Trudi Schoening is the owner of Golden Companion Dog Training and a certified dog trainer through the Animal Behavior College. She is passionate in helping dog owners understand the importance of having a well trained dog. Trudi specializes in family pet dog training. She will show you how a trained dog is the foundation for having good behavior. You will learn good daily habits to make your life much easier and happier with your dog. We believe that everyone should have a long and wonderful life with their pets.


Through the use of positive reinforcement Trudi will show you how to create a strong bond with your dog. Positive reinforcement involves giving reinforcement at the moment the dog performs the desirable behavior to increase the likelihood that the dog will perform that behavior again. Dogs work to get the things they like.

If you are seeking advanced training or thinking about moving your dog into therapy, we can get you started. Trudi is an approved Canine Good Citizen Evaluator for the AKC. She will teach you the skills that will prepare you for not only the test, but a more enjoyable life together.

Aversive equipment such as shock collars, prong collars or choke chains are not allowed during training sessions. We believe that you can train your dog more effectively using positive reinforcement methods. Training can be done with a flat buckle collar, body harness or a head halter.

Please note that we can only travel 15 miles outside of Streamwood IL for private training sessions. There will be a $1.00 per mile surcharge for any extra mile after 15 miles. Our maximum travel radius is 20 miles outside of Streamwood IL.

Trudi and family

Trudi is a proud owner of two Golden Retrievers, Wrigley and Delilah. She has been married to her wonderful husband, Dan for 6 years. Trudi loves spending time with her family, enjoying the outdoors when ever possible.

Trudi and Dan brought Wrigley home when he was 8 weeks old and while training him as a young puppy, Wrigley helped her decide to make the career change from Graphic Designer to Dog Trainer. She has never looked back! A few years later they rescued a 1 1/2 year old, fearful Golden Retriever named Delilah. Trudi immediately began working to bring Delilah's confidence up and conditioned her to enjoy the world instead of fearing it. Delilah can now walk up to greet people and have relationships with dogs that she couldn't do before.

Trudi is passionate about educating families about their dogs and to help them understand the power of positive reinforcement dog training.

"Any one can train their dog. It just takes consistency and commitment."
-Trudi Schoening, ABCDT

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