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Private In-Home Dog Training

We will come to your home (or location of your choosing) for a private 1.5 hour initial lesson to meet you, evaluate and train your dog. 


Our Initial Training Session is intended as a working session. First, we evaluate and review you and your dog's needs and objectives. Prior to the first session, we ask the owner to make out a list of areas they want to work on, 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 with puppy behaviors, or an adult dog with specific behavior 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.

 No minimum number of lessons are required. We work at your needs.

The dog's or puppy's age is usually 4 months or older.

Puppy Head-Start Program

 We will come to your home (or location of your choosing) for a private 1.5 hour initial lesson to meet you and evaluate your puppy's training needs.This lesson includes training specializing in all the important aspects of puppy training, which includes; housebreaking, nipping/biting, jumping, chewing on household items, crate training, pulling on leash, separation anxiety, etc.

No minimum number of lessons are required. 

The puppy's age is usually 6 months or younger, but there is no age restriction.

Group Classes

 Group classes are great for socialization and training amongst distractions and are held at Winnetka Community House.  


Intermediate Obedience - Pre-Req: Basic Class

Thursday - January 16, 2010 - 10:30 a.m.


Puppy Obedience - 12 Weeks & Older

Wednesday - October 16 - 10:00 a.m.

Basic Obedience - Pre-Req: Puppy Obedience 5 months+

Wednesday - October 16 - 11:15 a.m.


Puppy Obedience - 12 Weeks & Older

Saturday - October 19 - 10:00 a.m.

Basic Obedience - Pre-Req: Puppy Obedience, 5 months+

Saturday - October 19 - 11:15 a.m.


Winnetka Community House

620 Lincoln Avenue

Winnetka, IL 60093

Contact us for information:

Tel. 847.446.0537


 Puppy / Basic / Intermediate - 8 dogs maximum - $145 Resident / $179 Non Resident

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Good Start Seminar - Free

A seminar is held at Northbrook Court the First Saturday each Month in Orphan of the Storm's space on the lower level..

There is a document provided that reviews all aspects of getting a new dog or puppy from any location. Orphan's location is sponsoring the FREE Seminar.

Equipment Consulting and Shopping

Have Montana, at Big Sky Dog Training help you shop for your new dog or puppy. We provide a shopping list, know the best places to shop, where the deals are, and how to save money. We call ourselves the Consignee Dog Trainer, this is one of the reasons why.

Pre-Purchase or Pre-Adoption Evaluation

Again, have Montana, at Big Sky Dog Training help you find your new puppy or dog. Whether you want to adopt or you decided to purchase a puppy or dog. She will review your wants and needs and perform an assessment of every dog you are interested in. Temperament tests are available upon request.

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Problems We Work On


Does your dog . . .

  • Jump on people or furniture?
  • Bark too much?
  • Pull when on the leash?
  • Bite or nip you?
  • Chew on household items?
  • Have aggression problems?
  • Have housebreaking problems?
  • Need more socialization?
  • Have separation anxiety?
  • Have the run of the house?
  • and more...

Philosophy and Rewards

 At Big Sky Dog Training, we emphasize communication skills, positive reinforcement and rewards-base

At Big Sky Dog Training, we emphasize communication skills, positive reinforcement and rewards-based training for our canine family members. Learning how to communicate with your dog allows you to correctly socialize him, keep him from being destructive and fix those annoying habits. We help you create a happy, willing, fun and enthusiastic companion dog by combining humane corrections and a combinations of these Five Basic Rewards:

  • Touch, Petting & Loving
  • Verbal Praise
  • Food Treats
  • Loose Leash for trust
  • Toys & Play Time



 "Montana is a terrific trainer and a very compassionate person. Our recently acquired 3 yr. old Bernese Mountain Dog was emotionally deprived in his former home and, although house trained and crate trained, had never been a pet. He was reclusive, shy and clearly had no idea of how to be part of a family. With Montana's help, he easily acquired basic commands and is starting to be comfortable in his new environment. 

Montana also took my husband's physical problems into consideration as we worked together. Last, but not least, it became very clear that Montana takes the people, as well the dog into consideration during the training time. It was important to her that I could handle the dog in a manner that was best for both of us, rather than insist on doing things that were just not going to work. She gave me "permission" to trust my instincts and THAT'S what worked for us."— Kalee G.