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. Guardian Angel Medical Service Dogs (logo)

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Why Did the President’s Dog Bite Again?

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 House way too quickly to have been able to help the dog adjust and settle down. Carol and Tracie discuss how people set this dog up for failure when they turned around and returned him to the White House, the same stressful environment that he had been reacting negatively to on various occasions before he resorted to biting. Why didn’t someone advise the President and Mrs. Biden that they needed to allow time for the desensitization and socialization that a good trainer should have known was necessary? Why wasn’t anyone paying attention to the dog’s body language and reactions—listening to what the dog was telling them?! All those people failed Major—so it should have been no surprise that Major bit someone else as soon as he returned to the Capitol. A terrible shame and avoidable outcome. What can all dog lovers learn from this about how to respect a dog as an individual and work with his personality to give him effective guidance and support?