Individual Activities for Dogs
What is Individual Activities for Dogs?
Individual Activities for Dogs is a trainer curated service that provides custom one-on-one attention with our team of trainers and dog handlers. We design activities around each dog to provide them with plenty of individual attention and lots of exercise using elements they love and enjoy. The service is available to our guests in Dog Daycare or Dog Boarding.
We offer this extra service for any dog that can’t play safely in our general group for a variety of reasons including those dogs that have a rough play style or are reactive with other dogs and for all unaltered dogs. All dogs participating in this service should be 5 months or older.
Individual play activities include:
- Fetching with a frisbee or tennis ball or using the Go Dog Go Machine
- Treadmill exercise
- Rope toy tugging
- Agility equipment including A-frames, tunnels, and hurdles
- Work out using Fit Paws equipment
How Does Individual Activities for Dogs Help Dogs?
This focused coaching service provides all dogs a safe place to play and teaches them how to engage with other dogs in a respectful manner.
These dogs receive the needed mental and physical stimulation that helps to keep them healthy while building their social confidence.
This program redirects the enthusiasm and energy that can often be displayed in unsocial ways into a fun outlet for play and socialization.
What Makes K9U’s Individual Activities for Dog Unique?
Many dog daycare settings don’t offer individual activities options for dogs that can’t play in the established group. This is because they don’t have space or the trainers experienced in interrupting dog body language and behavior cues.
Why Only at K9U Chicago?
K9U Chicago accepts all dogs, even those dogs other facilities won’t accept into their daycare programs.
Because of this belief that all dogs deserve a safe place to play; programs like Individual Training for Dogs (or coaching) have been created to nurture dogs that just need the right environment to learn how to responsibly engage and successfully play with other dogs.
Individual Activities Pricing
This service is available with Daycare or Boarding and costs $15 per session.
What Do We Need to Get Started with Training
- Be sure we have a profile for you and your pouch in our system by registering online.
- Upload vaccination records to your online profile.
Play My Way!
Chicago dogs love the personalized activities with their trainers or handlers
Meet Our Trainers
As the daughter of a veterinarian Amy has worked with dogs since the age of 13. This background instilled in her the importance of education and customer service. With over 20 years of dog training experience Amy prides herself in using only positive reinforcement to train dogs as well as their owners.
Always staying current with the latest in trends and developments in the industry, Amy is a member of the Association of Professional Humane Educators (APHE) and the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC). Amy regularly attends seminars to expand her knowledge and remain relevant.
Amy works with all kinds of dogs from puppies to reactive or shy dogs. Her philosophy begins by understanding how to best communicate with each dog, then she works with their owner to help them build a bond based on consistency and support.
Amy will be teaching classes and offering private training as well as board & train services in her position as Directorof Training at K9 University Chicago. She will work with all trainers to develop a broad range oftraining services that assist any dog and their owners as they work to improve communicationand strengthen their relationship.
Grace has been around dogs throughout her life. In many ways her life is centered around dogs. From training dogs, to relying on Medical Alert Service Dogs for daily tasks, to competing in National Agility competitions, dogs have been teammates, companions and life partners.
Grace’s home pack currently consists of four dogs each with their own special skills and gifts. She trains and competes in agility with her two Miniature Schnauzers Gus and Bernie, who qualified for nationals in his first year of competing! As well as her Standard Poodle, Rafiki, and her Sheltie, Bella, who is a NADAC Champion. Rafiki is also a working Medical Alert Dog and training for Water Fowl retrieval in her spare time.
At K9U Chicago Grace will teach all levels of Agility Training from puppies to competition and will be teaching group obedience training classes. Grace uses only positive training methods and believes in having fun while learning new skills that enhance the bond between dogs and their owners.
When not at K9U Chicago Grace volunteers with shelters and rescue groups in Naperville to help the disabled connect and train service dogs. She also founded Beard & Golden a hand-made custom clothing company providing dog gear and accessories.
Victoria (Tori) Comerford
A Chicagoland native with a degree in Zoology from SIU, Carbondale, Tori comes to K9U Chicago with a diverse background caring for and understanding animals. This has provided her with the experience to not only train dogs but teach owners how to positively strengthen the bond they have with their dog.
Tori believes in the power of communication as a valuable skill that helps dogs become secure and well socialized. This starts with understanding dog body language and the subtle cues they send to express their feelings of fear, confusion, frustration and joy. Her work as a trainer starts with sharing this knowledge through fun games and exercises that allow dogs the chance to fundamentally be dogs while nurturing and rewarding new behaviors.
Tori has experience working with all types of dog breeds and families who have needs that range from welcoming new puppies to older dogs with specific challenges including reactivity and other behaviors that require training to desensitize the dogs to certain objects, noises or other dogs.
Tori will be teaching all levels of obedience training as well as working with daycare day train clients, our board & train camps and providing private training sessions.
A St. Louis native, Dawn comes to Chicago after graduating with honors from Lindenwood University. After receiving her degree in Biology, Dawn was a primate keeper for the St. Louis Zoo where she worked with apes, monkeys and lemurs. Training dogs was a natural extension of her education and personal interests, having been around dogs all her life. Her experience also includes working with veterinarians to rehabilitate wildlife.
Dawn is training dogs in our Day Camp and Puppy Obedience classes. She also loves spending time with new parents in the Puppy Play sessions on Saturday morning and is happy to share socialization tips with everyone who attends.
In her free time Dawn has enjoyed being involved with many different dog rescue communities and looks forward to making new friends and finding specials was to help Chicago area dogs in need find their forever homes.
Provide Enrichment Activities to Nurture a Well Mannered Pet
At K9U Chicago, every dog is welcomed! Our experienced trainers and dog handlers will design personalized positive activities and use reward-based techniques to hone positive behavior and socialization skills and unleash your dog’s physical energy. We love to see your pooch flourish with good manners and confidence.