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DOG TRAINING                                         


AGILITY - WAG (Wi-iL Agility Group) - Spring Grove, IL

WAG is an agility training club which offers classes from introductory/puppy to advanced competition in their indoor facility. Classes are available to the public.  I was a member, instructor and on the WAG Board for many years and highly recommend them.


HERDING - Shannon Wolfe introduced me to herding and is a very dear and long-time friend.  I worked on her herding farm for several years and was really happy to be able to learn to do farm chores and stock-handling at the trials with the help of my border collies.  Shannon is an excellent herding instructor and has well more than 20 years of experience with not only training all breeds of herding dogs, but also in working with and teaching all types of herding dog owners.  She is a wonderfully accomplished trainer, competitor and teacher and can definitely help you discover the joys of herding for yourself.  Shannon offers herding lessons year-round at her farm in Genoa City, WI for every level from beginner to advanced competition and also hosts several herding trials there every year.  In addition, Shannon conducts herding instinct tests and sheepherding demos all over the Midwest.  She also judges herding trials across the country.


OBEDIENCE - Northwest Obedience Club - Cary, IL  

NOCI offers a very diversified program in many dog sports and all levels of obedience training classes.  They hold classes at their indoor facility and also host events around the area. You do not have to be a member to enroll in a class.  Obedience training is essential for any dog you plan to share your life with.  The time you spend in classes and practice early-on will benefit you and your dog for life.  I recommend classes for everyone who gets a puppy.  EVERYONE.  --  And a special note to new puppy owners: Start training right away!!!!  Get your pup into a puppy class (as early as 8-weeks of age) and follow that up with at least two sessions of novice obedience training.  The time you invest is early training will reap benefits throughout your puppy's life.


OBEDIENCE & BEHAVIOR - Terri Tepper is a Certified Training Partner of the Karen Pryor Academy (KPA) and is my local training guru for purely positive training methods.  Terri is not only highly accomplished in clicker training and easy to relate to, she’s also local in Barrington, IL.  Terri offers both private lessons and group classes in a wide range of obedience behaviors along with offering help for people with shy and reactive dogs.  


UNDERSTANDING THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AGGRESSION AND AN APPROPRIATE RESPONSE

This is an excellent article by internationally recognized dog trainer and behaviorist Suzanne Clothier.  It explains how your dog responds to rudeness from other dogs.  Is his reaction aggressive?  Or is it appropriate?





Depending on where you’re located, our area has two fantastic stores offering a wide variety of healthy all-natural foods, treats, supplements and more.  Both have a knowledgeable staff who can help you make more informed decisions on choosing the right food for your dog’s needs. Both stores also host special events.


Pages Healthy Paws owned by Jody Page in Wauconda, IL. Jody’s brand-new location on Rt. 12 has a huge inventory of quality products for health-conscious dog & cat owners, lots of room, and an entire section of freezers for a wide variety of frozen raw foods.  If you need it, she’s got it.


Thomas’ Tails owned by Linda Thomas in downtown Crystal Lake, IL. Linda offers an excellent selection of healthy products for dogs, cats and horses.


Is my dog too fat? - Here’s a great chart from Purina to help you figure out by look and feel what shape your dog is really in.


B-Naturals is a great online source for holistic products for dogs.  One of the owners is Lew Olson, a PhD in Natural Nutrition.  I’ve been to several of Lew’s seminars and have sought her advice since 1995. I’ve long felt I could trust not only her word but also the integrity of her products and website information.  The B-Naturals website is a rich source for your holistic education.


Raw & Natural Nutrition for Dogs - a book by Dr. Lew Olson.  If you’re interested in learning how to feed raw or make your own home-cooked dog food, or even to start adding something better to the kibble you’re feeding, this book is the place to start.


Holistic Healing and more - Tresa Laferty  

Tresa is a Natural Healer who works with people and animals using her knowledge of Essentials Oils, Reiki, Flower Essences, Crystals, Shamanic Healing, and Animal Communication to help resolve issues on the physical, mental and emotional levels.  If you’re looking for a different approach to health and well-being, Tresa is a good person to start with.


Dog Food Ratings - find out how to read and understand the ingredients label on dog food packages to see how the food you’re buying stacks up.


STOP STOOL EATING - There are many theories on why dogs snack on poop.  Regardless of why, let’s try to stop it.  I’ve found two products that do just that in many cases.  They’re not 100% effective in all dogs, but if your dog has this problem, it’s well worth trying either one separately or both together.  I’ve used them for my own dogs for 15+ years as needed with good results and no ill effects.  These are holistic nutritional supplements called Berte’s Ultra Probiotic Powder and Berte’s Green Blend available from B-Naturals.





GROOMING SUPPLIES                                


Midwest Grooming Supply - owned by Chuck Palm in Lake Barrington, IL. Here’s a local place to get professional quality grooming supplies. They’ve got a great selection.  You can also get blades and scissors sharpened here.


Here are links for the 2 tools I recommend most often for maintaining your dog’s coat.  Both are available at Midwest Grooming:


De-matting Comb  – is designed get the mats and tangles out of coarse or medium-to-long hair.


Oster Shedding Tool - is designed to take the undercoat out of short-to-medium coats like labs, Aussies, BCs and many other breeds.  The tool comes in 3 sizes.  I like this much better than a “Furminator” because it doesn’t break or cut the good hairs you want to keep - it just takes out the dead undercoat.





ARTICLES & REFERENCE                           


UNDERSTANDING THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AGGRESSION AND AN APPROPRIATE RESPONSE

This is an excellent article by internationally recognized dog trainer and behaviorist Suzanne Clothier.  It explains how your dog responds to rudeness from other dogs.  Is his reaction aggressive?  Or is it appropriate?

He Just Wants to Say "Hi!"


How old is my dog in people-years? - This is a chart to help you convert dog-years realistically.  It also explains about using teeth to judge age.


Recipe for Skunk Odor Removal - I’ve used this for years and it works.  It’s made from everyday household products.


PHOTOGRAPHER – Dick Bruner is not only an extraordinary photographer but also a good friend.  You’ll find Dick and his custom bus set up at many agility trials and herding trials across the country. Check out Dick’s fine work at: www.dicksphotos.us


FUSED-GLASS MEMORIALS - Joanne Weber is another good friend who is not only a gifted photographer, but also an richly talented artist in several mediums.  Joanne handcrafts one-of-a-kind keepsakes using snippets of fur and/or ashes to make the most beautiful glass pendants imaginable.  Samples of her work are on the following link:


DOG SCOUT CAMP - Are you looking for somewhere to go on vacation WITH your dog?  Try Dog Scouts of America!  They have an awesome camp in Michigan where you and your best friend can go and have fun together. I’ve been there 3 times!  





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PHOTO CREDITS


Dick Bruner took several of the best photos in the “About Us” page and the “Ginny’s Dogs” album.  In particular, I’m very grateful for the shot of me and my border collies on the left footer of every page and the close-up shot of a muddy Brooke working stock, her eyes riveted on something ahead of her.


Joanne Weber took the right side footer photo of me and my shelties when we were at Dog Scout Camp in Michigan along with my treasured portrait of Peaches in the “Ginny’s Dogs” album.


Hannah Kirkpatrick worked hard to get the photo of me and my dogs in front of the main gate at the top of the “About Us” page.


All the other photos on this site were taken by me on the fly with my tiny little Canon pocket camera.  (It’s a Canon PowerShot ELPH 100 HS if you want to know.)  I try hard to capture lots of candid photos of dogs-just-being-dogs while they’re staying here.


In 2014 I got myself a Nikon D3100 with the expectation of being able to start taking some even better pictures.  I wasn't disappointed -- it's an awesome camera!



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Ginny Venning,
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