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Chicago Dog Behavior Specialists

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Scott The Dog Guy
4.9
from 175 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 349 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Kathryn R.
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I hired Scott ten days ago. He arrived promptly at the scheduled time. He gave my dog (and me!) an excellent training session which has already improved my confidence as well as my dog's behavior. I will use his services again and I would highly recommend him.

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  • 34 years in business
  • 121 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Mary M.
Verified review

I was becoming frustrated because my 5-year old dog had started going to the bathroom in his crate. Sherry came to my house and gave me not only fantastic ideas for how to set up my dog for success, she gave me EDUCATION! She told me why my dog might be now having this behavior and gave me information - that I did not know - about nutrition and interaction tips. The result has been great so far! Sherry is funny, warm and caring. I highly recommend her!

  • New on Thumbtack
Joanne P.
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What a difference Smart Dogs has made in the behavior of our dog, Zoey! Seriously, after only one lesson our daily walk changed from a nerve wracking, dismal obligation to a relaxing, fun activity. I know it sounds impossible, but one lesson is all it took. We were so impressed that we are now addressing other behaviors. Ian is showing my husband and me how to train Zoey to be a happy and well behaved part of our family. And Zoey is much calmer now that she understands what is expected of her. I really sense that she is relieved to know that she is no longer the “boss” of the house. I am so happy that we came across the ad for Smart Dogs. Their knowledge is amazing and their training techniques make sense. I highly recommend Smart Dogs. You will not be disappointed.

YBFDH
4.5
from 47 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 92 hires on Thumbtack
Lynn B.
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Diana understood my issues with the dog and immediately assessed the dogs behavior. A plan was formed. My dog was in her great Highland Park home for 2 weeks. I received daily video, pictures, updates about my dog. Star & the other staff are warm & giving with all the dogs. A good environment for a dog to change. I would recommend them highly. I would send my dog back.

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Christy's Canine Care
4.8
from 25 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 52 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Michaela A.
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First off, Christy is amazing! She is very professional and cares about dogs deeply. I contacted Christy because I have a 46 pound Pitbull named Layla who is very reactive/aggressive towards other dogs and was seeking training/behavior classes. What Christy found was and reassured me of, was that Layla was not aggressive at all and that as a dog, she did not want to be. Rather, Christy said that she was very insecure of herself and I found that to be very true!! During session 2, Christy brought along her dog Mazzei and after only 3 sessions, Layla was able to co-exist with her PEACEFULLY!! It is truly amazing and I would have never been able to imagine that Layla would be able to be around another dog. Added bonus: Christy massages Layla when she is in distress which teaches her to calm down and it has been a huge help! Christy gives my boyfriend and I expert direction on how to properly train Layla as well as weekly "homework" assignments. Although we are still continuing training with Christy and onto our fourth week, we have found her to be a huge help and couldn't imagine the way Layla is now without her. I HIGHLY recommend Christy for training, behavior modification, and canine massage for your furbabies. You will not regret it!! If I could, I would rate her 10 stars! Do yourself a favor and hire Christy...like NOW! :)

BFF Dog Academy
4.7
from 13 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
Davina S.
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Leslie is awesome! She came on time, completely prepared, is very personable, had a good repore with my dog, she communicated well, and she followed up as promised... I am very glad I chose her!!! =)

Top Pro
  • 8 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Ana D.
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Dee is amazing she is best dog trainer! My dog love her!

  • 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.

Andrea Kutzko Dog Trainer
4.8
from 14 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Marilyn S.
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Andrea was exceptional in helping us deal with our dog and cat problem. We hope to have her back again.

  • 4 years in business
  • 18 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.

Dog Talk
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Terri C.
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Lynn is the kindest, most patient and warmhearted, knowledgeable, and flexible person to work with. She has an exceptional understanding of dogs and their behavior. During our initial evaluation, Lynn gave us a few pointers and our dogs were behaving better. I could not ask for a better person to "train" me in training my dogs.

Takacs Dog Training LLC
5.0
from 15 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Courtney V.
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Chris was great to work for training my puppy Lily. I really liked that he listened to what I wanted to work on, and made sure to personalize our lessons based on what I wanted. He was very attentive, and also made sure to check in between training sessions, which was very much appreciated. I would absolutely recommend Takacs Dog Training to anyone looking for a great in home trainer!

Tom Brien Animal Training
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Tina R.
Verified review

Our initial session went well. Tom has a genuine passion for pet behavior training and we are looking forward to working with him!

A+ Dog Training
4.8
from 6 reviews
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Michelle B.
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Lindy did a fantastic job with our puppy! She taught us techniques on how to better handle the dog and had our pup showing confidence and positive behaviors during the 1st session!

Pawfect Dog Training
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Keith H.
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Mr. Gatrel has helped me work with several dogs of mine. I foster dogs, and not all of the dogs that my group pulls are perfect. He has not only worked out countless behavior issues with dogs, he has also taught me how to be a better dog owner.

K9 Tutoring
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Margie H.
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Scott did a great job with my dog Reba! Highly recommend him. Even after the sessions were done he still answers my questions & helps me.

The Educated Canine
3.0
from 14 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 17 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!

D&K Pet Service
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Diane N.
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Kathy is awesome! I love how she leaves me daily notes of my new dog's walks/behavior. She has also been very flexible with some last minute weekend visits and I really appreciate that!

  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Eric B.
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After spending a ton of money on training through another company with almost no change in my dog’s behavior I was starting to fear that he was a lost cause. A friend recommended Stephanie and I couldn’t be happier! She was on time, extremely knowledgeable, and had control of my dog’s behavior almost instantly! After staying with Stephanie for just two weeks my dog behaves perfectly!

  • 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.

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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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