Dumb Friends League Pawcast

Pet Behavior: Why does my pet do that?! Pt. 3

This is the final episode in our behavior series with pet behavior expert and Dumb Friends League Colorado Humane Society Community Liaison, Marissa Martino! In this episode you'll learn what to do about destructive puppies, how to housetrain your new puppy, why your cat might be urinating outside of the litter box and more.

Enter our Howl-oween Costume Contest before November 2! https://www.ddfl.org/costumecontest/

Meet our featured pets!

Lucky has been adopted!

Learn more about Misha here: https://www.ddfl.org/adoption/#A0818439 

Charlie has been adopted!

Vote YES on 2J! Denver residents can vote this November to end the city’s ban on pit bulls and replace it with legislation that will allow breed restrictive licenses for the dogs. Ballot Measure 2J will allow pit bulls to reside in the city and county of Denver for the first time in more than 30 years. This measure would enact a sort of “pit bull probation” meaning pit bull owners would be allowed to keep their dogs in Denver if they register them with a special breed license. If the dog has no violations then they can be registered the same as any other dog in the city.

How can you get involved to help with this ballot measure? First, VOTE! If you live in the City and County of Denver, the Dumb Friends League encourages you to vote yes on 2J! If you are outside of Denver, no worries, you can still help. Simply visit https://www.denverlovesdogs.org/ to learn how you can support measure 2J. Spread the word on your social media and encourage your family and friends who live in Denver to vote yes. Also, make sure to follow the Dumb Friends League on social media for updated ways to get involved.


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Pet Behavior: Why does my pet do that?! Pt. 2

In part 2 of our Pet Behavior Series, we continue our interview with guest pet behavior expert, Marissa Martino. In this episode, Marissa answers your questions about fear in pets and how to help them gain confidence, what is overstimulation in pets, and why are cats so noisy sometimes?!


You can find more pet behavior resources at the Dumb Friends League website here: https://www.ddfl.org/resources-publications/pet-behavior-handouts/


Learn about a fearful dog that overcame her confidence issues and is living her best life. Check out the before and after photos below!



Then hear about Maia, Lizzy and Joan's staff favorite adoptable pets!


Peaks for Pets is the Dumb Friends League's brand new virtual hiking event! Registration fees go directly toward helping homeless pets. Hike during the entire month of September to earn incentive prizes and get active all while helping pets in need. Click here to see more info and register!



Pet Behavior: Why does my pet do that?!

In this episode, we dive into the world of pet behavior. Have you ever wondered how to introduce your resident pet to your new pet? What should you do if you pets don’t get along? What steps can you take to make sure introducing your pets goes well? What is separation anxiety in pets and how to know if that’s what your pet is experiencing?

Joan tells us all about the behavior department at the Dumb Friends League and all of the ways in which they help improve pet’s lives.

Find our behavior helpline info here: https://www.ddfl.org/behavior-help/

Find the Dumb Friends League pet behavior handouts and resources here:







We interview guest expert Marissa Martino.  Marissa is the Colorado Humane Society Community Liaison and former Behavior Manager for the Dumb Friends League. She has over ten years of experience as a pet behavior expert (see her full bio below).

Throughout this episode, you will learn all about pet behavior, and have some of the toughest questions regarding pets answered. Topics include introducing pets, what to do if pets don’t get along, what separation anxiety is, how to know when it’s happening, and when to get a trainer involved. This episode provides tons of great information on the fluidity of behavior in pets. Get ready to learn everything you have wanted to know about why dogs and cats do what they do!

After our interview with Marissa, hear the story of Porter. A dog adopted from the Dumb Friends League last year, who benefited greatly from his time going through our shelter behavior program, Canine Courage. This program is designed to help fearful dogs gain confidence. Read more about Porter’s story here: https://www.ddfl.org/news/finding-confidence-and-a-forever-home-a-happy-dog-adoption-tale/

Meet our Dumb Friends League featured adoptable pets!

Hear about Maia’s cat crush, Cosmic (Cosmic has been adopted!)

Lizzy’s favorite, a grey tabby named Ozzy: https://www.ddfl.org/adoption/#A0823728

And Joan’s pick, a sweet boxer mix named Nori: https://www.ddfl.org/adoption/#A0826289

To see more staff favorites at the League, you can click here: https://www.ddfl.org/staff-favorites/

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Marissa Martino full bio:

I began my career working with canine companions after attending the Academy for Dog Trainers in 2007. Shortly after, I developed my private practice, Paws & Reward: Coaching people, Training dogs. Through my life experiences, education and my relationship with Sully, I have developed a unique approach that inspires behavioral transformation for both dogs and their pet parents.  

I believe that our relationship with our canine companions can be a window into how we relate to our world around us which allows us an opportunity to expand as individuals. This innovative, personal development approach is designed to help people cultivate self-awareness and intimacy in the relationship with their dog, themselves and others. I outlined this approach in my book: Human-Canine Behavior Connection: Building Better Relationships Through Dog Training. 

In addition to my private practice, I have had the pleasure of working for three different animal shelters directing their behavior departments in CO & CA, the most recent being the Dumb Friends League. I have implemented many innovative canine and feline behavior modification programs. As a result of these efforts, I was invited to present at the Humane Society of the United States annual conference in 2014 and 2107, Ontario SPCA’s conference as well as Petfinder’s Adoption Option shelter conferences.  

In addition to that success, I have provided behavior consulting to shelters in Texas, Colorado, California, Puerto Rico and Hawaii. Currently, I am working for the Colorado Humane Society as their Community Liaison offering animal shelters and professionals consulting, education and resources to rural parts of Colorado. I am thrilled to be making a difference.   

Introductions: What’s Up With The Name?

In the inaugural episode of the Dumb Friends League Pawcast, meet your hosts Maia Brusseau, Joan Thielen and Lizzy Byrd as they share what to expect, who the Dumb Friends League is, and some purr-fect pets that are available for adoption! In this episode you'll learn where the Dumb Friends League name comes from, some fun facts and history about the League, some of the topics that this show will cover, and all about the host's furry friends. 

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