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AnimalSensibility is the place to turn to for all of your dog training answers. Collectively, our staff has more than 75 years of extensive and comprehensive experience in dog training and behavior and of course, total dedication to dogs. We are active members of several professional organizations, regularly attend seminars and conferences and are happily obsessed with obtaining the most up-to-date training and behavior information available — and then passing it along to you. This blog is our opportunity to do that on a much larger scale. Our trainers will share new training techniques, case studies from the many classes and private lessons we conduct each week all over Chicagoland, stories from our time volunteering with rescues and shelters, as well as our experiences with our own dogs.

 

Shelter from Storms

The recent typhoon devastation in the Philippines is a reminder of just how powerful Mother Nature can be. Living in Florida, I keep a close eye on the Atlantic hurricane season which comes to a close at the end of the month. Hopefully, it will end with no major storms in my area, but it […]

Continue Reading     |     November 13, 2013

Happy Howl-o-Ween

Halloween costumes aren’t just for the kids anymore. I know pet parents who totally get into this holiday, choosing their pet’s costume months in advance and sparing no expense. Practically every city has some type of “Barktoberfest” celebration where you can parade your pup’s outfit to oohs and aahs of other dog lovers. But there […]

Continue Reading     |     October 18, 2013

Electric Fences: The Shocking Truth

I took my dog Bosworth for a walk last week on one of our regular routes in our neighborhood, when two very large dogs charged at us from the back of a house. They ran until the very edge of the property and proceeded to come to a full halt. I breathed a sigh of […]

Continue Reading     |     September 20, 2013

Hangout with Us to Learn about Tellington TTouch®

Tellington TTouch® is one of those things you kind of have to see to believe. I assisted one of AnimalSense’s very first TTouch classes with Chicagoland’s only Certified TTouch Practitioner for Companion Animals Betsy Lane years ago. I watched a group of anxious dogs be transformed into calm, relaxed beings that were comfortable being touched […]

Continue Reading     |     July 17, 2013

How Does your Garden Grow?

Gardens are working overtime to produce vegetables and flowers right now. And while you may be reaping the benefits in your fresh salads and table vases, gardens and yards can pose hazards to the four-legged members of your family. When planting your green space, keep in mind that many popular outdoor plants are toxic to […]

Continue Reading     |     July 10, 2013

SUP with your Dog

Stand up paddling (SUP) isn’t anything new. The sport is actually an ancient form of surfing that originated in the Hawaiian islands. However, in the past ten years, stand up paddle boarding has spread from beaches to rivers, lakes and nearly every other body of water. As one of the fastest growing sports in the […]

Continue Reading     |     June 18, 2013

With the Wind in My Face

Before I got my puppy Bosworth last year, I dreamed of him sitting in a basket on the front of my bicycle enjoying the fresh air as we rode around town. Those dreams quickly dissolved as my little 6 pound puppy soon reached 10, 12, 15 and finally ended up at 20 pounds. Being a […]

Continue Reading     |     April 15, 2013

Tough on Toys

I have a dog that loves to destroy toys. Bosworth can get to a squeaker in a plush toy in a matter of seconds, proudly displaying the stuffing all over the living room like his prize trophy. You’ll notice just a sampling of the graveyard of toys he has gutted in the picture on the […]

Continue Reading     |     February 20, 2013

Resolution Recall

I realize that it’s the end of January already, so maybe the term “New Year Resolution” isn’t really applicable anymore, but no matter if it’s the beginning, middle or end of the year, setting goals is always good. I’m not usually one to join in the whole resolution thing because let’s face it, most of […]

Continue Reading     |     January 29, 2013

Study: Internet is Wild West of Puppy Mills

It’s the time of year when we fire up our computers, scour the web for deals and make our way through our holiday gift list, using the Internet as Santa’s helper. Personally, if I can avoid crowded shopping malls and have all of my presents delivered right to my front door with a few clicks […]

Continue Reading     |     December 21, 2012

Ask a Trainer Question Answered

Here’s the next round of answers for our Ask a Trainer feature on our website. It’s your chance to get dog training advice from the pros at AnimalSense. Stay tuned for more questions & answers, and if you have a burning dog training question, just “Ask a Trainer”! I have always had female dogs, but I […]

Continue Reading     |     December 13, 2012

The Yellow Dog Project

If you follow any dog-related companies or shelter/rescue groups on social media (you are following AnimalSense, right?), you’ve probably heard the recent chatter about what’s being called “The Yellow Dog Project”. According to their website, The Yellow Dog Project is a global movement for parents of dogs that need space (a.k.a DINOS or Dogs In […]

Continue Reading     |     November 20, 2012

Ask a Trainer Question Answered

Here’s the next round of answers for our Ask a Trainer feature on our website. It’s your chance to get dog training advice from the pros at AnimalSense. Stay tuned for more questions & answers, and if you have a burning dog training question, just “Ask a Trainer”! My 16 month old Cairn does not let […]

Continue Reading     |     November 1, 2012

Proud to Be a Pet Parent

I was out with some friends the other night and a woman joined our table. I immediately recognized her from walking her dog in the neighborhood. “You’re Noah’s mom!” I exclaimed, “I’m Bosworth’s mom.” One of my friends rolled her eyes said “Leave it to dog owners to say they are moms.” Thing is, that’s […]

Continue Reading     |     October 23, 2012

Taking the Plunge

I realize that swimming season may be over in Chicago, but here in sunny Florida, we are still enjoying dips in the ocean and lakes. I’ve been working with my puppy Bosworth on swimming all summer and after a few months, I’m proud to say he has become a stellar swimmer. It took some time, […]

Continue Reading     |     October 2, 2012

Ask a Trainer Question Answered

Here’s the next round of answers for our Ask a Trainer feature on our website. It’s your chance to get dog training advice from the pros at AnimalSense. Stay tuned for more questions & answers, and if you have a burning dog training question, just “Ask a Trainer”! In the last two months, my now 15 […]

Continue Reading     |     September 6, 2012

The Puppy Diet

I used to have a dog with a weight problem. She was a beagle and if you know anything about beagles, you know that they would eat until they pop if they could. Rayme had to have a special bowl to slow her down while she ate her meals. She begged anytime there was food […]

Continue Reading     |     August 17, 2012

Ask a Trainer Question Answered

Here’s the next round of answers for our Ask a Trainer feature on our website. It’s your chance to get dog training advice from the pros at AnimalSense. Stay tuned for more questions & answers, and if you have a burning dog training question, just “Ask a Trainer”! I have a two and half year old […]

Continue Reading     |     August 9, 2012

Waiting for the Other Paw to Drop

As many of you know, I recently adopted a terrier mix puppy named Bosworth. This was both a frightening and exciting experience for me. As a dog trainer, you often hear about all of the behaviors people don’t like in their dogs. And unfortunately, sometimes the stories are tragic: dangerous bites, aggression toward other dogs, […]

Continue Reading     |     July 20, 2012

Ask a Trainer Question Answered

Here’s the next round of answers for our Ask a Trainer feature on our website. It’s your chance to get dog training advice from the pros at AnimalSense. Stay tuned for more questions & answers, and if you have a burning dog training question, just “Ask a Trainer”! I recently started living with my boyfriend and […]

Continue Reading     |     July 5, 2012

Training as a Trainer

I recently found myself shopping for dog training classes for my adopted puppy. When I mention this to friends, they get a puzzled look on their face and ask, “But aren’t YOU a dog trainer?” Well, yes I am. Of course, I know how to teach a dog to Sit, Down, Stay, Come and Walk […]

Continue Reading     |     June 20, 2012

Ask a Trainer Question Answered

Here’s the next round of answers for our Ask a Trainer feature on our new website. It’s your chance to get dog training advice from the pros at AnimalSense. Stay tuned for more questions & answers, and if you have a burning dog training question, just “Ask a Trainer”! I’d like help teaching my 5 month […]

Continue Reading     |     May 29, 2012

The Great Puppy Search

It took me a while to be ready to open my heart to another dog after losing my almost 16-year-old beagle in 2010. When I got Rayme, having a puppy didn’t seem like such a big deal. I was young, I had lots of roommates, and we all helped each other with our dogs. It […]

Continue Reading     |     May 22, 2012

Ask a Trainer Question Answered

Here’s the next round of answers for our Ask a Trainer feature on our new website. It’s your chance to get dog training advice from the pros at AnimalSense. Stay tuned for more questions & answers, and if you have a burning dog training question, just “Ask a Trainer”! How do I re-acquaint the safety and […]

Continue Reading     |     May 8, 2012

Ask a Trainer Question Answered

Here’s the next round of answers for our Ask a Trainer feature on our new website. It’s your chance to get dog training advice from the pros at AnimalSense. Stay tuned for more questions & answers, and if you have a burning dog training question, just “Ask a Trainer”! My rescue dog Simon has severe anxiety […]

Continue Reading     |     April 24, 2012

Ask a Trainer Question Answered

Here’s the next round of answers for our Ask a Trainer feature on our new website. It’s your chance to get dog training advice from the pros at AnimalSense. Stay tuned for more questions & answers, and if you have a burning dog training question, just “Ask a Trainer”! I have a corgi. LOVE this dog. […]

Continue Reading     |     April 3, 2012

Ask a Trainer Question Answered

Here’s the next round of answers for our Ask a Trainer feature on our new website. It’s your chance to get dog training advice from the pros at AnimalSense. Stay tuned for more questions & answers, and if you have a burning dog training question, just “Ask a Trainer”! My dog has it made around here, […]

Continue Reading     |     March 22, 2012

Ask a Trainer Question Answered

Here’s the next round of answers for our Ask a Trainer feature on our new website. It’s your chance to get dog training advice from the pros at AnimalSense. Stay tuned for more questions & answers, and if you have a burning dog training question, just “Ask a Trainer”! I read Carol’s post about getting your […]

Continue Reading     |     March 13, 2012

Ask a Trainer Question Answered

Here’s the next round of answers for our Ask a Trainer feature on our new website. It’s your chance to get dog training advice from the pros at AnimalSense. Stay tuned for more questions & answers, and if you have a burning dog training question, just “Ask a Trainer”! My 5 year old mixed breed dog […]

Continue Reading     |     March 6, 2012

Ask a Trainer Question Answered

Here’s the next round of answers for our Ask a Trainer feature on our new website. It’s your chance to get dog training advice from the pros at AnimalSense. Stay tuned for more questions & answers, and if you have a burning dog training question, just “Ask a Trainer”! I have a well-behaved 2 1/2 yo […]

Continue Reading     |     February 22, 2012

Ask a Trainer Question Answered

Here’s the next round of answers for our Ask a Trainer feature on our new website. It’s your chance to get dog training advice from the pros at AnimalSense. Stay tuned for more questions & answers, and if you have a burning dog training question, just “Ask a Trainer”! I’ve had Penny for a year and […]

Continue Reading     |     February 16, 2012

Ask a Trainer Question Answered

Here’s the next round of answers for our Ask a Trainer feature on our new website. It’s your chance to get dog training advice from the pros at AnimalSense. Stay tuned for more questions & answers, and if you have a burning dog training question, just “Ask a Trainer”! What’s a good way to drive alone […]

Continue Reading     |     February 9, 2012

Ask a Trainer Question Answered

Here’s the next round of answers for our Ask a Trainer feature on our new website. It’s your chance to get dog training advice from the pros at AnimalSense. Stay tuned for more questions & answers, and if you have a burning dog training question, just “Ask a Trainer”! We have two 5 year old miniature […]

Continue Reading     |     January 26, 2012

Ask a Trainer Question Answered

We have enjoyed reading over the submissions to our Ask a Trainer feature on our new website. It’s your chance to get dog training advice from the pros at AnimalSense. Every couple of weeks, we’ll answer some questions submitted. We got too many submissions to answer in one blog, but here’s our first round. Stay tuned […]

Continue Reading     |     January 17, 2012

Firework Freakout

New Year’s Eve is the time to pop champagne and bottle rockets. The bursts of bright color in the sky and loud noises may light up our faces, but fireworks are likely a very scary event for your dog. Those of you with phobic dogs have probably been dealing with holidays like New Year’s Eve […]

Continue Reading     |     December 27, 2011

In Memoriam

Losing a pet is devastating, especially for those of us who treat our animals like our children. It’s been a little over a year since I lost my beagle, Rayme. She was fifteen years old when she passed, so I take great comfort in knowing she had a long, full life. But I still think […]

Continue Reading     |     December 12, 2011


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