Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks? Or teach a new puppy tried and true old tricks!

Proof of rabies and distemper/parvo vaccinations required.

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Beginner Obedience

(Dogs Ages 8+ Weeks)

8-week obedience program teaching all breeds and ages from puppies to adults basics obedience such as Heel (formal leash walking), Sit, Down, Stand, Stay, & Come (Recall). Training follows AKC training standards and balanced training. A training collar is used during the class. Proof of rabies and distemper/parvo vaccinations are required. Children may train the dog during class as long as an adult guardian is present to take over if needed. Dogs do not come the first night.

Mondays, June 17-August 5

6:00-7:00 pm
Haish Gymnasium, Large Gym
$76 R/ $95 NR per dog

Canine Good Citizen

(Dogs Ages 16+ Weeks)

6-week program to work on skills associated with achieving AKC Canine Good Citizen status. The last day of class will be used for participants to take the CGC test. Class focuses on mastering CGC test items such as socialization, loose leash walking, proper manners when approached by friendly stranger or dog, allowing brushing and handling, and basic obedience. This program is for dogs/handlers that have already gone through Beginner classes (through Park District or equivalent training). Bring your dog the first night. 

Mondays, June 24 - Jul 29
7:00 - 8:00 pm
Haish Gymnasium, Large Gym
$57 R/ $71 NR

About the Instructor


Danielle Hays

Owner of Paws on Track Training. Certified Canine Behavioral Trainer, member of IACP, certified CGC & ATT Evaluator, & Veterinary Technician. 

Danielle has been training dogs since 8 years old, she was very involved in the dog training program through 4-H from 8-18. Through the program they had weekly training classes and learned begginning-advanced obedience, agility, and showmanship. She also got show experience through the program and qualified for state competition most years.

During college Danielle became very interested in behavioral work after deciding to rescue an aggressive German Shepherd from being euthanized at Animal control. She studied under a rehab trainer and later started helping various people with their dog's issues. To get more experience she worked at a high end training center for 2 years where everyone starts as an apprentice and earns their certification through vigorous testing, on average taking 9+ months to gain certification, Danielle graduated the program in 4 months. The facility allowed her to get hands on experience with hundred of dogs of every breed, shape, and size working 20-40 dogs a day while also teaching private lessons each day.

Danielle specializes in rehabilitation of aggressive dogs and offers board & train and private lessons through her business, Paws on Track Training. In early 2022 she began teaching group dog obedience classes through the DeKalb Park District.