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Des Plaines Animal Behaviorists

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Scott The Dog Guy
4.9
from 179 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 353 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Katherine E.
Verified review

After one session with Scott the Dog Guy, we feel so much more in control with our puppy! Scott quickly got to the root of our behavior problems, and gave us invaluable advice and techniques that have vastly improved our dog's behavior. Scott advised that we change leashes, and was even able to sell us one on the spot (much cheaper and more effective than store-bought leashes!). This leash has made a huge difference; it calms and focuses our puppy instantly. Scott gave us a few tips as to our behavior around the puppy, which also helped tremendously. I would definitely recommend hiring Scott to help you understand your dog and learn how to shape your dog's behavior. Thanks, Scott! :)

Top Pro
  • 34 years in business
  • 123 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Dove R.
Verified review

Sherry is a wonderful trainer as well as a wonderful person. She was extremely responsive as I was able to meet with her shortly after our initial conversation. After only two sessions, I have already noticed differences in my dog's behavior and look forward to our next in home visit.

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!

Takacs Dog Training LLC
4.9
from 16 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Annie S.
Verified review

Chris transformed me and my dog, Declan’s, relationship through turbulent times. He enabled me to communicate with my dog and better shape behavior through positive reinforcement and maybe a little bit of training me. It was refreshing and fun. His enthusiasm is unmatched.

Pawfect Dog Training
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Polly H.
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I agreed to take in my sister's dog for a few months-what a mistake!!  He became a full time job.  Destroyed every pair of shoes in site and worse, constant biting was provoked by anything as simple as a sneeze.  I was terrified to have my grandson anywhere near him.  Matthew evaluated the situation and determined doggie retreat was needed in order to quickly turn around the dangerous situation. AND IT WORKED!  That dog is completely chilled, no more biting or destructive behavior.  Best of all no more biting and he and my grandson are buddies.  Matthew was great with coaching me through the ordeal and working with my sister once she got her dog back.  He is flexible, dogs love him, has a big heart and knows how to correct problems that other trainers my sister had engaged failed to do.  A hopeless situation had a happy conclusion.

The Educated Canine
4.5
from 15 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Donna B.
Verified review

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!

BFF Dog Academy
4.7
from 14 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
Jess N.
Verified review

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.

K9 Tutoring
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Michael C.
Verified review

Scott was great with my dog Theo. K9 tutoring provides a great environment for learning. After two days of training we could see the difference in Theo's behavior. In addition, Scott gave us the tools to continue his training on our own. I would highly recommend K9 tutoring.

Dog Talk
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 20 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.

Top Pro
  • 8 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Clare G.
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We asked Dee to come and observe our recently adopted rescue pug’s toy aggression. Dee immediately and accurately diagnosed Wilma's behaviors as the result of anxiety from a troubled past. Dee explained the purpose of the bad behaviors and how to correct them- to instill confidence in Wilma and integrate her into our “pack.” Her methods were quick, easy, and effective, as evidenced by our pug immediately learning and responding appropriately, and displaying calm behavior. Dee followed up that day with a helpful summary of our visit, and list of training vocab words, and she even offered me her number to text for any quick questions. We will certainly invite her again should any other issues arise, and we whole-heartedly recommend her to anyone looking for an enjoyable and educational experience.

  • 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.

  • 16 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!

At Your Home Pet Sitting
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • New on Thumbtack
Marguerite G.
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I could not ask for anyone better to care for my animals. Jazmin loves my animals like they were her own. When Mikey, my cat, was sick she has no problem giving him his medications. She spends time with them, it's not run in do what she has to do then leave, no, she spends time with them and plays with them, gives them quality time. My dog Roxy, is always excited to see her and loves her walks with Jazmin. Jazmin is concerned about their well being and what is best for them. I totally trust Jazmin and would recommend her highly. she has become part of my family. What is wonderful about Jazmin is she takes pictures when she comes and sends them to you which I love. I can not say enough about how wonder At Your Home Pet Sitting is, you can not go wrong.

Awesome Paws Academy
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Rebekah K.
Verified review

I would highly recommend Julie to any of my friends (and have) that want to train their dogs. I like that she comes to your house. She was very helpful in giving me a different approach to training that is more my style of training. I have started using the techniques she has shown me in the past few days and my dog has shown improvements.

It's a Good Life
4.8
from 6 reviews
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Edyta K.
Verified review

Sharlene took care of our dog while we went away for 4 days. She kept us up to date as to how Dopey was doing and never minded answering our questions. She is a sincere person that we trust with our doggie and will gladly use her help next time we travel

  • 22 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Shelly B.
Verified review

Top notch dog trainer. Professional and very knowledgeable. It was only a week before I noticed huge differences in my dog's behavior, and taught easy to use techniques to help maintain good behavior. Highly recommended!

  • 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.

Pet Care, Walker & Sitter
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Laura M.
Verified review

Cristiana has sat and walked my dog numerous times. She's trustworthy, consistent, and lives animals! Highly recommended!

Joey's Animal Service

New To Thumbtack

  • New on Thumbtack
About

Well to start off, I am a caretaker for all types of animals! I take care of dogs, cats and horses! My schedule is very flexible, so I will always come to you. I will pet sit, and I am very affordable. I will work off your schedule!

  • New on Thumbtack
About

I've worked at humane societies, dog and cat sat for clients from the shelter. I've also worked at stables and veterinarians and have owned animals for over 40 years. I love working with animals, they are the best.

  • New on Thumbtack
About

I will come to you, or you can come to me, whatever you feel more comfortable with. We will address the needs of your pet and your needs as the owner. Together, we can put together a simple plan that will work toward your goals as a pet owner and based on your pet's behavior. Every dog is different. I have a Boarding/training program . Overnight Dog Boarding on a limited basis in my home.

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