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Chicago Obedience Trainers

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Scott The Dog Guy
4.9
from 180 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 355 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jody V.
Verified review

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!!

Top Pro
  • 34 years in business
  • 125 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Patrick W.
Verified review

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.

My Personal Dog Trainer
5.0
from 36 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 68 hires on Thumbtack
Maxim K.
Verified review

Jaime is amazing! In her training program she works on all aspects of dog’s behaviors, socialization manners and obedience. More importantly, after Jaime completes the program she offers constant support; you are not left to your own devises. She is generous with her time and kind to you animal. Jaime achieves excellent results with positive reinforcement. As a result you get a well adjusted, trained and happy dog. Not zombified have robot, which is afraid to move or offer any new behaviors. When we started our two weeks BOARD & TRAIN program, we were a bit anxious. It is hard to give up your dog for two weeks. But as soon as Jaime started her daily updates and videos, we relaxed and enjoyed the ride. Best decision we made. She did an outstanding job with our 4 month old Weimaraner puppy. We highly recommend Jaime to anyone who needs help with their dog! Thank you!!! Maxim and Lana

Who Let the Dogs Out
5.0
from 25 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 57 hires on Thumbtack
Dawn M.
Verified review

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
  • 29 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

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Takacs Dog Training LLC
4.9
from 19 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Courtney V.
Verified review

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!

Pets N Me
4.8
from 17 reviews
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Kelly T.
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Nancy and Angelica are a perfect match for our pups! My dogs are wild and Nancy has committed to keep training with them on their walks and work on basics commands. Nancy always follows up walks with fun photos and I love that part. She is extremely reliable and flexible with times and days, and I appreciate that with a busy schedule. We are sold!!! We appreciate you Nancy.

The Educated Canine
4.5
from 16 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
David S.
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Myself and my family have had quite few dogs over the years. Almost all large protective breeds which inherently require high levels of training. Over the years we've met many trainers some were nice but underqualified and others not so nice. Leslie came from a very reputable and well established training center. Over the years (many at this point) and through several different dogs she has brought a wealth of knowledge from all aspects of canine behaviour, psychologically, and physiology. She has a very level headed and balanced approach to training that generally defaults to firm obedience and discipline but never overly corrective or through anger. She is also a great guide in picking a dog that's right for you and your particular lifestyle, which is extremly important to do first. She's a pretty straight-up, no nonsense type but is really easy to work with and the value for her services is beyond fair. She can definitely deliver any kind of assessment, training program, or dog type you may want or put you in contact with some of the best out there but you must be willing to takeover after and work the program consistently for the results to last.

BFF Dog Academy
4.7
from 14 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
Theresa S.
Verified review

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!

Dog Talk
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Jeff W.
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As a first time dog owner I have learned that the process to a well behaved dog is the training of both the dog AND the owners. Our rescue one year old Birder Collie/Australian Shepard mix was pretty well behaved indoors and in our yard but had a very aggressive issue when meeting new digs and people. He could not be trusted to not bite either. After one session with Lynn and homework he was 100% better. After the second session I have little fear of having a problem. Buddy still needs some work however the change has been dramatic. Lynn comes to your home with written plans and homework assignments. Hire Lynn, you will not be disappointed. Jeff Wadsworth

Top Pro
  • 8 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jacqueline W.
Verified review

Dee was extraordinary when it came to answering my questions fully and completing the task in helping me become more successful with my Chihuahua. In one day the training methods made a huge difference and her calmness was a huge asset in maintaining my stability when I became nervous. Her positive attitude and true love of animals illuminated through immediately upon meeting her. I would highly recommended her for any behavior issues as well training. Her training is positive reinforment and that fits with my training as well. Like anything else this takes practice so I would follow through on the homework she gives to be successful. She writes back in the same day which tells me she cares about your animals success and you. She also writes a follow up letter after your visit to help you achieve a better understanding of your day. This is quite valuable as I can always go back and re-read this to help me. Dee gets 5 stars from me for covering all the basis in one visit.

Dilis Dog Academy
4.6
from 10 reviews
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Jeanie M.
Verified review

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.

Pawsibilities Dog Training
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Dima A.
Verified review

Love Kelly. Our maltipoo puppy is still training with her on a 4 week boarding program and he has already made really good progress at obedience and behavior. She is also very nice and professional. Thanks Kelly!

Four Legs Pets
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 14 years in business
Dee B.
Verified review

Piccalo has been participating in training with Stacy for over a year. Initially he was swimming and on the treadmill for weight loss and fitness. Then group classes to improve his socialization and impulse control. Piccalo is becoming a more balanced dog as a result of the patience and skill of Stacy and the rest of the staff at Four Legs Pets. They treat you like family.

The Dog Life Center
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Bonnie T.
Verified review

I have spent a year looking for a good trainer for me and my dogs. I found one when I contacted the Dog Life Center. The trainer was excellent. Just what my dogs and I needed.

  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Abraham M.
Verified review

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!

About

Dog boarding school can be an effective way to train certain dogs, especially when there are extenuating circumstances, such as an owner who will be traveling when there is some sort of disruption going on at home. I offer intensive, loving, one-on-one training in my home, where your dog's educational experiences correlate with the life he or she will be returning to. Staying in my home with our loving, training-experienced family reduces your dog's anxiety and loneliness, while improving dog obedience, behavior, and manners. Your dog will learn self-control in behavior areas, such as jumping, chewing, digging, play-biting, barking, destructiveness, anti-social behavior, fearfulness, phobias, aggression, inappropriate elimination, and more. Your dog will also learn some new tricks in the form of willing responses to your cues! Asking your dog to sit, down, come, wait, stay, follow, go to a bed, and more when prompted -- and getting consistent results without bribes, punishment, or repetition -- will show you the joy and "new leash on life" my unique kind of positive reinforcement-based training can provide!

The Dog Waggin'

New To Thumbtack

    About

    The DogWaggin is all about providing the best care for your pet while you're away. Daycare, training, and overnight care service is provided in our clean and comfortable 4000 sq ft facility in downtown Algonquin. Our day care program focuses on providing fun and excitement for your dog. We are specifically designed to maintain quality of care, safety, and cleanliness of environment for dogs in need of attention, socialization, and a way to release their energy.

    Midway Dog Academy

    New To Thumbtack

      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.

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