Training Overview

It's easy to feel overwhelmed by all of the training advice available today. If you are looking for one expert source, you can feel confident that my advice will be effective, logical and kind. I will also be respectful of both you and your dog. My advice is grounded in rigorous training with Jean Donaldson, one of the foremost dog trainers and theorists in the world. You can also feel confident of results. I will save you...

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Private Puppy Training

Live in Chicago and have a new puppy? I can help you have that well adjusted puppy that you can take anywhere, is a joy to be around and grows into a wonderful, confident older dog. Puppies can start training as early as 7 weeks of age, and there are many time-sensitive topics that should be addressed as early as possible to avoid problems as your dog matures. I will help you prioritize your training schedule to ensure...

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Dog Aggression

Dog aggression is a complex topic that requires experience and skill to address it successfully. I have years of experience in and around Chicago treating all forms of aggression and will show you specific strategies to help assess your dog's aggression and devise a treatment plan that you can use every day. I only recommend and use humane, non-physical techniques that are logical and effective. Whether the problems involve dog-to-dog aggression, or dog-to-people aggression I can help you and your dog.  Dog-to-Dog...

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Testimonials

  We are so happy with the puppy training we did with you for Milo.  He is doing so well and we have had many comments from people who are surprised to learn he is only five months old because of how well-behaved he is.  I tell them all about you and how effective your method of stopping problems before they start has been for us.  Your emphasis on proper socialization was also right on target...

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Read Jeff's Latest Blog Posts

Read Jeff's posts from Chicago Paws, Watch and Train and Examiner.com. Jeff is the National Dog Training Examiner.

  • How to prepare your dog for your baby

    How to prepare your dog for your baby Your baby and dog can get along great!Having a baby and getting ready for the big day? Don't forget about the importance of planning ahead and making sure your dog is ready for the arrival of your...

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  • How to safely introduce your puppy to another dog

    How to safely introduce your puppy to another dog Sometimes it is difficult to know what to allow your puppy to do when greeting another dog.Usually as long as the other dog is not aggressive, puppies can jump on the other dog while greeting and playing. That is...

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  • Train your dog not to jump on people

    Train your dog not to jump on people Jumping on guests is a normal behavior that dogs exhibit, but through proper management and training, you can change your dog’s behavior.With inappropriate behaviors, it is important to identify what changes in the environment start the...

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  • Shaping is a powerful dog training strategy

    Shaping is a powerful dog training strategy Shaping is an incredibly powerful concept that you should add to your positive reinforcement vocabulary. Shaping is the strategy of rewarding certain behaviors to increase the chances that they will happen again.You shape behaviors of others...

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  • Fix a stubborn dog that will not come when you call

    Fix a stubborn dog that will not come when you call Come when called, or recall, is one of the more important behaviors that you can teach your dog. It can also be frustrating to teach if you don’t know some simple rules. Sometimes people get frustrated because their...

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  • How to stop painful puppy biting

    How to stop painful puppy biting It is very important to work with your puppy to teach him or her to have a soft mouth. Dogs don’t naturally understand to be gentle around people unless they are taught the correct way to interact with...

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  • Why did your dog do that - I don't know

    The other day a client asked me why her 1.5-year-old dog urinates on her living room rug about once a month.My answer? I don’t know.Just because I am a professional dog trainer doesn...

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  • Should I get another dog?

    Bringing a second dog into the home often sounds like a good idea, but it can also cause problems in certain situations. Here are common reasons for getting a second dog and my thoughts on why it might or might...

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  • Train your dog to stay out of the flowers

    I was walking my dogs this morning and realized that I use a cue all the time that you might want to use with your dogs. What is the cue? “Flowers”.What could “Flowers” possibly be...

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