Train My Dog for Me in Chicago

Prep School

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With our Prep School option, we keep your dog for at least two weeks in order to instill basic manners and listening skills. The trainer will follow a very defined curriculum, plus we can add on some customized training at your request. At the end of the training period, our trainer will show you what we worked on, plus we will give you home exercises so you continue to work on behaviors over time.

Space is limited, and reservations are required.

There are two options for your dog staying with us: Stay here overnight, or get get dropped off each day. Read below for more information.
Option 1: 10 training days, plus two private sessions
Base price: $1,400 for 10 days of training (normally Monday through Friday, then off for the weekend, then back for the second week). This price assumes you drop your dog off each day.

If we keep your dog overnight, the additional price is $35 per night.

There would be two private sessions. These would take place at your home, if you live within our radius. If you live outside our radius, you would need to work out a plan with the trainer to meet, such as at Tucker Pup's or at a park. The first private session would be after the first five days, and the second private session would be at the end. We would also give you access to TrainTrack, our online video platform, so you can see videos of exercises you need to keep working on at home.
Option 2: 20 training days, plus four private sessions
Base price: $2,600 for 20 days of training (normally Monday through Friday each week, then off for the weekend, and repeat for four weeks). This price includes dropping off your dog each day.

If we keep your dog overnight, the additional price is $35 per night.

There would be four private sessions. These would take place at your home, if you live within our radius. If you live outside our radius, you would need to work out a plan with the trainer to meet, such as at Tucker Pup's or at a park. The private sessions would take place after each five-day period. We would also give you access to TrainTrack, our online video platform, so you can see videos of exercises you need to keep working on at home.
Payment Terms
Payment must be received up front.

You have the option to pay with PayPal Credit  Open in New Tab, giving you the ability to spread out the payments over time. PayPal does not charge interest if paid within six months.
Included in Your Tuition
  • Initial in-person consultation with the trainer
  • Access to TrainTrack, our online video platform, to help you keep working with your dog at home afterwards
  • Equipment:
    • Treat pouch
    • Clicker
    • Walking harness
  • Multiple play sessions per day
  • The private in-home sessions as described above
Behaviors:

Basic manners / listening:
  • Loose leash walking
  • Coming to you (recall)
  • Waiting for permission
  • Focus and attention
  • Leaving items alone
  • Staying in place
  • Counter surfing
  • Jumping
  • Minor leash reactivity

Intermediate / advanced manners: (normally for dogs in our 24-session program)
  • All of the behaviors mentioned above, plus:
  • Add distractions to all behaviors above
  • Off-leash heeling (walking at your side while staying very focused on you)
  • Go to a place, such as a crate or mat
  • Finish (end up at your side after coming to you)
  • Sit, down and stand from a distance
  • Emergency stop
  • Front command (come directly to my feet and give me eye contact, in the sit position)
  • Basic tricks

We CANNOT work on the following, as these are specific to your home. These would require private lessons.
  • Potty training
  • Dog-human aggression or reactivity
  • Separation anxiety
  • Barking
  • Major leash reactivity
  • Correcting off-leash play behaviors such as biting or playing roughly
Training Sessions per Day:
We will work on training for three 20-minute sessions per day. When not in training, your dog would be in a boarding suite (typically asleep on the bedding that you bring) or in play for short periods of time. Play time is limited so we don't wear out your dog, which could impede training progress and learning.
Training Workspace:
If the weather permits, we will primarily be working outside. If the weather does not permit, we will work indoors, but may be limited in some ways on what we can accomplish. However, we would try to make up lost ground the next day.
Location:
Tucker Pup's Pet Resort
219 N Carpenter Street
Chicago, IL 60607
Requirements:
  • At least three months old
  • All vaccinations up-to-date, including canine influenza, bordatella, distemper, and parvovirus. Rabies is required for dogs 7 months and older
  • Not reactive towards people
  • No crate / kennel aggression or reactivity
  • Be able to be in play with other dogs, for relatively brief periods of time
Need Transportation?
Tucker Pup's does not provide transportation, but can put you in touch with transportation companies.
Drop-off and Pickup Times
If you are dropping off your dog each day, please arrive between 6:45am and 10am and pick up between 3pm and 7pm. You can keep your bed and toys here from one day to the next.
What if my Dog isn't Learning, is Too Anxious, etc.?
We try to give dogs ample time to adjust. We are very honest, and if it seems like it's just not working out, we will call and tell you. If we jointly decide to stop, we would prorate your remaining amount as a refund or credit.
If Dropping Off Each Day, Can We Come Every Other Day?
In our experience, it is best to come here each day without skipping a day. You can discuss the plan in your initial meeting with the trainer, who will then set up the reservation.
What if I Can't Make it on a Particular Day?
We would still consider the day as used, because by giving you a space, we took one away from someone else.
What if I Need to Keep My Dog There for Only a Few Nights?
You can mix and match which days you drop off, and which days your dog will stay with us overnight. It's very flexible. You just pay the extra fee for the overnight option at the end of the program, based on how many nights your dog actually stayed here.
What's the Difference Between Prep School and 'Stay and Train?'
Even though we train your dog in both 'Prep School' and 'Stay and Train,' each has unique characteristics.


Prep School:
  • More defined curriculum and structure, with a minimum of 10 training sessions.
  • Pay in advance.
  • In-home private sessions included, plus access to TrainTrack for videos.
  • Equipment included.


Stay and Train:
  • We would work on a few behaviors, but not a full curriculum like in Prep School.
  • Less training time per day than Prep School.
  • No in-home private sessions. Access to TrainTrack for videos based on what we worked on.
  • Pay when you check out.
  • If your dog is boarding with us, there is a minimum of three training days. If here for daycare, we can train just on that day. For Prep School, there is a minimum of ten training days.