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Episode 262 - dogs have feelings too


Released Sat April 8, 2023
Length: 0:42:21
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Bethany Bell

Those of us who live with dogs know that they have feelings, and free will trainer Bethany Bell knows that too. In this fascinating interview, Bethany talks about the feeling dogs experience, the implications that has for training and living with a dog, and why canine emotions haven't always been taken seriously - or even acknowledged.

In addition, Bethany explains Free Will Teaching, and how that acknowledges dogs' emotions, and embraces natural language use. It's not about letting your dog do whatever they want to, but it is about giving them choices.

You can find out more about free will teaching at the Academy of Free Will Teaching Facebook group and at the Academy of Free Will Teaching website.

Free Will Teaching is all about bringing a togetherness between dog parents and their dogs. It's coming away from dogs being pets and more about them being companions and their own individual selves, not trying to change who they are.
 - Bethany Bell

DogCast Radio News

Julie brings you some of the recent dogs news, including the death of Paul O'Grady who adored his dogs, and did wonderful work promoting dog charity Battersea Dogs & Cats Home. Another well know dog lover who recently passed over was Queen Elizabeth II, who left her two Corgis in the care of her daughter in law, Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York. Sarah consulted a dog whisperer to help her support the Corgis as they grieved their late mistress. Plus here about the Labrador Lurcher cross who saved her family from a fire, the robot dog artists in Australia, the Scottish dog who turned himself blue, and the Rottweiler puppy whose owner has to speak in a Northern Irish accent.

If you spot a dog story you think we should cover, do let us know!


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