Articles: dog behavior

Dog Bite Prevention Week

No one knows how many dog bites there are a year. Some suggest that number is rising, even calling the situation an epidemic. The American Veterinary Medical Association and U.S. Postal Service with State Farm Insurance are together partnering to support Dog Bite Prevention Week, April 7 to 13. Numbers vary on just how many…

Don’t Believe the Hype: Dogs are Not Wolves

Of course, dogs evolved from wolves, but it’s definitely not as advertised. Dogs evolved from a wolf species circa 40,000 years ago. And that species is long gone. Dogs-wolves – not sure what to call them when they were in the process of evolving – actually hunted in tandem with Cro-Magnon men. And it turns…

Malamute May Miss Her Friend

Q: “We had two dogs one 13 and the other 11 years. They never played together. Their only interaction was aggressive. Due to illness, needed to euthanize the 13-year-old dog. Since that day, our other dog, Nadzia, a Malamute, has developed separation anxiety. Whenever we leave, Nadzia howls. It occurred to us that this is…

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…

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