Laney speaks with Sydney, @expeditionego, about her life with her border collie Ego. Sydney grew up in the world of agility and has started a path in the world of breeding as well. Sydney speaks about all the opportunities that have come from running a dog Instagram, what it is like having a dog in college, and much more.
Laney interviews a dolphin trainer! Walker has worked with big cats, dolphins, and a variety of marine life. He recently moved on to a new role as an aquarist, but is happy to speak at length about marine mammals under human care and the practice of training dolphins. The conversation is riveting, discussing marine animal controversies, little known species of wild cats, and so much more!
Laney speaks with Maris Ewing, breeder and lover of German Shepherd Dogs. Maris is an accomplished dog trainer, sport dog handler, pedigree nerd, you name it. She’s an incredible individual with tons of insight - into the GSD as it is meant to be and as it exists today. Take some time out of your day to step into her world - where the shepherd is, and always must be, a working dog. @bauernhofgsd , www.BauerhofGSD.com , Zwinger von dem Bauernhof German Shepherds
Laney sits down again with Mary, @caesarthebicolorgsd, to answer listener questions and just hang out. The girls talk about Mary’s dogs, her health journey, her trip to visit her birth mom, and so much more. Tune in to join the sleepover :)
Off Leash series finale! Laney speaks with Pascale @solan_the_lundehund about the impact of legislation on dog owners in all facets of life. Rory @dobiesisters, friend of the show, assists the conversation with her legal knowledge as well! The conversation centers around legislation in the US, contrasted to other countries such as Pascale’s current home in Norway. Laws are made about dog ownership, and always changing, so it is worth considering their intention, nature & results
Laney’s German Shepherd Dog, Lorelei, just had an arthroscopic elbow surgery to correct bilateral FCP (grade 1 elbow dysplasia). This episode is meant to capture one person’s mindset at a moment in time, as their beloved companion undergoes a serious procedure. Loose, informal, and full of emotion, this episode is raw and uncut.
Laney speaks with Mandy, @hergiantlove, about respecting the outdoors by following leash laws with her dogs. Mandy is an advocate for “know before you go” and posts leash laws in the captions of her beautiful photos. She offers an interesting perspective as someone who has been involved in the leash law debate for a long time, and someone who has changed her own personal practices as she learns and grows.
Laney sits down with Kim, co-owner of @bandedpines, an adventure dog gear company. They speak primarily about the responsibilities or lack thereof of influencers, call out culture, and legal vs moral issues. They dive into what it means to hold someone responsible for their actions and if that is ever right to do. Kim shares her growing and changing perspective on off leash dogs, and how the community is thinking on the issue. Check out @bandedpines , @wildpawsdesigns , www.bandedpines.com and www.wildpawsdesigns.com for some products from a company with a strong founder - who can’t keep her mouth shut either!
Laney sits down for a discussion with Steve @publiclandshateyou and Rory @dobiesisters about off leash dogs. Specifically, they discuss the responsibilities of social media influencers, their thoughts on call out culture, and the events of the past few weeks. The conversation covers a lot of ground when it comes to thinking about how content impacts others. Please refer to @publiclandshateyou for more information on how you can be respectful of public lands, or publiclandshateyou.com . “You may not be able to change the world, but at least you can embarrass the guilty” - Jessica Mitford (author, journalist, civil rights activist). Photo for episode originally posted by @vanderfool
Laney speaks with Abigail, @wildlingwanders, a dog trainer and owner of a high-content wolfdog named Wild. She speaks at length about what it is like living and working with a wolfdog, having raised one to work in the entertainment industry. Abigail discusses the legality of wolfdogs, the realities of owning one, and all the silly wonderful things about them as well. If you’re interested in learning more about Wild and seeing all their hiking adventures together, check out @wildlingwanders on Instagram, the merch store on Etsy at Wild’s Wares, and their Patreon for exclusive content.
Laney sits down with K9 handler Nick to talk about his work as a bedbug detection K9 handler for Bedbug Inspector K9. Nick has tons of stories to share from his early involvement with law enforcement, then moving on to the dog world and eventually training to be a K9 handler. Nick is just one of those people who figures out what he wants and makes it happen, and was such a joy to chat with. Go follow @bbi_detectionk9 to see Birdi in all of her glory- and her fellow k9s at work! BBI-K9 is based in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and more- check out bedbug-inspector.com for more info! Nick’s personal account is @nicho_hamer
Emma Murdock runs a dog training, walking and boarding company in Ottawa, Canada. She built her business from the ground up at 22 years old and continues to be a driven learner. Emma is an avid scholar at workshops round North America and is launching plans to host more at her own facility in Ottawa. Emma has her ear to the pulse of the industry and has so much insight about what it means to live and breathe dog world. Check her out at @walkwithmeottawa, and www.walkwithmeottawa.com
Laney speaks to Nicola, @alwayswalkingdogs, about her incredible life. She discusses growing up in a family that fostered children, being a nationally competitive gymnast, living abroad, the horrific 2011 Christchurch earthquakes in New Zealand, and more. She then goes into detail about her dogs, who are powerful and complex creatures requiring time and management. Bull Arab crosses and American Bulldogs, they work as property and personal guardians and require intentional living. Nicola has so many interesting stories and such unique perspective- and an excellent accent to boot.
Maddie, the bad*ss female handler behind @biteydogs, is back. Maddie works as a detection k9 handler in schools, and has two personal sport dogs as well. The dogs bite and so does she. For all the creeps who love scampering around Maddie’s DMs and drool over the chance to hang out with her one day, this is that hangout. This episode goes everywhere and nowhere, and you need to hear it.
Laney interviews Courtney, @leecourtney_, who works as an explosives detection K9 handler and trainer. She shares a ton of insight about the day to day of a canine handler & trainer, and shares stories from her life working with dogs. She comments on a variety of topics and is very candid about the real danger she faces every day. Courtney is a true dog lover who lives an incredible life, working and training dogs who live and breathe their job. Ever wanted to pester the agent at the airport with the detection dog? Now’s your chance to hear from one.
Laney speaks with Jenny @chesneythecorgi about her experience raising Military Working Dog puppies for the Department of Defense in the USA. Jenny shares her story of raising MMontauk and SSamba, two Belgian Malinois. She tells listeners all about what it was like to make this sacrifice for her country, and give these dogs up to do the job they were made for. Jenny also speaks for a short time in the first part of the episode about her personal dogs, a Pembrooke Welsh Corgi and a German Shorthaired Pointer.
Laney does a shorter podcast on two topics. First, she discusses her experience using her GSD as an Emotional Support Animal (ESA). Second, she discusses some dog Instagram current events. Specifically, she focuses on individuals who have bred their dogs and shared the process on Instagram- whether purpose-bred litters or accidental litters. Where is the responsibility? Should large accounts educate others? Should people stop criticizing?
Laney sits down to talk with her sister, Neve, again! The girls tell some stories, fill in some blanks from the first episode, and do a fun Q&A with the questions podcast listeners sent in. Listen to two sisters just hang out and talk... all kinds of stuff!
Laney is joined by the mother of a Ferrari- rotten Spaten the German Shepherd Dog. Spaten is the current #1 GSD in NADD dock diving, he took 2nd place at the barn hunt 2019 Grand National, and has a full serving of alphabet soup when it comes to his many other titles in a variety of dog sports (rally, trick dog, FCAT, and more). Hollie has triumphed with Spaten as he grew from a wild puppy into the top performer she has created. And if you think behind every great dog there is an even better handler, you would be right. Hollie shares so much wonderful insight into the world of BARN HUNT, dog sports, and dog ownership in general, in addition to her personal life. She even shares fantastic dog dental care tips. This is a CANNOT-MISS episode as Laney couldn’t even bear to hang up the phone. Tune in to hear about Hollie and her dog. Special thanks to the book “Barn Hunt: A Game of Hide and Seek for Dogs” by Raczka and Eldredge.
Laney has guest Alex on to talk about how she trains and rides racehorses. Alex grew up in Charlottesville riding horses competitively, and eventually became an exercise rider and trainer for racehorses. She has ridden at Belmont, Saratoga, and seen Triple Crown winner Justify. Alex is entrenched in the racing world and provides us with a behind the scenes look at what it means to work with these beautiful athletes. “To pilot a racehorse is to ride a half-ton catapult. It is without question one of the most formidable feats in sport” (Laura Hillenbrand, from Seabiscuit: An American Legend”) Episode photo credits to Alex Zhang and Tom Ryan.
Laney has Kaitlin from @kane9dogtraining on the podcast to discuss her work as a balanced dog trainer! Kaitlin is based in Madison, WI and focuses on mindset and relationship-driven board and train programs. Kaitlin focuses on teaching pet owners to succeed with their dogs, striving to set people free from the stress of issues like reactivity and lack of manners. She is an extremely bright, up and coming, extra driven dog trainer with lots of great gems to share. Check out her website at kane9dogtraining.com
Laney welcomes Joanna back to the podcast for an update! She is now actively a competitive member of a GRC club, recently attempted the SR, and just added a brand new German Shorthaired Pointer puppy Theo to her family! Join the girls for a low key chat on adding a puppy to the home & getting started in a new dog sport. Joanna is previously of @kane_rescuemutt, then @kane_mountainmutt, now @kane.theo_mountaindogs ! Welcome back Joanna! Please refer to GRCdogsports.com for any particulars on the up and coming sport of GRC!
Laney dives deep into the world of pet insurance. What the top companies are, how to pick the best plan for you and your dog, and what people have to say about pet insurance saving them thousands. Laney goes through the numbers and comes up with RIVETING & SEXY conclusions, this is INSURANCE after all! SOURCES: https://lendedu.com/blog/best-pet-insurance https://www.consumerreports.org/pet-products/is-pet-insurance-worth-cost/ https://www.valuepenguin.com/pet-insurance/is-pet-insurance-worth-it https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/home/is-pet-insurance-worth-it/2018/10/23/64ff3dfa-ccb1-11e8-a3e6-44daa3d35ede_story.html
Laney sits down to talk with her sister, Neve. They talk about Neve’s memories growing up, her experience fostering Lorelei before Laney adopted her, and Neve’s experience as a D1 college athlete. Neve discusses her faith and journey with Christ as well as how God has tested her throughout her journey. Neve shares her recent birth story, of her first son John, and the experience of being pregnant her senior year of college.
Laney speaks with Lauren, beauceron breeder, du Vaillant Feu. Lauren shares her story, from leaving the army to raising Jamais as her service dog, to establishing her own breeding program. Now hailed as one of the leading beauceron breeders in America, Lauren is a woman with an exceptionally bright future in an intriguing breed of dogs. Episode includes discussion of breeding practices, particularly what it means to truly be a responsible and intentional breeder.
In the final episode of the Doodle series, Laney interviews Tori @shouldice2 about her upcoming research paper on canine behavioral genetics- specifically, her findings on the genetics of goldendoodles and labradoodles. Tori answers many questions that have come up in the series and leaves us with an alarming conclusion that could have grave consequences. Thanks to @copper.and.lily for episode photo.
Laney, joined by cohost Meg @twodoodletails, reviews five owner testimonies. First, the girls discuss Meg’s life with her two Australian Labradoodles- and the particular mix itself. They then hear from four other doodle owners about what it’s like to own, live with, work with, love on doodles. For better or worse. Special thanks to-
@twodoodletails (also episode photo credit)
Laney wasn’t clear in DOODLES: Origin Story. Let’s make it clear. ... Kristine, @austenthegsd, comes on to cohost as Laney lays out the difference between a reputable breeder, non reputable, BYB (Backyard Breeder) and puppy mills. Laney and Kristine essentially walk you through how to buy a puppy (purebred or otherwise sold).
The first episode in the three part DOODLES series in which Laney dives deep into the designer dog craze. In this episode, receive an introduction to the doodle world, and learn all about where the doodle came from. This is DOODLES, Origin Story.
Rory of @dobiesisters turns the tables on Laney and interviews her. The girls talk about how Laney grew up, what led her to Lorelei, and what her life looks like now. They talk about call out culture, influencers, and dating- and so much more.
Join Laney as she speaks with Katie of @melissakate8, who rose into the public eye of dog Instagram when she discovered she had rescued “the Dog with No Hips”. Nymeria is a low content wolfdog with EPI and severe bilateral hip dysplasia with secondary osteoarthritis. Katie speaks about her dogs, wrestling with Nymeria’s diagnosis, fundraising and striving towards total hip replacement surgery. She is a shining example of honoring the commitment you make when you take a dog into your life. The girls discuss mental health & the wolfdog community as a whole.
Laney invites her best friend on the podcast, Cici. Cici speaks to her whole life- growing up in the South, being raised by southern parents & what shaped her. She talks about her life spent being boy crazy but also trying to be independent and honor who she is. She shares hilarious stories from high school and college, and exposes Laney a good bit! She meditates on what it means to be a woman today in so many ways.
Laney interviews Amber, of @archers.adventure, a licensed and practicing veterinarian. Amber currently works at a small animal / pet clinic and has also begun her own practice in acupuncture and chiropractic medicine. She talks about her personal dog, cats and horse, and shares her journey through vet school with us. Amber then dives into a variety of listener requested topics such as spay/neuter, veterinary finances, and vaccinations. Amber is an incredible girl with a lifelong love of animals and the experiences to back it up.
Laney sits down with Mary of @caesarthebicolorgsd to do a deep dive on her life. Mary is an ex-law enforcement dog trainer and overall badass. She has two working German Shepherds and a menagerie of dogs, cats, snakes, horses and even a mouse. She talks about her involvement in bite sports and other dog sports, her work as a professional dog trainer, and her massively popular account on dog Instagram. Mary talks about her wonderful boyfriend, mental health, and so much more. Get ready to laugh, be inspired, and fall in love with Mary.
Husband and wife, dynamic duo Janelle and Ben Allanson discuss the sport of French ring. They walk through their history of working and titling Belgian Malinois and Dutch Shepherds, raising a dog for police work, and owning their own dog boarding and daycare facility. Ben speaks at length about French ring and the character of the sport, and what it’s actually like to be a decoy and get bit by powerhouse dogs. The two are the perfect balance of decoy & handler perspective and share super candid thoughts about living and working with dogs.
Laney talks with Stephanie, @mostly_belgian_melon and @angrymelongear, all about her life with dogs. Stephanie is a top competitor in the dock diving world, having received multiple invites for her dogs to Nationals. They discuss Stephanie’s health, her history with dogs, and her current two Belgian Malinois Nyx&Astra and pet dog Luna. The girls talk dock diving, IPO and reflect on their passions. Stephanie shares all about her dog gear company, Angry Melon Gear, which she runs herself as an independent female entrepreneur. Stephanie is a blast to listen to and a true inspiration.
Laney talks with Rory of @dobiesisters about her life with her two Doberman Pinscher littermates, Boston and Griffin. Rory shares her life growing up with a slew of German Shepherd rescues, and how she came to get two dobie puppies from the same litter. She talks about Boston’s indomitable prey drive and independence of spirit, and Griffin’s sweet and outgoing nature. She discusses how people treat one another online, and how one’s views and identity can become so tangled up that one can start to hate the faceless “other” side. She also discusses her work in government and the use of Dobermans as scientific test subjects. Rory shares so much valuable insight not just into her life, but into what it means to be a person today.
Laney talks with Guest Maddie of @biteydogs- owner of a badass Dutch Shepherd, Belgian Malinois and handler of a detection Labrador Retriever. Maddie does not pull any punches and shares what it’s like living with working dogs and working them as they were bred to be worked. She is a force to be reckoned with and a real treat to hear from.
Laney sits down for a second talk with Marina, owner of the two German Shorthaired Pointers @the_good_boyss. They start off by recapping Laney and Lorelei’s weekend at their first dock diving competition - then they dive into bonded pairs in rescue, socialization/nature vs nurture, object possession, and most embarrassing stories. They of course have to wrap up by discussing Game of Thrones- spoilers for Season 7 ahead (behind a warning)! Marina and Laney could talk for hours about everything dogs, horses, GoT, LIFE, and here’s an episode where they do.
Laney tells the story of trying to help her neighbor with her reactive dog this week- specifically, how this little experiment made her feel. She also talks about signing up for her first dock diving event - starting to bike with Lorelei- and why so many people think they’re too dumb to fix their problems.
Laney sits down with Kristine of @austenthegsd to do a deep dive on all things nosework! Kristine has a five year old German Shepherd female who is titled to NWII and they are currently working towards their NWIII. Kristine shares her journey in selecting Austen’s breeder, early work with a land shark GSD puppy, and then jumps into the sport! She gives an amazing synopsis of nosework and what you need to get started.
Laney sits down for a brief episode in which she talks to her audience about particular topics on her mind this week. She reads a few captions that touched or came from her heart lately. Intro • E-collar Post / Positive Only Haters • Caption on Responsibility • The Passing of Marley @breezeturner / Checca @tristanicc • The Podcast, Future and Babies •
Laney sits down to chat with Megan, a dog trainer who owns two Catahoula Leopard Dogs and two working German Shepherd Dogs. She shares about her early interest in dogs, the stories of each of her dogs, and journeys through reactivity and the sport world. Megan is so fun to listen to and has so much to say about living and working with dogs.
Laney sits down with Amy of @ozarkbitesback to talk BEAUCERONS and dog sports! They also discuss mentors in the dog sport world, fantastic breeders, the topic of cropping and docking- so much to dig into. Amy also shares her experience with the beauceron breed and their character.
A deep dive into the world of service dogs! Laney sits down with Tristan, who has Yagi, a black German Shepherd who works primarily as a mobility / medical alert / some psychiatric service dog. Tristan has so much great information about the world of service dogs, whether owner trained or from an organization. He shares it all, and tons of personal stories too about what it’s like to be a service dog user.
Laney sits down with Holly of @midwestcanines to talk about her three rescue dogs and their lives together. Holly has two Dobermans and one Border Collie, and spends time talking about her work with each dog. She pays particular attention to the topics of training tools like e-collars, off leash reliability, and public access with your dog. Holly is a bright and kind person with lots of advice to dog owners, especially those looking toward the rescue world.
Laney speaks with Elena about her history with horses, her fateful trip to save a starving, filthy German Shepherd, and the journey they began together. Marv weighed just 45 lbs when she pulled him from the shelter, with ear infections and no knowledge of stairs to boot. As Marv became more comfortable, Elena had to rise to the challenge of his reactivity and separation anxiety. This is a touching story of a girl who took a chance on a dog and we can’t wait to share it with you.
Laney talks with Cassie of @astroandangus about her two gorgeous boys. Cassie has worked for years to overcome littermate syndrome in her dogs, with separation anxiety especially. The girls also talk about the use of CBD oil, switching to raw feeding, balanced training & the use of e collars... and so much more. They also alienate dog breed communities (ha-ha). This is a great episode full of laughs and being honest about raising two puppies at once.
Laney walks with Lydia through her early childhood, childhood dog, to the dogs she has today and the person she has become. Lydia shares intimate thoughts, beautiful words and no small part of herself.
In this wild ride of an episode, Laney gets to chat with Marina, the badass girl boss behind @the_good_boyss. She owns two adorable German Shorthaired Pointers and she has so much to say- it’s truly a delight to hear her speak. Tune in for the crazy story of how she ended up with two bird dogs while in undergrad, and how she feels about dog parks & the Instagram dog community!
Laney sits down with one of her best friends from college, the lovely and so smart Megan. Megan shares how she met Laney, their adventures in Peru together, and what she’s been up to post grad. The girls talk about what it means to be a friend, past hurts, and favorite college stories.
Laney has an amazing conversation with Sara of @gsdlincoln about little Lincoln’s health struggles during the first year of his life. Sara broke his journey down for listeners, including discussing vaccinations, supplements and pet nutrition. Laney and Sara have been friends via dog Instagram for awhile now and they have a lot to talk about together!
Join Laney as she speaks with Joanna of @kane_rescuemutt about Kane’s journey through reactivity. Joanna tells listeners all about the long path they walked together, building a true relationship and learning what it means to love and train the dog in front of you. This is a beautiful conversation about one special dog who changed his owner’s life.
Listen to Laney clarify her opinions on adopting dogs from shelters! Also this podcast, Laney does a deep dive on her fostering experience through White Paws German Shepherd Rescue. She also gives her opinion and advice on finding a good doggy daycare, and tells a nasty chicken feet story. Episode photo is of Sampson, one of Laney’s foster dogs!
Helena sits down with Lydia of @obsiduneroyale to talk about people that ticked her off today, almost hitting a dog with her car, and Lydia’s own dogs. These two have been DM-ing and firing each other up for months now on Instagram so it’s high time they sat down to TALK DOGS.
Helena tells the story of how her German Shepherd, Lorelei, came into her life. From a mostly hairless rat dog that bit to a fantastic companion, Lorelei’s first year was rocky and a learning experience. If you’ve ever wanted to hear the backstory behind @lorelei_gsd on Instagram, now is your chance