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Jim Tedford

Jim Tedford

Jim Tedford served as PetSafe® brand's Director of Animal Welfare Initiatives and Alliances. Jim facilitated partnerships with animal welfare organizations, commissioned animal behavior research to help improve PetSafe products, and advocated for our training, lifestyle, and behavior products worldwide.

Working on the front line of animal welfare for over 20 years, Jim has served as CEO for organizations in New York, Louisiana and Tennessee. Prior to joining PetSafe, he provided marketing and fundraising services to animal welfare organizations nationwide.

Jim holds a degree in animal science from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. He and his wife Ann share their “empty nest” in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains with two Labs, Bodie and Sam, one Jack Russell, Henry, and a blue and gold macaw, Gipper – all adopted!

Jim was a regular contributor to the PetSafe blog, where he shared his experiences working with shelters and his adventures as a pet owner.

Articles by This Author

Why Neuter a Dog? The health and behavior benefits
Why Neuter a Dog? The health and behavior benefits

Would you like to minimize or prevent some serious health and behavior problems for your dog? Veterinarians encourage pet owners to have their pup spayed or neutered at an early age, usually...

Does Your Community Take Care of Its Animals?
Does Your Community Take Care of Its Animals?

By Jim Tedford, Director of Animal Affairs and Alliances “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way in which its animals are treated.” Mahatma...

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How to Set Off-Limits Areas for Pets

Our homes, pets, and lifestyle preferences are entirely unique. Some people enjoy having their dogs beside them on the couch or keeping them company in the kitchen. Others prefer that pets stay off of the furniture or out of certain rooms in the house. Whatever your lifestyle, pet barriers and deterrents are useful training tools. They establish boundaries for your dog so everyone lives together peacefully.

PetSafe Joy of Toys Giveaway

PetSafe has partnered with a dozen animal welfare organizations from across the US to help enrich the shelter environment for pets in their care. Between now and December 31st for every new follower or like PetSafe gets via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram we will donate a treat dispensing toy to a shelter.

Training Deaf Dogs

Wondering how to train your deaf dog? You have lots of training options.

Crate Training Tips

Many professional trainers believe that crate training is the easiest and most natural way to house train a new puppy.

Advanced Off-Leash Training

Does your dog obey verbal commands? How about 100% of the time? Teach your dog better obedience and enjoy more freedom for both of you.

Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks

While puppyhood is the most important time to teach new habits, the second most important time is now.

Feeding Options for Your Dog

Did you know the method you use to feed your pets can be just as important to their health as the type of food you choose?

Break the Barking Habit: Speak and Hush

Have a noisy pup? Stop your dog's barking by teaching him to bark on command and be quiet on command.

How to Prevent Your Pet from Stressing Out

Pets are very sensitive and emotional, meaning stress can be triggered easily. Here are some tips for preventing stress for your pet.

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Pet Theft Awareness

An estimated 2 million pets are stolen each year and only 10% of these pets are returned to their owners. To protect your pet, it's important to know about pet theft.

Dealing with Arthritis in Pets

Do you know how to recognize if your pet is arthritic and what you can do at home to ease his pain?

Microchip Implants in Pets

Implantable microchips, or radio frequency identification (RFID) tags, help identify and locate lost pets. Learn how they work.

Lyme Disease in Dogs

For people with pets that are active outdoors, it is important to understand what Lyme disease is and what to look for.

Breed Info: Poodle Hybrids

Thinking of adding a poodle mix to yoyur home? Learn about the strengths and weaknesses of these breeds.

Traveling with Pets
Traveling with Pets

Taking a pet on a vacation or a trip can be a great adventure for you  and your animals. Before you go, consider these preparations before heading off.

Guide to Puppy-Proofing your Home

Prior to bringing a puppy into your home, examine your home for potential hazards and try to eliminate them.

Finding Your Perfect Pet

Whether you’ve grown up with animals or are getting a pet for the first time, it's important to choose the right kind of pet for you and your family.

Coping with Pet Loss: A Resource Guide for Grieving Pet Owners

Pet lovers experience the joy and sadness that owning a pet brings. Eventually we all experience the loss of a pet. Losing a pet, in many ways, is not unlike losing any other loved one.

The Pet Owner's Home Safety Guide
The Pet Owner’s Home Safety Guide

When you bring a dog or cat into your home, you are extending love and protection to the animal and also making a commitment to its care. To do this, you’ll need to keep your pet safe and healthy, including making sure your pet can’t get into any potentially dangerous or deadly items in your home.

Finding a Lost or Missing Pet

If you’ve ever lost a pet or had one go missing, you know it can be an extremely traumatic experience for you as well as your pet. Follow this guide to help you find your pet as quickly as possible.

The Best Thing on Your Fall Checklist

What a great time of year to think about adding a new best friend to our lives!  Before those three-dog nights kick in, every household should have at least ONE dog to cuddle in front of the fire.

The Fight Against Canine Cancer

Cancer stinks. There is no way around it. Whether it strikes a close relative, a good friend…or you, it is a devastating disease. It stinks! A few facts about the impact of this killer on...

Protect Your Pets from the Summer Heat

There has been no way to avoid the tragic news reports of children being left in hot cars this summer. In some instances, concerned passersby have noticed kids in crisis before it was too...

Get Humble. Adopt a Shelter Cat.

 First...the the present time I do not share my home with a cat. Wow. It sure felt good to get that off my chest. Now...the back pedaling commences...I love cats. I really do....

PetSafe® Shelter Enrichment Project

Toys aren't just for playtime anymore. Enrichment toys keep pets happy and active, especially in animal shelters.

World Spay Day – an Ounce of Prevention

This simple surgical procedure keeps our pets happier and healthier and helps bring the cycle of pet overpopulation to an end once and for all.

Get Fit With Your Pets

Dogs are the most dependable workout buddies you could ever have.

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Adopt Some Love for the Holidays!

Adopt your new best friend and save a life at the same time.

PetSafe Gives Shelter Dogs a Happy New Year

We're helping less fortunate pets this season. For every new “Like” on the PetSafe Facebook page, we'll donate a toy to a participating shelter.

National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week

By Jim Tedford, Director of Animal Welfare Initiatives and Alliances   Jim with dogs Bodie and Sam It is interesting how we tend to appreciate things so much more when we need them.  We...

Celebrate National Feral Cat Day!

By Jim Tedford, Director of Animal Welfare Initiatives and Alliances Jim Tedford speaks to the media to promote one of PetSafe's many philanthropic events fe·ral [feer-uhl] ...

Get Paid Back in Kisses and Tail Wags
Get Paid Back in Kisses and Tail Wags

 By Jim Tedford, Director of Animal Welfare Initiatives and Alliances Jim with dogs Bodie and Sam I saw a t-shirt recently that read:  “Whoever said ‘money can’t buy love’ never had a...

Adopt a Mutt, The Best of Everything

By Jim Tedford, Director of Animal Welfare Initiatives and Alliances Adopt a mutt - the best of everything! A number of years ago one of the national animal welfare organizations printed...

Real Dads Love Dogs

By Jim Tedford, Director of Animal Welfare Initiatives and Alliances Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there!  I can honestly say that of all the jobs I’ve had through the years, the...

Adopt-A-Shelter Cat Month: The Cure for Kitten Season

By Jim Tedford, Director of Animal Welfare Initiatives and Alliances Despite sharing his home with four dogs, Jim is a fantastic cat lover and he is celebrating in June! Read on to learn...

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Summertime, and the Living Is Easy, Unless You Suffer a Dog Bite

By Jim Tedford, Director of Animal Welfare Initiatives I don’t know about you, but I absolutely love summer!  I love longer days, short sleeves, flip flops, snow cones,...

The Extinction of Dog Catchers

 By Jim Tedford, PetSafe Director of Animal Welfare Initiatives and Alliances Jim spent 30 years working and managing animal shelters all over the world. Given that experience, he knows...

Pet Proofing Prevents Poisoning

By Jim Tedford, Director of Animal Welfare Initiatives and Alliances There is an old cliché saying, "Curiosity killed the cat." Like most old clichés it bears significant wisdom. And,...

Training: The Investment That Always Pays

 By Jim Tedford, Director of Animal Welfare Initiatives and Alliances Jim recently launched a new website - - to help pet owners communicate with their pets...

How to Help Your Pet Have a Healthy New Year

 By Jim Tedford, Director of Animal Welfare Initiatives and Alliances Jim knows all about keeping Bodie and Sam fit. They spend lots of time together hiking the woods behind Jim's...

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How to Detangle Your Pet’s Winter Coat & Survive Shedding Season

By Jim Tedford, Director of Animal Welfare Initiatives and Alliances Does an invitation to visit your home come with a warning not to wear black and to take an extra allergy shot ahead of...

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5 Reasons You Should Appreciate Your Animal Shelter

We are in the midst of a very important week. You see, this is National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week. Most of the work done by our shelters is done quietly and with little or no fanfare. They don’t necessarily want the praise… they just want to save lives. But they are more than worthy of our gratitude.

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What Should We Do with Feral Cats?

Feral cats can be a real problem for communities, but many are lost as how to handle them. Trap-Neuter-Return programs are usually the best option.

Save Money on Pet Care
Money Can Buy Love

The bottom line, your pets love you no matter what. Even our parents can’t make that claim! Unconditional love via pet ownership, like everything else in life, has a price.

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Why Should You Adopt a Shelter Pet?

October 1 marks the beginning of a 31 day stretch called National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month! That’s right…the entire month of October is a great big celebration of “man’s best friend.”

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Breed All About It: Terriers

Though Jim is pictured here with his two labs Bodie and Sam, he is really a Terrier guy. How did he end up with two labs then? He says it's really simple - his wife is a Labrador Retriever person.

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Can a Ride Save a Life?

Jim volunteers every month with the ASPCA shuttle from Louisiana to New Jersey. After nearly 20 years working in animal shelters, he knows adoptions save lives.

The Story That Never Ends: Pet Property Damage

 By Jim Tedford, Director of Animal Affairs and Alliances Jim's love for animals has cost him many dollars over the years and not just in food and vet bills. Animals always find a way to...

Do You Need a Dog Park?
Do You Need a Dog Park?

By Jim Tedford, Director of Animal Affairs and Alliances Jim, Bodie and Sam love the evenings they spend in Knoxville's PetSafe dog parks. It's good for all three of them! If someone...

Here Kitty, Kitty: Adopt a Shelter Cat in June

By Jim Tedford, Director of Animal Affairs and Alliances Jim loves his dogs Bodie and Sam, but he also has a soft spot for cats. For most people, the onset of spring and the anticipation...

How Safe Is Your Pet in a Parked Car?

By Jim Tedford, Director of Animal Affairs and Alliances I grew up in the South where heat and humidity are a way of life. Back in those days, many cars came equipped with snazzy vinyl...

Can I See Your ID?

By Jim Tedford, Director of Animal Affairs and Alliances Many years ago, a friend and colleague in animal welfare shared with me information on a promotional campaign encouraging pet owners...

5 Most Common Dog Behavior Problems: Chasing

By Jim Tedford, Director of Animal Affairs and Alliances While it may not be the nicest way to think of our dogs, we share our lives and our homes with predators! Thankfully, most are far...

Could You Be Poisoning Your Pet?

By Jim Tedford, Director of Animal Affairs and Alliances What is it about babies that make them want to instantly put EVERYTHING into their mouths? They seem to want to taste-test pretty...

5 Most Common Dog Behavior Problems: Digging

By Jim Tedford, Director of Animal Affairs and Alliances When you adopted your pet, you never expected they would redesign your landscaping and you never wanted them too. Read on to...

3 Reasons You Should "Fix" Your Pet

By Jim Tedford, Director of Animal Affairs and Alliances Jim with his dogs, Bodie and Sam I think I know the basic definition of the concept of cause and effect. To be sure I was right,...

Are You a Responsible Pet Owner?

By Jim Tedford, Director of Animal Affairs and Alliances Jim practices responsible pet ownership with Bodie and Sam everyday. How do you compare to his suggestions?  For many years I...

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5 Resolutions for a Happier Dog for the New Year

By Jim Tedford, Director of Animal Affairs and Alliances Jim is an example of a very responsible pet owner. His dogs Bodie and Sam love him every bit as much as he loves them. We thought he...

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Pets Are for Life, Not Just Christmas

For most of us, Christmas is a wonderful season chock-full of last minute shopping, overeating, late night greeting card addressing and general chaos. I don’t know about you, but if I have to add one more item to my list my head might spontaneously combust! Sounds like a great time to add a new member to the family, right?

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Man’s Best Friend and the “C” Word

Most dog owners may not be aware of the high incidence of the “C” word in their canine companions.  Yet cancer does strike far too frequently. According to the Morris Animal Foundation, a leader in canine cancer research, cancer strikes nearly half of all dogs at some point in their lifetimes, and one in four dogs will die of the disease.  The statistics are staggering.   But, what can be even more staggering is the toll of the disease on our canine companions and the people who love them.  In my case, his name was Otis.

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Thanking Everyday Heroes: Animal Shelter Appreciation Week

There is another group of heroes we may never encounter, but should be very glad they are out there.  People who work in our nation’s animal shelters deserve our recognition and our praise.  These everyday heroes save lives each and every day.  That may sound overdramatic, but it is not an overstatement.  These folks face unspeakable cruelty and neglect so extreme most people cannot begin to imagine.  They repair broken bodies and broken lives every day.  And they deal with emotional highs and lows that surround animals and our relationships with them.

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There’s No Such Thing As a Free Pet

There is truly no such thing as a FREE pet. That kitten your neighbor convinces you to take off his hands will be with you for 15+ years.  During his lifetime, he will eat every single day.  He will need fresh litter regularly.  He will need to be neutered.  He will need annual vaccinations and other preventative health care.  He will need medical care when he’s sick.  And sometimes that care will be extraordinarily expensive!

October Is National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

Who among us could not use another friend? Then, what the heck are you waiting for? Head on down to your local animal shelter and take your pick!

New Pet Guide
New Pet Guide: How to Survive The First Week Together

One of the biggest threats to the human-animal bond involves unrealistic expectations on the part of pet owners. Too often, people assume that a newly adopted pet instinctively knows exactly what his new guardians expect. But, sadly, our animal companions rarely come to us pre-programmed to understand our expectations. Training is a key component of responsible pet ownership. And patience is another!

4 Things to Consider Before Adopting
New Pet Guide: 4 Things to Consider Before Adopting

Within the past six months, I have gone through the process of introducing and assimilating new dogs into my household TWICE. We did not enter into these relationships without a significant amount of forethought and soul searching. The decision to add a new companion animal to your life and home is not drastically different than the decision to add a human child! So, before you make the decision to acquire ANY pet, take a look at your lifestyle and consider at least the following.