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Jeff Millman

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returns 12/31/2018

I studied with Jean Donaldson in San Francisco in 2002. She is one of the foremost dog trainers anywhere and I sought her out and traveled from Chicago to work with her. I am expert in all phases of dog development in regards to training. I can offer advice from young puppies through adult including aggression, separation anxiety and barking. While aggression is often handled best in person by a skilled positive reinforcement trainer, a lot of advice can be spread in this forum. I have written EBooks on separation anxiety and barking and am currently writing a book about dog aggression.

Experience in the area

I have been working as a full-time professional dog trainer since 2002. I only use positive reinforcement techniques and am well-versed in using the clicker. My clients do not have to use a clicker to have success using my techniques. I started teaching 14 classes a week for the first two years while I was building up my private practice, Chicago Paws. Since 2004 I have worked exclusively as a private trainer in the Chicago area. On January 1, 2007 I launched an online version of my business that can be viewed at Watch and Train. At you will find streaming videos for purchase that play directly on your computer and cover a variety of specific topics including house training, jumping, come when called, counter surfing and leash walking.


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Dog training: I graduated with honors from Jean Donaldson's Academy for Dog Trainers in San Francisco, CA. I attended Karen Pryor;s Clicker Expo in Chicago, IL. I attended week-long APDT conferences in Portland Oregon, Orlando, Florida and Oakland, California. I attended a Pat Miller seminar in Chicago, IL. Previous education: Journalism and Fine Arts degree from Indiana University.

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What do you like about this subject?

I truly enjoy helping people have a better relationship with their dogs. Dogs are very consistent. They bark, they jump, they eat furniture if they don't have any boundaries. It is our job to teach them properly and be kind and consistent.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

I hope to help people understand they they don't need to use fear or physical training to teach dogs. Dogs are amazing animals and we can provide them the care and fulfill their daily needs without them feeling like a burden to us. Yes, dogs need a lot of time and attention, but you can work it into your daily routine, and have fun in the process.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

Socializing a dog properly is the best way to avoid problems later on. My socialization category is broad: people, dogs, handling, being comfortable being alone, training in a variety of situations all fall under my socialization umbrella. Often people get frustrated with their dog because they are expecting them to be comfortable in a situation that they have never been exposed to.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

Dominance and pack theory are fascinating subjects, but in my opinion, often get dogs in trouble. I have heard trainers say that your dog must walk next to you "So they know who is boss". I think it is unfortunate that examples like that blame the dog for being a dog. Train your dog properly and don't worry so much about who is boss.

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Recent Answers from Jeff Millman

2017-01-05 Why dogs howl?:

Hi.   That is a good question. There are a lot of potential reasons. A quick web search put it really nicely and also gives you other links in case there is a medical issue.    I thought you would benefit

2015-03-18 Dog fear/ anxiety issues:

You need to desensitize her to the car trips. The goal is always to keep her below threshold and not put her in a situation where she is anxious or she could get worse. It is challenging, but with patience

2013-06-19 travel before puppy fully housebroke:

Hi Lori,   There is no way of knowing for sure, but I would say, "Go for it!"    You just need to watch her more closely, and use the crate when you can't watch her. You have to travel sometime, and you

2013-06-18 dog obsessed with fence:

Hi Nicole,   It is important to change this behavior for a few reasons.     He can get something called barrier frustration which is the frustration of not gaining access to dogs, squirrels, people, etc

2013-06-12 excessive barking and whining:

Hi Karen,   I do have a book on my site that would be helpful about barking, but I can suggest some tips as well.     You can desensitize him by saying, "Yes" and treat or 'click' (if you are using a clicker)


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