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Lake Forest Puppy Trainerss

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Top Pro
  • 45 years in business
  • 358 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Nan G.
Verified review

We just got a new puppy and needed help with potty training and simple obedience training. Susie was awesome. She gave us the knowledge we needed to continue training our puppy with confidence so we could be certain we were doing the right things to create a loving, happy relationship between our dog and family.

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Scott The Dog Guy
4.9
from 175 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 349 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Viren P.
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Scott is a true professional. He is extremely knowledgable when it comes to puppy and dog training. Helping me create a training plan for my puppy. He encouraged me to keep in contact with him, giving him updates on how the training was going and any questions or concerns I may have. I would recommend him to anyone looking for help in training their puppy or dog.

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  • 34 years in business
  • 121 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Tonya W.
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Sherry is the BEST! She was able to teach me and my dog. Very knowledgeable about dogs. Warm and welcoming! Looking forward to our next session. I was giving up hope for my new puppy, with her training we be a family.

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Throw Me a Bone, LLC
5.0
from 50 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 78 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Sherrie B.
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My husband and I were totally pleased with the training of our puppy Angel. Kristi is very knowledgeable about training, I really like her techniques. We're using them for training our puppy Angel. And seeing a change in her already. Thank you so much Kristi. Your a inspiration to us. Sincerely, Jim and Sherrie Baron

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  • 114 hires on Thumbtack
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Cindy L.
Verified review

So far we have had two dog training sessions with Carolyn and they have gone very well. She provided good training tips as well as other helpful information to help keep our dog healthy and intellectually stimulated. The positive dog training approach is just what we were looking for!

YBFDH
4.5
from 47 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 92 hires on Thumbtack
Morgan O.
Verified review

We sent our dog Trapper for training with Diana. He is an 8 month old German Shepard. We sent him for basic puppy training and he is doing very well now that he is home. We wanted a program that was more personal and one on one, as we have heard horror stories about boarding kennels. It was great to know he would be in a loving home with other dogs rather than a scary leaky basement kennel area. Also the trainer kept in contact daily with updates and tips to caring for him once he was home. All in all our experience was great! We highly recommend YBFDH!

Who Let the Dogs Out
5.0
from 25 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 57 hires on Thumbtack
Jake L.
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She is great with our puppy and was able to start right away. You can tell she loves dogs, and since she started coming by our puppy has been happier at the end of the day when we get home.

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Christy's Canine Care
4.8
from 25 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 52 hires on Thumbtack
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Amy B.
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She has gotten to know my family and guided us well in training our pup!

BFF Dog Academy
4.7
from 13 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 32 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 12 reviews
  • 37 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
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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  • 8 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Robyn W.
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I was already sharing my home with 2 dogs and I deeply wanted "A" puppy. I ended up coming home with 3 rescue puppies. I was honestly in tears when one of my pups developed sibling aggression. My very diverse pack was not blending. That's when I found Devious To Delightful Dogs. Dee's natural ability to understand pet/human relationships is unbelievable. Her passion for training is equal to her compassion for her clients (both furry and furless). Dee has taught me how to learn from my pets as well as how to teach/train them. She has an amazing love in her heart for animals and it shines through with her positive outlook. Thanks to her above and beyond approach I now belong to a happy and more unified pack. Devious To Delightful Dogs is simply the best.

A+ Dog Training
4.8
from 6 reviews
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Debbie L.
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I have trained threw different dogs with A plus two puppies and one rescued adult. Each of them learned so much as did I from Lindy and her staff! They clearly love animals and know what to do or say to help each individual and situation. Great puppy classes for learning different training techniques socialization and basic obedience. All of my dogs learned good basic obedience each in their own way as Lindy knows how to adjust the technique correction and praise to each individual dog wether they are easy going stubborn or shy. Advanced classes are fun and offer continuing training and bonding with you dog! Love A plus and would recommend any one with a dog young or old train there!

K9 Tutoring
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
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.

Dilis Dog Academy
4.0
from 6 reviews
  • 8 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
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Katie G.
Verified review

Jim was the best! In 5 weeks (really just after the first lesson!) I had the confidence and tools to maintain my dog’s training. It made the world of difference walking my dog, Barney, each day when he would walk by my side and sit on command versus pulling the leashing and leading me. Barney loves our walks together, and I do too! He sits, stays and comes on command! I can't thank Jim enough for his patience and positive energy. His passion for dogs is obvious and I would recommend him to any/all families in need of training! Katie G.

  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Steph W.
Verified review

I could not say enough good things about working with Stephanie when it came to training my dog. I have a rambunctious bulldog who's a year and a half. Nothing but behavioral problems, nipping, chewing things, eating things, and not coming when called. She was always on time, patient with my dog and myself, and made me feel comfortable with having her take care of my pup. I would HIGHLY recommend having her train your dog. I was thoroughly impressed to say the least!! I fully intend on utilizing this training in the future with future dogs as well.

At your SERVICE INC.
5.0
from 1 review
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Daria K.
Verified review

Great extra service added by YBFDH!! This place was really great with working out our dogs aggression, and then when we were ready they helped us get him certified as an emotional support dog. I noticed a review on here or their other page stating that a dog had been in a fight. I am the owner of the second dog in this " fight". The story in the review below is inaccurate. The owner of YBFDH acted as any business owner would in the situation that was presented. I think it is malicious and frankly disgusting to post such a review. YBFDH/AT YOUR SERVICE has been a god send for our family! If you're not satisfied with your experience I will reimburse you for your training costs!

  • 8 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Sarah R.
Verified review

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.

Comfy K9's
5.0
from 1 review
  • New on Thumbtack
Amanda A.
Verified review

In the first year of his life, my Great Dane had worked his way through two dog trainers and five dog walkers. The latest trainer- a certified animal behaviorist, had recommended we put out 9 month old puppy on prozac. My husband and I were against the idea, but decided to have the conversation with our vet. He absolutely refused and then recommended we talk to Kyra. Fast forward two years. Thanks to Kyra (and Comfy K9s) we watched our misunderstood, misbehaved puppy grow into a respectful, loving, well behaved family member. When it comes to training, except to work. Kyra takes her role very seriously. She won’t let you fail your dog. The number one thing that separates her from any other trainer, behaviorist, dog walker- I've worked with is her passion. She wants to help and she'll get it done any way it takes. She reads. She studies. She asks questions. The training is customized to your dog’s individual needs. And, she truly cares about you and your dog. When everyone gave up on our dog, she was there. She’s reliable. I know I can call her anytime and Comfy K9s will take care of us. (They're actually on my emergency contact list!) Kyra is trustworthy. She’s genuine. She will make your dog shine.

  • 7 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
About

I am a Certified Dog Obedience Trainer and a lot of my training education inclued watching canine behavior. Yes, I provide pet services, but I am ALWAYS watching their behavior while I am caring for them and training them.

Kate's Pet Care

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  • New on Thumbtack
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With an animal behavior degree and experience in a wildlife rehabilitation center and dog daycare/boarding facility, I can provide the best care for your animal. This includes pet sitting, training, walking and more, with one-on-one attention!

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