Classes

All classes are taught by Ruth Crisler at For Dog’s Sake.
Call 773-638-spot to enroll.

Please fill out the evaluation form at the link below prior to coming to class:
Short Behavior Evaluation Form


Puppy Kindergarten

 

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Sundays: starts 2/19/2017

Raising an urban puppy has its own set of challenges, and the importance of early socialization and foundation training cannot be overstated. This class promotes confidence and appropriate play, along with introducing basic skills and training techniques. Prevent bad habits before they start by teaching early and often!

Course runs for 4 weeks. Puppies must be under six months. Graduates receive a discount on future courses and private lessons.

$124.00


Basic Skills & Manners

 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Sundays: 2/19/2017

1:15 PM- 2:15 PM Sundays: 3/5/2017

You and your dog are coached as a team toward more fluent communication, better manners, and basic skills. This class is ideal for older puppies and adolescents, as well as adult dogs whose skills have lapsed. Positive methods, lasting results.

Course runs for 5 weeks. Dogs must be over five months old. Graduates receive a discount on future courses and private lessons.

$149.00


Intermediate/Advanced

 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Sundays: not available this month

Take your dog's attention and responsiveness to a new level. Whether you want off-leash reliability or impeccable behavior in public, the key is further learning. Prepare your dog for long-term success even in challenging situations with the same techniques used by professional trainers.

Course runs for 6 weeks. Dogs must have completed Basic course or received permission to skip. Graduates receive a discount on the AKC Canine Good Citizen Test.

 $149.00


Clinics

Toys 101

 

Turn your dog's favorite toys into powerful training tools. Stimulate your dog mentally and physically through indoor play over frigid months. Build your dog's toy drive while learning how to channel arousal productively and teach amazing impulse control. Does your dog tug or chase toys like mad, yet balk at releasing or retrieving them? Don't miss this fun winter workshop!

This is a one-day clinic with very limited slots. Attendees will receive individual coaching. Call to enroll. 

$55.00

Stay 101

 

A perfect stay looks deceptively simple, yet there are many moving parts. From foundation skills to proofing exercises, a lot goes into that final elegant product, including practicing with distance, distraction, and duration. This clinic is appropriate for any older puppy or adult dog, from beginner to advanced. Whether they never hold still or it's actually their strong suit, we will meet them where they are and go from there! .
This is a one-day clinic with very limited slots. Attendees will receive individual coaching. Call to enroll.

$55.00

Canine Good Citizen Test Prep

 

This clinic will be devoted to preparing future CGC Test takers to pass will flying colors. Whether you need help with that one sticky exercise, or want to go through a dry run of the full exam, working in advance with a longtime CGC Test Evaluator will set you and your dog up for success.

This is a one-day clinic with very limited slots. Attendees will receive individual coaching. Call to enroll. 

$55.00

Ruth Crisler

CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA

Ruth Crisler has been working with dogs and horses in since 1991 and training dogs professionally in Chicago since 1998. She is a certified professional dog trainer and behavior consultant (CCPDT), AKC Canine Good Citizen Test Evaluator, professional member of the International Association of Canine Professionals (IACP) and Association for Professional Dog Trainers (APDT), and supporting member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC). She has provided dog training support to Pit Bull and Dogo Argentino rescue groups, and written articles for multiple training journals and newsletters. She believes that different dogs require different approaches and that the best tools a trainer can possess are experience and an open mind.