Saving the lives of companion animals through
rescue, adoption, and spay/neuter


Dog Training

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

Basic Obedience Levels

A Dogs Life PhotographyThis program offers you and your dog the opportunity to learn basic obedience commands at your own pace. Each dog has a different learning rate and every owner’s schedule varies. You’ll learn basic cues using clicker training and reward-based positive reinforcement training. You and your dog will start at Level I and progress gradually through Level III as your dog is ready. You’ll have 12 weeks to complete all three levels.

Open enrollment: Start your Level I training any Saturday at 9am. Come a few minutes early to enroll or contact Katie Morgan at or 815-758-2457 ext. 112.

Fee:  $95.00



Polite 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 Polite Puppies class!

Open enrollment. Attend any Thursday at 8pm, come a few minutes early the first time to enroll and receive your punch card good for 6 visits. Puppies must be current on all vaccinations (minimum 2 distemper combo boosters) and should be between the ages of 8 weeks and 5 months old to begin.

Questions? Contact Katie Morgan at or 815-758-2457 ext. 112.

Fee:  $95.00 



Surviving Adolescence

This is a fun class focusing primarily on socialization, bonding and basic obedience training.  This class will provide you with all you need to know about common adolescent behavior problems and how to address and prevent them.  Our instructors will answer questions, discuss adolescent development, and allow time for off leash play and socialization.  This class is a wonderful continuation from out Social Puppies class!

Open enrollment.  Attend any Thursday at 7pm, come a few minutes early the first time to enroll.  Class duration is 8 weeks and puppies should be between ages 5 months to 1 year to begin. 

Fee: $95.00

Questions? Contact Katie Morgan at or 815-758-2457 ext. 112


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.


Frequently Asked Questions

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

Yes!  Simply contact Katie Morgan at or by calling (815) 758-2457 ext 112 and she’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 Katie Morgan at 815-758-2457 x. 112 to schedule a private consultation prior to enrolling in a group class.



With the start of the new year, we're thrilled to announce that we adopted 2,056 dogs, cats and little critters in 2016. These animals all came to us in need and because of YOU, we're here for them. To everyone who adopted, volunteered, fostered and donated to make this happen - thank you!


Tails recently received a $4,000 grant from the ASPCA in support of our 2017 Transport Program. This program partners with open-admission shelters and animal control agencies to transport dogs and puppies who are high risk for euthanasia due to space and resource limitations. Our network of amazing foster families open their homes to hundreds of dogs each year while they await their turn for adoption.

Thank you ASPCA for your support of this life-saving program!



Last updated 1/6/17