43. "Dogs of a Feather" Theory

  Just a dog dressed as a parrot? Or a  parrot  dressed as a dog dressed as a parrot? (Okay probably the first one.)

Just a dog dressed as a parrot? Or a parrot dressed as a dog dressed as a parrot? (Okay probably the first one.)

It's #NationalPetDay and we're back with an all-new episode!

This week, we talk about African greys imitating a pack of dogs, cleaning up after your dogs (and not leaving it for nature), sound-conditioned animal shelters, and a tribute for a local fallen k9 hero. 

And your questions! 

  • Are homeless pets a con?
  • My dog growls at me when I try to take trash out of its mouth!
  • And how do I get my mutt to make that cute face again?

Then we wrap up by teaching our our pups to give themselves a mani-pedi.

42. Overlap Theory


Sorry for the delay, but one's was worth the wait!

All this, plus your questions: What do you do when the vet says "don't worry about it" . . . but you still worry about it? And does overlapping dogs help kids cope?

Finally, we teach our dogs how to wipe their paws before they come inside. How nice of them!

41. Streisand Theory

  So not a photo of Barbara Streisand's dog.

So not a photo of Barbara Streisand's dog.

A nice long show to take you through the next massive snow storm, with an all-new batch of questions and stories. 

  • Cloning dogs—science fiction or science MADNESS??
  • How do I take care of my girlfriend's anxious dog?

Plus, an update on that dog food recall (seriously, don't buy Gravy Train or Kibbles'n'Bits), some new rules at CruftsDARPA scanning the pelagic depths for enemy intelligence, and foxes and coyotes, man, living in harmony, thanks to our garbage.

All this, with just time enough to squeeze in a new trick: teaching your dog directions.

40. Year of the Dog Theory

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  Gong Hey Fat Chow-chow!

Gong Hey Fat Chow-chow!

I an episode chock full of animal news, we end up discussing the logic of the Disney universe, salmonella—a lot—and an auspicious start to the Year of the Dog.  

We also answer questions about doggy escape artists, safe leftovers, and argue a bit about chickens.

37. The Jesus Lizard Theory

  We were gonna go with the frozen lizards, but they were just too sad.

We were gonna go with the frozen lizards, but they were just too sad.

In this episode, we talk about new dog breeds, dogs and cat working together (mass hysteria!), some new ways for dogs to use their art history degrees, and of course, frozen iguanas!

And as always, your questions:

  • Could my dog be going senile?
  • Can I get a little privacy in my studio apartment please?

Plus, a Beyond Sit for the human in your life: How to Be a Tree!


Oh, and watch these amazing herding dogs a-herding!

36. Tilapia Theory

  You'll never take me alive, copper!

You'll never take me alive, copper!

In this episode, we have news of a rescued mountain lion in California, randy mice (and how you can hear 1600 hours of their sultry singing), and a video of a squirrel on the run from the law

Plus your questions on tougher dog toys, cat people vs. dog people, and helping out a kitties' self-confidence. 

Finally, here's a round up of our favorite animal charities:

35. Gratuity Theory

  Kongratulations to Kano!

Kongratulations to Kano!

This week, we answer all your holiday tipping and winter-dog-walking questions! Plus .  . . 

As always, please remember to write us a review on your podcatcher of choice. What a nice Christmas gift that would be!






34. Brain Soup Theory

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Oh Tigerbalm

This episode is full of holiday knowledge!

  • How do I protect my cat and my Christmas tree?
  • How small can my new studio be for me and my greyhound?
  • And there's no shame in being a failed foster! 

Plus, a report from the FDA warns against giving your dog processed bone treats for Christmas. We discuss handler bias with police K-9s. And what you've all been waiting for — is dog brain soup smarter than cat brain soup

Finally, we teach our pets how to be Perching Pirate Parrots!

33. Colorblindness Theory

  Better? Or worse?

Better? Or worse?

This week, we talk turkey—that is, what Thanksgiving foods your pets can and cannot eat.

Plus we take your questions—What's up with hissing cockroaches? Can I put a dog on a rotating schedule? And a deep dive into canine composting.

Plus in News For Dogs, we explore some shocking revelations about prehistoric dog owners,  some not-at-all shocking news about dog vision, and meet some highly intelligent squirrels.

29. Sitter Theory

 "I'm smarter than some fictional crows!"

"I'm smarter than some fictional crows!"

This week we look into the truth behind one of Aesop's fables, this time with a raccoon. Look a video! 

And we have a follow-up on the now antibiotic resistant outbreak out of Petlands. 

Plus your questions about your pet sitters! Is he skimming minutes? Should I try to set her up with my sister? 

And Platform training! How it can help both your shy dog and your reactive dog. 

28. Genitalia Theory

  News for Ducks!

News for Ducks!

Sorry for the delay, folks! It was a busy week of canning and family obligations, but we finally got #28 polished and edited for your listening pleasure. 

This week, we dive into . . . uh, never mind. You'll find out. Eve says "duck penis" a whole lot on this one.

In other news, we tackle self-awareness in dogs, and some marketing gone bad in England.

We also cover whether you should dye your pet's hair (sorry your question ended up on this episode, Sandy), and some canine calisthenics to keep your doggies trim!

26. Déjà Vu Theory

This week, Efrem caught whatever horrible funk Eve was hacking up all week, so it's time for our very first clip show! Featuring our favorite stories and questions from the first ten episodes:

  • Dogs driving cars
  • Horses learning to read
  • Award-winning whippets
  • "How much do I tip my groomer?"
  • "How can I get my neighbors to behave in the elevator?"
  • "Why do my dog's paws smell like corn chips?"

And a fan-favorite beyond sit.

We'll be back next week, so send us your questions and we'll answer them then . . . we promise!

25. Abbreviated Theory



Hey guys,

I got a head cold in between recording this weekend, so we've got a shortened episode this week. Luckily, we got News for Dogs in the can before my voice disappeared into my nasal cavity, so we got some great stories for you:

Wild dogs know how to vote
Pretty Boy Floyd on the loose (or How the Eclipse Really Did Affect One Animal's Behavior)! Fancy horses at JFK!
And how Zoo Miami preps their the animals ride out Hurricane Irma.

(You can donate to the Houston SPCA here, btw.)

Thanks for your patience! We'll be back with a full episode next week, so send in your questions. 


24. Virtual Theory

  Flies love spheres and pyramids!

Flies love spheres and pyramids!

This week, we're back in the studio!

We talk about the environmental toll of all the meat our pets eat, and virtual reality for flies and fish!

Questions this week:
How do I know if my dog is showing me affection?
Can you take care of a dog with separation anxiety on a grad school schedule?