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Des Plaines Dog Trainers

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Scott The Dog Guy
4.9
from 186 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 361 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Eva W.
Verified review

I absolutely loved scotts approach and he gave me so much more information for my Frenchie that I hadn't heard from other dog trainers per sey. He was very pleasant and professional and if anyone needed help with thier dog I would highly recommend him!!!! Thanks Scott!!!!

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  • 34 years in business
  • 126 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Deborah A.
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Sherry is a fantastic dog trainer with expertise and a true love for animals. Her advise was invaluable!

Christy's Canine Care
4.9
from 26 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 56 hires on Thumbtack
Rob R.
Verified review

We have been using Christy's Canine Care for about three years now and have had an excellent experience. She has a wonderful way with dog's. Our dog, Lexi, is quite skittish but Christy worked her magic and very quickly, she and Lexi where best friends. Our neighbor has a dog that no dog-sitter was able to get near enough to even get a leash on her. But in the first visit, Christy had the leash on her and was able to walk her. My neighbor caller her a "dog whisperer".

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

I'm convinced we have the best dog walker ever! She is so sweet and so great with our dog. Our dog (who judges people) immediately warmed to her. Even when we have had to work late or something came up she was there to check on him as a favor to us. Words cannot express how much we appreciate and are thankfully to have found her, we owe much to her!

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Takacs Dog Training LLC
5.0
from 22 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
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Samantha E.
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When I first met Chris I had just gotten a three month old Border Collie named Max. A few weeks after having Max he started showing off some bad behaviors, so I went in search for a dog trainer and I came across Chris on Thumbtack. He was amazingly helpful and incredibly knowledgeable—which was quite impressive. Sadly, Max started to become aggressive with my eight year old son and I was too nervous to keep him any longer. I, of course, didn’t want my son to get hurt but I didn’t want Max to be punished for something that he couldn’t fully control yet. Time wasn’t on our side with Max. Chris made me feel better about my choice and how it was the right one for not only my family but for Max as well. A month later we got an eight week old schnoodle that fit more into our lives. Cotton is very well mannered and trained because of the tools and knowledge Chris gave us. He works hard to give you the tools you need to have a happy home for you and your pupper. He is also super amazing at working around work schedules and things alike. Chris comes to your home—which is amazingly helpful since that is your dog’s environment. He shows you how to do things and after that it’s up to you to practice, practice, practice. You have to put in the work and use the tools Chris gives you and it is SO worth it—and he is always more than willing to answer any questions or issues you might be having—to which he always have good answers for you. I would suggest him time and time again, hands down!

BFF Dog Academy
4.8
from 17 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
Paul M.
Verified review

Leslie is an excellent dog trainer, patient, diligent, organized...a true professional who we would recommend to any dog owner looking for a trainer. Paul & Molly

The Educated Canine
4.5
from 17 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
John S.
Verified review

I volunteered to assist the Navy in training recruits at RTC Great Lakes, while stationed here I wanted to find something to do with my time while I was here. I decided that I wanted to get dog and train the dog to be a therapy dog. I thought it was an outstanding way to provide love & affection for people that truly need it. I hand selected a female Golden Doodle, that I named Bella. I now needed to find a dog trainer to help me train Bella, after searching around for a few days, I was referred to Leslie Wooldridge, after meeting with Leslie and discussing the reason why I wanted to her to train Bella, she was very direct and up front about how it is going to be acommitment, and that it is a lot of work. I respected her honesty because I could see that she took pride in her work. I have been training with Leslie for almost a year now, and I am extremely happy that I chose her. The relationship between Leslie & Bella has been amazing, and the results of the training have aloud Bella to ace both the AKC "Canine Good Citizen" (CGC), and Therapy Dog International (TDI) certifications. I would highly recommend Leslie Wooldridge to anyone willing make the commitment to take the time necessary to get superior results.

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K9 Tutoring
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
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Scott F.
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Scott did a great job with house training/off leash training with my dog, Penny, and later bird training.

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Hair of The Dog That Bit Ya
4.9
from 13 reviews
  • 37 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
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Todd B.
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Here is a little history, we adopted a tree walker coonhound from a shelter in Tennessee and brought him home to Wisconsin. The first month was ok as we all got adjusted to each other. There were counter surfing, mouthing and dominance issues from the beginning. We knew we had a stubborn ALPHA, ALPHA male but we were working through it. The dog and I had an altercation over a rawhide where he became very aggressive and tried to bite me. From that day forward he would try to attack me unsolicited any time he saw me or heard my voice. It got so bad I would have to lock myself in a room so my wife could let him out. I am 6',1" tall and 220 lbs, this is the first time in my life with all the dogs I've owned that I was afraid of a dog. We talked to many behaviorist's whom all said we should just rehome the dog and had no answers for us. I was determined not to give up and make things work because I knew that this was a good dog deep down inside. That is when I was recommend to Shelly at "Hair of the dog that bit ya". I got a great feeling from her right away on the phone and was intrigued by her explanation of how she handles her training of dogs (it was a much different approach from what I was hearing from everyone else). This is a large breed hunting dog who is aggressive and she knew exactly how to handle it. She came out the very next morning to a situation where everyone in the house was uneasy and afraid of this dog who now was in total control of the situation. Long story short after two hours Shelly had broken the dog had him taking commands from both my wife and myself. We felt like we had our lives back and believe it or not the dog seemed happier that he now knew the pecking order. This was truly a Christmas miracle for my entire family. The picture attached is from the same day where that morning my dog wanted to kill me and what he was like by the afternoon! I cannot thank Shelly enough and I am so excited for our new life together with Bohannon. Todd & Shelly Bloom

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  • 5 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Linda S.
Verified review

My dog Pixie and I have been working with Michelle for the last few months, and it has been life changing! Pixie's habit of jumping on people, pulling hard on the leash during walks and her reactivity to dogs (and bunnies!) were all making it difficult to have fun and enjoy my dog. Within 5 minutes of meeting my dog, Michelle had Pixie listening and focused on her, and following all the basic commands she gets too excited to follow around new people! It was so impressive! Michelle is always professional, and always willing to spend whatever time the dog and owner need during that session to introduce and practice new things. She is great about answering questions and giving homework that really reinforces the training. We have worked on door manners, greetings, walking easily on leash and her reactivity to dogs and bunnies! It really is like having a new dog! All with positive reinforcement (no awful shock collar!). And the best part, Michelle is teaching me how to be a better friend to my dog, by helping me pay better attention to Pixie's reactions to the world around her. I plan on getting another dog in the future, and I will definitely have Michelle at Peak train my new baby as well! (Picture is of Pixie in a down-wait with treats on feet)

  • 9 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Susan P.
Verified review

We are so pleased with Michelle. Really like that she updates us and texts a photo of Tess while she is here.We are new to this area and our dog has had the same pet sitter for six years, so it was important to find the right person. We knew as soon as we met Michelle that she was the one.

Dilis Dog Academy
4.6
from 11 reviews
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Jeanie M.
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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
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

Mutts in a Rutt
4.8
from 6 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Marlo K.
Verified review

Nicole has been great with my dog Roxie. She is always on time and she uses an app that shows where they walk and if my dog went to the bathroom.

  • 31 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Terry T.
Verified review

Even though I didn't eventually need a walker, I was impressed with the prompt, polite, and accommodating responses from your employee. If I should need dog walking services in the future, I surely will contact you.

  • 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!

Carlos neria
5.0
from 1 review
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Alison S.
Verified review

Carlos walks my dog Samson every weekday. He's proven to be very reliable and he makes it clear that he cares about Samson. Carlos keeps me informed about anything I need to know about Samson that happens on his walks, too.

Lindsey's Dog Walking
5.0
from 1 review
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Amy W.
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Lindsey has become my regular dog walker and I plan to use her for overnights as well. She is always sweet, professional and just loves my dogs. And, they adore her! I highly recommend Lindsey.

Bow-Wows & Meows

New To Thumbtack

    About

    I have my own pet sitting business, where I personally take care of the animals. I have worked with animals for over 20 years, and I am also a certified dog trainer and pet nutrition specialist. I belong to several animal welfare and rescue organizations, and I am also a HomeAgain pet rescuer. I have five dogs and one cat of my own and recently have acquired some Cichlids (fish) that I rescued. I believe in treating another person's little furry family member like they were one of my own with the utmost of love and devotion. Animals are and always have been my passion in life. I will travel up to 15 miles within Wisconsin and Illinois.

    Chimera Terry

    New To Thumbtack

      About

      You should hire me because I'm young, so of course I'm energetic and active. I love pets. My business would be great because I have no problem walking dogs.

      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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