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Chicago Service Dog Training Programs

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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
Viren P.
Verified review

Scott is a true professional. He is extremely knowledgable when it comes to puppy and dog training. Helping me create a training plan for my puppy. He encouraged me to keep in contact with him, giving him updates on how the training was going and any questions or concerns I may have. I would recommend him to anyone looking for help in training their puppy or dog.

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

Who Let the Dogs Out
5.0
from 25 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 57 hires on Thumbtack
Carrie F.
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Belinda provided excellent care for our dog. Our dog, being a rescue dog, required specialized care in which she delivered; this included having patience, providing lots of attention, and staying overnight. All of which she did all eagerly. Belinda came to our house on a couple different occasions so our dog could become familiar with her. She even brought our Pebbles a new toy and treats! She maintained communication with us while we were away, providing updates and sending pictures. While it was difficult to leave our dog (specially being new to this state) I did find comfort knowing she and our house were being well cared for. Belinda is truly a sweet and caring person to owners and their pets as well as honest and responsible. We will definitely be using her services again:)! Thank you Belinda! We greatly appreciate all you have done for us!

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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
Tim B.
Verified review

Chris is absolutely amazing. He is incredibly knowledgeable about what makes canines tick and focuses his core training program around your dog’s personality and your goals. Not only is he great at what he does, he’s a pleasure to hang out with and learn from. Highly recommended.

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
  • 21 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
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
Rennita J.
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I was really nervous when I set out to find a dog trainer for my German Shepherd, but all that was put to ease when Nicole came by for a meet and greet with my dog. She explained to me all of her training methods and answered any questions I had. She was very easy to talk to about any problems I had concerning my dog. And after three weeks of her board and train program, I am wowed! Her results are outstanding. My dog now gives me her full attention, is much more calm, and no longer pulls while walking. I kniw these

Five Star K9
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 5 years in business
Ted N.
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I made contact with 5 star canine to train my dog. Jason arrived at my house on time, explained his services and went to work immediately training my dog. My dog now listens to my commands. Unbelievable. I was extremely impressed with his knowledge, expertise, and value. If you need your dog (s) trained, I would highly recommend contacting five star K9. I am glad I did .

PET PLANET INTERNATIONAL
4.9
from 8 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Damisola O.
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Jay is extremely attentive to details. He takes time to study your personality and lifestyle and pairs you up with the dog that can fit into that personality and lifestyle. He is always available to help answer all my questions about the health of my dog and even other dog owners he has no relationship with. I have learned that when it comes to dogs, Jay is always right. My dog got missing one day due to my negligence, and he gave me steps on how I can make sure my dog finds her way home, and before and hour, my dog was barking in front of my door. Jay is an exceptional and professional dog whisperer and I would always recommend him.

Dog Training Now!
4.9
from 8 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Paul M.
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I am happy we found Dog Training Now. We had a private lesson with Judy and she helped us right away with Bella on the leash. We signed up for a Stay and Learn Program. I feel comfortable know Bella will be staying in a trainer's home instead of a kennel.

  • 41 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
David M.
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Wild Paws is a wonderful service, providing training, boarding, and daycare and Joanne (Jo) is clearly a special trainer. Jo has been our sheltie-cockapoo-pumi mix trainer for several months and the two of them hit it off from the very beginning. Indeed, I have witnessed this for every dog I have seen interact with her. The emphasis of the training program is always on the well-being of the dog: protecting the dog from running away or eating something dangerous; keeping the dog mentally stimulated, and fostering a healthy relationship between the owners and the dog, especially for families with young children. The daycare is heavily supervised and highly secured. If you are not known, you are not getting in, and you are definitely not removing a dog. However, if you are known, you are welcomed with open arms. The facility is always clean and new dogs are added carefully to the existing mix to ensure that play is always satisfying (and exhausting!) for the dogs. Pictures of the dogs are shared every day. Dietary restrictions are enforced strictly. Treats are plentiful and varied. Puppies tend to leave learning new tricks. I have also used the boarding service. Pictures of the dogs playing are also shared every day. Boarded dogs spend significant portions of the day outside of their cage, unless they are stressed. The service emphasizes the well-being and happiness of the dog as well. There is a human being with the dogs 24/7. If you have a sensitivity to smoke scent, you will want to wash your dog afterward, but this is at most a minor inconvenience. Knowing that the dogs are safe, stimulated, and learning is what matters.

  • 14 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Carley S.
Verified review

Tammy is amazing! We have a 3 month old Shih Tzu. My boyfriend was out of town all week and he normally comes home on his lunch to walk and play with our pup, so we needed someone to take over while he was gone. Tammy came out for a meet and greet with our pup, and we instantly knew she was trustworthy and had a true love for animals. We utilized her Training program, and her dog walking services. I would highly recommend her! Thank you Tammy!!

  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Abraham M.
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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

I provide one-on-one training for six weeks. I work with you until you feel happy with the results. Follow-ups are free.

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I am a Chicago based dog trainer, and I have been so for the past year. I am passionate about training dogs, because I've loved them from a young age, and I love to help them and their owners work together in harmony! I have worked with all different breeds and sizes of dogs on various issues, ranging from age puppy to adulthood. I provide individual dog training. Each session is individually quoted based on client's need after an assessment.

  • 19 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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I treat my clients pets as though there a part of my family

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We offer basic to advanced obedience training for puppies and dogs of all ages. We also offer agility training, doggy daycare and behavioral rehabilitation. We offer personal protection training as well.

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I offer doggy nanny 911 services, as follows: training/communication, pet sitting, dog walking, boarding and grooming. I provide customized pet care that fits in your budget

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I handle dog training in McHenry and Chicago based on customer satisfaction. Try before you buy. Make your canine a Smart K9.

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I am a Certified Dog Obedience Trainer and a lot of my training education inclued watching canine behavior. Yes, I provide pet services, but I am ALWAYS watching their behavior while I am caring for them and training them.

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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