Welcome to a new year of treating our pets like family! - Dr. Marty Becker

Welcome to a new year of treating our pets like family!

Thursday, Jan 5th, 2017 | By Dr. Marty Becker

I want to do a barrel roll off of my hamster wheel of activity and thank each and every one of you for loving pets like family.

I’m not talking about just providing your four-legged family members the basics like food, water, and shelter, but going above and beyond what most pets get. You give them predictability, loyalty, love, veterinary care, and sofa or bed to share, and yes, your treat drawer is always full.

You might not give your spouse or partner a foot massage or neck rub, but you never turn down a dog or cat that wants some extended “heavy petting.” Simply put, you celebrate, protect and nurture the human-animal bond and work to give your pet a happy, healthy, full life. God bless you and your pets and know that we pray for each of you daily.

In 2017, I’m going to redouble my efforts to not only create Fear Free veterinary visits, but to launch a massive initiative directed at you: pet owners. We want to engage, educate, and inspire you to not only reduce fear, anxiety and stress (FAS) for your pets at home, but to dramatically increase the amount of enrichment activities we do with them, from food puzzles to exercise to interactive training.

To be on the very front end of this movement which will formally launch in May, I hope you’ll follow Fear Free Pets on Facebook.

And wait, there’s more! My next book, From Fearful to Fear Free: A Positive Program to Free Your Dog From Anxiety, Fears, and Phobias, which I co-authored with  boarded veterinary behaviorists Dr. Lisa Radosta and Dr. Wailani Sung and my daughter, trainer Mikkel Becker, is available for pre-order on Amazon.com right now! I hope you’ll check it out! (Note: That is not an affiliate link.)