Training Classes

At The Barking Lot, we believe that good dog training must be humane, fair, effective and fun. Our two Directors of Training, Wendy DeCarlo and Dennis Damon of the Dog Obedience Group (D.O.G) who specialize in behavior and training, instruct & supervise our entire training program.

We provide a variety of training venues from behavior consultations to private sessions, specialized for you and your dog’s individual needs. Group classes are available for puppy, obedience and pet manners, agility, games and tricks. Also available are private and semi-private classes in: pre-acquisition counseling, problem solving, preparing dogs for the arrival of a baby, massage and conditioning.

Our approach to humane training uses positive reinforcement, operant conditioning clicker training and ‘The Third Way’ training. “Our goal in training is to teach owners how to effectively communicate what they want to their dogs, and to build a strong and dedicated partnership based on respect for each other.” Proof of vaccinations or titers is required. ( Bordatella, Distemper & Rabies)

If you are interested in any of our training programs, please call 773-583-0065


Chicago Location Only

Basic Obedience

(Dogs 5 months and older) Dog Obedience Group 8 sessions, one hour per week $120.00
This class provides a comprehensive program of dog-friendly and owner-friendly instruction. Course work includes relationship building, sit, down, stand, come when called, leash manners, hand signals, games, tricks and effective solutions for problem behaviors. Dogs should be friendly towards other dogs, human adults and children. Teaching techniques are based on Third Way training, clicker training, operant conditioning and positive reinforcement. Requirements: Rabies vaccination or titers. The first class session is a lecture, demonstration and clicker workshop on timing. First class is mandatory for owners, dogs do not attend the first class.

Adolescent Dog Class

(Puppies 5 months to 12 months) Dog Obedience Group 6 class sessions, one hour per week $90.00
A specialized course of instruction for teen-age puppies. This class extends and proofs the lessons taught in puppy class. Course work includes socialization, relationship building, refining verbal and visual cues, proofing with distractions, leash manners, building attention and focus, a trick a week, agility obstacles for confidence building. Teaching techniques are based on Third Way training, clicker training, operant conditioning and positive reinforcement. Requirements: Rabies vaccination or titers and a clean bill of health from your veterinarian. Must be a graduate of D.O.G.’s puppy class or have instructor permission to enroll. Puppies attend all six classes with their owners.

 

Positive Reinforcement

At The Barking Lot, we believe that good dog training must be humane, effective, fair and fun. Our lead trainers, Wendy DeCarlo and Dennis Damon of the Dog Obedience Group (D.O.G.), specialists in behavior and training, offer and supervise our entire training program. We provide a variety of training venues from behavior consultations to private sessions specialized for you and your dog’s individual needs. Group classes are available for puppy, obedience & pet manners, agility, games and tricks. Also available are private and semi-private classes in pre-acquisition counseling, problem solving, preparing dogs for the arrival of baby, massage & conditioning. Our approach to humane training uses positive reinforcement, operant conditioning clicker training and The Third Way training. Our goal in training is to teach owners how to effectively communicate what they want to their dogs, and to build a strong and dedicated partnership based on respect for each other. Our trainers are certified evaluators for The American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen Test which is offered several times per year at The Barking Lot. Training programs are available for boarding and day care dogs during their stay. Our 3,000 sq. ft. indoor training facility is fully matted with a brand new state of the art heating and air-conditioning system to insure you and your dog’s comfort level while learning. Proof of vaccination or titers required.

An obedient dog waiting on his master.

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