Cold Weather Gear

HelioSnow!

We have found over the years that having the right gear for walks in chilly, snowy, icy weather; makes all the difference! We prefer to support local businesses like Wigglyville for the above dog gear. But, we have been blessed that our audience has grown to dog lovers around the world so we have included items you can …Read More

Best chew toys for dogs

Chance, terrier mix, chewing on a Kong Goodie bone.

Does your dog have an incessant need to chew? Or do you have a new puppy you would like to teach good habits to before he destroys your couch? Maybe, you just want to spoil your grand dog.  We prefer to support local businesses like Wigglyville. But, we have been blessed that our audience has grown to …Read More

Gift ideas for dog lovers

Gavin Squeak

Have a friend with a new dog or just looking for some tried and true items to spoil your furry best friend? We prefer to support local businesses like Wigglyville. But, we have been blessed that our audience has grown to dog lovers around the world so we have included items you can purchase online. Support …Read More

Dread in the City

Stella

One of the saddest behaviors we encounter is an extremely fearful dog living in the heart of Chicago. Sure, many dogs absolutely love their walks. But, a dog who has innate, negative physical responses to cars, buses, the El, other dogs and people coming at them; the patience needed to help these dogs learn that …Read More

Rescuing a Dog

Ellie!

We very strongly support rescuing a dog and think the world of the people who spend their time, open their homes and see things that people do to animals that might cause many of us to become cynical. We are so grateful that we spend our days with people who love their dogs and are …Read More

Perfect Dog in Five Minutes

Dog sitting in kitchen nook, watching the other dog in the house being trained.

Raise your hand if you are perfect. Wait, don’t see any palms in the air. If we are not perfect, how can we expect our dogs to be perfect? And, sadly, sometimes we see dogs who are expected to be foolproof performers but never get a chance to practice behaviors unless they are stressed, distracted …Read More

Staring is Rude

ChopperStaring

Wait, hold the phone. We told you eye contact was good but now it’s not? So confusing! Fido looking at his mom with soft eyes, a relaxed face and giant grin; all super awesome. Fifi staring at the cat, frozen stance and a tense mouth; not good at all. There is no need for a …Read More

Come When Called

Help! My dog won't come when I call him

We know it, every time you call your dog to “come”; you get a blank look or worse…your dog runs away. What can easily happen when a puppy or adopted dog enters into your home is you say “come” willy nilly for many different reasons but never to intentionally to teach your that the word …Read More

The Awesomeness of “Touch”

Old English Bulldog "Clark" prepping for "touch"

We’ll admit, when we first learned “touch”, the importance was baffling. Why would we want our dog to touch their nose to our hand? However, now, it is by far one of our favorite cues to teach a dog. Not only does it reinforce a nice, gentle mouth but it’s great to move a dog …Read More

The Power of “Find”

Mister

What is “find”?  Well, it’s a super simple and easy behavior; lowering his or her head. Sometimes we see humans scratch theirs when we suggest this but it is much more natural for a dog to drop their head to the floor in the face of a stressful situation than to do a “sit/stay”; staring and …Read More