Class Schedule

Wilmette Park District, 2020
Instructor for all Wilmette Park District dog training classes: Sally Bushwaller, CPDT-KSA, CNWI.
Location for all WPD classes: Community Recreation Center, Room 107, 3000 Glenview Road, Wilmette (corner of Skokie Blvd. and Glenview Road, about 1/4 mile north of Old Orchard.

You must sign up for Wilmette Park District classes on their website, I cannot sign you up.    http://www.wilmettepark.org/

NOTE: Starting in the fall session, all NOSE WORK classes are purchased by the individual class. You can purchase as many or as few as you would like. But, since class sizes are very small to allow an adequate amount of work for each dog/handler team, I suggest that you purchase all your classes at the beginning of the session, so you do not get locked out of later classes because they are full.

You MUST pay for class before the class starts. For instance, if you  want to sign up for a class that starts at 6:30, and you arrive late and get there at 6:31, then you may NOT attend class unless you paid before 6:30 pm. This is all because of the way the park district computer system is set up. You are locked out of the system after the start of class.

Intro to K9 Nose Work®

K9 Nose Work is an exciting dog sport that allows dogs to do what they are genetically predisposed to do — use their noses! K9 Nose Work gives your dog a “job”, builds confidence, teaches creative problem solving, provides great mental exercise, and much more by encouraging your dog’s innate drive to hunt and find scent. If you’re interested in finding new ways to continue to build your relationship with your dog while having fun and doing something dogs love to do, then K9 Nose Work is for you!  (Note, dogs will be confined in crates or behind barriers when they are not working, therefore even dogs who don’t love other dogs can attend and enjoy this class).

Time:   6:45 pm – 7:45 pm           12 weeks
Start Date:    Tuesday, January 5, 2021
Class Dates:     1-5 through 2-23
Class Fee:   Resident $25/class, Non-resident $31/class

Time:   11:30 am – 12:30 pm          12 weeks
Start Date:    Saturday, January 9, 2021
Class Dates:    1-9 through 3-27
Class Fee:   Resident $25/class, Non-resident $31/class

Time:   6:45 pm – 7:45 pm         9 weeks
Start Date:    Tuesday, April 6, 2021       
Class Dates:     4-6 through 6-1        
Class Fee:   Resident $25/class, Non-resident $31/class

Time:   11:30 am – 12:30 pm           9 weeks
Start Date:    Saturday, April 10, 2021    
Class Dates:    4-10 through 6-5                                          
Class Fee:   Resident $25/class, Non-resident $31/class

Time:   6:45 pm – 7:45 pm           7 weeks
Start Date:    Tuesday, June 22, 2021    
Class Dates:    6-22 through 8-3                                         
Class Fee:   Resident $25/class, Non-resident $31/class

Time:   11:30 am – 12:30 pm           6 weeks
Start Date:    Saturday, June 26, 2021           NOTE: NO CLASS 7-3-21
Class Dates:    6-26 through 8-7                                         
Class Fee:   Resident $25/class, Non-resident $31/class

Intro to Odor

After your dog has attended Intro to Nose Work at least once (some dogs may need to attend Intro a couple sessions), we transition your dog from searching for food to searching for specific odors — birch, anise, clove and cypress.

Time:   8:00 – 9:00 pm         12 weeks
Start Date:    Tuesday, January 5, 2021
Class Dates:     1-5 through 2-23
Class Fee:   Resident $25/class, Non-resident $31/class

Time:   8:00 – 9:00 pm          9 weeks
Start Date:    Tuesday, April 6, 2021
Class Dates:   4-6 through 6-1
Class Fee:   Resident $25/class, Non-resident $31/class

Time:   8:00 – 9:00 pm          7 weeks
Start Date:    Tuesday, June 22, 2021
Class Dates:   4-6 through 6-1
Class Fee:   Resident $25/class, Non-resident $31/class

Fresh Start Beginner Dog Training

Help your adult dog learn to become responsible for his own actions. Your dog will learn the basics, sit, down, stay, come, leave it, get started on leash walking and learn other helpful skills. Please contact me so I can determine if this class is a good fit for you and your dog: sally@bushwaller.com.

Time:   6:30 – 7:30 pm           6 weeks
Start Date:    Thursday, January 14, 2021
Class Dates:      1-14 through 2-18
Class Fee:    Resident $150, Non-resident $188

Time:   6:30 – 7:30 pm           6 weeks
Start Date:    Thursday, April 8, 2021     
Class Dates:      4-8 through 5-13
Class Fee:    Resident $150, Non-resident $188

Time:   6:30 – 7:30 pm           6 weeks
Start Date:    Thursday, June 24, 2021     
Class Dates:      6-24 through 7-29
Class Fee:    Resident $150, Non-resident $188

Continuing K9 Nose Work®

You and your dog must have taken Intro to K9 Nose Work. In this class we work on complex hides, work in different rooms, practice container, vehicle and exterior searches, go on field trips.

Time:   7:45 – 9:00 pm           12 weeks
Start Date:    Thursday, January 7, 2021     
Class Dates:      1-7 through 3-25
Class Fee:    Resident $25/class, Non-resident $31/class

Time:   7:45 – 9:00 pm           9 weeks
Start Date:    Thursday,  April 8, 2021
Class Dates:      4-8 through 8-5
Class Fee:    Resident $25/class, Non-resident $31/class

Time:   7:45 – 9:00 pm           7 weeks
Start Date:    Thursday,  June 24, 2021
Class Dates:      6-24 through 8-5
Class Fee:    Resident $25/class, Non-resident $31/class

Perfect Puppy

Help your puppy learn to become responsible for his own actions. Your pup will learn the basics, sit, down, stay, come, leave it, get started on leash walking, socialization and learn other helpful skills. For puppies 8 weeks to 5 months of age.

Time:   9:00 – 10:00 am           6 weeks
Start Date:   
Saturday, January 16, 2021      
Class Dates:    
1-16 through 2-20
Class Fee:   
Resident $150, Non-resident $188

Time:   9:00 – 10:00 am           6 weeks
Start Date:   
Saturday, April 10, 2021   
Class Dates:    
4-10 through 5-15
Class Fee:   
Resident $150, Non-resident $188

Time:   9:00 – 10:00 am           6 weeks
Start Date:    
Saturday, June 26, 2021         NOTE: NO CLASS 7-3-21
Class Dates:    
6-26 through 8-7
Class Fee:   
Resident $150, Non-resident $188

Grad School

An advanced class working on improving your dog’s stay, recall, off-lead reliability. Must have attended one of my other basic classes — puppy or beginner. Bring a dog bed to class each week.

Time:  10:15 – 11:15 am           6 weeks
Start Date:   
Saturday, January 16, 2021
Class Dates:    
1-16 through 2-20
Class Fee:   
Resident $150 Non-resident $188

Time:  10:15 – 11:15 am           6 weeks
Start Date:   
Saturday, April 10, 2021
Class Dates:    
4-10 through 5-15
Class Fee:   
Resident $150, Non-resident $188

Time:  10:15 – 11:15 am           6 weeks
Start Date:   
Saturday, June 26, 2021          NOTE: NO CLASS 7-3-21
Class Dates:    
6-26 through 8-7
Class Fee:   
Resident $150, Non-resident $188

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*Below is a link to the Wilmette Park District:

http://www.wilmettepark.org/

Here is the page in the class schedule with my classes:

https://online.fliphtml5.com/gqmek/zzxt/#p=38

You must sign up directly with the park district. I can’t sign you up.

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Growly Dog 1  — NOT BEING OFFERED CURRENTLY
Instructors: Sally Bushwaller, CPDT-KSA, CNWI and Amy Blum, CPDT-KSA
Location: Integrative Pet Care,  2520 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago, IL 60647

This class is specifically designed for dogs who exhibit what is commonly referred to as “leash-reactivity” or “leash-aggression” towards other dogs. If your dog growls, barks, or lunges at other dogs while on-leash, this may be the class for you.

In Growly Dog 1 you will learn how to: build a stronger training partnership with your dog so that he is better able pay attention to you under stressful and distracting conditions; read your dog’s body language and recognize canine stress signals and calming signals; better manage your dog’s on-leash behavior without having to resort to force or “corrections”; and help your dog become more relaxed in the presence of other dogs. Through this class your dog will start to develop better coping skills and more appropriate on-leash behaviors towards other dogs. (Note, this class does not specifically address off-leash aggression towards other dogs or aggression towards people. If your dog is experiencing these issues, please contact Amy or Sally to determine whether Growly Dog 1 is appropriate for your dog).

This class has two instructors and a maximum of 4 dogs, so you and your dog will receive personal attention and one-on-one coaching throughout the course.

Contact Sally for info on this class, sally@bushwaller.com

Time: 8:00 – 9:00 pm            6 weeks
Start Date:    nothing currently scheduled
Class Dates:  
Class Fee:   $290

Prerequisite for this class: 1 private consult with Sally or Amy.