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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 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...

Duration: 00:37:43

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...

Duration: 00:53:11

TOP 026: Who Can Benefit From Feeding Homemade Dog Food

Whenever the topic of homemade pet food comes up, I’m always asked if it’s really that much better than commercial pet food. Unfortunately, that’s not a simple answer. Homemade pet food is MUCH better than SOME commercial pet food products. However, there are also some very high quality, safe, healthy and nutritious pet food products on the market. The benefits aren’t just health related either, which surprises a lot of people. Making your pet’s meals gives you a peace of mind that you’ll...

Duration: 00:24:07

TOP 025: Common Myths About Homemade Dog Food Diet Debunked

Homemade dog food and the benefits that this diet can have for both pets and pet owners is something many pet owners forget to consider. This week, I want to discuss some of the most common myths and misconceptions that I often hear when discussing this diet with other dog owners. As you know, I feed my dogs a homemade diet. When people find this out, they typically ask a lot of questions about the diet and why I choose to feed my dogs homemade food. Then they start asking about some of...

Duration: 00:18:12

TOP 024: Intervertebral Disc Disease and Back Brace for Dogs ft. Lisa Luckenbach

This week our family has been dealing with a canine issue. Our furry nephew, my brother’s dog, has injured his back. The veterinarian says that surgery is the only way to fix the problem. My brother immediately called me to see if I had any knowledge on the subject of back injuries in dogs, and sadly I didn’t have much to tell him. However, I knew someone that could help! Lisa Luckenback is the creator of the Wiggleless Back Brace for Dogs. When my brother called, I quickly realized that...

Duration: 00:25:17

TOP 023: How to Save Money on Your Pet Budget

I am often asked by pet owners how they can save money on their pet budget. It is easily the question that I am asked most often. I always tell people that it doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg to raise a pet. Oftentimes, pet owners waste money on unnecessary items and spend more money than they need to on essential supplies. Today I’m sharing my tips on how to save money on your pet budget. I’ve broken it down into 6 categories, which are: This week I’m breaking it all down for...

Duration: 00:26:41

TOP 022: Are Subscription Dog Food Services Worth the Cost ft Marco Giannini

There are so many subscription services for pets. It seems like every time I get online there is an advertisement for a new type of subscription service for dogs or cats. From dog food to treats and toys to grooming supplies, you can get everything you need for your pooch shipped right to your door. But, are these subscription services worth it? I had the pleasure of interviewing Marco Giannini this week. Marco is the CEO of The Naked Dog Box. While the name definitely drew me in, it’s...

Duration: 00:32:37

TOP 021: Veterinary Telemedicine for Pets ft. James Andrews

Have you tried telemedicine for health advice? Most of us have sought health advice from the internet for ourselves or someone in our household. Have you ever thought about trying it for your pets? This week I wanted to find out if veterinary telemedicine was a reliable way to seek treatment for our furry family members. I spoke with James Andrews, DVM, to gain some insight on this growing market. James is a veterinarian who also has an interest in technology. In December of last year I...

Duration: 00:18:34

TOP 020: What Is Holistic Veterinary Medicine?

Holistic veterinary care for pets is not as cut and dry as some people think. This week I’m talking about what holistic care for pets is and what to expect if you’re thinking about finding a holistic veterinarian in your area. Do you know the differences between holistic veterinary medicine and traditional veterinary care? Holistic does not mean organic or natural, and it doesn’t mean that your pooch will have to start smelling incense and doing doggy yoga. Holistic care looks at the...

Duration: 00:21:00

TOP 019: Don't Judge a Dog By His Bark ft. Richie Camden

Shelter dogs may not always be what they seem. A dog that barks and paces frantically in a shelter may actually be a very quiet and well-mannered house dog. Shelters are an overwhelming environment filled with smells and sounds that most dogs aren’t familiar with. Thankfully, there are people like Richie Camden who understand this and take the time to get to know the dog before passing judgment. I live in Maine, so sled dog racing is quite a popular winter sport here. I don’t know much...

Duration: 00:33:06

TOP 018: Why Should You Become A Foster Parent for Pets

Fostering pets is a great way to help animals in need, and in this week’s episode I’m also going to explain how it can help you and your family as well. There are a number of reasons why pet shelters and rescue organizations may be looking for foster families. While some people may think these animals need special care or have a behavior issue, that’s not always the case. The overpopulation of pets is a growing epidemic, and shelters don’t always have room for all the homeless pets in...

Duration: 00:19:32

TOP 017: 7 Reasons To Adopt Senior Pets

Senior dogs and cats make a wonderful addition to any family, and in this episode I'm going to tell you exactly why. I've made a list of 7 reasons why everybody should consider adopting an older dog or cat. You may think senior animals don’t have much left to give, but the truth is that they have a lot more life to live, and they’d love to live it in a safe home with a loving family. Everyone loves adorable puppies and cute kittens, but have you taken the time to think about how much that...

Duration: 00:16:35

TOP 016: How Technology Helps Us Learn About Our Pets ft. Rachel Youens

Pet cameras have been growing in popularity like crazy, and chances are you’ve heard about them too already, right? Maybe you’ve seen the commercials or seen the funny videos that pet owners post on social media of what their dogs do in the house when no one else is home. I’ve been thinking about getting a pet camera to keep an eye on our Boxer who has a touch of separation anxiety, but I want more information before I make a decision. I’m not the most tech savvy person out there, so if...

Duration: 00:13:16

TOP 015: Pros and Cons of Spaying or Neutering Your Pet

Spraying or neutering is a big deal, and many pet owners have a lot of questions on how to go about this. What are the advantages and disadvantages? When’s the best time to spay or neuter a pet? This week I’m sharing information on the topic, and you’ll learn about the pros and cons of this surgical procedure. There’s new research done every day on the topic, so be sure to keep yourself updated as new information is coming out. Spaying and neutering dogs and cats both offer some very...

Duration: 00:17:56

TOP 014: The Benefits of Doga ft. Anne Appleby

Doga is a growing trend, and the benefits from doing it are plentiful. If you’re wondering what Doga is, this podcast episode has you covered - you’ll learn all about the practice and how it can benefit your health and life in general. Basically, Doga is practicing Yoga with your canine companion. It sounded a little strange to me at first, but after trying it I realized that there are more advantages to the practice than just spending time with your dog. I spoke with Anne Appleby, a...

Duration: 00:26:56

TOP 013: Advantages of Dog Health Trackers ft. James Andrews, DVM

Pet health trackers for dogs (also referred to as activity trackers) have been growing in popularity in recent years. They help keep an eye on your pet and record his activity and behavior throughout the day. They’re especially beneficial for pet owners who work outside their home, but can have advantages for stay-at-home pet parents too. Along with many other benefits, pet health trackers have the ability to record your dog’s behavior over long periods of time and send the data to a...

Duration: 00:26:39

TOP 012: Pet Food Packaging Dangers ft. Blaine Johnson and Larine Urbina

Dangers of pet food packaging are rarely something most dog owners think about. We’re more concerned with what ingredients dog and cat foods contain than what the container is made of. Unfortunately, the packaging is just as important as the food contained inside it. You can do a lot of research and spend a lot of money to get the most nutritious and safe pet food for your furry friends, but if there are chemicals leaching into it from the packaging, it could cause serious health...

Duration: 00:26:12

TOP 011: How to Deal With Separation Anxiety in Pets ft. Michele Dixon

Separation anxiety in pets is arguably the most common issue pet parents have to deal with, but many owners don’t understand the causes or the treatments. Symptoms can range from mild issues, like panting and pacing, to severe problems, like destructive behavior. It’s important for every pet owner to know what to look for and understand the available separation anxiety treatment options available for their furry friends. Michele Dixon is the health and nutrition specialist for Petcurean,...

Duration: 00:16:52

TOP 010: Soothing Anxiety in Pets Using Music with Amman Ahmed

Anxiety in dogs and cats is one of the most common issues pet owners have to deal with on a daily basis. In today's podcast episode we discuss one of the solutions to dog anxiety. This method is a little different from most of the typical treatments that you’ll see at your veterinarian’s office or in the pet stores. In this show I'm talking with Amman Ahmed, creator of "Music for Dogs" and "Music for Cats" that are specially designed audio tracks that pet owners can get for free to sooth...

Duration: 00:10:54

TOP 009: LTCI - Canine Osteoarthritis Treatment with Dr. Terry Beardsley

Diseases like canine osteoarthritis or leukemia in felines are one of those health problems that are scary for most pet parents to face, and are difficult to treat. Yet as pet owners we need to be prepared in case this ever happens to our furry friends, seek out prevention and potential treatments. This week I had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Terry Beardsley, founder of T-Cyte Therapeutics, Inc. Dr. Beardsley has spent many years researching and developing LTCI (Lymphocyte T-cell...

Duration: 00:24:42

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