As Americans get bigger each year with no appreciable shift away from obesity, is it possible we are passing this problem on to our pets? Steve Dale explores the topic, connecting the emotional components often involved with over-eating: depression, loneliness, and boredom. He asks if our pets might be more like us that we realize. From the Pet Obesity Prevention site:
Approximately 62% of US households own at least one pet = 71.4 million homes
US Population (Source: 2009 US Census Bureau) = 305 million
68% of adult Americans are overweight or obese = approximately 148 million (Source: 2010 CDC) Continue reading →
They are if they have “Good Dog! Practical Answers to Behavior Questions” author and certified animal behaviorist Steve Dale in their corner! What questions would you ask Steve if you had a chance? Does your dog jump on everyone who comes to the door? Does he terrorize your boyfriend or destroy something every time you leave the house? Steve’s new e-book, “Good Dog”, is a treasure trove of answers to these and so many other questions. You may find your dog’s puzzling behavior is not, after all, uncommon, and can be readily adjusted. Admittedly, Steve can’t do much for a terrorized boyfriend, but he can help the dog.
Steve’s books are always an easy read and one of his important messages is focus on the positive, hence “Good Dog.” Your best friend probably shouldn’t think his name is “no.” The behaviors your dog has developed really have nothing to do with wanting to upset Continue reading →
Pet behavior expert Steve Dale offers some great pet travel advice as we head now into the holiday travel season, it’s a good time to refresh our memories on the basics when it comes to being prepared for all of the ins and outs of safe travel for pets. In this video Steve goes over what you need to do to book a pet friendly hotel, what toys you should bring along, as well as whatever else you need to keep your pet comfortable and happy.
Steve also gets expert advice from Dr. Natalie Marks of Blum Animal Hospital in Chicago on how to handle a dog who may suffer from car sickness, which can put a serious dent in your plans. When you travel with pet approved tips like these, everyone in your family will arrive happy.