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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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How to change outdoor cats into happy, healthy indoor cats

Monday, Jan 21st, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Gray British kitten plays with the furry orange toy on the blue sofa, the cat biting the toy.

Can outdoor cats learn to live happily indoors? You bet! My daughter, trainer Mikkel Becker, and I teamed up to share these tips with a reader who is making the switch for her feline family members. Q: We hope to move in a couple of years. Are there any steps to prepare our four outdoor […]

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Cat’s new fear is a mystery

Monday, Jan 14th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Cat hiding under bed

A cat has been timid since kittenhood. Now 8 years old, she’s suddenly become so terrified she won’t come out from hiding. What could have caused it, and what should her humans do? Here’s what my daughter, trainer Mikkel Becker, and I teamed up to tell a reader. Q: We adopted our 8-year-old female cat […]

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What should you do when your dog doesn’t like someone?

Tuesday, Jan 1st, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

fearful dog

What do you do when your dog doesn’t like someone, and you have no idea why? This is a problem one reader is facing, and as I always do with behavior concerns, I asked my daughter, trainer Mikkel Becker, to answer. Q: My sweet 18-month-old cavalier King Charles spaniel comes to work with me every […]

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