Articles: dog behavior

January 18 2021

Keeping Pets Safe in the Cold; Going Batty

Keeping our pets safe in cold weather on Steve Dale’s Pet World, WGN Radio. For example, do dogs require a winter coat? If so, what types of dogs? Does the age of the dog matter? Does breed or mix matter? I talk with Dr. Susan Ferraro, past president of the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association. Listen…

January 14 2021

How Can Animal Assisted Intervention Animals Go Back to Work?

Making Informed Decisions About Animal Assisted Interventions Re-Entry was a webinar hosted with myself, Gail Golab, PhD, DVM, MANZCVS, DACAW, Chief Veterinary Officer, Scientific Affairs and Public Policy at American Veterinary Medical Association and from Pet Partners, moderator Meghan Rothschild, and now available on YouTube. We discussed how to safely return animal assisted intervention (AAI)…

January 12 2021

Aurora, CO Repeals Their Breed Ban on Pit Bulls

Aurora, CO lawmakers voted Monday (January 11) to end a 15-year ban on pit bulls by lifting the city’s restricted breed ordinance. The 7-3 Aurora City Council vote repeal will allow Aurora residents to own dog referred to as pit bulls, as well as American Staffordshire Terriers and Staffordshire Bull Terriers within city limits. Aurora…

January 11 2021

Check it Out: 2 Free Pet Webinars in One Day

Details on two free webinars: We’re home, then we’re not and then we are and now we’re not. Is this confusing to some dogs? Darn straight it is. Also dogs rehomed several times are more susceptible to separation anxiety, and some studies indicate shelter/rescue dogs in general are more prone to separation anxiety. How can…

December 27 2020

Why Positive Reinforcement Dog Training? Clinical Trial for Stomatitis in Cats

2020 was a good for year dog training because Petco made a huge statement by cold turkey stopping the sales of shock or e-collars. And Karen Pryor Certified faculty member and dog trainer Laura Monaco Torelli of Animal Behavior Training Concepts explains HERE on my WGN Radio Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show that she…

December 19 2020

Holiday Pet Safety with Dr. Mark Russak

Conversation with Dr. Mark Russak, member of the Board of Directors of the North American Veterinary Community and Past President of the American Animal Hospital Association has tips of keeping your pets safe at Christmas Tinsel and ribbon, forget about it…..I agree with Dr. Russak – why even have that in the house because for…

December 18 2020

Decoding Your Cat and Decoding Your Dog with Dr. Debra Horwitz

Dr. Debra Horwitz is a veterinary behaviorists and co-editor of two books that are great choices for a holiday gifts, Decoding Your Dog (which was released in 2015) and Decoding Your Cat (released this year). In the first of a 2-part interview on my national Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show, we chat about if decoding cats is even possible.…

December 13 2020

Forget the Shock Collars All Together

At this point I’ve now received several TV viewers expressing concern about a segment that aired on WBBM-TV, Chicago. Ed Curran, longtime meteorologist, I KNOW, cares about animals because I’ve known Ed for several decades and respect him enormously as a broadcaster. In this segment Curran talks about how the trainer is working with his…

December 12 2020

How Smart Are Dogs?

So, how smart are dogs? Look at what Bunny can do. Is Bunny that extraordinary? Or was Bunny merely given an opportunity to express herself in a unique manner that most dogs could replicate if they only had the chance? What do you think?

December 11 2020

“Look What I Found Mom, A Kitten”

Look at what the cat dragged in, or in this case the dog dragged in.  A Yorkshire/Chihuahua/Poodle mix in Abilene, TX took a solo walk and returned with an abandoned kitten. Hazel was let outdoors to “potty,” indeed did her business and then returned with kitty. Each time the kitten hesitated and stopped in her…

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