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  • 44 years in businuess
  • 333 hires on Thumbtack
  • Walworth, WI 53184

Heather J.

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First rate experience! We adopted a rescue that was so full of fear we couldn't come near him. His fear aggression led him to bite at us if we came near his space. Susie came to our home & in one mornings time she had given us the tools to be able to physically handle the dog. After 2 months of having him in our home without being able to come near him, we nearly cried when we could first hold him & pet him. Susie went the extra mile & helped us get our little guy to the vet, went over our food choices with him & taught us how to position ourselves so that we could work with him. We were fearful at first to try the techniques without her. However, with Susie's wise words & training of the humans in the house we powered forward. He is now experiencing the love of human interaction. He has since discovered his love for snuggling, laying in the grass & evening walks. I am simply amazed at the turn around. Susie was paramount in giving this little guy a new life. We are forever grateful! The before & after photos say it all!

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  • 17 years in businuess
  • 334 hires on Thumbtack
  • Naperville, IL 60565

Ron K.

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Words can't describe how great Scott is with our dog. Within 10 minutes, Scott had our puppy behaving how we wanted her to.

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  • 16 years in businuess
  • 68 hires on Thumbtack
  • Lombard, IL 60148

Mary L.

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Jaime is amazing!! I can't say enough good things about the experience. I had never done any training before and was at wits end with my dog and her bad behaviors. After 3 sessions over a few weeks with Jaime I have a completely new dog who I love having around now. Jaime was so flexible with scheduling and I never felt like my time was being rushed. Thank you Jaime !!!

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  • 5 years in businuess
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
  • Chicago, IL 60646

Judy R.

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Edward came over to my place for consultation regarding my new adopted dog. He comes across as a caring, professional dog trainer. I definitely plan on scheduling appointments with Edwards in the near future to train my dog.

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  • 4 years in businuess
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
  • Chicago, IL 60625

Kelly W.

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From the moment he stepped in the door, our 3 month old puppy fell in love with him. He was professional, patient and took the time to describe the training process with us, as first time dog parents. His explanations were informative and helpful in understanding not just what we would be doing, but why we would be doing them and how they would be viewed by our dog, Chloe. Within just one session, our dog was responding to clicker training and was learning basic commands. After a few sessions, we feel confident that we have the knowledge and skills to continue to work with our pup to further perfect and build upon the foundation that Tom provided and we couldn't be more thankful. Would absolutely recommend him to everyone, he's the best of the best and you will see a difference in your pup right away!

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  • 3 years in businuess
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
  • Warrenville, IL 60555

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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  • 2 years in businuess
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
  • Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

Danielle C.

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She was very nice and knowledgeable. Always on time. Flexible with her schedule if I needed to change times. I would recommend to a friend.

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  • 16 years in businuess
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
  • Alsip, IL 60803

Brittany M.

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Marty was awesome! Lots of help with my Newfie puppy! We look forward to signing up for more classes!

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  • 5 years in businuess
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
  • Chicago, IL 60623

Caroline R.

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Jesse was a heaven sent! Our dog was reactive towards both dogs and people on occasion and we already went through obedience training with another trainer which only scratched the surface. When I started looking for trainers who handle aggression, we found Jesse. After evaluating our dog, jesse was immediately able to get down to the root of the problem - which was our dog's energy levels. The goal with training was to keep his energy low and his mindset calm and passive. Jesse explained that a dog whose energy is all over the place tends to be impulsive and reactive, which our dog was, and that a calm dog is a passive and thinking dog. He hit the nail on the head. Our dog is doing so much better and we have the tools we need for life. Highly recommend. jesse really understands dogs and I see why his company is called Canine Perspective!

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  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
  • Monee, IL 60449
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Danny S.

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Feel very comfortable right away hanging over the leash to my dog, seems very thorough and educated with plenty of experience and is a great teacher to myself not only my dog I would recommend him 100 times over

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  • 44 years in businuess
  • 333 hires on Thumbtack
  • Walworth, WI 53184

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Susan Is very knowledgeable about animals. She gave us an education along with the training. The one-on-one training is much better than the generic dog training classes out there and is customized to our needs as well as our dog's needs. Very much looking forward to our continued work with Susan.

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  • 33 years in businuess
  • 107 hires on Thumbtack
  • Homewood, IL 60430

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Sherry has a wealth of knowledge and experience when it came to training my dog as well as teaching me to help train my dog. She is very gentle with her doggy clients yet firm. The classes are honestly fun, informative and practical can't get any better than that.

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  • 6 years in businuess
  • 72 hires on Thumbtack
  • Highland Park, IL 60035

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After spending over 5k on dog training I was less than impressed when my wife suggested just one more trainer. I bought Frankie the Frenchie for my wife as an engagement present 3 years ago. I travel for business and we didn't have any children yet. So I thought hey how about a dog to keep you company while I'm away. So here we are with this tiny adorable little dog with the cutest ears I have ever seen. My wife was happy, so I was happy. Well about 6 months in I would come home and Frankie would growl and me and lunge at me, I figured it was just him being protective. I wasn't home that often so when I was Frankie was in his crate. Over time it got worse and worse with him and I began to worry that he may actually bite me if I try to get in his way of my wife. So summer 2013 we began looking for a trainer to help us. The first program was 2 weeks at a place called tops in grayslake, not only did is cost a ton but it didn't do anything for him and I feel like he came back worse than he started. We tried a few more programs and still nothing helped..I started thinking Frankie was just a mean dog and only liked my wife. Well in June of this year we found out we are going to have a baby, and my wife can't bare the thought of getting rid of Frankie, plus with his attitude we weren't sure someone would be able to adopt him. Our neighbor suggested YBFDH, told us if anyone can fix it Diana the head trainer can. We called them and after telling them we have already spent so much money we were about to give up. She told us please don't give up let's meet and we can help you. I though yeah that's what eveeyone has said leading up until now. They ended up only charging us 50% of the price because we already went through so much, and they refused to take a penny more. Frankie stayed with them for 6.5 weeks and then he was ready to come home. He has been home since September 28th and things have been great. He is such a sweet boy, it turned out he was very insecure so he was acting out because he was afraid of me. YBFDH helped us also to be better dog owners. Frankie is going on long walks each day, my wife and I rotate who walks him and feeds him each day. We plan to have a bit more training done in our home after the baby comes! But this program is great! It really works!

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Worthee

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  • 4 years in businuess
  • 83 hires on Thumbtack
  • Chicago, IL 60611

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Do you want your pup treated with the same love, care and attention that you would give? But not all pet service companies are the same. We confidently stand by our statement that we have the best trained care specialists in the city. Why? We take a heaping dose of dog lover, add a dash of detailed training with our professional dog trainer, spice that up with field training where we give our walkers the chance to experience and learn from real-world exposure in all different scenarios with all types of dogs. Now, that is why we can say we have the best trained professionals in the city! Your dog is our dog, and we stand by that sentiment in the way we love and care for them. We are proud to to say that we are changing the standards for pet services.

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  • 24 years in businuess
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
  • Justice, IL 60458

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Gayle has helped us to make amazing progress with our family dog, Grover. Grover is now housebroken - which at one point in time we were certain would never happen! Gayle helped teach us simple techniques, and when consistently applied, the results were incredible. She has also helped us with mouthing issues (him biting or mouthing your hand), jumping issues, and confidence issues he had as a result of being a shelter dog. Thanks to Gayle, our dog Grover is still a happy member of our family. We were tearing our hair out before.....now I know that if I have any other issues, we can contact her and she can quickly put us on the right track again. Thanks so much for your dedication and passion to the dog training industry Gayle!

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  • 5 years in businuess
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
  • Chicago, IL 60646

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Ed trained our dog Sayre and did a fantastic job. Sayre is well behaved and very gentle. She can even do a high five. We're very impressed!

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  • Downers Grove, IL 60516
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I can’t say enough good things about Smart Dogs!!!!! I am a first time dog owner with a 1 ½ year old Westie (we have owned him for one year). He looks very cute, but did not act so cute, and trying to figure out how to care for this very “alpha” dog was adding a HUGE amount of stress to my life!!! I was on the edge, and was basically ready to give him to the westie shelter because I didn’t know what else to do. When we got him at 6 months old we immediately took the beginner and intermediate level classes at the local pet store. These classes were a small step, but they truly did nothing to help me understand how to lead and connect with my dog…which in my case makes ALL the difference. I read a LOT of books, which helped, but they only took me so far. Then I finally made an appointment with Smart Dogs, and within 24 hours after just the first visit with Kristy, I noticed dramatic improvements!!! (No exaggeration, the improvements started that quickly.) She helped everything fall into place for us, and now I am finally starting to enjoy having a dog! Now training him is NOT stressful. I am relaxed and he is responsive and it is AMAZING. All of the guilt I was carrying is gone. Kristy answers all our questions and is great at teaching our entire family about caring for our dog. The difference is now we are not trying to “get” our dog to do anything…we are now showing him how to behave and he follows our lead (he even listens to my 5 year old). He is so much more calm, and we actually have a great bond now (and this is after only two visits from Kristy). All I can say is… I wish I would have called them sooner!!! If it weren’t for Smart Dogs, I truly would not have been able to keep my dog. I spent money on many things, in the mean time, trying to figure out solutions on my own. My money would have been much better spent just starting with Smart Dogs.

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  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
  • La Grange Park, IL 60526
  • Thumbtack Guarantee

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A ''dogosophical'' attitude is one of calm and composure amidst the presence of behavioral issues, troubles or annoyances. Is your dog training you? Let me help you: - Get your dog to pay attention - Come when called - Walk easily on a leash - Stop jumping, stealing food, and non-stop barking Thinking about getting a dog? I can guide you though how to: - Find the right breed, breeder, dog or rescue for your family! - Introduce a new dog into your home - Build a relationship with your new dog to ensure a "dogosophical" life with your new "best friend". As an ABC-certified dog trainer and ADPT member, I use positive reinforcement training based on the knowledge and principles of how your dog thinks. Private and group obedience training classes, family and breed consulting, behavior consulting, and modification training are offered (rates vary based on services needed).

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Arlington Dog House

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  • Arlington Heights, IL 60005
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We're the Arlington Dog House, Arlington Heights' premier destination for dog daycare, grooming, boarding, and training, and we're as crazy about your dog as you are. Our philosophy is simple: When you leave your dog with us, it's like you're leaving a child and that's a responsibility we take very seriously. At the Arlington Dog House, you'll find all these and much more. We offer the cleanest, safest, most community-centered, eco-friendly, and completely indoor facility in the area. We are committed to providing your pups the highest quality care and stimulating environment and you with the peace of mind that they are loved and safe while they're with us. Everyone on our dog-loving team is professionally trained in canine behavior and daycare group management and are certified in canine First-Aid and CPR through the American Red Cross. We maintain the highest handler-to-dog ratio to make sure every dog receives the proper attention and care. And our cage-free philosophy extends from daycare to boarding, so every dog feels like an important part of our dynamic pack every minute they're here. Our professionally staffed grooming salon is without equal in the area and every dog is handled with the utmost care and kindness. Our services are priced very competitively, but the results are first class. We use only natural products, so no harsh chemicals are part of your pup's stay, whether for grooming, daycare or boarding. We believe in being part of our community, not just a business in it, and are continually hosting and participating in lots of great events in support of local charities/rescues and other dog-related Arlington Heights businesses to expand on the relationship dog owners have with their pups and the local resources they have to enrich it. So, come on by and let's get acquainted. Your dog and you will be real glad you did!

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Chicago Canine Academy

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  • Chicago, IL 60641
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Find professional dog and puppy trainers at Chicago Canine Academy in Chicago, IL. Our goal is to help you train your dog to achieve the big life he deserves.

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Dog Play Day Care

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  • 8 years in businuess
  • Mount Prospect, IL 60056
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If you want fabulous, professional images that make you and yours look your best – Jane's Photography is right for you. Whether you need executive head-shots, personality photos, model portfolio images, performance images, or family portraits, we will work closely with you to find out exactly how you want to be portrayed and produce the best possible results. Plus, you'll have a good time doing it! I am a photographer with a love for storytelling. My pricing is reasonable and I can create custom packages to accommodate your budget. My clients include the Mayor of San Francisco, numerous members of the city council, and many private clients including the corporate photos for Cisco's corporate suite.

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The Barker Shop

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  • La Grange, IL 60525
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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

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  • Bolingbrook, IL 60440
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We come out to your home, where the dog is most comfortable for the learning experience. We have been in business for 22 years and have trained over half a million dogs. We do not use any harsh methods or use any equipment that would hurt your dog. There are no shock collars, prong collars, etc. We have been endorsed 2 years in a row by the SPCA because of our natural, holistic methods. Be sure to ask other trainers if they employ any equipment that may cause your dog discomfort.

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  • Chicago, IL 60641
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Sit Means Sit Dog Training is a national company established in 1996 by world-class dog trainer Fred Hassen. Today, Sit Means Sit has over 80 locations. The owner of Sit Means Sit Dog Training in Chicago is Darrel Hager, one of the city's top dog trainers. He has trained thousands of dogs of all breeds and ages. He is happy to show off many of his clients' dogs and his own top dogs Nikita and Bravo. His talents can be witnessed at Police K9 expos around the country and twenty-minute dog training presentations for charities or organizations. As a top trainer, Darrel knows the newest, most efficient and innovative dog training methods. He leads and trains Sit Means Sit trainers at regional seminars. He runs a results-based organization. Sign up and get a free in-home, one-hour demo. Check out our website for free sample videos of our work.

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ChicagoDogNose

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  • Chicago, IL 60647
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Chicago Dog Nose is part of Chicago Dog Pads. Focus on Nose Work, as described by NACSW: • Love experiencing the changes in the dogs • Works with all dogs • Fearful dogs become less fearful • Shy dogs less shy I haven't seen a dog that does not love this game, which is becoming the new urban sport. I also do training of therapy dogs, and am a positive reinforcement trainer. Of course, regular obedience is always available. Trick training is by appointment, and puppy socialization is a treat to train.

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Unleashed Retreat

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  • 2 years in businuess
  • 1 hires on Thumbtack
  • Gary, IN 46404

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I'm a dog behavior specialist, serving the greater Chicagoland area. Mike has been working with dogs for over 5 years and has been the trainer for many dog daycares in the north and western suburbs, on top of donating free time to rehabilitating dogs at local rescues. Mike learned to train dogs while living in a pitbull rescue. Yes, he lived there! Mike specializes in behavioral modification, from fearful to aggressive behavior, and everything in between. Many of Mike's clients believe he stands out because of his incorporation of Reiki healing methods and taking the time to work with each person and each dog, developing a different lesson plan for each individual. Mike's services include: Walk&Train Program: For underexercised and hyper dogs that need a little more consistency, Mike comes out to the home 2-3x per week, working on behavior, obedience, and energy. At the end of the week, the family and Mike do their own private training sessions, so the owners can catch up. Private Lessons: This is for owners who need a refresher, or for owners who are active with their dog and would prefer to do the homework themselves. Mike comes out for 1-3 hours and goes over every problem and doesn't leave until everyone feels comfortable with the information and progress. Bad dogs gone good, and good dogs gone great.

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Bow Wow Playground

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  • Villa Park, IL 60181
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We offer doggie daycare and boarding. Grooming and training are also available. We offer a cage-free, safe and fun environment for dogs. Our dogs have stimulated exercise, under controlled and supervised conditions. Dogs must pass a temperament testing, and be up to date on vaccines.

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  • Deerfield, IL 60015
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NSDTC is the oldest AKC (American Kennel Club) member-obedience club in the United States. Staffed entirely by volunteers, NSDTC holds training classes, open to the public, for all levels of experience, from beginner to the highest levels of obedience competition. For more information, please visit our website!

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The Dog Trainer Pro

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  • Chicago, IL 60625
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Every animal has a unique personality and disposition. Because of this, every animal needs to be trained differently. This requires a unique trainer with a wide range of experience and a wealth of knowledge. Whether you want to train a young animal or an older animal, you need expert guidance to effectively train your animal. If you love your animal, you can count on The Dog Trainer Pro to train with love and compassion.

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“Need a Dog Trainer For a German Shepherd”

Joliet, IL

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Dog age(s)
1-2 years
Dog size
Large
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julie is going to be 2 yrs in march, she is a full blooded german shepard with aprox. 8 months of training already.
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