Renee and Karen provide instructions on how to play wonderful and entertaining games with dogs that help provide mentally stimulating activities. Games like these keep dogs from becoming bored. They also prevent behaviors like barking, destroying personal effects, stealing and other inappropriate and problematic behaviors.
Karen Fazio hosts today and discusses very common and important signals that dogs offer in order to communicate to both other dogs and to us. Anyone who lives with or works with dogs should have a basic understanding of “dog-speak.”
Renee & Karen talk to New Hampshire trainer, Jessica Janowski about a pre-relaxation protocol she’s created to teach dogs how to calm down. If you have a dog who never seems to tire no matter how much exercise you’re providing, or if you have a dog who becomes out of control, or paces around your house and can’t seem to sit still, this show is for YOU!
Renee and Karen interview Dr. Arthur Young, a homeopathic veterinarian from Mt. Laurel, NJ. Dr. Young goes into great detail about both the physical and emotional stress that our dogs experience whenever they’re put into a boarding kennel. Pet parents really need to listen to this very informative program because it is so relative to their dog’s health and well-being! Dr. Young can be contacted through his website at: http://www.homeopathyanimals.com/
Renee and Karen were honored to interview Dr. Roger Abrantes this morning. Dr. Abrantes is a well-known expert on why animals do what they do. He shared lots of information about what body language cues our dogs offer to each other and to us to express themselves and their emotions. Dr Abrantes also offered his definition of “Dominance” and whether our dogs are really trying to take over our households! You might want to purchase his books, “Dog Language – An Encyclopedia of Canine Behavior,” as well as “The Evolution of Canine Social Behavior.” Both books are available at: www.dogwise.com and www.amazon.com
Renee and Karen talk about an unfortunate incident that happened in North Philadelphia this week. A woman was killed by the 5 Pit Bulls who lived with the family. These dogs were known to run the streets and have attacked the neighbors, biting people very severely. They talked to a caller about responsible ownership, especially of this breed because they are so maligned in the media. Karen also answered an email from an owner of a Pit Bull who wanted to breed her very protective Pit Bull. Karen’s response to the emailer was Excellent!
Karen and Renee answer emails today. Subjects ranged from developmental stages known as fear periods, the pros and cons of taking young dogs to dog parks, how to react to growling dogs, and recommended food bowl exercises for both puppies and a newly rescued dog who is showing some resource guarding issues around his food bowl. Excellent show!
Karen and Renee talk about the benefits of playing Tug with dogs. But…the game must be played by the rules! Listen today to find out what those rules are and how to easily implement them. Karen and Renee also took a call from a listener whose 2 year old female Golden Retriever is pulling on the leash during her walks. She got some great suggestions from Renee and Karen and she was happy now to put those suggestions into practice. Listen to the show if your own dog is pulling.
Dr. Patricia McConnell, well known Applied Animal Behaviorist and author, visited The Doghouse this morning. She talked about dogs who are reactive when they see other dogs but who don’t actually bite them. She defined the difference between “reactive” vs. “aggressive.” Dr. McConnell has a brand new book out that she co-authored with Dr. Karen London, called “Love Has No Age Limit; Welcoming an Adopted Dog Into Your Home.” Be sure to visit Dr. McConnell’s website at http://www.patriciamcconnell.com/ to order her book and to see what other great information she has to offer. Today’s show was a ***** program!
Renee and Karen interview Dr. Sally Foote, a veterinarian who has invented a record-keeping system that helps pets remain calm, happy and stress-free when they are visiting with their vets. Dr. Foote also discusses an effective product called Dog Appeasing Pheromones which is a natural product that helps dogs feel calm. She also mentions a similar product for cats called Feliway. Hopefully, her patented system will catch on with all veterinarians who could help their own patients feel less fearful when having vet exams. For more information about Dr. Foote’s system, go to www.drsallyjfoote.com/. Renee and Karen also answered a question from a caller, Richard, who wanted to learn more about why dogs eat their own poop, and how to resolve this behavior problem.
Renee and Karen explain how to resolve urine-marking on furniture in the home, and also how to prevent rough-play with other dogs.
Do you keep your dogs behind an electronic invisible fence? Or…are you using an electronic shock collar (aka E-Collar) to train your dog? Dr. Nicholas Dodman, Board Certified Veterinary Behaviorist from Tufts-Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine talks to Renee about how these tools affect our pet dogs.
Renee broadcasts live today with Dr. Nicholas Dodman, Board Certified Veterinary Behaviorist from Tufts/Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. Their discussion focused on CAT behaviors and medical issues today. If you live with a cat or you know people who do, this show was extremely informative. Some of the points Dr. Dodman makes in today’s show were actually shocking!
Renee interviews Carl Herkstroeter, President of the American Temperament Test Society, Inc. His organization specializes in testing dogs of all breeds on various aspects of temperament. The ATTS has tested over 180 breeds and the description and results of these tests are on their website: http://www.atts.org/testdesc.html
Susan Bulanda returns to The Doghouse for her third interview about why dogs bite. She discusses how the environment, early trauma, medical issues and other factors play a key role in creating aggression in our dogs. Listen to her 2 previous interviews on this subject by scrolling down the list of podcasts on this page.
Clayton, NJ veterinarian, Dr. Judy Morgan returns to The Doghouse to talk more about our dogs’ diet. Renee and Dr. Morgan note several connections between poor ingredients and how those specific ingredients can actually create behavior problems. Also discussed are the more preferred diets for both adult dogs and the senior dog.
Sue Bulanda and Renee talk about the reasons dogs bite us and how we can prevent that biting. She assures us that dogs first choice is not to bite!
Dr.Nicholas Dodman from Tufts University returns to the Doghouse today to discuss thunder phobias and other phobias that can affect dogs, and how they can be treated.
Renee’s guest is Veterinary Behaviorist Dr. Nicholas Dodman of Tufts University, who discusses Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in dogs and how to treat it.
Barbara Handelman returns to The Doghouse to talk about how to recognize appropriate play behavior when dogs are playing together. Renee and Barbara discuss the importance of owners knowing when to interrupt their dogs so they don’t wind up in fights.
Renee talks with Jane Miller, author of “Healing Companions; Ordinary Dogs and Their Extraordinary Power to Transform Lives.” Jane talks about prisoners who are training service and assistance dogs for war veterans returning home with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Sharon Sakson, author of “Paws and Effect; The Healing Power of Dogs,” talks to Renee about the marvelous ability dogs have of detecting cancer in humans and warning their owners of an impending seizure. Sharon also talks about dogs who have helped our military stay safe during times of war.
Renee talks again with well-known dog behavior consultant Susan Bulanda about “dogs that bite.”
Service Dog Trainer, Barbara Handelman discusses Dog Parks: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
Interview with Susan Bulanda, Animal Ethologist & Dog Behavior Consultant, about Puppy Play-Biting
Interview with Barbara Handelman About the Body Language of Dogs, Misconceptions About “Pack Animals,” and Dominance
Interview with NY Trainer, Karen Fazio About Why Dogs Become Fear Aggressive and How to Prevent It