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Episode 74 - Settling a puppy and Canine Good Citizen


Released Sat October 11, 2008
Length: 0:55:31
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Settling a new puppy

Top Bichon Frise breeder Matthew Culmore talks about settling a new puppy in to your home.

Matthew was previously on the show in episode 51 giving advice on how to recognise a good breeder. However, once you've found a breeder you trust, you then need to know how to make the transition from the breeder's house to yours as smooth as possible for the puppy.

Matthew's dogs' litters have been highly rated by the American Kennel Club, and settle into their new homes extremely well, and in this interview you can hear Matthew's advice on how to acheive the same success with your dog.

If you've ever wondered how your puppy should spend his first night in your home, when you should start training and how to treat your puppy generally, this interview has answers for you.

To find out more about Matthew and Culmore Canines, visit his website.

Canine Good Citizen

Many national Kennel Clubs around the world offer dogs and owners the chance to participate in the Canine Good Citizen Scheme. Buddy and host Julie have passed the Bronze and Silver levels, and are currently working on their Gold Award.

Julie talks to trainer Jill Arnold from Paws 4 Thought Dog Training about what the scheme involves. You can also hear from owners working at all levels of the scheme about how the training has benefitted them and their dogs.

The scheme incorporates tasks that owners will find useful in every day life with their dog, such as basic obedience, as well as teaching the dog not to leave or enter a car until he is given permission.

To find out more about Jill visit her website, and we also have links to Good Citizen Schemes around the world.

Good Citizen schemes:
United Kingdom

United States

New Zealand


Buddy's Diary

Buddy has been watching his people, and frankly they have been up to some strange behaviour recently. What makes birthdays so good? Why do they smear smelly stuff from tins onto the walls? Above all, what on earth is in that big glass box? All will be revealed in Buddy's Diary.


In the DogCast Radio News there's an incredible shaggy dog story about the dog who survived a close encounter with a shark.

The Dogcast Radio Book

Host Julie talks about the effect the painting The Old Shepherd's Chief Mourner had on her, and Buddy talks about a new book he really likes - well he would wouldn't he? It's called Buddy's Diary plus fiction and article from DogCast Radio. Yes, you can now enjoy DogCast Radio as a book! So if you're looking for a Christmas present for a dog lover, you know someone who would enjoy DogCast Radio but doesn't have Internet access, or you'd just like to treat yourself, you've heard the show, now buy the book.




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