Author Archives: Steve Dale


Positively Expert: Steve Dale

Steve is a certified dog and cat behavior consultant, has written several books, hosts two nationally syndicated radio shows, and has appeared on numerous TV shows including "The Oprah Winfrey Show," "National Geographic Explorer," and "Pets Part of the Family." Steve’s blog is

How We Can Make the Vet Office a Less Scary Place for Pets

Posted on: March 4, 2017 - No Comments

Imagine being hung half way out a window by your suspenders 30 stories up, or being held up at gunpoint. That’s actually how I believe many of our pets feel at the vet office, or even before they arrive, as they realize that’s where they’re headed and fear begins to ramp up.

What You Can Do to Prevent Compassion Fatigue

Posted on: February 22, 2017 - No Comments

Following the suicide of my friend Dr. Sophia Yin (in 2014), and several higher profile veterinarians – the profession, in unison, said we need to do something about this. It’s out of the closet and I believe that is a good thing.

Creating a Kinder Future for Elephants

Posted on: January 31, 2017 - No Comments

Is it possible that that today’s elephant species – long persecuted by man – will one day go the way of the mastodon? Sadly, the answer is yes.

Understanding Diabetes in Pets

Posted on: January 9, 2017 - No Comments

The bad news is that diabetes is way up in dogs and cats. The good news is that diabetes is considered treatable (as mentioned, cats may even go into remission). However, in order to treat, appropriate diagnosis is necessary.

8 Pet Safety Tips for Christmas Day

Posted on: December 23, 2016 - No Comments

Some quick & easy tips to make Christmas a safe, fun day for you and your pets.

Humane Solutions for Controlling Feral Cat Populations

Posted on: November 29, 2016 - 1 Comment

Feral cats aren’t a new issue; they existed for thousands of years – likely since the domestication of cats somewhere between 5,300 to 9,000 years ago.

These Three New Dog Breeds Will Make Their Debut This Week

Posted on: November 22, 2016 - 2 Comments

“The winner is always that dog sitting on the couch with you while you’re watching the dog show. Your dog is always Best in Show.”

Why Montreal’s Pit Bull Ban Won’t Reduce Dog Bites

Posted on: September 30, 2016 - No Comments

Breed bans do nothing to enhance public safety; they ignore the real reasons why dogs of any breed attack. So where there are breed restrictions and bans – bites happen anyway.

Raising Awareness for Lyme Disease in People & Pets

Posted on: September 14, 2016 - No Comments

Increasingly, human and veterinary medicine are working in tandem. This year, I began a one health campaign called Stop Lyme in conjunction with the American Veterinary Medical Association and the non-profit Global Lyme Alliance.

Q&A: How Do I Stop My Dog’s Fixation on Our Guinea Pigs?

Posted on: August 26, 2016 - No Comments

Q: I accidentally caught your radio show and enjoyed it thoroughly. As a psychologist, I am interested in behavior issues, and have an interesting question for you. Molly, our 13-year old Golden Retriever, is infatuated with the two Guinea pigs, who my son recently purchased. She’s so obsessed; we need to distract her to get her to eat. What’s this behavior about? Does she want to mother them? J. F., Chattanooga, TN

Choosing a Veterinarian: The Certification to Look For

Posted on: July 19, 2016 - No Comments

Steve Dale gives his thoughts on the AAHA certification for veterinary practices, and what the certification means for patients.

How to Stop Dogs From Eating Their Own Poop & the Cat’s, Too

Posted on: June 29, 2016 - No Comments

Question: Venus, our almost 2-year old German Shepherd dog enjoys eating her poop, or eats from the cat box. That doesn’t seem right. What can we do to stop this desire?

Making the Case for Keeping Cats Indoors

Posted on: May 28, 2016 - 2 Comments

The bottom line is that kept indoors only cats do live longer, healthier lives – as the laundry list of dangers simply don’t occur to cats inside only.

What You Need to Know About E-Cigarettes and Your Pets

Posted on: May 4, 2016 - No Comments

While the flames of controversy are fanned regarding the potential danger of e-cigarettes to people, it’s clear e-cigarettes may be lethal to dogs.

Understanding Heartworm Disease in Cats

Posted on: April 25, 2016 - No Comments

Many decades ago, veterinarians didn’t really know the significance of heartworm disease in cats. It turns out that cats are about as likely to be affected by the disease as dogs - though the disease is totally different in cats.

How a Pet-Friendly Shelter Saved This Woman and Her Two Dogs

Posted on: February 17, 2016 - No Comments

In 2013, a NYC shelter began an innovative co-sheltering program called URIPALS, which allows victims to shelter with their pets. New York resident Jasmine Rivera says URIPALS saved her life, literally.

Expert Tips on Keeping Your Pets Safe During the Winter

Posted on: February 2, 2016 - No Comments

Veterinary experts give their tips on keeping your pets safe and happy during the cold winter months, including how to prevent frostbite and special tips for senior pets.

How One Shelter Is Helping Mexico’s Homeless Dogs

Posted on: February 1, 2016 - No Comments

Away from beach sports and tourist hustle and bustle, barking dogs greet visitors to the SPCA Puerto Vallarta in Mexico.

Reflections From Pet Parents for the New Year

Posted on: December 29, 2015 - No Comments

Pet parents offer their reflections from 2015 as they begin a new year with their pets.

The Surprising Results of a Crash Test on Pet Travel Safety Products

Posted on: December 16, 2015 - No Comments

A recent pilot study indicates that despite marketing claims of safety, many pet booster seat and pet seat products tested were in fact unsafe. CPS CEO and founder goes as far as calling the results “a complete disaster.”

How Well Do Dogs and Humans Understand Each Other? (Part 2 of 2)

Posted on: November 16, 2015 - No Comments

How much do dogs really comprehend us? Lots of work at dog cognition centers around the world are attempting to grasp how much dogs really know.

How Well Do Our Dogs Understand Us? (Part 1 of 2)

Posted on: November 10, 2015 - No Comments

So, how much do dogs know? Humans have lived side-by-side with dogs for thousands of years, yet even today this big question continues to baffle science – even as dogs have become family members.

The Three Most Important Roles of a Vet Tech

Posted on: October 20, 2015 - No Comments

If hugs counted for $1 apiece, the U.S. government could balance their budget on the number of free hugs technicians give to clients. Veterinary technicians do it for love.

FIP: How One Organization Is Working to Find a Cure For This Fatal Cat Disease

Posted on: October 5, 2015 - No Comments

Although feline infectious peritonitis or FIP is called the most devastating disease in cats, Susan Gingrich is radiant about the future. Gingrich established the Bria Fund with the Winn Feline Foundation ten years ago, after her little Birman cat named Bria succumbed to the fatal disease.

A Day to Remember the Shelter Pets Who Never Found a Home

Posted on: September 23, 2015 - No Comments

“I wanted to shine a light on those who don’t make it out."

This New Veterinary Test Could Save Your Pet’s Life

Posted on: September 22, 2015 - No Comments

“We’re now discovering loss of kidney function in lots of middle aged cats before the cat becomes sick. This is extremely important to potentially slow the disease progression and help us to monitor kidney loss.”

This Is What Happens to Your Dog In a Hot Car

Posted on: August 17, 2015 - No Comments

“If it’s too hot for a person, it’s too hot for a dog." While I survived being locked in a hot car, your dog likely wouldn't be so lucky.