Dog Park Safety: On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!

Dog playing outsideThis spring, Chicagoland experienced a heartbreaking outbreak of Canine Influenza, and all the experts agreed that, in an effort to minimize exposure to dangerous and contagious bacteria, dogs should not visit the dog park (among other places). While the alert was most definitely justified, and we continue to be concerned about the flu, the decreasing rate of infection indicates that we are not combating an epidemic. Continue…

Dog Walking & Obedience Training: How Your Pet Will Benefit On (and Off) the Leash

Springbrook_iStock_000040645364_MediumJanuary is all about canines as we celebrate National Walk Your Pet Month and National Train Your Dog Month. And, for those of you who have tried to walk an untrained dog on a leash, the connection between these two themes is clear.

Training is an essential part of your puppy and adult dog’s life, encouraging his or her wellbeing, socialization, and safety. Like basic obedience training, properly walking your dog on a leash can be enhanced with initial training classes to help teach you the techniques to walk your dog with confidence and ease. Continue…