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animal training & CARE

Learn about the Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training and Behavior course and the dog*tec Dog Walking Academy in Chicago.


Learn why you can entrust your clients to Animal Behavior Training Concepts.  

What Do You Want Your Dog to Do?

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Whether it’s walking politely on the leash, greeting visitors with a paw shake instead of a flying leap, or letting you know when he needs to go outside, Animal Behavior Training Concepts can help you teach your dog to do it.

Our small group classes feature a maximum of just 4 dogs per session and lots of individual attention. Our in-home training services range from puppy foundations to advanced good manners to customized individual programs for dogs and families with specific needs. 

Laura also collaborates with veterinary and veterinary behavior professionals to help dogs (and their owners) overcome specific behavior challenges, including fear, anxiety, and aggression.

It's You and the Dog

Animal Behavior Training Concepts celebrates the human-animal bond—and our positive reinforcement training method fosters it. Laura serves as Karen Pryor Academy faculty and is a Certified Training PartnerCertified Professional Dog Trainer, and an AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluator. She is committed to the most humane application of behavioral science to the challenges faced by companion animal owners.

About laura

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Photo courtesy of Erica Barraca Photography

Founder and training director Laura Monaco Torelli has been training dogs, horses, birds, and their people in Chicago since 2004. She began her career in 1991 in the zoo and aquarium community and brings to companion-animal training the same fun, humane, effective, and scientifically sound approach used to train marine mammals and other exotic animals. She is a former staff member at Chicagoland Veterinary Behavior Consultantsfaculty for the Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training and Behavior, of which she is also a graduate, and serves as a teaching assistant for Dr. Susan Friedman's Living & Learning with Animals online course. Laura has a rich breadth of experience that include not only multispecies training but also advanced teaching and communication skills. Her International travels expand her passion to teach individual seminars as well as for respected organizations and conferences.

More For Your Money

Our group sessions are small, with a high student-teacher ratio, lots of individualized attention, and generous support between sessions. We offer rolling admission, so you will rarely wait more than a week to get started, and our modular system means offers plenty of flexibility for busy schedules.

In Chicago, we offer group sessions at the Medical District Veterinary Clinic at Illinois, part of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, just west of the Loop and right off I-290.

We also offer one-on-one training either in your home or at the Medical District Veterinary Clinic at Illinois. 

Be One of Our Happy Dog Teams

Laura Monaco Torelli was voted Best Dog Trainer in Chicago by the readers of Chicagoland Tails for 2009 and 2010. Read testimonials from our dog teams, as well as other training and veterinary professionals, here.

Why Choose a Karen Pryor Academy certified trainer?