Dogs at Dusk: Dog Training Apprentice

Dogs at Dusk – Dog Training Apprentice is a series of 6-week after-school programs (1/10-2/20; 3/5-19 + 4/9-23; no class 2/27 or 3/26) where youth learn dog safety, assessment, teaching, and handling.

In this intermediate program, youth will continue to develop their dog handling skills and learn how to train dogs through a series of skills and behaviors. These will be active sessions with actual lessons interacting with dogs we provide (no personal dogs allowed). It builds upon the Canine Communicator Badge, which is a prerequisite (Dogs at Dusk Parts 1-3 OR any of our spring/summer camps). These will be active sessions with actual lessons interacting with dogs we provide (no personal dogs allowed).  Youth will build a plan of what they want to achieve with a specific dog, with options over time to include training for canine good citizen (CGC) behaviors, dog-specific training needs, tricks training, confidence games and more. 

Each session will build on prior sessions, so plan to attend them in sequence for the best experience. 

You need to register for each 6-week program separately,

Paws 4 Kids 4 Paws is excited to continue our partnership with the Bensenville Park District to host events at park facilities. This program is open to Bensenville residents and non-residents.

Note: No class during Spring Break 3/25-29. Check out the Spring Break Camp Option!


Dog Days will be held at Deer Grove Leisure Center:

1000 W. Wood St. 
Bensenville Illinois 60106

We will have an indoor space, and may do some activities outside, depending on the weather.


Register at least a week in advance and pay through the Bensenville Park District ($55 residents / $70 nonresidents):

Activity ID: TBD

1000 W. Wood St.
Bensenville Illinois 60106

You will need to complete and submit these forms as part of registration (no later than the first morning of camp):

  • Recommended ages:
    • 9 – 15 years 
    • Contact us with any age-related questions or special needs for your youth.
  • We may have a limited number of scholarships available. Contact us for more information. 

What to Wear & Bring

Wear comfortable clothes and closed-toe shoes.

We may sometimes do activities outside, depending on the weather, so bring coats as needed based on the weather.


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We price our programs to be affordable for most families, though they often cost more than the fees paid.  We also want to support youth who need help with the fees by offering scholarships when needed. If you would like to support our programs, please use the link below.

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