Dog Lovers Unleashed™ - Fetching Your Dog's Best Life

Dog Lovers Unleashed™ - Fetching Your Dog's Best Life

Julie McKinney Miller, canine physical therapy specialist, and her guests in various areas of expertise cut through the crap and dig in to no-nonsense actionable strategies to help your dogs feel their best. From proper exercise, fitness, stretching, massage, and canine rehab tips you can use at home…to nutrition, training, grooming, agility and sports, injuries, injury prevention, and health and wellness topics. We also sprinkle in some feel good, happy, inspiring stories that melt all dog lovers’ hearts. Join us!... Show More

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May 23, 2020 28 min

In this episode (022), I share my knowledge as a canine physical therapist on the topic of playing fetch with our dogs safely.  From an exercise physiology standpoint, I talk about the biomechanics involved in the activity of fetching and how to start and build up safely in a manner that will minimize risks of injury.  I address how to implement this for old or deconditioned dogs as well as dogs who have much more conditioning, mus...

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In this episode (026), I talk with Stephanie Seger (the “Big Dog Mom”) who has become a dog nail trimming expert.  In part 2, we continue talking about tips and strategies we can use to make the nail trimming experience with our dogs more positive and less of a struggle.  And we also discuss a challenge that we all should do and then report the results back to Stephanie!  I can’t wait to find out how all of our dogs respond to this...

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In this episode (025), I talk with Stephanie Seger (the “Big Dog Mom”) who has become a dog nail trimming expert.  Stephanie teaches dog parents how to get their dogs to actually LOVE having their nails trimmed.  We talk about all things nails, from why it’s so important to keep our dogs’ nails trimmed, to best supplies to have on hand for nail trimming, to tips and strategies we can use to make the experience more positive and les...

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In this episode (024), I finish my talk with Andrea Giordano, a dog trainer who owns a dog training center called Dogs Among Us, LLC in New York.  In addition to her local, hands-on training, Andrea is teaching dog owners online about how to create an ideal workplace environment with your dog, whether that be at an office outside your home or in your home office.  In this Part 2, Andrea shares her picks for the top 3 most important...

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In this episode (023), I talk with Andrea Giordano, a dog trainer who owns a dog training center called Dogs Among Us, LLC in New York.  In addition to her local, hands-on training, Andrea is teaching dog owners online about how to create an ideal workplace environment with your dog, whether that be at an office outside your home or in your home office.  Andrea and I dive into an interesting discussion around “obedience” training v...

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In this episode (021), I talk with Michelle Stern, who is a dog trainer with a background of being both an educator and a mom.  She blends her interests in an incredible way - to teach parents how to create safety and get rid of the chaos that naturally exists when raising both dogs and young children.  We talk about strategies and putting systems in place to ensure that both the dogs and the children are safe and happy. There are ...

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In this episode (020), I talk with Julie Naismith, who is a dog trainer with a special focus on helping dogs with separation anxiety.  She teaches dog parents all over the world through her online community, courses, and through her recently published book Be Right Back, how to handle and resolve separation anxiety in a very loving and compassionate way.  Julie clarifies the difference between separation anxiety and hyper-attachmen...

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In this episode (019), I talk with Dr. Amanda Pittman, who is an integrative medicine veterinarian.  She owns the Animal Wellness and Rehabilitation Center in Knoxville, TN, where she provides all aspects of veterinary medicine, as well as acupuncture, and rehabilitation services.  We discuss what integrative medicine is all about, including topics of acupuncture, chinese herbal approaches to care, food therapy, exercise, and more.

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In this episode (018), I talk with Karen Armsey, the head of H.A.B.I.T (Human Animal Bond In Tennessee) about therapy dogs and how it’s a win all around for the dogs, the dog parents, and the people who benefit from getting to interact with the dogs.  We talk about how to get started with volunteering with your dog, how doing this work together improves the bond with your dog and enriches your dog’s life, and the different environm...

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In this episode (017), I continue the interview with Dr. Daly and Dr. Csiszer, two board certified orthopedic surgeons, all about hip dysplasia, including treatment options - both surgical and non-surgical.  We discuss the pros, cons, and various considerations and risks of each surgical technique. We also talk about medical or conservative management, meaning no surgery, and how well dogs can do without surgery.  We talk at length...

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In this episode (016), I interview Dr. Daly and Dr. Csiszer, two board certified orthopedic surgeons, all about hip dysplasia, including treatment options - both surgical and non-surgical.  We discuss the pros, cons, and various considerations and risks of each surgical technique. We also talk about medical or conservative management, meaning no surgery, and how well dogs can do without surgery.  We talk at length about total hip r...

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In this episode (015), I interview Dr. Daly and Dr. Csiszer, two board certified orthopedic surgeons, all about hip dysplasia in dogs, including treatment options - both surgical and non-surgical.  We discuss the pros, cons, and various considerations and risks of each surgical technique. We also talk about medical or conservative management, meaning no surgery, and how well dogs can do without surgery.  We talk at length about tot...

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In this episode (014), I discuss hip dysplasia and answer the 3 most commonly asked questions about hip dysplasia.  Can dogs live a long, happy life with hip dysplasia? Is hip dysplasia curable? And, should I walk my dog who has hip dysplasia?  These questions are addressed along with simple, yet important topics such as euthanasia not being an appropriate option for hid dysplasia in dogs and avoiding the cycle of pain and inflamma...

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In this episode (013), Caroline Wilkinson and I discuss living mindfully with our dogs.  Enjoy some simple, yet eye-opening tips on canine enrichment ideas and ways to enhance our bonds with our dogs. 

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In this episode (012), Lisa Selthofer discuss dog agility and how to get started as a beginner.  We talk about who dog agility is for, common benefits of dog agility, and we bust through several myths surrounding dog agility.  Lisa shares a free resource to help dog parents get started in the fun of dog agility!

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In this episode (011), I talk with a past client, Sharon, about dog amputations because her dog Shira, a Great Dane had a front leg amputation performed.  She shares her experience, the good and the bad. And we offer advice to other dog parents who may need to consider an amputation for their dog. We also discuss the importance of physical therapy and the huge impact it had for Shira. 

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In this episode (010), I talk about dog amputations, my experience in doing physical therapy with dogs after they have an amputation, my rehab suggestions, and various tips along with a peek inside the world of veterinary medicine from my perspective.  I also share a very personal and heartbreaking story of my own dog, a golden retriever named Megan, who was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in her leg and amputating her leg was a possib...

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In this episode (009), I interview Kirsten Tolley, an experienced dog trainer who enjoys specializing in early intervention training for puppies to capitalize on their developmental stages.  The outcome of starting her puppy training approach at 8 weeks of age is that it makes for a better and smoother experience with your dog for life. Obedience training at a later age is significantly easier.  And, Kirsten’s approach can help min...

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In this episode (008), I interview Pam Baker about her famous dog, Oscar, who sings on key and was invited to appear on the TV show, America’s Got Talent.  Simon Cowell loves this dog! We also talk with the dog trainer, Jeff Feuerwerker, who helped Oscar and Pam getting ready for the show. We dive into really interesting details and training strategies around preparing for the performances and hear all about Oscar and Pam’s experie...

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In this episode (007), I continue part 2 of the interview with Silke Herwald, who is a grief specialist and works with people who are grieving the loss of their beloved dogs.  Silke takes me through an exercise to demonstrate the power of a tool she uses to help dog parents grieve more resourcefully. I personally experienced a powerful shift. We discuss considerations of when and if to get another dog after the loss of a beloved do...

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