Articles: dog training

There’s No Need to Be the Alpha Dog

Last night when taking our dogs for a walk, I saw another two dog owners and their two dogs. Casually chatting, the dog owner with his older Beagle said, “Cooper gets this way when he wants to dominate me.” This guy would do anything for Cooper, and is by all accounts as kind and gentle…

Dog Dudes Remove Video

Is it a coincidence that immediately after I criticize training methods in my blog post used by hopeful Canadian TV stars wannabees known as  The Dog Dudes, they removed one of the two videos I posted? In that blog post, I quote what the Dog Dudes said in their promo reel, “By observing and studying…

Dog Dudes are Duds

Not again. The Dog Dudes, as these two guys call themselves, are apparently set to appear on TV in Canada, via Mayhem Productions. Here’s exactly what The Dog Dudes say in their own promo video, “By observing and studying the natural behavior and social orders of wild wolves packs in domestic dogs, we have been…

Laura Monaco Torelli on Puppy Training and Clicker Training

Laura Monaco Torelli is a queen of the clicker, and speaks around the world about dog training and puppy training. Here, she speaks on my show, Steve Dale’s Pet World on WGN Radio. Laura describes what you do first – the first thing you do regarding puppy training. Laura discusses some pro’s and con’s of…

Don’t Believe the Hype: Dogs are Not Wolves

Of course, dogs evolved from wolves, but it’s definitely not as advertised. Dogs evolved from a wolf species circa 40,000 years ago. And that species is long gone. Dogs-wolves – not sure what to call them when they were in the process of evolving – actually hunted in tandem with Cro-Magnon men. And it turns…

Malamute May Miss Her Friend

Q: “We had two dogs one 13 and the other 11 years. They never played together. Their only interaction was aggressive. Due to illness, needed to euthanize the 13-year-old dog. Since that day, our other dog, Nadzia, a Malamute, has developed separation anxiety. Whenever we leave, Nadzia howls. It occurred to us that this is…

Getting Paid to Play with Puppies

Fernando Camacho talks with me on my national Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show about his new book “Getting Paid to Play with Puppies: Creating a Career and Life You Love.”  He says, being a dog trainer isn’t necessarily what people think. If you’re thinking of training dogs, or you do train dogs this conversation…

Dog Training Techniques Matter When Saving Rescue and Shelter Dogs on WGN Radio

The latest in a parade of Chicago Mayoral candidates to appear on my WGN Radio Steve Dale’s Pet World was supposed to be Susana Mendoza. However, it turned out she had her phone on mute (from an earlier appearance) and forgot to turn the volume back on. I understand – as I’ve done the same.…

Explaining the Tragic Fire which Killed 30 Dogs on WGN Radio

Thirty dogs died in a tragic fire on January 14 at Bully Life Animal Services (formerly D and D Kennels),  2N442 County Farm Road, West Chicago. Listen to the kennel operator Garrett Mercado on Steve Dale’s Pet World, WGN Radio.  Garrett describes what happened: He took his car to help a friend.  When he arrived back…

Tragic Fire Could Inspire Change

This tragedy is unfathomable, but perhaps good can come from it.  According to media reports 30 dogs were killed in the fire on January 14 at Bully Life Animal Services (formerly D and D Kennels), on county Farm Road in West Chicago.  Garrett Mercado wasn’t at home at the time of the fire, as he…

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