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Episode 174 - author Graeme Sims

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Released Sat September 24, 2016
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You'd think that every dog with 220 million scent receptors would have the same motivational drive to smell everything in sight - not no.

 - Graeme Sims
We try and do things to amuse our dog, without ever understanding what actually motivates it, what drives it; what its life force is.

 - Graeme Sims

Many of us have experienced a dog who enriched and enhanced our lives more than we would have imagined possible, but how a stray dog changed Graeme Sims' life is  extraordinary by any standards. In this in depth interview, Graeme outlines how the stray Border Collie - whom he and his wife named Annie - set his life on a different course, and you can hear Graeme tell this story in greater detail in Episode 29 of DogCast Radio.  Graeme traveled from the world of advertising to become a shepherd thanks to Annie. He gathered a large pack of devoted Border Collies around him, and put on displays which delighted the public.  Impressively, Graeme worked up to eight Border Collies simultaneously - each in a different language. You can hear all about that in Episode 29 too.

From working shepherd and showman, Graeme became a vicar, and an author, writing about his approach to dog training. We have interviews with Graeme about two of his books - How to train your dog in its own language in Episode 62, and  Give a dog a home in Episode 84. Interestingly, Graeme's books have become bestsellers in Italy, where eager Italians have embraced him and his approach. In this interview, Graeme talks about his theories on why the Italians have taken him ti their hearts so - and why this hasn't happened to the same extent in Britain.

Graeme also talks about how not all dogs are equal, and how we must not think of  a dog in a one-size-fits-all way, but rather understand each dog's individual character and preferences. You can find out more about Graeme at his website, The Graeme Sims Method, or as he suggests you can search online on his name and books, or the Italian term libri di. Wherever you live, if you share your life with  a dog,  Graeme Sims can help you understand your dog, and  live in harmony with him.

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