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September 24 2020

Breed Bans Make No Sense with Ledy Van Kavage of Best Friends

On my national Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show, Best Friends Animal Society Senior Legislative Attorney Ledy VanKavage and I totally agree, breed bans do not work!  That typically means banning breeds you look and call pit bulls. She says the point of the breed ban legislation was always to make communities safer, but now we…

September 24 2020

Helping a Fearful Dog

Q: “Our 9-month-old Lagotto Italian Water Dog was grazed by a fast-moving car as we were on a sidewalk a few weeks ago. Unfortunately, the vet technician at the emergency room was not gentle with him traumatizing him even more. Champ wasn’t seriously injured but is now frightened by the sound of cars even when…

September 21 2020

Bonking Dog Trainer Jeff Gellman Turned Away

Using kindness to teach dogs wins out. By viewing his own videos it’s clear that Rhode Island-based dog trainer Jeff Gellman is abusive. Gellman was scheduled to appear at Bark Avenue Daycamp in Bartlett, IL. Oct 3-Oct.4. A core group and many other voices (thousands) participated in social media to impact change, and Bark Avenue…

September 21 2020

Ban Dog Trainer Gellman

How far can a dog trainer go? According to Facebook posts dog trainer Jeff Gellman of Solid K9 Training, Providence, RI has been essentially banned from giving seminars in some nations and cities because he’s downright abusive. Watch videos and decide for yourself. Dog trainers have many views on what is the right way to…

September 16 2020

Aversive Dog Trainer and E-Collar Fan Coming to Chicago Area

I have received many comments (appropriately so) asking what to do about trainers who use clearly abusive techniques like those seen in this video by trainer Jeff Gellman (see post and video below). Living in Chicago, I was notified that Gellman is scheduled present a seminar in suburban Bartlett. Does Chicago want to see this…

September 16 2020

Identifying Animal Abuse for What It Is

Dogs are now overwhelmingly considered family members. Tragically, that doesn’t stop some from bullying, doesn’t stop some from mental or physical abuse. In my view this is never an explanation for “saving” an animal since we KNOW there are other ways to communicate with dogs and to change behavior using various positive reinforcement techniques. I…

September 15 2020

Dominance Dog Training, Absolutely Makes NO Sense

Back at the height of Cesar “the Dog Whisperer” Millan’s popularity, I quickly realized his dominance dog training techniques are potentially be dangerous if others truly follow that advice, ultimately causing more harm than good. On the Board of Directors of the American Humane Association, we negotiated with the National Geographic Channel to create warnings…

September 14 2020

It’s True Love: Cats and Dogs DO Get Along

Of course, they don’t usually fight like cats and dogs: So, if this doesn’t plaster a smile on your face…. This is the content I need today. pic.twitter.com/sZVhiFVdSL — Derek Johnson (@derekjGZ) September 12, 2020

September 1 2020

Becker Family on the Pandemic and Pets

Dr. Marty Becker, creator of Fear Free and Mikkel Becker, who is a dog trainer talk on Steve Dale’s Pet World national radio (2 parts) about what’s happening right now at this unique time for all of us, including our pets. Both Beckers with veterinary behaviorists Dr. Lisa Radosta and Dr. Wailani Sung co-authored From…

September 1 2020

Adoptions Up, Veterinary Visits Down

Pet adoptions and fostering have hit an all-time high.  Want to get a handle on what’s happening, check with Google. That’s what Lombardo Homes did, and found by checking searches that Oakland, CA leads the way with a 55 percent increase in adoption-related search terms, Dogs ranked better than cats as just over half searched…

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