Training Center FAQs | PAWS Chicago

Training Center FAQs


Our trainers have extensive experience in training all types of dogs, from recently-adopted shelter dogs to competition obedience. They are eager to help solve behavior problems. As a bonus, all our proceeds go directly back to helping homeless pets at PAWS Chicago find loving new families.

Not at all! We love all dogs, and we enjoy working with all of the dog-lovers in our community. We have classes that will train, enrich and stimulate dogs of all ages and sizes.

If you are concerned about your dog’s ability to succeed in a classroom setting, please call and speak with one of our trainers before registering. A private training class might be a good first step for your dog, before moving to group classes.

If your dog has had some basic obedience then Basic is the level for them to start at.

If you aren’t sure about what class is right for your dog, email us at By answering a few questions, we can usually direct you to the right class. If you’re worried about your dog’s behavior, we will direct you to one of our trainers, who can give you a free evaluation prior to class.

Getting to the Training Center

Yes. We have parking available on Marcey Street outside the Training Center on evenings and on weekends. Parking at the Training Center during regular business hours is permit only. Thank you for your understanding! Additional free city parking spaces may be available on Clifton Avenue. Metered parking is available on Clybourn Avenue.

The entrance for the Training Center is located at 1933 N. Marcey St. Please note that the entrance for PAWS Chicago Blazer Building is on Clifton Avenue. This entrance is locked and will not give you access to the Training Center.

Scheduling Questions

At the first class, you will receive a syllabus, complete with weekly homework sheets. If you miss a class, read the homework sheet for that week and ask your instructor if you have additional questions. If you need extra help at any time during the course, tell your instructor. He may be able to help you during class. If you experience continued challenges, we often recommend scheduling a private session to help you and your dog move forward.

24-hour cancellation is required for a full refund. In order to maintain our small class size, we cannot offer refunds after this period. However, you will receive a $25 discount when you re-enroll.

Yes, the holidays outlined below do affect training classes. Please note the Training Center will be closed on the following days and classes affected will be extended to accommodate for the closures.


2019 Training Center Holiday Schedule


Easter Weekend: 4/20 & 4/21

Memorial Day Weekend: 5/25, 5/26, & 5/27

Independence Day: 7/4 

Labor Day: 8/31, 9/1, & 9/2

Thanksgiving: 11/27 through 12/1

Christmas & New Year’s:  12/23 through 1/3/2020


Training Questions

Clicker training is a method of training that relies on recognizing desirable behavior and rewarding it. Clicker training is a great way to practice positive reinforcement and strengthen your bond with your pet. A clicker can be purchased at any local pet supply store for a few dollars. If you choose not to use clicker training, our instructors will be happy to work with you to develop an alternate method that suits your needs and your dog’s needs.