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McHenry Animal Behaviorists

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Scott The Dog Guy
4.9
from 184 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 359 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
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Great progress on first visit. Helped me understand how to train my dog to behave. Have a lot of tips to practice and insight into dog behavior/triggers.

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Dog Obedience by Gina, LLC
5.0
from 29 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 52 hires on Thumbtack
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Danielle N.
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Gina was fabulous! I love that she provided weekly lesson plans that explained each command and when to start relying more on verbal rewards instead of treats. She had a good relationship with my pup and I saw a lot of progress during our time working with her and since. Various behaviors that were problematic were addressed and I noticed improvements quickly. We had previously done a 6 week course through a pet store with no where near the results we had from our 6 weeks with Gina. I am so thrilled in the investment we made with our time and money in selecting to hire DOG!

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!

Worthee
4.7
from 27 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 83 hires on Thumbtack
Tash C.
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Becca is an amazing dog walker. My dog can be timid and Becca handled her so well. She has a natural gift for relating to animals. Your pet is in good hands with her.

Sunset Training Center
4.9
from 25 reviews
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
Katherine F.
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I was looking for a high-quality dog trainer for my new puppy and am so happy I found Claudia. The one-on-one sessions allow us to cover a lot of ground and move at our own pace. She is very patient with me as I learn all about my dog and her behaviors. She really gives you insight into dog psychology and behavior and I finally feel like my puppy and I are speaking the same language! After the first session, my puppy was already more responsive at home and a much better walker. Looking forward to learning more with Claudia.

Pets N Me
4.8
from 17 reviews
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Taniya F.
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I hired Nancy about two weeks ago and so far my experience with pets and me is awesome. Nancy comes in on time with a possitive, loving attitude! My dog's Bella, and Hoodini absolutely love her with the delicious treats she provides them. While in a interview with Nancy she showed how much dignity and caring question like, if my pets have any allergies, are they up to date with vaccines, any triggers that effect them, is she able to give them any treats, are they friendly with other animals?!. I love my dog's more than anything in the world and have a hard time trusting anyone with them. Nancy proved to me that she is trustworthy, respects, and cares for my pets!. Thank you Nancy for all your hard work and dedication keep up the great work! 😃

The Educated Canine
4.5
from 16 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Donna B.
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Leslie has really made a difference in our dog's behavior. We are so pleased. She really knows how to handle dogs and teach us how to as well!

BFF Dog Academy
4.7
from 15 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
Jess N.
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Leslie helped me learn how to train my dog, Velvet, to pass the Canine Good Citizen test. Using Leslie's training techniques, I was able to dedicate time outside of the class to really help my dog learn new behaviors.

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K9 Tutoring
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
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Michael C.
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Scott was great with my dog Theo. K9 tutoring provides a great environment for learning. After two days of training we could see the difference in Theo's behavior. In addition, Scott gave us the tools to continue his training on our own. I would highly recommend K9 tutoring.

  • 4 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Eric C.
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I couldn't be more pleased with the services provided by Cassidy! She is devoted to the care of animals. She is knowledgable and trustworthy. Gus, my Great Dane, loves to see her every time she comes over! I (and Gus) couldn't have been happier to have found her. Plus, she is very accommodating to my busy schedule.

Brainy K9 Dog Training
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Jess W.
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We worked with Sarah for 6 weeks with our dog, Diggie, on his visitor anxiety at our home. She was quick to diagnosis Diggie's issues and came every week ready with strategies and tools to help us. Sarah was always professional and knowledgable, answering all our questions, while still making us feel very comfortable with what we needed to do and providing us with feedback. After the 6 weeks, Diggie has come a long way, mastering basic commands that will help his anxiety and a plan to continue his progress. We would definitely recommend her to anyone who loves their dogs, but not their behaviors.

  • 4 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Riane N.
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The dog was taken from a backyard breeder and had several social and behavioral issues. Jennifer did great with a unique and difficult situation. Worked well with everyone and helped the dog feel comfortable. Made many steps forward with the puppy.

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 ;)

Comfy K9's
5.0
from 1 review
    Amanda A.
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    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.

    Maria E.
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    It is obvious that Alec is an animal lover. Conscientious, kind and respectful of the owners and their pets.

    Stephanie Williams
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 3 years in business
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    About

    I am an empath . I have always felt a connection to nature and have had animals and reptiles surround me and "speak" with of course non verbal cues .

    About

    We have been providing family-friendly pet dog training for puppies and dogs for over 20 years. Our methods utilize positive reinforcement and build a relationship between you and your dog. We also offer continuing classes, private sessions, behavior consultations, agility, scent work, rally and more.

    About

    Well to start off, I am a caretaker for all types of animals! I take care of dogs, cats and horses! My schedule is very flexible, so I will always come to you. I will pet sit, and I am very affordable. I will work off your schedule!

    About

    Here are some of my work experiences: - Long-time animal rescue volunteer and supporter, dog walker, animal socializer, animal transporter, adoption counselor, and outreach event coordinator at numerous no-kill animal rescue organizations in Chicago and the Western suburbs - Experience at Doggy Daycare facility, including hands-on training, educational demonstrations and caring for dogs of all breeds in cage-free boarding facility - Lifetime animal guardian myself - Focusing on providing your cat and dog companions with stimulating interaction, proper nutrition and hydration, exercise, daily visits and TLC in the safety and comfort of his or her surroundings -Experience with administration of feline, canine and other small pet medication (oral and subcutaneous) - Depending on circumstances, care may be able to be provided in my home (for an additional fee) - Additional fee for services include transportation to/from routine veterinary visits, grooming appointments and animal play dates, etc. - Plant watering, mail and package retrieval and dry cleaning pick up available upon request -Other animal sitting may be available, including rabbits, birds, turtles, reptiles, ferrets, fish, etc. - Prefer smaller animals or dogs that are leash trained Please contact for additional information.

    About

    I am a reliable and dedicated animal lover. I have had many years of experience with helping people in situations. I have put their mind at ease, knowing that I am a wonderful care giver and will help families with their pets. I will do anything and anyway, whatever is comfortable for you and your pets.

    About

    Alex Brooks Canine Center offers doggie daycare, overnight boarding, and behavioral training for your pet. We are well-known in the Chicagoland and New York City areas for our specialized behavioral training. Many rescues such as PAWS Chicago and Save-A-Pet use Alex Brooks Canine Center. The facility is also recommended by many veterinarians. We are family-owned and -operated and have been in business for over 22 years. Alex's expertise in behavioral training has been sought after by TV programs, MTV videos, movies, and many sports superstars. He speaks at seminars on behavioral training and appears at many pet events for speaking engagements. The canine center is known for its friendly atmosphere and well-trained staff.

    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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