Monthly Archives: August 2012

Ideas for providing much needed mental stimulation in the lives of all dogs of all ages and all breeds.

Renee & Karen give out lots of very fun ideas on how to provide mentally challenging activities to keep terriers, hunting dogs and working dogs happy and active doing appropriate things vs. destruction, stealing and other bad behaviors that are caused by boredom. The two links here are Renee’s favorite boredom-busting toys: www.petproductadvisor.com (click on Toys, and then type in Hide-a-squirrel). www.petproductadvisor.com (click on Toys, and then type in Babble Ball). Fun, fun, fun!

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High Drive Working Dogs

Susan Bulanda, expert trainer and behavioral expert, discusses how to live with a dog who has an intense desire to have a job. Many people mistakenly purchase puppies who are bred specifically for work, such as protection, herding and hunting breeds. People may have wanted a companion pet and soon realize their dog is incredibly smart and has a strong work ethic that cannot be “corrected.” Everyone should listen to this show! For more information about Sue and to read her books, go to her website: www.sbulanda.com

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Breeders and Breeding Dogs

Renee interviews well-known breeder, Sharon Sakson. Sharon breeds Brussels Griffons and Whippets and she is a show judge, as well as an author of the book, “Paws and Effects: The Healing Power of Dogs.” The discussion centers around how responsible breeders pair up only the best of the best to breed puppies. Renee also questions Sharon on a problem called “first-heat aggression.” If you’re looking to get a puppy, this show is an important one for you to listen to!

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Have you ever suffered from “my other dog was so much better” syndrome?

Renee and Karen discuss what causes this human syndrome where they compare a new dog to their “heart dog” that they lost. Humans tend to expect the new dog to be just as wonderful and “perfect,” and often wind up feeling very disappointed and resentful. The trainers talk about ways to prevent this from happening, and how to improve the bond between the human pet parent and their new dog.

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