Leash Up Podcast with Laura De La Cruz

Every two weeks we share information for pet owners. We discuss dog sports, training, and offer reviews on dog training products. Laura De La Cruz has been herding for over 10 years and has trained, trialed and/or titled a variety of dogs, including Briards, Bergermascos, Pumis, Border Collies, Aussies, Kelpies, Shelties, Collies, Corgis, ACDs, Rotties, Standard Schnauzer and even a Greater Swiss Mountain dog. She is both an AKC Herding Judge and an AHBA Herding Judge.
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May 29, 2017

As we move into the dog days of summer, knowing the causes, symptoms and treatment of heat exhaustion and heat stroke is critically important.  Join us as we cover this timely topic.

May 23, 2017

Tune in and get a tasty morsel about the Labrador Retriever - America's favorite dog breed!

May 15, 2017

Selecting the right dog food can be challenging these days.  Listen as we help you navigate that mine field and pick the best dog food for your bestie.  Brought to you by Life's Abundance Dog Food,

May 8, 2017

Separation anxiety can be stressful for both you and your dog - how to mange it and ways to help.

May 3, 2017

Join us to learn about the Briard - the French herding dog with lots of hair and lots of love!

Apr 24, 2017

Choosing a vet can be one of the biggest decisions you make for your best friend.  Join us as we discuss what to look for when choosing a vet.

Apr 10, 2017

Join us as we review the top ten best family dog breeds, from three different sites.

Mar 28, 2017

Summer is coming and travel plans are being made!  Traveling with your dog can be very enjoyable.  Listen to this Podcast for tips for traveling with your dog and make the best of your trip. Traveling with your dog can be a glorious time, but it makes sense to be prepared. Take time before you go to listen to this Podcast for tips and suggestions on making the most of your vacation.

Book review: The Dogs of Bedlam Farm: An Adventure with Sixten Sheep, Three Dogs, Two Donkeys, and Me By Jon Katz. Link When Jon Katz adopted a border collie named Orson, his whole world changed. Gone were the two yellow Labs he wrote about in A Dog Year, as was the mountaintop cabin they loved. Katz moved into an old farmhouse on forty-two acres of pasture and woods with a menagerie: a ram named Nesbitt, fifteen ewes, a lonely donkey named Carol, a baby donkey named Fanny, and three border collies.

Training Orson was a demanding project. But a perceptive dog trainer and friend told Katz: “If you want to have a better dog, you will just have to be a better goddamned human.” It was a lesson Katz took to heart. He now sees his dogs as a reflection of his willingness to improve, as well as a critical reminder of his shortcomings. Katz shows us that dogs are often what we make them: They may have their own traits and personalities, but in the end, they are mirrors of our own lives–living, breathing testaments to our strengths and frustrations, our families and our pasts. The Dogs of Bedlam Farm recounts a harrowing winter Katz spent on a remote, windswept hillside in upstate New York with a few life-saving friends, ugly ghosts from the past, and more livestock than any novice should attempt to manage. Heartwarming, and full of drama, insight, and hard-won wisdom, it is the story of his several dogs forced Katz to confront his sense of humanity, and how he learned the places a dog could lead him and the ways a doge could change him. Product: Polkadog Cod Skins Website: Cod Skins $10.99 Description At Polkadog Bakery, we're all about locally-sourced, made-in-the-usa, limited ingredient natural dog treats. Our super duper Cod Skins are no exception. The Cod we use to make these crunchy sticks is wild caught in season by local fishermen on small boats in Alaska. We hand-roll and slowly dehydrate each skin in our Boston kitchen to create this savory, healthy treat. Single Ingredient Treat Cod Sourced in United States Ingredients Cod skins Guaranteed Analysis Crude Protein (Min) 70%, Crude Fat (Min) 2%, Crude Fiber (Max) 0%, Moisture (Max) 10%  

Mar 27, 2017

If you have a herding dog (or dog that wants to herd), check out this episode where we cover the basics of herding and herding organizations.  As an AKC and AHBA herding judge, this is by far my favorite dog sport!

Mar 24, 2017
Losing a dog can be heart-breaking. Often we feel isolated or ridiculed when grieving the loss of our best friend. In this Episode we talk about how normal this grieving process is and ways to manage your grief. Book review: [caption id="attachment_177" align="alignleft" width="198"]Rin Tin Tin by Susan Orlean Rin Tin Tin by Susan Orlean[/caption] Rin Tin Tin by Susan Orlean  Amazon Link "One of the most acclaimed nonfiction books of 2011, Susan Orlean’s New York Times bestseller Rin Tin Tin is “an unforgettable book about the mutual devotion between one man and one dog” (The Wall Street Journal). He believed the dog was immortal. So begins Susan Orlean’s sweeping, powerfully moving account of Rin Tin Tin’s journey from abandoned puppy to movie star and international icon. Spanning almost one hundred years of history, from the dog’s improbable discovery on a battlefield in 1918 to his tumultuous rise through Hollywood and beyond, Rin Tin Tin is a love story about "the mutual devotion between one man and one dog" (The Wall Street Journal) that is also a quintessentially American story of reinvention, a captivating exploration of our spiritual bond with animals, and a stirring meditation on mortality and immortality." Product Review: FiRM UP! Original Pumpkin Super SupplementDiggin Your Dog's Firm Up! Pumpkin Super Supplement for digestive tract support in dogs and cats. 100% USA product. Link:
Jan 17, 2017

Episode 002: "Hiring a Pet Sitter" - In this episode we talk about hiring a pet sitter. What do you look for, questions to ask, information to provide and preparing an emergency plan. The book review is on “101 Dog Tricks” by Kyra Sundance and Chalcy and the product review is on BowWow Blends Power Smoothies for Dogs ( And please, subscribe and then rate/review! Download MP3

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Jan 17, 2017

Episode 001: "Picking a Puppy or a Dog" - In this episode we talk about picking a puppy or a dog. In particular, how to select the right puppy/dog that will become a member of your family. The book review is on “Stockdog Ramblings” by Dana Mackenzie and the product review is on Life’s Abundance Training Treats ( And please, subscribe and then rate/review! Download MP3

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Jan 16, 2017

Episode 000: In this episode I explain who I am, what is the Leash Up Podcast and describe the formatting and scheduling. Be sure to look for the Leash Up books on Amazon and through other major booksellers. And please, subscribe. Download MP3

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