Blog - Dr. Marty Becker


From pet health tips to ideas on fighting boredom and loneliness in pets, you can learn how to make your pets' lives better here.

How to set up your pet emergency kit

Monday, Apr 27th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

A pandemic isn’t the only reason you should have an emergency kit and care plan ready to go for pets; it can also be useful if you are injured in a car accident or face some other emergency that would require someone else to care for your animals. Pet emergency kit essentials are daily care […]

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Socializing your quarantine puppy

Monday, Apr 20th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

It’s probably no mystery why we’re getting so many more behavior questions during the COVID lockdown than we normally do: Humans are home more, and it’s changing routines and creating stress for us and our pets. Fortunately, my daughter, trainer Mikkel Becker, is up to the challenge! Q: I just got a new puppy, and […]

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When pets get more love than partners

Thursday, Apr 16th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

The global pandemic has turned our world upside down. The nation imposed travel restrictions, some states are on lockdown, our cities and towns are reeling, many neighborhoods seem like tumbleweeds should be blowing past boarded-up windows, and our workplaces and homes have dramatically changed almost overnight. Despite shifting sands, there are some bedrock-solid things that […]

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When your puppy’s house training goes in reverse

Tuesday, Apr 14th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

What happens when you have a setback while house training your puppy? As always, I turned to my daughter, trainer Mikkel Becker, to help a reader out! Q: I’ve had a miniature poodle puppy since he was 9 weeks old. He is now almost 14 weeks old. Because it was so cold when I first […]

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Remember your first pet?

Thursday, Apr 9th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Remember your first pet? Of course you do! As you read “first pet,” the memories instantly flooded back with the species, breed, name, color, size, gender, where she/he slept, what games you played, on and on. I’ve asked this question one-on-one in conversations with movie stars, sports heroes, business titans, and politicians during the 17 […]

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