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about the bond



A Closer Bond is northwest suburban Chicago’s premiere, all-inclusive canine center. A Closer Bond owner Katy Cushing realized her true passion centered on dogs early in her life. In 1988, she graduated from a school for dog trainers, where she discovered the unique bonds that are possible between dogs and their owners. After working with trainers in Chicago and Atlanta, she took her natural ability and training background and opened A Closer Bond in Palatine, Illinois in 1994.

Over the years, thousands of families have realized their dreams of a better relationship with their dog and benefited from the attention, education and experience provided by Katy and her team. The bonds created between people and their dogs really do last a lifetime.

Our services include: Obedience Training and Workshops, Rehabilitation and Behavior Modification, Grooming and Spa Services, Doggie Daycare and Overnight Boarding. Additionally, fun family-oriented classes such as agility, therapy dog training and obedience are also offered throughout the year.

"We invite you to come out for a tour of our dog-friendly facilities to see for yourself the care and attention your dog will receive."       


---  Katy Cushing, Founder and Director of Training

Winner of the Daily Herald's Reader's Choice Best of the Best Competition in 2017, 2018 and Top Pick in 2019. 


A Closer Bond is licensed and has received outstanding grades by the Illinois Department of Agriculture. We have 5 outdoor play yards for small or large play groups fitted with K9 grass specifically designed for dogs. Your dog can also enjoy more personalized care at our 8,000 sq. ft. training center located just down the road.


All staff members are certified in pet safety, and also complete our rigorous training program in which all employees participate in on the job training and pass tests on educational manuals before becoming certified to work in our facilities. We also have specialized training programs for our lodging and customer service specialists.




From the very day A Closer Bond opened its doors, it began its commitment to serve the dedicated, passionate dog rescue groups, animal welfare organizations, humane societies and animal shelters that work so diligently to improve the lives of dogs in their community.

A Closer Bond remains committed to raising both funds and awareness for all rescue groups big and small through a wide range of ongoing efforts. Each year, A Closer Bond hosts fundraisers for rescue organizations while also encouraging the adoption of rescue dogs and assisting with their ongoing training.

If you are a dog rescue, animal welfare organization or animal shelter, we would love to work with you! A Closer Bond is the perfect spot to hold your next adoption event! We have indoor and outdoor space options and we will even extend special discounts and basic supplies to encourage all visitors to open their homes to their new best friend!


Additionally, we extend special discounts to many local shelters in an effort to assist the dogs they house all be more adoptable.


Please contact us 847-358-7312 to learn more!


Looking for a donation or sponsorship?

Click here to fill out our form. We ask that it be turned in at least 4 weeks in advance of your event date. 




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A Closer Bond Dog Center, a growing Illinois dog care business , is looking for confident, self-motivated, independently hard working dog lovers to play, train, clean up and exercise dogs in our care. Our full service facilities are expanding and we offer Dog Training, Day Care, Boarding, Grooming, and much more! All opportunities and services will be shared in depth during an interview. We are looking for Full Time and Part Time help. Experienced dog lovers preferred however we are willing to train the right motivated person.


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