Crate Training a Cat? Good Grief, NO!

Cat Chat — Brought to You by Dr. Elsey’s (10-26-2022) #0115: Dr. Mikel Maria Delgado and Tracie were both dismayed by a listener who wrote in describing the use of a crate to deal with a cat with out-of-litter-box issues — and not understanding why it didn’t work! The whole concept of crate training is […]

Did You Need Yet Another Reason Not to Buy a Puppy from a Pet Store?

Did You Need Yet Another Reason Not to Buy a Puppy from a Pet Store? Pet Store Puppies Represent a Chain of Suffering By now I hope we’re all clear on the immorality of purchasing puppies from pet stores. All the puppies in any pet store have been procured through a series of transactions, beginning […]

Do You Use Baby Talk with Your Dog?

Do You Use Baby Talk with Your Dog? Do you think your dog likes hearing baby talk from you? Do you enjoy having that special communication style? Are you as surprised as I am by French researchers telling us we’re wasting our time on doggy baby talk?! I read a fun article on Gizmodo recently […]

Good Dogs! #6026 (7-28-2014)

Good Dogs! (7-28-2014) #6026: What about dog parks? Are they fun or dangerous? Maybe a little of both! Hear Gayle’s recommendations for appropriate age for the dog park (never before 9 months of age because puppies are not socially wise) and warnings about the serious dangers in a dog park and potentially life-saving advice. MP3 […]

Good Dogs! #6019 (6-02-2014)

Good Dogs! (6-02-2014) #6019: Lise from Avidog explains her term about training and the “light bulb moment” people have when understanding their dog — which she calls a BFO — Blinding Flash of the Obvious; Lise explains how puppies learn bite control and what to do if yours never learned (like Tracie’s new pooch Maisie […]

Picking a Puppy, Part 5: Socialization with People, Littermates

Did you miss the previous installments? Picking a Puppy, Part 1: Timing & Picking a Puppy, Part 2: Meet the Parents, Boy or Girl Picking a Puppy, Part 2: Meet the Parents, Boy or Girl Picking a Puppy, Part 3: Personality Testing Picking a Puppy, Part 4: Buying Long Distance, Socialization SOCIALIZATION TO PEOPLE (FIVE […]

Picking a Puppy (Part 2), Meet the Parents, Boy or Girl

Read the Previous installment: Picking a Puppy, Part 1 MEET THE PARENTS Many experts say you should meet a puppy’s parents, since purebred dogs are selected genetically for temperament. They advise that you can learn about your puppy’s probable disposition by watching her mother and father. The only problem with this is that it is […]