Training Overview

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

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

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

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.

  • 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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  • Dog aggression - desensitize or manage

    Your dog barks at the doorbell, isn't friendly with strangers in your home, barks at the vacuum, doesn't like young children and is uncomfortable with other dogs on leash. It is important that you focus...

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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 more[…]

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  • Should you allow your dog to mount other dogs, and other dog park questions

    Oh the joy of going to the dog park. You work hard all week, you want some quality time with your loved one and your other 4-legged loved one. You enter the park, your fluffy friend, Fido runs to...

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  • Dog aggression - stacked triggers can bite you

    To rehabilitate an aggressive dog, it is important to know all of the triggers or causes of anxiety. Anxiety builds over time and can lead to a bite if it is not lowered. Triggers can be categorized in many...

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  • Dog Tips for Frigid Winter Weather

    Dog Tips for Frigid Winter Weather I live in Chicago. On January 6, 2014 it was -15 degrees Fahrenheit. That wasn't with wind chill, that is not a typo. It was COLD. The wind chill that day was 50 - 60 degrees below zero. That...

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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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  • Do not ignore a well behaved dog

    When dogs are pushy and out of control, the most useful strategy is to shape the absence of the behavior. This is accomplished by rewarding behaviors that are appropriate and either ignoring or using timeouts for behaviors that are not...

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Aggression Posts

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 roo...
I don't agree with Cesar Millan's treatment of dogs. Watch this.
Frequently I get comments from clients about Cesar Millan, aka "The Dog Whisperer". I try and control myself, but I often visibly flinch when I hear that they follow his techniques. While I don't know...
Shy puppy now? Aggressive dog later?
The puppy class is loud with barking puppies jumping and bouncing happily over the padded floor. All the puppies are about the same age, but you can already tell that some are bound to be much bigger ...
Choke chains and other mistakes when working with dog aggression
I have tremendous success with my aggression cases and have been helping dogs overcome aggression since 2002. There are strategies that you can use that can make the situation worse.I want you to av...
Should you use alpha rolls? No.
When I am working with my clients, I focus on determining what strategies are most effective with each individual dog. I have found certain techniques to be extremely effective and I also see mistakes...
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