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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.

 

Happy New Year!

We’ve had a great year here at AnimalSense – we’ve met some wonderful new clients, spent quality time with old friends, and welcomed new staff to our growing family. But we’ve got some even more amazing things in store for 2014, and our innovative rolling admissions classes and revamped curriculum are at the top of […]

Continue Reading     |     January 1, 2014

Slow Down Chow Time

If you were to come to my house and feed my three dogs, you would think that my dogs haven’t been feed in years. They don’t even chew their food, and it’s gone within seconds. Fast eating can be bad for dogs because it can sometimes cause bloat. Bloat can be fatal in some cases. […]

Continue Reading     |     November 1, 2013

Not a Dog: 15 Fun Facts about Other Animals

This blog is usually dedicated to dogs, but there are so many other fascinating animals on this planet. Here are 15 fun facts about other animals that make me smile: 1. An elephant has the largest brain of all mammals. It’s average is 11 pounds. 2. Sharks lay the biggest eggs in the world. 3. […]

Continue Reading     |     October 1, 2013

Living Up to a Name

Naming your dog is hard. What’s your thought process of choosing a name? Do you have a name picked out before you get the dog? Or do you consider the dog’s personality and appearance? Here are the top 10 most common names for this year. We here at AnimalSense definitely see some funny ones! Top […]

Continue Reading     |     September 4, 2013

Dogs Abroad

I have been traveling in Italy for the last month, and I found dogs to be very different there. During my first day of walking around Rome, I was actually more in awe of the dog culture then the beauty of the city. My boyfriend Andrew was probably sick of listening to me say “Oh […]

Continue Reading     |     August 2, 2013

On the Road Again

I am planning a month-long trip to Italy this summer.  As a business owner, you’d think I’d be worried about leaving for such a long period of time, but I have an amazing staff, so I am 100% confident that my business will be fine without me. I’m more concerned about my three dogs. I […]

Continue Reading     |     June 3, 2013

Project Malamute

This story made headlines a little while ago, but Malamutes are still looking for their forever homes. In October 2011, breeder Mike Chilinski was caught with severely neglected Malamutes at his home in Helena, Montana. He had adults, puppies and many pregnant females. The local Lewis & Clark Humane Society was assisted by The American Humane […]

Continue Reading     |     May 1, 2013

The Sad Truth

It is estimated that around 1.2 million dogs are hit and killed by a car in the U.S. each year. Many times they are chasing something, whether it be a ball, a squirrel, a cat or a child. The majority of these dogs were loose and off leash. In Chicago and many towns in Illinois, […]

Continue Reading     |     March 1, 2013

Illinois is the Best State

The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) recently released their rankings for 2012’s best state for animal protection. Illinois continues its reign as best state, a spot we’ve held for the past five years. That is amazing news for animals here! This ranking is based on fifteen different categories and this group runs extensive reports. This […]

Continue Reading     |     February 1, 2013

Beyond the Myth: Breed Discrimination

Breed Specific Legislation, or BSL, is something that has been happening in the United States since the 1980s. It involves laws that ban or restrict certain types of dogs based on appearance and usually because a breed is perceived as “dangerous”. The ban usually requires that all dogs of a certain description be removed from […]

Continue Reading     |     January 2, 2013

What to Do if you Find a Stray Dog

There’s nothing worse than the sight of a stray or lost dog on the side of the road. If you are like me, you want to stop and help every single one of them. But do you know how to approach the situation to stay safe? Here are some steps you should follow if you […]

Continue Reading     |     November 2, 2012

Stinky Breath

Oh my gosh, that smells so bad! I say that every time my dogs kiss me. Their breath is sometimes unbearable. Most of you know I have two small dogs (chichi’s) and a big girl (pit mix). Kayla is 3 years old and her mouth is just now starting to smell, but the two little […]

Continue Reading     |     September 28, 2012

Pet Poison Scare

I had to call Poison Control for the first time a few weeks ago for my dog Kayla. It was a fairly normal weekend at the house. I had been at a family party all day and brought food home. Someone (I won’t name names) left a chocolate cupcake out on the counter. All of […]

Continue Reading     |     September 3, 2012

The Vegetarian or Vegan Dog

I am meeting more dogs who are vegetarian, or even vegan, these days. The first time I had someone tell me that their dog was vegan, I was very confused. “Don’t they know that a dog is naturally a carnivore?” I thought to myself. I have been a vegetarian and even a vegan in the […]

Continue Reading     |     August 10, 2012

Get Equipped

As pet parents, you always want the best for your dog. But there are so many different types of equipment available for dogs these days, it can be hard to know what the right product is. Walking your dog is a necessity, and there are so many different collars, harnesses and leashes out there…. how […]

Continue Reading     |     July 2, 2012

One Year Milestone

I can’t believe it has been one year since I acquired AnimalSense. What an amazing, whirlwind of a year it has been! We moved our office to a storefront in Old Town. We put our blood, sweat and tears into a new website and online registration system. We launched this blog, a forum for our […]

Continue Reading     |     June 1, 2012

“People” Food for Dogs

If anyone knows me, they know I am always trying new things with my diet. I like being a healthy person, but I have to keep it interesting, to say the least. I have been a vegetarian, I have juiced, I have gone raw, I have been a vegan… I have done it all. All […]

Continue Reading     |     May 2, 2012

Those Scary Things Called Stairs

Stairs are something that us humans never think twice about. They are just another pathway from one destination to another, but our dogs look at them very differently! Stairs come in many different forms. There are wood stairs, carpet stairs, stairs with no back, steep stairs, shallow stairs, narrow stairs…. and the list goes on. […]

Continue Reading     |     April 2, 2012

Fun Canine Enrichment Toys

If you are a dog owner, you probably have heard of or use a Kong. I LOVE them… and so do my dogs, but sometimes you want to switch it up. Here are some of my favorite dog toys. The majority of these toys come in different sizes for every dog! 1. The Squirrel Dude […]

Continue Reading     |     March 2, 2012

One Big Happy Family

I’m sure most of you know that I have three dogs in my household. I know what you are thinking… that’s crazy! I have two little ones I call the ChiChi’s, short for Chihuahuas. Dolce is 10 and is the perfect angel, but Moxie has issues. The first day I brought him home he would […]

Continue Reading     |     February 1, 2012

Communication is Key

What if you didn’t have the ability to speak? How would you function in this world? It would be different, but you would be able to use sign language. Well, that is how your dogs communicate with each other and us humans. They use body language called “calming signals”. Norwegian dog trainer, Turid Rugaas wrote […]

Continue Reading     |     January 16, 2012

The Truth About Gentle Leaders

Gentle leaders are one of my favorite training tools. If you have ever taken one of my classes, you have probably heard me say, “I put a gentle leader on every dog that walks into my house.” Why do I love them so much? First, it takes the pressure off of the dog’s neck. There […]

Continue Reading     |     December 26, 2011

Welcome to AnimalSensibility

Welcome to the new AnimalSense blog! We are very excited to launch AnimalSensibility: it’s the place for all of our clients to come for advice on all of their canine conundrums.

Continue Reading     |     November 30, 2011


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