Category Archives: Tracie Hotchner

Happy Anniversary from DOG TALK (and Kitties, Too!) As It Reaches Its 500th Show!

This past weekend the 500th show of Dog Talk (and Kitties Too!) aired on Peconic Public Broadcasting – over 9 years of consecutive weekly shows celebrating the human-animal bond in all its permutations. It has been a pleasure and a … Continue reading

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Embracing #GivingTuesday

Today on my show Humane Talk I heard from Kim Alboum, the director of the Emergency Placement Partners program for the Humane Society of the United States. I wanted to know more about how she and HSUS were celebrating #GivingTuesday. … Continue reading

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Stray Gardens: Photographer Julie McGuire on Dog Talk

When British-born photographer Julie McGuire moved to India 11 years ago, she was shocked to find some 250,000 stray dogs living on the streets of Bangalore. The melee of homeless hounds inspired her to focus on a long-term project documenting … Continue reading

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Do You Have to Bribe Your Dog? Or Do You Reward Her?

There’s a general misunderstanding floating around about what “positive reinforcement” means in training, and the use of food rewards that often accompanies it. There are some “old fashioned” trainers who dismiss reward-based learning concepts as being “bribery” and think a … Continue reading

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Madonna Leaves the Dog Film Festival in New York City to go… Home!

The 2nd Annual Dog Film Festival, held at Symphony Space in New York City on October 15, was a howling success in many ways. I returned home happy, but exhausted, and then I received the fantastic news that Madonna, a … Continue reading

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