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November 28 2020

Oh Rats! They’re Everywhere and Spread Diseases Like Leptospirosis

Q: We don’t live all that far from Central Park in New York, and it appears there are more rats than ever – even during the day. I know about leptospirosis, and that dogs can walk in a puddle and lick paws, so I wipe their paws with soapy water when we go back into…

November 23 2020

Thanksgiving Day Safety for Pets

Dumpster diving and counter surfing is dangerous sport for dogs – turkey and chicken bones can be a choking hazard. These bones can easily splinter causing a potentially life-threatening emergency. Even this year when so many people may not be visiting your home, pets can still get into the trash or succeed in begging from…

November 20 2020

House Training and the Right Product

Q: We rescued an adult dog almost three weeks ago. She had a few accidents during the nighttime routine of putting my son to bed. I think because she was anxious and the her crate was too small. I would clean the area with water and pet enzymes spray but yet she has urinated there.…

November 19 2020

Bulldog Calls a Friend

The jaws of a hyena disturbing? Well, just call a friend. That’s what this Bulldog does. The serious question here is what does this dog perceive watching TV?

November 15 2020

Dog Training for Dog Power Dogs; Diabetes in Cats on WGN Radio

Timing is everything, as a group of dog trainers, veterinary behaviorists and myself managed to turn away so-called dog trainer Jeff Gelman from a training facility in Bartlett, just outside Chicago. Gelman found another venue and snuck into town to teach techniques which by viewing his own videos it’s clear that Rhode Island-based dog trainer is…

November 12 2020

Petco Bans Shock Collars: Believes in Positive Reinforcement Dog Training

Petco National Training Manager Darris Cooper talks on my national Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show about why the the national chain pet store banned e-collars. It’s a brave financial choice during the pandemic. There’s no doubt about it – and we chat about why banning e-collars collars (shock collars) is both humane, and actually…

November 10 2020

Military Working Dogs: A Soldier’s Best Friend

Sometimes we forget what’s really important, and that includes those fighting for our nation with two legs and four. We should never forget – ever – particularly on Veteran’s Day. “No one knows how many lives have been saved (by military working dogs) but many thousands, hundreds of thousands since World War II,” says MSgt.…

November 5 2020

Denver Repeals Pit Bull Breed Ban

The people have barked and growled as the ban on dogs referred to as pit bulls in Denver, CO been struck down. Ballot Measure 2J to lift the city’s more than 30-year old ban on pit bulls was voted down by a vote of 64.5 percent to 35.5 percent. Denver repeals breed ban and with…

October 24 2020

Halloween Pet Costume Contest for Friends of Chicago Animal Care and Control

This is fun, a virtual pet costume contest, benefiting Friends of Chicago Animal Care and Control, sponsored by Law Offices of Marc J Shuman Assoc. There’s still time to show off your pets. Check out some entries for our #HalloweenPetCostume contest ending October 30th. Winner gets a free pet grooming and the law firm will…

October 23 2020

Easing Pets’ Anxieties on Halloween

Zombies and baby sharks may not appear at the front door as often this year, and for many pets that’s a blessing. While some pets are excited about those visits, others are hesitant – and some are even terrified. Here are some tips regarding Halloween and pets on Halloween: For starters, many pets become frightened…

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