• Unleash Your Dog’s Potential. Build a Better Relationship.
    Welcome to The Fine Canine®
    Since our founding in 1999, we have helped thousands of individuals and families train their dogs and puppies. It is our mission — and has been from inception — to ensure that everyone experience the pleasure of having their own fine canine. We believe so strongly in that mission that we even named our company after it.
Comprehensive, Results-Oriented Training Programs for Dogs and Puppies

About Us

Experience matters. It can mean the difference between successfully addressing bad behaviors and succeeding to create new ones. When you choose The Fine Canine, you're putting your trust in professional dog trainers who bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the training room; over 40 years of combined experience in training, behavior modification, community education and service.

We're very passionate about what we do and that's evident in the thousands of dogs we've helped train and rehabilitate over the years. We are extremely proud to have made a difference in the lives of so many pet owners, and we're confident that we can help you enjoy many years of fine canine companionship with your pet as well!

The Fine Canine has a sincere interest in promoting educated homes for shelter and rescue dogs and puppies as well as canines with special needs. If you are thinking of adopting a shelter dog and want to know if it's right for you, please give us a call and we'll be happy to advise you on your situation.

Behavior Counseling

If your dog is exhibiting unwanted behaviors and is in need of behavior modification, we can assist you. We offer private behavior counseling sessions with you and your dog to understand and diagnose the problems you're having, recommend solutions and teach you how to incorporate them to achieve results.

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Animal Acting

We provide professionally trained and handled canines for use in television, film, print, special events and live work. We help select the right dog to meet the specific requirements for each individual job and we provide the expertise of professional handlers, trainers and wranglers on set to ensure a successful shoot.

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Training Certification

We provide AKC and Pet Partners certifications for dogs that meet the specific training requirements. The AKC certifications include AKC Star Puppy, AKC Canine Good Citizen and AKC Community Canine. The Pet Partners certification is for dogs that graduate from a Pet Partner's approved therapy training program.

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Breed Education

To help dog owners better understand their breeds and to help those seeking to own a pet dog pick the right breed for their situation, we've compiled — and continue to build — a resource library on our site about the various dog breeds across all dog groups as well as our assessments of them that you can peruse online.

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Canine Clubs

Building a better relationship with your dog often involves participating in activities together that you can both enjoy. To that end, we offer canine clubs for adults and for kids that graduates of our training programs can join. This includes Canine Drill Team for adults, DuPage Therapy Club for therapy dogs and 4H Canine Champions Club for children of all ages.

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What Our Clients Say About Us

Thanks to Monica and her team I am making significant progress training my dog. Jake is a Jack Russell terrier, a breed notoriously hard to train. Before we started with Monica, Jake had four different trainers at three separate facilities. We didn't make real progress until starting with Monica. Today I can take Jake for a walk and manage his leash reactive behaviors. Jake is now attending a nose work class, which he loves. I am appreciative of Monica and her team. Jake is finally making progress. We couldn't be happier.

Susan Pingitore February 2017

I sent my 6 month old German Shepherd to Monica not too long ago, and needless to say, it was the greatest decision I have ever made. Monica trained my parents dog 7 years ago and the results were flattering. Monica and her family are great people, and she really has a passion for training dogs. I cannot explain how pleased I am with how my dog turned out. I wish there was more than a 5 star rating!

Jake Disbrow January 2017

Monica provides a great training for pet community. I took my dog to the obedience class she conducted. She also provided personal training for my dog. I am very happy and satisfied. Monica is highly knowledgeable! I highly recommend her!!!

Julita Kocinksi February 2017

Monica is a lifesaver. Within minutes of entering our home, she diagnosed the problem and provided us with simple, easy-to-follow steps to get our dogs under control. She skillfully managed not only our two dogs, but also the 4 adults involved with taking care of the dogs. After working with the dogs for just a short time during her visit, they learned "go bed." Just one day later (and lots of practice!), our dogs are already much better behaved. They are staying off the couches and staying in their beds when we ask them. We still have a lot of practice ahead of us, but we know our dogs and our families will be much happier now. We are looking forward to continuing with obedience classes with Monica.

Deb Parkerson December 2016

Monica from Fine Canine came to our home for a one on one obedience session with our pit/dogo rescue this past weekend. Monica is very knowledgeable about the temperament of our dog and her training methods are highly effective. By the end of the session, she had our dog responding to seven basic commands. Monica left us with a training plan for the next four weeks until the next family obedience class starts at the school. She also said we could call or text her anytime in between if we had any questions. I'm looking forward to attending the upcoming class and appreciate Monica's patience with my dog's anxiety issues!

Melissa C December 2016

Monica went above and beyond with our dog Wrigley. She treated him as if she was the owner and helped us through our freshman days. Videos of daily progress, explanations of everything, even gave us food/collar/cage advice. Wrigley recognized her voice and fell back to good command structure when she home visited TWO weeks later! She knows what she is doing and our dog is joy for everyone because of the good structure she put in place. She is forever part of our dog days.

Bruce Ward January 2017

Monica was absolutely fantastic. We've been having some problems with our two male dogs, with aggression, dominance, guarding, and disobedience. She have us so much useful information to help us with the dogs, and I've already seen a change in the dogs behavior after just a couple days! She was very knowledgeable about our dog's breeds and temperaments, and gave use some key, easy things we could do every day to help our dogs. I highly recommend her!

Crissy Oconnor December 2016

Our Locations

We provide dog training classes, boarding and daycare programs at the followng locations. We also offer in-home private counseling upon request.

Elmhurst — 830 N Addison

Northbrook — 1810 Skokie

Palatine — 1900 N Rand

Contact Us Today at (847) 345-3119

Is Dog Training & Puppy Training for Me?

Any dog owner who wishes to improve or enhance their relationship with their pet is a candidate for our training programs. We can help you understand and modify unwanted behaviors in your dog, instruct you on the proper techniques to having a well trained dog, lay a strong foundation for you and your new puppy, and even teach you the handling skills necessary to successfully compete in dog agility trials with your canine.

We also offer a dog boarding and training program for dog owners who want the peace of mind of having their pets trained by experienced trainers, canine good citizen training and AKC certification programs for dog owners who wish to certify their pet's training achievements, and a dog therapy training program for pet owners who wish to get involved in animal-assisted therapy.

And yes, you can teach an old dog new tricks!

Our programs are designed so that any dog owner can experience the pleasure of having their own fine canine!

My Dog Needs Training! How Do I Get Started?

You can either browse through our dog training services to see what level of instruction suits you or, if our site does not have the depth of information you are seeking, simply give us a call and speak to a trainer to discuss your specific needs.

We serve dog owners in Elmhurst, Oak Brook, Lombard, Downers Grove, Lisle, Naperville, Clarendon Hills, Villa Park, Addison, Glen Ellyn, Wheaton, Lisle, Hinsdale, Bensenville, La Grange, Franklin Park, Long Grove, Kildeer, Barrington, Barrington Hills, Hawthorn Woods, Buffalo Grove, Vernon Hills, Lake Zurich, Lincolnshire, Riverwoods, Deerfield, Northbrook, Skokie, Bannockburn, Lake Forest, Lake Bluff, Glencoe, Wilmette, Winnetka, Arlington Heights, Wheeling, Palatine and neighboring Chicago, Illinois suburban communities.