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. 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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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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Pitbull Mixes: 30 Different Adorable Cross Breeds

As with all mixed-breed lists, this is not a complete collection. However, we feel it is comprehensive enough to give you a good picture of the mixes you may see in a shelter. These mixes are unique and handsome dogs who have plenty of love to give. By doing your part in providing these pooches a second chance at life, you may help reshape the opinion the world holds of Pitbulls– mixes or not.

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Shetland Sheepdog: An Active & Intelligent Herder

Let’s dive in to find everything a prospective Shetland Sheepdog owners need to know about “shelties,” including where they originate, how they look, appearance, and more. Are you thinking about getting a Shetland Sheepdog? This guide has all you need to know about the breed.

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Gardening Considerations For Pet Parents

The needs of your pets and the needs of your garden can sometimes clash. Many elements of gardens can be dangerous to pets, while your pets can cause significant damage to your garden. However, by taking a few basic precautions, you can keep both your pets and your garden safe.

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4 Mental Health Benefits Of Music For Humans & Dogs

Music can benefit both human and canine mental health in several key areas. The right music can help reduce anxiety, decrease aggression, improve focus, and enhance sleep in both dogs and their humans.

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8 Benefits Of A Dog-Friendly Work Environment & Considerations When Bringing Dogs To Work

While working from home during the pandemic, owners got to spend more time with their dogs. But now, as people return to work, their pets will have to readjust. This readjustment may reveal newfound separation anxiety. More than a quarter of dog owners are worried that their canine companions will suffer separation anxiety when they return to work, and some are even willing to take a pay cut to continue working from home. With so many dog owners in the U.S. returning to work, perhaps it’s time to reexamine the benefits of dogs in the workplace.

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Do You Need Help With Vet Bills? Where To Find Pet Financial Assistance

If you’ve run into financial troubles, you may be worried about how you can pay for veterinary care for your pet. You don’t want to have to sacrifice your pet’s health if he becomes ill or injured. So what can you do? If you need help with vet bills, we’ve got some tips for you. We suggest looking into resources in your area if your pet is ill or hurt and you can’t afford to treat him as you may have in the past. Below is a list of some national organizations and charities for help with vet bills. But be sure to check for local resources on the internet, through your vet, and also local colleges and universities. You may be surprised to find just how many people are willing to help care for your pet in your time of need.

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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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Top Dog Interview: Bugsy Airstream Dog

Bugsy the Airstream dog loves adventure! That might come as a surprise to anyone who knew her when she was plucked from the winter streets and brought to the pound in 2015, terrified, starving, and sickly. When she first came home, she was scared of everything outside: loud bangs, people, cars, trains, bikes – basically anything that moved or made noise. Packing a skittish beastie into an Airstream and roaming around the country didn’t make complete sense, but in each new place, she relaxed and blossomed more, and soon became a confident, expert traveler. Get to know Bugsy in our latest Top Dog interview…

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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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