Podcast 290: This is our Everest, Part Thirty-Six – Training Dogs The Woodhouse Way (1980)
On this week’s This Is Our Everest, Edward and Ian watched the first episode of the BBC’s monolithic dog obedience series Training Dogs The Woodhouse Way from 1980. It was a good opportunity for your heroes to top up on their own abilities to control their dogs (and children) as well as to receive some much needed group therapy, however bad it makes them look in the court of public opinion. Meanwhile, Ian is trialling a new ultra-patriotic theme to see if it will improve listening figures, the most famous dogs in Britain are assessed and Barbara Woodhouse’s darts persona is established.
Mainly, however, it’s just a reflection on the application and efficacy of choke chains that is up for debate, a subject whose vague sexual undertones sends at least one of our panel mad with pent-up desire. Is Barbara Woodhouse’s vulcan mind grip teachable? Are the BBC communists? What are the realities of finding international fame late in life? And what was the root cause of white dog poo in the 1980s? All or none of these and more questions are inadequately answered, as per usual. If you’d like to watch Barbara jerk some dogs around, you can find the episode here.
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