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Episode 50 - Uncle Matty, and Your First Great Dane


Released Sat September 22, 2007
Length: 0:58:37
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Uncle Matty

"Get rid of the problem, not the dog!" is Matthew Margolis or Uncle Matty's catchphrase and philosophy.

Matthew has educated countless dog owners about training and understanding their dog better, and satisfied clients include Renee Russo, Merv Griffin, Goldie Hawn, Drew Carey, Madonna, Elizabeth Taylor and Shannon Doherty. He has his own television show, "Woof it's a dog's life", as well as videos, cds, books and training kits.

Now he has launched The Business of Training, a scheme whereby you can learn to be a dog trainer at home via the internet. You can learn to train dogs the Uncle Matty way in your own home, as well as how to market your new training business and attract clients.

What led Matthew Margolis to develop his compassionate philosophy, and what does he think about how we treat dogs? Hear all this and more in this fascinating interview.

Your First Great Dane

Great Danes are a very popular breed, but what is the reality of sharing your life with one of these gentle giants?

Angela Mitchell read around before she brought her Great Dane, Hovis, into her life, but none of the books on offer answered all her burning questions, so she decided to write her own book - Your First Great Dane.

One Great Dane is apparently never enough, and Hovis was soon joined by Bob - and another book is now on the way about life with two Great Danes.

Angela tells us how her dogs enhanced her life, and about the comments you hear over and over when you're out and about with a Great Dane.

Your First Great is available through Parapress.

News and other items

In the DogCast Radio News we have two great ideas for your next year's calendar. In the UK, the PDSA has brought out their Pet Pawtraits calendar. The full celebrity line-up for the 2008 PDSA Pet Pawtraits calendar includes:

  • Adele Silva with Shar Pei, Misty and Yorkshire Terrier, Buster
  • Anthea Turner with Golden Retrievers, Buddy and Digger
  • Craig Philips with Bull Mastiff, Raffiki
  • Jean Christophe Novelli with Dobermans, Missy, Obie and Snoopy
  • Jessie Wallace with Basset Hound, Daisy and Alsatian, George
  • John Barrowman with Cocker Spaniel, Tiger
  • Kate Garraway with cat, Scamp
  • Lisa l'Anson with cats, Blue and Marlowe
  • Paul McKenna with Great Dane, Mr Big
  • Sarah Jayne Dunn with Shitsu, Leo
  • Sean Astin with chinchilla, Luigi
  • Sean Hughes with crossbreed dogs Sweep and Betty

In the USA, take the opportunity to support dogs who really need it with the For The Love of Rescue calendar. This features themed photos of rescue dogs as well as training tips. Rescue organisations can sign up to raise money for their cause. To read a list of the strange items dogs have swallowed, check out the PDSA website.

We are celebrating our 50th episode, and Ingrid E. Newkirk, founder and president of PETA, has written a book with some terrific ideas to help incorporate dogs into your celebrations. Let's Have a Dog Party has celebrity endorsements from Pamela Anderson, Simon Cowell, Martina Navratilova, Tamara Beckwith, Tommy Lee, Ali MacGraw and others.

If you listened to our interview with Mary Buddemeyer-Porter, you are already aware of her fantastic and very comforting book, Will I see Fido in Heaven? If you haven't already bought the book, now's your chance because by purchasing Will I See Fido In Heaven? from on September 27, 2007, not only will you find biblical truths and inspirational true-life animal stories within the book, you will also receive wonderful bonus gifts valued at over $250, most instantly downloadable. So check out Animals Live Forever.

Host Julie has a health warning from a concerned listener, and gives you her take on the funny side of life with three dogs.

Enjoy our 50th episode!

If you've been following the story of Jill's imprisoned Standard Poodles, we have great news - the girls are home! Jill and Peter still can't believe they finally have their dogs back, and the reunion was emotional as you can imagine. Peter still faces charges, but the dogs are back where they belong. It is frightening that this has happened at all - and this should alarm every dog owner in the UK.


277 - Tripawd Superdogs, GB Senior Agility World Championship Team, Tuk's Law and the escapee kitten saved by a dog

In a bumper, bonanza, bulging at the seams episode, hear the inspiring story of the Tripawd Superdogs inspired by photographer Sarah Loveland's own three legged dog. History in the making, as the first British team enters the Senior Agility World Championships. Tuk’s Law campaigns to stop dogs and other pets being put down without the owner's knowledge. Daisy the escapee kitten was saved by a search and rescue dog, and her story is worthy of a Disney movie!

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.