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Body Language

I’m fascinated with dog body language. The first time I became aware of how much I didn’t know about it was when I was interviewing Gwen Bailey. (http://www.dogbehaviour.com/) She was talking about the fact that when dogs turn their head away they can be indicating that they are stressed.

I felt such a fool, and told her about how I had interpreted this behaviour from Buddy as him pretending he couldn’t hear me. It happened many times when we got into the car, and I wanted Buddy to sit in the foot well, while he wanted

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One less in rescue

I’ve met and interviewed Claire Guest several times, and I’m fascinated by the work she does. She trains dog to sniff out cancer, and has also trained a dog to detect low blood sugar level. She is a charming woman, and clearly a talented and patient trainer. I’ve also witnessed her dogs demonstrating their scenting abilities.

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My New Year's Eve

Happily, Princess Beatrice’s dog Norfolk terrier Max, who was lost in Windsor Great Park shortly before Christmas, has turned up safe and sound. She is delighted to have him back, and apart from having picked up an eye infection, Max is none the worse for his adventure. Over New Year we had our own encounter with a lost dog, though not one with such a posh owner.

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Top ten New Year's resolutions for dog owners


It’s New Year again, when we start making resolutions to be thinner, fitter or smoke-free. What about some resolutions that will make the coming year better for your dog too? Here’s the DogCast Radio top ten.

1 - Feed your dog the best quality food you can

You are what you eat – and so is your dog!

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Another dog walk, another poop sign

I saw this one the other day. Once you start noticing them, you see them everywhere! It can liven up dog walking, playing I-spy poo signs, try it.

Anyway, not sure if this one is saying you have to bring a mammoth with you to spear the poo with his tusks. Or maybe that you have to clear up after big dogs? Or maybe just big poos? Suggestions on a postcard – or should that be e-card?

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Walk this way?

We went for a post Christmas walk with the dogs to walk off some of the seasonal eating, drinking and making merry. This sign caught my eye. While it’s all common sense stuff I have a few questions to ask about it.

For one, who holds a filled poop bag up on high like that? When I am carrying one, I do it much more surreptitiously than that. Although I have to admit that if another walker has seen my dog pooing, I make sure they see me bagging it.

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Angel Dog Rescue, and a Prince loses his 'Ed

I mentioned recently that rescue centres in the UK such as Dogs Trust and Battersea Cats and Dogs home are filling up faster than they can rehome dogs. It seems the same problem is occurring in some US shelters.

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Episode 79 of DogCast Radio - the Christmas Show

Episode 79 of DogCast Radio is now available, and it’s our Christmas episode.

Beverley Cuddy, publisher and editor of magazine Dogs Today, talks about a charity that’s close to her heart, Tailwaggers. (www.tailwaggersclubtrust.com ) Despite being small, this charity is often the only means of help to some dog and cat owners. Tailwaggers offers the personal touch, and can consider every case on its individual merits. The story they often discover behind the issue with the dog can be incredibly touching.

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Christmas Star

This is a photo of Star at Carols in the Square tonight. We learned a lesson when we attended the switching on of the Christmas lights in the square earlier this month. The lesson was that in a crowd with a small dog, you spend most of your time making sure the little dog doesn’t get trodden on. Or you give in and pick up the little dog, and then you can’t hold both your coffee and your brandy snap. Or your mulled wine and your roast hog, if you’re that way inclined.

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Survival and other stuff!

This time of year can get stressful for us all, so if you feel your dog needs a Christmas survival guide, then check out this one from Dr Roger Mugford in the Telegraph. I love his suggestion for a dog owner’s New Year resolution. (www.telegraph.co.uk/topics/christmas/3902388/Christmas-survival-guide-Pe...)

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274 - Crufts 2024 and can dog friendly be neurodivergent friendly?

In this episode Julie and Jenny go to Crufts 2024 and Michelle Foulia explores whether dog friendly can be neurodivergent friendly too. Plus the problems the French Bulldog faces, and how our dogs are good for our neurobiology!

189 - The Dog Healers and War Dogs Remembered

In this episode you can hear Mark Winik talk about his debut novel, The Dog Healers, and listen to Julia Robertson explain why she founded the charity War Dogs remembered. Plus there's the DogCast Radio News, and what Mischief the German Spitz puppy has been up to.

188 - Service Dogs UK and Roxie the Doxie Finds Her Forever Home

In this episode you can hear about Service Dogs UK, a fantastic charity which trains assistance dogs to support veterans of any service - military personnel, police, firefighters, paramedics and the coastguard - who develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder due to their job. Also, listen to Dr Jody A Dean, a clinical psychologist talk about how her book, Roxie the Doxie finds her Forever Home, is helping children understand and talk about adoption and other family issues. Plus the DogCast Radio News and some thoughts on the alpha dog myth.

187 - Muffins Halo and Chorley Fun Dog Show

In this episode you can hear about Muffin's Halo for Blind Dogs, and what motivates people to enter their dog in a fun dog show. In the DogCast Radio News, listen to stories about the latest dog related research. Plus there's a new member of the DogCast Radio team!

186 - Maxwell Muir on wolves

In this episode you can hear trainer, behaviourist, writer, broadcaster and wolf expert Maxwell Muir talk about what wolves mean to him personally, their plight in a modern world, and his hopes for their future. Plus we have the DogCast Radio News.