We at Loving Paws LLC use techniques from respected and well-known animal behaviorists and trainers. Most of the techniques used in our puppy, adolescent and adult classes are from Dr. Ian Dunbar, Dr. Patricia McConnell, and Chris Bach’s The Third Way (TTW) of Dog Training. We train dogs without using force or pain based methods, we are successful using positive reinforcement techniques.

It is the persistent rehearsal or playing of our training games, while at the same time preventing your dog from practicing unwanted behaviors, that creates good habits and builds a wonderful relationship between you and your dog.

If our classes are full please check into Two Paws Up in Lake Bluff IL, Dogdom International in Kenosha WI or Paws-a-tive Choice in Union Grove, WI.

Loving Paws has a variety of classes to choose from.

Fun and Games Classes

Training Games For All Ages –  This is a fun class full of training games. Through the games you and your K9 partner will build a strong relationship while enjoying a variety of skill building games.

Trick class – Fun class teaching your dog how to do various tricks.

Specialty Classes

Dogs & Babies –  Start early.  Get your dog ready for the baby to come home.  Then get them ready for when baby starts to move around!!!  Don’t procrastinate.  Start early for a successful transition.

Shy and Fearful Dog 1 –  Understanding the dog and what to do to make help them be successful is the key to this class.  This is for dogs that are fearful of people, dogs, sounds and other “monsters” in their life.  This is not for a reactive or aggressive dog.

Shy and Fearful Dog 2 –  You must take level 1 before taking level 2.  This class will focus on building the relationship between the handler and their dog.  We will continue with additional exposure in a controlled setting plus new skills to help the dogs succeed.

Puppy Classes

Puppy Pre-School – Pre-school is a 4 ywk class for puppies 10-16 wks old.  The class covers socialization, handling and grooming, veterinary visits, potty training, nipping and biting, and begin some essential training skills.

Puppy 1 – The Foundation – This is the level I puppy class for puppies up to six months old. Older dogs under 20 pounds are also welcome to attend a puppy class.

Puppy 2 – Building Skill – Your puppy must have taken a puppy I class before attending a puppy II. A discount is available for return students.

Any Age – Building Skill – Any age dog can attend this class if they have attended a level I class or have the equivalent skills.

Advanced Skills 3 Inside – Working toward bringing skills to a higher level. The class may go on a field trip to work in real life situations. CGC test may be given if the class is ready for it.

Advanced Skills 3 outside – This is a class that takes place outside at four different parks in the Kenosha area. This gives you a chance to work with your dog in a real world environment.

Elite Skills 4 outside – You must have attended a level III class to be able to be approved to attend this class. This is a four week class taking place in public locations.

Refresher Class –  Do you and your dog need a refresher on certain skills?  This four week class can help you get back in the swing of things.

Adolescent & Adult Classes

Adolescence begins at the age of 6 months old. Dogs usually reach their height by one year of age, they fill out (girth) between one and two years old and turn adults mentally around-after two years old.

Adolescent Adult 1 – The Foundation – This class is a level I class for dogs six month old and up. Small dogs, under 20 pounds, are still welcome to attend a puppy class if you want.

Adolescent Adult 2 – Building Skill – Your dog must have taken a level I class or have the level of skills to attend. A discount is available for return students.

Any Age – Building Skill – Any age dog can attend this class if they have attended a level I class or have the equivalent skills.

Advanced Skills 3 Inside – Working toward bringing skills to a higher level. The class may go on a field trip to work in real life situations. CGC test may be given if the class is ready for it.

Advanced Skills 3 outside – This is a class that takes place outside at four different parks in the Kenosha area. This gives you a chance to work with your dog in a real world environment.

Advanced Skills 3 outside – You must have attended a level III class to be able to be approved to attend this class. This is a four week class taking place in public locations.

Refresher Class –  Do you and your dog need a refresher on certain skills?  This four week class can help you get back in the swing of things.

Canine Good Citizen – This four week class gets you prepared for the CGC test on the last day of class.

K9 Nose Work Classes

Intro to K9 Nose Work – This is the beginner class. Have fun watching your dog use their noses!

Intro to K9 Nose Work Odor – In this class you and your dog will be searching for the odor of Birch, the first essential oil used in the sport.

Continued K9 Nose Work Odor – After Intro to Odor you and your dog can continue to build your nose work skills and get ready for more fun doing this wonderful sport.

Continued K9 Nose Work Odor (Drop In) – After Intro to Odor you and your dog can continue to build your nose work skills and get ready for more fun doing this wonderful sport. This class will take place at various locations listed on the class web page.

Advanced K9 Nose Work Odor (Drop In) – Your dog must be searching for odor to come into the advanced drop in classes. There are three different classes to choose from.