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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What’s Your Dog’s Personality?

January 19, 2022

Good Dogs! (01-19-2022) #6100: Julie Forbes created the video training series “Puppyhood with Julie Forbes” to guide puppy owners through the training process, but the first thing they have to figure out is who their puppy is as an individual. Tracie and Julie discuss how different dog personalities influence how you interact with them and […]

Are You Driving Safely with Your dog? Probably Not!

January 5, 2022

Good Dogs! (01-05-2022) #6099: Tracie and Carol talk about all the ways people disregard common sense and safety when traveling with their dog in the car — with recommendations of what to do differently from now on. MP3 Audio [14 MB]DownloadShow URL

Do We Expect Dogs to Forget They are Dogs?

December 15, 2021

Good Dogs! (12-15-2021) #6098: Tracie and Carol Borden discuss the moral quandary of wanting “good dogs” yet disregarding their essential dogness in molding responsive, obedient companions. They are in agreement that we have a moral obligation to respect that canines are a different species with natural drives and desires that are important to them – […]

Dog Aggression Against People

December 1, 2021

Good Dogs! (12-01-2021) #6097: Tracie talks to Elaine Berg, the founder of Golden Rule Dog Training, who specializes in aggressive dog behavior. Elaine discusses the what/why/how of dogs who show aggression toward people — what it is, why it happens, how to handle it. She and Tracie also discuss dog aggression towards wildlife and how to avoid and manage those situations.

The Puppy Series #5: Puppy Nipping is Actually Biting!

November 17, 2021

Good Dogs! (11-17-2021) #6096: Carol Borden and Tracie discuss the importance of teaching a puppy early not to put his teeth on humans. Why puppies nip or bite and how to steer them away from this behavior are important pieces of raising a well-adjusted enjoyable puppy.   MP3 Audio [15 MB]DownloadShow URL

The Puppy Series #4 Teach the All-Important “Leave it” Command

November 3, 2021

Good Dogs! (11-03-2021) #6095: Teaching your puppy (or any dog who enters your family) the command to either let go of something he has put in his mouth or not pick it up in the first place. But never do this with something that “belongs” to the puppy, like toys or bones, and certainly not […]

The Puppy Series #3 “No Jumping Up – Keep Four on the Floor”

October 20, 2021

Good Dogs! (10-20-2021) #6094: Tracie talks about a listener who has a 10-month-old Portuguese Water Dog who jumps on everyone. Carol Borden discusses how to manage a puppy’s (or any age dog’s) enthusiasm when the doorbell rings or people visit. Teaching how not to jump, to keep “four on the floor” for rewards, and develop […]

Totes Umbrella Trick for Defense Against Aggressive Dogs

October 6, 2021

Good Dogs! (10-06-2021) #6093: Guest co-host Elaine Berg of Golden Rule Dog Training in Evergreen, Colorado, specializes in working with aggressive dogs. She returns to talk about what to do if an aggressive dog comes at you and your dog. She recommends having a small portable umbrella (Totes or any brand) along with your poop bags and leash and describes how to use it to protect yourself and your pooch.

What Does “Aggressive Dog” Really Mean?

September 22, 2021

Good Dogs! (09-22-2021) #6092:  Guest co-host Elaine Berg of Golden Rule Dog Training in Evergreen, Colorado, specializes in working with aggressive dogs. What does “aggressive” actually mean, and how do we misunderstand aggression in managing a dog’s behavior? MP3 Audio [16 MB]DownloadShow URL

The Puppy Series, #2 Leash/Harness Walking

September 1, 2021

Good Dogs! (09-01-2021) #6091: Carol teaches every service dog puppy to walk properly without ever using a leash – which astonishes Tracie, who bemoans all the puppies who drag their people around or are dragged by then, often making polite walking a small nightmare.   MP3 Audio [12 MB]DownloadShow URL