Spare the Treats, Spoil with Exercise

By: Brittney Frazier, Found Chicago

foundnov1As dog owners, we often pride ourselves in the kind of life and environment we can provide for our canine companions. Especially for a dog that has been rescued out of a negative situation, there is usually an understandable instinctRead more

 

Zuko’s Story : Finding friendship in the most likely place

By: Brittney Frazier, Found Chicago 

imagejpeg_0-1If you love dogs, you have probably heard some of the rhetoric supporting the adoption of rescued dogs; dogs that have been abused or abandoned in one way or another. Phrases like “adopt, don’t shop” and “rescue, rehabilitate, rehome” express toRead more

 

Healthy Obsession: Redirecting anxiety to a more productive alternative

By: Brittney Frazier

Meet and greetAt Found Chicago, we ask owners to visit before any training advice is given in order to understand to best approach the situation. Over the years I have observed dogs and their owners, it is easy to pinpoint some of the majorRead more

 

Caring For and Loving a Senior Dog

By: Brittney Frazier, Found Chicago

Seeing a beloved pet begin to age and drop in activity level is never an easy process to go through. As my own rescue girl creeps into the double digits, I find myself reminiscing on old pictures from when I firstRead more

 

Puppy Imprinting and How to Socialize the Perfect Puppy

By: Brittney Frazier

JulyFound1Late spring and early summer seem to be the most popular times to introduce a new dog into a family and we are certainly seeing a high volume of puppies walk through our facility doors for training. With the warm weather and addedRead more

 

Personal Space and Respect – a win-win relationship

By: Brittney Frazier

cutepupImagine walking through the park down a path and holding hands loosely with your significant other. You’re taking in the sights and smells of your environment and enjoying the relaxation of being close to your partner. Then, you see a person approachingRead more

 

Strategic Reward – Opportunities to reward your dog as an alternative to treats

By: Brittney Frazier

foundApril1It is usually no question that a dog will work for food. Because not all dogs are food motivated and their humans are usually looking for alternatives to breaking out the treat jar every time they would like their dog to obeyRead more

 

Why Dogs Don’t Listen: Improving a dog’s responsiveness to commands

By: Brittney Frazier

dog313One of the number one complaints we receive as a dog training facility from owners about their dogs is that they do not “listen” to them or that they want to improve their dog’s “listening” skills. Without ever meeting their dogs, IRead more

 

Pack Mentality – Preventing Turmoil Within Groups of Dogs

By: Brittney Frazier

found-feb1Within the last few months, my home has been strained with more traffic than usual. Even as a dog trainer who has opened her home to many rescue dogs in need of home exposure, the amount of foster dogs cycling through my homeRead more

 

Leash Reactivity – A Cause and Effect Relationship

dogwalkBy: Brittney Frazier
It seems one of the best experiences a person can have with their dog is a good walk. Some trainers even feel that the quality of a dog’s walk with their human is indicative of the overall relationship between the two beings.Read more