Articles: enrichment

Contra Freeloading, A New Way to Feed Pets

Contra freeloading is one of my favorite topics to talk about. I discuss how to enrich pets’ lives with Dr. Regan McGowan, research scientist at Purina. Sure, we can talk about what to feed our pets but equally as important is how to feed them. Contra freeloading refers working for meals, even as a preference…

Meow Meet Up Chicago

Meow Meet Up is a Cat Convention and feline festival, coming to Chicago July 20-21 at the Rosemont Stephens Convention Center. I speak HERE on my WGN radio show with Lauren Mieli, publisher of the CATNIP TIMES.  We actually begin our conversation with what’s happening in New York state, soon to be the first state…

Fear Free and Please NO Declaw on WGN Radio

2018 was the breakout year for Fear Free. Listen HERE as Dr. Marty Becker explains what the Fear Free initiative is all about on my WGN Radio Steve Dale’s Pet World.  Fear Free really extends into all our homes, emotional health and well-being does matter, explains Dr Becker. “How could (veterinarians) have ignored this?” We…

Decoding Your Dog for Christmas

Just a couple of years ago, most people didn’t know veterinary behaviorists even exists as a specialty in veterinary medicine. Veterinary behaviorists are specialists just as veterinary cardiologists or veterinary oncologists are – but I argue they may save more lives, though there are fewer than 85 boarded behaviorists in the U.S. far less than…

Fear, Anxiety and Stress For Pets at Christmas: What Do You Do?

Some pets are like the Grinch; they just don’t appreciate the Christmas spirit. Everything in their lives are upside down. The family is busily trying to attend to last minute shopping, and frazzled attempting to keep up with your kids’ Christmas parties. Meanwhile at work, end of year deadlines loom, and you feel the pressure.…

Cats Hunting Indoors: It's Only Natural

Everyone’s talking about what we feed our cats. Instead, I am writing about how we feed out cats. Most cat caretakers feed their cats from bowls. And, most of those free-feed, leaving food out 24/7. In nature, however, cats don’t scarf down meals all at once. They catch what they can when they can. When…

Decoding Your Dog: Best Gift for Dog Lovers

I bet veterinary behaviorists save more pets than even the most talented surgeons. Kicking off the 12 pet books of Christmas is my own book, called Decoding Your Dog, which I co-edited with Dr. Debra Horwitz and Dr. John Ciribassi, and members of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists authored. Veterinary behaviorists tend to see…

Windy Kitty Cat Café Set to Open

The Windy Kitty Cat Café and Lounge opens in Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood, 1746 W. North Avenue, on Monday, December 18. Chicago has been woefully slow to add a cat café for many reasons–from promises broken (by a Chicago animal shelter that promised a “proper” cat café) to odd city rules (unique to Chicago). No matter,…

Treating Canine Cognitive Dysfunction

Older dogs have older brains, and as our dogs are generally living longer, there’s an increased risk of canine cognitive dysfunction syndrome, which is nearly identical to Alzheimer’s in people. In fact, as veterinary behaviorist Dr. Valarie Tynes points out, cognitive decline in dogs is so similar to cognitive decline in people, researchers are using…

Teaching Our Old Cat New Tricks

I am a huge fan of enriching environments for our pets. I do believe zoos do a better job than we do. And who says you can’t teach an old cat new tricks? This is Roxy, who is nearly 15. She never before saw the Friskies Pull ‘n Play toy – but she managed (with…

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