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 Weeks||Day||Time||Cost||Class|
|December 10, 2020||1||Thursday||5:30 pm - 7:30 pm||$45.00||Agility Weave Workshop|
|December 17, 2020||1||Thursday||5:30 pm - 7:30 pm||$35.00||Agility Fun Run|
|March 8, 2021||6||Monday||4:45 pm - 5:45 pm||$200.00||Beginner Introduction Agility|
|March 8, 2021||6||Monday||6:00 pm - 7:00 pm||$200.00||Intermediate Agility|
|March 29, 2021||6||Monday||7:15 pm - 8:15 pm||$200.00||Intermediate Agility|
|March 12, 2021||6||Friday||6:00 pm - 7:00 pm||$200.00||Beginner Introduction Agility|
|April 9, 2021||6||Friday||7:15pm - 8:15 pm||$200.00||Beginner Introduction Agility|
|April 16, 2021||6||Friday||8:30 pm - 9:30 pm||$150.00||Agility Skills|
|April 25, 2021||6||Sunday||12:00 pm - 1:00 pm||$200.00||Beginner Introduction Agility|
|April 25, 2021||6||Sunday||2:30 pm - 3:30 pm||$200.00||Intermediate Agility|
|April 26, 2021||6||Monday||4:45 pm - 5:45 pm||$200.00||Beginner Introduction Agility|
|May 16, 2021||6||Sunday||1:00 pm -2:00 pm||$200.00||Beginner Introduction Agility|
|May 17, 2021||6||Monday||6:00 pm - 7:00 pm||$200.00||Advanced / Competition Agility|
|May 17, 2021||6||Monday||7:15 pm - 8:15 pm||$200.00||Intermediate Agility|
K9U Agility Training Classes Prices (Basic, Intermediate, Advanced)
|Agility Training Classes (Basic, Intermediate, Advanced) @ K9U Chicago|
|Basic, Intermediate, Competition Agility Classes - One Dog & Handler||6 weeks class||$200.00|
|Advanced Agility Class - One Dog & Handler||6 weeks class||$150.00|
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
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:
- 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.
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.
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
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.
Ready for Dog Agility Training?
Chicago dogs love going to K9U Chicago for Agility Training
Meet Our Trainers
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.
Jessica is a native of Aurora, Illinois, and has a big love for dogs, especially large active breeds!
She has two dogs of her own that she trains in high energy sports such as Dock Diving and PSA, a protection sport. Her Cane Corso, Kovu, is a service dog and her German Shepherd, Akuma, is currently training in Schutzhund (IGP) a protective bite sport.
Her focus as a trainer at K9 University Chicago will be with our Day Trains, Board & Trains and Private Lesson programs. She has significant experience with many of the larger breeds that can be a bit more challenging to train, but of course she welcomes all breeds and can’t resist a puppy!
As a certified NAVC Canine Nutrition Coach, Jessica is happy to share her knowledge and expertise to help you optimize specific fitness and nutritional goals for your dog so they can live their best possible life, healthy and happy!
Gabrielle Plascak, CPDT-KA
Gabrielle has spent the last 18 years of her life not only training dogs, but training humans to train their dogs! Competing in 4-H obedience kick started her life long journey into the world of canine behavior. She is now certified under the Counsel of Certified Professional Dog Trainers, a Certified Fear Free Animal Trainer with Fear Free Pets , and a mentor trainer for aspiring trainers through CATCH Canine Trainers Academy.
Gabrielle is always attending workshops, expos, and seminars on positive reinforcement training to ensure she is bringing you the latest and most updated ways to handle your doggo struggles.
Gabrielle has worked under other well-known trainers and performed training & canine behavior evaluations for multiple shelters, boarding facilities and vet clinics. She has dedicated her life to studying and teaching positive reinforcement and fear free handling/training to help improve the human/canine bond in the least invasive ways.
Gabrielle specializes in lifestyle coaching to help you and your dog grow and learn together in whatever way your lifestyle needs. She loves helping you through life with your dog starting from breed selections, breeder selections, puppy upbringing and to all other training needs to build a dog that fits in your personal life! She loves working with children and families to set them up for success because, as a mother herself, she knows how much work raising children and pups together can be!
Already have a dog that is proving to be unruly and not exactly the best companion yet? Gabrielle can help you make necessary adjustments and implement the proper training tactics to help you enjoy your dog! Cooperative care for veterinary and grooming needs is another topic Gabrielle excels in and can help you and your dog relieve tons of stress with routine husbandry tasks.
Gabrielle enjoys spending time with her family including her own springer spaniels Bobo & Belle.
Ryan, a native Chicagoan and dog trainer since 2012, has a passion to understand dogs with special needs and a commitment to help their families provide them with the best care and life possible.
As a trainer at K9 University Chicago Ryan focuses on rehabilitating dogs that are reactive and have specific aggressions or triggers. His work allows these dogs to become more confident and comfortable around other dogs and people.
This work is highly specialized and rewarding but also critically important in a city that has so many dogs living together in close proximity with distractions that can easily become reactivity triggers for dogs that may have been abused or not socialized.
Ryan runs our Social Rehabilitation Group for dogs that need to play away from the main daycare groups. He often brings his own dogs, all rescues; Zedah, a Dogo Argentino, Maya, an American Staffordshire Terrier, and Spyro, an American Bully, to help teach the other dogs how to successfully play and cohabitate in a group setting.
Ryan also works with clients offering Board & Train packages and 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.