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Arlington Heights Animal Behaviorists

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Scott The Dog Guy
4.9
from 183 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 359 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Katty G.
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Great experience! Scott is very knowledgeable about dog behavior. He walked in and immediately began working with our stubborn beagle/bulldog mix. It has only been 3 days since our 1st training sessions and we are seeing a big difference already! Thanks Scott!

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  • 34 years in business
  • 126 hires on Thumbtack
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Dove R.
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Sherry is a wonderful trainer as well as a wonderful person. She was extremely responsive as I was able to meet with her shortly after our initial conversation. After only two sessions, I have already noticed differences in my dog's behavior and look forward to our next in home visit.

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Dog Obedience by Gina, LLC
5.0
from 29 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 52 hires on Thumbtack
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Danielle N.
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Gina was fabulous! I love that she provided weekly lesson plans that explained each command and when to start relying more on verbal rewards instead of treats. She had a good relationship with my pup and I saw a lot of progress during our time working with her and since. Various behaviors that were problematic were addressed and I noticed improvements quickly. We had previously done a 6 week course through a pet store with no where near the results we had from our 6 weeks with Gina. I am so thrilled in the investment we made with our time and money in selecting to hire DOG!

Who Let the Dogs Out
5.0
from 25 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 57 hires on Thumbtack
Dawn M.
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Belinda is amazing!!! She does a wonderful job with both our dogs! She's even made them peanut butter puppy cookies. She gives us daily updates after her visit and sends photos. She even started training our one pup to sit before crossing the street! She is reliable, professional, trustworthy and a genuine lover of animals. Belinda is the best!

Sunset Training Center
4.9
from 25 reviews
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
Katherine F.
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I was looking for a high-quality dog trainer for my new puppy and am so happy I found Claudia. The one-on-one sessions allow us to cover a lot of ground and move at our own pace. She is very patient with me as I learn all about my dog and her behaviors. She really gives you insight into dog psychology and behavior and I finally feel like my puppy and I are speaking the same language! After the first session, my puppy was already more responsive at home and a much better walker. Looking forward to learning more with Claudia.

The Educated Canine
4.5
from 16 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Donna B.
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Leslie has really made a difference in our dog's behavior. We are so pleased. She really knows how to handle dogs and teach us how to as well!

BFF Dog Academy
4.7
from 15 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
Jess N.
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Leslie helped me learn how to train my dog, Velvet, to pass the Canine Good Citizen test. Using Leslie's training techniques, I was able to dedicate time outside of the class to really help my dog learn new behaviors.

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K9 Tutoring
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
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Michael C.
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Scott was great with my dog Theo. K9 tutoring provides a great environment for learning. After two days of training we could see the difference in Theo's behavior. In addition, Scott gave us the tools to continue his training on our own. I would highly recommend K9 tutoring.

Andrea Kutzko Dog Trainer
4.9
from 14 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Heather G.
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She had a creative idea of how to occupy my puppy when I cant watch him with putting things in his kong that I wouldn't of thought. She also showed me a great way to help my puppy learn to walk on a leash without tugging. She helped me with jumping on people which I had an idea of this but it was good to hear her tell me what I thought was right. She also told me when you tell him to do a behavior and right when he does it say Yes and reward. I already knew that and was using that but I'm glad we were on the same page.

  • 17 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Michelle D.
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Marty is awesome! He listened to our concerns and helped to correct our dog's behavior, using positive reinforcement. He also took care of our dogs when we went on vacation. My dogs are so happy to see Marty, they shower him with kisses! I would highly recommend Marty and Black Dog K9 Training.

  • 4 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Jaime L.
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Nicole at Great Pet Vacations was a Godsend to our family. Our 14 month old yorkie poo was disobedient and had awful manners. We did not have the skills to change the situation. In June, we did 9 days of board and train with Nicole and we all were amazed at the initial results. Cocoa immediately was more reliable with potty training, would not cry in her cage and did not attempt to escape her pen. In July, she went back for the additional 12 days of the board and train program and can now sit, lay, target, walk on a leash, leave an item alone and is a calmer more obedient dog. Nicole is a miracle worker and takes her time demonstrating how to continue working on reinforcing the behavior with the owners to ensure continued success at home. She spent more than an hour with us at the intake consultation in order to understand our training goals. In addition, she spent more than 2 hours upon exit. It is clear she loves the animals she cares for, treats boarded dogs as her own, and is a superb dog trainer. This experience was every thing I hoped for and more than I expected. We plan to continue training sessions with Nicole and give her our highest recommendation to others.

  • 41 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Nessa B.
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Looking for an EXCELLENT dog trainer? Ms. Jo is the one you’re looking for! She’s beyond the ordinary doggie trainer. She shapes and molds the minds of dogs to conform to their parent(s) while efficiently teaching parents the do’s and don’ts to having a good dog. Got a new puppy and don’t know what to do? Ms. Jo can FIX THAT! Is your dog biting your fingers? Ms. Jo can FIX THAT within 1 session! Potty training not going well? Ms. Jo can FIX THAT! Your dog has behavior issues? Ms. Jo can diagnosis and FIX THAT! Need to get away and no dog sitter? Ms. Jo can FIX THAT! Ms. Jo is…  Extremely knowledgeable about every breed and their behaviors.  Effectively teaches parent(s) how to bond with their dog.  Incredibly patient with parent and dog.  Economically reasonable.  Exceptionally clean and secure facility. There are a plenty of how to videos and books on the market, but Ms. Jo gives you a personal touch in a group setting. Her classes are not just informative, but FUN. Best of all, your dog will LOVE HER.

Pet Care, Walker & Sitter
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 11 years in business
Laura M.
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Cristiana has sat and walked my dog numerous times. She's trustworthy, consistent, and lives animals! Highly recommended!

Stephanie Williams
5.0
from 1 review
  • 3 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
About

I am an empath . I have always felt a connection to nature and have had animals and reptiles surround me and "speak" with of course non verbal cues .

Comfy K9's
5.0
from 1 review
    Amanda A.
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    In the first year of his life, my Great Dane had worked his way through two dog trainers and five dog walkers. The latest trainer- a certified animal behaviorist, had recommended we put out 9 month old puppy on prozac. My husband and I were against the idea, but decided to have the conversation with our vet. He absolutely refused and then recommended we talk to Kyra. Fast forward two years. Thanks to Kyra (and Comfy K9s) we watched our misunderstood, misbehaved puppy grow into a respectful, loving, well behaved family member. When it comes to training, except to work. Kyra takes her role very seriously. She won’t let you fail your dog. The number one thing that separates her from any other trainer, behaviorist, dog walker- I've worked with is her passion. She wants to help and she'll get it done any way it takes. She reads. She studies. She asks questions. The training is customized to your dog’s individual needs. And, she truly cares about you and your dog. When everyone gave up on our dog, she was there. She’s reliable. I know I can call her anytime and Comfy K9s will take care of us. (They're actually on my emergency contact list!) Kyra is trustworthy. She’s genuine. She will make your dog shine.

    About

    I would love to help assist fellow dog owners to bridge that gap between master and pack member at an affordable price. To own and care for a dog is already expensive enough, so paying for a professional trainer is often discouraging and can lead to many outcomes including negative behavior in both dog and human, neglect, abandonment, stress in both dog and human etc. My goal is to eliminate anything blocking the natural connection between you and your canine companion.

    About

    We have been providing family-friendly pet dog training for puppies and dogs for over 20 years. Our methods utilize positive reinforcement and build a relationship between you and your dog. We also offer continuing classes, private sessions, behavior consultations, agility, scent work, rally and more.

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    I walk the dogs as many times needed. I work with anything. I have to feed them if needed or shower them, and I play with them.

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    I provide pet services. I do dog and cat sitting, feeding, walking, exercising and playing. I am a very trustworthy animal lover. I will keep your pets happy and safe.

    About

    I'll keep a watch on all pants. I am great with animals. I listen to all my customers, and I always do what I'm just told.

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    I am an experienced animal care taker. I am available to care for your pet when needed. I can come to your home to care for your pet while you're away. If it's one day or longer, I can do light grooming, such as baths, combing, and nail trims in your home to make your pet more comfortable. I'm also qualified to medications, if your pet needs that while you're away. I'm also available to come and care for the new puppy that needs care while you're at work.

    Q & A

    Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

    How old should a puppy be for training?

    Dog training shouldn’t wait until you’re having behavior problems. If you get a new puppy, start from the beginning with professional training to give both you and your puppy the tools you need for a healthy relationship. Dog training is as much about teaching the owner how to interact with their new dog as it is about the dog learning to behave. Puppy training can start as early as eight weeks old. Trainers who offer puppy training programs may works specifically with dogs between the ages of 8 and 18 weeks old. Trainers can teach owners about potty training and how to deal with accidents, working with separation anxiety, and training your pooch out of destructive behaviors like chewing, biting and demand barking. Puppies will start to learn to walk on-leash and other basic skills.

    In addition to behavior training, socializing your puppy is an important part of dog training. Socializing your dog means they become comfortable and confident in a variety of settings and have a great foundation for becoming a well-adjusted adult dog. After your puppy has had the proper vaccinations, you can start to introduce it to a variety of different dogs and people in safe settings.

    Which dog training method is best?

    The best type of dog training for both you and your dog depends on the outcomes you hope to achieve. If you want your dog to learn agility training, go to someone who specializes in those techniques. Regardless of whether you want your dog to learn basic behavior or competitive-level tricks, the majority of dog training is actually about training the owner how to communicate with their dog. Most professional dog trainers agree that a model of training based on positive reinforcement breeds a happy, healthy, well-adjusted dog. The alternative to positive reinforcement training is using force or aggression techniques like physical punishment or shock-collar training to get the dog to do (or not do) a behavior. While the dog may learn how to behavior as you direct, it is also learning to communicate with force and aggression, and will in turn use those behaviors on other dogs (or people) that are smaller or weaker than it is. Before signing up with a dog trainer, meet with the trainer and ask for references. Watch the trainer interact with your dog, and make sure they treat your dog with patience and firm kindness. Ask them questions about their training methods:

    • What type of training methods do you use?
    • What is your background and training, and how did you become a dog trainer?
    • How long do you expect that we will work together before we achieve the results I’m after?

    How long does it take to train a puppy?

    Dog training depends on the dog and how much homework the dog owner is willing to put in. Puppy training is similar to dog training in that the onus of the work depends on the owner learning new ways to interact with their dog. For a quick crash course, you can opt for a single, two hour smart-start puppy training consultation to teach you the ins and outs of being a new dog parent. You can learn how to manage potty training and what to do if the puppy experiences separation anxiety. As long as you’re willing to work on dog training a little bit each day, your puppy will quickly learn these new behaviors. If you’re not confident about training your puppy yourself, you can enroll in a 6- to 8-week puppy training course, with weekly lessons touching on everything from bite control to obedience. Puppies usually need to be at least three months old for group training classes. If you want more intensive one-on-one work, you can opt for private lessons. Some behavior problems can be resolved in one session if the dog owner learns and can implement new skills. In the case of more serious issues, 3 to 10 private sessions can typically correct challenges.

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