Welcome to Northshore’s premiere force-free training facility.

Two Paws Up Dog Training, Inc., was created to fill the need for positive reinforcement based, force-free training in Chicago’s northern suburbs. Located conveniently in Lake Forest, between I-294 and Waukegan Road, we offer a large variety of classes with flexible scheduling to accommodate our client’s needs.

​All of our trainers are experienced in dog handling, each with their own specialties based on their education. We pride ourselves in our certifications, memberships, and associations which show our dedication and commitment to helping our clients become happy and healthy members of canine society. Most of our trainers are AKC Certified Canine Good Citizen Evaluators and STAR Puppy Instructors, as well.

What We Do

At Two Paws Up, we believe the dog and handler team should have a bond formed of trust, respect, and love for each other, and we are pleased to be a part of your team. Our pain-free methods do not include the use of choke chains, pinch and prong collars, or e-collars. Our facility is clean and well-maintained by our staff, and is a place of comfort, safety, and security for you and your family. Welcome to Two Paws Up!

We offer training for dogs of any age as well as specialty & sport classes and options for more specific behavior challenges.


up to 4 months of age


5 to 9 months of age


over 9 months of age

Newly Adopted

Adopt a new dog?


Special Topics, Therapy & More


Nose Work, Agility & More


Aggression, Reactivity & S.A.F.E

E-Learning Academy

Check out our online self-paced courses

What We Offer

We offer different training options to meet your schedule and needs.


You and your dog come to a class at our training center to learn together. Classes are great for working around other people and dogs!

Private Training

One-on-One sessions virtually, in your home or at our training center. These are great for challenges in the home or when a class is not right for you.

Drop-Off Training

We start the training process for you! Our Puppy Head Start & Day Training programs are a great option for busy families.

Have questions about the option that is best for you? Please contact us so we can help you out!