Training

Dog Training in Evanston ILWe believe the best training is focused on building a relationship with your dog in a fun, fair and effective way.  Our training partner, Dog Obedience Group, provides coursework that includes  obedience exercises, effective solutions for problem behaviors by using positive reinforcement, hand signals, games, tricks, etc., using positive reinforcement and clicker training.  The methods used promote good manners as well as good canine mental health and are ideal for addressing even long standing and serious behavior problems.

Training Programs

Puppy Classes

This program is designed to educate new and experienced puppy owners in the optimum development of their puppies. We establish confidence building and socialization skills that aid puppies in becoming well-balanced adult dogs. Training and behavior exercises help owners eliminate existing problems and prevent future ones.

Course work includes socialization, management and prevention exercises, house training, leash training, foundation obedience work, massage and body handling, relationship building, friendly veterinary exercises, grooming and more. Teaching techniques are based on Third Way training, clicker training, operant conditioning and positive reinforcement. Requirements: First set of immunizations or titers and a clean bill of health from your veterinarian. Puppies attend all six classes sessions with their owners.

Basic Obedience Class

This class provides a comprehensive program of dog-friendly and owner-friendly instruction. Course work includes relationship building, sit, down, stand, come when called, leash manners, hand signals, games, tricks and effective solutions for problem behaviors. Dogs should be friendly towards other dogs, human adults and children. Teaching techniques are based on Third Way training, clicker training, operant conditioning and positive reinforcement. Requirements: Rabies vaccination or titers. The first class session is a lecture, demonstration and clicker workshop on timing. First class is mandatory for owners, dogs do not attend the first class.

Adolescent Dogs

A specialized course of instruction for teen-age puppies. This class extends and proofs the lessons taught in puppy class. Course work includes socialization, relationship building, refining verbal and visual cues, proofing with distractions, leash manners, building attention and focus, a trick a week, agility obstacles for confidence building. Teaching techniques are based on Third Way training, clicker training, operant conditioning and positive reinforcement. Requirements: Rabies vaccination or titers and a clean bill of health from your veterinarian. Must be a graduate of D.O.G.’s puppy class or have instructor permission to enroll. Puppies attend all six classes with their owners.

Agility

Beginner Agility Fundamentals I

Dog Obedience Group 7 sessions, one hour per week $150.00 This course provides a unique introduction to agility that builds teamwork and focus through games and training exercises. It uses clicker training to introduce the agility obstacles gradually, allowing your dog to build the confidence, accuracy and speed required for safe and enthusiastic performance.

Requirements: Rabies vaccination or titers. Dogs should have had some pet or obedience training. They should respond to their name, have a dependable recall, sit on cue, and be able to train in the presence of distractions. Dogs must be physically sound and puppies under 10 months of age are not permitted. The first class session is a lecture, demonstration and clicker workshop on timing. First class session is mandatory for owners, dogs do not attend the first class.

Agility Fundamentals II

Dog Obedience Group 7 sessions, one hour per week $140.00 Like it’s prerequisite, Agility Fundamentals I, this class emphasizes motivational games and clicker training to build teamwork and focus. Your dog will progress at his own rate in learning to perform the more challenging obstacles voluntarily and independently with speed and accuracy. You will learn basic handler movements to direct your dog through the course. And, you will both learn to work together as a team, having fun the whole time. No dog or handler will be forced to work beyond their level of preparedness. Our approach relies on helping the dog “figure it out”, gaining confidence and independence before progressing to the next step in learning.

Requirements: Rabies vaccination or titers. Agility Fundamentals I. Dogs and owners attend all 7 sessions.

Private Training and In Day Care Training available.  Please see this link.