Furry Friends Guide: The Local Resource for Dog Owners

Dogs are part of the family too, right?! You will find tips and resources for your furry friends in this guide, including local boarding options, treats you can buy or make, dog-friendly trails, how to incorporate your kids in pet care, pet-friendly restaurants and more!

This guide is sponsored by local Realtor, Robert Hutchison. As an actively engaged, lifelong resident of the western suburbs, he offers buyers expert area knowledge and empowers them to find just the right fit for their needs. Robert, also known as Hutch, has earned the Accredited Buyer’s Representative, Real Estate Negotiation Expert, and Certified Negotiation Expert designations in order to better serve his clients – both buyers and sellers.

Dog Parks and Off-Leash Areas
Check out the many on-leash and off-leash destinations in the Chicago suburbs where you can bring your pup for a fun, dog-friendly outing.

Our Favorite Dog Toys, Leashes, Grooming Products, and More
Get our top picks for dog toys to grooming products, as well as our most trusted brands and great tips on how to help your pup beat the heat.

Dog-Friendly Hiking Trails in the West and Southwest Suburbs (and Beyond!)
Tired of the same old dog park? Grab the leash and head to these trails! They’re great places for taking your canine companion along for the hike.

Do These 5 Things Every Week to Keep Your Dog Healthy
Dogs aren’t the only ones who can learn a few tricks! Try these simple ideas to help your pup stay happy, healthy, and full of energy.

This photo was taken at Village Veterinary Practice where kids can even get involved in pet care at the vet!

Village Veterinary Practice

4 Walker Avenue
Clarendon Hills, IL 60514
(630) 323-5500

500 Hillgrove Avenue
Western Springs, IL 60558
(708) 246-6462

Village Veterinary Practice was established to care for your pet as a family member and to make the family-pet bond an enjoyable, healthy and life enriching experience. They offer a variety of veterinary services for dogs and cats in two locations – Clarendon Hills and Western Springs, IL. They provide wellness and preventive care, surgerydentistrydiagnostic laboratory and digital radiography services. They also provide in home veterinary care by making house calls. Their knowledgeable and compassionate veterinarians will make the best recommendations regarding the health of your pet during each life stage, all while respecting the wishes of our clients. They look forward to building a trusting relationship with you and providing lifelong healthcare for your beloved pet!

How to Get Your Kids Involved with Dog Care (by Age Group!)
Having kids involved with dog care is a great way to teach responsibility and ownership. And it starts as soon as kids can talk! Learn how with our tips.

Dog Boarding Options in the West and Southwest Suburbs
Find a nice place for our pups to stay in our resource list of dog boarding options. Location, contact information, and descriptions are included for each.

Tips to Train Your Dog at Home (And Where to Find Local Dog Training)
Give your dog the chance to learn some new tricks (or break some bad habits) with these tips for training! Plus, listings for local trainers.

Local Dog Grooming Services and At-Home Tips
Find local spots to get your dog groomed in Downers Grove, Naperville, Orland Park, Tinley Park, and many more. Looking good!

Pets Love Indie, Too! Local Pet Supply Stores and Shops
In addition to all the big chains, there are lots of local, independent pet supply shops in Chicago’s south and west suburbs!

Dog Owner Etiquette 101: Are You as Well-Trained as Your Pup?
As dog owners, we have to recognize that not all families are dog families. We put together some suggestions so we can do our part to maintain good furry friend etiquette around town.

Enjoy These Dog-Friendly Restaurant Patios (and Secret Menus!)
Summer patio dining is here, and these restaurants let you bring your pup along! Some even have special menus for dogs. Puppuccino, anyone?

The Best Dog Treats to Buy (or Make!) for Maximum Tail Wags
Our resident canine expert, Emily, is sharing her favorite treats for pups! Find the tastiest treats to order — or make your own.