Meet the Trainer

 

 

Alison Geiger CPDT, a native of the north shore of Chicago, has always had a love for animals. She attributes this love to her late father who believed that all creatures have a place in the world. 

While attending the University of Iowa, Alison worked at a boarding, daycare, and dog training facility. She often shadowed the kennel trainer for group classes and puppy training. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, she returned home to Chicago and started her own pet sitting business, Sit and Stay. After nearly a year of pet sitting, she decided to turn her efforts towards dog training. 

In 2011, Alison attended the Tom Rose School for Professional Dog Trainers. At her time there, she learned an array of training techniques and skills in basic and advanced obedience, scent detection, puppy imprinting, tracking, AKC Agility, and rehabilitation of fearful and aggressive dogs. 

After graduating from the Tom Rose School, Alison moved to Raleigh, North Carolina and became one of the founders of Topline K9 Obedience, a highly rated dog training service. She spent three years gaining a wealth of knowledge and experience from the hundreds of dogs that she trained. She now brings that talent and skillset back to the Chicago area. 

Alison first began her relationship with Wright-Way Rescue 12 years ago when she adopted Riley, her beloved Pointer mix. Riley was an important reason why she became interested in dog training. She saw what a difference training could make in the relationship between a dog and its owner. Alison also adopted Annie and Baker from Wright-Way Rescue, and they are now the main two members of her pack. Her dogs often help with demonstrations, dog socialization, and class distractions.