cats are different than others in her new book TORTITUDE: THE BIG BOOK OF CATS WITH A BIG ATTITUDE; art therapist and trainer Megan Barr works with dogs and the young men at the Optimist Youth Homes & Family Services in Los Angeles, which is a residential treatment facility for young men on probation — and has found that “tail-wagging tutors are a door to empathy.”