Chicago Canine Flu: The Dog Flu Strikes

Flu Season For Chicago Dogs

Chicago Dog Training in The Flu Season











Similarly, our pet dogs in Chicago are exposed to a variety of infectious organisms, including the Influenza virus, from both people and other pets.   You may ask yourself can my dog catch my human flu?   No, your dog can’t get human flu but he/she can get canine flu. It is relatively uncommon for dogs to contract viral or other infectious organisms from humans.

“Dogs can be infected with Canine Influenza Virus (CIV) or Canine Parainfluenza Virus (CPV), for which vaccinations are available,”  states Ami Moore Chicago’s Dog Behaviorist.

Places where dogs are contained in close quarters (kennels, dog day care, dog parks, dog beaches, boarding facilities, hospitals, etc.) are capable of becoming “hot zones” for the spread of dog flu.

Juvenile, geriatric, and dogs having compromised immune systems are more prone to contracting the Canine Flu. Chicago dogs suffering from cancer or immune mediated (i.e. autoimmune) diseases will not be able to fight off infection as well as a dog with a healthy immune system.

Ami The Chicago Dog Whisperer states, “If your cat or dog shows clinical signs of a respiratory tract illness  such as  a cough, sneeze, nasal discharge, immediately schedule an examination with your vet.  If your dog shows signs of dog flu-like symptoms the faster that you get your dog to the vet the better.”

Shelter Dog Needs Home

August 25, 2012

Dear Friends,

Ollie (Petraits attached) is a very handsome, bouncy, playful, fun and snugly, 18-month-old, 45-pound, male, fawn and white pit bull terrier-mix looking for a loving guardian.

Ollie is living in a foster home where he has proven well-behaved with other dogs, cats and even horses. He is housebroken and already crate-trained. He knows the commands sit and down, and takes treats nicely from your fingers. He gets along with dogs of all sizes from Chihuahuas to Great Pyrenees, and Cocker Spaniels to Golden Retrievers and from puppies to seniors. He also loves to play with squeaky toys and balls.

Ollie is no couch potato, so he’s looking for an active family or person who will enjoy his enthusiasm. He is great in the car and working on perfecting his leash manners. He’s even quiet enough to live in an apartment or condo. For now Ollie is safe in his foster home, cuddling in bed with his foster mom but he’s looking for a new family to share his tail wags and kisses with.

Ollie is very healthy, neutered, up-to-date on vaccines, micro-chipped, heartworm-tested and on preventative. His adoption fee of $225 benefits the rescued dogs of Safely Home Canine Rescue. To meet and possibly adopt Ollie, Please contact Angie at or 815-370-6397.

To see other pets for adoption, please visit


The 2011 OTCRI Obedience and Rally Trials were held on October 9th at the Wild World of Indoor Sports in N Smithfiled, RI

The facility was fabulous and the days weather was beautiful

There were fifty seven dogs entered in fifteen regular and non regular classes.

The event went off with few problems and all who attended had a great time. I can’t say enough to all of the club members whose efforts made the event happen to such a high degree of success.   Special Thanks to Jay and Melissa Drury and their two sons , Priscilla Drury’s son and family from NH, whose efforts setting up and taking down both Saturday afternoon and Sunday allowed the event to happen.

See the Photos section for photos of the event. The results will be published here once they become official from AKC. Any comments please forward to me at

We look forward to seeing you all next year.

John Rock – Chairman


Bay Colony Dog Show Raises The Woof of the Bayside Expo

Bay Colony Dog Show Raises The Woof of the Bayside Expo, Boston December 6-9, 2007

The Bay Colony Dog Show, one of the country’s largest American Kennel Club dog events, is back at the Bayside for four days of tail-wagging fun. The show runs Thursday, December 6 through Sunday, December 9, 2007 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Sponsored by PEDIGREE brand dog foods, The Bay Colony Cluster Dog Show showcases an average of 2,000 pedigree pooches each day competing for “Best In Show” honors and AKC titles after winning within their respective breeds and groups. The Bay Colony Dog Show is organized and run by volunteers from Eastern Dog Club, Ladies’ Dog Club, Middlesex County Kennel Club, Shrewsbury Dog Training Club, and Yankee Golden Retriever Club.

Each day, approximately 10,000 people will cheer on 155 AKC-registered dog breeds, from popular cocker spaniels and golden retrievers to newly-recognized American Kennel Club (AKC) breeds like the Tibetan Mastiff and the Plott. Every day offers a unique mix of events, and each day of the show is presented by a different prestigious AKC dog club with each show awarding one “Best in Show” trophy. On all four days, spectators can watch dogs of all shapes and sizes participate in the fast-paced agility trials, timed competitive events where dogs race through obstacles competing for AKC titles. On Friday and Saturday, Ladies’ Dog Club and Shrewsbury Dog Training Club offer obedience competitions in a variety of classes.

The Bay Colony Dog Show also offers “backstage tours” with reservations, a great way to experience the show behind the scenes and watch the nation’s top dogs prepare for the ring. Dog lovers will be in holiday shopping heaven with high-quality concession booths displaying every type of gift imaginable for pampered pooches. Beyond traditional items, the show offers hand-knitted sweaters, specialty apparel, professional grooming and cleaning supplies, pet exercise equipment, digital photography, gourmet treats, handmade toys, safety products, bedding, fine jewelry and dog antiques, and pet services. If you are looking for information about a particular breed before making the big leap to dog ownership, public service booths provide information about getting started in dog shows, breeder referrals, dog-related volunteer opportunities and careers, and adoption programs.

A registered nonprofit organization, the Bay Colony Dog Show ticket proceeds benefit such charities as the Scholarship Fund at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, Breeder Referral Services and Angell Memorial Animal Hospital. Admission is for adults and seniors, and for children. Parking is and tickets available for purchase at the Bayside box office only. Visit for ring schedules after Thanksgiving. The show’s recorded event hotline is 508-533-1153. Sorry, the public may not bring their pet dog to the show. The Bayside Exposition Center is handicapped and MBTA accessible (Red Line, JFK/UMASS stop), and is located off Rte. 93 South (exit 15 from the south; exit 14 from Rte. 93 North). The Bayside Exposition Center is located at 200 Mount Vernon St., Dorchester, MA 02125.

Bark Busters Celebrates Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day with “Lucky in Love” Photo Competition

To celebrate the festive affairs of Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day, Bark Busters, the world’s largest dog training company, invites dog owners and their canine friends to “capture the moment” by participating in the Lucky in Love photo competition at Owners can honor their furry friends by showing how lucky they are to have them. Participants can submit descriptions and photos with their favorite companions or a photo of just their dog. Judges will select finalists, and the winners will be determined by real-time public votes online. The winners will be announced on April 15, 2009. Participants can win cash and prizes for themselves, their canine companions, and an animal-related charity of their choice. Visit for more details.

“The love between owners and their dogs is priceless” said Liam Crowe, CEO and master dog behavioral therapist at Bark Busters USA. “What better way to celebrate the love you have for your dog than with a photo competition that will benefit not only the participants but also a worthy charity dedicated to helping our four-legged friends?”

Bark Busters, the world leader in natural home dog training, kicked off its Lucky in Love photo competition on February 10, 2009, and will accept entries at through March 23. Entries must include a digital image and a brief description. Five finalists will be determined by a panel of judges on March 23 and posted on from March 24 through April 14. During this time, the public can vote on its favorite entry. Winners will be announced and posted online on April 15, 2009. The participant whose entry receives the highest number of public votes will receive a 0 Bark Busters gift bag and 0 donation in his or her name to SPCA International or another animal-related charity of his or her choice. Second- and third-place winners will also receive Bark Busters gift bags.

“We’re looking for the cutest and most creative submissions. With the real-time vote tally available online for all to see, we anticipate a lively competition,” added Crowe. “This is all part of our mission to enhance the human-canine bond and to support charities that help to prevent the maltreatment and euthanasia of companion animals.”

For more information on the Lucky in Love Photo Competition rules, or to find a Bark Busters dog behavioral therapist in your area, please visit

Rhode Island Kennel Club Trials

OTCRI member John Rock and his Weimaraner Cayce, Ch Colsidex Sharper Image, CD, RN, competed in the RHKC Obedience Trials at Twin River on April 18th.  They were entered in both Obedience Novice B and Rally Advanced B classes. The Novice B class started late and because of that overlapped the Rally Advanced B trial. John and cayce had just enough time to complete the Long Down in the Novice class and move over to make the last run through in Rally. They were successful in winning the Blue Ribbon in the Novice B class with a score of 191 1/2. They were also successful in obtaining their first leg of Rally Advanced with a score of 92. There were several scores of 100 in the rally trial. They look forward to continuiing training in the exercises of  the Open class.


March/April 2010 Training Classes

Eight new dogs and their handlers began training at the Thursday evening basic training class with Jim Ashton as their instructor. The dogs and handlers will be learning the basic novice exercises of sit, down, stay, and come when called in their six week session. Jim Ashton has been training and handling dogs for over thirty years. See the ‘Photos Page’ for photos of the dogs and handlers going through their training.


“America’s Best Dog Trick” Contest Celebrates Positive Dog Training

The Zoom Room Dog Agility Training Center and exclusive sponsor West Paw Design announce the “America’s Best Dog Trick” Contest – the first nationwide dog trick contest to celebrate positive-reinforcement dog training methods. Dog owners are invited to submit their videos before the January 15 deadline. The winner will receive ,000 plus a collection of Zogoflex toys.

Positive dog training methods include positive praise, clicker training and the use of treats. Positive-reinforcement dog training is now widely-regarded as the most effective and scientifically-researched training method. Contest entrants must affirm that they used only positive training to craft their dog tricks, and that no coercive, punitive, restraint, or other forms of dominance training were used in shaping the trick.

Open to any American resident, dog owners will submit a short video of their best dog trick via the Zoom Room Fan Page on Facebook. Initially, anyone may vote for the Best Dog Trick. The top five dog tricks will then face a panel of judges from the Zoom Room and West Paw to determine the winner.

The first place winner will receive ,000 plus a collection of Zogoflex toys, including a Hurley, a Huck, a Bumi, a Zisc and a Tux. Second place will receive 0 plus the collection of Zogoflex toys from West Paw. The other three finalists will each receive Honorable Mention, as well as a Bumi, a Hurley and a Zisc.

Only freshly-recorded dog trick videos are eligible; in other words, nothing rehashed from YouTube or elsewhere. In order to demonstrate that the video is fresh, all entrants are required to begin the video by addressing the camera and saying something to the effect of, “Hello, Zoom Room, my name is _______, this is my dog _________, and we made this trick using only positive training.”

The contest begins on November 20, 2009. The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2010. Voting for favorite dog tricks will close on January 31, 2010. The winners will be announced on February 8, 2010.

Details can be found on the America’s Best Dog Trick page of the Zoom Room web site.

About the Zoom Room

The Zoom Room Dog Agility Training Center & Canine Social Club is an eco-friendly, active lifestyle dog training center that practices only positive-reinforcement dog training methods. The Zoom Room is the only brick-and-mortar dog training franchise in America and the first dog agility franchise in the world.

In addition to dog agility, the Zoom Room offers obedience, puppy preschool, dog tricks training, therapy dog classes, and much more. As a Canine Social Club, the Zoom Room is the perfect place to host an unforgettable dog birthday party, Bark Mitzvah, Doggy Disco Night, or a charity fund-raiser. The Zoom Room carries only the finest and most Earth-friendly stuff for dogs, including many of West Paw’s great products.

About West Paw Design

West Paw Design believes in providing the best for pets while balancing what is right for the environment. They search high and low for the best, most sustainable material there is to offer and use recyclable and organic material in their bedding and toys.

Their commitment to the environment has guided them to continually strive to reduce the already minimized waste in the manufacturing process, and to offer more environmentally-friendly organic and sustainable products. Using recyclable material in the Zogoflex® line of dog toys permits the incorporation of old products back into new ones, without sacrificing any quality. Discover their unique, world-class pet products at

Ami Moore Says Marriage is Going To The Dogs

In Oak Park, a suburb of Chicago, 87 couples got together to tie the knot-but these couples were all dogs. Ami Moore, the Chicago Dog Expert, was quoted in the article as stating, “As long as dogs marry dogs, I am fine-I draw the line at dogs marrying people.”

See the entire article


Barktoberfest 2008
Sunday, October 5, Noon to 4 PM
Howe Development Center, 7600 W. 183 St., Tinley Park

PAWS Tinley Park holds its major event for the season featuring demonstrations, a blessing of the pets, contests, bake sale, food, games and more. Admission to the event is free, though proceeds from the raffle and other contests will benefit the shelter.

This is a GREAT event!

I plan on being there with my fur babies!!

😆 If you go send us your pictures. 😀