The Bond

This show is about all aspects of the powerful bond that exists between people and their dogs — exploring what goes into that loving relationship for both species, and how to enhance and expand it in training and everyday life. Tracie’s co-host Sarah Wilson is “the Dog Expert” because of her 25 years training people and their dogs, during which time she had nine best-selling books published and earned a masters degree in the human-animal bond.

Hosted by Sarah Wilson, Tracie Hotchner


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Introducing Puppy to Other Dogs

The Bond (06-08-2015) #0004: Tracie looks for Sarah’s guidance in introducing her soon-to-be puppy to her existing dogs; Sarah also talks about very intelligent, high energy dogs like Tracie’s Maisie who push the limits of what we have coped with before to reach new understandings about each dog being an individual with whom we have […]

Oxytocin & Canine-Human Bond

The Bond (05-11-2015) #4: Sarah Wilson has been talking for years about the role of oxytocin in the canine-human bond — that brain chemicals are connecting and reinforcing our mutual attachment to dogs, on both ends of the leash. A recent New York Times blog by Jan Hoffman titled “The Look of Love is in […]

Dogs / Kids Need Boundaries, Rules

The Bond (03-30-2015) #0002: A letter from a listener about the emotional aspects (and similarities?) of being a parent to adopted human children and dogs, sparks a conversation for Sarah and Tracie about how dogs (and kids) need boundaries, rules, and someone kindly in charge. MP3 Audio [14 MB]DownloadShow URL

Expectations: Men vs. Women in Canine Relationships

The Bond (03-23-2015) #1: Introducing Sarah Wilson, “dog expert,” whose M.A. in the human-animal bond and 25 years experience training people and their dogs make her especially suited to discuss the fascinating aspects of people’s attachment to their dogs — and social expectations being different for men and women in those canine relationships. MP3 Audio […]