Meaghan is our head trainer and owner of Training at Unleashed. Meg teaches a variety of group classes and offers in-home private lessons. She has worked professionally with dogs since 2004, including four years of veterinary technician experience. Meaghan studied canine social behavior under Dr. Barbara Smuts at the University of Michigan, completing an undergraduate thesis exploring a rudimentary theory of mind in puppies.
Claire has a B.A. in Psychology from North Park University. She was an intern at PAWS Chicago before apprenticing as a trainer under Meg and joining Becky and the daycare staff at Unleashed in early 2017. She assists with Meg’s classes and private lessons and had recently begun leading group classes with Alissa.
Alissa has a B.S. in Biology from Lake Forest College. She’s been working at Unleashed with the daycare dogs since 2012. She has also assisted Meg with group training classes for the last several years and has recently begun teaching group classes with Claire.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for training inquiries and to register for classes.
Check our training calendar for upcoming classes. If there is a class on our list that is not on the calendar, email Meg for more info. We also offer private lessons!
On the first night of training class, please bring your dogs’ vaccination records, plenty of yummy bite-sized treats, and a very hungry dog on a 6-foot non-retractable leash.
Puppy Kindergarten – This class, designed for pups 8-weeks to 6 months, combines obedience, socialization, and play to introduce obedience exercises, build confidence in pups, and prevent fearful and aggressive behavior in adulthood. Teach your pup to be calm, sit, and lay down in exciting environments, and habituate them to meeting new people and dogs, being handled, and giving up prize possessions.
Doggy Adolescence – This class is geared for dogs from 6 months to 1/1.5 years going through adolescence. During this critical period in your dog’s life they may begin to test boundaries and as an owner you may experience regression with their training. This class will accommodate your teen-age dog’s short attention span by alternating between obedience and fun exercises as well as strengthen their desire to listen to you.
Basic Obedience – This class is designed for dogs ages six months and older – or puppies that have already graduated from Puppy Kindergarten. The class covers basic obedience skills like sit, down, stay, come, and polite leash-walking behavior.
Advanced Obedience – If your dog understands commands like sit, down and stay, but you want to work on the duration and reliability of these behaviors around distractions, then this is the class for you. During warm months, this class is offered outside to be extra distracting!
Intro to Agility – You will learn basic handling skills and your dog will receive an exciting introduction to agility training. Agility is a fun way to strengthen many obedience behaviors, and this class is a good primer for those interested in pursuing the sport. This class can also be an amazing confidence builder for your timid or nervous dog.
Fun-gility – This is an informal agility class with a mini course to run through with the help and supervision of a trainer. It’s a great way to get your dog some exercise while staying warm and dry on cold and rainy days. Dogs must have taken at least one intro agility class at Unleashed or elsewhere before enrolling in this class. Bring lots of yummy bite-sized treats!
Sniff & Seek – Does your dog love to sniff things? Are you looking for a fun activity that will challenge your dog AND can be practiced within the walls of your own home? This class will introduce you to the basics of canine nose work – an up and coming dog sport that involves scent detection.
Intro to Treiball – Treiball (a.k.a. “urban herding”) is a competitive dog sport in which dogs must gather and drive large exercise balls into a soccer goal. This class is a non-competitive introduction to the sport. Teach your dog to take basic direction, push and maneuver the ball. A great way to improve teamwork and communication between you and your dog.
Tricks 101 – Teaching your dog tricks is a great way to remind them (and ourselves) that training is fun! In this class we will cover a variety of tricks of all different levels. Suitable for dogs who don’t know shake or for dogs that already have a “bag of tricks” of their own and for every dog in-between!
Coming When Called – The entire focus of this class is teaching (or re-teaching) your dog to come when called. This 4 week class takes place outside at various parks while we work with out dogs on long leads. The class will conclude with a one-on-one lesson in a location of your choosing to work with your dog off-leash. [Limit 5 dogs per class.]