Kathleen Jager-Wilcox Dog Trainer Chicago

Kathleen Jager-Wilcox, CPDT-KA

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Kathleen Jager-Wilcox, CPDT-KA - Dog Trainer at Tucker Pup's
Kathleen Jager-Wilcox, CPDT-KA
Dog Trainer

My Role at Tucker Pup's

I teach private lessons for all types of behaviors and challenges. I am also a Canine Good Citizen evaluator.

Prior Dog Experience

I have been training professionally since 2004.

For more than eight years, I trained rescue dogs to assist veterans and disabled people who have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). My work included classes and private lessons, in addition to rehabilitating dogs to convert them into service dogs.

I also worked with an organization that trains German Shepherds to become service dogs that assist people with disabilities.

Prior to my service dog work, I spent eleven years at a wildlife management company, working side-by-side with canine partners in real-world environments. I worked with some of the most challenging dogs to orchestrate in the field.

I am also a performance judge for the American Kennel Club (AKC), and a trick dog evaluator.


  • Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) from the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT)
  • Certified in the Borden Method of Dog Training and Service Dog Training

Why I Became a Dog Trainer

In 2012, I worked for Tucker Pup's as a dog handler, supervising dog play and evolving her abilities to read canine body language in a large group setting. I left Tucker Pup's to embark on raising a family and pursue Service Dog Training. I have since rejoined our team with a wealth of knowledge that can apply to any number of challenges you may be facing.


Kathleen has been wonderful with our dog Harry. They had an instant connection and he was excited every time he saw her. We’ve extended our work with Kathleen another 10 sessions so she can work with our other puppy, Bella. Kathleen is an amazing trainer and we’re grateful to get to work with her!

- Laura Amin

Kathleen was wonderful, attentive, and understood my goals with my puppy. She has a wide range of expertise and recommendations about ways to train and approaches and has given me so much comfort with my pup. Would recommend her to anyone.

- Sam Lareau

Kathleen was always on time, attentive to our needs and requests, very good with our golden doodle puppy. We keep doing our homework and already seeing significant improvement in loose leash training, jumping, sit and stay. We definitely recommend her to others!

- Jeff Heinzl
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