Puppy Training

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 10, 20195Saturday9:00 - 10:00 am$1756 months and younger
August 10, 20195Saturday12:45 - 1:45 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

Breed#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

Trainer:   Judy Louis, Specialist in Clicker Training

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

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.

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

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K9U Chicago Waiver

K9U Chicago Waiver

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 doggo 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's parent 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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