Soggy Paws-Uptown Sponsors a DSN Benefit May 22

Soggy Paws has been a great friend and sponsor of our show, Life’s Ruff. This Sunday, May 22, 2011, please join us at their Uptown location at 1148 W. Leland, between 12 – 3 pm. Our veteran master wheel spinner, Freddie-we-don’t-call-him-lucky-for-nothing, will be spinning the wheel for you. Spin prizes range from treats to a... Read more »

Dog Saving Network Airs on WCIU May 17!

The WCIU crew caught up with us the other day while we were rehearsing for our upcoming stage game show “Life’s Ruff.” Catch us on May 17, sometime between 6 – 8 am for WCIU’s “Uniquely Chicago” series. We had great fun and want to thank producer Michelle Crane for organizing the shoot. Big thanks... Read more »

Dog Training and the Easy Button Contest

The Dog Saving Network has partnered with Staples and US Bones to bring you an exciting training contest to help homeless pets. Information for the contest is here and I hope you all can enter or at least pass this on to as many people as you can. We will probably get a lot of... Read more »
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Barriers Against Repeated Cruelty: BARC

As part of our online campaign to raise funds for our upcoming stage show, Life’s Ruff, we offered some unique rewards for people who contributed a certain amount. One of the rewards was a dedication of one of our videos to an organization or person of your choice. We just finished our “thank you” video,... Read more »

A New Type of Shelter?

This video came in this morning from a friend of mine, Thomas Cole.  Take a look and I’d love to hear what you think. Does the country need more of these?

Teaching a Dog to Tell the Difference Between Toys on Cue

One of the trainers in our show is wanting to teach his dog how to tell the difference between his toys and to be able to indicate which one is which on cue.  I started typing my response and then I remembered a post from a fellow blogger, Mary Hunter, a few months ago that... Read more »
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Kickstarter, Life's Ruff 2011 and the End of the Beginning

It’s early Sunday Morning and the first thing I did today, like I have been doing for the last 43 days, was check to see if we got any pledges for our online fundraiser.  My wife makes fun of me because I have become a chronic checker of the campaign.  I laugh when she’s tells... Read more »

Dog Training Advice: Clean it Up...This is a Family Show!

Now this video is just awesome. Good old time training only possible through good technique and good stimulus control. Read on after you watch! People just love to show off what their dogs can do.  Friends come over and at some point there is a demonstration as to what the host dog can do.  I... Read more »

Dog Training Advice: Don't bring a Knife to a Gunfight

One of my favorite movie scenes of all time was in the 80’s classic “Raiders of the Lost Ark”.  Check out the clip and we’ll talk about how this can be some good training advice! So what’s the training advice?  Well…don’t bring a knife to a gunfight of course.  Let me explain. Food is a great... Read more »
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"Dogs Who Listen To Children Reading" It can happen

This is a story that’s quickly making the rounds because it’s got almost everything almost everybody likes: dogs and kids. It’s a story about the newest value our dogs bring to us. They’ve been trained to be Reading Education Assistance Dogs AKA “listening dogs.” The story goes on to say that greyhounds are often used... Read more »