Viva Dog Vegas

Get ready for a fun casino night and help out the Chicago Ridge Animal Welfare League at the same time!

Urban Mutts is hosting its Viva Dog Vegas event on November 28 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm. The event takes place at Pawsitively Heaven Pet Resort, 10051 Kitty Ave., Chicago Ridge. Besides table games and other fun human activities, there will be some great activities for the pooches.

The event is free to attend but you must register in advance. In order to participate in the games you need to buy Fun Packs. You can register, buy your Fun Packs and get more information on the Viva Dog Vegas event at

Dog Halloween Parade and Costume Contest

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The annual Tails in the City Halloween parade and costume contest is set for Sunday, October 25 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.

This is a fun filled event in the Gold Coast. Dress your dog up and join the parade which starts at Tails in the City at One East Delaware just east of State Street. The parade continues down Delaware and ends a few short blocks away at Washington Square Park where there will be a costume contest. There are a few different categories including the scariest, funniest, most glamorous and best pet and owner duo.

If you would like to take part in the contest you can buy your entry ticket (which benefits PAWS Chicago) for $10 at Tails in the City, either in their store or at their website.

PAWS Fur Ball

Are you looking for a great way to help the homeless pet population in Chicago while enjoying a lavish night out on the town? Consider attending PAWS Chicago's Fur Ball charity event.

Fur Ball takes place on Friday, November 13 at 6:00 pm at the Drake Hotel. This swanky fundraiser is one of the most anticipated events of the year. Although the price to attend is a bit high at $400 per person, it is a great cause and a fun event. For an additional $100 you can also bring your dog and he will be treated to a doggy buffet and and spa.

Besides a lavish buffet and dancing there will also be a silent auction. All proceeds will benefit PAWS Chicago.

For more information, visit PAWS Chicago's website here.

Potential Fine for Barking Dogs

Two Chicago aldermen are trying to pass a law that would fine the owners of dogs that bark non-stop. Below is the Chicago Tribune article on this potential new ordinance. Any thoughts on this?
Posted by Dan P. Blake at 5:15 p.m.

City pet owners would be fined up to $250 for having a dog that barks incessantly under a proposal introduced today by two influential Chicago aldermen.
Ald. Richard Mell (33rd) said he's proposing the ordinance because of complaints he's gotten from constituents whose neighbors will not shut their dogs up.
"People have called our office and said, " 'Would you mind talking to the neighbor about the dog barking?' " Mell said. "Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't."

Mell envisioned a situation where a police officer or city employee would respond to a call, and if a dog was in a yard continuously barking in the middle of the night, the pet's owner would be ticketed. 

"I would hope they wouldn't call if a dog barked just once," he said.

The proposed ordinance now reads that he barking would have to be the type that "unnecessarily disturbs the comfort, quiet, peace or repose" of a person any time, day or night. But Mell said the ordinance could be changed when it's considered at the Police and Fire Committee.

Specifically, the noises he's targeting include continued habitual barking, whining, crying, howling, whimpering, crowing or other loud noises that are louder than two people talking at a distance of 100 feet or more.

The fine would range from $50 to $250, Mell said.

Ald. Patrick O'Connor (40th), along with Mell, introduced the proposal at today's council meeting.


Dog First Aid Kit - A Must Have For City Dog Owners

If you own a dog in a major city like Chicago you are bound to have a dog injury from time to time. Broken glass on the sidewalk, rough play in the dog park or beach or any day to day activity can lead to a minor injury to your dog. Of course if your dog has a major injury you should take him to the vet but it is wise to also have a dog first aid kit in your home.

You can put together your own doggie first aid kit, or you can buy a prepackaged kit. Most pet stores such as Pet Smart and Petco sell a variety of dog first aid kits that include everything that you need. Make sure to keep the kit in a handy place in your home and out of reach of your dog and kids. 

If you put together your own first aid kit, it should include several basic items.
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Gauze bandages
  • Gauze pads
  • Flexible bandages
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Antibiotic ointment pads
  • Sterile eye wash
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Cotton swabs
  • Sting relief pads
  • First aid tape
One great option for a prepackaged kit is the Medibag 4Petz First Aid Kit. It can be purchased at most major pet stores or from online retailers such as Amazon.

Dog Kennel Review: Pooch Chicago Boarding

There are a lot of great dog kennels in Chicago. After trying a few I've settled on Pooch Chicago in Lincoln Park.

When you enter Pooch Chicago you immediately see the care and attention to detail that was put into designing the kennel. The friendly receptionist welcomes you and your dog. If it is your first time boarding your dog at Pooch the receptionist will set up an account and verify your dog's vaccinations. Your dog will then be led upstairs where the private rooms and play areas are located. My dog is always a little scared, so I go into the elevator with her and say goodbye there.

The facility has fairly large private rooms. Each room has a glass window so the dogs can see out. At night a comfy bed is brought into the room. During the day the dogs spend most of their time in one of two large play areas. The dogs are separated based on their size. The play areas are constantly supervised in case the dogs play a little too rough. The play rooms are cleaned and disinfected twice a day so you know your dog will always have a cleans place to play.

My dog is always glad to see me when I pick her up, but she does not seem to mind spending a night at Pooch. The best part of Pooch Chicago is the staff. They are friendly and they seem to have the best interest of the dogs in mind. 

Pooch is also very convenient. You can pick up and drop off your dog 24 hours a day. This is great for those of us with hectic schedules. For an additional fee Pooch will even pick up your dog.

Pooch Chicago is located at 2228 N. Clybourn. They have a second location in the West Loop at 1214 W. Monroe. I highly recommend Pooch. Give them a call and take a tour of one of their great dog kennels.

Paws-ilates - Pilates for You and Your Dog

You probably already exercise with your dog. Maybe the two of you jog along the lakefront or take an early morning power walk. But, have you ever taking an exercise class with your dog? If not, now is your chance!

Every Wednesday in September, The Anti Cruelty Society is hosting weekly pilates classes for people and their dogs. The classes will be led by nationally known trainer Andrea Metcalf. Andrea is part of the NBC5 Fit Team and she has appeared on the Today Show. She is also a certified yoga and pilates instructor. 

The classes will integrate pilates for you and with some play time and massage for your dog. The classes are 30 minutes long. The first session starts at 6:00 pm and is for dogs less than 25 pounds. The second class, for dogs over 25 pounds, begins at 6:30 pm. This is bound to be a fun experience for all.

The classes will be held every Wednesday in September in the Anti Cruelty Society's lower level. The cost is $10 per person and dogs can participate for free. All of the proceeds benefit the Anti Cruelty Society.

For more information call 312-644-8338 extension 307. Or visit the Anti Cruelty Society's calendar of events here.

Aggressive Dogs in Chicago

Today's Redeye had a front page story about aggressive dogs in Chicago. Currently, there are strict laws regarding aggressive dogs in the city. Owners who have a dog with a history of aggression must buy at least $100,000 in liability insurance and keep their dogs muzzled when in public. They must also get a dangerous dog license from the city.

Some in city hall want to impose further restrictions for people with aggressive dogs. Alderman Eugene Schulter wants to impose a penalty for owners who do not obey the city's dangerous dog ordinances by not allowing them to own a dog for five years. If the owner has two or more dogs declared dangerous he wants the person banned from owning a dog in Chicago for life.

Pit bull and Rottweilers have gotten the most attention in Chicago for being aggressive and dangerous. Is this fair? Redeye takes a closer look.

You can read the full Redeye story by clicking here.

Environmentally Friendly Dog Boarding

Green Dog has an unusual marketing strategy - they are billing themselves as an environmentally friendly dog kennel.

Located in the Ukrainian Village at 2231 W. Chicago Ave., Green Dog is vying for your business by promoting their environmentally friendly practices:

  • Their facility was built using eco-friendly materials including the paint, caulk and stains. 
  • Their kennels and floors are made from recycled materials. 
  • They also use only non-toxic cleaning supplies and all of their dog toys and beds are made from non-toxic materials.

Green Dog also has a big heart. The company donates 1% of their annual profits to local animal shelters.

To learn more about Green Dog, check out their website or give them a call at 773-772-4877.

Techniques to Reduce Separation Anxiety in Dogs

Separation anxiety in dogs results from a fear that the master will not return. Many dogs bark, cry or act out by chewing on furniture or causing other messes. While it may seem that there is not a cure for your dog, there are techniques and products that have the potential to reduce or eliminate separation anxiety.

The first technique to reduce separation anxiety is aimed at proving to your dog that you will always return. While your dog is watching, exit your house and close the door. Wait just a few seconds and then return. Go about your business in the house for a few minutes and then exit the house again. Once again, return in a few seconds. Continue to repeat this process but stay out for a bit longer each time. It may take several days or even weeks but your dog will begin to realize that you will always return.

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Dogs have an amazing sense of smell. They associate smells with people, other animals and even events. You can use your dog’s sense of smell to help reduce her separation anxiety. For a few days, spray a bit of perfume or cologne in the air when you enter your house. Your dog will begin to associate the smell to you coming home. After your dog becomes familiar with the smell, begin to spray the perfume right before you leave the house. The smell will reassure your dog that you will be returning since she already associates the smell with you entering the house.

Another way to use your dog’s sense of smell to reduce her separation anxiety is to leave an article of clothing with your scent. Leave a shirt that you wore the day before on her bed or in her crate. The scent on the clothing will provide comfort for your dog.

When you are getting ready to leave the house do not make a fuss or say goodbye to your dog. Dogs do not understand the concept of goodbye. Saying goodbye only makes the master feel better. Your dog will become excited and enter a state of heightened anxiety if you make a big fuss before you leave. Also, when you arrive home do not give your dog a lot of attention right away. Enter the house and go about your business. After a few minutes you can play with your dog. These techniques allow your dog to learn that your entering or leaving the house is a normal everyday occurrence.

D.A.P. Dog Appeasing Pheromone is a product that helps reduce separation anxiety for some dogs. This product imitates the smell of a dog pheromone. The smell relaxes many dogs and can be successful at reducing separation anxiety as well as stress induced by thunder or fireworks. D.A.P. Dog Appeasing Pheromone comes in the form of a diffuser, a collar and a spray, none of which can be smelled by humans.

Do not become frustrated while trying to reduce your dog’s separation anxiety. Many dog owners try a few techniques before they see results. Some dogs respond quickly to these techniques while others take longer to show improvement. The key is to have patience and experiment until you find a technique that works for your dog.

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Dog Friendly Chicago River Cruise

Did you know that there is a dog friendly Chicago River cruise? Well, there is!

Mercury Skyline Cruises offers a weekly dog friendly Chicago River cruise. The cruise takes place every Sunday morning at 10:00. The 90 minute cruise tours both the Chicago River and Lake Michigan. Besides discussing Chicago's great architecture, the tour guides tell stories about famous Chicago dogs and point out dog friendly venues and attractions in Chicago. Mercury provides water and a newspaper lined outhouse for the pooches.

Tickets for Mercury's dog friendly Chicago River Cruise can be purchased at Mercury's booth at the southeast corner of Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive. Tickets cost $7.00 per dog, $23.00 per adult and $10.00 per child. Children under 3 are free.

You can get more information by visiting Mercury's website or calling them at 312-332-1353.

Picking a Dog Kennel in Chicago

Choosing the perfect kennel for your dog is a stressful process. You want a boarding facility that is right for your dog and that fits your budget. Follow these few steps to make your search easier:
  • Ask your friends and neighbors for recommendations. Dog owners will be brutally honest about dog kennels that they like and dislike.
  • Take a tour. Most kennels in Chicago are happy to give dog owners a tour of their facility. Check out the sleeping rooms and play areas.
  • Give the kennel a test run. Most kennels also offer doggie day care. Let your dog try out the kennel by bringing him to doggie day care for a day or two. 
  • Make sure that the kennel offers drop-off and pick-up hours that are convenient for you. Some kennels allow you to pick up or drop off your dog 24 hours a day. Others have specific hours. 
A few popular Chicago kennels are:
Do you have a favorite kennel in Chicago? Leave a message and help out your fellow Chicago dog owners!

PAWS Chicago Run For Their Lives 8K Run / 4K Walk

It's not too late to sign up for PAWS Chicago's Run For Their Lives event. The event includes an 8K run and a 4K walk. Best of all you can participate with your dog! The event is on Sunday, September 27 at 9:00am and takes place at Montrose Harbor.

This is an important fund raising event for PAWS which is the largest no-kill shelter in Chicago. If you would like more information you can check out all of the details at the PAWS Chicago website.

Dog Friendly Patios

Looking for a restaurant that will let you bring your pooch along? Although dogs are not allowed inside restaurants in Chicago they are allowed on some outdoor patios.

Metromix has a great list of Chicago's dog friendly patios here.

Chicago's Dog Parks and Beaches

Chicago dog owners are required to keep their dogs leashed at all times while in public, even in most parks and beaches. If you don’t follow this rule you can face a hefty fine.

Luckily, we have 15 dog parks and beaches where we can let our pooches roam free. Remember, in order to take your dog to one of the dog parks or beaches you need to get a special license from your vet. The license is only $5 per year and it will save you from a big fine.

Here are the official dog parks and beaches in Chicago:

Belmont Harbor

Belmont and Lakeshore Drive

Challenger Park

1101 W. Irving Park Road

Churchill Park

1825 N. Damen

Coliseum Park

14th Street and Wabash

Grant Park

Columbus Drive and 9th Street

Hamlin Park

3035 N. Hoyne St.

Margate Park

4921 N. Marine Drive

Montrose Beach

Wilson Street and Lake Michigan

Park Number 511

630 N. Kingsbury

Park Number 546

450 E. Benton Place

Park Number 551

353 N. DesPlaines Ave.

River Park

5100 N. Francisco Ave.

Walsh Park

1722 N. Ashland

Wicker Park

1425 N. Damen

Wiggly Field

2645 N. Sheffield


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