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.
Finding the Right Dog for You and Your Family - Part 2

If you are thinking about getting a dog, this is the show for you! In the course of their combined 40+ years as pet care professionals, Kate and Don have worked with numerous people to help them find a dog that best fits their lifestyle and situation, that is, in essence, the “right dog, for them and their family.” In this second in a two show series, Don and Kate discuss additional factors to consider when getting a dog, including; size, coat type, resources, and where to get the dog of your dreams. They also have a frank discussion about getting a dog from a breeder, shelter or rescue and offer suggestions on what to look for as well as warning signs that indicate a source may not be the best place to get a dog.

An article on this topic can be found at Don’s blog, www.words-woofs-meows.com by searching for “Finding the Right Dog for You and Your Family.”

 Green Acres Kennel Shop also offers a free Which Pet for Me/Our Family? That gives you an opportunity to meet with Don & Kate. Call us at 945-6841 to schedule an appointment.

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Finding the Right Dog for You and Your Family - Part 1

If you are thinking about getting a dog, this is the show for you! In the course of their combined 40+ years as pet care professionals, Kate and Don have worked with numerous people to help them find a dog that best fits their lifestyle and situation, that is, in essence, the "right dog, for them and their family." In this first of two shows, they discuss the many factors one needs to consider before they even start looking for a specific dog. Just some of the factors discussed include; allergies within the family, who will care for the dog, will the dog be around children, will you take the dog to work, do you have other pets, why do you want a dog, what will be the role of the dog in your family and many more. They will discuss the pros and cons of getting a puppy versus an older dog and mutt, versus pure bred, versus designer breed.

Green Acres Kennel Shop also offers a free Which Pet for Me/Our Family? That gives you an opportunity to meet with Don & Kate. Call us at 945-6841 to schedule an appointment.

An article on this topic can be found at Don's blog, www.words-woofs-meows.com by searching for "Finding the Right Dog for You and Your Family."

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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How to Choose A Dog Trainer

Kate, and Don discuss what to look for when choosing a dog trainer and dog training class, as well as what to avoid. Dog training and recommended approaches to training a dog have changed dramatically as we have learned more about canines. As a result, we now know that some long-standing methods used to train a dog in the past, are in fact detrimental and can cause serious, long-term harm to your dog. Learn what to look for so that you and your dog have the best experience possible.

You can find an article on this topic on Don’s blog at http://www.greenacreskennel.com/blog/2017/01/08/how-to-choose-a-dog-trainer/

Direct download: WoofMeowShow-2017-01-07How_to_Choose_A_Dog_Trainer.mp3
Category:Dog Training and Behavior -- posted at: 11:23pm EST
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The benefits of training your dog and 2017 Training Classes at Green Acres

Kate and Don discuss why training a dog is so beneficial to all involved; the dog, the dog’s immediate family, and society in general. They discuss the advantages of working with a certified professional dog trainer so that you have someone that can coach both you and your dog when things are not going as expected. Additionally, they discuss why choosing a trainer that is committed to pain-free, force-free and fear-free training is so important. Lastly, they discuss the training classes that will be offered at Green Acres Kennel Shop in 2017.

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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Holiday Gifts for Pets and Their People

This is one of our favorite annual shows as it gives us an opportunity to discuss some of our newest and some of our favorite gifts ideas for pets and their people.  If you are looking for that perfect holiday gift, you will not want to miss this show. We discuss the following; Beco, Benebone, eco-friendly, cat-friendly, Yeowww! Stinkies, catnip, Tuckers, Dehydrated Beef Bones, Tuckers Carnibar, Open farm Dehydrated Dog Treats, Snicky Snacks Doggie Shareables Dog Treats, Whimzees Natural Dog Treats, Lupine Eco-Collection, Green Acres Gift Cards, Super Snouts, GI Balance All-in-one, Joint Power, Super Shrooms, Urinary Berry Urinary Tract Support, Firm Up Pumpkin, VetriScience, GlycoFlex Plus, Probiotic Everyday, Composure, Hairball, Nebo Lil' Larry LED Flashlight, Jakes Dog Treat Mix, Pawz Reusable Boots, Mutt Nose Best Healing Stick, and Bach Rescue Remedy

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: WoofMeowShow-2016-12-03Holiday_Gifts_for_Pets_and_Their_People.mp3
Category:Pet Products -- posted at: 12:00pm EST
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Help Keep Seniors & Pets Together! -  Green Acres' 9th Annual Fundraiser for the EAAA Furry Friends Food Bank

Kate and Don talk with Robert Crone from the Eastern Area Agency on Aging about the vital services this agency and its volunteers provide for seniors in Penobscot, Piscataquis, Hancock, and Washington counties. They talk about the Furry Friends Food Bank, its inception, and Green Acres Kennel Shop's 9th annual fundraiser for this cause that helps keep pets and senior together and healthy. Tune in and learn how you can help!

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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Careers with Animals-Veterinary Technicians-Roger Barkman

Have you thought about a career with animals? Perhaps you have a son or daughter, maybe even a grandchild interested in working with pets. If so, this show is a great introduction to a career as a veterinary technician. Kate and Don interview Roger Barkman, the Program Coordinator for the Veterinary Technology program at the University of Maine-Augusta Bangor campus. Mr. Barkman discusses his career as a veterinary technician and educator and UMA's Veterinary Technology program.

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Cold Weather and Holiday Tips for Pets-2016

The seasons they are a changing. The days are getting shorter, the temperature is decreasing, and the joy and chaos of holiday festivities are upon us. This can be a tough time of year for our pets so Kate and Don provide some tips on keeping your pet and you safe and happy.

Direct download: WoofMeowShow-2016-11-05Cold_Weather_Holiday_Tips_for_Pets.mp3
Category:General Pet Care -- posted at: 10:00am EST
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Listener Questions No. 26 All About Cats with Dr. Mike McCaw from Veazie Veterinary Clinic

Kate, Don and Dr. Mike McCaw from the Veazie Veterinary Clinic answer listener questions about cats. Questions we address are: How many kittens are in the typical cat letter?,  How old should kittens be before you can handle them and play with them?, Do all indoor cats need to have a Rabies shot?, If I live in a rural area is it okay to let my cat outdoors? How can I help an outdoor cat learn to like being indoors?, What is it with cats and bags and boxes?, How big of a deal is teeth grinding with cats?, Why does my cat always follow me into the bathroom?, Why do some cats play in their water dishes? How can I keep my plants safe from my cats?, When should I be concerned about my senior cat's mobility and pain levels? We have a cat door, and my cat brings in "feathered gifts," what can I do? and cats and holiday ribbon - help!?!

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Holistic and Complementary Wellness for Pets - Bach Flowers for Pets with Don Hanson

Kate takes over the hosting duties for this show as she interviews Don about his experiences as a Bach Foundation Registered Animal Practitioner. They talk about the Bach Flower Remedies, including Bach Rescue Remedy, discuss how the remedies are used, and how Don became interested in their use with animals. Kate asks Don about his training as a practitioner and the pets he has helped. They wrap things up with a discussion of which remedies Don believes would be useful in the home of any pet lover.

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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Holistic and Complementary Wellness for Pets - Veterinary Acupuncture and Chiropractic for Pets with Dr. Michael Munzer - All Creatures Acupuncture

Don and Kate interview Dr. Michael Munzer about the use of acupuncture and chiropractic veterinary care with pets. In the first half hour we define acupuncture, discuss why Dr. Munzer incorporates it in his practice and ask him about his training. Dr. Munzer tells us how acupuncture can benefit pets, how they react to acupuncture and how you might determine if it might be a good choice for your pet. Acupuncture is not just for treating pain, but can be useful in treating skin issues, neurological issues and even behavioral issues. In the second half of the show, we focus on chiropractic for pets, asking about Dr. Munzer's training, and how he as incorporated chiropractic care in his practice with everything from small cats to large cows. Chiropractic can be very beneficial for treating a number of issues, either alone, or used with other modalities. If you are curious about acupuncture, chiropractic or how both might benefit your pet, tune into this show.

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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The Holistic Wellness Day for Pets with Don Hanson and Paul Dupuis on The Wave

Paul Dupuis of 93.7 & 94.1 the Wave interviews Green Acres Kennel Shops' Don Hanson about the Holistic Wellness Day for Pets fundraiser for The Green Gem Healing Oasis that Green Acres is hosting on Saturday, October 29th. Due to technical difficulties, you will hear mostly Don.

http://www.greenacreskennel.com/event/3/the-green-gem-healing-oasis.html

Direct download: The_Wave_Interview-Holistic_Wellness_Day_for_Pets-5OCT16.mp3
Category:Pet Health & Wellness -- posted at: 7:30am EST
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PET TIP - The Importance of Training Your Dog

Investing your time and energy into a dog training class taught by a certified professional dog trainer is one of the best things that you can do for the relationship between your dog and your family.

Dogs without training often develop behavioral issues and end up homeless at an animal shelter.

A well designed class will teach you about normal and abnormal dog behaviors as well as how your dog communicates.

You will learn how to teach your dog basic behaviors like coming when called, walking on a loose leash, and remaining seated when greeting people.

Classes should be small in size and allow the whole family to attend.

Make sure your trainer is committed to training that is force free, fear free and pain free.

The best classes will also be fun!

You can find more information on dog training classes at our website, greenacreskennel.com or at the Green Acres Kennel Shop FaceBook page.

Direct download: Pet_Tip-2016-10-02-2016-10-08-Importance_of_Training.mp3
Category:Pet Tip -- posted at: 11:00am EST
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Holistic and Complementary Wellness for Pets - Nutrition and Raw Food for Pets with Bette Schubert from Bravo Pet Foods

This is the second in a series of shows on Holistic and Complementary Wellness for Pets. In this show Kate and Don talk with Bette Schubert from Bravo Pet Foods. Bette tells how having her dog die after being fed a high-quality dog kibble contaminated with aflatoxin led her to teach herself about feeding a raw diet and starting Bravo Pet Foods. She discusses both the benefits and obstacles of feeding pets a raw diet and shares her experiences with pets that have benefited greatly from feeding a raw diet. Kate and Don also share their experiences feeding their pets a raw diet.

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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 EST
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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 EST
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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 EST
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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 EST
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