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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Essentials for Well-Mannered Dog

January 25, 2016

Good Dogs! (01-25-2016) #6046: Marcy discusses greetings — and keeping them civilized. You have to discover the reinforcement that works for that individual dog. Essentials for a well-mannered dog are a reliable recall and a solid “Sit-stay” — which can be taught (and your dog’s success measured) by the concept of “3 D” — duration, […]

SRMA: Steroid Responsive Meningitis

December 21, 2015

Good Dogs! (12-21-2015) #6045: Golden Retriever breeder Marcy from Avidog talks about the rare disease SRMA — steroid responsive meningitis — that has affected one of the Avidog young Goldens. Tracie is relieved to learn that Gayle Watkins has the same good health insurance she does, Healthy Paws, which is covering the bills. MP3 Audio […]

How to Reward Dog’s Good Behavior

November 30, 2015

Good Dogs! (11-30-2015) #6048: Rewards! Lise from Avidog explains how you must have something that your dog specifically loves as “payment” for behavior he has offered to you. A dog needs to wonder when the reward is coming and anticipation is what drives the behavior — the reward needs to be random, like a slot […]

What OFA Clearance Means (Joints/Bones)

November 9, 2015

Good Dogs! (11-09-2015) #6043: Gayle Watkins from Avidog explains what an OFA clearance means about a dog’s joint and bone health and how the non-profit Orthopedic Foundation for Animals has developed a way for breeders to choose the healthiest animals to reproduce and how puppy buyers can understand and double-check how the parent dogs’ clearances […]

Value of “Sit Stay”

October 5, 2015

Good Dogs! (10-05-2015) #6047: Lise Pratt from Avidog gives a perspective on “Sit Stay” and how most of us don’t recognize that the “stay” should be implied in every “sit” until you release the dog! She explains how the stay is reinforced by dispensing an incredible rate of treats. We need to get our dog […]

Verifying Dog Breeder Claims

September 7, 2015

Good Dogs! (09-07-2015) #6042: Golden Retriever breeder Gayle Watkins from Avidog talks to Tracie about he new puppy with multiple problems and how she — of all people — got duped by a lying, unscrupulous breeder. Why isn’t there a “PuppyFAX” and a way to check a breeder’s records and claims re: OFA clearances and […]

Treating Extreme Separation Anxiety

August 3, 2015

Good Dogs! (08-03-2015) #6044: You think your dog has separation anxiety issues?! What if you had three dogs going berserk when you left the house — even if only to take out the garbage? Marcy of Avidog comes to the rescue to suggest how Jessica can begin to turn down the emotional volume with her […]

Curbing Unwanted Dog Behavior

July 13, 2015

Good Dogs! (07-13-2015) #6041: Avidog’s Marcy gives advice to Erik, who wrote in about being “trapped in his house” because his dog won’t come in from the yard so he can go to work! Tracie asks for a solution to her dog Maisie’s proclivity for crotch-sniffing and goosing from behind. Marcy describes what can provoke […]

Provoking a Dog Bite

June 15, 2015

Good Dogs! (06-15-2015) #6040: Marcy from Avidog discusses the video going around the internet that shows Cesar Millan’s provocation of a bite from a Labrador who was trying to eat in peace — and what’s fundamentally wrong with this kind of no-win set up for a dog. Tracie asks about the old school idea temperament/personality […]

Introducing a Dog to Your Home

May 18, 2015

Good Dogs! (05-18-2015) #6039: Elise Christensen Bell, DVM DACVB (Dr. Elise) Board Certified Veterinary Behaviorist of New York and Denver [talks about the best ways to introduce a new dog to your family — and trusting your instincts about whether it is a good fit. Tracie talks about her failed attempt at re-homing a 4 year […]