Articles: dog behavior

New Year's Resolutions for Pets

It’s become an annual tradition, asking my Facebook fans about resolutions for their pets or all pets for the coming year. (Also, if you haven’t done so – join my fan page!). Here are some responses: “To have my cats stop using my credit cards to buy toys and treats on the internet. They drool…

Decoding Your Dog: Today's Veterinary Practice Review

from Today’s Veterinary Practice “New Book on Dog Behaviors The American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, a professional organization of veterinarians who have achieved board-certification in the specialty of veterinary behavior, has produced its first book titled Decoding Your Dog: The Ultimate Experts Explain Common Dog Behaviors and Reveal How to Prevent or Change Unwanted Ones.…

Chicago Animal Care & Control Holiday Boutique

Happy Howlidays Boutique is noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, December 14 and 15 at Chicago Animal Care & Control, 2741 S. Western Avenue, Chicago. Featured will fashionable pet accessories for sale, from toys and more at deeply discounted prices. I will be there Saturday noon to 2 p.m. to answer dog and cat…

Decoding Your Dog: Ultimate Guide to Explain Common Dog Behaviors

“Decoding Your Dog,” written by the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists and edited by Dr. John Ciribassi and Dr. Debra Horwitz, with myself. Here I speak with Dr. Horwitz about why the book was written in the first place….Most importantly how this book – different than any other published – can prevent dog behavior problems,…

Dog Behavior Decoded, American College of Veterinary Behaviorists

Dog behavior is both enigmatic and powerful – when perceived out of control and if the behavior causes the human/animal bond to fracture, the dog is at risk for relinquishment. Those who work at animal shelters do know how often this occurs. The American College of Veterinary Behaviorists wrote the first (and only) book of…

Dog Snacks on Birdseed: Reader Question

Q: My 8-year-old Miniature Poodle and my daughter’s 9-month-old Corgi love to eat birdseed that’s fallen to the ground. We’ve heard this seed is dangerous for dogs. Is this true? — P.R., New Richmond, WI A: “Bird food isn’t toxic, per se,” explains Dr. Jerry Klein, a supervising emergency veterinarian Chicago Emergency Veterinary & Special…

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 –…

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