Living your Best Life with your dog should include anything from performing tricks to entertain the family, swimming safely with your dog in a backyard pool, volunteering with your therapy dog, or simply snuggling up for a nap.
You choose the goals and our trainer, John Bautz, will help you and your dog meet them! Choose a custom dog training program that best fits your dog's needs and is the most convenient for YOU:
Foundation Training helps your pup learn foundational skills that will be built upon throughout life. These beginning skills will form a communication system that enables your dog to pick up a multitude of skills quickly without frustration and with maximum success. Success in training builds your puppy's confidence and helps you bond with your dog as you too feel great about each accomplishment. When training goes well, owners remain positive and avoid interactions that may deter the pup from forming a healthy relationship with its new family. It is important for your pup to develop these foundation skills as early as possible. Many breeders, including Best Life Labradoodles, beginning working on pre-foundation skills long before the pup arrives at your family home. To optimize success, Best Life offers an intensive Foundation Training program. A pup in Foundation Training receives 24/7 training for 2-4 weeks, depending on the agreed-upon goals and each owner's preference. Foundation Training cost is $750 per week. If you are feeding your dog Life's Abundance, food will be provided. Owners will stay for a one-hour training and introduction to the program on day one and can return for an additional one hour of practice each week. Photos and short instructional videos of your own dog in action will be sent frequently throughout the week. Dogs who spend three weeks in Foundational Training typically go home with the ability to:
There are many reasons that a dog's training may fall off course. Re-homing, an unexpected traumatic event, lack of time to achieve strong foundational skills, as well as genetic disposition can impact each dog's success. If your dog is struggling to successfully fit into your home and your family's routine, we can help! Dogs in our Remediation program are in training 24/7 during their time with us. Our priority is to develop a schedule that matches your routine at home and make sure your dog can be successful upon return. Remediation Training cost is $150 per day or $850 per week. If you are feeding your dog Life's Abundance, food will be provided. This program allows for pre-program consultation to set specific goals based on your hopes for your pup.
We know puppy training can be difficult. It requires time and patience and a full understanding of your puppy's needs. We want you to LOVE training and spending time with your dog, so we make sure that happens. We will work with you to set goals that are meaningful and specific to you and your family and then we'll address them with you one-on-one so you and your dog can have our full attention. We will help your pup develop a set of skills that will ensure success while addressing any questions or challenges that you bring to us each week. Some owners enjoy participating in each lesson and others find it easier to drop their dog off and return at the end of the dog's lesson for communication with the trainer and answers that can help at home. Private training is typically a one hour $70 session. However, if you prefer to drop off for a longer period of time, your dog will be safely boarded before or after their lesson to allow lessons to conveniently fit into your schedule.
Sometimes families want to refresh their dog's training or get things back on track if the family has been busy and unable to offer as much attention as usual. Sometimes owners just want to take their dog's training to the "next level" to teach a special skill. Families will often consider Tune-Up or Fine-Tuning training while they are on vacation. This allows the dog a highly engaging boarding experience to stay busy while they are away. Think of it like Camp for Dogs! Fine-Tuning Training can sometimes be needed when a dog matures and gains more independence or an extended ability to consider behavior options other than compliance. Level-Up Training is an option for families who need their dog to learn a specific skill or set of skills, or for owners who want to pursue therapy dog certification and need support in preparing for the certification test. Tune-up, Level-up, or Fine-Tuning Training cost is $125 per day or $750 per week. If you are feeding your dog Life's Abundance, food will be provided. This program allows for pre-program consultation to set specific goals based on your hopes for your pup.
Many owners feel very confident in providing the majority of their dog's training on their own. If you feel confident, there is no better person to teach your dog and to celebrate with your dog as each skill is mastered! You may occasionally run into an obstacle or a setback. This is why we offer single private consultation visits instead of package deals that require a substantial commitment of time and financial investment that you might not be able to offer or even need.
Private single visit training and consultation allows you to receive the guidance you may need, only when you need it, at your convenience.
Private sessions are conducted at our training facility in Peotone, IL, or in your own home to address specific issues in the setting where the behavior is most likely to occur.
Training and consultation services that are provided in person in your home or at our facility are $70 per hour.
A minimum $70 trip fee applies to home visits within 20 miles of our New Lenox or Peotone, IL locations. Additional fees apply for further distances. Travel fees can be estimated in advance for out-of-state requests or travel over 60 miles.
Zoom video or Phone conference consultation is available at $35 per half hour. Get dog training advice and answers to questions you have about your dog's behavior from the convenience of your home.
Send up to 20 minutes of video by uploading to Google drive and sharing with John for review, analysis, and feedback. Video your dog exhibiting any specific behavior or training difficulties that occur in your home. John will review the video and voice-over his comments with specific advice to help you get your dog back on track and maximize success. This can be particularly helpful for dogs who only exhibit certain behaviors in specific situations or environments and/or if you are dog tends to behave better when a dog trainer is present. A $70 per 20-minute video applies.
We know there are a lot of options for dog training. Owning a dog shouldn't be confusing or overwhelming. Group puppy or dog training classes with dogs who may have behavior issues can pose health and safety risks for your dog and leave you with unanswered questions. With John as your dog training guide, you and your dog will have access to:
John has trained both dogs and horses for more than 20 years, using his innate ability to communicate with animals. His connection with animals can only be described as a gift that very few people are born with. He intuitively understands what motivates them and what drives their behavior. His wife Janis brings her background in behavior analysis to the training plan with consultation and narrated training videos for deeper understanding. The combination of research-proven behavior modification strategies paired with perfectly timed and customized techniques is what makes Best Life Dog Training Unique. We support the building of great relationships between dogs and owners through fun interactive activities that promote positive communication.
Happy Dogs are Loyal Dogs and we believe you deserve both!