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, dog socialization and positive reinforcement training methods. Classes will be formed on an as needed basis and will be offered either in the evenings during the week or on Saturdays. Please see our training page for current training schedule or call for more information! 815.739.7669

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 perform 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.

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:

  1. Accepting a friendly stranger
  2. Sitting politely for petting
  3. Appearance and grooming acceptance
  4. Walking on a loose leash
  5. Walking through a crowd
  6. Sit
  7. Down
  8. Stay
  9. Coming when called
  10. Reacting appropriately to another dog
  11. Reacting appropriately to distraction
  12. Supervised separation from the owner

This certification is often used as a first step to therapy work, as well as, some dog sports.



Group classes aren’t for every dog! Sometimes the excitement or stress of being with other dogs and people is just too much, which can inhibit the learning process. Therefore, private training is an excellent option and can be done in your own home or here at Mid-Day Play Training Center. Please call for more information, availability and pricing.


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