Dog Talk ® (and Kitties Too!)

DOG TALK® (and Kitties, Too!) originated on the only NPR station on Long Island, Peconic Public Broadcasting WPPB 88.3 FM in the Hamptons, where it has been on the air for 13 years and over 650 consecutive shows. This Gracie® Award-winning show (for “Best entertainment and information program on local public radio”), is produced and hosted by pet wellness advocate Tracie Hotchner. Each show features Tracie’s interviews with authors and pet experts from around the world, discussing far-ranging topics involving practical and philosophical issues regarding our relationships with dogs and cats. The show broadcasts from the East End and reaches all across Long Island, into Southern Connecticut and Westchester. It is also carried on the NPR stations WHDD 91.9 FM "Robinhood Radio" in Sharon, Connecticut and Radio Cobleskill WCSQ-LP 105.9 FM in Cobleskill, New York. NPR Logo

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How Much Do Dogs Understand Us?

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (07-15-2017) #533: In what ways are dogs like people in a coma? How do we know what our dogs are experiencing and understanding from us? Renowned veterinary behavior specialist Dr. Karen Overall has a lively discussion with Tracie about whether or not she is crazy for talking to her dogs and believing they understand her. Dr. Overall confirms that our communication with dogs and how everything we do, say and touch matters — dogs do understand and talking to them has value and matters — which many people believe is also true of people in a comatose state; cat enthusiast Ingrid King talks about how tortoiseshell cats are different than others in her new book TORTITUDE: THE BIG BOOK OF CATS WITH A BIG ATTITUDE; art therapist and trainer Megan Barr works with dogs and the young men at the Optimist Youth Homes & Family Services in Los Angeles, which is a residential treatment facility for young men on probation — and has found that “tail-wagging tutors are a door to empathy.”