Air filtration systems handle pet odors – can wipe out that doggy smell in a kennel


Aldens Kennels uses an air filtration system in their kennel and, while dramatically reducing the risk of kennel cough, the air is so clean you can’t smell the dogs. Imagine what an air filtration system will do for your home.

There are a lot of reasons why someone might out an air filtration system in their home. One reason is to do something about the odor associated with pet ownership. That’s a good reason. And a quality air filtration system can do such a good job with eliminating pet odors that kennel operators also use them.

Denise Netzel, of Clean Air Illinois, said that she’s provided a “PureAir 3000” system for Aldens Kennels.

“It will help the kennel keep the dogs healthier longer,” said Netzel, adding that a quality filtration system virtually eliminates the risk of kennel cough.”

Other benefits of an air filtration system, whether used for a kennel, a home with pets or simply a home that wants better quality air, include:

  • Eliminates Mold and Mildew (it works wonders in basements)
  • Knocks out 99.9% of Dust Mites
  • Reduces the fecal matter from Dust Mites
  • Virtually eliminates surface bacteria
  • Eliminates all kinds of Odors, such as:
    • Tobacco
    • Cooking (fish is back on the menu)
    • Dirty Fireplace
    • And, of course, Pet Odors

Netzel described how, after giving the dog a simple bath, one of her clients was able to completely eliminate the odor after her dog was skunked.

“It (the air-filtration system) actually neutralizes the smell,” she said. “And it kills bacteria before it can get to the dog.”

air filter for pet odor

With the air filtration system at our kennel, canine guests don’t just stay in clean-looking surroundings; they stay where the air is clean and pure.

She said the system works wonders for people with allergies. She wears a small filtration device on a lanyard around her neck that helps her with allergies.

“The one I wear around my neck – it’s like walking around with an invisible spacesuit on,” Netzel said.

She also said that, for people who like to burn candles, incense or pot pourri, all they have to do is turn the filtration down or off while they’re enjoying their favorites scent. But, when they’re ready, they can turn it back on and clear out all of the odors from their home.

“Friends will ask if you got rid of your dog or cat,” she said, “because they won’t smell them anymore when they come into your home.”

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Razor blades run amuck – what to do with a teething puppy

puppy teething_puppy with sharp teeth

When a puppy is teething, it’s often hard on you and the house.

Those little razor blades are shredding your property and occasionally puncturing your skin. It’s as though a diabolical arch villain has used a vile subterfuge to turn the cutest, most cuddly critters on four legs into non-stop chopping machines.

Yes, those puppies have teeth. And those sharp little buggers are chewing shoes, important papers, furnishings and, occasionally, your body parts in a little buzz saw fastened just below the nose of your puppy. With a puppy around, it’s just possible that the dog ate your homework.

It’s called ‘teething’ and it’s a fact of life for puppies and for their owners. When the puppies are teething, batten down the hatches, clear the decks and pray the destruction is short lived – that your puppy’s teething passes quickly.

In the meantime, when the puppy is teething, is there anything you can do to help? Whether you’re more concerned about helping your puppy with the teething, or saving your property is a personal matter. But, there are things you can do. For instance:

  • When the puppy’s teething attack attacks your skin, demonstrate to the puppy that this isn’t an acceptable place to apply its razor blades. Startle the puppy with a firm ‘NO!’ to dissuade the tendency to bite people. When the puppy reacts appropriately, reward that good behavior with a treat or, maybe even, the next idea for dealing with teething puppies …
  • Give that puppy something to teeth on – something that’s less valuable than your prescription glasses or even a pair of slippers. In other words, give the puppy designed for young teething dogs. In other words, give them a squeaky toy or some other object designed to bear the brunt of the puppy’s teething dilemma. Generally, these are rubber or nylon toys that can hold up under the repeated application of canine razor blades.
  • Fill a chewy toy with water and freeze it. Even humans teeth when they’re young. Many a parent has discovered that, allowing their infant to chew on frozen peas, or such, can do wonders for alleviating the pain of teething for the child. Applying the same principle for a teething puppy is a grand idea.
  • Reinforce positive behavior. It helps to keep in mind that it wasn’t the puppy’s idea to teeth. It happened as much to the puppy as it’s happening to you and your home. A little patience will go a long way for you and your puppy.
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Make sure you rescue the right rescue dog for your Barrington family

Tips for choosing wisely when you rescue a rescue dog


When you choose a rescue dog for your Barrington home, there are some points to consider.

Rescuing a rescue dog is a decision you that you’ll appreciate for years to come. Often, you’re rescuing a dog that was treated badly before it was initially rescued by the pet adoption center. In some cases, the dog was treated with criminal cruelty. You are putting yourself in a position to offer this poor puppy a new lease on life in your Barrington home. But, you should still take the time to choose wisely before bringing a rescue dog home with you.

After all that he, or she, has gone through, it’s imperative that things work out well at their new home – your Barrington home. It will take some effort on your part to ensure that your new dog has a healthy and happy living experience in its new home. That effort starts before you choose which dog to bring home.

Here are some of the things to consider when choosing a rescue dog to join your family:

  • Go to a reputable pet adoption center. At a reputable pet adoption center, they’ll give all the pets they rescue a thorough physical exanimation. You’ll need to know if your new rescue dog has any physical handicaps or ailments to consider and what you’ll need to do to provide any necessary treatments or for any special conditions. You’ll also have a chance, before you bring the dog home, to determine if you’ll be able to meet its needs.
  • Consider the breed of the dog you’re adopting. Can you provide a good home for a large dog? How much room do you have to offer the dog? Read up on the general characteristics of different breeds. Of course, this can get a bit mixed up when you’re dealing with mixed breeds but, even then, it can give you a starting point to consider the breeds you’re willing to consider.
  • Look at the dog’s body language. Is he alert? Is she happy to meet you? In fact, is the dog excited and does the dog come to the front of the kennel to greet you? You may consider a rescue dog that sulks in the back of the pen, shivering and fearful. But, that creates the potential for an additional challenge when you go to earn the dog’s trust and create a bond.
  • Have the dog meet the entire family. Everyone who will live with the dog should meet the dog before you bring a rescue dog home. It’s not just so they can all have some input on which dog to rescue; it’s also so you can see how the dog interacts with the entire family.
  • Find a veterinarian office you can trust before you adopt. You don’t want to rush around looking for a place to take your new dog if it gets hurt or sick; you’ll want to know where you’ll bring the dog, and who you will call, before the dog comes home.

Along with choosing the right rescue dog to rescue, there are some other considerations you’ll want to keep in mind, such as …

  • Make sure your rescue dog has, or will soon receive, all required shots and register it with the appropriate government agency. In Barrington, that probably means registering the dog with the McHenry County Department of Health.
  • Consider what you will do to train your rescue dog. This isn’t just about making sure the dog will behave in your home, which is important. It’s also about helping to give the dog boundaries that will instill confidence in its new environment. It’s also about bonding with the dog. There is no better way to bond with your rescue dog than by spending time training your dog.

Barrington is a great place to live, as your rescue dog is sure to agree, if you take the time and due diligence to choose the right rescue dog to rescue.

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Plan summer vacation right – place your pet in a qualified, quality kennel

Plan vacation good kennel for dog

You should be thinking about that beautiful sunset when you’re on vacation, not worrying about how your puppy is doing. A quality kennel will give you peace of mind on vacation.


Alright, summer isn’t here yet. You’re probably not leaving on vacation next week, or the week after. But, it’s not too late to start thinking ahead. Think ahead to what?

  • Where will you go?
  • How long will you be gone?
  • What will you do on your vacation?
  • How will you get there (presumably, you’re not going to pile the family into the car for a cross-country trip – otherwise known as travel torture)?
  • What will you do with your pets while you’re gone?

So, what will you do with your pets while you’re on vacation?

For the purposes of our discussion here, we’ll leave the first four of these questions to you and other sources. Instead, we’ll focus on the later – ‘What will you do with your pets while you’re gone.’

Many will seek to save a few dollars by burdening their friends to pet sit while the family is away. This can save a little money but, even if your friends protest otherwise, it involves introducing a four-legged guest into their home for an extended period. Suddenly, they have to adjust their plans around the presence of your pet(s).

Whether you have a dog or a cat, taking care of a pet is a demanding process. If they don’t do a good job of it, your pet could get sick, it could get loose and be lost or run over by a car. If this happens, you’ll feel terrible, but so will your friends.

Imagine trying to explain to your friends how their dog or cat, a beloved member of their family, is lost, hurt or dead because you were unable to properly provide care. It’s a heart-wrenching thought.

And, while caring for your dog or cat is an inconvenience for them, it’s also potentially traumatic for your pet. They have to adjust to their host’s home and family, too.

A qualified, quality kennel may be the answer

Yes, your pet will have to adjust to new surroundings at a kennel, too. However, if it is a qualified, quality kennel, they’re in the business of helping dogs and cats adjust while they are guests. They have experience helping dogs and cats adjust.

A quality kennel is a kennel that offers amenities and care that ensures your dog or cat is safe, comfortable and enjoying its stay. A qualified kennel is a kennel that can demonstrate it is a quality establishment that takes the welfare of the pets it cares for to heart.

The answer, therefore, is to do a little research; find out what people are saying about the kennels you’re considering. Caution: don’t just look at the cost. You wouldn’t leave your children with just anyone; you don’t want to leave your family dog or cat with just any kennel.

Oh, and in reference to amenities, the best kennels can offer any, or all, of the following:

  • Nature walks
  • Roomy and comfortable pens
  • Air conditioning/Heating
  • Safe pet toys
  • Training – yes, some of the best kennels can even train your dog while you’re away (cat’s are a different story, of course).
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Have you set ‘boundaries’ for your Lake Forest dog?

Lake Forest boundaries for dogs

“Hmmm, so Lake Forest has boundaries, but what’s this business about boundaries for dogs?”

Dog training establishes rules you and your dog will appreciate

They love their dog and they respect his or her boundaries. These aren’t the boundaries at the edge of their property, or even at the Lake Forest city limits; these are boundaries of behavior. Where some may tell their dog to stay off the couch, not to chew on shoes and slippers, not to jump on visitors, and not to bark through the night, etc.; some dog owners are more concerned with their dog’s rights. These dog owners may shy away from establishing rules for their dog.

They may think that they’re doing their dog a favor by not insisting it follow basic rules of K9 etiquette. Some might even think that it’s abusive to ‘force’ their dog to behave a certain way. Not so quick.

The truth is that your dog wants boundaries. Boundaries can give a dog a sense of security. The same principle holds true for children; when they know what is allowed, and what isn’t, their world has definition. The question is how you go about establishing appropriate boundaries for your dog.

If you go about establishing boundaries the wrong way, you may cower your dog into following your rules but you won’t have a true ‘man’s-best-friend’ relationship with your dog. There is a difference between a dog that behaves because it’s afraid not to and a dog that behaves because it wants to – because it wants to please you – because it’s fun when you spend time with your dog.

You want your dog to respect the boundaries you set and you want your dog to respect you, not to fear you. So, it’s important that the dog knows who is the boss – and that should never be the dog. But, it’s also important that the dog enjoys the experience of learning its boundaries.

To achieve this kind of pet-training experience with your dog, it’s a good idea to rely on someone who has the kind of expertise that can help you train your Lake Forest dog the right way. Done the right way, dog training is fun for you and your dog. It’s something you will both come to look forward to.

Done correctly, training your dog will create a strong and lasting bond between the two of you. In the process, you’ll expand the boundaries of affection and respect with your dog far beyond the Lake Forest city limits.

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Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?

You can’t prove it in Northfield


There’s an old saying – ‘you just can’t teach an old dog new tricks.’ This isn’t something people have just said in Northfield; it’s something people have said all over. And, good news! It’s not true. In fact, the truth is that you very well may be able to teach an old dog new tricks. Old dogs may welcome the opportunity.


teach old dog new tricks

Young or old, Northfield or anywhere else, who says you can’t teach a dog new tricks.

You may have recently brought an older dog into your Northfield home. Or, maybe you’re thinking about bringing an older dog home to join your family. You may assume that, unlike a puppy you might bring home, this older dog’s habits and behavior are fairly well determined already; you and the family will just have to accept the dog the way he or she is.


It is true that the dog’s personality is largely determined. And yet, you can teach that old dog new tricks and, with care and compassion, you may even give the dog’s personality a, shall we say, ‘fresh perspective.’


Care and compassion involves giving of yourself. And, when it comes to your dog, the most valuable asset you can give is your time. That asset is all the more valuable if you and the dog enjoy the time together to the max. Playtime is a good way to ensure that you’ll enjoy spending time together. But, training your dog – even an older dog – is possibly the best use of the time you share with your dog.


There are a few important things to consider when you train your older dog:

  • Patience
  • Persistence
  • Positivity
  • Playfulness


Be patient when working with your dog, young or old, and they’ll sense your patience and respond better to your efforts. If the dog has a sense that you’re losing your patience, the dog is liable to become nervous and/or uncooperative. They’ll shut down and won’t be receptive to the training.


Keep at it. As the Russian physiologist Ivan Pavlov discovered, repetition is the foundation of training a dog. Stay at it. Don’t expect the dog to catch on right away, in short order, you’ll discover the dog is learning.


Dogs have a keen sense of awareness that helps them to sense how people around them feel. Consider how a dog will react if they realize someone is afraid of them. The same principle holds true if you remain upbeat and positive. You’ll put your older dog in the right frame of mind for learning.


Make the experience fun. If the dog is enjoying the training the dog will want to continue the training. It will make it easier for you to be persistent, remain patient and positive. Even if you decide to take your dog to a professional for dog training, you may discover that the new-old dog who has joined your Northfield family is yearning to learn, given the right environment.

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Can cats get along in your Wauconda home? And what can you do to help?

Can cats get along Wauconda

Those are beautiful eyes but what do they say about another cat coming into your Wauconda home? Will your cats get along?

Some cat people in Wauconda are OK with one cat. Not you. In your mind, three or four cats in the house is what you call a good start.

All was fine until you brought Cinnamon, a female red tabby, into the house. In your mind, Cinnamon is a sweetheart. She craves attention, rubs against your leg while you’re cooking and you don’t mind that she’s hoping you’ll drop something she can eat. She curls up beside you on the sofa. She would curl up with you in bed but that’s where you first noticed the problem; the other cats in the house don’t seem to share your affection for Cinnamon.

In fact, the other cats in the house seem to detest Cinnamon. You’ve seen some nasty behavior when they’ve crossed paths with Cinnamon – like angry ships passing on a Wauconda living-room Persian rug. The worst is what you’ve heard – sounds of feline combat from other rooms. But, as you rush into the room, all you see are the tails of presumed combatants as they scatter in guilty flight.

It wouldn’t be so bad except that you’ve noticed battlefield scars on Cinnamon. With the general animosity displayed to her by all of the other cats in your Wauconda home, it’s not hard to deduce that Cinnamon is making a one-against-all stand in your home.

The last thing you want to do is cast Cinnamon into the arms of another cat lover. Your preference is that Cinnamon will get along with the other cats in your home, and vice versa.

Is the situation, and Cinnamon, beyond hope? Maybe not. There are some things you can try that might help, such as:

  • Step back and reintroduce the new cat more slowly. For the cats, Cinnamon’s sudden arrival may have come as a shock and a challenge. Separate Cinnamon from the other cats for a while. You might keep Cinnamon in that extra room (exercise room, office, craft room) for a while. Then, starting with the most amicable of the other cats, introduce them into the room with Cinnamon one by one and for short periods of time.
  • Try to make the introductions pleasant occasions. Spend some time in the room with them and play a game where they can both participate. Be careful about treats, however, as this is an area where they may be more inclined to feel territoriality.
  • You might give them treats on opposite sides of the same door.
  • Rub each cat with a cloth or sock and then allow the other cat to sniff the fabric – even to play with it.
  • Make sure there are plenty of distractions – toys, food, water, litter boxes. Plenty can help to diffuse jealousy.
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