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Class Calendar

Sunday. 14 July, 2019 - Saturday. 20 July, 2019
WEEK 29
Monday. 15 July, 2019
7:15 pm

GREEN - The Thinking Dog (AAS)

Anderson Animal Shelter (South Elgin)

GREEN Class Focus - The Thinking Dog

A dog that runs up and SITS to greet you instead of jumping is a Thinking Dog!

A dog that can cope and not react when there are sudden changes in the environment is a Thinking Dog!

When dogs are taught a skill called “shaping” they become better problem solvers and will begin to think about how to earn rewards. Shaping behavior is simply a very easy and incredibly effective way to teach – it allows you to help your dog learn without having to use force or corrections.

This class will focus on the foundation of how to shape a behavior. Whether a dog is pushy or shy, bold or fearful, shaping will help them learn how to handle life’s stimulating or worrisome times and become more confident.

Tuesday. 16 July, 2019
6:30 pm

GREEN - The Thinking Dog (HHS)

Hinsdale Humane Society

GREEN Class Focus - The Thinking Dog

A dog that runs up and SITS to greet you instead of jumping is a Thinking Dog!

A dog that can cope and not react when there are sudden changes in the environment is a Thinking Dog!

When dogs are taught a skill called “shaping” they become better problem solvers and will begin to think about how to earn rewards. Shaping behavior is simply a very easy and incredibly effective way to teach – it allows you to help your dog learn without having to use force or corrections.

This class will focus on the foundation of how to shape a behavior. Whether a dog is pushy or shy, bold or fearful, shaping will help them learn how to handle life’s stimulating or worrisome times and become more confident.

 

7:45 pm

ORANGE - On Your Mark, Let's Go (HHS)

Hinsdale Humane Society

ORANGE Class Focus - On Your MARK, Let's GO

THIS IS THE CLASS THAT MUST BE TAKEN FIRST and it is without your dog. Let’s get started with the first steps on the Path to Success by:

  • Using SOUND and SCENT to help provide a calm environment for your dog
  • Learning how dogs communicate and how your own body language is interpreted by them
  • Using marker based training for a totally positive approach to a healthy learning environment for both you and your dog
  • Avoiding conflict - Safely prevent guarding of resources by learning how to handle food, toys, and objects of value
  • Using a Safe Place to help your dog comfortably fit in to his new home
  • Teaching acceptance of handling and grooming
  • Increase good behavior by learning how to capture and reinforce
    • Name Recognition (Attention)
    • Sit (Say Please!)
    • Touch (Management)

Note:  Included with your purchase of the Complete Package you will receive a Clicker set and a Sniff-ITTM collar attachment to be used in future classes with your dog.

Wednesday. 17 July, 2019
6:30 pm

YELLOW - You've Got a Friend (ACL)

Animal Care League Annex (Oak Park)

YELLOW Class Focus - You've Got a Friend

If you called your dog and he happily came running to you but you immediately brought him into the house to clean his ears, he probably would not come so quickly the next time you called. What the dog learned is not to trust you because he associated being near you and hearing you call his name with something unpleasant.  

By using only positive interactions each time you greet or call your dog, you’ll be gaining his trust. And building a better bond through trust is the most reliable way to get your dog to respond. When your dog learns that approaching people and greeting them politely makes good things happen, and nothing bad ever occurs, this is the foundation for a sound and safe future.

When you call his name, he’ll come running! You’ve got a friend!

 

  The training facility is two doors East of the Animal Care League building.

Thursday. 18 July, 2019
6:30 pm

GREEN - The Thinking Dog (STF)

Starfish / ASB (Batavia)

GREEN Class Focus - The Thinking Dog

A dog that runs up and SITS to greet you instead of jumping is a Thinking Dog!

A dog that can cope and not react when there are sudden changes in the environment is a Thinking Dog!

When dogs are taught a skill called “shaping” they become better problem solvers and will begin to think about how to earn rewards. Shaping behavior is simply a very easy and incredibly effective way to teach – it allows you to help your dog learn without having to use force or corrections.

This class will focus on the foundation of how to shape a behavior. Whether a dog is pushy or shy, bold or fearful, shaping will help them learn how to handle life’s stimulating or worrisome times and become more confident.

 

7:45 pm

ORANGE - On Your Mark, Let's Go (STF)

Starfish / ASB (Batavia)

ORANGE Class Focus - On Your MARK, Let's GO

THIS IS THE CLASS THAT MUST BE TAKEN FIRST and it is without your dog. Let’s get started with the first steps on the Path to Success by:

  • Using SOUND and SCENT to help provide a calm environment for your dog
  • Learning how dogs communicate and how your own body language is interpreted by them
  • Using marker based training for a totally positive approach to a healthy learning environment for both you and your dog
  • Avoiding conflict - Safely prevent guarding of resources by learning how to handle food, toys, and objects of value
  • Using a Safe Place to help your dog comfortably fit in to his new home
  • Teaching acceptance of handling and grooming
  • Increase good behavior by learning how to capture and reinforce
    • Name Recognition (Attention)
    • Sit (Say Please!)
    • Touch (Management)

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We're here to help. Our experienced trainers guide you through every step of the process as you learn how to build a lifetime relationship with your dog based on trust and understanding. 

Quick Start Package

Would you like to know more about your dog? Would you like to prevent mistakes and create a positive training plan without being overwhelmed? Check out our Intro to Training package.

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In-Home Training

For those who prefer personalized training in the comfort of your home, we offer several options with one of our experienced behavioral trainers using only humane, science-based methods.

Modular Classes

Our classes are modular so that you can choose a location (throughout Chicagoloand) and time that best suits your schedule each week. View our calendar for upcoming sessions.