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 Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursday and Friday.

Length of Program

Your dog will come to our facility 4 days a week (M, T, Th, F) for 4 weeks.

  • Day School runs for 4 weeks for a total of 16 visits. (4 visits a week x 4 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)

    Sit

  • Down

  • loose leash walking with prong or martingale

  • In addition to obedience, we will be enforcing good manners and behaviors
  • 6 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.

    Requirements

    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 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.

    Already signed up for Day School? Check out the information below!

    Training Goals

    Please email us a list of specific issues you would like help covering before they start the program. Each program has a set list of things we will go over, but if there is extra time, we can work on some other things as well.

    Equipment

    1 Training collar (Martingale, slip, prong, or chain) is included in the program. Your dog will be introduced to a prong and/or martingale during the first week of school. There will not be an additional fee for your standard training collar. If you choose to use an e-collar, there is an additional fee for the system. While we do not provide leashes, we recommend a 6ft leather, biothane, or nylon leash to use when practicing at home. We do not recommend a bungee or Flexi leash.

    Treats

    Treats are included but if your dog has a sensitive stomach, please bring treats that you know they do well with. We recommend food that is easy to chew and swallow.

    Check In & Check Out

    Day School takes place right at our facility in Forest Park, Illinois on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursday and Friday.

    • Drop off is from 7:00am - 9:00am and pick up is anytime from 4:00pm - 6:30pm.
    • New Day School programs start on the first Monday of every month unless the first Monday is a holiday.

    Weekly Meetings

    Included in the program will be weekly meetings for you to learn how to maintain your dog’s training along with what they have been/will be working on that week. Weekly meetings are by appointment only.

    Day School takes place right at our facility in Forest Park, Illinois on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursday and Friday.

    • Drop off is from 7:00am - 9:00am and pick up is anytime from 4:00pm - 6:30pm.
    • Lesson times fill quickly, please schedule your lessons prior to your dogs start date.

    Missed Days

    Once your dog's program has ended, a new group of training dogs begins the following week. Because of this, there are no make-up days included in the program. Missed days are forfeited. If you know there will be days you need to miss, it may be a good idea to postpone your start day. While Wednesdays are students' days off, we are booked with private lessons, so there is no time to accommodate missed days on a Wednesday. In the event you need to board your dog with us while they are currently enrolled in Day School or puppy school, we can make arrangements to train during boarding.

    Payment

    When signing up, you paid a $500 deposit. The remaining balance is due by the last day of the program. Cash or card is accepted. If paying by card, you can log into your account and make payments for your desired amount at any time. Any balance due on the last day of training will be billed to the card on file.

    Deposits

    At sign up, we required a nonrefundable, non transferable deposit of $500 to reserve your dog's place. Your deposit goes toward your dogs total balance for Day School.
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