Dog Training in River North
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Dog Training in River North

Located on the Near North Side of Downtown Chicago, River North is a bustling and vibrant area of the city. Well known for its exciting nightlife, entertainment and cultural facilities (such as House of Blues), business and technology (it houses the headquarters of Group on and Trump Towers) as well as affluent residential buildings, it’s a great place to live, work and play.

If you live in this area and have a pet, you should strongly consider dog training in River North to ensure the safety of your furry companion when you are out-and-about together on the city streets. Being knocked down by a passing vehicle or getting lost in the milling crowds is a sad reality for dogs that have not undergone thorough obedience training.

K9 boot camp makes for happy pets

Our dog boot camp teaches your dog the valuable skills they need to keep safe on the busy streets of Chicago. Dogs that undergo our training are well behaved and happy: they understand that you’re ‘the boss’. Our dog training program also strengthens the bond between you and your dog.

Dog boarding and training for puppies and older dogs

Our puppy boot camp is a great place to ensure your dog receives basic obedience training:

  • Learning to focus,
  • To come when called,
  • To walk on a leash, and
  • To follow orders such as sit, stay, down etc.

Further lessons include:

  • Dog agility (to teach you and your dog how to work as a team)
  • K9 nose work (fun exercises to develop your dog’s sense of smell), and
  • Life skills such as riding in a car and socializing with other dogs and people.

We accept both puppies and older dogs who have not been trained. Our dog boot camp includes private lessons at K9 whilst boarding. So, you can be assured that your dog receives superb one-on-one training in a safe environment with all the perks of our exceptional boarding facilities.

More than training – our full range of services

In addition to dog training, we also offer a variety of other services:

  • Doggy Daycare:
    Ensures your dogs are safe, happy and stimulated while you’re at work.
  • Pickup and drop off:
    It’s like the school bus for your dog. We can provide transportation to and from daycare, throughout various areas of Chicago’s Near North Side.
  • Dog grooming:
    Our grooming services include brushing and bathing, hair removal, stripping and nail trimming – everything needed to ensure that your dog is clean and well groomed.

Why choose K9 University for your dog?

Just like you, we only want the best for your dog. Our expert dog trainers have many years of experience and understand dog behavior: they are firm, yet, loving and kind.

At K9 University, we have excellent dog training and boarding facilities. Included are:

  • 3,500 square feet of climate controlled, padded and comfortable space for dogs of all sizes and abilities, and
  • 2 safe, fenced and secured outdoor play areas.


Do you offer private dog training lessons?
Yes. Our private dog training is arranged to suit your schedule. It is a quick and convenient way to teach your dog good behavior. Classes can be scheduled with boarding, day care or even at your home!

How many classes should I attend with my puppy?
Puppy Classes run over 5 weeks, with one lesson per week.

Do you offer in-home training for dogs?
While we encourage interaction and socialization between dogs, we fully understand that there are owners who don’t have time for regularly scheduled dog training classes. So, why not give us a call to discuss your needs.

What is positive reinforcement dog training?
Positive reinforcement dog training uses praise and treats to reward your dog when they do what you want them to.

I have two dogs – should they be trained together?
Yes. It is advisable for both to learn new skills and good behavior at the same time. Else you’ll have one pooch being a bad influence when the other one gets home again

To find out more about our puppy boot camp and dog training in River North, feel free to contact us today and schedule a free evaluation with our trainer.

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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 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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