My Dog Rehab
My Dog Rehab

My Dog Rehab

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Introduction: Training Locations: Illinois Chicagoland / Indiana My name is Gerard and I have mastered the techniques to training dogs used by a brilliant man that has inspired me. His tv show is proven that he is a dog whisper. I understands how to teach new behaviors through luring, shaping, capturing or molding and have mastered the behavioral principles of operant conditioning. I have studied positive reinforcement dog training techniques as their primary training tool, which allows your dog to learn the desired behaviors while keeping that unique spark that makes your dog so special to you. Most of my customers require 2-3 training sessions because my methods are easy for dogs to understand and learn quickly. Most trainers will tell you that you need 1-2 weeks just to drain your pocket. I don’t do group lessons because they aren’t as effective. 10 dogs in a class is extremely distracting for your dog, especially puppy’s! Puppies can’t stay focused for more that 1 second. I don’t do this for the money, I do it for the results and the smiles I enjoy seeing on my clients face. Please take a moment to look over my reviews, all my clients have been very satisfied with my services. My private lesson is hands on training to bridge that language barrier gap between you and your close companion. My partner Peekaboo (Patterdale Terrier Mix in my photos) work as a team to rehabilitate other dogs and change their old way of thinking. From anxiety, aggression, to insecurities. I want to share with you an amazing experience of a lifetime. Give us a call or text us! If I missed your call I am in a private lesson and will return your call as soon as possible after that lesson or leave me your number and I’ll call you ASAP. Thank you for your time and looking forward to hearing from you.

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Nadia T.
3 weeks ago

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I am very grateful to Gerard for helping me to become a better mom for my doggy Asher and more smart dog owner. A couple years ago Asher had a terrible pad paws infection and became more protective of himself when someone tried to pet him. He is a very social doggy and loves to play and be surrounded by people but his tension became a red flag for us. As immature dog owners we followed advises of the different dog trainers but there were no progress until Gerard came to work with Asher and me. First of all, Gerard identified the source of the problem, performed training as a dog whisper and taught me the effective way to connect with my dog and help him. I had only three lessons with Gerard and regularly have practiced very simple steps he suggested. There is a huge progress in Asher’s behavior and increased quality in his communication with me and his daddy. Recently Asher attended a beach party with many strangers, he had lots of fun playing with kids and got new friends whom he let pet himself. He even got a compliment from a few people as “the most well-behaved dog”. I was so proud of him and happy to see he is coming back to his confident and trusted mode. It is also exciting to feel that our bond and understanding became stronger. Thank you, Gerard!

Details: 2 - 10 years old • Large (41 - 70 lbs) • Private lessons • Aggressive behavior modification • Biting • My home, venue, etc.

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Veronica F.
Jun 14, 2022

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Great experience! My dog is difficult and gave him a hard time at first, but he clearly has a lot of experience and made great progress in just 1.5 hours. He even was nice enough to wait for it to stop raining to do outside training. My dog Athena has already shown great improvement with the training he gave me and I continue to work with her on. Thank you!

Details: 2 - 10 years old • Large (41 - 70 lbs) • Private lessons • Aggressive behavior modification • Leash pulling • Barking • My home, venue, etc.

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Judith L.
May 17, 2022

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Gerard was so comfortable to work with during the training session. For me, he provided an excellent model for how to continue and go forward with training my dog. His love of dogs and his work is infectious and makes you eager to continue the work. His work session is uniquely crafted around your concerns. He doesn't have a one for all agenda. He listens to your concerns and gets to know your dog. That builds his session.

Details: 0 - 6 months old • Extra Small (1 - 15 lbs) • Private lessons • General obedience training • House training • Barking • Biting • My home, venue, etc. • At the pro’s location

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Yolanda S.
Feb 18, 2022

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Gerard is phenomenal. Our first time having a dog, which is an Akita pup. He is very patient, knowledgeable, professional, and it's evident that Gerard enjoys what he does. I recommend Gerard to anyone who needs a trainer who cares. He is punctual, professional, I can go on and on. He was so awesome that when he left our puppy lay at the top of the stairs and watched the front door as if he thought Gerard was coming back. Gerard took time and didn't watch his clock. I felt bad because not only he went over his time, but his dog was in his car waiting and our puppy isn't fully vaccinated yet 😕 so he can't be around other dogs. We will have Gerard back again and definitely recommend him to others.

Details: 0 - 6 months old • Small (16 - 25 lbs) • Private lessons • Puppy training • House training • Biting • Chewing • Crate training • My home, venue, etc.

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Deanna J.
Aug 24, 2021

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We are so thankful to have found My Dog Rehab. Gerard came and helped us with our dog’s terrible separation anxiety. We were shown how to be a leader and how to help our dog become the best family companion. We actually have hope to be able to help our little dog. In such a short amount of time our super anxious little dog was able to relax himself to a calm state while alone and not bark continuously, or scratch the wall trim up. It was truly amazing. We have the guide to continue train our dog the proper way. Thank you so much! We highly recommend My Dog Rehab.

Details: 6 - 12 months old • Extra Small (1 - 15 lbs) • Private lessons • Aggressive behavior modification • Barking • Crate training • My home, venue, etc.

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Gerard Dolinski


  • How did you get started doing this type of work?

    After watching the show called the dog whisperer. I was absolutely amazed the way he would train other dogs. At first I was very skeptical. But once I used the techniques with my dog and saw the results and I was truly amazed! I just had to start my own business to educate people and dogs and create that special bond between us humans and our pets. I wanted to close that language barrier we have between our pets to understand one another what our needs and wants are to be happy together.

  • What types of customers have you worked with?

    From puppy training to extremely aggressive dog training. I’ve worked with all kinds of dogs with all sorts of problems. No dog is too much for me to handle.

  • What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?

    If you go to a big store like PetSmart to train your dog. They will be looking at the clock and have to stop at exactly when the lesson ends. I work for myself, and make sure I finish the training I’m in the middle of doing and go over time at no extra charge to my clients. I put my heart and sole into it and train them with love and care.

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