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Extra Services Available (at your home or mine)


Meet one of my favorite people on the planet., Susan Johansen changed the course of my life, taking me under her wing when I was a new shelter volunteer. That act ended up laying the foundation for my pet sitting business. 

Susan is a trainer who is available for in-home training sessions in the Far West suburbs. She is also available for training sessions while your pup is staying with me. She comes for the session and I get the homework to jump start your pup with regular practice on their new skills!

Not only is Susan a truly lovely human but she has excellent training cred:

  •  B.S. Texas Christian University, cum laude

  •  ABCDT, certified dog trainer, Honors graduate

  •  Family Paws Parent Educator 

  •  KPA Puppy Start Right For Instructors

  •  KPA Shelter Training & Enrichment

  •  Pet Professional Guild, professional member

  •  Association of Professional Dog Trainers, professional member

  •  PAWSItive Therapy Troupe member (active registered therapy dog) 

  •  Pet Partners Therapy Dog Handler (5 dogs since 1990's)  

  •  HOPE Animal-Assisted Crisis Response  (active certified comfort dog)

  •  Doggone Safe Licensed Instructor 

  •  Behavior Education Network, member

  •  A Sound Beginning Program 


Attendee of multiple seminars by leaders in the dog training field including Dr. Patricia McConnell, Suzanne Clothier, Dr. Ian Dunbar, Trisha King, Ken Ramirez, 

  Drs. Suzanne Hetts and Dan Estep, Dr. Susan Friedman, Grisha Stewart


 *Volunteer dog trainer at DuPage County Animal Care & Control training all the resident dogs in basic manners, confidence, fear issues, reactivity issues, leash walking, lowering arousal, etc.

This means I have had the opportunity over the many years I have trained dogs at the shelter to work with hundreds of dogs!  I have over 1000 documented hours of dog training at DCACC.