Articles: dog behavior

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…

October 18 2020

Petco Stops the Shock; Halloween Pet Safety; New Test for Kidney Disease in Cats

In the midst of a pandemic when competition for sales has never been higher, Petco stood up and stood out and declared they are no longer selling e-collars or shock collars. Listen HERE to my Steve Dale’s Pet World WGN Radio show, as I interview Fear Free Certified National Training Manager at Petco Darris Cooper.…

October 16 2020

Decoding Your Cat: Not Exactly in Your Cat’s Horoscope or Reading Tea Leaves

In the book Decoding Your Cat -now out – I wrote in the book’s Introduction, “Veterinary behaviorists are last responders. When no one else can assist, they swoop in and save the day.” Following a talk by a veterinary behaviorist, maybe 10 years ago now, at the Western Veterinary Conference in Las Vegas, I was…

October 6 2020

Petco Halts Selling or Supporting Use of Electronic Collars: #stoptheshock

Have been writing about how discouraged I am that some people who hold dog training classes, like Jeff Gellman, continue to thrive by using punishment and equipment like e-collars (electronic collars) in the name of humane dog training. It is not humane. In fact, we know that punishment based classes and e-collars most often cause…

October 5 2020

Training Methods DO Matter

I am not going to stand down. Dog training methods matter. Science has repeatedly demonstrates with published studies worldwide supporting positive reinforcement as the most effective way for dogs to learn. What’s more, it’s far more humane and motivating for our best friends with four legs. All dogs ever desire is to understand what we…

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