We offer a wide range of classes from puppy basics to just for fun!
This 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
The next course will be held on Saturday’s from April 1-May 20 at 9am. Please leave your dog at home for the first class on April 1. 10 dogs max enrollment. Enroll at email@example.com or 815-758-2457 ext. 112.
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
The next course will be held on Saturday’s from April 1-May 20 at 10am. 10 dogs max enrollment. Enroll at firstname.lastname@example.org or 815-758-2457 ext. 112.
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 Tuesday or Thursday at 7pm (one night each week). 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 email@example.com or 815-758-2457 ext. 112.
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 Tuesday or Thursday at 8pm (one night each week). Class duration is 8 weeks and puppies should be between ages 6 -12 months to begin.
Questions? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
Improved Exercise Yard
A special thank you to Eric Tronc who recently restored our exercise yards as part of his final Eagle Scout project!
Spay/Neuter Clinic is 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.
Last updated 4/11/17