Loving Methods.  Lasting Results.


The best training methods are neither treat-driven nor domination-based. At See Spot Run we take a communication-centered, relationship-building approach that is fun, fair and effective. Our balanced approach to obedience promotes good manners as well as good canine mental health, and is ideal for addressing even longstanding or serious behavior problems.  Everyone benefits from good leadership, and your pet is no exception.  Learn to command love and respect by becoming the leader your dog deserves.

Nominated Best Trainer for Chicagoland Tails 2009 Readers' Choice Award

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"Ruth has taught us how to communicate with our dog, which is the most important lesson any trainer can teach...If you think your dog is incapable of being trained then you haven't met Ruth!" 

--owner of "Ajax", Chicago, Illinois

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                   Ruth and Olive Oyl

Ruth Crisler, CPDT

Ruth Crisler has been working with dogs and horses in Chicago since 1991 and training dogs professionally in Chicago since 1998.  She is a Certified Pet Dog Trainer, Certified ForceFree Method and E-Touch Trainer, Certified Advanced Pet Care Technician, AKC Canine Good Citizen Test Evaluator, and Professional Member of the International Association of Canine Professionals.  She has competed in AKC Rally and Obedience in the Chicago area with her adopted Labrador Retriever Olive Oyl,  and has provided dog training support to Rottweiler, Pit Bull, English Bulldog and Dogo Argentino rescue groups.  She believes that different dogs require different approaches and that the best tools a trainer can posess are experience and an open mind.




"I brought my English Bulldog to see Ruth. He had no manners--a very stubborn boy with a mind of his own. I enrolled him in Ruth's board and train and she worked miracles! In one month, he was a perfectly trained, obedient dog! Ruth is a serious trainer who understands and loves dogs. She trains by gaining respect not by building fear--a philosophy I was hard-pressed to find elsewhere." --Jessica Weiner, owner of "Bus"


Puppy Camp

This ten-day board and train program covers all the basics, including housebreaking, socialization, manners, and introductory obedience exercises. A customized training manual and follow-up session are included. Puppies must be under five months of age.

Tuition 550



Day Camp Training

If you are looking for a happy medium between boot camp and DIY, consider day camp training. Your dog will attend daycare Monday through Friday for two weeks, enjoying exercise and socialization (less social dogs will enjoy one-on-one play time with staff), as well as two training sessions per day. Each Friday, you will have a private lesson with your dog's trainer, so you may put his new skills to work. All ages.

Tuition 750


Behavior Boot Camp

This seven-day behavior modification program focuses on eradicating unwanted behaviors, instilling great leash manners, and teaching your dog to be attentive and responsive through training that is fun, fair and effective. Eliminate frustration and enjoy a closer bond with your dog. Training is focused to meet your goals and designed to fit your dog's individual history and temperament. A private lesson and customized training manual are included. Dogs must be at least five months of age.

Tuition 975

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Full Obedience Training

Your dog is expertly guided through an intensive three week program of exercise, socialization and formal obedience. Our total immersion system is designed to promote physical health as well as increased attentiveness and mental stability. Training is specially tailored to suit your dog's individual history and temperament. Skills include prompt and reliable responses to the commands to sit, heel, come, stay and down.  A customized training manual and two private lessons are included. Dogs must be at least five months of age.

Tuition 1975

"I admit I was somewhat skeptical that three weeks of training would produce results in our Mini Pinscher Ernie. If you know any Min Pins, you know they are incredibly hyper wiyth zero attention span. The day we picked up Ernie I was totally blown away. He was toned, his coat never looked better, and he showed off his new skills to heel, sit, stay, lie down and even remain calm around other dogs on the street. My first thought was to check the microchip we put in him as a puppy to make sure this was the same dog.

The daunting task of taking Ernie for a walk is now a pleasure. He has not had a single accident in the house since we brought him home, and he seems truly happier and far more at ease. See Spot Run was truly the best investment I could ever have made for my dog." --Dave Gelfand, Chicago


Premium Training Program

If you are interested in profoundly and permanently enhancing the relationship and life-style you share with your dog, invest in training that will last your dog's lifetime. Whether you simply want to ensure that your perfect puppy matures into a perfectly obedient companion, or want to once-and-for-all address difficult or long-standing behavior problems, this unique program provides solutions that are gentle and guaranteed effective. Skills include off-leash reliability (in addition to great manners on leash, of course). Your dog is delivered home happy and well-trained after two to three weeks, and you are personally coached in your home through the steps of maintaining his obedience for life. A customized training manual, custom training equipment and lifetime training support are included. 

Tuition 2725

Lola demonstrates her good manners at a Memorial day barbeque she attended with her trainer's familly the day before graduating from See Spot Run's Premium Training Program. Lola remained calm and attentive throughout the afternoon, sitting politely for petting, ignoring unattended plates of food, and never wandering out of view. 



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. Private Instruction

. Group Instruction

. Puppy Kindergarten

. Behavior Evaluation

. Individual Private Lessons

. Camp Training Program

. Day Camp Instruction

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