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Welcome to Advances in Animal Behavior. Where education and positive reinforcement are the key ingredients in pet training.

Group Classes

From obedience to sports, for puppies through adults, our comprehensive group classes provide the positive training that you and your dog need.

Private Instruction and Behavior Problem Consults

We offer private lessons for those dogs and human teams that prefer a one on one lesson.

Board and Train

Our Board and Train services are tailored to your dog’s individual needs.

Accomplish Your Dog Training Goals

Serving Chicagoland since 1995, we offer a vast array of dog training services. Our puppy classes include Puppy Kindergrarten. For dogs over 5 months, we offer beginning dog obedience classes such as Adolescent Dog, and Basic Obedience I. Our intermediate/advanced programs include Basic Obedience II and Rally Obedience. Our 16,000 square foot dog training facility also affords us the opportunity to teach Dog Agility and Nosework. Private training and Board and Train is also available, as well as behavior problem consultations.

Our founder and senior trainer, Kristen Phillips, invites you to learn about dog behavior, enjoy training your dog, and accomplish your dog training goals.

Our Dog Training Services


Start here for info on Puppy Kindergarten through advanced obedience classes. Our reward-based approach to training creates an environment where both you and your dog enjoy learning.


In these classes, you learn to understand when your dog has found a specific odor. All dogs are naturals at nosework. And though it’s not real physical, it will tire them out and also build confidence.

Board and Train

Boarding your dog at Pawsitively Heaven Pet Resort? Let us train it using positive reinforcement. Whether they like food or toys, we can train your dog resulting in a better pet when you return.


These exciting classes will really increase confidence in your dog. You will both learn something new weekly. We have classes designed for true beginners to experienced teams.

Trick Class

Everyone loves a good trick. These classes teach you how to teach various tricks to your dog. Along the way, they can easily earn AKC Trick dog titles. And they will have a great time doing it.

Daycare School

If your pet is currently enrolled in daycare at Pawsitively Heaven Pet Resort, training can give it a good mental break. Our special daycare program is tailored to fit for your needs.



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