About Us

The main philosophy at Bark University, Inc. is to provide the best possible care for your pet in a professional yet caring way.  Our facility is designed in two sections: a spacious play area covered in rubber flooring for soft landings while playing and a comfortable boarding kennel for your dog's overnight stay. Special care is taken to ensure your pet has all the comforts of home while staying with us here at BU.


Bark University, Inc. was established in the spring of 2013 by Candy Oppman, owner and operator of both Bark University, Inc. and Candy's K9's. Candy has over 15 years of pet care experience with an expertise in canine behavior and training. She has trained dogs with a variety of behaviors, saving many from possible euthanisa. Candy's unmatched dedication to dogs is inspiring; rescuing and rehoming an average of 20 dogs a year for the past 15 years. If you are ever in need of in-home pet care services, contact Candy for services through Candy's K9s.


Our groomer, Annie Kane, is trained in the latest grooming techniques and our salon boasts the latest in pet-care hygiene equipment. With over 17 years of experience, Annie has background grooming every kind of dog, including those that have required tranquilizers in the past. Her energy calms the animals in an otherwise stressful situation. She can groom anything from the tiniest kitten to a Newfoundland and anything in between. Annie's passion for the animals is unsurpassed; demonstrated by the donation of her services to over 100 rescue dogs needing some grooming love each year.


Bark U is blessed to have two trainers, Candy being the first and Kseniya Tspisis is our second. Kseniya's compassion for animals is unsurpassed. With over 15 dogs and 15 cats coming through her home every year, Kseniya was compelled to go through the process of starting her own non-profit rescue. Although the process was arduous, Kseniya was successful and is now the director of Redempetion Road Rehab Rescue, Inc. A certified trainer, she has rehabilitated over 70 dogs in her lifetime. 


Make an Appointment Today!

Please call (847) 367-9000 or use our contact form.

Our Hours

Mon-Fri 6:30 A.M.- 6:30 P.M.

Saturday  9 A.M.- 5 P.M.

Sunday 9 A.M. - 2 P.M.

Closed everyday from

12 - 1 P.M. for naptime

Training Tip









Bark U Training Tip #25:


Learn dog body language. This is incredibly important in being able to tell that your dog is not comfortable with the situation he or she is in. You don't want the negative implications that come with your dog feeling uncomfortable meeting a new dog or person. Forcing the issue can lead to a negative reaction in the moment and longer term issues down the line.


Learn more about training at Bark U here and click here to view our current training schedule

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