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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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 […]

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.