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You’re Invited to Free Animal Behaviour Society Event

Dr. Terri Bright, director of the Behavior Department at MSPCA-Angell, about The 56th Annual Conference of ABS (Animal Behaviour Society) and joint meeting with the Ethological Congress, a conference coming to Chicago as part of the ABS Annual Meeting and FREE PUBLIC DAY. The Animal Behaviour Society free event is Saturday, July 27, 9:00AM-1:00 PM…

House Training an Adult Rescued Beagle: It’s Totally Possible

“We adopted a rescue Beagle, named Manna, who is now around 5 or 6-years old. She came from a Beagle hoarder in Tennessee. She’s not housebroken, and we’re trying to train her to go to the back door to tell us she needs to do her business, but she’s clueless. When we take her in…

Keep Canines Calm at an Animal Shelter on July 4

Here are some fireworks facts: Many pets are frightened, and even terrified. And many pets are lost as a result. They’re kept outside in the yard, panic and run off. Some pets are tethered to ropes or chains and even choke to death. As a result, shelter intake of lost pets increases around the country.…

3 Actions Dogs Should NEVER Experience on July 4th

The Fourth of July is a scary time for many dogs. Here are three acts of cruelty which should never occur – each is downright cruel. NEVER tie up the dog outside on a tether, or even keep a dog in a yard around July Fourth without adult supervision. Fearful or terrified, a dog may…

Leptospirosis in the Big City, Tick Disease in Dogs Occurs in People Too

I speak HERE on my WGN Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show with Amanda Smith, lead author of a recent paper on leptospirosis,  “The Descriptive and Spatio-Temporal Analyses of 45 Canine Leptospirosis Cases from Chicago, 2015-2018” We’re talking about leptospirosis here for two primary reasons: The bacterial disease may infect our dogs and potentially cause…

Fearful Pets? Now is the Time to Plan for July 4th

It’s not that dogs aren’t patriotic, but many dogs, and also some cats, are terrified of the loud and sudden bangs we call fireworks on July 4th. It’s actually adaptive to be hard-wired to be afraid of sudden loud sounds. We too may jump at such sounds, and we might also run the other way…

SPCA Puerto Vallarta: What Would You Do?

Compassion has no boundaries. What would you do? A dog is spotted in arid land just outside Puerto Vallarta. A closer look reveals that even one more day outdoors, and Dusty – as the dog was named – would surely have died of starvation. The SPCA Puerto Vallarta’s mission is to save lives. How could…

You Get Stressed, Your Dog Does Too

I’ve said many times – and I’ve even been quoted saying, “As smart as we are – or think we are – our dogs understand us far better than we understand them.” What do you know? It turns out I was right, at least when it comes to your dog picking up on your stress.…

Why is this Old Dog Spraying?

Q: I am a senior who adopted a senior dog almost two years ago. Auggie insists on marking one of my couches. I have sprayed it with a mark no more product to no avail. I take him for walks regularly and he always goes. I am at my wits end as to what to…

700 Dogs Rescued from Puppy Mill

This is as crazy and horrific as it gets. Craig Gray, 58, of Nashville, GA is facing animal cruelty charges after 700 dogs were discovered (in March) at a puppy mill. Police described the scene as “out of control and inhumane.” Can you imagine, 700 animals? At first I assumed that was a typo. According…

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