The Woof Meow Show - All About Dogs & Cats
This show focuses on educating dog and cat parents about health issues, nutrition, training, behavior and everything related to sharing your life with a pet. Topics in the past have included: Dealing with a Barking Dog, Picking the Perfect Pet, APDT C.L.A.S.S., Insurance Issues, Acupuncture, Homeopathy, Pet Nutrition, Litter Box Training and many others. Hosted by Don Hanson, BFRAP, CDBC, CPDT-KA and Kate Dutra, CPDT-KA of the Green Acres Kennel Shop in Bangor, Maine, the show is broadcast on the Voice of Maine (WVOM, 103.9FM & WVQM 101.3FM). Past guests on the show have been Dr. Mark Hanks, Dr. Judy Herman, Colleen Pelar, Kathryn Miles, Mychelle Blake, Chad Montrie, Pat Miller, Joel Walton, Dr. David Cloutier and Suzan Bell.
PET TIP - Group Play

Group play, the opportunity for your dog to romp, play and interact with other dogs is one of the things that can make boarding and daycare so much fun for your dog. However, please consider the following:

The quality of the group play experience is very dependent on the training and knowledge of the staff supervising the play. Look for a facility where all play is supervised by trained humans at all times. We suggest a ratio of one person for every five dogs at play.

Dogs should not be playing all day long but should have ample downtime in a private indoor/outdoor run so that they can rest. Too much play is just as bad for your dog as too little play.

Group play is for dogs that are already well socialized and enjoy the company of other dogs. If your dog does not enjoy most other dogs then group play while at daycare or boarding, or even at a dog park may be counterproductive.

If you want to help your dog improve their social skills, consider working with a certified dog behavior consultant.

Direct download: Pet_Tip-2016-09-25-2016-10-01-Group_Play.mp3
Category:Pet Tip -- posted at: 11:00am EDT
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Holistic and Complementary Wellness for Pets - Our Personal Journey

This is the first in a series of shows on Holistic and Complementary Wellness for Pets. Kate and Don start by defining the term “holistic” and then discussing how it applies to dog training and simply living with a dog. They then discuss how and why they started to take a holistic approach to pet care, beginning with experiences with their pets and nutrition. The importance of exercise and mental enrichment are also addressed. Then they discuss their experiences with the following forms of complementary medicine; homeopathy, Bach flower remedies, acupuncture and Chinese medicine, and chiropractic. Lastly the mention the Holistic Wellness Day for Pets which will take place at The Green Gem Healing Oasis on Saturday, October 29th. This event will involve ten different seminars and several vendors of holistic products and services for pets. For more information go to the Green Acres Kennel Shop website at http://www.greenacreskennel.com/event/3/the-green-gem-healing-oasis.html

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PET TIP - Cats Need Water

Cats, especially male cats, are often prone to bladder and kidney disease. This is because they do not consume adequate amounts of water, often because they are only fed dry cat food. All cats will be healthier and happier if they are fed canned food in addition to dry food on a daily basis.

Cats do not have a strong thirst drive compared to other species. They do not normally drink a lot of water  because they evolved to get the bulk of the water they need from the prey they consume. That prey is approximately seventy to seventy five percent water, whereas dry cat food is only seven to ten percent water.

Canned cat food is more representative of what a cat would consume by eating prey. It typically has a much higher meat content than dry cat food and also contains about seventy eight percent water.

If you need help in selecting a healthy canned food for your cat, stop by Green Acres Kennel shop and we would be glad to assist you.

Direct download: Pet_Tip-2016-09-18-2016-09-24-Cats_Need_Water.mp3
Category:Pet Tip -- posted at: 11:00am EDT
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Listener Questions #25

Kate and Don answer questions from listener's and clients. 1) How do we get our cat to stop begging for food at the table and taking food off our plates?, 2) What is the best treat for a dog and the best way to show love for your dog? 3) How do I train my cat to catch mice?, 4) How can I get my dogs to wake up later than 4:30 am? 5) When should I use doggie boots with my dog? 6) My daughter has been afraid of our dog and is now afraid our new puppy, will she adjust eventually?, 7) Is it possible to train a cat? If so, what would I train them to do? and 8) How should I introduce a dog to my home when I already have cats that are not comfortable around dogs?

Direct download: WoofMeowShow-2016-09-17Listener_Questions_No25.mp3
Category:Listener Questions -- posted at: 10:30am EDT
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Pet Stuff with Don Hanson & Dr. Mark Hanks

Don and Mark address several timely topics about pets and Maine, including; dog bites, the canine flu, and the criteria they use to select and recommend flea and tick products and pet foods.

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PET TIP - Adding A Pet

Adding a dog or a cat to a family is a big deal and should not be done lightly. Both dogs and cats, depending on the breed, can live 15 years or more and when you get a pet it should be with a commitment of keeping it for life.

The type of pet you choose; dog or cat, young or old, large or small, pure bred or mixed breed, short coat or long coat, and what the breed was bred to do should all factor in to your decision.

Likewise, your lifestyle, what you like to do in your free time, how you feel about exercise and whether or not you have children in your life should all play a role in deciding which pet is best for you.

One of the services we provide at Green Acres is a free consultation with families or individuals that are contemplating getting their first pet or maybe adding a second pet to the family.

To setup an appointment just call us at 945-6841.

Direct download: Pet_Tip-2016-09-11-2016-09-17-Adding_A_Pet.mp3
Category:Pet Tip -- posted at: 11:00am EDT
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PET TIP - The Bangor Humane Society and the 23rd Annual Paws on Parade with Suzan Bell

If you love pets then you need to be part of The Bangor Humane Society’s 23rd annual Paws on Parade.

Paws on Parade will be held on the Bangor waterfront on the morning of Saturday September 24th.

How can you participate? It can be as simple as asking friends, family members and co-workers to sponsor you as you walk with hundreds of other pet lovers.

 

A donor supported, non-profit organization, the Bangor Humane Society is Maine's oldest and largest animal care and adoption facility, they care for approximately 3,500 animals each year. They serve over 200 communities in Maine, including eastern, coastal, down east, and parts of northern Maine.

Last year Paws on Parade raised over $70,000 and drew a crowd of over 700 two-legged and four-legged participants! Please join Green Acres Kennel Shop at this fun-filled and important event.

Direct download: Pet_Tip-2016-09-04-2016-09-10-BHS_Paws_on_Parade-2016.mp3
Category:Pet Tip -- posted at: 11:00am EDT
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Vital Essentials - The Entrées

REX, SPARKY & FIONA: To us! <wine glasses clink >

SPARKY: So for your entrees you have a choice of duck, turkey, beef, chicken, rabbit, fish and even wild boar!

FIONA: I love the different formats, you have these nibblets and mini patties for me

REX: And these full size patties for me. <scarfing sounds>

SPARKY: and everything you are eating is all meat, no grain, no carbohydrates – exactly what nature intended for us to eat.

REX: I like that the food is available both flash frozen and freeze dried. The latter will be great when I go on trips.

FIONA; And I see that Vital Essentials also has a complete meat based treat line for you two when you go to classes

SPARKY: and those treats are equally delicious

ANNOUNCER: You can find the complete line of Vital Essentials all meat pet foods, treats and snacks, at Green Acres Kennel Shop, 1653 Union Street in Bangor, Your source for wholesome food for healthy pets.

Direct download: Green_Acres_-_Vital_Essentials_-_Entrees_-_090216.mp3
Category:Promotional -- posted at: 10:06am EDT
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The Vital Essential Appetizers

REX: Well Fiona, here we are, I guess I’ll ring the bell <Door bell rings>

SPARKY: - barking – Oops, <door opens>, sorry guys, you know me and bells

FIONA: No problem, Sparky, thank you for inviting us to dinner

REX: yeah, whatever you have planned it smells delsih!

SPARKY: The folks at Green Acres suggested I try these new snacks from Vital Essentials for appetizers

FIONA: I love these snacks, ahi tuna, minnows, duck liver, yum! Just what this kitty likes

REX: <munching noises> I’m loving these pigs ears, turkey wings and spare ribs <more munching>

FIONA: So who made this great spread?

SPARKY: It’s a small family owned company called Vital Essentials. They are not so much a pet food company as a meat shop for pets.

REX: And you know us dogs and cats love our meat!

SPARKY: I know! Wait until you see the entrees!

ANNOUNCER: You can find the complete line of Vital Essentials all meat pet foods, treats and snacks, at Green Acres Kennel Shop, 1653 Union Street in Bangor, your source for wholesome food for healthy pets.

Direct download: Green_Acres_-_Vital_Essentials_-_The_Appetizers_-_090116.mp3
Category:Promotional -- posted at: 10:00am EDT
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Pierre’s Story with Dr. Mark Hanks

Don talks with Dr. Mark Hanks from Kindred Spirits Veterinary Clinic about Dr. Hank’s recent experience dealing with a serious health crisis with his dog Pierre. This was the first time that Mark had not treated one of his own pets in many years, and he describes how the experience has changed him and his approach to veterinary medicine.

You can hear The Woof Meow Show on The Pulse AM620, WZON, and WKIT HD3 at 9 AM on Saturday. If you are not near a radio, listen on your computer at http://www.wzonthepulse.com or your smartphone or tablet with the free WZON 620 AM app. A podcast of the show is typically posted immediately after the show, and can be downloaded at www.woofmeowshow.com and the Apple iTunes store.    

Direct download: WoofMeowShow2016-08-27-Pierres_Story_Mark_Hanks.mp3
Category:Pet Health & Wellness -- posted at: 12:19pm EDT
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Pet Tip - Nutrition and Pet Food Ingredients

I firmly believe that good nutrition is the foundation to good health. Carefully evaluating what we feed our pets is essential to their having a long and healthy life.

Being in the business for over 21 years, we know that not all pet foods are equal. From the day our Golden Retriever Tikken entered our home we were very particular about what we fed her.

By carefully reviewing ingredient labels, reading and researching pet foods and pet food companies, we always fed Tikken the best food that we were able to afford. As a result we had a happy healthy Golden Retriever for sixteen wonderful years. We continue that tradition with our dog Muppy and cats Thelma and Boomer.

The ingredients that go into a bag or can of pet food really do make a difference. Both cats and dogs are meat eaters and the first ingredient of any pet food should be a clearly identified meat source such as chicken, turkey, beef, duck, venison or even kangaroo.

Direct download: Pet_Tip-2016-08-28-2016-09-03-Nutrition_and_Ingredients.mp3
Category:Pet Tip -- posted at: 11:00am EDT
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Homeopathy and Holistic Health Care for Pets - Dr. Christina Chambreau

Don and Kate interview Dr. Christina Chambreau from Sparks, Maryland. Dr. Chambreau has been practicing veterinary medicine since 1980 and started using homeopathy in 1983, and with Dr. Richard Pitcairn, and Dr. Jana Rygas, was one of the founders of the Academy Of Veterinary Homeopathy in 1995.

We ask Dr. Chambreau how she came to study homeopathy and add it to her practice, as well as other complementary veterinary medical modalities such as Reiki. Dr. Chambreau also discusses the importance of keeping a wellness journal for our pet. Lastly we discuss a seminar that Dr, Chambreau will offer in Maine called “The Introduction to Homeopathy.”

This seminar will be at Healing Spirit Farm, in Buckfield, ME on September 24th and 25, from 9 AM to 5 PM each day. You can learn more about the seminar at http://www.healingspiritfarm.com/ and more about Dr. Chambreau at http://christinachambreau.com/

You can hear The Woof Meow Show on The Pulse AM620, WZON, and WKIT HD3 at 9 AM on Saturday. If you are not near a radio, listen on your computer at http://www.wzonthepulse.com or your smartphone or tablet with the free WZON 620 AM app. A podcast of the show is typically posted immediately after the show, and can be downloaded at www.woofmeowshow.com and the Apple iTunes store.    

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Pet Obesity with Dr. Chris Barry – Kindred Spirits Veterinary Clinic

Kate and Don discuss the growing problem of pet obesity in the United States with Dr. Chris Barry from Kindred Spirits Veterinary Clinic. We discuss why obesity is such a serious problem for our pets, and what we can do to manage their weight so that they live longer and healthier lives.                                             

You can hear The Woof Meow Show on The Pulse AM620, WZON, and WKIT HD3 at 9 AM on Saturday. If you are not near a radio, listen on your computer at http://www.wzonthepulse.com or your smartphone or tablet with the free WZON 620 AM app. A podcast of the show is typically posted immediately after the show, and can be downloaded at www.woofmeowshow.com and the Apple iTunes store.    

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Pet Tip - AAHA Behavior Guidelines

In 2015 the American Animal Hospital Association published their Canine and Feline Behavior Management Guidelines, reporting that "More dogs and cats are affected by behavioral problems than any other condition."

Behavioral problems can be frustrating for you and your pet. Please do not delay in discussing them with your veterinarian. There is no evidence to suggest that pets will outgrow these problems.

The guidelines also recommend 'It is essential that clients ask trainers about specific tools and techniques used. If the tools or techniques include prong collars, shock
Collars, or leash/collar jerks/yanks, or if the trainer explains behavior in terms of ''dominance'' or throws anything at a dog, advise clients to switch trainers."

By addressing your pet's behavior problems in a prompt and kind manner, you can help make sure you and your pet remain best friends for life.

Direct download: Pet_Tip-2016-08-21-2016-08-27-AAHA_Bhx_Mgt_Guidelines.mp3
Category:Pet Tip -- posted at: 11:30am EDT
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 The Bangor Humane Society and the 23rd Annual Paws on Parade with Suzan Bell

Kate and Don talk with Executive Director Suzan Bell from the Bangor Humane Society. We discuss the history of the organization, how they are funded, the amazing pets they care for and rehome, and their upcoming event and fundraiser, Paws on Parade. Tune in and learn more about this amazing organization that helps thousands of pets throughout northern and eastern Maine.

 You can hear The Woof Meow Show on The Pulse AM620, WZON, and WKIT HD3 at 9 AM on Saturday. If you are not near a radio, listen on your computer at http://www.wzonthepulse.com or your smartphone or tablet with the free WZON 620 AM app. A podcast of the show is typically posted immediately after the show, and can be downloaded at www.woofmeowshow.com and the Apple iTunes store.    

Direct download: WoofMeowShow2016-08-20-BHS_Suzan_Bell.mp3
Category:Bangor Humane Society -- posted at: 8:06pm EDT
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Respiratory Disease in Cats-Dr. Mike McCaw – Veazie Veterinary Clinic

This week we talk with Dr. Mike McCaw from the Veazie Veterinary Clinic about respiratory disease in cats; one of the top two health issues for our feline friends. We start our discussion with upper respiratory infections; symptoms, risk factors, potential causes, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. Then we move on to asthma in cats and finally the detriment of second-hand smoke to our cat’s health.

You can hear The Woof Meow Show on The Pulse AM620, WZON, and WKIT HD3 at 9 AM on Saturday. If you are not near a radio, listen on your computer at http://www.wzonthepulse.com or your smartphone or tablet with the free WZON 620 AM app. A podcast of the show is typically posted immediately after the show, and can be downloaded at www.woofmeowshow.com and the Apple iTunes store.

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Interview with Teoti Anderson - Dog Trainer, Speaker and Author of The Dog Behavior Problem Solver: Step-by-Step Positive Training Techniques to Correct More Than 20 Problem Behaviors

Kate and Don interview Teoti Anderson from A Dog's Best Friend in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Teoti is a dog trainer, an internationally recognized speaker and author of seven books on dog training, including her latest; The Dog Behavior Problem Solver: Step-by-Step Positive Training Techniques to Correct More Than 20 Problem Behaviors. Teoti shares how she got interested in dog training and started her career as a pet care professional. We discuss her book, asking her to address the top three problem behaviors she sees with her clients. We round out our interview with Teoti asking how she would advise a first-time puppy parent and a student interested in a career as a pet care professional.

You can learn more about Teoti at:

                                      

You can hear The Woof Meow Show on The Pulse AM620, WZON, and WKIT HD3 at 9 AM on Saturday. If you are not near a radio, listen on your computer at http://www.wzonthepulse.com or your smartphone or tablet with the free WZON 620 AM app. A podcast of the show is typically posted immediately after the show, and can be downloaded at www.woofmeowshow.com and the Apple iTunes store.    

Direct download: WoofMeowShow2016-07-09-Interview-Teoti_Anderson.mp3
Category:Pet Professional Profile -- posted at: 11:00am EDT
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Pet Professional Profile – Dr. Chris Barry from Kindred Spirits Veterinary Clinic

Kate and Don interview Dr. Chris Barry from Kindred Spirits Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Barry tells us how he became interested in veterinary medicine, about his early life with animals, and his experience in veterinary school. We ask him how he came to Maine, what aspects of veterinary medicine are especially interesting to him, and what he would tell others considering a career in veterinary medicine.

You can hear The Woof Meow Show on The Pulse AM620, WZON, and WKIT HD3 at 12 Noon on Saturday. If you are not near a radio, listen on your computer at http://www.wzonthepulse.com or your smartphone or tablet with the free WZON 620 AM app. A podcast of the show is typically posted immediately after the show, and can be downloaded at www.woofmeowshow.com and the Apple iTunes store.  

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Summer Seasonal Pet Tips

Kate and Don discuss a variety of pet tips directly related to summer and the increasing temperature. They start off the show discussing how the heat and sun can adversely affect our pets. Then they switch to water safety, followed by talking about how to deal with bug bites, stings, parasites, and seasonal allergies like those caused by tree and grass pollens. Then they move to chemicals like lawn fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides, fungicides, insecticides, rodenticides and all sorts of other “…cides” that are routinely used in our environment to kill something we do not like. Next, they discuss the pros and cons of traveling and vacationing with pets including steps you can take to make the experience more fun than exasperating. Finally, they talk about the gatherings of people that occur in the summer and how that may negatively affect your pet.

For more information on these topics, check out Don’s blog (www.words-woofs-meows) and the post entitled Summer Pet Care Tips - http://www.greenacreskennel.com/blog/2015/06/07/summer-pet-care-tips/

You can hear The Woof Meow Show on The Pulse AM620, WZON, and WKIT HD3 at 12 Noon on Saturday. If you are not near a radio, listen on your computer at http://www.wzonthepulse.com or your smartphone or tablet with the free WZON 620 AM app. A podcast of the show is typically posted immediately after the show, and can be downloaded at www.woofmeowshow.com and the Apple iTunes store.  

Direct download: WoofMeowShow2016-06-18-Summer_Seasonal_Pet_Tips.mp3
Category:Pet Health & Wellness -- posted at: 4:00pm EDT
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ENCORE: Pet Behavior, Vets & The AAHA Canine and Feline Behavior Management Guidelines – Dr. Dave Cloutier – Veazie Veterinary Clinic

Sometimes the topics we discuss on the show are so important we choose to run the show again. This is one of those shows. In this encore presentation of a show that aired on March 12th,  Kate, Don and Dr. Dave Cloutier of the Veazie Veterinary Clinic discuss the American Animal Hospital Associations (AAHA) new guidelines on behavior management for dogs and cats. This groundbreaking document represents the first time that a major veterinary organization has addressed pet behavior. According to the guidelines “More dogs and cats are affected by behavioral problems than any other condition, often resulting in euthanasia, relinquishment of the patient, or chronic suffering.” Tune in and learn why pet behavior is so important and why a behavioral assessment should be part of every pet’s annual wellness exam.

Dr. Cloutier, Kate, and Don discuss reasons for an increase in behavior problems, and how these problems can best be addressed. Dr. Cloutier explains changes he and his colleagues have made to work towards free-free visits for their clients. We address serious behavioral problems such as separation anxiety and aggression as well as nuisance behaviors like jumping, barking, and counter surfing. We discuss how veterinarians and dog trainers can work together and why it is essential to focus on rewarding desired behaviors and removing rewards for unwanted behaviors. Lastly, we review the guidelines recommendations on refraining from using any training methods that use aversive techniques such as electronic shock collars, choke collars, prong collars, alpha-rollovers, and other things that work on the basis of fear, intimidation, force, discomfort or pain.

 

You can hear The Woof Meow Show on The Pulse AM620, WZON, and WKIT HD3 at 9 AM on Saturday. If you are not near a radio, listen on your computer at http://www.wzonthepulse.com or your smartphone or tablet with the free WZON 620 AM app. A podcast of the show is typically posted immediately after the show, and can be downloaded at www.woofmeowshow.com and the Apple iTunes store.    

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