What training tools will or will not be used?

Event Markers (like a clicker), reinforcements (treats, toys, affection, environment), 4-8 foot leashes, and harness are some of our favorites! We will never use: prong, chain or shock collars, punishing, such as yanking, yelling, “Pssssts” or “Eh” sounds, prodding, or pinching, squirt bottles or coin cans. We will also be aware if your dog finds an intended reward aversive too. For example, not all dogs love food or affection. We will not use something unrewarding.

What happens when the dog does it wrong?

It means the humans have screwed up. If the dog gets it wrong, we did not set them up for success. If the dog gets it wrong, we must re-evaluate the plan. In other words, the dog is never wrong. So if your dog does something other than what we are looking for, we choose from re-directing, ignoring, and re-setting. Your dog will not be punished for doing a behavior we didn’t want.

What happens when the dog does it right?

Your dog will receive a reward and we will provide that reward based on what the dog finds reinforcing, not what the trainer or owner find reinforcing. While training, we will observe to see that your dog enjoys the treat, affection, toys, environment, etc and we will stop using it if it is not the right motivator for your dog. We need your dog to be an active participant in training and we want them to enjoy it!


We are not taking new clients who are in need of weekly or reoccurring training at this time. We are happy to refer you to one of the trainers below.

We are still offering Canine Good Citizen Testing
We are still offering Therapy Dog Testing
Be sure to check out our one-time Dog Friendly Family program!

Phyllis Zboril
Geneva/Naperville area
In home and Geneva group classes
Go Dog!

Lora Johnson
Batavia/Sugar Grove/Oswego area
In home and Batavia group classes
Over The Moon

Rachel Fein
Naperville area
In home and group
Cloud K9 Academy

Allie Bender
Naperville area
In home
Pet Harmony Training

Amy Saletta
Glen Ellyn area
In home and group
The Puppy Professor

Liz Mishima
West Chicago area
Group and in-home
Hightails Hideaway and A Sound Beginning

Aimee Busse
La Grange area
In home and group
Dogz n Harmony

Harlan and Kim Houska
Marengo area
In home, group scent detection, and travels for aggression-like cases
Top Notch K9 

Steven Frost
St. Charles and Chicago suburbs area
A Sound Beginning

Donna Orlowski
South Elgin area
Group class only
Spot On K9 Sports

Dana Nelson
South Elgin area
In-home and group
Affinity Dog Training

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