Handling Separation Anxiety in Older Dogs

Good Dogs! (09-19-2016) #6059: Can separation anxiety affect a dog later in life? Lise says it can — and that the best way to minmize your dog’s anxiety about your departure is to be unpredictable in your exiting behavior. Change the time and routine of how you leave and your dog won’t have a chance […]

Be Prepared When Adding Another Dog

Good Dogs! (07-11-2016) #6054: Marcy discusses re-homing issues and how it affects resident pets. Bringing in another dog always influences the harmony of the household — assume the worst can happen and if it does, be prepared to let go of that new potential canine family member because the welfare of your existing pets come […]

Should You Hug Your Dog?

Good Dogs! (06-13-2016) #6055: Gayle Watkins of Avidog International answers the question of whether you should you hug your dog — and whether face-to-face encounters, close holding and direct eye contact mean the same thing to a dog as they do to a person and the potential danger of this inter-species miscommunication. MP3 Audio [10 […]

Reward Dog for Regular Good Behavior

Good Dogs! (05-16-2016) #6052: Lise from Avidog reminds us: Don’t overlook the good stuff your dog does! She discusses the  importance of rewarding a dog for doing nothing (bad). “Good job” when a dog is being quiet. Pick two things you’d love to have as part of your dog’s behavior: catch her doing it and […]

Understanding Hormones in Dogs

Good Dogs! (04-18-2016) #6050: Vasectomies for dogs? Avidog’s Dr. Gayle Watkins talks about hormones in male dogs, which at 10 months old are in adolescence at the peak of testosterone levels. A male’s raging hormones can make it a challenge to manage such young gentlemen — however for females, estrogen is a full body hormone, […]

Consistency Crucial for Puppy Training

Good Dogs! (03-21-2016) #6051: Lise talks about “starting off on the right foot” with a puppy or new adopted dog and how every family member has to be on board and consistently communicate what they want from the dog. Her advice to Tracie about managing the overly exuberant greetings she gets from her girls when […]

Essentials for Well-Mannered Dog

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

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

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)

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 […]