Steve Dale

Steve Dale

Steve Dale, author of the syndicated "My Pet World" column, is widely known as the "Ann Landers of the pet world," offering animal lovers of all kinds the latest news and information on their furry, feathered and scaled companions.

Dale draws on the expertise of experts from around the country to produce his weekly Q&A, which delves into everything from the proper care and feeding of iguanas to feline litter box habits and Prozac for pets. His weekly feature column puts Dale's journalism skills to work covering developments and events of the day that affect pets and their owners.

In 2003, Dale received the Dog Writers Association of America's highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award for exemplary conduct, public communication, professional excellence, promoting excellent in the sport of dogs and extraordinary achievement. In 2002, Dale won the American Veterinary Medical Association's prestigious Humane Award, the only AVMA award presented to a non-veterinarian. In 2001, "My Pet World" received Editor and Publisher magazine's first annual Feature of the Year Award, special feature category. Dale has also captured several awards from the Dog Writers Association and the Cat Writers Association. He was named Columnist of the Year for the Cat Writers' Association in 1998, and the Anti-Cruelty Society chose him as Chicago Media Person of the Year for 1997.

Dale is also host of the weekly radio program, "Pet Central," on Chicago's WGN Radio 720, senior columnist for "PetLife," and author of "DogGone Chicago: Sniffing Out The Best Places To Take Your Best Friend" and "American Zoos." He has appeared on PBS "Pets: Part of the Family," and has served as guest "pet expert" on radio and television around the country, including appearances on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," WGN-TV, the Fox News Channel and "Animal Planet." He has spoken at numerous pet conferences.

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Pug's piddling indoors could be spiked by separation anxiety, poor housetraining or a medical issue

These reader questions were all answered by contributing authors of "Decoding Your Dog: The Ultimate Experts Explain Common Dog Behaviors and Reveal How to Prevent or Change Unwanted Ones", written by members of the American College of Veterinary ...

Follow these tips for a pet-safe holiday season

Here are 12 safety tips to insure your pets enjoy a healthy and safe holiday: 12) Candles burn: Curiosity can kill a cat. 11) Meet the relatives: Some pets are social butterflies, others not so much.

What may look like a cat/dog tussle is probably just play

Q: I have a 10-month-old Bedlington Terrier and a Siamese cat. A: Hmmm, annoying to whom? It seems you're annoyed by the behavior, which is perfectly fair, I suppose. Q: How do I find a pet sitter?

Misinformation about dog behavior is rampant - and sad, expert says

TV dog trainer Victoria Stilwell is registering an official complaint: "Dogs aren't allowed to be dogs anymore," she says.

Recent books explore how dogs think

Q: I've read your column for many years, and I'm wondering if you've written anything else, say a book, that might help me understand how my three dogs think?

Consider putting some of these books under the tree

Here are eight new books perfect for animal lovers this holiday season. 1. "Unlikely Heroes: 37 Inspiring Stories of Courage and Heart from the Animal Kingdom," by Jennifer S. Holland.

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