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April 3 2020

Driving Miss Doggy

The question you woke up asking, how competent are dogs behind the wheel? A Lakewood, WA man was arrested Sunday on March 29 after leading troopers on a high-speed chase, according a spokesperson for Washington State Police. Hitting two cars, speeding along on a high speed chase, traveling over 100 miles-per-hour, after blocks of erratic…

March 17 2020

COVID-19 and Walking Dogs: Be A Good Neighbor, Walk a Senior Citizen’s Dog

Walk a senior citizen’s dog. I was about to write about this idea, and then what do you know Dr. Scott Weese, internal medicine specialist Ontario Veterinary College answered questions about this very possibility. What about you walking your own dog? And can you safely walk the dog of an infirmed or older neighbor or…

March 16 2020

Pawsilates and Anxiety in Dogs on WGN Radio

Andrea Metcalf, nationally known exercise-diet-health guru, who happens to be both based in Chicago and a dog lover talks about exercising with dogs on my Steve Dale’s Pet World show on WGN Radio.. Listen HERE as Andrea describes her new “thing,” called Pawsilates, held at StudiosFUSE (2215 N. Halsted St.) This is a gentle and…

March 10 2020

Anxiety May Be Genetic in Dogs: Based on Breed and Family

Because your dog is anxious so does not mean you’ve done anything wrong. And now there’s mounting demonstrable evidence. Geneticist Hannes Lohi and colleagues contacted Finnish dog breed clubs and reached out to dog owners around the world through social media, asking owners to rate their dogs’ behavior on seven different anxiety-related traits: noise sensitivity,…

March 9 2020

Great Mystery Solved: Why Dogs Turn and Relieve Themselves Pointing North-South

It’s thought that birds use the earth’s magnetic field to help them to find their way. It turns out dogs may use the earth’s magnetic field to line them up in just the right direction when they go to the bathroom, in a north-south axis, according to a  new study published in the journal Frontiers…

March 5 2020

Stop Insurance Companies Profiling Based on Dog Breed

Listen HERE for myself and King John Williams on WGN Radio talking about how for homeowners and renters insurance if you allegedly have a certain dog breed or mix of breeds, your policy may be cancelled, you may be charged more money or you can’t get a policy in the first place. Ledy VanKavage, senior…

March 2 2020

Dr. Karen Overall on How We Can Create Aggression by the Way We Walk Dogs

Are we walking dogs correctly, and reading what they are telling us? On my national Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show, legendary veterinary behaviorist Dr. Karen Overall says “no” We force our dogs sometimes to be in situations which they have no choice, as other dogs they don’t know get into their space. And once…

February 25 2020

Tell Your Story: Support Ban on Homeowners Insurance Profiling Breeds

If you have a dog that is referred to as a pit bull, homeowners insurance can cost more or may even be unavailable. This discrimination holds true even if your dog, described as a pit bull, is a therapy dog and has passed a temperament testing to visit seniors in a nursing facility. And it’s…

February 24 2020

Denver City Council Supports Mayor’s Breed Ban

It’s a sad time for dogs, and sad day for the support of profiling as Denver’s longstanding pit bull breed ban will continue. Monday night, February 24, eight Denver City Council members voted in favor of overriding Mayor Michael Hancock’s veto of a measure that would have ended the city’s pit bull ownership ban and…

February 18 2020

Calmer Canine

Anxiety is the most common issue for dogs, whether we’re talking a severe separation anxiety or thunderstorm anxiety. being fearful of car rides or the veterinary visit, and the list goes on.  Many dogs are anxious – even terrified of something. Increasingly, veterinarians say, we can and should address these anxieties, which is what the…

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