Articles: Fear Free

8 Resolutions for Pets

Here are eight messages I resolve to attempt to communicate in 2018: Fear Free:  There’s an initiative, called Fear Free, which began among veterinary professionals with the intent to lower the fear, anxiety, and stress of veterinary visits. And, that fear, anxiety, and stress is real. Most cats and many dogs are so terrified of…

Fear Free: Transforming Veterinary Medicine and Pet Ownership

Fear Free is an initiative applicable not only for veterinary professionals, but also for anyone who has a pet. Listen HERE on Steve Dale’s Pet World, WGN Radio as I talk about this transformational way of thinking, which treats pets differently than we ever have, with Drs. Marty Becker and Michele Forbes. Fear is the worst thing…

Teaching Our Old Cat New Tricks

I am a huge fan of enriching environments for our pets. I do believe zoos do a better job than we do. And who says you can’t teach an old cat new tricks? This is Roxy, who is nearly 15. She never before saw the Friskies Pull ‘n Play toy – but she managed (with…

Teaching a Dog a New Trick with Positive Reinforcement

Anna and Hazel help me to demonstrate how the use of positive reinforcement dog training (with Vita Bone® Lil’ Trainers tasty treats), and that can be a ton of fun for the entire family. Positive reinforcement training, and teaching tricks: further bonds family members with the dog enhances communication on both ends of the leash…

Fear Free and Cat Friendly Practices Save Lives

Have you ever felt so terrified that you were going to die? I mean like hanging outside a window 30 stories high or held up at gun point. I suggest this is how a surprising number of our beloved pets feel when visiting the veterinarian. If your pet is perceived as uncomfortable, you will be too,…

Parrot in Need of Fear Free

Fear Free pets isn’t only about dogs and cats, but IS about preventing this sort of thing from happening. At times, yes, amusing to watch – with nearly 13 million views – but the bird is VERY frightened. And dogs and cats often feel the same way about visiting the veterinarian. They don’t NEED to…

Conversation with Dr. Marty Becker About Fear Free

It’s a revolution in veterinary medicine, and it’s called Fear Free. The idea is to prevent fear, anxiety, and stress in pets (and people too) related to veterinary visits. Listen HERE from my national Steve’s Dale’s Pet World to Dr. Marty Becker, who created the initiative. Fear, according to Dr. Becker, is the worst thing a social…

A New Day for Pets: Fear Free and Cat Friendly

I believe many pets at veterinary offices think they are going to die. Imagine being hung half way out a window by your suspenders 40 stories up, or being held up at gunpoint. That’s actually how I believe many of our pets feel. Yet, everyone, from pet caretakers and veterinary professionals, have pretty much accepted…

Fear Free: Caretakers of Dogs and Cats Can Do This

No veterinarian seeks to stress out animals. Veterinarians and technicians (veterinary nurses) are only doing what they’ve always done, what they been taught to do.  But many pets do feel fear, anxiety and stress. The Fear Free initiative suggests it doesn’t need to be this way. n 2017 you’ll hear more about what you can…

Compassion-First Is Fear Free First

The first to create a fear free environment for pets across the country  Compassion-First Pet Hospitals announced it has committed its nearly 26 hospitals to take their compassionate care for pets to the next level by committing to Fear Free,sm a training and certification initiative designed to “take the the ‘pet’ out of ‘petrified’” and…

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