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)

Hosted by Tracie Hotchner, Carol Borden


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Your Dog’s Genes Really Matter

Good Dogs! (07-07-2021) #6087: Carol discusses the importance of genetics on any dog’s behavior and personality. Princeton University research results showed that genetics account for 50% of the dog’s personality/makeup. Tracie asks Carol about her breeding of German Shepherds to be service animals and how she breeds for the required temperament, intelligence and self-confidence. At what age does she start evaluating if they have potential “winners” in a litter? How intensive is the training from birth? What do they do to mold the candidates into biddable, obedient, self-reliant companions? What can genetics tell us about our own pet dogs, whether in picking a puppy or adopting a grown dog, and how do we incorporate “nurture” with “nature?”