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Basic Obedience Training for Dogs and Handlers

When their best behavior could be better

Basic Obedience Training for dogs and handlers who need to start at the beginning, this class teaches the basic skills: sit, down, stand, stay, come, watch, touch and leave it while exploring the use of markers in training. The handler learns how basic cues can help with good manners and proper leash walking. Designed for dogs five months and older, this class will provide the handler and dog a foundation for further learning.

Basic obedience training for dogs as well as puppy training is a matter of equipping your dog with the skills he or she needs to be successful in your life. We shape basic desired behaviors for a happy, well mannered, and healthy dog.

If you are looking for more advanced training, please check our Intermediate Dog Obedience Training class. If you’re looking to start your puppy off on the road to good obedience, start with our Puppy Training (for dog up to 6 months of age).

Basic Obedience Training Objectives

  • Teaching overly enthusiastic dogs how to be calm & relax
  • Paying attention to the handler
  • Teaching duration behavior
  • Walking in position of a leash
  • Managing attention getting behaviors such as jumping, barking, etc.
  • Teaching your house rules

Basic Obedience Training Class Schedule

Start Date#of WeeksDayTimeCostDesc
March 23, 20215Tuesday4:45 pm - 5:45 pm$1756 months and older – BASIC CLASS
April 7, 20215Wednesday7:15 pm - 8:15 pm$1756 months and older – BASIC CLASS
April 15, 20215Thursday6:00 pm - 7:00 pm$1756 months and older – BASIC CLASS
April 23, 20215Friday6:00 pm - 7:00 pm$1756 months and older – BASIC CLASS
May 19 , 20215Wednesday7:15 pm - 8:15 pm$1756 months and older – BASIC CLASS
May 27, 20215Thursday7:15 pm - 8:15 pm$1756 months and older – BASIC CLASS

Please ask to be placed on a waiting list if the Basic Obedience Training class is full.  We may be able to add another class offering based on demand.

Basic Obedience Class Price

Basic Obedience Class @ K9U Chicago
One Dog and Handler
5 weeks$175.00

Basic Obedience Training for Dogs Syllabus

Basic Skills

  • Watch
  • Sit
  • Come
  • Down
  • Stay
  • Stand
  • Touch

Learning Manners

  • Jumping up
  • Sit to greet
  • Barking
  • Proper leash behavior

Managing Distractions

  • Proper
  • Settle
  • Sit-Down-Stay with increased
  • Distractions
  • Leave it
Basic dog obedience training Syllabus - K9U Chicago

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.
Please bring your doggy's favorite treats to give them during training and the dog leash. Treats should be softer and have a smell/high reward.
No, your doggy can only get individual training or you might be interested in Dog Group Social Activity.
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

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!

Gabrielle Plascak

Gabrielle Plascak

Dog Trainer

Gabrielle Plascak, CPDT-KA

Gabrielle has spent the last 18 years of her life not only training dogs, but training humans to train their dogs! Competing in 4-H obedience kick started her life long journey into the world of canine behavior. She is now certified under the Counsel of Certified Professional Dog Trainers, a Certified Fear Free Animal Trainer with Fear Free Pets , and a mentor trainer for aspiring trainers through CATCH Canine Trainers Academy.

Gabrielle is always attending workshops, expos, and seminars on positive reinforcement training to ensure she is bringing you the latest and most updated ways to handle your doggo struggles.

Gabrielle has worked under other well-known trainers and performed training & canine behavior evaluations for multiple shelters, boarding facilities and vet clinics. She has dedicated her life to studying and teaching positive reinforcement and fear free handling/training to help improve the human/canine bond in the least invasive ways.

Gabrielle specializes in lifestyle coaching to help you and your dog grow and learn together in whatever way your lifestyle needs. She loves helping you through life with your dog starting from breed selections, breeder selections, puppy upbringing and to all other training needs to build a dog that fits in your personal life! She loves working with children and families to set them up for success because, as a mother herself, she knows how much work raising children and pups together can be!

Already have a dog that is proving to be unruly and not exactly the best companion yet? Gabrielle can help you make necessary adjustments and implement the proper training tactics to help you enjoy your dog! Cooperative care for veterinary and grooming needs is another topic Gabrielle excels in and can help you and your dog relieve tons of stress with routine husbandry tasks.

Gabrielle enjoys spending time with her family including her own springer spaniels Bobo & Belle.

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.

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Get Ready for Basic Obedience Training, Chicago!

When you bring your puppy to K9 University Chicago, we ‘take the lead’ to help you with your pooch’s training, and equip you with useful advice every new dog owner can use at home.

We will show you how to always be positive, patient and under control. You will learn how to correctly reward good behavior and build trust and effective communication. Remember, dogs repeat behaviors that they are rewarded for consistently. Building the foundations for obedience will give you lasting results. Once you and your pooch have mastered the basics, we’ll have you ready for success with more advanced dog training.

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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