Articles: Fear Free

Anti-Vaxxers: A Scary Trend in the Pet World

Anti-vaxxers – those opposed to nearly all or even all vaccines – are gaining momentum. Their claims are based largely on misguided and even made up notions regarding human vaccines, and even more distorted information regarding vaccines for animals. You might expect to read this sort of piece in CATSTER or DOGSTER magazines, and the…

Love Your Pets For Valentine’s Day

How do you tell your pets “I Love You” on Valentine’s Day? Of course, you can buy a special treat (naturally, not chocolate). If you have a pet lizard, maybe Valentine’s is the day for fattening but yummy mealworms. Ferrets might enjoy extra playtime and the same is true for Labrador Retrievers. Thing about our…

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.…

At What Cost Is Saving Dogs Acceptable?

At what cost do you save a life? Or is that not even the right question to ask? What motivates this piece is a local dog trainer, near where I live, who was recently “outed” for alleged use of aversive methods to save lives. That in itself sounds like a contradiction doesn’t it? When animal…

Pet Resolutions for 2019

Here are nine messages I resolve to attempt to communicate – pet resolutions for 2019: Fear Free Fear Free began as an initiative to certify veterinary professionals to implement methods to limit fear, anxiety and stress that pets (and as a result their people) feel during veterinary visits. The impact continues to be so profound…

Fear Free: A Paradigm Shift

Fear Free is now a BIG DEAL! I talk on my national radio show, Steve Dale’s Pet World, about the Fear Free initiative with its creator Dr. Marty Becker. And boy has this idea taken off! The idea was originally to minimize fear, anxiety and stress of veterinary visits. And while individual veterinary professionals and…

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.…
Debbie Martin talks with Steve Dale about Fear Free

Superstar Technician/Nurse Debbie Martin on Fear Free

Debbie Martin is five stars. The nearly all perfect reviews are for veterinary nurse Debbie Martin and her husband veterinary behaviorist Dr. Ken Martin’s book “Puppy Start Right.” Overwhelming positive reviews is unprecedented, albeit appropriate for this book. Debbie is one of very few veterinary nurses (or technicians) board certified in behavior. I talk with…
Steve Dale on Thanksgiving pet safety

Thanksgiving Pet Safety

Turkey Day may be fun for us to gather with family, but it’s one of those days when veterinary emergency clinics are most busy. Thanksgiving pet safety is important. Dumpster diving and counter surfing is dangerous sport for dogs – as turkey, and also chicken bones can be a choking hazard. Mostly these bones can…
A Sound Beginning Program Decoding the Fearful; Dog

Decoding the Fearful Dog

Decoding the Fearful Dog is a Sound Beginning Program on December 9 to communicate the latest animal behavior news. The speakers are John Ciribassi DVM, DAVB (co-editor of the book Decoding Your Dog, authored by members of the American College of Veterinary Behavior; Steve Dale, CABC (also co-editor Decoding Your Dog)  and Steve Frost, KPA CTP, SBA,…

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