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Out of an abundance of concern for our clients, and following recommendations from health agencies, we are temporarily suspending all Group Training Classes until we are advised it is safe to host group gatherings.

PRIVATE LESSONS ARE STILL BEING OFFERED through our two week Board and Train program.

Please consider us for boarding and caring should you need a place for your pet during this uncertain time.

Customizable Dog Training and Obedience Programs  

“You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” At Alden's Kennels, we don’t believe that old adage is true. In fact, we work every day to prove it wrong! At our professional dog training center in McHenry County, Illinois, we understand each dog – and owner – has individual training needs. That’s why we start with a free evaluation to diagnose your dog’s obedience level and specific areas to address. Then it’s simply a matter of choosing the best class or combination of classes from our wide range of options. Classes are offered in private, group and boarding programs.

Group Classes

Participate in one or more of our group classes and strengthen your special bond with your pup. Each class takes a two-prong approach to dog training – giving your dog positive skills and behaviors while also empowering you to carry out an effective obedience program at home.

These hour-long classes meet weekly for six weeks. The rate for group classes is $150. 

  • “Good Dog” Obedience Classes

    Beginner, intermediate and advanced dog obedience classes are available based on your dog’s specific needs. Regardless of level, the goal of our obedience classes is to help your dog become – and stay – a well-mannered, playful but unobtrusive part of your family.
  • “Teach a Dog a New Trick” Classes

    From tricks like “shake” and “fetch” to the more advanced “ring a bell” or “play dead” and everything in between, our professional trainers are ready to instruct you and your dog in a wide range of beginner, intermediate and advanced tricks.
  • “Have a Heart” Therapy Dog Training

    Therapy dogs bring comfort and lifesaving assistance to their owners. We take great pride in our custom, internationally certified dog therapy training programs. We are always available to discuss your specific needs and customize a program.
  • AKC Training

    Aldens Kennels has earned numerous AKC competition awards in our 30 years of training. You won’t find a better place to prepare your show dog for AKC competition than with our elite trainers. Classes include AKC Rally Class and AKC Conformation Class.

Board and Train for Dogs

We understand the hectic pace of life today – for you and your four-legged friends. If weekly group classes just won’t fit into your schedule, our boarding instruction program may be exactly what you need. Through this program, your dog stays at Alden’s Kennels for a professional, two-week behavioral instruction course. We work daily with your pup on the specific obedience and training issues identified.

After the first week on-site, you’ll receive a video update of your dog’s progress. And at the end of his or her stay, you’ll be invited to participate in a special lesson with your dog so you’re prepared with the tips and tools necessary to maintain the training your dog received during their stay.

The Best Dog Trainers in McHenry County

While the absolute best time to begin professional training is when your puppy is between 8-12 weeks old, our seasoned trainers are well versed in helping dogs of any age improve their manners, learn new tricks and bring even greater joy to your family.

Alden Domrase leads our team of trainers. After years as a world-class breeder of champion Pomeranians, Alden has turned his attention to training dogs of all ages and breeds. Whether it’s training the family dog on basic obedience or guiding dogs through the regime to become therapy dogs, Alden is hands-on at every phase. He works with clients regularly to customize programs to meet every need.

All Group Classes have been suspended till the restrictions on group gathering have been lifted in Illinois

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