What peculiar habits does your dog or cat have?


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Does your dog or cat have any, well, shall we say, peculiar habits? 

Some people have some, well – how else can we say this – peculiar habits. Some people are always cracking their knuckles. Some folks sniff their fingers after eating. There are people who constantly think their cell phones are vibrating and check no matter how many times they find it hasn’t. Of course, people are the only creatures who have odd tendencies. Cats and dogs can have peculiar habits, too.


One cat owner spoke of how their cat would find a mouse in the garage. The cat would wait quietly until the mouse was scurrying across the garage floor and then the cat would pounce. While many cats would quickly turn the mouse into a meal, or a gift for their owner, this cat simply held the mouse to the floor with one front paw. When the mouse gave up struggling, the cat would lift its paw. Surprised by its apparent good fortune, the mouse would sit and look around for a minute. Then, finally convinced they had escaped cruel fate, the mouse would make a dash for it only to have the cat pounce on the mouse again.

This cat’s owner used to tell the cat, “Hey, don’t play with your food.”

A search of the internet produced on dog owner who says that their dog barks at barbecue sauce, whether it’s in the bottle or not, and that barbecue sauce is the only condiment that elicits this reaction from their dog.

A cat owner said that their cat likes to sit in flower pots and stare at the wall.

A dog owner tells how their dog doesn’t chase a ball. Their dog chases the ball’s shadow.

For dog and cat owners, these odd-little pet behaviors are often entertaining, even if they’re unexplained. Some pet owners never grow tired of watching their dog ride a skateboard, or watching their cat run madly from one end of the house to the other for no apparent reason.

Of course, cats and dogs sometimes do things that people don’t appreciate so much, such as finding unseemly places to go potty or chewing on particularly expensive items in the home. In the case of the cat, some litter training is in order. In the case of the dog, if they’re not housebroken, that may indicate the need for additional training in general.

Assuming your dog or cat doesn’t have one of those unsavory habits, the question is what entertaining habits they have. We would love to hear about them if your dog or cat will allow you to tell us about it.

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How to avoid having your Naperville dog get lost


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You don’t want your dog to run away from your Napperville home and there are things you can do to reduce the risk that it will happen.

We’ve all seen the signs. They’re heart-wrenching: photo of a cute little puppy under the words “LOST” and a phone number at the bottom. You can’t help but feel for the family and worry about the lost dog. You imagine a little boy or girl sitting at home, possibly on the floor by their puppy’s empty dog bed, crying. You shudder to think how your own children would take it if your puppy escaped from your Napperville home. How would you take it if your dog got loose and lost?

This is every dog owner’s nightmare. Well, not every dog owner’s. There are some dog owners who have trained their dogs to the extent that there’s no real chance that their dog will get lost. They can let the dog out of the house and it will never leave the yard. If a herd of bunnies ran by, they may run to the lot line but they won’t go any further.

There are several ways to ensure that your dog will never get loose – will never get lost. Here are some ideas to consider:

  1. Keep your dog on a leash when you take them for a walk in your Naperville neighborhood. Of course, this assumes that they’ll never get out the door when you’re not looking. You may have to consider how they’ll act when someone comes to the door. If they’ll charge out the door barking, who knows when they’ll stop charging and how far they’ll go. Will they be able to get back?
  2. Have them neutered. Dogs have those urges and, if your male dog is loose, and there’s a female in heat in the neighborhood, your dog could take off to find her. Once again, will your dog be able to find its way back?
    Make sure your dog gets enough exercise. A dog with a lot of pent-up energy is more apt to run.
  3. Create a happy environment in your Naperville home so your dog really doesn’t want to leave. This includes making sure your dog isn’t afraid of you. Imagine if your dog gets loose. You’re trying to call him or her to you but they’re afraid. Instead of coming when you call them, they scamper away.
  4. Desensitize your dog to loud noises or take special measures when there is a thunderstorm or fireworks. This may mean locking them in a room, where they can’t get out, when those noises are likely, such as on the 4th of July.
  5. Train your dog so it’s like the dog mentioned earlier – the dog that will never run away.

One thing you can do, in case your dog does somehow get lost, is to have your dog microchipped. These are fairly inexpensive and, unlike a GPS, they operate with a unique radio frequency that serves as a permanent ID for your dog.

If your dog does get lost somewhere in Naperville, or beyond, make calls, check with the police and the local animal control. And, of course, put up posters with a photo of your dog under the word “LOST” and above your phone number.

You can find more information about dog trackers by visiting sites found in this google search: https://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=tracking+devices+for+dogs&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8

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Is your Palatine dog a social misfit?


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You can’t stay mad at a dog that adorable for long but, even if he does act like a social misfit in your Palatine home. But, wouldn’t you like it more if he wasn’t such an unsociable puppy?

Have you ever seen that movie ‘Bad Grandpa?’ The movie is about an elderly man who has no social compass. If there’s a right choice and a wrong choice, you can count on him to choose the latter. There are some people who live with dogs that almost make the ‘Bad Grandpa’ seem like a coach for good etiquette.



There are dogs that do everything wrong. What do they do wrong? The list can easily include the following and more:


  • They bark incessantly
  • They chew on shoes, slippers, socks, tables, chair legs, prescription glasses, books and any number of valuables
  • They growl at other dogs
  • They growl at people, whether they know them or not
  • They fight with other dogs
  • They bite people
  • They jump on people who come into your house
  • They dig holes in your yard
  • They dig holes in your best sofa
  • They chase cars
  • They chase people on bicycles
  • They beg for food
  • They do their business in all the wrong places, from the living room to the kitchen
  • They chase cats
  • They jump up and eat food on counters and tables
  • They nip at people and other dogs
  • They pull on the leash when you take them for walks
  • They drink from the toilets
  • They lick people, often after drinking from toilets (YUK!!!)
  • They have severe separation anxiety, which can manifest itself in many of the behaviors listed above


What are you to do with a dog exhibiting many, if not all, of these bad social tendencies?


Did you know that there is actually something called a Canine Good Citizen award? This isn’t just a great idea for teaching a dog good manners; it’s actually recognized and sanctioned by the American Kennel Club. If you have a Bad Puppy you can do something about it. Teach that dog some manners and you’ll find them a lot easier to live with.


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Dogs and cats living together – it’s just crazy, or is it?


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Dogs and cats living together? It’s just crazy, right? Hmmmm, maybe not.


They’re natural enemies, right. They go together like oil and water, like flame and gasoline, like nitroglycerin and a bumpy road. But, in spite of their storied history of animosity, is it possible that dogs and cats can live together?

If dogs and cats can live together in peace and tranquility, anything is possible, even Middle East Peace. Imagine living in harmony with a dog and cat in your house. Let’s get really crazy and imagine that your cat and dog are both friends – even BFFs.

In most cases, this is a hollow dream. Bring a cat into a home with a dog and, batten down the hatches, the furniture is about to fly. Bring a dog into a cat’s home and the cat will probably vanish from sight until the dog leaves again.

While the idea of dogs and cats cohabiting peacefully is not likely or common, it’s not unheard of. It generally depends on the proper circumstances to bring the cat and dog together as friends.

It’s really a question of timing. If the cat and dog meet at the right time, they might just become friends. So, what is ‘the right time?’

Dogs: For dogs, it’s essential that they meet a cat during what is commonly called their primary socialization period. This is the period when the dog is a puppy – up until they’re about nine or 10 weeks old.

Cats: Cats also have a time period when they are more accessible, from a dog’s perspective. And, it happens that the time period for a cat is about the same as for a dog. In other words, put a puppy and kitten together and they might just get along as they grow into adult dogs and cats.

By putting a kitten and puppy together, before they know that they’re enemies, you stand a chance of short-circuiting the confrontational behavior that is considered normal between their species.

Of course, any time you put a cat and dog together, you risk more than hurt feelings – yours or theirs. You also risk physical injury. The dog could maul the cat, even if the dog thinks he is just playing. The cat could act defensively and shred the dog’s nose with his claws. And you can wind up with your hand badly injured because you stuck your hand between them when they were doing what comes naturally.

If you approach it right, however, as Bill Murray put it in the 1984 movie Ghostbusters, “Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria!” And the hysteria will be the reactions of your friends when they see your dog and cat get along together.

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Board & Train her dog – the perfect answer for a Woodstock habitual multitasker


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Find the right kennel and even the most avid multitasker will get away without a worry while their dog, or dogs, have as much fun as they do.

While other people will do something, that’s not Miranda. She’s never satisfied to do one thing. She takes particular pride in her ability to multitask. On those rare occasions where she does something – just one something – it frustrates her. She can’t help but feel that she’s wasting time. This may explain why she hasn’t trained her dog, Claude. Training her dog takes too much concentration by itself, even for Miranda. It requires her full attention.

Other people stand in line and wait. Miranda may make her grocery list while standing in line at the Department of Motor Vehicles in Woodstock. Some folks drive to work and listen to music on the radio. For Miranda, that doesn’t qualify as ‘multitasking.’ When she drives the car, she’ll play a self-help audiobook so she can learn something while she’s driving.

In Miranda’s laundry room, on top of the dryer, is a stand for her Kindle. She loads the washer, loads the dryer, and reads all the while. When she eats, she watches the news and the family knows better than to interrupt while she’s catching up on the day’s happenings.

Of course, Miranda’s ability to multitask is famous where she works. While others multitask, none can compete with Miranda. And Miranda takes great pride in her ability to multitask. Still, she wishes there were a way to multitask while training her dog. Her dog can clearly use some training.

When called upon to teach her dog better behavior, she’ll find something to carry upstairs at the same time. It’s just like when she goes to one a play or a sporting event – Miranda watches and knits. But, if she can’t do something else while training her do, why bother.

Fortunately for Miranda, her best friend took sympathy on Miranda’s dilemma when it comes to training her dog. Now, Lilian, Miranda’s friend also likes to multitask, though she’s not in the same class with Miranda. In fact, she envies Miranda’s ability to multitask at almost any turn.

For a while, Lilian may have taken some pleasure in watching Miranda struggle to find a way to multitask while training her dog. But, eventually, Lillian also saw that it was an opportunity for her to shine in Miranda’s eyes if she, Lillian, could solve the dog-training-multi-tasking dilemma. And so, she presented Miranda with her solution to her problem.

One day, over coffee, Lillian told Miranda about Board & Train.

“What’s that?” asked Miranda.

“That’s where you leave your dog with a kennel and, while they’re there, the kennel also trains them,” said Lillian.

Miranda scoffed at the idea. “So, you think that it counts if my dog is multitasking?” she asked. “Multitasking is what I do, not my dog.”

“Well, sure,” said Lillian. “That’s why we multitask by taking a cruise. While we leave Woodstock behind to drink Pina Colladas on the Sky Deck of a cruise ship, your dog is receiving that overdue training with Board & Train.”

So, when Lillian and Miranda were on their cruise, few of the others on the cruise had any idea how busy Miranda really was while reclining on a chase lounge and sipping a tropical cocktail. But, from the smile on her face, they could tell that she was having a good time.


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A quality kennel keeps the boredom away – your dog will thank you

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Boredom is a symptom of some kennels. But, when the kennel has your dog’s interest at heart, a bored dog is replaced by a dog having fun.

Imagine if you took a trip and spent your entire vacation locked in your room. Hopefully, you’d have some really good company in the room with you. Or, you might look at your confinement as an opportunity to catch up on some reading and relax. But, if the latter, wouldn’t you rather read a book by the hotel pool? Now, imagine how your dog will feel if locked in a room the entire time you’re away.

That is precisely the experience some dogs have when their owners leave them at a kennel. From the time the dog is dropped off, to the time that you return to pick up your dog, the dog never leaves its room. The word for this kind of experience is boredom, and boredom of the most extreme variety.

In some cases, not only is your dog stuck in a room the entire time you’re away, but the room is so small there’s no way for your dog to stretch its paws. By the time you come back, your dog has a serious case of the bends.

It doesn’t have to be that way. And it’s up to you.

Just as you would do some research before choosing the hotel you’ll stay at while on your vacation, you should do some research to make sure your dog isn’t a victim of perpetual boredom while you’re gone. Avoiding that boredom requires discovering a kennel that will keep your dog engaged.

The better kennels have better rooms. Some rooms are not only large enough for your dog to stretch out and stroll, they have doggy doors to a private veranda outdoors. In some cases, thoughtful kennel owners will pipe in music for the dogs. Some even have flat screen televisions that run dog-friendly movies.

These are the kinds of things that can make life bearable for your dog while your dog is in a room. But, you still want a kennel that will safely take your dog out of the room a couple times a day to go for a run on a leash. If that kennel is situated in an optimal location – i.e., in a rural setting – your dog may have adventures going for walks. Those adventures may include seeing wild turkeys in their natural habitat.

Some kennels offer a service called Board & Train. With Board & Train, not only does the dog get out of its room for extended periods of time, they also enjoy dog training that will make them all the better to come home to. And, enjoy is the right word. Dog training done the right way is, first and foremost, enjoyable for the dog.

Really exceptional kennels will offer to take your dog on field trips while you’re away. For instance, they may take your dog to the doggy spa for a pedicure, peppermint bath or blueberry facial.

One additional benefit to leaving your dog at a good kennel that takes your dog’s feelings into account is that you’ll have more peace of mind while you’re away.

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Why does Schaumburg dog lick its paws and should you be concerned?

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Why is this Schaumburg dog licking his paws?

Cheryl noticed that, when she and Bosco, her 7-year-old Cockapoo, got back from walks in their Schaumburg neighborhood, Bosco would lick her paws. But, after Cheryl first noticed this unusual behavior, she began to see Bosco licking his paws even when they hadn’t recently returned from a walk.

Cheryl’s first thought was that, well, dogs lick themselves. They’re not as fastidious as cats, but dogs will primp and groom themselves with their tongues. Certainly Bosco had simply developed an affinity for grooming his paws, right?

The more Cheryl thought about it, however, the more she was convinced that this was more than merely a new form of grooming for Bosco. After all, at 7, most of Bosco’s self-grooming habits were long ingrained.

So, Cheryl decided to do a little investigating. Though Bosco wasn’t concentrating his licking on one particular paw, Cheryl decided to take a look at his paws for any kind of injuries. She considered the possibility that Bosco might have picked up splinters in her paws while they were walking in their Schaumburg neighborhood. It seemed unlikely that he would have splinters in all of his paws but, well, maybe he walked across something that gave him little splinters in all of his paws.

As closely as Cheryl looked, however, she couldn’t see any slivers or splinters in Bosco’s paws. She also didn’t see any rashes, though she wasn’t really sure what those would look like on the pads of a dogs paws. At this point, Cheryl turned to the Internet for help. She discovered that there are a number of conditions that can cause a dog to lick at its paws, including:

  • Cuts, scrapes or puncture wounds to the pads of the paw
  • Toenails that are cracked or broken
  • Bones in the foot that are broken
  • Burns to the bottom of the pads
  • Allergic skin diseases
  • Ticks
  • Thorns or burrs
  • Splinters or slivers
  • Corns (yes, dogs can get corns, too)
  • Infections

Unfortunately, if a dog continues to lick at its paws, it can injure its paws. An injury caused by a dog licking at the paw can become infected.

Cheryl took the correct first step – she examined Bosco’s paws. Not finding anything, the next step is for Cheryl to take Bosco to a Schaumburg area veterinarian.

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