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

Should You Muzzle Your Dog for Your Cat’s Safety?

Should You Muzzle Your Dog for Your Cat’s Safety? I got this email from a listener: I need a muzzle for my pitbull.  She is great with me, but I don’t trust her with cats in the house, so when she is in the house she is crated.  I want to transition her to give […]

Are Cats Ever Safe in Dog Household?

Good Dogs! (03-26-2018) #6076: Are cats ever truly safe in a dog household? Dr. Gayle Watkins from Avidog International talks about the prey drive in many dogs and the danger this poses to cats once they run. Her recommendation is that pet owners have to commit to being totally disciplined about separating cats and most […]

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. […]

The “Screw Up Cookie” & other Dog Training Tips

Good Dogs! (09-05-2016) #6056: Want to know what a “screw up cookie” is?! Hear that and more of Gayle Watkins’ training tips from Avidog International. Myth-busting: you do NOT have to end training on a positive note (keep it short & sweet). Make it FUN! MP3 Audio [9 MB]DownloadShow URL

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 […]

The New York Times Discovers My Sponsor Pet Anti-Breeding System!

I was enjoying a fun and funny column called “Pet City” by Andy Newman in the Sunday New York Times which was describing a whole raft of high tech and unexpected products and creations that have emerged to service the family pet.  Mr. Newman was expressing surprise and even bemusement at the myriad ways inventors […]

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, […]

Health Benefits of Delayed Spaying

Good Dogs! (02-22-2016) #6049: Tracie wants information about how to recognize and manage her young Wanda’s first heat (Tracie’s first female dog that she is choosing not to spay at 6 months). Dr. Gayle Watkins from Avidog International explains that for a small dog her first heat will be around 6 months, for medium dogs […]