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Dog Open Play

Dogs love to play – so let them play all day!

On most days we host our “K9U Chicago Dog Park – Open Play.” This is an open play area for you and your dog to have lots of fun in both the “climate-controlled 3,500sf padded indoor space and weather permitting, the 10,500sf outdoor space. This is sanitized daily and offers both large and small dog play areas. ‘Dog Open Play’ is an excellent way to improve your dog’s socializing skills and get to make some great friends in a safe clean environment.

Dog Need to be Neutered

For the protection of your dog and the group we require for the dogs to be neutered to participate in Open Play.

Dog Open Play Price:

  • Price per Dog – $15
  • Multiple dogs per family – $8 per dog for each additional dog.

Vaccination Requirements:

The followings are the required Vaccinations for any K9U service: Distemper, Parvo, Rabies, Bordatella, H3N2. Please be sure to fax or email us current record of these for our files.

Saturday and Sundays – Open Play Dog Park:

9:00am – 11:00am – Every Saturday and Sunday
(no private events during this time)

You will need to login to schedule your daycare or boarding reservations:

If you’re new to K9U, you will need to register first.

As always, our staff will be there to ensure safe play. You as an owner though, apart from your own play with your dog, can also come and learn about interaction between dogs and what they get up to. Learn about what normal play is and why they do it. Just as children have their favorite games like ‘hide and seek’ and ‘tag’, dogs too have their favorites. Here are a few:


This is a great favorite as dogs essentially love to run and chase each other. It’s also one of the reasons though that there are separate areas for large and smaller dogs as a large dog chasing a small one may instinctively start believing he is ‘hunting’ the smaller animal. A tense jaw, wide eyes, and tucked in tail can tell you that the dog being chased may not be enjoying himself, so look out for these signs, but remember our experts are always monitoring the play.

Face biting

Again there is absolutely no cause for alarm if you see this, as it is quite a natural game amongst dogs. Even if they are growling and showing teeth this is normal play amongst socialized dogs. The more dogs get to know each other usually, the rougher the play. As long as front legs are bent, ears are floppy and relaxed and heads turned sideways to one another the dogs are just having fun.

Tug of war

Tugging and pulling another dog has nothing to do with dominance but is purely about the enjoyment that dogs associate with tugging. Owners will know this from just letting a dog bite onto something and see how he loves to pull it away from you. The play is always safe if the dogs avoid direct eye contact and have heads turned a bit away from each other.

The most important thing to remember is that even if there are occasional ‘incidents’ just as there are with children in the playground, your dog should not lose out on having this vital play time because of them. Bring them along, invite some friends and enjoy your ‘Open play’ time together.

Saturdays and Sundays – Events and Parties

Visit our Dog Events and Meetup page for details about reserving our facility for you and your pooch’s parties and special events.

You can also call us at 773-533-5959

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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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