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Our Team

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

Ruby Madrigal

Ruby Madrigal

Owner and Manager

Mariya Sergeeva

Mariya Sergeeva

Chief Operating Officer

Chiara Rice

Chiara Rice

Dog Trainer and Customer Relations

Chiara Rice

Chiara is a graduate of the Animal behavior college as a certified dog trainer. She has worked with dogs for 8 years and has an absolute passion not only for caring for animals but also for teaching them the tools they
need to succeed to become the star pup they were bred to be.

Chiara is a firm believer in positive reinforcement training methods. All of her training classes, private lessons, and board and trains will be based on a training program of positive reinforcement. So grab your treats
and positive markers we got so training to do.

Laura Cavillo

Laura Cavillo

Office Manager

Laura Zaragoza

Laura Zaragoza

Office Manager

Mariah Griffin

Mariah Griffin

Office Manager

Jonathan Polich

Jonathan Polich - Dog Trainer

Trainer/Daycare Manager

Jonathan Polich

Jon has been in the dog industry in Chicago for 13 years. He started off running his own dog walking company and made his way into dog training close to 10 years ago. Jon is CPDT-KA certified and has been training dogs in the Chicago land area for around 10 years in doggy daycares and also privately. Jon believes training dogs is not only about working with your dog and their needs, but also being able to properly communicate dog behavior so you the dog owner can better connect with trust and understand how to work with your dog throughout its life.

Jon is a believer in the humane hierarchy of dog training and working with positive reinforcement-based training. Jon works with most behavioral needs such as puppy training, basic obedience, loose leash walking training, impulse control, relaxation protocol, dog reactive/people reactive training, as well as socialization training in small and large dog groups

Maria Castaneda

Maria Castaneda

Dog Groomer

Pablo Maldonad

Pablo Maldonado- Dog Trainer

Dog Trainer

Pablo Maldonad

Pablo is an established trainer and business founder of multiple dog care companies with specialties in training, boarding and canine nutrition.

As a participant in several highly regarded training seminars, Pablo enjoys working with all dog breeds including high energy dogs where he uses soft sports, such as Agility Training, to provide these active dogs with a positive way to focus their energy and modify unwanted behaviors. Along with his customized approach to training based on each dog’s individual needs, Pablo creates a unique comprehensive training environment for every client.

Born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico, Pablo offers Private Training and all levels of Group Obedience Training in Spanish. He is also very active with Board and Train camps providing Spanish commands for dogs as needed for those clients who prefer to speak Spanish at home.

Ryan Kamm

Ryan Kamm

Dog Trainer

Ryan Kamm

Ryan Kamm is a native Chicagoan who has been involved in animal care and a student of animal behavior throughout his life. He has been a dog trainer since 2012 and began his professional journey by training his two rescue dogs; one Dogo Argentino and an American Staffordshire Terrier.

Ryan provides training services at all levels including Puppy, Adult and Senior dogs. Additionally, Ryan offers various training classes including Agility Training and works with clients one-on-one via private sessions.

Ryan also specializes in training dogs with special needs including blind and deaf dogs.

Contact us today to discuss your specific training needs and to schedule a free 30-minute evaluation with Ryan.

Alejandro Rivera

Alejandro Rivera

Kennel Attendant | Dog Handler

Myles Clark

Myles Clark

Kennel Attendant | Dog Handler

Joseph Roman

Joseph Roman

Kennel Attendant | Dog Handler

Joshua Huante

Joshua Huante

Dog Handler | Kennel Attendant

Miguel Argudin

Miguel Argudin

Dog Handler | Kennel Attendant

Joaquin De Jesus

Joaquin De Jesus

Dog Handler | Kennel Attendant

Maria Rodriguez

Maria Rodriguez

Driver/Dog Handler

Yolanda Lara

Yolanda Lara

Driver

Eduardo Iglesias

Eduardo Iglesias

Transport Driver

Naomy Miranda

Naomy Miranda

Transport Driver

George Miranda

George Miranda

Transport Driver

Caitlin Clifford

Caitlin Clifford

Transport Driver

Fernando Garza

Fernando Garza

Transport Driver

Sandra Fasser

Sandra Fasser

Transport Driver

Eddie Santiago

Eddie Santiago

Transport Driver

Cladua Gomez

Cladua Gomez

Transport Driver

Butts Shed

Butts Shed

Care Taker/Dog Handler

Cynthia Wilson

Cynthia Wilson

Care Taker/Dog Handler

Lionel Moore

Lionel Moore

Care Taker/Dog Handler

Rossalynn Landa

Rossalynn Landa

Care Taker/Dog Handler

Tom Carroll

Tom Carroll

Care Taker/Dog Handler

Andrea Vazquez

Andrea Vazquez

Cleaning Crew

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Why Our Clients Love Us

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.James J.
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.
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.
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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.