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Episode 248 - Detection Dogs and are we treating our dogs to early death


Released Sat January 22, 2022
Length: 1:10:01
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Isabelle Groc

Isabelle Groc is a Canadian writer, conservation photographer, filmmaker and author of Conservation Canines: How Dogs Work for the Environment. Conservation Canines highlights the human-animal bond, and discusses how dogs are lending their paws and noses to fix some of the most complex environmental problems on the planet. The book features Isabelle's own photographs of working canines, many of them former shelter dogs, and includes a foreword by actor and author Anjelica Huston.

In this interview Isabelle talks about her admiration for dogs and how deep and special the human-dog relationship is. You can find out more about Isabelle at her website on Instagram and Twitter.

Sean McCormack

We love to spoil our dogs - more than 1 in 5 of us (22%) just can't help but fall for the classic puppy dog eyes, and 16% of us give treats when our canines look cute.
Other reasons for tasty rewards include obeying commands (44%), during walks (43%), training (35%), and before leaving them alone for a period of time (34%). But according to research, over-treating and causing our dogs to gain weight can reduce their lifespan by months - which i can be years in human terms.

Vet Sean McCormack discussed this worrying research, suggesting non-food rewards your dog will love. Sean also tells us how to assess whether our dogs are overweight. You can find more about this and many other resources at the website. To find out more about Sean visit his website.

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