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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

Marcos Flores

Marcos Flores

General Manager

Mariya Sergeeva

Mariya Sergeeva

Assistant General Manager

Laura Cavillo

Laura Cavillo

Office Manager

Laura Zaragoza

Laura Zaragoza

Office Manager

Mariah Griffin

Mariah Griffin

Office Manager/Care Taker

Maria Castaneda

Maria Castaneda

Dog Groomer

Amy Hammonds

Amy Hammonds

Director of Training Department

Amy Hammonds

As the daughter of a veterinarian Amy has worked with dogs since the age of 13. This background instilled in her the importance of education and customer service. With over 20 years of dog training experience Amy prides herself in using only positive reinforcement to train dogs as well as their owners.

Always staying current with the latest in trends and developments in the industry, Amy is a member of the Association of Professional Humane Educators (APHE) and the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC). Amy regularly attends seminars to expand her knowledge and remain relevant.

Amy works with all kinds of dogs from puppies to reactive or shy dogs. Her philosophy begins by understanding how to best communicate with each dog, then she works with their owner to help them build a bond based on consistency and support.

Amy will be teaching classes and offering private training as well as board & train services in her position as Directorof Training at K9 University Chicago. She will work with all trainers to develop a broad range oftraining services that assist any dog and their owners as they work to improve communicationand strengthen their relationship.

Grace Huffman

Grace Huffman

Dog Trainer

Grace Huffman

Grace has been around dogs throughout her life. In many ways her life is centered around dogs. From training dogs, to relying on Medical Alert Service Dogs for daily tasks, to competing in National Agility competitions, dogs have been teammates, companions and life partners.

Grace’s home pack currently consists of four dogs each with their own special skills and gifts. She trains and competes in agility with her two Miniature Schnauzers Gus and Bernie, who qualified for nationals in his first year of competing! As well as her Standard Poodle, Rafiki, and her Sheltie, Bella, who is a NADAC Champion. Rafiki is also a working Medical Alert Dog and training for Water Fowl retrieval in her spare time.

At K9U Chicago Grace will teach all levels of Agility Training from puppies to competition and will be teaching group obedience training classes. Grace uses only positive training methods and believes in having fun while learning new skills that enhance the bond between dogs and their owners.

When not at K9U Chicago Grace volunteers with shelters and rescue groups in Naperville to help the disabled connect and train service dogs. She also founded Beard & Golden a hand-made custom clothing company providing dog gear and accessories.

Victoria Comerford

Victoria Comerford

Dog Trainer

Victoria (Tori) Comerford

A Chicagoland native with a degree in Zoology from SIU, Carbondale, Tori comes to K9U Chicago with a diverse background caring for and understanding animals. This has provided her with the experience to not only train dogs but teach owners how to positively strengthen the bond they have with their dog.

Tori believes in the power of communication as a valuable skill that helps dogs become secure and well socialized. This starts with understanding dog body language and the subtle cues they send to express their feelings of fear, confusion, frustration and joy. Her work as a trainer starts with sharing this knowledge through fun games and exercises that allow dogs the chance to fundamentally be dogs while nurturing and rewarding new behaviors.

Tori has experience working with all types of dog breeds and families who have needs that range from welcoming new puppies to older dogs with specific challenges including reactivity and other behaviors that require training to desensitize the dogs to certain objects, noises or other dogs.

Tori will be teaching all levels of obedience training as well as working with daycare day train clients, our board & train camps and providing private training sessions.

Sofia Rios

Sofia Rios

Driver/Office Manager

Caitlin Clifford

Caitlin Clifford

Transport Driver

Donna Rojas

Donna Rojas

Transport Driver

Fernando Garza

Fernando Garza

Transport Driver

Sandra Fasser

Sandra Fasser

Transport Driver

Eddie Santiago

Eddie Santiago

Transport Driver

Brianna Kassal

Brianna Kassal

Care Taker/Transport Driver

Erika Ortega

Erika Ortega

Care Taker/Transport Driver

Davareyon Clark

Davareyon Clark

Transport Driver

Butts Shed

Butts Shed

Care Taker/Dog Handler

Cynthia Wilson

Cynthia Wilson

Care Taker/Dog Handler

Djuana Cobb

Djuana Cobb

Care Taker/Dog Handler

Joselyn Teliz

Joselyn Teliz

Care Taker/Dog Handler

James Skelton

James Skelton

Care Taker/Dog Handler

Lionel Moore

Lionel Moore

Care Taker/Dog Handler

Micah Griffin

Micah Griffin

Care Taker/Dog Handler

Natalia Quiceno

Natalia Quiceno

Agility Trainer/Care Taker

Rossalynn Landa

Rossalynn Landa

Care Taker/Dog Handler

Silvia Banchero

Silvia Banchero

Care Taker/Dog Handler

Tom Carroll

Tom Carroll

Care Taker/Dog Handler

Jestine Solo

Jestine Solo

Cleaning Crew

Hector Vega

Hector Vega

Sanitizing Specialist

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Why Our Clients Love Us

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.
I was referred by a previous customer. I had never used a daycare before and my experience has been wonderful since day ONE! The staff is friendly, welcoming and attentive to my dog (and me…LOL)…She loves going there.Tracee A.
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.
I’ve been a customer for 15 years and counting. K9 helped us raise our puppies and cherish our old girls. I can think of no other place I would trust more with my furry family.Jonathan A.
This is really awesome dog place. We had a basic obedience training here, and our dog is changed! She listens now, and behaving well, our trainer is really good - she is like a dog whisperer. Love and recommend this place for all dog parents out there.Yessie S.
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.
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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.

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Request Free Training Evaluation

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.

Neutered/Spayed

Dog Gender

Day CampPrivate Session at K9UPrivate In-HomeGroup Classes10 Day Board & Train2 Week Board & Train3 Week Board & Train4 Week Board & TrainUNDECIDED