A note to our community regarding COVID-19. Learn more
Find a dog trainer near Gurnee, IL

Find a dog trainer near Gurnee, IL

3 near you

Find a dog trainer near Gurnee, IL

3 near you

Give us a few details and we’ll match you with the right pro.

Zip code

Top 3 Dog Trainers near Gurnee, IL

Dog Trainers Cost Guide

  • $
  • $$
  • $$$
  • $$$$

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

What’s the best way to set up a consultation or an appointment with a dog trainer during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Utilize as many digital means as necessary when setting up appointments or consultations with dog trainers near you during the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently, the best way to begin is by conducting a search for dog trainers online. Compare services side by side, and ask each dog trainer you contact if it’s possible to schedule a consultation or appointment completely virtually. During this time, you should also discuss strategies for completing training and payments through digital means.

Are there ways to be safe if I hire a dog trainer when social distancing?

Current CDC guidelines state, “Do not let pets interact with people or animals outside the household.” It also explains that more studies are needed to understand if and how animals could be affected by the virus that causes COVID-19 and how this might affect human health.

If you’re uncomfortable with hiring a dog trainer right now, you can reach out to dog trainers in your area to see if they will let you book an appointment in the future when social distancing guidelines are lifted. Or, ask if they offer virtual or remote services.

If you do decide to hire a pro to train your dog in person, limit any physical contact with the trainer. Stay 6 feet apart, sanitize items and surfaces, and use digital payments instead of cash or a check.   

Can I use digital payments to pay for dog training?

Many professional dog trainers accept digital payments instead of cash or check. One effect of the COVID-19 pandemic is that it is encouraging companies and services to onboard digital platforms like PayPal, Zelle, Google Pay, Venmo and Square Cash as a means of curbing virus transmission risk.

When you contact dog trainers near you, ask if they’ll accept digital payments. This information is also typically available on their online profiles.

Does a dog trainer need to enter my home?

Depending on the type of dog training you need, a dog trainer may need to enter your home. Many behaviors that need to be corrected are associated with the dog being in the house. However, some types of training can take place virtually or even outside while observing safe social distancing practices.

Start by asking dog trainers in your area if they’ll perform a video consultation instead of an in-person one, and ask if they need to enter your home.

Do dog trainers offer remote or virtual services?

Although dog training is traditionally performed in person, the COVID-19 pandemic may have caused some professional dog trainers to move to remote training and virtual services. You can contact dog trainers near you to ask about the possibility of remote or virtual services. Also, ask whether all aspects of the process can be digital, including payment.

How can I find out if a dog trainer is considered an essential COVID-19 service provider?

Guidelines on essential services are constantly being updated by local and federal government agencies. To see which services qualify as essential COVID-19 service providers, start with your city or state’s government website.

A reliable list of federal guidelines is available on CISA’s Identifying Critical Infrastructure During COVID-19 webpage. However, not all jurisdictions follow CISA’s definitions of critical infrastructure.  .

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 behave 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.

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.

Reviews for Gurnee dog trainers
Kristen H.
I needed help with my two small dogs. After getting the new puppy who refused to potty train, my older dog started to revert. She was able to work with all of us, give suggestions and now both dogs are doing much better.
Hair of The Dog That Bit YaHair of The Dog That Bit Ya
Judy G.
Our first training session went better than I ever expected. My dog is responding to me better than he ever has. I need the training probably more than he does!!! Michelle is very kind, warm, friendly and treated my dog as if he was her own. I look forward to learning from her so I can have the calm dog I always wanted!! Judy
Hair of The Dog That Bit YaHair of The Dog That Bit Ya
Thumbtack Customer
My dog Mango is quite the aggressive little dog and once I called Christy for help she knew over the phone already that his aggression was based on fear. She has so far only been here for the free evaluation and I am already seeing amazing results with Mango! I cannot wait to see his progress and work with Christy even more, she is so attentive and works positively with Mango. Besides the actual training, she has called me to check on him and also offered training tools, like a leash and treats. I highly recommend Christy, she is extremely helpful and a great resource if you want to gain peace of mind with your dog!
Christy's Canine CareChristy's Canine Care
Amanda J.
Michelle is awesome! Not only has she helped train our new (rescue) dog, 2 year old Walter, who is a BIG boy, she has helped trained US in the right way to do it, so that we can remain consistent. She happily included our 16 year old daughter in the training, and in just two sessions, Walter's manners have improved dramatically. I can't speak highly enough of her and her methods.
Hair of The Dog That Bit YaHair of The Dog That Bit Ya
Matthew K.
This is tough because I really liked Mike and think he is a pretty good trainer although, I was very specific about what I was looking for in correcting for my dog and we spent very little to no time addressing that issue. I kind of felt like I was duped. I reached out to Mike because my dog started to display social aggression towards other dogs while at the off leash parks. He is a very high energy dog and I can only supply him with a few miles of running and walking a day, therefore it is very critical I can take him to the park to get out some energy a few times a week. After communicating this to Mike he said we could meet and he can spend about 45-60 minutes assessing the dog for free and then another hour to train take him to the park to see what the issues are. Mike showed up and spent a lot of time asking me questions and giving Loki (my dog) general commands. He agreed my dog was well trained but he still continued doing simply basic behavior games and techniques. I felt like this was quite a waste of my time since this is not his issue although some of the things he went over were helpful. He did show me a method which I did inquire about to start to get Loki into his crate on his own, since he is terrified of being locked in and I wont force him. I would love to use the crate while I am at work but he is deathly afraid of the thing. Anyway, after all this we finally went to the park to address the real issue. We stayed here for less then 10 minutes and the only positive was that Mike was able to see how Loki was reacting that made me nervous to have him around other dogs. After this I paid him and he left. A couple weeks after Mike text me asking how Loki was doing. I replied, "Things are okay. I just want to get him comfortable around other dogs so we can get some of his energy out at the park. I can't really do that alone or without other well behaved dogs. I am pretty confident in typical behavioral training." I got no response from Mike. Nothing. I'm a bit confused since this is what I told him from day 0 that I wanted to work on and now it seems he cant help me? Then why take the first appointment... UPDATE: Mike reached out to me and apologized for not following up with me. He came and did another session with Loki and I believe it helped having another dog around so I can focus on what I need to correct in his behaviors. I am going to keep working with Loki and will reach out to Mike for another session if I still need some guidance.
Frayed Hat Dog TrainingFrayed Hat Dog Training
Wendy C.
Woody was great! He addressed all my concerns and not only showed me what I needed to change but also what I was already doing well. He had great suggestions, modeled them for me and took the time to answer all my questions. I will be recommending him to anyone who needs dog training support.
Mindful Dog TrainingMindful Dog Training
Ready to find a pro?

See more reviews, compare prices, and hire your favorite pros all with Thumbtack.

Why hire professionals on Thumbtack?
Free to use

You never pay to use Thumbtack: Get cost estimates, contact pros, and even book the job—all for no cost.

Compare prices side-by-side

You’ll know how much your project costs even before booking a pro.

Hire with confidence

With access to 1M+ customer reviews and the pros’ work history, you’ll have all the info you need to make a hire.