Help with house training, crate training, leash walking, leash reactivity, multi-dog household relationships, resource guarding, stranger danger, and puppies gone wild situations.
In 1996 I found a homeless Rottweiler mix who I ended up adopting. It was a struggle trying to figure this dog out. I had no idea how to effectively communicate with a dog or how to address her insecurity, reactivity, or aggression towards dogs and people. After attending a few traditional force-based classes and seeking help from trainers with the same methods, I was relieved to discover reward-based training. Since then, I have regularly attended workshops and seminars given by experts in dog training and behavior. I try to stay current on the most humane and effective strategies. I love the art, science, and magic of good animal training. It has become my lifetime practice.
My love of animals led me to start a pet care business in the mid-1990s. I provided dog-walking, dog boarding, dog and cat vacation care. I also worked part-time at a local dog boarding and daycare facility during this time. After completing my School of Dog Training apprenticeship at the Anti-Cruelty Society, I became one of their senior instructors, teaching classes for ten years at the shelter. I have fostered dogs and conducted behavior evaluations for the Anti-Cruelty Society, Chicago Canine Rescue, Chicagoland Shepherd Rescue, Illinois Doberman Rescue, and Simply Shepherds Rescue. I have conducted behavior evaluations at Chicago Animal Care & Control for Safe Humane Chicago and was one of Safe Humane's Community Training Partners. In 2016 and 2017, I received approval from the Illinois Department of Agriculture as a Humane Investigator. In 2020 I graduated from a three-month Explosive Detection Canine handler school at JBSA Lackland. In addition to my dog and horse lessons, my current schedule includes working as an EDC handler.
Horses are a big part of my life. I bought my first horse in 2009, after riding various lesson horses as a child and as an adult. I adopted my second horse in 2019. Horses are magestic; they teach us so much about ourselves and life. Horses help influence my dog training, just as my dog training affects how I work with horses. The overall theme is trust, understanding, clarity, repetition and patience. In addition to dogs and horses, I do occasionally foster cats and have participated in TNR programs in Chicago, IL and San Antonio, TX.
My current animal family consists of Plum-my German Shepherd Dog, Suze- my Siberian Husky, Jesse- my American Eskimo Dog, AJ-my American Eskimo Dog mix, Mur- a German Shorthair Pointer, River-a Quarterhorse, and Hauser-a Quarterhorse /Thoroughbred cross.
Megan and Jennifer started Capricorn Dog Training, LLC in 2012. After working her magic with many Chicago dogs and their owners, Megan relocated to St. Louis in late 2021. She Currently does in person lessons in Missouri and virtual lessons worldwide. Megan@thedogwitch.com for booking.
I couldn’t be happier with Capricorn Dog Training. I have the most amazing dog because of all the help and training I’ve had with Jen. Seven years ago, Jen turned my crazy, little, beautiful girl into the dog that people want theirs to be like. Stella is my first dog. Jen taught her to act like a dog that was owned by a professional, which I’m not. Thank you so much, Jen. I would recommend you to anyone.
~ James S., Chicago
Jennifer from Capricorn has helped my rescue dogs settle into a family dynamic together. Both pointy-eared dogs came from different parts of Chicago, with very different personalities and very different needs. Jennifer helped us figure out what that meant and more importantly, how to live together as a happy pack. I would recommend her expertise to anyone in need of a better understanding of their connection to their dogs and vice versa. ~ Adriane Z., Ann Arbor
Wow! Jennifer is amazing! I rescued a puppy in March of 2021, and a good friend recommended Jennifer at Capricorn. I have been so happy with my results. She is a master at her craft. With Jennifer’s guidance, support and expertise, I feel confident in my daily training of Teddy. He has evolved into an amazing family member!
~ Mary G., Chicago
A 75 to 90 minute in-home meet and greet with you and your dog. We will discuss what behaviors you would like to address, develop a basic training plan, and start working.
The second and subsequent lessons are 60 minutes and layered on top of the original training plan. I like to keep things fluid and adapt according to what the dog and owner need. I do offer a discounted rate after our third meeting.
If you have a dog behavior emergency and need advice ASAP, you can schedule a 30-minute call. Phone consultations must be pre-paid via Zelle.
Please contact us if you cannot find an answer to your question.
Yes. After the third lesson I do offer a discount. Cash and Zelle are the only two forms of payment I accept at this time.
Due to traffic and travel times, my current service area is limited to the north side of Chicago. This may change at some point.
Training takes a lifetime. I will teach you how to teach your dog and improve your relationship. Sometimes one lesson is all that it takes to put you on track. Sometimes, more than one lesson is needed.
Chicago, Illinois, United States