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 fear, anxiety or stress? It’s sometimes challenging to observe in your own pets. Dr. Marty Becker manages to answer all of this on my national Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show, about the ground-break Fear Free initiative.
We talk about the importance of enrichment for dogs and cats – it’s necessary. Becker puts it simply “boredom kills.” Cats need to search and hunt and pounce. All dogs were born to work, and today most are unemployed.
Feeding pets means feeding their minds and bodies, Becker says. I suggest that feeding most dogs and cats from food bowls ought to be against the law. And I agree with Becker that super high priced premium foods may mean better marketing not necessarily better nutrition.
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Becker puts right punctuation mark at the end of the interview as only he can do, “State of the art now meets state of the heart.” And Fear Free is also about the emotional health of our pets. Sometimes we’re not even aware of chronic stress in our dogs or we might be aware but not knowing what to do about it. That’s all answered in Becker’s most recent book, “From Fearful to Fear Free: A Positive Program to Free Your Dog from Anxiety, Fears and Phobias,” also written by Dr. Lisa Radosta, Dr. Walliani Sung and Mikkel Becker.