April 2018

5 Basic Dog Commands Every Dog Owner Should Teach And Use

By |2018-06-20T18:35:04+00:00April 13th, 2018|Chicago, Dogs, FAQ, Obedience, Training|

What your dog needs to know how to do depends on your and your dog’s lifestyle. Not every dog needs to know every command there is, but there are a few basic dog commands that every dog needs to know because they are applicable to your dog and you. For example - in my opinion -

February 2018

What To Do When A Dog Growls At You

By |2018-04-14T20:13:14+00:00February 23rd, 2018|Aggression, Behavior, Chicago, Dog Rescue, Dogs|

It's just another day lounging next to your pupper while watching tv. Commercials come on and you turn and pet your dog, but instead of responding with a kiss and tail wag, your dog growls at you. Maybe you've just brought home your new puppy and you're all excited to introduce him or her to

3 Ways to Prevent Puppy Separation Anxiety From Developing

By |2018-06-12T23:00:53+00:00February 17th, 2018|Behavior, Chicago, Dog Rescue, Dogs, How To, Puppy|

Puppy separation anxiety is a very common behavior issue I work with, and - in my opinion - it's more difficult to address than aggression. The reason is because it's the relationship that's been established between the puppy and the owner that's driving the anxiety. Believe it or not, the puppy decides the dynamic

Chicago Dog Leash Laws

By |2018-05-10T21:22:10+00:00February 2nd, 2018|Chicago, Dog Rescue, Dogs, Off Leash Training|

Last week's blog covering "What To Do When An Aggressive Off-Leash Dog Approaches" got a lot of attention, so I thought it would be a good idea to talk about what the leash laws are in Chicago. Be sure to check your city's own leash laws as they may differ from Chicago dog leash laws. Leash

January 2018

What to Do If an Off-leash Dog Approaches You

By |2018-05-10T23:35:02+00:00January 26th, 2018|Behavior, Chicago, Dog Rescue, Dogs|

Most people have had encounters with off-leash dogs in areas where - according to Chicago's leash laws - the dogs shouldn't be. Most of the time, it's not a big deal when the owner comes running up yelling their dog's name repeatedly, apologizing as they pull their dog away or leash them up. But when

Puppy Clicker Training Tips and Strategies

By |2018-07-12T18:45:30+00:00January 19th, 2018|Chicago, Dogs, Puppy, Training|

So many puppies! Looking at my calendar, I count 13 puppies currently enrolled in puppy behavior training with me and I have another 3 that I need to schedule in. I typically have 3 - 5 puppies enrolled at a time on any given month, but this year I'm hitting a new record. That's