Training is essential for dogs to understand commands and to exhibit proper behavior around people, pets and other animals. In our training classes, puppies and dogs will work on social skills, obedience, commands and manners. Owners will learn about behavior management and dog socialization.
This is a play time for puppies under 20 weeks. This class is meant for socialization purposes and not obedience training. Puppies this age learn critical social skills when playing with other puppies! The play sessions will run for six weeks with six sessions.
This class is designed for new puppies under 20 weeks to teach the beginning basics of obedience, behavior and manners. We will cover most aspects of puppy raising and socialization with play time after instruction. The class will run for six weeks.
This is a continuation of Puppy 101. We expand on behaviors learned in 101 with the addition of more advanced obedience. We will also touch on the problem behaviors of adolescent dogs and how to manage/control these behaviors. The class will run for six weeks.
This class is for dogs six months and up who have not had previous training. During this six-week class, you will learn to teach your dogs to preform basic obedience commands such as sit, down, stand, walk on a loose leash and stay. You will also learn how to properly exercise and socialize your dog. Further, you will increase your knowledge of socialization, house manners and desensitizing your dog to new objects and situations.
This class will run when needed and will address the adolescent time period in a dog’s life, which can be very difficult as problem behaviors (biting, chewing, jumping, not listening etc.) may develop. It is a phase of time that dogs will move through but can be very difficult for an owner. This is a three-week class.
The purpose of this class is to prepare dogs and owners to be certified as a Canine Good Citizens. Dogs attending this class should have already completed a basic obedience class. The last week of class is the testing night. This test involves simulated everyday situations in a relaxed noncompetitive atmosphere. The behaviors needed to pass the class are:
- Accepting a friendly stranger
- Sitting politely for petting
- Appearance and grooming acceptance
- Walking on a loose leash
- Walking through a crowd
- Coming when called
- Reacting appropriately to another dog
- Reacting appropriately to distraction
- Supervised separation from the owner
This certification is often used as a first step to therapy work, as well as, some dog sports.
Our Dog Trainer
Angela Angela Murray, CPDT-KSA, Training Consultant
Angela is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer – knowledge and skills assessed, certified in principles and techniques of canine behavior modification from Purdue University and is CPR certified for dogs and cats from both the Red Cross and Pet Tech. With over 20 years of experience teaching pet obedience classes, private lessons and working with canine behavioral problems she is currently the Director of Training for Mid-Day Play Pet Services, an adjunct teacher at Waubonsee community College, a mentor for the Animal Behavior College & CATCH Training Academy and serves as a Nutritional Consultant for Go Dog Go in Oswego, IL. Angela conducted observational canine research at Wolf Park in Battle Ground, IN and has completed courses in Dog Sledding, Animal Tracking, and Psychology. She also provides continuing education units through seminars and classes for her peers.