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The PETestal--a brand new podcast brought to you by the American Association of Pet Parents--explores and celebrates the human-animal bond and uncovers the secrets of what makes our relationships with pets so powerful in the first place. From the many ways dogs, cats, and other animals have taken over our hearts and homes, to groundbreaking ideas about how to love and care for them even better, we delve into our profound connections to the companions we consider family.

On Season 1 of the PETestal, we will hear from a wide array of experts on how to be better pet parents; examine new theories about coevolution; discover how we have developed meaningful partnerships with animals over time; investigate legislation and policies that help or harm companion animals; learn how pets keep us healthy and happy; share personal stories about how our fur kids have healed and rescued us...and ask: how can focusing on our mutual love for animals unite our divided society and even change the world? What would be possible if we put that love and companionship at the center of major challenges--from climate change to social injustice? What does it mean to incorporate animals into all aspects of our lives--and how does that benefit us?

Join Courtney Wennerstrom--and her team at the American Association of Pet Parents--on a journey inside one of the oldest, and most successful relationships in human history: the one between us and our furry friends.

The PETestal: on the human-animal bond American Association of Pet Parents

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The PETestal--a brand new podcast brought to you by the American Association of Pet Parents--explores and celebrates the human-animal bond and uncovers the secrets of what makes our relationships with pets so powerful in the first place. From the many ways dogs, cats, and other animals have taken over our hearts and homes, to groundbreaking ideas about how to love and care for them even better, we delve into our profound connections to the companions we consider family.

On Season 1 of the PETestal, we will hear from a wide array of experts on how to be better pet parents; examine new theories about coevolution; discover how we have developed meaningful partnerships with animals over time; investigate legislation and policies that help or harm companion animals; learn how pets keep us healthy and happy; share personal stories about how our fur kids have healed and rescued us...and ask: how can focusing on our mutual love for animals unite our divided society and even change the world? What would be possible if we put that love and companionship at the center of major challenges--from climate change to social injustice? What does it mean to incorporate animals into all aspects of our lives--and how does that benefit us?

Join Courtney Wennerstrom--and her team at the American Association of Pet Parents--on a journey inside one of the oldest, and most successful relationships in human history: the one between us and our furry friends.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires macOS 11.4 or higher

    Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Dogs--with Billie Groom

    Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Dogs--with Billie Groom

    Have you tried unsuccessfully to train your dogs? Are you frustrated by the lack of progress? If so, you are not alone. Luckily, there is hope.

    Animal welfare professionals are just scratching the surface of what we understand about canine cognition. As we learn more and more about how dogs think and perceive the world, we are also discovering new ways to better communicate with and motivate them. In this episode, we will learn all about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for dogs--an innovative approach to training and bonding that considers our dogs as individuals and helps us discover what our they really want and need. More importantly, CBT teaches humans how to encourage good behavior, build our dogs' confidence and problem-solving skills, and ensure that we all cohabitate beautifully.

    Billie Groom--an expert in canine CBT--has improved the lives of thousands of shelter dogs and families and shares her insights with all of us. Find out if this methodology--which is particularly effective for dogs for whom positive reinforcement training has not worked--is right for you and your dog. *Note CBT is non-aversive (meaning it does not cause stress, pain, or fear) and is only applicable to dogs over 6 months of age.

    Jamie Gay on CATtastic Communities: How to Help ALL Cats Live Meaningful Lives

    Jamie Gay on CATtastic Communities: How to Help ALL Cats Live Meaningful Lives

    Do you know the difference between house cats and their feral counterparts? Ever heard of community cats--you, know, the thousands of felines among us who prefer to live outside in colonies with their fellow cat friends but still rely on our support and care? Would you know what to do if you came across a litter of outdoor kittens? On this episode, Jamie Gay--The Director of Operations at Tree House Humane Society in Chicago--gives us an overview of everything you need to know about cats in the sheltering system. From explaining the critical distinctions between cats who live inside with humans and those who live outdoors in colonies, to elaborating on how community cat initiatives--including TNR--Trap/Neuter (or Spay)/ Return and Cat at Work programs--help feral or under-socialized cats live meaningful lives, this episode is imperative for all of us cat aficionados who want to make the world friendlier for these wondrous creatures, right meow.

    Episode 3. Default Empathy Saves Lives--with Anna Stout

    Episode 3. Default Empathy Saves Lives--with Anna Stout

    Meet Anna Stout, the Executive Director of the Roice-Hurst Humane Society in Grand Junction, Colorado. She and her team are trailblazers in folding innovative lifesaving animal welfare practices into larger public health initiatives--keeping families together, supporting the wellbeing of people and their pets, and creating a culture of compassion and resilience in the process. Stout, along with many other dedicated animal welfare professionals, are changing the narrative about who ought to have pets and why. A must-listen for anyone interested in finding out just how powerful the human-animal bond really is at solving social challenges.

    Episode 2: Tony and Jenny Taylor--on Pets, Love, and Leadership

    Episode 2: Tony and Jenny Taylor--on Pets, Love, and Leadership

    Tony and Jenny Taylor are a power couple well on their way to accomplishing their goal of inspiring one million people. As a highly-sought after motivational speaker, Tony is the host of Leaders Lead, the podcast--where he discovers how thought-leaders, influencers, CEOs, and other inspirational humans have transmuted their personal adversity and trauma into purpose and beauty, for themselves and others. Today, he and his wife and business partner, Jenny, are sharing this collective inspiration and insight with fellow pet parents--talking openly about how deeply they love their dogs; the anguish of pet loss; what leaders think of their pets; and the many ways animals unite us. For Tony aficionados: you will also hear what it is like for him to work with his brilliant wife, the logistical genius who balances his creative whimsy. They also share ideas on how the human-animal bond just might be the one thing that could unite our divisive society.

    Original Music by Mike Squibb. Additional Music: Spark Of Inspiration by Shane Ivers- https://www.silvermansound.com

    Episode 1: Canine Xylitol Poisoning and The PAWS OFF act--with Andrew Holycross

    Episode 1: Canine Xylitol Poisoning and The PAWS OFF act--with Andrew Holycross

    A canine toxin--estimated to be over 100X more dangerous than chocolate--is lurking in our homes right now. It hides in thousands of foods and personal hygiene products--from candy, pudding, gum, and peanut butter--to mouthwash, toothpaste, and even personal lubricants. This insidious poison is killing our beloved dogs by the thousands every year. On the very first episode of the PETestal, meet Andrew Holycross, the canine hero who has transformed a family tragedy into proposed lifesaving legislation--the PAWS OFF Act--that would require proper warnings on all products containing xylitol, and learn how you can support his mission to keep our best good girls and boys safe from harm.

    Original Music by Mike Squibb. Additional Music: Spark Of Inspiration by Shane Ivers- https://www.silvermansound.com

    Season 1 Trailer

    Season 1 Trailer

    Pet Parents--find out what's coming on this season of The PETestal: on the human-animal bond.

Customer Reviews

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9 Ratings

9 Ratings

OSU Brad ,

Great Listen!

Courtney! You clearly have something to say, and I can’t wait to hear more! I think this podcast has a great perspective on being a pet parent.