phone:  847.671.6844

Debbie sitting with two dogs.Debbie Bickford, CTC
Staff Trainer

A For Your K9 instructor since 2013, Debbie Bickford teaches puppy I, basic obedience, tricks and canine life and social skills. She has worked as a professional dog trainer for over 20 years and loves when she gets to see her human and canine students bond and make progress with their goals.

Debbie is a member of the Pet Professional Guild and holds a Certificate in Training and Counseling with honors from the Academy for Dog Trainers. A Certified Trick Dog Instructor, she has taught innovative tricks and circus dog classes for many years.

Debbie’s own dog, a mixed breed named Pinky, trains in agility, rally, tricks, weigh pulling and most importantly, how to lay down calmly and assist with demonstrations while Debbie teaches her classes. She’s on her way to being a pro! Her older pup, mixed breed Ludo, has appeared in commercials for Walmart and Gatorade and is a Champion Trick Dog. Debbie loves traveling with her dogs, camping, gardening, needle felting and crafting in her spare time, and is on the staff of Camp Dogwood, an overnight camp for owners and their dogs.


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