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Individual training sessions are great opportunities for you, your family and your dog to get some one-on-one instructional time. We come to your location or you can come to ours.

Be sure to fill out our Initial Questionnaire BEFORE your first appointment and bring a copy with you.

Initial Private Training Session*

Our Initial Training Session is intended as a working session after we evaluate and review you and your dog's needs. Prior to the first session, we ask the owners to make out a list of areas they want to cover, be evaluated, or be fixed. This includes behavior, nutrition, health and house manners. Our responsibility will be to educate and demonstrate appropriate ways to handle your current problems, along with circumventing potential troubles.

Whether you have a puppy or an adult dog with specific problems you want addressed and fixed, we go over the must-have behaviors for a well-mannered companion dog. We anticipate that dogs and owners will be at different levels of training and have different behavior issues. It's not just the dog who learns—it is you and your whole family.

*All families receive a free copy of Big Sky Dog Training's popular training manual and a Goody Bag at their initial private training session.

See price list for current pricing.

Ongoing/Follow-Up Private Training Sessions

Our ongoing private training sessions are intended to follow up on the training and work completed at the initial training session. We continue to work with you to help fix the specific problems you want addressed and practice the must-have behaviors for a well-mannered companion dog. Homework is reviewed and evaluated. Questions are answered. New problems are addressed. New homework will be given. Our responsibility will be to educate and demonstrate appropriate ways to handle your current problems, along with circumventing potential trouble.

Save money by paying for sessions in advance.

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Introducing Your Dog to Babies or Children

Montana has extensive experience in building a safe and secure family dynamic with your dog and children, including the addition of a new baby. Big Sky Dog Training is happy to announce that we are providing phone consultations, free of chargeto help your family:

  • Prepare your dog for the arrival of a new baby.
  • Teach young children how to play with the new or existing family dog.
  • Bring a dog into a family with young children.

Montana is available to review the steps that are vital to making a smooth transition prior to your baby's arrival, to help teach your children how to safely play and help train your dog, and how to safely introduce a new puppy or dog into your home. Feel free to call her at 847-997-4707 to schedule a phone appointment and/or a private lesson.

Initial Training Session: $115 for 90 minutes

Always offering a free phone consultation.

Puppy Head Start Program

See our Puppy Head Start page

Rewards for You & Your Dog

Learning how to communicate with your dog allows you to correctly socialize him, keep him from being destructive and fix those annoying habits. Big Sky Dog Training helps you create a happy, willing, fun and enthusiastic companion dog by combining humane corrections and a combinations of these Five Basic Rewards:

  1. Touch, Petting & Loving
  2. Verbal Praise
  3. Food Treats
  4. Loose Leash
  5. Toys & Play Time

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