Fear Free: Ideas to Lower Dog Bites


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I truly believe that Dr. Mary Becker, who always seems to be ahead of the curve, is the most influential veterinarian in decades. Noteworthy, he predicted the increasing intensity of the human animal bond in his book, The Healing Power of PetsAnd even more impactful, he is the creator of the Fear Free initiative, and with that authored From Fearful to Fear Free: A Positive Program to Free Your Dog From Anxiety, Fears and Phobias (with Mikkel Becker, Dr. Wailani Sung and Dr. Lisa Radosta).

From Steve Dale’s Pet World, WGN Radio listen HERE as Dr. Becker explains how Fear Free came out and has even exceeded his wildest dreams. Fear Free has changed the way so many veterinary professionals practice, and has done so around the globe. How’s the for making a difference?

It’s unbelievable that it wasn’t so long ago that veterinarians were actually taught that dogs/cats don’t feel pain. Of course, they do. And they have the same emotions we do – they they may express them differently.

Dr. Becker also explains that dogs have left or right paw preferences. And says there’s a left or right wag tail preference. But what does this all mean – and he tells us. Even how this may impact predicting dog bites. Also, an in-depth discussion regarding dog bites, including STOPP before petting.

stop – talk – observe – plan – pet

Not only will respecting what the dog wants, to be petted or not lower dog bites, it’s also respecting what dogs want.

Comments about dog bite claims, and the news isn’t all good.

Pet parents can learn so much about fear, anxiety and stress in pets at FearFreeHappyHomes.  Fear Free is more than only veterinary visits (as well as using appropriate dog training methods), it’s about how pets lives their lives day to day.

A Bit About Tick Disease Protection

Veterinary Parasitologist Dr. Kathryn Duncan on tick protection – and actually fall is the time of year that most often dogs are hit by Lyme Disease. Dr. Duncan also talks the types of products which may be best (including one, Bravecto which lasts 12-weeks).