Illinois' Top Dog Training Academy

Frequently Asked Questions

Right away! The sooner you learn our system the faster you will be able to communicate with your dog to get the behaviors you want. Training a younger puppy is easier; habits (good and bad) can be formed in as little as 2-3 weeks.

As soon as you walk in the door with a new dog or puppy, whether you know it or not, training has already begun. Puppies must be at least 3 months of age before they can begin training

Our training system uses a balanced approach, which means that we use all forms of reinforcement. We find what motivators work best for your dog because every dog is different! We also offer purely positive training per owner request!

We educate owners to think differently about their dog and to understand the relationship dynamic, involved in dog training. Dog training isn’t just an activity, it’s a way of life and a means of communication. We seek to remove the stress and frustration that sometimes accompany dog ownership by actively taking charge of the training.

Our methods work without scaring your dog or resorting to harsh punishment! We focus the training on you — the owner. We want you to understand what methods work, which ones don’t, and why, to help you build a relationship with your dog based on mutual understanding and communication.

If you aren't sure what program is best for the needs of both you and your dog, reach out to us! You can contact us via email or phone to set up a free consultation to meet with a trainer to discuss your goals and a training plan

You can call us to set up training or you can book now in your browser. Book now will take you to our customer portal where you can create an account for you and your dog and upload information on vaccinations, waivers, and previous training.

The minimum age requirement for all programs is 3 months. There is no breed limitation and no maximum age. For all boarding and training programs, we require proof of up-to-date rabies, bordetella (6 months), and DHPP vaccines. 

Your dog will stay at our state of the art training facility with 10-12 other dogs which is a low volume facility unlike a daycare. They will be under care with our trainers and kennel staff and will be training constantly throughout the day as well as playing with other dogs in training. We take all dogs off site to outings, parks, and stores. We also potty every dog individually on long walks to help with potty training and to maintain a clean indoor environment. This makes for a very seamless transition back home due to generalizing what they have learned in multiple environments.

Your dog will get approximately 3-5 sessions of training totaling at least two hours per day. They will also have a full day of play in daycare every day during their stay.

If you need to change or cancel a program please reach out to us as soon as possible. There is a $250 non-refundable cancellation fee within 7 days of the start date. If you need to switch programs reach out and we can get you enrolled in a new program at no extra cost.

Visits are held Monday through Friday 10 AM-6 PM based on availability (not guaranteed). Book via phone or email. Visitation appointments are 15 minutes and must be booked 24 hours before they are conducted. We are able to provide 1 visit per family per week.

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