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Welcome to Maine’s radio show and podcast all about dogs and cats and the people that share their lives. Our goal is to inform and educate you about the needs and wants of your furry friends so that your lives together can be the best that they can be. 

Kate and I discuss the latest news from the pet world covering a wide range of topics such as; basic healthcare, how to choose a good cat or dog food, training, behavior, and management of your pet, resolving problem behavior, serious health issues, and more. Sometimes a show is just the two of us having a conversation, but we also have guests on the shows from our hometown, Bangor, ME and from all throughout the USA. Veterinarians, authors, trainers, behaviorists, filmmakers, shelter managers, and others have all shared their knowledge with us on The Woof Meow Show

Whether you listen to our podcast or to the show as it is broadcast on Saturday at 9 AM on Z62 Retro Radio AM620, WZON, and WKIT HD3, we hope you find the show enjoyable and a valuable resource and that you become a regular listener. If you have a topic you would like us to consider for the show, contact me at

Don Hanson, Producer & Co-Host

Sep 14, 2014

A dog that growls is not being a bad or vicious dog. In fact by growling, a dog is simply trying to prevent a bite.

While some dogs will growl in play, it's important to pay attention when a dog is growling because they are afraid, angry, or upset. These are all emotional conditions that could precede a bite and are a perfect cue for us to change our behavior so that the dog does not need to escalate to the next step - biting.

Please don't get embarrassed or angry with your dog when they growl. They are not being mean, they are just trying to say "I'm very uncomfortable, please help me and don't do that."

Even more importantly, NEVER punish your dog in any way for growling. This may cause the dog to stop growling and to just proceed to biting.

If you have a dog that growls frequently, a veterinary checkup and an appointment with a certified dog behavior consultant is in order.