Articles: dog training

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…

Life On The Leash with Victoria Schade

Dog trainer, pet book author and TV personality Victoria Schade has a new book – a witty celebration of dogs – a fictional take on life as a dog trainer, called Life on the Leash. Catching up with Victoria on my national Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show: We talk about why the main character…
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From Training Elephants to Training Dogs on WGN Radio

Returning from Thailand, on my Steve Dale’s Pet World WGN Radio radio show, HEAR how it was to visit Kanta Elephant Sanctuary in Thailand. I offer tips on visiting elephant sanctuaries in Thailand, and describe a bit about how they’re not all the same. In Thailand, those who work with elephants and training elephants consider that…
Steve Dale reports on Veterinary Behavior Symposium

Veterinary Behavior Symposium

The 2018 American College of Veterinary Behavior Symposium of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists was held in Denver in July, just prior to the Convention of the American Veterinary Medical Association. This is where much of the latest research in veterinary behavior is first revealed. One of the most fascinating presentations was from ethologist…
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Purina Incredible Dog Challenge: They ARE Incredible

The National Dog Show presented by Purina on Thanksgiving Day, noon on NBC, is more than just an incredible dog show. The hope is that you can see what the human-animal bond is all about. The Purina Incredible Dog Challenge team paid a visit to LaSalle University in Philadelphia to show off what they can…

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