Our Board & Train Programs are full immersion programs where your dog lives in our house with us and our dogs on our beautiful 1.7 acres in Minooka, IL.  Your dog will also take field trips to do training in new locations such as going on hikes, walks in the park, our friends and/or family houses and pet friendly stores.

Freedom Dog
Dream Dog
Fundamentals or Hybrid

Why our clients love our Board & Train Programs

  • Each board & train program is customized to fit you and your dog.

  •  Your dog is integrated into our household from day one

  •  We figure out the best approach for your dog.

  •  Your dog is learning directly from a professional

  •  Field trips to pet friendly locations – so your dog learns to focus around increased distractions with professional handling

  •  Supervised, safe socialization that is at your dog’s pace

  •  Your trainer will teach your dog skills first, while you work on learning the training at home through our online courses and Exclusive Client Support Group.

  •  Then you can practice with your dog who already has foundation training concepts down –you don’t have stumble through it together - in private lessons with your trainer.

  •  We transfer the training to you during and after the training in exclusive private lessons so that you can also continue the training once your dog is home

  •  Your dog hikes with us on the property we have immediate access to, as well as being able to safely run around our 1.7 acre property while we test their off leash learning.


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Board & Train

Each board & train program is customized to fit you and your dog.  Depending on your dog's program and where they are in training will determine which features they participate in during training.  Our starting price is for three weeks.  Some dogs may need a longer program or multiple shorter programs with time at home for practice before moving onto the next step.

"I did board and train with Nicole: I took a crazy, active and not well behaved little boxer. I got back a well mannered and well behaved boxer. My grandson could hardly take Brandi on walks or out for bathroom time because of the pulling and jumping. Now he is the first to jump up and off to take her out.

I read on Nicole's website she also did off leash training. I thought that would be great but never dreamed it could happen. Brandi always played catch me if you can when an opening was there. Now we can go on walks, play ball and go to a friend's house with no leash.

Amazing is not a big enough word to describe what Nicole did with my baby. From first visit till now Nicole is ready to help. Five star plus is what I would rate Nicole and her training."

 Diane P with Brandi (Freedom Dog Board & Train Program)

How can we help?

Do you feel lost, frustrated, annoyed or embarrassed by your dog's behavior at home or out in the neighborhood? We can help with:



  • pulling on the leash
  • jumping on people
  • barking at people, other dogs, squirrels and more
  • running out the door
  • not coming back when called
  • anxiety
  • pacing
  • whining
  • stealing items in the house
  • playing catch me if you can
  • counter surfing for food
  • knocking the kids over in excitement
  • aggression
  • and more!

Instead you'll feel confident to work with your dog successfully, proud to have guests over with your dog's impeccable behavior, and excited to take your dog places: walks in the neighborhood, go to parks and off leash hiking where your dog comes back to you when you call the first time!

Get started today by filling out our Contact Form and we'll reach out to schedule a Meet & Greet Be prepared for a lifetime of long lasting results and enjoyment with your dog, friends and family!

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Our Board & Train Programs

  • Our Board & Train Program is our results based customized board and train program.  Your dog will stay with us in our home on our beautiful 1.7 acre property in Minooka, IL
  • Want to see more about how we help dogs?  Check out our Videos page.
  • What's included?
    • Training equipment
      • Included is a 15 foot long line, leash walking equipment and depending on the training program a Mini or Micro Educator.
    • Admission in our Freedom Dog Course, our course full of videos, handouts and tons of training information (you get to keep the course!)
    • Enrollment in our Exclusive Client Support Group Membership ($22/month) for updates on your dog as well as post program support and a community of owners along with your trainer for friendship and support.
    • Private lessons to teach you your dog's training.  We want you to be confident in your dog's training when they come home.
  • You get all this plus your dog staying and training with us in our house with our personal dogs
  • Interested in signing up for a Board & Train Program? Fill out our Contact Form and we'll be in touch to schedule a Meet & Greet to get started! 
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Freedom Dog Program


Our Most Popular Board & Train!

  • 3-6 weeks Board & Train in our Home - your dog doesn't stay in a noisy kennel but the comfort of our own home during training.
  • 3-5 Private Lessons - be confident in your dog's training when they come home!
  • Ideal for dogs with no to mild behavior issues such as mild reactivity or anxiety.  No intense reactivity, anxiety or aggression.  Dogs with more intense behavior issues are better helped in our Dream Dog Board & Train Program or a customized Hybrid Program.
  • Your dog will learn manners and be polite to family members and guests - no more jumping, barking or mouthing!
  • TBTE Relaxation Triad - 3 core relaxation activities that will help any dog with their hyperactivity, lack of focus and behavior issues.
  • Loose Leash Walking - no more pulling, dragging and/or barking on walks!
  • Wait at thresholds - no more running out the door, the crate and the car
  • Socialization with our stable, personal dogs and other clients dogs.
  • Socials and hikes in our 1/2 acre field, woods our back and field trips to practice off leash recall in various parks and our family farm 8 acre pasture.  Have a dog that you're confident in taking places and enjoying off leash walks and hikes!
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Freedom Dog Board & Train Testimonial

"Thank you, Thank you, THANK YOU! I can not say enough good things about Nicole and her board and train program.  After losing a dog last year our family decided it was time to get a puppy. We found a chocolate lab that we fell in love with. At first everything was going great, potty training went well and I could walk him easy enough. Then as the months progressed and he grew bigger and bigger things began to get crazy.  He was chewing up shoes any change he got (I lost track of how many flip flops were destroyed), pulling on walks, had to be put in the kennel so my other dog and my family could eat in peace without him attacking out food. I couldn't play catch in the backyard with my kids without him stealing the ball or jumping on the kids to play with them.  He even jumped on my FIL when he came over to visit and almost knocked him to the ground. I was honestly having anxiety everyday about getting out of bed and having to deal with him. I knew we needed HELP!!!

Luckily, I saw a post on FB shared by a friend of Nicole's program and I began watching all of her videos on Facebook.This sounded like an answer to my prayers.  After a month, with Nicole we have a completely well behaved dog. I can walk him so easily and get compliments on how well behaved he is. Even my 7 year old can walk him down the street without him pulling. He doesn't jump on family when they come over to visit. He will lay on his mat and rest while we eat. He still enjoys playing catch, but now we don't have to wrestle with him to get the ball back. It is a dream come true to be able to enjoy every day with out new pup and not have to worry about what chewed up shoe may be laying around the corner.

I also love that Nicole shares videos of her training. I loved getting to see what Grizzly was learning everyday.  Nicole is also very thorough in making sure that my family had all the skills needed to continue working with Grizzly at home and making sure that he does not revert back to his old monster ways. If you are wondering if this program is worth it, I would definitely say YES!!!! Life is so much more enjoyable for everyone and I don't have to buy so many replacement shoes-LOL!! Thanks so much Nicole!!"

Sarah R.

Dream Dog Program


Starting Price

  • 8-12 weeks Board & Train in our Home - your dog doesn't stay in a noisy kennel but the comfort of our own home during training.
  • 6-8 Private Lessons - be confident in your dog's training when they come home!
  • Works on all things from the Freedom Dog Program plus:
    • reactivity
    • aggression
    • anxiety
    • grooming including nail trimming
    • vet exams
    • other intense behavioral issues
  • Our goal is for you to have long term success with your dog!
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Zeke had a history of barking and lunging with intent to do harm to other people and especially other dogs. He had bitten someone puncturing the  skin and has also attacked his Husky housemate where she needed stitches at the vet office.  He would have bitten me at the training evaluation and tried to bite me several times after being dropped off for board and train.  He did our Dream Dog Board & Train Program for 11 weeks.

Fundamentals or Customized Hybrid Program


  • 3-4 weeks Board & Train in our Home - your dog doesn't stay in a noisy kennel but the comfort of our own home during training.
  • 3-4 Private Lessons - be confident in your dog's training when they come home!
  • Ideal for dogs with no behavior issues.  Or as part of a Hybrid Program.
  • We will get started with our Fundamentals program and depending on your dog we'll see where we go from there.
  • A Hybrid program is a combination of regular private lessons before and after a board and train.  This can be great for dog's and owners who want to do some of the training themselves but want their dog to benefit from working directly with a professional trainer in their home as well.
  • A Hybrid program can be added to either a private lesson monthly subscription or The Good Dog Private Lesson Program as a way to expand your dog's training and give them a unique experience. 
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