FIND A TRAINER

What training tools will or will not be used?

Event Markers (like a clicker), reinforcements (treats, toys, affection, environment), 4-8 foot leashes, and harness are some of our favorites! We will never use: prong, chain or shock collars, punishing, such as yanking, yelling, “Pssssts” or “Eh” sounds, prodding, or pinching, squirt bottles or coin cans. We will also be aware if your dog finds an intended reward aversive too. For example, not all dogs love food or affection. We will not use something unrewarding.

What happens when the dog does it wrong?

It means the humans have screwed up. If the dog gets it wrong, we did not set them up for success. If the dog gets it wrong, we must re-evaluate the plan. In other words, the dog is never wrong. So if your dog does something other than what we are looking for, we choose from re-directing, ignoring, and re-setting. Your dog will not be punished for doing a behavior we didn’t want.

What happens when the dog does it right?

Your dog will receive a reward and we will provide that reward based on what the dog finds reinforcing, not what the trainer or owner find reinforcing. While training, we will observe to see that your dog enjoys the treat, affection, toys, environment, etc and we will stop using it if it is not the right motivator for your dog. We need your dog to be an active participant in training and we want them to enjoy it!

FIND A TRAINER

COVID-19 has extremely limited Animal Intuition’s availability. 
We are not taking new clients who are in need of weekly or reoccurring training at this time. We have ZOOM virtual consultations as needed. We are happy to refer you to one of the trainers below.

Please note: ALL of the trainers below support a positive reinforcement movement. If you hover over the questions above, each trainer below follows these guidelines in their training!

Amber is also happy to discuss any trainer or group one may find in a Google search or social media platform.
There are some very popular dog trainers in our area that we would avoid.

Batavia, Geneva, St. Charles
Lora Johnson
Batavia/Sugar Grove/Oswego area
In home, Private, Batavia group classes
Certified Canine Behaviorist
OverTheMoonDogTrainer@gmail.com

Over The Moon

 

Ashley Given
Batavia
Private, Day Training
Over The Moon

 

Elgin/South Elgin
Ali Evanson

South Elgin & Chicago suburbs
Day Training, Stay & Learn (aka Board and Train),
Reactive Rover classes, and Private consultations.
Info@IGotThisSit.com
I Got This Sit

 

Julia Lane
South Elgin area
Group & private training
Spot On K9 Sports

 

Donna Orlowski
South Elgin area
Group class only
Spot On K9 Sports

 

Dana Nelson
South Elgin area
In-home and group
Affinity Dog Training

 

Aurora
Steve Frost
Aurora and Chicago suburbs
In-home
SFrost@ASoundBeginningProgram.com
630-776-8197 Julie will schedule the appointment
A Sound Beginning

 

Naperville/Bolingbrook/Plainfield areas
Rachel Fein
Naperville area
In home, group classes, day training, board & train
Cloud K9 Academy


Allie Bender
Naperville area
In home
Pet Harmony Training

 

Narnia
Plainfield
Group & specialty classes
Narnia Pet Behavior and Training

 

Wheaton/Winfield/Glen Ellyn/Downers Grove areas
Amy Saletta
Glen Ellyn area
In home and group
The Puppy Professor

 

Pam Yano
Downers Grove area
Group classes, in home, specialty classes, certified trick dog classes
Enjoy Your Dog

Chicago Suburbs 
A Sound Beginning
Various trainers covering all Chicago Suburbs
Group classes and in-home training
630-776-8197 Julie will schedule the appointment
ASB

 

 

Alisa Healy
West Dundee, Chicago suburbs
In home training
Geneva Puppy Classes inside Autumn Green Animal Hospital
Dog Forward Training

 

 

Liz Mishima
Chicago suburbs
In-home
630-776-8197 Julie will schedule the appointment
A Sound Beginning

 

Laura Kelly
Northwest Chicago Suburban Cook County
In-home
Best Choice Dog Training

 

Mary Thompson
Northwest Chicago Suburbs
In home, Group classes in Des Plaines
Happy Hound University

 

La Grange/Western Springs/Hinsdale/Brookfield
Aimee Busse
La Grange area
In home and group
Dogz n Harmony

 

Karen Kolb
La Grange, Western Springs, Hinsdale, Brookfield
In home and virtual training
Pawsitive Associations

 

Crystal Lake areas
Michelle Romero
Crystal Lake, Cary, Fox River Grove, Barrington, Palatine
In-home and basic obedience
Enriched Canine

 

 

Northwest Suburbs of Chicago
Randa Clark
Arlington Heights, Barrington, Buffalo Grove, Hoffman Estates, Inverness, Kildeer, Lake Zurich, Long Grove, Mount Prospect, Palatine, and Schaumburg
In-home, daycare with training, group classes, play groups, board & train, private training at 2 facilities.
Tail Chasers Pet Care

 

Marengo
Harlan and Kim Houska
Marengo area
In home, group scent detection, and travels for aggression-like cases
Top Notch K9 

 

 

Board Certified Veterinarian Behaviorists
Dr. Kelly Ballantyne, DVM, ACVB
Dr. Kristin Kuntz, DVM, ACVB Resident
Dr. Margaret Drewno, DVM, ACVB Resident
Insight Animals

 

Dr. Fiia Jokela, ACVB Resident
In-house Trainer: Liz Geisen KPA CTP, CDBC
Chicago Vet Behavior

 

 

 

Alternative Animal Care

Animal Chiropractic Care
Dr. Erin O’Connor
Vitality Animal Chiropractic

 

Out of State including local virtual consultations
Phyllis Zboril

Separation Anxiety cases only
Virtual sessions, trains for any location
Florida puppy classes coming soon!
Go Dog!

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