Michelle Schenker

Top Dog: Jack The Jumping DockDog Lab

Jack The Jumping DockDog Lab

Jack is a black lab who has an inspiring story of fighting and winning against cancer while competing in sporting competitions. He is a fun-loving, dock-diving team competitor and his mom is a childhood friend of Canine Journal’s co-founder, Michelle. We recently had the chance to chat with Jack about his advice for being a DockDog. He also shared his incredible comeback from cancer through his holistic treatments and lifestyle…

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Top Dog Interview: American Ninja Warrior’s K9 Ninja, Roo Yori

Top Dog Interview: Roo Yori, American Ninja Warrior and rescue pit bull

Roo Yori competes on the hit NBC TV show American Ninja Warrior as the K9 Ninja to raise awareness for homeless dogs. His rescue pit bull Wallace became a World Champion frisbee dog and he adopted Hector, another pit bull, from the Michael Vick dogfighting case. Roo continues to build quite an impressive resume. Learn about his inspiring story and what led him down the path from rescue advocate to American Ninja Warrior in our exclusive interview…

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How To Teach Your Dog Obedience Commands

Dog sitting with owner doing trick in sunset (Caption: how to teach dog obedience commands)

You just brought home a new dog and are not sure where to start. Sure you need to make sure you have the right food, a collar with ID tag and leash along with a comfy place to sleep but you will also need to teach it how to behave in your home and around others. Sit, stay, down, release — these are all important obedience commands that you will need to communicate with your dog properly, so we think it is essential to explain how to train these desired behaviors…

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Top Dog Interview: Blind Hiker Trevor Thomas’ Dog Tennille

Blind Hiker Trevor Thomas' Dog Tennille

As if that list isn’t impressive enough, she is also a sponsored athlete and brand ambassador for SPOT, Ruffwear, Marmot, Big Agnes, and In Clover. She has been featured in numerous magazine and newspaper articles, NBC Nightly News, numerous local and regional television spots, will be featured on The Secret Lives of Dogs in January 2017, and is a feature in Service Tales Book by Ace Collins. Tennille is currently in active service and resides in Charlotte, NC with her partner, Trevor Thomas…

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Fifty the Two-Legged Pit Bull Dog

Fifty the Two-Legged Pitbull Dog

In September 2007, Fifty fell victim to Pit Bull breed discrimination and was shot with a gun by a police officer in both of his right limbs. This led to a double amputation and survived with two strong legs. He was put in a shelter and was adopted 9 months later by his current mom. Fifty now lives happily in his forever home in Chicago, Illinois where he is an ambassador for pit bulls and dogs everywhere to make sure they are treated with respect and dignity. Let’s learn from our mistakes and stop history from repeating itself. His smile and spirit is likely to help you understand why you should never, ever judge a book from its cover. Now, let’s get to know Fifty the two-legged Pitbull in this exclusive interview…

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Guide To Miniature Dog Breeds

Guide to Miniature Dog Breeds

Miniature dogs meet many unique family needs. Whether living in an apartment or looking for a dog that isn’t too large to knock down young children, miniature dog breeds are often a better choice for some families. Below we will take a look at some of the more popular miniature dog breeds including: the Chihuahua, the miniature pinscher, the Italian greyhound and the cavalier King Charles spaniel…

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Top Dog Interview with Max and Minnie the Pugs

Minnie and Max the Pugs

Max and Minnie the Pugs are sister and brother, litter mates and best friends. They are probably best known for their viral video The Pug Head Tilt (check it out below!), which has been featured on The Tonight Show, Ellen, Regis & Kelly, Good Morning America and Animal Planet’s “America’s Cutest Dog,” among others. Learn more straight from the pups’ barks as we get up close and personal to the lively heads known as Max and Minnie ion our exclusive Top Dog interview…

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Hector and Wallace: Pit Bulls Rescued From Michael Vick And Euthanasia

Hector and Wallace: Pit Bulls Rescued From Michael Vick And Euthanasia

In 2004 Wallace the pitbull was saved from near death at an animal shelter. His breed and high energy level were deemed a dangerous combination and put him on the fast track towards euthanasia. In 2007 Hector was one among many pit bulls saved from NFL football star Michael Vick’s dog-fighting ring in Virginia. Both of these dogs were lucky enough to find people to accept them for who they were and in spite of their past to recognize the big hearts inside and adopt them into their forever homes. Learn more in the exclusive Canine Journal interview…

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Interview with Petplan Pet Insurance Co-Founder Natasha Ashton

Petplan Interview with the Founders

We recently had the good fortune to sit down and learn more about Petplan in this exclusive interview with Natasha Ashton, the Chief Marketing Officer and co-founder. The company is based in the Philadelphia area but the founders came from the U.K., where pet insurance is a much more prominent part of pet parenting than here in the U.S. These petrepreneurs think it is time for that to change…

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