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Dog Agility Training

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.

*All puppies and dogs must be in good health and cleared by a veterinary professional to start an agility class*

K9U Agility Training Classes Schedule (Basic, Intermediate, Advanced)

Start Date#of WeeksDayTimeCostClass
April 1, 20225Friday7:00 pm -8:00 pm$225.00
Beginner Introduction Agility
With Pablo
June 11, 20225Saturday12:00 pm - 1:00 pm$225.00
Intermediate Agility
With Pablo
October 11, 20225Tuesday7:15 pm -8:15 pm$225.00
Beginner Introduction Agility
With Pablo

K9U Agility Training Classes Prices (Basic, Intermediate, Advanced)

Agility Training Classes (Basic, Intermediate, Advanced) @ K9U Chicago
Basic, Intermediate, Competition Agility Classes - One Dog & Handler

5 weeks class$225.00

Classes will fill up quickly so register today!

We also offer Agility Training as an additional service under Boarding and Training. Learn More about Agility Training

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 4 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.


Agility Skills Class

This class is for students already working at the Intermediate level AND currently enrolled in a class. Instead of coursework, like our typical classes, we work on individual skills like weave poles, building speed, obstacle discrimination, treadles, backsides, distance and more complex skills that you can add in to advance your coursework performance.

Price: $150 for 6 weeks


Dog Agility Special Events

AGILITY FUN RUN:
Thursday, December 3rd & 17th: 5:30pm-7:30pm

In open gym format, our agility fun run is an opportunity for you to put your agility skills to the test in a trial-like environment! There will be multiple courses set out by our trainer for skill levels novice to advanced. Each team will get 3 minutes in the ring per round. There will be up to You are able to practice any skills you want during this time and/or attempt one of the courses! The obstacles that will be set out are tunnels, jumps, weaves and the A-Frame. You may use treats or toys in the ring to reward your dog! Please bring a leash and/or crate for when your dog is not running. We will have a few crates available for use if you wish. Participants not actively in the ring will be asked to wait in our viewing/crating room so that the team in the ring has full use of the room. The cost of these evenings is $35 each.


AGILITY WEAVE WORKSHOP:
Thursday, December 10th: 5:30-7:30pm

In Agility, the weave poles are often referred to as the hardest obstacle. They are the only element of agility that is not an instinctual movement for dogs. Not only do our dogs need to commit this back and forth movement to muscle memory, but we also need to be able to navigate a number of complex entries and exits to these poles. This 2 hour seminar will focus on introducing the poles and building independence, drive and control as we advance through them. All you will need for this class is your dog and many different values of treats, especially ones that will be easy to throw on the ground without breaking up, while remaining visible to our dogs against a dark-colored floor. The cost for this workshop is $45.

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! video

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Meet Our Trainers

Ryan Kamm

Ryan Kamm

Dog Trainer

Ryan Kamm

Ryan Kamm is a native Chicagoan who has been involved in animal care and a student of animal behavior throughout his life. He has been a dog trainer since 2012 and began his professional journey by training his two rescue dogs; one Dogo Argentino and an American Staffordshire Terrier.

Ryan provides training services at all levels including Puppy, Adult and Senior dogs. Additionally, Ryan offers various training classes including Agility Training and works with clients one-on-one via private sessions.

Ryan also specializes in training dogs with special needs including blind and deaf dogs.

Contact us today to discuss your specific training needs and to schedule a free 30-minute evaluation with Ryan.

Pablo Maldonad

Pablo Maldonado- Dog Trainer

Dog Trainer

Pablo Maldonad

Pablo is an established trainer and business founder of multiple dog care companies with specialties in training, boarding and canine nutrition.

As a participant in several highly regarded training seminars, Pablo enjoys working with all dog breeds including high energy dogs where he uses soft sports, such as Agility Training, to provide these active dogs with a positive way to focus their energy and modify unwanted behaviors. Along with his customized approach to training based on each dog’s individual needs, Pablo creates a unique comprehensive training environment for every client.

Born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico, Pablo offers Private Training and all levels of Group Obedience Training in Spanish. He is also very active with Board and Train camps providing Spanish commands for dogs as needed for those clients who prefer to speak Spanish at home.

Chiara Rice

Chiara Rice

Dog Trainer and Customer Relations

Chiara Rice

Chiara is a graduate of the Animal behavior college as a certified dog trainer. She has worked with dogs for 8 years and has an absolute passion not only for caring for animals but also for teaching them the tools they
need to succeed to become the star pup they were bred to be.

Chiara is a firm believer in positive reinforcement training methods. All of her training classes, private lessons, and board and trains will be based on a training program of positive reinforcement. So grab your treats
and positive markers we got so training to do.

Jonathan Polich

Jonathan Polich - Dog Trainer

Trainer/Daycare Manager

Jonathan Polich

Jon has been in the dog industry in Chicago for 13 years. He started off running his own dog walking company and made his way into dog training close to 10 years ago. Jon is CPDT-KA certified and has been training dogs in the Chicago land area for around 10 years in doggy daycares and also privately. Jon believes training dogs is not only about working with your dog and their needs, but also being able to properly communicate dog behavior so you the dog owner can better connect with trust and understand how to work with your dog throughout its life.

Jon is a believer in the humane hierarchy of dog training and working with positive reinforcement-based training. Jon works with most behavioral needs such as puppy training, basic obedience, loose leash walking training, impulse control, relaxation protocol, dog reactive/people reactive training, as well as socialization training in small and large dog groups

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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.

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Why Our Clients Love Us

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.
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.
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.
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Please complete the contact form below for one of our trainers to answer your questions and schedule your Free evaluation. We’ll show you which training program and approach is best to properly socialize your dog and build mental strength.