About Bark Avenue Training

At Bark Avenue our goal is to make training a pleasant experience for both you and your dog. We use only proven techniques to get the best results from any training session.

We provide both obedience and behavioral training to all breeds and behavioral issues. The dog trainers’ ability to build a trusting relationship with dogs of all sizes and breeds makes him a very effective trainer capable of addressing even the toughest issues. As a dog owner, you will work with the dog trainer to learn the skills necessary to bring out the best in your pet and to ensure that they are well behaved at all times. You will learn the importance of providing leadership to your dog in addition to the love and affection they already receive from you and above all, building a relationship based on trust and respect. Combining leadership with love and affection creates an unbreakable bond between you and your pet.

We welcome all dogs age 4 months or older into any of our dog training classes described below. If you have a dog that is younger than 4 months old who needs a dog trainer, please call us at 630-289-8470 to discuss your situation.

Pre-registration is required for all our classes and workshops. Due to limited space, our classes are non-refundable.


Puppy Pre-School

Begin with building a strong relationship with your puppy during their most impressionable moments of development and simultaneously build their confidence. This class will address common puppy behaviors, prevention of behavioral problems and teach you how to properly expose your puppy to various sights, sounds and textures. For pups 0-4 months. 

SIGN UP!    4 Week Class: Sunday, 1:00pm-1:30pm, weekly


Tricks & Brain Games

You can always teach any dog a new trick, puppies too! This is a class all about fun, challenges and rewards! The skills you will learn in this class will be beneficial in helping you to learn to communicate more effectively with your dog and develop a great bonding experience. Build confidence, increase attention and focus through fun and games. Here’s a few tricks you’ll be able to choose from to teach your furry family member:

  • Paw
  • Dance
  • Spin
  • Rollover
  • Play dead
  • Touch
  • Jump
  • Take a bow
  • Open/close door
  • Skateboard
  • Weave through legs
  • Circle around me

SIGN UP! 4 Week Class: Saturday, 1:00pm-2:00pm, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4 and 11/11


Canine Confidence

Did your furry family member come into your life after their puppy years? Are they fearful or anxious? This is a class that concentrates on re-exposing your dog to various senses and situations to prevent/overcome fears. Learn how to build a better relationship with your dog and decrease anxiety while they learn to be more confident in themselves and the world around them.

SIGN UP!  4 Week Class: Sunday, 2:00pm-3:00pm, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29 and 11/15


Fun Nosework

Do you have a dog that loves to smell? Get your pup more excited about using their nose to seek out a toy or treat hidden in one of several boxes, different rooms in your house, yard, park or anywhere you go. This class will introduce you to the basics, teach you how to encourage and develop your dog’s biggest asset, their nose! Your pup will be sure to have fun and burn lots of mental and physical energy. Push their potential with focus and teamwork

SIGN UP!   3 Week Class: Sunday, 3:30-4:30pm, 11/12, 11/19, and 12/10


Agility - Level 1

You and your dog will be sure to have a great time! You will learn the basics of guiding your four-legged friend through our obstacle course that includes running through tunnels, scaling an A-Frame, navigating a teeter-totter, weave poles, and jumping many different types of hurdles. This class is simply for FUN

SIGN UP!   4 Week Class: Wednesday, 1:00pm-2:00pm, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8 and 11/15

SIGN UP!   4 Week Class: Sunday, 2:00pm-3:00pm, 11/12, 11/19. 12/10 and 12/17


Agility - Level 2

This class will build upon what was taught in Agility I. We’ll continue to practice and improve skills by mastering each piece of equipment, working on handler skills and increasing your speed. You and your pup will work as a team improving together.


Basic Dog Obedience - Level 1

Let’s start with teamwork and the basics… “sit”, “down” and learning not to pull on leash are among the popular commands. The goal of this class is to learn the basics while using positive reinforcement. This three-week class builds on the prior week’s topics and discussion of ways to manage and eliminate unwanted behavior. This class is great for new pet-parents or your four-legged family member who needs to brush up on their manners.

Requirement: Dogs should be at least 4 months at their first class.

SIGN UP!    3 Week Class: Saturday, 10:00am-11:00am, 10/14, 10/21 and 10/28

SIGN UP!   3 Week Class: Wednesday, 11:30am-12:30pm, 10/18, 10/25 and 11/1

SIGN UP!    3 Week Class: Wednesday, 6:30pm-7:30pm, 10/18, 10/25 and 11/1

SIGN UP!    3 Week Class: Saturday, 10:00am-11:00am, 11/4, 11/11 and 11/18

SIGN UP!   3 Week Class: Wednesday, 11:30am-12:30pm, 11/8, 11/15 and 11/22

SIGN UP!    3 Week Class: Wednesday, 6:30pm-7:30pm, 11/8, 11/15 and 11/22

SIGN UP!   3 Week Class: Wednesday, 11:30am-12:30pm, 12/6, 12/13 and 12/20

SIGN UP!    3 Week Class: Wednesday, 6:30pm-7:30pm, 12/6, 12/13 and 12/20


Basic Dog Obedience - Level 2

This class builds on the skills learned in Basic Obedience (Level 1). Increase your dog’s focus and continue to improve their skills through positive training methods. Your dog will learn to run to their “place” and stay, “heel” and walk nicely on a loose leash, as well as “come” when called.

Requirement: Completed Basic Obedience (Level 1) or equivalent or have Trainer’s approval.

SIGN UP!   3 Week Class: Saturday, 11:30am-12:30pm, 10/14, 10/21 and 10/28

SIGN UP!  3 Week Class: Thursday, 11:30am-12:30pm, 10/19, 10/26 and 11/2

SIGN UP!   3 Week Class: Thursday, 6:30pm-7:30pm, 10/19, 10/26 and 11/2

SIGN UP!   3 Week Class: Saturday, 11:30am-12:30pm, 11/4, 11/11 and 11/18

SIGN UP!   3 Week Class: Thursday, 11:30am-12:30pm, 11/9, 11/16 and 12/7

SIGN UP!   3 Week Class: Thursday, 6:30pm-7:30pm, 11/9, 11/16 and 12/7


Intermediate Obedience - Level 1

Intermediate Class in intended to build upon Basic Obedience (Level I & II) by improving your pup’s reliability and response. This class will incorporate more advanced techniques and distractions.

 Requirement: Completed Basic Obedience (Level II) or equivalent or have Trainer’s approval.


Intermediate Obedience - Level 2

This class aims to develop more formal obedience skills by increasing duration and distance. Promote higher levels of response under increased distractions.

Requirement: Completed Intermediate Obedience (Level 1) or equivalent or have Trainer’s approval.


Advanced Obedience

Are you ready to take it to the next level? Continue training with a higher level of focus and skill. In Advanced Class you will continue to work with your dog on their obedience skills by increasing duration, distance, working towards off leash, increased distractions and out of site recall.

Requirement: Completed Intermediate Obedience (Level 2) or equivalent or have Trainer’s approval.

SIGN UP!  4 Week Class: Sunday, 3:30pm-4:30pm, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29 and 11/15


Rock Solid Recall

Does your dog always come when called? How about when there are distractions? Training your dog to come when called is one of the most important skills you can teach, especially for their safety. In Rock-Solid Recall you will learn through fun games and techniques to build a strong recall and reliable behavior despite distractions using positive reinforcement.


Crate Skills (Workshop)

Does your dog cry, bark or whine in their crate because they have separation anxiety? This is a workshop dedicated to teaching dogs to love their crate and feel comfortable in them making it a positive experience.



If your dog lunges, barks, growls, snaps or whines when they are on leash, this is your class! This is for dogs who are reactive when they encounter the presence of other dogs. The goal of this class is to improve leash skills by walking calmly without reactive behavior, proper handling skills and reading canine behavior. You will explore obedience training, positive behavior modification and focus skills. The class begins with a private training session and evaluation prior to the class start date, and the group class will meet for four weeks.


Pack Walks

Enjoy an outing with our Certified Trainer, Kelly, to work with your pup’s natural curiosity during a structured walk. It’s not only great exercise and mentally stimulating, but a great opportunity to practice social skills in a safe and controlled environment. Your dog will learn how to handle real life situations and distractions from cars, cyclists, trains, people, strollers, squirrels, fellow K9’s and much more!

Each pack walk is approximately 45-60 minutes, weather permitting. You’ll need  to bring a collar and leash (please, no flexi or retractable leashes), treats are always a plus!


Canine Good Citizen (CGC)

This class strengthens the dog and handler relationship by increasing communication skills and practicing the behaviors required to pass the AKC’s 10-step CGC test (given on the last week of class).

 The evaluation consists of ten objectives:

  • Accepting a friendly stranger
  • Sitting politely for petting
  • Allowing basic grooming procedures
  • Walking on a loose lead
  • Walking through a crown
  • Sitting and lying down on command and staying in place
  • Coming when called
  • Reacting appropriately to another dog
  • Reacting appropriately to distractions
  • Calmly enduring supervised separation from the owner

 Requirement: Completed Intermediate Obedience (Level 2) or equivalent or have Trainer’s approval.


Dogs & Diapers 

Is your family expecting or have a new baby? Dogs and Diapers is a class that will prepare your dog before or after the arrival of your newest addition to your family. Your dog will learn effective techniques that will allow them to walk next to a stroller without pulling, lying down during feeds, changing times, baths and more. Your dog should be able to “sit” and “stay” as we will incorporate further techniques in preparing your family and dog to manage interactions safely. Babies are encouraged to come to class.


Walk This Way (Workshop)

Do you walk your dog or does your dog walk you? Walk This Way will address a wide range of leash problems such as pulling, jumping, leash-biting and refusing to walk on leash. We will focus on skills and techniques to reduce problematic leash behavior and increase self-control for a more successful and pleasant walk.


 Private Dog Training Lessons

With private lessons you will have one on one time with you and our trainer to work on specific issues you are experiencing.

If you do not have time for our Basic Obedience Class on Thursdays, you can get the same results by completing 3 private lessons with our trainer. With three private lessons the training is more intense and is set in a one on one environment and not a class. These are set up according to your schedule.


House Calls

When your dog is having problems that are indicative of the home we recommend house calls. Here our trainer can see what is going on in the home and can address the issues right there where they occur.


Board & Train Program

Board and Train is the most intense and effective form of training that we have to offer. Our Board and Train program is designed to work with your dog while he/she stays at our facility for a two to three week period. During his/her stay, the trainer will work with your dog to develop basic obedience skills as well as address areas of concern you may have such as:

  • Fear
  • Food Aggression
  • Separation Anxiety
  • Socialization
  • Leash aggression
  • Obedience
  • Off leash work
  • And so much more…

When your dog’s stay is over, we will schedule a one-hour  go home session with you so we can demonstrate all your dog has learned. We will also spend time giving you one on one instruction on how to maintain the newly learned behavior and answer any questions that you may have.

Following the go home session, we will also schedule a free follow up session for you and your dog in a week or so. The purpose of this follow up session is to review the skills that you should be incorporating into your daily life and correct or fine tune any behavior as needed. Each of these board and train sessions also includes 5 weeks of onsite intermediate class sessions as well as lifetime consultations for the dog at no additional cost to you.

We work with all breeds and behavioral issues.  Please call to discuss any issues you are having with your dog or to set up a FREE consultation with our trainer.

Bark Avenue Daycamp in Bartlett provides doggie daycare, boarding, training, and grooming, in Bartlett and in the surrounding Chicago suburbs including Carol Stream, Elgin, Hanover Park, South Elgin, St. Charles, Wayne and Streamwood.

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Meet Our Trainer

IMG_1581Kelly Steinhoff
Being raised with animals my whole life I always knew I was going to be involved in some way with pets. I worked for many years at dog daycare facilities where I observed and learned the nature of dog behavior. While attending University of Illinois getting a degree in Animal Science-Pre Veterinarian Studies I realized that training is where my real passion lied. After graduating I immersed myself into an intense dog training school in St. Louis, Missouri earning a certificate as a Professional Dog Trainer. There I learned many different training techniques and types of training including: narcotic detection, personal protection, competitive and non-competitive obedience, Schutzhund training and much more!

I currently have 4 dogs that I train for various competitions so my life is anything but boring!

I believe that every dog has its own personality and learning curve not unlike their human companions. My goal is to preserve their uniqueness and build upon their character while positively teaching skills needed for them to be a source of joy and companionship for you and your family.

My training is not approached with a 'one size fits all' mentality. Dogs learn in many different ways, therefore I utilize different techniques and skills. Finding the best way your dog learns not only produces results, but makes it an enjoyable and fun experience for both you and your pup.

Dog Training Prices

Puppy Pre-School $80
Tricks & Brain Games $100
Dogs & Diapers $100
Workshops $60
Rock Solid Recall $75
Fun Nosework $75
Canine Confidence $100
Growl (Includes Private Lesson) $200
Canine Good Citizen (CGC) $150
Pack Walk $25
Agility (Level 1) $100
Agility (Level 2) $100
Basic Obedience (Level 1) $100
Basic Obedience (Level 2) $100
Intermediate Obedience (Level 1) $150
Intermediate Obedience (Level 2) $100
Advanced Obedience $100
Private Session (onsite) $100
Private Session (at home) $150
Board & Train (2 weeks)

(Includes 5 additional weeks of onsite training)

Board & Train (3 weeks)

(Includes 5 additional weeks of onsite training)

Play & Train

(plus daycare fee minimum day)

Daycamp Intro

(plus daycare fee minimum day)


Check Out What Our Clients Are Saying

We left our dog Kaya for 10 days at Bark Avenue while we went to Mexico on vacation. Michelle made us feel very comfortable about leaving our baby there. We were given a tour of the facility and shown where Kaya would be sleeping. We called several times and everyone took the time to give us an update. She had lots of playtime, and since we also paid for training, she worked very hard as well! The trainer is just like the “dog whisperer”. He is truly amazing, and we are continuing her training there in his classes.

Lisa Foreman

Bark Avenue is the only place I have ever trusted to watch/board my dog. He goes here 2 to 3 times every week for daycare. He also comes here for “distraction” training class once per week. He has also been CGC certified through Bark Avenue with the A.K.C. My dog has a lot of allergies and Bark Avenue goes an extra mile whenever he comes in for a grooming and ensures he is well taken care of in every way. They take care of my dog like he is their dog. You can’t get better than that as far as piece of mind.

A Google User

I was looking for a place to board our puppy while we went on vacation. I couldn’t find anywhere that I truly trusted until Bark Avenue. We took him to their free Puppy Playtime on Saturdays and what we found was an immaculate space with happy dogs and a friendly, knowledgeable staff who clearly love dogs. These are people who enjoy their work and they take an interest in all the dogs in their care. The best part is that the dogs who board there are not locked up all day. They are let out to play with the daycare dogs (closely supervised). You can also have your dog trained while you’re away! My family went to Disney World and I think our dog actually had more fun than we did. I called to check on him and they were delighted to share his antics with me. I felt no guilt about leaving him at Bark Ave and I just regret he can’t go back more often. I can’t recommend this place highly enough!

Jane Stults

I first heard of Bark Avenue Daycamp about 6 yrs ago. I volunteered at West Suburban Humane Society and was having issues with my 5 yr old mixed breed dog. I boarded my dog for 2 weeks of intensive training pertaining to his issues, at Bark Avenue. Everyone was so caring & helpful. He is a totally different dog!! I have done obedience, distraction & agility classes at Bark Avenue. Whenever I have gone on vacation, I only board my dogs at Bark Avenue. They are the only ones I trust with my dogs. Even though they are an hour away from me, the peace & trust I feel leaving my dogs there, are worth it!!! I am the client that calls every day to see how her dogs are……they are nothing but kind & understanding. They are worth the visit!

Sally R.

I took advantage of Bark Avenue’s free puppy play time and at the same time my puppy played for free, I learned a lot about my dog. Now my dog comes to daycare every week and boards here as well several times per year. I’ve been a customer now for 2 1/2 years and have never had 1 problem. My dog is well socialized, well trained and an absolute joy. Thank you Bark Avenue.


I have an energetic border collie/lab mix and he was out of control. I knew I needed help with training. First I took him to another local daycamp/training facility and they rejected him saying they couldn’t control him. A coworker suggested Bark Ave. I took him there hoping they could help. At the initial meeting they agreed that he was “nuts” but that he was a sweet dog. They showed me what his social problems were and said they could help. I left him there for a week long board and train, and Staff did wonders w/ my pup! My friends were stunned at the transformation. Now, a year later, he is still energetic but much more manageable. Since our training we’ve added two cats to the family. And while the 3 of them aren’t best friends they are cohabiting, something that would not have happened if we didn’t get the skills needed to handle him. I wish I was closer so I could use the day care service on a regular basis b/c I know I’d have a very happy (and very tired) dog. But every time I go away for a weekend or vacation I make his reservations at Bark Ave. He loves the staff and the interaction w/ other dogs, and, more importantly, I know he’s getting the best care.

Lynn B.

I have seen taking my pit bull Prince that does therapy work to their staff trainer, for obedience training, and he is by far the best trainer I have ever had. (I have worked in pit bull rescue for over 10 years and have had many, many dog trainers work with my foster dogs, and no doubt he is the very best at what he does!) He has an amazing ability to control dogs with his firm and yet gentle nature. He also worked wonders with our very challenging and dog aggressive mix breed Mosley. I can’t say enough good things, my husband and I completely love him! As for their daycare, I’m equally as impressed. They are the ONLY place I will take my dog after numerous bad experiences at other daycares. Prince loves Bark Ave, they have tons of room for the dogs to play, it’s clean, well staffed with trained, educated and friendly people and they always make me and my dog feel very welcome and greet us by name when we come in. I LOVE LOVE LOVE Bark Avenue and highly recommend it!!!!!!!!!! =)

Amanda R.

Recently sent my young crazy puppy here for training and within two weeks the trainers had him listening off leash outside!!! I didn’t think he would ever listen inside much less outside. I did a go home lesson and they showed me how to do everything and control my dog both inside and out. Thanks guys.

Lisa R.

Dear Michelle and the rest of the staff at Bark Avenue,

Thank you for providing such a great service to my clients, their pets, and my own dog, Finley. I always feel comfortable when leaving Finley at Bark Avenue and confident that you provide a safe environment for all of the dogs. I must admit, that as a veterinarian, I used to be hesitant of dog daycare facilities, because I was always concerned about fights and injuries occurring. I always envisioned this type of facility as an area where dogs of all types are just “put together.”

Contrary to that belief, I have learned from visiting your facility several times, watching the dogs and staff interact, and speaking with their trainer, that in a properly controlled environment like yours, behaviors that lead up to problems are extinguished before they escalate. The ratio of staff to dogs is very comforting, and knowing that the staff is well-trained in dog behavior is comforting as well.

Of course, as in any daycare facility (dog or child), unexpected things can happen, but I have full confidence that you and your staff handle the dogs in such a way as to minimize any unwanted behavior. In addition, I have seen first hand that the staff is very observant of any medical issues a dog may have, and you keep an open line of communication with the owner and a veterinarian if needed. I have officially converted and become a fan of doggie daycare, but PARTICULARLY at Bark Avenue. I have seen other facilities that I would not feel comfortable leaving my little guy in.

Your facility is large, well-kept and very clean smelling! This is very important from a veterinary perspective, because although some illnesses in groups of animals are unavoidable, your daycare area is easy to clean and disinfect, and your protocol for keeping the area clean is of the highest standards. I also like the fact that you have an outdoor area for the dogs to play, and the structured schedule you have for feeding time, nap time, etc. The staff is always friendly and caring, and Finley feels comfortable with all of you. From a “mom” perspective, I am very happy to have a place like yours to bring Finley for exercise and socialization, rather than leaving him in a cage all day. From a doctor perspective, I am very happy to have a place to refer my patients and clients to.

In addition to the wonderful daycare services you provide, I am very impressed with your trainer and his training/behavior skills. He is so in tune with dogs and their behavior that he knows what they are going to do before they do themselves! Again, as a veterinarian, this is important to me, because I am often asked about behavior problems, and although I am able to help to a certain degree, I often need to refer to someone who can give more specialized attention to my patients in this area.

I have had my dog for 9 years, and his behavior problems have progressively worsened over this time. I have had several trainers help me, but the fixes were just temporary, and once the training session or “class” was over, I was left on my own to figure out or remember what I needed to do. Bark Avenue Daycamp has been awesome with his follow up, and is the first person that has helped me make enough progress to “see the glimmer of hope” that my dog can be good! As a result, my relationship is changing with my dog, and it is less stressful. You are not only helping my dog, but he is helping me to relax and feel more confident with my dog in social situations. This allows me to enjoy my dog more and even take him to public places more! I cannot thank you all enough for your help and kindness.

Lisa Mikol-Doering, DVM

I am Carolyn Mossberger, Executive Director of the West Suburban Humane Society in Downers Grove. We use the services of the Bark Avenue trainer regularly and have for quite some time. We have 100% trust and confidence in his abilities. He is flexible and works just as well with people as he does with the dogs, which is a rare find. We have worked with other local trainers and have not had positive results. It’s well worth the 45 minute drive to use a trainer that we know will give us results. As a non profit organization, we need to be mindful of every dollar we spend. When we utilize the services of Bark Avenue Daycamp, we are confident that our money is being well spent. Dogs from shelters have unknown backgrounds and sometimes come with baggage. This trainer has successfully rehabilitated our shelter dogs with issues such as fear, food aggression, other dog aggression, leash aggression and basic bad manners. We have such complete confidence in the trainer, several of our staff members have used him to train their own dogs. I highly recommend the trainer and services at Bark Avenue Daycamp.

Carolyn Mossberger, Executive Director of the West Suburban Humane Society

My husband, Tim, and I can not say enough good things about Bark Avenue and their staff. We sing their praises everywhere we go and have dubbed Bark Avenue’s trainer our local dog whisperer!

We learned about Bark Ave from friends after we began considering adding an American Bulldog to our family. With two smaller dogs and a six-month-old daughter we knew that socialization would be important for our pup. Little did we know that we would need a lot more than socialization!

Our “little” bundle of joy arrived weighing 10 pounds at seven weeks old. Adorable and sweet, Drago also had a bit of an aggression problem. He did not want to take any orders from me and communicated his displeasure through snarling and biting me. The breeder wanted us to put Drago down which was out of the question! While most trainers do not work with such small pups, their trainer has personal experience with Am Bulls. He took Drago in for rehabilitation for two weeks. Afterwards, he taught us how to work with Drago, so that we could better understand pack behavior and know how to maintain and continue his progress as well as rehabilitate the two other dogs we have.

Since then, Bark Avenue has been a constant resource for us as Drago has grown and pushed his boundaries as all stubborn Am Bull pups will do. We have found a great outlet in Bark Avenue’s Doggy Day Camp where Drago has become a beloved staple and works off his energy. The staff is wonderful and well-versed in how to handle dogs of all personalities and sizes. Drago has also gone through Distraction Training and is the most well-behaved seven-month-old dog you will find around. We get so many compliments on his behavior, and people are amazed at how young he is since he is now tipping the scales at 80 pounds!

On a personal note our family underwent some difficult health issues throughout the beginning of this year. Bark Avenue’s entire staff demonstrated tremendous care, concern and support not only to our dogs but to our entire family. I would, and do, recommend Bark Avenue to friends, family and strangers for their comprehensive programs, well-trained, caring staff, and remarkably talented trainer. Thank you for all you have done for us and for giving us a place to go that our dogs can call their second home!

Rebecca & Officer Tim Mace

My 5 yr old dog, Tully, recently completed his 2 week doggie “boot camp” for aggression. My dog is a totally different dog. The staff was so friendly and never minded all of my calls to check on Tully. The trainer never raises his voice, you can tell he absolutely LOVES his job and the dogs. What a shock it was to see Tully intermingling with 20 other dogs and not one problem. He spent an hour and forty five minutes with my son and I -”training” us to keep up with Tully’s training. Not to mention, that we have another follow up in a week to make sure that we have no other problems and answer any questions we might have. Staff is available by phone to answer any questions we have. Even though I live over an hour away, it was worth it knowing my dog would be treated lovingly by all that work there. I had no reservations about leaving my dog in Bark Avenue’s care. Not to mention, that Tully has learned his manners and is a pleasant dog to live with. Thank you Bark Avenue and staff!!!!


We originally brought our year and a half old Yellow Lab Mix, Chrissy, to Bark Avenue for an evaluation to have her attend daycare. She didn’t pass because she was aggressive towards the other dogs. This didn’t surprise us since we brought her to a dog park and she was aggressive to three different dogs. When we walked her and we passed another dog or person, she would always jump and get excited. As her way of greeting people at our door, she would always jump on them. We didn’t trust Chrissy in our fenced-in backyard because she would escape by jumping the fence.

Bark Avenue recommended an evaluation with their trainer. We decided to enroll Chrissy in the two week board and train program. When we picked up Chrissy two weeks later, she was a different dog! He calmed her down, so she listened and didn’t jump on people or other dogs. She heels when we walk her and listens when we tell her to sit and stay. She also comes when she’s called, even when we’re outside. After her training, a couple people came to the door and we told Chrissy to sit and stay and she did! We can even let Chrissy out in our yard by herself. Now we enjoy taking her to the forest preserve for long walks and really enjoy her and … Bark Avenue is happy to accept her in daycare!

We highly recommend. Chrissy really loved them too! When we came a week later for our follow-up visit, Chrissy was really excited to see them!

Tom and Barb Dayment

Timber came to us as an adult male from a German Shepherd rescue organization, and was supposed to be “cat friendly.” Well, sure he’s cat friendly — as long as they don’t mind playing chase with all 95- lbs. of him right on their heels… Understanding that “A tired dog is a good dog,” this led us to contemplate ways we could tire him out besides letting him run around the dog park every day, which got a little old in the middle of winter. Also, I was concerned that he might have a “bully” streak in him, based on how he treated two of my cats and certain dogs at the dog park who displayed a skittish or overly-excited energy. We heard about Bark Avenue and thought we’d give daycare a try to keep this dog tired and out of trouble.

Timber’s assessment went well, and after his first 1/2 day visit at daycare, we were advised that he wasn’t a bully at all, but that he is just a very dominant male, ready to take charge of any situation when he feels somebody needs to step up to the plate. Between the caring and competent staff at Bark Avenue, the many dogs Timber regularly gets exposed to, and the exceptional talent and attention of their trainer, they have all provided Timber and I the guidance to help him not have to go into ‘dominant mode.’ We always receive compliments on how well-behaved and obedient out dog is, and our cats are pretty thankful, too, as they now have a much more loving relationship with their very, very big brother. Timber has been a “regular” at Bark Avenue for quite some time now, and I know he has formed special relationships with many of the staff there. It gives me great comfort to know that when I drop him off for day care, not only is Timber being exercised, socialized, and mentally stimulated while he’s there, but also that so many of their staff genuinely care about him and enjoy his company as much as I do.

Jen and Steve Morrison

I will start by saying that 5 stars are not enough! Every single person that I have had contact with at Bark Avenue has been so wonderful. I am so impressed by their professionalism, and how warm and welcoming they are. Roxie and I have started training classes with Mike Simmons at Bark Avenue, and again so impressed. Mike is a great teacher. I have, and will continue to recommend Bark Avenue Daycamp. Highly qualified, caring people. Thank You.

Mindy Parsons Schaefer

The entire staff from the owners to all the handlers are extremely professional and courteous, and above all, friendly. It’s well worth the long drive for such quality training and general socialization of your pet. They have flexible offerings for your pets stay. (Partial? / half & full day.) They also offer a grooming service as well. This company sets the bar for pet services and goes well beyond! Highly recommended and your pet will love you even more for the experience!

Christopher B.

They are terrific. The trainer is practically genius. I worked with him for only an hour and he was able to teach me much better ways to control my dog. The staff is wonderful and the facilities are amazing and clean. My dog has such a great time that he doesn’t want to come home! I trust them implicitly. He spends 12-15 hours with them a week and I wouldn’t send him there if I didn’t trust them and think he was having a great time!

Carol Biang

As always we were pleased with Bark Avenue and have been happy customers since 2009. We have taken our dogs to Bark Avenue for training, day care and boarding. Their doggie day care uses an open concept where the dogs get to roam about all day under supervision (I think there are 3 to 4 dogs per human supervisor). Each and every time we have taken our dogs there, the staff has been super friendly, helpful and seem to love what they do. This facility does not turn dogs away based on the breed. In fact, we have a pit bull who they have known since she was a puppy. The lead trainer has done a great job working with our dogs and is responsive to phone calls or emails when we have questions or need help. They offer a puppy play hour which is free. They also offer a range of group classes to include obedience, agility and other fun stuff. Check them out!

Kristine Rasmussen

Justin has helped us understand how to get her over some of her anxiety! Thank you so much Bark Avenue. Thank you Justin!

Jamie Klarkowski

I highly recommend Bark Avenue Daycamp. It’s a wonderful facility with a great staff. Our “high energy” 1 year old Lab, Sadie, has been going for eight months. She started taring with their excellent trainer. Now she continues with three days a week at daycamp. Sadie enjoys the interaction with other dogs and the exercise daycamp provides. We’ve also been pleased with the boarding and grooming they provide. In our book, Bark Avenue rates 5 stars!

Jack and Roxanne Shultz

I brought my dog Sasha for a two week board and train….I can’t begin to tell you how impressed I was with the service and care she received. She was dog aggressive and I was very concerned about her being around other dogs. They assured me she would be fine…

After two days a video of her was posted showing her romping and playing with other dogs….amazing!

The staff was kind and patient with me……I called almost daily to check on her progress. They were polite and positive. They even made sure she was groomed before I picked her up.

The socialization that Bark Avenue DayCamp provides is excellent. I bring Sasha there once a week to continue her socialization and training. I trust them with her, and strongly recommend their services.

Carol B.

I would highly recommend Bark Avenue for both training and boarding. Several months ago my husband and I adopted a shelter dog who is very sweet, but can be aggressive toward me. Without Bark Avenue’s help over the last few months we would not have been able to handle our dog. They critically assessed our dog’s behavior and my reactions. They have taught me to correct my dog’s behavior humanely and effectively. I can say, without doubt, that the staff at Bark Avenue has handled my dog appropriately.

My dog recently spent the weekend at Bark Avenue, and I feel completely comfortable leaving my baby there. My dog loves the play-time he gets at Bark Avenue, and he always comes back to me a very happy and healthy dog. The staff at Bark Avenue Daycamp clearly cares a lot for the dogs they work with, and my dog loves everyone there. In fact, he happily wags his tail and can’t wait to greet them when we arrive at obedience training each week.

Ashley B.

We adopted a Lab mix named Lola. She was very loving from the start, but also very crazy. She pulled on leash and was a little aggressive towards other dogs we met on walks. We were in over our heads. A neighbor recommended Bark Avenue so we gave them a call. Justin (the trainer), was very knowledgeable and knew exactly what we needed. Lola went to the basic obedience class and now we have a dog that walks perfectly on leash. Justin showed us how to change her behavior towards other dogs while on leash too. No more leash aggression and no more dragging us down the street. We couldn’t be happier! We also started taking Lola to daycare to socialize with her other dog friends. She plays all day and comes home with all that extra energy spent. The facility is enormous and very clean. We absolutely love it! Thank you Justin and Bark Avenue Daycamp!!

Maryann Paloma

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Monday-Friday: 6:30am-7pm
Saturday: 9am-5pm
Sunday: 9am-2pm

Please note:  our daycare is staffed 365 days a year so your dog is sure to get plenty of playtime every day of the week.


1540 Hecht Drive
Bartlett, IL  60103
Phone:  (630) 289-8470
Fax:  (630) 524-9078