Dog Agility Training Class
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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.

Puppy Agility

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Beginner Agility

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Intermediate Agility

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.


Advanced/Competition Agility

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 WeeksDayTimeCostClass
July 27, 20206Monday5:30 pm - 6:30 pm$200.00
Puppy Introduction Agility
August 30, 20206Sunday12:00 pm - 1:00 pm$200.00
Puppy Introduction Agility
August 30, 20206Sunday1:30 pm - 2:30 pm$200.00
Beginner Introduction Agility
September 6, 20206Sunday10:30 am - 11:30 am$200.00
Beginner Introduction Agility
September 21, 20206Monday5:30 pm - 6:30 pm$200.00
Puppy Introduction Agility
October 5, 20206Monday7:00 pm - 8:00 pm$200.00
Intermediate Agility
October 18, 20206Sunday1:30 pm - 2:30 pm$200.00
Beginner Introduction Agility
October 18, 20206Sunday12:00 pm - 1:00 pm$200.00
Puppy Introduction Agility

K9U Agility Training Class Price

Agility Training Class @ K9U Chicago
One Dog & Handler6 weeks class$200.00

All dogs must be in good health, cleared by a veterinary professional and be up to date on required vaccines to start agility class and owners must register on k9uchicago.com in advance of the first agility training class.

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

Classes will fill up quickly so register today! video

What Do We Need to Get Started with Training

The followings are the required Vaccinations for any K9U service: Distemper, Parvo, Rabies, Bordatella, H3N2, Lepto. We recommend fecal test done every few months. Please be sure to fax or email us current record of these for our files.

You will need to bring food, everything else we will provide.

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Please review the Waiver Form here. You will sign the form electronically when you register online.

Be sure to review our Training FAQs for helpful information for you and your dog.

  1. Be sure we have a profile for you and your pouch in our system by registering online.
  2. Upload vaccination records to your online profile.
After that you will be able to place your reservation online. This will also give us the information we need to expedite the intake process.
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Meet Our Trainers

Grace Huffman

Grace Huffman

Dog Trainer

Grace Huffman

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.

Dawn Louis

Dawn Louis

Dog Trainer

Dawn Louis

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.

Sarah Szymborski

Sarah Szymborski

Dog Trainer

Sarah Szymborski

Sarah lives an adventurous life and her dogs REALLY love that about her, so do we!
She channels this love in lots of fun ways that give her pups a positive outlet for their energy and a chance to deepen the bond she has with her home pack that includes: Luna, an American Pitbull Terrier/Husky mix, Atlas, a Mountain Cur/Great Pyrenees mix and Data, a border collie. Together they enjoy agility, disc, dock diving, barn hunts and herding activities all designed to give them an amazing mental and physical workout.

As a trainer at K9 University Chicago, Sarah will be teaching agility and obedience classes from Puppy to Advanced levels, as well as some targeted classes focusing on relationship bonding and everyday fun activities you can do with your dog to reinforce what you have learned in class. Sarah believes that positive relationship-based training is key to building a fun, rewarding and exciting lifelong connection with your dog.

Sarah has experience working with a wide variety of dog behaviors, personalities and breeds.

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As Chicago’s largest training camp resort, at K9 University, we combine excellent dog boarding with expert dog training. You could call it a sort of luxury dog boot camp!

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.

Why Our Clients Love Us

K9 University is great. We’ve been going there for 7 and a half years. We’ve done training, we’ve done agility, we’ve done boarding and we’ve done daycare. The only thing we haven’t done is a drop off and pick up. My dog is kind of a nut and they deal with her well.

Debbie W.

I was referred by a previous customer. I had never used a daycare before and my experience has been wonderful since day ONE! The staff is friendly, welcoming and attentive to my dog (and me…LOL)…She loves going there.

Tracee A.

My dog has experienced everything at K9U: daycare, classes and boarding. When he is either picked up by the K9U van or dropped off his tail is wagging like crazy. When I pick him up he is happy to see me, goes outside to relieve himself and then pulls to go back in.

Jane F.

I’ve been a customer for 15 years and counting. K9 helped us raise our puppies and cherish our old girls. I can think of no other place I would trust more with my furry family.

Jonathan A.

This is really awesome dog place. We had a basic obedience training here, and our dog is changed! She listens now, and behaving well, our trainer is really good - she is like a dog whisperer. Love and recommend this place for all dog parents out there.

Yessie S.

K9U is great. They offer classes as well as day camp /sitting services. The size of the location is pretty impressive, as they have a large indoor and outdoor areas for dogs to play. (They even pick up and drop off your dog.). The staff and trainers are very friendly and extremely effective.

James J.

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