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Who's our closest animal relative?

Did you know that chimps and share 98% of their DNA. Well it might be almost 98%, but it's around that figure and it's definitely a lot. The point is chimps and humans are very similar. However, a recent study (which I love) says that humans actually have more in common with dogs. Thousands of years of living together has caused us to share many behaviours, such as cooperating, understanding verbal communication and imitation.

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And you are?

I recently met my young niece’s boyfriend for the first time. I felt protective and wanted to establish that this young man was a suitable escort for my niece, but I didn’t want to come over as heavy handed and intrusive. What conversation could I have with him to set my mind at rest? What question should I ask to gain the measure of his character?
And then it came to me in a moment of inspiration.

“So,” I asked, “are you a dog person or a cat person?”

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

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Released Sat February 23, 2008
Length: 1:07:25
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Experienced trainer Pam Dennison almost met her match with Border Collie Shadow, whom she has helped to overcome agression problems.
Dr Paula Terifaj has some excellent advice on how to improve your dog's diet.
Author Bernard Cartwright reads an extract of The Knocknobbler, catch up with the latest DogCast Radio News, and hear about some music specially for dog lovers, and a great new dog book.

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Episode 59 - Vaccinating your dog and Doorbell manners

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Released Sat February 9, 2008
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Episode 6 - Dog Whisperer and Dog hotel

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Released Sat November 26, 2005
Length: 0:50:04
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  • America Dog and Cat Hotel - interview
  • Steve Fryer,Dog Whisperer - interview
  • Interview with Shirlee Kalstone,author of "How to Housebreak Your Dog in Seven Days"
  • Buddy's Diary
  • News
  • Website reviews
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Episode 23 - Saving Shiloh and dogs in heaven

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Released Sat August 12, 2006
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  • Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (Saving Shiloh) - interview
  • Mary Buddemeyer Porter(Will I see Fido in heaven) - interview
  • News
  • Dog Communication - article
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Episode 39 - Two dog households and Crufts part 2

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Released Sat April 14, 2007
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  • Two dog households - interview
  • Crufts - interviews
  • Puppy playtime
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221 - Stop importing puppies and dogs who found romance for their human

Lucy Parkinson and TV vet Marc Abraham discuss the petition Lucy started to stop the exploitative importing of puppies into the UK. Writer Cath Jenkin reveals the spooky way her Border Collie brought brought happiness, romance and a new home into her life. Plus the DogCast Radio News.

189 - The Dog Healers and War Dogs Remembered

In this episode you can hear Mark Winik talk about his debut novel, The Dog Healers, and listen to Julia Robertson explain why she founded the charity War Dogs remembered. Plus there's the DogCast Radio News, and what Mischief the German Spitz puppy has been up to.

188 - Service Dogs UK and Roxie the Doxie Finds Her Forever Home

In this episode you can hear about Service Dogs UK, a fantastic charity which trains assistance dogs to support veterans of any service - military personnel, police, firefighters, paramedics and the coastguard - who develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder due to their job. Also, listen to Dr Jody A Dean, a clinical psychologist talk about how her book, Roxie the Doxie finds her Forever Home, is helping children understand and talk about adoption and other family issues. Plus the DogCast Radio News and some thoughts on the alpha dog myth.

187 - Muffins Halo and Chorley Fun Dog Show

In this episode you can hear about Muffin's Halo for Blind Dogs, and what motivates people to enter their dog in a fun dog show. In the DogCast Radio News, listen to stories about the latest dog related research. Plus there's a new member of the DogCast Radio team!

186 - Maxwell Muir on wolves

In this episode you can hear trainer, behaviourist, writer, broadcaster and wolf expert Maxwell Muir talk about what wolves mean to him personally, their plight in a modern world, and his hopes for their future. Plus we have the DogCast Radio News.