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
Meet Our Trainers
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.
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.
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.
Nadine worked for a professional trainer for nearly two and a half years before been welcomed to K9 University. While there she worked with a variety of breeds with a wide range of behavioral issues, including, basic obedience, dog reactivity, house manners, pulling on lead, fearfulness, and human reactivity. In addition, she has volunteered at a shelter for animals for 3 years interacting with multiple dogs. As a trainer, one of her favorite areas to work on with client dogs is good manners on a walk. She is also very passionate about building motivation in the dog. The more motivation a dog has to do something, the more solid that behavior will be. She is always looking for new innovations and techniques in order to stay up to date in her field.
What Do We Need to Get Started with Training
- Be sure we have a profile for you and your pouch in our system by registering online.
- Upload vaccination records to your online profile.
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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.