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

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

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

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

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

New Dog? Four Key Behaviors

Adopted dog "Homer" doing what he loves most, napping.

Ah, winter has FINALLY released it’s wretched grip from Chicago. And, what does that mean? Puppies, new rescue dogs, oh my! What the heck do you do with that four-legged darling who stares, follows you around and gets into things now that he or she is home? Below you will find our top four behaviors to …Read More

Exuberant Door Greetings

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Buzz! Stomp, stomp, stomp. Knock, knock. Door opens and OH MY GOODNESS, someone’s here! Someone is here! Someone IS HERE! Does that sound familiar? Well, that’s the scene in my house; no matter who it is, friends, food delivery or the plumber. And, I admit, I absolutely adore the wiggle, wiggle, wiggle that comes from …Read More

The Beauty of Eye Contact

Gavin, the Pit Bull, happily making eye contact

When I teach clients to encourage their dogs to make eye contact, the first question is always “what word do I use?” As a human who absolutely loves to hear her own voice, I get it. But, unless your dog has been using non-existent opposable thumbs and perusing the internet for tips on how to …Read More