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Do you have blogs that you like to follow? Well obviously, in addition to this one! There are various ones that I like to check in with regularly, and I thought I'd share some with you.

Paula Terifaj is a ground breaking veterinarian who tells it like it is. Her website is full of the helpful advice you really need to know, and her blog, Dog Breath, is outspoken and informative. Here's a link to a post of hers entitled Is Your Vet Telling The Truth? Three Top Veterinary Myths Exposed. Paula also has books on offer on some of the most confusing areas of dog ownership - vaccination, feeding, and solving the mystery of your itchy dog. You can hear Paul in several DogCast Radio episodes, most recently in Episode 77, talking about how you can save money at the vet's.

Nick Jones is a dog trainer I met through DogCast Radio, and you can hear his great advice for a listener - and me - in Episode 35. His blog has some excellent training tips. Nick is committed to improving relationships between owners and dogs, and has some easy steps you can take to ensure you are giving your dog the right signals. We have recently added many articles written by Nick covering general leadership issues, to lead related problems, to how modern lifestyles affect pet dogs.

If you're more stirred by the visual than the verbal, then visit Uschi the Weimaraner's blog. I have long admired the photos Uschi's talented owner posts here which vary from breath taking to cute, and give a good insight into Uschi's life. If rescue dogs are your passion then visit Alfie's Heart blog. Alfie needed expensive medical treatment and was lucky to end up in his rescuer Emma's home; he shares his home with many other rescues.

For a blog with a difference - this one's actually written by the dog himself - try Labrador Randolph's blog - The Intelligent Dog’s Guide To A Troubled World. Randolph is the author and star of A Dog About Town, A Dog Among Diplomats, and, coming soon, A Dog At Sea. Randolph is a charming and sympathetic hero, though far better read than I.

Take care and happy reading,

Julie x

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211 - Doglogy University and how to find a good dog trainer

In this episode, hear Matthew Lamarand's secret of training - which is totally free and inside yourself! Plus Rachel Rodgers tells you how to find a good trainer and/or behaviourist - and why "balanced" training is to be avoided. And we have the latest dog news stories from around the world in the DogCast Radio News. Whether you're cuddling a canine on the couch, or having a hike with a hound, we're the ideal podcast to listen to!

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.