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.

Nose Work Class Schedule

Start Date#of WeeksDayTimeCostDescription
August 30, 20206Sunday

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

$200Refine your dog's natural ability to hunt problem solve.

Nose Work Class Price

K9 Nose Work Class @ K9U Chicago
One Dog and Handler6 Weeks$200.00

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.
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

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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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.

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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.

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