Obedience Classes

About Training at Bark Avenue

We welcome all dogs age 4 months or older into any of our dog training classes.  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 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.

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.

5/29 – 6/12, Wednesday, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm  SIGN UP!
6/8 – 6/29, Saturday, 10:00 am – 11:00 am  SIGN UP!
6/19 – 7/3, Wednesday, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm  SIGN UP!
7/10 – 7/24, Wednesday,6:30 pm – 7:30 pm SIGN UP!
7/13 – 7/27, Saturday, 10:00 am – 11:00 am  SIGN UP!

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

5/30 – 6/13, Thursday, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm  SIGN UP! 
6/8 – 6/29, Saturday, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm  SIGN UP! 
6/27 – 7/18, Thursday, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm  SIGN UP! 
7/13 – 7/27, Saturday, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm  SIGN UP! 

Requirement: Completed Basic Obedience (Level 1) or equivalent or have Trainer’s approval. If dogs are less than 4 months we recommend our Puppy Pre-School class. 

 

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.

 

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.

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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