Here’s the problem with getting a puppy after Thanksgiving: you will not be able to get into *ANY* puppy training classes until mid-January. Every place I called told me the same thing.
But with my puppy showing some attitude that had my vet and I concerned, I knew the sooner he was in training the better. My vet actually recommended I try AnimalSense, and I got in contact with them about the Class Plus plan–a class session and two in-home private lessons. The private lessons were so that we could start training before January and thank goodness we did!
In our first lesson she had great advice for helping us deal with the specific troubles we had (herding our cats and guarding issues), not to mention general advice to make our life easier (house training tips and feeding ideas). I could also tell that she’d done research before meeting our puppy, because she had knowledge of his breed, the breed’s history, and the problems herding dogs typically present to owners. My family and I were so pleased with her help that we both agreed we would be having more private sessions in addition to the two that came with the Class Plus deal.
Yes, you are going to be paying more for lessons from AnimalSense. Yes, it was expensive. But after our lessons with Katie, I can say that you are paying for the trainer’s experience, their calm and insight, and their ability to train you to train your dog. Having never trained a dog before I knew I was out of my depth with our puppy and AnimalSense threw me my life preserver.
I have no doubt that AnimalSense is one of the best groups of dog trainers in the Chicago area, and I’d highly recommend them if you’re looking for more help training your dog.