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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Common Puppy Mistakes: 4 Things New Owners Need To Know

The first few weeks of having a puppy can be tiring and frustrating. It is common during this time, even for those who have had puppies before, to make some common mistakes. While all new parents make mistakes, it is essential to recognize them and avoid repeating them to raise a healthy, well-balanced dog. Here are some of the most common puppy mistakes that owners often make when not armed with the correct first-time puppy owners tips…

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Puppy Checklist: How To Raise Them Right

So you are bringing your new puppy home. But is there a checklist to make sure you are ready? Here’s the ultimate puppy checklist to help you get started toward welcoming this new family member successfully into your home.

Lily playing in dirt: How a Poisonous Snake Bite Nearly Killed My Dog

How A Venomous Snake Bite Nearly Killed My Dog

It was one of the scariest moments of my life when my dog Lily was bit by a venomous Copperhead snake. All I could do was rush to the vet and pray for the best. But this very frightening experience has made me a huge pet insurance advocate and I hope my story helps you know what to do if you are faced with the difficult life and death pet decision…

Manny the Frenchie

Top Dog Interview With Manny the Frenchie

Manny the Frenchie is a 4 year old French Bulldog from Chicago who rose to fame on Instagram and is now one of the world’s most followed French Bulldog on the Internet! With a unique fondness for sleeping in the bathroom sink and his “Frenchie talk”, he has built a celebrity fan base and a network that reaches over one million people and growing! We were so excited to have the chance to sit and speak with Manny the Frenchie as he told us all about his awesome life! We hope you enjoy this exclusive Top Dog interview with Canine Journal and tune in each month to meet a wide variety of canine characters…

Jack Stephens of Pets Best Insurance

Pets Best Insurance Interview With Founder Dr. Jack Stephens

Canine Journal is pleased to provide our readers with this exclusive interview with Pets Best Insurance Founder Dr. Jack Stephens. Jack’s driving passion to increase the quality of pet care encouraged him to found Pets Best Insurance…

Steve Siadek

Interview With Healthy Paws Pet Insurance Co-Founder Steve Siadek

We are pleased to present our interview with the Co-Founder of Healthy Paws Pet Insurance & Foundation, Steve Siadek. The goal of the foundation is to help all pets, including homeless and adopted ones. When you insure your dog with Healthy Paws, you are also helping a homeless pet…

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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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Dog Obedience Tips: Patience Is Key

One of the most frustrating aspects of bringing a new dog home is teaching obedience. Obedience training can include a wide variety of skills including housebreaking, not biting, listening and responding to your commands, and more. While the variety of commands you may desire to teach may differ, teaching obedience will ensure a well-behaved dog who understands basic commands and what is expected from it. Using these dog obedience tips will help get your relationship with your pup off on the right paw…

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Dog Trainers: How To Find The Right One

With no real governing body to guide you, how do you pick the right trainer for your needs? We’ve put together a list of things to consider when finding the best dog trainers in your local area or online…

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Can Dog Paws Freeze?

If you are an obsessed or overprotective dog owner then you have likely browsed the dog apparel aisle in your local pet store and paused briefly to contemplate “winter booties” for your dog’s paws. A recent discovery by researchers in Japan, however, finds that dog paws may not need “winter booties” after all thanks to a specialized circulation system in their paws…

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Best Burglar Deterrent: Who’s Guarding Your Guard Dog?

Uh oh, your next-door neighbor’s house just got broken into. Sound the alarm! You’re probably looking for ways to deter burglars so your home is not the next target. Before you throw Fido in front of the gun, let’s take a step back and explore various ways to protect your home from burglary…

Dog sleeping on side (caption: House Training An Older Dog)

House Training An Older Dog

Bringing home an adult dog is an unusually large undertaking for any family. Whether this is your first or fiftieth dog coming into your home, there are a few things that you should always keep in mind. A unique and unexpected challenge that we often see in rescue cases is the necessity of house training an older dog…

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