The Best Dog Training in Chicago
Many people wait too long, or don't professionally train their dog at all. This can lead to behavioral challenges that are much harder to correct later on, and can make life unnecessarily stressful for you and your dog.
- Create a great listener who will happily respond to you, without repeating yourself.
- Help create a positive relationship with your dog, while minimizing unnecessary frustrations.
- Help avoid relinquishing your dog to a rescue, and instead ensure that he stays in his forever home.
Now! The longer you wait to contact us, the more you will likely need to untrain later. This can be much more time-consuming and expensive than if you resolve unwanted behaviors now. Behavioral challenges don't just magically improve on their own - they normally require working with a professional trainer.
Whatever your goal or challenge, we've got you covered. You can mix and match our services to help bring out the best in your dog.
For example, puppy or adults manners classes are as low as $275. In addition, you can customize an entire private lesson plan for less than $1,000. No matter the format, we are confident that you can make significant progress in a short period of time.
This is a relatively small price to pay for a lifetime of skills. It can also help you avoid expensive vet bills, or medical bills for yourself or someone else. It could even help avoid getting sued by someone if your dog were to harm them (e.g., biting them, knocking them over) or their pet.
You can view prices by clicking on the individual services above.
What we can help you resolve?
Manners and Listening
Puppy / New Dog
There are many more behaviors that we can help resolve in your dog, using only positive reinforcement techniques.
Talk to us! Our trainers are happy to have a free, 20-30 minute telephone consultation with you - no obligations or strings attached. You've got nothing to lose!
The call is designed to discuss your goals, talk about our program, and help you decide if it is a good fit. Want to have that conversation in person? Not a problem - you are welcome to come to our facility.
The trainer will show you the exercises in person, then you can access TrainTrack to see the homework, plus watch videos whenever you need a refresher about what they covered. This is incredibly helpful because there is a lot of information to take in, and it can be hard to remember everything they demonstrated.
In addition, you can log your progress on TrainTrack as you are working on your home exercises. This can be invaluable for ensuring that you spend enough time, in various settings, for your dog to learn the methods thoroughly.
TrainTrack works on any Internet-connected device, so you can use it on your mobile phone, even when you're on a walk or working outdoors.
To access TrainTrack, you must log in to our website, and have paid for a class or our Online Dog Training course. On your Customer Center, you will see the link to TrainTrack towards the top of the page.
We have a wide range of solutions for puppies:
We can immediately help you with a number of puppy challenges, including crate training, potty training, play-biting, jumping, and much, much more.
Train-the-Trainer ApproachTraining a dog is the easy part. Training humans to change their behavior is much harder! If you don't change your ways, your dog's improvement will not last long. That's why we need to train YOU to train your dog. Once you're at home and no trainer is around to help, you must be able to work with your dog effectively.
Progressive DifficultyWe don't want to just teach super-easy behaviors such as sitting. We want your dog to master the behavior under any condition, so we make the exercises harder and harder, under a variety of circumstances. For example, he comes to you when you call him, but will he do that while at the dog park, playing with other dogs? When walking or running away from you? Our "progressive difficulty" model is how you build long-term listening and reliability.
Call Your TrainerYou can call your trainer if you need some quick advice in between sessions, if you are having difficulty and simply can't progress. We can typically give you a power boost.
Skills, Listening, and Self-ControlMany people teach their dog a few commands, which may work well indoors with no distractions. However, everything goes out the window when taking the dog outside, where it's highly distracting, inviting, and sometimes stressful.
With our program, we show you how to teach your dog a broad set of important skills, not just a few. Our exercises help your dog to learn to listen the first time, every time. Your dog will learn self-control, so it remains cool and calm, no matter the situation. You will notice the difference right away!
Decide How Far You Want to GoStop after one course or 6-lesson private lesson package? Continue to intermediate and advanced training? Delve into agility or other sports? Gain certifications? Visit hospitals with your therapy dog? We can help you go quite a long way and bring out the best in your dog.
The Anti-Cruelty Society is the oldest and largest animal welfare organization in Chicago. They are located in River North, only a few minutes from Tucker Pup's. They rescue and adopt out more than 5,000 dogs per year.
We are very proud that The Anti-Cruelty Society has selected Tucker Pup's as their official training partner. We provide training at their facility, plus private lessons and turnkey training at peoples' homes. Our goal is to help people train their dogs so they can reach their potential, live happy lives, and avoid being surrendered to a shelter.
The room is very large, and parking is free in their garage, located at Grand and Wells.
Didn't adopt your dog from The Anti-Cruelty Society? No problem - you can still use our training services at their facility.
We have three training locations in total: The Anti-Cruelty Society, Tucker Pup's, and Companion Animal Hospital.
Think You Don't Have the Time?
It Only Takes 30 Minutes per Day
Our training program is designed with you in mind. We give you homework exercises in between sessions that should take 30 minutes per day. Can't spend the time on a particular day? That's OK. Just keep working on the other days.
We show you how to complete the exercises while in class or in private lessons. Our trainers have hand-selected them based on their simplicity and effectiveness. They get progressively more challenging throughout the program, which helps your dog learn them really well.
The best part is that you can incorporate these exercises into your daily routine. You can easily practice them when you go to feed your dog, take it on a walk, go down the elevator, go to sleep at night, and so forth.
Within a short period of time, your dog should be showing remarkable improvement, as long as you have put this time in and followed the trainer's advice.
We enjoyed the training with David. He was always patient and positive and understood our wirehair fox terrier's stubbornness.Tamara Hirsch
David is a great trainer! I emailed him a few times with questions and he was very responsive. The techniques he uses produce results. I would highly recommend him and Tucker Pups for training.Elissa White
David was very professional and extremely patient with our puppy. His tips were helpful and we are continuing with our at home training. I would highly recommend Tucker Pup's to all our friends!Steve and Lisa Pascua
Classes were great, we learned a lot of training tips and tools that we will be able to use outside of class. David is a great teacher and is very knowledgeable.Joe Wilush an Alex O'Connor