Category Archives: Animal Academy Podcast – Specializing in the Human-Animal Connection

The stories of a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in the Human-Animal connection. Listen as Allison White showcases professionals who share their areas of expertise in an ongoing series of interviews that will help us all understand that WE are the ones that actually end up learning – from the Animals. This is – The Animal Academy Podcast.

Living With and Loving a Pet With Behavioral Problems – A Conversation with Kristin Buller, LCSW & Kelly Ballantyne, DVM



  Welcome everyone to another episode of the Animal Academy Podcast. The focus of this podcast has been on the many ways that animals make our lives whole and how they add many benefits to our quality of life. But, what if our beloved pet has challenges and we find ourselves faced with difficult choices … Continue reading Living With and Loving a Pet With Behavioral Problems – A Conversation with Kristin Buller, LCSW & Kelly Ballantyne, DVM


PUPPIES! A Conversation with Tori Peacock



  Welcome to this episode of The Animal Academy Podcast. I’m excited to have this conversation wth my niece, Tori Peacock, who has just become the proud Mom of a Yorkie named Byron! I also recently added a Golden Retriever puppy named PJ to my household so during this interview I will have a conversation … Continue reading PUPPIES! A Conversation with Tori Peacock


Scratching Veterinary Itches: A Conversation with Wayne Boillat, DVM



  One of THE most important people in your pet’s life is their veterinarian. Establishing a positive and ongoing relationship with a veterinarian is so important. Just as we should follow up with our own health care, our animals require the same kind of care and monitoring. Besides taking care of my pets over the … Continue reading Scratching Veterinary Itches: A Conversation with Wayne Boillat, DVM


The Animal Academy Podcast: Teaching a Dog in a Smart Way Doesn't Have to Be Hard...

Teaching a Dog in a Smart Way Doesn’t Have to Be Hard: A Conversation with Ginger Kinion…



  Have you ever wondered how to motivate your dog to do certain things or how to work through barriers in your training? Have you wondered how to keep obedience training fun and creative? When I remember the important people who got me started in dog obedience and gave me the motivation to continue training, … Continue reading Teaching a Dog in a Smart Way Doesn’t Have to Be Hard: A Conversation with Ginger Kinion…


Animal Academy Podcast: In-Home End of Life Care - Celebrating Pets’ Lives with Dr. Dawnetta Woodruff

In-Home End of Life Care – Celebrating Pets’ Lives with Dr. Dawnetta Woodruff



  A few months ago, I had to say goodbye to my 12 year old Golden Retriever, Chip. It was extremely difficult as it has been with all of the pets I’ve lost over the years. Several years ago I met Dr. Dawnetta Woodruff at a fundraiser to help a local animal shelter. Since that … Continue reading In-Home End of Life Care – Celebrating Pets’ Lives with Dr. Dawnetta Woodruff


A Self Care Kit During a Time of Crisis - from The Animal Academy Podcast

A Self Care Kit During a Time of Crisis – from The Animal Academy Podcast



  Hello everyone. I decided to share this solo Podcast episode to reflect upon my own human experience during this recent health crisis instead of my normal content as host of the Animal Academy Podcast or solely upon my experience as a licensed clinical social worker. This current health crisis has forced me to use … Continue reading A Self Care Kit During a Time of Crisis – from The Animal Academy Podcast


Reflections with Pat Kasten – The Animal Whisperer



  My guest tonight is Pat Kasten Long time animal lover and trainer. As a child she was called the animal whisperer because of her ability to connect and bond with them. During this episode we will discuss her interesting life with animals and some of the adventures she experienced. Besides having a gift with … Continue reading Reflections with Pat Kasten – The Animal Whisperer


The Animal Academy Podcast: HOPE Animal-Assisted Crisis Response Program With Nick Meier

HOPE Animal-Assisted Crisis Response Program with Nick Meier



  I’m sure you’ve heard about animals being used to comfort people during times of crisis, whether it be a national or local disaster. Have you ever wondered how these animals were trained to use these very unique skills known as animal-assisted crisis response? Did you know that there is extensive training required above and … Continue reading HOPE Animal-Assisted Crisis Response Program with Nick Meier


Animal Academy Podcast: Conditioning & Rehabilitation with Connie Schulte

Conditioning & Rehabilitation with Connie Schulte – DPT, CCRP.



  When I think of my own health and wellness, I also realize the importance of taking care of my dogs, to avoid injury and promote health. This is very important when our animals are actively involved in sports or competitions, but is also very important in order to maintain their overall health and quality … Continue reading Conditioning & Rehabilitation with Connie Schulte – DPT, CCRP.


Animal Academy Podcast: Training for Versatility with Sandy Ganz

Training for Versatility with Sandy Ganz



  You may wonder what it’s like to be competitive with your dog while keeping them motivated, in good physical condition and trained across multiple venues. I’ve admired Sandy Ganz and her ability to have versatile dogs who have competed in obedience, tracking, agility, herding and conformation. During this interview, Sandy and I will chat … Continue reading Training for Versatility with Sandy Ganz