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When Lili Chin's beloved Boston Terrier, Boogie, bit someone, Lili consulted a trainer. Initially, the training advice made Lili uncomfortable, and it wasn't until she found a positive trainer that she started on her journey to understand Boogie. She watched videos of herself training Boogie, and with her new trainer's help, started to notice the subtle clues in his body language which indicated he wasn't happy.
Lili learned as much as she could about dog body language, and now creates educational material for veterinarians and pet-friendly organizations, and runs a pet-portrait business. She has produced a charming and educational book for dog lowers - Doggie Language A Dog Lover’s Guide to Understanding Your Best Friend.
Kate Leaver has her own good dog - Bert, the Shih Tzu she fell in love with at first sight. She then campaigned to adopt Bert, and she tells this emotional rollercoaster of a story in this candid, amusing interview. Spoiler alert - Bert is now happily installed in Kate's home. He's her constant companion, and helps her cope with depression,
Having firsthand experience of how dogs can enrich and enhance our lives, Kate wrote Good Dog to celebrate the dogs who change and save lives. You can find more about Kate at her website and also Instagram and Twitter.
DogCast Radio News
Julie and Jenny bring you all the dog news you need. In this episode they discuss the Springer Spaniel intercepted at a Kent port, who was the 1,500th puppy rescued by Dogs Trust's Puppy Pilot scheme in just over five years. The scheme was set up in December 2015 to rescue illegally imported pups and rehabilitate and rehome them. They also discuss a puppy mill owner who was banned from owning dogs for five years, and the foods which are dangerous for dogs. You probably know that chocolate is bad for dogs, but did you know that Easter goodies such as Hot Cross Buns can seriously damage their health, or that pizza dough can be fatal for them if ingested?
If you spot a dog news story you think people need to know about, get in touch and we'll chare it with everyone else.