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Episode 141 - Doggitude and grumpy dogs


Released Sat February 16, 2013
Length: 1:06:57
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I fell in love with every single dog as I painted can't help but fall in love with them and then you're investing all this emotion in painting a portrait of them.

 - Carole Pivarnik

In this show you can hear artist Carole Pivarnik talk about how she created her beautiful book Doggitude, which contains stunning watercolour portraits of dogs. Carole talks about how it's important for her to talk to the owner of the dog she will paint, and get to know something of his character so that she can capture "the" dog - the essence of his character - when she paints him. She takes us through the process of painting the dogs, and how she used Kickstarter to help finance the project. And of course, Carole talks about her own dogs too.

You could win yourself a copy of this gorgeous book simply by going to the DogCast Radio Facebook page, liking it and liking the Doggitude cover photo there.

Grumpy Dogs

Grumpy dog is a terminology I chose to use because I believe the word aggression is over used in the dog world.

 - Jenny Deakin

Jenny Deakin is a dog trainer who has had amazing success in the discipline of heelwork to music - she has performed in the finals at Crufts and was in a doggy dancing television talent show, That Dog Can Dance, over Christmas 2012. In the lead up to Crufts Jenny is preparing herself and two of her dogs Tom and Bobby to appear, and is heading up the Crufts Dog Activity Heelwork To Music team. Jenny's first dog was very reactive, and lead her to discover positive training methods, and Jenny has a passion for helping what she calls "grumpy" dogs. Owners with their own "grumpy" dogs can benefit from Jenny's experience and knowledge in the special classes she runs for dogs who take that little bit more of understanding. You can keep up to date with Jenny at her blog and the trainer she mentioned, Geert De Bolster has a website and is visiting the UK in May 2013.


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