When preparing to bring home a new addition, many pet parents will scour the web for videos and blogs that will prepare them for what’s to come. What they don’t realize is that they’re missing an entire category of resources – podcasts! There are numerous podcasts dedicated to helping pet parents navigate this new and exciting stage of life. We’ve rounded up five podcasts, hosted by both trained professionals and experienced pet parents, that focus on different areas of pet parenthood.
Dr. Dunbar's iWoofs Podcasts is hosted by Dr. Ian Dunbar, a veterinarian who started the Association of Professional Dog Trainers – the largest association of dog trainers in the world. The episodes cover a wide variety of topics that new pet parents will benefit from learning more about, with a focus on scientifically-sound training and socialization methods. While every episode has something important to offer, we recommend starting with the episodes on what to expect on your puppy’s first day and night at home as well as errorless house training, so you know that you’re reinforcing the right behaviors from day one.
You can listen to Dr. Dunbar’s iWoofs Podcasts on Apple Podcasts.
Navigating the world of pet health can be daunting, especially for first-time pet parents. On his podcast Call the Vet, Dr. Alex Avery and his expert guests dive into a wide range of health-related topics, from preventing disease and improving daily health to understanding food labels and tips for sustainable pet parenting. By sharing insights from their years of working in veterinary medicine, they aim to give pet parents the information they need to help their pets live happy and healthy lives.
Dr. Kathryn Primm’s goal is to help cat parents provide the best lives for their feline friends. This podcast covers anything and everything that cat parents should know, from serious questions like whether you should get pet insurance and how to give your cat medicine to lighter topics like weird things cats do and why. The expert host and wide range of episode topics make this a must-listen for new and experienced cat parents alike.
You may be familiar with the popular Instagram account, The Dogist, but did you know that team behind the account also has a podcast? Each week, hosts Isabel, Elias, and Kate – and the occasional special guest – get together for casual chats about important subjects such as dog park etiquette or traveling with your dog. While there’s a lot of educational content in these episodes, the team does a great job keeping it lighthearted and entertaining.
In addition to educational podcasts, it can also be helpful to prepare for your new arrival by simply hearing others speak about their experience of being a pet parent. Best friends Kaity Reagle and Andrea Shapiro dive into all aspects of pet parenthood, from the awkward stories and catastrophic failures to the fluffy feel-good moments of redemption. Each episode will give you a behind-the-scenes look at what real life with a pet is like so you can be prepared for anything you may encounter, especially in the early days with your new addition.
While learning is a lifelong process, part of being a responsible pet parent is gaining as much knowledge as you can before your new addition arrives. We hope these podcasts will be both a helpful resource and a source of entertainment as you navigate your way through pet parenthood.