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Stress Free Puppy

Stress Free Puppy is an intensive program using relatable everyday situations designed to help your puppy, or young dog, accept new experiences without feeling anxious, nervous or stressful.  Our goal is to give you to the knowledge and tools to confidently guide your puppy, or young dog, into a happy well adjusted life. This is especially important in a busy city like Chicago.

Many puppies and young dogs feel uncomfortable with new or unfamiliar situations.

  • Does your pet seem fearful at the vet?
  • Is your dog afraid of going to the groomer?
  • Do you have to struggle to trim nails, use a brush or dryer after a bath?
  • Do unfamiliar people or situations cause stress and anxiety?

It doesn’t have to be this way. You’ll learn the skills to make these encounters a fun activity that your puppy accepts and even enjoys.

This class is all about making meeting new people, having new experiences and making the unknown a fun adventure. During this 5-week course your puppy or young dog will learn the skills needed to accept unfamiliar situations and handling without fear or stress!

Skills and Behaviors Covered in the Stress Free Puppy Class

Skills Learned

  • Nail trimming & brushing
  • Oral medication giving
  • Body exam & vaccinations
  • Weighing and table standing
  • Lying on side
  • Wearing muzzle

Behaviors Trained

  • Chin rest hold
  • Offering feet
  • Standing on cue with duration
  • Place on mat for scales and tables
  • Targeting
  • Side lying

Stress Free Puppy Class Schedule

Start Date#of WeeksDayTimeCostDescription
May 8, 20215Saturday9:00 am - 10:30 am$200Session duration is 1.5 hours. Up to 6 dogs per class.

Stress Free Puppy Class Price

Stress Free Puppy @ K9u Chicago#Of WeeksCost
One Dog and Handler5$200.00

K9U Chicago offers a variety of personalized or group training programs for dogs.

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.
Don’t feed you dog his/her regular feeding prior to class or feed a very reduced amount. Don’t burn them out with an excessively long walk/run or play session.
Flat Collar, buckle or martingale style or a working harness. No head halters, choke chains or prong collars during the runs, OK to use to and from the work area if needed. Leash, 6 feet or longer, lightweight leather or nylon. No chains or retractable. Treats/Toys, whatever your dog finds as HIGH value. Avoid crumbly type treats. Treat bag, to hold the treats, no plastic baggies. We have treat bags if needed.
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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!

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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Why Our Clients Love Us

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.
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.
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.
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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.

      Neutered/Spayed

      Dog Gender

      Day CampPrivate Session at K9UPrivate In-HomeGroup Classes10 Day Board & Train2 Week Board & Train3 Week Board & Train4 Week Board & TrainUNDECIDED