Pet Obedience Training for Puppies and Adult Dogs
Obedience is not only about keeping your pet under control; it's also about being a leader. As pack animals, dogs are happiest when they know where they stand in relation to others. Furthermore, establishing your role as the pack leader makes it easier for them to pay closer attention to you and less attention to distractions. At Animal Care Center of Downers Grove, we know how important it is to have a healthy, well-established relationship with your pet. Therefore, we offer obedience training for both puppies and adult dogs in a safe, positive environment where owners can spend quality time with their pets. Our experienced trainer provides instructions that make obedience training both fun and educational.
Start Your Pet on the Road to Good Behavior
Interested in bringing your puppy or adult dog to one of our obedience classes? Have questions? We've got answers. Call us at (630) 852-1855 for more information about the classes we offer and when they're available. We can't wait for you to join us!
Our Puppy Classes
Every puppy needs a healthy start. While their medical needs will always take priority, their social and behavioral needs are important too. Our puppy classes are geared towards helping puppies develop healthy social skills with other dogs and people. They also offer the opportunity for you to train your puppy in basic commands and reduce unruly behaviors. Urinating in the house, chewing up the sofa cushions and stealing food off the counter are common behaviors that can be corrected with practice.
Our puppy classes include:
- A fun, safe, and informal environment for puppies to learn and socialize
- Positive Reinforcement (+R) training using treats and praise
- Introducing puppies to new things and exercises to build confidence
- Puppy playtime and learning to help them interact appropriately with other pups
- Lessons on the best ways to raise your puppy and setting up your home for success
- Training tips for common problems such as nipping/biting, crate training, housebreaking, jumping, hyperactivity, chewing, barking, and more
We welcome puppies between 8 weeks and 6 months of age. Owners must bring proof that their puppies have at least received their first set of vaccinations and a negative fecal test before their first class.
View our 2019 Fall Schedule and Registration Form to sign up. You can also call us or email our instructor Eve Zurawski at email@example.com.
NEW CLASS STRUCTURE
All classes are 4 consecutive weeks for 1 hour--same day and time each week!
NOTE: It is okay for pups to join class at any time and not wait for the official start date. It is best to get them socializing and interacting with other pups ASAP!
Thursday, September 26: 6-7 pm
Thursday, October 24: 6-7 pm
Thursday, November 21: 6-7 pm
Tuesday, October 1: 7-8 pm
Monday, October 28: 6-7 pm
Thursday, November 21: 7-8 pm
Thursday, September 26: 7-8 pm
Tuesday, October 29: 7-8 pm
Monday, November 25: 6-7 pm
Thursday, October 24: 7-8 pm
Tuesday, November 26: 7-8 pm
Mondays: 7-8 pm
View More About Our Obedience Training
Learn how to teach your dog the basic obedience cues using positive reinforcement and get solid and reliable behaviors. Plus, it's fun for both you and your dog!
Obedience: Sit, Watch Me, Wait, Come
Topics: How to train your dog to listen to you
Obedience:Leash Walking 1, Leave It
Topics: Why use treats to train your dog?
Obedience: Leash Walking 2, Down
Topics: Exercises Your Dog Can't Resist, Dog Socialization
Obedience: Leash Walking 3, Stay
Topics: Safety, Common Behavior Issues, Handling, Grooming
Obedience: Reliable Recalls, Review of Skills
Topics: Using Hand Signals and Body Language
Obedience: A Walk in the Park!
Continue learning and keep your dog under control in all situations. Proof basic skills and teach your dog how to listen to you with distractions around and in different situations. Focus on house manners.
Obedience: Proofing the Basics Skills
Topics: How to Add Distractions to Your Training
Obedience: Heeling 1, Moving Leave It
Topics: Wean Off Treats: The Power of Intermittent +R
Obedience: Heeling 2, Reliable Recalls
Topics: Dog Play & Dog Parks - Canine Body Language
Obedience: Sit/Stay, Down/Stay, Stop!
Topics: Pack Leadership, Dog Bites, Emergencies
Obedience: House Manners, Review Skills
Topics: Obedience Skills in Everyday Situations
Obedience: Introduction to Rally Obedience
More distraction work. Off-leash training, reliable calls, long duration stays with distractions, working your dog in public places, teaching, and prep for therapy dogs, learning tricks and preparing for competition.
Obedience: 15-30 Minute Stays
Obedience: Outdoor Recalls
Obedience: Walk Anywhere
Obedience: Show-off Tricks
Obedience: Best Manners
If you are unable to commit to our regularly-scheduled 6-week classes, we offer a "Crash Course" in Obedience. You get everything we offer in our obedience classes but at the convenience of your schedule in 3 private lessons. You will work 1-on-1 with our professional trainer and learn or tune up the basic commands such as sit, down, come, stay, and leave it. We can also help you address common behavior problems.
Leave the training up to us! Drop your dog off for daycare, day or overnight boarding and let us know what you would like your dog to learn. Not limited to training! Can include exercising your pup, interactive play, massage or whatever you think your dog would enjoy. Dogs who get plenty of physical and mental stimulation do better when staying away from home. Treat your dog to a quality stay!
Customized Training Plans for specific behavioral issues you are having with your dog. Work one-on-one privately with our trainer to resolve some of the more challenging problems such as separation anxiety, shyness, fear-aggression, resource guarding, hyperexcitability, growling, marking, etc. to help your dog become a better-adjusted member of your family and household. You will get a detailed management plan as well as step-by-step instructions and email follow-ups to ensure your success with resolving the issues.
Obedience: Sit, Wait, Come
Topics: How to Train Your Dog to Listen to You
Obedience: Leave It, Down
Topics: Be a Better Pack Leader, Canine Body Language
Obedience: Leash-walk, Stay
Topics: Exercises Dogs Love, Safety, Impulse Control
Obedience Training for Adult Dogs
Whether you need to improve certain behaviors or would like to teach your dog new commands, our classes provide the perfect opportunity. These group classes include:
- Treat/reward-based training that makes learning fun for your dog
- Homework and informative handouts to help you stay on track
- A casual training environment so you and your pet can have a comfortable, enjoyable experience
- Small class sizes for optimal learning (4-5 dogs maximum)
- A certified instructor, Eve Zurawski, who has 15+ years of experience
This is my family's go to vet and should be yours. Thank you again! -Dan J.