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TRAINING

At Bark Avenue Daycamp 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.

About Training at Bark Avenue

We offer training for dogs of all ages. It’s never too early start training and building your bond between you and your pup.

At Bark Avenue Daycamp, we provide both 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, 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.  Above all, you’ll build a relationship based on trust and respect.  Combining leadership with love and affection creates an unbreakable bond between you and your pet.

If these dates/times don’t work for you, call us and we can set up a special appointment that accommodates your schedule and training needs.

Puppy Pre-School

When: Saturdays, 11:00-11:30am
Duration: 4 weeks, 30 minutes per session
Cost: $80

Start your puppy off on the right paw and learn how to succeed with your new furry family member! Establish a strong relationship with your puppy during their development. Learn how to communicate and build confidence, while exposing your puppy to new sights, sounds and textures. Topics of discussion will include potty training, crate training, chewing/teething, feeding, socialization and more.

 

9/25-10/16, Sat. 11:00-11:30am SIGN UP!
10/23-11/20, Sat. 11:00-11:30am SIGN UP! (no class 11/13)

Basic Obedience (Level 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.

 

 

9/25-10/9, Sat. 10:00-11:00am SIGN UP!
10/6-10/20, Wed. 6:30-7:30pm SIGN UP! 
10/16-10/30, Sat. 10:00-11:00am SIGN UP!
10/27-11/10, Wed. 6:30-7:30pm SIGN UP! 
11/6-12/4, Sat. 10:00-11:00am SIGN UP! (no class 11/13 & 11/27)
11/17-12/8, Wed. 6:30-7:30pm SIGN UP! (no class 11/24)

Basic Obedience (Level 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.

 

9/25-10/9, Sat. 11:30am-12:30pm SIGN UP! 
10/7-10/21, Th. 6:30-7:30pm SIGN UP!
10/16-10/30, Sat. 11:30am-12:30pm SIGN UP! 
10/28-11/11, Th. 6:30-7:30pm SIGN UP!
11/6-12/4, Sat. 11:30am-12:30pm SIGN UP! (no class 11/13 & 11/27)
11/18-12/9, Th. 6:30-7:30pm SIGN UP! (no class 11/25)

Intermediate Obedience (Level 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 (Level 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.

PAW’some Activities

Duration: 6 weeks, one hour per session
Cost: $150

Let’s mix it up! You will have the opportunity to explore each skill and introduce your dog to a variety of activities. With an environment full of positive reinforcement and motivation, you and your dog will be sure to have a great time learning and bonding together. This class is filled with fun, challenges and rewards!

Nose Work –An introduction to teaching your dog the basics to scent work and encouraging them to use their biggest asset, their nose!

Agility – Guide your four-legged friend through our obstacle course that includes running through tunnels, scaling an A-frame, navigating a teeter-totter, weave poles, and various hurdles.

Tricks & Brain Games – You can always teach any dog a new trick! Learn to communicate more effectively with your dog, build confidence and increase their attention and focus. Here is a few tricks you’ll be able to choose from to teach your furry family member:

          • Paw
          • Dance
          • Spin
          • Roll-over
          • Play dead
          • Touch
          • Jump
          • Take a bow
          • Open/close door
          • Skateboard
          • Weave through legs
          • Circle around me
9/27-11/8, Mon. 6:30-7:30pm SIGN UP! (no class 10/11)

Board & Train Program

Duration: 3-6 weeks
Cost: 3 week (minimum) – $2,000.  Each additional week – $600.  In-home (trainer’s home) training available – $175 per week additional.

The most popular, time efficient, and comprehensive form of training is our Board & Train program. Our programs are designed to work with your dog while he/she stays at our facility or our in-home program. Your dog will experience a unique approach to training and will learn new skills through our balanced training program. Our training methodology rewards positive behavior and emphasizes dog-friendly and proven training practices.

During your dog’s stay, the trainer will work with your dog to develop obedience skills, improved behavior, as well as address areas of concerns you may have. We work with all breeds and behavioral issues.

 

Training Process

Week 1 – This week will focus on teaching basic obedience skills and will introduce the training tools that will be used throughout the stay.

Week 2 – Distractions will start to be introduced in the facility to build the dogs ability to comply with commands.

Week 3 – During this week, your dog will be put into “real life” situation to learn how to be successful with demonstrating good behavior in all situation and with many uncontrolled distractions. This is where your dog will learn how to live in the world without being reactive, scared, or anxious.

Weeks 4 – 6 – These weeks will mirror weeks 2 & 3 as needed to address behavior issues. When a dog is demonstrating behavioral issues, the training becomes very customized to the situation in the home.

 

What’s included?

  • Midway update between owner and trainer:  This session will give you a look into the work that has been done to date and to show you the progress your dog has made thus far. This usually takes place during the 2nd week of training. ($100 value)
  • Final Go home meeting between owner and trainer: This session will show you the final results of the training and give you the tools to keep the training going once you are home. You will work with your dog so that the trainer can observe you and give you feedback to ensure your success. ($100 value)
  • Intermediate Classes: You will get 5 sessions to our intermediate obedience classes. These classes are key to continuing to build confidence in you and your dog on their obedience skills with a high level of distraction. ($150 value)
  • Unlimited phone/email/text follow up for the life of your dog.

Kelly

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

Trainers

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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HOURS

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.

LOCATION

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

Bark Avenue Daycamp