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Chicago Canine Professionals

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Scott The Dog Guy
4.9
from 182 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 357 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Marzena M.
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So far I just had my first session with Scott and I was extremely impressed. I have a high anxiety adult dog who is quite a handful, and Scott managed to calm my dog down. I am looking forward to our weekly sessions in overcoming my dog's (and mine) anxieties so that he can be a great canine citizen.

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Cindys Pampered Pooch
4.9
from 103 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 173 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jeanne Z.
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OMG Cindy, where have you been my whole dog owning life?!? Fabulous experience!!! I have 4 King Charles Cavalier Spaniels 🐶🐶🐶🐶, and the chore of schlepping these boys back and forth to groomers was just exhausting ; ( Enter "Pampered Pooch" services! Best grooming professional ever! Not only did my boys all look better than I've ever seen them, but I was able to use my day to get all my chores and shopping done to boot! Having Cindy at my home allowed the boys to be in their backyard when finished, no teams or drama! Oh, did I mention the rates?!?, best rates around! Thank you Cindy and Pampered Pooch you've changed my life forever! jeanne ( Wheeling IL )

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  • 34 years in business
  • 125 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Cathie B.
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Sherry was very professional, helpful, and patient with both clients - canine and human

  • 7 years in business
  • 52 hires on Thumbtack
Lauren D.
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Helene was willing to watch our dog, Hubble, during the weekend of our wedding. She even agreed to a meet and greet beforehand. Helen was kind, communicative, and did a fantastic job! It gave us such peace of mind to know our baby was well cared for during that special time.

Sunset Training Center
4.9
from 25 reviews
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
Thomas H.
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We came to Sunset Training Center on a recommendation from another owner of one of their puppies. We had purchased a male GSD import from another breeder and after a month long "boot camp" at another training facility our dog was returned under weight and fear aggressive. Claudia was able to correct his behavior issues and get weight back on him in a few training sessions. He is now a totally different dog and we believe that Claudia saved our dog's life. Her knowledge of the health and wellness of canines has been nothing short of amazing. Since then we have purchased a female puppy from Sunset Training center. We could not be happier. She is now 2 years old and ready for police dog certification. Her temperament is perfect for patrolling large events and is ready to detect, deter and defend when necessary. She is always in control and is the best dog I have ever owned. We will be buying our next puppy from Sunset Training Center.

Jay’s Ministry Of Magic
4.5
from 22 reviews
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
Frieda L.
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Great guy, responsive and professional!!

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Muttsley's Pet Services
4.9
from 19 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
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Debra H.
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Jackie was the perfect companion for our new puppy. She was prompt and professional. The puppy liked her right away. We would definitely hire her again!

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Takacs Dog Training LLC
4.9
from 19 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 21 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
4.7
from 14 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 35 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! !

  • 4 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
C. S.
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I wish I would have found April sooner. She is very thorough, efficient, and trustworthy. It is so nice to find someone that is dedicated to their work and as conscientious as she is. I highly recommend her.

  • 1 year in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Crissy P.
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Jim provides the creme de la creme in dog training. His knowledge and professionalism are outstanding. He is sincere and takes the time to listen to you and your dog. The changes he has implemented in our dogs life as well as our family is greatly appreciated and worth every dollar spent. Thanks Jim!

Dog Gone It !
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Carol B.
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Mary has been a friend to all my dogs for many years. She is very responsible and takes her job very seriously. I would not hesitate to recommend her because of her honesty, reliability and most of all, her love and caring for animals.

Majestic Paws
4.9
from 9 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Annie G.
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After meeting with Owen, we feel very comfortable hiring Majestic Paws to handle the daily walks for our dog. He was very professional, and we love the services they offer.

  • 3 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Dylan S.
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Robert was amazing in taking care of my dog. He was extremely professional and responsive. I loved getting photo updates of how my dog was doing. I also greatly appreciated that Robert was trained in pet CPR and was independently insured - definitely kept my mind at ease whilst I was gone. I recommend Robert and the Pigglesworth Pet Project very highly!

  • 2 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Selwa M.
Verified review

Paula is absolutely awesome! She is very punctual and very professional! My pups love her.

Mutts in a Rutt
4.8
from 6 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Marlo K.
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Nicole has been great with my dog Roxie. She is always on time and she uses an app that shows where they walk and if my dog went to the bathroom.

Todd's Pet Care
4.8
from 6 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Eugene C.
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Working with Todd has been great. He's totally professional and has taken great care of our dog. He's very organized and is extremely prompt in returning messages. We are extremely happy with the level of service he provides.

  • 31 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Terry T.
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Even though I didn't eventually need a walker, I was impressed with the prompt, polite, and accommodating responses from your employee. If I should need dog walking services in the future, I surely will contact you.

Canine Care
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 26 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Nicole H.
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Nothing but great things to say about how Canine Care treats my golden retriever! I have used them for 4 years, ever since my dog was a puppy. They are easy to work with, very responsive to changes in schedule, etc. Very professional. Never have had an issue.

Katie's Animal Care
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Lisa R.
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Katie was a Godsend!! She was EVERYTHING we wanted for our 3 yr old gray tabby and MUCH MORE than we expected! Katie was the puuuurfect person to care for our Lily. Not only was Katie professional, friendly (funny too!), extremely responsive, but she was sooooo loving! It took Lily several days to come out of her shell. And, all the while, Katie was patient and kind, while keeping us posted on the daily progress. Katie knew, as long as Lily was eating and using the box, all was well. But, Katie shared that her heart was aching for Lily, because she knew how Lily must have felt. So sweet! I guarantee the usual kitty kennels would never have the time or extra concern to worry about Lily's emotional well-being. Lily was with Katie for 12 days. We texted or spoke (mostly texting) almost daily. And Katie sent us pictures which really gave us such peace of mind. And, of course, any questions we had was answered practically immediately. I am more than happy to vouch for Katie, and would be happy to answer any questions about our experience. Don't hesitate to ask! We will DEFINITELY be calling on Katie again next time we need her services. Please, trust me, look no further, Katie's your cat's best alternative accommodations!! Meow :) All the Best, Lisa Reynolds River Forest

KeriAynn Strickler
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Monica D.
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KeriAynn is a true professional. She is an excellent piano teacher. My kids ​enjoyed working with her. She was always on time, easy to be with, and organized. She was also very good a figuring out ways to reach the kids and explain concepts in ways that were easy for them to understand.

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

What is included in a dog grooming?

Dog grooming is so much more than giving your dog a bath. Dog grooming is a broad term that covers all aspects of canine cleanliness and hygiene. The services included in dog grooming will vary based on your needs and what you choose to pay. Unless they are rolling in cowpies or playing in mud puddles, most dogs are okay getting a shampoo bath only as needed. You’ll know when they need it if they smell bad or are bringing dirt into the house. Some dogs, like shepherds and shih tzus, have thick coats that can get matted and tangled without regular care. Pro dog groomers can deftly blow dry a dog’s hair after a bath so that it is shiny and smooth. Dog grooming can include brushing that detangles dog hair and also thins the undercoat to minimize shedding.

Dog grooming also includes hygiene services such as toothbrushing and ear cleaning. Clean teeth are important to the health of your dog, and the pros have the patience and proper technique to get it done. Regular dog grooming can stave off tear stains, those reddish stains below your dog’s eyes. Anal gland expression is something not many people want to do on their own, even if they love their dog. A dog groomer can safely and efficiently release any blocked anal gland fluid. Other dog grooming services include nail trimming and clipping. Nationally, dog grooming prices range from $60 to $80. Most dog groomers offer discounts to customers who purchase monthly packages or bundle multiple grooming services at one time.

What does a dog walker do?

We all know our dogs love going on long, adventure-filled walks, but jobs and family and commuting can make it difficult to give them the leash time they deserve. You can hire a professional dog walker to make sure your furry friend gets adequate exercise and outdoor time each day. A professional dog walker may be an individual contractor or work for a dedicated dog-walking company. In either case, you want to make sure the pro has the appropriate insurance in case of an emergency. Some people opt to give the dog walker a key to their house; others to have them pick up the dog from the yard. Dog walking can happen as often as multiple times per day, or just a few times a month as needed. Here are some questions to ask when you are interviewing a new dog walker:  

  • Will you or someone else be walking my dog?
  • Do you have a backup plan if you can’t make it for a scheduled walk?
  • Will you walk my dog by itself, or do you walk several dogs at once?
  • What are your different walk routes?
  • When will you pick up and drop off?
  • How will we communicate?
  • Do I have to commit to a schedule or are you flexible?
  • What’s your cancellation policy?
  • What’s your response plan if my dog gets injured or becomes sick?
  • How and how often do I pay you?
  • Do you offer package pricing if I buy multiple dog walks up front?

What is a dog groomer?

A dog groomer is a service professional who provides dog grooming and basic hygiene care for your dog. Dog groomers are typically animal lovers who are competent and comfortable working with a wide range of dog breeds and temperaments. Dog groomers are knowledgeable about the care needs for different kinds of dog coats. A poodle will have different haircut needs than a shih tzu, for example, so it pays to have a trained pro provide the proper cut. Good dog groomers know how to safely clean your dog’s teeth, bathe your dog, and cut their nails without going too short. They understand how to trim the hair from around your dog’s face, express anal glands, and clean your dog’s ears. Many people who choose dog grooming as a profession also pursue other dog services such as attending veterinary school, running a doggy day care center, working as a professional dog walker, and more.

What is a dog groomer?

Keep your family dogs happy, healthy and clean with regular dog grooming. A dog groomer is a business owner or employee of a dog grooming business who specializes in dog hygiene and grooming. To find a reputable dog groomer, research reviews, ask for references and confirm that the groomer has good standing in the dog grooming community.

A dog groomer should be comfortable and competent working with dogs of all breeds and temperaments. Typically a groomer will have trained with other groomers and taken educational courses to keep abreast of the latest safety information and techniques. There are brick-and-mortar dog grooming businesses, as well as mobile dog groomers who bring all their equipment and provide their services at your home or location. In some cases, brick-and-mortar businesses will also pick up and return your dog for an additional fee.

What vaccines do dogs need to be groomed?

It’s important to make sure your dog is up to date on its vaccines before taking it to a groomer. Vaccinations keep your dog and the other dogs that use the establishment healthy. Viruses can linger long after a dog is gone, so an unvaccinated dog can infect a number of other dogs days or even months after their visit. Find out about your dog groomer’s vaccination policies, and think carefully about receiving services from a company that does not require vaccinations. Here are the main vaccinations that are generally required for dog grooming:

  • Parvovirus: Parvo is a nasty virus that can kill dogs within 48-72 hours of infection. The virus is incredibly persistent and, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association, is resistant to heat, cold, humidity and drying. It’s spread by dog-to-dog contact or contact with contaminated feces, environments (food and water bowls, collars and leashes, etc.,) or people.
  • Adenovirus 2: Dogs receive this vaccination to protect against canine infectious hepatitis. The vaccination can also helps prevent canine cough.
  • Canine distemper virus: Distemper has no known cure and can cause serious pain, illness, and even death, although recovery is possible with medical intervention.  
  • Rabies: This disease attacks the central nervous system and — when untreated — will
  • lead to death. The CDC recommends euthanizing an unvaccinated animal that has been exposed to rabies, although six-month isolation followed by vaccination is also permissible.
  • Para-influenza: Canine para-influenza leads to kennel cough and an unhappy dog.
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