Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Top Ten Breeds of Dogs Best Suited for Indoor Apartment/Condo Lifestyle

Posted By: Fatima Shaneen Bara, Student Episode Producer


To be able to identify the top ten breeds of dogs best suited for an indoor apartment/condo lifestyle that have no backyard to play in. To be able to discuss the different primary considerations of different breeds such as the energy level, exercise requirements and playfulness of every dog. Also, to be able to give tips to current and future dog owners on how to train and maintain such breeds given an indoor lifestyle.


Joy Uy, a professional dog trainer who trained at the Academy of Canine Trainers in Canada where she learned different techniques in developing a dog's social skills while instilling discipline. She is the owner of Pawsitive Education, a Canine Behavior Training Facility for social growth which aims to help dogs adjust to the challenges of society.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5jjzjuJfwY&feature=youtube_gdata_player - PART 1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51YHiF3Fyd8&feature=youtube_gdata_player - PART 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5jjzjuJfwY&feature=youtube_gdata_player - PART 3

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryaXZt_Xny8&feature=youtube_gdata_player - PART 4

According to Ben Williams, "There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face".

We both live independently from our families ever since we got to college. It is true that living independently can make you stronger as a person. Yet, there are instances when the perks of independence are too overwhelming that what you need at the end of the day is simple companionship. This is what motivated us to think of an episode that could help people find the right companion for them. We realized that it doesn't necessarily have to be a person but it can also come in the form of a dog. Living alone for the first few years of one's independence means having to stay in a small space. So from this we refined our topic to "Top Ten Breeds of Dogs Best Suited for Indoor Apartment Lifestyle".

When we were able to conceptualize the topic that we wanted, the next challenge was finding the right guest who had the credentials and the experience to help people find the breeds of dogs best suited for an indoor lifestyle. We started reading different articles and from one browser to another we were able to find Pawsitive Education. Luckily, Ma'am Joy Uy was very open to doing the show. We also wanted to invite a veterenarian but due to some last minute glitches, the invited guest backed out. We had to come up with a back-up plan. Ma'am Joy Uy turned out to have really broad knowledge regarding dogs during her training so she was able to answer the questions that were asked during the interview. From this experience, we also learned that we have to be open to different possibilities. A lot of things can come up on the process of production itself. However, if it happens during pre-production, there are still a lot of chances to fix the problem and try to find a solution.

It was good to know that our guest came early. We asked her if she could come at least 30-45 minutes before the show so that we could brief her, get to know her better and make clarifications. Professor Rara who is the host of the show was also able to talk to her to guide her and help her relax. For us, the show went according to plan. While we were listening to the entire show, we were happy that the concept we had was finally coming to life. It was also entertaining because the hosts and the guests were joking around and seemed comfortable with each other. There was good conversation dynamics among them so it wouldn't be a surprise that listeners would tune in until the end of the show. The show also served as a guide for new dog owners who wish to train their dogs and make it adjust to an indoor lifestlye. The guest was able to give tips from how to potty train, how to help the dog exercise to be able to fit its exercise requirements and how to take care of it.

We felt that the show was a success. Too bad Kwentuhang Pets Atbp only had 1 hour air time. After the episode, we learned that keeping a dog takes patience, initiative and love. With that love also comes ensuring the well-being and safety of the pet we are planning to take home with us. As much as we need someone to keep up company, our dogs need us as well. As responsible future or present pet owners this episode serves as a form of research that can broaden our knowledge regarding our dogs :)

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