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.

American Kennel Club


  • 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 Jager-Wilcox is wonderful! She came to our home today to help us learn how to manage Freyja's anxiety around going for walks and being less reactive to loud noises. Freyja loved her immediately and Kathleen gave us a lot of helpful tips moving forward. Kathleen was knowledgeable, personable, patient and kind. I highly recommend Kathleen and look forward to working with her again.

Thank you!

- Michele Bailey, John Wittenborn and Freyja :)

Kathleen was knowledgeable and very helpful with what we needed to work on with Max. She provided us with some good tools and tips to use to make our walks more enjoyable.

- Nancy Deckard

We worked with Kathleen, who was incredible. She helped so much with our dogs walking habits, listening ability, and overall well being. Could not recommend her enough for someone looking for help with a new dog.

- Brendan Hackett
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