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Having trouble getting your dog to sit, stay, and speak when you want him to? If your dog is a bad listener, hasn’t had much socialization, is a rescue, or just needs some general obedience training, dog training schools and trainers are a great resource to turn to. All across Chicago, there are trainers and training schools ready and waiting to help you get your pooch to behave better, listen well, and be a model companion.

Learn more about some of the most popular and top rated facilities in the city.

North Center – Found Chicago Boarding and Training Center

Find the best trainer for your pet in Chicago—use our list of trainers and training schools.

Located  at 4108A N. Rockwell St. in Chicago’s North Center neighborhood, Found Chicago Boarding and Training Center is staffed by certified trainers and well-trained team members who are equipped to help care for homeless and behaviorally challenged dogs.  Group classes and boot camp are available for training, with levels specifically for puppies, bully breeds such as pit bulls, and more.

Noble Square – Anything is Pawzible

Anything is Pawzible is located at 1330 W. North Ave., and offers group classes as well as private training options. Some classes include puppies-only groups, basic training skills, dog therapy training, advanced/off-leash training, “Bark Around the Park”—visiting a new park each week, and “Tricks for Kicks!”—a class where your pup will learn fun tricks.  Individual sessions include obedience work, behavioral consultations, and child-pet adaptation.

Lincoln Square/ Ravenswood – Barker Behavior

Specializing in private training, Barker Behavior serves Chicago and the North Shore, teaching pet owners customized training methods and behavior coaching. Sessions are typically an hour long and are available nights, weekdays, and weekends. Exercises are taught in the dog’s home environment, which makes it easier to incorporate into daily routines. They also offer home schooling programs, which incorporate 2-4 visits per week, facilitating the repetition part of training that is so beneficial.

Ravenswood – Urban Pooch

Located in Ravenswood at 4501 N. Ravenswood, Urban Pooch offers several different types of classes: Obedience (beginner, intermediate, and advanced), puppy classes, nose work, and brain games. Staff is also available for one-on-one training.

Bucktown – Dynamic Dogs Training and Behavior

At 2343 N. Elston, Dynamic Dogs Training and Behavior is ready to get to work to help you and your pooch. This business offers training camp classes, group classes (for puppies, beginners, “Canine Good Citizen,” and advanced), refresher training, private lessons, and even a training camp that lasts between 15 days to 6 weeks. Here, dog training is highly customizable to your dog’s needs.

Avondale – Sit Means Sit Dog Training

Sit Means Sit offers group classes as well as training programs that are custom tailored to your specific situation. They also offer board-and train options, which is an immersion-style training course designed to provide your pet with intensive behavioral training.

East Garfield Park – K9 University

K9 University is located at 2945 W. Lake Street, and offers a host of different classes, including puppy classes, beginner and intermediate obedience, K9 scent work, agility, “Canine Good Citizen” classes, private lessons, and board-and-train programs. Depending on your needs, they may be able to help!

Ukrainian Village – Collins Canine

Offering private training as well as group classes, Collins Canine features puppy classes for dogs under 6 months old, urban obedience, advanced training, and more. They even offer dog socialization meetings. Class sizes are typically no larger than seven dogs, so your pup will receive plenty of one-on-one training.

Tri-Taylor Area – Animal Behavior Training Concepts

In the heart of downtown Chicago, Animal Behavior Training Concepts, like many dog trainers, offers group and private classes.  Group classes are capped at four dogs, so your pet will have a lot of attention and focus.  Class topics include Canine Manners Matter, Puppy Start Right, Ongoing Canine Manners, and other specific classes for dogs with particular behavioral needs.


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