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.

About Training at Bark Avenue

We welcome all dogs age 4 months or older into any of our dog training classes.  If you have a dog that is younger than 4 months, but needing a dog trainer, please call us at 630.289.8470 to discuss your situation.

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.

PAW’some Activities NEW!

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

Do you want a little bit of everything? Let’s mix it up! This class offers it all, everything from nose work, agility, tricks, and more. In this six-week class, 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.

5/6 – 6/17, Monday, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm  SIGN UP!

Puppy Pre-School

Duration:  4 weeks, 30 minutes per session
Cost:  $80

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.

Sundays, 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm  SIGN UP!

This class is highly recommended for puppies that attend our FREE Puppy Playtime on Sundays from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm.

Basic Obedience (Level 1)

Duration:  3 weeks, one hour per session
Cost: $100

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.

4/20 – 5/4, Saturday, 10:00 am – 11:00 am  SIGN UP!
5/8 – 5/22, Wednesday, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm  SIGN UP!

Requirement: Dogs should be at least 4 months at their first class. If dogs are less than 4 months we recommend our Puppy Pre-School class. 

Basic Obedience (Level 2)

Duration:  3 weeks, one hour per session
Cost: $100

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.

4/20 – 5/4, Saturday, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm  SIGN UP!
5/9 – 5/23, Thursday, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm  SIGN UP! 

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

Intermediate Obedience (Level 1)

When:  Wednesdays, 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm | Saturdays, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Duration:  Drop-in class | one hour per session | first time is a 5 session minimum
Cost:  $150 (5 sessions), drop in available after first 5 sessions

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 pm – 8:30 pm | Saturdays, 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Duration:  Drop-in class | one hour per session | first time is a 5 session minimum
Cost:  $100 (5 sessions), $25 drop-in

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.

Fun Nose Work

Duration:  3 weeks, one hour per session
Cost:  $75

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

Tricks & Brain Games

Duration:  4 weeks, one hour per session
Cost:  $100

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
  • Roll-over
  • Play dead
  • Touch
  • Jump
  • Take a bow
  • Open/close door
  • Skateboard
  • Weave through legs
  • Circle around me

Agility I

Duration:  4 weeks, one hour per session
Cost:  $100

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 FUN!

5/1 – 5/22, Wednesday, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm  SIGN UP!

Agility II

Duration:  4 weeks, one hour per session
Cost:  $100

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.

Advanced Obedience

Duration:  Drop-in class | one hour per session | first time is a 5 session minimum
Cost:  $100 (5 sessions), $25 drop-in

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.

Growl

Duration:  4 weeks, one hour per session
Cost:  $200 (includes private lesson as discussed below)

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 Walk

Duration:  45-60 minutes per session
Cost:  $25

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!

Board & Train Program

Duration: 2-3 weeks
Cost:  $700/week (includes boarding, daycamp, training, go home & follow session)

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 for a two to three week period. 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.

When your dog’s stay is over, we will schedule a 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, skills, and techniques to ensure continued success at home.

Following the go home session, we will also schedule a free follow up session for you and your dog. 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 our Board & Train programs include 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.

 

Meet Our Trainer

Kelly 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.

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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

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