Welcome to the A+ Dog Training Website! 20+ YEARS OF TRAINING DOGS!

9170 Trinity Drive , Lake In The Hills, Illinois

Lindy Sander

Lindy Sander
Owner, Director of Training

Lindy brings her lifelong love of dogs and horses together with proven training techniques that have helped dog owners improve their relationships with their dogs.


As a young girl, Lindy’s love of animals led to training and showing both her dogs and her horses.  She was lucky enough, at a young age, to be sponsored into one of the local dog obedience clubs.  Several of the club’s trainers guided her through different levels of training.  At the same time she had the opportunity to work with a well-known horse trainer that realized Lindy’s potential with animals.  He shared his knowledge of animal body language and human intervention and helped Lindy earn top honors in riding competition.  Training her Toy Poodle for competition and a rescued German Shepherd to guard the stables helped Lindy understand big dogs and little dogs right from the start.  A teenager's dream was realized the first time she took her horse out for a trail ride with her faithful Shepherd/Collie mix heeling along off leash.


In the late 1980’s, a small Cairn Terrier mix puppy inspired Lindy to get back to competitive dog training.  Her natural ability was recognized by a trainer and was invited to apprentice.  Always thirsty for knowledge and an avid book reader, Lindy has quite a collection of dog books.  After two years of hands-on experience, Lindy was conducting classes.  Her Cairn mix earned top honors during his short show career and her new dog, a Rottweiler, was ready for competition both in obedience and conformation.


Helping owners understand their pets’ behavior and rehabilitating unwanted pets was endlessly rewarding.  With her competition students winning numerous awards and the support of her family and clients, Lindy decided to quite her full time management position with a major company and pursue the dream of a career as a professional dog trainer.  The amount of time and energy spent developing and perfecting techniques paid off when Lindy was asked to manage a training facility while the owners took a hiatus.


The success of her students both in the show ring and in their homes led to an ever-increasing reputation.  Whether for the family pet, competition, or Therapy Dog Certification, her professionalism and her personal attention to individuals and their specific problems has been called extraordinary.  In 1998 in order to take that personal attention and professionalism to a higher level, A+ Dog Training was born.


Lindy consistently strives for professional and personal attention.  Some people come from more than 65 miles away to train at A+ Dog Training.  Her staff has been hand picked to enhance the services that A+ Dog Training offers.  Lindy’s definition of a good trainer is being able to find the right training technique or method for both dog and owner.  Recognizing different personalities of individuals and their individual dogs are key ingredients to training success.  The success of a variety of personalities and a variety of breeds demonstrates Lindy’s capabilities.


·         Over 45 years of experience training dogs

·         24+ years experience as instructor for Puppy Kindergarten, Beginners Obedience, Advanced Obedience

·         24+ years experience rehabilitating “unwanted”, “uncontrollable”, “aggressive “ dogs

·         Attended George Alston conformation handling seminar and received Best Handler award

·         Achieved eight obedience titles, five rally titles, and two agility titles on six of her own dogs with top honors

·         Achieved owner-handled champion titles on 15 Cairn terriers




Jean Locke

Jean Locke
Lead Agility Instructor

Jean started her agility career right here at A+ and has been successfully competing in various agility venues:  AKC, CPE and NADAC.   She continues to take private lessons with some of the finest trainers in the field and brings her training and experiences home to her students.

Jean specializes in rehabilitating rescue dogs through agility.

“I became involved with agility when I rescued my corgi Simon.  He was morbidly obese and had aggression issues from the abuse he had sustained.  I needed to refocus his fears and energy into something positive.  Through agility, his mind and body healed and now he is the friendliest dog and a fantastic agility competitor!   When I adopted my second corgi, Nigel, he had been living outdoors and had limited human contact.  He was terrified and very sickly.   It was two months before he would walk through a doorway!  He soon started following Simon around as we trained agility in our backyard.  I saw his confidence grow, so I began working him every day.  That was a true turning point for Nigel.  Working with an extremely fearful dog has forced me to think “outside” the box and become a better trainer.

 Our classes are high energy, fun and positive.  Each student receives individual attention as we work one at a time in the ring.  Whether you train in agility just to have fun with your dog, to rehabilitate or to compete, it’s all the same in my eyes.  It must be about you and your dog having fun!”

Don’t let our small ring fool you!   Students learn proper handling techniques:  tight handling, distance work and how to laugh at yourself!  

“I have found that my students and their dogs are more successful if they are having fun and being challenged, so we are very progressive.” - Jean

Interested in classes?   Please contact Lindy Sander at A+ for further information!