Welcome to Theory of Pets Podcast, a show for dedicated pet parents looking to learn more about pet ownership, the pet industry and improve the way we care for our dogs and cats. On this podcast we bring together long-time pet owners, experts from many different fields, industry professionals, veterinarians, trainers, authors, entrepreneurs, bloggers, celebrities and personalities to talk exclusively about pets and the industry. The podcast covers any and all pet related subjects that majority of owners will find value in, and provide some of the most unique, exciting and TOP SECRET information!
TOP #137: Battle Against Over-Supplementation: PetMatrx's Crusade for Canine Wellness!
Hi there, welcome to the Theory of Pets Podcast. I'm your host Connor Knight.
Join us on this enlightening episode as we delve into the world of canine nutrition and the growing concern of over-supplementation in our furry friends.
We explore the potential dangers and health issues caused by excessive vitamins and minerals in dog diets.
Our special guest, Will Bohuslavizki the co-founder of PetMatrx shed light on their innovative approach to tackling this problem, promoting optimal canine health through their groundbreaking products and strategies.
Don't miss this essential conversation for pet owners and dog lovers alike, as we uncover the key to a happier, healthier life for man's best friend!
TOP #136 Getting A Large Breed Dog: Medical Issues and Costs You Should Know
Hi there! Welcome to The Theory of Pets Podcast Episode number 136.
Today we got an awesome topic to discuss and I am super excited to go over it with you!
I think its important for everyone to understand what they're getting into with larger dog breeds when they want to adopt! I personally want a second dog and would like a larger breed.
I dug and did some research and discuss this with Dr. Kingsley today about what you need to be prepared for health issues wise if you do get a large breed. Fortunately, a lot of these issues can be prevented.
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Heart And Organ Problems
Bloat or GDV
What kind of joint issues do larger dogs go through?
Heart and Organ?
It sounds like larger breeds are prone to more health issues that medium and smaller dogs, is that true?
Why do you think that is?
Let’s say someone is interested in getting a larger breed what kind of general caveats would you give them to help them make sure their dog lives a long and happy life?
Would you recommend they get pet insurance?
What kind of recommendations would you give for large dog breed owners to proof their house in a way that helps the large dog lives a long life?
Would you say less jumping off of things
Build/buy ramps instead of stairs where possible for home and car?
What is the most common cause of hip dysplasia from a vet’s perspective?
How much of nutrition and genetics play into it?
What is the cause of wobbler’s syndrome?
Why are bigger breeds more prone to GDV or bloat?
Is it bc of the level of their water bowls? Eating food too fast?
Some of these sound super preventable and some of these just sound like the roll of the dice.
What breeds are more prone to the roll of the dice health problems?
What is your recommendation for preventing the joint issues or I guess slowing it down?
TOP #134 Brushing Your Dog's Teeth Can Save You Thousands And Their Life
Hi there everyone! Welcome to the Theory of Pets Podcast thank you all for joining us today!
Today I am joined by Dr. Lyndsey Kingsley and we are talking about dental health!
Today's podcast is sponsored by BetterVet, mobile veterinary care for happier pets!
They are offering a limited time offer for Theory of Pet listeners. If you sign up at bettervet.com use the promo code: TOPDOGTIPS to get $50 off their
Here are some of the topics we discuss:
How important is dental hygiene for dogs?
Can it be a life threatening situation or is it more commonly a mild scenario?
Why do dog’s teeth become full of plaque and tartar vs when they lived in the wild
a. It just doesnt seem like a common cause to die from periodontal disease before we domesticated them
How much does their diet play into the tooth decay?
Let’s start out the gate with being able to provide value to our listeners. How often should you brush a dog’s teeth or have their teeth brushed?
What are the best tooth brushes?
Does brushing your dog’s teeth actually work?
a. It seems like it’s pretty difficult and tedious to get the dog to sit still to brush their teeth
How dangerous is sedating a dog for a dental cleaning?
If they were to get a dental cleaning vs owner brushing their teeth how often would you recommend
I’ve heard that dental hygiene affects everything downstream including digestion in humans is it the same for dogs?
What can happen to dogs if they do not get their teeth cleaned
How bad can periodontal disease get?
What is the cost for teeth removal?
Does teeth removal even cure periodontal disease?
Can a dog live a normal life without teeth?
TOP #133 Winter Risks and Everything You Need To Know To Be Prepared
Hey there everyone! Welcome to The Theory of Pets Podcast
I'm your host, Connor Knight. I am the President of our company Top Dog Tips.
You can check us out at topdogtips.com
Today we are going to be talking about winter risks and what you need to know as a pet owner and how to be prepared for them!
So winter is coming up and what are the most common problems you see from pet owners when winter comes around, and let’s say fall for some areas bc I know it gets pretty cold in certain parts of the country in fall I have a short haired dog, what is the coldest she would be able to go outside in? Do a lot of dog owners that live in cold places have short haired dogs? Is that dangerous for the dog What should I be putting on my dog if it is pretty cold outside to protect them How cold is too cold Long hair Double coat Short hair Let’s say we get snowed in for a few days and I cannot walk my dog except maybe taking them out How do i go about making sure they stay entertained and get good exercise physically and mentally If my pet is less physically active do I need adjust their calories? I live in the city and walk my dog on the sidewalks in the dead of Winter, what’s the right way to protect their paw pads? Should I be putting on the funny dog clothing during winter? Is there actual practicality other than anthropomorphizing my dog? Let’s say its 10-15 degrees outside Both my dog and cat are outdoor animals, but obviously it isn’t safe. However I want them to get a little if any exposure outside How long can they be outside before it becomes risky Are there any viruses or pests people should be aware of during winter for their pet?
TOP #132 Do You Speak Dog? Understanding Dog Body Language w/ Robin Bennett
Hi there! Welcome to the Theory of Pets Podcasts! We started this podcast to uncover truths in the pet industry.
Today I am joined by Robin Bennett. Robin Bennett has been a dog behavioralist trainer for over 30 years.
After successfully running her own behavior training business, she started a business that teaches doggy daycares how to understand dog behavior and body language. Enter the Dog Gurus.
After that she decided again to evolve her business into a recent venture called Ruffly Speaking!
This is a platform where you get access to years of experience from dog behavior trainers and they also help educate dog owners like you and I make the best buying decisions for our pets.
In today's podcast we talk about dog behavior and she drops some golden nuggets in certain scenarios that I felt would be valuable to touch on for you all. Give it a listen!
Here are the questions I ask her today:
Tell everyone a bit about you and your story and what you did before ruffly speaking How would your sessions go with clients, walk me through the individual clients and the questions you would ask them when you would work with individuals You also trained owners and employees how to run doggy daycares Why did you start doing that? Now let’s start digging into ruffly speaking Why did you create it? What did you see that was missing that you could fulfill for people with your background With ruffly speaking what will people get that they don’t normally have access to? What is the difference between ruffly speaking and a typical facebook group or a local dog trainer? What problem do you see in the pet ownership world it solving? What is the biggest thing you see that people miss when they get a dog and the dog does a behavior their owner does not like or approve of Tell us about the behavior of dogs from your experience and perspective What about them that makes it easy to understand them What about dog’s behavior that you understand and teach people can how their dogs are going to behave What is your philosophy in dog training? Why do you have that approach? We’ve talked off camera about the “balanced training” approach (rewarding dogs when they do something right, and correcting them when they do something wrong), why do you think it isn’t as effective as positive reinforcement What is wrong with “balanced training”? How should people seek out dog training Quick little checklist so they get it right How can people sign up for ruffly speaking? Where else can people find you on social media? I personally started using Ruffly Speaking's platform and it has a wealth of knowledge, I HIGHLY recommend if you are a dog owner that you sign up. It'll be the best investment in building your relationship with your pup.
It's $19.99/mo. if you are interested, make sure to sign up using this link: https://tz203.isrefer.com/go/rufflyspeaking/topdogtips
TOP #131 Deep Dive In How To Care And Train Your Dog From A Veterinarian's Perspective
Hi there, welcome to the Theory of Pets Podcast where we uncover the truths about the pet industry! I am your host, Connor Knight!
Today we are going to be looking at basic how care for a new dog and training from a veterinarian's perspective. The guest today is none other than Dr. Lyndsey Kingsley.
She has been a wealth of knowledge continuously coming on the podcast and sharing what she knows with us!
This episode goes on a deep dive so listen in!
Here is the lay out of the questions I ask:
So there are some basic guidelines for pet owners and new pet owners on how much physical and mental activity with dogs. You have trainers saying that they need mental stimulation and physical stimulation in order to be happy HOW MANY MINUTES PER DAY SHOULD DOGS BE PHYSICALLY ACTIVE AND HOW MANY MINUTES SHOULD THEY BE ACTIVE MENTALLY Outside of nutrition, how much do you think mental stimulation and physical exercise plays into how long a dog can live? Let’s talk about hygiene, dogs clean themselves for the most part, in the wild they never really would get baths except for the occasional dip into a river I guess. And you know it’s funny bc people like to anthropomorphize their dogs.
There’s this whole movement out there where people don’t shampoo their hair bc they believe it strips the oils from their hair, however, for dogs word has been going around that there are definitely some shampoos that cause itchy skin problems and dry skin issues.
My question is how often should dogs be bathed, if at all? It sounds gross but my Dad, he’ll give his dog a bath maybe once a year. But if you smell her she doesn’t smell at all really. She maybe has had one skin issue bc she runs around outside and got bit by something, but other than that her coat is perfectly healthy. We’ve talked about nutrition before and if people want to go listen to a deep dive into nutrition go listen to podcast #128 What kind of dog food would you recommend, and if you could recommend homemade, or raw dog food and people could afford it would you recommend that over commercial dog food, and why? Now let’s move into training, this is a big topic bc it’s kind of this area where there’s these dog trainers that have no background in science for the most part BUT THEY HAVE 10, 20, 30 years in training dogs so they are considered experts. From a veterinary perspective what is the best protocol you would recommend to follow for a training program for a new dog, adult dog, and a senior dog (if needed at all) Do you think senior dogs need to be trained? I definitely do, my girlfriend she has a 17 year old dog who has some questionable habits and I try to train him, but it’s a lot of work so i don’t think im qualified to mold him like I was able to with my dog when she was a puppy How should people be going about finding the “right” training. In your opinion who are the best trainers and who should people trust What are your thoughts on balanced training (takes into both positive and negative reinforcement) similar to that of a little kid What are your thoughts on ONLY positive reinforcement training? Do you think it is as effective to only reward the dog when they do something good and never correct them when they do something bad? Okay let’s move from basic training to more behavioral training Ideally let’s say someone has a new puppy, how should they be going about introducing them to environments, other dogs, external things that might be frightening Let’s talk about dog’s that are super fearful and have a bad reaction to things There’s a type of training that talks about exposure to the thing they hate or fear Is it inhumane to continually do this if they eventually get over the fear? Veterinary Behaviorists When is it time to go from a dog trainer to a veterinarian And what should people look for when trying to find a great veterinary behaviorist When is it appropriate to op
Passionately provided education
LOVE THIS PODCAST! So informative on a broad range of topics, all centered around our ultimate favorite topic: Animals <3
Thank you so much for all the work and passion that you put into this podcast! I have learned so much and feel even more connected to my dog.
Cooking for Pets
Love this episode as I've cooked some stuff for my dog and would love to continue. Going to talk to my vet and take this journey. Thanks to the info I heard on this.