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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

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.

Jessica Morales

Jessica Morales

Dog Trainer

Jessica Morales

Jessica is a native of Aurora, Illinois, and has a big love for dogs, especially large active breeds!
She has two dogs of her own that she trains in high energy sports such as Dock Diving and PSA, a protection sport. Her Cane Corso, Kovu, is a service dog and her German Shepherd, Akuma, is currently training in Schutzhund (IGP) a protective bite sport.

Her focus as a trainer at K9 University Chicago will be with our Day Trains, Board & Trains and Private Lesson programs. She has significant experience with many of the larger breeds that can be a bit more challenging to train, but of course she welcomes all breeds and can’t resist a puppy!

As a certified NAVC Canine Nutrition Coach, Jessica is happy to share her knowledge and expertise to help you optimize specific fitness and nutritional goals for your dog so they can live their best possible life, healthy and happy!

Ryan Kamm

Ryan Kamm

Dog Trainer

Ryan Kamm

Ryan, a native Chicagoan and dog trainer since 2012, has a passion to understand dogs with special needs and a commitment to help their families provide them with the best care and life possible.

As a trainer at K9 University Chicago Ryan focuses on rehabilitating dogs that are reactive and have specific aggressions or triggers. His work allows these dogs to become more confident and comfortable around other dogs and people.

This work is highly specialized and rewarding but also critically important in a city that has so many dogs living together in close proximity with distractions that can easily become reactivity triggers for dogs that may have been abused or not socialized.

Ryan runs our Social Rehabilitation Group for dogs that need to play away from the main daycare groups. He often brings his own dogs, all rescues; Zedah, a Dogo Argentino, Maya, an American Staffordshire Terrier, and Spyro, an American Bully, to help teach the other dogs how to successfully play and cohabitate in a group setting.

Ryan also works with clients offering Board & Train packages and private training sessions.

What Do We Need to Get Started with Training

The followings are the required Vaccinations for any K9U service: Distemper, Parvo, Rabies, Bordatella, H3N2, Lepto. We recommend fecal test done every few months. 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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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.

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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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    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