Dog Talk ® (and Kitties Too!)

NPR LogoDOG TALK® (and Kitties, Too!) originated on the only NPR station on Long Island, WLIW-88.3, where it has been on the air for 13 years and over 675 consecutive shows.  This Gracie® Award-winning show (for “Best entertainment and information program on local public radio”), is produced and hosted by pet wellness advocate Tracie Hotchner. Each show features Tracie’s interviews with authors and pet experts from around the world, discussing far-ranging topics involving practical and philosophical issues regarding our relationships with dogs and cats. The show broadcasts from the East End and reaches all across Long Island, into Southern Connecticut and Westchester. It is also carried on the NPR stations WHDD 91.9 FM "Robinhood Radio" in Sharon, Connecticut. The show's theme song is "Mmm My Best Friend" by Sophie B. Hawkins from her album TIMBRE. WLIW FM88.3 Logo

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The 40-Year Evolution of Dog Training

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (12-06-2020) #704: Featuring Steven Applebaum, Mark Cushing, and Bassel Abou Fakher. Steven Applebaum, CEO of the Animal Behavior College, talks about the evolution in dog training over the 40 years he has been in the business; Mark Cushing discusses how the concept of “the human-animal bond” began in America and has evolved over the decades, as covered in his book Pet Nation: the Love Affair that Changed America; Bassel Abou Fakher made his way as a refugee from Syria to Belgium, where he wrote a children’s picture book, Saving Stella: A Dog’s Dramatic Escape from War, about what it took to then bring his own dog to join him.