Unleash Your Dog's Potential with Big Sky Dog Training.

Specialized training programs for dogs of all
ages and abilities

Big Sky has been in business for over 35 years.

We provide positive Dog Training Services. Our service area covers a radius of 15 miles from Skokie, IL. All training methods are humane, reward-based, and use positive reinforcement techniques. We believe training should be fun and include games and play. We specialize in Puppy Head Start Programs, Private in-home lessons, Group Classes, Concierge Services and Virtual Lessons.

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Private In-Home & Group Canine Training Program


Initially, we will talk on the phone with you about your needs, then send you a registration form so you can fill out all the issues you are having with your puppy or dog. We will come to your home, or a location of your choosing, for our Private Dog Training lesson. The first private lesson is 1.5 hours. When we arrive, we will evaluate your dog, and listen to what your objectives are. We use reward-based, positive reinforcement training methods to teach obedience skills and correct inappropriate behaviors.



Group Classes are taught on Thursday mornings, Saturday mornings, and Saturday early afternoons. There is a limit of 7 dogs in each class. Your family is welcome at each class. Classes include; Puppy, Basic, and Intermediate. The course Curriculum is available in the Group Class Section.



Puppy Playtime is for puppies 8-13 weeks old. We limit the group to 10 puppies for 50 minutes of fun and frolic. Montana will facilitate the playtime and be available for questions about training, housebreaking, biting, nipping, etc.

Full-Service Dog Training & Concierge Services

  • Shopping list and help shopping for your canine before getting him/her.
  • Best places to shop and get the best prices.
  • Evaluating your home for your pet.
  • Help adopt a dog or puppy.
  • Puppy and dog temperament testing.
  • Individual and Group personalized training.
  • Certification in AKC Star,  CGC, Prep for Therapy Dog
  • Navigating the Service Dog and ESA Processes (Emotional Service Animal)
  • Dog Surrender Options
  • Evaluating senior dogs for needs to make the aging process easier.
  • Free Phone Consultations.
  • Follow-up Phone support 24/7.

Why Choose

Big sky dog training?

Big Sky Dog Training provides you with a skilled trainer who is here to help you with your companion, sport dog, or puppy. Big Sky helps you correct inappropriate behaviors and teaches you how to redirect your dog to an appropriate behavior that you can praise and reward. All training methods are taught with positive reinforcement skills.

Montana was so helpful when we met for a private session. It made all the difference! For puppy training, she provided me with terrific guidance, reading resources and creative training ideas. I now have the tools and knowledge to continue working with my dog in a fun and productive manner!
Caroline Greco
Caroline Greco
Our family highly recommends Big Sky Dog Training. Montana is the best! She helped us with our "high-energy" four month old lab-boxer mix. We were considering boarding, but Montana convinced us that in-home private lessons were the way to go. And she was right! It was so helpful to watch Montana interact with our dog so we could learn how to address certain behaviors right on the spot. She is very knowledgeable and one of the nicest people. She always answered our calls and questions. We would recommend her to any family looking for help with training a new puppy or dog!
madeline s
madeline s
I adopted a 10 week old retriever/pit puppy from Wright Way Rescue just 4 days ago. I realized that I wanted some more guidance from an actual professional than just from random books or YouTube videos. Google did not disappoint when Montana was recommended to me. Miss Montana came to my home for a private training session fully prepared with reading materials for me and even some supplies. She was wonderfully accommodating and patient with me and little Markie. She gave me so much reassurance and even after the session sent me more resources via email! I'll definitely do another private session in the future as Markie gets older but in the mean time I've enrolled him for group puppy classes with Miss Montana 🙂
Gabriela Szczepaniec
Gabriela Szczepaniec
Montana is very accessible, can answer question via phone call or email. Very helpful with suggestions of equipment: collar vs. harness, etc. She might even have what you need with her. She has a good sense of a dog’s energy and temperament immediately, which is important for offering a direction in training. Very calm, positive, down to earth.
Colette Adams
Colette Adams
Scott Arnold
Scott Arnold
Montana is wonderful. She knows so much and taught me so much. My adopted shelter dog and I greatly benefitted from her help.
Vendy Polio
Vendy Polio
Montana came to our home and helped us with a pulling issue with our dog. We have followed her advice and training, life with our beautiful pet has vastly improved, we highly recommend Montana and Big Sky Dog Training.
Donald Zeppetello
Donald Zeppetello
Very thoughtful and knowledgeable. We are first time dog owners with a new puppy, and had a lot of questions. The Puppy Boot Camp is a good way to start training and get to know how to be a dog owner. Helpful tips and explanations for my young daughter too.
Kevin Williams
Kevin Williams

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