Our Facility

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Highwood, IL

Located on Washington Ave., next door to Tacos El Norte, our training facility is local and accessible.

We Are Moving!

We are thrilled to announce that we will be moving March 31, 2019, from our Highwood, IL location to expand our services locally! We are working tirelessly to offer an increase in availability and the quality of our services throughout the North Shore. We aim to make this transition as smooth as possible for all of our clients, with minimal and temporary changes to our popular programs throughout the expansion process.


Private Training Sessions & Consultations will continue as usual, with more local availability, online coaching options as well as in-home sessions.

Animal Assisted Therapy Sessions will be held at the office of Anita Schmidt, L.C.S.W. at 466 Central Ave., Suite 50, Northfield, IL 60093 beginning April 2019. 

Group Training Classes will continue to be hosted locally along with increased online and webinar offerings. Details regarding location and schedules will be announced closer to the time of open enrollment.

Canine Playtime will no longer be offered after March 30, 2019. We recommend attending the indoor social sessions at Pet Peeple, in Deerfield, IL. or utilizing our Canine Social Directory to find friendly dogs to meet with for private playdates as an alternative to the dog park environment. To add your dog to the directory please visit http://www.simplyanimaltraining.com/meetup and fill out the form at the bottom of the page.

We are excited to expand our services locally and to continue to offer the personalized care that we pride ourselves on. We thank you all for being a part of our amazing community and cannot wait to see what the future holds. Please keep an eye on email updates as we will announce location openings and new programs as they develop! 

Sara Richter, CPDT-KA

Sara Richter, CPDT-KA Founder of Simply Animal Training LLC, began her professional training career in 2008 after 11 years as a student in the equestrian world. Sara began as an assistant horse trainer and horseback riding instructor for JGarvey Horsemanship. During the following 4 years she learned the ins and outs of positive reinforcement training, behaviorism, and operant conditioning. In 2013 Sara formed an equine training business known as Equestrianism. In 2014 Sara became a leader with the Local 4H where she taught children to use clicker training with numerous other animals including pigs, sheep, chickens, and even small animals. In 2014 Sara Joined forces with Root Dog Training LLC as a dog trainer, where she learned to translate her knowledge of learning theory and behaviorism, to the unique behaviors of canines. Sara is proud to continue offering Animal-friendly Force-Free services to pets and owners of all kinds. Sara is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed from the Certification Council For Professional Dog Trainers, and a Canine Life and Social Skills Evaluator with the Association of Professional Dog Trainers. Sara is constantly advancing her education in animal training and behavior through continuing education, certification, and college courses.