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Questions that we will be answered in a future blog. AnimalSensibility will Make Heads and Tails of Your Canine Conundrums.

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.

 

You are your Dog’s Advocate

You are your dog’s advocate. Remember this. I think a lot of us forget it sometimes, or are nervous about that role. You are your dog’s voice. You are the one thing that stands between your dog and the outside world. That can seem like a big responsibility, but it’s also pretty empowering too. Let […]

Continue Reading     |     September 25, 2013

Why Your Dog Needs a Solid Recall

Having a solid recall can mean the difference between life and death for your dog. By having a solid recall, I mean that your dog responds consistently to a chosen word and comes bounding back to you. I don’t care if the word is “Come,” “Here,” “Pickle,” “Montana,” or “Sausage.” The point is, when you […]

Continue Reading     |     September 3, 2013

A Positive Video Shoot Success

If you’ve read my blogs before, you may remember that in addition to being an AnimalSense dog trainer, I am also an animal wrangler. Basically, I provide suitable animals for different commercial projects and then handle them on set, having the animals perform the required tasks while maintaining their comfort and safety. This is a […]

Continue Reading     |     July 25, 2013

Taking Risks with your Dog

When it comes to owning and training dogs, the ways to do it are endless. As a professional in the pet industry, I like to think that I have a lot of knowledge about owning animals, especially dogs. But, as I mentioned in a previous blog, I also recognize the fact that I don’t know […]

Continue Reading     |     June 24, 2013

Listen to your Dog

Our puppy Khaleesi is almost seven months old now. We’ve passed the majority of the puppyhood milestones: shots, teething, spaying, basic manners, house training. We have been able to achieve all of these, some more easily than others, but achieved nonetheless. Sometimes I feel that a majority of her young life has been spent listening […]

Continue Reading     |     May 30, 2013

Pepsi the Cat: A Love Story

For almost 16 years, one of my mom’s dearest friends was a black and white cat she called Pepsi. When I was in 6th grade, a classmate of mine was going through some family troubles and she spent about a year with us. She begged to have a kitten, and my mom agreed, thinking it […]

Continue Reading     |     May 3, 2013

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’m wondering what the “official” views on furminators […]

Continue Reading     |     April 4, 2013

A True Expert

I’ve spent my entire life around dogs, which I’ve mentioned here before. My grandparents own a dog boarding kennel in the suburbs, and when I was younger, I was convinced that growing up with a dog kennel in my backyard gave me some kind of superiority over other “dog” people. Sure, you like dogs, but […]

Continue Reading     |     April 1, 2013

My Professional Obsession

I love being a dog trainer. As someone who’s been around animals my whole life, it truly is a perfect fit, and a natural progression for me. I’ve been involved in the boarding and daycare, grooming, handling, and training aspects of the doggy world, and I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. I work with dogs, […]

Continue Reading     |     February 27, 2013

Beloved Buttons

For many people, the holiday season is a time to reflect as well as to celebrate. When Christmas time comes, I can’t help but think of one of my dearest friends who passed away and crossed the Rainbow Bridge two days after Christmas, 4 years ago. Her name was Buttons, and she was a border […]

Continue Reading     |     December 28, 2012

Say (or Squawk) Cheese

In addition to dog training, I also work as an animal handler for commercial photographers. This means that I provide animals for different photography projects and work with the animals to get the desired shot. I work with all types of animals, from dogs and cats to farm animals to exotics. I love this type […]

Continue Reading     |     November 26, 2012

From Country to City Life

Lately, I’ve been spending a lot of time at my boyfriend’s house. Since he has two teenage children, we’ve been making the transition to moving in together very slowly. For me, a big part of that transition was bringing my dog Georgie to the city. I knew moving in would be a big change for […]

Continue Reading     |     October 26, 2012


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