Articles: dog behavior

Animals for LIFE Summit

Animals for LIFE Foundation held their first summit on March 20 in Columbus, OH. Speakers included Dr. Temple Grandin of Colorado State University (and famously subject of a made-for-TV movie), Dr. Jeanette O’Quinn of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Ohio State University and Association of Shelter Veterinarians and myself among several others. Animals for…

American Animal Hospital Association Conference

American Animal Hospital Association Conference includes the very latest in veterinary medicine taught by the best, ultimately all this education helps all pet owners. These images reflect only a pawful of highlights from the conference. Here’s a piece I wrote about the AAHA conference for my Tribune Media Services column.

Every Dog Should Know How To Fetch a Cold One

In USA Weekend, I wrote a piece about what every dog should know. I interview Dr. Ian Dunbar, legendary creator of puppy classes; Victoria Stilwell of Animal Planet’s “It’s Me or the Dog,” and Hollywood trainer Tony Suffredini (who most recently worked on the set of the “Incredible Burt Wonderstone”)….you can check out what they…

Resolutions for Pets 2013, from Plump Puppies to BSL

Q: I know my dog is overweight and I resolve to take him on more walks. I can use the exercise, too. That’s my resolution. Every year, you announce your own resolutions. Will you do that for 2013? — S.J., Henderson, NV Q: I recall that you were instrumental in beginning a national movement to…

Pet Behavior Questions Answered on Bill Moller's WGN Radio Show

Listen HERE to my weekly appearance with Bill Moller on WGN Radio. I talk about my resolutions for pets for 2013.  Listeners participate, as always, Steven’s dog seems depressed when the dog returns to the ex-wife each month. Is the dog really depressed? I also talk a bit about firehouse dogs, and how WGN Radio host Paul…

Small Dogs Big Hearts In Winter

Guest blog by Darlene Arden, CABC; author  Small Dogs, Big Hearts: A Guide to Caring for Your Little Dog Winter has arrived for pets and people,  and for most of us it truly has come in like a lion with snowstorms throughout much of the country. Even some places that don’t usually see snow have…

Walk A Hound, Lose A Pound: Advantages of Dog Walking

The International Association of Humane Animal Interaction Organizations (IAHAIO) president is Rebecca Johnson, director of human/animal interaction University of Missouri. Johnson, also the author of “Walk A Hound Lose a Pound.” Listen HERE – from Steve Dale’s Pet World, as Johnson explains the many benefits of simply walking a dog. – Neighborhood with many people walking dogs…

Reader Questions: Elderly Cat with Accidents; Arsenic Laced Brown Rice in Pet's Food; Retained Puppy Teeth; Coughing Cat

Q: I adopted a cat from the streets 19 years ago; she was about a year old at the time. She used the litter box for years, but recently stopped. I haven’t changed the brand of litter. At the moment, she uses newspapers placed next to the box. What’s going on? — T.M., Caracas, Venezuela…

Reader Questions: Dog Attacks Mail; Shih Tzus Should be Called Shit (eating) Tzus?

Q: I have the happiest and most pleasant dog on the planet — except when the mail carrier drops mail into our slot. Sadie growls and attacks the mail, then barks and growls until the carrier walks away. If I’m not home, mail is sometimes ripped apart. Try explaining to the gas company, “my dog…

Dr. R.K. Anderson Talks About Matching the Right Pet For You

Arguably, no one working in the field of companion animal behavior has been as pioneering and has had the impact as Dr. R.K. Anderson. He passed away October 19, at age 90. I worked with Dr. Anderson on many initiatives, and was honored to interview him many times. Here’s one sit-down we did at the…

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