About Steve Dale, CABC

Steve Dale, CABC (certified animal behavior consultant) over the past few decades has reached pet owners than any other pet journalist in America. He is the host of two nationally syndicated radio shows, Steve Dale’s Pet World and The Pet Minute. He’s also a special contributor at WGN Radio, Chicago and program host of Steve Dale’s Pet World.

Knock Three Times: Save a Cat’s Life

Knock Three Times: Save a Cat’s Life

Travel & Safety

You may or may not remember the hit song Tony Orlando sang way back in 1970 called “Knock Three Times.” He was clearly singing about cats who find their way under car hoods. Before starting your engine in the morning, knock three times on the car hood. When it’s very cold outside, cats find warmth […]

Decoding Your Cat: Behavior Experts Uncover Cat Secrets

Decoding Your Cat: Behavior Experts Uncover Cat Secrets

Behavior

Veterinary behaviorists are last responders. When no one else can assist, they swoop in and save the day, and often a pet’s life. Boarded veterinary behaviorists are true specialists. Not only are they veterinarians who understand medical health, they are also experts at understanding emotional health. They unpack animal behavior for us–in the case of […]

Car Safety: Do You Protect Your Pet?

Car Safety: Do You Protect Your Pet?

Travel & Safety

It’s a worldwide trend: Our pets are joining us more and more on vacation. That was happening before the pandemic, and it hasn’t stopped. But with that comes the importance of ensuring our pets’ safety on the road, especially with car travel. A study published last year on PubMed compared pet travel in the United […]

9 Ways to Help Pets With Fireworks Fears

9 Ways to Help Pets With Fireworks Fears

Behavior, Fears & Anxieties

Many pets are petrified of fireworks. And no wonder: no one tells our best friends that these incredibly loud and sudden and unexplained bangs are supposed to be a celebration, not an attack. For dogs and cats, becoming startled at sudden loud sounds can be a protective response. Who knows what could be making that […]

Dog Bite Basics: Experts Share Prevention Tips

Dog Bite Basics: Experts Share Prevention Tips

Training

National Dog Bite Prevention Week has come and gone, but preventing dog bites is a year-round endeavor. Prevention as well as education are key. That was the theme of a recent Zoom press event featuring experts from various fields. Here’s what they had to say. “Dog bite prevention may have more meaning this year than […]

Hide and Seek: Just Add Dogs!

Hide and Seek: Just Add Dogs!

Exercise & Enrichment

Hide ‘n seek is the greatest dog game ever because there are so many benefits. It keeps children (or adults) engaged. There’s some exercise involved for dogs. When the dog inevitably finds the person hiding, the human-animal bond is enhanced. It’s a great way to reinforce calling your dog to you. And most of all, […]

Will Separation Anxiety Strike After Coronavirus?

Will Separation Anxiety Strike After Coronavirus?

Fears & Anxieties

Having us shelter in place at our homes is a dream come true for dogs. What happens, though, when people head back to the office? This is a unique experience so there’s no data to suggest how pets will respond, but I suggest we’ll see a significant uptick in separation distress among the following populations […]

COVID-19 and Pets: What to Know

COVID-19 and Pets: What to Know

Health

So far, with more than 446,000 identified cases worldwide of COVID-19 (a figure that’s rapidly rising)– and an unknown number who have been infected but have not had any symptoms or minimal symptoms – only one companion animal has been found to have the virus, and even that incident is unclear. On February 28 a […]

FIP News: Is a Cure at Hand?

FIP News: Is a Cure at Hand?

Health, Kittens & Puppies, Shelter Animals

A diagnosis of FIP used to be a death sentence, but that’s changing. Like the disease itself, the story is complicated. Here’s what we know now. First, and most exciting, attending researchers agreed that FIP should now be called “treatable,” at least potentially, and perhaps “curable.” A conference about FIP took place last November, drawing […]

Play: It’s Not Just for Kittens

Play: It’s Not Just for Kittens

Exercise & Enrichment

Kittens are born with an amazing ability to seek and pounce—but not right out of the womb. That aptitude develops in partnership with physiological changes as they grow. At first, they are helpless, fully dependent on their mother. Their only focus is staying warm, finding their mother’s teats, and sleeping. Their mother’s licking not only […]