Articles: dog behavior

Camp Dogwood: Barking Up Any Tree

Camp Dogwood is Fun (no accident on that capital ‘F’). All sorts of events and activities for dogs and their people. It really is a camp where dogs can partake in a wide variety of activities, from lure coursing (for sight hounds, or any other dog that wants to partake) to a marshmallow camp fire…

Most Dangerous Dog Breeds: No Such List

The 10 Most Dangerous Dog Breeds Based on Biting and Fatality Statistics that is the name of the above blog post – which has gone viral….I will provide a link (at the bottom of this story), but I don’t want to encourage or perpetuate  this nonsense. The post begins: “We wish we could say that…

Animal Control Director with Steve Dale WGN, and Brilliant Dr. Dunbar

Steve Dale’s Pet World features the first radio interview with Sandra Alfred, executive director of Chicago’s Animal Care and Control at 1:05 p.m. CDT. There’s tons to talk about, as Sandra took over – frankly a mess – and now has CACC moving in the right direction.  Alfred is also the current President of  the…

Ian Dunbar: 'Most Influential Dog Trainer in My Lifetime'

Dr. Ian Dunbar may not have the acclaim of the dog whisperer – actually he does, within the dog training world. More important – he has respect from colleagues.  No one dog trainer in my lifetime has had the influence of Dr. Dunbar. If you’re a professional or really intent on learning about dogs –…

Broadcasting from WGN; Gov. Quinn Signs Dog Education Bill

This is a behind-the-scenes look of my part of this particular WGN Radio broadcast of Steve Dale’s Pet World, on August 24. For starters, the show was broadcast live from Wrigley Field as a part of a day-long event, the Wood Family Foundation Celebrity Wiffle for a Diffle (wiffle baseball at Wrigley Field to support kids in need).…

Gov. Quinn Signs Bill to Mandate Police Training: Steve Dale's Pet World

Steve Dale’s Pet World, August 24 radio show will be broadcast from Wrigley Field, starting at 1 p.m. CDT,  as a part of several WGN Radio broadcasts of the Wood Family Foundation celebrity Wiffle for a Diffle (wiffle baseball at Wrigley for charity). Listen at 720 AM or here. At 1:45 Illinois Governor Pat Quinn…

Sniffing Dog Pee; Cat Heart Disease; Biting Kitty; lst Dog Book: Reader Questions Answered

Q: I must thank you for your informative radio show and your Facebook page. You mentioned once on the radio the information dogs gather from smelling pee. I’m wondering what that is! — J.N., via Cyberspace A: No one knows for sure what dogs can learn by sniffing one another’s urine because none of us…

Veterinary Behavior Symposium, Litter Boxes to PTSD Dogs

CHICAGO, IL — Do cats truly prefer covered litter boxes? Can military working dogs suffer from posttraumatic stress disorder syndrome, similar to people, and if so, are some dogs more at risk than others? Can wearing a tight-fighting garment (called a Thundershirt) alleviate stress in cats as it might in dogs? These are among the…

Veterinary Behaviorists Announce their Book, Decoding Your Dog

Pet behavior questions are  by far the most often asked on radio, on TV or in print. Truth is that it’s possible that more pets die due to poor behavior than all the cancers, heart and kidney diseases combined. That is because perceived poor behavior is a primary explanation for animals being given up to…

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