Your whole family is welcome to join experienced, professional trainer Montana C. Hayes and Big Sky Dog Training at any of our popular group dog training programs.

We provide a safe and effective reward-based training program that teaches you how to train and care for your puppy or dog using leadership skills based on an understanding of canine behavior, developmental stages, and genetics. Montana's dog training program helps you learn how to develop an optimum relationship with your dog — a relationship that allows your dog to see you as a safe, strong, dependable, fair, and consistent leader that your dog wants to obey and please.

Current Classes

Classes run for six weeks.


Daytime group classes will be at Winnetka Community House.
See class descriptions for details.


Evening and weekend group classes will be at Wright-Way Rescue in Morton Grove.
See class descriptions for details.



To register for a class: For Group Classes, you can register through Winnetka Community House. Print out and complete Big Sky Dog Training's Questionnaire Form and bring to class.

Before your first class: Read What to Bring to Class and Required Vaccinations

On the first day of class: Bring the printed and completed Questionnaire Form with you to the first session.

Please arrive 15 minutes early on the first day of class to complete registration. We can't wait to see you and your dog at class!

Read about the tests we offer.






For more information or to schedule a class or session:email Montana or call her at 847.997.4707.

Reward-based training classes and lessons cover, but are not limited to the following:

  • Attention and focus exercises: watch me / get dog's attention / eye contact
  • Manners at home and out and about
  • Socialization with people and dogs
  • Collar, leash and training equipment
  • Problem behavior solving and quiet exercises
  • Distance and distraction exercises
  • Grooming, health and nutrition
  • Importance of play in training
  • Come/recall game
  • Nose to nose sit, "look at me" and reward.
  • Down (drop) and down/stay
  • Loose leash heeling
  • Leave it / Drop it
  • Sit and sit/stay
  • Automatic sit – dog will automatically sit during heeling when the owner stops moving
  • Distance and boundary exercises
  • Release command
  • Time outs
  • Mediation of problem behaviors
  • Housebreaking
  • Wait commands, doors, cars, stairs, etc.
  • Go to commands; bed, crate, car, etc.
  • Chase game – have your dog chase you (with come command)
  • Desensitizing to stressful things
  • Puppy/dog come and sit (puppy come and back around a corner with lead)
  • Boundary training
  • Puppy/Dog come (from another room in house) no lead
  • Down and side-sit commands
  • Loose leash walking/standing/sitting with attention & focus
  • Leash corrections – using half-halts
  • Front and side sit/stay (increase time gradually)
  • Down and down stay (increase time gradually)
  • Target and Touch to a reverse loose leash heal, reward
  • Distractions – simple to complex
  • Focus and re-focus with arm/treat extension exercise
  • Come, sit/stay 6 ft. leash – food/toy/another dog distractions
  • Down/stay 6 ft. leash – food/toy/another dog distractions
  • Touch and recall to a reverse loose leash heal, reward
  • Long line recall exercises
  • Stay (2-5 minutes)
  • Down Stay (1-5 minutes)
  • Distracted Recall
  • Wait boundary-training -2 min each
  • Work on your dog's weaknesses
  • Grooming Techniques
  • Among other exercises specific to your dog

See price list for current pricing.