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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…

September 15 2020

Dominance Dog Training, Absolutely Makes NO Sense

Back at the height of Cesar “the Dog Whisperer” Millan’s popularity, I quickly realized his dominance dog training techniques are potentially be dangerous if others truly follow that advice, ultimately causing more harm than good. On the Board of Directors of the American Humane Association, we negotiated with the National Geographic Channel to create warnings…

September 5 2020

Dogs with Unusual Jobs: Canine Labor Day

Let’s celebrate canine Labor Day – you won’t believe some of the unusual jobs dogs can do or are being trained to do: 1.Before her death, journalist and pet book author Darlene Arden set up the Ovarian Cancer Symptom Awareness Darlene Arden Veterinary Outreach Program to support funds to teach dogs to sniff for ovarian cancer. Contributions…

August 21 2020

New Proposed German Dog Laws: Including Walking Dogs Twice Daily

Imagine going to jail for not walking your dog twice a day. Some canine advocates in Germany are barking with joy and others are growling – what do you think of the new proposed German law mandating walking dogs twice a day? The new proposed German dog law is wide-ranging, and I wish we had…

July 26 2020

Dog Training in a Pandemic

“Challenging but it’s working out very well,” is how dog trainer Wendy DeCarlo told me about training dogs during the pandemic; Listen HERE on my WGN Radio Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show. From the start of the pandemic, people fostered and adopted dogs of all ages, including so many puppies. DeCarlo says that lots…

July 13 2020

Help Dogs to Train Dogs to Detect COVID-19

Just as Dr. Cynthia Otto at the Penn Vet Working Dog Center has has successfully trained dogs to detect ovarian cancer, she’s now in the process to teaching dogs to sniff for COVID-19. You can help! From Dr. Otto: The Penn Vet Working Dog Center is looking for individuals in the United States tested for…

July 13 2020

All Abut Dog Daycare in Times of COVID-19

Dog trainer Robin Bennett talks here on my national Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show about what you should consider before heading back to dog daycare or boarding your dog. It’s so exceedingly unlikely that a dog will get COVID-19 from being boarded, and it may be impossible to for dogs to even possibly get…

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…

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