A tale of two dogs in Elmhurst and the miracle of dog training

29903349 - portrait of the german shepherd puppyBrandy is a 5-year-old pitador (Lab-Pit mix) living in Elmhurst with her family. Lucas, a Shpsky (German Shepherd-Husky mix), is also 5 and also lives in Elmhurst. They are strikingly different looking dogs, though both are very attractive. But, the real difference has less to do with their physical appearance; the real difference is in their behavior.

Both are loved by their families. Both came to their respective homes as young puppies. They came into houses that were prepared for their arrival. Both puppies were provided with beds, toys, collars and leashes, food and water bowls and their local dog tags. Knowing how puppies can be, their families also moved things the puppies might chew out of reach. The puppies moved into idyllic situations.

Both had fenced backyards where they were set loose to play and, of course, to do their business. Still, as puppies will, both had ‘accidents’ inside. This is where the difference between Brandy and Lucas really began to show. These weren’t inherent differences; they were differences of environment.

93632620 - vector black and white sketch of the dog sitting. cute dogIn both cases, the puppies had joined busy families. But, while Brandy’s family tried an ad-hoc form of dog training, which was, and is, a reactive approach that is based on scolding when Brandy does something wrong, Lucas’s family signed their puppy up for dog training with a professional. They even left Lucas at the kennel where the dog training was initiated.

It’s called Board & Train and it involves a crash course and good-dog behavior training. Lucas learned a lot. One thing he learned is that dog training is fun.

Brandy learned, too. She learned that she should feel guilty sometimes, though she wasn’t always sure why. She learned that, though her family loves her, from time to time, they get mad at her. She learned that she’s usually on her own. This probably explains why she tries to sneak people food off the table when her family isn’t looking. She knows they’ll yell at her if they catch her but, when you’re looking out for yourself, you do what you have to do.

Lucas learned that members of the family love taking him along for walks. He bounces along happily beside them on the walks always right beside them, the way he was trained to do. Frequently, he looks up at his family member with an adoring smile of appreciation.

Brandy doesn’t go for a lot of walks. On those few occasions when she does, she pulls constantly on the leash. She’s ready to run off and investigate everything going on in Elmhurst that day – every neighbor working in the yard, every rabbit under a hedge and every child playing across the street. The experience, for Brandy’s family, is frustrating, which explains why they don’t take her for walks often.

Brandy’s family saved a little money early on by not paying for dog training. Lucas’s family paid the money for dog training and have benefited a little more every day since. Both families have mixed dogs that are the same age. They only live a short distance away from each other in Elmhurst. But, the lives they live are light years apart.

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Train your Dundee dog – the smart way to save time and energy


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The time spent training your dog will save you time and energy and make living with your dog in Dundee that much more enjoyable.

Dog ownership is one of the most rewarding personal activities a Dundee pet owner can consider. Dogs are companions, protectors and fun to have around. Unfortunately, they can also be a lot of work. You might think that the balance between the rewards of dog ownership and the hassles are dependent on how much work you put into it. That’s really not the case.


Training your dog is the key. One of your Dundee neighbors may have a dog and may find the experience exhausting. The dog chews things it shouldn’t chew, jumps on people, does its business in inappropriate places, is a risk to bite visitors and the neighbors’ kids, and may run away at any given moment. They bark incessantly and at the worst times of the day or night. Such a dog is deficient in proper dog training.

Obviously, training a dog takes some work (though some of the better kennels in the Dundee and Northern Illinois area offer a Board & Train alternative that can relieve you of some of the work). But, the work is up front. It’s not endless.

When you live with an untrained dog the work goes on and on. It’s frustrating. Instead of cooing sweet-nothings to your dog while rubbing her behind the ears, you frequently find yourself on the verge of yelling nasty names (don’t yell – it’s not the dog’s fault, you didn’t train the dog).

Dogs are amazing. Once you train your Dundee dog, your dog is trained. They don’t forget. Just how much training you want your dog to have is up to you. But, the more training, the more rewarding you’ll find life with your dog.

In other words, it’s just plain smart to train your dog. It’s a lot less work – a lot less hassle when you train your dog. And, when you consider all the personal items in your Dundee house that they won’t chew, the damaged carpeting from inappropriate potty practice, the potential lawsuits from biting strangers, the clothes they ruin jumping up on people, it’s also less costly to train your dog.

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Dog training is the key so your Barrington dog won’t run away


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It’s heartwrenching to have your dog run away from your Barrington home. The best thing you can do to avoid it is to train your dog.

One of the most heart-wrenching experiences for a dog owner, other than when your dog gets sick or worse, is when your dog runs away from their Barrington home. Dogs that run away almost exclusively fall into one category; they’re untrained. A well-trained dog simply isn’t nearly as likely to run away as a dog that is not trained.


There are particular reasons that trained dogs are less likely to run away. The most obvious is that they know better. They’ve been trained to not run away. For instance, suppose a rabbit runs across your Barrington yard. Many dogs will fail to fight off the urge to take off after the rabbit. It’s in their DNA to chase a rabbit. But, a trained dog has a higher attachment to reason.

Another reason is that dog training instills a sense of confidence in a dog. They aren’t as easily spooked. They don’t deal with the insecurity that is more prevalent among untrained dogs.

For an untrained dog, a car backfiring can set them to running. Another dog can scare them and put them to flight. Simply finding themselves loose can be so discomforting that they will feel compelled to run as if, by doing so, they can escape their insecurity.

Some dogs run after other dogs. They want to play. They want to fight. They want to make friends. Whatever the case, they lack the training to resist the urge.

Keep your Barrington dog from running away

What can you do to keep your Barrington dog from running away? You can make them happier, more comfortable at home. Give them a place they don’t want to leave and they’re less likely to run off.

Taking your dog out for walks will ensure that your dog is comfortable in your Barrington neighborhood. They’re less likely to feel the insecurity that comes with unfamiliar surroundings.

If you do take them away from home unless they’re trained well enough to stay and come when called, keep them on a leash.

Does your dog ignore you when you call him or her to come? Chasing after them only makes them run away. That brings us back to the key factor to keep your dog from running away – train your dog.

With proper training, your dog will come when you call. Your dog will want to come when you call. You’ll develop a relationship of mutual trust that will work for the benefit of both of you. You’ll have a confident and well-behaved dog that simply won’t run away from you or your Barrington home.

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What would your Lincolnshire dog say about living with you?

Dog training will change the conversation

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You’re not enjoying moments such as these and neither is your Lincolnshire dog.

What’s it like living with your dog in Lincolnshire? Are they naughty or nice? Do they bark too much? Do they chew on things they shouldn’t? If someone asks what your dog is like, you’ll probably be able to give a detailed description of the experience of living with your dog. But, what are you like to live with, from your dog’s perspective?

There are dog communicators here and there who will come out and talk with your dog. But, the level of communication just isn’t that detailed. Rather, assuming the dog communicator is legit, they’ll give you some generalizations about what your dog wants – what she likes or doesn’t like.

Maybe there’s a better way. Have you tried to put yourself in your dog’s paws? What is your dog’s day like? Are they happy? Do they get enough exercise? Are they engaged sufficiently during the day?

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This well-trained puppy is a happier puppy and so is this young Lincolnshire pet owner.

You may notice that your dog does things you don’t particularly like. For instance, your dog may chew on things he shouldn’t in your Lincolnshire home. Have you asked why he does this? Is he trying to get your attention? Does she feel neglected?

Does your dog get enough exercise? Keep in mind that you may not be able to tell by observing your dog. In other words, if your dog lays around all day he may do so because doing so makes him feel lethargic. If she gets more exercise you may discover that the lethargy goes away.

Does your dog like the food you give her? If she seems finicky, it may be because the food doesn’t tickle her taste buds. Before you switch diets, talk to a vet to make sure you’re providing your dog with food that is nutritious and healthy for him.

If behavior is a problem – your dog tends to act up – what have you done to address the causes of your dog’s bad behavior. If your dog barks constantly, chews on your shoes, does his business in the house, have you gone beyond yelling at him? Beyond yelling means training.

Bringing your dog for dog training can dramatically change what your dog has to say about living with you. With firmly understood boundaries, your dog is less likely to raise your ire. You won’t have to work so hard to communicate your wishes to your dog – she’ll know the commands and will look forward to opportunities to obey them.

When dog training is done right it’s like a game for your dog. In this way, they get exercise, engagement and loving all at the same time. With dog training, your dog will have wonderful things to say about you when meeting other dogs by the hydrant out front in Lincolnshire.

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“Why doesn’t my dog behave like that?

Don’t blame your dog – have you given your time to train your dog?


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Few dogs just behave like that. It takes training. Quality dog training will turn your naughty dog into a very good dog.

You’re visiting a friend in Wilmette and, when they invite you in the door, their dog starts running toward you, his tail wagging and you have the imminent sense that this 200-pound Great Dane is going to knock you back out the door. Then, just when you think there’s no hope – just when you brace yourself, with visions of the dog launching himself into you, and start looking for a softer place to fall, your friend says one word and you have nothing to worry about. Your friend says, “Ceaser” and that mammoth dog comes to an abrupt stop. Amazing.


Saved from impending canine enthusiasm, you follow your friend into their pristine Wilmette living room. You’ve seen rooms like this but never in a house with a big dog. Homes with big dogs are homes with evidence of big dogs. You know – the spots on the floor where ‘accidents’ were never completely erased; rugs that are bunched up from an excited dog doing a holeshot when running as though outdoors; pillows, cushions and other items showing signs of chewing and digging. But not your friend’s house.

Suddenly, your friend stops talking. With her head tilted slightly to the side, she’s looking at you with a smile wondering. You notice she’s stopped talking and look back at her ceasing your amazed surveillance of her home. You see the way she’s looking at you and say, “What?”

“Well, it’s just that you look a little, I don’t know, confused,” she says.

“Oh,” you say. “It’s just that you’ve got Ceaser – this great big dog – and you’re your house is so clean. I mean, if I didn’t know Ceaser was here, I would guess that you didn’t have a dog. How do you do it?”

“To tell you the truth,” she says, “it took a little work. First and foremost, it took training.

“When Ceaser was a young dog, life was quite different. At one point, we were thinking we’d have to give him up. He was always breaking things, chewing on things, treating our Wilmette home as though it was his private toilet.”

“So, you trained him?” you ask.

“Yes, Jim went online and tried to figure out how to train Ceaser ourselves,” your friend says. “But, the more we learned, the more we realized that it made more sense to look for help from a professional. We needed to see some changes in Ceaser’s behavior now.”

“It seems to have worked,” you say.

“Oh, absolutely,” she replies. “It’s like going from living with a canine sociopath to living with a well-behaved good friend. Ceaser is wonderful. We shudder to think how close we came to getting rid of him, all we would have lost.”

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Have you thought of a Christmas present for your dog?


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Will there be any presents under the tree Christmas morning for your best friend – your dog?

You probably have a pretty good idea what you would like to find under the tree Christmas morning. But, what would your dog like to find under there?


You are planning to buy a present for your dog, aren’t you? ‘Man’s best friend’ and all that, certainly your dog deserves a Christmas present. All year long, he or she has provided you with comfort and companionship, as well as unflinching loyalty. Think of the hole in your life if your dog wasn’t there. Think of the appreciation they’ll show when they discover that one of those fancy-wrapped presents under the tree is for them.

So, we can agree that you should buy something for your dog this holiday, but what? Keep in mind that dogs aren’t concerned with the cost of a gift. You don’t even have to worry about pulling off the price tag; your dog will be so excited he or she won’t even bother looking to see what the gift cost. But, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give your dog’s present some thought.

The possible gifts you can give your dog can include the following, but this list could go on and on:

  • Chewies and rawhides
  • Dog cookie treats
  • Squeaky toys
  • A new leash and collar, and the promise the you and your dog will use it more often
  • A sweater to keep them warm through the winter months
  • Doggie booties
  • A dog massage
  • Some socks tied into knots
  • A new brush
  • An old shoe you would otherwise throw out
  • A new pen
  • A certificate for a week at a spa-like kennel (while you’re away somewhere)
  • An appointment with the dog groomer
  • A new dog dish
  • A new doggie bed
  • A ball they can fetch when you throw it again and again and again
  • A treat ball that you fill with their favorite snack
  • A coupon for an hour or two of petting and belly scratching
  • An appointment with an animal communicator
  • A new doghouse
  • A new frisbie

As mentioned above, this list can grow and grow. And spending more really won’t buy your dog more happiness. With dogs, it truly is the thought that counts. However, you should be very concerned about safety.

Don’t buy a Christmas present for your dog that will get lodged in their throat. Make sure that whatever you get them doesn’t cause any allergic reactions. Use common sense and get something they’ll love without any hazards. Wrapping is optional – your dog probably won’t care.


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Better kennels offer quality boarding for cats, too


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A quality kennel will offer a cat hotel that is comfortable and entertaining. After all, boarding cats is important, too.


What will you do about your cat while you’re away? Unfortunately, the airline won’t allow you to bring Whiskers into the jet’s cabin for the flight. It’s not entirely unreasonable of them; someone on the flight is liable to have allergies. So, that still leaves you wondering what to do about your cat while you’re away?

You usually ask a friend to housesit when you go away. But, with the holiday, they aren’t going to be home either. Your brother could housesit, too, but do you really want to come home to a house that smells like cigars. Besides, Whiskers won’t like the smell of cigars either and your brother isn’t a cat person.

The neighbor raves about the kennel where he takes his dog. That’s all well and good but you don’t have a dog; Whiskers is a cat.

What if the kennel also boards cats when cat owners are away? Is that possible?

Actually, depending on the kennel, that is possible. And, if it’s a good kennel, you don’t have to worry that they’ll shove your cat in a cage and forget about her except to slide some food and water in once a day. That’s terrible. That’s not taking care of your cat.

Whiskers deserves more and a quality kennel that boards cats understands. A better kennel will offer the kind of Cat Hotel you’ll find, for instance, at Aldens Kennels. These are what you might call feline luxury accommodations. If you hold your cat’s kennel to the standards set by Aldens, Whiskers will be in very good hands.

Whiskers will have multi-story living and room to stretch his paws. She’ll have toys to play with and good food and fresh water. She’ll even have a flat-screen television with cat-friendly programming to watch.

Why shouldn’t a cat have accommodations that live up to her desires? Whiskers isn’t finicky; she’s discriminating. When you get back from your trip, Whiskers will thank you.


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