Dog Swimming – DRAFT

Indoor Dog Swimming

For Dogs Who love to Splash – Our Partnership with Doggy Paddle

We all know the benefits of swimming for people, and it is also a great healthy exercise for our darling pets. We are very excited about the partnership we formed in 2017 with Chicago’s largest dog swimming facility, Doggy Paddle, to offer K9U Chicago daycare and Boarding clients with an opportunity to add indoor dog swimming to their K9U Chicago experience.

Why Swimming Is Good for Dogs:

Indoor swimming is a low-impact aerobic exercise that promotes physical and psychological well-being that can be enjoyed throughout the year. Additional benefits include:

  • Enhanced respiratory functions
  • Improved flexibility and mobility
  • Reduced inflammation
  • Stronger muscle and bone mass
  • Increased circulation
  • Weight loss
  • Mental stimulation
  • Reduce stress and anxiety

Weekly Dog Swimming Trip Schedule

We take daycare or boarding dogs to Doggy Paddle in our K9U Chicago vans only on Wednesday mornings for a swim session. Space is limited and advanced registration is required. Book your pup’s space now! All vaccination and medical information for each participating dog will be communicated to Doggy Paddle in advance so they are aware of any existing or special conditions.

There is an additional $30 fee for round trip transportation to Doggy Paddle and the supervised 30-minute swim session. All dogs must be K9U Chicago daycare dogs to participate in the additional swim session option.

Dogs will be introduced to the pools individually to assess their reaction to swimming indoors. After the first session it will be determined if some dogs can swim with other dogs in the same pool in a small playgroup or if they should swim alone with a trained Doggy Paddle instructor.

Doggy Paddle Swimming Terms and Requirements

  • Eliminate waste before entering the water or indoor facility
  • Be sure the dog is current on all required vaccines.
  • Notify facility staff of any medical conditions if your dog is swimming under the supervision of trained instructors.

We love seeing the dogs enjoy this fitness option. If you are wondering if this is right for your dog, please read our dog indoor swimming blog and feel free to call us for a consultation.

What Do We Need to Get Started with Training

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.
>> CLICK TO DOWNLOAD K9U CHICAGO WAIVER FORM
Please review the Waiver Form here. You will sign the form electronically when you register online.

Be sure to review our Training FAQs for helpful information for you and your dog.

  1. Be sure we have a profile for you and your pouch in our system by registering online.
  2. Upload vaccination records to your online profile.
After that you will be able to place your reservation online. This will also give us the information we need to expedite the intake process.
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Meet Our Trainers

Judy Louis

Judy Louis

Head Dog Trainer

Judy Louis

Judy Louis is a certified clicker trainer – certified by Karen Pryor Academy. Her goal is to develop the incredible human /animal bond using clicker training. Judy uses positive reinforcement techniques to teach socialization and behavior skills for both her human and canine clients. She will help you successfully integrate your dog or puppy into your home and lifestyle. Judy coaches clients in the comfort of their homes, in small group classes, in board & train programs or via day training based on their desired environment and needs of the animal. Her clients receive daily videos to observe the techniques and cues that are being used to train their dog, and to monitor progress. The videos are invaluable, especially once the training is complete, as they allow you to view them again as needed, ensuring a lifetime of reinforcing positive behaviors and communicating effectively with your furry friend.

Training Options Available: Board & Train, Day Training, Private In-Home Training and Small Group Obedience Training Classes.

Josh Crowley

Josh Crowley

Dog Trainer

Josh Crowley

My journey to the world of dog training was one of not only love, but necessity. My wife and I got our first pup, Newkie, over 10 years ago while in our mid-twenties. She is a beautiful Chow-chow/Australian Sheppard mix who was 8 weeks old at the time. This may come as a surprise, but those weren’t the most responsible years of our lives. Lucky for us she is awesome. Fast-forward 8 years when we finally decide to expand our pack. I was older, wiser, and more responsible. I planned to do this one “by the book”. Newkie came out great with little effort so this is going to be a piece of cake…right? Wrong. Enter 8-week-old Chow-Chow mix, The Fuzz. She is quite possibly the cutest, softest and most innocent looking dog on the planet. Alas, she was the anti- Newkie. Her leash reactivity to other dogs was off the charts. She tore up the wallpaper and trim. She constantly pestered poor Newk. She even ate her own poop! EWWW!!! How could this be? I took it upon myself to figure this out. I got a library card and read every dog-training book I could get my hands on. I volunteered at a local no-kill rescue, PAWS Chicago. I learned about the power of marker training and counter-conditioning. I’ll never forget the day we started to seek other dogs out on walks rather than avoid them. Clicker training then led me to a technique known as shaping, which I used to teach Newkie how to put her toys away. Sooo…if I can teach the “good one” to put her toys away and the “crazy one” to not be crazy, I think I may have found my calling. We have since rescued a 3-year- old male pitty, named Sir Licks A Lot, whom we call SirLee. I strive to help all dogs, from The Fuzz to Newkie, to teach them how to be a dog in our crazy human world. And to help their humans better understand them along the way. Dogs are amazing and have taught me so much; it only seems fair I return the favor. Wag On.

In an effort to help create a “liveable dog,” Josh regularly addresses anything from basic puppy obedience to severe reactivity and everything in between.

Richard Trostel

Richard Trostel

Dog Trainer/Handler

Richard Trostel

Richard began his career working with animals as a volunteer at Chicago Animal Care and Control. As a volunteer he focused his energy on rehabilitating shy, withdrawn, abused and neglected dogs and quickly became an advanced handler and part of the Safe Humane Chicago program.

His duties with the program involved manners class (basic obedience to Safe Humane Chicago court case dogs), playgroup (introducing dogs for canine interaction from all CACC kennels), and teaching youth offenders as well as detainees to understand canine body language and interaction as well as teach basic obedience.

Since then, Richard has honed his understanding of canine interaction as a play lot employee with five years of experience supervising both high-volume and smaller structured playgroups. As a trainer, he has continued his dedication to working with shy, withdrawn, and reactive dogs and reforming trouble behaviors using positive rewardbased training treating every dog as a unique individual with it’s own needs and personality.

Richard’s specialties include Socialization, Obedience Training, Loose Leash Walking and Leash Reactivity.

Justin Wilcox

Justin Wilcox

Dog Trainer

Justin Wilcox

Justin began his training career with working dogs. His ultimate goal is to create clear communication with the dogs in his care and to properly educate both the dogs and their handlers. Justin has a young high energy Malinois named Cora and Justin has used his skills to train her using positive training methods to impact her life in meaningful ways. Justin begins each training session using an open mind without any preconceived ideas about a specific breed or age of a dog. This approach greatly improves the chances of success for both the dogs and their families.

Justin offers services in all areas of Obedience Training, Puppy Foundational Training, In-Home Training and helps those clients with Prep for Canine Good Citizen Training.

Mary Pat Jones

Mary Pat Jones

Dog Trainer

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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 doggo 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's parent 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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