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Episode 82 available now

Episode 82 of DogCast Radio is now available. This episode has an interview with one of those eccentrics you encounter occasionally in the dog world. Vlasidslav Roytapel is the Russian Dog Wizard. He now lives in the USA, although he has trained dogs all over the world, and currently he offers pet owners solutions to their problems. He talks about how you can establish a harmonious relationship with your dog, and it's interesting that he perceives Americans and Europeans as interacting with their dogs very differently. Although I am technically a European, I regard myself as British, and I suppose I come into contact with a lot of Americans through my work, and I have to say I don't notice too much difference between US and UK attitudes.

The other interview in the show is with Toni Shelbourne, who talks about her work with the UK Wolf Conservation Trust. The wolves she works with sound so lovely, that I am hoping to meet some of them later in the year. Apparently they love interacting with humans, and the charity allows member to participate in walks with the wolves. The encounters on offer have surprising effects on some people.

One of the things that is becoming more of a challenge is finding a new joke for the end of each show. If you've never listened right to the end of the show, try it, because the last item every time is Jenny's joke. After three and a half years, it's getting more difficult to find dog-related, fresh funny jokes - that are family friendly too! If you have one, do send it in. You could send it in for Jenny to read, or record it and we'll include it in the show.

I read column in today's Times newspaper that had my blood boiling. Some silly chap wants to ban all dogs. More on what I think of that tomorrow.

Take care,

Julie x


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Don't rush around the dog walk - stop! Pennie Clayton suggests we pause and just be! You and your dog will benefit. Author Hillary Harper talks about her anxious dog, and the children's book she has written to help children and dogs who have anxiety. Julie has been collaborating with photographer Sarah Loveland to celebrate Tripawd Superdogs. And last - but definitely not least - Diamond the Papillon puppy has joined the DogCast Radio family.

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.