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Articles: Fear Free

September 15 2017

Teaching a Dog a New Trick with Positive Reinforcement

Anna and Hazel help me to demonstrate how the use of positive reinforcement dog training (with Vita Bone® Lil’ Trainers tasty treats), and that can be a ton of fun for the entire family. Positive reinforcement training, and teaching tricks: further bonds family members with the dog enhances communication on both ends of the leash…

April 18 2017

Fear Free and Cat Friendly Practices Save Lives

Have you ever felt so terrified that you were going to die? I mean like hanging outside a window 30 stories high or held up at gun point. I suggest this is how a surprising number of our beloved pets feel when visiting the veterinarian. If your pet is perceived as uncomfortable, you will be too,…

March 7 2017

Parrot in Need of Fear Free

Fear Free pets isn’t only about dogs and cats, but IS about preventing this sort of thing from happening. At times, yes, amusing to watch – with nearly 13 million views – but the bird is VERY frightened. And dogs and cats often feel the same way about visiting the veterinarian. They don’t NEED to…

March 2 2017

Conversation with Dr. Marty Becker About Fear Free

It’s a revolution in veterinary medicine, and it’s called Fear Free. The idea is to prevent fear, anxiety, and stress in pets (and people too) related to veterinary visits. Listen HERE from my national Steve’s Dale’s Pet World to Dr. Marty Becker, who created the initiative. Fear, according to Dr. Becker, is the worst thing a social…

February 20 2017

A New Day for Pets: Fear Free and Cat Friendly

I believe many pets at veterinary offices think they are going to die. Imagine being hung half way out a window by your suspenders 40 stories up, or being held up at gunpoint. That’s actually how I believe many of our pets feel. Yet, everyone, from pet caretakers and veterinary professionals, have pretty much accepted…

January 30 2017

Fear Free: Caretakers of Dogs and Cats Can Do This

No veterinarian seeks to stress out animals. Veterinarians and technicians (veterinary nurses) are only doing what they’ve always done, what they been taught to do.  But many pets do feel fear, anxiety and stress. The Fear Free initiative suggests it doesn’t need to be this way. n 2017 you’ll hear more about what you can…

January 10 2017

Compassion-First Is Fear Free First

The first to create a fear free environment for pets across the country  Compassion-First Pet Hospitals announced it has committed its nearly 26 hospitals to take their compassionate care for pets to the next level by committing to Fear Free,sm a training and certification initiative designed to “take the the ‘pet’ out of ‘petrified’” and…

November 2 2016

Why Fear Free Makes for Happier, Healthier Pets

I’m kind of screaming about this topic because I care so much about it – the idea is called Fear Free. Veterinary behaviorist Dr. Lisa Radosta agrees that pets don’t need to be fearful of veterinary visits.  Most pet owners have become accepting of techniques which only increase a pet’s fear, anxiety and stress….and sometimes…

October 4 2016

Elephant Loves the Foot Pad Trim

C’mon you can’t clip your dog or cat’s nails – but this can happen…..from the ZooLeon in Leon, Mexico; this African elephant is simply asked to have his foot pads trimmed. He contentedly complies because he offered special treats. The Fear Free initiative in veterinary medicine is all about reducing fear, anxiety and stress both…

September 29 2016

All Veterinary Professionals Support Fear Free

If pets are feeling fear, anxiety and stress during veterinary visits, their family members are picking up on the same feelings, and so even are the veterinary professionals. Julie Legred, a veterinary nurse and executive director of Veterinary Technicians in America, explains the Fear Free initiative. The goal is to reduce or even eliminate that…

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