Keeping Man’s Best Friend Entertained Indoors

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At the Chicago Canine Academy, we know that idle paws can lead to troublemaking at home. If your dog is unoccupied for a length of time, they may seek out ways to entertain themselves that cause problems for their humans. Time spent in an obedience school for dogs in Chicago can help them develop better behaviors, but this won’t prevent boredom itself. Today we’ll talk about some of the ways you can keep your dog busy indoors.


Some dogs just go absolutely bonkers for new toys. A fresh dog toy can generate new inspiration to play and be a lot of fun for your pet. But, you don’t always have to buy new toys for your pet: the crafty ones among us may enjoy making a new dog toy, and if you have several toys already you can try washing and rotating them for a brand-new-toy feel.


Just like humans, dogs are easily entertained by playing games. Sure, you could just give your dog a treat, but hiding the treats and having your dog look for and find them will provide more entertainment. You can hide them around the house, or hide one treat under one of three cups for a fun memory game. Classic games like hide and seek, tug of war, and fetch can help you and your dog play together—and get tuckered out together!

New Tricks

Practicing a new skill can be very stimulating for your pet, and the one-on-one time necessary offers an added emotional benefit. To get even more value from the process of training, you might want to try teaching them something that’s useful. You could try teaching them to turn lights on and off, to fetch their leash, or even to put away their own toys!

Our Obedience School for Dogs in Chicago

If your dog is persistently making messes or otherwise misbehaving at home or with others, it’s important to correct that behavior as soon as possible. Contact us today for information on our obedience training services.

Reading Your Dog’s Body Language

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The friendship between a person and their dog is a special bond that transcends species and language. Many dog owners are convinced they know exactly what their pet is thinking—and in many cases, they’re probably right! However, there are some signs that even long-time pet owners may get confused. Today, we’ll be looking at some commonly misinterpreted body language signals that your dog may be giving you.

Tail Wagging

Most of the time, you’d be right to say your dog is just happy to see you when he wags his tail! However, sometimes tail wagging can mean a more negative kind of arousal. Your dog may wag his tail out of frustration, or even as a warning sign to other dogs. Some research suggests that tails wagging more to the left indicates a negative feeling, with greater wagging on the right reserved for positive feelings.


A growling dog can certainly be an appropriate cause for concern. If you’re with an unfamiliar dog, keep a safe distance if it begins to growl. A familiar and friendly dog who is otherwise demonstrating playful cues may just be there to have a good time. It’s important to also consider the position of the dog’s ears and tail and be ready to switch to a more relaxed activity if things are getting too rowdy.


As with humans, yawning can be a sign of sleepiness for dogs. But your dog may also yawn out of stress or confusion. Yawning may help them calm themself in moments of tension or uncertainty. In fact, in the same way that yawns are “contagious” amongst humans, dogs can also catch your yawn! In stressful situations, it may even help to yawn at your dog so that he will yawn back and possibly feel more at ease.


The professional trainers at Chicago Canine Academy are well-attuned to complex and unique ways dogs express themselves. If you’re looking for dog daycare in Chicago, we offer a fun and productive environment that’s perfect for your pet! Contact us today to learn more.

Does My Dog Need Professional Training?

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When it comes to dogs, many people think they have the training process under control. It’s not until there is a frustrating example of disobedience that dog parents begin to wonder whether or not they should invest in dog training in Chicago. While many basics can be taught successfully by dog parents, it’s crucial that you get the help that you need before your dog’s behavior begins to spiral out of control.

Excessive Biting

When your dog is a puppy, it’s only natural for them to bite as they begin to lose their puppy teeth and start to get their adult teeth. The teething process can be painful for them and it is their natural instinct to bite down on something. However, if your dog isn’t a puppy and is biting other animals, family members or friends, you’ll want to invest in our dog training in Chicago. Your dog shouldn’t be causing harm to other animals or people, and this is a classic sign that more intense training is necessary.

Separation Anxiety

This is a common problem in dogs who are too dependent on being around their humans for comfort. In the early stages of having your dog, make sure you practice leaving them alone for increasingly long periods of time. This will help them learn that you will always come back for them and that they don’t need to panic if you leave. Helpful tips include playing music for them or even going into another room and shutting the door to see if they are calm. Consistent training and practice can help both you and your dog become used to being apart.

Escape Artists

Is your dog somehow escaping their crate or other areas of confinement? This could potentially put them in danger if they are desperate to get out. Plus, if you are confining them, this means they aren’t ready to have free reign of the house.

If your traditional training approach isn’t successful, contact our team at Chicago Canine Academy today. We are happy to help you and your dog work through troubling issues to get your dog on the right track!

Helping Your Dog with Back-to-School Blues

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Now that September is officially here, many kids are heading back to school to take on the new year. While this is a shift in your child’s schedule, it’s also important to note that this is a shift in your pet’s schedule as well. Your dog is likely used to your family being home most of the time, so the transition into the start of a new school year can be tough on dogs as well.

Exercise Is Key

Many people drop their dogs off at dog daycare in Chicago because they want to ensure their four-legged friend is getting the exercise that they need. The school year brings a ton of chaos with everyone’s different schedules, so it’s important to still consider how much exercise your dog needs. At Chicago Canine Academy, we encourage you to pass on the responsibility of exercising your dog onto us!

Your Energy Will Radiate

If you feel anxious or stressed, this will likely rub off on your dog as well. If you get worked up every time you say goodbye to your dog, your pet may feel anxious in return. If separation anxiety is problematic for your dog, more professional training could be beneficial. Our team at Chicago Canine Academy can help with this as well.

Stimulate Their Brain

One way to tire your pet out, even if all you have is 10 minutes, is by exercising their brain. Psychological stimulation is just as exhausting, if not, more exhausting than physical exercise. Teach your dog a new trick or test their patience by making them wait for their treat before giving it to them.

Are you interested in our dog daycare in Chicago? Contact us today to get started!

Dog Daycare vs. Pet Sitters – Which is Better?

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If you are going on a trip and leaving your pup behind for the first time, you may be wondering if you should invest in dog daycare in Chicago or hire a local pet sitter. While there are advantages to both options, dog daycare is best for specialized attention. Use this guide from Chicago Canine Academy to learn more about why this is the right choice. 

Socialization & Companionship 

Dog daycare in Chicago is a great opportunity for your pet to learn socialization skills from other dogs. If your dog is the only pet in your family, these socialization skills will serve you well in the long run. In addition, your dog will benefit from healthy companionship from other dogs and our staff. This is great for dogs that suffer from separation anxiety when you leave. 

Full-Time Attention 

You will rest easier knowing that your dog will receive constant monitoring, instead of having a pet sitter drop by a few times a week. Dog daycare in Chicago is especially great for younger puppies that need specialized attention and various potty breaks. 

Professional Care

Our staff is highly experienced in caring for all types of dogs, while some pet sitters may not be as experienced. We will ensure your dog receives the proper food and water, exercise and rest time. Our professional can manage specialized attention to dogs that need a little extra help and are trained in handling puppy conflict. 

Are you taking a trip soon? To book your dog daycare in Chicago, IL, contact Chicago Canine Academy today!

What Can I Do If My Dog Doesn’t Get Along with My Kids?

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What if your dog loves being around you and other dogs, but when it comes to children, the two just don’t get along? When your furry friend is aggressive toward children, it can be stressful for both you and your child. We offer obedience training in Chicago to help your dog become less aggressive, but here are some tips to follow to have your dog and child become friendly together.


Manage The Situation

When you know you have an aggressive dog, get ahead of the trouble before any arises. When you have good management, you are able to control a situation to reduce the potential risk. For example, don’t bring your dog to visit extended family if you know they won’t do well in that environment. Other tips include:

  • Teach the dog to wear a muzzle
  • Put the dog behind a baby gate or inside a crate when he or she is around small children
  • Only allow the dog and child to be together if an adult is able to give their full attention to the interaction.


Teach Your Child How To Interact

Once you have a good management protocol intact, figure out how your child behaves around your dog. Make sure the interaction between your dog and your child is always supervised. This is a good basic rule to follow and you’ll be able to see how your child acts around your fluffy friend. Remember that teaching your child safe interactions with dogs helps avoid trouble between the two. Additionally, think about these rules when your child begins playing with dogs:

  • Have your child ask for permission to pet a dog (yours or anyone else’s)
  • Teach your child to pet a dog under the chin instead of over the head and avoid playing with ears, tails, and paws.
  • Tell your child to pet in 5-second increments in order to figure out the dog’s behavior toward the child.


Enroll In Obedience School

Trainers can help you teach your dog how to interact with children. If you think your dog could benefit from obedience training in Chicago, contact us today and we will help you work with your dog’s aggression.

How to Help a Dog with Food Aggression

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How to Help a Dog with Food Aggression

Once you suspect that your dog may have food aggression, you will want to start implementing training techniques to sway the behaviors. If you are struggling to train your furry friend, Chicago Canine Academy offers private dog training in Chicago to stop your pooches bad habits. If you notice food aggression tendencies and don’t have time to take your dog to professional training, here are some techniques you can try out at home.

Be Consistent

As in many training techniques, consistency is key. Consistency is especially important if the aggression is a result of fear or anxiety. Some dogs lash out over food because they are nervous they will not receive another meal soon and desire to protect what they have. Try to keep your dog’s meals on a set schedule everyday so their internal clock can adjust and understand that a meal is indeed coming.

Make Them Complete An Action Before Eating

Implementing an action before a meal will help your dog learn that they must work before they can gobble down their food. Having them sit or lay down prior to eating can help fulfill their instinctual need to hunt by making them earn their food.

Plan When To Serve Dog’s Food

To deter your dog’s food aggression, make sure you eat food before serving them theirs. That will give them the idea that you are the alpha and therefore in charge. This technique will teach your dog that you are ultimately the one in control.

If these techniques are not working for you as you’d like our professional dog trainers at Chicago Canine Academy offer private dog training in Chicago are here to help! Contact us via our website or call (773) 655-0219 to set up your free consultation.

Common Dog Training Mistakes

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Even if you’ve had a dog before, the process of training can be intimidating. When your dog is still young, they are the most susceptible to learning habits that will stay with them for the rest of your life. It is crucial that puppies learn the right habits during the first few months of their life, which is where private dog training in Chicago comes into play.

Keep the following training mistakes in mind so that you can avoid them moving forward!

Keeping Sessions Too Long

Both you and your dog will benefit from keeping training sessions short as opposed to hours on end. Puppies don’t have a very long attention span, so trying to get them to focus for long periods of time won’t end well for either of you. Your dog will quickly get tired of focusing and become impatient. In return, you will likely become frustrated as well. To avoid this, try to make training sessions 10-15 minutes and complete them multiple times throughout the day.

Training When You’re in a Bad Mood

Training your dog when you are in a bad mood is a recipe for disaster. You will likely take out your anger on him or her rather than being patient. Skip training sessions when you aren’t feeling like yourself and opt for a cuddle session instead!

Mixing Correction & Positive Reinforcement

Your training methods shouldn’t include both correction and positive reinforcement, as it will result in even more confusion for your dog. Think about your own behavior: would you want to complete a task if you knew you wouldn’t get a reward? Stay patient and opt for positive reinforcement.

If you are not having success training your dog on your own, take advantage of our private dog training at Chicago Canine Academy!

Why You Shouldn’t Shave Your Double-Coated Dog

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Why You Shouldn’t Shave Your Double-Coated Dog

With temperatures warming up, we see many dogs that come to our dog boarding in Chicago that are shaved. It’s natural to think that with tons of excess hair, the smart thing to do during the warm months is to shave your dog’s coat to help keep them cool. However, for dogs that have a double coat, or two layers of fur, shaving them actually has the opposite effect that you may think.

The First Layer

The undercoat is made from fine, fluffy hairs that are closest to the skin. You can think of this fur as the softer, lighter fur that sheds. This layer is great for trapping air in the winter and helping to keep your dog warm and insulated. On the same note, this layer is also useful in keeping your dog cool in the summer heat.

The Topcoat

The second layer of fur is called the topcoat and it is made from “guard” hairs that help protect your pet. These hairs do not shed and they are helpful in protecting your dog from the sun’s rays as well as bug bites. Their outer layer is essential in protecting them from the heat, so shaving them is counter-productive. Evolution has provided your pup with the exact tools that he or she needs to survive.

Unlike humans, dogs do not cool themselves through their skin. Instead, they release heat by panting.

Be Mindful of Regrowth

The older your dog is, the less likely they are to regrow their top coat. Only having an undercoat may make them look patchy or scruffy and it will remove their natural ability to protect themselves.

The next time you are tempted to shave your dog’s coat (unless it is matted), think again!

Reasons Your Dog Is Drinking More Water than Normal

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With the weather finally warming up, it is once again possible to take our dogs outside without bundling up in our winter gear. With the weather being warmer and your dog getting more exercise time outside, it is typical to notice that your dog is drinking more water. But how much water consumption is excessive for a dog? Throughout our experience as providers of dog boarding in Chicago, we know certain triggers that signify something is wrong with your dog.

How Much Water is Typical?

How much water your dog consumes depends on the diet that you feed him or her. Dogs who consume wet diets may consume less water than dogs who consume dry diets. As a general rule of thumb, dogs should drink between ½ and 1 ounce of water per pound of body weight per day. For example, a dog that weighs 65 pounds should drink between 33 and 65 ounces of water every day.

Reasons for an Increase

If you notice that your dog is drinking more water, it could simply be their body adjusting to a new season. If your dog is having loose bowel movements, they will likely drink more water to make up for the fluid loss. However, if your dog is consistently drinking more water than normal, this could be a sign of a more serious issue, such as kidney insufficiency, diabetes mellitus, diabetes insipidus, liver disease, infection, a side effect of certain drugs, or adrenal hormone disease. It is important to consult your veterinarian if you notice something is off.

When your dog is with us for dog boarding in Chicago, we will always ensure that they have plenty of fresh water to drink! If we notice any irregular drinking patterns, we will let you know.