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Episode 27 - Chow Chows and PADS


Released Sat October 14, 2006
Length: 0:43:30
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Chow Chows

Our breed profile is the Chow Chow.

This is a fascinating breed. Did you know that a Chow has two more teeth than other breeds? They also have a blue-black tongue, that according to legend was gained when they helped clear up at the start of creation. Some have even claimed that the Chow is descended from bears, not wolves. The actual origins of the breed are hard to establish, which shrouds the breed in further mystery.

All this is a lot to live up to for a breed, so what is a real Chow like? Intriguing is the honest answer. They are certainly not your average dog, and they won't be to everyone's liking. For one thing if you are looking for an obedience champion, you're probably not looking for a Chow!

So what other qualities does the breed have? - are they playful, affectionate, how much energy do they have, and will they fit in with other dogs? You can hear the answers to all this and more in our Chow breed profile.

For more information about the Chow breed try the website of the Midland Chow Club and also Lechan Chows.

PADS - People and Dogs Society

Do you ever want someone to turn to for dog related advice? Well we have an excellent website for you.

PADS - People and Dogs Society - is a charity dedicated to promoting responsible dog ownership. It is run entirely by volunteers, has a confidential telephone advice service, a large informative website, and a variety of useful leaflets and fact sheets.

Whatever stage of life your dog is at, PADS can be of help to you. We spoke to Chairman Debbie Waller, to find out more about PADS, the help they offer, and the information you can access on their website.

Training Methods

How do you train your dog? What methods do you find work well for you? Have you been given some fantastic training advice? Have you been given dreadful training advice?

Host Julie talks about her experiences with her dogs, and how she muddles through the training minefield. Once you've trained one dog, will you be better training the next? If one method doesn't seem to be working should you stubbornly stick with it, and does shouting actually help?


In the DogCast Radio News, we hear about dogs and cars. We all know not to leave our dogs in cars - but what about the dog who left his owner in the car?

Do you know that some sugar free products are dangerous - possibly fatal - to your dog? Hear about the latest research on a substance that helps fight the flab, but doesn't help Fido.

Plus Bark Busters is supporting Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month in October. Anyone adopting a dog in October in the US can expect extra help from Bark Busters.

Other items

In addition you can hear about some of the feedback we've had about our Guide Dog episode, and if you fancy a good dog-related read, hear about Dogs Today magazine.


275 - Controversial advice from Chloe Cavoodle: stop interactions with unknown dogs

Chloe Cavoodle is an assistance dog who posts all about her life in Sydney - her human, Liana, suggests we stop interactions with all strange dogs. Hear why! Plus hear the first chapter of Julie's book Crufts or Bust about Julie and Buddy's attempts to qualify for Crufts.

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.