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!

WHY TRAIN WITH TAILS?

Quality
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!

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

Location, Location, Location
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 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: training@tailshumanesociety.org or 815-758-2457 ext. 112.

Ages: 8 Weeks+ (All Ages Welcome)
When: Saturday’s
Fee: $95 or Tails Obedience Deposit

Intermediate Obedience

Build upon what your dog learned in Basic Obedience! This 8-week 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: training@tailshumanesociety.org or 815-758-2457 ext. 112.

Ages: 8 Weeks+ (All Ages Welcome)
When: Saturday’s
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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 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.

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: Oct 20 – Dec 15 (No Class 11/24)
Thu 7:00pm: Nov 2 – Dec 28 (No Class 11/23)
Tue 7:00pm: Nov 14 – Jan 9 (No Class 12/26)
Thu 8:00pm: Dec 7 – Jan 25 (No Class 11/23)

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

 

Adolescent Puppies

This class focuses primarily on socialization, bonding and foundational obedience training in a fun environment. The 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 our Social Puppies class! Pre-registration required.

Ages: 5 Months – 12 Months
Duration: 8 Weeks

When: Our next round of classes are as follows:
Fri 6:30pm: Oct 20 – Dec 15 (No Class 11/24)
Tue 7:00pm: Nov 14 – Jan 9 (No Class 12/26)

For questions or to register, contact us at training@tailshumanesociety.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 our Volunteer and Outreach Manager, Ali Taylor, at ataylor@tailshumanesociety.org for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register for a training class?

Simply email us at training@tailshumanesociety.org or leave a message at 815-758-2457 ext 112 with your name, 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 exclusive use of reward-based positive reinforcement and reward methods. We believe these methods to be the most effective and humane way to gain 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 leads. No pinch or choke collars or retractable leashes 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 behavioral concerns such as aggression, severe reactivity, fearfulness, or separation anxiety, etc. please contact the Training Department by emailing us at training@tailshumanesociety.org or leave a message at 815-758-2457 Ext 112 to schedule a private consultation prior to enrolling in a group class.

 

Announcements

We're Hiring!

We're hiring Animal Care Techs for weekday morning shifts. Please contact Jenni at jlesorgen@tailshumanesociety.org for questions or to apply.

Welcome Ali Taylor!

We are excited to welcome Ali Taylor as our new Volunteer and Outreach Manager! If you'd like to volunteer at Tails or schedule a service group or presentation, please email her at ataylor@tailshumanesociety.org or call 815-758-2457 ext 103.

Chipotle Event

Dine out at either DeKalb Chipotle locations
on Tuesday, October 24, 2017
4:00 - 8:00 PM
and they'll donate 50%
to Tails Humane Society!

Last updated 10/17/17

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