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Gurnee In-Home Dog Trainers

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Scott The Dog Guy
4.9
from 187 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 362 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Eva W.
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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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Throw Me a Bone, LLC
5.0
from 54 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 77 hires on Thumbtack
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Jordan L.
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Kristi did an outstanding job with dog training. My dog is a little stubborn and she took her time to work with her. I would definitely go back to her and refer her.

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  • 116 hires on Thumbtack
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Lynda F.
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Carolyn is a great and patient trainer. My dog is a work in progress but progress is what we are getting with Carolyn.

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!

  • 10 years in business
  • 74 hires on Thumbtack
Sophia V.
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I hired Kim to help me train my young puppy whom I'd already somewhat spoiled. I was looking for help with puppy biting and jumping, setting rules and making him understand them and sticking to obedience training, which I find sorta boring. Kim was working the second she stepped through my door, showing me how to deal with the jumping and explaining my dog's body signals to me. She was funny and interesting to work with, not only told me what to do but WHY it works and went a step beyond what I'd gotten from trainers in dog class as far as connecting the pieces for me. She demoed every trick and technique she was showing me and made me feel like I can easily incorporate her tips into our daily life. I am very excited that I now have a more interesting approach to training my pup. I was a bit overwhelmed by all the information at the end of our time together and I think Kim could tell because she summed up what things I will need to work on with him. She gave me a clear plan of when I'd hear from her next so we could discuss challenges and progress and gave me options for working for her in the future if I chose to. I am definitely going to work with Kim again to see if I can improve the relationship between my dog and my boyfriend's dog and teach my pup how to nicely walk on a loose leash.

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Brittany Rose
4.9
from 23 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
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Lara B.
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Brittany helped us with basic dog training but also tips to reduce reactivity. She's very personable and fun to work with. Our dog especially looked forward to our training sessions together

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

Dog Talk
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Jeff W.
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As a first time dog owner I have learned that the process to a well behaved dog is the training of both the dog AND the owners. Our rescue one year old Birder Collie/Australian Shepard mix was pretty well behaved indoors and in our yard but had a very aggressive issue when meeting new digs and people. He could not be trusted to not bite either. After one session with Lynn and homework he was 100% better. After the second session I have little fear of having a problem. Buddy still needs some work however the change has been dramatic. Lynn comes to your home with written plans and homework assignments. Hire Lynn, you will not be disappointed. Jeff Wadsworth

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K9 Tutoring
5.0
from 15 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 8 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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Lauren Z.
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Michelle is an absolute wonderful trainer.........my 2 dogs have completely flipped 100% into completely different dogs.......when my 2 dogs first met Michelle they literally wanted to attack/ kill her .......we have been working with Michelle for 3 lessons. Both my dogs now can be approached by Michelle with no problems what so ever......they give kisses ....let her let them .....i can now walk both of them at the exact same time with no issues of pulling me......let me remind you my dogs are 80lbs and 105lbs ......so to be able to now walk both with out them pulling me is a miracle !!! We've had issues with our dog Hayzel being aggressive when it came to meeting new people and Michelle has been working with us to improve that and take it away completely......i am sooooooo Happy to have found Michelle to help me with both of our dogs !!!!! I don't know what I would do with out her ......probably be stressed out big time !!! She's amazing and she knows exactly what she's doing, so if you're looking for someone who is willing to help you please choose Michelle!!! She is our Miracle !!! 🤗🤗

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  • 8 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
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Ana D.
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Dee is amazing she is best dog trainer! My dog love her!

  • 17 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Jessica L.
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We are so happy we found Black Dog K9! Our 1 year-old rat terrier/dalmatian mix, Buddy, loves Marty and loves his dog Ida! I can't say enough wonderful things about our experience with Black Dog. Before we started training with Marty, we struggled to train Buddy with general obedience and meeting other dogs. Buddy barks like crazy at large dogs, but tonight Buddy played with 105 pound Ida in our house. It was such a relief to see Buddy play well with another dog! Marty facilitated the whole process and we couldn't have done it without him (or Ida!). We feel so lucky to have Marty help us with the socialization process, and to see Buddy have fun with a large dog! Before working with Marty, we received quotes from other trainers and not only were we uncomfortable with their approaches, but their prices were outrageous. Black Dog K-9 approaches obedience training with love and offers training that is best for the dog, at a reasonable price. Marty has realistic suggestions, answers all questions thoroughly, gives great examples, and has excellent recommendations for dog training tools. In addition to the exceptional dog training we've already received in only 4 sessions, Marty has been kind, supportive, and is really a joy to be around--Buddy thinks so too! Marty is flexible, punctual, and he really cares about you and your dog. If you're trying to decide between trainers, go with Black Dog K9, you won't regret it.

Dilis Dog Academy
4.6
from 11 reviews
  • 32 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!

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.

At Your Home Pet Sitting
5.0
from 7 reviews
    Marguerite G.
    Verified review

    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.

    Chicago Dog Mentor
    5.0
    from 5 reviews
    • 5 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Sheela B.
    Verified review

    Lilo was my very first dog and I quickly got overwhelmed. I got the puppy package which was the perfect number of classes for us to train my dog and for me to feel confident in everything I do with him. We even did potty training and crating! Compared to dealing with classes or going to a trainer for sessions this was a great deal on top of being convenient. We would just meet at my house after I was done with work. I didn't want to deal with going to classes being in classes with other people and their dogs and Chicago traffic!!! Haha She is very patient and you can tell she really cares about dogs and their owners. She has this way of making you feel motivated and excited about training and 'engaging' with your dog. I felt confident and ready to take on the 'homework' she would give us. I would definitely recommend her to everyone, but unfortunately I moved out of state! Otherwise I would be telling everyone to call her! Speaking of calling, I was also very impressed by how easy she made it to get in contact with her when I had questions. She never made me feel like I was bothering her and as a first-time dog owner I really did message her a lot between classes haha. She was always prompt knowledgeable and kind. Some people just have a way of restoring your faith in humanity.

    Robin L.
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    My husband and I are new dog owners and Lindsey has been a great help to us. We have taken classes with her and she has come to our home for private training. We knew nothing and Lindsey has patiently given us easy to understand instruction on how to be good dog parents. The dogs respond so well to her. She is always available to answer questions. Lindsey is professional, kind to us and our dogs, and has a tons of knowledge to share. We plan on continuing both classes and private sessions.

    • 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!!

    North Shore Paws
    5.0
    from 3 reviews
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Catherine C.
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    I used the owner of North Shore Dogs for a couple years before I moved down to the city and I can honestly say from experience that I have never felt more comfortable or confident in a dog walker than I do in NSD. She was always there when needed in a pinch and consistent about when and how long she took my dog out. In addition to the daily walks I also felt very comfortable leaving my home and my animals (cats and dogs) in here care for extended periods of time. I recommend NSD for all of your pet needs! Now I just wish she would extend her services downtown ;)

    • 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!

    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    Patti B.
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    I can say that our experience with Susan caring for our little Ginger (adopted pooch of 2 years), was truly awesome! From the first meet & greet there was a "love connection". Clearly Susan has a love for dogs as though they were her own. When I returned home from my trip after Susan cared for Ginger, it was quite obvious that she was well cared for and exercised properly. Each time Susan has helped us out while away, Ginger walks around the house looking for Susan once she leaves and whines a little as if she's lost her buddy. I would recommend Susan as a reliable and super friendly dog walker/pet sitter!!

    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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