DOG TALK® (and Kitties Too!) on

icon of side silhouette of dog and cat drawn inside the dog Tracie Hotchner the Radio Pet Lady

DOG TALK® features Tracie’s interviews with authors, pet experts and animal welfare advocates from around the world, discussing practical and philosophical issues regarding our relationships with dogs, cats, other pets, wildlife and the natural world.

The show broadcasts from WLIW FM 88.3 in Southampton, the only NPR station on Long Island, reaching from the East End across Long Island into Southern Connecticut and Westchester.

The show’s theme song is “Mmm My Best Friend” by Sophie B. Hawkins from her album TIMBRE.

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How To Train An Aggressive or Reactive Dog

#840C: The title of dog trainer Annie Phenix’s book helps answer that question: “Positive Training for Aggressive and Reactive Dogs: Proven Techniques to Help Your Dog Overcome Fear and Anxiety”

The Whisker Lady

#840B: Jen Glick is known as The Whisker Lady because she is the creative force behind the Etsy shop Volana Kote (which means Moon Kitten), where she makes jewelry out of her first love — whiskers — but people also send their pet’s ashes, feathers, fur, teeth and even snake skin!

People Learning from Dogs at Boston College

#840A: Dr Angie Johnston — Director of Boston College Canine Cognition Center & Social Learning Lab — talks about how their work involves the participation of local owners and their dogs.

“Dreams of Arcadia”

#839C: Veterinarian-turned-novelist Brian Porter talks about his book “Dreams of Arcadia,” which follows a city veterinarian, who joins a country practice in Texas and learns how harsh it is out there.

Oh No! The Thinking Dog Center is Closing?!

#839B: Tracie just learned about the work of Dr. Sarah Byosiere, who has been director of the Thinking Dog Center at Hunter College in New York City — only to learn from her that the center is closing! But the Animal Behavior and Conservation department is still there.

All Cats, All the Time

#839A: Dr. Rachel Geller is a cat behavior specialist who founded her own non-profit All Cats, All the Time to provide non-judgmental advice, information and support to people having problems with their kitty cats. She has helped thousands of cats stay in their loving homes — all for free!

Temple Grandin Will Speak at the NOMV Gala

#838C: Bri Golub, the Director of Programs NOMV (Not One More Vet) talks about the mission of the organization to support veterinary wellbeing — and the excitement around the gala planned for October with Temple Grandin as the speaker.

The “Magic” of Acupuncture Needles for Pets

#838B: Dr. Geraldine Diethelm describes how acupuncture works for pain relief and healing, and the many ways in which veterinarians can help pets with acupuncture — even exotic animals, in addition to dogs and cats!

Dogs & Cats Left Behind in Ukraine Are Suffering

#838A: Daniel Fine talks about the plight of pets that had to be abandoned during the war and his nonprofit War Animals Relief Fund. Tracie urges everyone to join her in helping the GoFundMe campaign to support his upcoming FIFTH volunteer mission to help unite the dogs and cats of Ukraine with their displaced owners.

Saving 3,000 Cats a Year

#837C: Kimberly La Russa describes how the Ten Lives Club has managed to save the lives of 3,000 cats a year.