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Episode 134 - Scruffts and Women and Dog Training


Released Sat July 14, 2012
Length: 0:51:30
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Women and Dog Training

Men tend to experience fewer behavioural problems with dogs than do women because men tend to act like dogs, women tend to act like human beings.
 - Roger Alan Bernard

Roger Alan Bernard is a dog trainer who works almost exclusively with women - but how did that come about, and more importantly why did that happen? Roger is the author of The Savvy Dog Owner: Thought Provoking and Practical Dog Ownership and in this must-listen interview he shares with humour and charm his theories on why women encounter dog training issues that men tend not to. He has reached his conclusions through years of experience and this is one of the most intriguing - and probably controversial - interviews featured in DogCast Radio.

Anything that helps owners understand their dogs better, and any insights that shed light on problems occurring are a good thing, and Roger has helped countless women achieve harmony with their dogs. To find out more about Roger visit his Savvy Canine Training website and you can also contact him via his @savvycaine twitter feed.


It's important to support the rest of the dog community. We can't isolate ourselves round pedigrees because there's some fabulous crossbreeds out there.
 - Jo Lavin

Scruffts is the Kennel Club's dog show specifically for non-pedigree dogs. There are four classes, Most Handsome Crossbreed Dog, Prettiest Crossbreed Bitch, Child's Best Friend and Golden Oldie Crossbreed for dogs 8 years old or over. There are fifteen Scruffts heats all over the UK during 2012 and the winners of each class go on to compete in the final at Discover Dogs. Fiona Minshall had organised a wonderful fun dog show of which the Scruffts heat was part. We have interviews with the owners of the winning dog in each class - and their stories are varied and inspiring. Julie also spoke to the judge, Jo Lavin, about how she made her choices with no breed standard to work to. To find out more about Scruffts visit the Discover Dogs website.


In the DogCast Radio News Kate and Nick have stories of the 7th Annual Dog Surfing competition, Mugly who traveled from the UK to California to win an unenviable title - World's Ugliest Dog, plus how George Clooney and David Walliams' dogs have been living it up recently, and to get back to the realities of life with a dog, the dog who brought home a giant mummified rat.

Dog Loss

Dealing with the death of a dog is really hard. Julie talks about how Ben Fogle hit the headlines talking about the depth of his grief for his beloved Labrador Inca. She also mentions the recent death of Lennox, for whom thousands grieved.



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