Huckleberry's Pet Parlor

Grooming - Dog Training - Pet Wash - Doggie Daycare

Welcome to Huckleberry’s Pet Parlor

Celebrating over 15 years of caring for your beloved pets.

No bones about it, Huckleberry’s Pet Parlor is Sycamore and DeKalb’s premier pet center.  Our services include: Full Service pet grooming, Doggie Daycare, Dog Training and Self-Service Pet Wash.

Our staff shares a genuine love and appreciation of pets along with many years of experience in the pet care industry. Whether your need is daycare or an outstanding groom, you will receive high quality, caring services at Huckleberry’s Pet Parlor.

Check out our boutique filled with holistic pet food, natural treats, training aids, toys, collars, leashes and much more!

A Pet Owner’s Guide to Dental Hygiene

Many types of pets are at risk of having oral problems related to poor dental hygiene. In fact, dental disease in pets is one of the most common medical conditions seen by veterinarians. Over 80 percent of dogs have significant dental problems including loose teeth, sore or infected gums, and rotting tooth sockets. Because of these facts, it is important to know the signs of a dental problem with your pet and take preventative measures to improve dental hygiene.
There are many signs of a dental hygiene problem in pets. Spotting the warning signs early is important so you can help treat the problem. These warning signs include persistent bad breath, noticeable gum issues, loose teeth, missing teeth, pus around the tooth, yellow deposits on teeth, sensitivity around the mouth, pawing at face, or obvious discomfort when chewing. Some examples of gum issues include receding gum lines, gums that bleed easily, and red or swollen gums.
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There are many solutions available for improving pet dental hygiene. The most effective way to maintain your pet’s oral health is brushing their teeth. Brushing teeth with a toothpaste made for pets is the best way to remove plaque and prevent tartar on teeth. Another option is to use an oral rinse or gel. To use a rinse, squirt a small amount on each side of your pet’s mouth on the inside of the cheeks. Finally, employing a dental diet or providing rawhide chew treats for your pet will help remove tartar from teeth.
Please consult with your pet’s veterinarian to help you come up with a preventative care dental regimen for your cat, dog, or other pets. For more information on dental hygiene for pets, please contact Huckleberry’s Pet Parlor at (815) 899-3435 or

Help Your Pet Spring into Summer

Help your Pet Spring into Summer  

Warm temperatures are here in Illinois. With this change in season comes a lot of time spent outdoors with your four legged friend. While the spring and summer are a great time to get your pet active, it is important to make sure that they are ready for a more active lifestyle.


Heartworm Prevention

According to WebMD, heartworm is among the largest dangers to the health of your domestic pets.  They are spread through mosquito bites and can significantly damage the health of an infected animal. When temperatures are above 60 degrees Fahrenheit for an extended number of days, mosquitos carrying heartworms start to hatch. The best way to prevent this disease is to take preventive measures now. This includes putting pets back on heartworm medications if they were taken off during the winter months.

Flea and Tick Prevention

During the winter months, fleas are dormant outside. They can, however, live indoors year-round and are very difficult to get rid of. They infest animals (and can also jump to humans) and begin reproducing within five minutes of landing on a warm body. In addition to the direct effect of flea bites, they also carry disease. Ticks are also a major problem starting in the spring season. They typically start to breed in in late April, May, and June and can spread Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Fever. Preventive tick medication can keep your pet safe throughout the summer months. It typically needs to be applied once a month to be effective.

Seasonal Allergies

Just like humans, your pets can also suffer from seasonal allergies with the blooming of grasses, flowers, and trees in spring and summer. Unlike most humans, pet allergies manifest through the skin rather than respiratory. Because of this, it is important to keep an eye out for excessive scratching and licking. If your pet seems to be suffering from allergies, contact your veterinarian.

Bring on exercise slowly

Just like humans, your dog or cat also can gain winter weight because they lead a more sedentary lifestyle. It is important to start back into an exercise program slowly so your pet does not overdo it, as this can result in injuries (just as it can in humans).

At Huckleberry’s Pet Parlor, we offer full-service pet grooming, overnight boarding, doggie daycare, training and holistic pet foods and treats – everything you need for a happy pet.

2017 Daycare Games Standings

Daycare Games Standings:
There were 58 Doggie Daycare facilities that participated in the 2017 Daycare Games from across the globe. Huckleberry’s finished 3rd, bringing home 14 Gold Medals, 4 Silver Medals and 3 Bronze Medals, in the Middle class competing against 21 other Doggie Daycare facilities! We are so proud of our Canine Crew and their excellent dog handling skills!


Dog Daycare Games – Fun Competition that Highlights Skills Used to Keep Dogs Safe

daycaregamesfinal-2While winter keeps many dogs inside for exercise, Huckleberry’s Pet Parlor, will compete for medals in the annual Daycare Games.

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to control a large group of dogs off-leash?  Most people imagine mayhem and chaos when you put a group of unknown dogs together. Professional pet care businesses, like Huckleberry’s Pet Parlor, are out to bust that myth. It’s true that dogs can fight and bite, but it’s also true that certain skills used by excellent daycare facilities will keep dogs safe while they play together.  The Daycare Games are focused on proving who is the best at providing these skills to the dogs in their care.

“We’re hoping to take home the Gold, just like in the Olympics.” states, Jenny Kingren, owner of locally owned, Huckleberry’s Pet Parlor. “By focusing on the most important skills: getting dogs to sit, having dogs come, and teaching dogs to wait at the gate, we provide a controlled environment where dogs get exercise without stress or injury. And this is accomplished without fear or intimidation!” states Kingren.

Robin Bennett, and Susan Briggs, the co-founders of The Dog Gurus designed the Daycare Games to be a skills-based challenge that keeps dogs safe and happy and recognizes top dog daycare providers for their unique skills.

“The dogs love to play these games and we wanted to recognize the handlers and facilities taking the best care of their pets by having a friendly competition,” explained Briggs.

The Dog Gurus, who have put together industry standards for operating safe daycare in their ebook “The Four E’s of Excellence in Off-Leash Play” detail the exact exercises that help daycares take better care of your pet and have provided them to their online membership at That is where you can learn more about The Daycare Games and monitor the weekly competition.

Daycare has become a growing industry over the past 10 years, but there are still many dog owners who don’t understand how to choose the best facility. Everyone needs to understand the education and training necessary to keep dogs safe.

Huckleberry’s Pet Parlor (  is dedicated to raising the bar of safety in off-leash play, teaching owners how to know when their dog is happy, and helping to reduce the number of dog fatalities that occur every year in dog daycares and dog parks.

Cheer on Team Huckleberry’s as we compete with dog daycares from around the world!  We will post our standings each week.

Event dates:

Event 1: Recall – February 5 – February 11

Event 2: Group Sit – February 12 – February 18

Event 3: Gate Boundary – February 19 – February 25




Huckleberry’s Pet Parlor joins The Dog Gurus


In June we joined The Dog Gurus community!  We are excited to be part of a membership group that is focused on raising the bar of safety in off-leash dog play.  Community members have exclusive first access to new tools and resources developed by The Dog Gurus.  Know your dog’s care is in the hands of professionals with a commitment to ongoing learning and access to the latest industry trends.  The Dog Gurus are the pet care industry leaders in the creation of resources with the goal of keeping all dogs safe.

Huckleberry’s Pet Parlor is now offering Deluxe Overnight Accommodations for your dog!

  • Deluxe Spacious Suites
  • Premium Raised Beds
  • Caring, trained staff
  • Large fenced backyard with canine turf

You can rest easy knowing your dog is tended to by caring, trained staff and our facility is secure with a fire, burglar, carbon monoxide and temperature monitoring system.

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Meet our Groomer

BrandiBrandi is passionate about animals and the environment. She graduated with a diploma from The academy of Dog Grooming Arts in 2006.  At Huckleberry’s, she has been proudly grooming dogs and cats for the past 10 years. Brandi is a true believer that, “If you love what you do, you never work a day in your life”. She looks forward to meeting you and your dog and/or cat.  “Each day is open to possibilities to provide a dog or cat with a haircut that makes them feel good, look good and bring smiles home to their families.”  Brandi, her husband Dan and two children have resided locally for 13 years. She thoroughly enjoys hiking with her children and exploring the great outdoors. She looks for opportunities to teach her boys about animals and their instinctual habits as well as different ways to preserve the Earth on which we live. Brandi’s favorite saying is, “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” – Dr. Seuss

Meet the Trainer

Stanley & Tammie

Tammie has been our Daycare Manager and Trainer for the past 12 years!   She has a real passion for dogs and loves helping them become a well mannered family member. Clients often comment about how fun her classes are. The classes have helped improve their relationship with their dogs.   Tammie has a love for learning and is always looking for the best way to help a client with their training goals. Tammie’s training background includes various certificates from A.K.C Canine Good Citizen. Along, with countless hours attending seminars, studying books & dvd’s, studying with other trainers, and hands on with home visits.

Personally, Tammie has Razzberry an 8 year old Australian Shepherd & Typhoon an 5 year old all American mutt (both rescues).  Tammie enjoys training her dogs.  Tammie and Razzberry attend agility trials and Typhoon likes to play fetch and do tricks.  Tammie along with her husband Chris have lived in the area over 25 years.  Tammie has volunteered at animal shelters and started the Huckleberry’s Star Canine group.  The group has done trick shows for local libraries, schools and other non for profits.

When asked why she likes working at Huckleberry’s she replies ” Because I love dogs! I like the fact that my co-worker at Huckleberry’s take pride in providing the best service possible while treating clients pets as if they were our own.  I find that we are a team that is always looking for ways to improve. I love that I get to come to work everyday and pet dogs!”

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