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Theory of Pets Podcast is a show for dedicated pet parents looking to learn more about pet ownership, the pet industry and improve the way we care for our dogs and cats. On this podcast we bring together long-time pet owners, experts from many different fields, industry professionals, veterinarians, trainers, authors, entrepreneurs, bloggers, celebrities and personalities to talk exclusively about pets and the industry.

Theory of Pets Podcast is a show for dedicated pet parents looking to learn more about pet ownership, the pet industry and improve the way we care for our dogs and cats. On this podcast we bring together long-time pet owners, experts from many different fields, industry professionals, veterinarians, trainers, authors, entrepreneurs, bloggers, celebrities and personalities to talk exclusively about pets and the industry.
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Theory of Pets Podcast is a show for dedicated pet parents looking to learn more about pet ownership, the pet industry and improve the way we care for our dogs and cats. On this podcast we bring together long-time pet owners, experts from many different fields, industry professionals, veterinarians, trainers, authors, entrepreneurs, bloggers, celebrities and personalities to talk exclusively about pets and the industry.




TOP 046: The Difficulties of Dog Training ft. Jessica O'Neill

Dog training is perhaps the most frustrating aspect of dog ownership. Whether you’re a first time owner or a seasoned pet parent, there are challenges that pop up during training that none of us expect. Many of us have sought help from the dog training isle of a pet store, only to find that there are countless products to choose from. How do you know which products actually work? Jessica O’Neill had this same problem. She knows exactly what it’s like to be in this situation. And,...


TOP 045: How A Dog Saves My Life Everyday ft. Marty Harris

What is a service dog? Service dogs are a type of assistance dog that are specifically trained to help someone who has a disability. This disability may be a visual or hearing impairment. Service dogs can also help individuals who suffer from seizure disorders or paralysis. Until recently, there was no record of a cardiac alert service dog, but one Labrador Retriever is changing that fact! Marty Harris suffers from a cardiac condition that causes her to faint, and she had been fainting...


TOP 044: Dogtology - Do We Worship Our Pets ft. Jeff Lazarus

What is Dogtology? Well, you’ll have to read the book to find out all the details, but author Jeff Lazarus is here to chat with me about this term that he coined. Have you noticed that dogs and cats seem to be everywhere you look nowadays? They are used in commercials and advertisements, and the pet industry has EXPLODED in the last decade. Do we worship our dogs and cats? You may not think you do, but once you listen to what Jeff has to say you may quickly realize just how much our lives...


TOP 043: The Importance of Microchipping Your Pets ft. Aimee Gilbreath

A runaway pet is one of the biggest nightmares that we have as cat and dog owners. The worry that your pet will escape your home or yard is one that looms over us every day. And, that worry becomes greater when we travel with our animals. What if my dog jumps out of the car when I stop to get gas? What if my cat escapes while we’re on our way to the vet? In this podcast episode, I had the pleasure of speaking with Aimee Gilbreath, the executive director of the animal welfare non-profit...


TOP 042: Is a Rescue Dog Right for You ft. Suzanne Lane

Losing a beloved pet is one of the most difficult experiences. It’s heartbreaking. Our pets become members of our family, and when we lose them there is a hole left in our hearts. Suzanna Lane is an author from New York City, and she was devastated after the loss of her first dog, Sammy. She felt compelled to write a book about Sammy’s life and the changes that he made to hers. You see, Sammy was a rescue dog. Anyone who has ever loved a rescue pet understands that the bond you form with...


TOP 041: Benefits of Pet Massage and How to Treat Your Pet At Home ft. Jacqueline Newholm

Have you ever given your pet a massage? If you’ve ever stroked your pet lovingly from neck to tail, then you have! Most of us think of a relaxing deep tissue massage when think about massage therapy. In fact, pet massage involves many different techniques, and this week I talked with an expert in the field to learn more about the benefits of pet massage and get some tips for pet owners at home who would like to give their furry companion a massage once in a while. Jacqueline Newholm is a...


TOP 040: What Is Light Therapy for Pets and Does Your Pet Need It ft. Craig Froley

Low level light therapy (LLLT) has been used as a healing practice in veterinary medicine for decades, but you’ve probably never even heard of it. I had heard a few whispers about the treatment method, but didn’t know much about it until an email from a company called LumaSoothe crossed my desk. They’ve created a handheld LLLT device that pet owners can use to treat their pets at home. Of course, this piqued my interest and I started doing some research on the subject. I was inspired by...


TOP 039: The Benefits of Commercial Raw Dog Food Diets ft. Mark Sapir

Raw food diet is a very controversial topic in the pet food industry right now. Some pet owners believe that our pets’ ancestors ate a raw diet, so it’s best if we feed them the same types of food. Other people believe that raw food is the home of many harmful bacteria and parasites that could make our pets very sick. This week, I wanted to get some more information about this hot topic. I spoke with Mark Sapir, Chief Marketing Officer at Stella & Chewy’s. Stella & Chewy’s is a pet food...


TOP 038: Dealing with Anxiety in Dogs and Cats ft. Jessa Paschke

Anxiety in pets is becoming more and more common. As most owners must work outside the home, we are also seeing more pets being left alone for a large part of the day. How can you tell if that naughty behavior just requires additional training or if it’s a sign of pet anxiety? If you’re already pretty sure that it’s anxiety, how do you know that it is because of an environmental variable? What if the emotional and behavior symptoms are also stemming from an underlying healthy condition?...


TOP 037: Wet Foods vs Dry Kibble ft. Dr Jennifer Adolphe

Dr. Jennifer Adolphe, PhD is back with some great information to share with pet owners about the differences between wet and dry kibble. She discusses how to choose the right diet for your dog and the advantages and disadvantages or wet and dry diets. She will also be sharing some helpful tips for dog owner who may be interested in transitioning their pet to a new diet. One of the things that many pet owners don’t realize when shopping for a food for their furry companion is the quality...


TOP 036: How Seasons Affect Your Pet's Dietary Needs

Did you know that the changing of seasons may require a change in your pet’s diet? As we transition from summer to fall and winter, this is an important topic to discuss. Many of us believe that our pet’s diet only needs to change as they age (for example, from puppyhood to adulthood and again when they become a senior). In fact, there are many reasons why your pet’s diet may need to be altered. This week I was able to have an email exchange with Dr. Jeff Werber, a veterinarian and...


TOP 035: How To Market Your Pet Products ft. Jonathan from Dog's Choice

Do you have a great idea for a pet product that has not been created yet? Maybe your pet had a special need and you created a product to help them? Would you be interested in marketing your product to consumers? How do you get your product off the ground? That’s exactly what I’m discussing this week with my guest, Jonathan from Dog’s Choice Dog Wash. Dog’s Choice hasn’t hit the market yet. Jonathan is in the process of trying to get his product funded for development. He’s hoping to begin...


TOP 034: How Kids and Dogs Help Each Other ft. Dr Jody A Dean

Kids and dogs – it’s a controversial topic that will probably never be agreed upon in my lifetime. I’m often asked about raising children with pets, and in my opinion the advantages greatly outweigh any disadvantages that you may be thinking of. In our family, our children have never known life without pets. I know it’s had a positive impact on them, and this week I wanted to talk to an expert on the subject to get some more information. Dr. Jody Dean has written a book, Roxie the Doxie...


TOP 033: At-Home Pet Grooming Tips from Expert Groomer Megan Mouser

Many pet owners hope to save some money by grooming their companion animals at home. What do a few baths and brushing sessions matter when it could save you hundreds of dollars per year, right? Well, there’s more to it than just that. In this week’s episode, I talk with a professional pet groomer of dogs and cats from the Andis company to get some pointers on at-home pet grooming and the grooming supplies you’ll need to do the job. Megan Mouser is a professional pet groomer and the...


TOP 032: Is Homemade Dog Food As Healthy As We Think It Is?

Homemade dog food is becoming a popular choice among pet owners, but is it really that health as some claim it to be? The short answer is no, but there is much more to it than that. In fact, homemade dog food can be the absolute healthiest option for your pet. Unfortunately, most pet owners look to the wrong sources when trying to find appropriate dog food recipes for their pet. I've been cooking for my dogs for many years now and have done a lot of personal research in this area. In this...


TOP 031: Do Pet Food Companies Have Something to Hide ft. Richard Darlington

You’ve seen the recalls and read the research. It’s true that most pet food companies are more interested in their profit margins than the nutrition that they’re providing for our pets. This week, Richard Darlington, CEO of Brothers Complete Dog Food, discusses the hidden dangers of pet food. He explains the importance of being diligent as a pet owner and doing your research before you choose a commercial diet for your pet. During our conversation we also discuss the many dangerous...


TOP 030: Are Online Dog Training Courses Worth It ft. Doggy Dan

Professional dog trainer Doggy Dan is here with me this week! If you’re not familiar with him, Doggy Dan has created an online dog training program that has been wildly successful in many countries around the world. His dog training program has been used by more than 25,000 people, and he has years of experience working with dog owners and their pets. This week Dan discusses his dog training method, which focuses on fostering the bond between the pet and his owner. He uses a training...


TOP 029: Why Does Premium Pet Food Cost So Much ft Dr. Jennifer Adolphe

This week I’m welcoming Dr. Jennifer Adolphe back to the show! She is a pet nutritionist for Petcurean, and the company has recently released a new line of premium pet foods called GATHER. Last time we spoke about the humanization of pet food and the current trends that we’re seeing in the pet food industry. As humans wise up about the chemicals and artificial ingredients in the food that we eat, we’re also noticing that the food we’re feeding our pets is also full of these...


TOP 028: Dogs As Healers ft. Mark Winik

If you’ve ever had a special bond with a dog, you can fully understand the amazing healing powers that these animals have. Really, it’s not just dogs – all pets have a way of helping us heal. Whether we’re struggling with emotional issues or physical problems, something about the love and affection of a dog can really turn things around. Mark Winik spoke with me this week about an eye opening experience that he had with dogs. He learned the power of dogs as healers, and wanted to share...


TOP 027: Dog Training vs Behavior Work ft. Debbie Dobson

Dog training is a critical part of owning a canine. You can’t just expect a puppy or adult dog to know everything that you want him to. You also can’t expect your pet to learn on his own. If you’ve ever heard the term dog behavior work, you probably just assumed it meant dog training. It’s a common mistake, but the two are actually much different. My guest this week is Debbie Dobson. She’s a dog behaviorist that works with pet owners to help address some of the behavior issues that their...


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