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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Training Diabetic & Seizure Alert Dogs

June 9, 2021

Good Dogs! (06-09-2021) #6085: What age do you start a dog’s training? What are the steps to teach a diabetic alert dog — Is seizure alert taught differently? What about Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI’s). Where do you get the samples on which you train the dogs? The detectable odors in the blood chemistry for a […]

Play Nice

May 26, 2021

Good Dogs! (05-26-2021) #6084: Carol and Tracie discuss “proper play” with a dog, which basically means having a nice game that does not escalate to a point where the dog or person get too amped up; they share dismay and ask what’s up with people who think it’s okay to bat a dog around the […]

Is Manhandling Part of Police Dog Training?

May 12, 2021

Good Dogs! (05-12-2021) #6083: This continues the conversation about the South Carolina cop who manhandled his K-9 partner when he thought no one was looking — but it was caught on video. This show is from a discussion I originally had on DOG TALK(r) with Carol Borden, who raises and trains German Shepherd working dogs […]

The K-9 Cop Who Choked His Own Canine Partner

April 28, 2021

Good Dogs! (04-28-2021) #6082: The first of two shows concerning a rogue South Carolina police officer who abused his K-9 partner. SPOILER ALERT: that cop has since been fired. Dog trainer Aimee Sadler discusses with Tracie a leaked video of a shocking “training event” from a few weeks ago in which a police K-9 officer […]

Why Did the President’s Dog Bite Again?

April 14, 2021

Good Dogs! (04-14-2021) #6081: Tracie and Carol Borden discuss the terrible decision-making that happened after the Biden’s younger German Shepherd, Major, bit a Secret Service agent. Major was sent back to the Biden’s Delaware home for only a few days of [predictably ineffectual] sessions with a trainer, who foolishly brought Major back to the White […]

Always Say What You Mean

March 31, 2021

Good Dogs! (03-31-2021) #6080: Carol and Tracie discuss consistency as key to good communication with your dog and successful training, and that problems arise from giving a dog mixed messages; the importance of a solid foundation of a “down, stay” that allows you to manage a lot of other undesirable behavior; try to understand what […]

How the Bidens Failed Their Dog Major

March 17, 2021

Good Dogs! (03-17-2021) #6079: Tracie and her cohost, Carol Borden (founder of Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs and a veteran dog trainer, particularly of German Shepherds) discuss the various ways the President and his wife, Jill, seemed not to have considered the stress on their dogs of moving into the Whtie House. There were warning […]

Guardian Angels Dogs

March 10, 2021

Good Dogs! (03-10-2021) #6078: Tracie welcomes Carol Borden, the Founder of Guardian Angel Medical Service Dogs, who will be her new co-host on this training show. Carol talks about how she brought her years of dog training knowledge and applied it to rescuing, raising and teaching German Shepherd Dogs to become invaluable companions to people […]

Understanding Dog Friendships

May 14, 2018

Good Dogs! (05-14-2018) #6077: Dog friendships are misunderstood. Gayle Watkins discusses whether dogs have individuals they really like — or can’t stand? Can a dog have a favorite friend, a “bestie?” What makes dogs good friends? How to judge compatibility. Play styles. Does breed matter in choosing a playmate? MP3 Audio [22 MB]DownloadShow URL

Are Cats Ever Safe in Dog Household?

March 26, 2018

Good Dogs! (03-26-2018) #6076: Are cats ever truly safe in a dog household? Dr. Gayle Watkins from Avidog International talks about the prey drive in many dogs and the danger this poses to cats once they run. Her recommendation is that pet owners have to commit to being totally disciplined about separating cats and most […]