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Puppy Training

Positive Training for Special Pooches!

Puppies, just like very young children, need special attention and we at K9 University are aware of the special needs of our puppies. Our Puppy classes therefore are specifically designed for puppies 10 weeks to 5 months old and ensure that these very young students become happy, healthy, polite and housebroken pets you’ll be proud of.

Throughout this positive puppy training course, we use Clicker reward-based methods to build foundation skills and channel energy into rewarding tasks. You will develop a strong bond with your new puppy through learning and conducting specialized puppy training. Our Puppy Class includes Free Puppy Play to help ‘socialize’ your dog. We then lay a foundation for good behavior by focusing on three key areas

  1. Basic obedience
  2. Manners
  3. Socialization

Puppy Training Class Schedule

Start Date#of WeeksDayTimeCostDesc
August 14, 20205Friday4:45 pm - 5:45 pm$1756 months and younger
August 22, 20205Saturday9:00 am - 10:00 am$1756 months and younger
August 27, 20205Thursday4:45 pm-5:45 pm$1756 months and younger
September 12, 20205Saturday2:00 pm-3:00 pm$1756 months and younger
September 16, 20205Wednesday7:15 pm - 8:15 pm$1756 months and younger
September 24, 20205Thursday6:00 pm-7:00 pm$1756 months and younger
October 3, 20205Saturday9:00 am - 10:00 am$1756 months and younger
October 9, 20205Friday6:00 pm - 7:00 pm$1756 months and younger
October 20, 20205Tuesday6:00 pm - 7:00 pm$1756 months and younger
October 22, 20205Thursday7:15 pm- 8:15 pm$1756 months and younger
November 3, 20205Tuesday7:15 pm - 8:15 pm$1756 months and younger
November 4, 20205Wednesday7:15 pm - 8:15 pm$1756 months and younger

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

Puppy Classes Price

Puppy Training Class @ K9U Chicago#of WeeksCost
One Dog and Handler5$175.00

 

Puppy Training Provides a Solid Foundation, Confidence, and Trust

Puppy Training is a matter of equipping your young dog with the skills he or she needs to be successful in your life requires and building trust and positive communication. Dogs will repeat behaviors they are rewarded for consistently.  We shape basic desired behaviors at the start for a happy, well mannered, and healthy dog, including:

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

Puppy Training Syllabus

Basic Obedience

  • Name recognition
  • Watch
  • Come
  • Sit and down
  • Walking on leash (loose leash training)
  • Come/recall
  • Leave it

Learning Manners

  • Mouthing
  • Barking
  • House-breaking
  • Crate training
  • Jumping

Socialization

  • Proper play

Primary Method:   Clicker Training & Positive Reinforcement

Puppy Training Syllabus

What Do We Need to Get Started with Training

First round of Booster Vaccines.
Please bring your doggy's favorite treats to give them during training and 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.
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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!

Ryan Kamm

Ryan Kamm

Dog Trainer

Ryan Kamm

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.

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Get Ready for Puppy Training, Chicago!

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

We will show you how to always be positive, patient and under control. Never using harsh words or hitting the pup. Building these foundations will give lasting results. Once you and your pup 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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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.

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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