Smart Dogs Training & Lodging

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  • 1206 Woodcrest Dr

    Downers Grove, IL 60516

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  • 630-701-9730

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We have a 2 year-old Chihuahua and a 1-year old Yorkie-mix who were a NIGHTMARE to walk! They both would bark uncontrollably and aggressively at anyone or anything that came across our pathsor even at someone who was four houses away! It was so bad that many times wed see people walking their dogs or jogging our way and the moment they saw us, theyd immediately make an about-face and go back the direction they came to avoid us. We finally resorted to finding a path in some nearby woods to walk them to spare our neighbors and ourselves from their unruly behavior. Thats pretty bad when youre willing to speed walk through mosquito-infested woods than in your own neighborhood! But thats how stressful and terribly embarrassing it was for us to walk them. Then we came across an ad in the mail for Smart Dogs, looked them up online and decided to give them a call. Were so glad we did! In just ONE VISIT, Kristy taught us how to walk our boys properly and how to establish ourselves as the alpha instead of allowing them to take that lead. She really opened our eyes to what we needed to correct in order to gain a better handle on our dogs. We were impressed with her knowledge about dogs and their psyche. She really knows her stuff! After she left and we walked them later that evening, we were so excited that we wanted our neighbors to come out just to see what good boys they were being! Since then, we've had neighbors actually ask us if they're the same dogs. YES, THEY ARE! Even our mailman paid them a compliment! Thank you so much, Kristy, for giving us much needed relief, for educating us and showing the way! We also really enjoyed meeting you as it felt like we've known you for years! Its so obvious how much you love both dogs and their owners. You really gave us peace of mind and now we really enjoy taking our boys out for walks! Thank you again!

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We have a 2 year-old Chihuahua and a 1-year old Yorkie-mix who were a NIGHTMARE to walk! They both would bark uncontrollably and aggressively at anyone or anything that came across our pathsor even at someone who was four houses away! It was so bad that many times wed see people walking their dogs or jogging our way and the moment they saw us, theyd immediately make an about-face and go back the direction they came to avoid us. We finally resorted to finding a path in some nearby woods to walk them to spare our neighbors and ourselves from their unruly behavior. Thats pretty bad when youre willing to speed walk through mosquito-infested woods than in your own neighborhood! But thats how stressful and terribly embarrassing it was for us to walk them. Then we came across an ad in the mail for Smart Dogs, looked them up online and decided to give them a call. Were so glad we did! In just ONE VISIT, Kristy taught us how to walk our boys properly and how to establish ourselves as the alpha instead of allowing them to take that lead. She really opened our eyes to what we needed to correct in order to gain a better handle on our dogs. We were impressed with her knowledge about dogs and their psyche. She really knows her stuff! After she left and we walked them later that evening, we were so excited that we wanted our neighbors to come out just to see what good boys they were being! Since then, we've had neighbors actually ask us if they're the same dogs. YES, THEY ARE! Even our mailman paid them a compliment! Thank you so much, Kristy, for giving us much needed relief, for educating us and showing the way! We also really enjoyed meeting you as it felt like we've known you for years! Its so obvious how much you love both dogs and their owners. You really gave us peace of mind and now we really enjoy taking our boys out for walks! Thank you again!

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I rescued Rudy, a 3 yr old Chihuahua, 1 year ago. The shelter described him as special needs. He was obviously abused and living on the streets. He had multiple surgerys to repair a hole in the roof of his mouth that was from either electrocution or a firecracker. He has half of his teeth left. He had a broken left paw that was never treated so now is enlarged and turned out at a 90 degree angle. He also has 2 luxating patellas. (bad knees) So what did we do? We took him in and gave him everything he wanted. He deserved it and we were going to make his life great again. Boy, were we wrong! We created a monster lol! Thank God for Kristi and Smart Dogs Training and Lodging. We unintentionally allowed Rudy to become the alpha in the household. He was controlling us. We fed him when he told us. We got up when he wanted. We played fetch when he wanted. He was ruling the house and worst of all, nipping strangers and us! But the good news is we got help from Kristi! She came to the house for 3 lessons. Rudy is a completely different dog. Even our neighbors have noticed a difference. He is calmer and more relaxed. We know that his training will be on going but he is a pleasure now, not a handful. If you are considering using Smart Dog Training all I can say is dont hesitiate! It is never too late. Everything they do is done with compassion and understanding. Theyre methods are easy to follow. Do exactly what they say! It works!

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I rescued Rudy, a 3 yr old Chihuahua, 1 year ago. The shelter described him as special needs. He was obviously abused and living on the streets. He had multiple surgerys to repair a hole in the roof of his mouth that was from either electrocution or a firecracker. He has half of his teeth left. He had a broken left paw that was never treated so now is enlarged and turned out at a 90 degree angle. He also has 2 luxating patellas. (bad knees) So what did we do? We took him in and gave him everything he wanted. He deserved it and we were going to make his life great again. Boy, were we wrong! We created a monster lol! Thank God for Kristi and Smart Dogs Training and Lodging. We unintentionally allowed Rudy to become the alpha in the household. He was controlling us. We fed him when he told us. We got up when he wanted. We played fetch when he wanted. He was ruling the house and worst of all, nipping strangers and us! But the good news is we got help from Kristi! She came to the house for 3 lessons. Rudy is a completely different dog. Even our neighbors have noticed a difference. He is calmer and more relaxed. We know that his training will be on going but he is a pleasure now, not a handful. If you are considering using Smart Dog Training all I can say is dont hesitiate! It is never too late. Everything they do is done with compassion and understanding. Theyre methods are easy to follow. Do exactly what they say! It works!

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I'm so happy to have found Kristy and Smart Dogs. My dog was getting more and more out of control every day and I didn't know how to fix that. She is a rescue dog that was mistreated in the early months of her life. I felt sorry for her and overcompensated with lots of love and no discipline, no boundaries. Not only is she anxious but is also hyperactive, fearful, and acts out aggressively sometimes. Dealing with her bad behavior became exhausting, embarrassing around others, and scary because I didn't know how she would behave around strangers. I will be the first to admit that she became the boss in the family. By the time I figured out I needed to take charge, I did not know how to do it. She was not going to listen to me.

Despite all her issues, I love her dearly and she is a very sweet dog. I wanted to get this fixed so that others can see what a sweet dog she is. I contacted Smart Dogs on Sunday and Kristy responded quickly. She started training the next morning in the learn and lodge program. Kristy communicated daily giving me an update on her progress and things she had figured out about Zoey. When Zoey came back five days later, I was amazed. She had gained control and taught Zoey who was the pack leader. Zoey was a challenge. Her bad habits were deep rooted and she was very stubborn in changing her habits but Kristy bonded with her and helped her learn limits. Kristy worked with me at the end of the fifth day so that I could learn those skills as well. It requires consistency and patience. We have more work to do and I will be practicing the skills every day now.

Thank you Smart Dogs for making our lives so much better. I can't tell you how much I appreciate waking up in the morning to a calm, quiet, sweet dog rather than that loud nonstop barking. And I'm so proud to take her for a walk and show off my well behaved dog.

I can't recommend Kristy and Smart Dogs enough. You will be happy with the results!

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I'm so happy to have found Kristy and Smart Dogs. My dog was getting more and more out of control every day and I didn't know how to fix that. She is a rescue dog that was mistreated in the early months of her life. I felt sorry for her and overcompensated with lots of love and no discipline, no boundaries. Not only is she anxious but is also hyperactive, fearful, and acts out aggressively sometimes. Dealing with her bad behavior became exhausting, embarrassing around others, and scary because I didn't know how she would behave around strangers. I will be the first to admit that she became the boss in the family. By the time I figured out I needed to take charge, I did not know how to do it. She was not going to listen to me.

Despite all her issues, I love her dearly and she is a very sweet dog. I wanted to get this fixed so that others can see what a sweet dog she is. I contacted Smart Dogs on Sunday and Kristy responded quickly. She started training the next morning in the learn and lodge program. Kristy communicated daily giving me an update on her progress and things she had figured out about Zoey. When Zoey came back five days later, I was amazed. She had gained control and taught Zoey who was the pack leader. Zoey was a challenge. Her bad habits were deep rooted and she was very stubborn in changing her habits but Kristy bonded with her and helped her learn limits. Kristy worked with me at the end of the fifth day so that I could learn those skills as well. It requires consistency and patience. We have more work to do and I will be practicing the skills every day now.

Thank you Smart Dogs for making our lives so much better. I can't tell you how much I appreciate waking up in the morning to a calm, quiet, sweet dog rather than that loud nonstop barking. And I'm so proud to take her for a walk and show off my well behaved dog.

I can't recommend Kristy and Smart Dogs enough. You will be happy with the results!

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The addition of a new dog to our family turned out to be a disaster! At first Norma was a warm, loving puppy but around 8 months she started to show signs of extreme aggression to our 11 year old lab, and that aggression escalated to us as well. We became AFRAID of our own dog. The only option we had was to either keep her caged or give her to a shelter, with the fear of her being euthanized due to her extreme aggression. We were at our wits end.
Our daughter in law found Smart Dogs Training and Lodging on the internet and we contacted them. To our relief Kristy was able to come to our house the very same day we called. Our lives changed the moment she walked through our door. After spending an hour with us at home she identified some of the issues that our Norma was exhibiting. With Kristys help we decided the best treatment for Norma and our family was to have her spend time with Kristy and Ian at Smart Dogs Training and Lodging.
During Normas time with Ian and Kristy we received daily updates and pictures. They even had us bring over our 11 year old lab Margie, to interact and train with Norma.
When we arrived at Smart Dogs Training and Lodgings facilities, we were astonished! We were super impressed by the heated floors, separate suites, training area and the level of loving care and professionalism. It was obvious to us, that we had chosen the right place to change our dogs behavior and save our family.
After finishing her time with Kristy and Ian at Smart Dogs Training and Lodging, Ian brought our Normie home. Along with our dramatically changed Norma, Ian sat with us almost two hours helping us to become re-acclimated with her. He went through step by step, the new direction we would take to become proficient in our continued training of Norma. To our surprised they have kept in contact with us and continued to come to the house to reinforce OUR training along with Normas.

To be honest we never believed that Norma could change. We though there was no hope. But we are here to tell you that Norma is a DIFFERENT dog! Shes better than we ever hoped she could be.
We cant stress enough that these are the people who should work with your dog if you have any issue at all.
They are AWESOME, AWESOME, AWESOME! They love your dog, they love what they do and they are ready to help solve any issue with your dog.
Dont hesitate to call themYou wont be sorry. We guarantee you will love them as we do.

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The addition of a new dog to our family turned out to be a disaster! At first Norma was a warm, loving puppy but around 8 months she started to show signs of extreme aggression to our 11 year old lab, and that aggression escalated to us as well. We became AFRAID of our own dog. The only option we had was to either keep her caged or give her to a shelter, with the fear of her being euthanized due to her extreme aggression. We were at our wits end.
Our daughter in law found Smart Dogs Training and Lodging on the internet and we contacted them. To our relief Kristy was able to come to our house the very same day we called. Our lives changed the moment she walked through our door. After spending an hour with us at home she identified some of the issues that our Norma was exhibiting. With Kristys help we decided the best treatment for Norma and our family was to have her spend time with Kristy and Ian at Smart Dogs Training and Lodging.
During Normas time with Ian and Kristy we received daily updates and pictures. They even had us bring over our 11 year old lab Margie, to interact and train with Norma.
When we arrived at Smart Dogs Training and Lodgings facilities, we were astonished! We were super impressed by the heated floors, separate suites, training area and the level of loving care and professionalism. It was obvious to us, that we had chosen the right place to change our dogs behavior and save our family.
After finishing her time with Kristy and Ian at Smart Dogs Training and Lodging, Ian brought our Normie home. Along with our dramatically changed Norma, Ian sat with us almost two hours helping us to become re-acclimated with her. He went through step by step, the new direction we would take to become proficient in our continued training of Norma. To our surprised they have kept in contact with us and continued to come to the house to reinforce OUR training along with Normas.

To be honest we never believed that Norma could change. We though there was no hope. But we are here to tell you that Norma is a DIFFERENT dog! Shes better than we ever hoped she could be.
We cant stress enough that these are the people who should work with your dog if you have any issue at all.
They are AWESOME, AWESOME, AWESOME! They love your dog, they love what they do and they are ready to help solve any issue with your dog.
Dont hesitate to call themYou wont be sorry. We guarantee you will love them as we do.

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I have had dogs my entire life and never had an issue training them. We decided to rescue a dog figuring she would follow the other two and there would be no issues. I discovered after we adopted her that she would not potty. She would go 24-36 hours of not going potty. I thought she was holding it since she probably lived in a crate but then she started to only go on the carpet and not outside. She was ruining my carpet and it became a huge stressor. I would take her out for hours a day with no success. I was seriously contemplating giving her back because after 3 months I just couldnt see dealing with this for the rest of her life when she is only 3. I decided I would give it one last try and I called Smart Dogs. Kristy came out and taught me so much about all of the cues she was giving me that she thought she was in charge and how important it was to show her I was in charge. Kristy taught me some tools on how to turn this around. I was skeptical that anything could work but I had no other options. I did what Kristy said, consistently, and my dog now goes outside without a leash, when I open the door. She is going potty 3-4 a day and no accidnets in the house. Its so much less stress on everyone and Im so thrilled that she has learned the manners she was lacking. Thank you so much Smart Dogs for loving my dog enough to teach me how to save her, check up on us to see how she was and encourage me to keep going. Who would have thought that ONE HOUR would change our situation with this dog forever?! It will be the BEST money you ever spend, well worth it! I would hire them again without a second thought.

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I have had dogs my entire life and never had an issue training them. We decided to rescue a dog figuring she would follow the other two and there would be no issues. I discovered after we adopted her that she would not potty. She would go 24-36 hours of not going potty. I thought she was holding it since she probably lived in a crate but then she started to only go on the carpet and not outside. She was ruining my carpet and it became a huge stressor. I would take her out for hours a day with no success. I was seriously contemplating giving her back because after 3 months I just couldnt see dealing with this for the rest of her life when she is only 3. I decided I would give it one last try and I called Smart Dogs. Kristy came out and taught me so much about all of the cues she was giving me that she thought she was in charge and how important it was to show her I was in charge. Kristy taught me some tools on how to turn this around. I was skeptical that anything could work but I had no other options. I did what Kristy said, consistently, and my dog now goes outside without a leash, when I open the door. She is going potty 3-4 a day and no accidnets in the house. Its so much less stress on everyone and Im so thrilled that she has learned the manners she was lacking. Thank you so much Smart Dogs for loving my dog enough to teach me how to save her, check up on us to see how she was and encourage me to keep going. Who would have thought that ONE HOUR would change our situation with this dog forever?! It will be the BEST money you ever spend, well worth it! I would hire them again without a second thought.

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