A boozy pet podcast for pet lovers! Join pet pros and enthusiasts for drinks and chatter about their favorite foods, travel, and products with host, Isabel Alvarez Arata.
Covered In Pet Hair - Episode 28 Is it +R?!
In Episode 28, Isabel and Elise McGlone, Founder of Rogue Valley Dog Training play "Is It +R?" and discuss whether or not certain popular dog training techniques are considered positive reinforcement, punishment, or "painful punishment." Elise shares her amazing journey in dog training, which started when she was only 13-years-old and training guide dogs for the blind with the permission of her parents, who didn't want to commit to a full-time pet at the time. Isabel and Elise break down a specific dog training technique - the use of spray bottles as behavior deterrents. Isabel shares the "technique" as it was explained to her by a dog trainer she worked with almost 15 years ago.
Both Isabel and Elise have significant concerns about the technique and hope that speaking about it at length on episode 28 will encourage pet parents to consider more positive and effective approaches. After Covid-19 caused her to lose her job, Elise took lemons and made herself a hard iced tea cocktail, so to speak, by starting Rogue Valley Dog Training in Central Point, Oregon. She is currently taking virtual and one-on-one clients as well as leading group training and socialization classes. Elise is truly a joy to interview and an inspiration to us all.
Covered In Pet Hair - Episode 27 One Dog At A Time
Kelly Forde is a former bartender turned mobile groomer. She says she'd rather get bit by a dog than deal with drunk people and who can possibly blame her? Dogs are way better company than drunks, no doubt.
In this episode, Isabel digs into what it takes to establish and run a mobile grooming service. She asks Kelly about her grooming trailer, equipment, and more. Kelly doesn't hold back and even shares the pet peeves she deals with on a daily basis when working with - not the pets - but the pet parents. An open book, Kelly gives us a lesson on all she has learned since becoming Northern Virginia's premiere mobile groomer.
Covered In Pet Hair - Episode 26 Purrfect Purchase
Pet retail industry entrepreneurs, AdreAnne and Andy Tesene share their secrets to creating pet boutiques that promote fun and education while encouraging pet parents to make the best decisions for their pets and employing a team of rock stars. This extraordinary couple, owners of Two Bostons - The Store for Happy Pets - in Chicagoland, are celebrating 16 years in business and recently opened a sixth location. They are unstoppable and, in episode 26, they share their secrets and knowledge with Isabel as they play "Cheers or Fears?!" and "If They Only Knew." Isabel asks how they made it out of the pandemic busier than ever and how they ensure that their company values continue to set them apart. AdreAnne and Andy share their favorite pet products, who is most "spendy" with inventory for the stores, and how they delegate responsibilities.
Covered In Pet Hair - Episode 25 Pet Problems Solved
In episode 25, Pet Problems Solved, Isabel interviews Nicole Packin, a fellow Miami girl and pet pro. Isabel asks Nicole to solve common pet problems in a Miami-inspired game called "Yo, I'll Solve It!" and pitch her vision of her new venture, The Packin Method, in a game Isabel calls “The Fish Bowl.” The episode delves into the ways Miami Pet Concierge solves common practical pet problems and how Nicole has taken her experience with canine water therapy and massage to design The Packin Method, “a mobile canine gym for the ages.” Isabel and Nicole share the importance of using our resources when it comes to caring for our pets and reaching out to companies like Miami Pet Concierge to help with pet care when we get busy. Caring for pets and their physical fitness takes a village and, thankfully, many pet pros help families do just that.
Covered In Pet Hair - Episode 24 Canine & Afraid
In Episode 24, Isabel interviews the one and only Malena DeMartini, the foremost expert on separation anxiety in dogs. Malena helps families around the world with their separation anxiety-ridden dogs and describes separation anxiety as a phobia just like any that humans might experience, an irrational but very real fear.
Isabel plays "Is it a Myth?" with Malena in the hopes of debunking popular myths around the topic that serve only to delay much-needed relief. Isabel also has Malena consider popular "fixes" to separation anxiety and if she'd call them a "bravo" or a "bogus" approach in a second game she calls "BRAVO or BOGUS!"
This episode delves deep into the importance of addressing separation anxiety in dogs and the best ways to do so, while keeping it light and social. Grab a white wine spritzer or a martini and join us for a fun yet important chat on a syndrome that plagues approximately 22 to 55% of the pet dog population.
Covered In Pet Hair - Episode 23 Yum! Woof!
We've all heard that the pet food industry leaves a lot to be desired and have reasons to suspect that our dogs deserve better than what most pet food manufacturers sell us as "healthy dog food." But, how do we know for sure when the industry isn't exactly forthcoming and science seems to change daily?
In episode 23, Isabel has the opportunity to ask Jaron Lukas, Co-Founder and CEO of Yumwoof Natural Pet Food what he has found to be the good, the bad, and the ugly of the pet food industry. An industry insider, Jaron opens up about the challenges he's faced in the industry and how his company is doing things differently. Coming from the financial technology industry, Jaron has seen the dark side of companies' sole focus on margins and works tirelessly so that his company is able to succeed in the world of business while also delivering a product that he can proudly feed to his own dog and stand behind as a self-described foodie and health nut.