Who are we?
Experience matters. It can mean the difference between successfully addressing bad behaviors and succeeding to create new ones.
When you choose The Fine Canine®, you're putting your trust in professional dog trainers who bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the training room; over 40 years of combined experience in training, behavior modification, community education, and service. And there is perhaps a no greater illustration of our influence within the industry than the aspiring young trainers we've mentored who have chosen to embark on training careers of their own, including Gabriela Sloan at Happy Pup Manor, Tom Schukay at Elmhurst Animal Care Center and Leslie Labelle at BFF Dog Academy.
We're very passionate about what we do and that's evident in the thousands of dogs we've helped train and rehabilitate over the years. We are extremely proud to have made a difference in the lives of so many pet owners, and we're confident that we can help you enjoy many years of fine canine companionship with your pet as well.
To learn more about each of us, please read through our profiles below.
We serve dog owners in Elmhurst, Oak Brook, Lombard, Downers Grove, Lisle, Naperville, Clarendon Hills, Villa Park, Addison, Glen Ellyn, Wheaton, Lisle, Hinsdale, Bensenville, La Grange, Franklin Park, Long Grove, Kildeer, Barrington, Barrington Hills, Hawthorn Woods, Buffalo Grove, Vernon Hills, Lake Zurich, Lincolnshire, Riverwoods, Deerfield, Northbrook, Skokie, Bannockburn, Lake Forest, Lake Bluff, Glencoe, Wilmette, Winnetka, Arlington Heights, Wheeling, Palatine and neighboring Chicago, Illinois suburban communities.
Professional Dog Trainer, Behavior Counselor & Founder of The Fine Canine®
Monica earned her B.A. in Biology from North Central College and minored in French at Iowa State University. She is a member of the National Association of Pet Dog Trainers and the International Marine Animal Trainers Association. She has earned multiple competitive agility titles with her Dalmatians, Hannah, and Drake.
Monica is interested in helping anyone train any type of dog. She specializes in teaching young children how to properly care for, train, and compete with their pets. She teaches group and private lessons focused on pet obedience, trick training, and behavior modification. Her most recent project involves the development of an agility club for children and their dogs.
"I have always enjoyed helping people build trusting relationships with their animals. My methods are non-abusive, very effective, and have been honed over many years of training dogs, from obedience to film work. I believe in taking the most current knowledge on canine pack behavior, including mother dog to puppy interactions, and applying these relationships in training methods. I feel that these are the interactions that will provide a natural connection to your dog. I advocate a strong foundation in puppy training to provide many years of fine canine companionship. I specialize in teaching interested young children on how to properly train or show their dogs. I am very aware of the escalating numbers of shelter animals and pets that need rescuing. As such, I am always excited for a chance to touch the lives of these animals and to provide the training for them to be stable, confident, and well-loved pets."
Professional Dog Trainer, Behavior Counselor
First and foremost Aimee considers herself an instructor, which means that her goal is to teach you how to be successful with your dog. She has spent many years working at perfecting her craft with her own dogs by competing in obedience, agility, conformation, and hunt tests. Aimee has titled dogs in all of these areas and enjoys the challenge of competition. Aimee also serves on the national board for American Brittany Rescue and is the 2nd Vice President for the LaSalle Brittany Club.
Aimee has attended Jack and Wendy Volhard's Top Dog Training Camp and Instructor's School, which caters to both novice handlers and instructors. She also moderates the Volhard Training list on yahoo groups and helps answer behavior questions from all around the world. Aimee attends both local and national seminars to keep abreast of behavioral and training methods. She has also worked with Stuart and Pati Mah in Florida to hone her agility skills and bring back new ideas to her students.
"I love my job! Every day I get to help people improve their relationship with their dog. I'm a student of both human nature and dog behavior. Most important to me is the relationship between me and the dog I'm working. My primary breed is Brittany, a sporting breed, that is both intelligent and independent. I have a 7.5-year-old male, Murphy, a 2.5-year-old female, Cassidy, and my rescue Sheltie, 6-year-old Maddie.