Group Classes

Group Classes

All group classes will take place at our training facility located within Plainfield Pet Supply located at 23907 W. Industrial Drive N, Plainfield IL 60585-8513 behind Nevin’s Brewing Company (Show map).

For more information or to sign up for the Intro to Odor or Tricks Class, please contact Vicky Darnell: vicky@problemsolvedtraining.com For more information or to sign up for all other Group Classes, please contact us! Fill out the contact form here or you can E-mail, Text 708-250-7693 or Call us at 1-800-769-7SIT(7748).


Puppy School

“Strong foundations build character.”

Early training builds the healthy foundation your puppy needs to live successfully in your home. Every moment of your puppy’s life is a learning opportunity. Puppy School teaches your dog the language of learning. You will learn HOW to build more of the good behaviors as well as stop or prevent the bad ones. Fulfilling a puppy’s needs is crucial in their success. Learn how to properly handle the most pressing training issues, including chewing, biting, jumping, housetraining, settling and proper socialization.

What to Bring to Class: Proof of vaccination is required at the first class. Please bring proof of your first two rounds of the Distemper vaccination. The second round must have been administered after 8 weeks of age, but at least 7 days prior to the first session of class.

Have your dog wear a flat buckle/snap collar. No harnesses please. Please have them on a 6’ leash. Flexi leashes are not allowed.

Do not feed your puppy right before class. Most puppies will gladly work for their kibble. Please bring a baggie with enough for us to use as lures and rewards while training. Also, please bring a baggie with some higher value treats that are extra tempting. All rewards should be small, bite size pieces that will not crumble.

$250 for Five weekly classes. Limited to 6 puppy/handler teams. Puppies must be at least 10 weeks old and up to 5 months old by the beginning of our first class

Tuesdays 10:30am OR Thursdays 5pm; Classes start the week of March 19 and go until the week of April 16


Obedience 1

“Coaching is the universal language of change and learning.”

Teach your dog a consistent language. Why? Because many dogs have no idea what you are asking them to do. This program is designed for anyone looking to get a fresh start with an adolescent or adult dog. We review the basics of marker training as well as learn about different training tools and decide which, if any, are appropriate for your dog. Teach your dog to walk politely on-leash, sit-stay, down-stay, Come, Leave it, and go to place (bed) and settle. We introduce impulse control by utilizing The 3 D’s: Duration, Distraction and Distance. In each lesson we will take time to Problem Solve whatever issues students are experiencing (nipping, jumping, guarding, barking, etc.) *We would love to work with your reactive dogs as well! Please contact us for recommendations prior to class.

What to bring to class:

  • Proof of current rabies vaccination
  • High Value rewards that your dog is willing to work for
  • Treat pouch that makes reaching for food EASY
  • 6’ Leash

$250 for Five weekly Classes. Dogs must be at least 5 months old (or based on trainer recommendation)

Tuesdays 12:30pm; Wednesdays 5pm; Thursdays 7pm; Classes start the week of March 19 and go until the week of April 16


Obedience 2

“It’s all Obedience. It’s the situation that makes it advanced.”

We prepare your dog for the real-world with advanced studies in impulse control. After Obedience 1, dogs will have an understanding of what we want, but may not be able to perform and focus under higher distraction. We challenge your dog by working on increasing your dog’s motivation to stay engaged in spite of environmental pressures. Dig even deeper into the The 3 D’s: Duration, Distraction and Distance. We will simulate situations that put your dog into drive and learn to maintain control. You will understand your dog’s struggle with competing motivators and learn how to remain relevant under stressful conditions. In each lesson we will take time to Problem Solve any additional issues students are experiencing.

What to bring to class:

  • Proof of current Rabies vaccination (if I don’t have it on file)
  • High value rewards your dog is willing to work for
  • Treat pouch that makes reaching for food EASY
  • 6’ leash
  • Training tools decided upon in Obedience 1 (or as recommended by trainer)
  • 15’ Long line leash
  • Reward toy, if applicable

Prerequisite: dogs must be able to perform basic obedience under mild distraction

$250 for Five weekly classes

Wednesdays 7pm; Classes start the week of March 19 and go until the week of April 16


Finishing School

“Nothing to prove. Everything to improve”

This class is intended for dogs that have already been through formal training and can perform basic obedience skills around moderate distraction. Finishing School is your chance to continually improve your dog’s skills in a safe place filled with support and coaching. We will work on fine-tuning manners around distractions to keep your dogs skills sharp. Attention is given to dog/handler focus and engagement. Dogs will be close in proximity but not engaging with each other, so this class is also great for dogs that need to learn to work calmly around other dogs in a controlled environment. You will not be judged by having your dog wear a muzzle if you feel it’s necessary.

What to bring to class:

  • Proof of current Rabies vaccination (if I don’t have it on file)
  • Dogs should all be on 6’ leashes with any training collars that have been used previously.
  • High value food rewards if necessary

Prerequisite: Dogs must be able to perform basic obedience under mild distraction

$20 per class Sundays 4pm

This is an on-going class. Please RSVP your spot to info@problemsolvedtraining.com


Intro To Odor

“A nose that can see is worth two that sniff”

IMG_0664Are you ready to join the fun of scent detection, but don’t know how to get started? Join us for your introduction to odor! Sniffing is what our dogs do best – and they are sniffing all day long. While you encourage your dog to use his nose, you will learn how to properly handle odor, and play the game at home. In this six-week class, you will learn about your pups olfactory system and how to build their self-confidence. Together we will learn how to introduce odor to your dog and play the game of scent detection. At the end of this class, you and your dog will be prepared for odor tests required to trial in the scent work venues (ORT or PreTrials).

What to bring to class:

  • Leash and collar/harness (no pinch/prong collars or front clip harness for working)
  • Water, lots of water for your pup
  • High value toys or treats, we will go through many treats!

$240 per 6 week class Tuesdays 5pm-6:30pm; Please contact vicki@problemsolvedtraining.com for more info


Tricks

“Work hard and keep some tricks up your sleeve”

Let’s play! Want to teach your dog to shake, roll over, and bring you a drink from the fridge? This is the class for you. Your pup loves to learn – even old dogs can learn new tricks. In this class, you will learn how to break tricks down to the step-by-step process and learn to build on tricks for more complex activities. By the end of this class, you and your dog will be prepared for the Novice Trick Dog Title application.

What to bring to class:

  • Leash and collar/harness (no pinch/prong collars or front clip harness for working)
  • Water, lots of water for your pup
  • High value toys or treats, we will go through many treats!

$240 per 6 week class Tuesdays 7pm-8:30pm; Please contact vicki@problemsolvedtraining.com for more info