WMNF | Dog trainer, behaviorist and former WMNF programmer, Glen Hatchell answers questions from listeners on “Ask The Trainer”
As we have done four times before, this show involved moving away from the usual “Talking Animals” format in order to introduce the extended feature, “Ask The Trainer”, in which listeners are invited to call or send questions on their dogs or cats. , including behavioral problems.
The trainer these auditors communicated with was Glen Hatchell, Behavior and Enrichment Manager at Tampa Bay Humane Societywho is also an accomplished dog trainer and behavioral expert, having held the Certified Professional Dog Trainer certification for many years.
Glen is also a longtime former WMNF programmer.
In today’s edition, before taking a Question from the listener, I asked Glen what steps he recommends people take when bringing home a new dog. You’ll want to listen to this answer – and all of his answers, for that matter – but the importance of walks comes across as paramount.
Among the listener questions Glen answered were those from Susan, who lives in Auburndale, about her nine-month-old Corgi, who chews up family members’ shoes as soon as they leave the house…
Madelyn, in Tampa, asking for advice on what to do with her rescue dog, who pees in a room inside the house frequented by her cats…
Wendy emailed, explaining that she has a nine-month-old dog mix (mom: Bluetick; dad: unknown), who is the loudest she’s ever owned and is an experienced dog owner. Noting that she’s not a fan of anti-bark collars, she asked Glen how she could discourage his incessant barking. One of Glen’s suggestions was clicker training for calm, and Wendy then responded via email, enthusiastic about the suggestion, stating that she had used clicker training 50 years ago when she worked with dolphins, but hadn’t thought of using it with her dog. Another suggestion from Glen: visit Victoria Stillwell’s website
Another caller, who did not give his name, asked Glen for help with his adopted kitten, 10 to 11 weeks old, whose suckling is intense, frequent and doesn’t seem to stop. In addition to Glen’s recommendations, listeners emailed and texted ideas and elaborations, including a small Kong, perhaps rubbed with tuna.