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Abby Means
Abby Means
19:29 14 Aug 17
We love downtown dogs and recommend it to everyone who is considering taking their dog to training! We were a little hesitant to send our beloved pups away for several weeks but we knew we couldn't give them the full time training that they needed and it ended up being the best decision. Our two chihuahuas (7 year old and 2 year old) became so much happier and enjoyable after staying at downtown dogs. Prior to their stay they were not crate trained, were scared of everyone and everything, and didn't listen to us on walks or when we would have visitors. Ari and Aliya changed all this; the training has made our walks and visits from family and friends much more calm and enjoyable for everyone. Our only regret is that we didn't take them to training earlier! If training has ever been a thought I would urge you to do it; you will not regret it!
Justine Sydello
Justine Sydello
21:45 31 Dec 17
We had a great experience with downtown dogs! Signed our pup up for the three-week class. At first three weeks seemed like a long time, but it was definitely worth it! Ari and Aliya are great trainers who really care about the dogs and take the time to understand and answer your questions. We just went out of town recently and felt very comfortable boarding our dog with them! We look forward to our continued relationship with this business via group classes and future boarding. Thanks, Downtown Dogs!
Seth Gordon
Seth Gordon
14:04 31 Mar 19
Moving from a house in St. Louis to a high-rise in the West Loop wasn't an easy transition for my Basset Hound, Bo. After a few noise complaints within 2 days, I was beginning to mirror my pup's level of anxiety.Lucky for me, Ari and Downtown Dogs Chicago came highly recommended! Ari was a breath of fresh air and I immediately felt at ease and reassured as soon as we spoke on the phone. We scheduled a time to meet and once doing so,= it was immediately clear that Ari was put on Earth to work with dogs! His own dogs obey him on command - and so did mine (albeit stubbornly!).Ari did a wonderful job working with Bo and I can not express my full gratitude for what he's done to help Bo and me out. Truly blessed to have had Ari's expertise when I needed it!
Julia Napolitano
Julia Napolitano
15:09 08 Mar 20
I could not recommend downtown dogs enough. We sent our boy Hugo there for a 3 week training course, and he came back a different dog! Previously, he wouldn't walk down the block without stopping, and now he is heel trained like an angel. We use them for our boarding services as well, and they are very trustworthy and good boarders! Ari and Aliyah rock Hugo's socks. 10/10
Brittany Young
Brittany Young
19:12 26 Feb 17
My dog Bella did the 3 week board and train, and Ari & Aliya did a 180 with her in just this short amount of time. When she started, she was scared of everything, reactive to anyone or any dog walking by and did not listen to me at all. We moved from Arizona with a yard to the city with no yard and people dogs/all around, so a lot of change. The day I took her home, my life became easier. She listens, heels, doesn't react to distractions, etc. Would highly recommend this program...wish I had done it for Bella years ago! You will not be disappointed. Your pup will be well cared for and return a better version of themselves! Just make sure to be consistent with the training once your pup comes home (I have learned this is as much a training for me as it is my dog - I now know I knew nothing about dog handling)!
lafayette parker
lafayette parker
04:22 31 Dec 19
Wonderful Customer Service And Great Food
Giuliana Zaccardelli
Giuliana Zaccardelli
23:02 14 Feb 18
Ari is a fantastic dog trainer! I did the 3 week board-and-train for my 1 year old German Shepherd and he came back so well-behaved! Ari also spent time walking me through the psychology of how to train a dog so I understood how to get the best results and how to keep up with the skills at home. He's always available when I have questions and to take my dog for boarding when I go out of town.
Elizabeth Ditton
Elizabeth Ditton
02:13 24 Jul 18
Ari was amazing with my dog, Mathis. Mathis had some leash issues, as well as dog reactivity issues. We signed him up for the 3 week board and train, and he came back a completely changed dog. We now have control when we go on a walk and he sees a dog - he even was able to run around with a dog on vacation! Ari was a total godsend, and I highly recommend Downtown Dogs Chicago. The facilities are clean, training is laid out for you, and Ari makes sure you walk home knowing how to continue working with your dog. He even gives personal and group lessons, included in the board and train. I left feeling confident I could continue to work with Mathis, and Ari even gave his number so I can still text or call if I need help! 10/10 stars - highly recommend!
Benjamin Allanson
Benjamin Allanson
17:52 19 Sep 18
Excellent trainer! Highly recommend. I've known Ari as a trainer for many years. Such a great person to work with.
Reily Kemmerling
Reily Kemmerling
23:30 13 Oct 20
Ari & Aliya were wonderful to work with. They took great care of my difficult dog and I would recommend their services to anyone. Downtown Dogs is dedicated, trustworthy, and truly cares about their clients.
elizabeth brooks
elizabeth brooks
18:02 03 Jul 19
Could not be more pleased with our decision to bring our 18 mo. old Australian Labradoodle, Zuzu, to Downtown Dogs for a refresher on her manners and recall. She learned more in those 3 weeks than in the 17 months at home!Thank you to Ari and Aliya for their patience with my husband and me.Zuzu picked up commands quickly. Us, not so much ;-)We'll continue to use Downtown Dogs for boarding - to keep her training consistent- can't have too much of a good thing!
Trista Dahleen
Trista Dahleen
00:52 12 Apr 18
Absolutely loved that we chose Downtown Dogs Chicago to send our dog there. Ari is an amazing trainer and loves all dogs. We sent our 9 month old jack russel terrier Wrigley to ‘boot camp’ and quite the transformation. We were shocked on how well he behaves now. If you are looking to train your dog look no further Ari and Aliya are the best. Highly recommend.
C.J. Holler
C.J. Holler
15:55 06 Jun 17
Fantastic. We did the 3 week board and train for our dog Riley and have greatly benefited from the training. We also love to board Riley there when we travel. Ari and Aliya care for our dog, and were even available the morning of a family emergency to take our pup for a night. This team is awesome!
Ashton Lowder
Ashton Lowder
01:08 21 Jul 17
Coby is my golden retriever and border collie mix who is too smart and goofy for his own good. Previously, I had tried petco training once a week for 8 weeks with no improvement what so ever at the end of the two month period. Our vet kept telling me that it was an energy problem since he is a working breed and needs to constantly be working in order to behave. I tried teaching him herding, agility, fly ball, running him, day care, etc to keep him occupied and work out his energy, but still, nothing worked. Finally, I brought him in for the board and train program as he wouldn't listen to me, he mouthed (puts hands in his mouth), would get way too excited anytime someone would enter a room or encounter us on a walk, and he would never calm down at home. He was jumping on, whimpering at, and mouthing everyone that we came in contact with along with constantly seeking attention at home. Ari and Aliya reframed Coby's foundation of training and gave him a more solid base to move forward with. On top of how much progress they made with Coby, they gave me the tools and education to continue training him at home. Ari and Aliya both make themselves available to me at all times for any training/Coby questions, this allows me to address his rambunctiousness the correct way immediately instead of having to wait to learn how to fix the problem at training sessions. I have also boarded Coby here and it was amazing. Coby is still a goof and has his shining personality, but now he listens, behaves, and has self control. Let me tell you, it makes a world of a difference. Thank you so much Ari and Aliya.
Danielle Klene
Danielle Klene
23:49 27 Sep 20
Can’t say enough positive about Downtown Dogs. We, like many others, took home a puppy at the beginning of quarantine. We had some loose training before then but lockdown made obedience training hard, and we weren’t sure how to make learning stick in the right way...enter Downtown Dogs. Our pup was able to get the focused training she would’ve gotten over a longer period of training classes if they were open. She listens during distractions, can hold in place without breaking...but most importantly I feel like we have the tools to better communicate and hold her accountable. She has never been happier or calmer—she loves keeping up with her training at home and at group classes, and even loved seeing the staff at a recent boarding. Thanks to Ari + Aliya and the full staff!!
Erez Arbel
Erez Arbel
04:26 27 Dec 17
Highly recommended!We had a few challenges with our dog and after we met Ari and understood the process, the tools and the attitude we felt confident to leave our dog for 3 weeks of training and boarding.The results went beyond our expectations- we got back a well behaved and happy dog.No doubt about Ari and Aliya’s love for dogs and thier knowledge on how to train in a great environment and positive attitude.
Mark Harwood
Mark Harwood
11:56 04 Apr 15
Ari is an awesome dog trainer and a great guy. Chicago is lucky to have him.
Alex LaRoia
Alex LaRoia
17:10 13 Feb 19
Our 1-year old mini poodle, Sonny, was displaying lots of anxiety, and fear-based aggression before we took him into see Ari and Aliya. He would shake and cry every time we put him in his crate, and would hide under the bed when he sensed we were about to leave, and would try and bite us when we would attempt to take him out. He also thought he was top-dog in the house, and didn't listen or would selectively listen I should say. We did the 3 week (turned into a 4 week) board and train with Downtown Dogs, and we could not be happier with the results! Our dog came back the best version of himself...He doesn't display any fear-based aggression, goes into his crate with ease, listens to our commands, and just overall is a much more pleasant and confident dog. We were really at our wits end, and we felt that this through this program we received the tools to actually train Sonny effectively. Ari and Aliya are great people to work with, and we would recommend Downtown Dogs to everyone with a pooch!
Jess Kasper
Jess Kasper
01:33 21 Oct 17
Ari and Aliya at downtown dogs have been a saving grace for my puppy Jay and I. I came to them as recommended by a friend very frustrated and feeling hopeless about what to do with my dog. He suffered from pretty severe separation anxiety and was upsetting my neighbors as he barked constantly in his crate when left alone among other things including being afraid of people. Ari accepted a meeting with Jay and I on very short notice and told me exactly what to expect. He ended up doing a board and train with Jay that lasted 4 weeks (no extra charge for the extended time) and I got my puppy back, happier, less nervous and most importantly with no separation issues. From taking my dog to the vet when I was on vacation to stopping by to check on him, downtown dogs really goes above and beyond and I would highly recommend them to anyone!
Laura Wickstrom
Laura Wickstrom
19:00 05 Sep 17
We have a 2 year old cattle dog/collie mix who we needed serious help with training. We met with a couple other trainers, but Ari was by far the best fit for us and our dog. He is incredibly knowledgeable about dog behaviors and training dogs, and he recommended the 3 week board and train program for Leo. He kept us updated throughout the training with photos, videos and phone calls and we were amazed with Leo's progression and improvements! Ari is extremely hands on and truly cares about our dog and he wants us to be happy with the training, and we definitely are!! Ari likes to stay updated on Leo's progress even after he finished the program, which shows how much he cares. He will go the extra mile to help us with training Leo and answering any questions we may have, and we couldn't be more appreciative. We are so happy we found Ari! I'd recommend him to anyone!
Charissa Laisy
Charissa Laisy
22:34 29 Oct 18
I recently adopted a dog from Chicago Animal Care and Control and a few weeks in, she started exhibiting behaviors I didn't expect -- dog reactivity that sometimes turned into aggression, growling at noises at the back door, etc. We did the 3-week board-and-train with amazing results. It's as much about training your dog as it is about training you in handling skills, how to set clear boundaries, and how to use training tools to have a conversation with your dog. Aliya has been extremely supportive throughout the process, and I couldn't recommend these folks more.
Jennifer Kolmos
Jennifer Kolmos
14:28 01 Mar 21
I’d give Downtown Dogs 10 stars if I could. My French bulldog Mona is a ball of energy, and I was having trouble training her on my own. I had tried classes with some other trainers, but after one suggested medication to calm her down even though her excitability was pretty normal for her breed, I knew I had to find a new trainer. I had a consultation with Ari and felt really comfortable leaving Mona in their hands.We did the 3 week board and train. I got updates every week on her progress, and at the end Aliya gave me a great lesson so I could implement the tools they gave Mona.My favorite part of the whole process? Aliya and Ari are SO responsive even after you take your pup home. I swear I’ve had a million questions, and they have been so helpful and quick with their responses, and Mona has just gotten better and better since being home. The follow up lessons with the rest of the staff have been very helpful as well. Everyone is so knowledgeable and helpful. Great experience!
Aaron Sanandres
Aaron Sanandres
04:11 08 Oct 19
I'll start out by saying I am a huge fan of Ari, Aliya, and Downtown Dogs Chicago (DDC) and would strongly recommend. A bit of background on what brought us to DDC: Our dog had previously completed a 4 week intensive care at another training school but still had significant challenges with recall, heal, and no jumping. A friend of ours suggested DDC and so after our in person consultation, we enrolled our pooch in the 3 week board and train - which worked out great because the training would coincide with our vacation. Ari assured us our pooch, Oli, would master the basic commands (recall, heal, sit/down maintain) by the time we picked her up. Now, Ari was very confident in setting our expectations. He didn't say, "Oli should have these skills down by the end" or "the level of mastery depends on the dog"...still, given our prior experience with our now 12 month old Oli, I couldn't help but be skeptical. I was blown away by the results! Everything exactly as he'd promised. Her recall was so solid I could take her off leash at the park and throw a ball - and she'd come back every time! But the biggest win was that he became a fully functioning member of the family and took an enormous amount of stress off of me and my wife. We will continue to look for opportunities to keep up with Oli's continuing education at DDC.And our dog LOVED the training. How do I know? Because when we took her back for an overnight board, she went absolutely wild with excitement upon seeing Aliya again (Aliya was Oli's main trainer during her stay). That's another plus: because DDC only boards dogs that have trained there, Ari will always take the dog for boarding - even if last minute.Also, one quick, and final, side story: a few days before Oli was due to start her training she came down with Giardia. As a result, we had to board her at our vets until she got a clean bill of health. When she got her clean bill of health, Ari offered to pick her up himself so we didn't have to stress about finding a pet transport to take her from point A to point B. I was very grateful because this was something I certainly didn't expect him to do.Again, for anyone looking for some serious dog training with some serious results, DDC is the place to go...no question!
Lauren Beattie
Lauren Beattie
11:58 13 Oct 19
Ari and the entire downtown dogs staff are absolutely amazing. We sent our 10 month old labradoodle for the 3 week board and train and he came back the most well behaved dog I have ever owned. We have 2 small children and lots of people in and out of our house and our main concern was him jumping, nipping and barking. All of those concerns were addressed through positive reinforcement. We had an extensive take home lesson and I felt confident to continue the training that had taken place. The staff was also very responsive to all questions I had after we got home. I would send any dog here without hesitation.
David Solski
David Solski
16:08 08 Jul 19
Top Notch Training!We could not be more happy with the progression that our German Shepherd has made while training with Aliya and Ari. We started with the 2 week board and train almost 2 years ago and have since continued to train our dog at the Downtown Dogs Chicago Facility. The staff is beyond helpful with meeting your expectations for dog training, not only do they assist in training your dog they also train the owners on how to properly communicate with the dog which helps them to become better handlers.The facility is top notch as well, we board our dog here multiple times through out the year, Ari and Aliya are the ONLY people that we TRUST to properly take care of our pup,We can not say enough about Downtown Dogs Chicago, they go above and beyond to ensure that you and your dog get the most out of every training session. Thank you Downtown Dogs Chicago!!!
Stephen Mehlis
Stephen Mehlis
16:50 21 Feb 18
Ari and Aliya have made dog ownership a dream! As a puppy, Lewie was a load of fun, but very difficult to control on walks. As he grew(now 100 lbs) we were concerned with his behavior around other dogs, kids(ours and others), strangers, scooters etc. He constantly jumped and really didn't know his own strength. After a few weeks at Downtown Dogs, it is a completely different story! He is still playful, but we are easily able to tell him when it is time to settle down. The doorbell is a non-issue too as he just goes to his bed and sits until we tell him he is allowed to leave. Amazing.
Eve Cohen
Eve Cohen
21:29 26 Jan 19
Our dog Apollo is a very handsome French bulldog with bad manners that had gotten progressively worse over the years. He was constantly jumping on our guests, pulling on the leash, lunging at strangers, lacking recall, being aggressive towards large dogs (Napoleon complex) and would not let anyone besides me and my fiancé touch him. We had tried everything from dog classes, a positive reinforcement dog trainer and YouTube videos.After tons of research, we found Downtown Dogs on google. We reached out and were instantly greeted with a helpful and hopeful response. Apollo would receive a 3 week intensive training that would teach him manners and even though he wouldn’t become less introverted, he would learn to respect people’s boundaries. Ari and Aliya had us come in to meet Apollo and give us some insight of what he would be expecting. They showed us some of their methods so we would thoroughly understand what Apollo would be going through.Over the course of the 3 weeks, we received weekly videos and check-ins about his progress. We were so impressed and if we had any questions, Downtown Dogs gave an immediate response.At the end of the 3 weeks, we had a two hour training session where we learned the techniques they used to ensure Apollo continued to progress and benefit from the training. In addition to the two-hour training, we also received two private sessions and two group training sessions.We really can’t thank Downtown Dogs enough. Apollo is so comfortable with the whole team and they are of the few he allows to pet him. You can instantly see how great they are as trainers and the results have continued to stay with him months later. He has a “climb bed” that he can stay in for hours at a time even if there are distractions around him. He heels expertly. He can stay in sit or down for a long time until he is “freed.” He ignores other dogs while walking down the street. As his owners, our stress levels have gone down significantly.Also, since Apollo has gone through their training, Downtown Dogs allows him to board there where he continues to have lessons and assist other dogs being boarded their while acting as a “distraction” so the other dogs can progress in their training. It is such a relief knowing Apollo has a place to stay where he is taken care of while we are out of town.
Allison Morris
Allison Morris
14:34 12 Nov 17
We had heard about Downtown Dogs through a friend and we decided to take our puppy in for the Board and Train program with Aliya. It turned out to be a great move! Our puppy didn't do anything too bad, but we were having trouble training her to heel on her leash, be calm during work calls (we both work from home a lot), and work through her stubbornness. Now, she can "climb" in her bed when we ask her to and will stay there until we release her, she will come over to us when we call her, even if she is playing with other dogs and walks great on a leash! What I really enjoyed about the program, is that we worked with Aliya prior to the Board and Train a few times to understand what our puppy would be learning, so we could give her (and us) a head start in the training process. After the Board and Train, we also go to do some follow up lessons with Aliya to make sure we knew how to continue enforcing the training. About a month later, our pup is still very well trained and continues to progress every day! We can now make the training more challenging to further enforce and develop what she already knows! We would highly recommend this training if you want a well rounded trained dog that will allow them great freedom as they get older. Thank you Downtown Dogs!
Amy Manning
Amy Manning
21:33 13 Mar 17
I can't say enough positive things about Ari and Downtown Dogs. I have 2 Doberman mix rescue dogs that really have never had any form of basic training. Aside from being extremely hyper one of them has had behavioral issues since I got her with other dogs and some people. After completing the Board & Train, all of the issues have been addressed and Ari and Aliya have helped to "train" me to be a better pet owner. We now attend the group classes to continue to make improvements and reinforce the training. Ari and Aliya are both patient and very nice to work with. I highly recommend Downtown Dogs!
Maria Paradis
Maria Paradis
02:13 25 Jul 19
Thank you Downtown Dogs, Ari, and team for the better life we now have with our dog! At the time when we came to Ari our dog was 4 and struggling with leash reactive issues. Walks were way more tiring then they should be, and no one wants to feel like they physically and emotionally cannot take their dog for a casual walk. We decided the 3 week Board and Train was best for us, and definitely were impressed with the efficiency, honesty, and care that Ari and the team strive for. After the 3 Week Board and Train, our “old dog” has learned SO many new tricks. He was immediately happier, calmer, and healthier. Almost a year later, and we continue to reflect on our great experience, and share it with literally anyone who will listen. Our dog looks forward to walks, playing off-leash at the park, and socializing appropriately in any setting. The facility is nice, clean, and 100% recommend!
Waine Singleton
Waine Singleton
20:46 01 Jun 17
Great facility. Super trainers that care about dogs first.
Jason Vargas
Jason Vargas
00:38 24 Oct 18
Amazing Dog Training - Ari and his team changed our dog's behavior for the best. Our family can now enjoy our 1 year-old German Shepherd and live with her on a daily basis. I cannot enough about Downtown Dogs.
Ashley Burbick
Ashley Burbick
18:11 01 Jun 21
Ari, Conner & Aliya are great. I’ve had my pup home for a few hours after a 3 week board and train program and already the difference is amazing. I would recommend them in a heartbeat as the whole process has been a great experience. Not only are they pros with training but the communication throughout the process was exceptional.
Ann Delaney
Ann Delaney
00:25 27 Aug 21
Here’s the thing, I haven’t technically even used their services yet but they rock. I have sent them annoying emails and asked so many questions and they get back to me every time and are so helpful. I haven’t even paid them a cent and they have given me amazing dog advice over the phone.Just thought that was pretty special and needed to be shared!**Adding on to this because we did end up sending our dog Lady to their board and train program. It was amazing. Worth every penny. We learned so much, Lady learned so much, and it is the best feeling to know we have people we can turn to if we need help in the future. Also Lady and I saw Aliya (one of her trainers) in the park and Lady was SO excited. She loves them 😭.
Nick George
Nick George
14:03 26 Jun 20
Can’t overstate how much this training helped
Thee Collector
Thee Collector
04:17 03 Aug 21
This was great place for a quick bite!
Kelly Amshoff
Kelly Amshoff
16:48 09 May 20
From the very first phone call, through our pups dog training and now using Downtown Dogs for boarding when out of town, this place is THE BEST! Extremely professional and accommodating. They send updates on your pup and treat them as their own. I can’t recommend this place more!
Carly Kuhn
Carly Kuhn
01:40 08 Oct 19
Ari and Aliyah are absolutely wonderful! What I love about them:- Very honest and upfront about their approach and facilities- Real results!- Super fair pricingOur two-year-old dog Bernadine (Bernie) is generally lovely, but dog-reactive and had a few incidents at the dog park. After said incidents and due to her strength, I realized that we really needed to get serious about training; we did a lot of research and decided to bring her to Downtown Dogs for their board-and-train program. I should mention: I am very protective of my dogs and wanted to know about *everything* before handing a member of my family over for three weeks.Ari and Aliyah were prompt in communication, offered direct answers (not sales-y at all... and I work in sales), and indulged all of my questions at the consultation... then my follow-up questions via email... and then my questions during a follow-up phone call. These interactions made me feel incredibly comfortable.When we dropped Bernie off, she was happy. When we picked her up, she was happy... and trained! Most importantly, Ari teaches you so that you can maintain your dog's behavior. Nearly eight months later, Bernie has retained much of the training she learned while under Downtown Dogs' care. We plan to bring Bernie back for refresher courses when we travel and know that she will enjoy her time and feel very successful afterward!To be completely honest (just as Ari, himself, is) for anyone considering -- I have an older dog that I would not have brought to Downtown Dogs. She is a rescue who is terribly sensitive to noise, new environments, and is not food motivated. As such, she would not have been well-suited for this training. That said, for 98% of dogs, Ari and Aliyah are your people. They are dog people. Your dog will feel confident and excited to work and you will love the results!
arber asanoski
arber asanoski
22:21 15 Jun 19
Let me start with what Ari and downtown dogs were getting with our dog....Adopted a rescue Malinois/German Shepard mix, little did I know how reactive she was to EVERYTHING and I mean full reactive lunge teeth out ready to fight! People, dogs, any other animal. Could not take her for a simple walk. Would also bite her leash any chance she got. Thought she was almost untrainable but then we brought her to Ari! The dog we got back after the board and train was was beyond night and day. Reactivity Close to none! Full understanding of heel and climb and other commands! Now you have to keep up with the training after but that’s a given everyone should already know that no dog will continue to listen if you don’t work with them regularly. This is where you want to get your training done!
Anil Celik
Anil Celik
20:32 13 Apr 18
Ari is a great trainer. After I rescued Bruce, I had a rough time at home. As a puppy, Bruce was very energetic and didn't have any manners at all. I decided to get him a proper training, and Downtown Dogs Chicago stood up on Yelp.After 3 weeks of training, I had an entirely different dog. Absolutely well mannered, playful, and happy.This training is essentially about the communication between you and your dog. Ari teaches your dog important cues and you use those cues to communicate with your dog.
Marcy List
Marcy List
23:28 09 Apr 17
I highly, highly recommend Downtown Dogs for their Board and Train Program. I left my then 6-month old puppy there for 3 weeks, and although he still is a mischievous little boy, he is SO much more manageable. It's me who needs more training :). From my perspective the most important thing is that Ari truly loves the dogs and they love him. He also sticks with you and has been extraordinarily patient will all of my questions and frustrations. He knows it's been a good week if he hasn't heard from me.
Rachel Bradley
Rachel Bradley
00:23 07 Nov 20
Definitely recommend downtown dogs! Our dog Howie is super high energy and they helped us to direct it meaningfully. We didn’t think it could happen but he came out of their board and train program a new dog. But it didn’t end there, Ari, Aliya and Breanna have welcomed us in for multiple private follow-up sessions to really transfer the training to us and make us feel fully confident/troubleshoot issues that continued.
Jenna Laszlo
Jenna Laszlo
13:47 23 May 17
I cannot say enough positive things about Aliya and Downtown Dogs, so, apologies, but this is going to be a long review. Read it anyway! We called at 8am on a Sunday, at our wits end with a brand new puppy who was determined to prove he could cry for 9 hours straight overnight, EVERY night. They told us to come on in (must have heard the desperation in our voices). We told them our only goal for the 2 week boarding program was to get him to stop crying at night. He was barely 2 months old, so our expectations were low. Instead, we found that Aliya (who took him home with her every single night) truly went above and beyond just night training.First of all, they "charge based on results, not days". So, although it is a "2 week" program, our dog actually stayed for 3 full weeks because he was still crying for a large portion of each night by day 15. No extra cost. I am still amazed thinking about Aliya's endless patience in listening to someone else's dog cry all night.Second, she didn't just get him crate trained and stop there, she worked with him on all the basic skills so that when he came home he was already doing quite well with heeling, sit, climb, and come.Third, she sent us regular progress updates with videos, photos, etc. and even let us stop by twice to see him. These updates were just nice in dealing with the emotional part of dropping your pup off at bootcamp. It's nice to see live footage and get a feel for what he's up to, and know he's taken care of.Fourth, pricing. They are very upfront about the cost. I spoke with Ari on the phone and he didn't try to avoid talking numbers before we came in, he just gave it to me straight and said happy to talk about why it's priced that way. That being said, it's an incredible deal for the value so I didn't need any further explanation.Finally, and probably best of all, this is not a one-time program where they charge you for services and send you on your way. They remain very invested in you and your dog. Not only did Aliya send us home with a detailed daily schedule and guidelines, she checked in with us regularly in the days that followed, fielding emails at all hours as we adjusted. She truly was a source of sanity for us, talking us through issues like his lack of appetite, diarrhea, crying, etc. Aliya takes the opportunity to be helpful at every possible turn - for example, when we came in a month later for a (free!) group puppy class, we mentioned off hand that we were nervous about trimming his nails and she just did it right there for us. We had had dogs before, but never a puppy, and she taught us so many things that are honestly quite hard to figure out on your own.We still have 1 private class left as part of our package and we will absolutely continue training after that. Even after our 1st class we saw what a difference it made in our dog - he is happy and engaged in training and really enjoys the mental exercise of learning new tricks. And we all have a much better understanding of how to keep a happy dynamic between dog and family. Sending him to Downtown Dogs was probably the best decision we will ever make as owners. Thank you Aliya & Ari!
Chad Torrence
Chad Torrence
01:16 26 May 21
Kind and focused staff. Professional environment, looking forward to our board and train. They come highly recommended.
McKenzie Parker
McKenzie Parker
04:45 15 Dec 19
After researching several training programs in Chicago, we took our dog to Downtown Dogs Chicago shortly after adopting him from a local shelter and have been incredibly pleased with the results.Jackson is better behaved than we ever could have hoped for and we highly recommend checking into training at Downtown Dog Chicago. Aliya and Ari have also been very helpful to work with and make the entire process smooth.
Dave Solski
Dave Solski
16:17 08 Jul 19
Top Notch Training!
We could not be more happy with the progression that our German Shepherd has made while training with Aliya and Ari. We started with the 2 week board and train almost 2 years ago and have since continued to train our dog at the Downtown Dogs Chicago Facility. The staff is beyond helpful with meeting your expectations for dog training, not only do they assist in training your dog they also train the owners on how to properly communicate with the dog which helps them to become better handlers.
The facility is top notch as well, we board our dog here multiple times through out the year, Ari and Aliya are the ONLY people that we TRUST to properly take care of our pup,
We can not say enough about Downtown Dogs Chicago, they go above and beyond to ensure that you and your dog get the most out of every training session. Thank you Downtown Dogs Chicago!!!
Shannon Sullivan
Shannon Sullivan
14:04 12 Oct 18
Downtown Dogs is quite honestly amazing! We trust them with our Labrador Teddy on a regular basis for boarding. They also assisted us with a three week training with Teddy and the results are nothing but a miracle 🙂 The difference in his level of obedience is night and day. It is well worth the time and money for this great team to train and work with your dog. We trust them with our furry family member and so should you!
Bryan anthony
Bryan anthony
21:38 13 Jun 18
Ari and Aliya are great. We did the 3 week board and training for our presa canario and let me just say, the results of their training is amazing. Ari does an awesome job at explaining how to continue working with your dog once you take him home. I even took my pup back to him for boarding over a weekend and I could tell my pup was very happy once we pulled up to the building. DEFINITELY WORTH EVERY PENNY.
LINDA PAOLELLA
LINDA PAOLELLA
13:29 15 Nov 18
Brought my one year old rescue dog in for training. She was out of control when adopted. After three week, we have a brand new dog. She obeys commands and is now a sheer pleasure to own. Thank you Ari and staff for giving us a respectful, confident and obedient dog.
Marta Wajngarten
Marta Wajngarten
18:54 05 Mar 15
Chicago is very lucky to have some one of Ari's abilities, experience, and dedication offering his training services to the public. I have met a lot of professional trainers and the level of his ability to read and understand dogs is exceptional which is the key to solving any training or behavioural issues.
Corey B
Corey B
14:43 19 Apr 17
Love this place. It's been 4 months since I've had my dog trained here and I couldn't be happier. Ari definitely knows what he's doing. I recently started boarding my dog Bella here as well because it's so convenient and they do such a good job. Would recommend to everyone.
Dave Mazurek
Dave Mazurek
09:07 26 Aug 19
I was referred to Downtown Dogs from a close personal friend who had an amazing experience, so my expectations were high, and Ari and Aliya still found a way to exceed them. They truly care about the customer experience with your best interest in mind and treat your dog like their own. They are as passionate about their craft as any expert in any field I've encountered. Their methods are science and research based, and found a way to train and tame my 12-yr old fox terrier who (prior to Downtown Dogs) barked at everything and was aggressive around my 1 and 2 year old kids. Downtown dogs also boards dogs they've trained as an addition service, which is a great training refresher for my dog too. Ari also went out of his way to train my dog to walk down the aisle for a wedding. I can't say enough good things about how talented they are and how much they care. I highly recommend them.
Miguel Mendez
Miguel Mendez
20:00 19 Sep 21
Simple. I came in today for an evaluation and left very optimistic about my dog Cooper. I was so impressed with their Knowledge. I am totally moving forward with it. If you are overwhelmed and feel lost about how to help you dog and yourself, don't hesitate about making an appointment. I did and I feel so much better about my dogs future. DON'T GIVE UP ON YOUR DOG. THERE ARE SOLUTIONS. I am so glad I found Downtown Dogs Chicago. PLEASE GIVE YOU DOG AND YOURSELF A CHANCE.
Nicole Notebaert Lacy
Nicole Notebaert Lacy
20:19 30 Dec 15
Ari is a miracle worker! I have a four year old, 95 pound German Shepherd and I couldn't take him anywhere because of dog aggression. I am typing this from a veterinarian office waiting room (other dogs and all).
Ivan Zalessov
Ivan Zalessov
14:42 07 Sep 17
Ari and Aliya are pros at what they do. We did board & train with our Golden Retriever and got a well-trained dog back. We were amazed at the results their marker training could do. Not only that, but you also get trained on how to communicate with your dog. Both at home and during our walks, we often get compliments on our dog's behavior and people simply couldn't believe that this training is possible because 99% don't do it. It's a great investment! Since then, we would always go back to them for advice and they are extremely responsive. Moreover, we also left our dog at their facility when we went on vacation because he was already familiar with both Ari and Aliya. Thanks to both of them - I highly recommend using their facility.
Ian Daniel McLaren
Ian Daniel McLaren
21:45 01 Jan 19
Can't say enough good things about Ari and Aliya! We sent our little guy for a 3 week board and train and the results have been awesome--I've even been able to start taking him to work with me! They've been extremely helpful even after the initial training--both with the included follow up lessons and also with any questions that come up as we keep working. We've gone back a few times for boarding as well and our pup is always so excited to see Ari and Aliya--he love is there!
Nina Gorski
Nina Gorski
20:15 01 Mar 17
there’s a reason downtown dogs has a 5-star rating: these guys know what they’re doing. we got our pup started early with some one-on-one classes. we wanted to get a jump start on training while she was still young. Aliya was able to give us a solid base to start reinforcing and training Riley at home on a daily basis. we were trained on how to use a prong collar, and soon Riley was walking like a real pro. at the end of our 6 classes, we signed up for a Board and Train. This introduced the e-collar, which we were so naive about. it is a great training tool, and just like anything else, it’s all about how you use it. These guys are the real-deal. I would (and often do) recommend them to anyone, whether seeking behavioral corrections or just basic training.
Martha Fickes
Martha Fickes
21:08 10 Aug 19
Fast service and food is great !!
Christine Kiray
Christine Kiray
19:53 13 Dec 20
We could not be happier with our decision to take our dog Shadow to Downtown Dogs.. it truly was life changing for our family. Our dog Shadow was dog and person aggressive to the point where he attacked two of our family dogs badly and we were going through the process of trying to re-home him so he could feel more comfortable being an only dog. He also would bark and try to attack every person that walked by on our walks.. it was extremely stressful both for us and for Shadow. After Shadow completed the board and train program at Downtown Dogs he truly was a new dog! He was so much more confident, less anxious, and now we can go on walks and he never has problems (both with regard to people and dogs). It honestly was shocking to see the difference. We cannot thank Downtown Dogs enough- we recommend it to all of our friends who have dogs that are struggling with dog/person aggression. We would refer anyone here! My partner and I always say how thankful we are that we spent the money to give Shadow a better life! THANK YOU!
Andre Warren
Andre Warren
17:17 24 Nov 18
Ari and his team have changed our lives. We have a 4yr old rescue shepherd/rottie mix w/ leash reactive issues. We did the 3 week board and train. The results were amazing! No more hiding around corners from other dogs or late night walks to avoid dogs. Thanks to downtown dogs, we can walk our dog with one hand and a coffee in the other with confidence. Not only did he train our dog, He also trained us to be better handlers; educating us every step of the way. They are very quick to reply to all email/phone inquires. The facility is very nice and big. They are truly passionate about all dogs. This is a trainer that advocates for the dogs safety, obedience and fun. We are very pleased with our experience with downtown dogs chicago and highly recommend.
Kailey Helgesen
Kailey Helgesen
15:07 17 May 21
We signed up our husky mix for the 3 week board & train program and the results have exceeded our expectations. Not only is her behavior more manageable, she seems genuinely happy and less anxious. We were having issues with her eating trash off of the ground, aggression towards certain dogs, and resource guarding balls at the park. Downtown Dogs gave us the foundation and tools to curb those behaviors in a safe manner. I was always a bit hesitant to use e-collars and prong collars, but they give you plenty of lessons to be able to confidently use those tools well after the program is over. Every staff member I've interacted with has been extremely kind, patient, and knowledgeable. I cannot recommend Downtown Dogs enough!
Emily Boehme
Emily Boehme
19:40 12 Feb 20
We are so incredibly thankful our friends told us about Ari, Aliya and Downtown Dogs. When we moved from Tennessee to Milwaukee, our rescue pittie mix started acting out and was not allowed back at our local daycares. We took him to Downtown Dogs for the 3 week training program, and we could not believe the transformation. He was always a great dog, but his obedience is outstanding (and so impressive to all of our visitors). We continue to make the trip to Chicago for follow up sessions and more training. We cannot recommend this team enough!!
Vanessa rogers
Vanessa rogers
20:04 31 Mar 18
Absolutely amazing and life changing! I have a year and a half year old rottweiler who would not listen and would attack mine and my boyfriends feet. It was like something would click in his brain and he would aggressively go after our feet while outside. Took him to Vets that wanted to put him on meds, because they said it was something possibly psychological. Took him to another board and train that I had to get him out early, because I was not happy with their training style. After I got him out early, he was timid and urinating in the house. Went months with him attacking our feet and not listening when we told him to come inside the house. Logan did not know what "no" meant. I've had so many dogs and never had issues, but this one was a stubborn one. Sent Logan to Ari at Downtown Dogs for the 3 week board and train and couldn't be more happier! Complete night and day difference. Logan has not attacked our feet, he listens, understands the meaning of "no" and has so much confidence. I highly recommend him. Just took him today to a group session and Logan was so excited to see Ari. He didn't train Logan with fear, and Logan actually has fun when he is told a command. He has made it enjoyable again to have a puppy. Best trainer in Chicago!
Brooke Hruskocy
Brooke Hruskocy
00:06 28 Oct 17
My dog, Dexter (4 year old Rottweiler-Pitbull mix), and I moved downtown Chicago last year. Out of no where he developed “leash aggression” where he was barking and lunging at other dogs (and sometimes children!). I signed him up for the three week board and train and never looked back. Dexter’s leash etiquette has never been better! This summer he even accompanied me to many out door bars and patios. I am forever grateful to Downtown Dogs and I trust them with Dexter forever!! I am a veterinarian in the suburbs and I highly recommend Aliya and Ari to everyone, and already have to all my fellow veterinarians!
Zeelomi Wadiwalla Hamirani
Zeelomi Wadiwalla Hamirani
01:06 13 Jul 18
Clean facility and results were amazing. Our dog is so well behaved now we are also planning to fly with him as it’s really rebuilt our confidence. Highly recommend going for an assessment and trying out. We tried numerous trainers before doing the board and train program here.
Q Hamirani
Q Hamirani
00:06 10 Jul 18
Ari changed our lives forever. We were very stressed as our doodle would bark continuously when he was alone. Our condo sent us formal notices and we had considered giving him up for adoption. We visited a few trainers and really liked Aris honesty during the assessment. He explained both the dog behaviors and how we as humans were facilitating his bad behavior by expressing frustration over discipline. Duffy is a new dog now. He is calmer when he is home alone and we are so relieved as we can now control him. One of the biggest advantages of going to Ari was his effectiveness in teaching us (humans) how to continue the training on an ongoing basis. We also had a life event during the boarding and he was very flexible with keeping Duffy for longer than planned. Duffy never slept in a crate even as a puppy and now loves it. We cannot thank them enough for changing our lives and making us love and connect with Duffy in an awesome way! We owe you!
Liz Noftle
Liz Noftle
04:41 10 Sep 18
We found our dog, Jimmy Carter, as a stray over two years ago. He is leash aggressive and we had tried everything to try to get him to stop aggressively barking at all dogs while on leash. We finally decided to bring him to Downtown Dogs and we’re so glad we did. While he still wants to bark at other dogs, we’re now able to control him on leash and it’s a much better quality of life for all of us. We were nervous he would come back a different dog but he was his same lovable self. We continue to board Jimmy at Downtown Dogs, they can do short notice and never turn us down. Plus, while he’s boarded he’s still with someone to continue the training which helps with any lapse. Thanks Aliya and Ari!
Paige Bowling
Paige Bowling
18:38 20 Jun 20
I can't stress enough how amazing this place and these people are! I just moved to the city from a rural town in KY, and my GSD Phoebe was very anxious and uncontrollable at first. I googled dog training and chose Downtown Dogs based on their excellent reviews. I wasn't disappointed! Everyone is very down to earth and you can see that they truly love dogs and are passionate about what they do. I left phoebe there for the 21-day training program and she is a completely different dog now. They addressed all of my concerns with her and city life is so much more comfortable for her and for me. When I dropped her off recently to be boarded for the night, she was so happy to see everyone and was completely comfortable and genuinely happy to be back. By seeing her interact with them, I can promise you that your dog will love Downtown Dogs and they will love him back. It was worth every penny!
Liane I
Liane I
19:17 16 Oct 17
i have been using Aliya and Ari at Downtown dogs Chicago for over a year now. when i first moved to Chicago, Shadow was 6 months old and needed training. as i travel a lot for work, they suggested a Baord and Train. Not only did shadow come back very well trained, but he was well looked after. Shadow goes to Downtown Dogs now for boarding, Daycare and walks, depending. They are extremely reliable, they love Shadow like he was their own dog, and he is always happy to see them, so i know he's in good hands. They are always open to giving me advise if im struggling with anything.they are honestly not only the most amazing people, but run a brilliant company and i would suggest Downtown Dogs Chicago anyday!
jenny mason
jenny mason
15:53 13 Aug 17
I'm not sure I can adequately put into words how much Aliya and Ari have changed our lives after we did a board and train. I called Aliya after we got our second dog who had extreme anxiety and dog aggression (she came as a recommendation from my vet which was huge). I was at the point where I'd tried EVERYTHING and was thinking that I might have to get rid of him. Aliya listened to me for a long time on the phone and literally hours at our meet and greet.Needless to say we had our new dog Lincoln and 7 year old chihuahua (who I have nightmares about when we have children because he has guarding issues) to Aliya and Ari. Lincoln was there for 5 weeks and Mokey (chihuahua) for 4 weeks. We received videos and updates a few times a week which was amazing and exciting to see their progress.When we picked up the boys Aliya spent 2 hours training me and my husband on how to train our dogs. I could just tell with the way our new dog held himself that something was different.Fast forward a few months and we are still so grateful. Our dog can walk by other dogs without freaking out, he is re crate trained, we have people over and have two well behaved calm dogs. Our chihuahua with guarding issues will successfully come out of his bed on command (where before he would literally bite you). Honestly the list goes on.I would recommend Aliya and Ari to anyone and everyone. They even do group classes on Sundays to keep the training up!They were literally a godsend and I am so thankful for their work (and talent!). Our next dog will be going to downtown dogs first thing!!
Xander Klein
Xander Klein
14:22 09 Aug 21
If you want to have a great relationship with your dog, it starts with great training, and this is the place you want to get that done. Staff is friendly, knowledgeable, and attentive.
Trista Lee
Trista Lee
00:41 12 Apr 18
Absolutely loved that we chose Downtown Dogs Chicago to send our dog there. Ari is an amazing trainer and loves all dogs. We sent our 9 month old jack russel terrier Wrigley to ‘boot camp’ and quite the transformation. We were shocked on how well he behaves now. If you are looking to train your dog look no further Ari and Aliya are the best. Highly recommend.
A Wilson
A Wilson
23:55 21 May 18
After rescuing my dog I realized how leash aggressive she truly was (barking and lunging at other dogs) and how she only understood the "sit" command. After many exhausting run-ins with other dogs in the neighborhood I began to search for reputable trainers in the Chicago area. I found Ari and Aliya who were highly recommended. At the initial consultation Ari recommended the three week board and train which made me hesitate but given my desperation I agreed. It was so worth it! Ari and Aliya checked in with me throughout my dog's stay (including pictures and video!) and I marveled at the progress that was made in such a short period of time. By the time I picked her up she was able to recall, heel, climb, and was able to walk by other dogs without becoming reactive! Ari then instructed me on how to properly handle my dog and just relax as I had become tense on walks due to her reactivity. Since my dog's stay we have participated in the group classes at Downtown Dogs where she has continued to thrive. More recently I boarded her as I was going out of town for several days. She strolled in and was excited to see Ari and Aliya again. I highly recommend Downtown Dogs Chicago for training.
Kara Greeley
Kara Greeley
20:26 30 Jul 18
Ari does a fantastic job at training PEOPLE and their dogs. His methods make sense and get results. Our Buddy learned some essential skills and we are still working on learning how to be consistent to keep him on track. We also really appreciate the option to have him board with Ari when we go away. Buddy was so excited to go back again!
Valeria Stambone
Valeria Stambone
20:21 14 Aug 20
It’s been almost a year since we sent our pup to the three week training. Marvin is a much happier and well behaved dog, he listens to us, doesn’t pull the leash and we are able to communicate with him better. Thanks so much Aliya for training our beloved Marvin.
Jennifer Jucovics
Jennifer Jucovics
20:45 04 Apr 19
Ari and his team really know their stuff! I get compliments all the time about how well trained my dog is. Ari is always willing to talk and answer questions.I highly recommend this business to anyone who wants a dog that listens.
Michael Madsen
Michael Madsen
22:49 05 Jan 19
My Dutch Shepherd Stevie (1.5yr female) was very challenging when I rescued her. She was extremely leash/dog reactive to the point where I was fearful to walk her in my neighborhood (especially being a large shepherd). I was so stressed that I considered bringing her back to the shelter, something I swore I would never do...After meeting with Ari, I decided to send Stevie to a 3-week board and train. It was worth every penny. Stevie still isn't perfect, as she was in pretty rough shape... but Ari basically hit the "reset" button and laid the foundation for a very well-trained dog.We can go on walks freely and are continuing training with group lessons at the Downtown Dogs facility. The training is expensive but life-changing. To me it's a ~10-year investment to provide my dog with the best life possible, which is why I got a dog in the first place.
Stefanie Newmark
Stefanie Newmark
22:24 03 Mar 18
Ari and Aliya at Downtown Dogs Chicago completely saved and changed both my life and my dog’s life. I got my Golden Retriever, Jackson, when he was 8 weeks old. From the minute I picked him up, he was quite a hand full. While growing up, I had two Golden Retriever adult dogs, but had never raised a puppy. I knew raising a puppy would not be easy, but I didn’t think it would be too difficult. I was wrong. Jackson is an extremely hyper and active little guy and while he loves training and learning new commands, I was not home enough to continuously train him. I also did not have experience training a dog, so I was unsure where to start. Over the next couple of months, Jackson became uncontrollable. He was jumping on everyone and everything, counter surfing, becoming mischievous, and worst of all was nipping and biting me constantly. I was at my wits end and knew I needed to get him more training from professionals. After doing much research, I met with Ari and Aliya. They immediately made me feel so comfortable and I knew they were the right people to help Jackson. I dropped off Jackson, who was 7 months old, with Aliya for the 3-week board and train. She sent me updates and videos throughout the entire 21 days. When I picked up Jackson, he was a new man. Aliya had me stay with her for two hours to go through all the training techniques/commands and how to use his e-collar and climb bed. I could not believe how much my dog had learned. I was in shock! From the moment I brought him home, his behavior has been completely different. While he is still mischievous, playful, and hyper, it is easier to control his behaviors. I am now actually having fun playing with him, as well as continuing the training. Instead of training being a painful task, it is now filled with fun and excitement. Not only has this training changed Jackson’s behavior, but also has created a stronger bond between us. He now wants to be with me all the time without putting his teeth on me. All of his negative, aggressive behaviors have disappeared and left me with a loveable, happy pup. I can go on and on about how amazing my dog is! Thank you so much Ari and Aliya for saving me!
Ariel Kutz
Ariel Kutz
17:50 19 Mar 21
The staff at Downtown Dogs Chicago truly changed both mine and my dog's life. My Chow Chow Isla had been anxious, nervous, and fearful all 5 years of her life. I had been told previously that there wasn't much help for fearful/anxious dogs. After doing some research I found Ari and Aliya. They quickly set up a consultation where Ari answered any and all of my questions and encouraged me that there was in fact hope for Isla. My biggest fear was her escaping off leash when I wasn't around, as she had when she was 12 weeks old, which was horrifying and caused me to get extremely uncomfortable leaving her with anyone besides family. I mentioned this more than once and everyone I spoke with assured me that my worst nightmare would not come true and that safety was their number one concern. So I signed Isla up and hoped for the best. I didn't expect to see as much progress as I did but I am so unbelievably grateful that they did not give up on her and helped her get to where she is now. She's still herself, but her anxiety is MUCH more manageable. I now have tools to help her move through fears and the positive response I get from her makes continuing training easy and a joy. If you're looking for a sign to get help for your dog THIS IS IT! I could not be happier with the service, experience and compassion from everyone at Downtown Dogs Chicago. 20/10 Would recommend!
Quinn Sharp
Quinn Sharp
02:12 17 Sep 19
I could not be happier with my experience with Ari and Aliya! They truly know their stuff, and really care and respect your dog. My dog was a reactive dog to both people and dogs before my experience with Downtown Dogs, and now I can walk past people and dogs without fear of lunging or jumping. Living downtown, this is such a necessity and I am so happy with the turnaround.I came in for their free consultation, and Ari answer all of my questions both honestly and knowledgeably. While I was sitting there talking with him, I knew this was the place for my pup and me.I did the training/boarding package which, though an investment, I could not recommend more. Along with the 2 week training/boarding, I was also able to get a bed, leashes, collars, and personal and group classes as part of the package. And as an added bonus, since they trained Grey, I can now use them for boarding when I go out of town. Knowing Grey likes both of them and that they trained him, it makes me have peace of mind while I am on the airplane/vacation.With their weekly videos/pictures and report cards, I felt like I was able to track how my dog was progressing. Additionally, my dog requires quite a bit of meds at specific times throughout the day and they assured me this would not be a problem.Ari and Aliya are honestly the best and truly helped bond me and my dog even deeper.If you are debating between them and somewhere else, please pick them.
laura jean gorski
laura jean gorski
19:34 27 Jul 18
We rescued the most beautiful dog in the land: Riley Pup. She’s our first dog, and naturally those puppy eyes really helped her get away without sitting or heeling on command. But then one hungover Saturday morning, she stole my pizza slice right off the counter. H to the ELL NO. That’s when we found Downtown Dogs, and they changed our minds and hearts about dog training for the way better.Simply stated, Ari and Aliya are THE BEST. Their methodology makes sense, which means they’re able to explain to dog owners how to continue to work with and train in a successful way. After some private sessions, we signed up for the 3-week board and train. I had been skeptical about the idea, but it’s the best thing I could have done for Riley. They have the time and expertise to train her, and then me.It’s been two years since then, and I have emailed or called with so many stupid questions. Aliya patiently listens and gives an answer that works. Ari – that handsome devil – has coordinated boarding Riley, even for last minute trips.I highly recommend these guys. There are very few people we choose to trust with our dog, and they’re at the top of that list.
Erika Snell
Erika Snell
17:37 23 Dec 20
What a wonderful experience! There is proof that an old(er) dog can learn new tricks. To be honest, I took my dog Moose 5 in to the bootcamp because I was going to be traveling and thought that maybe he’d learn a thing or two versus just being boarded somewhere. I can’t emphasize how much of an improvement I saw.Ari and Aliya are a fantastic duo. They are the perfect combo of structured and stern enough without being intimidating. My dog Moose had some confidence issues, fear, leash reactivity to other dogs and loads of energy I couldn’t seem to run out. I left with a perfectly trained dog—or darn close—that now has skills that are beyond helpful. The mental training I found tires him out the most! I especially love the long sit/stay on the dog bed and the “here” command for recall. I learned a lot and so did Moose. I would definitely take a new dog here in the future or use them again for a refresh (more for me than for the dog!).I say with confidence that they can handle any dog regardless of size, age or temperament. They also helped some friends of mine with their little tyrant! Aside from the training, the bed, leash and collar you leave with make it an even better value. Good people. Good decision. Go for it. You won’t regret anything other than not doing it sooner!
LitAri Tv
LitAri Tv
17:44 06 Nov 19
I attended a consultation with a few of peers and we were absolutely amazed with Ari's demonstrations. He basicay gave of a live presentation of what kind of positivw reinforcement he gives in training. He was super friendly an open to answer any and every question we had. I look forward to my little Joy attending there academy.
Nina Gorski
Nina Gorski
20:12 01 Mar 17
there’s a reason downtown dogs has a 5-star rating: these guys know what they’re doing. we got our pup started early with some one-on-one classes. we wanted to get a jump start on training while she was still young. Aliya was able to give us a solid base to start reinforcing and training Riley at home on a daily basis. we were trained on how to use a prong collar, and soon Riley was walking like a real pro. at the end of our 6 classes, we signed up for a Board and Train. This introduced the e-collar, which we were so naive about. it is a great training tool, and just like anything else, it’s all about how you use it. These guys are the real-deal. I would (and often do) recommend them to anyone, whether seeking behavioral corrections or just basic training.
Ivan Zalessov
Ivan Zalessov
14:44 07 Sep 17
Ari and Aliya are pros at what they do. We did board & train with our Golden Retriever and got a well-trained dog back. We were amazed at the results their marker training could do. Not only that, but you also get trained on how to communicate with your dog. Both at home and during our walks, we often get compliments on our dog's behavior and people simply couldn't believe that this training is possible because 99% don't do it. It's a great investment! Since then, we would always go back to them for advice and they are extremely responsive. Moreover, we also left our dog at their facility when we went on vacation because he was already familiar with both Ari and Aliya. Thanks to both of them - I highly recommend using their facility.
Fabrice Basnier
Fabrice Basnier
21:22 05 Mar 15
Very nice !!! Good location for training.
Ryan Adkins
Ryan Adkins
14:14 30 May 19
On behalf of my girlfriend, Meghan and I, I’d like to say that we deeply appreciate all of your time and love you’ve dedicated to Alfie. We could not be more satisfied with the progress he’s made. Before committing to Downtown Dogs Chicago, we were very apprehensive as we didn’t want to fork over a significant amount of money only to come away unimpressed. I feel very comfortable saying that we are extremely satisfied with the job you’ve done. We always knew Alfie was very smart but we quickly realized that we were overmatched and undereducated on what to do. Fast forward three weeks, now I have a pup who wants to listen, wants to be engaged, and wants to do well. This is just the beginning for us as we will rely on your team to continue to help us work with Alfie and help him reach new heights. We see him being a frequent visitor (for class and treats) and we look forward to continuing to become better handlers and puppy parents.We’re happy to say that we started out as customers and came away as friends. The next time we go out of town or need help, we know Alfie has a second home in the Second City!
Meghan Trimble
Meghan Trimble
12:14 06 Jul 19
Could not be more grateful for all of the love and attention Aliya and Ari have given our little gremlin! Alfie (our 1.5 yr old corgi) went to their 3 week boot camp to help with a LOT of issues we were having at home. Issues included: barking, biting, aggressive tendencies toward anyone while on walks with me, and general alpha male head of the household behavior. It's not like these problems were solved overnight and we're still working on them--but with the help of downtown dogs we've learned to communicate with Alfie in order to get control back in our household. Words cannot describe how happy we are with our experience here and we still continue to go to private and group classes so we can keep learning with our boy! Thank you downtown dogs!!
Ian McLaren
Ian McLaren
19:04 06 Jan 19
Can't say enough good things about Ari and Aliya! We sent our little guy for a 3 week board and train and the results have been awesome--I've even been able to start taking him to work with me! They've been extremely helpful even after the initial training--both with the included follow up lessons and also with any questions that come up as we keep working. We've gone back a few times for boarding as well and our pup is always so excited to see Ari and Aliya--he loves it there!
Ina the Giant Schnauzer
Ina the Giant Schnauzer
19:33 27 Mar 18
Ari and Aliya are competent, ethical dog trainers. They did a fantastic job with my 6-month-old giant schnauzer, who amongst other things, no longer walks ahead of me, but willingly, at my side. Their program focuses on communication and cooperation between owner and dog (not dominance) and their training techniques, which I use every day, are neither complicated nor burdensome. I dropped off an out of control, bratty puppy. Three weeks later, I brought home a happy, eager puppy, who wanted to listen and cooperate. Bottom-line: it was worth every penny, and I cannot thank Ari and Aliya enough!
Lauren Hruska
Lauren Hruska
00:11 02 Nov 18
Downtown Dogs has been a lifesaver! I sent my 4 year old terrier rescue, Oscar, there after my parents encouraged me to return him to the rescue. Since he was pulled from a kill shelter, I knew little about his history. I had him for about 4 months before I realized he had some issues with personal space and impulse control. By the time of my consult, he had already bitten 4 people. I am really attached so obviously I was anxious at first, but after seeing how happy Ari's dogs were, I felt okay leaving Oscar for the Board and Train. Since I've picked him up, Oscar has improved so much. He is not perfect and I still have to watch him closely in new situations, but I am able to set boundaries for him now, which is huge. If I correct him after he does something bad, he actually understands now. He is much better on a leash as well, which has been helpful (he used to lunge at dogs and garbage trucks). It's only been a few months since his Board and Train but I really feel that with consistency and reinforcement, he will continue to improve over time. If I have another dog in the future, I will definitely send them here for training!
Josh Weinstein
Josh Weinstein
14:15 02 Jun 21
Ari, Aliya, and the whole group at Downtown Dogs are amazing. My incredibly stubborn, 1.5 year old 120-lb Bloodhound came to them with little to no training and a propensity for resource guarding and reactivity, and he came home from the Board and Train program a completely different dog, in the best way. They gave me and my dog the tools we need to avoid unwanted behaviors and I am truly amazed at the transformative level of obedience my dog now displays. A complete 180 from when he started. Cannot say enough good things about Downtown Dogs! I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for dog training of all types.
Greg Berkowitz
Greg Berkowitz
03:04 07 Feb 18
We rescued a half pit bull half terrier. He was completely undisciplined in every way at 7 months old. At times my wife and I wondered what we got ourselves into. We found Chicago Downtown Dogs and went in for a consultation. We choose the 6 lesson package and combined it with boarding our dog twice with Ari and Aliya when we were out of town for a few days and arranged for them to train him while they boarded him. We are only 4 lessons in and our dog heals perfectly, comes when we call him, sits and lies down on command and stays on the bed we got from them until we tell him he can come off it. They’re really good at what they do and we highly recommend them. They honestly exceeded our expectations. Highly recommended. Good people
Kim Denne
Kim Denne
16:30 27 Mar 21
Downtown Dogs Chicago is by far the best training and staff in the city! We did a board and train for our dog Carter who we couldn't quite figure out. 95% of the time he is a super happy dog and loves people and other dogs but would randomly snap / bite for reasons we couldn't really figure out. This became super stressful for us. We did a board and train with Downtown Dogs and it has helped IMMENSELY. I can't say enough positive things about the whole staff. Carter is a much more confident dog, loves to work / train, and is less anxious. We will continue to use Downtown Dogs for group classes and whenever we go out of town (huge perk of working with them as well!) and they always have room and time for Carter. Having worked with other trainers in Chicago and in other states, Ari and his team are BY FAR the best I have worked with. They are caring, professional, passionate, and super helpful. We are so glad to have found them and couldn't be happier!
Michael Hiskes
Michael Hiskes
19:06 09 Jun 17
Ari is incredible!! My husband and I have a 5 lb toy poodle, Izzy, who yipped constantly and could not walk on a leash. She would sit down whenever she felt like it, whether it was in the park or on Michigan Avenue, and refuse to walk. Also, being 5 pounds, she had extreme anxiety and would literally shake and shiver every time we left her. We met with Ari and decided the 3 week board and train was the best way to go. When we picked her up, she was a completely different dog. She now runs to her bed whenever we tell her, and stays there till we say when. Her walking is dramatically different, given that she will heal whenever we tell her to, and never stops unless we tell her she can roam. Ari also gave us classes and equipment included, and watches Izzy when we leave town (this is perfect because he reinforces training as well). For us and our crazy lifestyle, Ari is perfect because he is a great communicator. He always answers phone and email and will give us quick fixes over the phone. I would recommend Ari and Downtown Dogs to anyone, best decision we ever made for our dog!
Denise Contesso
Denise Contesso
19:44 28 Mar 18
Ari was amazing with Logan.He helped correct Logan with issues of aggression that he was showing.
Robby Schoenhoft
Robby Schoenhoft
20:26 04 Oct 20
Our two year old Rottweiler, Frank, loves coming to see Ari and his team at Downtown Dogs. Not only do we always feel safe knowing Frank is being taken care of, he always comes back to us as a better dog. They don’t just board him; they discipline and challenge Frankie. This is the absolute best dog training/boarding facility in Chicago.
Kevin Kretzmann
Kevin Kretzmann
12:39 07 Jul 17
This is the review I should have written a long time ago but as more time goes by the more I appreciate the training Ari and Aliya did with our 5-y/o amstaff Rerun. We could not be happier with the results. Rerun spent three weeks training with Ari and Aliya and came home to a whole new world with a little sister. Rerun has been great for the last six months at taking his commands and embraces the protector role of our daughter. I would and have recommended Ari and Aliya to friends and will continue to do so.
Alexa Stern
Alexa Stern
20:01 22 Jun 18
Look no further for a dog trainer. Ari and Aliya are without a doubt the BEST.When I adopted my female pit bull, Pickle, I made the mistake of babying her, which made obedience training a complete failure because she thought she owned me and didn't listen to a single thing I said. She would try to lunge at other dogs while we were out which made going on walks a negative experience because I was the crazy dog owner who could not keep control of her dog.I can't thank Ari and Aliya enough for all they did. I am so incredibly happy that I sent her to the Board and Train program. I knew she was in great hands with them - cared for and safe. They worked with her on basic commands and helped her to become more comfortable being in close proximity to other dogs. When I went to pick her up at the end of 3 weeks, I expected her to come charging at me in excitement, but she remained on her bed, taking her cues from Ari.He then worked with me on how to maintain her training, especially how to correct her so that she continued to see me as the boss. Commands are not a request Ari says. Pickle is such a good girl now. She is so responsive and respects me. Walks are very enjoyable now and it's the other dog owners who are embarrassed.Thank you Ari and Aliya!
I just brought Declan home from his three week board and train. Ari spent an hour and a half helping me understand how to work with him once we got home. My head is still spinning! Luckily, Ari also emails a "take home" packet with all of the information you will probably forget on the ride home (like I did). He also warned me that Declan will probably test me once we got home. He did, but I didn't feel like a failure, because I knew what to do to get back on track. I took Declan for a walk around the block. He was so good on the leash. I think we can trade in the names "Declan the Destroyer" and "Declan the Devil", for something more like, "Declan the Delightful"!!