Archive for the ‘Dog Talk’ Category

DogStars: How to Turn Your Dog into a Movie Star: Podcast with Georgina Bradley, of DogStars.com

Monday, July 30th, 2012
Georgina Bradley, certified professional dog trainer, is the founder and backbone of DogStars.com.  Her training center in Vancouver, British Columbia, not only turns out DogStars, it helps them find opportunities to show off their stuff.  For example, Georgina helped train the dogs for the 1995 movie, "101 Dalmations."  In this podcast, Georgina explains some of the basic training required for a dog to become aDogStar, and she teaches you how to train your dog to do the "eye line" trick, a key behavior for a dogstar. Here's Georgina on the "My Doggie Says... Show."  

Making Doggie Friends at Lake Arrowhead Village

Thursday, July 12th, 2012
Callie Golden Retriever loves to make friends at Lake Arrowhead Village -- both people friends and doggie friends.  Yesterday, she sat patiently with Cody, a lovely Australian Shepherd puppy, while Barbara and I had lunch at the waffle restaurant.  The restaurant has some nice outdoor seating, so Callie can sit in the shade just a few feet away from us while we eat brunch -- at the edge of Lake Arrowhead. You don't have to watch a dog for very long, sometimes, to get a feel for its personality.  Well, Cody was really fun to watch.  He's just full of beans and energy.  Inquisitive.  Friencly.  Non-threatening.  But very confident.  He'll be a great, well-socialized adult. Callie loved Cody, but that's not unusual.  Callie, too, is an incredibly well socialized doggie.  It's especially fun to see her interact with smaller dogs, because she plays a very humble and submissive role.  She tries to make herself smaller (lower) than the other dog, and it pretty much always works!

Paula Brown, Animal Behaviorist and Author of “Fur Shui” on the “My Doggie Says…” Show

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012
  Paula Brown, animal behaviorist, has written a delightful book titled "Fur Shui."  As you might guess, the book adapts the concepts of Feng Shui to our furry friends.  The book offers many insightful ideas about why our pets choose to be in certain parts of the house, or of a room.  It gave me some wonderful ideas as to why Callie decides to put herself in certain places at certain times.  One special treasure in the book is a simple map that shows how the spatial relationships and colors in a home, or room, can relate to life attitudes such as "helpful people," "creativity and children," "relationship," and five others. This is very fun and thoughtful reading.  It can also be a guide to decorating your home or room with colors that enhance the important attitudes. Here's Paula on the "My Doggie Says..." show:  

Participate in a Live Podcast with Animal Communicator and Professional Psychic, Lori Spagna

Thursday, May 17th, 2012
On Tuesday, June 19th, 2012, from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time, the “My Doggie Says...” show will record a live podcast with animal communicator, professional psychic, intuitive energy healer, and behavior expert Lori Spagna. Lori will discuss how animals are teaching us. She will also do live readings with guests who participate in the show. To learn more about Lori and her great work, visit www.lorispagna.com, www.efilsgodSpirit.com or www.efilsgod.com. The “My Doggie Says...” show is a lighthearted show about dogs -- dog relationships, dog communication, dog training and generally “dog appreciation.” Host Fred Haney interviews experts on all subjects “dog.” To listen to past shows, check out the "podcast" tab on this blog, or look for “mydoggiesays” on the iTunes podcast store. To join the program, send an email to Lori Spagna at Info@efilsgod.com or to Fred Haney at fred@mydoggiesays.com. You will receive the dial-in instructions and access code by return email.

A Dog’s Actions Speak Louder Than Words: Five Ways to Figure Out What Your Dog Is Telling You

Thursday, May 10th, 2012
Does your dog ever do something that leaves you scratching your head and wondering, “Why did he (or she) do that?” If so, you’re not alone. Dogs tell us important things all the time, but sometimes we don’t “get the message.” Dogs communicate in different ways and at different levels. Sometimes they “talk” with their tails, or their ears, or their posture. Sometimes they “talk” by barking, or yelping, or whining. Sometimes they use subtle signals that were used in wolf packs to “keep the peace.” These messages can include licking their own lips or yawning. But dogs frequently communicate with their behavior. A dog’s actions speak louder than words. The trick is to figure out what the actions means. It can be obvious. For example, when your dog sits and begs while you’re eating a piece of steak, there’s no mystery in the message. But many messages are much more subtle than that. Here are some ways you can try to “break the code” and understand what your dog is telling you. Click Here to Read the Rest of this Article

Should Your Child Have a Dog?

Monday, April 30th, 2012
Should your child have a dog? Dog-human relationships can be very special, but nothing surpasses the dog-bond that can occur between a child and a dog. Research  has shown that petting a dog increases levels of oxytocin in both the human and the dog. Oxytocin is the hormone that helps bond a nursing mother to her baby. It has a calming effect, which can contribute to the bond between a person and a dog. This effect may be one reason that it can be invaluable for a child with Down syndrome to have a dog. John Barczak, a fifteen year old boy with Down syndrome, has a five-year old rescue Maltese dog named Alex. In this article, dog trainer Sarah Rothberger says, “There’s also something very tactile about dogs for people with disabilities. It improves the way people feel. It de-stresses them.” (Click here to read the full article at www.mysuburbanlife.com.) Just the idea of trying to understand dog communication had a very life-changing effect on an autistic child who studied the photographs in “My Doggie Says...” The student’s teacher, in an elementary school in Cleveland, Ohio, used the book to get her normally non-communicative student to begin to relate to Jamie’s “messsages.” The teacher felt that the experience had a profound positive effect on the student. I also see this “de-stressing” effect when my granddaughter Lauren visits with Callie Golden Retriever. Lauren loves to snuggle with Callie and to pretend she is Callie’s vet. Actually, Lauren, age seven, has declared that she wants to be a vet when she grows up. This positive feeling toward dogs probably started with Lauren’s relationship with Jamie Golden Retriever, heroine of “My Doggie Says... Messages from Jamie.” Here’s a photo of Lauren, at age two years, “experimenting” with Jamie. On a recent trip to the east coast, I got to watch grandnephew Ferris interact with his new golden labrador retriever, Cooper. You can see from this photo how Cooper has tapped into Ferris’s positive reactions to touching Cooper. In this photo, you can feel the “de-stressing” of Ferris and Cooper’s relationship at work. (Ferris has no shortage of energy.) One lesson I have learned is that children do not always have good instincts about how to deal with a dog. Granddaughter Amelia, two years old at the time, was very afraid of Callie’s exuberant displays of affection. When Callie approached Amelia, Amelia would turn and run, which, of course made matters worse with Callie. With a few hours of help from a professional dog trainer, we solved this problem. Amelia just had to learn to “stand up” to Callie. Once she learned to ignore Callie’s aggressive behavior, Amelia and Callie settled into a playful and loving relationship. With a little special effort and dog training, you can help a child experience the joys of having a strong dog-bond with “man’s best friend.”

Holistic Medicine for Dogs: A Podcast Interview with Dr. Deva Khalse, Author of “Natural Dog”

Friday, March 9th, 2012

Dr. Deva Khalsa

Dr. Deva Khalsa has an extensive background in holistic medicine for dogs -- and lots of fascinating success stories. In this podcast, she talks about the special qualities of dogs and how, if we let them, they can help us appreciate some of the wondrous little things on our planet. She has lots of examples of amazing successes in treating dogs with the use of natural remedies. In one especially fascinating segment (#3), she talks about the discovery of double-helix water, and she tells a story about a dog whose malignant melanoma disappeared in about two weeks after taking it. Click here to learn more from Dr. Khalsa's web site www.doctordeva.com.  

Your Dog’s Energy Level May Mirror Your Own

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012
Are you aware of your dog’s energy level? Can you sense when it goes up and down? Can you tell when your dog is “full of beans?” Can you tell when your dog is feeling down and drained of energy? Most of us don't pay attention to our own ups and downs, much less our dog’s energy changes. “Am I feeling robust and energetic?” Or, “Am I feeling down and lackadaisical?” Many of us go through energy ups and down every day without realizing it. But dogs may be different. My dog Callie and I play soccer every night or fifteen to twenty minutes, and, because of that, I've become pretty tuned in to my dog’s energy levels. Interestingly, this experience has put me more in tune with my own energy fluctuations. Our daily soccer match always starts with a burst of energy. Callie tracks me down, usually in my office, and gives me a very intense gaze. Her “look” means, “It’s time for our soccer game!” I start the game by kicking the soft, under-inflated ball almost the length of our backyard. Callie races after the ball and traps is under her tummy. Then I make a shorter and higher kick, and Callie leaps into the air and “bonks” the ball off her nose. We call it a “noser.” It's like a header but when you're a golden retriever your nose gets in the way. Sometimes we do a rapid volley of nosers. I kick the ball back to her as quickly as possible, and she leaps up and “bonks” the ball as hard as she can. This usually gets her really pumped up for a few minutes. But invariably, sometime during our game, I'll kick the ball to Callie and she'll just look at me, as the ball flies over her head and lands on the grass. It’s as if she’s saying, “What was that all about?” She makes no effort whatsoever to go after it. My next few attempts are likely to have the same result. It is as if she doesn't care about the game any more. So now I'm wondering, “Is there a way to get the game back on track?” Another thing I wonder is, “Is she mirroring my energy level?” For the next kick, I’ll run to the ball faster and try to project more energy. Sometimes that works. Callie senses my increased enthusiasm and reflects it with an outburst of harder “nosers” and faster chasing after the ball. Other times Callie ignores my new energy level and the ball flies over her head, and, once again, she looks at me like I'm crazy. Another trick I've tried is to "fake" an end to the game. I kick the ball back to our starting place and put it back on the chair where it sits when we're not playing. Sometimes Callie tries to play “keep away” so I can’t pick the ball up. She'll put a paw on the ball, for example, or trap it under her tummy, or position herself between me and the ball. After the ball has been back on its chair for a few seconds, I pick it up again and ask Callie if she wants to play. Usually by this time, she’s stationed herself in the middle of the yard and she's giving me that “let's play soccer” look again. So, starting over, I kick the ball toward her and she goes scampering after it. Usually this works, and it re-energizes her, at least for a few minutes. Sometimes I think this interaction is just about a dog’s energy level and enthusiasm for the game. At other times, it seems like she’s reflecting my energy -- or lack of energy. It probably also has something to do with focus and concentration -- both of which, I believe are closely related to energy expression. This energy interaction has been fascinating to follow. I've learned a lot about Callie’s energy levels as well as my own. There have been times when I was certain Callie was simply mirroring my energy -- that her lack of enthusiasm probably reflected the fact that I was distracted or thinking about something else. In these situations, I am able to regain the energy of the game by getting more enthusiastic and putting more into it myself. Sometimes I think that Callie’s enthusiasm has helped to spark my enthusiasm to a higher level which has led to some really fun “noser” volleys. Any way you look at it, this “energy exchange” has enriched my relationship with Callie. I understand her a little better -- and probably myself, as well. Try paying attention to your dog’s energy patterns!

Dog Rescue: A Tale of “Tommy the Throwaway Dog” — A podcast with author Laura Marlowe

Monday, February 13th, 2012
Dog rescue is a hot topic for many dog lovers.  This is a dog rescue story that has turned into much more -- a book, an educational process, and a fundraising project.  All because a trash collector rescued Tommy, the dog, from a dumpster. Tommy's story starts out in a very sad way.  He was abused by his first owner -- in terrible ways.  Finally, that owner, literally "threw Tommy away" -- into a trash bin.  Fortunately, an alert trash collector rescued Tommy and took him to a shelter, where people cared for him.  About two months later, Tommy was rescued by his "forever home" new parents. Laura Marlowe read about Tommy and decided to write a book about his story.  She wanted to teach people -- especially young children -- how to properly treat a dog and the benefits of dog rescue.   "Tommy the Throwaway Dog" is aimed at children from three years old to age nine.  Now Laura travels around the country visiting grade school classes and shelters and using Tommie's story help raise awareness and funds -- for the proper treatment of dogs. Here's Laura's overview of Tommy's story (2:30).   And here's the full interview from the "My Doggie Says..." show.  

A Rescue Dog Gets A Great Job — “On Toby’s Terms” with Charmaine Hammond

Friday, January 27th, 2012
Charmaine Hammond's rescue dog, Toby, got off to a pretty bad start -- by turning Charmaine's house totally upside down.  But, with help from an animal communicator, Charmaine solved Toby's behavior problems and turned him into a rescue dog with a mission in life.

Rescue Dog with a Super Job

Here's Charmaine's description of how Toby, the rescue dog, would enter a hospital and announce his presence -- with a couple of loud barks.  And how Toby has some special instincts about how he can help each patient he interacts with.   Here's Charmaine talking about "On Toby's Terms."  It's really a great story about a rescue dog, an animal behaviorist, and a creative and very effective solution to a dog behavior problem.