Training

We offer several different types of classes: Obedience (beginner, intermediate, advanced), Puppy Classes, Nose Work and Brain Games – all taught by professionals with experience in both training and competitive competition. Our staff is also available for private 1-on-1 training.

Price varies by class – new classes are announced via our newsletter.

Sign up to our newsletter for Training Class schedules or email Training@urbanpooch.com or call (773.942.6445) for details.


Tilman Colbert-Jones, who is on staff as our Head Trainer and is a certified training director, will be teaching classes. He has trained over 2,000 dogs of all breeds, shapes, sizes, and temperaments. Tilman wants to instill the same behavior and enjoyment that his dogs have for obedience into others dogs and that is "fun fun fun" because that's what it's all about!

Roger Lautt is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT) and a Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI).  He is also a Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Evaluator for the American Kennel Club (AKC). When not training other people and their dogs, he competes with his own dogs in the sport of K9 Nose Work.  

Matt Downs, also on staff at Urban Pooch, is a certified training instructor. He will be teaching both Basic Obedience, Puppy Classes and doing one-on-one personal training sessions.  Matt has extensive experience with all type of dogs, has a calm sense about him and can help any pooch (and parent), in working on any challenge(s).

We have many options available - please review details below.

Intro to Nose Work - Level 1

Get in on the new rapidly growing sport, K9 Nose Work®.  This 6-week class will follow the guidelines and suggestions of NASCSW. 
All Nose Work Classes are taught by Roger Lautt, who is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT) and a Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI).

The objective is to introduce dogs and their owners to this new fun sport known as K9 Nose Work®.  The focus on all of our Nose Work classes will be for the dog and owner/handler to have fun.  Intro, as well as the advanced classes, are well suited for all dogs with the exception of human aggressive dogs. 

The sport will strengthen the bond between dog and owner and build the dog’s confidence, especially the fearful dogs.  This class teaches the foundation skills necessary to progress with this sport, for mere enjoyment or for competition.  Intro to Nose Work will enable your dog to discover and enhance his/her natural hunt drive while having fun.
 
A Morning Class - Begins Sunday, April 27th for 6 weeks
Each class limited to 5 pooches/parents
 9:00 am - 10:00 am - meets for 6 Sundays (4/27, 5/4, 5/18, 5/25, 6/1, 6/8, 6/15 graduation) NO CLASS on 5/11

A Morning Class - Begins Sunday, July 13th for 6 weeks
Each class limited to 5 pooches/parents
 9:00 am - 10:00 am - meets for 6 Sundays (7/13, 7/27, 8/3, 8/10, 8/17, 8/24 graduation) NO CLASS on 7/20

An Evening Class - Begins Thursday, May 15th for 6 weeks
Each class limited to 5 pooches/parents
 7:45 pm - 8:45 pm - meets for 6 consecutive Thursdays (5/15, 5/22, 5/29, 6/5, 6/12, 6/19 graduation)

An Evening Class - Begins Thursday, July 17th for 6 weeks
Each class limited to 5 pooches/parents
 7:45 pm - 8:45 pm - meets for 6 consecutive Thursdays (7/17, 7/24, 7/31, 8/7, 8/14, 8/21 graduation)
  
Cost: $180 
- must be paid in advance to lock in your participation
No Prerequisite training required
Please call 773.942.6445 or email Training@urbanpooch.com to book now!
 
 

We will also be offering the following advanced Nose Work Classes - which progress from the basic - Intro to Nose Work - Level 1  to the Master Class - see order of how they progress below and details of classes below.
 
Intro to Nose Work – Level 2     
Prerequisite is Level 1 or instructor approval.  This class builds on the foundation skills learned in Level 1 and focuses on skill building.  We facilitate the building of the dog’s intensity for the hunting game; eventually they will hunt for a particular odor.  This class will use treats or toys depending on the dog.  Over the course of these classes we will gradually increase the difficulty and challenge while making sure the dog is successful.  By the end of this class we will progress to some blind hides, some elevated hides and some out of the box.

A Morning Class - Begins Sunday, April 27th for 6 weeks
Each class limited to 5 pooches/parents
 10:00 am - 11:00 am - meets for 6 Sundays (4/27, 5/4, 5/18, 5/25, 6/1, 6/8, 6/15 graduation) NO CLASS on 5/11

A Morning Class - Begins Sunday, July 13th for 6 weeks
Each class limited to 5 pooches/parents
 10:00 am - 11:00 am - meets for 6 Sundays (7/13, 7/27, 8/3, 8/10, 8/17, 8/24 graduation) NO CLASS on 7/20

Cost: $180 - must be paid in advance to lock in your participation
No Prerequisite training required
Please call 773.942.6445 or email Training@urbanpooch.com to book now!
 

Basic Nose Work       
This is a continuation and requires successful completion of Level 1 and Level 2 of the Intro series.  We will review container searches, continue interior searches and introduce vehicle searches and exterior outside searches.   All four of these elements (1: Container, 2: Interior, 3: Exterior & 4: Vehicles) are part of every level of K9NW competition.  This and any of the classes may be repeated as many times as the owner wants.
 
Intro to Odor    
This class introduces the odors selected for use in K9 Nose Work.  We return to the basics of the search games starting with box work and a pairing of the odor with a treat or a toy.  This class will only introduce the Birch Odor in the first series.  The difficulty will continue to increase at whatever rate is appropriate for the dog.   Because dogs are worked individually we can customize as needed.  The focus will be on obedience to odor, as training gets more advanced the owner will not be able to help the dog as only the dog will be able to find the hide.  The skills required will include a keen ability to read the dog.  The dog will learn to obey his/her nose; the owner gives no obedience commands, except a request to start.
 
Continued Odor
This class is limited to people that have completed the Intro to Odor class.  May also include students that have taken the Intro more than once and are already on more than one odor.  The second odor, Anise and the third odor, Clove are introduced independently.   Part of the focus will be on fine-tuning the handler’s techniques.  There will be a refinement and increased difficulty in searching all four elements, Container, Interior, Exterior and Vehicle.  This class is typically repeated two, three or more times until the dogs have learned all three odors and the students are familiar with all of the trial elements.
 
Master Class     
Prerequisite is students have passed an ORT (Odor Recognition Test) on all three odors, exceptions with instructor approval.  The focus will be on handler skills, techniques and continued difficulty of the hides.  The search area will become larger and with more distractions.  The hides will become higher, more difficult, blind and timed.  This level of training will typically conduct field trips to foster and develop sufficient skills by adding environmental changes.  No limit to the number of times this class can be repeated.  There will be a refinement of a final response and preparation to get ready for actual trials.

All Nose Work Classes are taught by Roger Lautt, who is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT) and a Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI)
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NEW Puppy Socialization Class
According to the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB) "The primary and most important time for puppy socialization is the first three months of life……For this reason, the AVSAB believes that it should be the standard of care for puppies to receive such socialization before they are fully vaccinated.  Dogs are always learning, this is an opportunity to build a positive foundation for learning.
 
We are starting this NEW PUPPY SOCIALIZATION CLASS. Only Puppies between 8 weeks and 20 weeks old will be allowed. Note: This is NOT a basic obedience class. It is a primer for basic and helps puppies learn as detailed below.
 
1. They will learn bite inhibition or gentle jaws;
2. They will learn to enjoy being handled by many different people;
3. They will learn to be interrupted to become calm; and
4. To "Go Play" again as a reward;
5. They will learn to respond to the owner’s voice;
6. They will be encouraged to explore & investigate their environment;
7. They will learn that training is based on positive reinforcement with frequent rewards of treats, praise, petting and play.
8. They will be exposed to a variety of stimuli to enrich their experience;
9. They will experience a strengthening of the human-canine bond.

An Afternoon Class taught by Roger - Begins Sunday, April 27th for 6 weeks
 Sun. 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm - meets for 6 Sundays (4/27, 5/4, 5/18, 5/25, 6/1, 6/8, 6/15 graduation) NO CLASS on 5/11
 Cost: $165

An Afternoon Class taught by Roger - Begins Sunday, July 13th for 6 weeks
 Sun. 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm - meets for 6 Sundays (7/13, 7/27, 8/3, 8/10, 8/17, 8/24 graduation) NO CLASS on 7/20
 Cost: $165


Basic Obedience Group Class
We currently have 3 Basic Obedience training classes scheduled for early January, see below for details. If you're interested in attending a future class, please call us at 773.942.6445 or email Training@urbanpooch.com to discuss. We have new classes that form on a regular basis to accomodate your needs.

Classes are Limited to 6 pooches (and their owners).  Puppies (4 months and older) are welcome! 

In this class, you and your pooch will learn how to better communicate with each other, learn the commands - heel, sit, down, stay, come - plus one surprise trick.  The best (and most fun) outcome of the classes is that you and your pooch will bond and become closer with each other.

The cost for our Basic Obedience Class is $165. A $50 deposit will reserve your space as this class is limited to ten pups so the trainer can give each dog the individual attention they need.

One Morning Class taught by Roger - Begins Sunday, April 27th for 6 weeks 
 Sun. 11:00 am - 12:00 noon - meets 6 Sundays (4/27, 5/4, 5/18, 5/25, 6/1, 6/8, 6/15 graduation) NO CLASS on 5/11

One Morning Class taught by Roger - Begins Sunday, July 13th for 6 weeks 
 Sun. 11:00 am - 12:00 noon - meets 6 Sundays (7/13, 7/27, 8/3, 8/10, 8/17, 8/24 graduation) NO CLASS on 7/20

Two Evening Classes taught by Tilman - Begin Tuesday, May 13th & Wednesday, May 14th for 6 weeks 
 Tues. 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm - meets 6 consecutive Tuesdays (5/13, 5/20, 5/27, 6/3, 6/10, 6/17 graduation)

 Wed. 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm - meets 6 consecutive Wednesdays (5/14, 5/21, 5/28, 6/4, 6/11, 6/18 graduation)

Two Evening Classes taught by Tilman - Begin Tuesday, July 15th & Wednesday, July 16th for 6 weeks 
 Tues. 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm - meets 6 consecutive Tuesdays (7/15, 7/22, 7/29, 8/5, 8/12, 8/19 graduation)

 Wed. 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm - meets 6 consecutive Wednesdays (7/16, 7/23, 7/30, 8/6, 8/13, 8/20 graduation) 




Intermediate Obedience Group Class
We currently have one class starting soon - see details below.  If you are interested in this class - please contact us at 773.942.6445 to inquire and register.

This class is for pooches who have already participated in any basic obedience class.  

We will refresh all the basics: heel, sit, down, stay and teach your pooch (and you):
- A finish heel
- Long distance down
- Long distance sit
- Long distance come
- Every command taught in Sign Language and in any language of your choice
- A Special Trick - sure to impress both canines and people!

As an added bonus, you'll learn what is required to pass the AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test, which will be covered in our advanced class (see below). This is usually the first step to therapy dog certification.  The best (and most fun) outcome of the classes -- you and your pooch will bond and become closer with each other.

Cost for the class is $185, with a $50 deposit required.
Space is limited to 7 owners and their pooches. Please call (773.942.6445) or stop in to sign-up. 

Two Evening Classes, taught by Tilman - Begin Tuesday, May 13th & Wednesday, May 14th
 Tues. 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm - begins May 13th - meets for 6 weeks
(5/13, 5/20, 5/27, 6/3, 6/10, 6/17 graduation)

 Wed. 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm - begins May 14th - meets for 6 weeks (5/14, 5/21, 5/28, 6/4, 6/11, 6/18 graduation  

Two Evening Classes, taught by Tilman - Begin Tuesday, July 15th & Wednesday, July 16th
 Tues. 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm - begins July 15th - 6 weeks (7/15, 7/22, 7/29, 8/5, 8/12, 8/19 graduation)

 Wed. 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm - begins July 16th - 6 weeks (7/16, 7/23, 7/30, 8/6, 8/13, 8/20 graduation)


Intermediate Advanced Level 1 - Canine Good Citizen (CGC) certification
You must have completed Basic and Intermediate levels and/or be evaluated by Tilman for approval. Advanced Level I is a "testing" class for the Canine Good Citizen certification. Trainer will help the handler give cues to their pooch to achieve success but pooches should have already learned the skill-set in the Intermediate Obedience Class. To earn certification your pooch needs to pass the following 10 tests: Accepting a stranger, Sitting politely for petting, walking on loose lead, walking through a crowd, Sit and down on command and Staying in place, Coming when called, reaction to other dogs, Reaction to distraction, supervised separation

Cost for the class is $200+$25 for CGC test, with a $50 deposit required.
Space is limited. Please call (773.942.6445) or stop in to sign-up. 

An Evening Class taught by Tilman - Begins Monday, May 12th for 6 weeks 
 Mon: 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm - meets 6 consecutive Mondays (5/12, 5/19, 5/26, 6/2, 6/9, 6/16 test/graduation)

An Evening Class taught by Tilman - Begins Monday, July 14th for 6 weeks 
 Mon: 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm - meets 6 consecutive Mondays (7/14, 7/21, 7/28, 8/4, 8/11, 8/18 test/graduation)



Intermediate Advanced Level 2 -Therapy Dog International (TDI) certification
You must have completed Basic and Intermediate class levels, in addition to passing the Canine Good Citizen certification.

Our Therapy Dog International (TDI) Class, taught by Tilman, our Head Trainer, is the only TDI Class taught in the downtown Chicago area and our results have been amazing. The cost of class includes training to prepare you for the TDI test, and the actual cost of the test, that is administered on the last night of the class by a Certified TDI Evaluator.  You and your pooch will really enjoy this class and, once certified, you both can go to local hospitals and nursing homes to spread the joy and unconditional love that our pooches give so freely.

Therapy Dogs International (TDI®) is a volunteer organization dedicated to regulating, testing and registration of therapy dogs and their volunteer handlers for the purpose of visiting nursing homes, hospitals, other institutions and wherever else therapy dogs are needed.
To belong to Therapy Dogs International (TDI®) all dogs must be tested and evaluated by a Certified TDI Evaluator. A dog must be a minimum of one (1) year of age and have a sound temperament. Each dog must pass a TDI temperament evaluation for suitability to become a Therapy Dog. The test will also include the evaluation of the dog’s behavior around people with the use of some type of service equipment (wheelchairs, crutches, etc.).
Cost for the class is $250 + $25 for TDI test, with a $50 deposit required.

An Evening Class taught by Tilman - Begins Monday, May 12th for 6 weeks 
 Mon: 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm - meets 6 consecutive Mondays (5/12, 5/19, 5/26, 6/2, 6/9, 6/16 test/graduation)

An Evening Class taught by Tilman - Begins Monday, July 14th for 6 weeks 
 Mon: 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm - meets 6 consecutive Mondays (7/14, 7/21, 7/28, 8/4, 8/11, 8/18 test/graduation)



Dog Tricks & Brain Games Class is designed to be a fun, challenging and rewarding experience for you and your dog.  You will learn to use some teaching tools like free-shaping and targeting.  We will also cover how to capture your dog's behavior and how to lure and guide behaviors. You can teach an old dog new tricks and enjoy doing it.  Our Tricks and Brain Games program is guaranteed to teach you a fun way to interact with your dog, learn the basic skills of animal training without the use of force!

Cost: $175 - must be paid in advance to lock in your participation
Prerequisite Training: Some basic obedience is required, either successful completion of an obedience class or some level of proficiency in the basic, sit, down, stay, come commands.
This class is taught by Roger Lautt, who is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT).



Pooch Camp
This is a two week course where the pup is actually boarding at Urban Pooch. While boarding here, the pup gets daily lessons with our head trainer, Tilman Colbert-Jones.

Once the pup goes home, 12 more lessons are included at the owner’s convenience. These lessons are for addressing any problem areas and reinforcing what is learned during camp.

The cost for Pooch Camp is $1,500. This includes the training, boarding and 10 follow-up lessons. A shorter, one week camp, is available for $800. This includes the training, boarding and one private lesson with trainer and owners, to go over what your pooch has learned.



Private Lessons
These lessons are for those dogs that choose not to participate in group class or cannot attend daycare because of aggression or time constraints. The trainer can work with the pup and owner at Urban Pooch in a private setting or can visit the home to evaluate and train.

Private Training with Tilman @ Urban Pooch - $65 per session (up to 1 hour). 
 
Private Training - House Call at your home - Price $80 per session (up to 1 hour)
These prices are for those people who live within the borders of California, Peterson, Fullerton and the lake.If your private lesson takes place outside of these parameters, we will add a small fee depending on travel time, which will be quoted upon booking.

NOTE: any private training sessions MUST be paid in full in advance - and any cancellation must be called in 24 hours before scheduled time or you will forfeit your fee. So please take extra care in scheduling your appointment.



Pooch Camp is led by our certified trainer, Tilman Colbert Jones. Tilman has competed with his Belgian Malinois on Regional and National levels, receiving high scores and always on the podium either in 1st or 2nd place. He has a passion for training dogs and loves to see owners happy when their dogs are happy doing obedience. Tilman wants to instill the same behavior and enjoyment that his dogs have for obedience into other dogs and show dog and owner alike that training is fun, fun, fun!!!
      
Please call 773.942.6445 or email Training@urbanpooch.com to book now!  


POLICY ON MISSING CLASSES DURING GROUP TRAINING: 
While we understand that things do happen, the price for group classes takes into account the trainer working with everyone during the group class. If you need to miss a class, you can schedule a 20 minute make-up class at Urban Pooch for a cost of $20/make-up session. This entire fee goes directly to the trainer for their time. Thanks for understanding.
Please note:  If you miss a class, we cannot refund you for any individual classes.

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