Articles: dog behavior

At What Cost Is Saving Dogs Acceptable?

At what cost do you save a life? Or is that not even the right question to ask? What motivates this piece is a local dog trainer, near where I live, who was recently “outed” for alleged use of aversive methods to save lives. That in itself sounds like a contradiction doesn’t it? When animal…

Explaining the Tragic Fire which Killed 30 Dogs on WGN Radio

Thirty dogs died in a tragic fire on January 14 at Bully Life Animal Services (formerly D and D Kennels),  2N442 County Farm Road, West Chicago. Listen to the kennel operator Garrett Mercado on Steve Dale’s Pet World, WGN Radio.  Garrett describes what happened: He took his car to help a friend.  When he arrived back…

Pet Resolutions for 2019

Here are nine messages I resolve to attempt to communicate – pet resolutions for 2019: Fear Free Fear Free began as an initiative to certify veterinary professionals to implement methods to limit fear, anxiety and stress that pets (and as a result their people) feel during veterinary visits. The impact continues to be so profound…

Life On The Leash with Victoria Schade

Dog trainer, pet book author and TV personality Victoria Schade has a new book – a witty celebration of dogs – a fictional take on life as a dog trainer, called Life on the Leash. Catching up with Victoria on my national Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show: We talk about why the main character…

Decoding Your Dog for Christmas

Just a couple of years ago, most people didn’t know veterinary behaviorists even exists as a specialty in veterinary medicine. Veterinary behaviorists are specialists just as veterinary cardiologists or veterinary oncologists are – but I argue they may save more lives, though there are fewer than 85 boarded behaviorists in the U.S. far less than…

Fear, Anxiety and Stress For Pets at Christmas: What Do You Do?

Some pets are like the Grinch; they just don’t appreciate the Christmas spirit. Everything in their lives are upside down. The family is busily trying to attend to last minute shopping, and frazzled attempting to keep up with your kids’ Christmas parties. Meanwhile at work, end of year deadlines loom, and you feel the pressure.…

12 Tips to Insure Safe Holidays for Pets

Here are 12 safety tips to insure your pets enjoy a healthy and safe holiday: 12) Candles Burn Bright: Curiosity can kill. If a candle is knocked over, a house fire can start. A pet can get singed brushing against a candle. Scented candles, which you may think of as benign, can be life-threatening to…
Additional service dog rules from Delta Airlines

Delta Airlines Adds Additional Flight Restrictions for Comfort/Service Dogs

Flying with comfort animals/service animals has become very complicated in recent years. In part, because some abuse the system. However, in my view, the airlines themselves are also responsible as are ignorant pet caretakers. Delta Airlines said Monday that it will ban all emotional support animals on flights longer than eight hours and will ban…
Pet safety in cold weather with pet expert Steve Dale

Pets Safe in Winter

Keeping pets safe in winter can be a challenge. Some dogs delight romping in the snow and appear as impervious to frigid temperatures as snow is to polar bears. Malamutes, Great Pyrenees, Huskies and many other large dogs seem friskier in weather that chills us to the bone. On the other paw, Toy Poodles and…

Sully Bush Mourns the Loss of President Bush

If an image tells a thousand words – this one is it as Sully Bush mourns. THIS is the human-animal bond. President George Herbert Walker Bush’s service dog, Sully, lays by his companion’s casket. Sully doesn’t know or care that Bush 41 was a good President or not, or what his legacy will be. Dogs…

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