Foundation and Freedom Dog Programs
Freedom Dog Training Academy

Our Freedom Dog Training Academy is an interactive, educational and fun way to train your dog!  Our Foundation and Freedom  Dog Programs will take you from start to finish with support to help you and your dog be successful together!  You’ll also join our Foundation Online Classroom on facebook.  Watch our weekly lessons, post your homework assignments for feedback, ask questions about course content and share successes!

Also check out our Private Lesson options for one on one assistance and our Group Classes.

Foundation

Our Foundation Program is ideal for dogs:

  • who need to learn manners
  • that have trouble walking on the leash
  • who run out doors
  • who play catch me if you can
  • with minor behavioral issues 
  • and Puppies!

The Foundation program will help all dogs, however for dogs with more intense behavioral issues (reactivity, aggression and major anxiety) we highly recommend our Freedom Dog Program.

Our Foundation course will focus on and address:

*Building a positive and respectful relationship with your dog

*Physical, mental and confidence-building exercises

*Teaching your dog to have an optimistic state of mind instead of a pessimistic view of the world

*How to politely greet people (no more jumping on guests and embarrassing you!)

*A dog that doesn’t counter surf or steal things in the house and then play keep away

*Enjoy a dog that walks nicely on a leash (no more dragging you around the neighborhood!)

*How to relax and have a calmer demeanor – relaxed dogs are happier and make better decisions because they’re not going a mile a minute

*Teaching your dog to wait for permission to go out a door (no more running out of the crate, house or car doors!)

*Learning to correct your dog for behaviors you don’t want in a way that won’t shut them down and actually gets them more enthusiastic about what they should be doing

*Begin the foundation for a great recall with our very fun Paper Plate Recall game!

*A dog that can make better choices on their own so they need less micromanaging and are more fun to live with!

Freedom Dog

Our Freedom Dog program is for ALL dogs.

We highly recommend this program for owners who:

a) have a new puppy and want to take the ultimate course to raise a well behaved, well mannered and happy dog!

b) want to do more obedience with their dog (sit, down, mat [with implied stay for all]) at home as well as out and about.  This course will prepare your dog for advancing to ecollar off leash obedience and recall.  Get ready for summer hikes in the woods or on the beach with a dog that listens!

c) have dogs with behavioral issues such as reactivityhuman or dog aggression and intense anxiety.  These are dogs who are barking, lungeing, growling, snapping at other people, children or dogs.  Dogs who have bitten someone or attacked another dog.  Or dogs who go ballistic in the house when alone or try to/successfully break out of crates when alone.

d) have dogs that are difficult to impossible to trim their nails (whether by the owner, the groomer or at the vet office).  We have helped dogs who have previously had to be sedated to get their nails done at the vet office get trimmed awake at home by their owners.

e) have dogs that are difficult at the vet’s office.  The dog is very anxious or scared, shakes, whines, drools or excessively pants.  The dog is reactive, barking or vocalizing at other people or dogs in the office.  Or perhaps the dog is aggressive, must be muzzled (or will bite the vet and staff), takes multiple people to handle and is very stressful on the dog, vet and staff for a basic visit for an examination, vaccinations or a heart worm blood draw.

Our Freedom Dog Program will focus on and address:

*Building a positive and respectful relationship with your dog

*Physical, mental and confidence-building exercises

*Teaching your dog to have an optimistic state of mind instead of a pessimistic view of the world

*How to politely greet people (no more jumping on guests and embarrassing you!)

*A dog that doesn’t counter surf or steal things in the house and then play keep away

*Enjoy a dog that walks nicely on a leash (no more dragging you around the neighborhood!)

***Basic obedience (sit, down, mat) with an implied stay.  An implied stay means your dog sits and stays automatically without you having to say the word stay until you release them from the sit.***

*How to relax and have a calmer demeanor – relaxed dogs are happier and make better decisions because they’re not going a mile a minute

*Teaching your dog to wait for permission to go out a door (no more running out of the crate, house or car doors!)

***Conditioned Relaxation:  A physical, touch method of relaxing your dogs muscles which relaxes their mind.***

*Learning to correct your dog for behaviors you don’t want in a way that won’t shut them down and actually gets them more enthusiastic about what they should be doing

*Begin the foundation for a great recall with our very fun Paper Plate Recall game!

***Help your dog become comfortable for nail trims, brushing, baths, ear cleaning and other grooming activities.***

***How is your dog at the vet office?  Have a dog that is comfortable and relaxed for vet exams, blood draws, ear cleanings and other veterinary procedures without having to get stressed out or trying to be aggressive toward veterinary staff.***

*A dog that can make better choices on their own so they need less micromanaging and are more fun to live with!

***indicates things specific to the Freedom Dog program not covered in the Foundation program***

Dream Dog

Dream Dog is our Board & Train (B&T) part of the Freedom Dog Training Academy.  Your dog will stay with us in our house and receive personalized training.  You will also receive private lessons to learn your dog’s new training as well as 6 MONTHS in the Academy included in the program.

Academy Private Lessons

Freedom Dog Training Academy Overview

All students enrolled in either the Foundation or Freedom Dog Academy programs are welcome to schedule one on one private lessons for more individualized assistance with their dog(s).  These private lessons can be done virtually online, at our location in Minooka, IL or in your home (within 30 minutes of our location).  Lessons are scheduled and done as a pay as you go system and are 1.5-2 hours long each.  You can request that you would like to schedule a private lesson through your ProPet account and we’ll contact you to schedule, send a text or give us a call at 815-955-7527.  

Private lessons can be used to go over any material in your Foundation or Freedom Dog course.  Our private lessons are setup as reverse lessons.  Meaning you’ve already covered the material in the Foundation or Freedom Dog program and would like additional one on one assistance beyond the Online Classroom.  Private lessons can be scheduled to meet after you have completed week 2 in the either online course. 

Academy Group Classes

In order to provide additional help for you and your dog, we’ll be holding group classes which are included in the Academy. This can be a great opportunity to train your dog at a higher grade school level with other dogs and people around.  Be prepared to train inside or outside as we may train in one or both during class. Class will be at our location in Minooka unless announced otherwise in the Online Classroom Facebook groups.

Before attending your first class with your puppy or dog, you’ll need to have up to date veterinary records (scanned and uploaded) in your ProPet account.

Puppy Class:  This class is open to puppies 8 weeks to 5 months old. You can be enrolled in either the Foundation or Freedom Dog programs to participate in puppy class.  Puppy class is a little different from our other classes in that we focus on training specific to puppies.  Exposure to new things such as a the food ball pit, different surfaces, new people and new dogs.  Also learning when to engage with people and other dogs and when to be neutral and watch the world.  You can begin attending puppy class as soon as you sign up for the Foundation or Freedom Dog programs and have completed week 2.

Foundation Class: This group class is open to puppies and dogs 5 months and older when you are enrolled in the Foundation program. We’ll practice skills learned in the Foundation program with added distractions and supportYou can begin attending the Foundation class as soon as you have completed week 6 of the Foundation program.  This will give you and your dog the leash skills you’ll need to attend class.

Freedom Dog Class:  This group class is open to to puppies and dogs 5 months and older when you are enrolled in the Freedom Dog program.  We’ll practice skills learned in the Freedom Dog program with added distractions and support.  You can begin attending the Freedom Dog class as soon as you have completed week 6 of the Freedom Dog programThis will give you and your dog the leash skills you’ll need to attend class.

Play & Train: This group class is open to pre-approved clients whose dogs have done both on leash and off leash ecollar training and socialization with us.  We’ll do basics through more advanced training, off leash socials, hikes in the woods, and field trips to work around different distractions.

Foundation

* A 2 month program

*You’ll have access to the Foundation Course during and after the program.

*In addition you’ll be enrolled for 8 weeks in the Online Classroom.

After your initial 8 weeks in the Online Classroom, you can stay for additional help, support and learning for only $27 a month.

Payment plans available

Training Investment: $475

Freedom Dog

*A 4 month program

*You’ll have access to the Freedom 
Dog Course
 during and after the program.

*In addition you’ll be enrolled for 16 weeks in the Online Classroom.

After your initial 16 weeks in the Online Classroom, you can stay for additional help, support and learning for only $27 a month.

Payment plans available

Training Investment: $925

 

Dream Dog

*A 6 month program

*You’ll have access to the Foundation Course if you do the Foundation B&T and access to the Freedom Dog Course if you do the Freedom Dog or Dream Dog B&T.

*No matter which board and train option you choose, you’ll be enrolled for 6 months in the Online Classroom for the ultimate support.

After your initial 6 months in the Online Classroom, you can stay for additional help, support and learning for only $27 a month.

Payment plans available 

Training Investment starts at $1995