Tender Care Animal Hospital


(309) 266-1182

300 E. Courtland


(309) 243-1755

9809 St. Route 91

Professional Dog Training - Programs

Training dogs to me isn't about what you start with, it's seeing the end goal with a bond that is between the owner and the dog. - K9 Excellence

**All dogs (except for Get to Know Your Puppy class) must have proof of vaccines - Bordetella, Distemper & Rabies.

Get to know your Puppy

The first few weeks you spend with a puppy are a crucial period for both you and your new dog. The relationship you establish during this time can set the tone for the rest of your life together. Puppies grow up very fast in the first few weeks after they enter a new home, so getting their early training absolutely right will help them become calm, well-behaved adult dogs. With this one on one time, learn about your puppy's behavior and establish your expectations in these first weeks. Some areas that are covered include: housetraining, crate training, introduction to the leash and walking on a leash, basic manners, learning how to avoid destructive behaviors, and more specific issues based on your and your dog's needs. Cost: $20

Private Lessons

Whether in your home or at our facility, our private lessons give you one on one attention with the trainer. You can work on basic or advanced obedience, behavior modification, as well as competition training for AKC or IPO(Schutzhund).

At our facility:
1-hour private lesson: $60
5 lessons: $275

In home training:
1-hour private lesson: $125
5 lessons: $575

Day Training

Drop your dog off in the morning, they'll receive training sessions throughout the day, then pick up your dog in the evening. Great for owners who want the consistency of daily training but want to have their dog home every night. You will have one private lesson with the trainer at the end of each week, so they can show what your dog has learned and, so you can continue to be consistent at home. Cost: $250 per week

Group Classes

Enjoy training in a group setting with the trainer. There are 4 levels of classes and it all starts with our free evaluation. You'll progress through the levels at your own pace with four months of attendance. Can't make it to class one week? Not a problem! Our classes are designed to allow you to miss the occasional class and not fall behind. Must be used within 6 months of purchase date. Puppies must be 16 weeks of age and have two Distemper vaccinations and the Bordetella vaccine. Cost: $300 for 16 Group Classes or $225 follow up from a Board & Train Program.

Level 1

  • Lure sit/stay
  • Lure down/stay
  • Attention getters
  • Loose leash walking
  • Free (release command)

Level 2

  • Sit/stay with distractions
  • Down/stay with distractions
  • Start Recalls
  • Sit from a down
  • Heeling position

Level 3

  • Long distance recalls
  • Heeling with about-turns
  • Teach Halts with sits
  • Name "Heel" Command
  • Random sits and downs

Level 4

  • Pace Changes
  • Quick Halts
  • Start sit in motion
  • Start down in motion
  • Excellence Obedience Test

On the last class of the month we will do the Excellence Obedience Test.

Board & Train Programs

Have your pet board in our spacious accommodations and receive daily training sessions with the trainer. You will have a private lesson with your dog and the trainer at the end of your dog's stay, so they can teach you how to effectively communicate and be consistent with your dog at home. Follow up lessons are available in a group setting at a discounted price after your dog completes the board and train program. Follow up lessons will be based on the level the trainer evaluation determines. See Group Class description below for discounted price.

1 Week

Cost: $375 plus boarding fees of $23 per day

  • Sit-Stay
  • Down- Stay
  • Loose leash walking
  • Climb or Place command
  • Free (Release Command)
  • Free go home private lesson

2 Weeks

Cost: $750 plus boarding fees of $23 per day

  • Sit-Stay
  • Down- Stay
  • Loose leash walking
  • Recall
  • Climb
  • Heeling
  • Proper manners (i.e. jumping, sitting politely for petting and doorway manners)
  • Free (release command)
  • Free go home private lesson
  • Behavior modification

4 Weeks

Cost: $1,500 plus boarding fees of $23 per day

  • Sit- stay from long distances
  • Down-stay from long distances
  • Long distance recalls
  • Loose leash walking
  • Climb
  • Reaction to distractions
  • Focus
  • On leash heeling
  • Off leash heeling
  • Heeling with pace changes
  • Behavior modifications
  • Optional AKC CGC test
  • Proper manners (i.e. jumping, sitting politely for petting and doorway manners)
  • Multiple private lessons with trainer on progress
  • FREE follow up in home lesson post Board & Training

CGC 8-week Course

In this 8-week course we will focus solely on the requirements for the AKC CANINE GOOD CITIZEN requirements. The class will be once a week for an hour. At the end of the 8th week we will hold testing for individuals in the class to compete for their AKC CGC title. Cost: $150

1. Accepting a friendly stranger
2. Sitting politely for petting
3. Appearance and grooming
4. Out for a walk (walking on a loose leash)
5. Walking through a crowd (figure 8, group of 3 or more people, etc.)
6. Sit and down on command, staying in the position when left.
7. Recall (coming when called)
8. Reaction to another dog
9. Reaction to distraction (chair drop)
10. Supervised separation (3 minutes handler out of sight)

Completion of test handler will receive AKC Form to send in for official title and certificate.

Additional Areas of Training

If you have interest in any of the following areas, please speak with a trainer today.

  • AKC Trick Dog
  • Search and Rescue
  • Felon Search Tracking
  • Narcotics and Specific Odor Detection
  • Personal Protection
  • AKC Obedience
  • Forced Retrieve
  • Aggressive Dog Training
  • Service Dog Training
  • Therapy Dog Training
  • IPO/Schutzhund (Obedience, Tracking and Protection)

**All dogs (except for Get to Know Your Puppy class) must have proof of vaccines - Bordetella, Distemper & Rabies.

For training questions, pricing, and registration, please call (309) 243-1755.
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