About Dog Obedience Classes at Bark Avenue

Dog and Puppy Obedience classes are for all dogs age 4 months or older.  If your dog is younger than 4 months but you need a dog trainer, please call us at 630.289.8470 to discuss your situation.

At Bark Avenue Daycamp, we provide both dog and puppy obedience and behavioral training.  The dog trainer’s ability to build a trusting relationship with dogs of all sizes and breeds makes her a very effective trainer, capable of addressing even the toughest issues.  As a dog owner in Elgin IL or any other Chicago suburb, you will work with the 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.  Whether you live in St Charles, Elgin or Schaumburg IL, you’ll build a relationship based on trust and respect with your dog or puppy.  Combining leadership with love and affection creates an unbreakable bond between you and your pet.


Basic Obedience (Lvl 1)

When:  Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30pm | Saturdays, 10:00-11:00am
Duration:  3 weeks, one hour per session
Cost:  $100

This class will teach you and your dog basic commands like “sit,” and “down,” along with skills such as how not to pull on leash. Owners will also discover how to manage and eliminate unwanted behavior using positive reinforcement techniques.

Recommended for dogs at least 4 months old. If dogs are less than 4 months, we recommend Puppy Pre-School.

1/5-1/19, Wed. 6:30-7:30pm SIGN UP! 
1/8-1/22, Sat. 10:00-11:00am SIGN UP!
1/26-2/9, Wed. 6:30-7:30pm SIGN UP! 
1/29-2/12, Sat. 10:00-11:00am SIGN UP!


Basic Obedience (Lvl 2)

When:  Thursdays, 6:30-7:30pm | Saturdays, 11:30am-12:30pm
Duration:  3 weeks, one hour per session
Cost:  $100

Build 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.

1/6-1/20, Th. 6:30-7:30pm SIGN UP!
1/8-1/22, Sat. 11:30am-12:30pm SIGN UP! 
1/27-2/10, Th. 6:30-7:30pm SIGN UP!
1/29-2/12, Sat. 11:30am-12:30pm SIGN UP! 


Intermediate Obedience (Lvl 1)

When:  Wednesdays, 7:30-8:30pm | Saturdays, 1:00-2:00pm
Duration:  5 drop-in classes | one hour per session
Cost:  $150

Intermediate Class is 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 (Lvl 2)

When:  Thursdays, 7:30-8:30pm | Saturdays, 2:30-3:30pm
Duration: 5 drop-in classes | one hour per session
Cost:  $100

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.

Kelly Steinhoff

Director of Training

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 3 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.

Ashley & Jordan


Ashley and Jordan are an integral part of Bark Avenue Daycamp’s training team. They have completed our specialized apprenticeship program and have fine-tuned their skills as professional dog trainers under Kelly’s guidance and direction. Together with Kelly, they make an effective team for all your training needs.


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

Please note:  our daycare is staffed 365 days a year from 6:30 am – 8:00 pm 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

Bark Avenue Daycamp