K9 Training

K9 Training at K9U Chicago

Dog training is strongly recommended by many veterinarians. At K9U Chicago we believe training is necessary for the safety of your pet and those around you in a busy city like Chicago. We provide K9 training classes at every level of ability. We practice positive behavioral training methods to build and nurture desired behavior and build the confidence of your dog.

We speak the language of dogs. We train dogs by educating people. We believe the best way to build a bond between a dog and its family is to share knowledge about dog behavior and dog body language. Our training programs take many forms including classes, private sessions, and boot camps:

  • We offer group classes for puppies and adult dogs.
  • We have board and train programs that help establish a strong foundation on which to build future skills.
  • We offer day train packages to reinforce learning.
  • We provide specialized training to work on select areas like leash reactivity and separation anxiety.

Our expert trainers work with you to help your dogs reach their full potential either in a group setting or private lessons. They work with dogs of all ages (puppies and adults) and tailor the training and group classes to the dog’s individual needs and age. Our spacious, padded and climate-controlled 8,000 sf indoor facility provides plenty of room for dogs at every level of ability.

We offer a wide range of dog training options to provide you and your dog the best education, tools and training at all stages.

  • Group classes aimed at every stage of your dog’s life
  • Puppy training to give your sweet puppy a great start
  • Group obedience classes for behavior modification
  • Advanced obedience work to hone in on good dog citizen manners
  • Intensive bootcamps for transformative results
  • Focused daycare-and-train daycamps
  • Specialized nose work, agility, or group socialization programs
  • Private one-on-one training at our facility or at home

Puppy Training

Puppy Training

Basic Obedience Training

Basic Obedience Training

Intermediate Obedience Training

 Intermediate Obedience Training

Dog Boarding and Training

 Dog Boarding and Training

Day Camp Training Academy

Day Camp Training Academy

Free Puppy Play

Free Puppy Play

K9 Nose Work

K9 Nose Work

Leash Reactivity Management

Leash Reactivity Management

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

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.
  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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Tailored Activities

Tailored Activities

From Treadmill Time for a little exercise, to Ball fetching to sharpen coordination and attention.
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Focused Training and Socialization

Focused Training and Socialization

for dogs that need help getting along with others. The Dog Group Play Conditioning program is designed to develop mental strength and coach the dog to play with other dogs with respect.
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Indoor Swimming

Indoor Swimming

We are very excited to offer clients an opportunity to add indoor swimming to their K9U Chicago experience through our partnership with Doggy Paddle.
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Day Camp Academy

Day Camp Academy

Individualized day training through our Day Camp academy program for your dog to work on specific socialization or basic obedience skills while he or she enjoys daycare. We find that this is an effective way to implement training for continuous behavior improvement.
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Get Ready for Dog Training, Chicago!

Our talented dog trainers care about dogs and their owners and will work tirelessly to achieve exceptional results. With each group class or private session our goal is for you and your dog to have a fun, successful experience while learning obedience or addresses any special challenges you may be experiencing with your dog of any age.

Watch Training Videos

Watch Training Videos

K9U Chicago Waiver

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Give your Dog the Gift of Great Training to Become a Great Pooch

Improve your relationship with your pup, develop their manners, and build their confidence with the right dog training program as K9U Chicago.

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.

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