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.