Posted by & filed under Dr. Nicholas Dodman, pet adoption, Pet Health, Pet Nutrition, Pet Shelters.

101118_4177_dodman154.jpgWhether you acquire your dog from a shelter or from a breeder, some will come with — or develop — vexing behaviors of one sort or another.

In fact, some 42% to 90% of owners when asked point blank if their dog exhibits any, even minor, behavior problems will admit that it does. What these owners often fail to realize, though, is that most of these behavior problems are surprisingly easy to treat as long as owners take the right course of action.

I will list a few of the more common behavior problems below. Click here to read the solutions to these behavior problems.

1. Submissive Urination (otherwise known as Super-submission)
2. Separation Anxiety
3. Owner-Directed Aggression
4. Fear Aggression to Strangers.
5. Fear Aggression to Other Dogs
6. Storm Phobia
7. Excessive Barking
8. Running Away

Whatever behavior problem your new or old friend is showing, there is always a way forward. There is an old saying, “That as long as you are on the right path you will eventually get where you’re going.” All I have done is explain that path for the various conditions mentioned above. The journey down that path may be long or may be short but, like every journey, it begins with the first step and continues with the very essence of training — consistency and patience on the part of the trainer (that would be you!).

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Dr. Dodman is a Professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and Director of the school’s Animal Behavior Clinic. He is also Chief Scientific Officer for the CENTER FOR CANINE BEHAVIOR STUDIES. He has written over 100 scientific articles and several popular press books, including The Dog Who Loved Too Much and The Cat Who Cried for Help.


Posted by & filed under Caroline Golon, pet adoption, Pet Shelters, Pet Stories.

soldier-lgOne soldier’s heartbreak turned to happiness, thanks to the kindness of an animal rescue and a fellow soldier.

According to the Herald Sun in Melbourne, Australia, a solider, who asked to remain anonymous, recently lost his mother. He was caring for her beloved 12-year-old dog, Prinny, when he was deployed to Iraq. Sadly, he had no one to care for the sweet little dog.

The soldier sadly surrendered the dog to a local shelter, who promised to find the pup a good home. The shelter turned to Kae Norman with Rescued with Love to help.

Norman was happy to assist and soon, one of Rescued with Love’s foster families heard about Prinny’s plight and agreed to give her a forever home. The adoptive dad is a veteran and dog lover who was honored to care for a fellow soldier’s pooch and promised to give her all the love and attention she needed.

Click here to read the complete story


Posted by & filed under Caroline Golon, Giving Back, Natural Dog Food, Natural Pet Food, pet adoption, Pet Shelters.

8Homeless pets across the nation will have more radiant coats, clearer eyes and renewed energy, thanks to the Freekibble.com community, Halo, Purely for Pets and GreaterGood.org.

The 4th annual Holiday Kibble Drop delivered a total of 565,000 meals to pets in need at more than 30 shelters and rescues in 15 cities throughout December.

At each Kibble Drop location, shelters and rescues received a food donation on behalf of Freekibble.com visitors and Halo customers, who make the Kibble Drop possible simply by playing Freekibble.com or by purchasing Halo pet food.

Halo retail partners in each of the cities along the Kibble Drop route generously agreed to provide a place where area shelters and rescues could pick up their donation.

Click here to read the complete story.


Posted by & filed under Belkis Cardona-RIvera, Giving Back, pet adoption, Pet Shelters.

loveanimalslogoShow your love for animals with this great campaign from our partner, LoveAnimals.org.

Love is in the air, and LoveAnimals.org, a cutting-edge nonprofit crowdfunding website exclusively for animal causes is running a special Valentine’s Day campaign in order to grow their power and connect more animal lovers like yourself with critically important animal projects.

As their proud founding sponsor, we want to support their efforts, and we encourage you to do the same by checking out their campaign page: www.loveanimals.org/14days-of-love.html

What is crowdfunding? It’s a fun way to raise funds for important causes, by getting lots of people to chip in with just a few dollars. As they say, “Every little bit counts!”

LoveAnimals.org focuses only on animals, so that animal lovers and non-profits can easily find each other. Plus, unlike most crowdfunding websites, LoveAnimals.org doesn’t charge any fees and takes no percentage of the money raised by their non-profit partners. That’s right: campaign donations go directly to the projects that need them.

The LoveAnimals.org crowdfunding platform empowers everyone to get involved by performing small actions. Everyone can join the animal welfare movement by sharing this story on social media.

For Valentine’s Day, LoveAnimals.org is asking animal lovers to share the love so they can help even more animals. You can check out their campaign at 14 Days of Love!

LoveAnimals.org campaigns run the full gamut of animal welfare projects. Pets, wildlife, marine preservation – you can find any project that helps animals posted on the platform. Here are some of our favorites, both big and small:

Roger the cat: Tossed from a moving car, the one-pound kitten was in critical need of surgery. In less than 24 hours, donors doubled Longmont Humane Society’s funding goal. Today, Roger is a happily rambunctious – and healthy – cat.

Chimp Haven: The only national chimpanzee sanctuary in the U.S., Chimp Haven, chose LoveAnimals.org to raise funds to care for former research chimps. Donors raised nearly $60,000!

Catalina the cat: Catalina was found on the streets of NYC with burns on the majority of her back and tail. As part of their Critical Care Program, Sean Casey Animal Rescue provided veterinary care including daily wound care, IV antibiotics, and X-rays. And LoveAnimals.org donors funded the over $4000 bill!

HSUS Prairie Dog Coalition: By working to address the dwindling prairie dog population, this wildlife organization improves the health of the entire prairie ecosystem. They raised over $5000 in their end-of-year appeal through LoveAnimals.org.

Learn more at http://www.loveanimals.org/14days-of-love.html.


Posted by & filed under Guest Blogger, Pet Nutrition, Pet obesity, Talk Radio, Tracie Hotchner.

newtraciepicI think pet lovers know that I have spent a crazy amount of time for more than a decade, studying and following information and news about pet nutrition. I feel pretty confident that I have an unbiased, objective, thoughtful perspective on the various arguments and debates about pet food, which can inspire controversy and heated debates. I can appreciate many different points of view on various aspects of how and what we feed our dogs and cats.

One line of thought that I cannot tolerate is the solemn declaration that “commercial pet food causes cancer.”
There is not a shred of evidence to back up such a sweeping statement, and it makes no logical sense, yet the idea of this blame has caught on as with some pet lovers. Once proclaimed, other people perceive the “pet food causes cancer” statement as “a fact.” When they pass this declaration along to other pet owners, the alarmist claim that “pet food causes cancer” becomes a twisted scary story that can create fear and confusion.

The sad fact is that the virtual epidemic of cancer in our pets has made people frightened their dog will get the disease – and has left them emotionally and financially devastated when their dog does succumb to it (as almost half the dogs in America will). That paranoia and sadness must make them feel compelled to point the finger somewhere – anywhere. It is human nature to try to find an answer to something inexplicable, to look for something to blame for the terrible losses we are all suffering from cancer of many different kinds claims the lives of our dogs.

I can assure you with confidence that packaged pet food is not the culprit.
I have the privilege of sharing the microphone on my Radio Pet Lady Network radio show THE PET CANCER VET with my wonderful co-host Dr. Sue Ettinger, a veterinary oncologist who is a rising star in the world of diagnosing and treating cancer in dogs and cats. She has spear-headed a national campaign for VCA Hospitals called “See Something, Do Something” about early cancer detection – a topic we are going to feature in a short film starring Dr. Sue that I am producing for VCA Hospitals to be shown as a PSA at the Dog Film Festival.

FilmOn our radio show and in many venues where she speaks and is interviewed, Dr. Sue has answered the question about a possible link between commercial pet food and cancer by saying unequivocally that it does not cause cancer, which is a multifaceted disease with multiple contributing factors.

It was validating for me that Dr. Sue’s professional opinion confirmed my own evaluation of information available on the topic. There is no benefit to repeating a knee-jerk declaration that pet food causes cancer because that false information can do harm: it can make a dog owner fearful, confused, and/or guilty, depending on whether their dog is fighting cancer, or they dread it might happen to him.

Recently I learned something new and wonderful about Halo when we were recording an episode of THE PET CANCER VET. Our caller, whose dog was in chemotherapy, was asking Dr. Sue what supplements he could give her dog that might improve the outcome.

“I know you recommend Halo for cancer patients,” our caller said.
I thought he was talking to me – since I always recommend Halo kibble as the one I feed my own dogs – but when I started to protest that I would never make any recommendation for a dog in medical treatment, our caller said Halo was recommended in The Dog Cancer Survival Guide, which is co-written by Dr. Sue.

It has become the go-to book for people whose dogs have cancer. I believe it is indispensable for every person who wants information, advice, support and hope from a cancer specialist, but I had no idea that Halo was one of the premium dog foods singled out as a good choice for cancer survivors. Dr. Sue confirmed that Halo was one of the premium foods recommended for dogs fighting cancer. This was a great example of how mistaken people are when they say that pet food causes cancer. It made me happier than ever to be an enthusiast for Halo, a philanthropic company that makes really healthy pet foods.

Tracie Hotchner is the author of THE DOG BIBLE: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know and THE CAT BIBLE: Everything Your Cat Expects You to Know.

She is also a renowned pet radio host and producer, having spent 7 years on the Martha Stewart Channel of Sirius/XM with CAT CHAT® and even longer with her award-winning NPR radio show DOG TALK® (and Kitties, Too!) that continues to broadcast in the Hamptons and the Berkshires. Her most recent accomplishment is the pet talk radio network she has created on the Internet called The Radio Pet Lady Network.