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Episode 48 - Train and Behave Week and Pampering Your Pooch


Released Sat August 25, 2007
Length: 1:09:31
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Roger Mugford

In this our second anniversary show you can hear from well known animal psychologist Dr. Roger Mugford.

Roger heads up a dedicated team at The Company of Animals, and is committed to and passionate about dog welfare. In his long career, Roger has encountered many "problem" dogs - several of which have been lucky enough to end up living with Roger, as part of his beloved pack.

We took the DogCast Radio dogs to meet Roger's dogs - and they all had a wonderful time, and Roger's canine family is a testament to his loving rehabilitation methods.

Roger is the originator of Train & Behave week, and we found out what inspired the idea, as well as discovering the history of some of the dog related products Roger has developed. Buddy adores his Kong Wubba - one of the latest toys on offer from The Company of Animals.

It is clear in this interview that not only is Dr. Mugford an expert in his field, but lots of fun too.

Pampering Your Pooch

For some great ideas on how to pamper your dog, listen to our interview with Jason Rich about his book Pampering Your Pooch: Discover What Your Dog Wants, Needs and Loves.

Don't be misled by the word pamper though, this is pampering with the dog's health and well-being as the priority. Jason has everything you can think of covered and there is something here for every dog lover.

Jason shares his life with his best pal Rusty, a Yorkshire Terrier, so this book has real-life experience behind it, as well as a wealth of research. To make sure you're meeting your dog's needs and giving him the best life possible, listen to Jason's advice.


JettyDogs is the latest dog sport to come to the UK - and boy does it look fun!

Penny Draper and her dog Jumping Jack Splash were at Train & Behave with a pool to let handlers and dogs have a go, or even enter a competition. This is like dog long-jump, but since the landing is into water, it is safe for older and younger dogs to participate. This is also great fun to watch, so if there's a JettyDogs event near you go and have a look, although do watch out as you can get splashed as the dogs jump in, and then sprayed as they shake when they get out.

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Cancer detecting dogs

There is a new UK charity aiming to use the dog's incredible sense of smell to detect cancer. We talk to Claire Guest about Cancer Dogs UK. To find out more go to

News review

Steven Pam travelled all the way from Australia to attend Train & Behave. You can hear Steven and host Julie discussing some dog-related stories that have made the news recently. To hear and see more of Steven check out HoundTV.

Dog Each Day

For some great artwork, do visit On this site you can see a new dog drawing and story each day. This was Larry Merrill's celebration of the Year of the Dog, and is now in "rewind" mode, giving you another chance to appreciate the beautiful pictures on offer.


268 - Crash tested dog car safety and dog inspired author

Just like us, our dogs need to be protected in the event of a collision of evasive manoevre in the car - but did you know that to be truly effective and safe car harnesses should be fully crash tested? We talk to the team inspired by experience to help keep dogs safe as they travel. Author Sue Kittow has experienced how dogs support us through tough times, and has turned her real life canines into characters in her touching novels.

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.