Fun Dog Learning Style Tool – Check it Out!

Here’s another fun tool for you to try out. What kind of learning style does your dog have? Again, it only takes a minute so give it a shot!

Samoyed Learning Style Tool by TrainPetDog

And if you enjoyed this tool, be sure to check the other cool, fun, and interesting tools on our website:

  1. Dog Breed Selector Tool
  2. Is Your Dog a Dominant Dog
  3. Your Dog’s Training Style


And if you’ve tried one of our tools, please leave a comment and let us know what you thought of it!


Cancer in Dogs – Ramius’s Journey – Part I

About Ramius

I want to talk a few minutes talking about our beloved Ramius. Readers of this blog know how much he meant to me, and perhaps you saw my recent post about his birthday. He would’ve turned 13 this month.

Ramius Smiling

Ramius Smiling – His Familiar Pose

One of the reasons I started this blog is that I want it to be sort of a living a tribute to my best friend Ramius, as we used to call him. Ramius was diagnosed with a particularly nasty form of cancer in the summer of 2014 and endured a long, courageous bout with the disease. He finally succumbed to it in January, 2016.

His journey was a long one, and even though it was extremely hard, it was joyous as well. Starting this blog is not only a tribute to him, but also, I hope it will help educate and inspire any pet parents who have a dog battling cancer.

It can be a scary and terrifying journey and I don’t want you to feel alone. Many of us have gone through this and know the struggle. In fact, our first Samoyed, Zoya, also passed away of cancer back in 2008. So we know. We’ve been there.


I’m going to try and recreate the last 2 or so years as best as I can. It’ll be a very personal and revealing journey for me as well as I explain everything that was going on with Ramius’s health and the decisions we made each step of the way. Many of these decisions were very difficult to make, and as you read this, you may find yourself making different decisions if you were in our shoes. That’s fine. These decisions are personal and painful. But regardless, I hope you will find the information useful, educational, inspiring, and even funny and entertaining. This should be a celebration about Ramius’s life as much as anything else.

So let’s begin. Continue reading

Happy National Dog Day! – Is National Samoyed Day Next?

Happy Friday everyone! And of course, it’s a very special Friday because today is National Dog Day!!

National Dog Day is cool. But National Samoyed Day would be better!

National Dog Day is cool. But National Samoyed Day would be better!

Sacha is very excited, in fact, he’s pushing for a National Samoyed Day! All of us here at the blog will try to help him that.

He also seems to think he gets to have extra treats all day for some reason too. Hmmmm…maybe on second thought we’d shouldn’t have told him about today 😉

In honor of today, be sure to check out our super fun Dog Breed Selector Tool. Everyone really seems to enjoy this tool, and it only takes a minute.

Enjoy the day with your pooch and make sure to give them lots and lots of love and attention. They deserve it!

And if you’re doing special with your dog in honor of today, please leave us a comment and tell us what it is!


Happy Birthday Sweet Ramius

Best Friend Ramius

Many people feel that dogs are humans’ best friend and you can certainly count me among them. This was never more true for me than with our sweet baby Ramius.

Happy Birthday Ramius!

Happy Birthday Ramius!

Ramius passed away of cancer in January, 2016. I’m about to undertake a whole series of blog posts on this site dedicated to Ramius and his long battle with cancer. I can tell you that will be very painful for me.

But today, I want to think only happy thoughts and post this birthday wish in honor of our baby boy. Ramius would’ve turned 13 today.

If you’re wondering if his name sounds familiar, Ramius is named after Sean Connery’s character in the great film, The Hunt for Red October, based on the book of the same name by Tom Clancy.

Ramius was the sweetest dog on the planet. Always filled with love, always ready to play, and always happy to be hugged and petted. I used to refer to him as “Best Friend Ramius,” because he truly was. I’ve got tears streaming down my face as I write this and my wife and I still miss him dearly. We always will.

Happy birthday sweet Ramius! We love you and miss you. We’ll all see each other again on the Rainbow Bridge.


Cruisin Canines – Our Recommended Dog Walkers for Chicago!

Professional Dog Walkers – Yes or No?

Today I want to talk to you in general about the importance of having a professional dog walker, and specifically recommend the company we use in Chicago called Cruisin’ Canines.

If you have a job that requires you to be gone for most or all of the day during the week, as many of us do, have you considered hiring a dog walker to take care of your pooch while you’re away? If you live in a neighborhood where you have the option to hire a professional dog walker, I highly recommend you look into it.


Zoya says, “Cruisin’ Canines Walked Me!”

As readers of this blog know, we’ve had a total of three Samoyeds dating back to 1996. First we had Zoya, then Ramius, and now of course Sacha. For our first couple of years with Zoya, we actually didn’t use a dog walker. And both my wife and I were gone all day every day during the week. Fortunately, we realized that situation wasn’t the best thing for Zoya, so we began investigating different dog walkers in our area. That’s when we found a company called Cruisin’ Canines that is run by the husband and wife team of Pam and Paul. Continue reading

Chicago Air & Water Show – Damn it Feels Good to be Dogsta!

Going to the Chicago Air & Water Show – Sacha’s Diary August 22, 2016

Chicago Skyline

Chicago Skyline


Dear Diary,

Yesterday, my parents walked me down to Lake Michigan to watch the Chicago Air & Water Show. This was the 58th show which happens annually every August in Chicago over a weekend. It’s a pretty cool event and it’s free! Which doesn’t matter much to me, since I don’t pay the bills. But I know my Mommy and Daddy appreciate it! 🙂

My parents tend to go most years but this was the first time I got to go too. Wow, was it loud! Lots of cool military aircraft flying around the city and the skyline. This year’s performers included the U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights and the U.S. Navy Parachute Team Leap Frogs. Continue reading

Dog Training Tips for Behavior Problems – Fun Tool Helps Determine if Your Dog is Dominant

Is Your Dog a Dominant Dog?

Our dogs are fascinating right? We see them do all kinds of things throughout the day and wonder…why does he do that? What does that mean? Is he trying to tell me something?

And how come when he sits on the couch he refuses to move out of the way when I try to sit down? And for that matter, why does he insist on sleeping on the bed?

There are a million of these sorts of things right?

Well here’s another fun tool for you to try out. This one will help determine if your dog is exhibiting behaviors of dominance, and it comes courtesy of Train Pet Dog. At the end, you’ll have an opportunity to get some training tips and information if you’d like.

Based on my traffic stats, a lot of you are really digging the Dog Breed Selector Tool I posted not that long ago. This tool is in the same spirit. Of course you don’t have to be a pet parent to a Samoyed in order to take the test, it will apply to whatever kind of pooch you have.

It only takes a minute and it may help you get some useful information about your dog’s tendencies and behavior. Again, just like the Dog Breed Selector Tool, this is mainly for fun. However, after completing the test, you will have a chance to download a personalized report and get more training advice and information from the folks at Train Pet Dog.

Give it a try! If you like it, please leave me a comment and let me know what you think.

P.S. Oh, if you’re having trouble taking the test, you may need to temporarily disable your pop-up blocker.

Samoyed Dominant Tool by TrainPetDog

Do Dogs Dream – Is Your Samoyed a Grouchy Sleeper?

The Sleeping Samoyed

Sacha Sleeping

Sacha Sleeping – Shhh!!!

lf you’ve ever wondered if your dog dreams, you’re not alone. I think the question, ‘do dogs dream?’ has crossed the mind of many pet parents at one point or another. You might hear your fur baby snore, breathe hard, twitch, groan, or make other strange sounds when they’re asleep. It’s only natural to wonder what’s going on.

Stanley Coren, Ph.D, a psychologist and expert on canine behavior published an article a few years ago that argues dogs definitely do dream. He certainly knows more about the subject than I do, but I think he’s right.

We’ve seen our three Samoyeds, Zoya, Ramius, and Sacha, all exhibit signs of dreaming from time to time.  When Ramius was still alive we’d often see him kicking his legs a little bit when we was fast asleep. He seemed so happy and content. My wife and I used to joke that Ramius was chasing rabbits again. Miss you so much Ramius! 🙁 Continue reading

Dog Friendly Hotels – Is Red Roof Inn Pet Friendly?

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As dog owners, one of the challenges we face as we drive cross country is finding a place to stay that accommodates our pets. Fortunately, finding dog friendly hotels is a lot less challenging than it used to be, but it’s still something you need to think about and plan for before you hit the road.

Generally speaking, there are many motel chains these days that are very welcoming to dogs and other pets, and Red Roof Inn is one of them.

Now, I’m not going to spend a ton of time reviewing Red Roof Inn. If you’ve lived anywhere in the United States for the last 50 years you’ve surely seen them and probably stayed in one at some point. But it’s a great choice for parents. Why you ask? Read on! 🙂 Continue reading

Fun Dog Training Style Tool!

Dog Training Style Tool

Happy Friday everyone! Since it is Friday, I thought we could have a little fun. A lot of you really seemed to enjoy the Dog Breed Selector Tool I posted the other day, so here’s another fun one to try out from Train Pet Dog. Though this is geared towards Samoyeds specifically (obviously), here’s a little hint, just think of whatever dog breed you have. Pretty sure the advice you get will be the same 😉

This one looks at the training style you employ with your dog. Again, just like the Dog Breed Selector Tool, this is mainly for fun. But it can yield some interesting information too. My advice, always treat your fur baby with lots of love whether training or not.

Give it a shot and enjoy!

Samoyed Training Style Tool by TrainPetDog