Dog Den is made up of sibling dog trainers, Alex and Alexa, and their friend Alana. Their training passion was sparked by their dogs, Lulu a husky, Cali a Pitbull, and Kenzie a Rottweiler. After trying different styles, they all recognize that balanced training is the most effective and beneficial training method for dogs and their owners. Because of training they enjoys taking their dogs on field trips (dog friendly stores, events, parks, hiking, vacations, etc.) and having company without any worry of their dogs reacting or misbehaving.
In addition to their passion for dog training, the trio had a hard time finding a boarding facility they felt safe leaving their own dogs with, which led them to open Dog Den Chicago. Dog Den's central focus is to create a personalized home-away-from-home for you and your dog. To provide the highest level of care and compassion during your dogs stay in our facility, we accept a limited amount of dogs in our facility.
For her entire life, Alexa has owned dogs and volunteered with rescue organizations. She rescued her first dog on her own, a pit-bull mix named Cali. Cali was afraid of dogs and exhibited bad behaviors because of her fear, starting Alexa on her path of dog training. Training has given Cali more confidence, and Alexa and Cali’s bond is stronger. Recently, Alexa's pack has grown: Rictus, a German Shepherd/ American Bulldog mix and Koba, an Australian Shepherd joined the family. Alexa believes that training is vital to owning a dog because it fosters a deep relationship based on trust, fun, and love.
Meet Alexa's Dogs!
Alana's training experience began with her Rottweiler, Kenzie, who resource guarded bones and was aggressive toward family members. Through balanced training, her aggression issues were solved, and it was revealed that her misbehaving was because of anxiety and lack of confidence. Starting with Kenzie, the training spark was ignited. In August of 2017, Rajah, a Belgian Tervuren, came home and changed Alana's life. They have entered the conformation ring together and hope to become champions just like his parents. Balanced training has made Rajah a happy, motivated working partner who loves training and playing.
Meet Alana's Dogs!
Similar to Alexa, Alex grew up with many animals and there developed his passion for working with animals. Alex began training because of Lulu, his Siberian Husky had terrible manners, frequently escaped, and was destructive.. In his old age, Lulu is enjoying his retirement from intense training. Nami, a Belgian Malinois is Alex’s working dog. Nami was severely under socialized when Alex acquired him. Training has made Nami sociable and happy. Over the summer of 2017, Dwight, a Brussels Griffon joined Alex's pack. Although he is tiny, Dwight is as free and reliable as Alex's bigger dogs because of balanced training.