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Thanksgiving Tips & Holiday Happenings

The hustle and bustle of the holiday season doesn’t mean the idea of training your dog has to be buried in piles of presents. Our NEW Holiday session in Oak Park is just three weeks long to accommodate even the busiest pet parents.

These exclusive classes have been designed by our training team to work on skills necessary for your dog to master during the holiday season, like pose for pictures, go to place for meal-time and stand for snow removal from paws:

Home for the Howlidays
Festive Focus
Progressive PuppiesĀ 

We’ve also developed new classes to let your dog burn off some extra energy and tune up training in the process. Plus, you’ll be the talk of the party:

Reindeer Games
Party Tricks

If our Oak Park location is not convenient for you, consider a few private in-home lessons to brush up on your dog’s training skills before the guests arrive. We offer private lessons seven days a week, during daytime and evening hours throughout Chicagoland.

Check out our entire Holiday session and register online here or call 312-564-4570 to book a private lesson.


Stuff Your Turkey, Not Your Dog

With our focus on food during this holiday, we need to remember thatĀ  our four-legged friends don’t need to partake in the human festivities.

Overindulging in fatty foods can lead to an upset stomach, diarrhea, or a life-threatening condition called pancreatitis in dogs. So, pass on the mashed potatoes and gravy for your dog. Instead, fill a Kong with your dog’s regular food with a bit of boneless, skinless turkey and a little canned pumpkin mixed in. It will keep her busy while your family enjoys their feast!

Read more Thanksgiving safety tips for dogs from the ASPCA.


Congratulations Academy 6 Graduates

The last class of AnimalSense Academy has closed their textbooks. As you know, the Academy is now a separate company owned by Jamie Damato Midgal, former owner of AnimalSense. This sixth class of the program designed to teach people to be dog training professionals is the last to graduate under the AnimalSense name.

We wish the best of luck to and congratulate:
Audra Boekenhauer
Sara Cabin
Alison Downs
TJ Ramos
Greg Raub


Junior Trainer By Day, Wrestler By Night

Sam Wittreich has two loves: dogs and wrestling. Never does he combine the two, except for a little play with his pit-bull mix, Ben.

After graduating from AnimalSense Academy in 2010, Sam was brought on staff as a Junior Trainer. He says he loves to be able to work with dogs and believes they are much smarter than we give them credit for. His favorite class to assist is Shy Dogs. “I usually have one or more dogs that will be very unsure of me, and refuse to come near me, or allow me to come near them. By the end of the six week course, they are almost always coming to me for a treat, or they are even excited to see me! So many dogs that come through that class have terrible fear of males in general, and I love showing them that males can be their friend too,” says Sam.

He sure knows what it’s like to be in the minority: Sam is the only male on the AnimalSense staff!

I learned valuable tips and tricks that have helped my dog and I create a more pleasant home environment.

Nicole P. | View Client Testimonials


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