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Dogs. They’re companions, guardians, and much much more – they complete us. And they just might save us from ourselves. Anna Webb explores all levels of modern dog ownership and brings to life why every dog is extraordinary. She speaks to scientists and experts - people who have and are changing our understanding of dogs - on everything from emotional intelligence to nutrition to behaviour, delving deep into subjects like homeopathy, telepathic communication and the pet food scandal. It's th ...
 
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This week Anna is joined by Georgina Montague talking about her new coffee table book Top Dogs: A British Love Affair. The book reflects Georgina’s own passion for dogs, especially Poodles whilst celebrating the special relationship between beloved British dogs and their devoted owners. We chat about some of the many intriguing personalities featur…
 
In this episode Anna talks to Chocolatier, Paul A. Young in his small shop in Camden Passage, Islington, London. As well as the UK's leading maker of fine chocolate, Paul is an author and more importantly proud dad to Billy, a minature Dachshund. Chocolate is obviously bad for dogs but not for Pet Parents. Paul and Anna sample some of his treats an…
 
It's 'Back to School' time and in this episode Anna talks to Debby Lucken, creator of a new programme 'Kids around Dogs'. What should be a natural relationship, kids and dogs don't always get along. Some children are frightened whilst others are over confident around dogs they don't know, which can lead to stress and even worse. Debby has designed …
 
In part two of our pet insurance special Anna continues her chat with Petcover CEO, Andy Pearce, specifically regarding the case of Fiona Martin, and expert dog groomer, who had a terrible experience with another Insurance firm after her cocker spaniel, Teddy, developed an eye condition, and how Petcover would handle it differently. For more inform…
 
This week Anna is joined by Andy Pearce, CEO of Petcover Insurance. As an expert of many decades in the filed of pet insurance, we chat about why a dedicated pet focused insurance company is the best to opt for. Specialising in animals should mean that representatives are understanding to your needs, and be familiar with the treatments and emergenc…
 
In this episode we talk to actor, singer, animal activist, and most importantly, mum to Billy the Parson-Russell terrier, about her life long love of dogs and all animals, how Billy came into her life, and feeding raw. We also talk about how inspiring pets can be, as noted in the book Women and Dogs, which features Billie Holiday, Bridget Bardot, a…
 
This week Anna is joined by Debbie Matthews from The Stolen and Missing Pets Alliance (SAMPA) and by Amy Wigg - co-founder of the new Pet Database, talking about National #CheckTheChipDay, and raising awareness of the importance to keep your pet’s chip up to date. Amy Wigg chats about the newly launched Pet Database, that is the first microchip dat…
 
This week Anna is joined by Will Green MA, Executive MBA Programme at the University of Winchester and Sales and Marketing Director of Paleo Ridge. We discuss sustainability in the pet industry, focusing on the model adopted by Paleo Ridge as a raw food firm supplier, setting eco-standards in terms of making feeding raw not only ‘peace of mind for …
 
This week Anna is joined by Kate Bendix, a friend for over a decade, to discuss worms! Kate runs Worm Counts for Dogs, an online service enabling you to test your dog for worm eggs. We discuss why doing a worm count test four times a year will give you a good insight into how your current wormer is working. It will also allow you to only worm your …
 
This week Anna is joined by Tess Eagle-Swan talking about her book Incredible Kratu, a Carpathion/Mioritic Shepherd cross puppy who captured Tess’s heart from a photo on Facebook. This was at a point when Tess needed to change her life. Wanting to escape the rut of London life that was spiraling out of control, Kratu offered the solution as Tess’s …
 
This week Anna is joined by Kim Brophey, who is an applied ethologist and owner of The Dog Door Behaviour Centre in the USA. Kim’s 20-year commitment to Family Dog Mediation® has been recognised both nationally and internationally. We chat about her new trademarked Dog L.E.G.S.® model, which is considered as a groundbreaking new system for dog love…
 
This week Anna is joined by Martin Williams, the founder of London’s premier steak houses, M Restaurant and Gaucho. He chats about why he wanted to open his restaurant’s doors to dogs at a time when the concept of ‘Dog Friendly’ hadn’t reached the mainstream. Proud of his decision to incorporate special ‘six-leg’ menus and events for dogs and their…
 
This week Anna is joined by Sarah Jones who rescued Bella eight years ago and soon discovered Bella was very nervous and reacted when her space was invaded by other people and dogs. Realising that the majority of dogs display some sort of anxiety, and are reluctant to socialsie with unknown doggies, Sarah devised a range of yellow leads, collars, b…
 
This week Anna is joined by three pre-eminent vets in a rare round table discussion. Recorded at the Natural Pet Care Show, Anna chews the ‘fat’ with Dr Nick Thompson, Lise Hansen, and Andrew Prentis. We talk about a variety of topical issues including vegan dogs, neutering, Titre testing, and natural preventative treatments. For Dr Nick Thompson g…
 
This week Anna is joined by Dale Nash from Pawable who chats about a new Collar-gen that’s been launched for dogs. From the makers of a human collagen called So Body Co, the Collar-gen for dogs was inspired as customers would ask if they could give the human brand to their dogs. Being passionate about preventative care, and prolonging longevity, An…
 
This week Anna is joined by Zazie Todd (Companion Animal Psychology) talking about her new book Purr - the science of making your cat happy. Zazie has a PhD in Psychology, and an Advanced Certificate in Feline Behaviour from International Cat Care. Her award winning book Wag was featured in episode: 53 of A DOG’S LIFE and similarly covers all the e…
 
This week Anna is joined by Nadia Leguel founder of Wagit, championing dog friendly, Nadia is bringing her vision to making it easy to find pubs, cafes, restaurants that are genuinely dog friendly. The app, which also includes, groomers, pet boutiques, and more is designed with modern pet parents in mind. Wanting to take their pooches with them whe…
 
This week Anna is joined by Debbie Humphreys, the founder of Redhound for Dogs. As a small independent business, Debbie chats about why she set up her business to offer Whippets with a stylish, yet practical coats for wet , wintry walks. We chat about her passion for the Whippet, her concerns as Whippets’ popularity has grown through the pandemic. …
 
This week Anna is joined by the pre-eminent natural health guru, Lynne McTaggart to chat about her journey to becoming an award winning author of seven books, including worldwide bestsellers: The Field, The Bond and The Power of Eight. Lynne is also the editorial director of the worldwide magazine What Doctors Don’t Tell You, as well as the founder…
 
This week Anna is joined by Sarah Hollinshead, Head of Brand & Content at Attest, which is one of the largest consumer SaaS platforms. We’re chatting about a new study that reveals that Brits are still barking mad about dogs. Flying in the face of the soaring cost of living pet parents prioritise their pets and go the extra mile, notably taking the…
 
This week Anna is joined by John Cahill from The Blue Cross who is heading up one of the charity’s first Pet Food Banks. John and his team have set up the Sheffield food banks and others now in operation are in Manchester and in Grimsby with plans to expand nationwide. With heart breaking cases of people eating beans on toast to be able to feed the…
 
Friday April 22 was National Beagle Day. Anna marked the day by chatting to John Curtin, one of the leaders of Camp Beagle, who have been camped outside Marshall Bio Resources since last July, protesting their ongoing supply of beagles for 'aboratory testing'. Despite being redundant and unnecessary research, the treatment of the beagles is also cr…
 
This week Anna is joined by Chris Broadbent, Director of Naturaw. Having met at Crufts when buying some of Naturaw for Prudence and Mr Binks'. 24 hours later Chris hears Anna chatting on OJ’ Borg on Radio 2 about Crufts. In an uncanny small world, it turns out that Chris' son, Will, is OJ's producer who had booked Anna as a guest. In this episode A…
 
This week Anna is joined by dog Behaviourist, Karin Lee, who talks about her working Bloodhounds who have helped the police with man-trailing and tracking down people, a bit like in the movies. We chat about the Bloodhound as one of the oldest breeds, and their superior olfaction which has been deployed over the centuries. Bloodhounds were used in …
 
This week Anna is joined by Annie Wilson who has launched a petition to lobby Government to ensure that dog breeders health test all their breeding stock; and to act responsibly, putting health and temperament before profit. With only 30% of all puppies bred being registered with the Kennel Club and even fewer being Assured Kennel Club breeders, th…
 
To mark the milestone of 100 episodes, Anna talks to Radio 2's OJ Borg about his life long loves of dogs, especially his rescue, Lebowski. Listen to OJ on Radio 2 or follow him on Instagram @oj_borg and Twitter @OJBorg If you're a breeder looking to refresh your qualifications go to pupstartbreeders.com And get a new harness from dogsandhorses.co.u…
 
This week Anna is joined by Michelle Southern, Founder of Street Paws. Celebrating the charity’s sixth birthday, it's raising awareness of rough sleepers and their dogs with a national 274,000 steps challenge. We chat about Michelle’s commitment to help the rough sleepers and homeless community with dogs, and how the charity was born. Supplying dog…
 
This week Anna is joined by Catriona Lowry from The Hilltop Sanctuary in Ireland. Catriona gave up a career in fashion to dedicate her life to helping animals. Not just dogs, but pigs, donkeys, chickens and a lot of horses. In a country where there appears to be an abject negligence to the health and welfare on many animals, it was a Fortune Teller…
 
This week Anna catches up with old friends at the first live Crufts in two years. Will from Earth Animal, Rebecca from Pupstart Breeders, and the lovely gang from Paleo Ridge are just some of the people we speak to at Day One of Crufts. Catch up on Crufts here For everyone else in today's episode go to: thekennelclub.org.uk K9connectables.com agria…
 
This week Anna is joined by Singer-Songwriter, Chris Amoo. Famous for being the lead singer in the band British Soul group, The Real Thing, Chris has always had a passion for dogs, particularly hounds. His love of Afghan Hounds led him to start competing at dog shows, and to even scoop the highest doggy accolade Best In Show at Crufts in 1987 with …
 
As we watch the horror unfold in Ukraine and people flee for their lives many pet parents wonder what is happening with the pets left behind. In this special episode Anna talks to Przemyslaw Malik of Centaurus who is organising convoys of pet supplies in Poland to deliver to pet shelters in Ukraine. Please donate here For more about Anna go to anna…
 
This week Anna gets a first hand account of Puppy Farms in Ireland from the investigative journalist, Mark Edmonds. Mark and Anna discuss the horrific conditions the dogs are kept in, what legislation can be brought in to tackle it, and his harrowing experience with what are essentially gangsters. Follow Mark on @medmondslondon or at his website Fo…
 
This week Anna is joined by Kerry Taylor, Education Manager, at The Blue Cross talking about the charity’s 125th anniversary. As a milestone highlighting the work the organisation has achieved across two World Wars and recently through the pandemic. Launching the first animal hospital in 1906 the Blue Cross has adapted to provide welfare for all an…
 
This week Anna is joined by Police Dog Handler, Dave Wardell and his daughter Tia. Aged only 12 Tia could be the youngest dog trainer in the world! Running into Christmas in 2021 , Tia decided to launch Top Kids Club a series of videos called 25 tricks to train before Christmas. Highlighting short training sessions with her own dog, rescued French …
 
This week Anna is joined by Rebecca Walters who is chatting about the amended and updated DEFRA guidance notes that accompany The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018. The new guidelines were announced on February 1st 2022. As a breeder of Sproodles, Rebecca prides herself on the highest health and w…
 
This week Anna is joined by Kayla Lichten, founder of the inaugural Barker Book Awards. As the first awards dedicated exclusively to books about dogs! Featuring four categories : Fiction, Non Fiction, Children’s and the Classic Award. With a donation of £1,000.00 to an independent charity from this award category, The Barker Book Awards is set to c…
 
This week Anna is joined by Rick Akers who talks about why he wants Justice For Reggie - a yellow Labrador pup who tragically died only a few days after he was brought home. A victim of the unscrupulous and callous puppy farming trade , little Reggie had short life and a painful death. Rick launched a petition to stop sales of animals online, at le…
 
This week Anna talks to comedian, writer, and podcaster, Cally Beaton, as she embarks on getting a new puppy. Anna has mentioned in the past what potential new pet parents need to consider before committing but in this episode Anna takes Cally step by step on what she need to be thinking about. Cally has now found a reputable breeder and is awaitin…
 
This week Anna is joined by Comedian and Writer, Juliet Meyers, talking about her rescue dog Homer. As a Portuguese rescue dog, Homer transformed Juliet’s world and we chat about how little by little Homer successfully worked his way to becoming the theme of her stand up comedy. Using her platform with comedy, Juliet chats about raising awareness f…
 
To kick off the New Year Anna is joined by Trainer & Behaviourist, Victoria Stilwell, all the way from Atlanta. With Victoria’s second series of It’s Me Or The Dog being aired, we chat about this and the landmark first series that aired in the UK in 2005. Victoria explains that the doggy problems are the same as they were in the first series, but m…
 
This week Anna looks back at just some of her favourite books about dogs that she featured this year, including chats with Jenni Murray, Henry Mance, Simon Garfield, Martha Teichner, Jane Elson, Rodney Habib and Dr Karen Becker. Order you copy of My Boy Butch by Jennie Murray, How to Love Animals in a Human Shaped World by Henry Mance, Dog's Best F…
 
This week Anna is joined by Dr Jenny McKay who is a Vet and a Vicar. That’s to say Jenny is a Curate and Minister in Secular Employment. Jenny is also an Environmentalist, Activist and Self Confessed Cat Junkie! Talking mainly about dogs in this episode, Jenny explains her journey as a Veterinary Pathologist and surviving cancer to thinking that th…
 
This week Anna talks to the team from Paleo Ridge about the growth in the raw food market for pet parents, highlighting the health and behaviour benefits of this diet. Order your raw meals here Follow them on @paleoridge For more about Anna go to annawebb.co.uk Music and production by Mike Hanson for Pod People Productions Cover art by Jaijo Cover …
 
This week Anna is joined by Blue Cross Veterinary Surgeon, Roisin Bolger, who is talking about the Charity’s #EndTheTrend petition. It calls for the UK's leading brands to commit by the end of 2022 to phasing out the use of any brachycephalic pets in their future advertisements. Flat face breeds have become hugely popular and the Charity has seen a…
 
This week Anna is joined by Dr Karen Becker and pet influencer, Rodney Habib, talking about their book The Forever Dog. As The New York Times no. 1 bestseller, this episode marks their first podcast conversation in the UK. The book discusses how simple changes to your dog’s diet, environment and lifestyle can promote longevity. It's such an easy re…
 
This Remembrance Sunday Anna is joined by British Army veteran, Richard Means and his PTSD Assistance Dog Ziggy, for a walk on Hampstead Heath, talking about the invisible disability of mental health, and how Ziggy has turned his life around. They talk about the on-going discrimination that Ziggy faces in public spaces, which flies in the face of t…
 
Anna talks to best selling author, Marika Cobbold, about her latest novel, On Hampstead Heath, where a small dog, Gillie, plays a central role in driving the plot. Gillie is based on her own dog, Gilbert, who was stolen and later found dead in another part of London in 2019. Find out more about Marika here Or follow her on Twitter on @Marikacobbold…
 
It's that scary time of year so Anna chats to cinema journalist and founder of the FIDOs and Palm Dog, Toby Rose, about how scary dogs have been portrayed in film such as Cujo, the Hounds of Baskerville and Werewolves and how it's contributed to the enduring myth of the 'Black Dog.' Find out more about the FIDOs and the Palm Dog awards For more abo…
 
This week Children’s Author, Jane Elson, joins Anna to discuss why animals, especially dogs, feature in her books. Dyslexic herself, Jane writes for those with reading difficulties, highlighting how animals - dogs in particular - help children in so many ways, not least in learning to read out loud. In her multi award winning ‘Moon Dog’ , she depic…
 
This week Jacqui Law from the not for profit organisation Dogs4Wildlife joins Anna on a DOG'S LIFE to chat about training anti-poaching dogs deployed in game reserves in Africa. Jacqui explains how the team, particularly Jacqui and her partner Darren Priddle, channeled their talent for training specialist dogs for the police and security in the UK,…
 
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