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Fear Free and Please NO Declaw on WGN Radio

2018 was the breakout year for Fear Free. Listen HERE as Dr. Marty Becker explains what the Fear Free initiative is all about on my WGN Radio Steve Dale’s Pet World.  Fear Free really extends into all our homes, emotional health and well-being does matter, explains Dr Becker. “How could (veterinarians) have ignored this?” We…

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,…
Steve Dale and Dr. Marty Becker on Fear Free initiative on WGN radio

Fear Free Crusader Dr. Marty Becker with Steve Dale

Dr. Marty Becker pioneered the initiative to minimize fear, anxiety and stress in pets called Fear Free. Listen HERE to our conversation on Steve Dale’s Pet World, WGN radio.  Dr. Becker offers examples of what Fear Free is all about – pets in the veterinary exam room, most cats and likely more than half of…
Halloween costumes and pets

Halloween and Pet Costumes

Blah! Blah! It’s scary. And you’re not alone, as more than 4.2 million dog-owning households and nearly two million cat-caretakers will be treating their furry companions to ghoulish goodies and grisly toys this Halloween, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF). Also, according to the NRF, pet “moms” and “dads” will spend over $440 million…
Steve Dale talks with Dr. Marty Becker about Fear Free

Fear Free: Emotional Health Matters

Fear Free  supports what’s best for our pets. People want the best for their pets,  but are we always giving them what we think we are giving them? Love matters, of course! But do our pets require more? Maybe love isn’t all you need. And are we noticing when they are suffering even low level…

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