for DOGS

I offer reward-based dog training to engaged dog guardians wanting to develop shared communication and joyful responsiveness to build a life-long friendship based on mutual enjoyment and respect.


A dog is not a robot. A dog is not a stuffed animal. They are sentient beings with drives and desires, just like us, dropped in the middle of someone else's world with no say in the matter. It is our job to help them adapt and develop the skills and habits they need to thrive in our world. 


Dogs do what works for them, just like us. Behavior that is successful, that gets them what they want, becomes stronger and stronger the more it pays off. 


If you want a dog that responds to your cues happily, willingly, and enthusiastically, then it is our job to teach your dog both what you want, and to want what you want. It is our job to make what you want both clear and worth their while.


We do that by listening—listening for how they learn, listening for when they are open to learning, and listening for what they love. We let them be our teachers. We listen when they tell us that there are holes in our training before we label them as stubborn or dominant or distracted.


We understand that training is a two-way street, that skill and consistency is needed and expected as much from the human as the dog. We are willing to meet in the middle. We are willing to allow them to change who we are, so that we may be better companions. 


Training & Fitness Center


I work with dogs of all ages, some new to their families, some who’s families have just decided that the time for training is now. Regardless of format, we will work together to systematically apply layers of learning, following yours and your dog’s pace.

Currently I am exclusively at Urban Pooch Training & Fitness Center in Chicago, IL. It's a place where I wear a few hats...

Programming Director

In this leadership role I am responsible for overseeing and developing our training services, including our new Online Academy.

Behavior Team Trainer

In this role I conduct Behavior Consultations for dogs struggling to adapt to our strange human world. I also run our Reactive Dog Program where we offer classes for dogs challenged by fearful, aggressive, or hyperactive behavior when on leash.

Agility Trainer

I've been studying agility for a while with my own dogs and have recently begun teaching both Puppy and Beginner Agility classes at Urban Pooch.

Levels Trainer

And while I don't have much time leftover for our basic manners classes, I do still enjoy the little time I get to spend leading them.

Urban Pooch Training & Fitness Center

5400 N Damen Ave

Chicago, IL 

Intersection of Damen and Balmoral


Let's Talk!

If you're interested in pursuing training, use the button below to tell me a little bit about your dog. I'll have one of our Urban Pooch Training Ambassadors reach out.

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