Good Dogs! ™

Dog Training is People Training

All dogs are GOOD DOGS!  We believe it is people who have to be educated to understand dogs on their terms, to “bring out the good” in each dog so we can live together harmoniously. This show explores all aspects of communication between people and dogs — whether they are K-9 partners in military work, purpose-bred and trained service dogs, competitors in dog sports, or pets — from a newly-adopted senior dog or young puppy.

Tracie is joined by co-host Carol Borden, a veteran of 60 years training people to train dogs. She is the founder of Guardian Angel Medical Service Dogs, which has trained dogs through her college accredited/VA approved curriculum to work inside the Pentagon and other Department of Defense facilities alongside disabled staff members. Carol has also personally competed in the demanding sport of Schutzhund and has trained ex-military and police K-9 handlers to work at Guardian Angel training service dogs.

NOTE: The first 77 GOOD DOGS! shows in the library were co-hosted by Tracie with three veteran trainers — Gayle Watkins, Lise Pratt and Marcy Burke — who bred agility performance Golden Retrievers.

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Hosted by Tracie Hotchner, Carol Borden


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Should Your Dog Have More Free Will?

July 27, 2022

Good Dogs! (07-27-2022) #6110: A little philosophical conversation between Tracie and Carol about whether we should allow dogs more freedom to make choices about what they want to do with or without us — or must we always be in charge of decisions? Do our dogs lack free will in their daily lives? Is it […]

Clicker Training—Good for Dolphins, Not So Much for Dogs

July 6, 2022

Good Dogs! (07-06-2022) #6109: Carol Borden talks about how clicker training was developed for performing dolphins and then transferred to dog training. She discusses why it is not a good tool for human-dog communication because it is dependent on very subtle timing. Tracie talks about how using a clicker is something she could personally never […]

Let Human Toddlers Learn Human Language by Pushing Buttons

June 22, 2022

Good Dogs! (06-22-2022) #6108: Carol Borden and Tracie discuss the misconception that a dog be taught to press buttons through classical conditioning, by stepping on large plastic buttons that emit sounds and this will supposedly express the dog’s feelings or wishes — through words which are not actually even dog-centric. Tens of thousands of dog […]

Guardian Angels Dogs Prevent Veteran Suicides

June 1, 2022

Good Dogs! (06-01-2022) #6107: Carol Borden, the Founder and Director of Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, talks about their pride in winning the Vetty Award for the second year in a row — an award sought out by organizations of all kinds that are dedicated to preventing suicide in veterans. Carol talks about their gratitude […]

Puppy Series #10: Is Your Puppy a Good Co-Pilot?

May 18, 2022

Good Dogs! (05-18-2022) #6106: Tracie and Julie Forbes discuss puppies in the car, which she covers in her video training series “Puppyhood with Julie Forbes” and how to get puppies so comfortable in a car they will be able to travel with you anywhere you drive.   MP3 Audio [17 MB]DownloadShow URL

Dog Trainers are Like Shrinks — Many are Mediocre!

April 27, 2022

Good Dogs! (05-04-2022) #6105: Trainer Julie Forbes (of the video training series \”Puppyhood with Julie Forbes\”) discusses what it requires to be called a dog trainer (not much) and how owners can find a kind yet firm trainer for them and their dogs.

Puppy Series #9: Strive to Make Positive Associations

April 6, 2022

Good Dogs! (04-06-2022) #6104: Tracie and trainer Julie Forbes [“Puppyhood with Julie Forbes”] talk about how each dog makes an association – positive or negative – about places and things based on his personality. Knowing “who you have,” and honoring each dog for who they are as an individual, can help shape those associations. MP3 […]

Puppy Series #8: The Three Big No-No’s in Car Rides

March 2, 2022

Good Dogs! (03-02-2022) #6103: Carol Borden and Tracie talk about how to have your puppy be a good, safe, happy passenger in the car. Without getting car sick!    

Puppy Series #7: When You Gotta Go, You Gotta Go!

February 16, 2022

Good Dogs! (02-16-2022) #6102: Julie Forbes discusses the episode on housetraining in her video puppy training series “Puppyhood with Julie Forbes” and explains to Tracie why you should not reward a dog with treats for “going potty.”     MP3 Audio [17 MB]DownloadShow URL

Puppy Series #6: When You Gotta Chew, You Gotta Chew!

February 2, 2022

Good Dogs! (02-02-2022) #6101: Julie Forbes talks about managing a puppy’s chewing in the episode from her video puppy training series “Puppyhood with Julie Forbes.” She and Tracie discuss how to teach a dog what to put his mouth on, and why you need to offer a smorgasbord of healthy, edible long-lasting chews everywhere in […]