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Skokie 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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  • 34 years in business
  • 129 hires on Thumbtack
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Mark H.
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Sherry is a wonderful dog trainer. It was an absolute pleasure dealing with her. Unfortunately due to some family issues we were forced to get rid of the dog. I would definitely recommend her to anyone.

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!

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Takacs Dog Training LLC
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
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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!

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

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
Jennifer H.
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Lynn is an amazing dog trainer and she has changed our lives in only a few sessions:)

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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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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
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Brian S.
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Are experience was truly amazing! We have a 1 year old German Shepard mix that is high energy and within the first half hour Dee had her understanding commands like sit, bed, lie down and stay. She also showed us how to get her to stop jumping and nipping. Not only was the training great and effective but her recommendations for items to help walking and keeping her busy while we are not home were as well. We also really liked that she is very passionate at helping dogs and and their owners and that was very evident because she works with you during first appointment and then if you need any extra help you can text,call or email her! I would highly recommend this dog trainer!!

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  • 5 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Linda S.
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My dog Pixie and I have been working with Michelle for the last few months, and it has been life changing! Pixie's habit of jumping on people, pulling hard on the leash during walks and her reactivity to dogs (and bunnies!) were all making it difficult to have fun and enjoy my dog. Within 5 minutes of meeting my dog, Michelle had Pixie listening and focused on her, and following all the basic commands she gets too excited to follow around new people! It was so impressive! Michelle is always professional, and always willing to spend whatever time the dog and owner need during that session to introduce and practice new things. She is great about answering questions and giving homework that really reinforces the training. We have worked on door manners, greetings, walking easily on leash and her reactivity to dogs and bunnies! It really is like having a new dog! All with positive reinforcement (no awful shock collar!). And the best part, Michelle is teaching me how to be a better friend to my dog, by helping me pay better attention to Pixie's reactions to the world around her. I plan on getting another dog in the future, and I will definitely have Michelle at Peak train my new baby as well! (Picture is of Pixie in a down-wait with treats on feet)

  • 17 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Jessica L.
Verified review

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!

  • 1 year in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Dan C.
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Jim has been reliable, professional and trustworthy. Wouldn't go anywhere else with my dog training needs.

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.

  • 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!

  • 16 years in business
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We are the premier dog trainers in Metro Chicago. We have over 30 years of experience specializing in training dogs to be sociable, obedient and loving members of their family. Dogs we've trained have been used in therapy and comfort dog capacities, most recently featured on CBS in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook tragedy. We provide in-home training, and boarding and training services at competitive prices. Whether you require general obedience training or behavioral modification we can help.

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I am an animal lover with a flexible schedule, and I would be happy to take care of pets. I own a black lab and have dog sat multiple times.

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I love animals, and I have owned dogs my whole life. I would be happy to walk your dog in any kind of weather.

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I care for animals. I never have a problem with walking a dog. I love animals, and I will highly enjoy caring and looking after a loving animal.

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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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Hello, I am a basic obedience trainer. I help socialize and train all breeds of dogs. I believe in positive reinforcement.

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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