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How Friendly is that “Pet-Friendly” High-Rise, Really?

A recent article in the Chicago Tribune discussed a new trend for high-rise apartment and condo buildings: attracting residents through their pets. Urban property managers are adding amenities for dogs, to attract potential buyers to their buildings. These amenities...

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How to Socialize an Adult Dog with Other Dogs Part II

A couple of days ago, my dog Saint and I went to our local tennis court to play a game of fetch before I headed to work. This has now become part of our daily routine and his primary form of exercise. As I tossed the ball for Saint, I noticed a woman and her young dog (about 5 months) approaching the fence. More accurately, the dog was pulling her to us, dragging her along behind. As they approached, Saint showed no interest in them, even when she asked “Can we come inside?” I politely replied, “I’d rather not, because my dog’s not going to enjoy sharing his ball.”

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Socializing an Adult Dog with Other Dogs

As the director of training at a facility that also offers doggy daycare, I often get inquiries asking for help in socializing adult dogs with other dogs to stop leash reactivity, aggression, poor manners, and so on. I also see owners bring their dogs to daycare for the sole purpose to socialize with other dogs. With my background in human psychology

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Applying Learned Behavior

One of my favorite things to do is observe Lilu, my youngest dog. I am always amazed by her intelligence and clever ways of thinking. While I believe many dogs are equally intelligent and clever, I know the most about Lilu because I observe her at home and...

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Is the City Creating Bad Dogs?

For the past seven years, I have been training dogs in one of Chicago’s busiest areas: the South Loop. Year after year, it seems like the city is growing: new construction, a larger population, and more dogs. And it strikes me the bigger the...

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Positive Guru

As a positive dog trainer I am constantly sharing the benefits reward based training has on a dog. Training your dog in a positive manner is not only more effective but does wonders to a dog’s mind, body and soul.  However, today I want to share notes from...

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Transforming Energy, Transforming Behavior

Having a calm, clear mind when working with your dog is an essential—but often overlooked—aspect of successful training. This is especially important when you have a sensitive dog who either gets nervous or aggressive around stimuli. Dogs can sense our...

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Why I Do Not Punish My Dog: Part 1

I was looking through old files and found this article. I wrote this exactly two years ago when Lilu was a teenager. How did it work out for me two years later? Stay tune for Part 2: The Update! As my teenage dog, Lilu, continues to grow and...

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Why I Do Not Punish My Dog: Part II

As much as I love and enjoy my job I would be lying if I said it was never stressful. The truth is, when you begin to understand dog behavior your eyes open and you are able to see into the intimate world of dogs. They say ignorance is bliss-and it can be,...

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When Treating Your Dog Can Harm, Part 1

It was a sunny morning on a spring Saturday, and I found myself in the bathroom. Yes, the bathroom. It wasn’t even 9 AM, and I found myself trembling, my heart pounding, and unable to control my anxiety. Trying to stay calm, I was making frequent visits to...

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When Treating Your Dog Can Harm, Part 2

Earlier this year, Puffy, my soon-to-be-15-year-old dog, was diagnosed with Vestibular Disease. I heard him collapse one Sunday evening and rushed to hold him tight. All I could do was hold his body as my frightened little boy lost all sense of control....

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Top 5 Reasons Dog Training Benefits the Owner

As dog training becomes more popular, so do the articles, blogs, and stories about how dog training is great for the dog. Getting your pet enrolled in a positive training program such as group or even private lessons benefits your pet greatly. Your dog...

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Adopting a Dog: Before, During and After Process

Congratulations on your decision to adopt a dog! We all dream of finding the perfect pooch to bring home and share our lives with. Finding the perfect dog is about finding the dog that is a good match for your lifestyle and needs. Here are some tips to...

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How to Make the Best of a Trip to the Dog Park

On December 10th, 2014, the Chicago South loop area opened the Fred Anderson Dog Park. It’s a large park divided into two separate areas: a smaller section for smaller dogs, and a larger area for larger dogs. According to the South Loop Dog Park Action...

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Fear: Is it Theirs, or Ours?

A couple of weeks ago, I decided to get one of those interactive toys for my 15-year-old dog, Puffy. I am always trying new ways to stimulate his mind, whether it’s through training or fun games. This is because I believe the more you use your brain, the...

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Are You Ready for a Second Dog?

Four years ago, right around this time of year, I found myself getting ready for a second dog. As I started my training career, and after making great progress with Puffy, I found myself eager to train a dog from puppyhood. As I gained more knowledge and...

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6 Rules for Using Retractable Leashes

As many of my readers know, earlier this year we had to say goodbye to my beloved Puffy. This caused a few changes in our household. While some were natural, others were made by choice. One of the few changes I decided to make in Lilu’s life was to buy...

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Aggression in the City: Part 1

When I speak to students and clients about aggression, I often like to put them in the place of their dogs. It’s not a fun exercise but I feel that it’s a needed one because when we start to work with aggressive dogs we need to approach the work with...

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Aggression in the City, Part 2

A couple of weeks ago, I was helping my clients with their anxious and at times reactive dog at their downtown condo by Lake Michigan. While the lesson was to focus on his behavior towards strangers and dogs in the elevator and hallways, we came across a very unusual reaction.

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Barking Up The Wrong Tree

A few weeks ago, I was having lesson with a pregnant couple and, obviously, their dog. The couple wanted to be responsible pet owners and prepare their dog for what was coming. The dog, was a small, cute-as-a-button fur ball with many fears. As part of...

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Dogs of Steel

Do you have a dog whose goal in life is to chase all the squirrels and bunnies in the neighborhood? A dog who can find even the smallest piece of food on the ground? Perhaps you have a dog who acts as if his mission in life is to greet every person he...

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Crossing the Line

Have you found yourself at the end of a great training session with your dog only to then have your dog pull you out the door? Does your dog behave and listen like an angel inside the house, but act like he has never had a day of training once outside? In...

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