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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  • Should you punish an aggressive dog?

    Your dog growls at your son when he walks by his food bowl and then snaps at him. He barely misses sinking his teeth into his 6-year-old leg.  Should you yell at your dog? Put him in another room? Something[…]

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  • Solve Dog Separation Anxiety and Barking

    Dog separation anxiety is one of the most challenging dog training topics. If you are in my travel area, http://www.chicagopaws.com/travel-area.html I can come to your home and guide you through the process. The strategies are not difficult, but very time consuming. I[…]

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  • You should use a crate for your puppy

    Crates should not be such a tough sell. Puppies have sharp teeth, develop strong jaws, are curious, get bored easily, like to chew, are not housetrained, and can develop separation anxiety . . . . for starters.  An easy, humane,[…]

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  • Dog Leash Walking - Be More Interesting

    Dog Leash Walking - Be More Interesting   A quick video to show you some of the basic, often overlooked strategies for successful leash walking.  

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  • Stop Dog Counter Surfing

    Stop Dog Counter Surfing Learn easy and humane strategies to train your dog to stop counter or table surfing. Simple, easy to follow instructions. 

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  • No choke chain? Get out of puppy class!

    I met someone recently who told me a story that floored me. She approached me while I was walking my three dogs and asked if I was a trainer. She had heard that I was and had a question for[…]

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