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Puppy Training Classes

We offer multiple Puppy Classes each week including Puppy Playtime, AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy, Junior Dog, Puppy Agility and Intro to Puppy Nose Work! Whether you are looking to socialize your pup, teach them obedience or even start them off on the right paw in the world of dog sports, we have the classes that will make your pooch a true champion!

Puppy PlaytimeAKC S.T.A.R. PuppyJunior DogPuppy AgilityPuppy Nose WorkItems to Bring to Class

Policy on Payment, Refunds & Cancellation



Puppy Playtime

Puppy Playtime is a fun and safe way to socialize your pup with pooches their own age! These playgroups are always supervised by one of our amazing certified trainers to ensure the play stays safe and to answer any of your puppy troubleshooting questions. Puppy Playtime is designed for puppies age 8 to 16-weeks. Reserve your spot today by calling 773-961-8880!

Age Requirements: This class is designed for dogs between the ages of 8-weeks and 16-weeks old. Once a dog is older than 16-weeks they can no longer participate in Puppy Playtime.

Policy On Number of People Allowed Per Dog: For right now were are limiting the number of students per dog to 1 person per dog. This is due to the COVID19 pandemic.

Vaccination & Health Requirements: Click here to view our vaccination requirements. We strongly encourage sending over proof of age-relevant vaccinations and proof of a negative fecal sample test* prior to the day of your first class session. Puppy health records are often incomplete or sparse of information. This gives our staff time to review the information and inform clients if different records are needed prior to a dog being able to attend class. Records can be dropped off in person, faxed to 773-654-1327 or emailed to info@urbanpoochtraining.com Clients who do not provide sufficient paperwork as detailed above will not be able to participate in Puppy Playtime until said paperwork is given to our staff and reviewed properly.

*Please ensure paperwork regarding a fecal sample test actually lists the results of test. We cannot consider the document sufficient proof of being negative for parasites, worms, etc. without the result listed in some manner (“negative,” “nps,” “npv,” “clear,” etc). Often the results of a fecal sample test take 24-48 hours to return so make sure after the result is known that your vet’s office sends you the results in a way our staff can verify.

Cost: $15/session if you have pre-registered. Please note pre-registration includes pre-payment. $20/session if you have not pre-registered and pre-paid.

Duration: 45-Minutes/Session

Class Dates: Right now there are two Puppy Playtime groups per week. That runs Sundays at 1:30 PM & 3:00 PM We do not currently have a Saturday offering

How to Register: Please call the front desk at 773-961-8880 or email us at info@urbanpoochtraining.com to sign-up! Thank you!

Notes: Students who arrive late to Puppy Playtime may lose their spot to other clients even if they have pre-registered. Please arrive a few minutes ahead of the scheduled start time to secure your spot. No dogs will be permitted into class if they arrive 10-minutes or more after the scheduled start time of class or if the number of participants has reached our max-capacity. Please note that participation in Puppy Playtime does not permit your pooch to utilize our daycare and/or boarding services. In order to attend daycare and/or boarding, you will need to schedule a Socialization Test. To schedule a Socialization test, please make an appointment with our Welcome Ambassador.


AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy

This training class will teach you how best to communicate with your puppy. In this class – aimed at earning the AKC S.T.A.R. (Socialization Training Activity Responsibly) certification – you will receive information on all of your puppy-raising questions, including housetraining, chewing, and the most effective way to teach practical skills. This class is designed for puppies who are 8 weeks – 16 weeks old.

During this 6-week course, your pooch will learn:

-How to be handled by owners.
-Foundation skills for walking properly on a lead.
-“Sits”, “Downs”, and “Stays”.
-To come when called.
-Much more!



Age Requirements: This class is designed for dogs between the ages of 8-weeks and 18-weeks old.

Vaccination & Health Requirements: Click here to view our vaccination requirements.

Cost: $185

Duration: 6-Classes/60-Minutes Each

AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy

Saturday's at 12:30pm
Starts: Saturday, August 8th
Instructor: Christine Vertucci
Meets:8/8, 8/15, 8/22, 8/29, 9/12 & 9/19 (NO CLASS 9/5)
Time: 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Monday's at 3:00pm
Starts: Starts: Monday, July 13th
Instructor: Jim Bahr
Meets:7/13, 7/20, 7/27, 8/3, 8/10 & 8/17
Time: 3:00pm – 4:00pm




Thursdays's at 3:30pm
Starts: Thursday, July 23rd
Instructor: Jim Bahr
Meets: 7/23, 7/30, 8/6, 8/13, 8/20 & 8/27
Time: 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Monday's at 3:00pm
Starts: Monday, August 24th
Instructor: Jim Bahr
Meets: 8/24, 8/31, 9/14, 9/21, 9/28 & 10/5 (NO CLASS 9/7)
Time: 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Thursday's at 3:30pm
Starts: Thursday, September 3rd
Instructor: Jim Bahr
Meets: 9/3, 9/10, 9/17, 9/24, 10/1 & 10/8
Time: 3:30pm – 4:40pm

How to Register: Please call the front desk at 773-961-8880 or email us at info@urbanpoochtraining.com to sign-up! Thank you!

Policy on Missing Classes During Group Training Classes: 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 30-minute make-up class at Urban Pooch for a cost of $30/make-up session. This entire fee goes directly to the trainer for their time. Thanks for understanding!



Junior Dog

Do you have a “teenaged” dog – between 4 months and 8 months old? Is that once precious puppy now driving you batty? Jumping up on everyone? Barking? Suddenly afraid of butterflies? IGNORING YOU? Have you recently graduated our AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Program, but aren’t quite ready for our LEVELS program? Would you like to offer your older pup an opportunity to polish their play skills?

We’ve developed a class that understands and addresses the specific training needs of pooches working through the adolescent developmental period. Our Junior Dog (JD) class will help you bridge the sometimes frustrating gap between the “too-cute-to-do-anything-wrong” phase and the polite adult dog that all pooches can become.

Age Requirements: This class is designed for dogs between the ages of 4-months and 8-months old.

Vaccination & Health Requirements: Click here to view our vaccination requirements.

Cost: $185

Duration: 6-Classes/45-Minutes Each

Sunday's at 1:45pm
Starts: Sunday, June 14th
Instructor: Pamela Davis
Meets: 6/14, 6/21, 6/28, 7/12, 7/19, & 7/26 (NO CLASS 7/5)
Time: 1:45pm – 2:30pm

Sunday's at 1:45pm
Starts: Sunday, August 2nd
Instructor: Pamela Davis
Meets:8/2, 8/9, 8/16, 8/30, 9/6, & 9/20 (NO 8/23 & 9/6)
Time: 1:45pm – 2:30pm

How to Register: Please call the front desk at 773-961-8880 or email us at info@urbanpoochtraining.com to sign-up! Thank you!

Policy on Missing Classes During Group Training Classes: 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 30-minute make-up class at Urban Pooch for a cost of $30/make-up session. This entire fee goes directly to the trainer for their time. Thanks for understanding!



Puppy Agility

Our Beginner Puppy Agility Class is designed to build the proper foundation for your puppy to interact with agility equipment. Because puppies’ growth plates are not fully developed, we have created this program to help them safely experience the A-frame, floor level jumps, tunnels, floor level donuts and targeting.

We want to build your puppy’s experience with agility in a positive and fun learning environment, so when you puppy is ready for Beginner Agility they will move to the head of the class! To be eligible, puppies should be between 4 & 9 months.

Age Requirements: This class is designed for dogs between the ages of 4-months and 9-months old.

Vaccination & Health Requirements: Click here to view our vaccination requirements.

Cost: $195

Duration: 6-Classes/45-Minutes Each

Saturday's at 9am
Starts: Saturday, June 13th
Instructor: Christine Vertucci
Meets: 6/13, 6/27, 7/11, 7/18, 7/25, & 8/1 (NO CLASS 6/20 & 7/4)
Time: 9:00am – 9:45am

Saturday's at 9am
Starts: Saturday, August 8th
Instructor: Christine Vertucci
Meets:  8/8, 8/15, 8/22, 8/29, 9/12, & 9/19 (NO CLASS 9/5)
Time: 9:00am – 9:45am

Saturday's at 10am
Starts: Saturday, August 8th
Instructor: Christine Vertucci
Meets: 8/8, 8/15, 8/22, 8/29, 9/12, & 9/19 (NO CLASS 9/5)
Time: 10:00am – 10:45am

How to Register: Please call the front desk at 773-961-8880 or email us at info@urbanpoochtraining.com to sign-up! Thank you!

Policy on Missing Classes During Group Training Classes: 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 30-minute make-up class at Urban Pooch for a cost of $30/make-up session. This entire fee goes directly to the trainer for their time. Thanks for understanding!



Puppy Nosework

Looking for a great way to keep your puppy busy? Why not try an activity for your pooch that’s both fun and mentally stimulating like Nose Work! Nose Work offers your puppy a fun outlet to utilize their natural ability/desire to hunt and find things. 

Teaching your puppy Nose Work is an easy way to keep them busy and entertained. It gives them not only mental stimulation but also physical stimulation as well. Nose Work builds confidence, gives them a job to do and helps create a wonderful bond between owner and pup–all while being fun and rewarding. This 6-week class will introduce your puppy to the wonderful sport of Nose Work through a series of fun games. Class is geared towards puppies 4 months – 9 months of age. The owner(s) should bring plenty of good-quality, high-value treats.

Age Requirements: This class is designed for dogs between the ages of 4-months and 9-months old.

Vaccination & Health Requirements: Click here to view our vaccination requirements.

Cost: $185

Duration: 6-Classes/60-Minutes Each

Intro to Nose Work

Mondays at 3:15pm
Starts: Monday, June 1st
Instructor: Robin Taylor
Meets: 6/1, 6/8, 6/15, 6/22, 6/29 & 7/6
Time: 3:15pm – 4:15pm

Thursdays at 7:15pm
Starts: Thursday, June 4th
Instructor: Sue Sentowski
Meets: 6/4, 6/11, 6/18, 6/25, 7/2 & 7/9
Time: 7:15pm – 8:15pm

Fridays at 6pm
Starts: Friday, June 5th
Instructor: Sue Sentowski
Meets: 6/5, 6/12, 6/19, 6/26, 7/10 & 7/17 (NO CLASS 7/3)
Time: 6:00pm – 7:00 pm

Sundays at 9:15am
Starts: Sunday, June 7th
Instructor: Sue Sentowski
Meets: 6/7, 6/14, 6/21, 6/28, 7/12 & 7/19 (NO CLASS 7/5)
Time: 9:15am – 10:15am

Mondays at 3:15pm
Starts: Monday, July 13th
Instructor: Robin Taylor
Meets: 7/13, 7/20, 7/27, 8/3, 8/10 & 8/17
Time: 3:15pm – 4:15pm

Nose Work 2

Mondays at 4:30pm
Starts: Monday, June 1st
Instructor: Robin Taylor
Meets: 6/1, 6/8, 6/15, 6/22, 6/29 & 7/6
Time: 4:30 – 5:30pm

Thursdays at 6pm
Starts: Thursday, June 4th
Instructor: Sue Sentowski
Meets: 6/4, 6/11, 6/18, 6/25, 7/2 & 7/9
Time: 6:00pm – 7:00 pm

Sundays at 8:00am
Starts: Sunday, June 7th
Instructor: Sue Sentowski
Meets: 6/7, 6/14, 6/21, 6/28, 7/12 & 7/19 (NO CLASS 7/5)
Time: 8:00am – 9:00am

Mondays at 4:30pm
Starts: Monday, July 13th
Instructor: Robin Taylor
Meets: 7/13, 7/20, 7/27, 8/3, 8/10 & 8/17
Time: 4:30 – 5:30pm

Nose Work 3

Thursdays at 8:30pm
Starts: Thursday, June 4th
Instructor: Sue Sentowski
Meets: 6/4, 6/11, 6/18, 6/25, 7/2 & 7/9
Time: 8:30pm – 9:30pm

How to Register: Please call the front desk at 773-961-8880 or email us at info@urbanpoochtraining.com to sign-up! Thank you!

Policy on Missing Classes During Group Training Classes: 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 30-minute make-up class at Urban Pooch for a cost of $30/make-up session. This entire fee goes directly to the trainer for their time. Thanks for understanding!



Items to Bring to Class

How to prepare for your awesome & FUN classes at Urban Pooch Training and Fitness Center.

Bring a variety of very yummy, small-sized treats (the size of a green pea). You may mix the treats with your dog’s meal if you’re concerned about over-feeding. Consider using a treat pouch – it’s easy to forget you have treats in your pocket. We have treat pouches for sale at Urban Pooch Training & Fitness Center. Bring motivational toys that don’t make noise and that won’t roll away. Please, no choke or electronic collars. Also, most back-clip harnesses are not recommended. A flat collar is best, but if you need a training collar or harness, our trainers are happy to make the appropriate suggestions for you and your dog. Use a 6-foot leather or cloth leash. Chain leashes are not recommended. Retractable leashes are not allowed. CLICK HERE to read WHY we do not allow retractable leashes in class As always and everywhere, Please bring poop bags. Wear your play attire to class – comfortable clothes, closed-toe, and rubber-soled shoes The Red Bandana ProgramRed bandanas will be worn by dogs who need a little space. Perhaps they are not confident around other dogs, they may be shy of people, or maybe they have a temporary injury or are older and don’t want to be bumped. Please offer space when you see a dog wearing a red bandana.




Policy on Payment, Refunds, & Cancellation

Reserving A Spot & Initial Payment: We do not accept partial payments for class. Classes must be paid in full at sign-up in order to reserve a spot. Only payment in full for class can reserve your spot in a future class or training service.

Refund Policy If You Wish to Drop Out of Class: Urban Pooch Training & Fitness Center cannot offer any refunds for training services at this time. All sales are final.

Refund Policy: In the case a student needs to remove their enrollment in a class due to an injury or illness to either themselves or their dog that makes their involvement impossible or unsafe, then one of four policies will apply to them with regards to the time in which UPTFC is notified of said injury/illness:

1. If you notify UPTFC 48 hours or more prior to the start time/day of class, then the previous policy will take precedence in which a full refund will be granted.

2. If you notify UPTFC less than 48 hours prior to the start time/day of class up until the actual day of class, then you will be granted a credit of the full amount of your original payment for said class to be used towards future training. However, this credit may only be used towards training services and must be used within 6 months of giving said notice; all remaining credit granted from this notice will be forfeited after this 6 month grace period. 

So, for example, if you are registered for a $180 class that is set to begin June 5th at 7:15pm, and you let us know on June 4th your dog has contracted kennel cough and thus cannot be around other dogs, then we would credit your account $180 to be used towards future training services. Please note that these training services still must be scheduled and are subject to both the availability of trainers and open spots in future classes; that is, we cannot guarantee you a spot in a future class due to dropping out of a past class if said future class already has registered the maximum amount of students. To continue this example, even if you have not used the total sum of your original $180 credit in training services by December 4th, then the difference in initial payment would become forfeit and any new future training expense would need to be paid for separately from this now expired credit.

3. If you notify UPTFC during the duration of your class that either your dog or yourself has become too ill/injured to continue attending class, then you will be granted a credit for the presumed remaining dollar amount of your original payment to be put toward future training services. So, for example, if you are registered for a $180, 6-week class that began on June 5th and you have to drop out of class because a few days after week 3 of class (let’s say June 22nd) you sustain injuries that would make it impossible for you to attend class and act as a proper handler for your dog, then we would credit your future training account $90 since you used 3/6 of the class you signed-up for originally. However, the entirety of this $90 training credit would have to be used by December 22nd or else be forfeit. 

Please note that these training services still must be scheduled and are subject to both the availability of trainers and open spots in future classes; that is, we cannot guarantee you a spot in an upcoming class due to dropping out of a past class if said future class already has registered the maximum amount of students.

4. If an injury or illness occurs to yourself or your dog, but you make no reasonable attempt to make us aware of the situation, then UPTFC reserves the right to not only keep the total payment for class, but also fill your spot in class if we receive no communication follow-up to establish a protocol specific to your circumstances. Please note that if your dog is approved to be removed from a class for an injury or ailment, we may require proof of proper treatment and clearance from your vet prior to attending a subsequent training session. For example, if you had to drop-out of an upcoming class because your dog’s fecal sample tested positive for giardia, then prior to starting another class we would need proof from your vet that the dog has had a new fecal sample tested that resulted negative for infection for giardia or any other communicable ailment. Simply putting your dog through vet-recommended treatment is not sufficient for proof of a negative fecal–only proof that a more recent fecal sample tested negative will clear your pooch for class in this scenario.

Refund Policy in the Case an Upcoming Class Session is Cancelled or Rescheduled: UPTFC reserves the right to cancel an upcoming class session if said class has not reached the minimum number of students required to properly conduct class. For the vast majority of classes the minimum number of students needed to run a class session is 3 students. If we have not registered the minimum amount of students 48 hours prior to the start time/day of class, then we reserve the right to cancel the class session entirely, delay the start date of class to a future date in the hopes we can find more students or else modify the class structure to reflect the lower attendance. In any of these cases, you will be contacted immediately and you can choose 1 of 4 options:

1. Remain in the class roster, but realize the class will actually start at a later date than was originally scheduled. Please note that if said class is one with specific age restrictions like many of our Puppy class offerings, then it may be necessary to move you to a different class entirely if your dog would then be outside the correct age range of the class you originally signed-up for at the now newly proposed start date.

2. Request a full refund for your original payment. This would be issued as soon as possible.

3. Request to be transferred to an upcoming class or training program that was different than the one you originally signed-up for, but is an alternate option in which you are also interested in and for which your dog meets the age/curriculum requirements. Please note that these alterations to training services still must be scheduled and are subject to both the availability of trainers and open spots in future classes; that is, we cannot guarantee you a spot in an upcoming class due to the cancellation if said future class already has registered the maximum amount of students. Additionally, if the program/class you are switching to joining costs more than the original amount paid for the program/class you initially signed-up for, then payment for the difference in said amounts would be due at the time of switching between programs/classes.

4. In the event we have to cancel a class you were originally signed-up for, but you don’t want a refund and also don’t know yet what training service you would be interested in joining in the near future, then we will keep on file a credit for your account in the equivalent dollar amount that can be applied towards training services in the next 6 months. So, for example, if you were originally signed-up for a $180 Junior Dog class that is set to begin on June 5th, and we contact you on June 3rd that said class session is cancelled due to the lack of other students. Then, if you so choose, that $180 could be applied to other training services until December 3rd. However, after December 3rd, any unused part of that original payment would become forfeit and future training experiences would need to be paid for separately from this now expired credit. Please note that these alterations to training services still must be scheduled and are subject to both the availability of trainers and open spots in future classes; that is, we cannot guarantee you a spot in an upcoming class due to the cancellation if said future class already has registered the maximum amount of students.


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