In this episode (012), Lisa Selthofer discuss dog agility and how to get started as a beginner. We talk about who dog agility is for, common benefits of dog agility, and we bust through several myths surrounding dog agility. Lisa shares a free resource to help dog parents get started in the fun of dog agility!
In this episode (011), I talk with a past client, Sharon, about dog amputations because her dog Shira, a Great Dane had a front leg amputation performed. She shares her experience, the good and the bad. And we offer advice to other dog parents who may need to consider an amputation for their dog. We also discuss the importance of physical therapy and the huge impact it had for Shira and her family.
In this episode (010), I talk about dog amputations, my experience in doing physical therapy with dogs after they have an amputation, my rehab suggestions, and various tips along with a peek inside the world of veterinary medicine from my perspective. I also share a very personal and heartbreaking story of my own dog, a golden retriever named Megan, who was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in her leg and amputating her leg was a possible treatment option. In addition, I offer helpful physical therapy resources for dog parents who either have or will soon have a “tripawd” (a dog with three legs).
This will be a 2 part series on dog amputations. In the next episode, I talk with a client who shares her experience with her Great Dane, Shira, who had a front leg amputation in 2017.
In this episode (009), I interview Kirsten Tolley of Free State Canine, an experienced dog trainer who enjoys specializing in early intervention training for puppies to capitalize on their developmental stages. The outcome of starting her puppy training approach at 8 weeks of age is that it makes for a better and smoother experience with your dog for life. Obedience training at a later age is significantly easier. And, Kirsten’s approach can help minimize the risk of problem behaviors that could develop, such as separation anxiety, fearfulness, reactivity, aggression, and other pesky behaviors like jumping up on people, barking at them, stealing food, and more. Listen in and discover how early training from day 1 with your puppy can be life changing!
In this episode (008), I interview Pam Baker about her famous dog, Oscar, who sings on key and was invited to appear on the TV show, America’s Got Talent. Simon Cowell loves this dog! We also talk with the dog trainer, Jeff Feuerwerker, who helped Oscar and Pam getting ready for the show. We dive into really interesting details and training strategies around preparing for the performances and hear all about Oscar and Pam’s experience on the show. There’s also some dog singing thrown in and some words of wisdom toward the end. A fun episode!
In this episode (007), I continue part 2 of the interview with Silke Herwald, who is a grief specialist and works with people who are grieving the loss of their beloved dogs. Silke takes me through an exercise to demonstrate the power of a tool she uses to help dog parents grieve more resourcefully. I personally experienced a powerful shift. We discuss considerations of when and if to get another dog after the loss of a beloved dog, as well as what can be useful to say to a friend who is grieving the loss of their dog. I trust that this interview series is going to help many dog parents in the world. Please pass it on.
In this episode (006), I begin a 2 part interview with Silke Herwald, who is a grief specialist and works with people who are grieving the loss of their beloved dogs. Silke talks about the similarities and differences in losing our dogs vs our human loved ones, the common lack of societal support when our dogs pass on and how this impacts us as dog lovers. We also discuss the important topic of “pre-grieving” and what it is and how it can be so beneficial. I pass on a golden tip on how to know when “it’s time” and I share the sudden death and aftermath of my golden retriever, Oscar.
Be sure to listen to Part 2 of this interview, in which Silke takes me through an exercise to demonstrate the power of a tool she uses to help dog parents grieve more resourcefully. I personally experienced a powerful shift and I trust that this interview series is going to help so many dog parents in the world.
In this episode (005), Amie Hesbach and I share our insights from our collective 40 years of experience in the canine physical therapy field. We talk about what physical therapy is and the many ways it can help your dog. We also explore how different physical therapy and physical rehabilitation can be – listen in to see what I mean. This episode is full of great information to help dog parents understand how to find the right rehab practitioner, what to look for, what to be aware of (including some buyer beware tips), to trust your gut when you think something is wrong with your dog, and so much more.
In this episode (004), I talk with Dr. Deborah Linder, a board certified veterinary nutritionist at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine about the link between heart disease and grain-free and boutique diets. We also get into how food allergies and how the belief in possible food allergies led to this finding and ensuing research on heart disease.
In this episode (003), I talk with expert dog trainer, Meagan Karnes, who is the founder and head trainer at The Collared Scholar, all about the power of playing with our dogs. There are big “aha moments” to be discovered as we dig into the psychology of how our dogs view us and the world. Another “MUST-LISTEN!” 😉