Practice Counting Your Dog’s Toes

Good Dogs! (11-02-2022) #6116: Tracie wonders why many dogs are so scared in the veterinarian’s office, while her own dogs love it there. Carol talks about acclimating your dog to the vet clinic by first getting the dog used to being handled — by you and then family members and friends — by opening his […]

Puppy Series #7: When You Gotta Go, You Gotta Go!

Good Dogs! (02-16-2022) #6102: Julie Forbes discusses the episode on housetraining in her video puppy training series “Puppyhood with Julie Forbes” and explains to Tracie why you should not reward a dog with treats for “going potty.”     MP3 Audio [17 MB]DownloadShow URL

The Puppy Series #4 Teach the All-Important “Leave it” Command

Good Dogs! (11-03-2021) #6095: Teaching your puppy (or any dog who enters your family) the command to either let go of something he has put in his mouth or not pick it up in the first place. But never do this with something that “belongs” to the puppy, like toys or bones, and certainly not […]

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 […]

How to Protect Paws on Icy Sidewalks

How To Protect Paws on Icy Sidewalks With an extended cold wave across the Northeast and other parts of the country, dogs have their own particular challenges when going outside. A recent New York Times article on the subject called “Don’t Make Me Go Out There” with some fun photos — described how city dogs […]

Horsing Around With Your Dog!

Horsing  Around With Your Dog! One of the topics on this week’s Dog Talk® was a lively conversation I had with Marc Bekoff, the dog expert and educator, who has written too many impressive animal-oriented books to list! Marc is a fun and modest gentleman — despite his PhD and many accomplishments — and he likes […]

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. […]

Praise Not Punish: The Basic Winning Philosophy for Dog Training

PRAISE NOT PUNISH The Basic Winning Philosophy for Dog Training Accentuate the Positive Training a dog is pretty simple, once you grasp the basic concepts and are consistent in applying them. What scientists, trainers and teachers have discovered is that all creatures — including humans, dolphins or dogs — learn from positive reinforcement, not from […]

The Challenge of Training Small Dogs

Good Dogs! (10-31-2016) #6060: The challenges of training small dogs! Marcy from Avidog International says to make training the “wee ones” a game! It needs to be fun for both of you — and should include a mountain of very small delicious treats to reinforce commands — especially the basic “Come!” command. MP3 Audio [12 […]

Pearl ♥ Petco

Pearl ♥ Petco {Guest Post by Kristy D} Two things happened: I met the loves of my life—Dan and his dogs—and I got a great job working for Tracie Hotchner, founder of the Dog Film Festival. When Dan and I first started dating, he adopted his third dog, an Australian-shepherd mix puppy named Pearl from […]