A Command is a Promise to a Dog

The Bond (01-18-2016) #0011: Sarah Wilson explains her philosophy that “a command is a promise you make to your dog” – so they can have safety and freedom. Consistency about rules and setting boundaries is not “mean” — it’s loving. Clear, gentle expectations — every time. MP3 Audio [10 MB]DownloadShow URL

Worth of Senior Dog’s Life

The Bond (11-23-2015) #0008: What is an older dog’s life worth? Sarah and Tracie have a bone to pick (sic) with a recent New York Times article raising the issue of the “morality” of spending large sums for a dog’s medical care at the end of life (from a newspaper that does not question the […]

How Dogs Help Us Cope With Loss

The Bond (11-02-2015) #10: Grief: How dogs can help us cope with loss, and how we cope with our grief when we lose them. Sarah and Tracie talk about personal ways in which their dogs have given them emotional support in emotionally trying times. MP3 Audio [14 MB]DownloadShow URL

Dog Stress Tailspins?

The Bond (09-28-2015) #0009: Does “stress send dogs into a tailspin” as a recent New York Times article (http://www.cbsnews.com/news/too-much-stress-sends-some-dogs-into-a-tailspin/) claims? Sarah Wilson says dogs have as many different personalities as people do, and the most desirable state of mind to encourage is calm, cool and collected. MP3 Audio [16 MB]DownloadShow URL

Not Enough Time For Your Dog?

The Bond (08-31-2015) #0007: Do you feel guilty about not having enough time or energy for your dog? You can feel frustrated about not having enough of either for your dog — frustration is a normal feeling — but then many of us feel guilty about that feeling. Find a few things for your dog […]

Human-Animal Bond with Goats

The Bond (08-03-2015) #0006: How about a goat for a pal? Lee Zasloff researches the human-animal bond and has been studying the connections people have with goats (to learn more, go to www.myanimalconnections.com); Sarah Wilson picks up the thread of non-canine bonds with people and explains that The Bond with any animal is vital to […]

Relate to Dogs as Individuals

The Bond (07-06-2015) #0005: Every dog is unique! Co-host Sarah Wilson of www.MySmartPuppy.com discusses the importance of relating to each dog as an individual and not labeling them with pejorative terms like “stubborn” or “difficult.” Rather than putting a value judgment on a dog’s behavior, better to assume innocent intentions and presume they’re doing the […]

Introducing Puppy to Other Dogs

The Bond (06-08-2015) #0004: Tracie looks for Sarah’s guidance in introducing her soon-to-be puppy to her existing dogs; Sarah also talks about very intelligent, high energy dogs like Tracie’s Maisie who push the limits of what we have coped with before to reach new understandings about each dog being an individual with whom we have […]

Oxytocin & Canine-Human Bond

The Bond (05-11-2015) #4: Sarah Wilson has been talking for years about the role of oxytocin in the canine-human bond — that brain chemicals are connecting and reinforcing our mutual attachment to dogs, on both ends of the leash. A recent New York Times blog by Jan Hoffman titled “The Look of Love is in […]

Dogs / Kids Need Boundaries, Rules

The Bond (03-30-2015) #0002: A letter from a listener about the emotional aspects (and similarities?) of being a parent to adopted human children and dogs, sparks a conversation for Sarah and Tracie about how dogs (and kids) need boundaries, rules, and someone kindly in charge. MP3 Audio [14 MB]DownloadShow URL