2146 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
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02/04/2012Provided by Citysearch -
I hate to go against the flow here but I wouldn't recommend this place unless you have a less than dominant dog. I believe the training here made our dogs' problems worse instead of better.
We had two American Bulldogs that we trained with Morgan's. After the two week ""Bootcamp""I religiously brought the dogs back for private lessons and group lessons. I saw Todd sometimes twice a week with my dogs. With every new story of aggression I told them I was made to feel as if it was my fault. They'd say,""you're not correcting hard enough. You're not being firm enough."" I showed them my dog's scabbed neck from all the hard corrections and asked how much harder I was supposed to be. They ordered electric shock collars next, didn't help. They just got more aggressive.
I should have known that if more of the same wasn't working then I should have tried something else. But I trusted their advice and their work experience. My dogs wound up busting through a chain link fence and seriously injuring a neighbor. Months later I read an article in the Reader that featured Morgan's and read a quote that stated the business never trained a dog that wrongfully attacked anyone.
I agree that the bording is cheap. Once, however, I picked up my male and was halfway home when I noticed a wound on his neck and left ear. I drove all the way back to find out what the heck happened and was told he escaped his crate and got into a fight with a Rottwieler at 3 a.m. one morning.
I work with someone who had her mastiff trained there and his aggression got worse instead of better as well. This type of training is outdated and cruel. You can get much better results with other trainers. I recommend Animal Sense.
09/25/2010Provided by Citysearch -
My dog came out of the bootcamp more fearful than when she went in and now she hates going for walks and looks scared of me for no reason and I have done nothing to her and shes hides from me in the other room in the house. When my brother came over and went to pet her, she ran away from his hand like she had been hit. She knows him well but all of the sudden was looking at him like he was a total stranger. She stayed in the bathroom for weeks after the training and was afraid of everyone. I think she may have been hit because of how she puts her head down and cowered when my brother reached to pet her.
I did not like the methods used they were very negative. The whole place seems out of date and kind of run down and old but I did care. However I did not ask exactly the methods they use at Morgan's which is correction done on a pronged collar. The methods were terrible- Everything was yank harder. Even though my dog is obviously looks fearful it was yank harder and harder until she does it. Maybe thats what more aggressive breeds might need but I dont want that kind of relationship with my dog where shes like a robot and I have to punish her with correction all the time. It was like making her into a robot but not changing the roots of her problems.
Doing a bootcamp was a bad idea for her to be separated from me, she is still getting over whatever it is that changed her personality there. Something traumatic happened there but I don't know what exactly. There are a lot of dogs there and maybe she was scared of them, and I think someone was hitting her. I wish she could tell me. I'm looking for somewhere else to train my other dog and will never leave my dog at a bootcamp or out of my sight ever again.
06/03/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I have two small dogs, a Yorkie and a Toy Fox Terrier- Yorkie mix. They love Morgans! The mix is afraid of everything in life and most other dogs but when we pull up to Morgans her tail starts wagging and she can hardly stand it she is so excited to go in and play!! Dogs the size of Moses and Riska (the ""imposing"" dogs) would normally make her nervous and want to run away, but she is fearless because Morgans feels like such a structured and safe place to her. If Alana or anyone on staff there initially seems ""not friendly"" to anyone they are simply missing the fact that these are true dog people and they are more interested in the dogs than wheeling and dealing and schmoozing with the customers-which I think it a good thing! They are extremely knowlegeable and I have called Alana many times for training tips that are happily shared and extremely helpful. The dogs are in great hands there, they are on a active schedule of playing and walks and are perfectly happy. Although my dogs are spoiled and not crated anymore at home, let me explain that crating dogs is totally normal. The very best dog trainers and biggest dog lovers have been crating dogs for years. Emily (the monkey) is also very loved and gets plenty time out of her cage. I was told not to touch her simply for the fact that she can be cheecky and steal the sunglasses right off your head! Both my babies have gone through the 2 week training program and stay there when I am out of town. As much as my husband and I spoil our dogs we would NEVER leave them anywhere we didn't like, or think they weren't having fun. I have total faith that they are to the point that our trips out of town now feel like an opportunity for them to go to Morgans and have fun with their friends. Morgans is a special place and I am thankful it is around for my doggies! Listen to someone who has been using Morgans for over 4 years, these guys have the right idea and the dogs are the number one priority.
07/11/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I rescued an American Pit Terrier from a fighting house when I was 18. When i got her she was 5 months old and was CRAZY!! She would pull me down the street, try to fight EVERY dog she saw, she even bit a couple people in her younger months. I was honestly contemplating putting her to sleep in fear that she was just too far gone!
Someone told me about this place around the corner from my house, Morgan's Dogs. i went there and it was a cool place. The owner Elana Morgan has a Capuchin Monkey named Emily and she is the sweetest thing, although Elana won't let you touch her because Emily is only confortable with people she considers ""family"" like any pet especially a Monkey. (people shouldn't bash what they don't know - it's ignorant) And as for the ""imposing dogs' that were in the storefront, Moses and Riska - HA!!! Imposing is a Joke!! They dogs are so sweet!! Yes they might be trained to scare off intruders at night when no one else is in the storefront and the Boss is upstairs sleeping, but they are so precious and sweet you are DILUSIONAL to think they are mean!!! Any ways...
I found Morgan's Dogs Training Facility and went to talk to Elana Morgan and she told me that there was another option. TRAINING!! lol. The dogs stay in wire cages.. YES WIRE CAGES!! MOSTLY ALL DOGS DO! Just like human babies stay in cribs, bassinets, or whatever you prefer!! What did you expect them to be free roaming dogs?!?!?!?! Not all dogs are as friendly as Lassie, my dog for example would've ate your dog for dinner if she was free roaming so I think the crates are a great idea. They also enforce potty training!
I sent her there for the 2 week doggy training camp. When i called to check on her and make sure she wasn't causing too much trouble. Elana always answered my calls and if she wasn't able to answer when I called she always returned my voicemails very fast. When i came to pick up my dog she was comletely different.
I could acutally walk the dog and she wasn't walking me!!! She could sit, down, stay, heel, come and all in 2 different languages!! Her dog aggression was capped and controllable and now she can play in daycare and dog parks, even Montrose beach Harbor, without a problem!!!!!!!
I reccommen this place to anyone that loves their dog and wants the best training around for them!! And for the people who wrote crappy reviews for Morgan's they are crazy! Elana always calls back if she missed your call. The place doesn't smell to be a kennel. I mean come on!! Common Sense Tells you that dogs are dogs and they do have accidents!!! And Morgan's does garuntee good dogs because they produce well trained and behaved dogs!! I board my dog there on a regular basis and she LOVES it there!!!! They are always nice to her and treat her as one of their own! The Kennel Staff is great and they do a GREAT job of cleaning the place and making it smell GOOD for there to be so many dogs there! I will always bring my dogs (future and present) here for training and boarding and you'd be CRAZY NOT TO!!!! I mean come on the place has been here for 25 YEARS and i found out through word of mouth not advertising!! Take your dog there!!!
09/22/2008Provided by Citysearch -
THEY WOULD NOT EVEN LET US SEE WHERE THE DOGS STAY That shows there is something to hide Something isnt right, bad vibe at this place that looks like a old house, because every other place had no problem showing us where the dogs live and play rooms, even web cams and play equipment. Inside it is cramped with junk, dirty with a bad odor.
You get what you pay for. They wont board unless you get your dog trained by them and leave it there with them, crazy??? I mean it's only $25 a night for boarding real cheap considering I paid 45 at another place. Then I realized why its cheap...
The dogs there live in wire cages. Go in and the same dogs are sitting in a wire cage. They are caged for the whole time and even packed in rows and in the storefront sitting there all day. There is no play areas indoors for the smaller dogs or bigger dogs, its just a house full of cages you can see through a back door. There is also a monkey pad-locked in a cage in the corner, very weird......and a dog tied up to a really short chain when you first walk in quite imposing. Pictures of attack dogs on the wall and when you walk in theres tons of barking its so loud, then they come out YELLING at the dogs to be quiet, imagine they arent very nice to them at all if they can yell like that. The place also gagged me with all the perfumes in the air, I suppose an attempt to cover up the bad odor of feces and urine thats a bad sign at a kennel very icky. Dogs were howling loudly from inside the basement and no dogs playing. I would go somewhere more modern and up to date, cage free or cleaner space not packed in rows of caged, with better training and a nicer facility rooms for the dogs.
08/13/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I found the place to be the best in chicago. they have the most experience than all the other training facilities in the city. service was quick and so informative for not a dime down. the gorgeous pyrenees at the front door would not let me leave til i petted him for quite awhile, very sweet. elana, the owner, also owns a monkey, emily. this monkey is treated better than most kids in the city and is brought to work by the owner every day. they have actually been on tv and given a talk at columbia college. if you want a trained dog, highly experienced people, this is the place to go. i learned more in 30 mins talking than i did reading a ton of books. check it out! call in advance, they are always full and busy!
08/14/2006Provided by Citysearch -
I walked into this store and there were some imposing dogs there, I thought they were ready to attack me. Plus for some odd reason, there is a monkey in a cage in the middle of the room, I was told not to touch. I got a strange feeling from that place, the owner was not friendly in any way, and was very reluctant to answer my questions. I do not know if this was because I did not have an appointment or if I caught her on an off day, but like I said I got the hebbie jeebies from the place. I would NEVER leave my dog there!