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Episode 82 - Russian Dog Wizard and Wolf Conservation


Released Sat February 14, 2009
Length: 0:54:47
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Russian Dog Wizard

Rule number one: never give to your dog any commands which you cannot enforce; doggy Mama never say anything which she cannot enforce!
 - Vladislav Roytapel

If you haven't encountered the Russian Dog Wizard yet you're in for a treat with this show.

Vladislav Roytapel has trained dogs in many countries, in many situations, and now owners often turn to him for help with dogs that are considered untrainable. Valdae can always help though, and with his ability to communicate with dogs in their own language, "doglish", he can get humans and canines on the road to living in harmony.

Vladae has trained dogs for the Russian government, the Red Army and the KGB. The dogs he worked with carried such tasks as sniffing out gas leaks, delivering mail between the military ships, guarding and search and rescue. Now he brings all that knowledge and experience to bear on solving problems for pet owners.

In this interview he reveals some of his secrets, and gives his advice for living in peace with your dog.

To experience more of the magic of the Russian Dog Wizard, you can visit his website, where there is a wealth of information about Vladae, his training methods, and some of his highly entertaining appearances on TV and radio.

Wolf Conservation

Sometimes we pick a lead up and they’re like, "Ooh going for a walk – Hoorah!" and they run up to you. So it’s something they enjoy, and you couldn’t make a wolf do anything it didn’t want to do.
 - Toni Shelbourne, UK Wolf Conservation Trust

Toni Shelbourne is not just one of the UK's foremost authorities on Tellington Touch, she is also an Education Officer & Senior Wolf Handler with the UK Wolf Conservation Trust.

In this interview you can hear her talk with great affection about the wolves she works with. They are so well socialised that they can be taken on walks to meet the public, and definitely enjoy interacting with humans.

Toni talks about how they are cared for, their environment, and the sometimes surprising effect they can have on those who meet them.

To find you how you can join the UK Wolf Conservation Trust and support their work, go to the website, and for more information on Toni, including an article on applying Tellington Touch to wild animals visit her website,


In the DogCast Radio News, Kate and Nick bring you the latest on why Emma Roberts found working on Hotel For Dogs kept her on her toes, how a dog rescued a woman with hypothermia, the Australian dogs who need rescuing from a large reptile, and what never to do when searching for a lost dog.

If you want information about President Obama's dog plans, check out the American Kennel Club site.

Buddy’s Diary book

Don’t forget that the Buddy’s Diary book is still available for $10.95 or £6.35. Or you can download the book for $3.95 which is £2.31. It should be available in most parts of the world, and you can of course use the ISBN number to order it into your nearest book shop.

Dog agility DVD

If you and your dog enjoy agility, do check out Lee Gibson's site, where his DVD is available. Lee has a great approach, advising establishing the basics to enable you to build a rapport and work well together.

Visit the DogCast Radio Blog to find out how Julie and Buddy's training with Lee went, and how Buddy did the funniest thing he's ever done during agility lessons with Lee.


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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.

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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.

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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.