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Helping a dog who is afraid of thunderstorms

Thursday, Apr 18th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Chihuahua hiding under the quilt on the bed

Our dog Quixote is terrifed of thunderstorms — and it’s  fear that’s very common in dogs. When a reader asked me for help for her dog, I recruited my daughter, trainer Mikkel Becker, to share some tips. Q: It’s thunderstorm season, and my 3-year-old Australian shepherd has become so afraid of the noise that he […]

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Happy Paws magazine is finally here!

Tuesday, Apr 9th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Marty and QT Pi Happy Paws

It’s hard to believe this day is here, but it is: Happy Paws magazine from Fear Free Happy Homes is on newsstands across the country! I championed this magazine for the same reason I founded Fear Free, because I don’t believe animals should have to live with fear, anxiety, and stress. Thanks to advancements in […]

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Join us to prevent dog bites

Thursday, Apr 4th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Victoria Stilwell and Dr. Marty Becker

Dog attacks are a nationwide issue and pose a double tragedy to the victim and the fate of the dog. In 2018, there were 17,300 dog bite insurance claims and 670,000 dogs were euthanized. The CDC reports nearly 350,000 people were treated at hospital emergency rooms for dog-related injuries in 2017. Children and babies are […]

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How I learned to stop hurrying and let my dog check his pee-mail

Wednesday, Mar 27th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Male poodle peeing on tree trunk

Didn’t I read something, perhaps a soliloquy from a doggy Shakespeare who exclaimed from beside a fire-hydrant, “To pee, or not to pee, that is not the question.”? A dog’s motto is to pee frequently with as much volume and elevation as possible. I long ago coined the now popular term “pee-mail,” which is basically […]

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Video: The right and wrong way to pet a dog

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

Mikkel and Indiana Bones on green lawn

Dogs have personal “bubbles” just like people do. They also have specific ways they do and don’t like to be petted. In the final video in her training series with our friends at Bissell, my daughter, trainer Mikkel Becker, discusses and demonstrates the good and the bad of petting. This video, like a couple of […]

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