Building a compassionate community
through the care of companion animals

Dog Training

We offer a wide range of dog training classes from puppy basics to advanced obedience to just for fun!


Tails instructors are dedicated to ensuring you and your dog are treated as individuals and reach your training goals. It is part of the mission of Tails Humane Society to ensure that pets stay with their families. We understand that a well-mannered dog is easier to live with, and we’re willing to work with you and your dog until you’re happy with his/her behavior!

Classes start at just $95! We also offer discounts for Tails adopters. Our prices just can’t be beat!

Location, Location, Location
Tails’ Training Center is located adjacent to the Tails Humane Society animal shelter at 2270 Barber Greene Road, just minutes drive from DeKalb, Sycamore, Cortland, Elburn and Maple Park. We’re the most centrally located training facility in the DeKalb and Sycamore area! We’re also the largest around. We have over 3,500 square feet of dedicated training space so there’s plenty of room to spread out without feeling crowded!

Basic Obedience

A Dogs Life PhotographyThis dog training class focuses on teaching basic obedience cues and polite manners in a structured 8-week course using reward-based positive reinforcement.  Emphasis is placed on understanding how dogs learn and clearly communicating with your dog in a manner that enables your dog to better understand what you are asking of them and results in a stronger human-canine bond. Class size is limited. Pre-registration required.

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

Ages: 8 Weeks+ (All Ages Welcome)
When: Saturday mornings or Monday evenings
Fee: $95 or Tails Obedience Deposit

Intermediate Obedience

Build upon what your dog learned in Basic Obedience! This 8-week dog training course will work on improving your dog’s self control and increasing response time to cues while adding more distractions.  Prerequisite: Certificate from Tails’ Basic Obedience or instructor approval. Class size is limited.  Pre-registration required.

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

Ages:  8 Weeks+ (All Ages Welcome)
When: Saturdays
Fee: $95




Social Puppies

This is a fun dog training class focusing primarily on socialization, manners, and an introduction to basic obedience 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. In addition to teaching basic obedience cues, instructors will answer questions, discuss puppy development, and allow time for off-leash 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! Pre-registration required. Class size is limited.

Ages: 8 Weeks – 5 Months
Duration: 8 Weeks
Fee: $95 or Tails Obedience Deposit

When: Our next round of classes are as follows:
Fri 6:30pm: Feb 16 – Apr 13 (No Class 3/9)
Thu 7:00pm: Mar 15 – May 3
Tue 7:00pm: Mar 20 – May 8 
Thu 8:00pm: Feb 8 – Apr 5 (No Class 3/8)

For questions or to register, email us at or leave us a message at 815-758-2457 ext. 112


Adolescent Puppies

This class focuses primarily on socialization, manners and foundational obedience training in a fun environment. The class will provide instruction in training your dog in the core obedience cues as well as addressing how to prevent and handle common adolescent behavior problems. Our instructors will answer questions, discuss adolescent development, and allow time for off leash play and socialization. This class is a wonderful continuation from our Social Puppies class or a great place to start if you have an adolescent pup! Pre-registration required and class size is limited.

Ages: 5 Months – 12 Months
Duration: 8 Weeks

When: Our next round of classes are as follows:
Tue 8:00pm: Jan 30 – Mar 27 (No Class 3/13) 
Fri   7:30pm: Feb 16 – Apr 13 (No Class 3/9)

For questions or to register, email us at or leave us a message at 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 our Volunteer and Outreach Manager, Ali Taylor, at for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register for a training class?

Simply email us at or leave a message in our mailbox at 815-758-2457 ext 112 with your name, phone number, dog’s name & age, and class you’re interested in and a trainer will contact you with the day and time of available sessions.

What type of training methods are used?

Tails teaches and encourages the use of reward-based positive reinforcement methods. We believe these methods to be the most effective and humane way to build trust, maximize the bond, 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 or modified martingale collars and 6 foot leash. No pinch or choke collars or retractable leashes please.  If your dog wears a harness, we recommend a harness with a front/chest clip for the leash, please discuss any other type harness with the trainer ahead of time. 

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 behavioral concerns such as aggression, severe reactivity, fearfulness, separation anxiety, etc. please contact the Training Department by emailing us at or leave a message at 815-758-2457 Ext 112 to schedule a private consultation prior to enrolling in a group class.




Tails is Hiring!

We are hiring an Animal Care Tech for limited weekday morning cat care/cleaning. For questions, or to apply, please email Jenni at

Tropical Tails tickets on sale now!

Our annual dinner/auction gala, Tropical Tails is on Sat Mar 10 in DeKalb. This event raises much needed funds for the hundreds of animals in our care. Early bird pricing ends on Fri Feb 16! Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Last updated 2/13/18