The Mindful Dog on Magic Talk, The Sunday Cafe (Feb 2022 – Jun 2019)

Episode 83

Do dogs actually suffer from anxiety? And what’s the difference between fear and anxiety? Its something we mix up so often. Can we help a anxious dog and if so how do we do it. The Summer Special is hosted and produced by Mark Bunting, the technical editor is Geoff Rooke.

Episode 82

Lots of questions and lots of answers. We pretty much righted the world in this weekday session. The Summer Special is hosted and produced by Richard Green, the technical editor is Geoff Rooke

Episode 81 – Part 2

What makes a good trainer? How can you tell that they are any good. What qualifications if any do they have? There are so many questions you should be asking a a trainer before you hire them to teach your dog. The Summer Special is hosted and produced by Richard Green, the technical editor is Geoff Rooke.

Episode 81 – Part 1

What makes a good trainer? How can you tell that they are any good. What qualifications if any do they have? There are so many questions you should be asking a a trainer before you hire them to teach your dog. The Summer Special is hosted and produced by Richard Green, the technical editor is Geoff Rooke.

Episode 80

Do you know what the law is around owning a dog. Have you ever heard of the Animal Welfare act or the Dog Control act. If you haven’t and you have a dog in New Zealand then you better listen in. The Summer Special is hosted and produced by Richard Green, the technical editor is Geoff Rooke.

Episode 79

Christmas time can be difficult and hectic so make sure you are thinking about your dog. Often dogs get very stressed out around Christmas and get forgotten. Or more worryingly they do silly things like bite guests. Make sure you are making provisions for your dog in the festive holiday. The Sunday Cafe is hosted and produced by Mel Homer, the technical editor is Geoff Rooke.

Episode 78

Choosing to be a responsible dog owner means doing what’s best for your dog, even if it’s not always the most convenient option. Most animal professionals agree that meals versus free-feeding is the better option for our dogs. The Sunday Cafe is hosted and produced by Mel Homer, the technical editor is Geoff Rooke.

Episode 77

It’s a disease that every dog gets, no matter how large or how small! When that little cute fluffball of a puppy hits the teenager stage it’s likely to be a bit of a shock for the owner. Did you even know that puppies become teenagers, with all those lovely behaviour that we associate with our two legged teenagers? The Sunday Cafe is hosted and produced by Mel Homer, the technical editor is Geoff Rooke.

Episode 76

Dog parks provide a great safe space for people to exercise their dogs, and watch them play. They can facilitate socialization with a variety of different dogs and people. They can be a wonderful place for adolescent dogs that have too much energy and no place to put it. The Sunday Cafe is hosted and produced by Mel Homer, the technical editor is Geoff Rooke.

Episode 75

Man’s and women’s best friends have lived in harmony with us for over 30,000 years. Helping protect us, and support our working practices. Barking can be a real issue especially if you are the neighbours! The Sunday Cafe is hosted and produced by Mel Homer, the technical editor is Geoff Rooke.

Episode 74

A very common problem with young and older dogs and something that most dog owners will experience during the life of their dog. This is where a dog will protect something, like a toy or food or someone very aggressively. Often people think the dog is showing dominance, not the same. The Sunday Cafe is hosted and produced by Mel Homer, the technical editor is Geoff Rooke.

Episode 73

Why are some dogs scared of fireworks and some dogs not? If their exposure to fireworks when they were puppies was a positive one they are less likely to react badly when they get older. Fireworks are unpredictable – Guy Fawkes night is just another night for your dog, so the won’t be expecting the sudden onslaught of noise that accompanies the parties. The Sunday Cafe is hosted and produced by Mel Homer, the technical editor is Geoff Rooke.

Episode 72

Are you thinking of getting a puppy after lockdown? Did you know the first 12 weeks of your puppies life is the most important time for them. So much to do, the stopwatch is counting down…

  • STRESS FREE BEGINNINGS
  • THE NEED TO SOCIALISE
  • MAKE NEW THINGS OK
  • LEARNING IS FOR LIFE
  • THE POWER OF PLAY

The Sunday Cafe is hosted and produced by Mel Homer, the technical editor is Geoff Rooke.

Episode 71

Dogs have always been raised on a meat rich diet, but does that need to change due to the large Carbon footprint that this creates? The pet food industry in the US is worth over $42 billions a year and is expected to grow to $44billion by the end of 2021.  In NZ we spend in excess of $200 million dollars a year, that’s 43,000 tonnes on our dog food and treats. 

The Sunday Cafe is hosted and produced by Mel Homer, the technical editor is Geoff Rooke.

Episode 70 – Part 2

We control pretty much every aspect of a dog’s life. From the time that get up, have food, what they eat, where they stay, who they see, how much exercise they get and finally what time they go to bed.  . The problem is that a lack of variety in a dog’s life can lead to behavioural issues, health problems related to stress, boredom and a lack of energy.

The Sunday Cafe is hosted and produced by Mel Homer, the technical editor is Geoff Rooke.

Episode 69 – Part 1

We control pretty much every aspect of a dog’s life. From the time that get up, have food, what they eat, where they stay, who they see, how much exercise they get and finally what time they go to bed.  . The problem is that a lack of variety in a dog’s life can lead to behavioural issues, health problems related to stress, boredom and a lack of energy.

The Sunday Cafe is hosted and produced by Mel Homer, the technical editor is Geoff Rooke.


Episode 68 (26/09/22) – The secrets of crate training (Pt 2)

Episode 67 (19/09/22) – The secrets of crate training (Pt 1)

Episode 66 (12/09/22) – What to do with all the poo?

Episode 65 (29/08/22) – Importance of trick training

Episode 64 (22/08/22) – Child Safety

Episode 63 (08/08/22) – Getting two puppies at once

Episode 62 (01/08/22) – Rescue dogs in a multi-dog family

Episode 61 (18/07/22) – 10 things not to do with a puppy

Episode 60 (04/07/22) – Why play tuggy with your dog?

Episode 59 (20/06/22) – Positive reinforcement training.

Episode 58 (30/05/22) – Dogs playing nicely.

Episode 57 (02/05/22) – Does a death affect the dog family?

Episode 56 (02/05/22) – Separation Anxiety

Episode 55 (18/04/22) – Taking your dog on holiday?

Episode 54 (04/04/22) – Old dog, new tricks?

Episode 53 (21/03/22) – Walking your dog?

Episode 52 (07/03/22) – Needing to rehome a dog?

Episode 51 (21/02/22) – Dogs and owners personalities. 

Episode 50-01 ( 07/02/21 – 01/06/19)

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