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Certified dog trainer
Martin Sullivan

Alsip, IL

Black Dog K9 Training and Pet Services offers group and private obedience training at affordable prices. Group classes include CGC, and dog walking services are available starting January 1, 2010.

The certifications and designations include ABCDT. The job title is Owner/Head Trainer, and the training philosophy is to understand that every situation is different. The mission is to help people and dogs work together in a natural way. The locations served are Chicago and the south suburbs with the center based in Alsip, Illinois.

The specialty lies in private training for behavior issues, and the staff trainers work for the Animal Welfare League, Illinois' largest animal shelter. The training is available for all breeds and issues. Registration for January 2012 classes is now open.

Black Dog K9 works with local animal shelters and rescue groups, as well as individuals, to solve behavior problems and foster better understanding between dogs and their owners. Positive methods are used to foster cooperation and build a healthy bond, emphasizing understanding, patience, and consistency.

The classes offered include:

  1. 5-in-5: A basic cooperation, 5-week class limited to 5 dogs and handlers.
  2. Basic Cooperation II 5-in-5: This class expands on the basic class with some distance work, faster responses, and more behaviors.
  3. Basic 7-week class: Limited to 7 dogs, this class is open to families, and children are welcome.
  4. Kids and K9s: Safety for families with dogs, focusing on avoiding problems and starting off on the right foot.
  5. Sunday afternoon seminars: These seminars, in cooperation with the Animal Welfare League, provide dog owners a low-cost opportunity to get answers to their questions.
  6. Canine Good Citizen: The AKC Good Citizen course and certification program are offered in this series. Classes are available throughout the year, and final testing is open to all dogs.
  7. Lifetime support.

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