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Kate Abbott, Petra Burke & Liz Palika  on Pet Life Radio


These pet podcasts are dog podcasts for dog lovers! We’ll talk about dogs large, small and in between; purebred dogs, designer dogs and mixed breeds. When we discuss breeds and mixes, we’ll take a look at what constitutes a breed or a mix; and the traits of some specific breeds. We’ll also take a look at how you can choose the right breed and dog for your family.

We will also talk about the joys (and hassles) of living with a dog because when we share our lives with dogs, we are bringing another species into our home and there are often misunderstandings and miscommunications. My co-hosts, Petra Burke and Kate Abbott, from Kindred Spirits Canine Education Center in Vista, CA, will share their expertise and offer solutions to some common (and uncommon) problems. Feel free to drop us an email and we’ll address as many problems as we can in upcoming shows.

We also plan on having fun with this dog podcast. We’ll talk about ways we have fun with our dogs and how you can, too, from non-competitive agility and flyball to carting and therapy dog volunteer work. From teaching A, B, C’s to your dogs to trick training. We believe in laughing at ourselves and having a good time with our dogs and we hope you will, too. So listen to our dog podcast every week! These dog podcasts are for dog lovers, and that's you!


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Episode 145 - Suggestions for Adopting a Puppy

In a recent podcast, Liz, Petra and Kate talked about getting a new puppy from a reputable breeder but we know that many people would prefer to adopt a puppy from a shelter, rescue, or other source so in this podcast we'll talk about some of those options. All three of us have had rescued dogs and know the pleasures of doing this as well as some of the downfalls. So tune in and hear our suggestions as to how to do this as safely as possible and yet find the best puppy for you.


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Episode 144 - Looking for a Puppy? Choose the Breeder Wisely

Liz, Petra, and Kate talk about how to find a good, reputable breeder and what to expect when you talk to her. This includes questions you should ask the breeder and what questions you should expect the breeder to ask you. Now, this doesn't mean that Liz, Petra, and Kate don't also work with rescue; that's going to be a future podcast! 


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Episode 143 - Old Dogs Revisited

Liz, Petra and Kate have discussed old dogs previously; after all, it's a subject all dog owners face at some time. But since Kate's Walter is now twelve and a half; Liz's Bashir is twelve; and Petra's Keeley is coming up on eleven it's a subject that is near and dear to their hearts. So tune in and here about some of the changes that dogs go through as they grow older.


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Episode 142 - Desensitization: Why do trainers and behaviorists talk about this?

Desensitization is the process of gradually introducing someone - human, canine or other animals - to something they are worried, concerned, or outright afraid of. This is an important behavioral tool when done correctly. In this podcast we talk about how it can be done with dogs as well as how Petra could become less afraid of spiders. Or maybe not.


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Episode 141 - Can Dogs Really Show Jealousy?

In years past, scientists often said people were the only animals who showed sophisticated emotions such as jealousy. Dog, cat, and horse owners, as well as those who shared their lives with other animals, argued that humans aren't the only ones with emotions. Let's take a look at jealousy, how dogs show it, and what to do about it.


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Episode 140 - Know the Breed Well

Before you add a dog to your family, take a look at both the breed's ancestral occupation and it's occupation today. As dog trainers, far too often Liz, Petra and Kate see frustrated owners and unhappy dogs because the dog's breed (or its occupation) didn't fit in with that particular family's lifestyle. As Liz explains, "I have active herding dogs who want to be on the go and do something because I like that. But if a family is looking for a more laid back dog, my breeds of choice would be extremely frustrating to them." 


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Episode 139 - Doing Any Holiday Shopping for Dogs?

Liz, Petra, and Kate take a look at some different holiday gift ideas that showed up in Kate's email feed this past week. Some looked like fun while others were, well, different. Then the trio offers some realistic gift ideas for the dogs in your life or for your friends' dogs. So before you finish your holiday shopping, listen to their ideas. And just a note: Liz, Petra and Kate received no reimbursements for these suggestions!


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Episode 138 - Buying into Breed Tendencies

Liz, Petra and Kate talk about common breeds of dogs and their tendencies, and some ideas on how to redirect the dog.  Will a German Shepherd understand commands better if you speak them in German?  Tune in and find out!


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Episode 137 - Popularity Isn't a Good Thing; Really!

Dogs are a part of our lives so it's no surprise that they are in movies, on TV, in books, and commercials. Plus we see celebrities with their dogs, dogs in dog shows, and so much more. But all of this exposure can have its downside. Let's take a look at how dog breeds become popular and the downside of that popularity.


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Episode 136 - Revisiting Postal Carriers and Dogs

In the podcast, "FAQs Part 2" Liz, Petra and Kate answered several questions about dogs, including one on the problems between dogs and postal carriers (and other delivery people). A postal carrier contacted us, with some commons and questions, so we decided this dangerous subject deserved its own podcasts. And this got Kate all hot under the collar; our own calm, funny Kate was upset. 


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Episode 135 - Frequently Asked Questions About Dogs Part 2

Liz, Petra, and Kate answer more questions about dogs and dog behavior on a daily basis. Some questions come from training class students of course, and from podcast listeners. But questions also come from friends and family. There were enough commonly asked questions that they were split into two podcasts; here is the second one. 


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Episode 134 - Frequently Asked Questions About Dogs Part 1

Liz, Petra, and Kate answer questions about dogs and dog behavior on a daily basis. Some questions come from training class students of course, and from podcast listeners. But questions also come from friends and family. There were enough commonly asked questions that they were split into two podcasts; here is the first one.


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Episode 133 - Boosting a Shy Dog's Confidence

Liz's middle dog, Sisko, and Australian Shepherd, is shy with strangers and in uncertain situations. She's worked hard since she adopted him to help him feel more comfortable in his world and although he'll always be a little shy, he's now happier and more confident. Tune in for tips for helping a shy dog. 


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Episode 132 - Tips for Dog Food Storage and Safety

Pet food recalls are far too common today; so much so it can be discouraging. But once you find a good food and bring it home, you want to maintain its freshness and prevent spoiling. Here are some tips to keep kibble pet food, refrigerated foods, dehydrated, home cooked and raw pet foods safe. Plus, some storage tips for canned foods.  


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Episode 131 - Let's Talk Some More About Games to Play (or Not Play)

A few months ago, Liz, Petra, and Kate talked about the importance of play and some games to play with your dog. But readers have emailed with some questions. Plus, we talk to a variety of people in our training classes about games they play. Some are great; others not so much. 


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Episode 130 - Adaptations for Disabled Dogs

Liz, Petra, and Kate talk about the various things available for dogs who need help. Kate's dog, Walter is going blind and she's made some adjustments to help him. Liz's oldest dog, Bashir, will soon need a ramp to help him because of the arthritis in his shoulder. There are many options today so tune in for some ideas. 


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Episode 129 - Liz Adopted Two Kittens

Liz just adopted two kittens and she talks about how she is introducing them to her three dogs. Petra, Kate, and Liz offer suggestions about introducing smaller pets, whether you should even think about this, and how to keep smaller pets safe.  


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Episode 128 - Contest Winners, Quirks, and Bad Behavior

Liz, Petra, and Kate announce the winners of the quirk contest announced in December. In addition, they discuss what happens when quirks are really behaviors problems. Where is that line between something that's funny and behaviors you really shouldn't live with?


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Episode 127 - Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

Liz, Petra and Kate share their Christmas and Holiday stories, including some therapy dog stories. Christmas parades, therapy dog visits, presents, and more. Join us for some holiday cheer.


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Episode 126 - Quirks - and a Contest!

Liz, Petra and Kate talk about their own dogs and their funny quirks. Kate's Qwill likes to mash his face up against hers when he's trying to get something he wants - including petting. Petra's puppy, Poncho, likes to sit on stuff. No bare ground for him! Email us before December 31, 2014 and tell us about your dog's funny quirks and after January 1st, 2015 we'll choose 12 listeners who will win Liz's book, "The Ultimate Dog Treat Cookbook." We'll then share those quirks on an upcoming show.


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Episode 125 - The Three (or Maybe Four) D's

Once you and your dog have mastered the basics of training, how do you continue building on those skills? Liz, Petra, and Kate talk about the three D's of training: Duration, Distance, and Distractions. A fourth D - one not often talked about - Difficulty - is also discussed. 


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Episode 124 - The Importance of Play

Just as with children, play helps your puppy's brain form crucial connections that make learning easier. Plus, play with other puppies aids in the creation of important social skills. Plus, let's not forget; play is fun! Liz, Petra and Kate talk about play and why it's so vital, both for your dog's development and for his relationship with you.


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Episode 123 - Fake Service Dogs Are a Problem

A service dog assists his owner, providing services to make life easier. As such, a service dog is like a medical device. When people try to pass a poorly trained or unsuitable dog as a service dog, and that dog causes problems when in the public eye, they make life more difficult for those who need their dog. Liz, Petra, and Kate discuss the problems of 'faux' service dogs. 


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Episode 122 - More Bouncing Back - Teach Your Puppy to Bounce Back Part 2

Not all dogs are born with the ability to bounce back from upsets. However, this is an important trait that can help your dog throughout his life. With some help from you, however, you can help him face upsets and bounce back from them even stronger. Liz, Petra, and Kate talk about their own dogs, how they taught them these skills, and how you can do the same thing.


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Episode 121 - Teach Your Puppy to Bounce Back

Liz, Petra and Kate talk about teaching your puppy resilience; or to bounce back from things that initially startle them. Let's face it, the world is not always rainbows, kittens, and fuzzy puppies. Sometimes an umbrella can be startling or a loud noise. Teaching your puppy how to bounce back from these things is a wonderful life skill.


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Episode 120 - What Your Trainer Wants You to Know

Every trainer has his/her own method or technique for training, but there are some things that most trainers wish their students or clients knew. In this week's episode, Liz, Petra, and Kate emphasize that they love teaching dogs and their owners, but sometimes dog owners have some unrealistic expectations. Join them as they explain the nine things they feel are important.


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Episode 119 - In Gina's Memory

Thinking about one of our beloved canine companion's demise is never something we want to do. However, in this episode Liz, Petra, and Kate do just that as Kate just lost her 12 year old Rottweiler, Gina. Things to think about include how to decide if the time is at hand, how to deal with grief, and some ceremonies you might want to think about. Our dogs may not live long enough but their spirit is always with us. 


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Episode 118 - Dogs are Scientists

Dogs are excellent scientists. They will try various ways of doing things; if this way doesn't work what if I try THIS way? Tune in and listen as Liz, Petra, and Kate discuss the various ways dogs experiment scientifically - both to their benefit or yours. 


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Episode 117 - A Listener's Questions About Pulling

Emma, a listener from Virginia, said her 7 month old Australian Shepherd has a short attention span and pulls on the leash. She's concerned about him hurting himself. Liz, Petra, and Kate offer a number of different possibilities for Emma and her puppy;  including both management and training techniques.  


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Episode 116 - The Calm After the Play

Liz's English Shepherd Bones; Petra's Australian Shepherd, Rio; and Kate's Jack Russell Terrier all share one particular trait; they easily become over stimulated during play. To keep these dogs healthy and safe, and to make living with them easier; it's important to teach self-control and calm. Here are some suggestions and tips on how to do that. 


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Episode 115 - RV Report as Promised

Liz, Petra, and Kate - along with six dogs - have returned safely from their first long distance - 3300 miles - RV trip. Tune in and hear what worked (and what wasn't as successful) as they learned the ups and downs of the RV, dogs in an RV, and RV parks. Hint: They all survived the trip and are still friends. 


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Episode 114 - Dealing with Off-Leash Dogs

If you've ever taken your dog for a walk, you've had to face this issue. An off-leash dog comes dashing up to you and your dog. You have no idea if the dog is friendly or not, or even if the dog is healthy. Your dog may be worried, afraid, or protective. Unfortunately, there is no one solution to dealing with these rude dogs (and irresponsible dog owners). Liz, Petra, and Kate talk about some potential solutions. 


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Episode 113 - K9s and RVs

Your hosts have decided that traveling by RV with dogs is definitely the way to go! Recently Liz, Petra, and Kate took Liz's new RV out for a test run. Over 4 days and 600 miles, the dogs got to know this method of travel and what the rules were. In this episode, your hosts talk about the experience, what worked and what didn't, and their experiences.


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Episode 112 - Disaster Preparedness Revisited

Liz, Petra and Kate have discussed disaster preparedness previously but they revisit this important subject to give you some ideas so you can be ready. This episode was recorded while the country was facing floods in Colorado, shootings in Washington DC, and a horrible fire on the East Coast. Have a pen and paper at hand so you can notes. 


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Episode 111 - Have Fun with Trick Training

Liz, Petra and Kate talk about the fun of trick training with your dog. This is more than just being silly; trick training is still training and teaches your dog to cooperate with you while you both have fun. It's also a great way to make your training skills better. Kate also shares how she taught her dog, Walter, a fairly complicated trick. Have pen and paper at hand so you can take some notes.


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Episode 110 - Think Outside the Box

Liz, Petra and Kate challenge you to make some changes in your dog's life. Major changes probably aren't needed but sometimes making some small changes can make life more interesting. Think of ways to use your obedience training in new ways and how to put trick training to work around the house. Plus, do you tend to think stress is bad? That isn't always true because some stress can help your dog deal with the challenges of life. Join Liz, Petra, and Kate as they think outside the box.


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Episode 109 - Everyone is Back in School!

Liz, Petra, and Kate talk about the issues that happen with the family dog when the kids go back to school. Many dogs wonder why life has changed; after all, they had fun with the kids all summer and now nothing's happening at all. But there are things you can do to alleviate that boredom; including exercise, playtime, trick training, food dispensing toys and more. Tune in for more.


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Episode 108 - Old Dogs Are a Treasure

Old Dogs are a Treasure. Kate's oldest dog, Gina, a Rottie, has reached the twilight of her life and Kate talks about how she is making changes so that Gina can still enjoy her remaining time. Liz and Petra each lost an old dog last year and so share with Kate both the joys and sorrows that come with an old dog. Join your hosts as they share memories, management techniques, and how to say goodbye to a treasured old dog.


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Episode 107 - Canine Adolescence

Your hosts are discussing canine adolescence in this show; including both its horrors and how to manage it. Regular listeners will remember that Liz brought home a puppy last November and that puppy, Bones, is now smack dab in the middle of his teenage stage. Liz shares how she is managing his adolescence and Petra and Kate share how they discuss teenagers in their Kindred Spirits Dog Training classes.


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Episode 106 - Training or Management?

Liz, Petra and Kate have discussed the issue of training versus management previously but it's time to revisit it. But first of all, what is the difference and why is it important? Why does the reliance on training tools constitute a problem?  Tune in to hear what they have to say.


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Episode 105 - The Scoop on Poop (Eating!)

Many dog owners - especially puppy owners - complain because their dog eats feces. This is a disgusting habit to us but unfortunately to the dog it's not quite so bad. Mother dogs, for example, clean up after their puppies - this is natural. Other times eating feces might be the sign of a health problem. And sometimes it is just simply a bad habit. Tune in for all the scoop.


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Episode 104 - Where Training Begins and High Expectations

Every dog and owner begin training at a different point. This can vary according to the dog's age, history, experiences, and the owner's ability to train the dog. Then, once training begins, where does it go? What are your goals? What are your expectations? Kate has one of her better 'weird analogy' moments and compares the process of training to a road trip and Liz and Petra follow along for the ride. Feel free to join them.


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Episode 103 - Katie's Questions

A listener asks some questions.  Katie says she and her husband will be getting a dog this year but have some questions. The first was about using a crate and whether it really was a good training tool. Liz, Petra and Kate talk about how long a dog should be asked to stay in a crate and some options for longer time periods. Katie then asked about bringing home a puppy, an adolescent, or an adult and the hosts talk about pros and cons of each. Since Katie and her husband will be first time dog owners, that's discussed too. Although these questions were asked by one prospective dog owner, they have applications for many listeners so please tune in.


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Episode 102 - Therapy Dogs

In this episode we're going to talk about Therapy Dogs.  We recently went to a nursing home and got so many smiles, almost teary smiles sometimes, and the dogs got lots of hugs and pets.  Therapy dogs are just awesome and we're going to talk about some different aspects of it, so tune in!


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Episode 101 - Our Contest Prize Winners!

In our last episode which amazingly happened to be our 100th episode we announced that we were going to have a contest about the silliest things people do with their dogs.  In this episode we're going to talk about the winners.  In the second half we'll talk about some fun and silly games you can play with your own dogs!


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Episode 100 - Have Some Silly Fun with Your Dog!

People own dogs for a variety of reasons: companionship, security, competing in dog sports, and many others. But no matter why you decide to share your life with a dog, Liz, Petra and Kate hope you take the time to have fun with your dog. And while going for a walk can be fun, blowing bubbles for your dog to catch is silly and even more fun. So is making noise through the cardboard tube in the middle of the paper towels and playing monster under the covers before you get out of bed in the morning. Having silly fun with your dog is a wonderful way to increase the joy you share with your dog.

In this podcast, details of the contest celebrating the 100th episode of this podcast are revealed. 


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Episode 99 - Understanding Your Dog

In several previous podcasts Liz, Petra and Kate have discussed how to choose the right dog for you and your family. Hopefully you did do some research and have chosen wisely. But every dog of each type of dog (herding, working, sporting, terrier and more) and each mixture of breeds will be different. Plus who every dog becomes is determined by a combination of nature and nurture. Understanding who your dog is will help you get along with that dog better as well as help you train him. Listen to this podcast for some of Liz, Petra, and Kate's revelations about their dogs and how you can learn more about yours. Plus, the contest in celebration of show #100 is announced.


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Episode 98 - Choosing a Dog Trainer

There are many ways to choose a dog trainer but how do you find the right trainer for you. Ask for referrals, talk to dog owners, and then go watch a class or two. Would you be comfortable in this trainer's class? Are the students and their dogs having fun? Is the trainer's dog well behaved and having fun? Tune in for more suggestions.


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Episode 97 - Dogs and Babies

We usually like to have fun with our podcasts but sometimes a serious one is needed. Recently in our area the headlines blared two serious dog bite cases. In one an infant was killed and in another a six year old was badly bitten. In neither case was the dog 'bad' but instead, bad choices were made. Let's talk about keeping both dogs and kids safe.


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Episode 96 - New Favorite Dog Products

Every once in a while we like to share some new products for dogs that we really like. In this podcast we talk about some new treats, including a fish treat from The Honest Kitchen, some additional treats, as well as a leash, and a seat belt restraint system. Disclaimer: We are not paid for these product reviews, nor do we own stock in any of the companies mentioned. We just like to share information about products that stand out from the crowd!


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Episode 95 - Dog Sports and Activities

Regular listeners know that Liz, Petra, and Kate have long encouraged dog owners to participate in some kind of a dog activity. The activity can be as casual as daily walks and playtimes to organized sports. Not only do activities get both dog and owner up of the sofa, but they're fun. In this podcast, Liz, Petra, and Kate, as well as some of Kindred Spirits' assistant trainers, talk more about dog activities and sports, including the new sport Treiball.


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Episode 94 - Breaking Housetraining

Liz, Petra and Kate discuss the sad situation when an adult breaks housetraining. They take a look at what can cause it, what to do, and when to call the veterinarian.


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Episode 93 - The Extended Family

Kindred Spirits Dog Training is receiving more and more phone calls from situations where extended family is now sharing a home. Perhaps an adult child is moving back home or several roommates have combined living spaces. The economic down turn has certainly led to this. However, when two families, each with dogs, combine there are other dogfights. Liz, Petra and Kate talk about what to do before moving in together and what to do afterwards.


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Episode 92 - Kate and Walter Go to Their First Agility Meet

Walter, Kate's cockapoo, is a very busy dog and Liz, Petra, and Kate have talked in previous podcasts about Kate's efforts to keep Walter occupied and out of trouble. Agility lessons have been her most recent activity with Walter. Listen to Kate's impressions of her first agility meet and how she and Walter did.


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Episode 91 - Why Can't the AKC Sell Treats Made in the USA?

On the shelf at a local store is a variety of treats sold under the American Kennel Club's logo. All of those treats are made in China. When so many pet foods and dog treats have been a problem for pets - making thousands sick and killing hundreds, if not thousands, this is a problem that must be addresses. Liz, Petra, and Kate talk about what this means to dog owners, their dogs, and really, to Americans as a whole - many of whom need jobs.


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Episode 90 - Myths about Dog Behavior

Unfortunately there are many myths about dog behavior that can affect your relationship with your dog and your ability to train him. Sometimes these even affect whether the dog will remain in his home. We'll also discuss an article by Valarie Tynes, DVM, DACVB, of Premier Veterinary Behavior Consulting, of TX, as she has recognized the same myths that Liz, Petra and Kate have seen at Kindred Spirits Dog Training. Tune in!


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Episode 89 - Thinking About New Year's Resolutions

The company, Halo: Purely for Pets conducted a survey of pet owners asking what New Year's resolutions they were making. Many were predictable, helping their pet lose weight or get more exercise. But others were a little different. In this podcast, Liz, Petra and Kate talk about this survey, some celebrity resolutions, and their resolutions for their own dogs. Tune in; maybe you'll get some ideas for your dogs.


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Episode 88 - Vacation; Part 2

This podcast is a continuing account of Liz, Petra, and Kate's vacation with five dogs. Tune in to hear about their escapades, the dogs' antics and discoveries, how to keep dogs amused when it rains during vacation, and much more. Included is a (tiny) rant about people who don't clean up after their dogs! Grrr.......


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Episode 87 - What Do You Call Three People and Five Dogs in One Car?

We call it a vacation! Liz, Petra, and Kate hit the road again with five dogs: Liz's Bashir and Sisko, Kate's Walter and Qwill, and Petra's Rio. Bashir and Walter are seasoned travelers but this was the first trip for the puppies Sisko, Qwill, and Rio. It's so much fun to see the world through their eyes as they discover things outside of their normal world. Tune in to hear about some places to visit, some to avoid, and what happened along the way.


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Episode 86 - Gobble Up Great Thanksgiving Pet Safety Tips & Leaving Your Dog Home for the Holidays

Liz, Petra and Kate discuss how to keep your pets safe through your Thanksgiving dinner.  Find out why Kate had Turkey Lunchables for Thanksgiving and listen to her helpful tip as to what to do with your turkey carcass! Going away for holidays but can’t take your pets?  Find out how to choose the right pet sitter or boarding kennel to keep your pets happy, healthy and in the holiday spirit!  Also find out what happened when Petra encountered “Seth the Snake”, Liz’s 16-foot albino Burmese python!  An episode you won’t want to miss!


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Episode 85 - Our Annual Howl-O-Ween Spoooktacular

In this Halloween podcast, Petra and Kate and I talk about introducing your dog to costumes; about safety around trick or treaters; and about the dangers of candy - especially chocolate! But even with these warnings, Halloween can still be fun… and why is Kate afraid of spiders?  Listen and enjoy!


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Episode 84 - Two is Not Better

Liz, Petra, and Kate discuss a growing problem - new puppy owners bringing home two puppies instead of just one. Although people do this for many reasons - so that puppies are not alone - so each child can have a puppy - the problems associated with this are many. Join Liz, Petra, and Kate as they explain what the problems are and why they occur.


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Episode 83 - The Legends of Wild Dog Junction

Several weeks ago the Saturday classes at Kindred Spirits Dog Training in Vista, CA was rained out. As all the trainers waited at the training yard to see if the rain would let up, they all got talking about their dogs. Out of that discussion grew a book idea. Hence, "The Legends of Wild Dog Junction." In this podcast, Kate will read Liz's literary efforts, which includes the cast of characters (all based on the trainers' dogs), and half of the first chapter. If this sounds like fun to you, go to www.kindredspiritsk9.com for the complete first chapter, more about the book, and how to download subsequent chapters.


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Episode 82 - Discussing Learned Helplessness

Learned helplessness is quite a mouthful and sounds quite unusual; unfortunately it’s far too common. In this podcast, Liz, Petra and Kate define this behavior, some of the things that can cause it, and some ways to avoid it. In addition, should your dog suffer from it, what you can do to help him. For example, Kate's new puppy suffers from a mild form of it - or did! It's pretty much gone now.


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Episode 81 - Talking with Meg Harrison of Blackwing Farm

Liz, Petra, and Kate talk to Meg Harrison in this podcast. Meg created Blackwing Farm, a business in which she creates and sells flower essences and homeopathic remedies. She talks about several of her essences, where she finds the plants, how they can be used, and some of the places, times, and situations that they've already been used. For example, she volunteered after Hurricane Katrina (and during Rita) and used essences there. If you're interested in natural remedies, this podcast is the one for you.


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Episode 80 - No, He Won't Grow Out of It!

Many puppy owners don't realize that puppies don't automatically grow out of bad behaviors. Growing up doesn't automatically turn a puppy into a good dog. Dogs do things for a reason - usually because the behavior is rewarding in some way - and if it continues to be rewarding the puppy - then adult - will continue to do it. And find out why your dog barks at the mailman! Tune in as Liz, Petra, and Kate talk about this sometimes-confusing issue. 


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Episode 79 - Newly Adopted Dogs Need to Adjust

Although some dogs, when adopted, adjust to their new home immediately; that's rare. Most dogs go through several stages of adjustment. It's important the new owners of these dogs understand what's going on so they can help the dogs fit in. In this podcast, Liz, Petra, and Kate talk about these stages, what's happening with the dog, and how the owners can assist the dog.


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Episode 78 - Training Versus Managing

In this podcast, Liz, Petra, and Kate define dog training as well as dog management. They also talk about the pros and cons of each, how to use these tools, and when each becomes a problem. 


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Episode 77 - Disaster Preparedness Revisited

Several years ago, Liz, Petra, and Kate discussed disaster preparedness but after the horrors in Japan, wildfires in Texas, and tornadoes in the Midwest and East, it seems like a good time to revisit this important subject. What should you have on hand? Where should it be stored and how? Do you need a point of contact outside the disaster area? Have a pen and paper at hand so you can jot down notes.


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Episode 76 - The American Red Cross' Emergency Pet First Aid Class

Liz, Petra, And Kate talk about this emergency pet first aid course offered by the American Red Cross. Knowing what to do should your dog (or cat) be injured or suddenly become ill can help you stabilize your pet until you can get your pet to veterinary help. Liz, Petra, and Kate will also give you some suggestions as to a first aid kit so have a pen and paper ready.


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Episode 75 - Nature vs. Nurture

Liz, Petra, and Kate have a guest on this show, one of Kindred Spirits trainers, Connie Kelly. Connie asked, "What is the difference between temperament and personality?" This requires some defining of temperament, personality and character; and then a discussion of these characteristics as well as nature versus nurture. It's quite an interesting discussion.


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Episode 74 - Socialization Revisited

Liz, Petra and Kate have a guest on this show; one of Kindred Spirits trainers, Connie Kelly. Connie had some questions about socialization, "How early can socialization begin? What can breeders do to help the process" And, "How long should socialization continue?" Tune in and hear the discussion.


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Episode 73 - Oh Those Ball Crazy Dogs!

This podcast idea was sent in by a listener. Lisa has a yellow Labrador Retriever who is a ball nut. His life would be centered around tennis balls if he had his way. In this podcast, Liz, Petra and Kate talk about dogs that are obsessed with balls - or other things - and what can be done to alleviate these obsessions.


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Episode 72 - Your Dog's Weight

This podcast addresses two opposite problems - dogs that are obese and dogs that can't put on or keep on any weight. Some dogs just seem to put on weight very easily and have a hard time losing it. Then other dogs are skin and bones. Both of these ideas were suggested by listeners… we wanted to talk about the problems as dog owners ourselves. However, we aren't veterinarians and should you suspect your dog has a problem, definitely talk to your veterinarian.


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Episode 71 - Our 2010 Holiday Show

Every year Liz, Petra, and Kate talk about the holidays, sharing tips to make the holidays a little easier when you share your home with dogs. This year they chat about what to do if you're traveling and bringing your dog with you, including whether the dog should go or not. Plus, they also discuss what to do when the dog can't go with you. That includes pet sitters and boarding your dog. Come join Liz, Petra and Kate for the show that's become a holiday tradition.


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Episode 70 - Liz's New Book: "A Dog in the House"

Liz has a new book out, titled "A Dog in the House" In this podcast, Liz, Petra, and Kate talk about the origins of the book. In addition, they discuss two chapters that are a little unusual for dog books: one chapter is on time management for busy dog owners and the other is particularly important today: budgeting tips for dog owners in today's economy. Tune in for some information you may not have thought of previously. Don't forget, too, you can see more of us on Facebook: Kindred spirits Dog Training and for all things canine: Liz Palika's Library. You can also follow us on twitter: @LizPalika


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Episode 69 - More Listener Questions

More listeners’ questions! We were asked: We moved into a new home with a pool; how can I keep my dog safe? I was told I was managing my dog's bad behavior rather than teaching him; Can you explain the difference? And: We're back to school and the dog is getting into trouble: what can I do? Tune in to hear our discussion. Don't forget, too, you can see more of us on Facebook: Kindred spirits Dog Training and for all things canine: Liz Palika's Library. You can also follow us on twitter: @LizPalika


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Episode 68 - Listener Questions

Listeners questions answered about treats, games and play times. Several of our listeners have emailed with questions: When training, how can I taper off the treats? What are some good games to play with my dog? And how do I referee playtime between a large dog and a small dog? Join us and hear our answers. Don't forget, too, you can see more of us on Facebook: Kindred spirits Dog Training and for all things canine: Liz Palika's Library. You can also follow us on twitter: @LizPalika


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Episode 67 - What You Need to Do Before Bringing Home a New Puppy

Prior planning prevents poor performance! Isn't that the saying? In this podcast, Liz, Petra and Kate talk about what you should do before you bring home a new puppy. After all, once you bring home the puppy, you're going to want to spend time with him. So get all the work done now so your puppy has what he needs and you can relax and enjoy your new family member.


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Episode 66 - Is This the Right Time to Bring Home a New Puppy?

Liz, Petra and Kate chat about a surprisingly complicated subject: bringing home a new puppy (or two)! You wouldn't think that should be difficult but it can be. They discuss bringing home two puppies at the same time, the problems with littermates, bringing home a puppy when you've got an older dog, and when the best time is to add a puppy to your household. So tune in and hear all the scoop.


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Episode 65 - Training (cough, cough) Devices

There's a joke about dog trainers: Put 100 dog trainers in a room and the only thing they'll all agree on is that the other 99 are wrong! Liz, Petra and Kate chat about the definition of a well-trained dog and then discuss some training devices that have been introduced recently.


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Episode 64 - Oodles, Doodles, and Poos!

Strange new mixes between purebred dogs is all the rage right now. The classified ads in the newspaper and advertisements on the internet list mixes between just about everything. There are all kinds of oodles, doodles, and poos; like Labradoodles, cockapoos, chavachons, maltepoos, and so much more. Is this a problem? Or not? Liz, Kate and Petra talk about what mixed breeds are, and the pros and cons of these designer dogs (or: mixed breeds).


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Episode 63 - See and Share the Joy

Take a look at life with your dog. Look at him watching the birds fly overhead. Can you see the joy in his face when he smells where the rabbit was in the grass? Watch his ears fly as he runs across the yard. Dogs can make life more complicated, and they can be expensive sometimes, too. But our dogs can also bring us so much joy when we let them. Join Petra, Kate and Liz in this podcast as they talk about the joys their dogs bring them.


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Episode 62 - Life and Death and Grieving

Unfortunately, our dogs just never seem to live long enough. In this podcast, Liz, Petra and Kate talk about losing some of their past dogs, and how they made it through those tough times. They discuss the options available, including letting nature take its course, with veterinary supervision, or making the decision to help a beloved dog across the Rainbow Bridge. This is a difficult subject and one not often discussed. But it is something that should be thought about before you have to make any decisions.


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Episode 61 - Oh, The Dreaded Adolescence!

Did you know dogs go through a teen-age stage just like human kids do? Yep! Liz, Petra, and Kate explain what this stage of life is and why it happens. They chat about what happens to your puppy: mentally, behaviorally, and physically. Many things are important during this stage, including exercise, training, play, and enforcing the household rules. So tune in and hear all about this stage of your puppy's life and how to live through it.


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Episode 60 - Keeping Your Dog Safe in the Summer

Liz, Petra and Kate are chatting about summer dangers. Petra's Australian Shepherd, Kona, and German Shepherd, Teddy, have both had problems with dangerous foxtails and Petra talks about those hated grass seeds. They also discuss how quickly cars heat up inside, even on a mild summer day. Other dangers include hot pavement, ticks, spiders and other creepy crawlies. They also then chat about ways to keep your dog safe in the summer. Tune in!


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Episode 59 - Global Pet Expo 2010 Part 2: More Dog Stuff

Petra, Kate and Liz chat about some of the other dog stuff found at the expo, including equipment to keep your dog safe in your car, a car hammock to protect your car seat, harnesses, more toys, and much much more. The three also talk about products they don't understand the use of or for!


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Episode 58 - Global Pet Expo 2010: Dog Foods and Toys

Join Petra, Kate and Liz as they chat about some of the better dog foods exhibited at the 2010 Global Pet Expo in Orlando, FL. When one is available, they provide a website, too, so you can continue researching the foods on your own. After all, no one food is right for all dogs. In the second half of the show, Petra, Kate and Liz talk about some of the new dog toys exhibited at the show.


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Episode 57 - Chatting About a Family Get Together

Liz, Petra and Kate invite one of Kindred Spirits' assistant trainers, Katy Silva in for a chat. Katy recently went to a family get together with several dogs in attendance. Things did not go as smoothly as they could have. Tune in to hear what Katy had to say and some ideas as to how it could have been better.


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Episode 56 - Continue Training Past Basic Obedience

Liz, Petra and Kate talk about their favorite subject - dog training - but this time chat about why you should consider training your dog after you both finish a basic obedience class. In addition, they talk about a variety of dog activities and sports that you might find fun. This includes rally, flyball, junior sportsmanship, and much more.


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Episode 55 - Kids Owning Dogs

Liz, Petra and Kate have talked about dogs and kids previously but are revisiting this very important topic in this podcast chat. Their discussion concerns whether a child should be the primary owner responsible for the care of a dog. All three hosts talk about their memories of growing up with a dog, and Petra, as a parent, talks about her daughter and their dogs. Also discussed are some ways to help keep both dogs and kids safe when they do live together and interact with one another.


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Episode 54 - Being Your Dog’s Parent - Chatting About Dogs, People, and Training

Liz, Petra, and Kate talk about dogs, people who share their lives with dogs, and how training can affect the relationship between dogs and people. Training is much more than simply teaching your dog the sit, down and stay; it affects all aspects of your lives together. After sharing a few stories about dogs and people, Liz, Petra, and Kate talk about the role people can play in their dogs' lives.


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Episode 53 - It's Time For Our Annual Christmas and New Year's Chat

It's becoming an annual tradition. Every year at this time, Liz, Petra, and Kate talk about dogs and the holidays - how to incorporate your dog into the celebrations yet also how to keep him safe. This year, they talk about tree safety, protecting your dog from dangers, and much more. They also talk about the Global Pet Expo in March 2010 - come meet everyone at the Pet Life Radio booth! Look for both Pet Life Radio and Kindred Spirits Dog Training on Facebook!


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Episode 52 - Kindred Spirits Is Working With the US Marine Corps

The US Marine Corps is requiring families living in base housing with rotties, pitties, and wolf hybrids to get an American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen title. Kindred Spirits is working with the families living on Camp Pendleton, the Marine Corps largest base. Tune in to hear what this problem is, how its working, and what the problems are.


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Episode 51 - Re-Visiting Choosing the Right Dog

At Kindred Spirits Dog Training we often see people and dogs who are obviously not right for each other.  Certain characteristics make the relationship rocky, unproductive, or just plan wrong. In this podcast, Liz, Petra, and Kate talk about some of the problems with a mismatched pairing of dog and people/person. Although we've discussed this in an earlier podcast, it's worth re-visiting. If you're planning on adding a dog to your family or if you know someone who is thinking about it, listen in. And pick up a copy of Liz's book, "The Howell Book of Dogs" (Wiley & Sons, 2007). Liz has already done much of the research for you!


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Episode 50 - How to Introduce A New Adult Dog

In previous podcasts, we've talked about how to choose and introduce a new puppy to your home, family, and existing pets. But is an adult dog different? Yes! In this podcast, Liz, Petra and Kate will talk about choosing a new adult dog and how to introduce that dog to your home and family, including the pets already at home.


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Episode 49 - Why Teach Basic Obedience?

Dog training classes have traditionally taught several exercises, including: sit, down, stay, and come. Why are these commands so important? Although they have a relationship with early obedience competition, there is more to it than that. Liz, Petra, and Kate explain how and why these commands and exercises can make life with your dog more enjoyable and safer.


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Episode 48 - Kids and Dogs

We've visited this subject a few years ago but it's time to take a new look at it. Kids and dogs seem made for each other. After all, Lassie and Timmy were the ideal, right? Unfortunately, kids and dogs both need help to be the best friends they can be. In this podcast we'll talk about some of the dangers kids and dogs face together and how to make sure they do become best friends. In the second half of the show, we'll also introduce some games kids and dogs can play together to help keep both safe.


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Episode 47 - Dog Bites Are Scary!

It's frightening when a dog bites. Unfortunately dogs can and do bite. In this podcast we'll take a look at some of the dog bite information from the Centers for Disease Control as well as some other published information about dog bites. Then we'll talk a little bit about why dogs bite and what you can do to make sure you don't become a statistic and neither does your dog.


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Episode 46 - What Is The Human/Dog Bond?

What is the human/dog bond and why do we bond with dogs? What does it do for dogs? And for us? How do we create this bond? Kate says it's magic - is it? Maybe.


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Episode 45 - Nina Ottosson's Smart Dog Toys

Nina Ottosson has developed a line of dog toys that are absolutely awesome. These toys are designed for dogs and their owners; dogs don't play with these alone. Instead, they are for you to teach your dog, help him, and then watch him discover how to play with them. At Kindred Spirits Dog Training, we handed out several of these toys to our trainers and had them play with their dogs. We used dogs of all sizes, ages, and breeds. In this podcast we'll tell you what the toys are, how are dogs (and cat) responded, and where you can find out more about these unique toys.


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Episode 44 - Keep Your Dog Busy When He's Home Alone

As dog trainers, we get calls all the time from the owners of dogs who trash the house, dig up the yard, bark annoyingly, or escape from the yard when they are left home alone. Luckily, for many dogs, there are some easy-to-implement solutions. In this podcast we'll talk about exercising the dog's body and mind, teaching him to stay home alone, and we'll also discuss some toys that will help distract him.


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Episode 43 - Car Safety

We wear seat belts so why doesn't your dog? Liz, Petra, and Kate discuss the safety of your dog in the car. Where he should ride, different safety options that are available, and why they're important. In addition, they offer some tips for keeping car rides fun and safe.


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Episode 42 - Old Dogs Are A Treasure

Old dogs are wonderful - a treasure. Old dogs know your moods and your feelings better than anyone else in this world. In this podcast, Liz, Petra and Kate talk about health concerns with old dogs, ways to help the old dog live more comfortably, and how to keep life interesting for the old dog.


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Episode 41 - If You Didn’t Have A Dog…

People who don't have dogs - who don't share their lives with dogs - think dog owners are nuts. You knew that, right? After all, we choose our cars based on whether they will carry our dogs well, and clean easily. We choose flooring (carpet, tile or?) because of our dogs. Here are some of the things we came up with. Email us yours!


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Episode 40 - Hints & Tips To Make Living With Dogs Easier

Petra, Kate and I have all lived with dogs for many years and we've each accumulated many tips to help us live with dogs. Dogs provide us with a lot of companionship, but when we share our lives with them, we are living with another species. Dogs don't understand that muddy feet can ruin a white fabric sofa! So tune in; perhaps some of our hints can help you and your dog.


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Episode 39 - Dog Ownership On A Budget

In these tough economic times, everyone is being more careful with their money and tightening the purse strings. In this show we talk about some ways that you can save money yet care for your dog, as he deserves. We discuss veterinary care, dog food, grooming, toys and more.


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Episode 38 - A Dog Vocabulary

Language, especially the English language, is a funny thing. In this podcast we're talking about two different aspects of the English language. In the first half of the show, we'll help you establish a vocabulary for your dog. What basic words should he understand?

In the second half of the show, we'll introduce doggerel that begins with 'dog.' It's curious how many words and phrases begin with dog. Such as "It's a dog's life" and 'dog face", 'dog tags' and so much more. It's fun!


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Episode 37 - Adopted Dogs Stages of Adjustment

Newly adopted dogs tend to go through several stages of adjustment as they get used to their new homes. In this podcast, we'll talk about those stages and what you can do to make the transition easier on both of you.


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Episode 36 - What is Separation Anxiety?

Separation anxiety is, unfortunately, a common disorder that causes the dog to become uncomfortable - or even panic - when left alone. In this podcast we will take a look at what can cause this problem, what dogs may be more prone to it, and then what you can do to alleviate your dog's anxiety.


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Episode 35 - Your Puppy Needs Socialization But Your Vet Says Keep Him at Home!

Socialization is vital for good mental health for your puppy as he grows up. Researchers and behaviorists know that isolated puppies do not grow up to be well adjusted adults - that socialization period between 10 and 16 weeks of age is vital. However, veterinarians routinely recommend that puppies be kept home until they have completed their vaccinations - which puts most puppies at five to six months age - way past that window of socialization. What can puppies owners do?


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Episode 34 - The New AKC STAR Puppy Program

Have you heard about the AKC's new program for puppies? It is like a pre-Canine Good Citizen program for puppies and looks like it will be an exciting opportunity for both trainers and puppy owners. In this podcast, Petra, Kate and I talk about the program and what the 20 exercises are that puppies must pass to graduate from the program.


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Episode 33 - When Your Puppy Bites

Puppies bite. They don't have hands so they manipulate their world with their mouth. Unfortunately when a puppy continues to bite people it can lead to severe legal, criminal, ethical, and financial liabilities and the puppy/dog could end up euthanised. Far too many puppy owners, however, make excuses, "Oh he'll grow out of it." In this podcast we talk about the issue of puppy biting, what happens and why, and what you can do about it.


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Episode 32 - Our Annual Holiday Show

Last year (Can you believe we've been recording these shows for you for more than a year?) we brought you a very informative holiday show so that you and your dogs could be both be safe and enjoy a happy holiday season. You might want to go back and listen to that show again. In this year's holiday show we talk about what to do when your pet can't travel with you. Should you look into boarding your pet? Having a pet sitter come into your home? Or? And although this podcast is about the coming holidays, it really does apply any time you need to leave your pet behind when you travel.


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Episode 31 - Dog Food Revisited

We have talked about dog foods several times in podcasts but we feel this is important enough to revisit; especially since melamine is in the news again. Tune in and listen as we discuss melamine, what it is and why it's in the news now. We'll also talk about some of the agencies that govern dog foods (and dog food labels) and we'll also talk about the definitions for ingredients. Tune in and learn more about this important subject.


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Episode 30 - Our Annual Halloween Podcast

It's hard to believe we've been doing these podcasts for more than a year but we have. What great fun! In this Halloween podcast, Petra and Kate and I talk about introducing your dog to costumes; about safety around trick or treaters; and about the dangers of candy - especially chocolate! But even with these warnings, Halloween can still be fun. So listen and enjoy!


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Episode 29 - Raise a Puppy As You Wish Him to Grow Up

New puppy owners tend to ‘baby’ their puppy and make excuses for normal puppy behavior, “Oh, he’ll grow out of that behavior!” But that’s not necessarily true and young puppies are very capable of learning. So instead of risking that puppy behaviors will turn into adult problems; teach your puppy how you want him to behave from the beginning. It’s so much easier!


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Episode 28 - Dogs and Other Critters

Dog owners often have other pets so how can you achieve that peaceable kingdom we'd all like to have? There are no magic wands but here are some hints and tips of teaching dogs to get along with cats, ferrets, horses and other critters.


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Episode 27 - Have Fun With Your Training

Training is much more than sit, down, and stay; it's also about participating in dog sports, in playing games with your dog and even teaching him some fun tricks. We're firm believers in having fun with your dog. Tune in and hear some of the games and tricks we teach our dogs.


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Episode 26 - More About New Products

Stuff we like - from toys to dog bowls to foods - that you might want to check out for your dog. We have no stock in these companies by the way and don't benefit financially. We just like these products!


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Episode 25 - Grooming and Body Care

We receive questions on a regular basis from concerned dog owners about caring for their dog. Although we've talked about this subject before, these questions deserve answers. After all, our dogs can't care for themselves. So here is more about some concerns listeners have had.


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Episode 24 - Summer Safety Part 2

In a continuation of our summer safety series, listen for information about predators that might endanger your pet, snake avoidance training, safety around wild animals, and more. This concludes our series on how to protect your dog at home, out for a hike, or while traveling in the summer. Be safe!


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Episode 23 - Summer Safety Part 1

In our last show, we talked about summer safety for your dog in the car. This includes information about not leaving your dog in the car, seat belts, crates and much more. In this show, we're continuing the theme of Summer safety but we're discussing such wonderful things as Africanized bees, fire ants, fleas and ticks, poison sumac, cactus and more. Listen for some practical suggestions on how to keep your dog safe.


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Episode 22 - Car Safety

We all like to take our dogs with us when we travel, run errands, or go to the park. But unfortunately there are dangers inherent in this unless we take some precautions. In this week’s show we’ll talk about some ways to keep your dog safe when he’s in the car with you. We’ve got lots of great information.


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Episode 21 - AKC’s Canine Good Citizen Program

The American Kennel Club introduced the Canine Good Citizen program in 1989 and it has taken off. This is for all dogs - not just purebreds - and should be a goal for all dog owners. Listen to the show and find out all about it.


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Episode 20 - Safe and Healthy!

Many of the questions that are asked of the instructors at Kindred Spirits Canine Education Center are about caring for dogs. Sometimes the question may be about controlling fleas or ticks, or about exercise, or any number of things concerning dog care, health, and safety. Now, all of the instructors are quick to point out that we are not veterinarians, but as long time dog owners ourselves, and professionals in dogs, we can answer most basic care questions. In this show, we answer many of the questions that we hear most often. If your questions are not answered here, or you need more help, don’t hesitate to call your veterinarian.


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Episode 19 - Ten Training Tips

Training your dog - whether he is a show prospect, performance sports dog, or a well loved companion - can sometimes be overwhelming. But here are ten training tips that students at Kindred Spirits Canine Education Center in Vista, CA are given when they enroll in classes. These tips can help any dog owner and trainer. In addition, the trainers put together a list of some of the most common training mistakes. Hopefully you won't see yourself on this list! But if you do, this is a good time to make some changes! Enjoy!


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Episode 18 - Pup Manners

Thanks for tuning in to “It’s a Doggy Dog World” This week we are continuing our series on puppies. In previous shows we discussed choosing the right puppy, bringing that puppy home, and last week we talked about housetraining. This show is all about helping that new family member grow up to be your best friend. Preventing behaviors that will lead to problems is certainly one step in that process, and teaching the puppy what to do instead is another. But for more, listen to the show! And enjoy!


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Episode 17 - Housetraining Your Dog

Welcome to "It's a Doggy Dog World!" In previous weeks we talked about finding the right puppy for you and your household, and we discussed what to expect when you brought that puppy home. In this show, we're talking about housetraining - all about housetraining, from teaching your puppy a command to how to prevent problem behaviors regarding housetraining. So tune in and find out how to accomplish this with as little fuss and mess as possible. For more on housetraining, pick up a copy of Liz Palika's book, "The Pocket Idiot's Guide to Housetraining."


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Episode 16 - Global Pet Expo

We went to the Global Pet Expo in San Diego recently. Wow! What a show. This is the largest trade show for pet products in the world! And we had a great time. Tune in and listen to some of the neat things we found there; from new dog foods to doggy sneakers; from awesome dog treats from New Zealand to toys from New Hampshire.


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Episode 15 - Choosing A Dog - Part 3

In the last two shows, we talked about choosing a dog and gave you some thing to think about as you made that decision. After all, this new dog will be a part of your family for 14 to 15 years so let's make sure you make the best decision possible! In today's show, we're talking about how to bring your puppy home. What should you do before you bring him home? When should he come home? And what should you expect? This can be a frightening and frustrating time (for you and your new puppy) so we'll talk you through some of the hard stuff.


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Episode 14 - Choosing A Dog - Part 2

In this “It’s a Doggy Dog World” show, we are continuing last week’s discussion about adding a new dog to your family. Last week, we talked about things you should think about before taking that step; and in this show, we talk about how to find and choose a dog or puppy. There’s a lot to think about, including whether you want to rescue a dog from the local shelter or you want to buy from a breeder. In next week’s show, we’ll continue the discussion by talking about what to do and expect when you bring that new dog home.


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Episode 13 - Choosing A Dog - Part 1

I'm quite sure most listeners to "It's a Doggy Dog World" are already dog owners, but you may be thinking about adding another dog to your household. Or perhaps a friend has been thinking about a dog. In this week's show, we'll be talking about some of the things to think about prior to bringing home a dog. Including such practicalities as whether everyone in the family wants a dog, Or the financial costs of dog ownership. So tune in and let us talk through some of the important aspects of dog ownership before you go out and get a dog.


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Episode 12 - Therapy Dogs and Service Dogs

Do you know what the difference is between these two types of working dogs? Many people get therapy dogs and service dogs confused. In this podcast Liz, Petra and Kate will discuss the differences (and similarities) as well as what is required of the dogs and their owners. They will also talk about the Americans with Disabilities Act as it pertains to service dogs. Tune in for all the scoop!


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Episode 11 - New Year's Resolutions

Have you made your New Year’s resolutions for yourself and your dog? The trainers from Kindred Spirits Canine Education Center in Vista, CA gathered together to talk about the resolutions they have made for themselves and their dogs, but also some problems they often run into in their training classes and so as a result, the resolutions some dog owners might wish to make. Maggie wants to make sure her service dog, Quimby, isn’t pushing her limits too much. Cayla wants to work with her German Shepherd, Teddy, and have him certified as a service dog before the holiday season next year. Debra says she needs to work on her relationship with her Australian Shepherd, Apache, because he doesn’t take her seriously even when he should. And there’s more! List to the show and perhaps get some ideas for yourself and your dog.


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Episode 10 - Kids And Dogs

This week Petra Burke is our moderator, with Liz Palika, Kate Abbott and all of the trainers and assistant trainers from the Kindred Spirits Canine Education Center pitching in to help. We asked everyone to add to this show because we’re talking about kids and dogs and wanted a lot of input on this sometimes controversial subject. Should a child be responsible for a dog of his/her own? How can we prevent kids from being bitten by dogs? With dog bites at an epidemic level, especially with children, this is very important. Tune in to hear what was said.


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Episode 9 - Living With A Disabled Dog

Dogs can have disabilities of many kinds, from blindness, deafness, the loss of a limb, hip dysplasia and more. Some disabilities come with old age, some may be due to injuries and other may be congenital defects. As much as we may feel sorry for the dog with a disability, our dogs don't need that pity. Dogs don't pout about their disabilities; they just get on with life. However, you can help your dog live a quality life in many different ways. Listen to this show for quite a few easy suggestions.


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Episode 8 - Holiday Safety

This is the time of year to give thanks for friends and family, and that definitely includes all our four legged friends. The holidays have hazards, too, of course, from the turkey carcass after Thanksgiving dinner to the decorations on the Christmas tree. After all, to puppy, those bright bolored balls on the Christmas tree look just like the balls he plays with – just shinier! In this show, Liz, Petra and Kate offer some advice on how to keep your canine best friend safe. They also talk about ways to incorporate your dog into the holiday celebrations, including protecting Santa from your dog as Santa delivers his holiday gifts!


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Episode 7 - Pure Breeds, Mixed Breeds & Designer Dogs

Petra, Kate and I have been seeing an increasing number of designer dogs (or breeds) in our classes. Although we don’t have a problem with mixed breeds dogs; we’ve all owned mixed breeds, we do have a problem when the new owners of these dogs have unrealistic expectations.

I also feel that people are paying way too much money for these mixed breed dogs; especially when there are so many in the local shelters and humane societies who can be adopted for very reasonable prices. Tune in and listen as we discuss what a pure breed is, what these designer breeds are and some of our thoughts on the subject.


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Episode 6 - Traveling With Your Dog - Part 2

“Petra, Kate and I, and our significant others, all enjoy traveling with our dogs. Granted, we also travel without them once in a while. But when you bring your dog with you, it adds a different perspective to things. You may notice things you wouldn’t have otherwise seen. In addition, it’s fun to watch the dog’s reactions to new situations. However, traveling with a dog requires some preparation. This show will help you make sure you and your dog are ready to take off together.”


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Episode 5 - Traveling With Your Dog - Part 1

“Petra, Kate and I, and our significant others, all enjoy traveling with our dogs. Granted, we also travel without them once in a while. But when you bring your dog with you, it adds a different perspective to things. You may notice things you wouldn’t have otherwise seen. In addition, it’s fun to watch the dog’s reactions to new situations. However, traveling with a dog requires some preparation. This dog podcast will help you make sure you and your dog are ready to take off together.”


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Episode 4 - Tricks & Treats!

Halloween can be a fun time of year with people in costumes, lots of candy, and many parties. Your dog can part in this with you as long as you take some precautions to keep him safe. Don’t let him get into the candy (and don’t forget chocolate is poisonous to dogs!). Introduce your dog to a costume well before Halloween so he gets used to it gradually, and make sure it’s safe for him to wear. Let him see you put on your costume, too, so he isn’t afraid of it. Many groups use a Halloween party as a fund raiser for their efforts and these parties can be great fun. Kindred Spirits Canine Education Center in Vista, CA is sponsoring their 18th Annual Halloween Party this year as a fund raiser for their service dog training program and for the North County Chapter of the Love on a Leash therapy dog group. If you belong to a dog group or club, you may want to think about a party like this, too.


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Episode 3 - Keeping Your Dog Safe In A Disaster

Today pets are no longer animals relegated to the back yard; they are a vital and well loved part of our family. When emergencies happen, it’s important to be able to keep your pet safe, either in your home with you or with you as you evacuate. A well stocked emergency kit and a first aid kit are very important, as are plans. If you have to evacuate, where will you go? Prior planning is very important. In this dog podcast, we’ll give you some important tips on how to plan for a future disaster.


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Episode 2 - Fearful Dogs

Living with a fearful dog can be tough; not only for the dog who is so worried and afraid, but also his family. No one likes to see a dog suffering from fear and we would all like to alleviate that fear. In this show we’ll be talking about what causes a dog to be afraid and some of the ways to avoid those things. We’ll also discuss what to do and what not to do should your dog be afraid of something specific, such as the garbage truck going by or a motorcycle.

Plus, Halloween is a few weeks away but we’ll talk a little about how you can prepare your dog for Halloween so he won’t be afraid of masks and costumes.


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Episode 1 - Managing A Busy Dog

It’s a Doggy Dog World is all about living with dogs; the challenges as well as the joys. This week we’re talking about how to live with and manage a busy dog. A busy dog is one who if not kept busy, will find something to amuse himself. Unfortunately, that can be the kitchen trash can, the leg of your dining room table, or he may simply decide you need to amuse him. But you can manage a busy dog and we’ll take a look at easy ways to do it.


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