Welcome to Animal Instinct, brought to you by Celia Kutcher, aka the Food Healer. You may remember Celia from her past interviews on the HeritageRadioNetwork.org, but Celia is starting off the debut episode of Animal instinct by talking dog and cats with Denise Herman! Denise has been training dogs since before the turn-of-the-century.She graduated valedictorian from the SF Academy for Dog Trainers in 1999 and opened Empire of the Dog in Brooklyn, New York in the year 2000. Empire of the Dog specializes in family-friendly pet dog training and their motto is "World Domination through R+". Denise has an iPhone and iPod app (via iTunes) called Positively Dog Training and has written 2 e-books, as well. At this time she enjoys training specialty classes like Frisbee Skateboarding and "Urban Agility." What's important to think about when adopting a dog or cat? How can you prepare your living space for a new pet? Will a puppy be a good addition to a family? Find out on the first installment of Animal Instinct! Thanks to our sponsor, Cain Vineyard & Winery. Music provided by EULA.

"If you really want a dog that will be good with a family, you should try to get a puppy so that it grows up and becomes socialized with the family, but there are no guarantees... A puppy isn't necessarily a blank slate, but it's more of an unknown slate." [8:50]

"You can get a great dog from rescue, but you cannot be an impulsive shopper." [17:50]

-- Denise Herman on Animal Instinct