Chicago Puppy Training

Life Skills 1

Does your dog listen only half the time? Pull on the leash? Jump on people? Bark or howl? Pee on the rug? Chew on things? Rummage through the garbage?

Having a dog that listens to you without fail is one of the greatest joys and can bring such peace into your life. Many people say "My dog doesn't need training because he knows how to sit pretty well." They don't know what they are missing! Your dog may be able to follow some basics in your house when there are no distractions and you have a treat in your hand, but what about all those life situations that make listening much harder? For example, what about when you're walking down the sidewalk and he spots a squirrel? When you're at the dog park and he jumps up on a small child? When you're at the beach and he runs away from you? What if you're outside and he runs toward the street and that oncoming car? When he approaches something on the floor that you don't want him to eat?

The primary purpose of Life Skills 1 is to teach your dog the fundamental skills so you can have her do what you want, on command without repeating yourself, time after time. In other words, we are trying to teach self-control across a variety of specific behaviors.

Instead of simply "training your dog," we believe in teaching the owners on how to properly handle their dogs and guide their behavior in a positive way.

Our Life Skills 1 course covers the following topics:
  • Listening to you the first time, without repeating yourself
  • Leaving something alone, and walking away from something
  • Loose-leash walking (walking politely at your side, without pulling)
  • Coming directly to you when called, even when highly distracted
  • Going to a place in your home, such as a mat, to await further instruction
  • Keeping four on the floor and not on your guests, the counter, or your furniture
  • Greeting new people or other dogs nicely, including on walks
  • Sitting, staying, lying down, giving eye contact
  • Playing fun games and exercises with you
  • Accepting people handling him, such as touching his paws, clipping his nails, getting groomed, etc.




Is there a behavior you're looking to cover but don't see it listed? Call us at 312-829-8787. It may be covered in this class or another one.




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