Memorial Day Fun with Fido

Memorial Day weekend is the official kickoff to summer. And, midwesterners relish the occasion to celebrate longer days, SUN and lots of outside time with our pups. Some dogs enjoy being a part of big, backyard barbecues and loud family gatherings at local parks. But, not all canines enjoy the shenanigans and festivities. Here are …Read More

The Art of Recovery

For many urban dog guardians struggling with serious behavioral issues, there is a moment. An EVENTUAL pause. No matter how capricious the reaction. The pup stops trembling, fleeing, freezing, lunging, barking, growling or any other lamentable behavior that provokes judgmental looks from other pedestrians; or worse, harm and acute affliction to both sides of leash and any …Read More

The Dog You Were Meant to Have

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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