Dog Agility Training Class
Agility is a fast-paced, fun dog sport in which the dog and handler navigate through a series of obstacles including jumps, tunnels, A-frames and weave poles. Agility training is an excellent way for you to build your bond with your dog and put the engagement skills you’ve learned/are learning in obedience and puppy class to the test.
Puppies are little sponges who learn quickly and efficiently through play. Although we don’t do any high impact training with puppies, there are many foundation skills you and your pup can start and master during this primitive time that will give you a head start! Bring a hungry, rested puppy and get ready to learn about the exciting world of dog agility!
This class is for dogs 4 – 9 months old who are already working on obedience and engagement skills in one of our puppy classes. If puppy classes have already been completed at another facility or are being worked on at home, you can contact us for an evaluation to be approved for class.
This class is broken up into two levels:
- The first is our Puppy Introduction class that introduces foundation skills for those who are brand new to the sport, or brand new to the sport at our facility. This is a 6-week course designed to get your feet wet and build a love and basic understanding of the sport and the foundations.
- The second is our Puppy Continuous class for all puppies who have completed the first 6 weeks to continue with more foundation skills and prepare for the intermediate class as well as sequencing. Puppies will advance through the levels at their own speed and at the trainer’s recommendation.
We will cover foundation skills in this class that will set you and your dog up for success in the agility world. We will also introduce your dog to a number of super fun obstacles. Our goal in this beginner agility class is to have our dogs be able to safely and independently complete each obstacle: jump, tunnel, etc. when we ask them to as well as learn what our body language communicates to our dog.
This class is for dogs 9 months and older who have already completed basic obedience with one of our instructors. If you and your dog have completed obedience with another facility or on your own at home, please contact the trainer for an evaluation to be approved for class. Dogs who are under 24 months will not be doing high impact obstacles such as full height jumps or weaves but can learn all the foundation skills needed.
This class is broken up into two levels:
- The first is our Beginner Introduction class that introduces foundation skills for those who are brand new to the sport, or
brand new to the sport at our facility. This is a 6-week course designed to get your feet wet and build a love and basic understanding of the sport and the foundations.
- The second is our Beginner Continuous class for all dogs who have completed the first 6 weeks to continue with more foundation skills and prepare for the intermediate class as well as sequencing. Dogs will advance through the levels at their own speed and at the trainer’s recommendation.
You’ve likely already come to love agility and the connection it brings you and your canine friend. The intermediate agility class is for those who have completed the beginner or puppy class at both levels and have been approved by the trainer to move onto more “in-depth” instruction and sequencing with their dog. We will cover contact obstacles and weave poles in this class as well as the complexities such as handler body and footwork as a communicator to the dog. Our goal will be for each dog to gain distance and independence on each obstacle as well as confidence in their ability to play the game.
This class will introduce short sequences for you and your dog to complete and advancement to the next level will be at your dog’s pace and with trainer recommendation.
You’ve already completed puppy/beginner and intermediate agility and likely have fallen in love with the sport of Agility. Maybe you want to get more into sequencing, teach more complex behaviors to your dog that will increase your dog’s verbal independence, or maybe you want to start competing in agility. This is the class for you! We will put our foundation skills to the test in this class by primarily focusing on course work, as well as adding new, complex foundation skills that you can add to your agility tool box. We will break down the courses as we need to and apply our foundation skills to the actual course. We will also learn what to expect when first entering an agility trial as well as how to troubleshoot the most common challenges that arrive in the ring. Basic Obedience, Beginner Agility, and Intermediate Agility are required before taking this class.
*All puppies and dogs must be in good health and cleared by a veterinary professional to start agility class*
K9U Agility Training Class Schedule
|Start Date||#of Weeks||Day||Time||Cost||Class|
|July 27, 2020||6||Monday||5:30 pm - 6:30 pm||$200.00||Puppy Introduction Agility|
|July 27, 2020||6||Monday||7:00 pm - 8:00 pm||$200.00||Beginner Introduction Agility|
K9U Agility Training Class Price
|Agility Training Class @ K9U Chicago|
|One Dog & Handler||6 weeks class||$200.00|
Agility training is an active workout for you and your dog. You will have lots of fun while learning new ways to communicate and motivate each other.
Classes will fill up quickly so register today!
We also offer Agility Training as an additional service under Boarding and Training. Learn More
What Do We Need to Get Started with Training
You will need to bring food, everything else we will provide.
- Be sure we have a profile for you and your pouch in our system by registering online.
- Upload vaccination records to your online profile.
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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.
Book Your FREE Boarding and Training Evaluation!
Designed specifically for dogs with special behavioral issues, or for busy people who can’t make it to regular training sessions, ‘Boarding and Training’ offers a personalized solution for the dog and owner. Your dog will enjoy all our boarding perks, group play as well the positive behavioral training you arrange according to your affordability or your dog’s needs.
Please complete the contact form below for one of our trainers to answer your questions and schedule your Free evaluation. We’ll show you what type of program is best suited to properly socialize your dog and build mental strength.