Get the Best Dog Aggression Training in Chicago

All programs are tailored to your needs. The descriptions are to give you an idea of what can be accomplished and in what time frame. In-person lessons are now held at Oz Park (the busiest park in Chicago) for real results in a real environment or at our facility (don’t worry, our training carries over in all environments). All consultations, training sessions, and Zooms are also filmed and uploaded to our YouTube for reference.

Many people and dog trainers believe that an aggressive dog cannot be rehabilitated and that the only options are to euthanize them or keep them shut out from the rest of the world. That is true if you do not have the knowledge and insight into dog behavior required to rehabilitate aggressive dogs.

Those are the very same people that will blame your dog’s breed for their behavior. But the breed has nothing to do with the aggression; any dog of any breed can be aggressive in any type of context. I’ve worked with everything from aggressive Goldendoodles to Chihuahuas to Cane Corsos to Pitbulls to Labradors and everything in-between.

Dog training is simple because it’s completely superficial. Any dog can be taught to sit and lay down using a variety of methods. But to rewire a dog to overcome its fear of people, or to build confidence in an anxious dog, or to take a dog that’s highly aggressive toward humans or dogs and bring them to a place where you can trust they won’t go into attack mode is a whole different realm that only a small percentage of canine professionals in the world occupy.

I am one of those professionals.

Jesse developing his protection training skills with Blitz the German Shepherd during his time studying with “The Miami Dog Whisperer,” Richard Heinz.

Footage of Jesse working with Blitz and his owner on his protection training. Part of developing insight into aggression is learning how to also develop and control aggression when needed.

Today is (probably) Luna’s fourth birthday. She was homeless so who knows.
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Most of you know my story so I wanted to take her birthday as an opportunity to share why this reactive dog is the best thing that ever happened to me.
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Of course because of her behavioral issues, Luna led me to Jesse and for that I can’t be more grateful. But she (and he) has taught me so very much along the way.
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I grew up with easy, wonderful Golden Retrievers. I wouldn’t trade my experiences with them for anything. But Luna will always be different because of the training we went through together.
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While Luna absolutely needed and continues to need her e-collar to curb her reactivity and help cope with the world around her, I wish my last dog had also achieved this level of training because of the bond it creates.
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One of the most frequent questions Jesse always gets is whether the collar will make their dog fearful, not as loving, etc. etc. and I’m sure he’ll give trainer reasons why that’s bogus but my take is that it makes your dog MORE loving and loyal. As a dog momma I can say that my bond with Luna is unlike anything else because I’m her leader and her mother. My last dog Indy made good choices 90% of the time but that 10% was always a risk. And she was happy with anyone. She didn’t have enough training to look to me as her pack leader.
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Luna needs me. As a companion. As a leader. As a snuggle buddy. As an assistant squirrel hunter. All of the above.
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Knowing who is in charge in our relationship makes it even stronger which is why I’m so thankful for her training. And why no matter how “good” of a dog I ever get down the road, Jesse will always train it so we can have this level of bond. Deeper obedience to me just means more fun which means so much more love.
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Elizabeth

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Finn is with us for a 1-Week Puppy B&T to address his SEVERE cuteness 😂
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Rather than post to our stories, I thought I’d share Maple and Mookie’s walk to the feed today. It’s their first super long boarding stay with us so mom and dad treated them to some walks while they’re here!
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What’s your favorite thing about owning a dog? I have two:
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I love walking and being outside in general.
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But you can’t beat having on hand garbage disposals slash composters to help out in the kitchen 😂

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I think this will be a great way to keep up with any new content I shell out and/or my thoughts on all things dog.
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Jesse
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My “What To Expect When You’re Expecting…And Have A Dog” is now up on YouTube! Link is in IG Bio. Feel free to submit more questions via comment or email as I plan on making this a series.
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Timestamped bookmarks are in the description of the video so you can jump to the part that you’d like to learn more about instead of watching a full hour 😂
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Jesse
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This is just a Cricket appreciation post!
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This good boy is about a week into his Board and Train and if you’ve been following along in our stories, you know he’s crushing it!
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Cricket is also really enjoying this new weather for his training walks. He’d like to remind everyone complaining about summer being officially gone in Chicago that your Ugg boots and PSL go great with extra walkies with your best furry pal!

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I’m an Expert Dog Aggression Trainer

I’ve met with countless households where they were told to euthanize their dog by every single trainer they met because the trainers thought there was no way to address the behavior. I rehabilitated those dogs.

I’ve helped families with dogs that were labeled as human- or dog-aggressive, acquired “a taste for blood” after a bite, and could no longer be trusted. I rehabilitated those dogs too.

I’ve assessed several aggressive dogs that were on anxiety medication for years that did nothing to help curb their behavior. With my training, they were removed from the medication and rehabilitated.

Training Aggressive Dogs Requires a Very Special Skillset

Aggression training is incredibly difficult because there are more variables to consider than just the dog. There’s the family, the individual personalities of each family member, the dog’s environment, the amount of time you can commit to training and whether or not you are mentally, emotionally and physically able to do the training. The list goes on.

That is why behavior training experts of my level are costly. My program now starts at $4,250 for 12 classes. My mentor Richard Heinz’s programs are in the several thousands range and every other professional of our caliber will be just as expensive. Granted, there may be a few trainers out there that do have the ability to provide aggression training and are just starting out (my rate used to be $25 a session!), but they are underpricing their talent, and sooner or later they’ll be in the higher-price bracket as well.

Length of time and price depends upon the severity of the behavior, the risk to myself, the length of time I believe will be required to complete the rehab and travel time. Most cases are done within 12 – 16 classes. I’ve had a few that took longer than anticipated, but they are rare.

“After our consultation with Jess, we knew right away that he knew what he was doing and would work hard to make sure we saw results with Joni. It only took the first session with Jess to see her behavior improve – it was almost a complete 180. Not only have her aggressive tendencies ceased, but she now walks leash-less and has 100% recall. Her hyperactivity and anxiety have subsided, and she is now such a happy and confident dog.
We cannot recommend Jess’s training services highly enough. He has taken the every day stress out of our relationship with Joni. We now feel 100% confident in her ability to listen and behave in any situation. Thank you, Jess!!!”

Owners Must Help Their Dogs Overcome Aggression

Can your dog learn to stop biting people? Yes.

Can your dog be trusted again? Yes.

Can your dog be social? Yes.

However, we also want to be realistic with our expectations.

For example, if I am working with a very confident dog who has a passive owner, I don’t want to tell the owner what they want to hear and make promises that may be difficult to follow through on. Can I stop the dog from actively seeking out people to bite? Yes. But since the owner lacks confidence, I will draw the line there and say I would not invite people to pet the dog without a muzzle because I am not confident in the owner’s capability to follow through on the amount of discipline needed.

The more work you are willing to do and are capable of doing, the more I can push the dog. It’s all about getting the dog into the right state of mind and empowering the owner with the confidence and knowledge required to address any situation that may come up because we can’t account for things that just happen up and out of the blue.

There are responsibilities that come with these cases though. The training never stops and it is a lifestyle. It is your responsibility to hold your dog to the standard that I bring them to once training is completed. Not only are you educated on your dog’s behavior, but, you get hands-on experience during the rehabilitation process to give you the confidence you need to keep your dog in check.

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