7/16/14 – New trainer talks with expert trainer

Encore!  Today my guest is a new dog trainer who has questions about getting started in the business, and about dog behavior and training.

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7/9/14 – Aggressive Behavior in Dogs – Tracy Ross

Talking today with Tracy Ross, specialist in dog aggression.  Julie and Tracy talk about the different causes of aggressive behavior in dogs.

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7/2/14 – 4th of July safety with the AKC and Missing Pet Partnership’s Kat Albrecht

We are approaching one of the worst weekends for animals: 4th of July!

Listen to 4th of July safety tips from a spokesperson with the American Kennel Club, then I talk with Kat Albrecht, founder of Missing Pet Partnership- reuniting lost pets with their families.  They’ll be busy over this holiday weekend!

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6/25/14 – AHELP Project and SPARCS Recap!

AHELP Fundraiser this Saturday, June 28th at Norm’s in Fremont – Seattle!  2-5 pm, bring your friendly dog and some cash to play games and buy raffle tickets.  All proceeds support AHELP.  Comfort and Empowerment around end of life choices for animals and their people.


Also today, recap of SPARCS Conference.  Was so AWESOME!  Can’t wait till SPARCS 2015!  If you missed it, you can watch archives via www.caninescience.info.

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6/18/14 – Do You Believe in Dog? Julie Hecht and Mia Cobb, hosts of SPARCS 2014 this weekend!

Julie and Mia met at a conference in July of 2012 and have since started an excellent blog, “Do You Believe in Dog?”, where they take turns posting about topics related to their own research, the work of their research groups and other random dog science themes.

Julie Hecht is the author of Dog Spies and is a canine behavioral researcher  and manages Alexandra Horowitz’s Dog Cognition Lab at Barnard College in New York.

Mia Cobb is in a Ph.D. program researching the effects of social and environmental enrichment on welfare, stress and performance of kenneled working dogs.  She co-hosts a podcast called Human Animal Science - Human Animal Science is a regular podcast hosted by Tim Adams and Mia Cobb that takes a scientific view of the world of humans and animals.

Check out Mia and Julie’s links below!


Do You Believe in Dog? - Julie Hecht and Mia Cobb

Dog Spies – Julie Hecht

Horowitz Dog Cognition Lab – Julie Hecht

Human Animal Science – Mia Cobb

Anthrozoology Research Group – Mia Cobb

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6/11/14 – Patricia McConnell – clarifying the word “dominance” and it’s place in dog training

What a wonderful conversation with Patricia McConnell Ph.D.!

This one goes down as one of my all-time favorites.  Dr. McConnell was a delight to talk with and the conversation was over too soon.

Patricia McConnell is one of the speakers at this year’s SPARCS conference.

Visit www.caninescience.info for more info about SPARCS and go to www.patriciamcconnell.com to learn more about Patricia’s wonderful work and buy her publications here too!

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6/4/14 – SPARCS presenter Simon Gadbois, PhD – Scent detection training and olfaction!

SPARCS Speaker interview – Dr. Simon Gadbois

Visit www.caninescience.info to learn more about SPARCS Conference 2014 and how you can listen either in person or via their live streaming.

One of my favorite topics to discuss is dogs’ incredible sense of smell!  I can’t wait to hear what Dr. Gadbois has to say on this matter, given his experience specifically researching this topic, and how it can be applied.  Whether it be hypoglycemia, or invasive insects, Dr. Gadbois is doing some great work around this topic!

Find him at http://www.gadbois.org/simon/

And watch this great clip of some his program dogs being trained to detect scent.  Notice the positive, encouraging tone!


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5/28 – Dog-loving Women’s Professional Soccer Player Haley Kopmeyer of Seattle Reign FC!

Great conversation today with goalie Haley Kopmeyer.

What do goalkeeping and dog training have in common?  Find out on today’s show!

Also Haley asks Julie some questions she has about her paw-chewing and ball-obsessed chocolate lab, Maizey.

Reign FC is Seattle’s own women’s professional soccer team.  Undefeated so far this season – their next home match is Saturday June 7th at Memorial Stadium in Seattle Center.

Cheer them on as they play to keep their undefeated status.  Buy your tickets now at www.reignfc.com 

What a fun show!  Can’t wait to see them play!

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5/21 – It’s SPARCS time! 2nd annual conference coming up in June!

Last year’s SPARCS conference was incredible.  I got to see so many brilliant scientists present their views and work and got to meet them in person!

This year, SPARCS is June 20-22 in Newport, RI.  Visit www.caninescience.info for more information on how to participate either in-person or via live streaming.

Today I interview my first presenter for this year, Dr. Monique Udell who works with the Oregon State University Companion Animal Cognition Program.

Here are the links to Dr. Udell’s sites!



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5/7/14 – “For the Love of Dogs” – documentary about a boy with Aspergers and his passion for dogs

I talk with Heather Gould, Mom of Cory, a boy with Aspergers whose passion for dogs helps him to connect with people socially.  Great conversation!

Watch the movie’s trailer here:  http://www.loveofdogsmovie.com


Then an update from a busy weekend of helping people and saving lives – literally!

My wife, Darcie, and her service dog club: The Assistance Dog Club of Puget Sound paid for an urgent surgery to save the life of Lil Bit – a pug who is an emotional support dog to a local veteran who suffers from severe PTSD and depression.

Lil bit was hit by a car and his pelvis was badly broken, requiring an almost $5000 surgery.  Hear about the four days, 85 people and $4700 that the community rallied to gather to keep these two together.  Incredible story.

Here is the news clip!



Also last weekend – Julie and Darcie opened their home to an Old Dog Haven foster who they’ve named “Lois”.

Lois is at least 10 years old and has labored breathing.  Lois ended up in a local shelter with a questionable amount of time left in her life.  Through Old Dog Haven, a local non-profit that gets old dogs out of shelters and pays all vet bills associated with their care, Julie and Darcie picked Lois up from the shelter on Saturday and have been working to restore her health and settle her in.  Incredibly fulfilling work!  www.olddoghaven.org


Fundraising Event on June 12th in Ballard for the APA SPCA – an organization that provides and emergency veterinary care fund for people who haven fallen on hard times.  Check out the org and the event!



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