I worked with Christine to train my dog, a chihuahua/terrier mix, and my in-law’s dog, a very large golden retriever.  Both dogs are young and had already developed some bad habits of jumping up and barking, to name a few!  Christine taught me how to work with the dogs so that I was able to address these bad behaviors and any others that may come up.  We are still practicing to learn new things, but so far the dogs can be quiet in their crates (even when someone comes to the door), they can walk nicely on a leash without pulling, they can sit and stay outdoors during walks and in the house when I’m doing chores.  Christine has always been very responsive to answer any questions that came up between visits.  I feel like I got an excellent value for what I paid, but more importantly, I got great results and feel like I can now be a better leader for my pups.  

Sarah Hamilton

 I found Christine on a Yelp search and 

I’m so glad that I did!


She has impacted my dogs life (and my life) in so many positive ways. It started with training but she has also become my go-to person for allergy info, diet recommendations and most questions I have about heath and behavior. When I can’t solve a problem, she always has a practical solution on how I work with my dog to change/ improve the behavior.

Using Christine’s approach, I always get results.
I would highly recommend Christine! For us, she is much more than a trainer.  She is a guru of all things pup and we will always seek her help! 

Amy Roth

 

 We had just gotten a new puppy this summer, when, by chance, we encounter a dog at a nursing home facility, who was amazingly well trained.  I talked to the owner of that dog and she gave me the name of “Dogs4Life” in North Aurora.  After our puppy had finished all of her shots, I contacted Christine (at Dogs4Life) and we made arrangements for “Abby” to attend the 12 day Puppy Boot Camp/Board and Train.  Abby had a few behavior issues that we needed to deal with and we weren’t having much success.  As she was getting bigger, she was jumping up and pulling things off the counter.  She was also pulling and tugging at clothes and she was still ‘play biting’ my hands and she was going on 6 months and has real teeth.  Christine is a miracle worker.  In 12 days, we picked up a different puppy.  Walking her on a leash is now is a joy; no more pulling or tugging or getting us both tangled up in the leash.  I, seriously, have to check the leash to make sure she is still there (lol).  She sits, she stays and goes to her “pillow” on command and stays there until dismissed.  No more biting hands or pulling clothes.  Christine is also gave us new and valuable insight into Abby’s personality.  I also had spoken with other dog trainers around our area before we found “Dogs4Life and before even had the puppy, and some of them were cost prohibitive.  Christine’s services are very reasonably priced and she is very knowledgeable about canine nutrition and canine behaviors.  This was a wonderful experience for us and for our Abby!

Jackie  Kayser

We found Dogs 4 Life when I , kind of on a whim , decided I needed a  puppy . It had been some time since I had a puppy and decided to search  for someone to get us off on the right foot.  I found Christine through  word of mouth.  I wanted someone who would help me not just train my dog  but to understand him. I read her website info and felt she would be a  good match and I was absolutely correct.  I believe a good trainer in  any aspect is one that works with you and your own specific situation,  one that uses methods that make sense and that are kind and one that  educates you as to how and why things are being done.  We did Puppy  Bootcamp with her. This is not your typical kind of training that you  find in the ‘big box pet stores’ but one that is personal, in your own  home (or hers if that is what you need) and directed at the whole  family.  What I found most beneficial is her teaching and explaining  foundations – and even a year later when my goofball has a new issue I  can go back to those foundations and work from them – She doesn’t come  with the I’m going to fix this or make your dog do this – she comes in  with – we are going to work together to understand how to get  to where  you want to by learning and understanding the steps and helping your dog  understand what you want and are asking of them. I can’t say enough  about her approach and professionalism. I have since taken my dog , now  just a little over a year old to some tricks classes and the instructor  there was quite impressed with the fact that we had a trainer that  actually taught from a foundation aspect.  I know that I would not  hesitate to call Dogs 4 Life/Christine should I have any issues or  further training needs and have done so to help through an adolescence  phase our dog went through.  The most important thing is that I have  been educated and when I am faced with a challenge with our dog I can go  back to that all important foundation work and education we were given.  No matter what issues your dog might have , New Puppy to Adult – I am  confident that you will find the support you need from Dogs 4 Life as  Christine will put together a program that fits your goals and needs. 

Nicole 

Dogs 4 Life is highly recommended!! Christine has come to my home a few times over the years to help me with a anxious and semi aggressive dog. She is very calm and caring. She really gets to know you and your dogs to help develop the correct training program they need. I currently have my little guy doing the board and train. I get daily updates and pics of how great he is doing.i love that she treats the Whole dog and has a holistic approach. I have been reading great posts and information on her website too. Her natural products she provides and utilizes really complement the training.

Laurie Morgan

Update 5/20/17
Stanley came home from the board and train a more confident and well behaved dog. I can take him out to stores with me or on a walk and he will walk right beside me. I am very happy with the training!!

I can’t recommend Dogs 4 Life highly enough. Christine’s training was a gift to my dogs. I found two feral dogs who were not socialized. Her help made it possible for me to keep the dogs. I’m so grateful for her compassion and patience. I bought a training package that gave us the flexibility to work around my schedule. I’d leave a 6 star review if they’d let me.

Tina Krumdick

Christine helped us tremendously through the years with our adopted pup Daisy. We started with the in home training program that gave us valuable skills and made a huge difference in Daisy’s behavior. Working with Christine also helped us strengthen the bond we had with Daisy as well as brought us closer as a family. Christine was always available to continue to help us learn tools to instill positive behaviors in our pup. We wholeheartedly recommend Christine.

Alina Ana

Roxanne and I are former students. We’ve moved to a new home where there are a LOT of dogs walking. Yesterday we went on our first walk in the neighborhood. Anxious because, admittedly, we haven’t been religious about all of the rules. I’m so excited to report… not only were we NOT the worst behaved walkers, we may have been the BEST. Thanks for giving us the skills we need to be Model Citizens 😁❤️

Collins House

This review is way over due but Christine was amazing with Karma! Before Karma went to training she was a almost 2 year old untrained (and it showed) Rottweiler, wild, rude and on the obnoxious side. She’s been home now since June 4th and is wonderful! I can now take her places that I was never able to before like Home Depot, pet supply plus, petsmart and I even brought her to a restaurant where they allow dogs on the patio. So many people complimented on her behavior. Some of my friends and family are convinced she switched dogs on us lol. She sent me regular updates and videos of her progress which was awesome. even after day 3 i was amazed! I will never own a dog again that I wont send to Christine. it was well worth it!

Kristin Botkin