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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.


Up to Snuff

The Spring I session is coming to a close, and my students in K9 Nose Work have been doing an unbelievable job. Every time their dogs do a search, they become more confident and happier. Nose Work is so beneficial for dogs. It is extremely therapeutic for dogs to be allowed to sniff and hunt […]

Continue Reading     |     April 5, 2013

Mental and Physical Winter Exercise for Your Dog

Winter is tough on our dogs. Cold, inclement weather can make it unpleasant for both our dogs and us to get outside to exercise. So you have to get creative about how you are going to stimulate them mentally and physically so they don’t go stir crazy. Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you have […]

Continue Reading     |     March 6, 2013

Engaging Your Dog

In class, the most common complaint I hear is “My dog has ADHD”, or “My dog won’t pay attention to me”, or “My dog does this fine at home”. Right after I hear that, I frequently see the handler pulling on the leash to get the dog to pay attention. Trying to make your dog […]

Continue Reading     |     February 8, 2013

Digestive Enzymes

All dogs need digestive enzymes in order to break down their food. They produce these enzymes naturally in their pancreas. Dogs don’t need us to supplement them with enzymes normally, unless the dog has a disease which decreases or eliminates their ability to produce enzymes on their own. Some older dogs or dogs with digestive […]

Continue Reading     |     January 8, 2013

Study: Look at Cute Puppy Photos

According to a study done at Hiroshima University in Japan, looking at pictures and watching videos of cute baby animals appears to boost people’s productivity and makes us concentrate better. Study subjects performed 44%(!) better on three different experiments when they viewed pictures of cute baby animals first. Think of the applications for your life! […]

Continue Reading     |     December 7, 2012

Pancreatitis in Dogs

We are approaching that time of the year when pancreatitis becomes a problem… Thanksgiving. There is always an increase in pancreatitis around the holidays. Owners feed their dogs too many fatty foods, often times turkey skin, or for my breed–Weimaraners–they steal fatty foods, which leads to sickness. Pancreatitis is anecdotally more common Weimaraners, as is […]

Continue Reading     |     November 8, 2012

Nature at its Finest

At the beginning of October, my husband, the dogs and I went on our semiannual trip to our house in Maine. Our house, built by my father and other family members, is right on the ocean about an hour from Bar Harbor. This is always a rejuvenating vacation for me. Prospect Harbor is off the […]

Continue Reading     |     October 25, 2012

Puppy Socialization at a Video Shoot

I was recently called at the 11th hour to see if I could help locate some well trained Weimaraners for a photo shoot for the Oakbrook Polo Club. I was able to participate with my dog Cassie and talked my friend into coming with his Weimaraner, Ashlee, and his new, 9-week-old Golden Retriever puppy, Cooper. […]

Continue Reading     |     August 20, 2012

Frozen Summer Treats For Your Dog

I’ve been toying with refreshing frozen treat recipes for the dogs and came up with the following. I hope your dogs enjoy them. In general, dairy products are not great for dogs. But yogurt in small amounts is fine and contains beneficial bacterial which support their digestive system. Frozen Peanut Butter Banana Popsicles 18 oz […]

Continue Reading     |     August 16, 2012

Dog Safe Lawn Care

Chris Mest, from Urban Arborist, gave an interesting talk to my Weimaraner Club about safe lawn care last year. This is an issue for most of us as we don’t want to expose our dogs to unnecessary poisons which they can potentially absorb or ingest by licking their feet. In a former life, I worked […]

Continue Reading     |     July 19, 2012

Preventing Resource Guarding

If your dog growls, snaps at you, or exhibits any other type of aggressive behavior when he is in possession of a toy, food, chew or some other resource as you approach him, this is referred to as resource guarding. Dogs may guard from people and/or other dogs. But they can also guard locations like […]

Continue Reading     |     June 19, 2012

Biking your Dog

It’s difficult for me to walk my Weimaraners enough to tire them out. My Weims are high energy, 8 year old girls. Calm walks, while great for teaching polite walking, just don’t cut the mustard when it comes to burning off energy. So, a lot of the time, I bike my dogs. One of my […]

Continue Reading     |     May 18, 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”! Crying, whining, and anxiety in crate: my […]

Continue Reading     |     April 13, 2012

Doing a Dog’s Nails

Many of us have struggled over the years with trimming our dogs nails. While it’s completely possible to train dogs to like having their nails done, most of us don’t have the time and energy required to get our dogs to that point. So about a year ago, I decided I didn’t want to stress […]

Continue Reading     |     March 16, 2012

Benefits of Teaching Your Dog Tug

I am a big fan of teaching dogs to play tug. It not perfect for every dog, but don’t believe the fallacy that it “makes” dogs aggressive. That simply isn’t true. In fact, when played with strict rules, quite the opposite is true. Its many benefits include:  Building your relationship with your dog.  Teaching excellent […]

Continue Reading     |     February 13, 2012

They Can’t Be Perfect

Even good dogs have bad days. My girls, Cassie and Hope are great house dogs. They generally have excellent house manners, although in typical Weimaraner fashion, they are counter surfers when I’m not around. Cassie is quite fanatical about getting to any food left on the counters, but with good management that is not a […]

Continue Reading     |     January 24, 2012

It’s All in the Timing

If you’ve been an AnimalSense student for any length of time, you’ve probably heard us trainers tell you over and over that you need to mark your dog’s good behavior in some way. Basically marking behavior is a communication tool between you and your dog. “Sparky, you are doing that right and I love it. […]

Continue Reading     |     January 5, 2012

Getting Nosey

K9 NOSE WORK® is a great new dog sport. I absolutely love it and have been working towards becoming a Certified Nose Work Instructor so I can help others learn how fun this sport is. The three people who developed this sport are all police canine trainers and handlers with many years of experience. They […]

Continue Reading     |     December 15, 2011

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