Articles: dog behavior

Pets Terrorized of Fireworks? Now What?

You’ve waited ‘till now to get your pet help for the fear of fireworks, there’s little time for behavior modification techniques to work by July 4. Still, don’t despair – not all is lost. Depending on your pet’s level of fear – distraction might work. Take your pet into a room most away from the…

Dr. Shelly Rubin on Mosquitoes, Heartworm and More on WGN Radio

Whenever my time slot has changed at WGN radio or something happens – my first go-to guest, and the person has appeared over 22 years more on my shows than any other is Dr. Sheldon Rubin. So, for my first day in our new sparkling new studio, HEAR Dr. Shelly Rubin on WGN radio. Dr. Rubin’s…

Pet Afraid of Fireworks? Now is the Time to Plan

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. It’s actually adaptive to be hard-wired to be afraid of sudden louds sounds. Humans jump at such sounds, and we might also run the other way or hide if we didn’t…

De-Stress Your Pet Month

Does your cat spend half the day under the bed? Does your dog bark at everyone walking by? People often think, “Well, that is what cats do.” But it’s not what cats should do, at least cats feeling comfortable. And often a cat that spends much of the day hiding is suffering from some fear,…

Ovarian Cancer Symptom Awareness: Dogs Sniffing Cancer

The pet world lost one of the best journalists its ever had last February with the passing of Darlene Arden due to ovarian cancer. Darlene was a sister in sound, hosting her own pet radio show for several years; authored many well-researched and award-winning books about pets – including the seminal book about toy breeds…

Fearful to Fear Free: Transformational Ideas

“From Fearful to Fear Free: A Positive Program to Free Your Dog from Anxiety, Fears and Phobias” is definitely the most important pet book of the year, and likely of the decade. Many of our pets experience fear FAR too often. Sometimes we totally get when that happens (going to the veterinarian or groomer, for…

Isle of Dogs

This is sure the Year of the Dog movies, and the most recent is Isle of Dogs, is from the creative mind of Wes Anderson. The puppet animation is incredible, details like little fleas hopping around the disheveled dogs. To be sure this isn’t particularly a movie for very young children, and definitely a movie…

Dogs and Cats Saving Our Precious Pets

“Dogs and Cats: Saving Our Precious Pets” with certified cat behavior consultant Beth Adelman on my national Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show. Listen HERE as Beth talks about the message she wants kids to be exposed. The book touches on lots of topics, from homeless animals, to enrichment inhomes, to extreme dog and cat…

What Do Dogs Remember?

I am posting this story because it made me cry. It also made me wonder: What do dog really remember? And, how much do emotional attachments mean? This dog was lost and was finally delivered to an animal shelter. There, the dog was clearly despondent. And it turns out that it’s not only because the…

What Is Being a Responsible Pet Owner?

February is Responsible Pet Owner Month. I stop people on the street and ask, “What does it mean to be a responsible pet owner?” Some of the answers were really good. I also wore a unique time transport device to reach out to Dr. Natalie Marks to ask her what it means to be a responsible…

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