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June 21 2020

Animal Stories with Tommy Edwards and Dog Training Techniques at What Price

Tommy Edwards was one half of what was arguably the most legendary radio bit in Chicago radio history, called Animal Stories. On my Steve Dale’s Pet World WGN Radio show, listen HERE as I talk with Lil’ Snotnose Tommy about his book, People Tell Me I Grew Up Listening to You: Stories from Behind the Mic.…

June 18 2020

Fireworks and Pets: The Big Bang Theory

It’s not that dogs aren’t patriotic, but many dogs, and also some cats, are terrified of the loud and sudden bangs we call fireworks around July 4th. It’s arguably adaptive to be hard-wired to be afraid of sudden loud sounds. We too may jump and even run from loud and unexplained noises. Who wouldn’t? Dogs…

June 9 2020

Who Rescued Who

So you rescue a dog, but it turns out that the dog has rescued you. Sound familiar? Dog trainer Victoria Schade has authored a novel all about that scenario, Who Rescued Who. It’s about a character who connects with the world via social media, and who isn’t really a “dog person.” And it all grew…

April 17 2020

Dog Learning to Sniff for COVID-19

We know dogs can detect cancers and be trained to find explosives, and it’s nothing for dogs to even learn on their own to detect oncoming seizures among family members, so it’s no surprise that scientists in the UK are successfully training dogs to sniff out COVID-19. Charity Medical Detection Dogs, based in Milton Keynes, is working with the London…

March 31 2020

Dogs Trained to Detect COVID-19

We know dogs can detect cancers and be trained to find explosives, and now scientists n the UK are training dogs to sniff out COVID-19.  Dogs can detect malaria and diabetic crashes. Dogs naturally detect some of these changes. An obstetrician can tell you that dogs (sometimes cats too) might even preempt those pregnancy tests…

December 18 2019

Minimizing Holiday Anxiety in Pets

Some pets are like the Grinch; they just don’t appreciate the Christmas spirit. Everything in their lives can be upside down at this time of year. The family is busily trying to attend to last minute shopping, and frazzled attempting to keep up with the kids’ Christmas parties. Meanwhile, you’re running to catch sales at…

September 27 2019

TV Dog Trainers Aren’t Necessarily Terrific Dog Trainers

Veterinary Behaviorist Karen van Haaften, senior manager of behavior British Columbia SPCA talks positive reinforcement on my national Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show. All TV shows with dog trainers are not the same. TV is powerful, but sometimes those on TV do not absolutely represent humane training. That’s just the truth.  This isn’t only…

September 4 2019

Dog Walk to Support Ovarian Cancer Symptom Awareness

The ninth annual 5K Dog Walk & Fun Run benefiting the Ovarian Cancer Symptom Awareness organization (OCSA) is Sunday September 8, 8:30 am Leroy Oakes Forest Preserve, Shelter #2, 37W700 Dean Street, St. Charles, IL Hosting a dog and human event is just right because it turns out dogs are playing a significant role to…

August 7 2019

Fire Protection for Pets Law Passes in Illinois

Illinois is now the first state to mandate fire protection for pets in kennels/boarding facilities. Kennels now will require a fire alarm system ringing directly to first responders, a sprinkler system or a human being on premises.  This signing was the fifth bill I’ve been invited to a signing for in Illinois, but the first…

June 17 2019

SPCA Puerto Vallarta: What Would You Do?

Compassion has no boundaries. What would you do? A dog is spotted in arid land just outside Puerto Vallarta. A closer look reveals that even one more day outdoors, and Dusty – as the dog was named – would surely have died of starvation. The SPCA Puerto Vallarta’s mission is to save lives. How could…

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