Dog trainer Margaret Simek.

For Happy Dogs—
and Happy Dog Trainers, too

Hi, I’m Margaret Simek. I’ve spent 30 years training dogs, and the last 9 training trainers as well. What I love most is helping to build effective dog-human teams. And nothing does that better than dog sports like competition obedience and Nosework and professional pet dog trainers working to improve the relationship between their human and canine clients..

Training should be effective. And training should be fun.

I specialize in using positive methods to achieve amazing dog training results—in the obedience ring, on the Nosework trail, on the agility field, and at home. I’d love to work with you to reach your training goals.

Find the learning format perfect for you.

At One Happy Dog we offer a wide variety ways to start learning. From online courses and on-demand videos, to hands-on classes, seminars and camps; there’s bound to be a format to fit your needs. Happy training!

Here’s an example of my teaching style. Check out more free lessons

Online Sports Classes & Videos

Whether you’re a dog trainer new to sports or are highly experienced and looking to polish those last few rough spots, I’d love to help. Get quick tips from my on-demand videos or enjoy in-depth support through multi-week online courses in Nosework and Power Performance.

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Sports Seminars & Camps

I’ve helped many hundreds of trainers reach high levels of competition success and personal satisfaction in dog sports like Nosework, agility, and obedience. There’s nothing more fun than training together—I hope to see you at my next sports seminar or camp!

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Private Training for Sports Trainers & Owners

Want a little extra coaching on heeling, jumps, articles, odors or hides? Let’s work one-on-one in person or through private video review lessons. I also help local dog owners to solve everything from basic puppy problems to serious adult aggression issues—and all the fun stuff in-between.

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In-Person Sports Classes

Looking for something fun to do with your dog along the Chicago North Shore? How about some competition obedience or a little Nosework to put your dog’s sniffer to good use? These sports dog training classes aren’t just fun—they build great focus in your dog, too

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Mentorship Program for Pet Dog Trainers

Tired of feeling isolated? Want a safe, supportive environment to explore tough cases, build the confidence to take on new behaviors, or just talk shop and continue pushing your skills? My unique, ongoing, small group Dog Trainer Mentoring Program is designed for you.

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Dog Trainer Margaret Simek with happy client and their dog.We owe our Nosework career to Margaret”
“Our online classes with Margaret have given us the knowledge and skills for successful competition. Edge got to meet Margaret at our NW2 trial and you can see how much he loves training with her!

– Melissa Chandler