Group Training Classes and Private 1-on-1 Training

The relationship you have with your pet is dynamic, ever changing, and constantly growing.  We now offer Group Training Classes AND Private 1-on-1 Training!  Book online (below), call us at 765-421-6655 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. 

                        Our Trainer:  McKenzie Henk          mckenzie1

 

{About McKenzie}

 McKenzie is a professional dog trainer who helps dog owners build and maintain a positive relationship with their pets. She uses a “balanced” training method and believes every dog and situation is unique and so the training for every dog should be unique as well.

McKenzie started training when she was eleven years old by competing in 4H and State Fair competitions with her dogs. In high school, she started working at a boarding kennel and assisting with puppy care, breeding, Conformation showing and training. She competed in several trials with her dogs and performed very well. After high school, she attended an Obedience Instructor Course at a facility in Illinois, became an instructor there and trained over 200 dogs in Obedience, Conformation, Rally, Canine Good Citizen, Agility and Service dogs. McKenzie started at Pooch Palace Resort in April of 2018 and heads up our Daycare program as well.

McKenzie has a Kerry Blue Terrier named Alistair and a working line German Shepherd named Hector. In her free time McKenzie volunteers as the lead instructor for the Vermilion County 4H Dog Obedience Spin Club.


PRIVATE 1-ON-1 TRAINING OPTIONS

{Private 1-on-1 Training at our facility} - $65 per hour

This will be tailored to your needs for your pup.  Our Trainer will contact you to discuss this prior to your appointment.

{Private 1-on-1 Training at your house} - $79 per hour (requires pre-meeting at our facilty)

This will be tailored to your needs for your pup.  Our Trainer will contact you to discuss this prior to your appointment.

{Stay and Train} - $30 per hour

Leaving your dog for an overnight stay at Pooch Palace?  Or maybe a full-day of Daycare?   Why not add training with our professional trainer while staying with us?

Simple one step commands we can train:
Sit, down, heel, come, stay, leave it, drop it, finish, stand, easy tricks

Multiple step commands:
Place, focused heeling, sit politely for petting, jumping on people when they come through the door, Waiting at the door, Command with distractions, Service dog commands, Stay while leaving the room, Drop on recall, Sit in motion, down in motion, complicated tricks

Each Command will take about 1 hour to train, some commands may take a little longer and some may be shorter depending on the dog and the dog’s drive. The more time our trainer gets to spend with your dog the better the training will look.

Your hour will be divided up to make sure your dog isn’t too stressed (case by case basis on how the dog does). We will keep track by a timer and only charge when we are actually training the dog.

You may choose by commands you want your dog to work on and the maximum amount of time they want me to spend on the dog. Each hour spent training I will give the owner at least 10 minutes of a private class to go over what they learned to keep the training on the dog. This will also come with a video of the dog doing the command and a report including instructions on how to keep the training on the dog for the future.


GROUP TRAINING CLASS OPTIONS

Upcoming Class Schedules:

Our next round of classes begin the week of 7/8/19 and includes Basic Obedience, Household Manners, Puppy Basics/AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy, AKC Good Citizen, Introduction into Therapy dogs, Emotional Support Dogs and Service Dog and Trick Dog Class.  Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details.

 


Description of classes we offer:

 

{Puppy Basics/AKC S.T.A.R Puppy} - $149

AKC S.T.A.R Puppy Class is the perfect class to get your 2-5 month old puppy off on the right track! This is a 6-week hour and a half long class that will not only teach your puppy the foundational obedience skills (example: clicker, focus, spin, touch, their name, sit, down, loose leash walking, and come) but also will teach the owners about dog behavior and appropriate play skills while their puppies play and socialize.

This is an important foundational class that will answer questions for anyone raising a puppy and lay the foundation for a great bond with your puppy. At the end of the class the puppies will take the AKC S.T.A.R puppy test which owners can send in for a gold medal, ribbon and certificate from the AKC.

**This class is designed for puppies 2-5 months old once the class starts.
**Each class is 1 1/2 hours long
(If your puppy is too young to get their Rabies shot, we will provide exemptions)

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{Basic Obedience} - $129

Basic Obedience Class is a great foundational 6-week hour long class designed to teach dog owners how to lay the proper foundation for your dog. This class will teach your dog the basic commands “Sit, Down, Heel, Break, Come, and Stay.” Owners will learn the basics in dog training so they can easily meet their goals with their dog.

**Dog must be over 5 months old**

 

{Household Manners} - $129

Household Manners is an important class that helps pet owners understand how to manage and fix common behavior problems that damages the owner’s relationship with their dog.

This class will cover why dogs have bad manners such as jumping on people, barking, chewing, digging, nipping, chasing, counter surfing, getting into the trash, marking, not liking the crate and more. Pet owners will also learn how to train their dogs Place, leave-it, Out, Off, Gentle, Come and waiting at the doors and walking out of them easily.

(Basic obedience or AKC S.TA.R Puppy class will help but not required for participation. Your dog must know sit, down, and have leash skills. Puppies must be over 3 months old)

 

{A.K.C. Canine Good Citizen} - $129

AKC Canine Good Citizen Class is a great step in training your dog. This 6-week hour long class will go over the 10 test items needed for your dog to pass the AKC Canine Good Citizen Class. The AKC Canine Good Citizen Test is great way to show off your dog’s basic manners skills and show that you are a
responsible dog owner.

Also this test is used as a prerequisite for other training classes and a great start if you plan on making your dog a therapy, emotional support or service dog. Some insurance companies will also give you a discount on your home insurance for passing this test. Once passed you can turn in your test to the AKC for an official certificate, title and medal for your dog.

Requirements: Participating dogs should know basic obedience skills (Sit, down, stay, come, walking on a loose lead).

 

*NEW* {Introduction into Therapy dogs, Emotional Support Dogs and Service Dog} - $189

This 6-week hour long class will teach the difference between therapy dogs, Emotional Support dogs and Different types of service dogs and will teach owners what skills their dogs will need to be able to behave in public. This class will also go over what is required of the dog for each service. This class will see if your dog has what it takes!

Dogs MUST be able to pass the CGC test or a similar alternative test to be able to attend this class. This class will work on public training as well So it will require you to travel in town. This class will not work on specific task trained behavior required for service dogs.This 6-week hour long class will teach the difference between therapy dogs, Emotional Support dogs and Different types of service dogs and will teach owners what skills their dogs will need to be able to behave in public. This class will also go over what is required of the dog for each service. This class will see if your dog has what it takes! Dogs MUST be able to pass the CGC test or a similar alternative test to be able to attend this class. This class will work on public training as well So it will require you to travel in town. This class will not work on specific task trained behavior required for service dogs.

(Dogs MUST have passed the CGC or similar alternative testing)

*NEW* {Advanced Obedience} - $129

This intense 6 week class will build on skills learned in basic obedience and make everything stronger. Impress your friends and build a stronger bond with your dog with these new skills. This class you and your dog will learn longer sit and down stays as you drop your leash and walk across the room, obedience with distractions added, Sit and down in motion, and drop on recall. These skills will give your dog more tricks to keep them mentally stimulated. A great class if you want to do more with your dog.

Prerequisites: Dog must have mastered Sit, Down, Heel, Stay, and Come.

 

*NEW* {Trick dog Class} - $89

Trick Dog class is a fun 6 week hour long class to mentally stimulate your dog while you both have fun learning new tricks! Learn the tricks: Balance, speak, crawl, fetch, find, get your object, in the box, get on platform, hand signals, high five, hold, jump through, place, give kiss, paws up, pushups, shake hands, spin left and right, touch it, tunnel, roll over, and play dead! Be able to perform at least 10 tricks before the end of class to receive official AKC Novice Trick Dog title (NTD)!

(Your dog should have had some form of basic training and know sit and down before taking this class)

 

*Coming Soon* {Novice Rally Obedience} - $129

This cool 6 week class will give you and your dog a fun new way to practice obedience skills. Rally is a fun AKC sanctioned dog sport that is like the gateway sport to all dog sports. In rally you go through a course of numbered signs and complete each sign with your dog! In this timed sport you can talk to your dog as much as you like! It is a super simple, super fun way to do more with your dog and maybe even get into AKC performance sports!

Prerequisites: Sit, down, heel, stay and come

 

Book Group Training Class or Private 1-on-1 Training Online

 

*We do require Rabies, Distemper and Bordetella vaccines for Group Classes.  If your pup is too young to get the Rabies vaccine, we can provide exceptions.