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044 : Use Your Voice So Your Dog Listens & The Key Difference Between Training Cats and Dogs

Published: 06/18/2019
Categories: Episode


Did you know that the pitch of your voice and how you say words, can affect if your dog ignores or obeys you? I’ll explain how to use your words in the most effective way so your dog will be more apt to listen to what you are asking. 

Where ever did we get the idea that you can’t train a cat? In part two of my conversation with, feline behavior specialist, Sarah Ellis, from International Cat Care, and co-author of the book, The Trainable Cat: A Practical Guide to Making Life Happier for You and Your Cat, we talk about what you can do to prepare felines for major changes in the home and when training cats, if punishment is a good or bad way to stop problem behavior.

Does your dog start barking every time the doorbell rings and scare visitors with their noisy greeting?  Since dogs are aware that the front door is the entrance to the home territory and a place that everyone in the family treats as important, many dogs take on the role of being the sentry. Hear what you can do to manage or change this behavior. 

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Additional Resources for the Episode:

Source for the story about how you use your voice. “The Other End of the Leash,” By Patricia McConnell.

International Cat Care Website.

Dr. Sarah Ellis, Facebook page.

Amazon link to order “The Trainable Cat: A Practical Guide to Making Life Happier for You and Your Cat” by John Bradshaw and Sarah Ellis.



  1. hi! i’m looking for the youtube channel Dr. Sarah Ellis mentioned, i’d be grateful if you posted it (: the icatcare page is great!
    ps thank you for your podcast! it has been of great help, really interesting and amusing! i have a 7mo chihuahua and a 3mo kitten, we all listen to you from Mexico ^-^

    • Hi Natalia, thank you for writing. I am so glad you are enjoying the podcast and that your dog and cat listen as well. 🙂
      Dr. Ellis was great wasn’t she? Here is the link to the International Cat Care YouTube channel.