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Chicago, IL
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Stayy.com helps Chicago dog owners influence and motivate their pets to change their habits. It offers training programs that help clients understand their dog's behavior and the pleasure they find in pulling on their leash. The company emphasizes taking a new pet home is associated not only with the pleasure of having a companion and closer contact with nature but also with the responsibility for the animal. It also shares its skills and time in training dogs, including those more challenging pets that need thorough and disciplined training.

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5.0 / 5 (9)
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5.0 / 5 (2)
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Anything is Pawzible

Chicago, IL 60642
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Anything is Pawzible is a dog training facility in Chicago, Illinois that was founded in 2001 and conducts group classes as well as private consults. Anything is Pawzible carries out agility classes. Their group classes include Puppy Pawzibilities, Basic Plus Pawzibilities, Basic Pawzibilities, Dog Therapy Pawzibilities, Advanced Pawzibilities, Bark Around The Park, and Tricks For Kicks. Anything is Pawzible offers the Private Pawzibilities including obedience work, behavioral consultations, as well as child and pet adaptation. The owner and founder of this company, Rendy Schuchat, M.A., has been recognized multiple times by the Chicagoland Tails Reader’s Choice Awards as among the Best/Favorite Dog Trainers in Chicago, as well as the Chicago Magazine’s “Best Dog Whisperer” in 2015.

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Barker Behavior, Inc.

Chicago, IL 60618
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Barker Behavior, Inc. is a dog training facility in Chicago, Illinois. Barker Behavior, Inc. is honored to be serving Chicago neighborhoods, such as Albany Park, North Center, Irving Park, Mayfair, Sauganash, Edgewater, Uptown, Rogers Park, Evanston, Lincoln Square, Lakeview, and beyond. This dog training facility has been in the field of dog training for more than 20 years. Barker Behavior, Inc. was founded in 2006. They perform in-home training. Their popular packages include One Timer, Rover Refresher, Doggie Deluxe, and Puppy Head Start. In the Rover Refresher package, they teach the skills and behaviors like “sit,” “down,” “stay,” “leave it,” “drop,” leash walking, coming when called, and more. Barker Behavior, Inc. provides an online consultation.

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5.0 / 5 (4)
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Canina Dog Training

Chicago, IL 60616
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Canina Dog Training is a dog training facility in Chicago, Illinois that conducts in-home private lessons, in-facility/drop-off daytime training, in-facility/drop-off ultimate training program, and in-facility/drop-off group classes. During private lessons, they help solve some of the common problems such as shyness, aggression, leash reactivity, resource guarding, separation anxiety, barking, and more. Canina Dog Training brings daytime training benefits including enhancing private lessons by providing mental stimulation for your dog. Customers can choose the behaviors they want the dog to work on, receive notes at the end of the day explaining training and have sessions scheduled at their convenience. Canina Dog Training has been voted as number one in Chicago.

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5.0 / 5 (2)
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Canine Perspective, Inc.

Chicago, IL 60605
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Canine Perspective, Inc. is a dog training facility in Chicago, Illinois that conducts training programs such as puppy training, obedience training, and behavior training. They specialize in off-leash obedience as well as behavior and aggression rehabilitation. Their puppy training includes the puppy training program with six lessons, intermediate puppy training program with six lessons, and puppy modification program. Canine Perspective, Inc. also carries out obedience training programs such as the on-leash basic obedience training program with six lessons, intermediate obedience training program with nine lessons, and off-leash obedience training program with 12 lessons. The owner and sole-operator of Canine Perspective, Inc., Jesus “Jesse’ San Miguel,” is a proud member of the International Association of Canine Professionals.

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5.0 / 5 (22)
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Dogz N' Harmony

Burr Ridge, IL 60527
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Dogz N' Harmony is a dog training facility in Burr Ridge, Illinois that holds more than 20 years of experience in the dog training industry. They conduct group training as well as puppy services. Their group training includes adolescent classes, advanced classes, fun nose work, leash reactivity, Woofshops, and basic classes. Dogz N' Harmony provides additional training services such as in-home private consultations, evaluations, assessments and lessons, customized one-on-one private training sessions, behavior problems and behavior modification programs, etc. They also carry out fun, family-friendly classes. This dog training facility is building harmonious relationships between people and dogs. Dogz N' Harmony is a proud member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and The Pet Professional Guild.

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Dynamic Dogs Chicago

Chicago, IL 60614
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Dynamic Dogs Chicago is a dog training facility in Chicago, Illinois that was founded in 2009 and conducts puppy training, a boarding school for dogs aka boot camp, training of talent animals and animal actors, and expert grooming. Their puppy training services include private lessons, daycare training, and board and training. Dynamic Dogs Chicago helps train all breeds, all sizes, all ages, and all problems. The owner of this company, Jennifer Hack, is a dog behaviorist, certified professional dog trainer, and trainer and on-set handler for talent animals. Jennifer is a proud member of the International Association of Canine Professionals, Association of Pet Dog Trainers, and supporting member of the International Association of Behavior Consultants.

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It's a 'Paws'-itive Thing Dog Training

Justice, IL 60458
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It's a 'Paws'-itive Thing Dog Training is a dog training facility that is located in Justice, Illinois. Gayle Cosentino is the owner and trainer of this training center. She has been certified as a dog trainer through the Animal Behavior College. It's a 'Paws'-itive Thing Dog Training offers the puppy classes, agility for fun for small/medium breeds, and fit dogs. It's a 'Paws'-itive Thing Dog Training conducts group training classes, pack walks, and in-home training services. This dog training facility also teaches the basic II obedience, advanced beginner, and intermediate level obedience. It's a 'Paws'-itive Thing Dog Training is helping owners help their pets to be the best that they can be. The company is a proud member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers.

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Kim's Dog Coaching LTD

Chicago, IL 60660
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Kim's Dog Coaching LTD is a dog training facility in Chicago, Illinois that works on the training, agility, and herding of the dogs. They conduct training daycare and boarding training as well as group classes. They offer the AKC S.T.A.R. puppy classes - 4-week session, basic obedience classes - 5-week session, intermediate obedience classes - 4-week session, rally obedience classes - 5-week session, canine good citizen prep class - 4-week session, agility classes - 5-week session, plus more. Kim's Dog Coaching LTD is featured on Yelp and Angie’s List. This dog training facility has been an Authorized Mentor Trainer through the Animal Behavior College. Kim's Dog Coaching LTD is a proud member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers.

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4.5 / 5 (27)
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4.9 / 5 (16)
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Lyons Township Dog Training

Villa Park, IL 60181
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Lyons Township Dog Training is a dog training facility in Villa Park, Illinois that has been in the industry for more than 68 years. They conduct training classes such as the pet dog training and advanced obedience, agility, and rally training. Their pet dog training classes include basic 1, basic 2, and novice obedience. Lyons Township Dog Training carries out competition classes such as individual utility sessions, novice obedience, competition novice, and open competition class. This dog training facility helps by serving and educating the community through participating in events such as the Ben's Friends, their therapy dog group, as well as Community Demonstrations. Lyons Township Dog Training is a licensed AKC Dog Training Club.

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5.0 / 5 (5)
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5.0 / 5 (3)

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Mannered Mutts Dog Training

Chicago, IL 60647
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Mannered Mutts Dog Training Chicago is a dog training facility in Chicago, Illinois that is delighted to be serving Chicago and the Chicagoland area. This mutt center has been in the dog training business for over eight wonderful years. Mannered Mutts Dog Training Chicago strives to bring the best off-leash dog training for the urban or suburban environment. Their dog trainers aid in keeping dog masters sane and dogs safe. Mannered Mutts Dog Training Chicago helps unleash a dog’s unlimited potential as well. They provide a free in-home demo and offer a free in-home dog evaluation. Mannered Mutts Dog Training Chicago was recognized as 2015 Best of Thumbtack.

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Pawsome Dogs

Chicago, IL 60618
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Pawsome Dogs is a dog training facility that is located in Chicago, Illinois. Their service areas include Old Irving Park, Mayfair, Albany Park, Lincoln Square, North Center, Ravenswood, Roscoe Village, Andersonville, Lakeview, Lincoln Park, Logan Square, and beyond. Pawsome Dogs renders private dog training lessons as well as dog training group classes. Pawsome Dogs performs in-home private lessons including one lesson, a package of 3 lessons, and package of 5 lessons. This dog training facility can help with the dog training, leash manners, barking, jumping, reactivity, and puppy training. Pawsome Dogs produces a well-behaved dog. The principal of this company, Melissa Arteaga, possesses more than ten years of experience as a Professional Dog Trainer. She is a Canine Good Citizen Evaluator for the AKC and a proud member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers.

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4.8 / 5 (20)
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Sophie Melissa Amphlett

Wilmette, IL 60091
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Sophie Melissa Amphlett is a certified dog trainer based in Chicago. Amphlett started as a volunteer at a shelter before carrying out her passion by training service dogs, therapy dogs, and puppies. Focusing on positive reinforcement free of intimidation or pain, she can teach dogs how to do tricks or respond to the sound of a whistle. Amphlett can also advise individuals in selecting a therapy or service dog. She is certified in pet first aid and a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and the Pet Professional Guild.

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Urban Pooch Training & Fitness Center

5400 North Damen Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625
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Urban Pooch Training and Fitness Center is a state-of-the-art dog daycare center for pets in the Chicago area. This facility offers indoor and outdoor play areas for dogs of all ages and breeds. Its indoor facility is climate-controlled and features rubberized, agility contact equipment to keep dogs safe and active all day. In addition to dog daycare, Urban Pooch Training and Fitness Center also offers behavioral training and workshops. One-on-one and group training opportunities are available.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Introduction

Dog trainers are professional instructors who use a wide range of training techniques to help dogs adapt to their environments, respond to cues and commands, and modify behavior patterns. Training methods include alpha dog dominance for aggressive dogs, positive reinforcement that's often utilized with puppies and younger dogs, relationship-based, and classic, conditional training.

Schutzhund, the German word for “protection dog,” is a specialized type of instruction in which dogs are trained to attack on command, and it's commonly used in K9 Academies for police and security dogs. Depending on their skill sets and certifications, dog trainers may offer programs that incorporate several methods, or they may focus on a single method such as behavioral training, which focuses on changing dogs' behavior, or obedience training, where dogs are rewarded for following commands.

What is a dog trainer called?

They’re referred to as dog trainers or behaviorists, depending on their skill sets and credentials. A dog trainer may refer to themselves as a canine behavioral specialist or a certified veterinary behaviorist.

What is the difference between a dog trainer and a behaviorist?

Dog trainers and behaviorists practice the same profession, and many dog trainers refer to themselves as behaviorists. However, true animal behaviorists hold M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in animal behavior. The full title for an animal behaviorist is an Applied Animal Behaviorist or Certified Animal Behaviorist.

Does my dog need training?

All dogs benefit from training, whether through their owners or a professional trainer. Owners can teach their dogs simple commands, and they can practice positive reinforcement techniques, such as providing treats when dogs follow basic instructions. Professional trainers are essential when dogs exhibit behavioral problems, such as aggression, excessive barking, and an inability to respond to basic commands.

What does dog training include?

Some dog training classes focus on specific methods, such as obedience training or alpha training, while others offer a mix of multiple training techniques. Dog training activities can include brain games, clicker commands with positive reinforcement, relationship-based exercises between dogs and their owners, and socialization exercises.

Can you train a dog yourself?

Dog owners can train their dogs themselves with the help of guidebooks and online tutorials that offer instruction in areas that include simple obedience commands and positive reinforcement techniques. When dogs are overly aggressive or display problematic behavior, such as biting or excessive barking, professional training can be extremely beneficial.

Is dog training easy?

There are many methods of dog training. Teaching a dog simple commands is a fairly simple technique to learn, whether through guidebooks, online tutorials, or common sense. However, overly aggressive dogs often require professional training in which a trainer is certified and educated.

Should I get my dog professionally trained?

Professional training is helpful for dogs of all ages and breeds, whether they need simple command training or more detailed programs to change aggressive behaviors, such as biting and jumping. Training of all levels is beneficial for dogs and their owners, as the animals use the skills they learn throughout their lifetimes.

How many training sessions does a dog need?

The amount of training sessions a dog may need depends on the type of training desired by its owner. For example, doggie boot camps where dogs learn obedience techniques and behavior modification can take anywhere between one and four weeks, while puppy training courses add up to just one hour per week over a six-week period.

Do dogs like being trained?

All dogs are different, and like humans, it can take them time to warm up to new people and environments. Good trainers know how to communicate with dogs, and they generally work hard to ensure their trainees are content and having fun during training sessions while learning new behavior techniques.

At what age should dogs start obedience training?

As a general rule, dog owners should wait until their pets are at least six months of age before entering them into a formal obedience program. However, puppies are quick learners, and they can be taught simple commands at home starting at around six weeks.

How long does it take to house train a puppy?

In general, it takes between four and six months to house train a puppy. Factors, such as bladder size and metabolism, may lead to extra training time, especially if the puppy is of a small breed and needs to use the bathroom frequently. A puppy's previous environment and emotional state may also hinder house training time.

Is it okay to let a puppy cry in their crate at night?

Letting a puppy "cry it out" in their crate at night is generally not harmful; however, it's important for dog owners to make certain that their pet is crying to be let out, and not for other reasons, such as illness or injury. Crate training takes time, and it's always best to start out with short crating periods.

What\'s the hardest dog to train?

While all dogs are trainable to an extent with the proper training and techniques, certain breeds are known to have a more difficult time following orders and instructions, thanks to their strong wills and independent senses. Challenging breeds include Greyhounds, Saint Bernards, Bullmastiffs, and Chesapeake Bay Retrievers.

Is a clicker good for dog training?

Clicker training, also known as mark and reward training, works well to help dogs learn commands and positive behavioral traits. The method focuses on rewarding dogs with positive reinforcements, such as treats or petting, when commands are followed. Repetition is essential with clicker training, as it helps dogs remember that rewards follow good behaviors.

Are dog trainers worth it?

Professional dog trainers can be extremely beneficial in helping dogs change negative behavior and learn to follow instructions. When home training isn't proving effective, many dog owners turn to professionals to improve their dog's behavior, which can help improve the overall relationship between pet and owner.

What makes a great dog trainer?

Great dog trainers love what they do, and they communicate well with animals. Qualities that great dog trainers possess include patience and tolerance, listening skills, and an overall positive attitude. While credentials and education are also important, the manner in which a trainer can communicate with dogs in his or her care, as well as dog owners, is essential.

What kind of training do you need to be a dog trainer?

Professional training is not required to become a dog trainer, but the more courses and credentials one obtains allows for increased knowledge and skill sets in overall dog training. Depending on the certifications desired, training courses include obedience, behavior modification, pet CPR, clicker training, and K9 training.

What qualifications do I need to be a dog trainer?

Dog trainers are not required to get any type of certification; however, courses that award certifications help build client bases and ensure pet owners that their animals are in excellent hands. To become a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed, one must pass a written exam and have 300 hours of documented experience in dog training over a three-year period.

What is the best dog training certification?

There are several dog training certification programs available to help trainers expand their credentials. Certified Behavior Adjustment Training Instructor (CBATI) and Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) are two of the highest certifications. Additional essential certifications include Basic Agility and Puppy Training.

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