Past Shows by Topic

The easiest way to find podcasts of previous Woof Meow Show broadcasts by topic is to visit Don's blog at http://www.greenacreskennel.com/blog/ or at our podcast site, http://woofmeowshow.libsyn.com/webpage.

 

The is a list of previous episodes of The Woof Meow Show by topic through 2016. It does not include every show we’ve done, but instead lists those shows that we feel will be the most helpful for listeners. We cover some topics on an annual basis, and in that case we will typically only list the one or two most recent shows on that topic. In some cases a show maybe listed under more than one topic.

When you click on the topic listed below, you will be taken to a list of the shows in each category. You will be able to read a brief description of the show, click on a link to listen to or download the show, and click on links for any ancillary materials. Please enjoy and give us your feedback at woofmeow@greeancreskennel.com.

Adopting A Pet

We’re Getting A Puppy, or a Dog – Part 2 - This show and part 1 of this show, which aired on March 4th, are companion shows to our January 14th and 21st shows entitled Finding the Right Dog for You and Your Family. In this show Kate and Don address the most typical behavior concerns with a new puppy or dog; housetraining, jumping up on people, play biting, and chewing. While this show is no substitute for a well-designed puppy class, it will get you pointed in the right direction.

Maine's Puppy Lemon Law and Your Rights As A Consumer When You Purchase Pet with Christina Perkins - While getting a new pet usually goes very well, occasionally people have a bad experience when purchasing a new pet. This can happen when getting a pet from a pet store, a breeder, and even when getting a pet from a shelter or rescue. In this show we address consumer's legal alternatives when things don't go as you wanted. First Air Date: 14MAR15

Adding A Dog to the Family - Kate and Don discuss factors to consider when adding a dog to the family. They'll briefly discuss, breed, age, health, and cost concerns and offer suggestions when choosing a breeder. For a web article on this topic you can go to: http://www.greenacreskennel.com/selecting-a-pet/finding-the-right-dog-breeder First Air Date: 12OCT13

Kate's New Dog and Cat - Don and Kate discuss the two new pets that have joined Kate's family; Lizzie, a hound mix that Kate adopted from the Bangor Humane Society and Guido a Maine Coon Cat that literally just walked in one day. First Air Date: 8FEB09.

Lizzie - The Adoption of A Shelter Dog - part 1 - In part one of this two part show, Don interviews Kate about her new dog Lizzie, adopted from The Bangor Humane Society at the end of 2008, and her first few months of life with Kate and her family. First Air Date: 15FEB09

Lizzie - The Adoption of A Shelter Dog - part 2 - In part two of this two part show, Don interviews Kate about her new dog Lizzie, adopted from The Bangor Humane Society at the end of 2008, and her first few months of life with Kate and her family. First Air Date: 1MAR09

Preparing Your Home and Family for a New Kitten or Cat - Kate and Don discuss how to best introduce a new kitten or cat to your home and family. You can find more information at our website at - http://www.greenacreskennel.com/cat-behavior-and-training/getting-started-with-your-new-cat-or-kitten First Air Date: 29AUG10

Interview with Melissa McCue-McGrath author of Considerations for the City Dog - part 1 - Kate and Don interview Certified Professional Dog Trainer and author, Melissa McCue-McGrath about her book, Considerations for the City Dog. While the title suggests the book is for those with a dog in an urban environment, it is a book that is beneficial to every dog owner. It should also be on the "Must Read" list of every breeder, rescue and animal shelter employee. This week we talk about factors to consider when getting a dog. First Air Date: 19DEC15

 

Animal Welfare

The Bangor Humane Society and the 23rd Annual Paws on Parade with Suzan Bell - Kate and Don talk with Executive Director Suzan Bell from the Bangor Humane Society. We discuss the history of the organization, how they are funded, the amazing pets they care for and rehome, and their upcoming event and fundraiser, Paws on Parade. Tune in and learn more about this amazing organization that helps thousands of pets throughout northern and eastern Maine. First Air Date: 20AUG16

Pet Behavior, Vets & The AAHA Canine and Feline Behavior Management Guidelines – Dr. Dave Cloutier – Veazie Veterinary Clinic – In this week’s show Kate, Don  and Dr. Dave Cloutier of the Veazie Veterinary Clinic discuss the American Animal Hospital Associations (AAHA) new guidelines on behavior management for dogs and cats. This groundbreaking document represents the first time that a major veterinary organization has addressed pet behavior. According to the guidelines “More dogs and cats are affected by behavioral problems than any other condition, often resulting in euthanasia, relinquishment of the patient, or chronic suffering.” Tune in and learn why behavior is so important and why a behavioral assessment should be part of every pets annual wellness exam. Dr. Cloutier, Kate and Don discuss reasons for an increase in behavior problems, and how these problems can best be addressed. Dr. Cloutier explains changes he and his colleagues have made to work towards free-free visits for their clients. We address serious behavioral problems such as separation anxiety and aggression as well as nuisance behaviors like jumping, barking, and counter surfing. We address how veterinarians and dog trainers can work together and why it is essential to focus on rewarding desired behaviors and removing rewards for unwanted behaviors. Lastly we review the guidelines recommendations on refraining from using any training methods that use aversive techniques such as electronic shock collars, choke collars, prong collars, alpha-rollovers, and other things where that work on the basis of fear, intimidation, force, discomfort or pain. First Air Date 12MAR16

The Unexpected Consequences of Shock Collars - Electronic shock collars are used on dogs to keep them in the yard, to train them, and to stop barking. Often they are used without the dog's owners fully understanding the huge potential for negative consequences associated with the use of electric shock. In this show Don and Kate discuss why Green Acres Kennel Shop discourages the use of shock collars for any reason. We'll discuss what shock collars are, how they work and what they're used for as well as alternatives to shock collars. We'll discuss why we discourage their use and some of the dogs we have seen that have been negatively affected by being shocked. We'll also discuss what veterinary behavioral experts say about shock collars as well as an article on the Green Acres website which explores this topic in more detail and includes links to research in this area. [click to read article] First Air Date: 29MAR14

Paw It Forward Foundation-BARKK to End the Silence-Cash For Your Cause Winner - Don and Kate talk with Jenny Dwyer from Mutt Nose Best about the Paw It Forward Foundation and BARKK.. to End the Silence 5K Run and Green Acres Kennel Shop's June fundraiser for the Paw It Forward Foundation. Jenny started the Paw It Forward Foundation to raise awareness and funds to help domestic abuse shelters provide facilities so that families at the shelter can bring their pets with them to the shelter. First Air Date: 31MAY14

Considerations When Spaying and Neutering Pets with Dr. Mark Hanks from Kindred Spirits Veterinary Clinic - It is February and that means that it is Spay and Neuter Awareness Month. This is an important topic, which is why we do a show on it every year. While this topic used to be much more cut and dried, it has gotten a bit more complex, especially the timing of spaying and neutering. It is a topic that has implications for animal welfare as well as physical and behavioral health. Kate, Don, and Dr. Hanks discuss the medical procedures involved in spaying and neutering and more in this show. First Air Date: 13FEB16

The Benefits of Spaying/Neutering Your Pet with Dr. Mark Hanks - In recognition of National Spay and Neuter Month, we talk with Dr. Mark Hanks about pet overpopulation, the health benefits of spaying and neutering, and the latest research on the best time to spay and neuter. You can find additional information on spaying and neutering your pet at our website at - http://www.greenacreskennel.com/pet-health/spaying-neutering First Air Date: 9FEB13

The "No Kill" Shelter Debate with Suzan Bell from the Bangor Humane Society - Don and Kate talk with Bangor Humane Society Executive Director Suzan Bell about the debate over the "No Kill" movement in the animal welfare world. First Air Date: 27AUG11

Indoor Only Cats versus Indoor-Outdoor Cats - The Pros and Cons w/ Guest Suzan Bell - Don and Kate interview Bangor Humane Society Executive Director Suzan Bell and discuss the pros and cons of all indoor cats versus cats that are allowed to go outdoors. First Air Date: 5JUL09

Spay and Neuter Programs in Maine with Sharon Secovich from the Animal Welfare Society - It's Spay/Neuter Awareness Month so Kate and Don talk with Sharon Secovich about various spay and neuter programs in Maine starting with Help Fix ME. This is a state run program for low income households that need help being able to afford to spay or neuter their cat or dog. This voucher program enables qualified participants to get their cat neutered for $10 and a pit bull or pit bull mixed neutered for $20. At this time the program is focusing on cats and the dog breed that shows up in Maine shelters most frequently. This program is not funded by tax payers but is funded almost entirely through pet lovers through the adopt/animal welfare license plate. Sharon also discusses how spaying and neutering saves lives. If you think you or someone you know might qualify for Help Fix ME you can learn more at: http://www.spaymaine.org/ or 1-800-367-1317. We also discuss other programs and low-cost clinics available throughout the state which are listed at the previously listed website. One of these is the Cleo Fund. Lastly we recognize the many veterinarians throughout the state that participate in these programs. THANK YOU!!! First Air Date: 7FEB15

The Bangor Humane Society and the Power of the Community with Suzan Bell and Stacey Coventry – In their spring 2011 newsletter the Bangor Humane Society set a goal of increasing their adoption rate to 85%. In this show Kate and Don talk with Suzan and Stacey how they accomplished this goal with help from the community, and what BHS needs to do to keep finding homes for the pets in their care. We also discuss how Governor LePage's proposed budget would gut the HELP FIX ME spay/neuter fund which would essentially flood state shelters and humane societies with thousands of homeless pets and would only save tax payers $0.36/year/household. Please call and email your legislators. First Air Date: 21MAR15

 

 

Author & Filmmaker Interviews

Interview with Teoti Anderson – Dog Trainer, Speaker and Author of The Dog Behavior Problem Solver: Step-by-Step Positive Training Techniques to Correct More Than 20 Problem Behaviors - Kate and Don interview Teoti Anderson from A Dog's Best Friend in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Teoti is a dog trainer, an internationally recognized speaker and author of seven books on dog training, including her latest; The Dog Behavior Problem Solver: Step-by-Step Positive Training Techniques to Correct More Than 20 Problem Behaviors. Teoti shares how she got interested in dog training and started her career as a pet care professional. We discuss her book, asking her to address the top three problem behaviors she sees with her clients. We round out our interview with Teoti asking how she would advise a first-time puppy parent and a student interested in a career as a pet care professional. FIRST AIR DATE 9JUL16

Interview with Melissa McCue-McGrath author of Considerations for the City Dog - part 1 - Kate and Don interview Certified Professional Dog Trainer and author, Melissa McCue-McGrath about her book, Considerations for the City Dog. While the title suggests the book is for those with a dog in an urban environment, it is a book that is beneficial to every dog owner. It should also be on the "Must Read" list of every breeder, rescue and animal shelter employee. This week we talk about factors to consider when getting a dog. First Air Date: 19DEC15

Interview with Melissa McCue-McGrath author of Considerations for the City Dog - part 2 - Kate and Don continue with their interview of Certified Professional Dog Trainer and author, Melissa McCue-McGrath about her book, Considerations for the City Dog. While the title of the book refers to dogs living in an urban environment, almost everything in the book applies to people with dogs living in any environment. Topics we discuss include; the environmental shock that can occur when a dog rescued from the rural south ends up in a major urban area like Boston. We also discuss how these dogs are transported and how that can negatively impact the dog's future behavior. Many rescues do this right, but some do not, and intentionally flaunt the law. Like Kate and I, Melissa believes that meeting the dog first is absolutely necessary before adopting, yet many rescues do not require or even offer this opportunity. Melissa's book contains many tips on what to look for in a breeder, rescue or shelter as well as suggestions on what to avoid. We also discuss walking devices; leashes, collars and what works best. The importance of mental stimulation in a dog's life and how to accomplish it. How to find a good trainer and behavior consultant and what to look for in that individual. The concept of shared space is discussed; the need to respect and follow leash laws and to make sure that we do not allow our dogs to infringe on the space of other dogs who might not enjoy an interaction with another dog.This book is a "Must Read" list of every breeder, rescue and animal shelter employee.  You can learn more at http://considerationsforthecitydog.com/

Prof. Chad Montrie and the documentary Tough Love: A Meditation on Dominance and Dogs - We interview Prof. Montrie about his 2012 documentary which examines the history of dominance and the theory of pack hierarchy and the "alpha dog" in the dog training world. The film looks at how the dominance construct came to be and how there has been a resurgence in this approach by some celebrity "TV trainers", even though it is not supported by science and is considered outdated and ineffective by most professionals in the world of animal behavior and training. http://www.anchorholdfilms.com/ First Air Date: 26JAN13

Kids & Dogs with Colleen Pelar – part 1 and Kids & Dogs with Colleen Pelar – part 2 – In this two part series, Don and Kate interview Certified Professional Dog Trainer and author Colleen Pelar about her book Living with Kids and Dogs... Without Losing Your Mind. We review Colleen's book and discuss tips for parents trying to manage a household with a dog and one or more kids. This book is a MUST READ for anyone with kids and dogs or for anyone with kids that is contemplating getting a dog. If you need some immediate assistance dealing with kids and dogs, give us a call at 945-6841 or checkout our dog bite prevention section on our website - http://www.greenacreskennel.com/dog-bite-prevention   You can read our review of Colleen’s book here - http://www.greenacreskennel.com/book-reviews/living-with-kids-and-dogswithout-losing-your-mind-a-parents-guide-to-controlling-the-chaos First Air Date: 11FEB07 and 18FEB07

Adventures with Ari an Interview with Author Kathryn Miles - part 1, Adventures with Ari an Interview with Author Kathryn Miles - part 2, and Adventures with Ari an Interview with Author Kathryn Miles - part 3 - This is a three part interview with author Kathryn Miles about her book Adventures with Ari: A Puppy, a Leash & Our Year Outdoors. Miles documents her first year with her puppy Ari as the author learns about dogs and as Ari learns about the Maine outdoors. A mixture of naturalists journal and autobiography the books is a delightful read that celebrates the canine-human bond and will teach you about the outdoors from the dogs point of view. First Air Date: 14FEB10, 21FEB10 and 28FEB10

Bach Flower Remedies

Holistic and Complementary Wellness for Pets - Bach Flowers for Pets with Don Hanson - Kate takes over the hosting duties for this show as she interviews Don about his experiences as a Bach Foundation Registered Animal Practitioner. They talk about the Bach Flower Remedies, including Bach Rescue Remedy, discuss how the remedies are used, and how Don became interested in their use with animals. Kate asks Don about his training as a practitioner and the pets he has helped. They wrap things up with a discussion of which remedies Don believes would be useful in the home of any pet lover. First Air Date: 15OCT16

Bach Flower Remedies for Pets with Don Hanson, BFRAP - part 1 and Bach Flower Remedies for Pets with Don Hanson, BFRAP - part 2- In this two part series Kate interviews the Woof Meow Show's co-host, Don Hanson, about the Bach Flower Remedies and his work as a Bach Foundation Registered Animal Practitioner. They discuss what the Bach remedies are, how Don got interested in them, and the course work he completed to qualify as a Bach Foundation Registered Animal Practitioner. They also discuss some cases they have been involved with where the remedies have been helpful and which remedies you might want to use at home. You can learn more about the Bach Flower Remedies from this article – An Overview of the Bach Flower Essences, APDT Chronicle of the Dog, MAR/APR 2006. First Air Date: 26FEB11and 5MAR11

Bite Prevention

Dog Bites and Fatalities with Janis Bradley - On Saturday, June 4th, deputies from the Penobscot Sheriff's Office responded to the report of a dog attack at a home in Corinna, ME. A seven-year-old boy died as a result of the attack. In the past week, there have been numerous reports and interviews circulating through the mass media and social media discussing this tragedy. I have been interviewed numerous times and what frustrates me as a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant is trying to respond to questions that do not have simple answers and that do not fit nicely in short sound bites. I truly believe that reporters and listeners do want to hear useful information that will help prevent tragedies like this from occurring again which is why, yesterday, I recorded an interview with Janis Bradley, a nationally recognized expert on dog bites and the Director of Communications & Publications for the National Canine Research Council. Janis is the author of the books; Dogs Bite, But Balloons and Slippers are More Dangerous, Dog Bites: Problems and Solutions, and The Relevance of Breed in Selecting a Companion Dog. In the interview, we discuss dog bite fatalities, how often they occur, common factors and how they can be prevented. We then move to dog bites in general and why the statistics on this topic are not always reliable. We address whether or not the dogs breed is a significant factor in dog bites and attacks, and lastly, we talk about what people can do to minimize the probability of a dog biting. I encourage anyone interested in this topic and anyone who has been commenting on social media about this matter to listen to the show. Watch my blog www.words-woofs-meows.com and my column, Words, Woofs and Meows, in Downeast Dog News (http://downeastdognews.villagesoup.com/ ) for future articles on this topic.  FIRST AIR DATE 11JUN16

Dog Bite Prevention & Doggone Safe with Teresa Lewin of Doggone Safe- part 1 - In part one of this two part series Kate and Don talk with Teresa Lewin, one of the founders of Doggone Safe, a non-profit dedicated to dog bite prevention through education. In this first show we discuss the dog bite problem (50% of all children will be taken to the ER for a dog bite by the time they are 12), why these bites usually occur, and what Doggone Safe and their partners like Green Acres Kennel Shop are doing to help prevent them. If you have dogs and children or family with either, or if you work with children, you will want to listen to this show. Checkout the dog bite prevention page on our website for more information - http://www.greenacreskennel.com/dog-bite-prevention First Air Date: 6APR13

Dog Bite Prevention & Doggone Safe with Teresa Lewin of Doggone Safe- part 2 - In part two of this two part series Kate and Don talk with Teresa Lewin, one of the founders of Doggone Safe, a non-profit dedicated to dog bite prevention through education. In this second show we discuss Doggone Safe's innovative Be A Tree program for children and their Be Doggone Safe at Work program for adults that encounter dogs during work. We'll discuss how these programs work and their availability through Green Acres Kennel Shop. If you have dogs and children or family with either, or if you work with children, you will want to listen to this show. . Checkout the dog bite prevention page on our website for more information - http://www.greenacreskennel.com/dog-bite-prevention First Air Date: 13APR13

Dogs and Babies with Jennifer Shryock from Family Paws Parent Education - Kate and Don interview Jennifer Shryock the founder of Family Paws Pet Education about their innovative programs; Dogs & Storks™ and the Dog and Baby Connection. We'll discuss why prior planning is so important for the successful integration of a new baby in a home with a dog and what you can do when you have questions. First Air Date: 17AUG13

Kids & Dogs with Colleen Pelar – part 1 and Kids & Dogs with Colleen Pelar – part 2 – In this two part series, Don and Kate interview Certified Professional Dog Trainer and author Colleen Pelar about her book Living with Kids and Dogs... Without Losing Your Mind. We review Colleen's book and discuss tips for parents trying to manage a household with a dog and one or more kids. This book is a MUST READ for anyone with kids and dogs or for anyone with kids that is contemplating getting a dog. If you need some immediate assistance dealing with kids and dogs, give us a call at 945-6841 or checkout our dog bite prevention section on our website - http://www.greenacreskennel.com/dog-bite-prevention   You can read our review of Colleen’s book here - http://www.greenacreskennel.com/book-reviews/living-with-kids-and-dogswithout-losing-your-mind-a-parents-guide-to-controlling-the-chaos First Air Date: 11FEB07 and 18FEB07

Off-Leash Dog Play for Pet Parents with Robin Bennett and Susan Briggs - Don and Kate interview Susan Briggs and Robin Bennett, authors of Off-Leash Dog Play, and dog-play and doggie daycare consultants on the supervision of dog play. We discuss how dogs play, some of their body language, and why it is important for pet parents to know watch to watch for when dogs play and how and when to intervene. We'll also discuss how people can learn more about dog play. If you have dogs and they play with other dogs either at home, at camp, or the dog park, you will want to listen to this show. First Air Date: 20APR13

Thoughts on a Kids & Dogs Seminar - Kate and Don discuss what they learned at a recent seminar in Boston with Colleen Pelar (author of Living with Kids and Dogs) and Jennifer Shryock from Family Paws Parent Education. They discuss the importance of planning well before the baby arrives and common issues and concerns. A key take-home from the seminar was the idea that we should be thinking more about education and relationship building than dog bite prevention because when parents take the time to learn and understand their dog they can foster a positive relationship between child and dog. First Air Date: 9NOV13

Boarding and Daycare

Pet Care Options When You Go Away:  Pet Sitter, Neighbor, Boarding Facility - Don and Kate discuss various pet care options for owners when they need to go away and the pets can't go along. They discuss the advantages and disadvantages of a: pet sitter, family/friends/neighbor and a professional boarding facility. First Air Date: 5SEP15

Off-Leash Dog Play at Daycare and Boarding Kennels with Robin Bennett and Susan Briggs - Don and Kate interview Susan Briggs and Robin Bennett, authors of Off-Leash Dog Play, and dog-play and doggie daycare consultants on dog play at doggie daycares and boarding kennels. We will discuss the importance of on-going training for daycare and kennel staff that supervises dog play, the level of supervision, and what to look for when you are paying others to supervise your dog's playful interactions with other dogs. We also address the fact that not all dogs enjoy group play and that it can be counter-productive. If you have dogs and take them to a doggie daycare or boarding kennel for group play you will want to listen to this show. First Air Date 27APR13

Bond and Relationship

When The Veterinarian Becomes the Pet Owner – Pierre’s Story with Dr. Mark Hanks - Don talks with Dr. Mark Hanks from Kindred Spirits Veterinary Clinic about Dr. Hank’s recent experience dealing with a serious health crisis with his dog Pierre. This was the first time that Mark had not treated one of his own pets in many years, and he describes how the experience has changed him and his approach to veterinary medicine. First Air Date: 27AUG16

Thoughts on Roger Abrantes' "16 Things You Should Stop Doing In Order To Be Happy With Your Dog" - Kate and Don discuss a recent blog posting by noted canine ethologist Roger Abrantes on things we can do to enjoy our lives with our dogs more completely (http://rogerabrantes.wordpress.com/2012/08/01/16-things-you-should-stop-doing-in-order-to-be-happy-with-your-dog/). First Air Date: 1SEP12

Adventures with Ari an Interview with Author Kathryn Miles - part 1, Adventures with Ari an Interview with Author Kathryn Miles - part 2, and Adventures with Ari an Interview with Author Kathryn Miles - part 3 - This is a three part interview with author Kathryn Miles about her book Adventures with Ari: A Puppy, a Leash & Our Year Outdoors. Miles documents her first year with her puppy Ari as the author learns about dogs and as Ari learns about the Maine outdoors. A mixture of naturalists journal and autobiography the books is a delightful read that celebrates the canine-human bond and will teach you about the outdoors from the dogs point of view. First Air Date: 14FEB10, 21FEB10 and 28FEB10

Careers with Animals

Interview with Teoti Anderson – Dog Trainer, Speaker and Author of The Dog Behavior Problem Solver: Step-by-Step Positive Training Techniques to Correct More Than 20 Problem Behaviors - Kate and Don interview Teoti Anderson from A Dog's Best Friend in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Teoti is a dog trainer, an internationally recognized speaker and author of seven books on dog training, including her latest; The Dog Behavior Problem Solver: Step-by-Step Positive Training Techniques to Correct More Than 20 Problem Behaviors. Teoti shares how she got interested in dog training and started her career as a pet care professional. We discuss her book, asking her to address the top three problem behaviors she sees with her clients. We round out our interview with Teoti asking how she would advise a first-time puppy parent and a student interested in a career as a pet care professional. FIRST AIR DATE 9JUL16

Careers with Animals - Owning or Working At A Boarding-Daycare Facility - In this series that exams careers where one works with pets, Don and Kate discuss what it is like to work at a boarding kennel and daycare facility. First Air Date: 9MAY10

So You Want to Be A Veterinarian With Dr. Dave Cloutier from Veazie Veterinary Clinic - Don talks with guest Dr. Dave Cloutier from the Veazie Veterinary Clinic about what it's like to go to veterinary school and to be a veterinarian. We'll talk about how kids can learn more, what they should study in high school and the importance of job shadowing. If you know someone that is thinking about a career in veterinary medicine they should tune in to or download this show. First Air Date: 27JUL13

Cats

Listener Questions No. 26 All About Cats with Dr. Mike McCaw from Veazie Veterinary Clinic - Kate, Don and Dr. Mike McCaw from the Veazie Veterinary Clinic answer listener questions about cats. Questions we address are: How many kittens are in the typical cat letter?,  How old should kittens be before you can handle them and play with them?, Do all indoor cats need to have a Rabies shot?, If I live in a rural area is it okay to let my cat outdoors? How can I help an outdoor cat learn to like being indoors?, What is it with cats and bags and boxes?, How big of a deal is teeth grinding with cats?, Why does my cat always follow me into the bathroom?, Why do some cats play in their water dishes? How can I keep my plants safe from my cats?, When should I be concerned about my senior cat's mobility and pain levels? We have a cat door, and my cat brings in "feathered gifts," what can I do? and cats and holiday ribbon - help!?! - First Air Date: 22OCT16

Respiratory Disease in Cats-Dr. Mike McCaw – Veazie Veterinary Clinic – This week we talk with Dr. Mike McCaw from the Veazie Veterinary Clinic about respiratory disease in cats; one of the top two health issues for our feline friends. We start our discussion with upper respiratory infections; symptoms, risk factors, potential causes, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. Then we move on to asthma in cats and finally the detriment of second-hand smoke to our cat’s health. First Air Date: 16JUL16

Urinary Health in Cats-Dr. Mike McCaw – Veazie Veterinary Clinic – This week Kate and Don talk with Dr. Mike McCaw from the Veazie Veterinary Clinic about urinary health in cats; one of the top two health issues for our feline friends. We start off with a discussion about Idiopathic Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (IFLUTD) a disease which can be fatal to cats in just a few hours. Dr. McCaw guides us through the symptoms, causes, the diagnosis, how it is treated and how you can prevent the disease. We also discuss other urinary issues and end talking about the role of the litterbox. First Air Date 30APR16

Pet Behavior, Vets & The AAHA Canine and Feline Behavior Management Guidelines – Dr. Dave Cloutier – Veazie Veterinary Clinic – In this week’s show Kate, Don  and Dr. Dave Cloutier of the Veazie Veterinary Clinic discuss the American Animal Hospital Associations (AAHA) new guidelines on behavior management for dogs and cats. This groundbreaking document represents the first time that a major veterinary organization has addressed pet behavior. According to the guidelines “More dogs and cats are affected by behavioral problems than any other condition, often resulting in euthanasia, relinquishment of the patient, or chronic suffering.” Tune in and learn why behavior is so important and why a behavioral assessment should be part of every pets annual wellness exam. Dr. Cloutier, Kate and Don discuss reasons for an increase in behavior problems, and how these problems can best be addressed. Dr. Cloutier explains changes he and his colleagues have made to work towards free-free visits for their clients. We address serious behavioral problems such as separation anxiety and aggression as well as nuisance behaviors like jumping, barking, and counter surfing. We address how veterinarians and dog trainers can work together and why it is essential to focus on rewarding desired behaviors and removing rewards for unwanted behaviors. Lastly we review the guidelines recommendations on refraining from using any training methods that use aversive techniques such as electronic shock collars, choke collars, prong collars, alpha-rollovers, and other things where that work on the basis of fear, intimidation, force, discomfort or pain. First Air Date 12MAR16

Cat Behavior and "Cat Sense" with Dr. Mike McCaw-Part 1 - This week Don and Kate discuss the book Cat Sense by Dr. John Bradshaw with Dr. Michael McCaw from the Veazie Veterinary Clinic. Cat Sense, published in September of 2013, is the most current summary of why cats behave the way they do and how we can better understand them and enjoy our unique relationship with them. In this first of two shows, we discuss; the long term future of the cat as a pet, the importance of early kitten socialization, how you can best prepare your kitten for adoption, multiple cats and how to make keeping multiple cats pleasant for all, singleton kittens and orphan kitten syndrome and how it effects emotional and behavioral development, the differences between cats and dogs, cat territoriality, moving homes when you live with a cat, preparing your home for a new cat, dealing with outdoor cats in a new home, understanding that "Most dogs find it easy to get along with other dogs; cats generally find other cats a challenge. Yet many of today's owners expect their cats to accept other cats without question -either when they themselves wish to get a second cat, or when they decide to move, depositing their unsuspecting cat into what another cat thinks is its territory and making sure each cat in a family has appropriate resources (attention, litter boxes, resting areas and space, food and hunting or hunting-like opportunities). First Air Date: 18OCT14

Cat Behavior and "Cat Sense" with Dr. Mike McCaw-Part 2 - This week Don and Kate discuss the book Cat Sense by Dr. John Bradshaw with Dr. Michael McCaw from the Veazie Veterinary Clinic. Cat Sense, published in September of 2013, is the most current summary of why cats behave the way they do and how we can better understand them and enjoy our unique relationship with them. In this second of two shows, we discuss; the difference between female and male cats and what makes the best match when you have multiple cats, does coat color relate to temperament?, cats have become the number one pet in the US, possibly because they are "easier;" however, are we meeting all of their needs?, keeping our cats mentally stimulated and engaged, training cats, how do cats train us?, and the most common behavioral problems with cats. First Air Date: 25OCT14

Living With A Senior Cat with Dr. Michael McCaw from the Veazie Veterinary Clinic - Kate and Don discuss senior cat issues such as behavioral changes, nutritional requirements, health concerns, and veterinary visits with Veazie Vet's cat expert; Dr. Mike.

Preparing Your Home and Family for a New Kitten or Cat - Kate and Don discuss how to best introduce a new kitten or cat to your home and family. You can find more information at our website at - http://www.greenacreskennel.com/cat-behavior-and-training/getting-started-with-your-new-cat-or-kitten First Air Date: 29AUG10

Cat Friendly Veterinary Care with Dr. Michael McCaw of Veazie Veterinary Clinic - Don and Kate talk with Dr. McCaw of Veazie Veterinary Clinic about veterinary care for cats, why vet visits for people with dogs outnumber cat visits by 2:1, what you can do to make a trip to the vet easier for yourself and your cat, and the new Cat Friendly Practice accreditation program from the American Association of Feline Practitioners. First Air Date: 9MAR13

Indoor Only Cats versus Indoor-Outdoor Cats - The Pros and Cons w/ Guest Suzan Bell - Don and Kate interview Bangor Humane Society Executive Director Suzan Bell and discuss the pros and cons of all indoor cats versus cats that are allowed to go outdoors. First Air Date: 5JUL09

Emergency Veterinary Medicine – When It Can’t Wait Until Morning or Monday  - Don and Kate talk with Dr. Dave Cloutier of the Veazie Veterinary Clinic about when and why to seek emrgency veterinary care from places such as the Eastern Maine Emergency Veterinary Clinic or the ASPCA National Animal Poison Control. First Air Date: 22MAR1

Cat Behavior and Training

Pet Behavior, Vets & The AAHA Canine and Feline Behavior Management Guidelines – Dr. Dave Cloutier – Veazie Veterinary Clinic – In this week’s show Kate, Don  and Dr. Dave Cloutier of the Veazie Veterinary Clinic discuss the American Animal Hospital Associations (AAHA) new guidelines on behavior management for dogs and cats. This groundbreaking document represents the first time that a major veterinary organization has addressed pet behavior. According to the guidelines “More dogs and cats are affected by behavioral problems than any other condition, often resulting in euthanasia, relinquishment of the patient, or chronic suffering.” Tune in and learn why behavior is so important and why a behavioral assessment should be part of every pets annual wellness exam. Dr. Cloutier, Kate and Don discuss reasons for an increase in behavior problems, and how these problems can best be addressed. Dr. Cloutier explains changes he and his colleagues have made to work towards free-free visits for their clients. We address serious behavioral problems such as separation anxiety and aggression as well as nuisance behaviors like jumping, barking, and counter surfing. We address how veterinarians and dog trainers can work together and why it is essential to focus on rewarding desired behaviors and removing rewards for unwanted behaviors. Lastly we review the guidelines recommendations on refraining from using any training methods that use aversive techniques such as electronic shock collars, choke collars, prong collars, alpha-rollovers, and other things where that work on the basis of fear, intimidation, force, discomfort or pain. First Air Date 12MAR16

Cat Behavior and "Cat Sense" with Dr. Mike McCaw-Part 1 - This week Don and Kate discuss the book Cat Sense by Dr. John Bradshaw with Dr. Michael McCaw from the Veazie Veterinary Clinic. Cat Sense, published in September of 2013, is the most current summary of why cats behave the way they do and how we can better understand them and enjoy our unique relationship with them. In this first of two shows, we discuss; the long term future of the cat as a pet, the importance of early kitten socialization, how you can best prepare your kitten for adoption, multiple cats and how to make keeping multiple cats pleasant for all, singleton kittens and orphan kitten syndrome and how it effects emotional and behavioral development, the differences between cats and dogs, cat territoriality, moving homes when you live with a cat, preparing your home for a new cat, dealing with outdoor cats in a new home, understanding that "Most dogs find it easy to get along with other dogs; cats generally find other cats a challenge. Yet many of today's owners expect their cats to accept other cats without question -either when they themselves wish to get a second cat, or when they decide to move, depositing their unsuspecting cat into what another cat thinks is its territory and making sure each cat in a family has appropriate resources (attention, litter boxes, resting areas and space, food and hunting or hunting-like opportunities). First Air Date: 18OCT14

Cat Behavior and "Cat Sense" with Dr. Mike McCaw-Part 2 - This week Don and Kate discuss the book Cat Sense by Dr. John Bradshaw with Dr. Michael McCaw from the Veazie Veterinary Clinic. Cat Sense, published in September of 2013, is the most current summary of why cats behave the way they do and how we can better understand them and enjoy our unique relationship with them. In this second of two shows, we discuss; the difference between female and male cats and what makes the best match when you have multiple cats, does coat color relate to temperament?, cats have become the number one pet in the US, possibly because they are "easier;" however, are we meeting all of their needs?, keeping our cats mentally stimulated and engaged, training cats, how do cats train us?, and the most common behavioral problems with cats. First Air Date: 25OCT14

Feline Litterbox Issues - Kate and Don discuss how to deal with a cat that is no longer using its litterbox. You can find more information on our website at - http://www.greenacreskennel.com/cat-behavior-and-training/inappropriate-elimination-urination-defecation First Air Date: 31MAY09

Dogs

Canine Behavior: Myths & Facts This is a follow-up to our show of March 12 when Kate and Don discussed the AAHA Canine and Feline Behavior Management Guidelines with Dr. Dave Cloutier from Veazie Veterinary Clinic. In that show, we discussed how behavior issues have become a significant issue and how many of those behavior problems have been caused, at least in part, my people’s misconceptions about canine behavior. This week we examine what people think they know about dogs and where that information is coming from and how reliable it is as a source of facts. We then discuss several myths about canine behavior and counter them with what science has shown to be the facts. Myths examined include:  dogs are wolves, dogs are pack animals, people must be dominant, or Alpha over their dog, punishment and aversive tools are necessary to train a dog, dogs should work for praise alone, growls are bad, all dogs like all other dogs, crating a dog is cruel, all dogs need a job, getting a second dog solves behavior problems, dogs do things to get revenge, dogs know right from wrong, and dogs and kids go together like peanut butter and jelly. Facts that we bring to light include: dogs respond very well to benevolent leadership, dogs benefit from training, food rewards work very well for training, wolf packs are about families cooperating, dogs only form loose association with other dogs,  growls are a beneficial way for a dog to communicate they are feeling threatened, you’re not a bad owner if you don’t take your dog to daycare or the dog park, dogs are den animals and hence most love their crates, dogs need both mental and physical stimulation, behavior problems can be contagious, dogs know safe from dangerous, and dogs and kids are lots of work. First Air Date 26MAR16

Pet Behavior, Vets & The AAHA Canine and Feline Behavior Management Guidelines – Dr. Dave Cloutier – Veazie Veterinary Clinic – In this week’s show Kate, Don  and Dr. Dave Cloutier of the Veazie Veterinary Clinic discuss the American Animal Hospital Associations (AAHA) new guidelines on behavior management for dogs and cats. This groundbreaking document represents the first time that a major veterinary organization has addressed pet behavior. According to the guidelines “More dogs and cats are affected by behavioral problems than any other condition, often resulting in euthanasia, relinquishment of the patient, or chronic suffering.” Tune in and learn why behavior is so important and why a behavioral assessment should be part of every pets annual wellness exam. Dr. Cloutier, Kate and Don discuss reasons for an increase in behavior problems, and how these problems can best be addressed. Dr. Cloutier explains changes he and his colleagues have made to work towards free-free visits for their clients. We address serious behavioral problems such as separation anxiety and aggression as well as nuisance behaviors like jumping, barking, and counter surfing. We address how veterinarians and dog trainers can work together and why it is essential to focus on rewarding desired behaviors and removing rewards for unwanted behaviors. Lastly we review the guidelines recommendations on refraining from using any training methods that use aversive techniques such as electronic shock collars, choke collars, prong collars, alpha-rollovers, and other things where that work on the basis of fear, intimidation, force, discomfort or pain. First Air Date 12MAR16

Adding A Dog to the Family - Kate and Don discuss factors to consider when adding a dog to the family. They'll briefly discuss, breed, age, health, and cost concerns and offer suggestions when choosing a breeder. For a web article on this topic you can go to: http://www.greenacreskennel.com/selecting-a-pet/finding-the-right-dog-breeder First Air Date: 12OCT13

The Four Essentials to A Great Dog - Don and Kate discuss the four essentials to a great dog. In their experience most great dogs are the result of time and effort by both the person and the dog, which is exactly what that they teach students in Green Acres Kennel Shop's Basic Manners classes. The four essentials are; Knowledge, Relationship, Management and Training. For two articles on this subject on Don's blog click on these links [Knowledge and Relationship] [Management and Training] - First Air Date: 20FEB16

The Dominance and Alpha Myth - Don and Kate discuss the concept of dominance, alpha dogs, pack hierarchy, and how this whole construct is a myth with both dogs and wolves that is not supported by science. They discuss how this has led to a punishment and compulsion based system of dog training which is not only unnecessary but is often counterproductive. They discuss the importance of leadership, boundaries, management and the use of reward based training as a smart alternative to the dominance approach. You can learn more by reading these articles: http://www.greenacreskennel.com/dog-behavior-and-training/dominance-reality-or-myth and http://www.greenacreskennel.com/dog-behavior-and-training/position-on-the-use-of-dominance-and-punishment-for-the-training-and-behavior-modification-of-dogs First Air Date: 21MAR10

Dog Training Questions for Don and Kate with special guest host Dr. Mark Hanks - part 1 - Back in January of 2015 Dr. Hanks wanted to interview Kate and Don about their work as pet behavior counselors/consultants. That show was a big hit and really fun for them to do, so Mark wanted a return gig as guest host so that he could interview them about dog training. This is part 1 of a three part series with Dr. Hanks as guest host. In this episode Dr. Hanks asks Kate and Don about: how training has changed in the past 26 years since Mark began his practice, why training a dog is important, the importance of training for mental enrichment, how breed effects training and compatibility with a family, how human intervention has adversely effected health and behavior, researching dogs before one decides what dog and breed to get, making temperament a key decision when picking a dog, what we typically teach a client and their dog, Green Acres holistic approach to training (husbandry, nutrition, body language, ethology, and training), inadvertent reinforcement of undesirable behaviors, the continuing necessity to refute antiquated and inaccurate myths about canine behavior, the optimal age for starting training, the structure of Green Acres training classes, Green Acres program to help parents find the best pet for them, how family lifestyles have changed and how that affects time for a dog, knowing when to wait before starting a group training class, and how they deal with special needs rescue dogs. First Air Date: 11JUL15

Dog Training Questions for Don and Kate with special guest host Dr. Mark Hanks - part 2 - Back in January of 2015 Dr. Hanks wanted to interview Kate and Don about their work as pet behavior counselors/consultants. That show was a big hit and really fun for them to do, so Mark wanted a return gig as guest host so that he could interview them about dog training. This is part 2 of a three part series with Dr. Hanks as guest host. In this episode Dr. Hanks asks Kate and Don about: Green Acres holistic approach to training (husbandry, nutrition, body language, ethology, and training) and how we work with families to understand their dog and the importance of having a good foundation of education so people can better understand their dogs, how some students may attend class without their dog either because their dog is sick, in heat or simply because the dog learns better at home, private training options at Green Acres, the critical period of puppy socialization and habituation, why socialization needs to be actively planned and implemented by owners - it doesn't just happen, what do you do you when want your puppy to be a therapy dog, the difference between therapy dogs, service/assistance dogs, and emotional support dogs, the fake service dog epidemic, can you teach an old dog new tricks, how do you deal with constant barking, and how do you deal with clients that need the dogs behavior changed tomorrow. First Air Date: 18JUL15

Dog Training Questions for Don and Kate with special guest host Dr. Mark Hanks - part 3 - Back in January Dr. Hanks wanted to interview Kate and Don about their work as pet behavior counselors/consultants. That show was a big hit and really fun for them to do, so Mark wanted a return gig as guest host so that he could interview them about dog training. This is part 3 of a three part series with Dr. Hanks as guest host. In this episode Dr. Hanks asks Kate and Don about: dominance, pack hierarchy and alphas and the current science which indicates wolves are a cooperative social species, the benefits of kind leadership as opposed to coercive based leadership, the myth of dogs doing things just to please us, temperament and personality in dogs, the importance of knowing parents because of the genetic role in temperament, "stubborn" dogs versus under-motivated dogs, epigenetics and the possibility of mental health disorders in dogs like autism and PTSD, and temperament as a continuum and nature versus nurture. First Air Date: 25JUL15

Prof. Chad Montrie and the documentary Tough Love: A Meditation on Dominance and Dogs - We interview Prof. Montrie about his 2012 documentary which examines the history of dominance and the theory of pack hierarchy and the "alpha dog" in the dog training world. The film looks at how the dominance construct came to be and how there has been a resurgence in this approach by some celebrity "TV trainers", even though it is not supported by science and is considered outdated and ineffective by most professionals in the world of animal behavior and training. http://www.anchorholdfilms.com/ First Air Date: 26JAN13

Off-Leash Dog Play for Pet Parents with Robin Bennett and Susan Briggs - Don and Kate interview Susan Briggs and Robin Bennett, authors of Off-Leash Dog Play, and dog-play and doggie daycare consultants on the supervision of dog play. We discuss how dogs play, some of their body language, and why it is important for pet parents to know watch to watch for when dogs play and how and when to intervene. We'll also discuss how people can learn more about dog play. If you have dogs and they play with other dogs either at home, at camp, or the dog park, you will want to listen to this show. First Air Date: 20APR13

Dog Bite Prevention & Doggone Safe with Teresa Lewin of Doggone Safe- part 1 - In part one of this two part series Kate and Don talk with Teresa Lewin, one of the founders of Doggone Safe, a non-profit dedicated to dog bite prevention through education. In this first show we discuss the dog bite problem (50% of all children will be taken to the ER for a dog bite by the time they are 12), why these bites usually occur, and what Doggone Safe and their partners like Green Acres Kennel Shop are doing to help prevent them. If you have dogs and children or family with either, or if you work with children, you will want to listen to this show. Checkout the dog bite prevention page on our website for more information - http://www.greenacreskennel.com/dog-bite-prevention First Air Date: 6APR13

Dog Bite Prevention & Doggone Safe with Teresa Lewin of Doggone Safe- part 2 - In part two of this two part series Kate and Don talk with Teresa Lewin, one of the founders of Doggone Safe, a non-profit dedicated to dog bite prevention through education. In this second show we discuss Doggone Safe's innovative Be A Tree program for children and their Be Doggone Safe at Work program for adults that encounter dogs during work. We'll discuss how these programs work and their availability through Green Acres Kennel Shop. If you have dogs and children or family with either, or if you work with children, you will want to listen to this show. . Checkout the dog bite prevention page on our website for more information - http://www.greenacreskennel.com/dog-bite-prevention First Air Date: 13APR13

Kids & Dogs with Colleen Pelar – part 1 and Kids & Dogs with Colleen Pelar – part 2 – In this two part series, Don and Kate interview Certified Professional Dog Trainer and author Colleen Pelar about her book Living with Kids and Dogs... Without Losing Your Mind. We review Colleen's book and discuss tips for parents trying to manage a household with a dog and one or more kids. This book is a MUST READ for anyone with kids and dogs or for anyone with kids that is contemplating getting a dog. If you need some immediate assistance dealing with kids and dogs, give us a call at 945-6841 or checkout our dog bite prevention section on our website - http://www.greenacreskennel.com/dog-bite-prevention   You can read our review of Colleen’s book here - http://www.greenacreskennel.com/book-reviews/living-with-kids-and-dogswithout-losing-your-mind-a-parents-guide-to-controlling-the-chaos First Air Date: 11FEB07 and 18FEB07

The Unexpected Consequences of Shock Collars - Electronic shock collars are used on dogs to keep them in the yard, to train them, and to stop barking. Often they are used without the dog's owners fully understanding the huge potential for negative consequences associated with the use of electric shock. In this show Don and Kate discuss why Green Acres Kennel Shop discourages the use of shock collars for any reason. We'll discuss what shock collars are, how they work and what they're used for as well as alternatives to shock collars. We'll discuss why we discourage their use and some of the dogs we have seen that have been negatively affected by being shocked. We'll also discuss what veterinary behavioral experts say about shock collars as well as an article on the Green Acres website which explores this topic in more detail and includes links to research in this area. [click to read article] First Air Date: 29MAR14

Emergency Veterinary Medicine – When It Can’t Wait Until Morning or Monday - Don and Kate talk with Dr. Dave Cloutier of the Veazie Veterinary Clinic about when and why to seek emrgency veterinary care from places such as the Eastern Maine Emergency Veterinary Clinic or the ASPCA National Animal Poison Control. First Air Date: 22MAR1

Maine Lost Dog Recovery - What to do when your pet goes missing and how to prepare for that day - Kate and Don interview Kathy Vanaria from Maine Lost Dog Recovery, discussing things pet owners can do to better prepare themselves if their pet should ever runoff or get lost. We also talked about what to do if your pet goes missing and how Maine Lost Dog Recovery and Maine Lost Cat Recovery can help. If you have a pet you want to listen to this show because this could happen to you! [click to visit the Maine Lost Dog Recovery website] [click to visit the Maine Lost Dog Recovery Facebook Page] First Air Date: 16AUG14

Thoughts on a Kids & Dogs Seminar - Kate and Don discuss what they learned at a recent seminar in Boston with Colleen Pelar (author of Living with Kids and Dogs) and Jennifer Shryock from Family Paws Parent Education. They discuss the importance of planning well before the baby arrives and common issues and concerns. A key take-home from the seminar was the idea that we should be thinking more about education and relationship building than dog bite prevention because when parents take the time to learn and understand their dog they can foster a positive relationship between child and dog. First Air Date: 9NOV13

Adventures with Ari an Interview with Author Kathryn Miles - part 1, Adventures with Ari an Interview with Author Kathryn Miles - part 2, and Adventures with Ari an Interview with Author Kathryn Miles - part 3 - This is a three part interview with author Kathryn Miles about her book Adventures with Ari: A Puppy, a Leash & Our Year Outdoors. Miles documents her first year with her puppy Ari as the author learns about dogs and as Ari learns about the Maine outdoors. A mixture of naturalists journal and autobiography the books is a delightful read that celebrates the canine-human bond and will teach you about the outdoors from the dogs point of view. First Air Date: 14FEB10, 21FEB10 and 28FEB10

Ick! A Tick! -with Dr. Dave Cloutier from Veazie Veterinary Clinic - Every year Kate and Don always talk with Dr. Cloutier about fleas, worms and ticks. This year we're talking all about ticks because it's such a hot topic with our clients at Green Acres. Dr. Cloutier discusses; ticks and when we're most likely to see them, micro environments/habitats where ticks often thrive (some places are much worse than others), how ticks get on us and our pets, how to control tick habitat in our yards, how to keep our dogs away from ticks when hiking, how to check your pet for ticks, how to safely remove ticks, what products should we use to help keep ticks away and which should we avoid, how do we balance effectiveness with safety, how do we choose a product when we have both dogs and cats in our home (some products for dogs are fatal for cats!), and the importance of talking to your vet about any flea and tick products you use with your pet First Air Date: 13JUN15

What You Need to Know About the Canine Flu with Dr. Mark Hanks from Kindred Spirits Veterinary Clinic – The canine flu has been all over the news and even though it has not been seen in Maine this year, we asked Dr. Hanks to talk to us about canine flu. Topics addressed; what differentiates the flu from other respiratory disorders we see in dogs, how does the canine flu seen in the Midwest differ from the canine flu seen in 2002/2004, what are the symptoms, how should the flu be treated, when should dogs be vaccinated, what tests are available, should we be worried about people bringing dogs in to Maine from other states, and how serious is this? First Air Date: 20JUN15

Pet Obesity with Dr. Chris Barry – Kindred Spirits Veterinary Clinic - Kate and Don discuss the growing problem of pet obesity in the United States with Dr. Chris Barry from Kindred Spirits Veterinary Clinic. We discuss why obesity is such a serious problem for our pets, and what we can do to manage their weight so that they live longer and healthier lives. First Air Date 23JUL16

Dog Behavior

Dog Behavior: Training Classes

Dog Training Classes at Green Acres Kennel Shop in 2016 - Kate and Don discuss Green Acres Kennel Shop's discuss the importance and benefits of training your dog and Green Acres' dog training classes for 2016. They discuss the type of classes; Puppy Headstart, Basic Manners, Level 2 and Level 3 and their fear free, force free, pain free approach to dog training that has resulted in Green Acres' repeatedly being voted the best dog training program in the Bangor region. If you have or are getting a puppy or would just like a better relationship with your dog, you do not want to miss this show. First Air Date: 12DEC15

The Four Essentials to A Great Dog - Don and Kate discuss the four essentials to a great dog. In their experience most great dogs are the result of time and effort by both the person and the dog, which is exactly what that they teach students in Green Acres Kennel Shop's Basic Manners classes. The four essentials are; Knowledge, Relationship, Management and Training. For two articles on this subject on Don's blog click on these links [Knowledge and Relationship] [Management and Training] - First Air Date: 20FEB16

Dog Behavior with Green Acres' Don Hanson and Kate Dutra – Special guest host Dr. Mark Hanks from the Kindred Spirits Veterinary Clinic.  interviews Don and Kate about their experiences as professional animal behavior counselors and dog trainers. Some of the questions Mark asks are: 1) How did you get into helping people with animal behavior problems? and  2) What does the current science say about dominance and alpha dogs? First Air Date: 10JAN15

Dog Training Questions for Don and Kate with special guest host Dr. Mark Hanks - part 1 - Back in January of 2015 Dr. Hanks wanted to interview Kate and Don about their work as pet behavior counselors/consultants. That show was a big hit and really fun for them to do, so Mark wanted a return gig as guest host so that he could interview them about dog training. This is part 1 of a three part series with Dr. HankThe Four Essentials to A Great Dog - Don and Kate discuss the four essentials to a great dog. In their experience most great dogs are the result of time and effort by both the person and the dog, which is exactly what that they teach students in Green Acres Kennel Shop's Basic Manners classes. The four essentials are; Knowledge, Relationship, Management and Training. For two articles on this subject on Don's blog click on these links [Knowledge and Relationship] [Management and Training] - First Air Date: 20FEB16s as guest host. In this episode Dr. Hanks asks Kate and Don about: how training has changed in the past 26 years since Mark began his practice, why training a dog is important, the importance of training for mental enrichment, how breed effects training and compatibility with a family, how human intervention has adversely effected health and behavior, researching dogs before one decides what dog and breed to get, making temperament a key decision when picking a dog, what we typically teach a client and their dog, Green Acres holistic approach to training (husbandry, nutrition, body language, ethology, and training), inadvertent reinforcement of undesirable behaviors, the continuing necessity to refute antiquated and inaccurate myths about canine behavior, the optimal age for starting training, the structure of Green Acres training classes, Green Acres program to help parents find the best pet for them, how family lifestyles have changed and how that affects time for a dog, knowing when to wait before starting a group training class, and how they deal with special needs rescue dogs. First Air Date: 11JUL15

Dog Training Questions for Don and Kate with special guest host Dr. Mark Hanks - part 2 - Back in January of 2015 Dr. Hanks wanted to interview Kate and Don about their work as pet behavior counselors/consultants. That show was a big hit and really fun for them to do, so Mark wanted a return gig as guest host so that he could interview them about dog training. This is part 2 of a three part series with Dr. Hanks as guest host. In this episode Dr. Hanks asks Kate and Don about: Green Acres holistic approach to training (husbandry, nutrition, body language, ethology, and training) and how we work with families to understand their dog and the importance of having a good foundation of education so people can better understand their dogs, how some students may attend class without their dog either because their dog is sick, in heat or simply because the dog learns better at home, private training options at Green Acres, the critical period of puppy socialization and habituation, why socialization needs to be actively planned and implemented by owners - it doesn't just happen, what do you do you when want your puppy to be a therapy dog, the difference between therapy dogs, service/assistance dogs, and emotional support dogs, the fake service dog epidemic, can you teach an old dog new tricks, how do you deal with constant barking, and how do you deal with clients that need the dogs behavior changed tomorrow. First Air Date: 18JUL15

Dog Training Questions for Don and Kate with special guest host Dr. Mark Hanks - part 3 - Back in January Dr. Hanks wanted to interview Kate and Don about their work as pet behavior counselors/consultants. That show was a big hit and really fun for them to do, so Mark wanted a return gig as guest host so that he could interview them about dog training. This is part 3 of a three part series with Dr. Hanks as guest host. In this episode Dr. Hanks asks Kate and Don about: dominance, pack hierarchy and alphas and the current science which indicates wolves are a cooperative social species, the benefits of kind leadership as opposed to coercive based leadership, the myth of dogs doing things just to please us, temperament and personality in dogs, the importance of knowing parents because of the genetic role in temperament, "stubborn" dogs versus under-motivated dogs, epigenetics and the possibility of mental health disorders in dogs like autism and PTSD, and temperament as a continuum and nature versus nurture. First Air Date: 25JUL15

2015 Dog Training Classes at Green Acres Kennel Shop - Don and Kate discuss Green Acres Kennel Shops dog training options being offered at Green Acres in 2015. They start off discussing why training is so important to the relationship between you and your dog and how they teach you to train your dog so that you and your dog become best friends for life. Green Acres classes are different than many of the classes offered and they explain how and why they are different. They describe everything from Green Acres' introductory classes; puppy headstart and basic manners to their level 2 and level 3 classes. Tune in and learn why Green Acres Kennel Shop has been voted the region's best source for dog training classes. - http://www.greenacreskennel.com/training First Air Date: 6DEC14

2014 Dog Training Classes at Green Acres Kennel Shop - Kate and Don discuss why training is a smart decision for every family with a dog and explain Green Acres philosophy of reward-based training. They go into detail discussing Green Acres' Puppy Headstart class, for pups 8 to 16 weeks of age, as well as their Basic Manner class for dogs of all ages. Tune in and learn how you and you dog can become best friends for life with the dog trainers that have been voted the Bangor region's best! For more information, checkout our website at - http://www.greenacreskennel.com/training and http://www.greenacreskennel.com/dog-behavior-and-training/the-importance-of-training-your-dog First Air Date: 16NOV13

The Dominance and Alpha Myth - Don and Kate discuss the concept of dominance, alpha dogs, pack hierarchy, and how this whole construct is a myth with both dogs and wolves that is not supported by science. They discuss how this has led to a punishment and compulsion based system of dog training which is not only unnecessary but is often counterproductive. They discuss the importance of leadership, boundaries, management and the use of reward based training as a smart alternative to the dominance approach. You can learn more by reading these articles: http://www.greenacreskennel.com/dog-behavior-and-training/dominance-reality-or-myth and http://www.greenacreskennel.com/dog-behavior-and-training/position-on-the-use-of-dominance-and-punishment-for-the-training-and-behavior-modification-of-dogs First Air Date: 21MAR10

The Unexpected Consequences of Shock Collars - Electronic shock collars are used on dogs to keep them in the yard, to train them, and to stop barking. Often they are used without the dog's owners fully understanding the huge potential for negative consequences associated with the use of electric shock. In this show Don and Kate discuss why Green Acres Kennel Shop discourages the use of shock collars for any reason. We'll discuss what shock collars are, how they work and what they're used for as well as alternatives to shock collars. We'll discuss why we discourage their use and some of the dogs we have seen that have been negatively affected by being shocked. We'll also discuss what veterinary behavioral experts say about shock collars as well as an article on the Green Acres website which explores this topic in more detail and includes links to research in this area. [click to read article] First Air Date: 29MAR14

Houestraining - In support of APDT National Train Your Dog Month Kate and discuss housetraining tips for people with new puppies or for dog owners with older dogs that don't quite get it. We'll discuss our proven housetraining program which is also available as a handout on our website- (http://www.greenacreskennel.com/dog-behavior-and-training/housetraining). First Air Date: 5JAN13

Play Biting and Chewing - In support of APDT National Train Your Dog Month Kate and Don discuss play biting and chewing, both common concerns with new puppies and often with older dogs as well. We'll discuss why dogs exhibit both of these behaviors and how they can be effectively managed with training. Handouts on these behaviors are available at our website as: http://www.greenacreskennel.com/dog-behavior-and-training/biting-and-bite-thresholds.html and http://www.greenacreskennel.com/dog-behavior-and-training/chewing.html First Air Date: 12JAN13

Attention, Take It, and Leave It - In support of APDT National Train Your Dog Month Kate and discuss three very useful behaviors for any dog. Attention - teaching your dog to focus on you when asked, Take It - politely taking things from your hand when offered, and Leave It - not attempting to take something or leaving it after taking it. Handouts on these behaviors are available at our website as: http://www.greenacreskennel.com/dog-behavior-and-training/attention-look-watch-me.html, http://www.greenacreskennel.com/dog-behavior-and-training/leave-it-take-it.html First Air Date: 19JAN13

Jumping Up, Sit & Down - In support of APDT National Train Your Dog Month Kate and discuss a common problem behavior for most dogs - Jumping up and two behaviors that can give the dog something else to do instead of jumping: Sit and Down. Handouts on these behaviors are available at our website as: http://www.greenacreskennel.com/dog-behavior-and-training/jumping, http://www.greenacreskennel.com/dog-behavior-and-training/sit.html, and http://www.greenacreskennel.com/dog-behavior-and-training/down.html First Air Date: 2FEB13

APDT National Train Your Dog Month w/Mychelle Blake - Kate and Don talk with Mychelle Blake, the CEO of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, about the fifth annual National Train Your Dog Month. They discuss APDT's reasons for initiating Train Your Dog Month, the many important reasons why a family should train their dog, free programs offered by APDT for pet owners through their websites and FaceBook pages, how to find a professional dog trainer through the APDT, and APDT's Canine Life and Social Skills program. You can learn more about APDT National Train Your Dog Month at - http://www.trainyourdogmonth.com/ First Air Date: 28DEC13

Train Your Dog Month - APDT C.L.A.S.S. and Getting You and Your Dog Ready for Their BA - part 1 - Kate and Don discuss the benefits and importance of training your dog to the standard set by the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) Canine Life and Social Skills (C.L.A.S.S.) BA Evaluation. In part 1 of this three part series we discuss why we like C.L.A.S.S. so much and how we have adopted it as the foundation for our entire training program. We discuss what an evaluator will look for at each step of the evaluation and why the skills being evaluated are important for every dog and handler. Lastly we provide some quick tips for training those behaviors. In this show we address; waiting at the door, warm-up time, and come and leashing up manners. You can learn more about APDT’s C.L.A.S.S. program at these links - http://www.greenacreskennel.com/dog-behavior-and-training/apdt-class.html and http://www.mydoghasclass.com/ First Air Date: 11JAN14

Train Your Dog Month - APDT C.L.A.S.S. and Getting You and Your Dog Ready for Their BA – part 2 - Kate and Don discuss the benefits and importance of training your dog to the standard set by the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) Canine Life and Social Skills (C.L.A.S.S.) BA Evaluation. In part 2 of this three part series we address the following elements of the BA evaluation; come and leashing up manners, loose leash walking and attention, meet and greet, and bonus tricks. We discuss what an evaluator will look for at each step of the evaluation and why the skills being evaluated are important for every dog and handler. Lastly we provide some quick tips for training those behaviors. You can learn more about APDT’s C.L.A.S.S. program at these links - http://www.greenacreskennel.com/dog-behavior-and-training/apdt-class.html and http://www.mydoghasclass.com/ First Air Date: 18JAN14

Train Your Dog Month - APDT C.L.A.S.S. and Getting You and Your Dog Ready for Their BA – part 3 – Kate and Don discuss the benefits and importance of training your dog to the standard set by the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) Canine Life and Social Skills (C.L.A.S.S.) BA Evaluation. In part 3 of this three part series we address the following elements of the BA evaluation; leave it, wait for the food bowl, stay, settle, and give and take. We discuss what an evaluator will look for at each step of the evaluation and why the skills being evaluated are important for every dog and handler. Lastly we provide some quick tips for training those behaviors. You can learn more about APDT’s C.L.A.S.S. program at these links - http://www.greenacreskennel.com/dog-behavior-and-training/apdt-class.html and http://www.mydoghasclass.com/ First Air Date: 25JAN14

Why We Choose Reward Based Training with Diana Logan, CPDT of Pet Connection in North Yarmouth - Diana Logan of Pet Connection in North Yarmouth join Kate and Don as the three Certified Professional Dog Trainers discuss why they have chosen reward-based training. For more information on Green Acres’ reward based training classes, checkout our website at - http://www.greenacreskennel.com/training First Air Date: 3DEC11

Interview with Melissa McCue-McGrath author of Considerations for the City Dog - part 1 - Kate and Don interview Certified Professional Dog Trainer and author, Melissa McCue-McGrath about her book, Considerations for the City Dog. While the title suggests the book is for those with a dog in an urban environment, it is a book that is beneficial to every dog owner. It should also be on the "Must Read" list of every breeder, rescue and animal shelter employee. This week we talk about factors to consider when getting a dog. First Air Date: 19DEC15

Interview with Melissa McCue-McGrath author of Considerations for the City Dog - part 2 - Kate and Don continue with their interview of Certified Professional Dog Trainer and author, Melissa McCue-McGrath about her book, Considerations for the City Dog. While the title of the book refers to dogs living in an urban environment, almost everything in the book applies to people with dogs living in any environment. Topics we discuss include; the environmental shock that can occur when a dog rescued from the rural south ends up in a major urban area like Boston. We also discuss how these dogs are transported and how that can negatively impact the dog's future behavior. Many rescues do this right, but some do not, and intentionally flaunt the law. Like Kate and I, Melissa believes that meeting the dog first is absolutely necessary before adopting, yet many rescues do not require or even offer this opportunity. Melissa's book contains many tips on what to look for in a breeder, rescue or shelter as well as suggestions on what to avoid. We also discuss walking devices; leashes, collars and what works best. The importance of mental stimulation in a dog's life and how to accomplish it. How to find a good trainer and behavior consultant and what to look for in that individual. The concept of shared space is discussed; the need to respect and follow leash laws and to make sure that we do not allow our dogs to infringe on the space of other dogs who might not enjoy an interaction with another dog.This book is a "Must Read" list of every breeder, rescue and animal shelter employee.  You can learn more at http://considerationsforthecitydog.com/

Dog Behavior: Problem Behaviors

If your pet is having serious aggression problems involving the biting of people or other animals, you should contact your veterinarian and have a full physical exam to rule out any medical conditions that are contributing to your dog’s aggressive behavior. If it is not a medical issue, your best bet is to contact a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant. You can learn more about at here http://www.greenacreskennel.com/dog-behavior-and-training/selecting-a-dog-behavior-consultant and here - http://www.greenacreskennel.com/behavior-consultations

Canine Behavior: Myths & Facts – This is a follow-up to our show of March 12 when Kate and Don discussed the AAHA Canine and Feline Behavior Management Guidelines with Dr. Dave Cloutier from Veazie Veterinary Clinic. In that show, we discussed how behavior issues have become a significant issue and how many of those behavior problems have been caused, at least in part, my people’s misconceptions about canine behavior. This week we examine what people think they know about dogs and where that information is coming from and how reliable it is as a source of facts. We then discuss several myths about canine behavior and counter them with what science has shown to be the facts. First Air Date 26MAR16

Pet Behavior, Vets & The AAHA Canine and Feline Behavior Management Guidelines – Dr. Dave Cloutier – Veazie Veterinary Clinic – In this week’s show Kate, Don  and Dr. Dave Cloutier of the Veazie Veterinary Clinic discuss the American Animal Hospital Associations (AAHA) new guidelines on behavior management for dogs and cats. This groundbreaking document represents the first time that a major veterinary organization has addressed pet behavior. According to the guidelines “More dogs and cats are affected by behavioral problems than any other condition, often resulting in euthanasia, relinquishment of the patient, or chronic suffering.” Tune in and learn why behavior is so important and why a behavioral assessment should be part of every pets annual wellness exam. Dr. Cloutier, Kate and Don discuss reasons for an increase in behavior problems, and how these problems can best be addressed. Dr. Cloutier explains changes he and his colleagues have made to work towards free-free visits for their clients. We address serious behavioral problems such as separation anxiety and aggression as well as nuisance behaviors like jumping, barking, and counter surfing. We address how veterinarians and dog trainers can work together and why it is essential to focus on rewarding desired behaviors and removing rewards for unwanted behaviors. Lastly we review the guidelines recommendations on refraining from using any training methods that use aversive techniques such as electronic shock collars, choke collars, prong collars, alpha-rollovers, and other things where that work on the basis of fear, intimidation, force, discomfort or pain. First Air Date 12MAR16

The Unexpected Consequences of Shock Collars - Electronic shock collars are used on dogs to keep them in the yard, to train them, and to stop barking. Often they are used without the dog's owners fully understanding the huge potential for negative consequences associated with the use of electric shock. In this show Don and Kate discuss why Green Acres Kennel Shop discourages the use of shock collars for any reason. We'll discuss what shock collars are, how they work and what they're used for as well as alternatives to shock collars. We'll discuss why we discourage their use and some of the dogs we have seen that have been negatively affected by being shocked. We'll also discuss what veterinary behavioral experts say about shock collars as well as an article on the Green Acres website which explores this topic in more detail and includes links to research in this area. [click to read article] First Air Date: 29MAR14

The Four Essentials to A Great Dog - Don and Kate discuss the four essentials to a great dog. In their experience most great dogs are the result of time and effort by both the person and the dog, which is exactly what that they teach students in Green Acres Kennel Shop's Basic Manners classes. The four essentials are; Knowledge, Relationship, Management and Training. For two articles on this subject on Don's blog click on these links [Knowledge and Relationship] [Management and Training] - First Air Date: 20FEB16

Houestraining - In support of APDT National Train Your Dog Month Kate and discuss housetraining tips for people with new puppies or for dog The Four Essentials to A Great Dog - Don and Kate discuss the four essentials to a great dog. In their experience most great dogs are the result of time and effort by both the person and the dog, which is exactly what that they teach students in Green Acres Kennel Shop's Basic Manners classes. The four essentials are; Knowledge, Relationship, Management and Training. For two articles on this subject on Don's blog click on these links [Knowledge and Relationship] [Management and Training] - First Air Date: 20FEB16owners with older dogs that don't quite get it. We'll discuss our proven housetraining program which is also available as a handout on our website- (http://www.greenacreskennel.com/dog-behavior-and-training/housetraining). First Air Date: 5JAN13

Play Biting and Chewing - In support of APDT National Train Your Dog Month Kate and Don discuss play biting and chewing, both common concerns with new puppies and often with older dogs as well. We'll discuss why dogs exhibit both of these behaviors and how they can be effectively managed with training. Handouts on these behaviors are available at our website as: http://www.greenacreskennel.com/dog-behavior-and-training/biting-and-bite-thresholds.html and http://www.greenacreskennel.com/dog-behavior-and-training/chewing.html First Air Date: 12JAN13

Attention, Take It, and Leave It - In support of APDT National Train Your Dog Month Kate and discuss three very useful behaviors for any dog. Attention - teaching your dog to focus on you when asked, Take It - politely taking things from your hand when offered, and Leave It - not attempting to take something or leaving it after taking it. Handouts on these behaviors are available at our website as: http://www.greenacreskennel.com/dog-behavior-and-training/attention-look-watch-me.html, http://www.greenacreskennel.com/dog-behavior-and-training/leave-it-take-it.html First Air Date: 19JAN13

Jumping Up, Sit & Down - In support of APDT National Train Your Dog Month Kate and discuss a common problem behavior for most dogs - Jumping up and two behaviors that can give the dog something else to do instead of jumping: Sit and Down. Handouts on these behaviors are available at our website as: http://www.greenacreskennel.com/dog-behavior-and-training/jumping, http://www.greenacreskennel.com/dog-behavior-and-training/sit.html, and http://www.greenacreskennel.com/dog-behavior-and-training/down.html First Air Date: 2FEB13

Help! My Puppy's A Land Shark - Kate and Don discuss how to deal with a new puppy that is play biting to the point that the pet parents are bleeding. You can read an article that accompanies this show at - http://www.greenacreskennel.com/dog-behavior-and-training/help-my-puppys-a-land-shark First Air Date: 17MAY09

Kids & Dogs with Colleen Pelar – part 1 and Kids & Dogs with Colleen Pelar – part 2 – In this two part series, Don and Kate interview Certified Professional Dog Trainer and author Colleen Pelar about her book Living with Kids and Dogs... Without Losing Your Mind. We review Colleen's book and discuss tips for parents trying to manage a household with a dog and one or more kids. This book is a MUST READ for anyone with kids and dogs or for anyone with kids that is contemplating getting a dog. If you need some immediate assistance dealing with kids and dogs, give us a call at 945-6841 or checkout our dog bite prevention section on our website - http://www.greenacreskennel.com/dog-bite-prevention   You can read our review of Colleen’s book here - http://www.greenacreskennel.com/book-reviews/living-with-kids-and-dogswithout-losing-your-mind-a-parents-guide-to-controlling-the-chaos First Air Date: 11FEB07 and 18FEB07

Living with Shy and Timid Dogs - Kate and Don discuss living with shy and timid dogs and things that you can do to make them more comfortable. First Air Date: 30JUL11

Cognitive Dysfunction in Pets with Dr. Mark Hanks - Don and Kate interview Dr. Mark Hanks from Kindred Spirits Veterinary Clinic about cognitive dysfunction in pets, sharing some of their own experiences with their pets. First Air Date: 20NOV11

Dog Behavior: Group Play

Off-Leash Dog Play for Pet Parents with Robin Bennett and Susan Briggs - Don and Kate interview Susan Briggs and Robin Bennett, authors of Off-Leash Dog Play, and dog-play and doggie daycare consultants on the supervision of dog play. We discuss how dogs play, some of their body language, and why it is important for pet parents to know watch to watch for when dogs play and how and when to intervene. We'll also discuss how people can learn more about dog play. If you have dogs and they play with other dogs either at home, at camp, or the dog park, you will want to listen to this show. First Air Date: 20APR13

Off-Leash Dog Play at Daycare and Boarding Kennels with Robin Bennett and Susan Briggs - Don and Kate interview Susan Briggs and Robin Bennett, authors of Off-Leash Dog Play, and dog-play and doggie daycare consultants on dog play at doggie daycares and boarding kennels. We will discuss the importance of on-going training for daycare and kennel staff that supervises dog play, the level of supervision, and what to look for when you are paying others to supervise your dog's playful interactions with other dogs. We also address the fact that not all dogs enjoy group play and that it can be counter-productive. If you have dogs and take them to a doggie daycare or boarding kennel for group play you will want to listen to this show. First Air Date 27APR13

Dog Behavior: APDT Canine Life And Social Skills (C.L.A.S.S.)

APDT National Train Your Dog Month w/Mychelle Blake - Kate and Don talk with Mychelle Blake, the CEO of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, about the fifth annual National Train Your Dog Month. They discuss APDT's reasons for initiating Train Your Dog Month, the many important reasons why a family should train their dog, free programs offered by APDT for pet owners through their websites and FaceBook pages, how to find a professional dog trainer through the APDT, and APDT's Canine Life and Social Skills program. You can learn more about APDT National Train Your Dog Month at - http://www.trainyourdogmonth.com/ First Air Date: 28DEC13

Train Your Dog Month - APDT C.L.A.S.S. and Getting You and Your Dog Ready for Their BA - part 1 - Kate and Don discuss the benefits and importance of training your dog to the standard set by the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) Canine Life and Social Skills (C.L.A.S.S.) BA Evaluation. In part 1 of this three part series we discuss why we like C.L.A.S.S. so much and how we have adopted it as the foundation for our entire training program. We discuss what an evaluator will look for at each step of the evaluation and why the skills being evaluated are important for every dog and handler. Lastly we provide some quick tips for training those behaviors. In this show we address; waiting at the door, warm-up time, and come and leashing up manners. You can learn more about APDT’s C.L.A.S.S. program at these links - http://www.greenacreskennel.com/dog-behavior-and-training/apdt-class.html and http://www.mydoghasclass.com/ First Air Date: 11JAN14

Train Your Dog Month - APDT C.L.A.S.S. and Getting You and Your Dog Ready for Their BA – part 2 - Kate and Don discuss the benefits and importance of training your dog to the standard set by the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) Canine Life and Social Skills (C.L.A.S.S.) BA Evaluation. In part 2 of this three part series we address the following elements of the BA evaluation; come and leashing up manners, loose leash walking and attention, meet and greet, and bonus tricks. We discuss what an evaluator will look for at each step of the evaluation and why the skills being evaluated are important for every dog and handler. Lastly we provide some quick tips for training those behaviors. You can learn more about APDT’s C.L.A.S.S. program at these links - http://www.greenacreskennel.com/dog-behavior-and-training/apdt-class.html and http://www.mydoghasclass.com/ First Air Date: 18JAN14

Train Your Dog Month - APDT C.L.A.S.S. and Getting You and Your Dog Ready for Their BA – part 3 – Kate and Don discuss the benefits and importance of training your dog to the standard set by the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) Canine Life and Social Skills (C.L.A.S.S.) BA Evaluation. In part 3 of this three part series we address the following elements of the BA evaluation; leave it, wait for the food bowl, stay, settle, and give and take. We discuss what an evaluator will look for at each step of the evaluation and why the skills being evaluated are important for every dog and handler. Lastly we provide some quick tips for training those behaviors. You can learn more about APDT’s C.L.A.S.S. program at these links - http://www.greenacreskennel.com/dog-behavior-and-training/apdt-class.html and http://www.mydoghasclass.com/ First Air Date: 25JAN14

Dog Behavior: General

Canine Behavior: Myths & Facts – This is a follow-up to our show of March 12 when Kate and Don discussed the AAHA Canine and Feline Behavior Management Guidelines with Dr. Dave Cloutier from Veazie Veterinary Clinic. In that show, we discussed how behavior issues have become a significant issue and how many of those behavior problems have been caused, at least in part, my people’s misconceptions about canine behavior. This week we examine what people think they know about dogs and where that information is coming from and how reliable it is as a source of facts. We then discuss several myths about canine behavior and counter them with what science has shown to be the facts. First Air Date 26MAR16

Dog Behavior with Green Acres' Don Hanson and Kate Dutra – Special guest host Dr. Mark Hanks from the Kindred Spirits Veterinary Clinic.  interviews Don and Kate about their experiences as professional animal behavior counselors and dog trainers. Some of the questions Mark asks are: 1) How did you get into helping people with animal behavior problems? and  2) What does the current science say about dominance and alpha dogs? First Air Date: 10JAN15

The Four Essentials to A Great Dog - Don and Kate discuss the four essentials to a great dog. In their experience most great dogs are the result of time and effort by both the person and the dog, which is exactly what that they teach students in Green Acres Kennel Shop's Basic Manners classes. The four essentials are; Knowledge, Relationship, Management and Training. For two articles on this subject on Don's blog click on these links [Knowledge and Relationship] [Management and Training] - First Air Date: 20FEB16

Dog Training Questions for Don and Kate with special guest host Dr. Mark Hanks - part 1 - Back in January of 2015 Dr. Hanks wanted to interview Kate and Don about their work as pet behavior counselors/consultants. That show was a big hit and really fun for them to do, so Mark wanted a return gig as guest host so that he could interview them about dog training. This is part 1 of a three part series with Dr. Hanks as guest host. In this episode Dr. Hanks asks Kate and Don about: how training has changed in the past 26 years since Mark began his practice, why training a dog is important, the importance of training for mental enrichment, how breed effects training and compatibility with a family, how human intervention has adversely effected health and behavior, researching dogs before one decides what dog and breed to get, making temperament a key decision when picking a dog, what we typically teach a client and their dog, Green Acres holistic approach to training (husbandry, nutrition, body language, ethology, and training), inadvertent reinforcement of undesirable behaviors, the continuing necessity to refute antiquated and inaccurate myths about canine behavior, the optimal age for starting training, the structure of Green Acres training classes, Green Acres program to help parents find the best pet for them, how family lifestyles have changed and how that affects time for a dog, knowing when to wait before starting a group training class, and how they deal with special needs rescue dogs. First Air Date: 11JUL15

Dog Training Questions for Don and Kate with special guest host Dr. Mark Hanks - part 2 - Back in January of 2015 Dr. Hanks wanted to interview Kate and Don about their work as pet behavior counselors/consultants. That show was a big hit and really fun for them to do, so Mark wanted a return gig as guest host so that he could interview them about dog training. This is part 2 of a three part series with Dr. Hanks as guest host. In this episode Dr. Hanks asks Kate and Don about: Green Acres holistic approach to training (husbandry, nutrition, body language, ethology, and training) and how we work with families to understand their dog and the importance of having a good foundation of education so people can better understand their dogs, how some students may attend class without their dog either because their dog is sick, in heat or simply because the dog learns better at home, private training options at Green Acres, the critical period of puppy socialization and habituation, why socialization needs to be actively planned and implemented by owners - it doesn't just happen, what do you do you when want your puppy to be a therapy dog, the difference between therapy dogs, service/assistance dogs, and emotional support dogs, the fake service dog epidemic, can you teach an old dog new tricks, how do you deal with constant barking, and how do you deal with clients that need the dogs behavior changed tomorrow. First Air Date: 18JUL15

Dog Training Questions for Don and Kate with special guest host Dr. Mark Hanks - part 3 - Back in January Dr. Hanks wanted to interview Kate and Don about their work as pet behavior counselors/consultants. That show was a big hit and really fun for them to do, so Mark wanted a return gig as guest host so that he could interview them about dog training. This is part 3 of a three part series with Dr. Hanks as guest host. In this episode Dr. Hanks asks Kate and Don about: dominance, pack hierarchy and alphas and the current science which indicates wolves are a cooperative social species, the benefits of kind leadership as opposed to coercive based leadership, the myth of dogs doing things just to please us, temperament and personality in dogs, the importance of knowing parents because of the genetic role in temperament, "stubborn" dogs versus under-motivated dogs, epigenetics and the possibility of mental health disorders in dogs like autism and PTSD, and temperament as a continuum and nature versus nurture. First Air Date: 25JUL15

The Dominance and Alpha Myth - Don and Kate discuss the concept of dominance, alpha dogs, pack hierarchy, and how this whole construct is a myth with both dogs and wolves that is not supported by science. They discuss how this has led to a punishment and compulsion based system of dog training which is not only unnecessary but is often counterproductive. They discuss the importance of leadership, boundaries, management and the use of reward based training as a smart alternative to the dominance approach. You can learn more by reading these articles: http://www.greenacreskennel.com/dog-behavior-and-training/dominance-reality-or-myth and http://www.greenacreskennel.com/dog-behavior-and-training/position-on-the-use-of-dominance-and-punishment-for-the-training-and-behavior-modification-of-dogs First Air Date: 21MAR10

Prof. Chad Montrie and the documentary Tough Love: A Meditation on Dominance and Dogs - We interview Prof. Montrie about his 2012 documentary which examines the history of dominance and the theory of pack hierarchy and the "alpha dog" in the dog training world. The film looks at how the dominance construct came to be and how there has been a resurgence in this approach by some celebrity "TV trainers", even though it is not supported by science and is considered outdated and ineffective by most professionals in the world of animal behavior and training. http://www.anchorholdfilms.com/ First Air Date: 26JAN13

The Unexpected Consequences of Shock Collars - Electronic shock collars are used on dogs to keep them in the yard, to train them, and to stop barking. Often they are used without the dog's owners fully understanding the huge potential for negative consequences associated with the use of electric shock. In this show Don and Kate discuss why Green Acres Kennel Shop discourages the use of shock collars for any reason. We'll discuss what shock collars are, how they work and what they're used for as well as alternatives to shock collars. We'll discuss why we discourage their use and some of the dogs we have seen that have been negatively affected by being shocked. We'll also discuss what veterinary behavioral experts say about shock collars as well as an article on the Green Acres website which explores this topic in more detail and includes links to research in this area. [click to read article] First Air Date: 29MAR14

Thoughts on Roger Abrantes' "16 Things You Should Stop Doing In Order To Be Happy With Your Dog" - Kate and Don discuss a recent blog posting by noted canine ethologist Roger Abrantes on things we can do to enjoy our lives with our dogs more completely (http://rogerabrantes.wordpress.com/2012/08/01/16-things-you-should-stop-doing-in-order-to-be-happy-with-your-dog/). First Air Date: 1SEP12

Dog Parks

Off-Leash Dog Play for Pet Parents with Robin Bennett and Susan Briggs - Don and Kate interview Susan Briggs and Robin Bennett, authors of Off-Leash Dog Play, and dog-play and doggie daycare consultants on the supervision of dog play. We discuss how dogs play, some of their body language, and why it is important for pet parents to know watch to watch for when dogs play and how and when to intervene. We'll also discuss how people can learn more about dog play. If you have dogs and they play with other dogs either at home, at camp, or the dog park, you will want to listen to this show. First Air Date: 20APR13

What You Need to Know About the Canine Flu with Dr. Mark Hanks from Kindred Spirits Veterinary Clinic – The canine flu has been all over the news and even though it has not been seen in Maine this year, we asked Dr. Hanks to talk to us about canine flu. Topics addressed; what differentiates the flu from other respiratory disorders we see in dogs, how does the canine flu seen in the Midwest differ from the canine flu seen in 2002/2004, what are the symptoms, how should the flu be treated, when should dogs be vaccinated, what tests are available, should we be worried about people bringing dogs in to Maine from other states, and how serious is this? First Air Date: 20JUN15

End of Life Issues

When The Veterinarian Becomes the Pet Owner – Pierre’s Story with Dr. Mark Hanks - Don talks with Dr. Mark Hanks from Kindred Spirits Veterinary Clinic about Dr. Hank’s recent experience dealing with a serious health crisis with his dog Pierre. This was the first time that Mark had not treated one of his own pets in many years, and he describes how the experience has changed him and his approach to veterinary medicine. First Air Date: 27AUG16

Dealing with Aging Pets with Dr. Mark Hanks - Part 1 and Dealing with Aging Pets with Dr. Mark Hanks - Part 2 - In this two part show, Don and Dr. Mark Hanks of Kindred Spirits Veterinary Clinic in Orrington, ME discuss how our pets age and the special needs and care of senior pets. First Air Date: 1JUN08

Green Acres Kennel Shop

The Woof Meow Show: Introducing The Woof Meow Show with Kate Dutra and Don Hanson - In the show's premiere on The Pulse AM620, Kate and Don introduce themselves and discuss the pets that have been part of their lives, how they ended up in the pet care services industry, and how their philosophy of pet care has changed in the past twenty plus years. Both also share some stories about their pets and client pets they have known. They wrap up the show by discussing the history of The Woof Meow Show, some of the topics they have covered in the past eleven years and reveal what listeners have to look forward to in 2016. First Air Date: 06FEB16

Yes! A Trend Towards Kinder and Gentler Professional Pet Care – Green Acres Kennel Shop's "Pet Friendly" Philosophy - Don and Kate discuss Green Acres' approach to pet care, one that focuses on ensuring that the pets in our care are comfortable and relaxed during their stay with with us, whether they are here for boarding, daycare, grooming, or training. We discuss the terms "pet friendly," "force-free," and "fear-free" and how they are being used in the pet care services industry. Lastly we suggest some questions you should ask when leaving your pet in the care of anyone else. A companion article to this show appeared in the April 2015 edition of the DownEast Dog news and can be read by <clicking here> First Air Date: 11APR15

Dog Training Classes at Green Acres Kennel Shop in 2016 - Kate and Don discuss Green Acres Kennel Shop's discuss the importance and benefits of training your dog and Green Acres' dog training classes for 2016. They discuss the type of classes; Puppy Headstart, Basic Manners, Level 2 and Level 3 and their fear free, force free, pain free approach to dog training that has resulted in Green Acres' repeatedly being voted the best dog training program in the Bangor region. If you have or are getting a puppy or would just like a better relationship with your dog, you do not want to miss this show. First Air Date: 12DEC15

2015 Dog Training Classes at Green Acres Kennel Shop - Don and Kate discuss Green Acres Kennel Shops dog training options being offered at Green Acres in 2015. They start off discussing why training is so important to the relationship between you and your dog and how they teach you to train your dog so that you and your dog become best friends for life. Green Acres classes are different than many of the classes offered and they explain how and why they are different. They describe everything from Green Acres' introductory classes; puppy headstart and basic manners to their level 2 and level 3 classes. Tune in and learn why Green Acres Kennel Shop has been voted the region's best source for dog training classes. - http://www.greenacreskennel.com/training First Air Date: 6DEC14

Dog Behavior with Green Acres' Don Hanson and Kate Dutra – Special guest host Dr. Mark Hanks from the Kindred Spirits Veterinary Clinic.  interviews Don and Kate about their experiences as professional animal behavior counselors and dog trainers. Some of the questions Mark asks are: 1) How did you get into helping people with animal behavior problems? and  2) What does the current science say about dominance and alpha dogs? First Air Date: 10JAN15

Personality Profile - Kate Dutra & Don Hanson - part 1 and Personality Profile - Kate Dutra & Don Hanson - part 2 - In this two part series, Don and Kate interview each other, discussing their first pets, how they got into the pet care business, and their philosophy towards pets and pet care. First Air Date: 6JUL08 and 13JUL08

Meet the Groomer - Peggy Sockalexis - Kate and Don interview the newest member of the Green Acres Kennel Shop team; Groomer Peggy Sockalexis. In this show you will learn how this 23 plus year veteran of the pet care services industry started her career in grooming before she was out of high school. You will have an opportunity to hear about Peggy's long history of affection for animals and her approach to grooming your pets at Green Acres. First Air Date: 02JAN16

Health and Safety

Health and Safety: Annual Wellness Exams

The Importance of Annual Exams with Dr. David Cloutier - Don and Kate talk with Dr. Cloutier about the importance of regular annual wellness exams for all pets. They discuss why such exams are so important, how clients should prepare for the exam (Dave and his staff love it when you come in with lists!), how you can prepare your pet to make a visit to the vet as stress free as possible, a typical wellness exam for a cat and for a dog, and the need for more frequent exams when pets age or when they have certain health issues. First Air Date: 6JUN12

Holistic Veterinary Medicine and Homeopathy with Dr. Judy Herman from the Animal Wellness Center - part 1 and Holistic Veterinary Medicine and Homeopathy with Dr. Judy Herman from the Animal Wellness Center - part 2 – In this two part series, Don and Kate interview Dr. Judy Herman of the Animal Wellness Center in Augusta, discussing holistic veterinary medicine and homeopathy. First Air Date: 17SEP11 and 24SEP11

The Importance of Annual Exams with Dr. Mark Hanks - Don and Kate talk with Dr. Mark Hanks about the importance of annual well exams for dogs and cats. First Air Date: 5FEB11

Cat Friendly Veterinary Care with Dr. Michael McCaw of Veazie Veterinary Clinic - Don and Kate talk with Dr. McCaw of Veazie Veterinary Clinic about veterinary care for cats, why vet visits for people with dogs outnumber cat visits by 2:1, what you can do to make a trip to the vet easier for yourself and your cat, and the new Cat Friendly Practice accreditation program from the American Association of Feline Practitioners. First Air Date: 9MAR13

Pet Dental Health with Dr. Mark Hanks from Kindred Spirits Veterinary Clinic - In recognition of February being National Pet Dental Health Month Kate and Don talk with Dr. Mark Hanks, discussing why all pet guardians should be concerned about dental disease in their pets. The American Veterinary Medical Association website reports that more than 85% of dogs and cats that are at least 4 years old have a condition in which bacteria attack the soft gum tissue - periodontal disease. The bacteria in the gum line due to periodontal disease can easily spread to other parts of the body such as the heart, causing serious illness. Dr. Hanks describes the procedure for cleaning a pets teeth and why general anesthesia is required. We talk about various approaches to preventing dental issues in both dogs and cats and the benefits of starting when our pets are still less than 16 weeks of age. Lastly we discuss which breeds are more prone to dental issues. We wrap up the show talking about a related issue; nose bleeds in dogs. First Air Date: 27FEB16

Pet Dental Care with Dr. Dave Cloutier of the Veazie Veterinary Clinic. – It’s Pet Dentistry month and time for our annual show on the importance of dental health for our pets. The American Veterinary Medical Association website reports that more than 85% of dogs and cats that are at least 4 years old have a condition in which bacteria attack the soft gum tissue - periodontal disease. This can contribute to even more serious health issues. Kate and Don talk with Dr. Dave Cloutier of the Veazie Veterinary Clinic about why it’s so important to have your veterinarian include a through dental exam as part of your pet’s annual wellness checkup. We discuss the benefits of having this exam performed by a veterinarian and what the procedure entails. Dental issues specific to both cats and dogs are reviewed as well as what you can do to at home to promote dental health and thereby minimize the need for dental procedures at the vets. Read more about pet dental care at our website at - http://www.greenacreskennel.com/pet-health/dental-care-for-pets.html First Air Date: 8FEB14

The Importance of Pet Dental Health with Dr. Mark Hanks - In recognition of National Pet Dental Health Month, we talk with Dr. Mark Hanks about the importance of dental care for dogs and cats. We discuss what you can do at home to keep your pets teeth at their best. - Read more about pet dental care at our website at - http://www.greenacreskennel.com/pet-health/dental-care-for-pets.html First Air Date: 16FEB13

Internal Parasites - Worms with Dr. Dave Cloutier from the Veazie Veterinary Clinic - We discuss hookworms, whipworms, roundworms, tapeworms and the scariest of all the internal parasites; heartworm. We discuss the importance of protecting your pet and your family from these parasites and the safest and most effective means of accomplishing this protection. You can read more at http://www.greenacreskennel.com/pet-health/internal-parasites-%E2%80%93-worms.html First Air Date: 26APR14

External Parasites - Ticks and Fleas with Dr. Dave Cloutier from the Veazie Veterinary Clinic - We discuss ticks and fleas and how to safely and effectively protect your pet from these parasites and the diseases they carry. You can read more at: http://www.greenacreskennel.com/pet-health/external-parasites-%E2%80%93-ticks-and-fleas.html First Air Date: 03MAY14

Worms, Ticks and Flea, Oh My! With Dr. Dave Cloutier – This is our annual show on internal and external parasites and this year our special guest is Dr. Dave Cloutier from the Veazie Veterinary Clinic. We'll talk about worms, ticks and fleas and the health risk they pose to your pet and your family. Dr. Cloutier will discuss testing and treatment options for dogs and cats and the importance of safety when dealing with these products. First Air Date: 4MAY13

Parasites and Pesticides with Dr. David Cloutier - Don and Kate discuss common pet parasites with Dr. David Cloutier and the pesticides that re used to treat them. We talk about over-the-counter products versus prescription products and the vital importance of using the products as indicated on the package label. Safe use and misuse are discussed. First Air Date: 2APR11

Pet Eyes and Eye Health with Dr. Mark Hanks from the Kindred Spirits Veterinary Clinic - Kate and Don talk with Dr. Hanks about our pets eyes, how they’re different than ours and eyes diseases such as; conjunctivitis,  glaucoma, cherry eye, and uveitis. Mark also discusses signs to look for that might suggest your pet has an eye problem; an obvious injury, signs of pain or discomfort, discharge from the eye, and visual problems. Cataracts are also discussed. As well as other vision and eye issues related to age. First Air Date: 21FEB15

Fleas, Ticks & Worms - Oh My! with Dr. Mark Hanks - Kate and Don discuss common parasites (fleas, ticks, worms) for dogs and cats with Dr. Mark Hanks. Dr. Hanks addresses health issues caused by these parasites and common treatment options. First Air Date: 12FEB11

Vaccinations- Why they are important, Core Vaccines & Vaccination Schedules with Dr. Ron Schultz - In part 1 of this four part series, Don and Kate interview Dr. Ron Schultz, Professor and Chair of the Department of Pathobiological Sciences at the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.   Dr. Schultz is one of the foremost authorities on animal immunology and vaccinations. In this show we'll discuss why vaccines are so important, core vaccinations for dogs and the recommended frequency one should vaccinate their pets. You can find notes from this show at our website at: http://www.greenacreskennel.com/pet-health/vaccination-interviews-with-dr-ron-schultz-%E2%80%93-may-2013.html First Air Date: 22JUN13

Vaccinations, Titer Testing, Non-Core Vaccines and Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease Complex with Dr. Ron Schultz - In part 2 of this four part series, Don and Kate interview Dr. Ron Schultz, Professor and Chair of the Department of Pathobiological Sciences at the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Dr. Schultz is one of the foremost authorities on animal immunology and vaccinations. In this show we'll discuss titer testing as an alternative to annual vaccinations, non-core vaccinations for dogs and canine infectious respiratory disease complex, more commonly known as canine cough or kennel cough. You can find notes from this show at our website at: http://www.greenacreskennel.com/pet-health/vaccination-interviews-with-dr-ron-schultz-%E2%80%93-may-2013.html First Air Date: 29JUN13

Vaccinations- Non-Core Vaccines for Cats and Adverse Reactions to Vaccines with Dr. Ron Schultz - In part 3 of this four part series, Don and Kate interview Dr. Ron Schultz, Professor and Chair of the Department of Pathobiological Sciences at the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison   Dr. Schultz is one of the foremost authorities on animal immunology and vaccinations. In this show we'll discuss non-core vaccines for cats and some of the adverse reactions that can occur when dogs and cats are vaccinated. You can find notes from this show at our website at: http://www.greenacreskennel.com/pet-health/vaccination-interviews-with-dr-ron-schultz-%E2%80%93-may-2013.html First Air Date: 29JUN13

Vaccinations - The Rabies Challenge Fund with Dr. Ron Schultz - In part 4 of this four part series, Don and Kate interview Dr. Ron Schultz, Professor and Chair of the Department of Pathobiological Sciences at the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison   Dr. Schultz is one of the foremost authorities on animal immunology and vaccinations. In this show we'll talk to Dr. Schultz about The Rabies Challenge Fund. This research project was initiated by Kris Christine, a Mainer whose dog Meadow developed a malignant tumor at the sire of his Rabies vaccination. Working with Dr. Jean Dodds and Dr. Schultz, and with the donations from dog clubs as well as individual animal owners, the funds research goal is to demonstrate that the Rabies vaccine is effective for 5 to 7 years. Many of you that know Don know that his Golden Retriever had a serious reaction to a Rabies vaccine when she was young. Though she lived to sixteen, it greatly affected her life. This series of shows with Dr. Schultz are a kick-off to a fundraising campaign Don, Paula and Green Acres are holding to raise money in to further the work of the Rabies Challenge Fund and to memorialize Tikken. You can find notes from this show at our website at: http://www.greenacreskennel.com/pet-health/vaccination-interviews-with-dr-ron-schultz-%E2%80%93-may-2013.html First Air Date: 13JUL13

Vaccinations with Dr. David Cloutier from Veazie Veterinary Clinic - Don and Kate talk with Dr. Cloutier about why vaccinations are important, how attitudes and protocols for vaccinations have changed and continue to change, baseline vaccinations for a cat and dog and how their lifestyle affects what those are, and adverse reactions to vaccines. First Air Date: 13JUL13

Health and Safety: Complementary Medicine

Holistic and Complementary Wellness for Pets - Bach Flowers for Pets with Don Hanson - Kate takes over the hosting duties for this show as she interviews Don about his experiences as a Bach Foundation Registered Animal Practitioner. They talk about the Bach Flower Remedies, including Bach Rescue Remedy, discuss how the remedies are used, and how Don became interested in their use with animals. Kate asks Don about his training as a practitioner and the pets he has helped. They wrap things up with a discussion of which remedies Don believes would be useful in the home of any pet lover. First Air Date: 15OCT16

Holistic and Complementary Wellness for Pets - Veterinary Acupuncture and Chiropractic for Pets with Dr. Michael Munzer - All Creatures Acupuncture - Don and Kate interview Dr. Michael Munzer about the use of acupuncture and chiropractic veterinary care with pets. In the first half hour we define acupuncture, discuss why Dr. Munzer incorporates it in his practice and ask him about his training. Dr. Munzer tells us how acupuncture can benefit pets, how they react to acupuncture and how you might determine if it might be a good choice for your pet. Acupuncture is not just for treating pain, but can be useful in treating skin issues, neurological issues and even behavioral issues. In the second half of the show, we focus on chiropractic for pets, asking about Dr. Munzer's training, and how he as incorporated chiropractic care in his practice with everything from small cats to large cows. Chiropractic can be very beneficial for treating a number of issues, either alone, or used with other modalities. If you are curious about acupuncture, chiropractic or how both might benefit your pet, tune into this show. First Air Date: 8OCT16

Holistic and Complementary Wellness for Pets - Nutrition and Raw Food for Pets with Bette Schubert from Bravo Pet Foods - This is the second in a series of shows on Holistic and Complementary Wellness for Pets. In this show Kate and Don talk with Bette Schubert from Bravo Pet Foods. Bette tells how having her dog die after being fed a high-quality dog kibble contaminated with aflatoxin led her to teach herself about feeding a raw diet and starting Bravo Pet Foods. She discusses both the benefits and obstacles of feeding pets a raw diet and shares her experiences with pets that have benefited greatly from feeding a raw diet. Kate and Don also share their experiences feeding their pets a raw diet. First Air Date: 1OCT16

Holistic and Complementary Wellness for Pets - Our Personal Journey - This is the first in a series of shows on Holistic and Complementary Wellness for Pets. Kate and Don start by defining the term "holistic" and then discussing how it applies to dog training and simply living with a dog. They then discuss how and why they started to take a holistic approach to pet care, beginning with experiences with their pets and nutrition. The importance of exercise and mental enrichment are also addressed. Then they discuss their experiences with the following forms of complementary medicine; homeopathy, Bach flower remedies, acupuncture and Chinese medicine, and chiropractic. Lastly the mention the Holistic Wellness Day for Pets which will take place at The Green Gem Healing Oasis on Saturday, October 9th. This event will involve ten different seminars and several vendors of holistic products and services for pets. For more information go to the Green Acres Kennel Shop website at www.greenacreskennel.com/event. First Air Date: 24SEP16

Homeopathy and Holistic Health Care for Pets - Dr. Christina ChambreauHomeopathy and Holistic Health Care for Pets - Dr. Christina ChambreauDon and Kate interview Dr. Christina Chambreau from Sparks, Maryland. Dr. Chambreau has been practicing veterinary medicine since 1980 and started using homeopathy in 1983, and with Dr. Richard Pitcairn, and Dr. Jana Rygas, was one of the founders of the Academy Of Veterinary Homeopathy in 1995. We ask Dr. Chambreau how she came to study homeopathy and add it to her practice, as well as other complementary veterinary medical modalities such as Reiki. Dr. Chambreau also discusses the importance of keeping a wellness journal for our pet. Lastly we discuss a seminar that Dr, Chambreau will offer in Maine called “The Introduction to Homeopathy.” This seminar will be at Healing Spirit Farm, in Buckfield, ME on September 24th and 25, from 9 AM to 5 PM each day. You can learn more about the seminar at http://www.healingspiritfarm.com/ and more about Dr. Chambreau at http://christinachambreau.com/ First Air Date: 30JUL16

Don and Kate's Journey with Complementary Medicine - Don and Kate discuss how they came to use complementary medicine with their pets and themselves. They discuss nutrition, raw diets, as well as homeopathy, acupuncture, Bach flower remedies and chiropractic care for animals. First Air Date: 29AUG15

Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine for Pets with Dr. Michael Munzer from All Creatures Acupuncture Mobile Holistic Veterinary Therapies - Kate and Don talk with Dr. Munzer about traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture and how it can be an excellent complementary therapy for pain management, skin issues, seizure disorders and many other issues. Be sure to checkout Dr. Munzer's website (http://www.allcreaturesholistic.com/) and FaceBook page (https://www.facebook.com/allcreaturesholistic ) First Air Date: 28MAR15

Veterinary Homeopathy - with Dr. Judy Herman from the Animal Wellness Center in Augusta (Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3) - In this three part series, Kate and Don talk to Dr. Judy Herman about homeopathy and it's use with pets. If you listen you'll learn why Dr. Herman says "Homeopathy, once you start studying it, is the most amazing medical modality out there." In part one we discuss the Law of Similars and the origination of homeopathy by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann. Dr. Herman discusses how a remedy is selected and some of the differences between homeopathic and allopathic medicine. In part two Dr. Herman discusses a case with a dog with a broken leg that was not healing and how homeopathy aided in that process. We discuss what happens at a typical appointment with Dr. Herman using Don's dog Tikken as an example. Don explains how Tikken was brought to Dr. Herman with a several behavioral issue (Tikken, vaccines, aggression and homeopathy) and how the remedy Dr. Herman chose for Tikken resolved her condition. In part three Dr. Herman discusses vaccines, titers and nosodes as well as the importance of pet owners educating themselves on the core vaccines recommended by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA Canine Vaccine Guidelines and Feline Vaccine Guidelines). Dr. Herman discusses the importance of good nutrition and how feeding a quality food can resolve health issues and be much less expensive than medications and veterinary care. Lastly, we discuss the influence of common household and yard chemicals on health, and a holistic approach to preventing fleas and ticks.  For more information on Dr. Herman and her practice, visit http://www.mainehomeopathicvet.com/

Holistic Veterinary Medicine and Homeopathy with Dr. Judy Herman from the Animal Wellness Center - part 1 and Holistic Veterinary Medicine and Homeopathy with Dr. Judy Herman from the Animal Wellness Center - part 2 – In this two part series, Don and Kate interview Dr. Judy Herman of the Animal Wellness Center in Augusta, discussing holistic veterinary medicine and homeopathy. You can read about Don and Paula Hanson’s experience with homeopathy and their Golden Retriever Tikken at - http://www.greenacreskennel.com/pet-health/tikken-vaccines-aggression-and-homeopathy First Air Date: 17SEP11 and 24SEP11

Bach Flower Remedies for Pets with Don Hanson, BFRAP - part 1 and Bach Flower Remedies for Pets with Don Hanson, BFRAP - part 2- In this two part series Kate interviews the Woof Meow Show's co-host, Don Hanson, about the Bach Flower Remedies and his work as a Bach Foundation Registered Animal Practitioner. They discuss what the Bach remedies are, how Don got interested in them, and the course work he completed to qualify as a Bach Foundation Registered Animal Practitioner. They also discuss some cases they have been involved with where the remedies have been helpful and which remedies you might want to use at home. You can learn more about the Bach Flower Remedies from this article – An Overview of the Bach Flower Essences, APDT Chronicle of the Dog, MAR/APR 2006. First Air Date: 26FEB11and 5MAR11

Veterinary Acupuncture with Dr. Mark Hanks - Don interviews Dr. Mark Hanks of Kindred Spirits Veterinary Clinic in Orrington, ME discussing veterinary acupuncture and how Dr. Hanks uses it in his practice. First Air Date: 25MAY08

Health and Safety: Off-Leash Play

Off-Leash Dog Play for Pet Parents with Robin Bennett and Susan Briggs - Don and Kate interview Susan Briggs and Robin Bennett, authors of Off-Leash Dog Play, and dog-play and doggie daycare consultants on the supervision of dog play. We discuss how dogs play, some of their body language, and why it is important for pet parents to know watch to watch for when dogs play and how and when to intervene. We'll also discuss how people can learn more about dog play. If you have dogs and they play with other dogs either at home, at camp, or the dog park, you will want to listen to this show. First Air Date: 20APR13

Health and Safety: Parasites and Pesticides

Worms, Fleas,  and Ticks, Oh My!-Parasites & Your Pets with Dr. Dave Cloutier – Veazie Veterinary Clinic It is that time of year when we invite Dr. Dave Cloutier on to the show to chat with us about the latest in parasite prevention for our pets. We start off discussing intestinal worms and heart worm, followed by ticks and then fleas. All of these parasites can threaten our pet’s health and our own as well. Dr. Cloutier provides guidance on how to monitor your pet’s health and how to safely and effectively prevent these parasites. We also address the importance of discussing any and all such preventatives that you use with your veterinarian as many of these products should not be used together and while a product may be safe for a dog, it may be very harmful to a cat. First Air Date 23APR16

Lyme Disease with Drs. Zev and Ben Myerowitz from Myerowitz Chiropractic & Acupuncture Clinic – part 1. We have discussed Lyme disease in pets on the show many times, but the fact is we can get Lyme disease just as easily as them. In the first of a two-part series, we will discuss what Lyme disease is, its many symptoms in humans, co-infections that are often part of Lyme disease and why Lyme disease may be the most serious infectious disease since the plague. First Air Date: 24OCT15

Lyme Disease with Drs. Zev and Ben Myerowitz from Myerowitz Chiropractic & Acupuncture Clinic – part 2. In the second of a two-part series, we continue our discussion of Lyme disease in people. Drs. Zev and Ben Myerowitz will discuss  how Lyme disease is diagnosed and how it is treated both traditionally and with Chinese herbs, homeopathy and glandular support. First Air Date: 31OCT15

Ick! A Tick! -with Dr. Dave Cloutier from Veazie Veterinary Clinic - Every year Kate and Don always talk with Dr. Cloutier about fleas, worms and ticks. This year we're talking all about ticks because it's such a hot topic with our clients at Green Acres. Dr. Cloutier discusses; ticks and when we're most likely to see them, micro environments/habitats where ticks often thrive (some places are much worse than others), how ticks get on us and our pets, how to control tick habitat in our yards, how to keep our dogs away from ticks when hiking, how to check your pet for ticks, how to safely remove ticks, what products should we use to help keep ticks away and which should we avoid, how do we balance effectiveness with safety, how do we choose a product when we have both dogs and cats in our home (some products for dogs are fatal for cats!), and the importance of talking to your vet about any flea and tick products you use with your pet First Air Date: 13JUN15

Internal Parasites - Worms with Dr. Dave Cloutier from the Veazie Veterinary Clinic - We discuss hookworms, whipworms, roundworms, tapeworms and the scariest of all the internal parasites; heartworm. We discuss the importance of protecting your pet and your family from these parasites and the safest and most effective means of accomplishing this protection. You can read more at http://www.greenacreskennel.com/pet-health/internal-parasites-%E2%80%93-worms.html First Air Date: 26APR14

External Parasites - Ticks and Fleas with Dr. Dave Cloutier from the Veazie Veterinary Clinic - We discuss ticks and fleas and how to safely and effectively protect your pet from these parasites and the diseases they carry. You can read more at: http://www.greenacreskennel.com/pet-health/external-parasites-%E2%80%93-ticks-and-fleas.html First Air Date: 03MAY14

Worms, Ticks and Flea, Oh My! With Dr. Dave Cloutier – This is our annual show on internal and external parasites and this year our special guest is Dr. Dave Cloutier from the Veazie Veterinary Clinic. We'll talk about worms, ticks and fleas and the health risk they pose to your pet and your family. Dr. Cloutier will discuss testing and treatment options for dogs and cats and the importance of safety when dealing with these products. First Air Date: 4MAY13

Parasites and Pesticides with Dr. David Cloutier - Don and Kate discuss common pet parasites with Dr. David Cloutier and the pesticides that re used to treat them. We talk about over-the-counter products versus prescription products and the vital importance of using the products as indicated on the package label. Safe use and misuse are discussed. First Air Date: 2APR11

Fleas, Ticks & Worms - Oh My! with Dr. Mark Hanks - Kate and Don discuss common parasites (fleas, ticks, worms) for dogs and cats with Dr. Mark Hanks. Dr. Hanks addresses health issues caused by these parasites and common treatment options. First Air Date: 12FEB11

Health and Safety: Seasonal Issues

Summer Seasonal Pet Tips 2016 - Kate and Don discuss a variety of pet tips directly related to summer and the increasing temperature. They start off the show discussing how the heat and sun can adversely affect our pets. Then they switch to water safety, followed by talking about how to deal with bug bites, stings, parasites, and seasonal allergies like those caused by tree and grass pollens. Then they move to chemicals like lawn fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides, fungicides, insecticides, rodenticides and all sorts of other "…cides" that are routinely used in our environment to kill something we do not like. Next, they discuss the pros and cons of traveling and vacationing with pets including steps you can take to make the experience more fun than exasperating. Finally, they talk about the gatherings of people that occur in the summer and how that may negatively affect your pet. For more information on these topics, checkout Don's blog (www.words-woofs-meows) and the post entitled Summer Pet Care Tips - http://www.greenacreskennel.com/blog/2015/06/07/summer-pet-care-tips/ FIRST AIR DATE: 18JUN16

Cold Weather & Holiday Pet Tips - Like or not, winter is here, and we need to consider how this change in seasons affects our pets. In this show Don and Kate will discuss how to deal with the cold, snow and ice as well as other seasonal hazards for our pets such as antifreeze, supplemental heating sources, wood piles and more. They also address how to deal with the stresses and chaos of the holidays so that it is a fun, and happy time for you, your family and your pets. First Air Date: 28NOV15

Ick! A Tick! -with Dr. Dave Cloutier from Veazie Veterinary Clinic - Every year Kate and Don always talk with Dr. Cloutier about fleas, worms and ticks. This year we're talking all about ticks because it's such a hot topic with our clients at Green Acres. Dr. Cloutier discusses; ticks and when we're most likely to see them, micro environments/habitats where ticks often thrive (some places are much worse than others), how ticks get on us and our pets, how to control tick habitat in our yards, how to keep our dogs away from ticks when hiking, how to check your pet for ticks, how to safely remove ticks, what products should we use to help keep ticks away and which should we avoid, how do we balance effectiveness with safety, how do we choose a product when we have both dogs and cats in our home (some products for dogs are fatal for cats!), and the importance of talking to your vet about any flea and tick products you use with your pet First Air Date: 13JUN15

Summer and Hot Weather Pet Care Tips 2015 - Summer and Hot Weather Pet Care Tips 2015 - It's summer and time for Don and Kate to discuss how the heat and sun and other seasonal issues effect our pets. Topics covered include; sunburn, heat exhaustion, heat stroke, dogs in cars, hiking and selecting an appropriate hike, water safety, hotspots, bug bites and bug repellent for pets, ticks, bees and other stinging insects, holiday gatherings; and why some dogs might not like them, fireworks, and preparing your pet for traveling if they go away with you. You can download an article on this topic at: http://www.greenacreskennel.com/pet-health/summer-pet-care-tips First Air Date: 6JUN15

Fall and Winter Pet Tips-2014 - Kate and Don offer several tips on keeping your pet safe and comfortable as the daylight decreases and temperature drops. They also discuss hunting season and the holidays. You can find a companion article on our website at: http://www.greenacreskennel.com/pet-health/fall-winter-pet-tips. First Air Date: 8NOV14

Fall & Winter Pet Safety Tips -2013 - Kate and Don offer several tips on keeping your pet safe and comfortable as the daylight decreases and temperature drops. They also discuss hunting season and the holidays. You can find a companion article on our website at: http://www.greenacreskennel.com/pet-health/fall-winter-pet-tips. First Air Date: 2NOV13

Summer and Hot Weather Pet Care Tips - Kate and Don go through their annual list of tips to keep your pet safe and comfortable through the heat of summer.  They discuss coping with the heat and sun, water safety, bug bites and inhalant allergies, safety around outdoor chemicals like pesticides and herbicides and holiday gatherings and events. You can find more information on this topic at our website: http://www.greenacreskennel.com/pet-health/summer-pet-care-tip First Air Date: 14JUN14 

Summer and Hot Weather Pet Tips - Kate and Don offer several tips on how you can keep your pets safe and comfortable in the summer months. They discuss coping with the heat and sun, water safety, bug bites and inhalant allergies, safety around outdoor chemicals like pesticides and herbicides and holiday gatherings and events. You can find more information on this topic at our website: http://www.greenacreskennel.com/pet-health/summer-pet-care-tips First Air Date: 8JUN13

Health and Safety: Senior Pets

When The Veterinarian Becomes the Pet Owner – Pierre’s Story with Dr. Mark Hanks - Don talks with Dr. Mark Hanks from Kindred Spirits Veterinary Clinic about Dr. Hank’s recent experience dealing with a serious health crisis with his dog Pierre. This was the first time that Mark had not treated one of his own pets in many years, and he describes how the experience has changed him and his approach to veterinary medicine. First Air Date: 27AUG16

Living With A Senior Cat with Dr. Michael McCaw from the Veazie Veterinary Clinic - Kate and Don discuss senior cat issues such as behavioral changes, nutritional requirements, health concerns, and veterinary visits with Veazie Vet's cat expert; Dr. Mike.

Caring for Senior Pets with Dr. Mark Hanks - Don and Kate talk with Dr. Mark Hanks from Kindred Spirits Veterinary Clinic about the special needs of senior pets, life expectancies, and how we can make their senior years the best possible. You can read about Kate’s experiences living with a senior pet at - http://www.greenacreskennel.com/dog-behavior-and-training/living-with-a-senior-dog First Air Date: 16JUL11

Dealing with Aging Pets with Dr. Mark Hanks - Part 1 and Dealing with Aging Pets with Dr. Mark Hanks - Part 2 - In this two part show, Don and Dr. Mark Hanks of Kindred Spirits Veterinary Clinic in Orrington, ME discuss how our pets age and the special needs and care of senior pets. First Air Date: 1JUN08

Cognitive Dysfunction in Pets with Dr. Mark Hanks - Don and Kate interview Dr. Mark Hanks from Kindred Spirits Veterinary Clinic about cognitive dysfunction in pets, sharing some of their own experiences with their pets. First Air Date: 20NOV11

Health and Safety: Spaying and Neutering

Considerations When Spaying and Neutering Pets with Dr. Mark Hanks from Kindred Spirits Veterinary Clinic - It is February and that means that it is Spay and Neuter Awareness Month. This is an important topic, which is why we do a show on it every year. While this topic used to be much more cut and dried, it has gotten a bit more complex, especially the timing of spaying and neutering. It is a topic that has implications for animal welfare as well as physical and behavioral health. Kate, Don, and Dr. Hanks discuss the medical procedures involved in spaying and neutering and more in this show. First Air Date: 13FEB16

Spay and Neuter Programs in Maine with Sharon Secovich from the Animal Welfare Society - It's Spay/Neuter Awareness Month so Kate and Don talk with Sharon Secovich about various spay and neuter programs in Maine starting with Help Fix ME. This is a state run program for low income households that need help being able to afford to spay or neuter their cat or dog. This voucher program enables qualified participants to get their cat neutered for $10 and a pit bull or pit bull mixed neutered for $20. At this time the program is focusing on cats and the dog breed that shows up in Maine shelters most frequently. This program is not funded by tax payers but is funded almost entirely through pet lovers through the adopt/animal welfare license plate. Sharon also discusses how spaying and neutering saves lives. If you think you or someone you know might qualify for Help Fix ME you can learn more at: http://www.spaymaine.org/ or 1-800-367-1317. We also discuss other programs and low-cost clinics available throughout the state which are listed at the previously listed website. One of these is the Cleo Fund. Lastly we recognize the many veterinarians throughout the state that participate in these programs. THANK YOU!!! First Air Date: 7FEB15

The Benefits and Importance of Spaying/Neutering Your Pets with Dr. Mark Hanks – It’s National Spay and Neuter Month and this is our annual show on this important topic. However, when one should spay and neuter is  not as clear as it used to be. Dr. Hanks talks about the health, behavioral and pet population control benefits of early spaying and neutering but also discusses some recent studies that suggest health benefits of delaying spaying and neutering until a pet is older. If you are getting a new pet or have an unspayed or unneutered pet this show will help you determine what you need to be asking your veterinarian. You can find additional information on spaying and neutering your pet at our website at - http://www.greenacreskennel.com/pet-health/spaying-neutering First Air Date: 1FEB14

The Benefits of Spaying/Neutering Your Pet with Dr. Mark Hanks - In recognition of National Spay and Neuter Month, we talk with Dr. Mark Hanks about pet overpopulation, the health benefits of spaying and neutering, and the latest research on the best time to spay and neuter. You can find additional information on spaying and neutering your pet at our website at - http://www.greenacreskennel.com/pet-health/spaying-neutering First Air Date: 9FEB13

Health and Safety: Special Health Issues

When The Veterinarian Becomes the Pet Owner – Pierre’s Story with Dr. Mark Hanks - Don talks with Dr. Mark Hanks from Kindred Spirits Veterinary Clinic about Dr. Hank’s recent experience dealing with a serious health crisis with his dog Pierre. This was the first time that Mark had not treated one of his own pets in many years, and he describes how the experience has changed him and his approach to veterinary medicine. First Air Date: 27AUG16

Pet Obesity with Dr. Chris Barry – Kindred Spirits Veterinary Clinic - Kate and Don discuss the growing problem of pet obesity in the United States with Dr. Chris Barry from Kindred Spirits Veterinary Clinic. We discuss why obesity is such a serious problem for our pets, and what we can do to manage their weight so that they live longer and healthier lives. First Air Date 23JUL16

Respiratory Disease in Cats-Dr. Mike McCaw – Veazie Veterinary Clinic – This week we talk with Dr. Mike McCaw from the Veazie Veterinary Clinic about respiratory disease in cats; one of the top two health issues for our feline friends. We start our discussion with upper respiratory infections; symptoms, risk factors, potential causes, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. Then we move on to asthma in cats and finally the detriment of second-hand smoke to our cat’s health. First Air Date: 16JUL16

Urinary Health in Cats-Dr. Mike McCaw – Veazie Veterinary Clinic – This week Kate and Don talk with Dr. Mike McCaw from the Veazie Veterinary Clinic about urinary health in cats; one of the top two health issues for our feline friends. We start off with a discussion about Idiopathic Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (IFLUTD) a disease which can be fatal to cats in just a few hours. Dr. McCaw guides us through the symptoms, causes, the diagnosis, how it is treated and how you can prevent the disease. We also discuss other urinary issues and end talking about the role of the litterbox. First Air Date 30APR16

Pet Eyes and Eye Health with Dr. Mark Hanks from the Kindred Spirits Veterinary Clinic - Kate and Don talk with Dr. Hanks about our pets eyes, how they’re different than ours and eyes diseases such as; conjunctivitis,  glaucoma, cherry eye, and uveitis. Mark also discusses signs to look for that might suggest your pet has an eye problem; an obvious injury, signs of pain or discomfort, discharge from the eye, and visual problems. Cataracts are also discussed. As well as other vision and eye issues related to age. First Air Date: 21FEB15

Minimally Invasive Surgery with Dr. Chris Miles from Lucerne Veterinary Hospital - Kate and Don talk with Dr. Chris Miles about new surgical techniques used by Dr. Miles that are similar to the laparoscopic procedures used with people. Instead of making a large surgical incision, small incisions are used to allow a tiny camera and tiny surgical instruments to be placed in the body. Advantages of this type of surgery are less pain, less risk of infection and a more rapid recovery. This procedure is very useful for biopsy collection, gastropexy (often used to prevent bloat), and even spaying. We also discuss endoscopic procedures where instruments are entered into the body through an existing opening such as the mouth. Dr. Miles also discussed how minimally invasive surgery (orthoscopic) can be very useful for examining and fixing problems in joints in dogs. First Air Date: 13SEP14

Common Orthopedic Problems and Treatments with Dr. Chris Miles from Lucerne Veterinary Hospital - Common Orthopedic Problems and Treatments with Dr. Chris Miles from Lucerne Veterinary Hospital –Don and Kate discuss the latest treatment options for pets with knee and hip issues with Dr. Chris Miles. First Air Date: 21JUN14

Emergency Veterinary Medicine – When It Can’t Wait Until Morning or Monday - Don and Kate talk with Dr. Dave Cloutier of the Veazie Veterinary Clinic about when and why to seek emrgency veterinary care from places such as the Eastern Maine Emergency Veterinary Clinic or the ASPCA National Animal Poison Control. First Air Date: 22MAR14

Pet Obesity - part 1, Pet Obesity - part 2, and Pet Obesity - part 3 – In this three part series Kate and Don discuss pet obesity and address such questions as 1) how do I know if my pet is overweight, 2) what are the health risks for a pet that is overweight, and 3) what can I do for my overweight pet. First Air Date: 9APR11, 16APR11 and 23APR11

Pet Food Allergies and Intolerance and California Natural Pet Food with Dr. Nathaniel Cook of Natura - Kate and Don interview Dr. Nathaniel Cook a Technical Services Veterinarian at Natura. We talk about the difference between a pet with food allergy or food intolerance, and how California Natural Pet Foods address these issues. If you have a pet with food issues, you'll learn a great deal from this show. First Air Date: 5MAY12

Pet Senses: Eyes and Vision with Dr. Mark Hanks - Kate and Don discuss our pet’s sense of sight, their eyes and related health issues with Dr. Mark Hanks. First Air Date: 6AUG11

Pet Heart Health and Cardiology with Dr. David Cloutier - Don and Kate interview Dr. David Cloutier of the Veazie Veterinary Clinic, discussing heart health for pets. First Air Date: 25JUN11

Pet Dental Health with Dr. Mark Hanks from Kindred Spirits Veterinary Clinic - In recognition of February being National Pet Dental Health Month Kate and Don talk with Dr. Mark Hanks, discussing why all pet guardians should be concerned about dental disease in their pets. The American Veterinary Medical Association website reports that more than 85% of dogs and cats that are at least 4 years old have a condition in which bacteria attack the soft gum tissue - periodontal disease. The bacteria in the gum line due to periodontal disease can easily spread to other parts of the body such as the heart, causing serious illness. Dr. Hanks describes the procedure for cleaning a pets teeth and why general anesthesia is required. We talk about various approaches to preventing dental issues in both dogs and cats and the benefits of starting when our pets are still less than 16 weeks of age. Lastly we discuss which breeds are more prone to dental issues. We wrap up the show talking about a related issue; nose bleeds in dogs. First Air Date: 27FEB16

Pet Dental Care with Dr. Dave Cloutier of the Veazie Veterinary Clinic. – It’s Pet Dentistry month and time for our annual show on the importance of dental health for our pets. The American Veterinary Medical Association website reports that more than 85% of dogs and cats that are at least 4 years old have a condition in which bacteria attack the soft gum tissue - periodontal disease. This can contribute to even more serious health issues. Kate and Don talk with Dr. Dave Cloutier of the Veazie Veterinary Clinic about why it’s so important to have your veterinarian include a through dental exam as part of your pet’s annual wellness checkup. We discuss the benefits of having this exam performed by a veterinarian and what the procedure entails. Dental issues specific to both cats and dogs are reviewed as well as what you can do to at home to promote dental health and thereby minimize the need for dental procedures at the vets. Read more about pet dental care at our website at - http://www.greenacreskennel.com/pet-health/dental-care-for-pets.html First Air Date: 8FEB14

The Importance of Pet Dental Health with Dr. Mark Hanks - In recognition of National Pet Dental Health Month, we talk with Dr. Mark Hanks about the importance of dental care for dogs and cats. We discuss what you can do at home to keep your pets teeth at their best. - Read more about pet dental care at our website at - http://www.greenacreskennel.com/pet-health/dental-care-for-pets.html First Air Date: 16FEB13

Seizure Disorders and Epilepsy in Pets with Dr. Dave Cloutier from the Veazie Veterinary Clinic - We discuss epilepsy, signs of seizures, what to do at the onset of a seizure and post seizure, common causes of seizures and typical age of onset, and how seizures are treated. First Air Date: 30AUG14

Non-Seizure Neurological Disorders in Pets with Dr. Dave Cloutier from the Veazie Veterinary Clinic - Kate and Don discuss Peripheral Vestibular Disease (PVD), Fibrocartilaginous Embolic Myelopathy in Dogs, Strokes and Canine Cognitive Disease with Dr. Dave Cloutier. First Air Date: 6SEP14

What You Need to Know About the Canine Flu with Dr. Mark Hanks from Kindred Spirits Veterinary Clinic – The canine flu has been all over the news and even though it has not been seen in Maine this year, we asked Dr. Hanks to talk to us about canine flu. Topics addressed; what differentiates the flu from other respiratory disorders we see in dogs, how does the canine flu seen in the Midwest differ from the canine flu seen in 2002/2004, what are the symptoms, how should the flu be treated, when should dogs be vaccinated, what tests are available, should we be worried about people bringing dogs in to Maine from other states, and how serious is this? First Air Date: 20JUN15

Health and Safety: Vaccinations

Vaccinations- Why they are important, Core Vaccines & Vaccination Schedules with Dr. Ron Schultz - In part 1 of this four part series, Don and Kate interview Dr. Ron Schultz, Professor and Chair of the Department of Pathobiological Sciences at the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.   Dr. Schultz is one of the foremost authorities on animal immunology and vaccinations. In this show we'll discuss why vaccines are so important, core vaccinations for dogs and the recommended frequency one should vaccinate their pets. You can find notes from this show at our website at: http://www.greenacreskennel.com/pet-health/vaccination-interviews-with-dr-ron-schultz-%E2%80%93-may-2013.html First Air Date: 22JUN13

Vaccinations, Titer Testing, Non-Core Vaccines and Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease Complex with Dr. Ron Schultz - In part 2 of this four part series, Don and Kate interview Dr. Ron Schultz, Professor and Chair of the Department of Pathobiological Sciences at the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison   Dr. Schultz is one of the foremost authorities on animal immunology and vaccinations. In this show we'll discuss titer testing as an alternative to annual vaccinations, non-core vaccinations for dogs and canine infectious respiratory disease complex, more commonly known as canine cough or kennel cough. You can find notes from this show at our website at: http://www.greenacreskennel.com/pet-health/vaccination-interviews-with-dr-ron-schultz-%E2%80%93-may-2013.html First Air Date: 29JUN13

Vaccinations- Non-Core Vaccines for Cats and Adverse Reactions to Vaccines with Dr. Ron Schultz - In part 3 of this four part series, Don and Kate interview Dr. Ron Schultz, Professor and Chair of the Department of Pathobiological Sciences at the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison   Dr. Schultz is one of the foremost authorities on animal immunology and vaccinations. In this show we'll discuss non-core vaccines for cats and some of the adverse reactions that can occur when dogs and cats are vaccinated. You can find notes from this show at our website at: http://www.greenacreskennel.com/pet-health/vaccination-interviews-with-dr-ron-schultz-%E2%80%93-may-2013.html First Air Date: 29JUN13

Vaccinations - The Rabies Challenge Fund with Dr. Ron Schultz - In part 4 of this four part series, Don and Kate interview Dr. Ron Schultz, Professor and Chair of the Department of Pathobiological Sciences at the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison   Dr. Schultz is one of the foremost authorities on animal immunology and vaccinations. In this show we'll talk to Dr. Schultz about The Rabies Challenge Fund. This research project was initiated by Kris Christine, a Mainer whose dog Meadow developed a malignant tumor at the sire of his Rabies vaccination. Working with Dr. Jean Dodds and Dr. Schultz, and with the donations from dog clubs as well as individual animal owners, the funds research goal is to demonstrate that the Rabies vaccine is effective for 5 to 7 years. Many of you that know Don know that his Golden Retriever had a serious reaction to a Rabies vaccine when she was young. Though she lived to sixteen, it greatly affected her life. This series of shows with Dr. Schultz are a kick-off to a fundraising campaign Don, Paula and Green Acres are holding to raise money in to further the work of the Rabies Challenge Fund and to memorialize Tikken. You can find notes from this show at our website at: http://www.greenacreskennel.com/pet-health/vaccination-interviews-with-dr-ron-schultz-%E2%80%93-may-2013.html First Air Date: 13JUL13

Vaccinations with Dr. David Cloutier from Veazie Veterinary Clinic - Don and Kate talk with Dr. Cloutier about why vaccinations are important, how attitudes and protocols for vaccinations have changed and continue to change, baseline vaccinations for a cat and dog and how their lifestyle affects what those are, and adverse reactions to vaccines. First Air Date: 13JUL13

What You Need to Know About the Canine Flu with Dr. Mark Hanks from Kindred Spirits Veterinary Clinic – The canine flu has been all over the news and even though it has not been seen in Maine this year, we asked Dr. Hanks to talk to us about canine flu. Topics addressed; what differentiates the flu from other respiratory disorders we see in dogs, how does the canine flu seen in the Midwest differ from the canine flu seen in 2002/2004, what are the symptoms, how should the flu be treated, when should dogs be vaccinated, what tests are available, should we be worried about people bringing dogs in to Maine from other states, and how serious is this? First Air Date: 20JUN15

Kids and Dogs

Dog Bite Prevention & Doggone Safe with Teresa Lewin of Doggone Safe- part 1 - In part one of this two part series Kate and Don talk with Teresa Lewin, one of the founders of Doggone Safe, a non-profit dedicated to dog bite prevention through education. In this first show we discuss the dog bite problem (50% of all children will be taken to the ER for a dog bite by the time they are 12), why these bites usually occur, and what Doggone Safe and their partners like Green Acres Kennel Shop are doing to help prevent them. If you have dogs and children or family with either, or if you work with children, you will want to listen to this show. Checkout the dog bite prevention page on our website for more information - http://www.greenacreskennel.com/dog-bite-prevention First Air Date: 6APR13

Dog Bite Prevention & Doggone Safe with Teresa Lewin of Doggone Safe- part 2 - In part two of this two part series Kate and Don talk with Teresa Lewin, one of the founders of Doggone Safe, a non-profit dedicated to dog bite prevention through education. In this second show we discuss Doggone Safe's innovative Be A Tree program for children and their Be Doggone Safe at Work program for adults that encounter dogs during work. We'll discuss how these programs work and their availability through Green Acres Kennel Shop. If you have dogs and children or family with either, or if you work with children, you will want to listen to this show. . Checkout the dog bite prevention page on our website for more information - http://www.greenacreskennel.com/dog-bite-prevention First Air Date: 13APR13

Dogs and Babies with Jennifer Shryock from Family Paws Parent Education - Kate and Don interview Jennifer Shryock the founder of Family Paws Pet Education about their innovative programs; Dogs & Storks™ and the Dog and Baby Connection. We'll discuss why prior planning is so important for the successful integration of a new baby in a home with a dog and what you can do when you have questions. First Air Date: 17AUG13

Thoughts on a Kids & Dogs Seminar - Kate and Don discuss what they learned at a recent seminar in Boston with Colleen Pelar (author of Living with Kids and Dogs) and Jennifer Shryock from Family Paws Parent Education. They discuss the importance of planning well before the baby arrives and common issues and concerns. A key take-home from the seminar was the idea that we should be thinking more about education and relationship building than dog bite prevention because when parents take the time to learn and understand their dog they can foster a positive relationship between child and dog. First Air Date: 9NOV13

Kids & Dogs with Colleen Pelar – part 1 and Kids & Dogs with Colleen Pelar – part 2 – In this two part series, Don and Kate interview Certified Professional Dog Trainer and author Colleen Pelar about her book Living with Kids and Dogs... Without Losing Your Mind. We review Colleen's book and discuss tips for parents trying to manage a household with a dog and one or more kids. This book is a MUST READ for anyone with kids and dogs or for anyone with kids that is contemplating getting a dog. If you need some immediate assistance dealing with kids and dogs, give us a call at 945-6841 or checkout our dog bite prevention section on our website - http://www.greenacreskennel.com/dog-bite-prevention   You can read our review of Colleen’s book here - http://www.greenacreskennel.com/book-reviews/living-with-kids-and-dogswithout-losing-your-mind-a-parents-guide-to-controlling-the-chaos First Air Date: 11FEB07 and 18FEB07

Legal Issues

Maine's Puppy Lemon Law and Your Rights As A Consumer When You Purchase Pet with Christina Perkins - While getting a new pet usually goes very well, occasionally people have a bad experience when purchasing a new pet. This can happen when getting a pet from a pet store, a breeder, and even when getting a pet from a shelter or rescue. In this show we address consumer's legal alternatives when things don't go as you wanted. First Air Date: 14MAR15

Remembering Your Pet in Your Will or Trust w/Christina Perkins of Fellows, Kee, Tymoczko & Pierson - Kate and Don interview attorney Christina Perkins on the importance of having the appropriate legal documents in place to ensure your pet gets the care you want in case you become seriously disabled or pass. First Air Date: 30MAR13

Listener Questions

Listener Questions No. 26 All About Cats with Dr. Mike McCaw from Veazie Veterinary Clinic - Kate, Don and Dr. Mike McCaw from the Veazie Veterinary Clinic answer listener questions about cats. Questions we address are: How many kittens are in the typical cat letter?,  How old should kittens be before you can handle them and play with them?, Do all indoor cats need to have a Rabies shot?, If I live in a rural area is it okay to let my cat outdoors? How can I help an outdoor cat learn to like being indoors?, What is it with cats and bags and boxes?, How big of a deal is teeth grinding with cats?, Why does my cat always follow me into the bathroom?, Why do some cats play in their water dishes? How can I keep my plants safe from my cats?, When should I be concerned about my senior cat's mobility and pain levels? We have a cat door, and my cat brings in "feathered gifts," what can I do? and cats and holiday ribbon - help!?! - First Air Date: 22OCT16

Listener Questions #25 - Kate and Don answer questions from listener's and clients. 1) How do we get our cat to stop begging for food at the table and taking food off our plates?, 2) What is the best treat for a dog and the best way to show love for your dog? 3) How do I train my cat to catch mice?, 4) How can I get my dogs to wake up later than 4:30 am? 5) When should I use doggie boots with my dog? 6) My daughter has been afraid of our dog and is now afraid our new puppy, will she adjust eventually?, 7) Is it possible to train a cat? If so, what would I train them to do? and 8) How should I introduce a dog to my home when I already have cats that are not comfortable around dogs? First Air Date 17SEP16

Listener Questions No. 24 with Dr. Dave Cloutier – Don, Kate and Dr. Dave Cloutier from the Veazie Veterinary Clinic answer listener questions submitted via The Woof Meow Show FaceBook page (https://www.facebook.com/WoofMeowShow/). Questions answered are:  1) Is it a good idea to shave down a dog or cat?, 2) Does one need to worry about sunburn if a pet is shaved down?, 3) When we shave an animal are there cases where there hair does not grow back?, 4) Where do you start when someone thinks they have a dog with food allergies?, and 5) Are seasonal allergies a big thing with dogs? This is an abbreviated show due to the live broadcast of the Boston Red Sox. Go Soxs! First Air Date 14MAY16

Listener Questions No. 23 with Dr. Dave Cloutier – Don, Kate and Dr. Dave Cloutier from the Veazie Veterinary Clinic answer listener questions submitted via The Woof Meow Show FaceBook page (https://www.facebook.com/WoofMeowShow/). Questions answered are: 1) Does allowing your dog to have 1 litter have any health benefits to the dog?, 2) Are there any health benefits to letting a cat have a litter?, 3) My Pittie has dermatitis on her earflaps can I supplement her diet with coconut oil to improve her skin?, 4) My 7 year old Yorkie has dry irritated skin. I've changed her food to lamb and rice, it is still not helping. Is there something safe to use that isn't a bunch of chemicals?, 5) Are there metabolic diseases that affect the dogs ability to properly absorb fatty acids?, 6) I have a rescue dog that we got at 10 months he is now a little over a year. He pees all the time. We take him out he pees come back inside and he will pee in the house. I don't know how to get him to stop. He was abandoned in a house for 3 weeks. 7) I have a 2 year old female unfixed cat who has continued to spray on our stuff. There is no infection of any kind and we have tried everything. We are exasperated and want some answers. Do you have any idea what could be wrong or what we are doing wrong?, and 8) I have a Dane, 2 Bassett hounds and a very old man cat. My younger Bassett 2yrs old, loves to clean up the yard after the cat especially. What can I do to stop this? I try to scoop but with 4 it gets ahead of me sometimes. This is an abbreviated show due to the live broadcast of the Boston Red Sox. Go Soxs! First Air Date 7MAY16

Listener Questions No. 22 with Dr. Dave Cloutier – Don, Kate and Dr. Dave Cloutier from the Veazie Veterinary Clinic answer listener questions submitted via The Woof Meow Show FaceBook page (https://www.facebook.com/WoofMeowShow/). Questions answered are: 1) My apricot colored peek-a-poo's skin darkens in the summer and she sheds this color I the fall. It makes her look dingy. Is there a reason this happens and is there a special shampoo to use?, 2) What can be done to address the rust color of a dogs face and feet? 3) What is the recommended protein and calcium/phosphorus levels in the food for a Great Dane puppy?, 4) What is the definition of a large breed puppy?, 5) How do I know which food is the best food for my pet? and 6) Are vegetarian diets appropriate for pets? This is an abbreviated show due to the live broadcast of the Boston Red Sox game. Go Soxs! First Air Date 9APR16

Listener Questions No.-21 In this week’s show Don and Kate address questions listeners have submitted through our question contest on The Woof Meow Show FaceBook page. Questions we cover include; 1) What is the best type of bowl to use for feeding a puppy, are the bowls that sit high better for some breeds, 2) A friend adopted a dog that has separation anxiety and it’s not getting better, what should he do?, 3) What is a good grooming tool for a Yorkie?, 4) My GSD puppy chases my cats and they’re not happy about it. How should I handle this?, 5) How can I reduce the shedding from my pets?, 6) What suggestions would you have for an aging lab mix with obvious hip/leg discomfort?, 7) I have a 3 year old Lab/Pyrenees mix who is not fond of the bathtub. Do you have any suggestions for winter weather "freshening up" that won’t leave me in a puddle on the bathroom floor and him wet and stinky racing through the house?, 8) We have two rescue dogs. They have grown to love us, though the one is still very leery of sudden moves. Is there a remedy for that besides love?, 9) Is it OK to feed " people food" to your dog?, 10) Is it necessary for animals to have rabies shots if they are strictly an inside animal?, 11) How do I get my cat to stop scratching the door jams in my house?, 12) What is the one item you wish every dog owner knew about and should have? and 13) How can I work with my 3 year old PomChi to help him relax and be less of a bully towards other dogs we meet? First Air Date 19MAR16

Listener Questions No. 20 In this week’s show Kate and Don address ten questions they have received from clients listeners.  The questions include; 1.)       Is playing with a cat important, and what is the best way to play with a cat? 2.) I have a dog and will be moving into a new apartment with a friend who will be bringing their cat. What can we do to get both pets prepared for this change? 3.) During the winter I don't always get my dog out as much as I should and he gets kind of crazy. What can I do to stop this behavior? 4.) My dog has chronic diarrhea and my veterinarian cannot find anything wrong. What should I do? 5.)            Should dogs wear a coat when outside in the winter? How about booties? 6.) Do those dog whistles really work and do they make a dog come back? 7.) Should I use puppy pee pads? 8.) Is canned food good for a cat? 9.) I hear so many different opinions on playing tug with a dog. Is it good or bad? and 10.) Is canned food good for a dog? First Air Date 5MAR16

Listener Questions #19 - Don and Kate address questions from listeners; Am I too old to get a dog?, Kissing booths for dogs - bad idea?, What do you think of XYZ brand of dog food?, What do you feed your pets?, and Why is it important to use an accurate measuring cup when feeding my pet? First Air Date: 10OCT15

Listener Questions #18 - Kate and Don answer questions from our listeners that they’ve received in the store, on the phone, via email or on the Woof Meow Show FaceBook page. This week’s questions include; How old should a puppy be at its first grooming? Can a dog get too much exercise?, My boyfriend and I are going to move in together. I have two dogs and he has one but we’re worried about them getting along. What should we be doing ahead of time? How important is water for our pets? Do we need to be concerned about radon, arsenic, bacteria and other things in the water? We have an older cat and just adopted a kitten and they’re not getting along. What should we do? and Our neighbors think our dog is aggressive. Can you evaluate our dog and certify that he is not aggressive?

Listener Questions #17 - Kate and Don answer questions from our listeners that they’ve received in the store, on the phone, via email or on the Woof Meow Show FaceBook page. This week’s questions include; What do I need to do before I get my new kitten?, My dog screams when I leave him alone and gets destructive chewing on things. What can I do to stop the chewing?, I’ve just adopted an 8 m/o old dog and my son is nervous around the dog and that seems to make the dog anxious. What should I be doing?, Our dog will grab things that he is not supposed to have (socks, paper towel with bacon grease, chicken bones, etc.). He then growls and snaps at us when we try to get it back. What should we do? and My dog eats her feces. What can I do to stop her? First Air Date: 8AUG15

Listener Questions #16 – Don and Kate answer questions clients have asked in person, online or over the phone. Our first question deals with the current lawsuits going on in the pet food world. Additionally we address: What are some of the responsibilities that people overlook when they decide to get a dog? We’re getting a puppy this summer but come fall the kids and I will be back in school. We’ve heard it’s important for us to prepare him for being alone. How do we do that? My cat is overweight and not very active. How can I change that? and Should I be taking my puppy to the dog park for socialization? First Air Date: 30MAY15

Listener Questions #15 - Don and Kate answer questions that have been sent to us via email or on the Woof Meow FaceBook page. Questions include; Dealing with dogs with cabin fever, dogs that eat their feces, getting the dog to jump into the car, what to do when your dog is suddenly not eating their food. A puppy urinating when the husband comes home and picks her up, when to get a new puppy or kitten when you already have a senior pet. First Air Date: 7MAR15

Listener Questions #14 - Kate and Don answer questions from clients and listeners - (What brand of pet food is the best, Yeast infections in ears, Where can I get this breed, Why do some breeds go crazy if they don't get daily exercise, & Why do some dogs like to redecorate the house) First Air Date: 28JUN14

Listener Questions #13 - Don and Kate answer listener questions about; acclimating two older cats to a new puppy in their home, a 6 month old dog reactive dog and socialization and training classes, dealing with a cat that scratches molding , what is kennel cough, and getting your cat to like their carrier. Handouts on some of these topics can be found at: (http://www.greenacreskennel.com/cat-behavior-and-training/inappropriate-scratching), (http://www.greenacreskennel.com/pet-health/what-is-canine-cough.html) and (http://www.greenacreskennel.com/cat-behavior-and-training/getting-your-cat-to-like-their-carrier.html). 

Listener Questions #12 -with Dr. Dave Cloutier - Don and Dr. Dave Cloutier from the Veazie Veterinary Clinic answer common questions from clients. They address the importance of puppy socialization and vaccinations, while emphasizing the importance of NOT sequestering your puppy until it has had all of its shots and is older than 16 weeks of age. Additionally they answer questions about our pet's interactions with wildlife; specifically skunks, porcupines and raccoons. If you want to know how to get rid of skunk smell, this is the show for you. First Air Date: 25MAY13

Listener Questions #11 w/Dr. Mark Hanks - Don and Kate sit down with Dr. Mark Hanks to answer some of the typical questions we get from clients. This week's questions cover; the nutritional benefits of omega 3 and omega 6 Fatty Acids, joint pain, ear infections in dogs, ear mites in cats, and poison ivy and pets. First Air Date: 8SEP12

Listener Questions #10 w/Dr. Mark Hanks - Don and Kate sit down with Dr. Mark Hanks to answer some of the typical questions we get from clients. This week's questions cover; causes and treatment of diarrhea and vomiting in cats and dogs, the benefits of probiotics, intestinal blockages, and bloat. First Air Date: 4AUG12

Listener Questions #9 w/Dr. Mark Hanks - Don and Kate sit down with Dr. Mark Hanks to answer some of the typical questions we get from clients. This week's questions cover; canine cough, canine influenza, lungworm, upper respiratory disease in cats, inappropriate eating by dogs, and hair loss in cats. First Air Date: 28JUL12

Listener Questions #8 w/Dr. Mark Hanks - Don and Kate sit down with Dr. Mark Hanks to answer some of the typical questions we get from clients. This week's questions cover; heartworm preventative medicine, anal glands, seasonal allergies in pets, and limb loss in pets. First Air Date: 21JUL12

Listener Questions #6 - Don and Kate Address the following listener questions - 1. Will my long-haired dog be more comfortable if I shave them down in the summer?, 2. What can I do for a dog that gets car sick, 3. One of my family members is allergic to dogs, are any breeds hypoallergenic?, 4. When adopting a dog, what should I look for in an animal rescue or shelter? 5. What's with all of the "grain-free" pet foods? First Air Date: 20AUG11

Listener Questions - Show #4 - Don and Kate answer the following listener questions; 1.  I’m getting a puppy and want it to be a therapy dog that can go to nursing homes and hospitals. When should I start training and what does the puppy need to learn?, 2. My son and daughter-in-law have two dogs and are thinking about getting a third. How many dogs are too many?, 3.  I have two dogs that have started fighting. I have been told to muzzle them and let them work it out. Is that good advice?, 4.      We want to get the kids a puppy for Christmas. What’s the best place to get Listener Questions #3 Listener Questions #3 a puppy this time of year? First Air Date: 7NOV09

Listener Questions #3 - Don and Kate answer the following listener questions; 1. Does tomato juice remove skunk order from a dog?, 2. It's been a year since the pet food recall was all over the news? Do I still need to worry about pet food?, 3. What are the most popular breeds of dogs? and 4.       How old should my kids be before I get them a puppy or kitten? First Air Date: 7NOV09

Listener Questions - Show #2 - Don and Kate Address several questions from listeners - 1. My trainer says that Flexi leashes are bad. Is that true?, 2.          Does second-hand smoke effect pets?, 3. Do I still need to worry about fleas if my cat never goes outside?, 4. I've seen the ABKA Blue Ribbon in your ads and on your web site that says you are an ABKA accredited boarding kennel. What does that mean?, 5. How often should be dog and cat be groomed? First Air Date: 13APR08

Listener Questions Show #1 - Don and Kate Address several questions from listeners - 1. Can assertive breeds be trained with clickers and reward based training? 2. I have two cats and am thinking about getting a dog. What kind of dog would be best and how should I introduce the dog and cats?, 3. Is it true that a puppy must have all of its shots before it can go to a puppy class?, 4. Is it better to get an adult cat or a kitten?, 5. If I get a kitten is it better to get one kitten or two kittens?, 6. If I get a puppy is it better to get one puppy or two puppies? 7.  Is it true a dog should have at least one litter of puppies before it is spayed? – First Air Date: 30MAR08

Nutrition

Nutrition: Pet Food Myths and the Basics

What do you feed your pets? Because they work in a pet store, people often ask Kate and Don; “What do you feed your pets?” In this show, they discuss what they look for in pet foods, what they avoid in pet foods and what they feed their own cats and their dogs. Their answers may surprise you, so tune in and find out what two people who love to talk about nutrition feed their furry family members. First Air Date: 4JUN16

Pet Nutrition with Dr. Richard Patton  – If you want to learn how you can improve your pet's health and extend their life just by changing what and how you feed them, you do not want to miss this show. Kate and Don interview animal nutritionist Dr. Richard Patton, author of Ruined by Excess, Perfected by Lack, the Paradox of Pet Nutrition and discuss the best way to feed our pets for optimal health. Don first heard Dr. Patton speak in the fall of 2015 and was not only impressed by Dr. Patton’s passion and breadth of knowledge on pet nutrition, a subject we are passionate about as well, but was equally impressed by Dr. Patton’s ability to take technical concepts about nutrition and explain them from a common sense perspective. We start our discussion from these three points; 1) nutrition is never a crisis, but poor nutrition often impacts health and then can cause a medical crisis, 2) we need to accept that we can either have optimal nutrition or convenience and economy, but not both, and 3) we should never be afraid to feed less. From there we move to what Dr. Patton calls the 900lb gorilla in the room; the presence of excess soluble carbohydrates in pet food. As Dr. Patton states “The majority of our nutrition problems can be traced back to the feeding of excess soluble carbohydrates. So until we fix that, it’s kind of esoteric to get into an involved discussion about whether salmon is better than trout or kangaroo is better than alligator. My mantra is to reduce the caloric intake, particularly from soluble carbohydrates and starch and sugar.” First Air Date 2APR16

Pet Obesity with Dr. Chris Barry – Kindred Spirits Veterinary Clinic - Kate and Don discuss the growing problem of pet obesity in the United States with Dr. Chris Barry from Kindred Spirits Veterinary Clinic. We discuss why obesity is such a serious problem for our pets, and what we can do to manage their weight so that they live longer and healthier lives. First Air Date 23JUL16

Pet Food Myths - part 1 - In part one of this two part series, Don and Kate discuss several myths and conceptions pet guardians have about pet food. The fact is that not all pet foods are the same and the quality varies greatly. Kate and Don reveal these myths and guide the listeners on how to evaluate their pet’s food so that they can provide their pet with optimal nutrition that fits their budget. First Air Date: 6JUN11

Pet Food Myths - part 2 - In part two of this two part series, Don and Kate discuss several myths and conceptions pet guardians have about pet food. The fact is that not all pet foods are the same and the quality varies greatly. Kate and Don reveal these myths and guide the listeners on how to evaluate their pet’s food so that they can provide their pet with optimal nutrition that fits their budget. First Air Date: 13JUN11

Unlocking the Canine Ancestral Diet with Steve Brown - part 1 - If you are concerned about what you feed your dog or just want to learn more about canine nutrition, you want to listen to this show. In part one of a three part series, Don and Kate interview Steve Brown, the founder of the Charlee Bear dog breed, creator of Charlee Bear treats, the founder of Steve's Real Food for Pets, and the author of See Spot Live Longer and Unlocking the Canine Ancestral Diet. We discuss raw diets, problems with dry kibble, and how you can best improve your dog’s health by optimizing their nutrition. First Air Date: 11JUL10

Unlocking the Canine Ancestral Diet with Steve Brown - part 2 - In part two of a three part series, Don and Kate interview Steve Brown, the founder of the Charlee Bear dog breed, creator of Charlee Bear treats, the founder of Steve's Real Food for Pets, and the author of See Spot Live Longer and Unlocking the Canine Ancestral Diet. We discuss raw diets, problems with dry kibble, and how you can best improve your dog’s health by optimizing their nutrition. First Air Date: 18JUL10

Unlocking the Canine Ancestral Diet with Steve Brown - part 3 - In part three of a three part series, Don and Kate interview Steve Brown, the founder of the Charlee Bear dog breed, creator of Charlee Bear treats, the founder of Steve's Real Food for Pets, and the author of See Spot Live Longer and Unlocking the Canine Ancestral Diet. We discuss raw diets, problems with dry kibble, and how you can best improve your dog’s health by optimizing their nutrition. First Air Date: 31JUL10

Nutrition: Raw Natural Diets

The following podcasts all address feeding your pet a natural diet based around raw food, primarily protein and fat.

Holistic and Complementary Wellness for Pets - Nutrition and Raw Food for Pets with Bette Schubert from Bravo Pet Foods - This is the second in a series of shows on Holistic and Complementary Wellness for Pets. In this show Kate and Don talk with Bette Schubert from Bravo Pet Foods. Bette tells how having her dog die after being fed a high-quality dog kibble contaminated with aflatoxin led her to teach herself about feeding a raw diet and starting Bravo Pet Foods. She discusses both the benefits and obstacles of feeding pets a raw diet and shares her experiences with pets that have benefited greatly from feeding a raw diet. Kate and Don also share their experiences feeding their pets a raw diet. First Air Date: 1OCT16

What do you feed your pets? – Because they work in a pet store, people often ask Kate and Don; “What do you feed your pets?” In this show, they discuss what they look for in pet foods, what they avoid in pet foods and what they feed their own cats and their dogs. Their answers may surprise you, so tune in and find out what two people who love to talk about nutrition feed their furry family members. First Air Date: 4JUN16

Raw Diets and the Carnivore Meat Company-Vital Essentials-Dee Ferranti and Jodi Langellotti – Kate discusses raw pet food diets; frozen and freeze-dried, with Dee Ferranti of the Carnivore Meat Company, maker of Vital Essentials Pet Food, and Jodi Langellotti, from pet food distributor, Pet Food Experts. First Air Date 16APR16

If your pet has health issues that may be related to nutrition (food allergies, digestive difficulties, obesity, chronically underweight, diabetes, kidney disease) or if you just want to learn more about pet nutrition and how you can do the best for your pets nutrition and your wallet, you will not want to miss this show.

Key discussion points include: the benefits and objections to feeding pets a raw diet, food safety issues and why feeding a commercial raw diet for your pet may be safer than feeding yourself or your pet from what you buy from the meat department at the supermarket, the economics of feeding raw and how combining raw food with kibble can benefit your budget and your pets health, why raw food is a healthier and more nutritious choice, the differences between frozen raw and freeze-dried raw diets, how to transition a pet to a raw diet, the history of the Carnivore Meat Company, how Vital Essentials sources its ingredients to ensure quality, and the numerous products in the Vital Essentials line.

Unlocking the Canine Ancestral Diet with Steve Brown - part 1 - If you are concerned about what you feed your dog or just want to learn more about canine nutrition, you want to listen to this show. In part one of a three part series, Don and Kate interview Steve Brown, the founder of the Charlee Bear dog breed, creator of Charlee Bear treats, the founder of Steve's Real Food for Pets, and the author of See Spot Live Longer and Unlocking the Canine Ancestral Diet. We discuss raw diets, problems with dry kibble, and how you can best improve your dog’s health by optimizing their nutrition. First Air Date: 11JUL10

Unlocking the Canine Ancestral Diet with Steve Brown - part 2 - In part two of a three part series, Don and Kate interview Steve Brown, the founder of the Charlee Bear dog breed, creator of Charlee Bear treats, the founder of Steve's Real Food for Pets, and the author of See Spot Live Longer and Unlocking the Canine Ancestral Diet. We discuss raw diets, problems with dry kibble, and how you can best improve your dog’s health by optimizing their nutrition. First Air Date: 18JUL10

Unlocking the Canine Ancestral Diet with Steve Brown - part 3 - In part three of a three part series, Don and Kate interview Steve Brown, the founder of the Charlee Bear dog breed, creator of Charlee Bear treats, the founder of Steve's Real Food for Pets, and the author of See Spot Live Longer and Unlocking the Canine Ancestral Diet. We discuss raw diets, problems with dry kibble, and how you can best improve your dog’s health by optimizing their nutrition. First Air Date: 31JUL10

Feeding Your Pet A Raw Diet with Gary Bursell of Steve's Real Food for Pets - Don and Kate talk with Gary Bursell, owner of Steve's Real Food for Pets, about the rationale for feeding pets a raw diet and the status of the raw pet food industry. Don and Kate also share their own experiences feeding raw over the past eleven years. First Air Date: 16MAR13

Feeding Your Pet A Raw Diet with Nicole Lindsley of Steve's Real Food for Pets - Don and Kate talk with Nicole Lindsley of Steve's Real Food for Pets about the Steve's product line, formulas specific to dogs and cats, how much it costs to feed Steve's, the benefits of feeding a raw diet, and how Steve's product differs from a home-prepared raw diet and some of the other commercial raw diets. First Air Date: 23MAR13

The Rationale for Feeding Pets Raw Foods with Bette Schubert from Bravo - Kate and Don interview Bette Schubert the founder of Bravo! About how and why she got into the raw pet food industry. We'll talk about the rationale for feeding our pets a diet of raw food and recent changes in regulations affecting the pet food industry. First Air Date: 3AUG13

Bravo's Raw Pets Food, Treats, Chewables and Bones with Bette Shubert - Kate and Don interview Bette Schubert the founder of Bravo! We discuss Bravo's line of frozen raw pet foods, treats bones and chewables. Tune in and learn how you can get your dog or cat started on a more nutritious diet. First Air Date: 10AUG13

Nutrition: Pet Food Manufacturer Interviews

Bravo!

Holistic and Complementary Wellness for Pets - Nutrition and Raw Food for Pets with Bette Schubert from Bravo Pet Foods - This is the second in a series of shows on Holistic and Complementary Wellness for Pets. In this show Kate and Don talk with Bette Schubert from Bravo Pet Foods. Bette tells how having her dog die after being fed a high-quality dog kibble contaminated with aflatoxin led her to teach herself about feeding a raw diet and starting Bravo Pet Foods. She discusses both the benefits and obstacles of feeding pets a raw diet and shares her experiences with pets that have benefited greatly from feeding a raw diet. Kate and Don also share their experiences feeding their pets a raw diet. First Air Date: 1OCT16

The Rationale for Feeding Pets Raw Foods with Bette Schubert from Bravo - Kate and Don interview Bette Schubert the founder of Bravo! About how and why she got into the raw pet food industry. We'll talk about the rationale for feeding our pets a diet of raw food and recent changes in regulations affecting the pet food industry. First Air Date: 3AUG13

Bravo's Raw Pets Food, Treats, Chewables and Bones with Bette Shubert - Kate and Don interview Bette Schubert the founder of Bravo! We discuss Bravo's line of frozen raw pet foods, treats bones and chewables. Tune in and learn how you can get your dog or cat started on a more nutritious diet. First Air Date: 10AUG13

California Natural

Pet Food Allergies and Intolerance and California Natural Pet Food with Dr. Nathaniel Cook of Natura - Kate and Don interview Dr. Nathaniel Cook a Technical Services Veterinarian at Natura. We talk about the difference between a pet with food allergy or food intolerance, and how California Natural Pet Foods address these issues. If you have a pet with food issues, you'll learn a great deal from this show. First Air Date: 5MAY12

Rotating Your Pets Food and California Natural Grain-Free Diets with Dr. Nathaniel Cook of Natura - If you have spent any time at Green Acres talking with us about pet nutrition, you know that we have been advocating dietary rotation for pets for several years. This week Don and Kate will be talking to Dr. Nathaniel Cook, a Technical Services Veterinarian at Natura, about dietary rotation and how California Naturals five grain-free diets have been optimized for dietary rotation. First Air Date: 12MAY12

Eagle Pack & Holistic Select

Eagle Holistic Select Pet Foods with Dr. Al Townshend - Don and Kate discuss the Eagle Holistic Select line of pet foods with Dr. Al Townshend the staff veterinarian at WellPet, the manufacturers of Eagle Pack, Holistic Select and Wellness pet foods. First Air Date: 8OCT11

Holistic Select & Wellness Pet Foods with Dr. Al Townshend - Don and Kate discuss the Holistic Select and Wellness lines of pet foods with Dr. Al Townshend the staff veterinarian at WellPet, the manufacturers of Eagle Pack, Holistic Select and Wellness pet foods. First Air Date: 15OCT11

NutriSource, PureVita and Natural Planet Organics Pet Food

NutriSource Pet Foods - Interview w/Chuck Orvik - Don and Kate interview Chuck Orvik, product specialist from NutriSource, discussing the NutriSource line of dog and cat foods. First Air Date: 2AUG09

Pure Vita & Natural Planet Organics Pet Food - Interview w/Chuck Orvik - Don and Kate interview Chuck Orvik product specialist from NutriSource, discussing the Pure Vita and Natural Planet Organics line of dog and cat foods. First Air Date: 9AUG09

Steve’s Real Food

Feeding Your Pet A Raw Diet with Gary Bursell of Steve's Real Food for Pets - Don and Kate talk with Gary Bursell, owner of Steve's Real Food for Pets, about the rationale for feeding pets a raw diet and the status of the raw pet food industry. Don and Kate also share their own experiences feeding raw over the past eleven years. First Air Date: 16MAR13

Feeding Your Pet A Raw Diet with Nicole Lindsley of Steve's Real Food for Pets - Don and Kate talk with Nicole Lindsley of Steve's Real Food for Pets about the Steve's product line, formulas specific to dogs and cats, how much it costs to feed Steve's, the benefits of feeding a raw diet, and how Steve's product differs from a home-prepared raw diet and some of the other commercial raw diets. First Air Date: 23MAR13

Vital Esentials

Raw Diets and the Carnivore Meat Company-Vital Essentials-Dee Ferranti and Jodi Langellotti – Kate discusses raw pet food diets; frozen and freeze-dried, with Dee Ferranti of the Carnivore Meat Company, maker of Vital Essentials Pet Food, and Jodi Langellotti, from pet food distributor, Pet Food Experts. First Air Date 16APR16

Wellness

Holistic Select & Wellness Pet Foods with Dr. Al Townshend - Don and Kate discuss the Holistic Select and Wellness lines of pet foods with Dr. Al Townshend the staff veterinarian at WellPet, the manufacturers of Eagle Pack, Holistic Select and Wellness pet foods. First Air Date: 15OCT11

Weruva Pet Foods

Weruva Pet Food with Chris Langellotti-Part 2 - Don and Kate continue their discussion about Weruva Pet Food with Chris Langellotti. This week we talk about Weruva's benefits for cats that may have health issues such as urinary tract problems, diabetes, and even food allergies. We talk about the digestive system of the cat and the fact that they are carnivores and as such depend on protein and fat in their diet, meat, versus carbohydrates which are a predominant ingredient in many pet foods. Chris also talks about product labeling, especially as it relates to the amount of fat in a can of food. Typically a gram of protein has 4 calories whereas a gram of fat has 9, over twice the number of calories. When you look at the label of a can of cat food and you see 10% protein and 5% fat you logically think it has twice as much protein, but from a caloric perspective you are actually getting 45 calories from fat versus 40 calories from protein. That's too much fat. Which is why Weruva hand fillets the cuts of meat before they go into the can, removing bones, skin and excess fat, which means our pets get only the fat they need and nothing more. A can of Weruva typically has 10% protein and only 1.4% fat. This makes Weruva a good choice for obese pets. We also discussed how pet food cans labeled 95% meat can be misleading. It's not the same as when we buy ground beef for ourselves and it's labeled. 95% lean. A can of pet food labeled 95% meat can be as much as 6% protein and 11% fat which means that 75% of the calories are coming from fat! Another advantage of Weruva is that they keep the moisture levels in their food equivalent to living flesh. This is important because cats depend on getting the water they need from the food they eat. First Air Date: 11OCT14

Weruva Pet Food with Chris Langellotti-Part 1 - Kate and Don explore the world of Weruva Pet Food with Chris Langellotti, starting with a discussion about how and why the company was founded and why quality is so important to Weruva's founders. Chris explains why Weruva's food is sourced in Thailand (NOT CHINA!) and why it's adherence to the highest standard for food for human consumption, the BRC, makes it exceptional. Benefits of compliance with the BRC standard mean chicken used by Weruva is raised cage-free, and is free of growth hormones, antibiotics and steroids. The fish used is wild-caught and immediately brine frozen. The same factory where Weruva is made also makes human food on a regular basis. The chicken used by Weruva is the same chicken used by Subway. We will discuss how Weruva's commitment to hand filleting means more and higher quality meat goes into each can. Other foods which are mechanically processed typically include a much higher proportion of skin and bone, as opposed to clean muscle meat. We also review the wide variety of protein sources available in Weruva foods and how the BRC quality standard requires that suppliers also be compliant with the standard. First Air Date: 4OCT14

Interview with David Forman of Weruva Pet Food - Don and Kate interview David Forman, the founder of Weruva pet foods about this amazing new canned pet food. First Air Date: 1NOV09

Pet Care Provider Profiles

The Woof Meow Show: Introducing The Woof Meow Show with Kate Dutra and Don Hanson - In the show's premiere on The Pulse AM620, Kate and Don introduce themselves and discuss the pets that have been part of their lives, how they ended up in the pet care services industry, and how their philosophy of pet care has changed in the past twenty plus years. Both also share some stories about their pets and client pets they have known. They wrap up the show by discussing the history of The Woof Meow Show, some of the topics they have covered in the past eleven years and reveal what listeners have to look forward to in 2016. First Air Date: 06FEB16

Dog Behavior with Green Acres' Don Hanson and Kate Dutra – Special guest host Dr. Mark Hanks from the Kindred Spirits Veterinary Clinic.  interviews Don and Kate about their experiences as professional animal behavior counselors and dog trainers. Some of the questions Mark asks are: 1) How did you get into helping people with animal behavior problems? and  2) What does the current science say about dominance and alpha dogs? First Air Date: 10JAN15

Personality Profile - Kate Dutra & Don Hanson - part 1 and Personality Profile - Kate Dutra & Don Hanson - part 2 - In this two part series, Don and Kate interview each other, discussing their first pets, how they got into the pet care business, and their philosophy towards pets and pet care. First Air Date: 6JUL08 and 13JUL08

Meet the Groomer - Peggy Sockalexis - Kate and Don interview the newest member of the Green Acres Kennel Shop team; Groomer Peggy Sockalexis. In this show you will learn how this 23 plus year veteran of the pet care services industry started her career in grooming before she was out of high school. You will have an opportunity to hear about Peggy's long history of affection for animals and her approach to grooming your pets at Green Acres. First Air Date: 02JAN16

Interview with Teoti Anderson – Dog Trainer, Speaker and Author of The Dog Behavior Problem Solver: Step-by-Step Positive Training Techniques to Correct More Than 20 Problem Behaviors - Kate and Don interview Teoti Anderson from A Dog's Best Friend in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Teoti is a dog trainer, an internationally recognized speaker and author of seven books on dog training, including her latest; The Dog Behavior Problem Solver: Step-by-Step Positive Training Techniques to Correct More Than 20 Problem Behaviors. Teoti shares how she got interested in dog training and started her career as a pet care professional. We discuss her book, asking her to address the top three problem behaviors she sees with her clients. We round out our interview with Teoti asking how she would advise a first-time puppy parent and a student interested in a career as a pet care professional. FIRST AIR DATE 9JUL16

Pet Professional Profile – Dr. Chris Barry from Kindred Spirits Veterinary Clinic - Kate and Don interview Dr. Chris Barry from Kindred Spirits Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Barry tells us how he became interested in veterinary medicine, about his early life with animals, and his experience in veterinary school. We ask him how he came to Maine, what aspects of veterinary medicine are especially interesting to him, and what he would tell others considering a career in veterinary medicine. FIRST AIR DATE: 25JUN16

Pet Professional Profile – Debra Bell from Bell’s Furry Friends Photography – Kate and Don Interview Debra Bell from Bell’s Furry Friends Photography, discussing how Deb came to specialize in the photography of people and their pets. Deb describes her unique approach to capturing your pet’s essence for posterity. First Air Date 21MAY16

Meet the Veterinarian with Dr. Chris Miles from Lucerne Veterinary Hospital - Kate and Don interview Dr. Chris Miles of the Lucerne Veterinary Hospital. Dr. Miles shares how she got interested in animals and becoming a veterinarian, her experiences in college and the different practices she's been part of, and some of her favorite cases. First Air Date: 7JUN14

Bell's Furry Friends Photography -with Debra Bell - Kate and Don interview Debra Bell of Bell Imaging and Design asking what drives her to photograph pets and why she has chosen that as one of her specialties. We'll talk about Deb's unique, relationship approach to pet photography, how to prepare yourself and your pet for a photography session and the launch of Deb's new business; Bell's Furry Friends. First Air Date: 1JUN13

Meet Dr. Mike McCaw from Veazie Veterinary Clinic - Kate and I chat with Dr. Michael McCaw of the Veazie Veterinary Clinic discussing how and why he became a veterinarian. First Air Date: 23FEB13

Interview with Jenny Dwyer of Mutt Nose Best - Don and Kate talk with Jenny Dwyer of Mutt Nose Best, a Bangor based business that manufactures and distributes a line of natural pet products including; shampoos, conditioners, balms, scented sprays and their top seller - U Tick Me Off bug spray. We discuss how Jenny decided to get into the pet business and what makes the Mutt Nose Best products and business philosophy different. First Air Date: 25AUG12

Why We Choose Reward Based Training with Diana Logan, CPDT of Pet Connection in North Yarmouth - Diana Logan of Pet Connection in North Yarmouth join Kate and Don as the three Certified Professional Dog Trainers discuss why they have chosen reward-based training. First Air Date: 3DEC11

Pet Professional Profile with Dr. David Cloutier from the Veazie Veterinary Clinic - Don interviews Dr. David Cloutier of the Veazie Veterinary Clinic about his start in veterinary medicine and his philosophy of practice. First Air Date: 30AUG091

Personality Profile: Dr. Julie Keene - Veazie Veterinary Clinic - Don interviews Dr. Julie Keene of the Veazie Veterinary Clinic in Veazie, ME and discusses how Dr. Keene became interested in veterinary medicine and her philosophy of practice. First Air Date: 31AUG08

Personality Profile - Interview with Dr. Mark Hanks - Don interviews Dr. Mark Hanks of Kindred Spirits Veterinary Clinic in Orrington, ME discussing how he decided to become a veterinarian and his philosophy on pet health care. First Air Date: 18MAY08

Product Highlights

Holiday Gift Ideas for Pets and Their People - Whether you are looking for gift ideas for your pets or pets belonging to relatives, friends, or co-workers, you will want to listen to this show. Kate and Don discuss gift ideas for pets, covering everything from stocking stuffers, to perennial favorites like the hedgehog as well as many other gifts that will brighten any pet's day. Firs Air Date: 5DEC15

Holiday Gift Ideas for Pets and Their People - Kate and Don discuss a wide range of toys, leashes, collars, treats, gift certificates, and other items that just might be the perfect gift you are seeking for your favorite pet or friend or family member with a pet. First Air Date: 25NOV14

Holiday Gift Ideas for Pets and Their people - Kate and Don discuss a wide range of toys, leashes, collars, treats, gift certificates, and other items that just might be the perfect gift you are seeking for your favorite pet or friend or family member with a pet. First Air Date: 23NOV13

Summer Product Overview - Don and Kate discuss several products that can make summer even more fun for you and your pet.   Products discussed include; the Jolly Ball, portable and collapsible water dishes, freeze dried food and snacks for hiking, the Kong, Bully Sticks, Kitty Grass, Frisbees and flying discs, the Furminator, the Thundershirt, cat harnesses, the Window Bumper, Mutt Nose Best U Tick Me Off spray, the Kong Wet Wubba and the Kong Aqua, My Little Wolf and My Little Lion treats, NutriSea Joint Support Biscuits, treat bags, Bach Rescue Remedy and no-pull, front-connect walking harnesses. First Air Date: 15JUN13

Selecting a Pet Care Provider

Pet Care Options When You Go Away:  Pet Sitter, Neighbor, Boarding Facility - Don and Kate discuss various pet care options for owners when they need to go away and the pets can't go along. They discuss the advantages and disadvantages of a: pet sitter, family/friends/neighbor and a professional boarding facility. First Air Date: 5SEP15

Yes! A Trend Towards Kinder and Gentler Professional Pet Care - Green Acres Kennel Shop's "Pet Friendly" Philosophy - Don and Kate discuss Green Acres' approach to pet care, one that focuses on ensuring that the pets in our care are comfortable and relaxed during their stay with with us, whether they are here for boarding, daycare, grooming, or training. We discuss the terms "pet friendly," "force-free," and "fear-free" and how they are being used in the pet care services industry. Lastly we suggest some questions you should ask when leaving your pet in the care of anyone else. Don has written a companion article which will appear in the May DownEast Dog News. You can read that article here: http://www.greenacreskennel.com/selecting-a-pet-care-provider/yes-a-trend-towards-kinder-and-gentler-professional-pet-care-%E2%80%93-green-acres-kennel-shops-pet-friendly-philosophy.html First Air Date: 11APR15

Yes! A Trend Towards Kinder and Gentler Professional Pet Care – The Pet Professional Guild and Force-Free Pet Care with Niki Tudge - Don and Kate discuss pet-friendly and force-free pet care with Niki Tudge, the founder of the Pet Professional Guild, an international association of pet care professionals committed to the force-free training and care of pets. They discuss what pet owners should look for when selecting a facility or individual to take care of or train their pet as well pointing out what to look out for when selecting a pet care professional. They also talk about the benefits of pet owners joining PPG which they can do for free. Don has written a companion article which will appear in the May DownEast Dog News. You can read that article here - http://www.greenacreskennel.com/selecting-a-pet-care-provider/yes-a-trend-towards-kinder-and-gentler-professional-pet-care-%E2%80%93-part-2.html First Air Date: 2MAY15

Yes! A Trend Towards Kinder and Gentler Professional Pet Care - Fear-Free Veterinary Visits with Dr. Dave Cloutier from Veazie Veterinary Clinic - This is the third and last show in a series on pet-friendly, force-free and fear-free pet care. This week Kate and I talk with Dr. Dave Cloutier from the Veazie Veterinary Clinic about fear-free veterinary visits, a new initiative among the veterinary community. This is a topic that Dr. Cloutier is very passionate about and he explains what he and his staff are doing at Veazie Vet to decrease fear for their clients. Don has written a companion article which will appear in the May DownEast Dog News. You can read that article here: http://www.greenacreskennel.com/selecting-a-pet-care-provider/yes-a-trend-towards-kinder-and-gentler-pet-care-a-veterinary-perspective-with-dr-dave-cloutier-%E2%80%93-part-3.html First Air Date: 27JUN15

Service, Assistance and Therapy Dogs

What Is The Difference Between A Therapy Dog and A Service Dog. Kate and Don discuss the differences between a therapy dog and a service/assistance dog. We discuss what each of these types of dogs are used for as well the laws that regulate their use. We will explain owner responsibilities and training and testing requirements. <For an article on this topic, click here First Air Date: 14FEB15

Service & Assistance Dogs w/NEADS/Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans, part 1 and Service & Assistance Dogs w/NEADS/Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans, part 2 – In this two part series Don and Kate talk John Moon from NEADS/Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans about their program for training service and assistance dogs. First Air Date: 4OCT09 and 11OCT09

How Can My Dog Become A Therapy Dog? - Kate and Don discuss how to prepare a dog and their guardian to become a therapy dog/handler team. First Air Date: 16May10

Veterinarians

When The Veterinarian Becomes the Pet Owner – Pierre’s Story with Dr. Mark Hanks - Don talks with Dr. Mark Hanks from Kindred Spirits Veterinary Clinic about Dr. Hank’s recent experience dealing with a serious health crisis with his dog Pierre. This was the first time that Mark had not treated one of his own pets in many years, and he describes how the experience has changed him and his approach to veterinary medicine. First Air Date: 27AUG16

Pet Professional Profile – Dr. Chris Barry from Kindred Spirits Veterinary Clinic - Kate and Don interview Dr. Chris Barry from Kindred Spirits Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Barry tells us how he became interested in veterinary medicine, about his early life with animals, and his experience in veterinary school. We ask him how he came to Maine, what aspects of veterinary medicine are especially interesting to him, and what he would tell others considering a career in veterinary medicine. FIRST AIR DATE: 25JUN16

Meet the Veterinarian with Dr. Chris Miles from Lucerne Veterinary Hospital - Kate and Don interview Dr. Chris Miles of the Lucerne Veterinary Hospital. Dr. Miles shares how she got interested in animals and becoming a veterinarian, her experiences in college and the different practices she's been part of, and some of her favorite cases. First Air Date: 7JUN14

Meet Dr. Mike McCaw from Veazie Veterinary Clinic - Kate and I chat with Dr. Michael McCaw of the Veazie Veterinary Clinic discussing how and why he became a veterinarian. First Air Date: 23FEB13

Pet Professional Profile with Dr. David Cloutier from the Veazie Veterinary Clinic - Don interviews Dr. David Cloutier of the Veazie Veterinary Clinic about his start in veterinary medicine and his philosophy of practice. First Air Date: 30AUG09

Personality Profile: Dr. Julie Keene - Veazie Veterinary Clinic - Don interviews Dr. Julie Keene of the Veazie Veterinary Clinic in Veazie, ME and discusses how Dr. Keene became interested in veterinary medicine and her philosophy of practice. First Air Date: 31AUG08

Personality Profile - Interview with Dr. Mark Hanks - Don interviews Dr. Mark Hanks of Kindred Spirits Veterinary Clinic in Orrington, ME discussing how he decided to become a veterinarian and his philosophy on pet health care. First Air Date: 18MAY08

 

 

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