Introduction to K9 Nose Work
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K9 Nose Work Training

K9 Nose Work gives dogs an opportunity to do what they want to do naturally, hunt. This technique provides dogs with mental stimulation through hiding scent in everyday items and teaching them to discover using scent as a reward.

This activity helps dogs gain confidence, increase focus and overcome issues such as timidness, separation anxiety and boredom.

K9U Chicago Nose Work Course Objectives

This class teaches dogs to problem solve while providing mental and physical exercise. The class is a great way to deepen the bond you have with your dog through fun and creative ways.

K9 Nose Work Class Schedule

Start Date#of WeeksDayTimeCostDescription
Sep 21, 20196Saturday

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

$180Refine your dog's natural ability to hunt problem solve.

K9 Nose Work Class Price

K9 Nose Work Class @ K9U Chicago
One Dog and Handler6 Weeks$180.00

What Do We Need to Get Started with Training

To safeguard the health and well being of all K9U students, you must bring copies of your dog’s Distemper, Parvo, Rabies, Bordatella, and H3N2 vaccinations to the first class.
Don’t feed you dog his/her regular feeding prior to class or feed a very reduced amount. Don’t burn them out with an excessively long walk/run or play session.
Flat Collar, buckle or martingale style or a working harness. No head halters, choke chains or prong collars during the runs, OK to use to and from the work area if needed. Leash, 6 feet or longer, lightweight leather or nylon. No chains or retractable. Treats/Toys, whatever your dog finds as HIGH value. Avoid crumbly type treats. Treat bag, to hold the treats, no plastic baggies. We have treat bags if needed.
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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

Amy Hammonds

Amy Hammonds

Training Manager

Amy Hammonds

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 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.

Victoria Comerford

Victoria Comerford

Dog Trainer

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.

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Sharpen your Pooch’s Smell and Hunt Instincts and Boost their Confidence

K9 nose work is a fun way to use yourdog’s amazing sense of smell and natural desire to hunt and boost his or her confidence because it is mentally and physically stimulating and rewarding.

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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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.

Neutered/Spayed

Dog Gender

Day CampPrivate Session at K9UPrivate In-HomeGroup Classes10 Day Board & Train2 Week Board & Train3 Week Board & Train4 Week Board & TrainUNDECIDED