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Episode 60 - Bringing Light to Shadow and improving your dog's diet


Released Sat February 23, 2008
Length: 1:07:25
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That's why his book is called Bringing Light to Shadow the Story of a Recovering Aggressive Dog; not recovered but recovering because the propensity is always there.
 - Pam Dennison

Pam Dennison was already an experienced trainer when she met Shadow, a Border Collie in need of a new home. Shadow however, had more problems than even Pam imagined. After a short time with him, she decided to return him - but she changed her mind, and the two of them began a long and difficult journey.

Pam needed all her skills to help Shadow, and their experiences inspired her to write Bringing Light to Shadow - a Dog Trainer's Diary.

Could Shadow overcome his fear and aggression and live a normal life? Could Pam teach him alternative behaviours? To find out more about Pam Dennison and the other books she has written, check out her website.

Improving your dog's diet

You're not going to kill your dog by giving it some cooked food, however we certainly know that the pet food industry has killed lots of dogs and cats, so how can you do any worse than that? You can't!
 - Dr Paula Terifaj

Dr. Paula Terifaj is a veterinarian with some great advice for dog owners. In this interview you can hear her top tips for giving your dog the best diet you can, as well as solving a listener's problem.

If you're too nervous to change straight to a natural diet, Paul has some easy steps to improve the food you offer your dog.

Paula is passionate about helping dog owners provide the best standard of health care for their dogs, and you can hear her advice about vaccinating your dog in episode 59 of DogCast Radio.

Paula has written several books to help you make informed decisions concerning your dog, which you can find at her website, where you can also sign up for her newsletter, Dog Breath.


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Other items

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