debbieDebbie Bickford, CTC
Staff Trainer

Debbie has been helping people train their dogs in Chicago since 1999. She is an honors graduate of the Academy for Dog Trainers headed by world-renowned trainer & behavior specialist, Jean Donaldson. She received her CTC (certification in training and behavior counseling) from the Academy in 2000.

Debbie teaches a wide variety of classes ranging from puppy to advanced, polite walking to tricks. Debbie is a proud member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and the Pet Professional Guild.

She has trained past clients dogs and her own dogs in the sports of agility, flyball, canine disc, canine freestyle, rally obedience, nose work, weight pulling, Parkour, Stunt Dog, and Treibball.

Her rescue dog Ludo has trained in many sports, acted in commercials, and makes a great demo dog in her classes. Debbie is excited to be the first and currently only trainer in Chicago to become a Victoria Stillwell Positively Dog Training – licensed trainer, a team of trainers handpicked by Victoria who use only the most up-to-date, humane, effective, reward based methods.

She is a Certified Tricks Dog Instructor, and with Ludo, made it to the grand finale – top 6 – of the first annual Stunt Dog Nationals (stunt dog trials are live trick performances in front of an audience). Her new rescue dog PInky Tuscadero has brought life and shenanigans to her home. In her spare time, Debbie likes to hike, camp, garden, and hang out with her dogs and partner.