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Tune in as dog lover Tim Berthold interviews leading brands, Veterinary professionals, and other experts committed to helping your dog live a happier and healthier life.

Each week we’ll cover tips, tricks, and expert advice on caring for your furry canine friend.
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Ready to learn if your dog is really thriving on their diet?   You might say your dog is getting all the nutrition it needs but think again. There are ways to know if their diet is really working for them.   There are common issues in your dog that tell you something about the food that they’re being fed.   Luckily we have Alicia Boemi on our podcast today. She is a canine nutritionist who believes in a holistic approach to caring for your dog.   We talk about: Things to look out for to know if your dog’s food is working for them The full body check for your dog Common issues that might come up in a full body check What a balanced nutritious meal consists of Diet for a diabetic dog Alicia is the owner of Holistic Pet Wellness. She uses a combination of nutrition, massage, aromatherapy, and herbs to treat dogs proactively rather than reactively.   Learn more about Alicia at holisticpetwellness.co or tune in to her podcast - The Happy Dog Podcast. You can also follow her on Instagram holisticpetwellness. Highlights:  [2:56] Why Alicia took the nutrition path [6:09] Is your dog thriving on their diet? [8:07] How to do the full body check on your dog [10:12] Common issues that you might see in your dog after a full body check [11:09] What these issues might tell you about your dog’s nutrition [12:35] What a balanced nutritious meal consists of [17:23] Diet for diabetic dogs [21:01] What you get for a custom recipe [23:12] Her work as a massage therapist [24:35] At home massage for your dog Resources Mentioned on this episode holisticpetwellness.co Holistic Pet Wellness on Instagram Connect with Tim Berthold LinkedIn   Thanks to our sponsor – Sunny’s® Sunny’s® is the first line of supplements specially-designed for the unique needs of Golden Retrievers.  Forever Golden® is the flagship product, and supports the healthy aging of adult and senior Golden Retrievers.  It’s formulated by Holistic Vets to support flexy joints, supple skin, strong immunity, and healthy circulation of adult and senior Goldens. Forever Golden® is loaded with 10 human-grade ingredients like Organic Reishi mushroom, Organic Chlorella, and superior forms of Curcumin and Ashwagandha.  It’s also 100% Non-GMO and free from typical inflammatory ingredients that can cause problems for Goldens.   Head on over to sunnysgoldens.com and use code PAWCAST for $10 off your first order.
You walk and run with your dogs, you play fetch with them, they do tricks. They jump on and off the couch and bed. They do all kinds of physical activities.  But how do you make sure they are fit or not in pain? Does your dog’s breed have anything to do with the amount of training he can tolerate? In today’s pawcast, we can learn so many things to help us answer these questions. Our guest is Dr. Katy Patrick, a certified canine therapist, or a physical therapist for dogs. We chat about: How to perform a 5-minute body scan on your dog 7 signs of pain Techniques to ease your dog’s pain Dos and don’ts about massage 3 at home exercises for your dog Mistakes pet parents make with their dogs’ physical health and mobility Common joint and musculatory issues in dogs Workout regimen for senior dogs Dr. Katy was a physical therapist for humans before being a canine physical therapist. She owns Northern Colorado Canine Rehab. She’s a firm believer in “Movement is medicine.”. She serves the surrounding areas of her hometown Johnstown, Colorado where she lives with her husband and 2 rescue dogs, Tobias and Beluga. She also does online consultations through telehealth appointments. You can learn more about Dr. Katy and her practice at www.nococaninerehab.com or follow her on Instagram, @NorthernColoradoCanineRehab. Highlights:  [2:11] Dr. Katy’s journey into general and canine physical therapy [4:08] 2 types of canine physical therapy patients [6:28} How to perform a 5-minute body scan on your dog [8:11] 7 signs of pain [10:16] Techniques to ease your dog’s pain [11:21] Dos and don’ts about massage {14:10] 3 at home exercises for your dog [16:27] Is jumping on and off the couch/bed good for your dog? [17:22] Mistakes pet parents make with their dogs’ physical health and mobility [20:22] Common joint and musculatory issues in dogs [22:54] Workout regimen for senior dogs [25:04] Warm up activities for your dog Resources Mentioned on this episode www.nococaninerehab.com Northern Colorado Canine Rehab on Instagram Connect with Tim Berthold LinkedIn Thanks to our sponsor – Sunny’s® Sunny’s® is the first line of supplements specially-designed for the unique needs of Golden Retrievers.  Forever Golden® is the flagship product, and supports the healthy aging of adult and senior Golden Retrievers.  It’s formulated by Holistic Vets to support flexy joints, supple skin, strong immunity, and healthy circulation of adult and senior Goldens. Forever Golden® is loaded with 10 human-grade ingredients like Organic Reishi mushroom, Organic Chlorella, and superior forms of Curcumin and Ashwagandha.  It’s also 100% Non-GMO and free from typical inflammatory ingredients that can cause problems for Goldens.   Head on over to sunnysgoldens.com and use code PAWCAST for $10 off your first order.  
The cooling vest your dog needs this summer. Seriously, think Under Armour® for your dog.    With summer just around the corner, dogs are rockin’ that #sunsouttonguesout look.   But with over tens of thousands of dogs suffering yearly from overheating, how ‘bout we brush up on some summer safety.   We bring you Michael Bevis, the founder of the vet-recommended cooling vest - @KoolSkinz   He shares:   Top summer safety tips for your dog Signs of overheating Breeds prone to heat stroke   Michael also debunks a common myth in the dog world! Let’s see if you know the answer.   Who’s more prone to heatstroke? Dogs with: Dark fur Light fur Neither   Michael also shares why we should be more careful with our short-haired dogs. To learn more visit koolskins.co or follow him on Instagram @KoolSkinz. Click the link in our bio to tune in to this episode. And make sure you catch that 20% off discount code (plus free shipping!) Highlights:  [2:16] Inspiration for KoolSkinz [6:27] Why KoolSkinz is Underarmour® for your dog [14:40] What’s your dog’s pattern type? [17:52] Top summer safety tips [18:30] Signs of overheating [22:00] Breeds prone to heatstroke [22:38] Common myth DEBUNKED [23:32] 3 Principles by which KoolSkinz operates [24:55] Top 10 camping product by Dyrt magazine Resources Mentioned on this episode koolskinz.co KoolSkinz on Instagram Connect with Tim Berthold LinkedIn Thanks to our sponsor – Sunny’s® Sunny’s® is the first line of supplements specially-designed for the unique needs of Golden Retrievers.  Forever Golden® is the flagship product, and supports the healthy aging of adult and senior Golden Retrievers.  It’s formulated by Holistic Vets to support flexy joints, supple skin, strong immunity, and healthy circulation of adult and senior Goldens. Forever Golden® is loaded with 10 human-grade ingredients like Organic Reishi mushroom, Organic Chlorella, and superior forms of Curcumin and Ashwagandha.  It’s also 100% Non-GMO and free from typical inflammatory ingredients that can cause problems for Goldens.   Head on over to sunnysgoldens.com and use code PAWCAST for $10 off your first order.
This one’s for those of us who’ve ever thought:   “Can I give my dog  ______?”   Who’ve rushed to Google after your dog scarfed down your leftovers.   Or, spent way too much at the vet when you fed him pepperoni. (YIKES!)   … (crickets)   Okay, maybe you haven’t done all that. But I know you've at least wondered what you should or shouldn’t feed your dog. And if so, this show is for you!   We have veterinarian, Dr. Mari Delaney, who created an app JUST FOR THAT!   Vet Protect is an app that helps pet parents prevent accidental poisoning. It lets you know what medication and food is safe or NOT safe for pets.   Not only that, it lets you know the amount you’ll likely spend at the vet for making this bonehead move.    ⇒ GUILTY ⇐    We chat about Common culprits of accidental poisoning  Symptoms of gettin’ chocolate wasted (Hello, Grown Ups anyone?!) How the Vet Protect app works   Having seen too many patients for accidental poisoning, she thought, “I gotta help these pet parents out.”   Thus, the idea for Vet Protect was born.   So go download the app. It’s available on Google Play and the Apple App store.   Your dog (and your wallet) will thank you.   Now tune in to this episode of the Thriving Dog Pawcast!   Highlights:  [2:39] Is accidental poisoning common? [3:57] Common culprits in accidental poisoning  [8:38] Symptoms of chocolate overdose [11:42] What happens if my dog takes Advil? [12:09] Grapes and their toxicity [14:06] Can my dog eat Cheetos,? [15:12] How the Vet Protect app works [21:58] Unfavorable meat for your dog [22:58] Why Dr. Mari created the Vet Protect app Resources Mentioned on this episode vetprotect.app Vet Protect on Instagram Connect with Tim Berthold LinkedIn   Thanks to our sponsor – Sunny’s®   Sunny’s® is the first line of supplements specially-designed for the unique needs of Golden Retrievers.    Forever Golden® is the flagship product, and supports the healthy aging of adult and senior Golden Retrievers.    It’s formulated by Holistic Vets to support flexy joints, supple skin, strong immunity, and healthy circulation of adult and senior Goldens.   Forever Golden® is loaded with 10 human-grade ingredients like Organic Reishi mushroom, Organic Chlorella, and superior forms of Curcumin and Ashwagandha.    It’s also 100% Non-GMO and free from typical inflammatory ingredients that can cause problems for Goldens.     Head on over to sunnysgoldens.com and use code PAWCAST for $10 off your first order.
What you can do to end pet homelessness! You know the feeling - you see a photo of a cute dog hoping to find a forever home and your heart melts. You wish you could take him home, but adoption isn’t always an option. Teri Austin of the Amanda Foundation is on the show to share some tips on what you CAN do. She got to the bottom of the pet homelessness problem and teaches you what she’s learned. The 4 states that should NEVER be on your breeder’s paperwork What to watch out for when donating to an animal charity The Amanda Foundation’s HOLISTIC solution to pet homelessness Teri also shares some insight on how COVID has affected pet ownership - in a good way! Who would’ve thought the answer to common pet owner worries was so simple! Teri has been the president of The Amanda Foundation for 35 years where their mission is “to rescue as many loyal pals from shelters and find them loving homes”. Learn more about The Amanda Foundation at AmandaFoundation.org. Or, give them a follow @AmandaFoundation. Tune in to this episode of the Thriving Dog Pawcast! Highlights:  [3:38] From actress to animal rescuer [8:02] Opening your heart again when your dog has crossed the rainbow bridge [10:01] The 4 states that should NOT be on your breeder’s paperwork [16:00] Tips for teaching kids to care for your dog [18:04] Should you foster or adopt? [20:20] How COVID has taught us to be better pet parents [22:15] Benefits of adopting older dogs vs. puppies [28:38] Amanda Foundation’s answer to pet homelessness [31:30] What to watch out for before donating to an animal charity Resources Mentioned on this episode AmandaFoundation.org Amanda Foundation on Instagram Connect with Tim Berthold LinkedIn Thanks to our sponsor – Sunny’s® Sunny’s® is the first line of supplements specially-designed for the unique needs of Golden Retrievers.  Forever Golden® is the flagship product, and supports the healthy aging of adult and senior Golden Retrievers.  It’s formulated by Holistic Vets to support flexy joints, supple skin, strong immunity, and healthy circulation of adult and senior Goldens. Forever Golden® is loaded with 10 human-grade ingredients like Organic Reishi mushroom, Organic Chlorella, and superior forms of Curcumin and Ashwagandha.  It’s also 100% Non-GMO and free from typical inflammatory ingredients that can cause problems for Goldens.   Head on over to sunnysgoldens.com and use code PAWCAST for $10 off your first order.    
Ever had one of those days where the only cure is an evening with Netflix and ice cream? Then, as you’re getting ready to dip your spoon straight into the carton, your dog comes over with his supercanine powers and makes it allllllll better! Today on the show we have holistic veterinarian, Dr. Jessica Fusch. We dive deep into the incredible connection we share with dogs. And how we might be passing on more than we’d like. Dr. Fusch gives us some tips on how to decrease our stress. Including: Herbs that are safe for both you and your dog Homemade dog food recipe to try out She also talks about how a pet’s health often mirrors their human’s - maybe their way of telling us to take better care of ourselves (hint, hint) Dr. Fusch is the founder of Key Veterinary Care. They provide mobile preventative and therapy services around St. Augustine, Florida. She focuses on a holistic, proactive approach to pet health. Get her free dog food recipe at: Dr. Fusch's home-cooked dog food recipe You can learn more about Dr. Fusch at Keyvetcare.com and follow her on Instagram @keyveterinarycare. Highlights:  [3:34] How you’re passing your fear to your dog [7:29] Why you should destress - for their dog’s sake! [9:08] Your dog’s personality says more about you than you think [14:40] How you transfer energy to your pet - through science [18:16] Benefits of a mobile vet [19:03] Keys to a healthy diet [23:30] Can you make your dog sick? [27:35] The herb that reduces your stress (and your dog’s!) during the time of corona [32:09] Free recipe for your dog Resources Mentioned on this episode Keyvetcare.com Dr. Fusch's home-cooked dog food recipe Key Veterinary Care on Instagram Connect with Tim Berthold LinkedIn Thanks to our sponsor – Sunny’s® Sunny’s® is the first line of supplements specially-designed for the unique needs of Golden Retrievers.  Forever Golden® is the flagship product, and supports the healthy aging of adult and senior Golden Retrievers.  It’s formulated by Holistic Vets to support flexy joints, supple skin, strong immunity, and healthy circulation of adult and senior Goldens. Forever Golden® is loaded with 10 human-grade ingredients like Organic Reishi mushroom, Organic Chlorella, and superior forms of Curcumin and Ashwagandha.  It’s also 100% Non-GMO and free from typical inflammatory ingredients that can cause problems for Goldens.   Head on over to sunnysgoldens.com and use code PAWCAST for $10 off your first order.
Thinking about rescuing a dog? We have the pet rescue expert herself on the show! Hallmark Channel’s Larissa Wohl has you covered on all things pet adoption and fostering. We chat about the difference between shelters and rescues and what to expect from each. She also shines some light on the biggest problem owners face with adoption - & the easy way to avoid it! Larissa gives great tips for prospective pet parents such as: the adoption process for shelters vs. rescues introducing your rescue to other pets pros of fostering When we said Larissa is an expert in this stuff, we weren’t kidding. As part of Hallmark Channel’s Adoption Ever After, she’s helped over 2,000 animals find their forever homes! She’s also produced and hosted several segments such as: Home & Family Kitten Bowl Cat Bowl American Rescue Dog Show Tails of Joy.  Learn more about Larissa and her mission to be the voice for the voiceless at Larissawohl.com. You can also follow her on Instagram @larissawohl. Tune in to this episode of the Thriving Dog Pawcast! Highlights:  [3:12] From journalist to pet rescue expert [10:08] Memorable rescue stories [14:55] Pros & Cons of breeders and shelters [19:07] How to pick a dog from shelters and rescues [20:07] Why you should look into shelters first [22:13] The biggest problem in adopting [24:37] What to expect when adopting from a rescue [28:52] Getting your dog acclimated to its new home [33:49] Fostering in the time of COVID-19 Resources Mentioned on this episode larissawohl.com Larissa Wohl on Instagram Connect with Tim Berthold LinkedIn   Thanks to our sponsor – Sunny’s® Sunny’s® is the first line of supplements specially-designed for the unique needs of Golden Retrievers.  Forever Golden® is the flagship product, and supports the healthy aging of adult and senior Golden Retrievers.  It’s formulated by Holistic Vets to support flexy joints, supple skin, strong immunity, and healthy circulation of adult and senior Goldens. Forever Golden® is loaded with 10 human-grade ingredients like Organic Reishi mushroom, Organic Chlorella, and superior forms of Curcumin and Ashwagandha.  It’s also 100% Non-GMO and free from typical inflammatory ingredients that can cause problems for Goldens.   Head on over to sunnysgoldens.com and use code PAWCAST for $10 off your first order.
Ready to try a fresh, whole food diet for your dog? Try this 30-day exercise! Dr. Oscar Chavez of Just Food For Dogs gives you the tools to get your dog on the fast track to health. Dr. Chavez is a veterinarian and Chief Medical Officer at Just Food For Dogs®. Just Food For Dogs® is an open-to-the-public kitchen serving Just Food For… yup, you guessed it… DOGS! Dr. Chavez leads the team of in-house veterinarians who formulate each meal using only fresh, whole-food, human-grade ingredients. And the best part… he shares all this with you! Your dog will be eating meals backed by scientific studies from your home. Dr. Chavez teaches you how to: balance protein, fat, and carbs for your dog decode nutrition research make your own fresh, whole-food meals “The science is showing that even within 30 days feeding a fresh, whole-food diet, you start to see a transformation.” - Dr. Chavez. So tune in to this episode and head on over to justfoodfordogs.com. You can download all the recipes you’ll need for your dog’s 30-day transformation. Highlights:  [2:11] From tenured-track to dog food startup [10:53] What to feed your new puppy [15:37] The only downside of the raw food movement [20:23] What to watch out for when considering raw feeding [23:59] The raw, true answer to designing scientific studies [31:14] 30-day exercise [34:25] Balancing Protein, Fat, Carbs for your dog [38:40] A scientist’s view on cooling and warming nature of meats [45:34] The culprit behind processed food   Resources Mentioned on this episode https://www.justfoodfordogs.com/ Just Food For Dogs® on Instagram Connect with Tim Berthold LinkedIn Thanks to our sponsor – Sunny’s® Sunny’s® is the first line of supplements specially-designed for the unique needs of Golden Retrievers.  Forever Golden® is the flagship product, and supports the healthy aging of adult and senior Golden Retrievers.  Forever Golden® is loaded with 10 human-grade ingredients like Organic Reishi mushroom, Organic Chlorella, and superior forms of Curcumin and Ashwagandha.  It’s also 100% Non-GMO and free from typical inflammatory ingredients that can cause problems for Goldens.   Head on over to sunnysgoldens.com and use code PAWCAST for $10 off your first order.
Ready to take the guesswork out of feeding your dog a healthy diet? On today’s show, you’ll learn how 1 tablespoon of your dog’s hair can reveal the state of their nutrition. Talk about simple! Our Pawcast guest is Matt Rowe, founder of Parsley Pet - the company making pet health easy!  Parsley Pet tests your dog for over 48 nutrients and heavy metals! They also provide you with a complete Nutritional Blueprint based on your dog’s unique results. Matt walks us through the whole process of getting our paws on this test. And the best part … you can do it from home! We also chat about: the best time to take the test 4 vital nutrients for your dog transitioning properly to raw food diet top metals tested in Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA) When Matt’s not hanging out in the lab with his canine colleagues, he’s out educating all us pet parents. Matt is a certified dog nutritionist and raw feeding specialist. He holds a weekly educational conversation called Essential Nutrition for a Healthier Dog. You can check it out on his Facebook page at @ParsleyPet. You can learn more about Matt and Parsley Pet on parsleypet.com and follow them on Instagram @parsleypetwellness.  Tune in to this episode of the Thriving Dog Pawcast. Highlights:  [3:38] How is kibble processed? [6:46] How Parsley Pet began [13:02] How to get your dog’s Nutritional Blueprint Test [19:50] The best time to take the test [23:45] What brings customers to Parsley Pet [26:10] Parsley Pet’s weekly class, Essential Nutrition For A Healthier Dog [28:40] The 4 vital nutrients for your dog [30:55] Transitioning properly to raw food diet [36:04] Top metals tested in Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA) [42:30] Soil health and dog nutrition [48:02] Final advice Resources Mentioned on this episode parsleypet.com Parsley Pet on Facebook Parsley Pet on Instagram Pet Wellness Revolution Podcast Connect with Tim Berthold LinkedIn Thanks to our sponsor – Sunny’s® Sunny’s® is the first line of supplements specially-designed for the unique needs of Golden Retrievers.  Forever Golden® is the flagship product, and supports the healthy aging of adult and senior Golden Retrievers.  It’s formulated by Holistic Vets to support flexy joints, supple skin, strong immunity, and healthy circulation of adult and senior Goldens. Forever Golden® is loaded with 10 human-grade ingredients like Organic Reishi mushroom, Organic Chlorella, and superior forms of Curcumin and Ashwagandha.  It’s also 100% Non-GMO and free from typical inflammatory ingredients that can cause problems for Goldens.   Head on over to sunnysgoldens.com and use code PAWCAST for $10 off your first order.
Get ready to learn all about herbs! We have none other than the Canine Herbalist, Rita Hogan, on the show. You’ll be leaving this episode with a list of herbs to try on your dog. Rita teaches us all about how herbs balance a dog’s body. She gives you the signs and symptoms to diagnose your dog as “cool” or “warm” and how to treat them. We chat about: what a canine herbalist does “cooling” and “warming” herbs which herbs to give your warm or cool dog the dog treat test Rita is the co-founder of Farm Dog Naturals - an herbal remedy company for the All-Natural dog. All of their products are plant-based and ethically-sourced ensuring the health of both dogs and the environment. You can learn more about Rita at canineherbalist.com or farmdognaturals.com. You can also follow Farm Dog Naturals on instagram @FarmDogNaturals. Tune in to this episode of the Thriving Dog Pawcast.  Highlights:  [3:04] What does a canine herbalist do? [3:04] What does a canine herbalist do? [9:15] Energetics 101 [13:00] 8 signs and symptoms of a “warm” dog [17:56] Don’t give this to a warm dog [23:38] Are Sunny’s ingredients balanced? [25:32] The dog treat test [33:16] Signs and symptoms of a “cool” dog [35:43] Herbal recipe to warm your dog up [38:30] Great sources for herbs [39:36] Final advice about using herbs   Resources Mentioned on this episode canineherbalist.com farmdognaturals.com Farm Dog Naturals on Instagram Connect with Tim Berthold LinkedIn Thanks to our sponsor – Sunny’s® Sunny’s® is the first line of supplements specially-designed for the unique needs of Golden Retrievers.  Forever Golden® is the flagship product, and supports the healthy aging of adult and senior Golden Retrievers.  It’s formulated by Holistic Vets to support flexy joints, supple skin, strong immunity, and healthy circulation of adult and senior Goldens. Forever Golden® is loaded with 10 human-grade ingredients like Organic Reishi mushroom, Organic Chlorella, and superior forms of Curcumin and Ashwagandha.  It’s also 100% Non-GMO and free from typical inflammatory ingredients that can cause problems for Goldens. 
We’ve got the scoop on COVID-19… for your dog that is. To answer all your coronavirus questions we got Dr. Tori Coutner of the @balancedpetvet on the show. Can my dog get coronavirus? Can they spread it? Are there any cases of the virus in pets? But that’s not all we need to worry about. Many of us are experiencing the quarantine blues and our dogs feel it too. Dr. Tori chats about the changes your dog is experiencing. She offers: tips for your dog’s anxiety what to do when your pets pick up the tension at home supplements to calm your dogs during COVID But it doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom. There are so many things you can do with your dog during #quarantinelife. And Dr. Tori gives us some great ideas! There’s no doubt about it, we’re living in crazy times. But here at the Pawcast, we got your dog’s needs covered! Now if you have a cat who’s pretty much hating you for intruding on their “me” time… sorry,  can’t help you there! But you can learn more about Dr. Tori at balancedpetvet.com. She’s a veterinarian and founder of The Balanced Pet Vet in Southern California. She believes in a balanced approach to pet care. Her pet patients get only the best of both western and eastern medicine. Tune in to this episode of the Thriving Dog Pawcast! Highlights:  [4:08] Can your dog get coronavirus and transmit it? [9:54] Dr. Tori’s advice when your dog is acting weird [17:55] When your pets pick up the tension at home [21:27] Supplements to calm your dogs during COVID [25:55] Activities for your dog during quarantine [29:39] How you being at home is changing your dog’s diet  [32:54} Intermittent fasting for dogs [36:16] A balanced diet for your dog Resources Mentioned on this episode balancedpetvet.com Balanced Pet Vet on Instagram Connect with Tim Berthold LinkedIn Thanks to our sponsor – Sunny’s® Sunny’s® is the first line of supplements specially-designed for the unique needs of Golden Retrievers.  Forever Golden® is the flagship product, and supports the healthy aging of adult and senior Golden Retrievers.  It’s formulated by Holistic Vets to support flexy joints, supple skin, strong immunity, and healthy circulation of adult and senior Goldens. Forever Golden® is loaded with 10 human-grade ingredients like Organic Reishi mushroom, Organic Chlorella, and superior forms of Curcumin and Ashwagandha.  It’s also 100% Non-GMO and free from typical inflammatory ingredients that can cause problems for Goldens.   Head on over to sunnysgoldens.com and use code PAWCAST for $10 off your first order.
  Whether they’re your TV buddy or your running buddy, your dog loves being needed.   And when it comes to needing stress relief from airport chaos, there’s no one better than the LAX Pups.   Their pack leader, Heidi Huebner, is the founder of Pups Unstressing Passengers, also known as the PUP Program, at LAX airport.    As Heidi puts it, “Every dog needs a job!” She jumps right into:   How your pet can be a therapy dog Why your dog needs a “job” Deciding on the right dog Typical scenario at LAX Tips for traveling with your dog   At LAX, PUP volunteers roam the terminals in their “Pet me” uniforms. These heroes in red vests love saving the day with their wagging tails and wet noses.  A great way to put these social butterflies’ gifts to good use! Before leading the LAX Pups, Heidi was the Director of Volunteer Programs for Los Angeles Animals Services. She was also the Founder and Executive Director of KidsnPets - a non-profit that raises awareness through education and outreach.  Follow Heidi and her team of volunteers on Instagram, @LAXPups. Highlights:  [2:42] How her love for animals led her to the PUP program [7:50] How your pet can be a therapy dog [13:57] Why your dogs need a “job” [16:42] What to do if this is your first dog [17:15] Steps to decide on the right dog  [19:45] Why you need to pay attention to your dog’s personality [21:18] Does PUP have breed restrictions? [24:36] Typical scenario at LAX [28:08] Tips for traveling with your dog [34:00] Possible jobs for your dogs Resources Mentioned on this episode LAX Pups on Instagram Connect with Tim Berthold LinkedIn Thanks to our sponsor – Sunny’s® Sunny’s® is the first line of supplements specially-designed for the unique needs of Golden Retrievers.  Forever Golden® is the flagship product, and supports the healthy aging of adult and senior Golden Retrievers.  It’s formulated by Holistic Vets to support flexy joints, supple skin, strong immunity, and healthy circulation of adult and senior Goldens. Forever Golden® is loaded with 10 human-grade ingredients like Organic Reishi mushroom, Organic Chlorella, and superior forms of Curcumin and Ashwagandha.  It’s also 100% Non-GMO and free from typical inflammatory ingredients that can cause problems for Goldens.   Head on over to sunnysgoldens.com and use code PAWCAST for $10 off your first order.
Looking for a reason to start that yoga routine? Now you’ve got one! Our Pawcast guest this week is Aimee Hyatt. She’s the owner of DogaFit where she puts the DOG in downward dog. Get your mats out and get ready to do yoga with your dog, aka DOGA! She teaches you: doga at-home healing together through doga doga routines Before Aimee brought yoga to dogs and pet parents everywhere, she became a human certified yoga instructor. Not only that, she’s also certified in: canine massage therapy acupressure animal reiki She appeared on Good Morning America and NBC Sports for her Yoga with Dogs practice.  But it wasn’t always her plan to chaturanga alongside her pups. She found yoga after a tragic loss and couldn’t help but bring them along for the ride. You can learn all about Doga with Aimee at www.dogafit.com. Or follow her on Instagram @DogaFitEvents. Tune in to this episode of the Thriving Dog Pawcast. Highlights:  [6:04] How she started yoga and doing it with dogs [15:52] Her doga routine [18:43] Doing doga in your own home [26:10] Do I have to teach my dog yoga poses? [29:12] How to get into a doga class with Aimee [32:12] Show some love for your vet [35:02] Healing together [36:06] Bio-individuality Resources Mentioned on this episode www.dogafit.com www.nomv.org Connect with Tim Berthold LinkedIn Thanks to our sponsor – Sunny’s® Sunny’s® is the first line of supplements specially-designed for the unique needs of Golden Retrievers.  Forever Golden® is the flagship product, and supports the healthy aging of adult and senior Golden Retrievers. 
Here’s a hint, it’s all in the basics! Dr. Odette Suter will be teaching you how to avoid the “quick fix” mindset that’s creeped into holistic dog care.  She’ll be going over: Basic needs of your dog’s body Common deficiencies and excesses Mimicking nature What your vet doesn't tell you Practical ways to use natural remedies Dr. Suter is a holistic veterinarian, owner of Peak Animal Health Center, and author of  “What your vet never told you: Secrets to supporting peak health for your animal” Going 100%  “natural” might seem like a great choice. After all, it’s “in” right now. And, seriously, who could deny that natural is safer than synthetics? But here’s the big question - is natural always better? Dr. Suter answers this by teaching you the foundations of your dog’s health. Knowing this, you can decide what’s best for your dog. Tune in to this episode of the Thriving Dog PAWcast. Highlights:  [2:07] Her journey into the holistic field [9:50] What your vet didn’t tell you [13:13] Common dog deficiencies [14:06] How to mimic nature in your dog’s diet [18:24] What your dog might be getting too much of [22:42] Is natural always good? [28:53] Her thoughts on CBD [30:48] “Animal Longevity Secrets Revealed” video series [37:25] How the GI tract affects your dog’s health [38:47] The vagus nerve [45:58] Other pillars of health Resources Mentioned on this episode peakanimalhealthcenter.com Connect with Tim Berthold LinkedIn Thanks to our sponsor – Sunny’s® Sunny’s® is the first line of supplements specially-designed for the unique needs of Golden Retrievers.  Forever Golden® is the flagship product, and supports the healthy aging of adult and senior Golden Retrievers.  It’s formulated by Holistic Vets to support flexy joints, supple skin, strong immunity, and healthy circulation of adult and senior Goldens. Forever Golden® is loaded with 10 human-grade ingredients like Organic Reishi mushroom, Organic Chlorella, and superior forms of Curcumin and Ashwagandha.  It’s also 100% Non-GMO and free from typical inflammatory ingredients that can cause problems for Goldens.   Head on over to sunnysgoldens.com and use code PAWCAST for $10 off your first order.
You’re sitting in the vet’s office and have just received the news. Your dog, your fur baby, your best friend has cancer. This is a reality for many pet parents. Today on the show, we’ll be going over what to do if your dog is diagnosed with cancer. You’ll learn about: First steps you and your vet should take Options for treating cancer Natural approaches and prevention Our guest for this show is Dr. Meagan Sowders - Veterinary Radiation Oncologist for VCA Aurora Animal Hospital and member of the Pet Cancer Alliance.  Dr. Sowders and her team believe in giving the very best care for your pet. They’re known for their human-level approach to managing cancer. They ensure all pets are happy and comfortable throughout the process. You’ll also learn what types of cancers are common to certain breeds so keep your ears perked for this. You can learn more about Dr. Sowder’s and the team at the VCA Pet Cancer Alliance at https://vcahospitals.com/vca-pet-cancer-alliance. Or, follow them on Instagram @vca. Highlights:  [3:14] When you learn your dog has cancer  [4:40] Typical types of cancer for certain breeds [5:38] Important first steps your vet takes [9:35] Alternatives to surgery [15:59] Dr. Sowders’ take on natural approaches to cancer [19:40] Resources for pet parents [22:52] Most common cancers and corresponding treatments [28:04] What is immunotherapy? [29:58] Can spaying, diet, environmental factors, etc. help prevent/treat cancer? [32:43] Monitoring your cancer-stricken dogs Resources Mentioned on this episode https://vcahospitals.com/vca-pet-cancer-alliance VCA on Instagram: @vca Connect with Tim Berthold LinkedIn Thanks to our sponsor – Sunny’s® Sunny’s® is the first line of supplements specially-designed for the unique needs of Golden Retrievers.  Forever Golden® is the flagship product, and supports the healthy aging of adult and senior Golden Retrievers.  It’s formulated by Holistic Vets to support flexy joints, supple skin, strong immunity, and healthy circulation of adult and senior Goldens. Forever Golden® is loaded with 10 human-grade ingredients like Organic Reishi mushroom, Organic Chlorella, and superior forms of Curcumin and Ashwagandha.  It’s also 100% Non-GMO and free from typical inflammatory ingredients that can cause problems for Goldens.   Head on over to sunnysgoldens.com and use code PAWCAST for $10 off your first order.
Ever thought of treating your dog with essential oils? Today, you’ll learn how to do just that! We have “The Essential Oil Vet” on the PAWcast, also known as Dr. Janet Roark. Dr. Roark is the owner of Hill Country Mobile Veterinary Service in Austin, Tx. She treats her pet patients with both traditional and complementary medicine. Which, of course, includes essential oils! Dr. Janet talks about her discovery of essential oils through her battle with depression. And, like any good vet, she immediately thought of her pet patients. She knew they deserved the same care.  And so, her mission was born. She has since set out to educate pet parents on the benefits and safety of essential oils. In this show, you’ll learn: how to administer essential oils to your dog how to choose a brand which ones to keep stockpiled Learn more about The Essential Oil Vet at essentialoilvet.com or follow her at @essentialoilvet. Highlights:  [11:13] How to administer to your dog [17:14] Essential oil must-haves [23:55] Benefits for your dog [28:17] What to look for in a brand [33:40] How NOT to use essential oils [36:12] Best essential oils for you and your dog [37:33] Resources for more information [39:31] Final note Resources Mentioned on this episode essentialoilvet.com Connect with Tim Berthold LinkedIn Thanks to our sponsor – Sunny’s® Sunny’s® is the first line of supplements specially-designed for the unique needs of Golden Retrievers.  Forever Golden® is the flagship product, and supports the healthy aging of adult and senior Golden Retrievers.  It’s formulated by Holistic Vets to support flexy joints, supple skin, strong immunity, and healthy circulation of adult and senior Goldens. Forever Golden® is loaded with 10 human-grade ingredients like Organic Reishi mushroom, Organic Chlorella, and superior forms of Curcumin and Ashwagandha.  It’s also 100% Non-GMO and free from typical inflammatory ingredients that can cause problems for Goldens.   Head on over to sunnysgoldens.com and use code PAWCAST for $10 off your first order.
Think you could be over-vaccinating your dog?  We want to keep our pets healthy, but your dog might not need as many “upgrades” as you think.  Our guest for today is Dr. Laurie Coger - veterinarian and author of “Vaccines Explained: The Wholistic Vet’s Guide to Vaccinating Your Dog.” Dr. Coger founded The Healthy Dog Workshop and the annual Healthy Dog Expo in New York.  She teaches us the REAL DEAL with vaccines and dives into some things you might not know.  For our concerned pet parents out there, Dr. Coger also offers safe alternatives to vaccinating.  We chat about her dog’s autoimmune disorders and how turning to a natural diet extended her dog’s life. Dr. Coger also leaves us with her recommendations on what a healthy diet looks like. You can learn more about Dr. Coger at healthydogworkshop.com where you’ll find tons of articles on all things natural pet health. Highlights:  [06:26] The Volhard diet [08:07] Buying a veterinarian? [13:04] Issues with kibble and other mass-market pet food [14:10] Beware of 4D meat [17:54] What’s in human grade pet food  [30:03} What you might not know about vaccines [31:08] What is a titer? [33:20] What type of vaccinator are you? [36:31] The right approach to vaccination [43:27] Message to anti-vaccinators [45:55] Risks of mindless vaccination [47:03] Cost of titer testing vs. vaccination   Resources Mentioned on this episode healthydogworkshop.com healthydogexpo.com Connect with Tim Berthold LinkedIn   Thanks to our sponsor – Sunny’s® Sunny’s® is the first line of supplements specially-designed for the unique needs of Golden Retrievers.  Forever Golden® is the flagship product, and supports the healthy aging of adult and senior Golden Retrievers.  It’s formulated by Holistic Vets to support flexy joints, supple skin, strong immunity, and healthy circulation of adult and senior Goldens. Forever Golden® is loaded with 10 human-grade ingredients like Organic Reishi mushroom, Organic Chlorella, and superior forms of Curcumin and Ashwagandha. 
If you had one superpower, what would it be?  Superhuman speed Ability to fly Your dog's immortality Option number 3 hands down! Unfortunately, the scientists at the Thriving Dog PAWcast haven’t figured that one out yet. We’ll get you updates on their progress! In the meantime, the aging process of our dog is something we have to keep in mind. And with age comes the degenerative process of arthritis.  Our guest on the show today - Dr. Kristin Kirkby Shaw - is going to teach us a little bit about this process.  Dr. Kristin is a veterinarian and founder of CARE (Canine Arthritis Resources and Education). She founded CARE to help vets and pet parents like you manage arthritis. We chat about what dog breeds are prone to arthritis and signs to look out for in each life stage.  She gives great tips for managing arthritis such as keeping an eye out for weight (keep them lean!) and diet. And even offers great insight on spaying and neutering.  Learn more about Dr. Kristin at caninearthritis.org. Or follow her on Facebook @CanineArthritis and Instagram, @Canine_arthritis_resources.  Highlights:  [4:13] What is arthritis? [5:40] Causes of arthritis in dogs [7:40] Dog breeds at risk of getting arthritis [8:08] At what age you should look for warning signs [8:45] Warning signs [10:09] What you might hear from your vet when your dog has arthritis or is prone to it [12:34] Recommendations for dogs with arthritis [21:18] Key to managing arthritis through diet [26:22] How exercise helps dogs with arthritis [37:05] Hidden signs at each stage of a dog’s life Resources Mentioned on this episode caninearthritis.org @CanineArthritis on Facebook @Canine_arthritis_resources on Instagram Connect with Tim Berthold LinkedIn Thanks to our sponsor – Sunny’s® Sunny’s® is the first line of supplements specially-designed for the unique needs of Golden Retrievers.  Forever Golden® is the flagship product, and supports the healthy aging of adult and senior Golden Retrievers.  It’s formulated by Holistic Vets to support flexy joints, supple skin, strong immunity, and healthy circulation of adult and senior Goldens. Forever Golden® is loaded with 10 human-grade ingredients like Organic Reishi mushroom, Organic Chlorella, and superior forms of Curcumin and Ashwagandha.  It’s also 100% Non-GMO and free from typical inflammatory ingredients that can cause problems for Goldens.   Head on over to sunnysgoldens.com and use code PAWCAST for $10 off your first order.
Would your dog’s food pass the HEALTHY BOWL test?   Okay, there’s no test but let’s take a look at your dog’s bowl. Today on the show, we have Tori Rosay, owner of Dexter’s Deli and a TRUE LEGEND in natural pet care.   The very first to bring raw food to San Diego, Dexter’s Deli has been a leader in the natural pet food market. They offer natural food, healthy treats, fun toys, and the highest quality supplements.   Tori gives us insight on how she feeds her own pets and offers plenty of advice from years in the natural pet industry. We chat about transitioning your dog to a healthier diet, what a healthy food bowl looks like, and even some surprising facts on rawhide.    She walks us through a pet store and warns us of what to watch out for - including how to know if a pet brand is reliable.   You can learn more about Tori and how to build a better bowl of food at dextersdeli.com. Or follow her on Instagram @dexters.deli. Highlights:  [3:28]  Her own dog’s path to wellness [11:54] Blueberry’s and her other pets’ diet [16:18] Transitioning to healthier food [18:29] A better bowl for your pets [26:57] What you should look out for in pet food stores [28:17] Dry food brands recommended by Tori [32:35] A healthier alternative to rawhide [34:19] How to know if a pet food brand can be trusted [37:32] Will Sunny’s pass Tori’s standards? Resources Mentioned on this episode Dexter’s Deli Dexter’s Deli on Instagram Connect with Tim Berthold LinkedIn   Thanks to our sponsor – Sunny’s® Sunny’s® is the first line of supplements specially-designed for the unique needs of Golden Retrievers.  Forever Golden® is the flagship product, and supports the healthy aging of adult and senior Golden Retrievers.  It’s formulated by Holistic Vets to support flexy joints, supple skin, strong immunity, and healthy circulation of adult and senior Goldens. Forever Golden® is loaded with 10 human-grade ingredients like Organic Reishi mushroom, Organic Chlorella, and superior forms of Curcumin and Ashwagandha.  It’s also 100% Non-GMO and free from typical inflammatory ingredients that can cause problems for Goldens.   Head on over to sunnysgoldens.com and use code PAWCAST for $10 off your first order.
Let’s take you behind the scenes into the life of a dog student. Here to guide us is Zoe Sandor - certified professional dog trainer and owner of Pack Method Prep. She’s here to answer all your dog training questions such as: When should I start training? What about my rescue? Does my dog have to go to obedience school?  She gives us plenty of tips on: Training puppies 4 life stages of dogs Risks vs. benefits of socializing your dog Fun tricks Zoe has also founded Zoe’s Dog Training and, get this, even co-starred on Animal Planet’s “Cat vs. Dog!” (Dog wins of course!) She enlightens us with her candor and vibrant personality as she talks about all things DOG!  You can learn more about Zoe and whether you should send your dog to school at packmethodprep.com. Or follow her on Instagram @packmethodprep Highlights:  [1:44] How Zoe got into dog training [6:32] Getting certified as a dog trainer [11:01] Your dog’s 4 life stages [15:45] Do’s and don'ts with new puppies [21:04] How your adult dog mentors your puppy [25:42] What you should know about your dog’s adolescent stage [34:53] What your TRAINED dog can do [37:19] Pet parent homework [40:09] How to know if your dog is in secondary FIERCE stage [52:43] Tips for rescues Resources Mentioned on this episode Pack Method Prep Pack Method Prep on Instagram Zoe’s Dog Training Connect with Tim Berthold LinkedIn Thanks to our sponsor – Sunny’s® Sunny’s® is the first line of supplements specially-designed for the unique needs of Golden Retrievers.  Forever Golden® is the flagship product, and supports the healthy aging of adult and senior Golden Retrievers.  It’s formulated by Holistic Vets to support flexy joints, supple skin, strong immunity, and healthy circulation of adult and senior Goldens.
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