Posts in category "Pups"

Dog training and the importance of switching gears

One of the most important thing a dog trainer can do is plan. Whether it’s a group class or a private lesson, you have to have a plan. Training requires a plan because it builds on itself and having a plan is helpful just to make sure you’re doing certain things in the best or... Read more »

I want a puppy shower

I want a puppy shower
When you get into your 30s, babies become a part of your life, whether you want them to or not. What I mean is that even if you’re an unmarried 32-year-old who is physically incapable of producing children (as I am), your friends, most of whom are likely to be around the same age as... Read more »

Paid pet bereavement leave should be more common

It is inevitable that if you have pets for any length of time, you’re going to have to deal with the death of a pet. Nobody likes to think about that, but it’s true. If you’ve ever lost a pet, you know how painful it is. You feel like your world is ripped apart and... Read more »
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Drones are no substitute for actually walking your dog

Drones are no substitute for actually walking your dog
I’m usually all for things that make it easier to care for your dog. But one new piece of technology just goes too far. Drones Direct — based in Huddersfield, which is in West Yorkshire, England — has modified one of its drone models to walk your dog along a preprogrammed GPS route. According to... Read more »

I'm back!

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s been too long. It’s been almost exactly six months since my last post. That’s way too long. And I’m sorry. I had my reasons for the extended hiatus. Some are good reasons – getting a new job, doing a whole lot more training, working all the time. Some are not good... Read more »

In defense of dogs in stores

Being a responsible dog owner, at least in my mind, means that you have to know your dog and what it can handle. If a dog can’t handle a situation, you shouldn’t put your dog in that situation. My fellow ChicagoNow blogger Howard Moore, author of I’ve Got the Hippy Shakes, recently lamented what he... Read more »
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Conversations with my dog: mattress shopping

Shopping for furniture when you live by yourself is easy. You just have to find things you like and that are useful and buy them. If you want, you can make sure everything goes together, but it’s not necessary. All you have to know is that you like all your furniture and it suits your... Read more »

It's over ... and now everything can begin

ChicagoNow’s fearless leader, Jimmy, likes to suggest that if you haven’t blogged for a while and then crank out a post, you shouldn’t apologize or draw attention to it. You should just blog as if you never took an extended break. But I’m going to ignore that advice now. I haven’t blogged – at least... Read more »

Would you change your dog's name for a kid?

Let’s say you adopt a dog. And let’s say you name that dog Felix. And let’s say you, as the proud new puppy parent, post lots of pictures of Felix on Facebook. Now let’s say your sister-in-law sees those pictures and says she plans to use the name Felix for her child and you have... Read more »
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Why it's a REALLY BAD IDEA to play Pokemon Go while walking a dog

Walking a dog is not a simple task. Not only do you have to be able to successfully control the dog, you have to be acutely aware of your surroundings and how they may affect the dog’s behavior and safety. For the safety of yourself and the dog, you must be totally aware and have your... Read more »