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Oak Lawn Dog Trainers

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Scott The Dog Guy
4.9
from 182 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 357 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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  • 34 years in business
  • 125 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Deborah A.
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Sherry is a fantastic dog trainer with expertise and a true love for animals. Her advise was invaluable!

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Takacs Dog Training LLC
4.9
from 19 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Samantha E.
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When I first met Chris I had just gotten a three month old Border Collie named Max. A few weeks after having Max he started showing off some bad behaviors, so I went in search for a dog trainer and I came across Chris on Thumbtack. He was amazingly helpful and incredibly knowledgeable—which was quite impressive. Sadly, Max started to become aggressive with my eight year old son and I was too nervous to keep him any longer. I, of course, didn’t want my son to get hurt but I didn’t want Max to be punished for something that he couldn’t fully control yet. Time wasn’t on our side with Max. Chris made me feel better about my choice and how it was the right one for not only my family but for Max as well. A month later we got an eight week old schnoodle that fit more into our lives. Cotton is very well mannered and trained because of the tools and knowledge Chris gave us. He works hard to give you the tools you need to have a happy home for you and your pupper. He is also super amazing at working around work schedules and things alike. Chris comes to your home—which is amazingly helpful since that is your dog’s environment. He shows you how to do things and after that it’s up to you to practice, practice, practice. You have to put in the work and use the tools Chris gives you and it is SO worth it—and he is always more than willing to answer any questions or issues you might be having—to which he always have good answers for you. I would suggest him time and time again, hands down!

Dog Talk
5.0
from 15 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Jennifer H.
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Lynn is an amazing dog trainer and she has changed our lives in only a few sessions:)

BFF Dog Academy
4.7
from 14 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 35 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

Dilis Dog Academy
4.6
from 10 reviews
  • 17 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
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Katie G.
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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.

  • 4 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Rennita J.
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I was really nervous when I set out to find a dog trainer for my German Shepherd, but all that was put to ease when Nicole came by for a meet and greet with my dog. She explained to me all of her training methods and answered any questions I had. She was very easy to talk to about any problems I had concerning my dog. And after three weeks of her board and train program, I am wowed! Her results are outstanding. My dog now gives me her full attention, is much more calm, and no longer pulls while walking. I kniw these

Mutts in a Rutt
4.8
from 6 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Marlo K.
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Nicole has been great with my dog Roxie. She is always on time and she uses an app that shows where they walk and if my dog went to the bathroom.

  • 31 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Terry T.
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Even though I didn't eventually need a walker, I was impressed with the prompt, polite, and accommodating responses from your employee. If I should need dog walking services in the future, I surely will contact you.

  • 14 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Carley S.
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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!!

  • 11 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Catherine B.
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Rick's professionalism is unparalleled. His gentle, quiet, calming approach to dogs is what brought our stubborn Labrador Retriever and our very scarred rescue mutt to be so much better than we ever thought they could be. His capabilities exceeded our expectations and he is always available to ask questions and guide us as we learn more about how to be with our dogs. So happy we found him.

  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Abraham M.
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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!

About

The DogWaggin is all about providing the best care for your pet while you're away. Daycare, training, and overnight care service is provided in our clean and comfortable 4000 sq ft facility in downtown Algonquin. Our day care program focuses on providing fun and excitement for your dog. We are specifically designed to maintain quality of care, safety, and cleanliness of environment for dogs in need of attention, socialization, and a way to release their energy.

About

Dog boarding school can be an effective way to train certain dogs, especially when there are extenuating circumstances, such as an owner who will be traveling when there is some sort of disruption going on at home. I offer intensive, loving, one-on-one training in my home, where your dog's educational experiences correlate with the life he or she will be returning to. Staying in my home with our loving, training-experienced family reduces your dog's anxiety and loneliness, while improving dog obedience, behavior, and manners. Your dog will learn self-control in behavior areas, such as jumping, chewing, digging, play-biting, barking, destructiveness, anti-social behavior, fearfulness, phobias, aggression, inappropriate elimination, and more. Your dog will also learn some new tricks in the form of willing responses to your cues! Asking your dog to sit, down, come, wait, stay, follow, go to a bed, and more when prompted -- and getting consistent results without bribes, punishment, or repetition -- will show you the joy and "new leash on life" my unique kind of positive reinforcement-based training can provide!

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You should hire me because I'm young, so of course I'm energetic and active. I love pets. My business would be great because I have no problem walking dogs.

About

I walk dogs and love playing with them. I like washing, walking and feeding them. Most of all, I like to talk to them.

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I have had five bulldogs over the last 18 years. They are a special breed that have special needs and have unique personalities. I would love to walk, care for and love on yours!

  • 5 years in business
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Let me walk your puppy or dog! I love to walk and give canines the exercise they deserve. A walked dog is a happy dog.

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My love for dogs

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I love dogs, but I don't want to have one of my own now as 'my dog' is currently living in California. So, I am currently happy and fulfilled by getting to spend several hours with yours!

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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