Building a compassionate community
through the care of companion animals

 

Dog Training

We offer a wide range of classes from puppy basics to just for fun!

Basic Obedience

A Dogs Life PhotographyThis class goes over how dogs learn and how their humans can effectively use a clicker.  You’ll bond with your dog through games and activities. Each dog will receive a graduation certificate upon completion of this 8 week class.

Obedience cues learned – pay attention, sit, recall, down, stay, settle

Manners learned – sit to say hello, meet and greet, loose leash walking, wait at the door/for your food

Management skills learned – Go to ‘place’, Leave it

Contact us for the next class dates: training@tailshumanesociety.org or 815-758-2457 ext. 112.

Fee:  $95.00

Intermediate Obedience

Build upon what your dog learned in Basic Obedience! Each dog will receive a graduation certificate upon completion of this 8 week class. Prerequisite: Completion certificate from Basic Obedience or instructor approval.

Obedience skills learned – Heel with focus, stand, finish, distance work for stay and recall, touch, settle with distraction

Manners learned – Come and leash up, meet and greet etiquette, passing other dogs on leash, wait at door/in car with distractions, sit to say hello with distractions, handling/grooming by owner

Management skills learned – stay in place with distractions, leave it with distractions

Contact us for the next class dates: training@tailshumanesociety.org or 815-758-2457 ext. 112.

Fee:  $95.00

 

 

Social Puppies

This is a fun class focusing primarily on socialization, bonding and an introduction to very basic cues using positive reinforcement training. This class will provide you with all you need to know to prevent common inappropriate behaviors before they become a problem. Instructors will answer questions, discuss puppy development and allow time for puppy play and socialization, all in a positive atmosphere. Training, play, and lots of help is what you can expect from the Social Puppies class!

When? Attend any Tuesday or Thursday at 8pm (students pick one night to attend all 8 weeks). Class duration is 8 weeks and puppies should be between ages 8 weeks -6 months to begin. 

For questions or to register, contact us at training@tailshumanesociety.org or 815-758-2457 ext. 112

Fee: $95.00

 

 

Adolescent Puppies

This is a fun class focusing primarily on teaching you and your puppy off leash socialization skills and fundamental training. This class will provide you with all you need to know to prevent common inappropriate behaviors before they become a problem. Instructors will answer questions, discuss puppy development and allow for two sessions of off leash play time with other puppies every class. Training, play and lots of help in a positive atmosphere is what you can expect from the Social Puppies class!

When? Attend any Tuesday or Thursday at 8pm (students pick one night to attend all 8 weeks). Class duration is 8 weeks and puppies should be between ages 6 -12 months to begin. 

For questions or to register, contact us at training@tailshumanesociety.org or 815-758-2457 ext. 112

Fee: $95.00

Mentoring Shelter Dogs

This is an open training time to work on enrichment, general manners, and basic cues with Tails shelter dogs.  Agility obstacles, tricks, and scent training will also be introduced.  If you have an evening to spare for helping our shelter dogs, this is for you!  Volunteer orientation and dog walking training are required prior to attending class. 

There is no charge for this class. It is open to members of the public age 16 and older. Contact Director of Volunteers, Nicole Brokaw, at nbrokaw@tailshumanesociety.org for more information.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it possible for me to enroll in classes without going through the online enrollment?

Yes!  Simply contact us at training@tailshumanesociety.org or by calling (815) 758-2457 ext 112 and we’ll be happy to enroll you in person or over the phone!

What type of training methods are used?

Tails teaches and encourages the exclusive use of positive reinforcement reward-based training methods.  We believe these methods to be the most effective and humane way to gain trust, maximize bonding, and encourage your dog to learn consistently appropriate behaviors in a variety of situations.

What type of collar and leash should my dog wear?

We encourage all handlers to use buckle collars and 6 foot leads (preferably leather leads).  No  pinch collars please.

Do we need to bring our own treats?

Yes.  It is important that you find a reward that your dog absolutely loves.  Most dogs are food motivated, but if yours isn’t, we’ll help you find a way to reward him/her with toys, attention or other positive motivators.

What if I have serious concerns about my dog’s behavior?

For dogs with major behavior concerns such as severe aggression, severe separation anxiety, etc., please call us at 815-758-2457 x. 112 to schedule a private consultation prior to enrolling in a group class.

 

Announcements

Volunteer and Outreach Manager Job Posting

We are hiring a full time Volunteer and Outreach Manager. If you have volunteer management experience and enjoy being around animals, please send your resume to Michelle at mgroeper@tailshumanesociety.org.

Thank you for Supporting Mutt Strut!

It was a gorgeous morning for a 5 run or walk on Sat Sept 16! Thank you to everyone who participated in our Mutt Strut, and also to our sponsors and donors. We'll post photos of the event soon!

Schnucks Giving Bag Benefits Tails in Sept

Need a cool reusable bag? Go over to the Schnucks located at 975 S. Annie Glidden Rd in DeKalb, grab the reusable Cause bag and we get $1 for each one purchased!

Last updated 9/18/17

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