School For The Dogs Podcast
Why viral videos are bad for dogs, with Eileen Anderson
May 16, 2019 · 46 min
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Pet videos fuel the Internet, but too often they perpetuate false ideas about dog behavior by misattributing a dog's intentions, or by falsely framing their actions.  Why do we seek to anthropomorphize dog behaviors rather than celebrating all the behavioral commonalties that exist between us and them?  Annie and the acclaimed, prolific blogger Eileen Anderson of, tackle this question together. 

This is our 52nd episode, and marks the end of our first season! We'll be back with Season 2 in a few weeks! Have a question for Annie? Submit it at or call and leave a message at 917-414-2625

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Hey everyone, thank you for listening! I am excited to share this conversation with you. It’s with someone whose work I’ve admired for a long time. She’s a dog trainer and writer whose name is Eileen Anderson. I had a couple little issues with the recording, so I apologize for that in advance, but it’s not too bad. But before I share this conversation with you, I wanted to let you know that we are taking a little break with School For The Dogs Podcast. This episode is our 52nd episode which marks the end of what we’re going to call “Season 1”. When I started doing this podcast, I aimed to do one a week for a year. And I started in late March 2018, so it’s been a little over a year. I have missed a few weeks mostly because of some big life events - my dad died, I had a baby, and we moved School For The Dogs to a new studio during the last year. So for those reasons, I ended up skipping a few weeks. But now we have 52 episodes, which means if you’re just starting out you can listen to one episode a week for a full year.

The main reason why we are taking a break is because we are building an online course, which I’m really excited about, and I want to turn my attention fully to that for the next month or so. And after that, I will be back with new episodes. I’m hoping to do more Q&A episodes in the next season, so please share your questions with me. You can send them to me at or you can leave a voicemail at 917-414-2625, or you can always shoot me a message on Instagram, we’re there at @schoolforthedogs.

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