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: Saturdays 10:00am begins January 26th; Thursdays 8:00pm begins January 24th; Saturdays 9:00am begins March 2nd
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 leave a voice message at 815-758-2457 ext. 112.

Ages:  4 Months+ (see Prerequisite)
When: Saturdays 11:00am begins January 26th
Fee: $95

Advanced Obedience

Ready to take your obedience to a new level? Our 8-week Advanced Dog Obedience training course focuses on building solid responses from your dog even when you’re not holding the leash!  Working at a distance from your dog and using distractions commonly found when in public helps to build your dog’s self control and responsiveness to both visual and spoken cues.  Prerequisite: Certificate from Tails’ Intermediate Obedience or instructor approval. Class size is limited.  Pre-registration required.

Contact us for the next class dates: or leave a voice message at 815-758-2457 ext. 112.

Ages:  6 Months+ (see Prerequisite)
When: TBD
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:
Tue 7:00pm: Starting January 8th
Thu 7:00pm: Starting January 24th
Fri 6:30pm: Starting February 22nd

For questions and to register, email us at or leave us a message at 815-758-2457 ext. 112.  Please include your name, your pup’s name and age, and if adopted from Tails, your pup’s name at time of adoption.


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:
Tuesdays at 8:00pm starting January 15th
Fridays at 7:30pm starting February 22nd

For questions or to register, email us at or leave a voice 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.



Congratulations to Tracey Frier!

Thank you to everyone who came out to support Tropical Tails 2019! This year we honored two of our volunteers and fosters who have dedicated their time and talents to Tails. Congratulations Tracey Frier on receiving the Heart of Gold award! A special thank you to our 2019 Sponsors and Matt Hart, of Hart Auctioneering for your commitment to our mission and the animals in our care.

 Last updated 3/20/19