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Bourbonnais Dog Trainers

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Scott The Dog Guy
4.9
from 184 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 359 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jody V.
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Scott was AMAZING!! I can't believe how much we learned in one hour with him. He has such a great personality and definitely knows his stuff. I would definitely recommend him for any dog training/behavioral problems. I can't wait to now use all the training we learned. Thanks Scott...you're the best!!

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  • 34 years in business
  • 126 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Denise S.
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Sherry is a great lady. She is kind, encouraging, and very knowledgeable. She taught us a lot of great techniques and was a joy to work with. Would highly recommend her to help with any dog training needs --Denise S

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Takacs Dog Training LLC
5.0
from 21 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Steven Z.
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Chris did a great job helping me with my dog Miles. Miles is a much better walker after ongoing leash training and is now interested in walking next to me instead of way in front. I highly recommend using Chris for your dog training needs.

BFF Dog Academy
4.8
from 16 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
Lisa C.
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Leslie put me at ease the moment she walked through my front door! She is so easy to talk to about any issues concerning my dog and takes the time and care to personalize training to that dogs needs. Her training method allows for the puppy parent to both see Leslie herself do it and then for me to do it myself, since us humans needs training too! It's very crucial that the puppy parents takes and use her guidance as it will pay off immensely! My puppy, Rhett,was constantly love biting for attention and bothering us during non play time, like dinner. Thanks to her training (me and Rhett that is, lol), he is not nipping and knows when we go to eat, it's not play time. He's also much improved with greetings,has better focus, and is well in his way to be an excellent Canine Citizen! We love, Leslie! 2 paws up! !

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K9 Tutoring
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
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.

  • 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.

  • 1 year in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Katie G.
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Jim was the best! In 5 weeks (really just after the first lesson!) I had the confidence and tools to maintain my dog’s training. It made the world of difference walking my dog, Barney, each day when he would walk by my side and sit on command versus pulling the leashing and leading me. Barney loves our walks together, and I do too! He sits, stays and comes on command! I can't thank Jim enough for his patience and positive energy. His passion for dogs is obvious and I would recommend him to any/all families in need of training! Katie G.

  • 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.

Furry Godmother
4.8
from 5 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Kaylynn K.
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Judy is very knowledgeable and amazing with my dogs. She has taught me more than I thought I even needed to know about dogs and I have used her every week for two and a half years. She's dependable and my dogs really respect and love her. There's no one I trust more in my home than Judy and even her family too!

Eric's Pet Care
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 3 years in business
Geoffrey T.
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Eric was awesome and his love for animals apparent in the quality of service delivered. He not only took care to ensure my dogs were well taken care of while i was on a recent business trip, but also ensured that they had fun, socialized with other animals and taught them a thing or two. I will definitely entrust my dogs with him on my next trip.

Jilian Sharp
5.0
from 1 review
    Sandi B.
    Verified review

    Jilian has dog-sat for my crazy 65 lb dog Sulley numerous times. She does a great job making sure he is fed, has his pills and is all around loved while his family is gone. She even stays the night when we need her too! We love Jilian!

    About

    I have been dog walking for over 6 years. I love dogs! I am a lifelong dog owner as well. I started with my friends' two puppies, and that leads to me, thru word of mouth and also Sitter City, getting for more "customers" (dogs). I also wanted to be available for my son and his school, after-school activities, etc. So it all works out. I enjoy taking care of dogs, and I love my job.

    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

    We walk your dog when you are lazy. We have been around for two years now. Our motto is, "We walk your dogs till they can't wake any more".

    About

    The Barker Shop opened in November 2004. Since then, we have won hundreds of awards for pet grooming and have added such services as the following: * pet photography * self wash * retail and premium pet foods * dog daycare * dog training * boarding * animal rescue

    About

    I became great with dogs as I grew up and I understand that they can be a handful sometimes. So that's why I started a dog walking business so it'll be less of work to do daily.

    About

    At Landheim, we are committed to providing professional, yet personalized service for all your dog related needs. For over 35 years, we have specialized in training, boarding, and grooming all breeds of dogs. We believe you will find that there is no better place to purchase one of the finest quality German Shepherds or to train, board, and groom your furry family member. At Landheim, we believe you should "expect the best." Choose Landheim, and you will not be disappointed.

    About

    I'm just starting here. I'm honest, trustworthy and in good health. I love dogs; have owned 6; I don't have one now and miss their company.

    About

    I am willing to work part-time and will work my schedule around yours. I enjoy all pets; I personally have two fur babies. I am fun, loving, caring, and interacts well with all pets. I am a dog walker, sitter, and caretaker.

    • 16 years in business
    About

    We are the premier dog trainers in Metro Chicago. We have over 30 years of experience specializing in training dogs to be sociable, obedient and loving members of their family. Dogs we've trained have been used in therapy and comfort dog capacities, most recently featured on CBS in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook tragedy. We provide in-home training, and boarding and training services at competitive prices. Whether you require general obedience training or behavioral modification we can help.

    About

    I love animals. They deserve to be taken care of, fed, groomed, taken outside for walks, and be played with. Just show them affection always.

    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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