Day Training

Why Day Training?

From Puppies through Problem Child |  Positive Training, Positive Results

968 N. Shore Drive Lake Bluff, IL 60044 | 847-604-4261 |

Day Training at our Day Training Academy offers pet parents an alternative to traditional coaching sessions. In day training, dogs learn by working one on one with a trainer, in short sessions throughout the day, with breaks for play and rest. Studies have shown that dogs learn best when taught in shorter sessions, followed by down time. Day Training allows us to do the hard work of teaching and proofing behaviors, while owners learn to reinforce and retain the skills at home. Some additional benefits of Day Training include:

Better Retention of Skills
Provides Mental and Physical Exercise
Improves Social Skills

Owners will also benefit from the structured learning and exercise as dogs who attend sessions at the Day Training Academy come home tired!

Dogs attending day training also receive the benefit of working in small groups and participating in small group social activities (when appropriate.) Progress reports of training sessions will be provided, and videos of training will also be available.

The length of attendance is goal based. We offer the following educational opportunities:

Q: What is day training?

A: Day training is a drop off training service. Dogs spend half days, up to 5 hours, at our facility and are worked both individually and with other dogs, in short sessions throughout the day training day. Drop off and pick up times are convenient and fit most traditional work schedules. Spots for day training are limited to 5 dogs per day per trainer, to ensure the most attention and training time.

Q: What is the difference in Day Train and Daycare?

A: Think of day training as an alternate to daycare, with structure learning and some play opportunities. Dogs are not in large play groups, they are working throughout the day and have one on one time with a trainer. While daycare can be a great option for many dogs, some dogs don’t do well in large play groups. Day training is a perfect option for those dogs that need physical and mental stimulation outside of the home but may not be compatible with traditional daycare services. Day training is a great way for dogs to learn anything from basic skills to leash manners from an experienced trainer. We do the hard work, and help the dog learn behaviors first, then transfer the skills to you.

Q: Will my dog be completely trained after completing a day training package?

A: Day training does not take the place of owners working with their dogs at home. Owners will still need to commit some time to working with their dog to maintain the skills they have learned.. Included in some day training packages are transfer classes or private sessions with the owner. Transfer classes and sessions are a time for the owner to learn how to work with their dog.

Q: What is the benefit of Day Training?

A: Day Training provides a safe comfortable environment that fosters the highest level of learning. Benefits include mental and physical exercise, convenience, peace of mind and customized solutions for busy lives.

Day Training is currently offered daily in the morning.

Drop Off Times- 8:30 am to 9:00am

Pick Up Times – 2:00 pm to 2:30 pm

Owners will provide a towel or mat for your dog to rest on during crated times throughout the day. Also provide us with rewards for training sessions such as food, chews or toys.

Day training is not a lifelong event. It can be a useful tool for instilling new behaviors quickly, or changing behaviors in a structured way that the dog understands.


Prep School – 5 days (Monday through Friday) $500.00
Prep school is an early learning level where dogs learn to offer behaviors that are used as foundation skills for more complex tasks.

A Prep School Report Card Packet (handouts for behaviors learned) is provided at the end of the week.

Middle School – 10 days (Monday through Friday over two consecutive weeks) $1000.00*
Middle school students learn to improve focus, are taught manners, and begin to learn basic skills that are essential for good behavior.

Purchase of Middle School package includes 1 session of Parent/Teacher conference class sessions, in addition to the Prep School Report Card Packet.

High School – 15 days (Monday through Friday over three consecutive weeks) $1500.00*
High school students learn to work around mild distractions, maintain focus, and make good choices.

Purchase of High School package includes (1) half hour private session (at day training academy) with an instructor, in addition to 1 session of Parent/Teacher conference class sessions, and the Prep School Report Card Packet.

Finishing School – 20 days (Monday through Friday over four consecutive weeks) $2000.00*
Finishing school students learn to work in the real world with more complex distractions.

Purchase of Finishing School package includes (1) Field Trip training session with an instructor (without owner) and (1) 30 minute private session with an instructor at home or in public, in addition to (1) 30 minute private session (at day training academy) with an instructor, 1 session of Parent/Teacher conference class sessions, ,and the Prep School Report Card Packet.

We are officially open! We are beginning to schedule clients for the academy by working through our initial wait list.  

To register for our Day Training Academy, please fill out this form and we will contact you to schedule your term.

*Package must be purchased at the time of enrollment. Sorry, no package additions/extensions will be honored.

A $100.00 non-refundable deposit is required to enroll in Day Training.

Packages must be paid for by the beginning of the first day training session. Sorry, no exceptions.

Please take a moment to read our Day Training Academy Policies for Cancellation policy and more.