Breaking Down Pet Stereotypes
and Behaviors

Dr. Bernadine Cruz  on Pet Life Radio

Profiling is the act of predicting behaviors based on a person’s ethnicity, gender or color. The cognizant you would never consider jumping to such irrational conclusions.  But it sneaks into our lives on an unconscious level.  We do this with not only with people but also with animals.  All snakes are scary and dangerous.  Pit bulls and Rottweilers are aggressive and shouldn’t be allowed around children.  Golden retrievers are hands down the best breed for a family and all calico cats, though they may look cuddly, are actually untrustworthy and one whisker away from coming unglued. Sounds pretty ridiculous when said out loud doesn’t it?

Breaking stereotypes of animal behavior and understanding their actions has been a passion for my guest, veterinarian, Dr. Gary Weitzman, President and CEO of the San Diego Humane Society.  His voice may sound familiar; he co-hosted The Animal House, a nationally distributed weekly program on public radio that explored the latest in animal science, pet health and behavior, and wildlife conservation.  He is fluent in cat and dog speak having written three books published by National Geographic, the first called “Everything Dogs,” and two books on animal behavior called “How to Speak Dog” and “How to Speak Cat” with a fourth due out in November 2017 on animal medicine, care and behavior.