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November 15 2020

Dog Training for Dog Power Dogs; Diabetes in Cats on WGN Radio

Timing is everything, as a group of dog trainers, veterinary behaviorists and myself managed to turn away so-called dog trainer Jeff Gelman from a training facility in Bartlett, just outside Chicago. Gelman found another venue and snuck into town to teach techniques which by viewing his own videos it’s clear that Rhode Island-based dog trainer is…

November 12 2020

Petco Bans Shock Collars: Believes in Positive Reinforcement Dog Training

Petco National Training Manager Darris Cooper talks on my national Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show about why the the national chain pet store banned e-collars. It’s a brave financial choice during the pandemic. There’s no doubt about it – and we chat about why banning e-collars collars (shock collars) is both humane, and actually…

October 23 2020

Penn Vet Dogs Find Spotted Lanternfly Eggs

They’re pretty but they are also an introduced species, called spotted lanternflies. The insects are native to China, India and Vietnam were accidentally introduced into the U.S. about six years ago, and today they’re thriving in Pennsylvania, wreaking havoc on the environment. Dr. Cynthia Otto at the Penn Vet Working Dog Center, University of Pennsylvania…

October 18 2020

Petco Stops the Shock; Halloween Pet Safety; New Test for Kidney Disease in Cats

In the midst of a pandemic when competition for sales has never been higher, Petco stood up and stood out and declared they are no longer selling e-collars or shock collars. Listen HERE to my Steve Dale’s Pet World WGN Radio show, as I interview Fear Free Certified National Training Manager at Petco Darris Cooper.…

October 16 2020

Decoding Your Cat: Not Exactly in Your Cat’s Horoscope or Reading Tea Leaves

In the book Decoding Your Cat -now out – I wrote in the book’s Introduction, “Veterinary behaviorists are last responders. When no one else can assist, they swoop in and save the day.” Following a talk by a veterinary behaviorist, maybe 10 years ago now, at the Western Veterinary Conference in Las Vegas, I was…

October 6 2020

Petco Halts Selling or Supporting Use of Electronic Collars: #stoptheshock

Have been writing about how discouraged I am that some people who hold dog training classes, like Jeff Gellman, continue to thrive by using punishment and equipment like e-collars (electronic collars) in the name of humane dog training. It is not humane. In fact, we know that punishment based classes and e-collars most often cause…

October 5 2020

Training Methods DO Matter

I am not going to stand down. Dog training methods matter. Science has repeatedly demonstrates with published studies worldwide supporting positive reinforcement as the most effective way for dogs to learn. What’s more, it’s far more humane and motivating for our best friends with four legs. All dogs ever desire is to understand what we…

October 4 2020

Keeping an Abusive Dog Trainer Out of Chicago Area; Dealing with Dirty Dogs on WGN Radio

Rhode Island-based dog trainer Jeff Gellman was scheduled to host seminars at Bark Avenue Daycamp in Bartlett, IL. Oct 3-Oct.4. On my Sunday WGN Radio Steve Dale’s Pet World show you hear why so many professionals and anyone who ethically cares about dogs wanted to see Gellman turned away. Listen to my conversation here with…

September 21 2020

Bonking Dog Trainer Jeff Gellman Turned Away

Using kindness to teach dogs wins out. By viewing his own videos it’s clear that Rhode Island-based dog trainer Jeff Gellman is abusive. Gellman was scheduled to appear at Bark Avenue Daycamp in Bartlett, IL. Oct 3-Oct.4. A core group and many other voices (thousands) participated in social media to impact change, and Bark Avenue…

September 21 2020

Ban Dog Trainer Gellman

How far can a dog trainer go? According to Facebook posts dog trainer Jeff Gellman of Solid K9 Training, Providence, RI has been essentially banned from giving seminars in some nations and cities because he’s downright abusive. Watch videos and decide for yourself. Dog trainers have many views on what is the right way to…

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