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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

Jun 22, 2013

One of the most important periods during a puppy's life is the socialization and habituation period which occurs between 8 and 16 weeks of age. 

During this period a puppy will be most open to exposure to new things; whether they are people, environments, objects, places, types of dress, other animals and much more.

This is why starting your puppy in an appropriate puppy kindergarten class during this time is so essential. While a puppy class alone will NEVER meet all of your new pups socialization needs, the instructors can provide you with ideas and activities to aid your cause. 

Even more importantly, they can help you understand how to socialize your puppy most effectively. You most setup situations to be positive and not overwhelming.

You can learn more about this important topic at under Articles