WMNF | Dog Trainer, Behaviorist and Former WMNFer Glen Hatchell Returns with Another “Ask The Trainer”

As we’ve done three times before, the most recent “Talking Animals” involved moving away from the usual format in order to introduce the expanded feature, “Ask The Trainer”, in which listeners are prompted to call or send questions about their dogs or cats, especially involving behavioral issues.

The trainer these auditors communicated with is Glen Hatchell, Behavior and Enrichment Manager at Tampa Bay Humane Society, who is also an accomplished dog trainer and behavior 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 I answer a listener’s question – in part because of my investigation into, with all the schooling and other training he’s had, what he’s still learning dogs – Glen discusses trends in the canine world, including that some by-products of the pandemic include some dogs not being socialized the way they otherwise would be, and how that helps reflect the considerable resilience dogs have.

Among the questions Glen posed to listeners were those about a five-month-old female Lab/Rhodesian Ridgeback mix jumping “all the time” on her humans…prompted by a new Schipperke pup, wondering if he is possible to teach a dog to bark at certain things and do not barking at some things…a recently adopted five and a half month old rescue, part Bluetick Hound, who seems to know how to respond to commands, but often chooses not to…a senior dog who becomes anxious – shaking, sometimes – when car rides for hikes and when people come to visit…an adopted greyhound from Asheville – but not a former racing dog – who gets very excited in certain circumstances…

Glen touched on other topics, including providing an update on Chernobyl dogs and recommending training resources on the Humane Society of Tampa Bay:https://humanesocietytampa.org/adopt/training-resources/

Keywords: dogs, talking animals

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