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 Harder-to-Train Dogs Known as “Primitive” Breeds

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (08-23-2020) #689: Featuring Tori Peterson, Kathleen Conlee, and Lisa Wysocki. Tracie finds out from trainer Tori Peterson that there are harder-to-train dogs known as “primitive” breeds, ancient breeds that evolved as guardians or hunters known for “serious dispositions” [like Akitas, Shiba Inu and other spitz breeds, Rhodesian Ridgebacks, Great Pyrenees, Central Asian shepherds]; Kathleen Conlee, VP of Animal Research Issues for the Humane Society of the United States, discusses the end of dogs being used for experiments and research by the U.S. Dept of Veterans Affairs; Lisa Wysocki talks about co-founding, Fido Fixers, funding 7 mobile spay/neuter vehicles stationed in the South and Southeast where veterinary care is not locally accessible.