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Episode 197 - Canine Compulsive Disorder and VIP pet sitting


Released Sat July 28, 2018
Length: 1:05:16
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Canine Compulsive Disorder

You've almost certainly heard of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, but did you know that there is such a thing as Canine Compulsive Disorder? It's a condition that can cause acute distress to both dog and owner, but it can be tricky to diagnose. In this interview, Toni talks about what CCD is, how other conditions can be ruled out, and how dogs with the condition can be helped.

Toni has a great website with lots of information and resources, and her Help My Dog series of books offers help on specific subjects. You can hear her advice on fireworks phobias in Episode 161  of DogCast Radio. You can hear Toni talk about wolves here, and here and about Tellington Touch here.

Actual proper Canine Compulsive Disorder may only be a very small amount of canine sufferers who actually have what you would truly term as that; others it may be that if we illiminate the route cause, then the behaviour will disappear.
 - Toni Shelbourne

The Pet Sitter's Tale

Many of us dream about working with dogs, which is what Laura Vorreyer is lucky enough to do. But it wasn't what she set out to do! You can hear in this funny interview how Laura fell into dog sitting - and how Paula Poundstone was instrumental in that. But how do the dogs of the rich and famous live? What kind of tasks is Laura asked to do - and are any of those upper class canines "snobby"?

Over the years, Laura has had so many adventures that she decided to share them in a book - The Pet Sitter's Tale. You can find out more about Laura Vorreyer at the Your Dog's Best Friend website.

When you come back next lifetime what do you want to be? I would like to be a very wealthy person's dog in Los Angeles. Put me on that jet, put me on that yacht, I'm fine - South of France, no problem, here I come!
 - Laura Vorreyer

DogCast Radio News

In the news this time, Julie and Jenny bring you the new survey which reveals that our dogsare a bigger part of our lives than ever, the dog who got stuck in a car in a very unusual way, and the dog who was rescued from the woods and adopted all on the same day,you can keep up with his adventures at his Facebook page.

Plus we have a stark warning about those days at the beach, a guide dog who won a bravery award, and how South Korea's first dog is helping get other dogs off the menu.

Buddy's Holiday

Earlier this year, Buddy had a first - not something that happens much when you're a fifteen year old dog! Julie tells the story of how Buddy went on holiday of his own, made a new friend, and what he made of it all. Find out what happened when Buddy went Barking Mad!


275 - Controversial advice from Chloe Cavoodle: stop interactions with unknown dogs

Chloe Cavoodle is an assistance dog who posts all about her life in Sydney - her human, Liana, suggests we stop interactions with all strange dogs. Hear why! Plus hear the first chapter of Julie's book Crufts or Bust about Julie and Buddy's attempts to qualify for Crufts.

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.