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    Great socialization and conditioning happens in puppy class! Here are some of our Class Stars.

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    ROOT Dog Training students showing off their ribbons from successful Nose Work trials.

ROOT Dog Training

Jody Haas Wolfson is the new owner/operator of ROOT Dog Training in Highwood, Il.

My background includes 30+ years in owning and running a successful business corporation (MBA and MLS University of Chicago), as well as having a Master’s in Teaching (MAT) and Master’s in Education (MAEd) from Washington University in St. Louis, MO. I am a Certified Dog Trainer using the Positive Reinforcement Training techniques that provide a nurturing and growing relationship between the dog owner and their dog. I am so thrilled to be part of the growing professional dog trainers that believe you don’t have to hurt, scare, injure or negatively train a dog.

I have extensive background in the developmental approach to positive reinforcement that we use at ROOT Dog Training. I will be able to teach classes as well as do individual private lessons with our clients and will develop new and exciting programs for you and your beloved dog. I am totally open to talking with all of our current, past and future clients to answer any questions you have or help you decide what class and approach you need to take with your puppy or dog. I am dedicated to making this the most superior dog training academy on the North Shore of Chicago, and look forward to meeting and greeting everyone.

This business was started by the wonderful and talented Sara McLoudrey 12 years ago as a Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Trainer. She earned her CPDT-KA and CPDT-KSA in 2008. I am so thrilled to be able to carry this mission and vision forward in focusing the positive reinforcement training methods I learned and practice as a trainer myself.

I am also proud to be affiliated with Laura Dorfman of ROOT Dog Training who is a Trainer’s trainer as well as the BEST positive reinforcement trainer on the North Shore and in Chicago. Laura and the other expert trainers at ROOT will continue and develop programs and experiences to enhance your relationship with your dog and your family. Her 20+ years of dog training and dog behavior experiences and my 30+ years in a business background coupled with a dog training passion, will keep the traditions of excellence and fun dog training firmly on the North Shore in Chicago.

ROOT Dog Training is easy and fun for your puppy, your teenage dog, your adult dog and your senior dog. You will find great rewards in the relationships we can help you build between your dog and your family as well as learn how to work on training as a fun activity not a chore. We believe in the right start for a puppy or a new dog addition and this will lead to a lifetime of fun, activities and a deep loving relationship with your special dog.

Contact ROOT Dog Training for a training program to fit you and your dog’s needs.


New Harness Policy Effective immediately, for the safety of your dog, we have instituted a new policy where ALL dogs in classes must be on either a Harness or a head collar ONLY! Please ask for more details… Read More

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We hold our Orientation sessions twice a month. Come join us! Orientations are free and for people only. Please leave your dog at home. The Next Free Good Dog School Orientations will be held on Sunday, June 26… Read More

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ROOT Class Calendar

As always we continue to offer our ongoing Good Dog School and Puppy classes and rotating Specialty and K9 Nose Work classes. Take a look at the current class list and come and join us for all the fun and training…. Read More

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