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160 – Dr. Karen Overall: Temperament vs Genetics|Pure Dog Talk

Dr. Karen Overall, Senior Research scientist at the University of Pennsylvania on how temperament in purebred dogs plays a vital part in how the dogs fit into their families and society. Along with that comes the inevitable nature vs nurture argument. In other words, does separation anxiety, for example, have a genetic basis or is it caused by well-intentioned but misguided owners.

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  • Thank you! Thank You!
    December 11, 2017 by 11outfox123 from New Zealand

    I love these podcasts!! Even though I have been involved in breeding and showing for many years, I can not believe how much I have learnt from Laura and her guests. We live in NZ, and these podcasts make us feel not so far away from the rest of the dog world, to have this kind of information shared is remarkable. Allison Foley is my fave Laura guest and as a result listening to her, we have purchased several of the Leading Edge Dog Show Acadamy lessons and boy! they are good! Thank you Laura, amazing work. I can not recommend you highly enough!

  • iBulldogges Loves You Laura Reeves
    December 7, 2017 by Biggieushnbdf from United States

    I must admit, I've been very selfish about this podcast... my most recent obsession.. I wanted to ingest all of it before everyone else. Currently on episode 130 ? Laura Reeves is so engaging, informative and sincere it's hard not to get choked up when she does. The passion just pours out of her and her interviewees. She's everything I want to be for my #OEBCommunity ... She touches on health, education, wellness, giving back, SHOWS and the history of our beloved animals, animal rights and PUR RIGHTS TO HAVE & BREED our babies ?

  • Golden Retrievers
    December 4, 2017 by Jill Simmons from United States

    I'm addicted. I love the shoptalk, and also the humor and friendliness.

  • Great Resource
    December 2, 2017 by Adam Ninja from United States

    What a great resource for a novice handler and breeder. Informative and very supportive! What a great way to promote purebred dogs, and support thoughtful breeding and confirmation (among other dog activities) in an unbiased and modern way. Kudos to Laura.

  • Best dog podcast EVER!
    October 21, 2017 by Mrcdzz from Mexico

    Thank you so much for all the info you share! I love this podcast and can’t wait to hear new episodes ?

  • All the love for Pure Dog Talk!
    October 17, 2017 by LovesPoodles from United States

    Love listening to Laura while I walk, groom or drive to shows. Showing my first dog right now and it’s helping so much! Love Pure Dog Talk!

  • A podcast just for dog people
    October 13, 2017 by turkhaven from United States

    Love you Laura! I listen to this one as soon as an ep is posted. Great topics.

  • Informative History for oldtimers and new people
    September 13, 2017 by Jason Hkm from United States

    Each interview gives great insight into our sport. The deatil of history and how the sport is progressing should be heard by everyone involved in our sport. Well worth the time!!

  • Learning and relearning
    September 11, 2017 by Going for a Spin from United States

    These podcasts have information that I may have stored somewhere, but the succinct, timely and well detailed reminders are welcome! AND I'm learning so much new information to be a better owner, handler and trainer.

  • Maltese Breeder
    September 11, 2017 by LynCachia from Australia

    Excellent content on every subject with valuable information that all worldwide authorities could adopt. Unbiased, and practical knowledge.

  • Awesome podcast!
    August 11, 2017 by whatsappwiththis from United States

    Fascinating information I haven't found anywhere else! Thanks so much!

  • Awesome resource for owner handlers!!!
    June 30, 2017 by FMJ88 from United States

    A must, if you show your own dogs!

  • Great!
    June 30, 2017 by Machborzoi from United States

    I love the variety of topics and inclusion of top names all aspects of dog sports/breeding. Can't recommend this podcast enough to the purebred dog community!

  • Great Podcast
    June 18, 2017 by MRenLew from United States

    My first one was 81. I will now have to go listen to the others.

  • Just what I was looking for!
    June 9, 2017 by Khailee from United States

    Well produced, interesting, informative. Awesome!

  • Long Overdue
    June 2, 2017 by KCoonhound from United States

    Such a wonderful service to the fancy! People have said for years that it's sad to lose the wisdom and insights of the "great ones" of the sport. Thanks to Laura, these personal interviews will go on to inspire breeders and exhibitors of the future. I wish that the ones who are lost to us had had this avenue to share their knowledge in their own words.

  • My favorite podcast
    May 14, 2017 by diggindog from United States

    Great information in compact, concise episodes in an array of interesting topics. I've learned a ton of helpful hints. Highly recommended.

  • Great podcast about dogs
    April 28, 2017 by NevadaExplorer from United States

    I am just getting started into the dog show scene. Every podcast answers question and/or makes me aware of things I should know.

  • An amazing resource!
    April 13, 2017 by wynnypi from United States

    I enjoy the wide range of topics discussed on this podcast. I am slowly working up the courage to start showing my dog in conformation and it is a direct result of listening. This podcast breaks down many different aspects of dog sports but also discusses topics like whelping a litter, search and rescue, and up and coming new dog sports. Keep up the good work! Definitely one of my favorites!

  • An outstanding podcast!
    April 3, 2017 by ConorIRE from United States

    This podcast is superb. It's very well done and filled wtih useful, insightful and entertaining information for any and all interested in purebred dogs and the activities that surround them. For passionate newbies (like me) and long term ethusiasts there is a lot to love here! I'm excited to hear more.

  • So informative!
    March 23, 2017 by alaskaguy from United States

    I have listened to just about every Pure Dog Talk podcast that I could find and learned something from every episode. Laura Reeves is an engaging host and her guests are among the best in the dog world. Laura's questions sometimes get a little long winded but they elicit informative responses. I wish there were more past episodes to download. Keep up the great work.

  • Many
    March 15, 2017 by Gun Dogs of Navarino from United States

    I REALLY enjoy Laura Reeves podcast! They are super for listening to while driving to a dog show. They are informative, professional, upbeat and often funny. Also enjoy her column in "Best In Show Daily".

  • Excellent!
    March 15, 2017 by DogmomMary from United States

    From novice to pro this podcast is for everyone. Interesting topics and people. The puppy series was great and as I've just taken on the mantle of "specialty coordinator", Betty Anne's could not be more timely. I LOVE that we get three episodes a week! Thanks to all, great job.

  • Great information!
    February 17, 2017 by fbdfanatic from United States

    Thank you for doing these informative and entertaining podcasts.

  • Great information
    February 12, 2017 by DNaeWilson from United States

    I am always looking for resources to better me as a breeder and a breeder-owner-handler. Happy to have found Pure Dog Talk!

  • Really Great Info!
    January 31, 2017 by GrayPaper from United States

    This is a great podcast for all dog show people!! Although I am fairly new to the sport of dogs I learn something new with every podcast.

  • Great Resource
    January 28, 2017 by Jana Twotwo from United States

    These podcasts give wonderful, up to date information about starting your dog right. It has been a long time since I have had a puppy and now I have the tools to help my dog get it right. Mary and Laura are very knowledgeable and share their knowledge. Super podcasts.

  • Pure Dog Talk
    January 28, 2017 by Nona k from United States

    Excellent and informative!

  • Kudos to Pure Dog Talk!
    January 27, 2017 by Kelly Rauch from United States

    I am so excited to have open access to the latest in education, training and expertise from some of the best in the dog world. Kudos on being a one-stop-shop for all things dog....

  • Great puppy info!
    January 27, 2017 by DRmatopoeia from United States

    Really enjoyed "Bomb Proof your Puppy"! Very pro- nice podcast!

  • So enjoyable!
    January 27, 2017 by Seawitch_Whippets from Canada

    I've been a fan since the beginning, and I'm glad to see something catering to our dog world. I've downloaded them all, and listen to the podcasts on long trips to dog shows, or just quick jaunts across town. My only feedback would be for the hosts to remember that not everyone has been in the sport forever, so maybe a little introduction and background to some of the guests would be good. Otherwise, top notch!

  • Aspenelk
    January 27, 2017 by Aspenelk from United States

    Well done, badly needed

  • Bomb Proofing we all need!
    January 27, 2017 by SJR200 from United States

    What we all wish we'd known when we got our first puppy. Really invaluable information on socializing the right way!

  • Fantastic Resource!
    January 25, 2017 by Ittybittypilot from United States

    Great for dog people of all levels, a great review for anyone, and guidance for those new to dog sports. Thank you for all your hard work!

  • Very thankful to have found this Podcast!
    January 25, 2017 by KJMAJJM from United States

    If you are a dog lover you'll want to know about this PODCAST. Professional and experienced guests are asked interesting questions and give expert insight and advice. I'm super excited to have found this Podcast. I can't get enough of it. For those who do not have mentors, or their mentors are not the best communicators, this show is greatly appreciated. I feel like I've found gold at the end of a rainbow. I want more episodes and I want them longer! lol :) Thank you, thank you, thank you for doing this Podcast.

  • Great advice
    January 17, 2017 by Sylvia rutmanis your neice from United States

    It is great advice I am gonna use all of your advice for the new puppy's and my other dogs

  • Essential for ALL dog owners
    January 9, 2017 by Crazy4Dobermans from United States

    Terrific, honest and fun podcast all about dog shows. Finally, here's someone explaining dog shows in detail without being too "inside baseball". Great discussions whether you're just starting out in dogs or have spent a lifetime handling. EVERY new dog owner should listen and every breeder should share with their puppy owners.

  • An outstanding resource for purebred dog enthusiasts!
    January 6, 2017 by Marcy Burke from United States

    BRAVO to Mary Albee and Laura Reeves for creating this amazing podcast! I love that the topics change, so there is something for every purebred dog lover.

  • New favorite!
    December 24, 2016 by Charleehw from United States

    I listen to different local Northwest podcasts every day. Dog Talk is my new favorite! My 7 year old daughter who is in 4-H with dogs loves it too and requested that I share it with all the kids. I've shown dogs for 28 years but still found so many helpful pearls. And a great way to reinforce good habits. Keep them coming!

  • Excellent for New Handlers
    December 13, 2016 by McmJen from United States

    This podcast is fantastic at explaining the in's and out's of handling your dog. I am new to the sport and love it!

  • Great resource!
    December 4, 2016 by lrmars from United States

    This podcast is a great resource for the purebred dog owner!

  • Improving my Showmanship
    December 2, 2016 by Marzdogs from United States

    Pure Dog Talk pod cast are very informative and easy to follow. Laura does a great job explaining how to work with your dog to get the most out of them in the show ring. I have only listened to the first 4 so far and I look forward to listening to many more to help improve my showmanship and my dogs performance.

  • Great info!
    December 2, 2016 by Melissa Everett Laggis from United States

    Clear and concise information with a friendly tone. As a brand new exhibitor (of Standard Poodles, no less!!), the information presented in these episodes are priceless!

  • Real-life dog talk
    December 2, 2016 by MikeMcCallum from United States

    This a a great podcast by long-time dog people: breeder, handler, owner. Laura is a straight shooter and has been in dogs since birth. She has a wealth of experience to share—all you have to do is listen!!

  • Tips for success
    December 2, 2016 by Cool Sue from United States

    This is an amazing source of information from professional handlers in the know. So much to learn from the professionals. Wish I had access to this info years ago.

  • Awesome!
    December 2, 2016 by Aaron111111111111119 from United States

    Love it! Great for dog show enthusiasts!

  • PureDogTalk Rocks!
    December 2, 2016 by KimRTaylor from United States

    What an awesome new resource for purebred dog owners!

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