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Episode 5 - What is my dog thinking?


Released Sat November 12, 2005
Length: 0:34:39
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Italian Greyhounds

Learn about the elegant, intriguing Italian Greyhound.

They are the smallest sighthound, and we hear from breeder Leona Bortis about these charming dogs, seeking closeness with their family within the home, but energetic enough to enjoy lure coursing.

We hear from an owner who has been lucky enough to take her Italian Greyhound to Crufts several times, and is heading to Crufts 2006 - fingers crossed!

Training tips - Recall

Mim Edwards has given us the benefit of her training advice before, and she rises to the occasion again.

If your dog is easily distracted by other dogs or people, and you have trouble recalling it, Mim has the answer.

It's certainly working with Buddy.

You can see video of students practicing recall and other skills at

What is my dog thinking?

Gwen Bailey is a trainer, behaviourist and author, as well as running Puppy School which provides training classes around the UK.

She discusses her book "What is my dog thinking?", in which she seeks to deepen people's understanding of their dogs.

Find out behavioural insights you didn't know you didn't know about your dog!

You can buy What Is My Dog Thinking: The Essential Guide to Understanding Pet Behavior at Amazon for $7.98


In Puppy Playtime, Jenny brings you a review of robotic dog, Robo Pet.

Robo Pet can make his own decisions. He can walk around his environment, performing various behaviours at will, all without bumping into anything.

You can also put him into command mode, and he will carry out your instructions, which can be anything from play dead to break wind - always a crowd pleaser!

It is possible to program him with a sequence of up to twenty moves or tricks. The remote control has a laser which he will follow along the floor, giving chase.

Jenny has had a lot of entertainment from her Robo Pet. Buddy has enjoyed it too, although his responses have varied from curiosity to puzzlement as to why this cheeky newcomer won't show submission.

You can buy Robopet at Amazon for $79.99


277 - Tripawd Superdogs, GB Senior Agility World Championship Team, Tuk's Law and the escapee kitten saved by a dog

In a bumper, bonanza, bulging at the seams episode, hear the inspiring story of the Tripawd Superdogs inspired by photographer Sarah Loveland's own three legged dog. History in the making, as the first British team enters the Senior Agility World Championships. Tuk’s Law campaigns to stop dogs and other pets being put down without the owner's knowledge. Daisy the escapee kitten was saved by a search and rescue dog, and her story is worthy of a Disney movie!

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.