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Working Like Dogs - Episode 143 Dogs in Public – Who’s Who and What’s What

Do you know the difference between a service animal, an emotional support animal, a therapy dog, and a pet? Denise Dumesnil and Shana Aldahl stop by to talk with Marcie and Lovey about their awesome project that answered these questions for domestic violence shelters and resulted in the “Model Guideline Service Animals and Emotional Support Animals in Domestic Violence Programs and Shelters” They provide valuable information for anyone who deals with the public and may encounter an...


Working Like Dogs - Episode 142 NBC Today Show’s Puppy with a Purpose – America’s VetDogs’ Charlie

America’s VetDogs’ puppy with a purpose, Charlie, has made regular appearances for 15 months on NBC's TODAY morning show as he grew and trained to become a service dog. Now Charlie, and his new veteran partner, Stacy Pearsall, are here to talk with Marcie and Lovey about their exciting new life together. Listen in as Stacy, a retired United States Air Force Veteran and Combat Photographer, talks about how she and Charlie were partnered and all of the amazing tasks Charlie performs to enable...


Working Like Dogs - Episode 141 Pacific Assistance Dogs Society (PADS)

Laura Watamanuk, Executive Director of Pacific Assistance Dogs Society (PADS), stops by to visit with Marcie and Lovey about the incredible dogs they are training for an array of jobs. Laura gives you a detailed, insider’s glimpse into PADS' methodical training and placement process. PADS’ dogs are trained to assist people with disabilities other than blindness, and include hearing dogs and service dogs. PADS also trains facility dogs for jobs in the victim services field. Laura shares some...


Working Like Dogs - Episode 140 The Best and The Bravest!

Marcie and Lovey welcome April Gettys from Midnight Sun Service Dogs and Major John Romspert and Major Brock Roden from the Alaska National Guard’s 212th Rescue Squadron to the show to talk about the phenomenal work they are doing with the Squadron’s first facility dog, TOML (That Others Might Live). Majors Romspert and Roden and April talk candidly about the amazing work TOML is doing in Alaska and abroad to support the mental and spiritual welfare of these high-performing military...


Working Like Dogs - Episode 139 Canine Heroes Responding to National Disasters

Sonja Heritage, Head Trainer at the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation drops by to talk with Marcie and Lovey about the work they are doing to rescue, train and partner shelter dogs with firefighters and other first responders to find people buried alive in the wreckage of disasters around the world. Sonja talks about their state-of-the-art national training facility. She also provides insightful details about how they screen shelter dogs for these intense, professional jobs and how...


Working Like Dogs - Episode 138 Lessons in Courage from the World’s K9 Cops

Rachel Rose, acclaimed author and poet, stops by to talk with Marcie and Whistle about her new book – The Dog Lover Unit: Lessons in Courage from the World’s K9 Cops. Rachel introduces us to police dogs in the United States, France, Canada and Britain. She poetically describes the grit, determination and courage she witnessed firsthand with these law enforcement officers and their K9 partners. Rachel also shares with us the work she is currently doing with Pacific Assistance Dogs Society...


Working Like Dogs - Episode 137 In the Line of Duty - Protecting Working Dogs from Opioid Overdose

Did you know that the opioid epidemic is not only impacting humans but it’s also impacting working dogs? Police dogs are being exposed to deadly drugs in the line of duty. Dr. Ashley Mitek and Dr. Maureen McMichael from the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital are working with law enforcement and veterinarians to help handlers and veterinarians be prepared to prevent and treat a dog that has been or is suspected of being exposed to an opioid. Their work is fascinating and it...


Working Like Dogs - Episode 136 Do You Know the Difference Between an Assistance Dog and a Pet?

We regularly hear a news story of someone trying to bring a fake assistance dog into a business or public place. Listen in as Marcie and Lovey visit with Marsha Gilford, Regional Corporate Affairs Director for the Southwest Region of the Kroger Company, the largest traditional grocery retailer in the United States. Marsha stops by to talk about a communication program she and Kroger created about the difference between service dogs and pets. We love their educational and positive approach...


Working Like Dogs - Episode 135 The Dog-Human Relationship

Marcie and Lovey welcome world-renowned dog researcher Dr. Adam Miklosi to the show. Dr. Miklosi is the Director of the Family Dog Research Project the first research group to study the behavioral and cognitive aspects of the dog-human relationship. Based in Hungary, they are one of the largest dog research groups in the world! Dr. Miklosi shares some of his latest research on dog cognition, animal learning, and aging. He also talks about how you can get connected with the Family Dog...


Working Like Dogs - Episode 134 Loyal!

Rebecca Ascher-Walsh visits with Marcie and Lovey about her beautiful new book, Loyal: 38 Inspiring Tales of Bravery, Heroism, and the Devotion of Dogs. Listen in as Rebecca lovingly highlights some of the incredible working dogs in her new book and how these skilled canines changed the lives of their amazing human partners. Rebecca also talks about the Deja Foundation, an organization she founded to raise funds for the support and care of rescue dogs. Questions or Comments? Send them...


Working Like Dogs - Episode 133 Roscoe the Bed Bug Dog

Jennifer Erdogan, Director of Bell Environmental Services’ Canine Division and certified bedbug detection dog and adorable tri-colored beagle, Roscoe, stop by to talk with Marcie and Lovey. Jennifer explains how Roscoe works to sniff and detect hidden bed bugs in hospitals, hotels, homes, apartment buildings and other sites. Roscoe and their other certified bed bug dogs’ all have the ability to perform bed bug inspections with a documented 98% accuracy rate! Jennifer also talks about how...


Working Like Dogs - Episode 132 Dogs for the Deaf

Blake Matray, Executive Director of Dogs for the Deaf drops in to visit with Marcie and Lovey about the incredible work they are doing to rescue dogs from animal shelters and humane societies throughout the western United States and train them as hearing alert dogs. Blake talks about how they identify, screen and recruit shelter dogs. The next step is to begin training them in a variety of “sound work” tasks such as alerting their human partner to the telephone or a knock at the door....


Working Like Dogs - Episode 131 Advancing the Science of Dogs!

World-renowned animal behavior scientist/consultant, Dr. James Ha visits with Marcie and Lovey about the unique aspects of applying scientific research to canine and human behavior. Dr. Ha shares fascinating information about how assistance dogs and their handlers communicate and develop trust and why some dogs are simply not able to be assistance dogs. He discusses the unique human-canine bond, his groundbreaking work as a legal witness expert, and his work as a scientific advisor to...


Working Like Dogs - Episode 130 Angus the Superbug Dog!

Teresa Zurberg says her two-year old English Springer Spaniel Angus’ sense of smell is above and beyond anything we can even comprehend. Listen as she talks with Marcie and Lovey about Angus job at Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH), where he is a member of the hospital’s Infection Fighting Team. Teresa trained Angus to detect Clostridium difficile, or C. diff, a superbug often found in hospitals that attacks people whose immune systems have been weakened by antibiotics. Teresa shares how...


Working Like Dogs - Episode 129 Go Fetch Wellness!

Jeff Fink and his psychiatric assistance dog, Earl, talk with Marcie and Lovey about the inspiring animal-assisted therapy work they are doing to support people who are living with mental illness through their organization, Go Fetch Wellness. Jeff talks candidly about his own debilitating battle with depression and anxiety and how his relationship with Earl, a Golden-Retriever, changed his life forever. Jeff’s passion for working with Earl to help others who are struggling with mental...


Working Like Dogs - Episode 128 Dr. Bonnie Bergin - The Mother of Mobility Assistance Dogs!

What an honor it is to welcome Dr. Bonnie Bergin to the show! Bonnie has had such an impact on my life and so many others as the original mother of the assistance dog industry! Bonnie shares her amazing journey with us from the moment she had the idea that dogs could assist people with mobility limitations, to establishing the first service dog organization, and to creating the educational institution, the Bergin University of Canine Studies that she leads today. Bonnie is a true pioneer...


Working Like Dogs - Episode 127 Volunteer Puppyraisers - Finding Your Bigger Purpose!

Listen in as Emily Zier shares her passion for raising puppies for Canine Companions for Independence Emily’s enthusiasm is contagious as she talks about the thrilling moment of receiving an 8-week-old future service dog, the lessons she has the joy of teaching to this young dog over the course of 12-15 months, the incredible gift of ultimately meeting the person with a disability who is placed with the dog she trained, and then starting over with a brand new puppy. Emily answers the...


Working Like Dogs - Episode 126 Love is All You Need

Jennifer Arnold, NY Times best-selling author of Through a Dog’s Eyes and Founder and Executive Director of Canine Assistants stops by to talk with Marcie and Lovey about her ground-breaking new book, Love is All You Need: The Revolutionary Bond-Based Approach to Educating Your Dog. Jennifer discusses her pioneering bond-based approach and talks in detail about her belief that we can teach dogs to figure out the action we want on their own instead of telling them what to do. She advocates...


Working Like Dogs - Episode 125 Envisioning a Humane Economy

Wayne Pacelle, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Humane Society of the United States talks with Marcie and Lovey about his best-selling book, The Humane Economy: How Innovators and Enlightened Consumers are Transforming the Lives of Animals. He reveals his beliefs about the simple choices we make every day that can be life changing for animals. Wayne explains the rising tide of consciousness toward animals and the business advantages to treating animals humanely. He also shares...

Duration:00:31:57 - Working Like Dogs - Episode 124 Honoring Canine Excellence!

We love it when working dogs get the recognition they so richly deserve! Gina DiNardo, Vice-President of the American Kennel Club visits with Marcie and Lovey and speaks about the AKC’s recognition of working dogs. Gina discusses the AKC’s newest award, the Paw of Courage. This award recognizes the sacrifices that working dogs make while serving and protecting our country. She also talks about the AKC’s long-standing ACE Awards that annually recognize five loyal, hard-working dogs that...


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