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

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 Cooperative,...

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 stronger it...
Are You Ready for a Second Dog?

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 practice in...
6 Rules for Using Retractable Leashes

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 retractable...
Aggression in the City: Part 1

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 compassion rather...
Aggression in the City, Part 2

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...
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