Something You Should Know about Pets
April 1, 2016
Interview with John Bradshaw, author of the book Dog Sense: How the New Science of Dog Behavior Can Make You A Better Friend to Your Pet
Dogs have been our pets for thousands of years but only recently has research revealed some interesting insight into the canine mind.
There has been quite detailed research comparing chimpanzees to dogs and you might think the chimpanzees are a much smarter animal than a dog but when it comes to understanding people they’re not.
December 2, 2014
Interview with Stephen Budiansky, author of the book The Truth about Dogs: An Inquiry into Ancestry, Social Conventions, Mental Habits, and Moral Fiber of Canis familiaris
Why do dogs hate the mailman?
It's a classic reinforced behavior. The mailman comes the dog perceives it as an intrusion on its territory, he barks at him and the mailman goes away - it worked.
October 7, 2014
Interview with Franklin McMillan D.V.M., author of the book Unlocking the Animal Mind: How Your Pet's Feelings Hold the Key to His Health and Happiness
There’s an emerging field in veterinary medicine. It’s animal mental health.
Right now, if your dog has a “behavior problem” the main goal of behaviorists and trainers is to correct the behavior. That’s not my goal.
Dr. Franklin McMillan
November 29, 2012
Interview with Dr. Karen Halligan DMV, author of the book Doc Halligan's What Every Pet Owner Should Know: Prescriptions for Happy, Healthy Cats and Dogs
Being overweight isn't just a human epidemic in this country; our pets have the same problem.
Dr. Karen Halligan:
Forty percent of pets are overweight or obese - that will definitely shorten your life span. The statistics are that pets that are lean live fifteen percent longer than pets that are overweight.
Dr. Karen Halligan DVM
March 20, 2012
Interview with Camilla Gray-Nelson, author of the book Lipstick and the Leash: Dog Training a Woman's Way
Millions of us in this country have a pet dog and yet…
What I find as a dog trainer of 24 years and counting is that to a dog owner they do not understand how the dog thinks and how he’s programmed by nature to act and react.
July 11, 2011
Interview with Dr. Marty Becker, author of the book Your Dog: The Owner's Manual: Hundreds of Secrets, Surprises, and Solutions for Raising a Happy, Healthy Dog
70% of us take our dogs on with us on summer vacation and just like people in the car, dogs need to be secured.
Dr. Marty Becker:
And that means either in a carrier, behind a barrier, in a harness clipped into a seatbelt for dogs under 30lbs there’s even little booster seats.
Dr. Marty Becker
April 26, 2011
Interview with Dr. Sophia Yin, author of the book How to Behave So Your Dog Behaves
Millions of us dog owners struggle with at least some bad dog behavior, and the reason is usually the same.
Dr. Sophia Yin:
Dogs behave in certain ways because those options have been rewarded. For instance jobs jump on people because people accidently reward jumping behavior.
Dr. Sophia Yin
November 26, 2010
Interview with Sharon Sakson, author of the book Paws & Effect: The Healing Power of Dogs
Dogs can smell cancer? Exciting new research seems to point that way.
The dogs who can find cancer can find it whether it's barely begun and in stage one or if it's stage four and very serious.
August 24, 2010
Interview with Dr. William Craig D.V.M. CMO of Purina Care Pet Health Insurance
If your dog or cat is overweight you should be aware that there are consequences.
Dr. William Craig:
Purina did a long-term study and showed that dogs with ideal body conditions live an average of 15% longer than obese dogs and that’s probably a year and a half to two years longer for your pet.
Dr. William Craig D.V.M.
March 30, 2010
Interview with Ernie Ward DVM, author of the book Chow Hounds: Why Our Dogs Are Getting Fatter -A Vet's Plan to Save Their Lives
Dogs like their owners are getting fatter and it’s affecting their health and longevity.
Ernie Ward DVM:
And that’s really sad because not only is their life cut prematurely short but the last year or two of these dogs life, it’s painful and it’s expensive.
Ernie Ward DVM