Michelle Schenker

Michelle is the proud co-founder of Canine Journal and a dog lover through and through. She oversees the business's day-to-day operations, insurance, and marketing and brings over two decades of corporate business experience. Michelle is a licensed insurance professional and holds an MBA from Vanderbilt University. She is a member of Dog Writers Association of America and her expert advice and opinions have appeared in outstanding media outlets, including Newsweek, The New York Times' Wirecutter, Forbes, People, Reader's Digest, and more. Michelle led strategic planning, marketing, and growth efforts for national brands including Bank of America, Mattel, Hanes, and licensed products including Harry Potter and Batman. However, her first job in the canine field started in 1999 at a dog bakery! Since the day she was born, Michelle has lived in a home full of dogs. Her adult home in North Carolina is no exception, where she and her husband (Alex) live with Lily and Barley, their two adorable rescue pups. Her favorite moments include walks in nature with the dogs, watercolor painting, practicing yoga, traveling the globe, and dancing her butt off at Jazzercise.

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How To Teach Your 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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NFL Team Colors

Yes, your pup will look super cool during dog day at the ballgame or on your couch sporting your NFL colors from your favorite team…

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Watch Out For These Symptoms Of Dog Poisoning

It’s better to learn this now before you think your dog is poisoned. If you see these symptoms of dog poisoning you need to act fast. Every minute counts and we all want the same thing – your dog to live! So, read this carefully and be prepared in case your dog is suffering…

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Dog Allergy Symptoms: 5 Common Types & Treatments

If you have ever suffered from allergy symptoms, you know how miserable they can make you feel. The world is foggy, your brain is dull, your eyes and skin itch incessantly, your sinuses are like a dripping faucet and you are tired and lethargic. In a word, allergies make you feel miserable. Dog allergy symptoms are very similar, and they can feel miserable too.

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American Journey Dog Food Review

American Journey is a relatively new brand on the dog food market. However, in a few short years, they’ve managed to make a lasting impression on pets and pet owners who have tried their products. They have food that caters to all three life stages: puppy, adult, and senior. This is excellent because each life …

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Mental Health Accommodations At Work

Over 46 million adults in the United States are currently living with a mental health condition. As these adults navigate their professional lives, there are times when many will need to request mental health accommodations at work. Reasonable accommodations are made by an employer when a disability (like a mental health condition) infringes on an employee’s ability to perform their job to their fullest potential. 

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Best Dog Crate For Large Dogs, Puppies, Travel, Collapsible & More

Is your dog chewing up shoes and destroying your furniture? You might want to consider a crate. While crate training is key for puppies, it may also be a good choice when your pup isn’t so little anymore. It creates an indoor escape for dogs and becomes their home within your home.

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Martingale Collar vs Choke Collar

Martingale collars are designed specifically for dogs with heads that are smaller than their necks. These collars gently tighten against the dog’s neck if they pull, back up or spin. It is typically worn by greyhounds, whippets, Italian greyhounds, salukis, borzoi and wolfhounds.

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What Can Dogs Not Eat? Lists Of Safe & Toxic Foods For Your Dog: Fruits, Vegetables, Nuts, Human Food, Fish, Meat, Bones, Etc.

Dogs aren’t picky eaters by any stretch of the imagination. However, this doesn’t mean that everything that they eat is good for them. As a dog parent, you should know how certain foods affect your dog. All too often, our dogs get into foods they shouldn’t. Some of those foods are toxic to dogs and require immediate vet treatment, which can cost you hundreds or thousands of dollars. If you have pet insurance, accidental poisoning may be covered, which can help save you money and focus on your dog’s health. But whether you have pet insurance or not, you need to be aware of which foods are unsafe for your dog, so you can keep them safe. We help you by giving you lists of foods dogs can’t eat and some they can eat safely.

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