Fear Free Archives - Dr. Marty Becker

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How a ‘problem’ dog changed the world for a little girl

Thursday, Nov 8th, 2018 | By Mikkel Becker KPA CTP, CPDT-KA, CDBC, CBCC-KA, CTC

Becker Family 1980s with Scooter

A post from Dr. Becker’s daughter, trainer Mikkel Becker, on how her childhood dog Scooter’s “bad behavior,” and the abusive approach taken by the trainer she reached out to, helped make her the trainer and dog lover she is today. That photo brings back memories of not only rocking the 80s hair and denim, but […]

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Why I want to get rid of veterinary hospital waiting rooms

Thursday, Oct 4th, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Sad, scared dog at vet

In my almost 40-year-career, I’ve owned all or part of seven veterinary practices. Some were free-standing buildings and others were in shopping centers, but they were basically all of the same design. From front to back, reception counter, waiting area, exam rooms, pharmacy/treatment, surgery, radiology, offices, and kennels. It’s the same template for probably 99 […]

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Canine Confidential: A great book about what dogs do, written for people who love them

Thursday, Sep 20th, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Three American Bulldogs with their noses to the ground, tails wagging

Are you looking for a book about animals that will inform you, uplift you, and make you think? Every since they introduced in-flight wifi, the amount of reading I do on airplanes (which is where I seem to spend half my life) has dropped dramatically. But when Fear Free Advisory Group member Dr. Marc Bekoff’s […]

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Fear Free Friday: 25 percent off PetWell pet massagers for one day only

Thursday, Sep 6th, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Happy dog getting a massage

Teresa, my wife, is a certified pet massage therapist, so I’ve seen first hand how addressing pain and tension in our pet’s bodies can help relieve their anxiety and stress, too. That’s why I was so happy to see that the PetWell line of pet massage tools was the Fear Free Happy Homes deal for […]

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A vest that calms pets with pressure, sound, and vibration

Thursday, Aug 2nd, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

I’m really excited about this month’s Fear Free Friday deal. It’s the Petmate Calmz vest, which has helped our Quixote so much when he’s frightened by fireworks or storms. Calmz works both by applying pressure to specific points on your dog’s spine, and by playing a therapeutic medley of classical music, tones, and gentle vibrations. For […]

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