If the owners are not treated in a positive way then they will not treat their dogs in the same manner. We strive to help train you the owner as well as train your dog. As you complete classes, you will build the skills and gain the confidence needed to continue training your dog. ROOT’s training philosophy comes from information gathered from various expert sources and years of practical application.
Jody Haas-Wolfson, Owner
Jody Haas-Wolfson is the owner and operator of ROOT Dog Training. Jody is a Certified Dog Trainer CPDT-KA, as well has become a Certified Fear Free Professional (AAVSB) and has an extensive background in the developmental approach to positive reinforcement that is used at ROOT Dog Training.
She is 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. She will teach classes as well as do individual private lessons with our clients while she develops new and exciting programs for you and your beloved dog.
“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 open to talking with each and every one of our current, past and future clients to answer any questions you have to 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.”
As a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT), Jody served on the education committee that set the education standards for all dog trainers around the world.
Her background includes having a Master’s in Teaching (MAT) and Master’s in Education (MAEd) from Washington University in St. Louis, MO; as well as 30+ years in owning and running a successful business corporation (MBA and MLS University of Chicago).
Marie McCutcheon, CPDT-KA, is a Certified and Professional Dog Trainer who specializes in teaching group classes and private lessons.
Sara Richter, CPDT-KA, is a Certified and Professional Dog Trainer who has expertise in aggressions, multiple dog homes and solving the most difficult issues with both owners and dogs. She successfully maintains great relationships between owners and dogs.
Sue Stenkoski is a Professional Dog Trainer and Certified K-9 Nose Work instructor/competitor. She also works in many dog training sports related fields such as swimming pool rehab; as well as competes in dock diving competitions. Our K-9 Nose Work clients who want to get into nose work enrichment or compete at nose work trials enjoy the success of her knowledge.
Sophie Lucchesi is a Certified CATCH (Canine Trainers Academy) Dog Trainer and works with all the puppies and dogs at ROOT Dog Training. She has exceptional knowledge and a great deal of experience in the field of training and shelter work. Sophie comes from England and is the newest addition to our professional training staff.
Jennifer Marks is the Operations Director at ROOT. She is your link for all the answers to your questions and concerns. As the voice on the phone when you call us, she understands what will help you and will direct your needs to the proper programs. Call and talk to her!