Rendy Schuchat, M.A.
Owner/Founder and Certified Head Dog Trainer
I bring my life-long love for animals together with proven positive dog training techniques that both you and your dog will enjoy. With over a decade of professional experience and a Masters Degree in Psychology as well as a Certification in Dog Obedience Instruction from Animal Behavior Training and Associates, I am committed to helping people build and strengthen their relationships with their dogs. At Anything Is PAWZible we offer puppy, basic and advanced dog obedience, tricks, and therapy dog training classes in the downtown Chicago area. Our behavior modification, puppy selection and adaptation lessons through private dog training sessions are also available. I created Anything Is PAWZible dog training with the family pet owner in mind. Our methods and techniques are positive and fun for both you and your pet! It is never too late to improve your relationship with your pet because Anything Is PAWZible (and I truly believe that)! Due to my loyal clients, I was voted one of the BEST/FAVORITE DOG TRAINERS in Chicago by Chicagoland Tails Reader’s Choice Awards multiple times and was voted Chicago Magazine’s “Best Dog Whisperer” 2015!Taking into account all the wonderful dog trainers we have in Chicago, I am very proud of this accomplishment! Anything is PAWZible has its very own home in the heart of the city!!! We pride ourselves on being one of the ONLY facilities in the city of Chicago devoted strictly to training and behavior modification. We focus on what we do best! Our convenient and easily accessible location is at 1330 W. North Avenue with LOTS of easy street parking right next to our building!
Certified Dog Trainer and Puppy Educator
I have always loved animals and founded American Animal Rescue Society in 2006. Being so involved in rescue work, I see first hand just how many dogs are given up for simple behavioral issues. I decided I wanted to train and help solve behavioral issues people were having with their dogs in order to create wonderful relationships that will last the lifetime of the dog. I’m a graduate of Animal Behavior College and finished an extensive internship with Rendy at Anything is PAWZible. I am currently teaching puppy, basic and basic plus classes and I look forward to working you and your dogs!
Certified Dog Trainer and Behavior Specialist
My passion for dogs began at a young age. After several years volunteering in shelters and reading books on training, I finally decided to attend Triple Crown Academy. It was at TCA where I learned skills in Basic Obedience, Scent Detection, Protection and Bite Work, Search and Rescue and my personal favorite, Agility. It was also at TCA where I adopted Roxee and Skylar, the dogs I was assigned to train. Skylar began as an abused pup terrified of her own shadow and is now a Canine Good Citizen and won her first Blue Ribbon at her first Agility trial. Roxee was found on the street at 8 months old and is now a Canine Good Citizen and a therapy dog. I spent my last two years at another facility honing my skills in canine handling, daycare management, board and trains and private lessons. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time at home with my family, running agility with my dogs, indulging in a good book, a glass of wine and of course, puppy cuddles:-)
Certified Professional Dog Trainer, CPDT-KA, Canine Good Citizen Evaluator and Behavior Specialist
It was a one year old rescue dog named Sasha who changed her life back in 2007. They immediately began taking much needed training classes where Sasha went on to earn her CGC and Yvonne developed a passion to learn about animal communication. Yvonne had previously tutored kids through Cabrini Green Youth Programs and found her combined passion for educating and empowering inner-city youth and instilling compassion for companion animals through Safe Humane Chicago programs by getting to the root of animal cruelty, pet overpopulation, breaking the cycle of abuse and developing community through the human-animal bond. Now Sasha is an SHC Ambassador dog and they both volunteer in the Lifetime Bonds Program at IYC. Yvonne also sits on their Board of Directors. She has worked at Northwestern University since 2000 and is the lab manager of a prostate cancer research lab at the Robert H. Lurie Cancer Research Center. She received her bachelors degree in Biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is a graduate of Canine Link Academy. After being involved with Chicago Canine Rescue as a volunteer adoption counselor and foster, she and her husband foster failed with a returned pup named Kyle. They do agility where Yvonne also assists in training with Stacey Hawk at Hawk City K9. She is married to Josh Feeney and they share their home with 2 cats and 2 dogs.
Jennifer Hunter, CPDT-KA
Certified Professional Dog Trainer, CPDT-KA, and Behavior Specialist
Jennifer’s love of dogs began at an early age, with her family’s first dog, Lassie-an incredibly sweet & tolerant Bassett/Beagle mix. Throughout adolescence, she dreamt of becoming a vet-but college & early adulthood led her down a different path. After earning her B.A. in Psychology from Purdue University, she dabbled in acting-& eventually became a certified Massage Therapist.
After leaving the profession of massage therapy back in 1998, Jennifer was eager to welcome dogs back into her life. After becoming “dog nanny” to Calvin the Wonder Dog, she soon realized that working with dogs was the career path she wanted to follow-& in August of 1999, her dog-walking & petsitting business, “A Walk in the Park! of the North Shore”, was born. Jennifer built a thriving business in the Evanston area-eventually adding doggie daycare & overnight dog-sitting to the services her business offered. The knowledge & experience she gained while caring for these marvelous creatures, led her to explore training as the next leg of her amazing journey with dogs!
Shortly after adopting her rescue puppy, Hannah, in the summer of 2012, Jennifer began an apprenticeship program with another trainer in the Chicago area-& eventually became a trainer on staff. In this position, she acquired a comprehensive knowledge of dog behavior & force-free training methods-which she utilized while working with clients & their dogs on a wide variety of training & behavioral issues, in both private & group class settings.
Jennifer is absolutely thrilled to be joining the wonderful team of trainers at Anything is Pawzible-& looks forward to many new opportunities to help dogs & their humans build a better relationship with each other!
Daphne E. Mendoza
Certified Dog Trainer
Dogs have always been a central part of my life since very young. One of my most fond memories was when my grandfather and I would pick up strays in Mexico City, tend to them and eventually find them homes. This said, you can imagine the assortment of dogs I was able to meet. I knew since then, dogs would play a very important role in both my personal and professional life.
At age 18, I stepped into the pet care industry by starting my own dog walking/pet sitting company to pay for school. Eventually phasing that off, I became a dog handler and eventually manager of a doggy daycare facility, both experiences exposed me to a diversity of dogs and dog behavior. Still, I wanted to learn more. This led me to enroll in FetchFind Academy, a set of courses focused on dog ethology, behavior and most importantly… training! Now a graduate of the program, I am extremely proud to be a part of the Anything is PAWZible crew, where I can apply such skills and knowledge in order to help owners and their pets have a relationship built on trust, positive experiences and success.
When I am not working with other people’s dogs, I am lucky to snuggle with my own two goofy pups. A 12yo schnauzer (Riku), who although diabetic still has a lot of spunk, and a 4-5yo Alaskan Malamute (Ghost) who I found as a stray. Both of these guys have taught me some of the most important lessons in life; be patient, don’t take life too seriously, enjoy the little things, and most importantly, to aspire to be the person they think I am while making the world a better place, one trained happy pup at a time.
Certified Professional Dog Trainer, CPDT-KSA and Senior Behavior Specialist
Amy is certified in Dr. Sophia Yin’s Low Stress Handling techniques and has been working with animals for 25 years. She’s been providing pet training and behavior consulting services in Chicago since 2003 and teaches group classes as well as in-home private lessons. She offers in-depth behavior consults for dogs suffering from aggression, anxiety, and other behavior challenges.
Amy has a BA in psychology with a biology minor from UIC where she was awarded special honors for independent research in animal behavior. Her academic background includes work as a research assistant in behavioral neuroscience labs and as a teaching assistant in neurobiology. She has completed highly regarded, full-time animal training internships at the Animal Behavior Center of New York (now the Companion Animal Sciences Institute) and the Marine Mammal Training Department of the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. In addition, over the last 25 years Amy has regularly attended seminars and workshops with the foremost experts in the field on topics ranging from puppy social development to canine aggression to wolf behavior to law enforcement and detection dog training.
In 2013, Amy started working for Safe Humane Chicago (SHC) teaching “Manners Classes” as part of SHC’s Court Case Dog program in which volunteers provide training and enrichment for shelter dogs who have been victims of criminal cruelty and neglect.
Amy’s goal is for clients and their dogs to develop strong training partnerships that serve them outside of the classroom, in their daily lives, for life. She provides her clients with effective, practical training and behavior solutions to help them successfully navigate “real life” with their dogs. She uses only scientifically sound, humane training methods that empower dogs to be active and enthusiastic participants in their own training and care.