We're proud to work with many highly skilled trainers, facilities, and programs in the community. Chi-Town Pitties, Inc. does not condone the usage of aversive and punishment-based training methods. Aversive and punishment-based methods are not effective long-term and can cause increased fear, mistrust, negative association, and aggression.

Check out the various trainers, facilities, and programs for training below! We're excited for you and your pet be successful!

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Chi- Town Pitties, Inc. is proud to partner with A Sound Beginning Program, an innovative dog-training program designed for the newly adopted dog. Classes concentrate on life skills that focus on the human-animal bond, socialization and self-control, creating the foundation for a lifetime of learning!
When you adopt your new dog or puppy from us, you will receive a FREE enrollment in A Sound Beginning Program’s Introduction to Training class. A Sound Beginning will help you create a better relationship with your dog, addressing existing behavior problems and preventing new ones from developing.
If you’d like more in-depth training with your dog, Chi-Town Pitties, Inc. adopters can also enroll in the A Sound Beginning Complete Training Package for a discounted rate of just $100!
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At Anything Is Pawzible I bring my life-long love for animals together with proven positive dog training techniques that both you and your dog will enjoy. With over a 15 years of professional experience and a Masters Degree in Psychology as well as a Certification in Dog Obedience Instruction from Animal Behavior Training and Associates, I am committed to helping people build and strengthen their relationships with their dogs. At Anything Is PAWZible we offer puppy, basic and advanced dog obedience, tricks, and therapy dog training classes in the downtown Chicago area. Our behavior modification, puppy selection and adaptation lessons through private dog training sessions are also available. I created Anything Is PAWZible dog training with the family pet owner in mind. Our methods and techniques are positive and fun for both you and your pet!  It is never too late to improve your relationship with your pet because Anything Is PAWZible. ~Rendy Schuchat, M.A. 


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As the saying goes "you'll get more with sugar than vinegar" and that is true for our pets, as well. What example do you want do be? Someone that is feared, intimidating or one that is caring and kind. Your actions and reactions matter to your dog, they study you and the environment.  Setting the example by using punishment to stop the behavior from continuing will fix the moment but not the future. It is a sticky process to use aversive training because it has many fallouts, emotionally and physically. Emotions control behavior and when you are not building a positive outcome, you will see the sticky side effects eventually. Positive reinforcement should not only be the way you teach your dog but a lifestyle. It will give you the building blocks for a trusting relationship. Isn't that what we all want? It brings out the best in us and as well as your dog. Training is such an essential part of the puzzle because it enhances the way of life for your pet.  Every dog should enjoy the teaching process of learning. We need to teach them and teach them well, so they can have the coping skills to live in our environment. ~Patricia Calderone, CPDT-KA, DN-FSG1
Owner, Certified Professional Dog Trainer
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Rachel grew up working with dogs. Her first experience with training came with her dog, Nico, when she was seventeen. She later trained a rescue dog named Kali. Kali went on to earn a champion title in agility as well as titles in obedience and tricks. Rachel has participated in agility, dock diving, tricks, obedience, nose work, and therapy work. Her young dog, Flash, is competing in agility and disc dog. Flash has also earned her Trick Dog Champion title. In addition, she enjoys herding, dock diving, and obedience. Rachel enjoys the chance to participate in new activities and loves to have fun with her dogs.
Rachel is a force-free trainer. She loves to help owners bond with their dogs through positive reinforcement training and has been working with dogs for more than 10 years. In that time, Rachel has worked with dogs of various ages, breeds, backgrounds, and temperaments. She has trained dogs for agility course work, herding, dock diving, tricks, obedience, and therapy work, and has worked with dogs and owners to solve behavioral problems. A Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP), Rachel is also a certified trick dog instructor.
In addition to training clients' dogs, Rachel also trains emotional support animals for Pets for Vets. Pets for Vets rescues dogs from shelters and trains them. The dogs are then placed with veterans. These animals help heal the emotional wounds for the veterans. Its a win-win for both the animals and veterans. ~Rachel Fein, KPA-CTP, CTDI
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Phyllis Zboril, owner and head trainer at Go Dog! Training earned a Certification in Training and Counseling (CTC), from the prestigious Academy for Dog Trainers, an intensive two year program headed by world renowned dog trainer and behavior expert, Jean Donaldson, where she graduated with honors. She's been training professionally for 11+ years, and has trained her own dogs in obedience, agility, tracking, nosework, and earth dog. Phyllis also has been involved with pit bull rescue as a foster parent and trainer.
As a science-based trainer, Phyllis recognizes there is no magic formula to training your best friend. Your dog’s behavior depends on motivation and consequences, and all dogs learn best through rewards-based training, no matter the dog’s history, size, or the breed. Over the past several decades Phyllis has lived with a variety of different types of dogs - including several German shepherds, a few pit bulls and pit mixes, a handful of Jack Russell Terriers, a rough collie, and a cockapoo, all of which were trained using force-free methods. None of these dogs required harsh methods to overcome their particular behavioral challenges.   
In addition to her work with dogs, Phyllis enjoys playing guitar, horseback riding, and clicker training horses. She currently is the proud parent of a Jack Russell Terrier, Lucky, and a pit bull mix, Simon.
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I’ve been an animal lover for as long as I can remember, and I’m fortunate to have created the perfect career that merges my two passions: teaching people and making a difference for their companion animals.
I earned my CPDT accreditation (Certified Professional Dog Trainer) through the Certification Council For Professional Dog Trainers; attended the Living & Learning With Animals course to learn Applied Behavior Analysis and most recently completed the University of Washington’s Applied Animal Behavior certificate program. I maintain several professional memberships where I continue my education through B.E.N (Behavior Education Network)  the  PPG (Pet Professional Guild) and the APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers).
In my business I provide in-home behavior consultations, training and enrichment, and where I translate confusing, often faulty, information to the pet guardian in order to give them the necessary tools to not only resolve problems, but also to forge a better relationship with their pet through new knowledge and understanding.
Shelter-dogs are not born; they are created and it is my ultimate goal to prevent dogs from becoming another shelter-dog statistic.
Currently I share a home with 4 amusing rescued animals: Fanny the Bulldog-Pitty  Fonzie the Rat Terrier-Pug, and Felix & Flint, the cats, collectively known as the F-Troop! ~Fran Berry, CPDT-KA
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Lara Mahr is a Karen Pryor Certified Training Partner (KPACTP) and Animal Behavior Professional with proven experience solving canine behavior problems such as: aggression, barking, biting, chewing, counter-surfing, digging, house training issues, jumping, leash puling, running away, and separation anxiety. Lara is vet recommended. She only uses training methods based on positive reinforcement. Convenient in-home appointments are available in West Michigan and phone consultations are available for other areas.
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Mary Thompson is a certified professional dog trainer and owner of Happy Hound University, offering in-home private training, day training packages, and group classes in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago. Mary is certified through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) with a CPDT-KA, the only independent certifying body for dog trainers. She is also a PMCT1, Pat Miller Certified trainer, having completed many week-long intensive courses under the guidance of world-renowned author and dog behavior consultant Pat Miller at her facility in FairPlay, Maryland. Lastly, Mary is a fear-free certified dog trainer through Fear Free Happy Homes, working to make vet and husbandry work less stressful for dogs using positive reinforcement.
Mary has always had a love of dogs and a passion for making sure animals were treated fairly and with kindness. She has been actively volunteering in the shelter and rescue community since she was 16, and has a passion for helping rescued dogs find their homes and stay there thanks to her own rescue dog, Regis. Regis was what some would consider a "difficult" dog, guarding most objects and reacting poorly to other dogs and people on leash, and he taught Mary everything she knows about dogs, but most of all that punitive techniques based in fear and pain will not work to help any dog, especially not an anxious one. Through the use of positive behavior modification techniques Regis' guarding behavior has mostly disappeared and he is even able to participate in group classes, working in the presence of many other dogs. Thanks to Regis, Mary fell into the world of dog training and never looked back.
Mary currently lives in Elk Grove Village with Regis her beagle mix, Phoebe her lab/boxer mix, Bagheera a black domestic shorthair cat, Khan a ball python, and a wonderful fiancé who she's very grateful loves animals just as much as she does.
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Training a dog is all about developing a positive relationship built on understanding, clear communication, mutual respect and fun!  Over the Moon Positive Dog Training, LLC in Batavia, Illinois is founded on the science of learning.  We will teach you how to understand and interpret your dog’s body language, as well as how to use the proven methods of positive reinforcement to teach your dog what she needs to know.  Fear, force, pain or intimidation do not teach your dog and we will never use them with any age, size or breed of dog.
 Lora is Owner and Lead Trainer for Over the Moon Positive Dog Training, LLC.  She remains current in the profession of training by attending conferences, seminars, and workshops.  She is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA), an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, Community Canine Evaluator and Urban Canine Good Citizen Evaluator.  She is also an AKC Trick Dog Evaluator and has served as Vice-President and President of the Fox Valley Therapy Dog Club.
Over the Moon Positive Dog Training offers on-site group training classes, individual private training, and therapy dog preparation.  We provide some in-home private training sessions.  We also offer a comprehensive Behavior Assessment and personalized Behavior Training Program for families that are experiencing some undesirable, challenging or potentially dangerous behavior with their dog. ~Lora Johnson, CPDT-KA, MS ED 


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Allie Bender is the owner and lead behavior consultant for Pet Harmony Animal Behavior & Training. Allie is a national speaker, published writer, and an animal welfare advocate. She has been working with rescue groups and shelters since 2006 in various capacities, including founding a student-run organization to aid local shelters with fundraising, supplying volunteers, and providing education to the public about animal shelter issues.
Allie graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in animal science from Iowa State University. During her education, Allie spearheaded a research study exploring the effects of enrichment on stereotypical behavior in shelter dogs. Allie started dog training professionally in 2012 and by 2015 became the lead dog behavior consultant at Best Friends Animal Society, the largest no-kill animal sanctuary in the nation. Here she had the opportunity to work with dogs and cats with serious behavior challenges as well as speak at national conferences, write for the Best Friends magazine, and make TV and commercial appearances.
Allie is now back in her Illinois hometown to help owned and homeless animals alike with behavior challenges. She is a certified professional dog trainer- knowledge assessed (CPDT-KA), a shelter behavior affiliate (SBA) through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, and an Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) Canine Life and Social Skills (C.L.A.S.S.) evaluator, and is certified by TAGteach at the primary level.
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Jody Haas-Wolfson is the owner and operator of ROOT Dog Training. Jody is a Certified Dog Trainer CPDT-KA, as well has become a Certified Fear Free Professional (AAVSB) and has an extensive background in the developmental approach to positive reinforcement that is used at ROOT Dog Training.
She is thrilled to be part of the growing professional dog trainers that believe you don’t have to hurt, scare, injure or negatively train a dog. She will teach classes as well as do individual private lessons with our clients while she develops new and exciting programs for you and your beloved dog.
“I am so thrilled to be able to carry this mission and vision forward in focusing the positive reinforcement training methods I learned and practice as a trainer myself. I am open to talking with each and every one of our current, past and future clients to answer any questions you have to help you decide what class and approach you need to take with your puppy or dog. I am dedicated to making this the most superior dog training academy on the North Shore of Chicago, and look forward to meeting and greeting everyone.”
As a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT), Jody served on the education committee that set the education standards for all dog trainers around the world.
Her background includes having a Master’s in Teaching (MAT) and Master’s in Education (MAEd) from Washington University in St. Louis, MO; as well as 30+ years in owning and running a successful business corporation (MBA and MLS University of Chicago).
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Ever since I was a young boy, I've always been interested in animals and why they do the things they do. It wasn't just enough to know the names of various species, but what drives and motivates their behavior.
Growing up, I always enjoyed working with animals, and got my start as a technician for an Emergency Veterinary Service, where my passion for working with dogs was ignited. Seeing such a broad variety of breeds, behaviors, and needs has been an absolutely invaluable experience for me, as well as investing in my own continued education and networking with zoological and aquarium trainers. Being a pit bull owner myself, I'm dedicated to helping the breed and advocating for their ethical treatment through positive reinforcement training.
Currently, I hold the status of Shelter Behavior Affiliate (SBA) with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, as well as being a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP). In my continued education, I've been so very fortunate to work with a variety of species under the expert teachings of industry leaders such as: Leanne Falkingham, Laura Monaco Torelli, Ken Ramirez, and Dr. Susan Friedman, among many others.
In addition to the IAABC, I also belong to the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, the International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators, and the Great Lakes Falconry Association.
Aside from helping shelter animals and owners overcome behavioral difficulties, I enjoy training bully breeds, birds of prey and companion parrots with an emphasis on free-flight work.
My services include in-home consultations for behavior modification with companion animals, including dogs, cats, birds and more!
Reason for positive reinforcement:In my experiences at Anderson, our single biggest cause of returned animals for behavioral reasons was due to the use of punishment-based training techniques. Wonderful, outgoing animals would return to us after many months displaying serious behavioral concerns, including increased fearfulness, mistrust, and negative emotional associations.
Many years ago, I became involved with positive reinforcement training after owning a dog who displayed serious reactivity on walks. The traditional methods I had been lead to believe were effective were quite clearly making the problem worse. Committed to my dog, I was fortunate enough to network with accredited positive reinforcement trainers who helped me develop a plan that actually worked. Since then, I have enjoyed a lifetime of success on walks, and became so motivated by the positive outcome of this work that I became a R+ trainer just so I could help others like me overcome difficulties with their animals, and keep them in a home.
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At Two Paws Up, we believe that dogs and owners should have a bond formed of trust, respect, and love for each other. Our force-free methods do not include the use of choke chains, pinch and prong collars, or e-collars. We teach using positive reinforcement, rewarding dogs for appropriate behaviors and encourage a proactive management approach to set each dog up for success!
Our training team has a variety of certifications including Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) Fit Paws Certified Master Trainer,  certified Animal Behavior College Dog Trainer, Canine Good Citizen and STAR Puppy instructor, AKC Certified Trick Dog Instructor, Certified Dog Parkour Instructor, and certified Barn Hunt Judge. If you dream to do it, we can help you learn it!
We also specialize in reactivity and aggression using our trademarked S.A.F.E. Program For Dogs. We are pleased to partner with Chi-Town Pitties!
Brenda Belmonte - CPDT-KA Owner, Two Paws Up Dog Training
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