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August 8 2014

Thunderstorm Anxiety; Fighting Cats; Pit Bulls: New Research from Veterinary Behavior Symposium

DENVER, CO. — A nutritional supplement with green tea as a primary ingredient can help dogs with thunderstorm anxiety; a new tool to inspire peace among dueling cats; and what it means to be called a pit bull when you’re a shelter dog. Investigators revealed their findings on these and other study topics during the…

August 6 2014

Dogs Attack at a Birthday Party

Image two dogs identified as pit bulls running from nowhere, terrifying kids at a backyard birthday party. That’s exactly what happened on August 4 on Chicago’s South Side. And the result was the mauling of an innocent 6-year old boy, who remains in the hospital. The adults at the party acted fast to stop it…

July 30 2014

Pet Behavior Questions Answered at Animal Behavior Symposium

Veterinarians and veterinary technicians met at the annual Animal Behavior Symposium on July 25, in Denver, CO, to share research. The event is sponsored by the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior and the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists. Expert attendees answered several of your pet behavior questions. Q: Last week, our smoke alarm chirped…

July 6 2014

Pet Radio Show Covers Pitbull-type Dogs to Italian Ice Joint That's Also Like a Dog Park

Listen HERE, as I begin Steve Dale’s Pet World by talking with intrepid newsman Dave Schwanneee, and ask him if I look like a grandpa. We also reminisce about our days with radio legend and friend Fred Winston. Jeanne Kensik, owner of Extra Innings Wrigleyville Italian Ice – great Italian ice and also a dog…

June 30 2014

Fireworks Scare Dogs: What to Do

Q: Sadie is terrified of fireworks. We close our windows, but that doesn’t help. Not only do we live close to our neighborhood’s fireworks display, but kids also set off their own fireworks in the days leading up to the Fourth.. How can I help my dog? P.M., Deerfield, IL. Q: Our German Shepherd looks…

June 24 2014

Crazy Dog? Hyper Dog? How to Calm a Dog

Q: I just adopted a rescued Labrador retriever mix. The shelter said the dog would be a good fit for me, but she’s crazy. I love that fact that she like to play, but she never quits! Is there an off switch for this dog? — B.H., Hartford, CT A: “Lots of things can contribute…

June 23 2014

Fireworks and Dogs: How to Help Terrified Dogs

Dogs and fireworks don’t mix. So, what can you do to help your dog through the Fourth? I talk about lots of possibilities in this video. The good news is that your best pal doesn’t need to suffer.  

June 9 2014

Decoding My Dog: Does My Dog Want Another Dog?

Q: I’ve been reading your book “Decoding Your Dog” and loving it! I’m an adult student studying psychology. It’s great to read a book about animals with a psychological approach. My dog, Bailey, is a 13-year-old Maltese. His brother died last year and I’m thinking of getting another dog. In general, Bailey’s not good with…

June 5 2014

Consider the Breed

“Do dogs ever feel jealous of another breed” is a question that was asked by a reader in Connecticut. Like a German Shepherd ever wants to be a Bulldog, or a Golden Retriever yearns to have a little wiener Dachshund dog in his soul? Actually, the answer may surprise you some…Dogs do recognize other breeds.…

May 23 2014

Dog Chewed It: Decoding Your Dog

Dog behavior is the subject of  “Decoding Your Dog: The Ultimate Experts Explain Common Dog Behaviors and Reveal How to Prevent or Change Unwanted Ones,” authored by members of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, and edited by myself, and veterinary behaviorists Dr. Debra Horwitz and Dr. John Ciribassi. Katie Jones told me that her dog…

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