Levels Training

The Anti-Cruelty Society’s School of Dog Training offers the most flexible group dog training classes available known as “Levels Training.” Levels obedience training is a group program offering unlimited training sessions during the period in which you are enrolled. With a levels enrollment, you can come to our drop-in classes as often as you want or need, based on your own expectations for your dog. Choose the enrollment that best fits your needs (purchase the number of classes you’d like to attend: either 5, 10 or 20).

How It Works:

Step 1: Purchase a Levels Training Package
Choose from either 5, 10 or 20 class packs

Step 2: Sign up for Levels Orientation (humans only!)
After purchasing your Levels Training package, select your orientation date, complete the Training Registration Form, and click “Redeem Registration Code” to complete your appointment

Step 3: Attend Orientation
Remember to leave your pups at home!

Step 4: Sign Up for Classes!
After attending orientation, you will receive a link to schedule classes. Remember that all teams begin at Level 1!

Questions? Please contact the School of Dog Training at sodt@anticruelty.org or (312) 645-8254


STEP 1: Purchase a Levels Training Packages

Purchase the number of classes you’d like to attend: either 5, 10 or 20. We offer a 20% discount for dogs adopted from the Anti-Cruelty Society, discount code “shelter”.

Step 2: Sign up for Levels Orientation

PLEASE NOTE: Registration and attendance of a levels orientation is mandatory! Dogs will not be admitted to class without the handler attending a humans only orientation first. Register for orientation here:

Step 3: Attend Orientation


Step 4: Sign Up for Classes!

Level 1:  Starting Out

Level 1 will introduce you to the basic commands of Sit, Down, Focus and Attention, and the Name Game. We’ll also work on problem behaviors such as jumping up, play-biting and housetraining.  ALL dogs (even those with prior training) start in Level 1.

Requirements to move to Level 2:  Dog can Sit and Down on cue. Dog will respond readily to his name with mild distractions.

Level 2:  Manners Training

We’ll work on walking politely on a loose leash without pulling, paying attention to the owner while walking and ignoring other dogs. We’ll also begin working on some come when called and stay. Level 2 includes problem-solving information for behaviors such as barking, digging, chewing, etc.

Requirements to move to Level 3: Dog can walk nicely around the training area with attention to owner without pulling, with other dogs 4-5 feet away. Dog will come when called on leash with mild distractions.

Level 3: Adding Distractions

We’ll work on a long-distance recall, stay with distractions, loose-leash walking past distractions, and other distance cues.

Requirements to move up to Level 4: Dog will stay for 30 seconds with mild distractions and owner standing on the leash. Dog will heel past other dogs with the leash over the owner’s shoulder. Dog will come when called from 20 feet away with moderate distractions.

Level 4: Advanced Training

We’ll work on polishing the recall cue and teaching an emergency recall, strengthen Stays by teaching the dog to stay for longer periods of time at a greater distance from the owner, work on turns and automatic sits while heeling.

Level 4 goals: Goals are to continue improving all the basic obedience commands with less leash control, and work on the AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test.

Levels Schedule


  • 10 a.m.  Puppy Socialization
  • 11 a.m. Level 1
  • 12 p.m. Level 2
  • 1 p.m. Level 3
  • 2 p.m. Level 4


  • 6 p.m. Level 1
  • 7 p.m. Level 2


  • 6 p.m. Level 3
  • 7 p.m. Level 4


  • 6 p.m.  Level 2
  • 7 p.m.  Level 1


  • 10:00 a.m. Level 1

  • 11:00 a.m. Level 2

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