Articles - The Woof Meow Show

"Helping You and Your Pet Become Best Friends for Life"


The “Woof-Meow” show is on every Sunday at 8:30PM on WVOM, 103.9FM, the Voice of Maine. Hosted by Don Hanson and Kate Dutra of Green Acres Kennel Shop, the show focuses on educating dog and cat guardians about their dogs and cats.

AIR DATE: 13JAN08 (Part 1) & 20JAN08 (Part 2)

GUEST: Don Hanson & Kate Dutra

Recommended Books

Great books that will teach you more about your dog!

On these two shows Don and Kate discuss their favorite books and one magazine on the topics of dog and cat behavior, health, and nutrition.

The Power of Positive Dog Training, Pat Miller, Howell Book House, 2001. I have been reading Pat Miller’s articles in the Whole Dog Journal for years and have loved everything she has written. She is a skilled and compassionate dog trainer who really knows how to communicate to dog owners through her writing. This book is a superb “basic dog book” for anyone with a dog, and I highly recommend it. [Green Acres Price - $18.99]

The Culture Clash, Jean Donaldson, James & Kenneth Publishers, 2005. An exciting book by an outstanding dog trainer and one of our favorites. Donaldson makes a powerful case for thinking in terms of behavior modification rather than the older and more anthropomorphic dominance models of dog training. Winner of the Dog Writer Association of America’s “Best Behavior Book” award for 1997. [Green Acres Price - $17.95]

On Talking Terms With Dogs: Calming Signals, Turid Rugaas, Dogwise Publishing, 2006, An excellent book on understanding a dog’s body language. Includes descriptions of how you can use your own body language to better communicate with your dog. [Green Acres Price - $12.95]. We also recommend the companion DVD that goes with this book: Calming Signals: What Your Dog Tells You – Turid Rugaas, Dogwise Publishing, 2005. A companion to the book On Talking Terms with Dogs, this tape/DVD provides excellent visual examples of how dogs use calming signals and how you can use them with your dog. [Green Acres Price - $24.95]

Living with Kids and Dogs…Without Losing You Mind: A Parent’s Guide to Controlling the Chaos, Colleen Pelar, C&R Publishing, 2005, Quite simply this is the best book available on dogs and children. If you have a kid and a dog, have a kid and are thinking of getting a dog, or have a dog and are expecting a child, you need to read this book! [Green Acres Price - $16.95]

Don’t Shoot the Dog - The New Art of Teaching and Training (2nd edition), Karen Pryor, Bantam Books, 1999. A pioneering book using shaping to change behavior in animals - dogs, cats, even humans. [Green Acres Price - $14.95]

The Other End of the Leash – Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs, Patricia B. McConnell, Ph.D, Ballantine Books, 2002, An information-packed, immensely readable book. In it you will learn how to have a better relationship with your dog through better communications. Dr. McConnell clearly explains the manners in which dogs and their people communicate. [Green Acres Price - $14.95]

For the Love of A Dog Understanding Emotion in You and Your Best Friend, Patricia B. McConnell, Ph.D, Ballantine Books, 2005, 2006, A superb review of emotions in both dogs and their people and how they bring us together and can rip us apart. Once again Dr. McConnell helps us to better understand our dogs and in doing so have the best possible relationship with them. [Green Acres Price - $15.95]

Stress in Dogs,Martina Scholz and Clarissa von Reinhardt, Dogwise Publishing, 2007, This book outlines the physiology of stress in dogs, signs of stress, and how to make your dogs life less stressful. It emphasizes that more activity and involvement in dog sports is often not the answer to reducing stress in dogs but can be a major contributing factor. This book is a must read for anyone with an anxious or hyper dog. [Green Acres Price - $14.95]

Dogs: A new Understanding of Canine Origin, Behavior and Evolution, Raymond and Lorna Coppinger, University of Chicago Press, 2001, An evolutionary biologist and dog lover, Coppinger outlines the likely process which resulted in the longstanding canine-human relationship. [Green Acres Price - $16.00]

The Dog Whisperer, Paul Owens with Norma Eckroate, Adams Media Corp., 2007. This book emphasizes a compassionate, nonviolent approach to dog training. It offers great advice on building a relationship with your dog and shows you how to teach your dog all of the basics they need to be a great companion. [Green Acres Price - $14.95]

Training Your Cat, Dr. Kersti Seksel, Hyland House Publishing, 1999. Written by an Australian veterinarian, this book is an excellent primer on cat behavior, care and training. While many people think cats cannot be trained, this book demonstrates exactly how easy training a cat can be. [Green Acres Price - $14.95]

Dr. Pitcairn's Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats,  Richard Pitcairn, DVM and Susan Pitcairn, Rodale, 2005. An excellent introduction to holistic and complementary healthcare for pets. [Green Acres Price - $18.95]

See Spot Live Longer, Steve Brown and Beth Taylor, Creekobear Press, 2004. The first book that finally ties together the common sense holistic nutrition advice with the scientific research to back it up. A must read! [Green Acres Price - $14.95]. This book can be downloaded as a PDF file, at no charge, at:

The First Aid Companion for Dogs & Cats, Amy D. Shojai, Rodale Press, 2001. This is one of those books every pet guardian should have. It provides a quick reference to over 150 everyday accidents and emergencies in an easy to use format. [Green Acres Price - $19.95]

The Whole Dog Journal
A monthly guide to natural dog care and training
PO Box 420235
Palm Coast, FL 32142-0235


Notes from The Woof Meow Show, 13JAN08 & 20JAN08
© Donald J. Hanson, BFRP, CDBC, CPDT



Last Updated January 9, 2008
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