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 is wonderful and taught me new ways to help train my leash reactive dog. I will continue to practice with my dog and if I need additional training in the future will definitely hire her through Tucker Pup's!

- Ana Tavarez

Kathleen was great! She is very knowledgeable on dog behavior and we loved that she had specific experience with Ziggy's breeds. She gave concise, helpful feedback and tips that helped us to see a difference in our pup.

- Nicole Humphrey

Kathleen was great. She has been very helpful in getting a base level of training for Kane. I will be continuing to work with her on getting Kane some more intermediate skills. Kathleen has a lot of experience and training skills, and most importantly she was willing to adapt the training program to what I was comfortable with and still get results.

- Jacob Adili
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