Private in-home training 

for a happier home, 

stress-free walks, 

and family fun any place 

you go with your dog.

Positive reinforcement 

training to address behaviors 

like reactivity, over arousal, 


profound shy/fearfulness, 

dog-to-dog introductions, 

separation anxiety, and more!

We are POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT dog trainers with decades of experience, certified by the Karen Pryor Academy and the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers - let us help you and your darn good dog have a wonderful future together! We offer a few different formats and specialize in dogs with more challenging issues.


Lets work together to prevent or solve problems, teach good manners, build a foundation, and create a better life for you and your darn good dog.


Busy Chicago dog parents, Day Training is for you! Ideal for puppies. Let us teach your dog some darn good obedience so you can relax.

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Over arousal, reactivity, separation anxiety, resource guarding, fearfulness can leave you feeling heartbroken. With a customized approach, let us help take away all that stress.

Joan Marie Dauber and Joan Harris - the trainers behind DGDC

Joan Marie: I love showing clients their dog's potential and teaching them how to help their dog learn better behaviors. It's always rewarding whether there is a breakthrough in a difficult behavior or when a puppy achieves a new goal.

Joan H.: My goal in training involves showing compassion for both the dog and the dog's guardian. I'm thrilled when I can make a difference in their lives, whether through simple life skills or solving a behavior issue.

Have you adopted a dog from a rescue or shelter?

Transitioning your dog from a shelter to a home can be stressful, so much to do! You want to prevent or solve problems, teach good manners and of course get to know each other and build trust. Where do you even begin? We will help smooth out the challenges and start your new lives on the right paw. 

Are you struggling with issues like Separation Anxiety, Leash Reactivity, Resource Guarding, or Jumpy/Mouthy Behavior? You've come to the right place - we have decades of experience helping pet parents like you have a better life with their darn good dogs.

We now offer 

Darn Good Dogs Chicago T Shirts and Doggie Bandanas! 

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Were you referred to us by your veterinarian? 

Would you like to share your experience training with DGDC?

Download the template/sample letter we've provided to provide your vet valuable feedback about your positive reinforcement training journey with us.

Testimonial Request DGDC Letter.docx

"Four thumbs up!"

"Joan Marie is amazing at diagnosing what your dog needs and then how to get there. Her use of positive reinforcement and making the training fun for your pet is worth four thumbs up!" - Paul A.

"Results have been tremendous!"

"The results with Joan (Harris) have been tremendous! We now have a TRUE PARTNER with working with our sweet rescue girl. "- Laurie G.

SERVING Noble Square, Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town, Ukrainian Village, River West, Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Lincoln Park, Streeterville, North Center, and Lakeview.

NOW SERVING Oak Park and more Chicago neighborhoods PLUS Zoom sessions for SEPARATION ANXIETY work.

Darn Good Dogs Chicago, Inc. practices respect and acceptance of all individuals.

As trainers and Chicago business owners, we pledge to treat all people with respect and dignity regardless of the color of their skin, age, faith, gender identity, or socioeconomic status. We will not tolerate discrimination in our professional or personal lives. We are here to support the community we live and work in with open hearts and minds.