Training

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Coursework
We believe that good dog training must be humane, effective, and fun.
Coursework includes obedience exercises, effective solutions for problem behaviors, health care, hand signals, games, tricks, etc., using positive reinforcement, lure-reward, operant conditioning and clicker training.

Cost
Depending on location, adult dog class fee ranges from $95-$125 for 8 weekly classes.
While you might expect to pay $250-$500 and up for this quality of instruction, D.O.G. is run as an educational service and costs are kept to a minimum.
Puppy class fee ranges from $60-$90 for 6 weekly classes.
(Additional non-resident fee/registration fee not to exceed $11 may be charged at Evanston, Mt. Prospect and Morton Grove locations.)

Eligibility
Adult class open to all dogs 5 1/2 months or older (no upper age limit) including those who failed in other training approaches.
Dogs must have current rabies immunization.
Puppy class open to puppies 7-22 weeks who have had first round of immunizations.
NEW Adolescent dog class open to pups 5 - 12 months.
A specialized course of instruction for teen-age puppies. Must be a graduate of D.O.G.'s puppy class or instructor permission.
Agility open to dogs 6 months and older who have completed basic obedience training.
Canine Good Citizen Prep Course open to dogs 4 months and older.
Proof of rabies vaccination or titer required for all classes except puppy.

Equipment
Training equipment will be displayed and discussed at the first class session.

First Class
Adult dogs do not attend first session, but it is mandatory for the people.
Puppies and Adolescent dogs attend all six sessions.

Puppy Class
Open to puppies between the ages of 7- 20 weeks. A minimum of the first vaccinations and a clean bill of health from your veterinarian are required. Puppies older than 20 weeks may be enrolled with instructor permission. 6-week classes, one hour per week. Puppies attend all 6 classes with their owners. 

D.O.G. Puppy Class is the most important class you will ever take with your puppy. This program is designed to educate new and experienced puppy owners in the optimum development of their puppies. Course work includes - safe socialization, management and prevention exercises, canine behavior, low-stress handling, house training, crate training, puppy mouthing, jumping, friendly veterinary visit exercises, confidence building, obedience foundation work, attention and focus, walking nicely on leash, massage/body handling, grooming and more! 

Basic Obedience & Pet Manners
Open to dogs 6 months and older with no upper age limit and to younger puppies who have completed our puppy program. Vaccination history and a clean bill of health from your veterinarian are required. 8-week classes, one hour per week. The first class is an orientation. No dogs the first day, just the owners attend.

This class provides a comprehensive program of dog-friendly and owner-friendly instruction. Course work includes – canine behavior & learning, massage and low-stress body handling, relationship building, sit, down, stand, stay in all positions, recall, leash manners, hand signals, games, tricks and effective solutions for problem behaviors 

Group Training Locations and Pricing
The Barking Lot in Chicago
Rex’s Place in Evanston
Evanston Township High School
Skokie Park District
Morton Grove Park District
Mt. Prospect Park District.

Class fee varies per location. Puppy class fee maximum $98. Basic Obedience & Pet Manners fee maximum $128.

Private Lessons
Work one on one in your home with Wendy. Private training focuses on your specific training needs and are scheduled at your own pace. Private training fee $120.00 per one hour session.