Articles: Fear Free

Fear Free Happy Homes

Fear Free is taking off: From Fear Free veterinary medicine (veterinarians and entire practices certified as Fear Free) to Fear Free certified dog trainers to Fear Free certified animal shelters to Fear Free Happy Homes and pet caretakers who simply love their pets. On Steve Dale’s Pet World, I speak with the founder of this…

What a Fear Free Veterinary Practice Looks Like

The Fear Free initiative first began to minimize fear, anxiety and stress for pets at the veterinary clinic. And veterinarians and veterinary nurses have had to actually become certified as Fear Free, working toward making the experience FAR better for their 4-legged clients. Now, entire veterinary practices can be certified. Visiting Fear Free practices, compared…

Dr. Natalie Marks on WGN: Fear Free Makes a Difference for Pets

Fear Free is more than a new buzz word in the veterinary medicine, it is a new way to practice medicine – not only for individual veterinarians and veterinary nurses (technicians), but for entire veterinary practice. On Steve Dale’s Pet World, on WGN Radio, I talk HERE with Dr. Natalie Marks about what this Fear…

Feliway Decreases Stress of Veterinary Exams

The Winn Feline Foundation supports funding for cat health studies for the past 50 years. Winn Feline mostly funds studies to support physical health, but studies have also supported emotional health. One major obstacle to visiting the veterinarian is the fear, anxiety and stress cats experience during the visit. Clients then become stressed, and even…

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…

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…

Kittens Going to School?

Kittens going to school? Veterinary behaviorist Dr. Kersti Seksel, who initiated Kittie Kindies in Australia, explains the concept HERE on my national Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show. I love this idea, and I’ve taught kitten classes myself. Seksel explains the many benefits, including getting cats accustomed to their carriers, the car ride to the…

Lincoln State Cat Show

The Lincoln State Cat Show is one of most celebrated cat shows in America, but what is a cat show all about? Do people strut around the ring with a cat at the end of the leash? We describe what happens at a cat show and how the Best in Show—and all the cats—are judged. Of…

Love Your Pet Day

National Love Your Pet Day is February 20. As I often say, “Love your pet, and your pet will love you back…10 times more.” Loving your pet is about expressing the love you have in your heart, of course. But that love is also about providing appropriate enrichment for all pets: feeding appropriate diets, offering…

Speaking Up Regarding Animal Welfare League; Purrs to Lincoln State Cat Show

I begin my WGN radio show, Steve Dale’s Pet World, with a message (listen to HERE) to the Board of Directors of the Animal Welfare League (AWL) of Chicago and Chicago Ridge. There is no doubt that at least some of the serious allegations against AWL must be true. After all, various individuals have provided documentation.…

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