Mikkel Becker, CPDT
Mikkel Becker is the resident trainer for vetstreet.com and works in conjunction with veterinarians and veterinary behaviorists to address behavior issues in dogs and cats. Her four-legged best friend is Willy the pug, a certified therapy dog through the Delta Society. They are both adventurists and enjoy traveling together to experience the great outdoors, from visiting the farm animals on the family ranch to taking hikes around their home in Seattle.
FIRSTLINE - Jul 11, 2016
Your body language (stiffening, taking shallow breaths) influences your dog. Use this advice to relax (so Baxter can chill too).
FIRSTLINE - Jul 01, 2016
We explain it all here, including how to switch your patients' experiences from the merely fun to the truly victorious.
FIRSTLINE - Jun 29, 2016
Teach pet owners how to transport their furry friends to your veterinary practice with these calming tips for more mellow car rides. (Psst, this means you may face a more relaxed pooch in the exam room.)
VETTED - Jun 13, 2016
Don’t judge pet owners who get their advice from TV trainers—guide them toward a better outcome with these thoughtful tips from a behavior expert and a certified professional dog trainer.
FIRSTLINE - Mar 31, 2016
It sounds too simple to be true, but accommodating a pet’s preferences can help take the scary out of a veterinary visit.
FIRSTLINE - Jan 06, 2016
Pets only calm down and relax when you make the veterinary hospital feel like home sweet home.
FIRSTLINE - Dec 23, 2015
The trick's in the trick—really! Pets love to show off—and this fun activity just may relax the pet parents at your practice, too!
- Nov 20, 2015
Use these quick low-stress tips for pets who aren't food motivated.
FIRSTLINE - Nov 17, 2015
Can you trick pets into thinking the V-E-T word really means spa? A gentle pet massage might be the first step.
FIRSTLINE - Nov 05, 2015
Just because you recently gave up your teddy doesn’t mean your veterinary patients need to let go of their security item. (And if you still sleep with your blankie, don’t worry. We won’t judge.)
FIRSTLINE - Oct 23, 2015
She flies into your veterinary exam room, a whirling fury of claws and teeth. And if you can just get her to chill out, you might get her cat to relax too.
FIRSTLINE - Oct 20, 2015
A new study shows why you need to tame fraidy cats—whether they're people or kitties.
FIRSTLINE - Aug 28, 2015
To manage an animal’s behavior, you must first start by managing your own behavior. Use these eight steps to manage your mood.
FIRSTLINE - Aug 09, 2015
Does your practice sound scary to pets?