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.

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:

  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.

Training Calendar

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.