The Dog You Were Meant to Have

Yellow lab, "Gus" smiling on a walk

There is nothing in this world that gives me more peace and inherent joy than a few free hours; wandering through a park with a warm breeze kissing my cheeks, and a floppy-eared dog looking up at me. Finn gave me this glorious gift; an appreciation for the sweet, twittering conversations of birds fluttering from …Read More

Under Pressure

Senior Chocolate Lab "FInn"

There we were, making our way up the back staircase to my condo; Finn stopped and started to pace. I cheered him on and motioned a “go on up” hand gesture as he looked at me, then fluttered his grey eyebrows while he glanced towards the next landing; eager, yet tentative. My Lug halted a second …Read More

Are You Petting Your Dog the Wrong Way?

Petting a young puppy

We love our dogs and they adore us. With so much fondness, joy and friendship; how can it be possible that our darling dogs may not want our affection? Read on to find out some common mistakes that we make when we pet our pups; and, how you can better use physical touch to improve …Read More

Escape as a Reward

Sweet lab mix learning to be brave

Before Lil’ Big Head stole my heart; he was found tied to a stake outside and shot with a BB gun. So, I can only guess that his trembling and flattening onto the sidewalk like a buttery pancake the first few months he lived with me were due to a pretty wretched past. I worked REALLY …Read More

Leash Walking Gear

Archie

Having the right equipment not only makes the process of leash training in busy neighborhoods like Andersonville, Lincoln Square and Roscoe Village SO much easier; it can also be the key to your dog’s safety as he or she learns the rules of the road. Once you have two weeks of super duper behavior, you …Read More

Anxiety

Chihuahua Frankie learning to be confident and relaxed

Any human being who has ever experienced panic attacks or an acute anxiety episode knows that symptoms like: trembling, inability to concentrate, accelerated heartbeat, labored breathing, sweating, consuming restlessness, involuntary paralyzation and/or an intense need to flee, are serious. And, when one is in that extremely debilitating state of mind, it is unlikely you will …Read More

Grey Eyebrows and a Puppy Belly

Happy golden retriever duo, Senior Sam and Puppy Sadie

It is no secret, we have a soft spot for senior dogs. And, puppies. Well, and any dog in between. Anyone who has ever been blessed to share their life with a senior dog knows there is a language, a secret code, that you develop with each other over the years. A vernacular that no …Read More

Kiddos & Dogs

Creme Retriever "Oliver", sitting politely for the ball.

What could be more gratifying than watching your children frolicking in the back yard with your puppy or rescue dog? The uninhibited joy of playing, romping and chasing with no agenda other than having fun; responsibility and commitment-free. We firmly believe no one expands their human household nor brings home a new dog with the …Read More

Terrible Teenagers

Remember that bumbling ball of fur who plopped into a “sit” and melted into “down” with just a couple of minutes of practice? And, the adorable way he dropped his little head and gave you the best sad puppy eyes when his shark teeth hit your hand and you instinctively said “ouch”? Well, those days are gone …Read More

Training Deposits

Our dogs bring us so much joy. Who else in this world wiggles when you open the front door after being gone for TWO. WHOLE. MINUTES? And, our beloved canines, remind us how important laughing and playing, walking through the forest preserves or snuggling on a chilly, wet, winter’s day are to our own replenishing needs, like no other …Read More