What is a balanced trainer?

This nitrocanine.com article adeptly goes into detail about this training concept, and we'll go ahead and quote them here: "Simply put, a balanced trainer uses both rewards and corrections to train and rehabilitate dogs. A good balanced trainer uses positive reinforcement (just like the food folks) until the point that it doesn’t work anymore. You see, balanced trainers understand the fact that there will ALWAYS come a point at which the behavior you don’t want (chasing squirrels) is far more rewarding to the dog than the reward you’re offering (cookies)."

What do you hope to accomplish with your training clients?

For dogs we train in my Private Lessons or Board & Train Programs, we hope to give them a strong foundation in obedience through balanced training methods as well as shape on the positive behaviors while eliminating negative ones. We hope to give our training dogs a bigger life than they had before because, after training, their owner will have greater control and confidence in their dog. With the hard work over, the fun can begin. A trained dog is reliable, fun, and social. Through training, I hope to make life a little bit easier for dogs and owners alike.

How do I sign up?

The easiest way to sign up is to fill out the form on the Register page on this website. Then contact Dog Den Chicago by calling 708-689-0064 or email us at dogdenchicago@gmail.com

Do you only train my dog or will I learn how to train too?

During the Private Lessons and Board & Train, we break down the training techniques in easy to follow steps so you can use the techniques at home with confidence.

Can little dogs be trained?

Dogs of all sizes can be trained. Little dogs are just as capable as big dogs to go as far as off leash training. Body size does not limit mental capabilities.

Is it normal for my dog to be overly thirsty or hungry after a day of daycare?

Yes, dogs may be unusually hungry or thirsty on daycare days. They have amplitude supply of water both inside and outside. We cannot force dogs to drink, but we do make sure there is plenty of clean, fresh water. Running and playing creates a big appetite too! Your dog may need an extra snack on daycare days.

Is my pet crated at all?

Yes, all our guests are crated during feeding, naps and overnight.

Are there staff onsite 24/7?

Yes! To ensure the safety of all pets, we are staffed 24/7.

How far in advance do I need to make my reservations?

For all of our services, we can make them as far in advance as you’d like but ask that you give at least 24-hour notice. We do not accept walk-in appointments.

Do you offer any training discounts?

We have discounts for police officers, firefighters, and seniors.