All of our faculty and staff are animal owners and lovers. From our professional trainers to our caring support staff, many of the K9 University Chicago Team members participate in pet rescue, foster programs and dog sporting events and shows.
We are dedicated to making your dog’s stay comfortable, safe and fun. As experts on breeds, behaviors and nutrition, we provide professional, reliable and skilled care to dogs of all ages, shapes, sizes and temperaments.
All our trainers utilize positive training techniques to improve the bond between dogs and their handlers. We believe by providing each dog and their families with the skills they need to build a strong foundation they can reinforce the progress they make in our classes and private sessions throughout the life of their dog.
Meet Our Team
Gabrielle Plascak, CPDT-KA
Gabrielle has spent the last 18 years of her life not only training dogs, but training humans to train their dogs! Competing in 4-H obedience kick started her life long journey into the world of canine behavior. She is now certified under the Counsel of Certified Professional Dog Trainers, a Certified Fear Free Animal Trainer with Fear Free Pets , and a mentor trainer for aspiring trainers through CATCH Canine Trainers Academy.
Gabrielle is always attending workshops, expos, and seminars on positive reinforcement training to ensure she is bringing you the latest and most updated ways to handle your doggo struggles.
Gabrielle has worked under other well-known trainers and performed training & canine behavior evaluations for multiple shelters, boarding facilities and vet clinics. She has dedicated her life to studying and teaching positive reinforcement and fear free handling/training to help improve the human/canine bond in the least invasive ways.
Gabrielle specializes in lifestyle coaching to help you and your dog grow and learn together in whatever way your lifestyle needs. She loves helping you through life with your dog starting from breed selections, breeder selections, puppy upbringing and to all other training needs to build a dog that fits in your personal life! She loves working with children and families to set them up for success because, as a mother herself, she knows how much work raising children and pups together can be!
Already have a dog that is proving to be unruly and not exactly the best companion yet? Gabrielle can help you make necessary adjustments and implement the proper training tactics to help you enjoy your dog! Cooperative care for veterinary and grooming needs is another topic Gabrielle excels in and can help you and your dog relieve tons of stress with routine husbandry tasks.
Gabrielle enjoys spending time with her family including her own springer spaniels Bobo & Belle.
Ryan, a native Chicagoan and dog trainer since 2012, has a passion to understand dogs with special needs and a commitment to help their families provide them with the best care and life possible.
As a trainer at K9 University Chicago Ryan focuses on rehabilitating dogs that are reactive and have specific aggressions or triggers. His work allows these dogs to become more confident and comfortable around other dogs and people.
This work is highly specialized and rewarding but also critically important in a city that has so many dogs living together in close proximity with distractions that can easily become reactivity triggers for dogs that may have been abused or not socialized.
Ryan runs our Social Rehabilitation Group for dogs that need to play away from the main daycare groups. He often brings his own dogs, all rescues; Zedah, a Dogo Argentino, Maya, an American Staffordshire Terrier, and Spyro, an American Bully, to help teach the other dogs how to successfully play and cohabitate in a group setting.
Ryan also works with clients offering Board & Train packages and private training sessions.