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The Woof Meow Show

The Woof Meow Show, airing since 2004, is hosted by Don Hanson and Kate Dutra of the Green Acres Kennel Shop in Bangor, Maine. The show focuses on educating people about dogs and cats, their behavior, health care, nutritional needs, and their relationship with their people. Guests range from local veterinarians to authors and experts in their fields from around the US.

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Understanding, Identifying, and Coping with Canine Stress
In this episode of The Woof Meow Show from October 9th, 2021, Kate and Don discuss Don’s article, Understanding, Identifying, and Coping with Canine Stress, published in the July 2021 issue of BARKS from the Guild and at  https://barksfromtheguild.com/article/understanding-identifying-and-coping-with-canine-stress/
45:54 11/17/2021
Cold Weather and Holiday Tips for Pets-2021
In this episode of The Woof Meow Show from November 6th, 2021 Kate and Don discuss the change in the seasons and how reduced daylight, lower temperatures, snow, and ice, and the holidays affect our pets. Tune in and learn how you can keep your pet safe and happy in the cold, dark, icy, and festive months of winter. Cold Weather and Holiday Tips for Pets - http://bit.ly/ColdWeatherHolidayTips
47:45 11/10/2021
Podcast – The 14th Annual Fundraiser for the EAAA Furry Friends Food Bank
In this episode of The Woof Meow Show from October 30th, 2021, Don talks with Kelly Adams and Mike Trafton of the Eastern Area Agency on Aging (EAAA) about the Furry Friends Food Bank and the 14th annual fundraiser sponsored by Green Acres Kennel Shop, The Woof Meow Show, and ForceFreePets. Click here to donate to the Furry Friends Food Bank –  https://www.greenacres-donate.com Click here to learn more about the Eastern Area Agency on Aging – https://www.eaaa.org/ Click here to learn more about the EAAA Furry Friends Food Bank – https://www.eaaa.org/furry-friends-food-bank/ Click here to go to the Friends of the Furry Friends Food Bank Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/GAKS.FFFFB/ Contact Info Friends of the EAAA Furry Friends Food Bank Website: https://www.greenacres-donate.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GAKS.FFFFB/ Eastern Area Agency on Aging Phone: 207-941-2865 Address: Main Office – 240 State St., (Twin City Plaza) Brewer, ME Website: https://www.eaaa.org/ & https://www.eaaa.org/furry-friends-food-bank/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/easternaaa/ Don Hanson & Kate Dutra Green Acres Kennel Shop, ForceFreePets.com & The Woof Meow Show Address: 1653 Union St, Bangor, ME 04401-2204 Phone: (207) 945-6841, x103 Email-Email Don Website-Green Acres: https://www.greenacreskennel.com/ Facebook-Green Acres: https://www.facebook.com/GreenAcresKennelShop/ Website-The Woof Meow Show: https://woofmeowshow.libsyn.com/ Facebook-The Woof Meow Show: https://www.facebook.com/WoofMeowShow/ Website-ForceFreePets-https://forcefreepets.com/ Facebook-ForceFreePets-https://www.facebook.com/ForceFreePets  
48:46 10/29/2021
WoofMeowShow-2021-10-02-Things to Consider When Leaving Your Pet in the Care of Someone Else
Every year millions of dogs and cats of various breeds, sizes, and ages are cared for by boarding facilities, pet sitters, friends, and family members. This could be for multiple reasons: traveling for business or vacation, extended work schedules, or a family emergency or illness. While many pets, dogs, in particular, find a stay at a boarding facility fun, despite the best efforts of pet care professionals, not all pets do well away from home. When this occurs, a pet care professional is responsible for informing you of this situation; they want your pet to have a low-stress and enjoyable stay and go home happy and healthy.  While many factors require consideration before boarding your pet, temperament, health, and age top the list. Most boarding facilities provide more comprehensive care for their guests than the typical hotel does for humans. That is why the process of booking a reservation for your pet is not as easy as booking a hotel room for yourself online. A reputable boarding facility will ask questions about your pet's vaccinations, temperament, play style, health, food preferences, and medications. A boarding facility provides a place to rest and sleep but is also responsible for; meals, mental enrichment and play, housekeeping, physical handling, routine medication if needed, and sometimes grooming services. If a pet becomes unwell, those services may include transportation to the veterinarian. If you or your designated representative is not available, the boarding facility and their veterinarian may need to make medical decisions for your pet. Your Pet's Temperament Just as people have a wide range of temperaments, so do pets.  Some will be constantly happy and look forward to meeting every new, living thing they encounter. At the opposite extreme, some will dislike and even fear anything new and may never open up to other animals or people. Even a change in environment, such as moving from a familiar home to a boarding facility or home of a friend, whether filled with other critters and people or not, can be overwhelming for some pets. A fearful pet is not a "bad" pet; they are just animals struggling in a difficult situation and require patience and understanding. Unfortunately, a frequently anxious or fearful pet is unlikely to enjoy being cared for anywhere outside of their home. No matter who cares for your pet, they must be able to handle them regardless of the pet's mood. While any animal can have an intemperate moment and bite, pets that are fear aggressive are more likely to pose a bite risk. Therefore, they are probably not a good candidate for a boarding facility or a pet sitter. It is a pet parent's responsibility to disclose this information and to find a suitable alternative. A reputable professional may be able to work with you to help acclimate your pet to staying away from home. However, please be aware that this is a prolonged process and must start weeks, if not months, before leaving your pet. Your Pet's Health and Age Most pets are relatively healthy during their younger years, but underlying health issues may arise as they age.  It is essential to do a mental and physical assessment of your pet every time you board them to ensure that they are in good health. If, at any time, you have concerns, or are made aware of health issues by your veterinarian, contact your boarding facility and have a conversation with them regarding these issues. Concerns can be anything from increased water consumption or decreased appetite, hints of dementia, increased stiffness in joints, or reactivity and aggression. The boarding facility may suggest or even require that you have your pet examined by a veterinarian before boarding, but that is a better alternative to receiving a phone call and having to consult and make decisions over the phone while you are hours away  The boarding facility will need to be able to easily and quickly contact you at any time if something arises and emergency healthcare is necessary. If you will be unable to be reached while away, you need to have a friend, family member, or veterinarian designated to act on your pet's behalf. They must be available and able to be reached quickly and easily. While a caregiver for your pet may have you sign a contract giving them authority to act in your pet's best interest if you are unreachable, the preferred situation would always place you as the person in charge of any life-altering decisions regarding your pet. Illnesses can come on suddenly, and life and death decisions may need to be made quickly to prevent your pet from suffering. An alternative is to have your attorney draft a healthcare directive for your pet. If you choose this option, be sure that your pet's caregiver and veterinarian have a copy. While the boarding facility staff and pet sitters should be knowledgeable on pet first aid, common health issues, nutrition, pet play dynamics, and normal and abnormal pet behavior, they are not veterinarians. Therefore, if you or your veterinarian believe that your pet needs any of the following; continuous medical observation, the administration of an IV for medications or hydration, frequent temperature checks, physical assistance to relieve themselves, or wellness checks several times throughout the night, your pet will be best served by being at home in familiar surroundings or with their veterinarian or an individual with a similar level of knowledge and experience. The owners and employees of pet care facilities are in the profession for their love of animals. However, there is nothing more difficult for them than to watch a pet suffer either emotionally or physically while in their care.  Please help both them and your pet by maintaining an open line of communication regarding the care of your pet while you are away. Recommended Resources Articles on Don's Blog ( http://www.words-woofs-meows.com  )  Cat Behavior – Make Your Life Easier – Get Your Cat to Love Their Carrier – http://bit.ly/Cats-Carriers Canine Behavior – Understanding, Identifying and Coping with Canine Stress – http://bit.ly/Canine-Stress Please Be Cautious When Choosing Who Cares For Your Pets – https://www.greenacreskennel.com/blog/2016/04/11/pet-care-services-please-be-cautious-when-choosing-who-cares-for-your-pets/ Traveling – Do you take the dog along or leave him with someone? – https://www.greenacreskennel.com/blog/2016/04/11/traveling-do-you-take-the-dog-along-or-leave-him-with-someone/ Pet Care Options When You Go Away: Pet Sitter, Neighbor, Boarding Facility – http://www.greenacreskennel.com/blog/2015/09/01/pets-who-cares-for-them-when-you-are-away/ Selecting A Pet Care Provider – Yes! A Trend Towards Kinder and Gentler Professional Pet Care – Green Acres Kennel Shop's "Pet-Friendly" Philosophy – Part 1 – http://www.greenacreskennel.com/blog/2015/04/02/yes-a-trend-towards-kinder-and-gentler-professional-pet-care-green-acres-kennel-shops-pet-friendly-philosophy-part-1/ Podcasts from The Woof Meow Show ( http://woofmeowshow.libsyn.com/ ) Things to Consider When Leaving Your Pet in the Care of Someone Else – Things To Consider When Boarding A Pet-Part 1 (2018) – https://www.greenacreskennel.com/blog/2018/07/08/podcast-things-to-consider-when-boarding-a-pet-part-1/ Things To Consider When Boarding A Pet-Part 2 – https://www.greenacreskennel.com/blog/2018/08/09/podcast-things-to-consider-when-boarding-a-pet-part-2/
46:51 10/07/2021
Holiday Pet Portraits with Deb Bell from Bell’s Furry Friends Photography
In this episode of The Woof Meow Show from August 28th, 2021, Don interviews Debra Bell from Bell’s Furry Friends Photography, discussing how Deb came to specialize in the photography of people and their pets. We also discuss the 12th annual Holiday Pet Portraits, a joint event of Green Acres Kennel Shop and Bell’s Furry Friends Photography that benefits the Eastern Area Agency on Aging Furry Friends Food Bank. Deb has been taking photos of Don, Paula, their pets, and their Green Acres team for years. In the following link, Don has shared an album of photographs taken by Deb that mean the most to him. Take a look, and you will see why Deb has been voted the Bangor Region’s Best Pet Photographer year after year.  http://bit.ly/FavPhotosByDebBell For the 12th year, Debra Bell from Bell’s Furry Friends Photography will be offering Holiday Pet Portrait sessions at Green Acres Kennel Shop. Both indoor and outdoor sessions are available on Sunday, October 18th, from 8 AM to 5 PM. Indoor sessions will be available on Sunday, October 31st, from 9 AM to 4 PM. Session details can be found below. We expect sessions to fill fast, so reserve your spot today by calling Green Acres at 207-945-6841 or email Deb. ( FMI – http://bit.ly/HolidayPetPortraits ) Double or Field Session, $160 – Includes a 40-minute session for pets and people, a $20 donation to the Furry Friends Food Bank, a 5X7 gift print and gift bag, a personal image review session with Deb and a bonus holiday social media image. Single Session, $80 – Includes a 20-minute session for pets and people, a $10 donation to the Furry Friends Food Bank, a 5X7 gift print and gift bag, a personal image review session with Deb, and a bonus holiday social media image. CONTACT INFO Deb Bell Bell’s Furry Friends Photography Phone: 207-356-2353 Email: Email Deb Website: https://www.bffpetphotos.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BellsFurryFriends Don Hanson Green Acres Kennel Shop, ForceFreePets.com & The Woof Meow ShowAddress: 1653 Union St, Bangor, ME 04401-2204 Phone: (207) 945-6841, x103 Email-Email Don Website-Green Acres: https://www.greenacreskennel.com/ Facebook-Green Acres: https://www.facebook.com/GreenAcresKennelShop/ Website-The Woof Meow Show: https://woofmeowshow.libsyn.com/ Facebook-The Woof Meow Show: https://www.facebook.com/WoofMeowShow/ Website-ForceFreePets-https://forcefreepets.com/ Facebook-ForceFreePets-https://www.facebook.com/ForceFreePets  
47:52 08/30/2021
The Bangor Humane Society’s & the 28th Annual Paws on Parade-2OCT21
In this episode of The Woof Meow Show from August 14th, 2021, Don talks with Suzan Prendergast and Kathryn Ravenscraft from the Bangor Humane Society about the 28th annual Paws on Parade. They talk about the mission of the Humane Society, how the pandemic has affected their operations, and how you can participate in Paws on Parade on Saturday, October 2nd starting at 9 AM at Husson University. FMI - https://donations.bangorhumane.org/event/paws-goes-to-woofstock/e336617 Contact Info Suzan Prendergast and Kathryn Ravenscraft The Bangor Humane Society Address: 693 Mt. Hope Ave., Bangor, ME 04401 Phone: (207)-942-8902 Website-https://www.bangorhumane.org/ Facebook-https://www.facebook.com/BangorHumane Don Hanson & Kate Dutra Green Acres Kennel Shop, ForceFreePets.com & The Woof Meow Show Address: 1653 Union St, Bangor, ME 04401-2204 Phone: (207) 945-6841, x103 Email-Email Don Website-Green Acres: https://www.greenacreskennel.com/ Facebook-Green Acres: https://www.facebook.com/GreenAcresKennelShop/ Website-The Woof Meow Show: https://woofmeowshow.libsyn.com/ Facebook-The Woof Meow Show: https://www.facebook.com/WoofMeowShow/ Website-ForceFreePets-https://forcefreepets.com/ Facebook-ForceFreePets-https://www.facebook.com/ForceFreePets
47:19 08/13/2021
Vital Essentials Pet Food-Part 2-The Products-24JUL21
In this episode of The Woof Meow Show from July 24th, 2021, Kate and Don are again speaking with Joey Weichmann & Leslie Durocher about Vital Essentials pet food. Last week, we talked about the company. This week, we are looking at the many products available from Vital Essentials. We start by discussing the  Vital Essentials Raw Bar, which is essentially a selection of freeze-dried appetizers and snacks for dogs and cats. Then we look at their comprehensive line of freeze-dried treats, including their number one seller, freeze-dried minnows. Lastly, we review Vital Essential's complete meals for cats and dogs, the available proteins, and the formats available as frozen raw and freeze-dried. If you want to learn more about the company behind Vital Essentials, checkout last week's podcast. Contact Info Joey Weichmann & Leslie Durocher The Carnivore Meat Company – Vital Essentials Address: P.O. Box 9227, Green Bay, WI 54308-9227 Phone: 800-743-0322 Email: customerservice@vitalessentialsraw.com Website: https://www.vitalessentialsraw.com/ Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/VitalEssentialsRaw Don Hanson & Kate Dutra Green Acres Kennel Shop, ForceFreePets.com & The Woof Meow ShowAddress: 1653 Union St, Bangor, ME 04401-2204 Phone: (207) 945-6841, x103 Email-Email Don Website-Green Acres: https://www.greenacreskennel.com/ Facebook-Green Acres: https://www.facebook.com/GreenAcresKennelShop/ Website-The Woof Meow Show: https://woofmeowshow.libsyn.com/ Facebook-The Woof Meow Show: https://www.facebook.com/WoofMeowShow/ Website-ForceFreePets-https://forcefreepets.com/ Facebook-ForceFreePets-https://www.facebook.com/ForceFreePets Recommended Resources Green Acres Pet Nutrition Resources Page – http://bit.ly/GAKS_Nut_Home GAKS Philosophy on Pet Nutrition – http://bit.ly/GAKS_Nut_Phil Pet Nutrition –Vital Essentials® Pet Food – https://bit.ly/VitalEssAtGAKS Video The Science and Dogma of Pet Nutrition with Dr. Richard Patton – http://bit.ly/Video-Dr-Richard-Patton Book Review – Ruined by Excess, Perfected by Lack – The paradox of pet nutrition by Richard Patton – http://bit.ly/RuinedByExcess-BookReview Vital Essentials Pet Food-Part 1-The Company-24JUL21 – https://bit.ly/WfMw-VE1-17JUL21 Podcasts-Two Conversations with Animal Nutritionist Dr. Richard Patton – https://bit.ly/WfMw2wPattonAPR21 You can listen to The Woof Meow Show on Z62 Retro Radio, AM620, and WKIT HD3 at 9 AM on Saturday. If you are not near a radio, listen on your computer at http://bit.ly/AM620-WZON or your smartphone or tablet with the free WZON 620 AM app. A podcast of the show is typically posted immediately after the show. You can download this show and others at http://bit.ly/WfMwPodcasts, at Don’s blog http://bit.ly/Words-Woofs-Meows and the Apple iTunes store.  
45:57 07/18/2021
Vital Essentials Pet Food-Part 1-The Company-17JUL21
In this episode of The Woof Meow Show from July 17th, 2021, Kate and Don talk with Joey Weichmann & Leslie Durocher of the Carnivore Meat Company, the makers of Vital Essentials pet food. While the Vital Essentials brand launched in 2009, the company has been producing raw food for pets since 1968. In this first of two episodes, we talk about: the company, its mission, how they source its raw ingredients, how diets are formulated and manufactured, and the quality certifications they have received. Be sure to tune in to our next show in this series when we discuss Vital Essentials wide variety of complete meals, snacks, and treats for cats and dogs. Contact Info Joey Weichmann & Leslie Durocher The Carnivore Meat Company – Vital Essentials Address: P.O. Box 9227, Green Bay, WI 54308-9227 Phone: 800-743-0322 Email: customerservice@vitalessentialsraw.com Website: https://www.vitalessentialsraw.com/ Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/VitalEssentialsRaw Don Hanson & Kate Dutra Green Acres Kennel Shop, ForceFreePets.com & The Woof Meow ShowAddress: 1653 Union St, Bangor, ME 04401-2204 Phone: (207) 945-6841, x103 Email-Email Don Website-Green Acres: https://www.greenacreskennel.com/ Facebook-Green Acres: https://www.facebook.com/GreenAcresKennelShop/ Website-The Woof Meow Show: https://woofmeowshow.libsyn.com/ Facebook-The Woof Meow Show: https://www.facebook.com/WoofMeowShow/ Website-ForceFreePets-https://forcefreepets.com/ Facebook-ForceFreePets-https://www.facebook.com/ForceFreePets Green Acres Pet Nutrition Resources Page – http://bit.ly/GAKS_Nut_Home GAKS Philosophy on Pet Nutrition – http://bit.ly/GAKS_Nut_Phil Pet Nutrition –Vital Essentials® Pet Food – https://bit.ly/VitalEssAtGAKS Video The Science and Dogma of Pet Nutrition with Dr. Richard Patton – http://bit.ly/Video-Dr-Richard-Patton Book Review – Ruined by Excess, Perfected by Lack – The paradox of pet nutrition by Richard Patton – http://bit.ly/RuinedByExcess-BookReview Podcasts-Two Conversations with Animal Nutritionist Dr. Richard Patton – https://bit.ly/WfMw2wPattonAPR21  
47:20 07/18/2021
Smoking and Vaping and the Hazards they Create for Our Pets
In this episode of The Woof Meow Show from Don talks with Roxane Dubay, a Public Health Educator/Tobacco Specialist from Bangor Public Health and Community Services, and Dr. Mark Hanks, a veterinarian from Kindred Spirits Veterinary clinic in Orrington, about second and third-hand smoke, nicotine, vape and e-pens, marijuana and the hazard these products pose to our pets. An article on Don's blog at http://bit.ly/Pets-Nicotine-APR21 provides additional information and links on this topic. Contact Info Roxane Dubay Public Health Educator/Tobacco Specialist Bangor Public Health and Community Services 103 Texas Avenue Bangor, Maine 04401 Office: 207-992-4531 Fax: 207-945-3348 www.BangorPublicHealth.org  roxane.dubay@bangormaine.gov Dr. Mark Hanks Kindred Spirits Veterinary Clinic Location: 857 River Rd, Orrington, ME 04474 Phone: (207) 825-8989 Website: https://www.kindredvet.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kindredspiritsvet/ Don Hanson & Kate Dutra Green Acres Kennel Shop, ForceFreePets.com & The Woof Meow ShowLocation: 1653 Union St, Bangor, ME 04401-2204 Phone: (207) 945-6841, x103 Email-Email Don Website-Green Acres: https://www.greenacreskennel.com/ Facebook-Green Acres: https://www.facebook.com/GreenAcresKennelShop/ Website-The Woof Meow Show: https://woofmeowshow.libsyn.com/ Facebook-The Woof Meow Show: https://www.facebook.com/WoofMeowShow/ Website-ForceFreePets-https://forcefreepets.com/ Facebook-ForceFreePets-https://www.facebook.com/ForceFreePets Recommended Resources   Articles on Don's Blog ( http://www.words-woofs-meows.com  )   Tobacco Smoke, Vaping, Nicotine, and The Risk They Pose to Our Pets – http://bit.ly/Pets-Nicotine-APR21 Resources Cited References 1Bertone-Johnson ER, Procter-Gray E, Gollenberg AL, et al. Environmental tobacco smoke and canine urinary cotinine level. Environ Res. 2008;106(3):361-4. Available at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17950271. Accessed Nov 11, 2012. 2Reif JS, Bruns C, Lower KS. Cancer of the Nasal Cavity and Paranasal Sinuses and Exposure to Environmental Tobacco Smoke in Pet Dogs. Am J Epidemiol 1998; 147:488–92. Available at: http://aje.oxfordjournals.org/content/147/5/488.short. Accessed Nov 11, 2012. 3Reif JS, Dunn K, Ogilvie GK et al. Passive smoking and canine lung cancer risk. Am J Epidemiol 1992 Feb 1;135(3):234-9. Available at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1546698. Accessed Nov 11, 2012. 4Environmental Tobacco Smoke and Risk of Malignant Lymphoma in Pet Cats; Am J Epidemiol 2002; 156:268–73. Bertone ER, Snyder LA, Moore AS. http://aje.oxfordjournals.org/content/156/3/268.full 5Matt GE, Quintana PJE, Hovell MF et al.  Households contaminated by environmental tobacco smoke: sources of infant exposures. Tob Control 2004;13:29-3. Available at: http://tobaccocontrol.bmj.com/content/13/1/29.short. Accessed Nov 11, 2012. Other Resources Smoking, Vaping, Nicotine & Pets Stop Smoking – For Your Health and Your Pets' Health – AVMA website – https://www.avma.org/public/PetCare/Pages/Stop-smoking-for-your-pets-health.aspx Animal Poison Control Center – https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control US FDA – Be Smoke-free and Help Your Pets Live Longer, Healthier Lives – https://www.fda.gov/animal-veterinary/animal-health-literacy/be-smoke-free-and-help-your-pets-live-longer-healthier-lives E-CIGARETTES AND PETS DO NOT MIX – https://www.petpoisonhelpline.com/uncategorized/e-cigarettes-pets-mix/ CDC – Quick Facts on the Risks of E-cigarettes for Kids, Teens, and Young Adults – https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/basic_information/e-cigarettes/Quick-Facts-on-the-Risks-of-E-cigarettes-for-Kids-Teens-and-Young-Adults.html Resources to Help You Quit Smoking or Vaping Bangor Public Health & Community Services – Tobacco, E-Cig, & Vaping Prevention – https://www.bangorpublichealth.org/community/tobacco-ecig-vaping-prevention/ com – https://mainequitlink.com/ org – https://breatheeasymaine.org/ Smoke-Free Homes Pledge – https://breatheeasymaine.org/smoke-free-homes-pledge/ MaineHealth Center for Tobacco Independence website – https://ctimaine.org/ You can listen to The Woof Meow Show on Z62 Retro Radio, AM620, and WKIT HD3 at 9 AM on Saturday. If you are not near a radio, listen on your computer at http://bit.ly/AM620-WZON or your smartphone or tablet with the free WZON 620 AM app. A podcast of the show is typically posted immediately after the show. You can download this show and others at http://bit.ly/WfMwPodcasts, at Don's blog http://bit.ly/Words-Woofs-Meows and the Apple iTunes store.
49:06 06/26/2021
Summer and Hot Weather Pet Care-2021
In this episode of The Woof Meow Show from June 5th, 2021, Kate and Don do their annual review of tips for summer and hot weather pet care. We discuss the dangers of heat to paws and dogs when left in cars. We review heat exhaustion and heat stroke in pets so you know how to recognize it and what to do if it occurs. Water safety for pets around home, at camp, and at sea is addressed. Summer is the time for family gatherings which is not something every dog will enjoy. We also address fireworks and parades and how to keep your pet comfortable. Lastly, we address the tick menace. The show is accompanied by a detailed article on Don’s blog at - http://bit.ly/Summer-Pet-Tips
46:49 06/17/2021
WoofMeowShow2021-04-10-An Update on Pet Nutrition Pet Food with Animal Nutritionist Dr. Richard Patton
If you want to learn what and how to feed your pet, you will not want to miss this show.  Kate and Don will be talking with animal nutritionist Dr. Richard Patton. He has over 40 years of experience formulating diets for everything from wild animals to dogs and cats. Dr. Patton was first on the show five years ago. We begin the show by discussing the continued use of excessive amounts of carbohydrates in many pet foods. Dr. Patton explains the importance of quality sources of animal protein and fat in our pets' diets and how to balance the aspects of pet nutrition; low cost, consumer convenience, and optimal nutrition.  Recommended Resources Articles on Don’s Blog ( http://www.words-woofs-meows.com  ) Book Review – Ruined by Excess, Perfected by Lack – The paradox of pet nutrition by Richard Patton - http://www.greenacreskennel.com/blog/2016/03/16/book-review-ruined-by-excess-perfected-by-lack-the-paradox-of-pet-nutrition-by-richard-patton/ GAKS Philosophy on Pet Nutrition – http://bit.ly/GAKS_Nut_Phil What I Feed My Dog and Why I Feed What I Do – https://bit.ly/WhatIFeedAndWhy Things I Wish I Had Known… The Importance of What I Feed My Pets - – WWM-MAR2019 – http://bit.ly/Things-Nutrition-1 Pet Nutrition: Some Myths and Facts – Part 1 – My story with Gus – Maine Dog Magazine – Winter 2017 – http://bit.ly/Gus-Nutrition The Science and Dogma of Pet Nutrition with Dr. Richard Patton with link to 1-hour video –http://bit.ly/Video-Dr-Richard-Patton
45:22 04/16/2021
ENCORE-Pet Nutrition with Dr. Richard Patton, First Air Date: 02APR16,
We first interviewed animal nutritionist Dr. Richard Patton, for a show that aired on April 2nd, 2016. As I reviewed that show preparing for our 2021 interview with Dr. Patton, it was clear that everything we discussed five years ago is still an issue. I'm encoring the 2016 show because It serves as an excellent introduction to our 2021 interview with Dr. Patton.   If you want to learn how you can improve your pet's health and extend their life by changing what and how you feed them, you do not want to miss this show. We start our discussion from these three points; 1) nutrition is never a crisis, but poor nutrition often impacts health and then can cause a medical crisis, 2) we need to accept that we can either have optimal nutrition or convenience and economy, but not both, and 3) we should never be afraid to feed less. From there, we discuss what Dr. Patton calls the 900lb gorilla in the room; the presence of excess soluble carbohydrates in pet food. As Dr. Patton states, "The majority of our nutrition problems can be traced back to the feeding of excess soluble carbohydrates. So until we fix that, it's kind of esoteric to get into an involved discussion about whether salmon is better than trout or kangaroo is better than alligator. My mantra is to reduce the caloric intake, particularly from soluble carbohydrates and starch and sugar."  Recommended Resources Articles on Don’s Blog ( http://www.words-woofs-meows.com  ) Book Review – Ruined by Excess, Perfected by Lack – The paradox of pet nutrition by Richard Patton - http://www.greenacreskennel.com/blog/2016/03/16/book-review-ruined-by-excess-perfected-by-lack-the-paradox-of-pet-nutrition-by-richard-patton/ GAKS Philosophy on Pet Nutrition – http://bit.ly/GAKS_Nut_Phil What I Feed My Dog and Why I Feed What I Do – https://bit.ly/WhatIFeedAndWhy Things I Wish I Had Known… The Importance of What I Feed My Pets - – WWM-MAR2019 – http://bit.ly/Things-Nutrition-1 Pet Nutrition: Some Myths and Facts – Part 1 – My story with Gus – Maine Dog Magazine – Winter 2017 – http://bit.ly/Gus-Nutrition The Science and Dogma of Pet Nutrition with Dr. Richard Patton with link to 1-hour video –http://bit.ly/Video-Dr-Richard-Patton  
46:01 04/16/2021
The Importance of Regular Wellness and Preventative Veterinary Care with Dr. Mark Hanks
In this episode of The Woof Meow Show from March 6th, 2021, Don talks with veterinarian Dr. Mark Hanks from Kindred Spirits Veterinary Clinic in Orrington, Maine. Our topic is the importance and benefit of pets having a veterinarian that knows them and provides them with a regular wellness exam. Dr. Hanks describes what such a typical exam entails for both a cat and a dog. Then we discuss vaccinations, those that are essential and those that are optional, and how your veterinarian can help you make that decision. We briefly touch on the prevalence of tick-borne diseases in Maine and the benefit of having your dog tested for these diseases at least once a year. Dr. Hanks also discusses titer testing and how it is used to assess if booster vaccinations are necessary. He explains his own experience with being vaccinated for Rabies in the '80s when he was in veterinary school and how he has since depended on titer testing to assure him he is still protected against Rabies. We conclude by discussing the frequency of wellness exams and how that will vary with a pet's age and overall health. Contact Info Dr. Mark Hanks Kindred Spirits Veterinary Clinic Location: 857 River Rd, Orrington, ME 04474 Phone: (207) 825-8989 Website: https://www.kindredvet.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kindredspiritsvet/ Don Hanson Green Acres Kennel Shop, ForceFreePets.com & The Woof Meow Show Location: 1653 Union St, Bangor, ME 04401-2204 Phone: (207) 945-6841, x103 Email-Email Don Website-Green Acres: https://www.greenacreskennel.com/ Facebook-Green Acres : https://www.facebook.com/GreenAcresKennelShop/ Website-The Woof Meow Show: https://woofmeowshow.libsyn.com/ Facebook-The Woof Meow Show: https://www.facebook.com/WoofMeowShow/ Website-ForceFreePets-https://forcefreepets.com/ Facebook-ForceFreePets-https://www.facebook.com/ForceFreePets  
47:08 03/06/2021
2021 Dog Training Classes at Green Acres Kennel Shop
In this episode of The Woof Meow Show from February 20th, 2021, Kate interviews Don, asking how the COVID-19 pandemic affected the Green Acres training program in 2020 and what training classes will look like in 2021. Don reviews Green Acres Puppy Headstart-ONLINE and Basic Manners classes. He also introduces a new business ForceFreePets.com, that will be providing all of Green Acres’ in-person and online educational programs. Contact Info Don Hanson & Kate DutraGreen Acres Kennel Shop, ForceFreePets.com & The Woof Meow Show Location: 1653 Union St, Bangor, ME 04401-2204 Phone: (207) 945-6841, x103 Email-Email Don Website-Green Acres: https://www.greenacreskennel.com/ Facebook-Green Acres : https://www.facebook.com/GreenAcresKennelShop/ Website-The Woof Meow Show: https://woofmeowshow.libsyn.com/ Facebook-The Woof Meow Show: https://www.facebook.com/WoofMeowShow/ Website-ForceFreePets-https://forcefreepets.com/ Facebook-ForceFreePets-https://www.facebook.com/ForceFreePets Articles on Don’s Blog ( http://www.words-woofs-meows.com  ) What Is Dog Training – http://bit.ly/WhatIsDogTraining How to Choose a Dog Trainer – http://bit.ly/HowToChooseADogTrainer Dog Training – A Rescue Dogs Perspective – WWM JAN2016 – http://bit.ly/Rescue-Muppy Reward Based Training versus Aversives –  http://bit.ly/RewardVSAversive What Is Clicker Training? – http://bit.ly/WhatIsClickerTraining Things I Wish I Had Known Before I Started Training Dogs – Gus, the Dominance Myth, An Alpha Roll, and a Damaged Relationship – WWM-SEP2018 – http://bit.ly/Things-Gus-Dominance Things I Wish I Had Known Before I Selected My First Dog – Aversives are Unnecessary and Counter-Productive When Training A Dog – Part 1 – WWM-JAN2019 –  http://bit.ly/Things-Aversives-1 Things I Wish I Had Known Before I Selected My First Dog - Aversives are Unnecessary and Counter-Productive When Training A Dog – Part 2 – WWM-FEB2019 –  http://bit.ly/Things-Aversives-2
46:30 02/28/2021
Cat Behavior Problems with Dr. Christine Calder
In this episode of The Woof Meow Show from February 13th, 2021, Don talks with veterinary behaviorist Dr. Christine Calder from Calder Veterinary Behavior Services about common behavioral problems with cats. The show starts with a discussion of what constitutes normal cat behavior and how providing cats with a means to express those normal behaviors helps prevent behavior problems. Then we move on to the most common behavioral issue reported by cat parents; inappropriate urination and defecation. Dr. Calder reviews the causes and triggers of this behavior, how it is diagnosed and how it is treated.  Next, we address feline aggression towards other cats, other pets, and people. Lastly, we review some of the less common behavioral concerns: predatory behavior, wool sucking, and night yowling. If you want to better understand your cat’s behavior, you will not want to miss this show. You can listen to The Woof Meow Show on Z62 Retro Radio, AM620, and WKIT HD3 at 9 AM on Saturday. If you are not near a radio, listen on your computer at http://bit.ly/AM620-WZON or your smartphone or tablet with the free WZON 620 AM app. A podcast of the show is typically posted immediately after the show. You can download this show and others at http://bit.ly/WfMwPodcasts, at Don’s blog http://bit.ly/Words-Woofs-Meows and the Apple iTunes store. Contact Info Dr. Christine Calder Calder Veterinary Behavior Services Phone: 207-298-4375 Email-Email Dr. Calder Website: https://www.caldervbs.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Christine-Calder-DVM-DACVB-Veterinary-Behaviorist-104864721012254/ Don Hanson & Kate DutraGreen Acres Kennel Shop, ForceFreePets.com & The Woof Meow Show Location: 1653 Union St, Bangor, ME 04401-2204 Phone: (207) 945-6841, x103 Email-Email Don Website-Green Acres: https://www.greenacreskennel.com/ Facebook-Green Acres : https://www.facebook.com/GreenAcresKennelShop/ Website-The Woof Meow Show: https://woofmeowshow.libsyn.com/ Facebook-The Woof Meow Show: https://www.facebook.com/WoofMeowShow/ Website-ForceFreePets-https://forcefreepets.com/ Facebook-ForceFreePets-https://www.facebook.com/ForceFreePets     Recommended Resources Articles on Don’s Blog ( http://www.words-woofs-meows.com  ) Cat Behavior – Inappropriate Elimination (Urination & Defecation) – http://bit.ly/Cat-Inapp-ElimUrin Cat Litter: Who Gets to Choose? – http://bit.ly/CatLitter-Choices Get Your Cat to Love Their Carrier – http://bit.ly/Cats-Carriers Podcasts from The Woof Meow Show ( http://bit.ly/WfMwPodcasts   Podcast – Introducing Dr. Christine Calder, Maine’s 1st Veterinary Behaviorist - http://bit.ly/WMw-DrCalderVetBhx Podcast – Anxiety, Fears & Phobias with Dr. Christine Calder - https://bit.ly/WfMw-AnxFrPhbiaDrCalder Podcast – Separation Anxiety in Dogs with Dr. Christine Calder - https://bit.ly/WfMw-SepAnxDrCalder Podcast – Spaying & Neutering with Dr. Christine Calder - http://bit.ly/WfMw-SpayNeuter2020 ©28FEB21, Donald J. Hanson, All Rights Reserved
46:29 02/28/2021
Science Dogs of New England with Lindsay Ware, - 24OCT20
In case you didn’t know it, your dog’s sense of smell is amazing. In this episode of The Woof Meow Show from October 24th, 2020, Kate and Don talk to Lindsay Ware, the founder of  Science Dogs of New England, where Lindsay trains her dogs to use their noses to help preserve wildlife. Lindsay has been a past guest on the show where she discussed her work with United Blood Trackers using trained tracking dogs to recover wounded game such as bear, deer, and moose. If you are interested in how your dog’s sniffer can be put to good use, tune in! Contact Info Don Hanson & Kate DutraGreen Acres Kennel Shop, ForceFreePets.com & The Woof Meow Show Location: 1653 Union St, Bangor, ME 04401-2204 Phone: (207) 945-6841, x103 Email-Email Don Website-Green Acres: https://www.greenacreskennel.com/ Facebook-Green Acres : https://www.facebook.com/GreenAcresKennelShop/ Website-The Woof Meow Show: https://woofmeowshow.libsyn.com/ Facebook-The Woof Meow Show: https://www.facebook.com/WoofMeowShow/ Website-ForceFreePets-https://forcefreepets.com/ Facebook-ForceFreePets-https://www.facebook.com/ForceFreePets   Lindsay WareScience Dogs of New England Email: Email Lindsay   Website: https://www.sciencedogsne.com/ Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/ScienceDogsofNewEngland Scent dog takes on new role-Finding Imperiled turtles-from the Portland Press Herald–2020-09-27 - https://www.pressherald.com/2020/09/27/scent-dog-takes-on-a-new-role-finding-imperiled-turtles/
47:25 02/22/2021
Pets in the News No 14
In this episode of The Woof Meow Show from January 23rd, 2021, Kate and Don address four topics; What is the ideal age for spaying or neutering your dog, the behavior of adolescent or teenage dogs, how much water should a dog be drinking, and new DNA research about the evolution and domestication of the domestic dog. Contact Info Don Hanson & Kate DutraGreen Acres Kennel Shop & The Woof Meow Show Bangor, ME (207) 945-6841 https://www.greenacreskennel.com/ https://www.facebook.com/GreenAcresKennelShop/ https://woofmeowshow.libsyn.com/ https://www.facebook.com/WoofMeowShow/   Recommended Resources Links to Articles in the Podcast Ideal Timing for Spaying or Neutering Your Dog, Karen Becker – https://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2020/08/22/ideal-age-for-neutering-dogs.aspx Young Dogs Might Be More Similar to Human Teenagers Than We Think: New Research, BARKS from the Guild – https://barksfromtheguild.com/2020/09/21/young-dogs-might-be-more-similar-to-human-teenagers-than-we-think-new-research/ Teenage dogs? Evidence for adolescent-phase conflict behaviour and an association between attachment to humans and pubertal timing in the domestic dog, Biology Letters – https://royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/10.1098/rsbl.2020.0097 Is Your Dog Drinking the Right Amount of Water – Dr. Karen Becker – https://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2014/05/07/dog-water-consumption.aspx Ancient Dog DNA Shows Early Spread Around the Globe, NY Times, Oct. 2020 – https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/29/science/ancient-dog-dna.html#:~:text=Research%20on%20fossil%20canine%20genomes,and%20humans%20in%20prehistoric%20times.&text=The%20most%20extensive%20study%20of,a%20group%20of%20extinct%20wolves. How dogs tracked their humans across the ancient world, Science, Oct. 2020 – https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/10/how-dogs-tracked-their-humans-across-ancient-world Study of ancient dog DNA traces canine diversity to the Ice Age, Science Daily, Oct. 2020 – https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/10/201029141945.htm#:~:text=A%20global%20study%20of%20ancient%20dog%20DNA%2C%20led%20by%20scientists,immediately%20following%20the%20Ice%20Age. Ancient dog DNA reveals 11,000 years of canine evolution, Nature, Oct. 2020 – https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-03053-2
48:39 02/21/2021
Pets in the News No 13 - All About Cats
In this episode of The Woof Meow Show from January 16th, 2021, Kate and Don focus on our feline friends. They start by discussing an article entitled “What Makes A Cat” by Dr. Liz Bales that suggests how we can improve our cat’s lives. Bales notes: Just about everything you need to know about cats comes down to one thing. Hunting. Next, we look at an article that discusses a new study concerning the most common behavior problem in multi-cat homes; the litterbox. Feline Litter Box Problems: The Needs of the Many reports that when one cat is not using the litterbox, all of the cats in the household are experiencing stress, and thus all cats should be treated. Then Kate discusses an article on feline nail trims. We close with an article from Dr. Karen Becker that discusses the use of an “eye blink” in establishing trust with a cat. You will find links to all of the articles on Don’s blog and the Woof Meow Show podcast page. Recommended Resources Links to Articles in the Podcast What Makes a Cat a Cat?, BARKS from the Guild – https://barksfromtheguild.com/2020/12/07/cat-behavior/ Feline Litter Box Problems: The Needs of the Many, BARKS from the Guild – https://barksfromtheguild.com/2020/11/17/feline-litter-box-problems/ Quick Cat Behavior Tip: Trimming Claws, BARKS from the Guild – https://barksfromtheguild.com/2020/08/17/quick-cat-behavior-tip-trimming-claws/ The Many Ways Your Cat Shows She Loves You, Dr. Karen Becker – https://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2020/12/22/ways-cats-show-they-love-you.aspx   Articles on Don’s Blog ( http://www.words-woofs-meows.com  )   Cat Behavior – Inappropriate Elimination (Urination & Defecation) – http://bit.ly/Cat-Inapp-ElimUrin Cat Litter: Who Gets to Choose? – http://bit.ly/CatLitter-Choices Cat Behavior – Make Your Life Easier – Get Your Cat to Love Their Carrier – http://bit.ly/Cats-Carriers
50:18 01/19/2021
Cold Weather Tips for Pets - 2021
Kate and Don discuss the change in the seasons and how reduced daylight, lower temperatures, snow, and ice, affects our pets. Tune in and learn how you can keep your pet safe and happy and the cold, dark, icy months of winter. Cold Weather and Holiday Tips for Pets - http://bit.ly/ColdWeatherHolidayTips
47:32 01/11/2021
The Eastern Area Agency on Aging Furry Friends Food Bank and Green Acres’ 2020 Annual Fundraiser
In this episode of The Woof Meow Show from November 28th, 2020, Don talks with Kelly Adams and Mike Trafton from the Eastern Area Agency on Aging about Green Acres Kennel Shop and The Woof Meow Show’s 13th annual fundraiser for the EAAA Furry Friends Food Bank. Tune in, and you can learn all about the role of the Eastern Area Agency on Aging, the people they help, and how you can help keep senior citizens and their pets together. Click here to donate to the Furry Friends Food Bank –  https://www.greenacres-donate.com Click here to learn more about the Eastern Area Agency on Aging – https://www.eaaa.org/ Click here to learn more about the EAAA Furry Friends Food Bank – https://www.eaaa.org/furry-friends-food-bank/ Click here to go to the Friends of the Furry Friends Food Bank Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/GAKS.FFFFB/ Contact Info Friends of the EAAA Furry Friends Food Bank Website: https://www.greenacres-donate.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GAKS.FFFFB/ Eastern Area Agency on Aging Phone: 207-941-2865 Address: Main Office – 240 State St., (Twin City Plaza) Brewer, ME Address: Nutrition – 1129 Union St. (Airport Mall), Bangor, ME Website: https://www.eaaa.org/ & https://www.eaaa.org/furry-friends-food-bank/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/easternaaa/ Green Acres Kennel Shop & The Woof Meow Show Phone: 207-945-6841 Address: 1653 Union St., Bangor, ME Website: www.greenacreskennel.com & www.woofmeowshow.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GreenAcresKennelShop/ & https://www.facebook.com/WoofMeowShow/
49:02 11/28/2020
Preparing for the Holidays - Halloween, Thanksgiving, December
The last three months of the year are often your favorite or least favorite time of year. It is a time filled with holidays, more guests in our home than usual, frantic activity, hectic schedules, and yes, stress, and not the good kind but unpleasant distress. All of these things can affect our pets every bit as much as they affect us. In this show, Kate and Don will be discussing ways you can make this time of year less stressful for both your and your pets. We’ll be addressing Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day.
49:31 10/18/2020
This and That About Living with Pets, Volume 1
In this episode of The Woof Meow Show from August 1st, 2020, Kate and Don share some of their experiences with their pets. Even with their knowledge and expertise, their pets are not always “perfect.” In this show, they discuss our pet’s interactions with wildlife and going back to work after being home with the pets almost continuously for several weeks. Lastly, they discuss a new peer-reviewed study, (Efficacy of Dog Training With and Without Remote Electronic Collars vs. a Focus on Positive Reinforcement, Front. Vet. Sci., 22 July 2020-China Mills, Cooper) This study indicates that positive reinforcement training is more effective than training a dog with a shock collar. These finds are incredibly significant. Many shock collar proponents have long argued that shock is necessary for some behaviors, such as recall, and is more efficient at training than reward-based methods. Note, no research supports this conclusion by shock proponents. However, there is now evidence that suggests the exact opposite; an electric shock is not more efficient nor more reliable when teaching the recall. You can hear The Woof Meow Show on Z62 Retro Radio, AM620, and WKIT HD3 at 9 AM on Saturday. If you are not near a radio, listen on your computer at http://bit.ly/AM620-WZON or your smartphone or tablet with the free WZON 620 AM app. A podcast of the show is typically posted immediately after the show. You can download this show and others at http://bit.ly/WfMwPodcasts, at Don’s blog http://bit.ly/Words-Woofs-Meows and the Apple iTunes store. Contact Info Green Acres Kennel Shop 1653 Union Street Bangor, ME 04401 207-945-6841   www.Greenacreskennel.com https://www.facebook.com/GreenAcresKennelShop/ Recommended Resources Articles on Don’s Blog ( http://www.words-woofs-meows.com  )  Alone Training – http://bit.ly/AloneTraining Preventing separation anxiety – Teaching your dog to cope with being alone – http://bit.ly/PrevSepAnx The Unintended Consequences of Shock Collars – http://bit.ly/ShockCollars What’s Shocking about Shock – What Science Tells Us About the Use of Shock in Dog Training – http://bit.ly/ShockBARK-JUL2019 Podcasts from The Woof Meow Show ( http://bit.ly/WfMwPodcasts ) Separation Anxiety in Dogs with Dr. Christine Calder – https://bit.ly/WfMw-SepAnxDrCalder Anxiety, Fears & Phobias with Dr. Christine Calder – https://bit.ly/WfMw-AnxFrPhbiaDrCalder What’s Shocking About Shock – What Science Tells Us About the Use of Shock in Dog Training – http://bit.ly/WfMw-WhatShock-27JUL19 Charlee and the Electronic Shock Containment System w-Dan Antolec – https://bit.ly/Blog-Charlee_E-Fence Other Resources Efficacy of Dog Training With and Without Remote Electronic Collars vs. a Focus on Positive Reinforcement, Front. Vet. Sci., 22 July 2020-China Mills, Cooper – https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fvets.2020.00508/full?fbclid=IwAR3QINaZm1Hwq-ejO30plmfK3f9Ce3YLuldwe4a9Orih6rHDSuYJg0_r3lI Positive Reinforcement is More Effective at Training Dogs than an Electronic Collar, Study Shows, Companion Animal Psychology, Zazie Todd, PhD, July 22, 2020 – https://www.companionanimalpsychology.com/2020/07/positive-reinforcement-is-more.html E-Fence Fallout, BARKS from the Guild, April 16, 2020 – https://barksfromtheguild.com/2020/04/16/e-fence-fallout/   ©01AUG20, Donald J. Hanson, All Rights Reserved
45:29 08/02/2020
WoofMeowShow-2020-07-11-What We Feed Our Pets and Why-Don Hanson-Kate Dutra-LindaCase
In this episode of The Woof Meow Show from July 11th, 2020, Don and Kate talk about pet nutrition with author, and animal nutritionist, Linda Case. People often ask Linda, Kate, and I what we feed our pets. Unless they know us well, they are often surprised by our answer. In many cases, it may be the first time that person does not hear “Feed this brand of food, and this formula and never, ever change.” In this episode of The Woof Meow Show, Kate, Linda, and I discuss what criteria we look for in pet food, the various types of pet food, and then what we each actually feed our pets. During the course of our conversation, we address the pet food industry’s lack of transparency and all too frequent deceptive marketing. Pet food ingredients are a big topic in this show. Did you know that some of the ingredients used in pet food are considered “inedible?”  Are you aware pet food companies are prohibited from using any quality descriptors for ingredients on their label? During the show, we talk about the pictures that appear on a bag of kibble, such as a delicious roast chicken and how that photo in no way accurately portrays the frozen chicken frame that was actually used to make the food. We talk about kibble, the most common form of food fed to cats and dogs despite its dehydrating effects. If you want to learn what Kate, Linda, and I feed our pets and why you do not want to miss this podcast. You can listen to The Woof Meow Show on Z62 Retro Radio, AM620, and WKIT HD3 at 9 AM on Saturday. If you are not near a radio, listen on your computer at http://bit.ly/AM620-WZON or your smartphone or tablet with the free WZON 620 AM app. A podcast of the show is typically posted immediately after the show. You can download this show and others at http://bit.ly/WfMwPodcasts, at Don’s blog http://bit.ly/Words-Woofs-Meows and the Apple podcast app.   Contact Info Linda P. Case, MS AutumnGold Consulting and Dog Training Center Mahomet, IL (217) 586-4864 Autumngoldconsulting.com https://www.facebook.com/pg/LindaCaseAutumnGold/posts/ https://thesciencedog.wordpress.com/ Don Hanson & Kate DutraGreen Acres Kennel Shop & The Woof Meow Show Bangor, ME (207) 945-6841 https://www.greenacreskennel.com/ https://www.facebook.com/GreenAcresKennelShop/ https://woofmeowshow.libsyn.com/ https://www.facebook.com/WoofMeowShow/   Recommended Resources Articles on Don’s Blog ( http://www.words-woofs-meows.com  ) GAKS Philosophy on Pet Nutrition – http://bit.ly/GAKS_Nut_Phil Pet Foods We Offer At Green Acres Kennel Shop – http://bit.ly/GAKS_PetFood_Brands Pet Nutrition – Which Companies Are Behind Your Pet’s Food?  – http://bit.ly/PetFoodComp Things I Wish I Had Known… The Importance of What I Feed My Pets - – WWM-MAR2019 – http://bit.ly/Things-Nutrition-1 Pet Nutrition: Some Myths and Facts – Part 1 – My story with Gus – Maine Dog Magazine – Winter 2017 – http://bit.ly/Gus-Nutrition Pet Nutrition – What Should I Feed My Pet? – http://bit.ly/What-Should-I-Feed-My-Pet Pet Nutrition – What Do You Feed Your Dog? – WWM-JUN2016 - http://bit.ly/WhatDoYouFeedYourDog Pet Nutrition – The Wisdom of Rotating Your Pets Diet – Part 1 – http://bit.ly/DietRotation1-30JUL19 Pet Nutrition – The Wisdom of Rotating Your Pets Diet – Part 2 – http://bit.ly/DietRotation2 Podcasts from The Woof Meow Show ( http://bit.ly/WfMwPodcasts ) Podcast – DCM, the FDA, and Dog Food-the Science and the Hype with Canine Nutritionist Linda Case - http://bit.ly/Blog-DCM-FDA-8AUG19 Podcast – Is Feeding A Grain-Free Food to Our Dogs Dangerous?, with Linda Case, MS - http://bit.ly/Podcast-FDA-Grain-Free-LindaCase-29SEP18 Podcast – Pet Nutrition with Kymythy Schultze Author of Natural Nutrition for Cats: The Path to Purrfect Health – http://bit.ly/KymythySchultzeCatNutrition-Podcast Podcast – Pet Nutrition with Dr. Richard Patton - http://bit.ly/DrPatton-Podcast Podcast – Pet Fooled – A Look Inside A Questionable Industry with Kohl Harrington - http://bit.ly/WfMw-Pet-Fooled
55:23 07/11/2020
Green Acres Kennel Shop’s Puppy Headstart Class Goes ONLINE
In this episode of The Woof Meow Show from June 20th, 2020 Kate interviews co-host Don Hanson about the online Puppy Headstart class he has developed for Green Acres Kennel Shop. They discuss what prompted the development of an online course and the process involved. Kate asks Don about the typical audience for the class and how they have reacted to learning online versus face to face. They then go on to discuss the topics covered in the class. Don then reveals a new option for class students; puppy daycare.  Kate wraps up the interview asking Don about the pros and cons of online courses and their role in Green Acre's future. FMI – https://bit.ly/GAPuppyHeadstart-Online Contact Info Green Acres Kennel Shop 1653 Union Street Bangor, ME 04401 207-945-6841 www.Greenacreskennel.com https://www.facebook.com/GreenAcresKennelShop/    Recommended Resources   Articles on Don’s Blog ( http://www.words-woofs-meows.com  ) What Is Dog Training – http://bit.ly/WhatIsDogTraining How to Choose a Dog Trainer – http://bit.ly/HowToChooseADogTrainer Things I Wish I Had Known Before I Started Training Dogs – Gus, the Dominance Myth, An Alpha Roll, and a Damaged Relationship – WWM-SEP2018 – http://bit.ly/Things-Gus-Dominance Things I Wish I Had Known Before I Selected My First Dog – Aversives are Unnecessary and Counter-Productive When Training A Dog – Part 1 – WWM-JAN2019 –  http://bit.ly/Things-Aversives-1 Things I Wish I Had Known Before I Selected My First Dog - Aversives are Unnecessary and Counter-Productive When Training A Dog – Part 2 – WWM-FEB2019 –  http://bit.ly/Things-Aversives-2 About Don Hanson – http://bit.ly/AboutDonHanson Podcasts from The Woof Meow Show ( http://bit.ly/WfMwPodcasts ) The Woof Meow Show: Introducing The Woof Meow Show with Kate Dutra and Don Hanson – https://bit.ly/WfMw-MeetKateAndDon
43:26 06/20/2020
Podcast – Anxiety, Fears & Phobias with Dr. Christine Calder
In this episode of The Woof Meow Show from June 6th, 2020, Don talks with Veterinary Behaviorist Dr. Christine Calder about anxiety, fears, and phobias in pets. We start with a discussion of the multitude of words used to describe fear in our pets; anxiety, nervous, shy, skittish, timid, and more and then discuss how pets indicate they are afraid through body language and their actions. We also discuss extreme fear, phobias, specifically noise, storm, and firework phobias. Lastly, we offer suggestions to help you help your pet. If your pet is afraid of summer storms or fireworks, you will not want to miss this show. Contact Info for Dr. Calder Facility: Midcoast Humane Address: 190 Pleasant Street, Brunswick, ME Phone: (207) 449-1366 Website: https://midcoasthumane.org/ Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Christine-Calder-DVM-DACVB-Veterinary-Behaviorist-104864721012254/ More info on Dr. Calder from the January 2020 issue of Downeast Dog News - https://downeastdognews.villagesoup.com/p/what-is-a-veterinary-behaviorist/1846547 Recommended Resources Articles on Don’s Blog ( http://www.words-woofs-meows.com  ) Crate Habituation to Reduce Anxiety – http://bit.ly/CrateHabituation Help! My Dog is Aggressive, Reactive, Fearful, Anxious, etc. – What do I do? – WWM – APR2017 – http://bit.ly/HelpDogAggx How Can I Tell When My Dog Is Anxious or Fearful? – http://bit.ly/DogsSignsofFear Management of An Aggressive, Fearful or Reactive Dog – http://bit.ly/BhxManagement Podcasts from The Woof Meow Show (http://bit.ly/WfMwPodcasts Podcast – Introducing Dr. Christine Calder, Maine’s 1st Veterinary Behaviorist - http://bit.ly/WMw-DrCalderVetBhx Podcast – Separation Anxiety in Dogs with Dr. Christine Calder – https://bit.ly/WfMw-SepAnxDrCalder
51:22 06/17/2020
Separation Anxiety in Dogs with Dr. Christine Calder
Don talks with Veterinary Behaviorist Dr. Christine Calder about separation anxiety in dogs. Separation Anxiety is a panic disorder in dogs that cannot cope with being left alone. These dogs are not misbehaving to get revenge but are suffering. During the show, we discuss separation anxiety and its symptoms, sharing experiences with mild and extreme cases. We discuss which dogs are more likely to suffer from separation anxiety and address other disorders that may have some of the same symptoms. We discuss treatment options and things one can do to prevent separation anxiety. Contact Info for Dr. Calder Facility: Midcoast Humane Address: 190 Pleasant Street, Brunswick, ME Phone: (207) 449-1366 Website: https://midcoasthumane.org/ Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Christine-Calder-DVM-DACVB-Veterinary-Behaviorist-104864721012254/ More info on Dr. Calder from the January 2020 issue of Downeast Dog News - https://downeastdognews.villagesoup.com/p/what-is-a-veterinary-behaviorist/1846547 Recommended Resources Articles on Don’s Blog ( http://www.words-woofs-meows.com  ) Alone Training – http://bit.ly/AloneTraining Crate Habituation to Reduce Anxiety – http://bit.ly/CrateHabituation How Can I Tell When My Dog Is Anxious or Fearful? – http://bit.ly/DogsSignsofFear Management of An Aggressive, Fearful or Reactive Dog – http://bit.ly/BhxManagement Preventing separation anxiety – Teaching your dog to cope with being alone – http://bit.ly/PrevSepAnx Podcasts from The Woof Meow Show ( http://bit.ly/WfMwPodcasts )  Podcast – Introducing Dr. Christine Calder, Maine’s 1st Veterinary Behaviorist - http://bit.ly/WMw-DrCalderVetBhx From Downeast Dog News Separation Anxiety (Part 1) – What is it? –  https://bit.ly/SepAnx-Calder-1 Separation Anxiety Treatment (Part 2) – https://bit.ly/SepAnx-Calder-2
49:24 06/17/2020
Pet Care in a Pandemic-Mark Hanks from Kindred Spirits Veterinary Clinic
In this episode of The Woof Meow Show from May 7th, 2020, Don talks with veterinarian Dr. Mark Hanks from the Kindred Spirits Veterinary Clinic in Orrington, Maine, about caring for our client’s pets amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Our current understanding of COVID-19 and how it affects dogs and cats How the pandemic has affected Kindred Spirits and what they have learned How the pandemic has affected Green Acres Kennel Shop and what they have learned Concerns about how the pandemic may be adversely affecting pets Our experiences with providing services online Contact Info Kindred Spirits Veterinary Clinic Dr. Mark Hanks 857 River Rd, Orrington, ME 04474 (207) 825-8989 Website: https://www.kindredvet.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kindredspiritsvet/
54:46 05/11/2020
Pets in the News No. 10
If you brought home a puppy amid the COVID-19 pandemic, you will not want to miss this show. Puppies have a critical socialization period from 3 to 16 weeks of age. How they are exposed to new things can greatly affect their behavior and quality of life. Socialization requires interaction with a wide variety of people and animals during this time frame, which is not practical or safe during a pandemic. Don and Kate will review articles and offer suggestions on what you can to provide your pandemic puppy with the best socialization possible. We also discuss keeping your adult dog mentally stimulated. We finish the show with a discussion of how our dogs signal us to do things for them. You can find links to all of the articles we discussed below. Links to Articles from the Show Time is of the Essence: Puppy Socialization During a Pandemic from My Fantastic Friend by Jessica Ring – https://www.myfantasticfriend.com/2020/03/19/time-is-of-the-essence-puppy-socialization-during-a-pandemic/ 5 Mind-Challenging Games to Play With Your Dog – Dr. Karen Becker - https://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2020/03/09/brain-stimulating-games-for-dogs.aspx Cross-species referential signaling events in domestic dogs (Canis familiaris) from Animal Cognition (2018) 21:457-465, Worsley & O’Hara - https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10071-018-1181-3   Contact Info for The Woof Meow Show Address: 1653 Union St., Bangor, ME 04401 Phone: 207-945-6841, x103 Upcoming Shows: http://bit.ly/WfMwUpcomingShows Website: www.woofmeowshow.com Don’s Blog: http://bit.ly/Words-Woofs-Meows Podcast Site: http://bit.ly/WfMwPodcasts Live Stream: http://bit.ly/AM620-WZON Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WoofMeowShow/   ©02MAY20, Donald J. Hanson, All Rights Reserved
50:33 05/02/2020
Pets in the News No. 9
In this episode of The Woof Meow Show from April 25th, 2020, Kate and Don discuss several recent articles in the news about dogs and cats. The topics they discuss include; COVID-19 and Your Pets Pet Grooming & COVID-19 Puppy Socialization & Alone Training Understanding A Cat’s Emotional State By Looking At Their Face Why A Cat Should Not Be Declawed You can find links to all of the articles we discussed below. Links to Articles from the Show COVID-19 and Your Pet - What You Need to Know – Dr. Karen Becker - https://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2020/03/15/coronavirus-in-animals.aspx COVID-19 and Pet Dogs – BARKS from the Guild – Dan Antolec - https://barksfromtheguild.com/2020/03/14/covid-19-and-pet-dogs/ Don’t Get Your Pet Groomed; Groomers Say – from the Atlantic on April 14th by Olga Khazan - https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2020/04/it-safe-get-your-dog-groomed-during-covid-19/609982/ Alone Training - http://bit.ly/AloneTraining How to Help Your Dog Avoid Separation Anxiety – Dr. Karen Becker - https://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2020/04/10/clingy-dog-behavior.aspx Reading Cats’ Minds – BARKS from the Guild, Andrea Carne - https://www.dropbox.com/s/fenmrhkr3xq2bq4/Page%2045-47%20Feline%20%28AC%29.pdf?dl=0 Humans can identify cats’ affective states from subtle facial expressions - https://atrium.lib.uoguelph.ca/xmlui/bitstream/handle/10214/17526/%22%20manuscript.pdf Cat Quiz – https://catdogwelfare.wixsite.com/catfaces/cat-faces-interactive-quiz Advanced Cat Quiz - https://uoguelph.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bPDmc8mb110O2fr The Pet Professional Guild Position Statement on Cat Declawing - https://www.petprofessionalguild.com/Statement-on-Cat-Declawing Download PDF - https://www.dropbox.com/s/ma56g39cemzi6al/PPG%20Position%20Statement%20on%20Feline%20Declawing%20%20October%202019.pdf?dl=0   Contact Info for The Woof Meow Show Address: 1653 Union St., Bangor, ME 04401 Phone: 207-945-6841, x103 Upcoming Shows: http://bit.ly/WfMwUpcomingShows Website: www.woofmeowshow.com Don’s Blog: http://bit.ly/Words-Woofs-Meows Podcast Site: http://bit.ly/WfMwPodcasts Live Stream: http://bit.ly/AM620-WZON Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WoofMeowShow/
49:54 04/26/2020
Charlee and the Electronic Shock Containment System w-Dan Antolec
Have you ever thought about using a shock collar with your dog, or do you currently use one? Do you know someone that does? Please, listen to this podcast to learn about the dangerous fallout that can occur when using electric shock to train or contain your dog. In this episode of The Woof Meow Show from April 18th, 2020, Don Hanson talks with Dan Antolec, Co-Chair of the Shock-Free Coalition and the owner of Happy Buddha Dog Training in Brooklyn, Wisconsin. Don and Dan are both credentialed professional dog trainers and dog behavior consultants committed to pet care that is free of pain, force, and fear. They serve on the Pet Professional Guild Steering Committee and co-chair the Shock-Free Coalition. In this podcast, we discuss Antolec’s article E-Fence Fallout, which appeared in the March 2020 issue of BARKS from the Guild, the official publication of the Pet Professional Guild. The subject of the article is a dog named Charlee. Charlee’s guardians sought Dan’s advice after installing an Electronic Shock Containment System, also called a non-visible fence, which severely and negatively affected Charlee’s behavior and quality of life. Topics we discuss include the lack of knowledge of the “professional” installer who sold the system and the franchise’s failure to disclose potential side-effects of using a shock collar. We will reveal how the system failed to keep Charlee in her yard as advertised and made her afraid to come back into her yard and safety. Dan will describe how a malfunction by the shock collar caused Charlee to be shocked while simply relaxing calming in her own home. Lastly, we discuss how the shock and the benign sound that reveals a shock is imminent, caused Charlee to become afraid.  The painful shock soon became associated with a wide variety of sounds heard in Charlee’s environment regularly. Soon she was always anticipating another painful shock and living in constant fear. We also discuss some of the many peer-reviewed scientific articles that warn of the use of electric shock for the purpose of training, behavior change, or containment. Charlee’s story is painful, but it is a story that Charlee’s guardians and Dan wanted people to hear so that we can end the use of these abusive and dangerous tools. If you would like to join us at the Shock-Free Coalition and help us stop the use of shock collars, please take the pledge, as an individual or business, and at no cost to you at, https://www.shockfree.org/Pledge. You can go a step further and order some Shock-Free merchandise at the coalition online store at – https://pet-professional-guild.myshopify.com/collections/all?page=3 If you wish to report that your pet has been exposed to a Shock-Collar by a Pet Professional without your explicit knowledge and approval, you may do so at https://www.shockfree.org/Shock-Collar-Use
48:14 04/18/2020