Family Dog Classes

Your instructor: Sally Krostal, Dancing Hearts Certified Partnership Lifestyle Method Coach

These classes will teach you how to be the kind, clear and loving leader that your dog needs to be a calm, attentive member of your family.
We work on helping you to ‘speak dog’, and to teach your dog how to behave as a loved member of the family … without needing to do training sessions, or to teach obedience cues. It’s a real time saver, and is so easy, once you know how!
Your instructor will teach you the skills for a partnership lifestyle built on trust and connection with your dog , so that…

  • Your dog comes running eagerly, every time you invite them to come to you!
  • Your dog patiently waits at doorways, and gateways until you invite them through…without training a sit/stay.
  • Your dog feels calm and attentive to you, even when there are distractions.
  • You and your dog learn the skills of leash walking in partnership.
  • Your dog understands how to greet people calmly, without needing to jump up.
  • You have the skills to communicate with your dog, so that your dog understands, and loves to listen.

All classes are held at 1201 Major St., Unit C, Normal. The classes are one hour long, limited to 4 or 5 teams, and last 6 weeks. The 6 week class costs $135.00. The first night of class is an orientation that is geared mainly toward the human members of the teams and there is a lot of material covered. So if you think your dog would have a hard time being patient or you would have a hard time listening with your pup there, please leave them home for the first night.
We want to make choices that set us up for success!

Click here to see our full class schedule! Class descriptions are included below.

Puppy Kindergarten Class

Puppy Kindergarten is for baby puppies between 8 and 17 weeks old. In this class, you will build a foundation of trust and communication so that your puppy can become a responsible member of your household. We will also incorporate the tricks and skills needed to qualify for a AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy certificate by the end of class.

Worried about shots?  Here’s what the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior has to say about early socialization.
AVSAB Position Statement
Puppies should have received a minimum of one set of vaccines at least 7 days prior to the first class and a first deworming. They should be kept up-to-date on vaccines throughout the class.

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Smells Like Puppy Teen Spirit

Targeted towards our puppies aged between 5 and 14 months old. This class will give you the tools to build a partnership with your teenage pup that will help to keep you connected and communicating when times get tough. We will help your pup to become a responsible family member and companion who respects boundaries, loves to come when invited, and walks calmly on a leash. Puppies learn best through play and everybody LOVES tricks, so we also incorporate tricks into our lessons so that you and your pup can earn your AKC Novice Tricks title by the end of class. This would be an option for graduates of the Puppy Manners class.
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Recall Rover – 4 Week Focus Class

In this 4 Week Focus Class you and your dog will focus exclusively on helping you build the fundamentals of a strong recall in your dog. Understanding choices in reinforcement, distractions, shaping success will be addressed. You will be able to take these skills home continue to work on your dog’s recall, you will also be able to understand why recalling the dog may fail and how to resolve the issue in the future.
This 4 Week Class has a 4 dog limit and is $100.
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Canine Good Citizen Class

The Canine Good Citizenship Class teaches advanced skills and prepares both dog and handler for the AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) certification test. This class is recommended for dogs that are one year or older and are comfortable around other dogs.

More information about our goals and criteria for passing the class (and the test!) are available on the AKC website below.  Dogs do not have to be AKC registered in order to enroll in this class.

During the sixth week of class a CGC test will be conducted. This class is only recommended for teams that have taken prior obedience training classes or private training. This class has a 4 dog limit.

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All Tricked Out!

This 4 week class will strengthen the bond between you and your dog, as well as increase your dogs motivation to cooperate and focus on you. It will mentally challenge you and your dog to think outside of the box (or even inside of it for the right trick!), as you and your trainer plan and coordinate the various fun tricks you’ll be teaching your dog to achieve a Trick Dog Title though AKC.

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6 Month old puppy learning to walk on a spool for a Trick Dog Title.

Gently Educated Dog Class

This class is for dogs 6 months and older and their human partners. It is kind of a one room schoolhouse class where we will cover the basic partnership skills of trust, communication, and attentive responsiveness and also the specific needs of each team in the class. So if Team 1 wants to work on formal obedience, Team 2 wants to work on calm greetings, Team 3 wants to learn tricks, and Team 4 wants to work on leash walking, we will incorporate all of those things into the class. There will also be LOTS of dancing and LOTS of opportunities to build your relationship as a Loving Leader for your dog. This would be an option for graduates of either the Puppy Manners or the Teen Spirit class.
PLEASE NOTE: There will be a lot of moving around, so dogs who are overly reactive or fearful of people and other dogs would not feel safe in this class. Please contact us if this is the case and we will work on another option for you and your dog.

During this class, you’ll get the chance to earn your AKC Trick Dog Title (level dependent upon the dog skills).

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K9 Fitness Class

Make your dog the best version of itself with canine fitness! Whether your dog is an active athlete or more of a couch pooch, this class will give you the tools and ideas you need to get, or keep, your dog in shape!

Required items for class: Harness (this is used to help hold the dogs in position during exercises without putting strain on their neck). Many small yummy treats (these will be used to help the dogs get into the positions we want eagerly)

Disclaimer: This class is not intended to diagnose or treat any current or previous injuries. If your dog has any physical limitations, please consult with your veterinarian before enrolling in this class.

Watch for updates later this year!

They are held at 1201 Major St, Unit C, Normal IL 61761.

Refund Policy: Registration for 6 week classes closes 14 days prior to the first night of class, after which no refunds will be offered. Cancelling prior to this date will receive a full refund, minus a $15 admin fee. Requests must be emailed to
Kudos for Canines Equipment Policy: No choke chains, prong collars or shock collars are allowed to be used on site. Slip-style collars/leashes are acceptable only during conformation class.
Behavioral Issues: If your dog has a history of behavioral issues/showing aggression towards humans/dogs, group classes may not be the right fit for you. Please contact us PRIOR to signing up for classes if your dog has this type of history. Private 1-on-1 training may be a better fit.