Understanding Dog Friendships

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

Introducing a Puppy to Other Dogs, Cats

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

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. […]

Barking Behavior

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

Car Manners for Dogs

Good Dogs! (06-12-2017) #6070: Gayle Watkins from Avidog talks about car manners. How to teach a dog to be calm in a vehicle and how you want him to behave. The first step is for someone else to drive and you have a collar, leash and treats. She emphasizes the importance of a crash-tested harness. […]

Finding a Reputable Breeder of Purebred Puppies

Good Dogs! (04-24-2017) #6066: Marcy from Avidog International talks about how to find a reputable breeder if you’re looking for a purebred puppy. Her tips include: find that breed’s national club of America which will list known strengths and weaknesses of that breed, along with a health link on that site. Talk to a breeder […]

Preventing Aggression Between Dogs

Good Dogs! (03-06-2017) #6065: Gayle from Avidog International explains what a dog’s “prey drive” is — especially when re-directed at other dogs. The dog’s brain focuses only on the prey and they cannot see or hear you trying to stop them when their brain is filled with neuro-chemicals that feel good. Preventing aggression towards other […]

Challenges of Adolescence in Dogs

Good Dogs! (01-09-2017) #6063: Lise from Avidog International discusses adolescence in dogs. At 18 months the “true dog” emerges and s/he is now becoming the dog s/he is meant to be. Tracie laments the change in her own 18 month old, Wanda and her prey drive towards other dogs. Lise explains that going after something smaller creates a chemical reaction in the brain that is so exciting that the dog can become deaf and dumb to your attempts to your attempts to stop her. The trick is to interrupt it before it is triggered.

Health Benefits of Delayed Spaying

Good Dogs! (12-05-2016) #6062: Lise from Avidog International discusses delaying spaying a female dog (as Tracie has with her young Weimaraner, Wanda) purely for health reasons and the challenges of dealing with a bitch in heat for a novice like Tracie. Buyers of Avidog Golden Retrievers actually have to sign a contract not to spay […]

Why People Shouldn’t Treat Small Dogs Like Babies

Good Dogs! (10-10-2016) #6061: Marcy from Avidog asks: Should people treat and view their small dogs as canines —– or babies? Because they are “babies” with teeth! If you keep holding that little dog in your arms instead of letting her be a dog, you are setting her up to bite. MP3 Audio [12 MB]DownloadShow […]