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.

French Bulldog on red heart blanket (Caption: How To Have A Dog-Friendly Valentines's Day)

7 Tips On How To Have A Dog-Friendly Valentine’s Day

As Valentine’s Day approaches, you are probably trying to decide on the perfect gift for your dog. But did you know that the traditional tokens of affection — roses, chocolates, and other candies — can be harmful for the four-legged loves of your life? Here’s some tips to ensure a loving and safe Valentine’s Day this year…

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Dog Friendly Restaurants Dining Tips

Thinking of dining al fresco with your pup but not sure where to start… literally? We can help with these four easy tips on how to find dog friendly dining locations in your town, how to entertain your pup while you are enjoying your cocktail, how to make sure everyone minds their own business and a few ideas on how to keep them out of trouble (read: fight). All of these helpful doggy dining ideas might just make your next dog day out a little more enjoyable…

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Dog Cremation Process: How Much Does It Cost And Other Questions Answered

Taking care of your pet’s remains is the last thing you want to think about after your pet passes away. So, it’s best to prepare yourself by knowing your options, and maybe even making your choice, beforehand. With more pet owners choosing cremation over burial — partly due to city ordinances in urban communities — cremation has become more affordable and available than ever.

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How Your Pet Shelter Donations Can Help Pets In Need

Most pet shelters operate using donations from the community. Often, the number of resources the shelters have don’t even come close to the amount of need they face. Unfortunately, while pet shelter donations are something that many people think about, they rarely seem to make them. While you may think that money is the only way you can help, there are actually many things you can do to aid your local animal shelter. Whether you donate your time or items that can either be used, sold or auctioned, you can make a huge difference in the lives of many pets in just a few simple steps…

Domino and Storm Hiking in Blue Ridge Mountains NC

Three Dog Rescue Stories: Building A Family

Life is better with two dogs. Or that is how our family functions best. Domino and Storm came first. Now Bella and Lily fill our home and our hearts with joy. But how did we find one another and who rescued who?

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How To Change Your Dog’s Food Safely

Are you thinking about changing dog food brands or types because it’s less expensive? Or maybe your dog has been sick to his stomach and you want to try out a new food. It may even be that your vet thinks your dog is allergic to lamb. Whatever the reason for the change in dog food, you must take it very slowly to allow your pup’s tummy to adjust to his new food…

Dog sitting on scale (caption: Dog Weight Loss Tips)

Healthy Holiday Tip: Lose Pounds With Your Hounds

The holidays are prime time for parties, elaborate meals, and holiday treats for humans. And your dog is getting more leftovers than they ever could have dreamed! But all of these extra calories are making a straight line for your hips. Here are some tips to shed those extra pounds and get you and your pup back in shape…

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Secrets To Picking The Right Dog Breed

Picking the right dog breed for you is not a task that should be taken lightly, bringing a new life in to your family whether it has four legs or not, is a task that should involve the entire family and take many factors in to account…

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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…

Sir Charles Barkley the Dog

Top Dog Interview With Sir Charles Barkley the Dog

Sir Charles Barkley is a 3 year old French bulldog representing Seattle, Washington. We started his Instagram account just for fun when he was just a couple weeks old and never in our wildest dreams imagined him gaining such a following. He enjoys snorting, eating, kicking grass, back rubs, taking naps and playing with his many toys. But, there’s a lot more to this basketball-loving pup and we got to know him better in this exclusive Top Dog Interview with Canine Journal…

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How To Calm Down An Anxious, Panting, Hyper, Or Aggressive Dog

Every holiday season (including those throughout the year) brings comfort and joy. However, it can also cause stress. Not only for humans but also pets. Visitors and extra food droppings from cooking can excite pets while other activities including decorating, changes in feeding schedules and less outdoor activities due to weather can also cause anxiety.

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