Articles: pet behavior

Bark in the Park, Officially Begins Summer in Chicago

Bark in the Park benefits the Anti Cruelty Society; you and your dog can officially celebrate the ‘right of summer ‘season on Saturday May 3 at 9 a.m. at Montrose Harbor in Lincoln Park with thousands of dogs.  It’s a great way to help celebrate the 20th Bark in the Park – 20 years of supporting Chicago’s…

Why Does My Dog? Merrick Pet Foods Helps Decode Dogs

By Steve Dale Merrick Pet Foods conducted a contest via Facebook, asking readers to ask me  “Why does my dog…?” The first 20 responders received a copy of   “Decoding Your Dog: The Ultimate Experts Explain Common Dog Behaviors and Reveal How to Prevent or Change Unwanted Ones” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, New York, NY, 2014; $27)…

NO to Puppy Mills: YES to Ordinance Banning Pet Store Sales Dogs, Cats, Rabbits

Dogs, cats or rabbits will not longer be sold at pet stores, as the Chicago City Council Committee on Licensing and Consumer Protection unanimously approved the The Companion Animal and Consumer Protection ordinance,March 4, introduced by Chicago City Clerk Susana Mendoza and forwarded by the non-profit Puppy Mill Project. Among those who testified FOR the proposed…

Pet Stores Will No Longer Sell Dogs or Cats in Chicago

The proposed Chicago Ordinance, The Companion Animal and Consumer Protection ordinance, will prevent pet stores from selling dogs or cats in Chicago, was the topic of conversation between Bill Moller  and myself on WGN Radio; listen HERE. I describe why I think this proposal is a VERY good idea. Details in writing are here. To be clear,…

Steve Dale with Bill Moller talks about Decoding Your Dog, Check Ups for Pets, Cost of Veterinary Medicine

“Decoding Your Dog: The Ultimate Experts Explain Common Dog Behaviors and Reveal How to Prevent or Change Unwanted Ones” book signing is what I began to talk about  with Bill Moller, WGN radio, Listen HERE. “Decoding Your Dog” is authored by the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, I edited the book with Dr.John Ciribiassi and Dr. Debra…

Decoding Your Dog: Dog Behavior Event Anti Cruelty Society

Dog behavior is so often misunderstood, and that is one reason by the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists authored their first ever book for the general public, called “Decoding Your Dog: The Ultimate Experts Explain Common Dog Behaviors and Reveal How to Prevent or Change Unwanted Ones.”  The first book signing for “Decoding Your Dog”…

Chicago Animal Care & Control Holiday Boutique

Happy Howlidays Boutique is noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, December 14 and 15 at Chicago Animal Care & Control, 2741 S. Western Avenue, Chicago. Featured will fashionable pet accessories for sale, from toys and more at deeply discounted prices. I will be there Saturday noon to 2 p.m. to answer dog and cat…

To Scratch or Not to Scratch, Declaw Not Required

I no fan of declaw, instead amputating kittens (really, it’s what a declaw is) on HouseSmarts TV with Lou Manfredini, I talk about how to train a cat to scratch in all the right places. It can be done. Please don’t declaw any cat…but kittens? It’s crazy, cruel and not necessary.  

Cat Survey: Help Experts to Better Understand Cats, Why and Where they Scratch

Cat behavior is sometimes mysterious, that is true, in part because it hasn’t been studied as much a dog behavior. University of California, Davis and veterinary behaviorists want to know more about cats: Take this survey HERE.   If you have a cat, taking this simple survey will help to better understand cats, and their…

Stopping Cats that Spray: Answering Reader Question

Q: In a past column, you mentioned a product that can deter cats from spraying. What is it? — G.H., via cyberspace A: Feliway is a copy of a comforting pheromone found on cats’ cheek pads. As a cat rubs your leg or a table leg, the pet deposits that pheromone. The spray version of…

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