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Elmhurst K9 Trainers

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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
Jamie G.
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Scott did a great job with my dog, Rylee. I was having problems with my dog growling and biting my one year old child. He came to my house and changed my whole perspective on how to care for dogs. Rylee has responded very well to his training techniques. My mom even commented that she feels as if my dog was hypnotized after Scott came. He has invested interest in helping my family out. Scott texted me after coming to my house to make sure that things were still going good. I highly recommend Scott to assist with any dog training needs.

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  • 34 years in business
  • 125 hires on Thumbtack
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Denise S.
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Sherry is a great lady. She is kind, encouraging, and very knowledgeable. She taught us a lot of great techniques and was a joy to work with. Would highly recommend her to help with any dog training needs --Denise S

Who Let the Dogs Out
5.0
from 25 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 57 hires on Thumbtack
Dawn M.
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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
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
Scott P.
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We got our dog Leo from Sunset last year. We could not be happier. He's so beautiful and smart. We get compliments everyday. We've been working with the owner Claudia on his training. She's outstanding trainer and breeder. Could not recommend more.

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Takacs Dog Training LLC
4.9
from 19 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
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Steven Z.
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Chris did a great job helping me with my dog Miles. Miles is a much better walker after ongoing leash training and is now interested in walking next to me instead of way in front. I highly recommend using Chris for your dog training needs.

Dog Talk
5.0
from 15 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
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Training our 10 month old Puppy.

The Educated Canine
4.5
from 16 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Anthony Z.
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Leslie is training me and my dog obedience everything is very clear and easy to learn she is very knowledgeable on the subject and easy to get along with looking forward to continue working with her as my dog is doing great because of her training

Andrea Kutzko Dog Trainer
4.9
from 14 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Jessica P.
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Fantastic trainer! Was very patient with us and our new puppy. With her guidance we were able to breeze through 6 weeks of puppy obedience training in 3 weeks time. I would recommend Andrea to anyone. She's amazing and a joy to work with.

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! !

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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

Dilis Dog Academy
4.6
from 10 reviews
  • 17 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
Crissy P.
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Jim provides the creme de la creme in dog training. His knowledge and professionalism are outstanding. He is sincere and takes the time to listen to you and your dog. The changes he has implemented in our dogs life as well as our family is greatly appreciated and worth every dollar spent. Thanks Jim!

  • 4 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Gayle S.
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Very thorough training experience. Nicole is knowledgable and patient. The ideal combination. My dog is so much easier to live with as a result of this training. I would definitely hire her again.

PET PLANET INTERNATIONAL
4.9
from 8 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Angelica L.
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Jay 'Halfman Halfdog' has done amazing things with my baby Lily. Lily is 3 years old and I have allowed her to get away with murder. However, Jay started working weekly with her and now she listens to commands and actually does the command, she has learned to control her desire to run out the house or car when the door opens. Jay has taught her to sit and to stay seated until told to go which was a BIG feet for Lily because she has a lot of energy and no previous training. Currently, Jay is working on training Lily off leash so she can have more autonomy. Jay is amazing, respectful, patient, reliable, and smart, speaks the language of dogs, and is very diligent. He wants to see you and your fur baby succeed.

  • 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!

  • 8 years in business
Sarah R.
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Paige helped me win my new lab puppy. She was very patient and even involved my daughter in the training. During the training Paige was always available to answer questions and went above and beyond and has allowed us to email her even now if we reach a sticky spot. Things with Bella have been great in the house and I look forward to purchasing more training from Paige in the future.

Joe's Dog Training
5.0
from 1 review
    Mary M.
    Verified review

    Joe has helped me with several foster dogs. He has helped me learn positive techniques that work very well. I highly recommend him!

    About

    I can train your dog to be obedient. I also walk dogs during my spare time. This a job I enjoy doing.

    • 4 years in business
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    About

    I offer a one on one service at my customer's convenience, tailoring the sessions to what the pet and owner need. My goal is to make changes in the pet's behavior to make the relationship be what it is meant to be.

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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

    • 4 years in business
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    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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