The Scenic Route

Gavin enjoying the scenery at Gompers Park

Closure. I was not sure there was going to be an official end and even less convinced it would give me the warm fuzzy, sky seems brighter, birds chirping louder and more joyous feeling that I was hoping would wash over me. But, I drove 400 miles, my GPS guiding me through small towns and gorgeous landscapes …Read More

Over It Syndrome

Franklin is OVER IT

Have you ever had one of those days where you spill coffee on yourself as you race out the door, then, JUST as you notice the giant dent on your rear bumper that was not there last evening when you parked; you feel a SQUISH under your favorite pair of boots that you know has to be dog poop? …Read More

Three Ways Your Dog is NOT Trying to Dominate You

I hear it everyday from highly intelligent, extremely caring and intuitive folks; “my dog is trying to dominate me because he or she is (INSERT NAUGHTY BEHAVIOR)”.  It is an easy inference to make. Some professional trainers subscribe to a manhandle and choke dogs philosophy in order to get our furry friends to comply with cues. If you hire and trust …Read More

A Cautionary Tale


It was 63 degrees and the sun’s rays were peeking through the emerald green leaves like sparkly bands. The breeze was just a whisper and my sweet little Gavin was attached to my hip; trotting along on a perfect Tuesday morning. The first weeks of summer are oddly quiet; usually Lil’ Big Head wiggles, jiggles and squirms …Read More

The Controversial Muzzle


“Hannibal Lector”, “Cujo” or my least favorite, “how dare you have that vicious beast out of the house?” while glaring at the person holding the leash. I have heard all those mutterings, and more, when working outside with a client and their muzzled dog. Muzzles prevent bites, it is that simple. If your dog has bitten another …Read More

To Freeze, Or Not To Freeze

Kramer and Kong

The Kong, that is. What did dog lovers do before the invention of the Kong? It’s a staple in most canine homes. And, when it is not; the instant I etch the bubbly-shaped chew toy, clients’ eyes light up and they nod, despite my horrific drawing skills. A question that folks often ask is, should I freeze …Read More

People Don’t Suck

G Man!

I jumped on Facebook for my usual three minute cruise. I liked one of my best friend’s newborn photos and was feeling grateful that I was privately informed of her child entering the world before it was announced on social media. Then, I stumbled upon an article about people taking selfies with a baby shark who …Read More

Attention is Key

Loki the Lab carrying a stick

How many times have you stood next to your dog babbling his name only to see him look blankly around at anything BUT you? It is super easy to forget that dogs do not magically know their name because we decide it is so. And, if we are attempting to gain and keep attention on …Read More

You Might Be a Chicago Dog Guardian If…

The heart and inspiration of all we do, Finnigan Barker on  walk.

You use the word “guardian” because your neighbors have corrected you multiple times. Dogs are family, not property. You no longer dare to utter “owner”. More than a few times, you have dragged your sniffling, coughing, achy body out of bed to walk your dog because you live on the third floor, and have no …Read More

Love & Dog Training

Yellow lab puppies

Almost fifteen years ago; I fell head over heels, instantly, for an unwanted dog. One look at Finn and I felt my face light up and my heart soar. And, when my Lug tackled me and smothered my cheeks, eyelids and forehead with kisses; I saw a glitter gaze wash over his joyful eyes. Finn …Read More