Resource Center: Helpful Pet Links

Dog Trainers

Places to take your dog for behavioral, obedience, agility and even dance training!

Bark Avenue

Bartlett, IL.

Bark Avenue Day Camp provides both obedience and behavioral training.  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 always well behaved.  You will learn the importance of providing leadership to your dog and you will build a relationship based on trust and respect.  Combining leadership with love and affection creates an unbreakable bond between you and your pet.

Training offerings include Puppy Pre-School, Puppy 101, Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Obedience, Agility, Fun Nose Work, Tricks & Brain Games, and a 3 – 6 Week Board and Train Program


Doggie Depot

Downers Grove, IL.

Doggie Depot offers no-force positive reinforcement training (such as marker/clicker training) n in a safe and stress free environment. Training then becomes a fun game which produces a happy well-behaved dog.  All classes are held in their Downers Grove location.

Classes include Puppy Kindergarten, Adolescent Puppy Manners, Family Dog Obedience, Rally Obedience, Canine Good Citizen, Loose Leash Walking, Trick Dog Night, Nose Work, and Freestyle Dance with Your Dog

Telephone: 630-969-7529

Enjoy Your Dog

Downers Grove and Oak Brook Terrace, IL.

Enjoy Your Dog offers dog training limited to only 4 dogs per class.  They also offer in-home dog training sessions and are available to answer questions between sessions by phone, text, or email. Enjoy Your Dog, often offers classes for WSHS adopters. They donate a portion of the proceeds from those classes back to the shelter!

Training includes Puppy Classes, Dog Obedience Classes, Reactive Dog Classes, Therapy Dog Prep, Agility for Fun, Urban Agility, Nose Work, Game Night, Loose Leash Walking, Get Set for the Vet, Canine Good Citizen, and Fun and Games.

Telephone: 630-203-7016

Narnia Pet Behavior & Training

Plainfield and Lisle, IL.

Narnia’s training approach uses truly gentle, non-aggressive techniques and positive reinforcement that covers real-life situations and environments.  Classroom training sessions have a limit of nine dogs per class with two instructors to ensure individual attention. Private training sessions and In-home training sessions are available.  All classes are 55 minutes. Adopted dogs receive a $10 discount!

Sessions include Puppy Kindergarten, Adolescent Training & Manners, Beginning Obedience, Rally Obedience, K9 Nose Work, Manners and Self-Control, and Novice Tricks.

Telephone: 630-904-0895

Pet Harmony

Naperville, IL

Pet Harmony animal behavior and training provides behavior consulting services for dogs, cats, and other species. They work with you and your pet to live happily and harmoniously together. Their methodology is based in behavior science, addressing underlying causes of undesirable behaviors, and teaching what behaviors we want our animals to perform instead of suppressing unwanted behaviors.  Pet Harmony strives to learn about you and your pet to create a training plan unique to your situation. You can rest easy knowing your pet is receiving the most up-to-date training methods which are found to be the most effective, efficient, and empowering for your animal. In addition to helping you and your pet live harmoniously, they also focus on enhancing your pet’s mental and emotional well-being.

Behavior training includes In-Home Consultations, Remote Consultations, Intensive Behavior Packages, and Group Immersive Courses.  


A Sound Beginning Program

Winfield, IL.

The Sound Beginning Training Program was created specifically for the newly adopted dog and focuses on life skills that center on socialization and self-control while teaching the foundation of problem solving by prevention, management, and training. The main goal the program is to reduce and eliminate the stress that normally is part of the transition period from shelter/rescue to living in a home.

The training staff walk, talk and speak the language of dog with credentialed knowledge in dog behavior. The A Sound Beginning team includes a DVM with a specialty in veterinary behavior and trainers with Masters and Bachelor’s Degrees in animal behavior and numerous other certifications in the world of dog training.  Training is available at various locations in the Chicagoland area.


Suburban K9

Chicago, IL.

Suburban K9 offers dog training services tailored to the specific client and dog. Training is done where it makes the most sense for the dog, inside of the home. Training your dog in its natural environment allows one to see issues that do not normally present themselves inside of a training facility or kennel.

Suburban K9 also offers a 2 to 3 week Board and Train Boot Camp. Your dog will stay in a trainer's home during the training and be treated like a member of their family. They also provide pick-up, drop-off, and follow-up lessons in the comfort of your own home.

Training includes teaching your dog to heel, sit, down, stay, come around various distractions, potty training, and front door manners. 

Telephone: 847-232-1269

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