​​Susan Ward, CPDT-KSA

Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge & Skills Assessed

SMALL CLASS SIZE

We limit our classes to ten dogs.  Susan and Rob teach as a team, making sure everyone receives the individual attention needed to achieve their best.

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     SHEDD AQUARIUM - 2015

     Chicago, Illinois

     Laura Monaco Torelli Mentorship - 2020-2021

     Chicago, Illinois

  • Certified Professional Dog Trainer

           Knowledge & Skills Assessed


  • Bachelor of Science - Education


  • Association of Professional Dog Trainers

          APDT Professional Member #71158


  • AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator

Time to train some wolves!  "Under the Hood" by Ken McCort with demonstrations, lectures, and interactions with the canids of Wolf Park. The emphasis is the new research on neuro-biology and how it affects training.

Susan is committed to staying current on the latest research on animal learning and training.  One of the ways she does this is by regularly attending seminars and conferences to learn from the best!  These are some of the highlights, among a long list of awesome learning opportunities.

Susan was selected to join 19 other animal trainers from around the world to train marine mammals at the Shedd Aquarium. Mentoring under Ken Ramirez, internationally renowned dog and marine mammal trainer, was a "bucket list" kind of experience.    

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Susan Ward,  CPDT-KSA

"Local Dog Trainer Shares Her Expertise"

WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT

This has been an exciting year long mentorship with the amazing Laura Monaco Torelli.  Our focus is on using low-stress techniques to train dogs to be voluntary partners during grooming, handling, and veterinary care.

TRAINING FOR REAL LIFE

We specialize in training companion dog owners.  You will learn in small, easy steps so you can train your dog to be well mannered in the context of your everyday life.

EXPERIENCED

PROFESSIONAL TRAINING

Susan started pupDOGS Training in 2009 after 20 years of educating children.  She combined her passion for training animals with her knowledge of human learning.  Although her title is Dog Trainer, it is her ability to educate the species at both ends of the leash that sets her apart from the competition.

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Continuing Education

"Carly, a Bull Mastiff, is a happy camper after her training with Susan Ward, owner of pupDOGS."

     Wolf Park - 2019

     Battleground, Indiana

Rob Ward, Training Assistant