December 3, 2019
As much as Liz, Petra, and Kate are enthusiastic about dog training, there is no dog-training magic wand. Training cannot and never will solve all dog behavior issues. Sometimes managing the dog and the behavior is a better idea. Tune in for an explanation, examples, and some how to's.
November 5, 2019
Liz has a new puppy, Seven, and Petra has added Willow to her household. Both English Shepherds, as Liz's Bones and Hero are and Petra's Poncho and Tango. Listen in to find story behind the new puppies, where they came from, and how they are doing. Plus, in case you are wondering why Liz's puppy is named Seven, that will be explained too.
April 1, 2019
Most dog owners have recognized that their dog responds when the owner is sad or upset and it's wonderful when that aware dog tries to make us feel better. But there is more to this than just that. When raising a puppy it's especially important to be aware of your emotions as puppies are just little balls of emotion anyway. Then, too, when training your dog your emotions can help you or hinder your efforts. Liz, Petra, and Kate talk about emotions and your dog so tune in.
March 18, 2019
Some puppy owners bring home two puppies thinking that they will amuse each other, perhaps keep each other out of trouble, and free the family from some of the burdens of puppy raising. Unfortunately this is incorrect. Two puppies at the same time is a big problem, so much so that there has been a lot written about it. Listen in as Liz, Petra, and Kate discuss double the trouble.
February 26, 2019
Liz, Petra, and Kate discuss creativity in dog training. This doesn't mean you have to teach your dog to paint (although that might be fun!) but instead, creativity can help prevent boredom, both for yourself and your dog. Creativity can also get your dog more involved in his own training.
February 12, 2019
Liz, Petra, and Kate talk about generalization in regards to dog training. What is it? Why is it important? And how to you help your dog learn these important skills. Tune in and listen.
January 29, 2019
Recently Petra's two-year-old dog, Tango, was diagnosed with Addison's disease. She talks about the diagnosis, treatment plan, and how he's doing. Living with a dog with a chronic illness means more trips to the veterinarian, usually a change in your routine for vet visits and medications, as well as an emotional upset. It's tough.
January 15, 2019
Liz has lost two dogs to cancer in the last four years. Petra has lost four dogs to cancer; as has Kate. A traumatic illness, it affects vast numbers of dogs. So let's talk about how it affects your dog and you.
January 3, 2019
Training class students ask Liz, Petra, and Kate for recommendations as to what is good (and safe) for their dogs to chew on. Plus, what can you give dogs who are fussy about their chews? Thankfully, there are some good alternatives.
November 21, 2018
Liz, Petra, and Kate have talked previously about choosing the right dog. Taking a look at breed, gender, activity level and more. But it's also important to have a vision of where this new dog will fit into your life. Thinking about that prior to bringing home a dog is vital. After all, the dog can't change who he is.
July 19, 2018
In this, the second of two podcasts on housetraining, Liz, Petra, and Kate discuss options for housetraining including the pros and cons of doggy doors, potty pads, litter box options, and more. Included are suggestions for housetraining a dog in the big city as well as what you can do should you work long hours.
July 3, 2018
In this and their next podcast, Liz, Petra, and Kate are talking about housetraining. This subject is the source of many questions from class students and podcast listeners. In this podcast, they discuss the definition of housetraining, why a schedule is important, teaching a vocabulary, word, crate training, and much more.
May 8, 2018
A common problem that dog trainers here is that the dog won't come when called. Since a reliable come makes everyday life so much easier and can be a life saver for your dog, teaching the come is important. Liz, Petra, and Kate discuss several ways to teach the come as well as a couple of things you shouldn't do.
April 24, 2018
Spring is an great time to get ready for summer's challenges. Just as we check our smoke and CO2 alarms when time changes we can check a few other things. Are you prepared for fleas, ticks, and heartworms? If not, talk to your veterinarian. When was the last time you scrubbed out your dog's outside water bowl? It's easy to forget. Liz, Petra, and Kate don't want to tell you how to live with your pet, but instead just want to offer some suggestion you may not have thought about yourself.
March 26, 2018
Kate's cocker mix, Walter, is thirteen now and is almost blind and pretty much completely deaf. Kate's been doing quite a bit of research on how to help her dog and wants to share that. Liz and Petra talk with Kate about disabled dogs, old dogs, and ideas for helping them.
March 19, 2018
If you're listening to this podcast, you already think dogs are pretty special. We do, too. But the love that our dogs have for us sometimes goes beyond special. There's a touch of magic there, too. Tune in and listen as Liz, Petra, and Kate talk about some special dogs and the magic they provide.
March 3, 2018
We asked veterinarians on social media this question, "What can your clients do to help you help their pets?" We received a number of responses from veterinarians across the US. Although some of their responses were expected, others were not. Tune in to see what they said.
February 15, 2018
We talked about adolescence a few years ago but this is a subject that can't be re-visited too many times. The teenage stage in puppies (or humans for that matter!) can be frustrating and challenging. Since Liz and Petra both have teenage puppies, as does another of Kindred Spirits' trainers, this is a subject that has been on our mind. We'll share some of our coping techniques.
December 13, 2017
Liz, Petra, and Kate have talked several times previously about traveling with dogs, both at hotels and in RVs. On their last trip they invited friends Wayne and Kei to join them. Kei joins the podcast to talk about their decision to rent an RV, the challenges in getting to know the RV, how their dogs reacted, and the fun they had on the trip. Kei also offers suggestions for those thinking about doing this.
November 13, 2017
Liz, Petra, and Kate invite a friend and fellow dog trainer, Sue Dewer to talk about the dog bite Sue is still recovering from. The dog that bit Sue is a pit bull but Sue isn't blaming the breed, or even that particular dog. Instead, the dog was newly adopted and Sue is questioning the shelter's screening process.
October 11, 2017
There are a number of reasons why some dog owners would like to teach their dog to relieve herself inside, appropriately of course! In this podcast Liz, Petra, and Kate discuss some of the reasons why, new and old products that can make it easier to do, how to transition the dog to outside if you'd like to do that, and of course, how to teach your dog. Petra, who has Pomeranians trained to go inside, talks about her experiences.
September 18, 2017
Hurricane Irma was charging up the coast of Florida while Liz, Petra, and Kate were recording this podcast. At the same time, 100 dogs from Texas were landing in San Diego to make room in Texas shelters for dogs rescued from Hurricane Harvey. While everyone seems to agree that these dogs needed a chance for a better life, sometimes well meaning rescue groups aren't as careful as they could be. Kate leads the conversation here and discusses her concerns.
July 10, 2017
Liz and Kate have been voracious dog books readers since childhood but Petra admits that as a kid she read more horse books than dog books. But all three talk about their favorites, from older ones such as Jack London's Call of the Wild and White Fang to newer books. Tune in to hear the wild variety mentioned.
June 20, 2017
Liz, Petra, and Kate talk about their favorite movies featuring dogs. The dogs may or may not have been the stars, such as with Lassie, but may have played an important part. Older movies, such as Turner & Hooch, are mentioned as well as newer movies like the Secret Life of Pets. Tune in and see who likes what.
April 26, 2017
Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) continues to grow even though it's been shown not to work. Overall, it doesn't lessen overall dog bites in any community where it's been instituted. Plus, once one breed has been banned, it's easy for the legislative body to add one or more breeds. And if you think you're breed won't be banned, think again! Liz, Petra, and Kate talk about breed bans, BSL, and what would work better.
April 12, 2017
Although we certainly don't want to frighten our listeners - and that isn't our intent - we do hope that this coming summer will be a safe one for you and your dog. Liz, Petra, and Kate talk about some common dangers including insects, hot camp fires, dangerously hot asphalt, and more. Tune in for things to know to help keep your dog safe.
February 1, 2017
Oppositional reflex is a commonly used term that refers to the actions of your dog when pressure is applied. A good example is when your dog pulls hard on the leash as you're acting as an anchor. The word reflex isn't appropriate for these actions though as it truly isn't a reflex. Tune in and hear what Liz, Petra, and Kate have to say as they explain this action and what a more appropriate term might be.
January 20, 2017
It's impossible, or at least difficult, to teach your dog if he doesn't know how to pay attention to you. Plus, when your dog knows how to pay attention, especially with distractions, you can use this as a way of preventing problems. In addition, as with so many things, we also make a game out of teaching attention. So tune in and find out what Liz, Petra, and Kate do with this training exercise.
December 29, 2016
If you're a regular listener you know Liz, Kate, and Petra travel a lot with their dogs. Staying at RV parks, campgrounds, with friends, and at hotels; their dogs are always expected to be well behaved and Liz, Kate, and Petra work to make sure their dogs don't disrupt other travelers. Here are some of their tips.
December 8, 2016
With the holidays in mind, Liz, Kate, and Petra did some research for some things you and your dog might like. We talked to dog owners, looked at reviews online and at Amazon, and what looked fun to us. Hopefully some of them will sound good to you! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and your dogs.
October 11, 2016
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.
July 13, 2016
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!
June 29, 2016
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.
March 14, 2016
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.
March 1, 2016
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.
December 18, 2015
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."
December 9, 2015
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!
October 15, 2015
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!
September 8, 2015
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.
August 14, 2015
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.
July 15, 2015
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 second one.
June 27, 2015
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.
June 2, 2015
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.
May 20, 2015
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.
March 3, 2015
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.
February 14, 2015
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.
January 30, 2015
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.
January 15, 2015
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?
December 19, 2014
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.
December 11, 2014
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.
November 9, 2014
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.
October 20, 2014
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.
August 18, 2014
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.
August 4, 2014
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.
June 4, 2014
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.
April 30, 2014
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 podcast 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.
April 7, 2014
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.
March 2, 2014
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.
February 19, 2014
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.
January 30, 2014
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.
January 16, 2014
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.
December 18, 2013
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.
November 23, 2013
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.
September 23, 2013
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.
September 22, 2013
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
September 9, 2013
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.
September 1, 2013
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.
August 30, 2013
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.
August 23, 2013
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.
July 16, 2013
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.
June 29, 2013
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.
March 24, 2013
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.
March 7, 2013
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.
January 15, 2013
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!
January 3, 2013
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!
October 22, 2012
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.
October 2, 2012
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.
September 6, 2012
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
August 21, 2012
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.
August 2, 2012
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
June 25, 2012
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.
May 8, 2012
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.
April 12, 2012
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.
March 23, 2012
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.
February 24, 2012
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.
February 1, 2012
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!
January 13, 2012
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.
December 20, 2011
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......
December 1, 2011
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.
November 20, 2011
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!
October 27, 2011
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!
October 6, 2011
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.
September 18, 2011
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 for the complete first chapter, more about the book, and how to download subsequent chapters.
August 16, 2011
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
August 5, 2011
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.
July 18, 2011
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. Tune in as Liz, Petra, and Kate talk about this sometimes-confusing issue.
June 29, 2011
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.
June 8, 2011
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.
May 6, 2011
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.
April 20, 2011
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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