Private Lesson Dog Training in Chicago

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If group classes don't work as well for you, we also offer private dog training lessons at your home, at the park, or even on walks. We can work on leash reactivity, pulling on leash, separation anxiety, barking, problems with elevators, jumping on people, and much more.

Private lessons may be necessary if you need a more customized approach than group classes provide.

Private lessons can be effective during any time of the year. When the temperature is too hot or cold, we can find alternative places to work, including inside high-rises, retail stores, dog-friendly hotels, one of our training locations, and others.

Success Stories

Hear directly from a few of our customers whose dogs have shown remarkable improvement after going through our training program.

Resolving Archer's Leash Reactivity

Helping Dixie Stay Calm and Collected

Why Private Lessons?

Behaviors Specific to Your Home Environment
Private lessons can cover every behavior that is taught in group classes, including walking politely, leaving things alone, coming to you when called, and so forth.

Some people find it helpful to work on specific factors in their home environment, that may not be as easily addressed in class, such as:
  • Everything taught in group classes
  • Leash reactivity
  • Loose leash walking
  • Politely greeting other dogs and people
  • Elevator challenges
  • Walking down narrow hallways
  • Walking through the lobby
  • Potty training when you live in a high-rise building
  • Barking
  • Separation anxiety
  • Biting dogs or people
  • Chewing objects such as your couch
  • Resource guarding
  • Positive dog play
  • Introducing a new dog to a baby or other pet

Customized Pace
Other people want a customized pace. Some want more time in between sessions, while some want to go faster and get in more sessions each week.

Scheduling Flexibility
Further, private lessons can be done on your schedule, assuming we have availability. Some people can only fit them in on weekends or during the day. In addition, the day of week could change from one session to the other.

One-on-One Attention
Some people learn more effectively in a one-on-one setting. The trainer can spend as much time as you need in order to help you learn.

Private Lesson Prices

There are three pricing options for private lessons:

Lessons Price per Lesson
1-5 lessons $135 per lesson
6-9 prepaid lessons $125 per lesson
10 or more prepaid lessons $115 per lesson

See below for more information:

Single lessons

You can schedule a single lesson in order to try out the trainer or work on a simple issue.

Single lesson policies:
  • Payment is due when booking each lesson.
  • The payment is refundable if cancelling three days in advance. If cancelling in under three days, it is not refundable, as we would likely not be able to fill that space.
  • You can pay for a single lesson, then apply it to a package once you feel comfortable with moving forward. This can only be done for the first lesson.
  • Private lessons last 45-60 minutes.

Pre-paid private lesson package

A dog cannot be fully trained or resolve challenges in one or two lessons. Oftentimes, you need at least six lessons, and sometimes more, in order to achieve the results you desire. That's why we encourage private lesson packages, so you create a comprehensive plan up front and work towards the goal in a more structured manner.

Package policies:
  • Full payment must be received before your second lesson. The trainer can take payment at your first lesson.
  • Future package sessions are refundable if you decide it's not working out, although we strongly recommend giving it time before coming to this conclusion.
  • Once you book a lesson, that particular lesson is not refundable if cancelled with less than three days, as we would likely not be able to fill the space. We would deduct that day from your package.
  • You can pay for a single lesson, then apply it to a package once you feel comfortable with moving forward. This can only be done for the first lesson.
  • Private lessons last 45-60 minutes.
  • Private lesson packages expire in 90 days.
  • A private lesson package is assigned to one trainer. Once you are underway with the package, you must continue working with that trainer for each session during the package.

Margaret was amazing from the beginning; she met with us before we even picked Emi up and answered our millions of questions to help us feel comfortable about our first week with the puppy. Since then, she has provided us practical tips and strategies to work with Emi, modeling the training each time and helping us practice so we know what we're doing. She has been encouraging, supportive, and knowledgeable and we are so thankful to have worked with her to have a solid start with Emi! THANK YOU Margaret!

- Nahid Husain-Habib

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