Got a Puppy? Good for you! But Where Did He Come From?

Good Dogs! (08-04-2021) #6088: Carol and Tracie bemoan the problem of people showing little regard for the origin of their puppy when they decide to get one. Sadly, we are an impatient nation of people who want what they want when they want it. How about being ethical? Learn where and how that puppy’s parents […]

The National Vetty Award for Suicide Prevention

Good Dogs! (07-21-2021) #6089: Carol Borden\’s Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs received an enormous honor in being chosen from among numerous nonprofit organziations serving veterans (and not just animal-related services) for their succesful work in suicide prevention. Tracie and Carol talk about how dogs are trained to interrupt a mental/emotional down spiral in their person. They also talk about the definition of a true service dog, and the problem with general misunderstandings of how highly trained these dogs are in their work with their disabled person.  

Are ESAs Legitimate Service Dogs?

Good Dogs! (06-23-2021) #6086: Carol explains the laws and ethics of what constitutes a true service dog — specific tasks for which the dog is trained for that individual — unlike Emotional Support Animals who, like Therapy Dogs, have no special training or skills and are simply cherished companions.     MP3 Audio [16 MB]DownloadShow […]

Play Nice

Good Dogs! (05-26-2021) #6084: Carol and Tracie discuss “proper play” with a dog, which basically means having a nice game that does not escalate to a point where the dog or person get too amped up; they share dismay and ask what’s up with people who think it’s okay to bat a dog around the […]

Is Manhandling Part of Police Dog Training?

Good Dogs! (05-12-2021) #6083: This continues the conversation about the South Carolina cop who manhandled his K-9 partner when he thought no one was looking — but it was caught on video. This show is from a discussion I originally had on DOG TALK(r) with Carol Borden, who raises and trains German Shepherd working dogs […]

Penny the Philosopher Cat

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (05-02-2021) #725: Featuring Karl Stevens, Carol Borden, and Kenda Summers. Karl Stevens, a graphic novelist and cartoonist, discusses Penny: a Graphic Memoir which is the first graphic novel that Tracie has been able to immerse herself in; Carol Borden — founder of Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs [and Tracie’s co-host […]

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 […]

Hope in High Country

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (04-04-2021) #721: Featuring Pamela Houston, Carol Borden, and Lili Chin. Pam Houston reads from her gorgeous book celebrating dogs and the natural world, Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country; Carol Borden is the Founder of Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, where they train German Shepherds to assist people […]

Always Say What You Mean

Good Dogs! (03-31-2021) #6080: Carol and Tracie discuss consistency as key to good communication with your dog and successful training, and that problems arise from giving a dog mixed messages; the importance of a solid foundation of a “down, stay” that allows you to manage a lot of other undesirable behavior; try to understand what […]

Documentary Celebrates Stray Dogs

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (03-21-2021) #719: Featuring Bruce Cameron, Elizabeth Lo, and Carol Borden. Bruce Cameron, author of the famed A Dog’s Purpose, has quietly been creating a children’s book series of “puppy tales” to delight middle-grade dog-lovers; documentary filmmaker Elizabeth Lo speaks from Hong Kong, about the years it took her to film […]