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Aurora Obedience Trainers

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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
Peggy B.
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Scott was amazing. My Chocolate Lab & I learned so much from him. I was having many problems & he was their to address & help me solve each one. He has so much knowledge about dogs. Everything he told me worked. My dog loved him & followed all his commands. I would recommend him highly. Worth every penny. He is just like the Dog Whisperer....I needed just as much training as my dog..I could have not had a better trainer..Thank You Scott...

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  • 34 years in business
  • 126 hires on Thumbtack
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Danielle L.
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This was my first time getting a trainer and I made the best choice with Sherry. She's an incredible woman with a very holistic approach to dog training, which is exactly what I was looking for. She knew her information and put us in the right direction to correct my dog's behavioral issue. She is very relatable, easy to communicate with, and an overall joy to be around. I cannot wait to work with her again soon!

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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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Kathleen W.
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Gina was great with our dog Max! She gave us great training techniques to help Max improve on his obedience and listening skills!!!

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
Barb R.
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My son got a one year old dog and after two weeks she started biting people and attacking other dogs. I tried training with larger facilities but they only wanted to address obedience training not the biting issue and they were very costly. I was lucky to find Claudia at Sunset Training Center a few days before I was going to give her up. Holiday weekend training. Within the first 15 minutes she was able to get my dog under control and the dog loved her . The dog now plays and shares toys with other dogs and loves the super huge agility course on the property that I go back to. Less expensive by far and much more caring that you and your dog are happy. She had puppies when we were there too! Love this place. Barb-Lake County,IL

BFF Dog Academy
4.7
from 15 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
Theresa S.
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Leslie was very prepared and flexible in working out a schedule for basic obedience for my 7 month old rescue pup (I needed it in the middle of the day during the week). We were able to get a lot done in the 30 minute sessions when we met and she gave me a lot of information to help us practice between sessions. The price was very reasonable for private lessons and my dog got great 1:1 attention. We're very happy with the results so far!

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K9 Tutoring
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
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Scott F.
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Scott did a great job with house training/off leash training with my dog, Penny, and later bird training.

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Hair of The Dog That Bit Ya
4.9
from 13 reviews
  • 37 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
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Todd B.
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Here is a little history, we adopted a tree walker coonhound from a shelter in Tennessee and brought him home to Wisconsin. The first month was ok as we all got adjusted to each other. There were counter surfing, mouthing and dominance issues from the beginning. We knew we had a stubborn ALPHA, ALPHA male but we were working through it. The dog and I had an altercation over a rawhide where he became very aggressive and tried to bite me. From that day forward he would try to attack me unsolicited any time he saw me or heard my voice. It got so bad I would have to lock myself in a room so my wife could let him out. I am 6',1" tall and 220 lbs, this is the first time in my life with all the dogs I've owned that I was afraid of a dog. We talked to many behaviorist's whom all said we should just rehome the dog and had no answers for us. I was determined not to give up and make things work because I knew that this was a good dog deep down inside. That is when I was recommend to Shelly at "Hair of the dog that bit ya". I got a great feeling from her right away on the phone and was intrigued by her explanation of how she handles her training of dogs (it was a much different approach from what I was hearing from everyone else). This is a large breed hunting dog who is aggressive and she knew exactly how to handle it. She came out the very next morning to a situation where everyone in the house was uneasy and afraid of this dog who now was in total control of the situation. Long story short after two hours Shelly had broken the dog had him taking commands from both my wife and myself. We felt like we had our lives back and believe it or not the dog seemed happier that he now knew the pecking order. This was truly a Christmas miracle for my entire family. The picture attached is from the same day where that morning my dog wanted to kill me and what he was like by the afternoon! I cannot thank Shelly enough and I am so excited for our new life together with Bohannon. Todd & Shelly Bloom

  • 17 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Jessica L.
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We are so happy we found Black Dog K9! Our 1 year-old rat terrier/dalmatian mix, Buddy, loves Marty and loves his dog Ida! I can't say enough wonderful things about our experience with Black Dog. Before we started training with Marty, we struggled to train Buddy with general obedience and meeting other dogs. Buddy barks like crazy at large dogs, but tonight Buddy played with 105 pound Ida in our house. It was such a relief to see Buddy play well with another dog! Marty facilitated the whole process and we couldn't have done it without him (or Ida!). We feel so lucky to have Marty help us with the socialization process, and to see Buddy have fun with a large dog! Before working with Marty, we received quotes from other trainers and not only were we uncomfortable with their approaches, but their prices were outrageous. Black Dog K-9 approaches obedience training with love and offers training that is best for the dog, at a reasonable price. Marty has realistic suggestions, answers all questions thoroughly, gives great examples, and has excellent recommendations for dog training tools. In addition to the exceptional dog training we've already received in only 4 sessions, Marty has been kind, supportive, and is really a joy to be around--Buddy thinks so too! Marty is flexible, punctual, and he really cares about you and your dog. If you're trying to decide between trainers, go with Black Dog K9, you won't regret it.

Dilis Dog Academy
4.6
from 10 reviews
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Jeanie M.
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Jeanie Murray: Well, seven years ago Tom McMurchie worked with me and my 1-year old Labradoodle, Rush, in Phoenix AZ. I don't have adequate words to explain how wonderful the experience was. Tom was knowledgeable, professional, patient, humane, and just darn perfect. He trained me as well to make Rush an awesome, well-mannered family member. Then, Tom moved to Chicago. Rush is 8 years old (still perfect), but Tom has always been available for me to talk to him on the phone with dog-training advice. Then we brought a second Labradoodle into our home at 8 weeks old, Reagan. Do I ever wish Tom was still here to work with me and Reagan, who is a work in progress (almost 3 years old now). Actually, Tom did advise from afar when I had questions about Reagan. If you are looking for that perfect person to work with you and your dog, don't look any further than Tom McMurchie. Thanks, Tom!

  • 1 year in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Dan C.
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Jim has been reliable, professional and trustworthy. Wouldn't go anywhere else with my dog training needs.

  • 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.

  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Abraham M.
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Chris and Diane are excellent dog trainers. They are truly committed to helping an owner reach their dog training goals. I highly recommend using them for dog training services!

Comfy K9's
5.0
from 1 review
    Amanda A.
    Verified review

    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

    We offer basic to advanced obedience training for puppies and dogs of all ages. We also offer agility training, doggy daycare and behavioral rehabilitation. We offer personal protection training as well.

    About

    Midway Dog Academy offers customized dog training to fit you and your dog's individual needs. We offer board and train programs, private lessons, as well group classes. We also specialize in training puppies that need help with potty training, behavior problem solving, as well as all obedience trainings! We provide the best dog training in Chicago.

    About

    I stand out because I understand that this is not a once size fits all industry. Every dog is different and thus requires a different method of training. I use a balanced approach to training taking both reward based and compulsion methods and putting them together to fit every dogs needs to help him/her and his/her owner succeed in their wants and desires for their pet.

    About

    The way our program works, and of course why it is so successful, is that your dog actually lives with our trainers and their pack during the training, and quickly learns that this is not just a passing phase, but is a whole new way of life. This method of training not only gives a firm basic obedience foundation but also focuses on behavior modification- including annoying bad habits, socialization problems, anxiety issues and other concerns that simply cannot be addressed during basic obedience classes or lessons. Our board and train program is much more personal and effective than other options available as it is done in a home setting and gives your pup dedicated attention 24/7. We have found that training conducted in a home setting and in other real life circumstances, rather than just a kennel, training center, or retail store, transfers into the owner's homes and lives much easier. Most owners don't plan on living in a kennel, training center, or retail store, so it doesn't make much sense to teach your dog how to behave only when they are in one. We understand that you want your dog to be a dog and a functioning part of your family.

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    Found Chicago Boarding & Training Center aims to serve dogs that fall anywhere on the behavior spectrum. From basic obedience to aggressive behavior, Found Chicago trainers are able to collaborate with owners to determine training methods that will both benefit the dog and fit the owner's lifestyle. Through group training classes and one-on-one boot camps, we are able to prepare dog owners to encounter real world situations.

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    Alex Brooks Canine Center offers doggie daycare, overnight boarding, and behavioral training for your pet. We are well-known in the Chicagoland and New York City areas for our specialized behavioral training. Many rescues such as PAWS Chicago and Save-A-Pet use Alex Brooks Canine Center. The facility is also recommended by many veterinarians. We are family-owned and -operated and have been in business for over 22 years. Alex's expertise in behavioral training has been sought after by TV programs, MTV videos, movies, and many sports superstars. He speaks at seminars on behavioral training and appears at many pet events for speaking engagements. The canine center is known for its friendly atmosphere and well-trained staff.

    • 31 years in business
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    We do not advocate pain or abuse of canines and through every aspect of the training you are there and included in training to build a lasting relationship with you canine family member

    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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