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Meet the Dog of the Week: Rory

Meet the Dog of the Week: Rory! This little sweetheart is all about greenies and cuddles when she's not out walking with her pal, Nicole!


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Camping with Your Dog: A Handy Guide

Now that summer is here, camping with your dog is certainly on many people's minds. But before you pack up Fido in a car and hit the woodland trails, there are a few steps you should take to ensure everyone has a nice time in nature. 


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Meet the Dog of the Week: Cookie

Meet the Dog of the Week: Cookie! This little cutie knows that she's the queen boss and wants everyone to respect her authority!


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Lyme Disease in Dogs

Lyme disease in dogs is a serious medical condition and with summer around the corner, we all need to take precautions to keep our dogs safe.


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Best Tools to Use for Grooming Your Dog!

Rover-Time has suggestions for the best tools to use to help groom and de-shed your dog. Make the process easy and fun!


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Meet the Cat of the Month: Leo

Meet the Cat of the Month Leo! This sweet dude loves to get all of the cuddles he can!


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Meet the Dog of the Week: Luna

Meet the Dog of the Week: Luna! This gentle giant is an Instagram star and always ready for a walk, cuddle fest, or photo session!


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How to Avoid Dog Bites

Learn some tips and tricks for how to notice when your dog is having a hard time and how to help them before they bite.


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Meet the Dog of the Week: Coltrane

Meet the Dog of the Week: Coltrane! This sweet goofy boy loves to get belly-rubs and roll around in giant snow piles


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Meet the dog of the week: Tucker

Meet the dog of the week, Tucker! He's a handsome gent who loves to snuggle and will do just about anything for a snack! Especially blueberries!


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Meet the Dog of the Week: Lucky

Meet the Dog of the Week: Lucky. Lucky is the sweetest dude in the world and loves to give hugs and kisses.


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Meet the Dog of the Week: Marlowe

Meet the dog of the week, Marlowe! She's got all the zoomies and loves to stroll with her pal Nicole and brother Tucker. You'll swoon over her cuteness!


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Meet the Cat of the Month: Binny

Meet the Cat of the Month: Binny. Binny has two loves, wet food and playing with feathers. She is delighted with both.


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Dogs Keep Your Heart Healthy!

Owning a pet literally makes you live longer. Studies show that there is a plethora of health benefits that come with having a furry friend.


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Meet the Dog of the Week: Maya

Meet the dog of the week: Maya. Maya is shy at first, but once she comes out of her shell she is ready for snuggles. Also to chase some birds....and tennis balls!


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4 Reasons You Should Spay Your Pet

Spaying your pets is good for their health and for your wallet. Feb. 23rd is National Spay Your Pet day. Read here to learn more about the importance of spaying your pets.


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Meet the Dog of the Week: Milly

Meet the Dog of the Week: Milly. Milly loves to chase squirrels up trees and give snuggles to her favorite people.


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Meet the Dog of the Week: Boba

Meet the dog of the week - Boba! She's one of our favorite doggie friends and you should read all about her. She will definitely bring a smile to your day!


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Meet the Cat of the Month: RAM

Meet the Cat of the Month: RAM. This sweet guy loves cuddles and food (we think in that order). He is always ready for some pets on the head and to say hello!


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Meet the Dog of the Week: Leena

Meet the dog of the week, Leena. Leena will do anything to protect her family and friends. She loves to play with her brother Oakley and get a PB treat.


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Meet the Dog of the Week: Reggie

Meet the dog of the week: Reggie. Reggie loves to cuddle and snuggle! 


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Meet the Dog of the Week: Pinky

Meet the dog of the week: Pinky!


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Meet The Dog Of The Week: Belle

Meet the dog of the week: Belle. Belle's walker Chloe goes above and beyond with her care and attention to this senior dog.


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2021 New Year Resolutions

2020 is finally over! Now it's time to set some 2021 new year resolutions. Our T.M. Brock reviews his pet care resolutions for 2021 for him & his dog Loki.


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Meet the Dog of the Week: Ed

Meet the dog of the week: Ed. Ed loves sticks and his walker Nicole. Ed would also love you if you happened to walk around his block!


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Meet The Dog of The Week: Oakley

Meet the dog of the week: Oakley. Every stranger is an opportunity to make a friend for sweet girl Oakley. She is delighted to meet new people!


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Meet the Dog of the Week: Pony

Meet the dog of the week: Pony! Pony is one of our favorite furry friends. He loves to snuggle and play fetch.


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Meet the Dog of The Week: Annie

Meet the dog of the week: Annie! She has her nose to the ground trying to sniff out the best smells - and street treats! We love these Beagle sisters.


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A how-to guide on bringing an outdoor cat indoors

Bringing a feral cat indoors! We’ve all seen the feral or semi-feral cats that live in Chicago. With the winter months creeping up on us you might be wondering if it’s okay to bring in a semi-feral cat into your house. We have some tips and tricks for a successful transition from a wild outside cat into a …


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Meet the Dog of the Week: Lulu

Meet the Dog of the Week: Lulu! Lulu is always up for a game of soccer or Tug-of-War in the yard as well as pets and scratches. Look at that smile!!!


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Picking the right training method for you and your dog!

How do I know the right method to use to train my dog? How do you pick the best training method? If you google “dog training” you are going to get a lot of results. There are many different ways to train a dog and each trainer is going to be passionate …


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Meet the Dog of the Week: Riley

Meet the dog of the week: Riley! Riley loves to protect his sister and his human. He always keeps an eye out for possible dangers!


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Holiday Safety Tips & Recommendations

The holiday season is right around the corner. But should you let your dog share in the festivities? Here are some food and home safety tips and recommendations for happier holidays!


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Meet the Dog of the Week: Molly

Meet the dog of the week: Molly. Molly's bestie Nicole has all the info on Molly!


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Meet the Dog of the Week: Olive

Meet the dog of the week: Olive! Olive is the sweetest lady in town. Once she gets to know you, she will happily demand treats and cuddles.


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Meet the Dog Of The Week: Bagels

Meet the dog of the week: Bagles. Bagels is a lady who knows her own mind! This sweetheart knows just where to go and when it's time for treats!


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Dawgs and Dames: Does Gender Matter?

Let’s get physical Dawgs and Dames: does gender matter? Let’s start by looking at the physical differences between male and female dogs. There are basic hormonal differences between boy dogs and girl dogs that can affect behavior. An unneutered male dog will most likely mark more frequently and can have more aggressive tendencies. An unspayed female will go into heat …


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Meet The Dog Of The Week: Sammy

Meet the dog of the week: Sammy! Sammy is a love-bug who will happily give kisses all day long. Sammy enjoys cuddles and being chased around the house.


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Meet the Dog of the Week: Ginger

Meet the Dog of the Week: Ginger! Her pal Brock gives us the down low and shares everything you need to know about this cute little lady!


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Halloween Safety Tips

Read our newest blog to learn some Halloween safety tips to keep you and your pets safe during the spooky season festivities!


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Meet The Dog Of The Week: Maddie

Meet the Dog of the Week: Maddie. Maddie is a total sweetheart who loves playing with her brother and sniffing everything she can find on her walks.


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Tips, tricks, and gear for better walks!

We here at Rover-Time have a lot of tips, tricks, and gear for better walks! Our Team Managers, Brock and Zoe, share their insider knowledge.


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Meet The Dog Of The Week: Rocco

Meet the dog of the week: Rocco! Read here to learn all about one of the most handsome and protective members of the Rover-Time pack.


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Meet the dog of the week: Harvey

Meet the Dog of the Week: Harvey! His amigo Brock gives us the inside info and shares everything you need to know about this handsome boy!


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“Did I do that?” Guilt and your dog

Your dog may look guilty, but do they feel guilty?


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Meet the dog of the week: Honey Bee

Meet the Dog of the Week: Honey Bee! Her walker Nicole gives us the inside info and shares everything you need to know about this cute girl!


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Famous dogs from history!!!

September is National Service Dog month! So to show our appreciation, let's learn about some famous dogs from history and their stories!


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Meet the dog of the week: Rex

Meet the dog of the week: Rex! He's a big hunk of love and snuggles. Plus, he'll build you a dog house with all the sticks he finds!


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Which is better: Verbal Commands or Visual Commands?

Which is better: Verbal or Visual Commands?


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Meet the dog of the week: Tucker

Meet the dog of the week: Tucker! He's the cutest boy you'll ever meet and his smile is a killer! Plus, who doesn't like a dog in a raincoat?


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Shouts and Murmurs, how do dogs perceive tone and volume 

Shouts and Murmurs, how do dogs perceive tone and volume  Does the way you speak to your dog matter? The short answer is yes! Dogs are sensitive to both tone and volume. Recent studies have shown that the way dogs perceive tone is very similar to the way that we …


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Meet The Dog Of The Week: Dexter

Meet the Dog of the Week: Dexter. This handsome guy will steal your heart with his adorable face and lovely personality.


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Meet The Dog Of The Week: Babs

Meet the dog of the week: Babs. This pup is a true delight and loves to give cuddles and eat up all of the leaves that she can find.


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Bark, Bark, Meow? Recognizing Abnormal Behavior In Dogs

Learn how to recognize abnormal behavior in your dog and what to do about it.


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Best Bowl For Your Dog

What type of bowl is best for your dog? Some materials are safer than others. Read our blog to learn which is best for your pet.


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Meet the Dog of the Week: Stevie Nicks

Meet the Dog of the Week: Stevie Nicks! Her walker Nicole gives us the inside info and shares everything you need to know about this smart cookie!


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Meet the Dog Of The Week: Ziggy Flufferpants

Ziggy’s walker Joe has the inside scoop about Ziggy


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Is My Dog A Wolf?

Is my dog a wolf? The answer is no, but read this article to learn about the similarities and differences between your dog and wolf and why that matters.


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Resource guarding: A Dog’s Point of View

Why do dogs resource guard? What does this behavior mean? Rover-Time looks at these questions from a dogs point of view. 


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Meet The Dog Of The Week: Vin

Vin's walker Chloe has the inside scoop about Vin


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How to teach Recall

How to teach your dog Recall and why it is important.


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Consensual contact: Should You Hug Your Dog?

Should you hug your dog? The answer is: no. But there are lots of other ways to show your dog affection. Here are some pointers for consensual contact to keep your dog happy! 


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Meet The Dog Of The Week: Myles

Meet the Dog of the Week: Myles! His walker Joanne gives us the inside scoop and shares everything you need to know about this bundle of happy joy!


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Socialization In The Time Of Corona 

Are you worried about socializing your dog during COVID-19? Rover-Time has some suggestions for ways to keep working on socialization while keeping proper social distancing.   


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Meet The Dog Of The Week: June

Rover-Time's featured dog of the week is June! Her walker Bethany gives us the down-low about June.


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3 Easy DIY Dog Toys

For a happy and healthy dog, they need daily enrichment and activity. That doesn't necessarily mean breaking the bank at the pet store. Here are 3, easy DIY dog toys to make at home!


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Heat Exhaustion in Dogs

Summer in the city is great but heat exhaustion is a major concern. Check out our blog to learn how to prevent heat exhaustion in your dog.


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5 Reasons You Should Play With Your Dog

Playtime with your dog is important for their health and yours. Check out 5 Reasons why you should play with your dog every day.


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Health Benefits of Owning a Dog

Owning a dog has demonstrated health benefits that can improve you and your family's quality of life. Read our blog to learn more about how!


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How to Choose the Perfect Dog Breed For You!

With over 400 dog breeds to choose from how do you find the right dog for you? Find the perfect dog for you!


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The Dangers of Anthropomorphizing Your Dog 

Why is it bad to treat your dog like a human? Learn all about the dangers of Anthropomorphizing your dog 


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Meet The Dog Of The Week: Chickadee

Get to know the sassiest little lady in town! Meet Chickadee.


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Common Plants That Are Poisonous To Dogs

Many common plants are poisonous to dogs. These include popular garden plants and flowers. Check out our blog to learn which poisonous plants to avoid.


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Separation Anxiety in Dogs During COVID-19

With social isolation in place we humans are home all the time and our dogs are loving it. But what happens when we go back to work? Here are some tips for spotting separation anxiety in our pets and some tricks to help ease that anxiety. 


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On Being a Dog Mom

Mother’s Day is next Sunday. It’s a day which asks people to remember the importance and significance of mothers in their life and its observed as a day to give a special emphasis to the motherly figures in our lives. Meaning it can be, for many reasons, very hard on some people …


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What The Heck Is “Positive Reinforcement Training”?

How do you teach your dog how to behave? To sit? Go to her crate? Not jump up when you come home from work? Training can seem like a daunting task, but it is an essential one. The training process is how we teach our dogs how to navigate our world, and can also provide an outlet through which to engage with our dog and help them channel their mental energy. It is a process that Katie, Rover-Time's Team Manager, explains beautifully in this article.


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FOUR HELPFUL RESOURCES TO ASSIST DOGS WITH STORM PHOBIAS

Life changes in a lot more positive ways than negative when you become a pet parent but for those of us that live with thunder phobic dogs, it’s easy to go from a lover of storms to absolute hate. In this article we share some of our favorite resources for pet parents with dog that have storm phobias.


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Happy 7th Birthday, Rover-Time

Seven years ago I launched Rover-Time's first website. It helped me find four dog walking customers that I serviced while juggling my "bridge job". By March, that same year, I finally gave notice and became my own boss. Now we've grown to become Chicago's leader in consistent and compassionate dog walking. So happy birthday to us.


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How to Travel With Your Dog on a Budget

Whether you're planning a cross-country trip with your dog to visit family for the holidays or making a longer trip out of it to stop and do some camping with your dog, it's normal to worry about how your pet will react, where you can go, and how much money you’ll have to spend. But traveling is always a unique experience, and so often offers us some of our most cherished memories and learning moments. The ability to bring your pup along with you has the potential to enhance these experiences so much! However, you need to be sure that you’re smart about when, where, and how you bring your dog.


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Cool Pool Moments for the Dogs

Doggy Paddle Aquatic Center For Dogs warmly hosted us for our most recent client appreciation party. They opened up their adorable indoor dog park to us so we had a fun spot in the center to welcome and feed our guests. It was fascinating to watch our client’s dogs develop confidence with the stairs and proper swimming form. Read our review of this awesome spot in Chicago!


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Heading Back To School: 5 Reasons to Keep Training Your Dog Past Puppyhood

While school-aged children everywhere clear Target’s shelves to stock up on their school supplies in preparation for the year ahead, Chicago’s dog trainers are buying their tasty treats and brushing up for a new season of dog training courses. And many pet parents are getting ready to enroll in those classes. Typically, when people think of dog training classes, they think puppies. We see a lot of people who stop training after puppy class, but here are Rover-Time's top five reasons to continue training your adult dog.


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The Dog Walker’s Take on What a Good Walk Looks Like

It's important to be a responsible dog owner so we raise confident, stable animals. Rover-Time welcomes all types of pups, and encourages pet parents who are working on reactivity and socialization issues to contact us for their mid-day dog walking needs. Or join us at Collar Club! In this article, a few of our professional dog walkers share their best tips for a successful walk.


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5 Benefits of Taking Long Walks With Your Dog

We all know it is very important to walk our dogs, but today we share some of our own experiences and explore WHY it’s important to walk dogs. Here are Rover-Time's top 5 reasons to walk your dog but these only touch the surface of the tremendous benefits gained from walking our dogs.


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How To Teach Your Dog To Heel

The “Heel” command has a ton of value for both the pet parent and the dog because it adds control to the walk and mental exercise for the dog. It provides leadership, drains energy, and creates relaxation in ways that a loose leash walk does not. In this article we give a few helpful tips for teaching your dog to pull less on their lead.


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Helping Chicago Become a No Kill City

This is a blog post for Chicago’s rescue community and its adopters and fosters that have helped to save and protect healthy and treatable animals across our city. Rover-Time Supports Chicago's Rescue Animals.


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13 Questions with Paul Fehrenbacher, Co-Founder at Mutt Jackson

Rover-Time had the pleasure of chatting with Paul Fehrenbacher about his breakout business, Mutt Jackson. To hear his excitement as he shared his vision to gather Chicago’s pet community together in a new, refreshing way was an inspiring experience. But we'll let the Chief Mutt himself fill you in on what makes Mutt Jackson so special.


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Team Rover-Time Interview With Zoe Sjogerman

We are a team of vetted and experienced pet professionals focused on providing a high standard of care for your pets. Rover-Time’s blog is excited to begin featuring different employees in a Q&A format brought to you by our Lincoln Square staffer, Kirby. Today she’ll interview Zoe Sjogerman, who’s worked for Rover-Time for over two years! Meet Zoe Sjogerman, our Albany Park manager who shares her passion for animals, acting, and podcasts.


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Business Spotlight: 10 Questions with Yvonne Feeney from Anything is Pawzible

While the idea of dog training goes hand-in-hand with puppyhood, dogs and humans of any age can benefit from the professional advice and guidance of a certified dog trainer. As total dog nerds here at Rover-Time, we’re always eager for the chance to learn more about canine behavior and the science that goes into dog training. I’ve recently had the opportunity to explore this firsthand with the adoption of my dog, Gretchen. When it became apparent that Gretchen had some tendencies towards leash reactivity, her rescue organization, One Tail at a Time, linked me with certified dog trainer and behavior specialist, Yvonne Feeney.


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Three Things To Know About Working At Rover-Time

While I’ve personally witnessed the company grow and shift in new directions over the last few years, one thing has always stood true has been the company’s dedication to its walkers. These stellar individuals sincerely make everything possible. They’re always ready to care for our customer’s pets like they were their own and without them, there would be no Rover-Time. In order to maintain an all-star team of caretakers, you have to take care of them like all-stars.


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Reasons Why You Should Choose A Premium Pet Care Service

Rover-Time’s rates represent more than just a walk. We uphold a principle of doing no harm. It’s our job to deliver skillful, safe, conscientious, and compassionate care to all animals entrusted to us so they return home safely.


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The Most Important Question to Ask When Hiring a Dog Walker

Hiring a dog walker to break up your pup’s day is an important decision you shouldn’t take lightly. In this day and age of online, on-demand dog walking it’s worrisome to see dogs picked up by strangers with little knowledge of canine safety and little or no professional dog walking experience. But another popular option Chicago dog owners lean towards are the super small, “pop up” companies of one or two dog fans that actually aren’t running their business legally.


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Happy 6th Birthday, Rover-Time

Six years ago I launched Rover-Time's first website. It helped me find four dog walking customers that I serviced while juggling my "bridge job". By March, that same year, I finally gave notice and became my own boss.

So, the first quarter of every year, has always been a time of celebration for me so this list of 2017's most brilliant moments and our supply drive will be how I mark our 6th birthday. Enjoy.


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12 Days of Chauncey: The Wrap Up

Over the last several weeks, Chauncey, Rover-Time's mascot, pulled out his administrative skills to share his most sincere holiday wishes. He hasn’t done this since 2013, so we entertained the idea and brought back his Twelve Days of Christmas contribution to our blog.

Now that it's concluded, we'd love to share one last post to wrap up all the joy. And demands.


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12 Days of Chauncey: Super Mega Space Heater

Today marks Day 1 of CBV’s 12 Days of Chauncey countdown. Thank you so much for following along on this crazy ride he’s taken us on. We’re actually surprised his holiday wishlist wasn’t completely comprised of this single item.


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12 Days of CBV: Become Famous on Instagram

CBV, Chicago's best Chihuahua Terrier, makes his third big holiday ask. He wants to be as Instagram famous as Queen Beyoncé.


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12 Days of CBV: A Rover-Time Birthday Box

My Chihuahua Terrier is still at it with his cheerful holiday demands. So far I've been impressed with his thoughtful asks: just a few million treats, some greenery to help a good cause, 1:1 time with Santa... looks like today is just wants a birthday celebration in his honor.


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12 Days of CBV: One Million Treats from Ava’s Pet Palace

Today, we’re sharing Chauncey’s sixth deepest desire for this year’s holiday season. He’d like to be showered with treats from Ava's Pet Palace. And he'd like you, our dear reader, to consider bringing some of these home for your own dog because all dogs should try these.


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12 Days of CBV: Photos With Santa

The other day I sat down to get some work done for Rover-Time and found a poorly spelled list on the screen. Chauncey, my dog, pulled out his administrative skills once again to share his most sincere holiday wishes. He hasn’t done this since 2013, so I’m entertaining the idea and bringing back his Twelve Days of Christmas contribution to our blog.

Over the next couple of weeks leading up to the winter holiday, we’ll share his twelve must haves. Enjoy.


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Does Having a Kid Make You Love Your Dog Less?

Does having a kid make you love your dog less? The short answer: no.


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Should Your Dog Be Allowed to Say No?

Should your dog be allowed to say no? In a word: yes.


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What’s a Walk For?

Is there any activity more closely associated with dog ownership, especially urban dog ownership, than walkies? If new dog owners go in knowing nothing else, they have already had it hammered into them that they must walk their dog religiously.

This might seem like a funny thing to question in a blog for a dog-walking company, but: why?


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