Providing your dog with positive, trust-based training creates a well-rounded dog.

Thank you for adopting! For helpful information on caring for your new dog, please view The Definitive Guide for First-Time Dog Owners.

At Heartland Animal Shelter we believe positive reinforcement dog training will make your new canine companion a well-rounded family member. These training methods reinforce the desirable behaviors and reduce the chance that your dog will engage in behaviors that you do not like. The dog’s decision making is influenced without the use of force, maintaining the bond and trust between dog and handler. Click here to learn more.

Positive reinforcement training is recommended by the American Animal Hospital Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior.

Heartland Animal Shelter is fortunate to have partnered with Happy Hound University in Des Plaines to provide training and enrichment to the dogs in our care.

Local Positive Reinforcement Dog Trainers

Happy Hound University

312-307-6481 | |
Classes: Des Plaines
Private lessons: Throughout the suburbs
Mary Thompson, CPDT-KA, PMCT, Fear-free certified trainer

Two Paws Up Dog Training, Inc.

847-235-2263 | |
Training Center: Lake Bluff
Classes: Lake Bluff and Grayslake
Private Lessons: Lake Bluff, Lake Forest, Highland Park, Deerfield, Lincolnshire, Glencoe, Wilmette, Glenview, Barrington, Lake Zurich, Grayslake, Gurnee, Lindenhurst, Lake Villa, Deer Park, and surrounding area

Animal Sense Canine Training and Behavior

312-564-4570 | |
Locations: Chicago, Schiller Park, and Glenview
Classes: Chicago, Schiller Park, and Glenview
Private Lessons: Glenview, Mt. Prospect, Northfield and surrounding areas

Creative Paws Dog Training

847-212-5067 | |
Classes: Winnetka
Private Lessons: Des Plaines, near north and near west suburbs

For Your K9

847-671-6844 | |
Classes: Melrose Park
Private Lessons: Des Plaines, Glenview, Mt. Prospect, Park Ridge, Chicago, La Grange, Franklin Park, Schiller Park, Melrose Park

Dog Behavior Resources

For Families with Dogs


When you adopt from a no-kill shelter, you save two lives. The animal you adopt and the one that replaces him.