Chicago's 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 main training system that we use is 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 means of communication. We seek to remove 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 your needs as well as your dog's, reach out to us! You can contact us via email or phone and also 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 click on the book now tab in the upper right hand corner of your screen. You will be taken to our customer portal where you can create an account for you and your dog and upload vaccinations, waivers, and answer some training questions

The minimum age requirement for all programs is 3 months. There is no breed limitation and no maximum age. For all board and train programs we require up-to-date Rabies, Bordetella (6 months), and DHPP vaccines 

Your dog will stay at our private in home training facility that is designed to replicate a real house setting. They will be under 24 hour care with one of our trainers and will be training constantly throughout the day. This makes for a very seamless transition back home due to the replication of a house environment and schedule

Your dog will get approximately 3-5 sessions of training totaling at least three hours per day. Given the nature of the in home boarding setting, your pup will be training 24/7 as they live with the trainer and will be trained in public places as well such as parks and stores

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 14 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

To avoid excessive visit requests please reach out to us if you feel you need to visit your dog during their stay and we will work with you on setting up a visitation

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