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Episode 62 - Crufts 2008 and How to Train Your Dog Using Its Own Language


Released Sat March 22, 2008
Length: 0:55:51
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How to Train Your Dog Using Its Own Language

There is a secret, love them so much that they can't resist you; that's the secret.
 - Graeme Sims
I like them to be naughty, a bit deranged. They say with sheep dogs, and I think it would apply to almost any dog, you can take the madness out, but you can't put the inspiration in.
 - Graeme Sims

Graeme Sims is the amazing dog trainer and shepherd who can work up to nine Border Collies simultaneously. Just to make his achievements even more impressive, each dog responds to commands in a language specific to him.

Graeme and his beautiful, clever dogs featured in episode 29 of DogCast Radio.

Never one to sit around, Graeme has delighted crowds with his dog displays all over the UK, as well as visiting America to lecture about his experience and knowledge. He is also an extremely talented artist, an award winning children's book illustrator, and used to be a Church of England Vicar.

Now you can get the benefit of his training advice in his latest book, "The Dog Whisperer - How to train your dog using its own language".

In this interview Graeme talks to us about what's in the book, about his fourteen beloved Border Collies, and we have a sneak preview into his next book.

To find out more about Graeme, visit his website.

Crufts 2008

Everything you want to know about a dog is right here, everything you want to get your dog is right here. Even if you don't have a dog, come and learn about a breed if you're interested about getting a dog. It's the place to be.
 - Victoria Stilwell

Crufts 2008 was held at the Birmingham NEC, in the UK in March. It was the usual spectacular showcase of all things dog.

Crufts is not just about show dogs though. In the first part of our Crufts coverage, you can hear our interview with It's Me or The Dog presenter and trainer Victoria Stilwell about what she thinks of Crufts.

I'm doing it because I adopted a dog myself, and I genuinely wanted to give a dog a second crack of the whip.
 - Neil Morrissey

We also speak to actor Neil Morrissey about why he is supporting the Pedigree Adoption Drive, which was part of a strong pro-rescue message at this year's Crufts.

Crufts is a great place to launch new developments, and so Jill Moss speaks to us about the fantastic news that The Bella Moss Foundation now has official charity status.

Celebrity vet Marc Abraham tells us why he is supporting the Bella Moss Foundation, as well as about his own new website, The

Dog magazine Dogs Monthly relaunched at Crufts, and you can hear from editor Caroline Davis about what readers will find in the new look magazine.

Other items

In the DogCast Radio News, you can hear from Kate and Nick about the unusual music that is affecting dogs in New Zealand, catch up with the results and gossip at Crufts 2008, and hear about the Cold Wet Nose Show.

Plus host Julie will be considering why some of us get so attached to one specific dog breed, and in Graeme Sims' honour our quotes between features are all about Border Collies.


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