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How to introduce a new puppy to a home with a resident cat. Also, how to introduce a new cat to a home with a resident dog.

Marilyn Krieger, well-known and highly respected Certified Cat Behavior Consultant visits the show today. She talks about the best ways to introduce a new puppy (or dog) into the home that already has a resident cat (& vice versa). Marilyn also talks about the benefits of using clicker training during this process. Great show!!

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A book called, “Little Boy Blue” who got adopted by the author, Kim Kavin just hours before he was to be killed in a gas chamber at the shelter in North Carolina.

Kim Kavin joins Karen and Renee today to discuss how she met her rescued dog, “Blue” and what she learned about how dogs are killed every day in shelters that use gas chambers. She explains why so many rescue groups are now running vans down south to bring dogs up north to save them from this horrible death!

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Aggression in Dogs: Causes and Prevention

Renee discusses why some dogs choose to show aggression. She mentions several human behaviors that may trigger biting, including using painful punishment tactics, being confrontational, etc. She discusses what body-language signals to watch for that may predict a bite is coming. Renee also talks about how to respond appropriately when a dog is growling, snapping or snarling.

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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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The Animal Orphanage Shelter in Voorhees, NJ

Renee talks to Bruce Compton, the President of the Board of Directors of the Animal Orphanage. Bruce talks about the shelter and how it’s run. They also discuss the controversial issue of bringing dogs up from down south to our local shelters and why this is being done. Listeners learn about a few great dogs currently up for adoption. Bruce also talks about an event coming up on September 8, 2012, “Woofstock Pet Festival!” Check the website for more information: www.theanimalorphanage.org

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Discussion about Bella, a fearful, reactive dog who is improving by eating Royal Canin’s food, “CALM.”

Dr. Sally Foote, veterinary behaviorist from Tuscola, Ill. Talks to Renee and Karen about how she’s rehabilitating her dog Bella, who is very reactive to seeing men and other dogs. She also discusses how Royal Canin’s food, “CALM” is helping to keep her dog much calmer during this process. If you want to read Dr. Foote’s blog about Bella, click on this link: http://www.drsallyjfoote.blogspot.com/

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Fresh Pet Natural Pet Foods

Karen and Renee talk to the owner of Fresh Pet dog foods, Richard Thompson. Mr. Thompson talks about the high quality of his foods and that there are no preservatives contained in any of his varieties. The foods need to be refrigerated, so they are found in the refrigerators in supermarkets all over the New Jersey and Pennsylvania areas.  The Dog Food Advisor gives Fresh Pet foods a 5 star rating!  Check it out yourself:

Some people say, “A dog is just a dog.” WRONG!

Renee discusses the many wonderful services dogs offer us. She talks about military working dogs, service and therapy dogs, police and search & rescue dogs, as well as dogs that can sniff out cancer and seizures.  She also offers several ideas of useful and stimulating jobs in which to involve your own pet dog. Dogs love to work!

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Choosing Training Methods That Work Best for You

Phil Guida, New Jersey dog trainer who owns Canine Dimensions (www.caninedimensions.com), talks to Karen and Renee about his “natural, balanced” system of dog training. The three trainers discuss the differences between positive, reward-based training and methods which employ the use of corrections and rewards. It’s rare for trainers to discuss and debate methodology without it becoming a “heated argument.” But today’s talk was extremely professional, respectful and enlightening.

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Musical CD’s to calm the anxious dog

Renee and Karen interview Lisa Spector, co-founder of “Through a Dog’s Ear,” a series of classical music arrangements specifically arranged to calm dogs with thunder and noise phobias, separation distress and car anxiety, including motion sickness! Listen to this great interview. Also, hear a sampling of the musical arrangements that can help calm your own canine companion.

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Soldier Dogs: The Untold Story of America’s Canine Heroes,” by Maria Goodavage

Author, Maria Goodavage discusses her book. She has opened up a whole new world for dog lovers in her intrepidly reported, richly illustrated, heartwarming account of the dogs who play an increasingly vital role in our military efforts. Her book describes the training that the dogs undergo and the extraordinary bond between military dogs and their handlers.  These amazing dogs give so much of themselves in order to keep our troops safe in places like Iraq and Afghanistan.  She told Renee and Karen that after Osama Bin Laden was killed, it was reported that a dog had been involved in that operation.  The dog’s name is Cairo.  To order Maria’s book, click on this link: www.soldierdogs.com.

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Dogs who are Afraid to Ride in Cars

Karen & Renee discuss various methods to help dogs get over their fear of riding in the car. Did you know that dogs can feel a lot calmer if they are facing to the back of the car rather than sitting facing forward? They also discussed the reasons why dogs can develop carsickness. Later in the program, a caller shared her story of her 11 year old Lab who has suddenly become very nervous during car rides.

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Retired Racing Greyhounds

Renee and Karen talk to Michael McCann, President of The Greyhound Project. April is “National Greyhound Adoption Month.” Michael told our listeners about what it’s like to live with these wonderful and oftentimes shy dogs.  He describes them as “couch potatoes” and excellent dogs for older people to adopt.  If you are a low-energy type of person and you don’t want to be exercising your dog all day, consider adopting a Greyhound.  Click on this link if you want to learn more about adopting a greyhound.

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Foster Pet Program for our Military Service Members

Karen & Renee interview Buzz Miller who founded his non-profit organization, PACT for Animals. This is a fantastic program offered to our military service members who are deployed and have no place to put their beloved pets.  PACT offers foster care for service men and women until they return home.  PACT is in great need of donations and foster care volunteers. For more information, please visit:  http://pactforanimals.org/military-foster-program.php

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