Fear Free Archives - Dr. Marty Becker

Category Archives: Fear Free

Video: The truth about playing tug with your dog

Friday, Feb 15th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Mikkel and Indiana Bones playing tug

Dogs love to play tug, but people are always saying it’s not a good idea to indulge them in that love. The truth is, if you keep a few simple tips in mind, it’s safe to play tug with most dogs. My daughter, trainer Mikkel Becker, has the explanation in the latest video in her […]

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Once-troubled parrot invents game all her own

Thursday, Feb 14th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Cah'ya and Emily

I normally don’t publish guest posts, but when I read this moving story on Facebook, I had to reach out to its author, Emily Strong, and ask if we could share it here. It’s about a parrot who for unknown reasons suffered severely from fear, anxiety, and stress, who not only learned a different way […]

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Video: One thing never to do when your pet messes in the house

Monday, Feb 11th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

My daughter, trainer Mikkel Becker, is back with another dog training video in her ongoing  myth-buster series with our friends at Bissell. Today’s myth: that rubbing your pet’s face in his or her “mess” will teach them not to do it again. It won’t help and will almost certainly make this and other behaviors worse. […]

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Video: Bust this dog training myth

Wednesday, Feb 6th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Mikkel and Willy

Think you don’t have time to train your dog? The truth is, you already are — but it may not be anything you want her to learn. Take a few minutes and watch this video from my daughter, trainer Mikkel Becker, and our friends at Bissell. In it, she’ll explain why the idea of “not […]

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The evolution of cat handling: From the ‘two-zip code’ stretch to ‘gentle control’

Thursday, Jan 24th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

In veterinary school we had a class called “restraint.” One of Merriam Webster’s definitions is restricting movement. From experience, I’ll tell you that “restraint” in vet med often meant heavy metal gates, squeeze chutes, ropes, twitches, and rodeo/judo throws, plus the old standby, pile-‘o-techs imprisonment. Between growing up on a ranch, going to veterinary school, […]

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