Real Pet Tips is a pet blog for animal lovers, by animal lovers. Whether you just got your first guinea pig, or your tenth cat, we aim to be the best possible resource for online pet education possible!
Ted Morris, Veterinarian & Stand Up Comedian
I’m Dr. Ted Morris, and I’ve been working as a small animal veterinarian in Canada since 2001. In addition to taking care of my patients I’m a nationally syndicated radio columnist for CBC Radio, the house vet for Zoomer Radio and CBC TV’s Steven and Chris and a mentor of vet students.
I’m also an internationally touring stand-up comedian who you may have seen on my TV comedy special or appearances at the Halifax Comedy Festival and Winnipeg Comedy Festival, or heard on CBC Radio’s The Debaters and Laugh Out Loud.
Yes, I know it’s a weird combination. I’ll never forget some advice given to me by a professor in my last year of vet school. “Never lose your sense of the ridiculous. It will do you well in this profession”.
So, what am I going to have on this site?
Information on what I see as the most common health issues that my patients have. Real world tips to keep our furry, feathered and scaly animal companions in their best state of health. Access to expert information because, hey, even I have my limits, but I’ve got some really smart friends. I can point you to the real health experts.
No offence to the teenager who works at your local pet food store part-time on the weekend (I’m sure she’s really nice!) but I don’t think she’s the best source of information for what to feed your pet. Fun and funny video clips because nobody said learning had to be dull and boring.
Jackie Todd, Dog Trainer & Behaviorist
If you would have asked 6 year old me what superpower I would want, I would have replied, “the ability to speak to animals”. Growing up on a farm in rural Ontario, I was mystified by their unique personalities. I would wake up hoping that this would finally be the day that my “animal voice” would come. As I got older I realized that this “animal voice” wouldn’t just naturally occur (sadly), so I decided to take measures into my own hands. I decided to study dog training and behavior.
Dog training is about creating a common language between animals and humans. It is understanding their world, and their minds, and using that in order to find a way of mutual speaking. Training isn’t about controlling your pet, it’s about communicating with them.
Sadly I never became a dog whisperer in the literal sense, but I like to think that I found something equally as cool. Through this website I hope to share the things that I’ve learned with you so that you too can create a strong and meaningful relationship with your pets. I want to put smiles on doggie faces! (and human faces too).
So who am I?
My name is Jackie Todd. I practice positive reinforcement-based dog training and behavior modifications. I am a student of Canine Academy, under the mentorship of Sue McMullen and Dr. Ed Bailey. I have also studied with the Scandinavian Working Dog Institute in scent detection and tracking. I have been a dog walker/pet sitter with a prominent pet care business for a number of years. I’m currently the head of the Pet Care Department at The Summerhill Club, a boutique child and pet care agency in Toronto, Ontario. I am owned by an opinionated Australian Cattle Dog mix from Israel named Django. Django and I are members of Advanced Tactical Training and Communications, a Search and Rescue unit serving Southern Ontario. In my spare time I can be found roaming the forest with my pack, or climbing rocks somewhere.
In my non-pet related life (let’s be honest, my whole life is related to pets) I am an actor, holding a BFA with Special Honours from the Acting Conservatory at York University. I work both in film and theatre.
In short, I am a dog trainer + behaviorist, dog walker, pet sitter, actor, and adventurer.
Igor Alves, Creative Producer
I am the person who Administrates the Website & Produces all of the content on the YouTube channel.
I’m also a Guinea Pig owner and Dog Lover.