Private In-Home Training

I provide customized, in-home private dog training in and around Chicago. See my travel area to confirm that I travel to your location.

Want more information about my private Chicago dog training services? You can fill out the information form with the details about your dog and the best time to call you. I will call you to discuss training options.

I offer different options to provide you with just the amount of training you need.

Single Session (1 Hour) 
At the beginning of the 60-minute session we will spend a few minutes discussing strategies for the session before we begin. I'll then demonstrate specific training strategies and then watch you and your dog work together on skills and methods to use on your own in future training sessions.

This option does not include detailed training notes or phone or email support. You can purchase phone or email support separately, if desired.

Should you consider a single session? These 60-minute private sessions are recommended for specific topics and troubleshooting such as leash walking, jumping, limited barking or general training questions. You can always start with one session and add more later. I also recommend single sessions for separation anxiety cases because separation anxiety often takes a lot of time in between sessions to practice.

4 Session Package (4, 75-minute Sessions totaling 5 hours) 
These sessions may focus on general training or specific behavior issues. One benefit of the private 4 Session Package is the detailed notes and training strategies tailored to your needs to keep as reference. At the beginning of each session, I will confirm that your needs have remained the same, and then we will prioritize accordingly.

Should you consider the 4 Session Package?
The 4 Session Package is perfect for a variety of cases including puppy training, aggression, or general to advanced training programs. Most of my new puppy clients choose this option and receive the full benefit of a structured training plan to ensure their puppy grows up to be a confident, well-adjusted older dog.

Puppies and the 4 Session Package 
When I work with young puppies with this plan, I recommend meeting every other week to allow my clients enough time in between sessions to work on the specific time-sensitive puppy issues. You can rest easy knowing that I will help you prioritize your training schedule without feeling overwhelmed. This provides you with a structured 8 week training program to get your puppy trained and socialized, as well as providing phone or email support in between sessions to address the questions that come up before we meet again.

Older Dogs and the 4 Session Package
For older dogs with dog aggression or other issues, I recommend that we meet two weeks in a row and then skip a week in between sessions two and three as well as three and four. This provides adequate upfront instruction and then allows you sufficient time to practice all the techniques in between sessions without having to become an expert overnight. I will get you up to speed at the proper pace to ensure you really know how to continue working when we are finished.

This scheduling strategy for older dogs results in a 6 week timeframe of training help and support. Of course, if you want other scheduling options, I work around your busy schedule. Want to ask my happy clients about their experiences, with my services? See my references or testimonials.

Email Support Included With all Packages
All my clients that choose a 4 or 12 session package option also have the benefit of email support in between sessions with follow-up questions. This support is available as long as you have unused sessions on the calendar.

12 Session Stay-At-Home Training Package (12, 60-Minute Sessions)
This is a convenient alternative to a board and train option. Designed for the dog guardian who wants the convenience of private, in-home training in Chicago and the comfort of an expert handling your dog in one-on-one instruction. Your puppy or older dog learns in the home, at the beach or park; wherever problems occur, but with this package you ensure that your dog experiences the appropriate follow-through and repetition necessary to secure new skills.

Should you consider the 12 Session Package?
This is ideal for someone that wants complete flexibility in training and wants a proven professional dog trainer to take the lead and "get the ball rolling" with the training. At session one I will meet with you and your family to start the training process and give you specific tasks to work on before we meet again.

Then, generally I will work with your dog one-on-one during sessions, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9 and 10. During sessions, 1, 4, 7, 11 and 12 you get the benefits of family sessions where I will conduct private training for you and your family and clearly explain the strategies that I have found to be effective in my sessions with your dog. You can be in the house, running errands, at work or having dinner with your family during my one-on-one sessions.

I leave detailed training notes for you (and me) to keep track of the training strategies that I work on. I will also leave helpful homework suggestions and help you prioritize your training time in between sessions. If your dog needs a potty break, I will take your dog out to do his or her business and include details in my notes.

Cancel Your Dog Walker
During your training package, we can try to schedule your sessions around your dog walking schedule to save you a dog walk during our training time. I will leave notes about your dog's potty schedule for your convenience.

Want to be More Involved?
Sometimes my clients have so much fun at the sessions that they want to be involved more than 5 sessions, but that is entirely up to you. Your dog will get trained while you are participating and also while I am patiently working on the necessary repetition and expertly refining all of your dog's skills.

How can you benefit from the 12 Session Package?
You can benefit from my expertise for general or advanced obedience, aggression, anxiety or other creative tasks. I have trained dogs during parties when guests arrive to work on preventing jumping, during a child's birthday party to teach a puppy not to nip at running children, at dinners to help dogs learn not to beg at the table and at the dog beach or park to refine dog manners.

I recommend that you use the training hours for whatever would be most helpful for you and your family. My proven humane training methods will address the specific issues that you need help with most in your home where the problems are happening. I also have many clients that work from home and "pop-in" in between conference calls to watch my training or ask questions. Whatever your needs are, I can work around your schedule. My goal is for you to learn in the best way that works for you.

Want me to do more of the training and show you what works? Perfect.

Want to be involved in more than five sessions? No problem.

I also have many clients that want to be involved for all twelve sessions. Great! To provide even more help and to structure the training when I work alone with your dog I will leave detailed notes describing what behaviors I worked on as well as homework suggestions.

How should you decide between the 4 session and 12 session package?
I have great success with both the 4 session and 12 session packages. The difference is truly time and budget. Of course the 12 session package costs more, but you also get a lot more of my time and you get the benefit of complete flexiblity in your schedule. You will pay me for more of the repetition that is necessary for any training plan. If you have the budget for a more extensive package, you can be assured that you are getting one of the best positive reinforcement trainers anywhere to work on an intensive, humane training plan to give your dog the help he or she needs.

The 4 session package will provide you the individualized instruction for you to continue working in between sessions and after we are finished. I don't want you to be tethered to me forever. My job is to give you the information and confidence to continue improving your dog's behavior at the end of your training package.

Want me to show you clearly how to work with your dog and give you the confidence to do it? You should consider the 4 session package.

Want me to do more of the training and teach you how to continue working when we are done? The 12 session package is perfect for you!

Pre-baby Planning Package 
Many training and planning strategies exist to help families and dogs adjust to the arrival of a new baby. I can help you and your dog learn certain important skills before your baby arrives, along with sharing strategies to keep in mind when your dog and baby meet for the first time.

New Dog Preparation/Consultation 
In this two-session package I can help your family prepare for a new dog with discussions of care, feeding, housing and planning for your new addition to the family. In one visit I provide a thorough sense of how to prepare your home and family for your dog, and in a visit after the pup or dog has arrived I check on progress and help you troubleshoot in order to provide the best possible start for you and your dog. I would come for one visit before you get your dog and one visit after. We can also customize a package based on your needs.

Customized Classes
Have a few friends or neighbors with dogs that need some guidance? All you need to do is choose a backyard and get ready to learn. Minimum of two dogs and maximum of 5. I will customize the class based on your needs including handouts and homework. Convenient and effective for those with busy schedules. Good for dogs that need practice around other dogs. Beginning to Advanced curriculums. Morning through evening availability. Enjoy a price discount for multiple dogs and benefit from convenient private training at a reduced rate!

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