Day School

Who says you can’t teach an old(er) dog new tricks? Training is for dogs of all ages! Our day school program is a daylong school where your dog, aged 7 months or older, will learn basic obedience, enjoy playtime and socialize with other dogs. Day school is recommended for young dogs that have no prior obedience skills, or older dogs that need a refresher course on their basic skills. Dog Den Chicago only accepts 5 training prospects at one time to allocate the most attention and time to each dog in our care. Because of this, we recommend reserving a training program ahead of when you want your dog to visit with us. 

Training Method

Balanced training is a modern training method that borrows from all previously established training methods. It involves the four quadrants of learning to clearly communicate to your dog about desired behaviors and undesired behaviors. It is a highly individualized approach to training. Trainers will get to know your dog to help you both achieve your training goals. Balanced training utilizes tools such as clickers, e-collars, toys, prong collars, and food to teach your dog.

When & Where?

Day School takes place right at our facility in Forest Park, Illinois on Monday - Friday.

Length of Program

Your dog will come to our facility 5 days a week (M, T, W, Th, F) for 3 weeks.

  • Day School runs for 3 weeks for a total of 15 visits. (5 visits a week x 3 weeks)

Age Requirements

4 months and older Dogs must be at least 4 months to begin the program

Included in the Program

  • Name recognition
  • Foundations of basic obedience such as markers (yes, good)


  • Place

  • loose leash walking with prong or martingale

  • Foundations of leave it and off
  • 5 Private or semi-private lessons for you to learn how to maintain your dog’s training after your dog has completed their program.
  • 1 year of email or phone support.
  • Training collar (Martingale, slip, prong or chain. Collar is dependent on the dog).

    What to Bring For Your Dog’s Visit

    Food: your dog is not required to eat with us, but if you would like to bring food, please bring food in a disposable bag.


    Completed Registration with vaccination records on file.

    • Required vaccines are Distemper, Parvo, Bordetella, and Rabies.
    • Trial day (if your dog has done daycare or boarding, this step is complete)

      Training Evaluation (by appointment only and required for dogs 6 months and older)

    Deposit & Payment

    We require a nonrefundable, nontransferable deposit of $500 to reserve your dog's place. The remaining balance will be split into two separate payments. The balance is due at the end of the course. Deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable to any other service. Please note, programs are first come first serve based on your deposit.