Positive Care and Maintenance | PAWS Chicago

Positive Care and Maintenance

From Doorbells to Nail Trims - Keep Calm and Carry On

Learn how to get your dog to relax when new guests arrive and for grooming such as nail trims, brushing, and teeth cleaning.

Has your pup mastered basic cues but is still struggling to settle when you have guests over? Do you have trouble getting your dog to relax for grooming, such as nail trims, brushing, or teeth cleaning? Is it challenging to wipe off those paws from the mud in the summer and salt in the winter without a struggle? Our positive husbandry class is focused on mastering your pup’s ability to relax on a mat, as well as giving you and your dog the skills to have a fun and relaxing experience with grooming activities.

This class is a 4-week course will focus on relaxation and grooming protocols, such as nail trims and filing, teeth brushing, paw wipes, and handling of your pup without struggles.

Classes are limited to eight dogs each. The small class size ensures an environment conducive to learning.

The Basics

  • Number of Classes: 4 weekly classes (Class will meet on the same day/time each week)
  • Length of Class: 1 hour
  • Class Structure: 1-hour training sessions with your dog 
  • Age: All ages are welcome
  • Pre-Requisites: Completion of a Basic Obedience Class or Permission from Instructor - Kristina Finney (kfinney@pawschicago.org)
  • Price: $125

The following are required for participation

  1. Vaccination records: Copies of your dog’s age-appropriate distemper/parvo, rabies and Bordetella vaccinations must be brought to the first class.
  2. Leash: A five- or six-foot leash (no retractable or chain leashes).
  3. Collar/Harness: Martingale collar, buckle collar or training harness.
  4. Clicker: This training tool can be purchased online or at any pet supply store.
  5. Treat carrier: A bag, pouch, fanny pack, apron with pocket or deep pocket that provides easy access to treats.
  6. Treats: Lots of small, easy-to-chew, high-value treats. Cut up pieces of cheese or hot dogs are good choices, as are soft treats made specifically for training. (Experiment in advance to discover what your puppy really loves.)
  7. Bed, mat or rug: Soft surface your puppy can learn to lie down on.
  8. Chew toy or stuffed Kong (optional): May be helpful to keep your puppy entertained during downtime.
  9. Water Bowl
  • Please be on time.
  • Wear comfortable clothing and nonskid shoes. Flip flops, sandals and heels are not recommended.
  • The use of cell phones is not permitted during class.
  • Do not feed your puppy before class. A hungry puppy is more motivated to learn.
  • Give your puppy time to relieve himself before class.

Start training your dog today!

Our goal is to help you properly care for, socialize and train your dog in a positive, non violent yet highly effective manner.