Sunday, December 28, 2014

Doggy Paw Protection

The pads on our dog’s paws are vulnerable to the effects of ice and snow, so it’s crucial that we take every precaution possible to keep them well-protected on those long winter walks. One especially helpful thing you can do is rub some easy DIY paw wax onto his pads before letting your doggy step outside.
(Helpful hint: Paw wax is also great protection against gravel and other abrasive surfaces, and can help give your dog some grip to stop him from sliding all over the wood floors in your home!).
From Kristie Lorette, eHow:
Things You’ll Need
Beeswax (1oz)
Olive oil or avocado oil (about 1tbsp)
Borax (just a pinch)
Airtight container
1. Melt the beeswax. You can purchase commercial grade beeswax and follow the instructions on the package on how to melt it. You can typically find beeswax at local craft stores because it is an ingredient for making homemade lip balms. Approximately one ounce of beeswax is a good starting point for a batch of dog paw wax.
2. Add the olive oil or avocado oil to the melted beeswax, drizzling in a little bit at a time and stirring the mixture until it has the consistency of whipped cream or a whipped batter mix.
3. Add one pinch of borax to the mixture. Stir it until the borax is mixed into the oil and beeswax mixture.
Tips & Warnings
  • Store the paw wax in an airtight container to keep it fresh and soft. Keeping the air away from the paw wax mixture also prevents the mixture from discoloring.
  • Apply the paw wax to the pads on the bottom of your dog’s paws. You only need one or two small dabs of wax for each paw. Rub the mixture onto the paw pads similar to the way you would rub moisturizing lotion onto your own feet or skin. When the wax dries, it will create a protective covering on the pads of the dog’s paws.
  • Your dog will probably try to lick the wax you apply to its paws. While the ingredients are organic and safe, try not to let your dog lick off the wax, because it will lick off the protective element you have applied.
  • If your dog has open wounds on the pads of its paws, you should treat the wounds and allow them to heal prior to applying the protective wax. Contact your veterinarian for appropriate treatments for open wounds or sores on your dog’s paw pads.

Friday, October 31, 2014


Keep your doggy safe tonight by following these steps...

  1. Don't feed your dog Halloween candy, especially if it contains chocolate or xylitol (a common sugar substitute found in sugar-free candies and gum).
  2. Make sure your dog is properly identified (microchip, collar and ID tag) in case s/he escapes through the open door while you're distracted with trick-or-treaters.
  3. Keep lit candles and jack-o-lanterns out of reach of your dog.
  4. If you plan to put a costume on your dog, make sure it fits properly and is comfortable, doesn't have any pieces that can easily be chewed off, and doesn't interfere with your dog's sight, hearing, breathing, opening its mouth, or moving. Take time to get your dog accustomed to the costume before Halloween, and never leave your dog unsupervised while he/she is wearing a costume.
  5. Keep glow sticks and glow jewelry away from your dog. Although the liquid in these products isn't likely toxic, it tastes really bad and can make your dog salivate excessively and act strangely.
  6. If your dog is wary of strangers or has a tendency to bite, put him/her in another room during trick-or-treating hours or provide him/her with a safe hiding place;
  7. Keep your dog inside.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


Just as a growing child, your dog will want to chew on toys and other objects to relieve the pain of a new set of teeth coming in.  If your dog is full grown, you may also come home to find your couch cushions or favorite pair of shoes ripped to shreds, but it is not because they enjoy the taste.  Your dog could be exhibiting signs of separation anxiety or anxiety in general.

Try these steps to correct the problem:

1. Remain calm.  Unleashing your anger on your dog won't accomplish anything.  Move him to seek another object to chew while you calm down.

2. Correct your dog.  Don't try to grab the object away or take the dog away from the object.  Instead, use a light touch correction on the neck or hindquarters to get your dog's attention away from the object.

3. Redirect the behavior.  If the correction didn't get your dog to drop the object, find something else that will, such as the scent of a treat or another toy.

4. Claim the object.  Use your energy and body language to communicate to your dog that the object is yours.  It can be helpful to imagine an invisible boundary around you and the object.

5. Find safe chew toys.  Many dogs use chewing as a way to calm themselves.  Puppies who are teething chew to relieve pain.  Provide an object that they can safely chew, such as a chew toy or a bully stick.

Thursday, October 16, 2014


In nature, dogs bark to raise an alarm at the first signs of possible danger or to herald a new arrival.  Barking is an important means of canine communication.  According Cesar Millan, there are generally four basic triggers - and each carries a very clear message.

Scared, confused, spoiled, and boredom are the most common triggers.  The best thing you, as a dog owner, can do is to identify why the excessive barking is happening and then work toward fixing the problem.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


What does it mean when your dog pants?

Because dogs sweat through the pads on their feet, most of their body heat is expelled through their mouth when they pant.  It's their primary means of regulating body temperature.  Dogs also pant to cope with pain.

Monday, October 13, 2014


Wags to Wishes – Kildeer, IL
Sat, October 18, 7pm – 11pm
Where             20922 N Rand, Kildeer IL 60047 map
Description      Join us for a night of exciting silent & live auctions, raffles, hors d’oeuvres, 5 course dinner with wine, OPEN BAR, and more!  Dress is smart-casual.  Please no pets.  Cost: $75/person

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Thursday, October 2, 2014


"Dog Aggression - In Depth"
FridaySaturday, & SundayOctober 10, 11, 12

Expand Your Approaches to Aggression: 
Dog-dog & Dog-people

John Rogerson is widely acclaimed as one of the world's leading trainer behaviorists. Pioneer of many now standard techniques for behavior, therapy, and training. Author of 8 books & 2 videos. Lead instructor for major government and university entities including: Guide Dogs for the Blind, U.S Air Force (dog section), Washington, Illinois & Bombay Vet Schools, Blue Cross.

Days 1 & 2: Aggression: Causes & Assessments
Day 3: Modifying Aggressive Behavior
 Conveniently located at:

Guerin Prep
8001 W. Belmont Ave.
River Grove, IL 60171

(Just 12 Miles from downtown Chicago; 4 miles from O'Hare)

Group Rates: From $155 (per person, includes all 3 days; CEU's: 18)

Group discount details (group members may pay separately), individual registrations, & complete course description:

All deposits fully refundable.

Monday, September 29, 2014


We have become aware of the passing of several dogs in our client base, and it brings up an important reminder that we need to allow ourselves to grieve the loss of this beloved pet.  A dog takes up residence in our home and our heart to teach us about loving unconditionally.  And when they leave us - be it old age, illness, or sudden death, they depart to teach us about loss.  Both have to go hand-in-hand.  There are several things you can do to walk through the grieving process...
  • write a poem or letter to your pet
  • memorialize him with a special place in the yard where you have buried his remains or just want to have a quiet place to reflect
  • talk about him with others who shared in the life of the dog
  • start a fund in his honor at a local pet rescue center
  • scrapbook his life
Take time to heal from the loss.  A new dog never replaces an old dog, it merely expands your heart.  If you have had the privilege of loving many dogs in your life, your heart is very big!

Friday, September 26, 2014

The Benefits of Nutritional Herbs For Dogs

  • They can provide medicinal effects like fiber, mucilage, diuretic, adaptogenic, and can play a key role in the absorption of vital nutrients
  • They can be considered as both food and medicine as they have the elements of each
  • They can contain carbohydrates, fats and proteins along with the vitamins and minerals necessary for good nutrition
  • They can boost the immune system
  • They can cleanse and alkalize (detoxify) the body
  • They are nourishing to our pets on the deepest level: brain, bones, muscles, skin, coat, heart, lungs, liver and kidneys
  • Although they’re not a substitute for animal protein, they offer wonderful supplementation
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Thursday, September 25, 2014

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Monday, September 22, 2014