Articles: American College of Veterinary Behaviorists

Fear Free: A Paradigm Shift

Fear Free is now a BIG DEAL! I talk on my national radio show, Steve Dale’s Pet World, about the Fear Free initiative with its creator Dr. Marty Becker. And boy has this idea taken off! The idea was originally to minimize fear, anxiety and stress of veterinary visits. And while individual veterinary professionals and…
Steve Dale reports on Veterinary Behavior Symposium

Veterinary Behavior Symposium

The 2018 American College of Veterinary Behavior Symposium of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists was held in Denver in July, just prior to the Convention of the American Veterinary Medical Association. This is where much of the latest research in veterinary behavior is first revealed. One of the most fascinating presentations was from ethologist…
Steve Dale on National Dog Show Presented by Purina

Dog Thanking from Purina and Decoding Fearful Dogs on WGN Radio

On Steve Dale’s Pet World, I begin HERE by chatting about how I just returned from the taping of the National Dog Show presented by Purina, the Kennel Club of Philadelphia. I had the opportunity to chat on two different facebook live broadcasts and discuss #dogthanking. *National Dog Show announcers David Frei and John O’Hurley.…

Center for Canine Behavior Studies

Veterinary behaviorist Dr. Nicholas Dodman, professor emeritus at Tufts University, has launched a nonprofit called the Center for Canine Behavior Studies. HEAR Dr. Dodman talk about his new endeavor on my national Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show. The goal is to increase dog adoptions and decrease the number of dogs returned or relinquished to…

8 Resolutions for Pets

Here are eight messages I resolve to attempt to communicate in 2018: Fear Free:  There’s an initiative, called Fear Free, which began among veterinary professionals with the intent to lower the fear, anxiety, and stress of veterinary visits. And, that fear, anxiety, and stress is real. Most cats and many dogs are so terrified of…

Canine and Feline Behavior for Veterinary Technicians

Canine and Feline Behavior for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses is a behavior 101 textbook that’s crammed with information about animal behavior and is co-edited by pioneering specialists in the field, Debbie Martin and Julie Shaw. With so much misinformation regarding animal behavior, my first pet book of Christmas, Decoding Your Dog, is authored by veterinary behaviorists…

Decoding Your Dog: Best Gift for Dog Lovers

I bet veterinary behaviorists save more pets than even the most talented surgeons. Kicking off the 12 pet books of Christmas is my own book, called Decoding Your Dog, which I co-edited with Dr. Debra Horwitz and Dr. John Ciribassi, and members of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists authored. Veterinary behaviorists tend to see…

Control Leash Pulling Humanely

Walking your dog is enriching as can be for a dog, and it’s good exercise for you and for your dog. If your dog, though, is taking you for a walk, a prong, choke, or e-collar (electronic collar), are not humane choices, or actually nearly as effective as positive training, according to veterinary behaviorist Dr. Theresa…

Take This Cat Survey

Cat have been our furry companion for around 9,000 years (give or take a few months), but that’s nothing compared to relatives of today’s dogs who hung out with Cr0-Magnon men (and women) back around 100,000 years ago. Dogs actually evolved with people. Cats feel – even to this day – they are more evolved…

How to Modify Pets' Behavior

Veterinary behaviorist Dr. Kelly Ballantyne is asked, “How do veterinary behaviorists differ from dog whisperers?” And in 30 second she answers as concisely, articulately and eloquent as I’ve ever heard.

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