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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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 […]

Raising Puppies to be Good Companions

January 24, 2018

Good Dogs! (01-22-2018) #6075: Brother Christopher from the Monks of New Skete (and author of HOW TO BE YOUR DOG’S BEST FRIEND), talks about their philosophies of raising puppies to be good companions. MP3 Audio [49 MB]DownloadShow URL

Introducing a Puppy to Other Dogs, Cats

December 18, 2017

Good Dogs! (12-18-2017) #6074: Marcy from Avidog International talks about the art of introducing a puppy to other dogs — as well as to other animals, including cats? MP3 Audio [13 MB]DownloadShow URL

What “Alpha Dog” Really Means

October 22, 2017

Good Dogs! (10-23-2017) #6073: Do you know what an “alpha dog” really is? Marcy of Avidog International says people don’t really understand what that phrase means since “alpha dogs” are never aggressive — because they don’t need to be! She and Tracie discuss what “alpha dog” actually means and what makes such a dog tick. […]

Who’s in Charge: You or Your Dog?

September 12, 2017

Good Dogs! (09-11-2017) #6069: Lise from Avidog International discusses “Who’s in charge?” Is your dog running the show –– or do you have some say over the what/when/how? What you do with the tennis ball dropped in your lap determines which of you is in control and making the decisions. Let it be you! MP3 […]

Barking Behavior

August 21, 2017

Good Dogs! (08-21-2017) #6071: Gayle Watkins talks about BARKING!! And the reactive dog, who barks first, thinks later. Gayle dispels the belief that little dogs bark more [they do not], however certain breeds do bark less (Rottweilers for example). She and Tracie discuss ways to manage nuisance barking behavior. MP3 Audio [14 MB]DownloadShow URL

Let Your Dog’s Personality Flourish

July 17, 2017

Good Dogs! (07-17-2017) #6068: Lise from Avidog International speaks about how to let your dog’s individual personality quirks flourish. What less-than-perfect behavior can you allow? And how to manage behavior that could make other people uncomfortable? Dogs only understand black and white—not gray—so you have to be consistent in what you allow, and when and […]