Kim's Dog Coaching - Obedience and Agility Training to strengthen your bond with your dog

Strengthen the bond between you and your dog


Daycare and Boarding Training

  • This service is only available to all current and past KDC training students
  • $50 per 30 minute session

This is a great option if you are going out of town on a business trip, vacation or if your dog is spending a full day of daycare at Bark Bark Club. Tell us which behaviors you would like your dog to work on and our trainer will tailor the 30 minute specifically for your dog. You will receive a detailed written report on your dog’s training session upon pick-up.

To reserve a training session, please call or email Kim.

Group Classes

Classes are five weeks in length, unless noted, and are customized every week based on your dog's individual needs. Classes are held in Chicago's Edgewater neighborhood at:

The Bark Bark Club
5943 North Broadway
Chicago, IL. 60660

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Classes fill quickly, register today to reserve your spot!

Payment is required at time of registration.

AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Classes - 4 week session $150

Suitable for dogs under 4 months

Our puppy program provides a safe, enjoyable learning environment that will help set the foundation for a wonderful life ahead for you and your new puppy. The training program consists of socialization, problem solving and prevention, crate/house training, manners and introduction to training such as, name recognition, sit, come, and walking on leash. Throughout this 4-week course, we will teach you how to overcome all the common puppyhood challenges and get you off to the right start of learning and growing together!

Basic Obedience Classes - 5 week session $180

Suitable for dogs 12 weeks and up

Class will focus on basic obedience, problem solving, breed tendencies and good manners. You will learn how to incorporate basic manners into your dog's day-to-day lifestyle. Learn the proper use of voice commands and hand signals. How to use timing, motivation and consistency to strengthen the bond between you and your dog.

Intermediate Obedience Classes - 4 week session $150

In intermediate class, we will polish all the basics, with emphasis on loose leash walking, polite greetings, and stays. We’ll work to sharpen your use of voice commands, hand signals, timing and consistency. Intermediate obedience class is for dogs that have already completed the basic obedience training course or upon trainer approval.

Rally Obedience Classes - 5 week session $160

Rally-O (also know as Rally Obedience) emphasizes fun and excitement for the dog/handler team while providing an interactive approach to obedience. Rally is about the most fun you can have doing obedience exercises with your dog! In Rally, the team follows a course of signs, which specify the exercise to be performed at each station. The dog and handler move continuously through the course at a "brisk" but natural pace. The exercises involved in the course will help build your skills as a handler and increase your dog's range of behaviors.

*Before beginning rally classes, dog must be at least 6 months old and has completed a basic obedience class or equivalent with instructors approval.

Learn more about rally.

Canine Good Citizen Prep Class (CGC) - 4 week session $150

This 4-week class is for those dogs who have already attended a basic obedience class and for those wanting to obtain their AKC CGC title. Class will review all exercises that are included in the test: Sit, down, stay, recalls, sitting politely for petting, grooming, examination by another person and a 3-minute separation from the owner. Testing is included on the last day of the training session. More information on the program can be found on the AKC website- .

Agility Classes - 5 week session $160

Dog agility is a fun, active sport that all dogs and handlers can enjoy. It is fun and exciting for any type of dog whether it is large or small, purebred or mixed breed. Agility training also helps build a stronger bond between you and your dog. Come learn how much fun your dog can have crawling through tunnels, jumping over hurdles and through a tire. Our agility classes are an opportunity to have fun with your canine partner in an agility setting

*Before beginning agility classes, it is recommended that your dog has some basic obedience skills. Your dog needs to know how to sit, stay and should have a reasonable recall.

Learn more about agility.

Happy Ratter Classes - 5 week session $160

A fun, trusting environment for dogs and their handlers to hunt vermin (rats in tubes) in an “urban” setting. The obstacles and items encounter in class include trash bags, boxes and barrels and other items possibly found in a city alley (i.e., urban setting), the big difference being this is clean trash, new bags with shredded paper, clean boxes, etc. 

*Before beginning happy ratter classes, dog must be at least 6 months old and has completed a basic obedience class or equivalent with instructors approval.

Learn more about Happy Ratters.

Loose Leash Walking - 90 min class $60

When your dog pulls ahead, she isn't engaged with you. In fact, you're probably the last thing on her mind as she plows through the neighborhood to get ... well, she's not really sure where she's going but she'll get there! When you stop your dog from pulling you are not only preventing that raspy wheeze she gets after ten minutes of choking herself, but you are also putting her in a better state of mind that will make both her walk and her relationship with you much more enriching. Plus your sore arm will thank you for it. Come learn the basic's of loose leash walking!

Trick Training - 4 week session $150

Trick class is for dogs of all ages and is all about cutting loose and having fun with your dog! Teaching dog tricks is one of the joys of having a canine companion in your life. Training trick behaviors is an excellent way to diminish both mental and physical energy, strengthen the bond between you and your dog, build confidence, or just make you and others smile! Sit, spin, roll over, leg weaves, peek-a-boo, and jump over a bar are just a few of the tricks we will be learning.

Upon completion of your class and display of tricks learned, we will help you submit your Novice trick dog title form to the Do More With Your Dog organization. Do More With Your Dog is the only official sanctioning and organizing body for the sport of Dog Tricks.

Walking the Leash Reactive Dog - 2 week session $130

Have a dog that becomes excited and nervous at the sight of other dogs on leash?

Reactive dogs may lunge, bark, whine, growl, snap, or display other frustrating behaviors for owners while on leash towards other dogs. This can also be towards strange people. Reactivity is caused by many factors including lack of socialization, the dog's temperament, and lack of training.

The goal of this 2 week class is to develop the tools to walk your dog on leash without his barking or lunging at other dogs. You will learn the skills needed to help your dog’s comfort level around other dogs and to reduce your own anxiety when out on walks. At the same time, your dog will learn to focus less on other dogs, and more on you.

This class is not for dogs who have snapped at or bitten a human or for dogs with a history of causing serious injury to other dogs. Please email Kim to book a private lesson at

Specialty Classes and Seminars

This is a drop in class, which means you do not have to go to a series of classes, but come as you can and work on specific topic.

The skills we will be learning and practicing vary from week to week depending on topic. Please see our online course schedule for details.

Refund Policy

Class fees are non-refundable and paid in full at the time of registration. Due to small class size, we cannot reserve space without payment. No refunds will be given after the first night of class attendance or if canceled within seven days of the class start date.

Private lessons must be canceled at least 24 hour in advance or you will be charged the full cost of the lesson.

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“Kim's Dog Coaching has turned us, as owners, and our six month old puggle into a winning team. Kim is supportive and makes her commitment to you and your dog clear from the first moment of class. The methods she taught us have brought structure and discipline to our daily activities - she basically taught us all how to live, work and play together! The class was a positive bonding experience with our pup, and gave us better understanding of who our dog is and why he does what he does...and it was a lot of fun! We loved working with Kim (we're going for the next level of training in January!!) and would recommend Kim's Dog Coaching to any dog owner.”-Jeremy and Jarrod

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