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Episode 38 - Earthquake detecting dogs and Crufts 2007 part 1


Released Sat March 24, 2007
Length: 1:03:51
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Earthquake detecting dogs

Psychologist and dog expert Doctor Stanley Coren was researching into whether seasonal affective disorder could influence dogs, when he came across an unexpected finding.

Could it be that the dogs in his survey had actually been displaying unusual behaviour because they could sense an imminent earthquake? On further examination, this seemed an inescapable conclusion. Many factors involved point top that fact that dogs may well be able to "hear" earthquakes.

In this fascinating interview you can hear Doctor Coren explain his findings and the conclusions he has come to. Is it possible that we are only aware of a small fraction of what our dogs can actually know and sense. Almost certainly - listen and find out more.

Crufts 2007

Crufts 2007 was bigger than ever. We visited and fought our way through the crowds to bring you our reports.

Listener Peter has a problem with his other wise perfect Pug - he likes to bite toes! For help with this puppy problem we turned to Puppy School founder, Gwen Bailey.

Another DogCast Radio listener, Sarah, has asked for advice on how to help an anxious dog. To solve this we consulted Hilary Self from Hilton Herbs.

Crufts is an international event - so we couldn't resist visiting the American Kennel Club stand to see what they were doing at Crufts.

Dog Theft Action were also promoting their fight against dog theft at Crufts, and we interviewed founder Margaret who has herself suffered the heartbreak of having a beloved dog stolen.

To raise money for their cause, Dog Theft have organised a raffle with a fantastic prize - a portrait of your pet by Paul Doyle. Tickets can be bought online from the Dog Theft Action site, and wherever you live this prize could be yours. To check out some of Paul's art go to

Also on the Dog Theft site, you can support the Jester's Law campaign. Jester was a Rottweiler who was stolen, and his story ends very sadly. We interviewed his owner, Nikki, about her determination to stop other owners and dogs enduring what she had to.

His Master's Smile

You can hear an article by author and artist Ron Hevener. His Master's Smile fits with our Crufts theme, and is read by host Julie. To find more about Ron's work, visit his website.


In the DogCast Radio News discover the prize winning past of Crufts Champion Araki Fabulous Willy.

Kate and Nick also have news of a great dog travel website ( and a new book Planet Dog: A Doglopedia that's a must for all dog lovers.


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