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through the care of companion animals


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 us at 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!

Open enrollment. Attend any Thursday at 8pm. Puppies must be current on all vaccinations (minimum 2 distemper combo boosters) and should be between the ages of 8 weeks and 6 months old to begin.

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

Fee:  $95.00 



Adolescent Puppies

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.  Thursday’s at 7pm, come a few minutes early the first time to enroll.  Class duration is 8 weeks and puppies should be between ages 6 -12 months to begin. 

Fee: $95.00

Questions? Contact us 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. Contact Director of Volunteers, Nicole Brokaw, at 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 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.



Spay/Neuter Clinic is Now Open!

Does your dog or cat need to be fixed? Make an appointment at the Tails Clinic! We do surgeries on Wed and Fri, by appointment. Call 815-758-2457 ext 114 for more details or to schedule your pet.

Dog Training Classes

Basic obedience training classes will resume starting Sat March 4th. Puppy and Adolescent classes are still scheduled for Thur March 2nd. Any questions regarding dog training or behavior issues with your dogs can be directed to Lauren at

Last updated 2/27/17