Decoding Your Dog and Decoding Your Cat


Dr.Debra Horwitz

Dr. Debra Horwitz is a veterinary behaviorist and contributing editor of two books, which are great choices for a holiday gifts, Decoding Your Dog (which was released in 2015) and Decoding Your Cat (released this year). Listen HERE to my conversation with Dr. Horwitz on Steve Dale’s Pet World, WGN radio, first about why she is suggesting these books now, and not only for first time pet parents. Both books are authored by members of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, boarded veterinary specialists in animal behavior.

at a book signing for Decoding Your Dog

There are so many misconceptions online regarding dog and cat behavior. Sometimes it turns out the behavior which is a problem for you, is normal. And even experienced pet parents might be surprised at what may be in a normal repertoire of behaviors.

Being home all the time doesn’t thrill all dogs, and especially true for cats. And if and when we suddenly go away, the change may upset pets or even create separation anxiety.

Dr. Horwitz offers tips on how to teach dogs or cats calmly enjoy their quiet time (on a bed or rug), a great tip for pets to know when you’re on a Zoom call. “Good things happen to you when you’re at this safe place.”

Dr. Horwitz offers a 2-minute lesson separation anxiety and what to do about it – all in record time.

Tails That Teach

I talk with author Lisa Wiehebrink about her children’s books with humane messages: Love Me Gently: A Kids Guide to Man’s Best Friend and Grey Whiskers: A Kids Guide to Growing Older. Lisa says, “If we can teach children how to be kind to animals, there’s a really good chance they’ll be kind to people too.” Lisa says that the goal is to instill a lesson in kindness, and also motivate kids to read. Learn more at

Here’s a FREE version of my kids’ book My New Puppy (which you can print out, and kids or adults can color in).

Pets in the Pandemic survey results