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South Elgin Dog Trainers

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Top Pro
  • 45 years in business
  • 360 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Julie T.
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Susie sets the bar for professional dog trainers. She is extremely knowledgeable and is an excellent communicator both with humans, dog and I must add cats! We've made amazing progress with our two new pups in just 24 hours. Susie gives you the skills necessary to feel confident about creating the best home environment for you and your pets.

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Scott The Dog Guy
4.9
from 176 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 350 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!!!!

Top Pro
  • 34 years in business
  • 121 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!

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

At first we decided to go with a different trainer. We spent $1250.00 just to get our dog back displaying the same behaviors as he left with along with some new odd habits. Our dog Jaws would bark in the crate for hours, when he was out he would fine any and everything to get into. We started looking for a trainer and we found one that was close to our home, and they seemed to have a great training facility. Well less than 24 hours after we brought Jaws home we noticed he was jumping up at the counter for food, he knocked over the trash can and was digging through it. Then we put him in his crate, and I'm not sure how he did it but he escaped and scratched a 17inch hole in the door located in the "crate room". We were not pleased that we spent so much money and our dog came home worse off than he started. That's when we heard about thumbtack from a friend. They said it has tons of services offered by trusted businesses where you can actually see the reviews made by other clients. So we began our search for a dog trainer. We received about 6 different quotes, the first time we went with a "kennel" type boarding place and we saw the result. So this time we wanted something more "homey" so Jaws wouldn't have such a hard time adjusting to his new environment. We decided to use YBFDH. For two weeks Jaws was there, we had contact everyday with the trainer and got photo and video updates as well. We went to visit with Jaws two times and that went well also. When we picked him up they reminded us we have 4 in home lessons free of charge should we need it. We took Jaws home and when he got there he went right to his crate to lay down, with the door open mind you. About 40 min later he came out got some water and whined by the back door. We let him out. To our surprise there was no clawing at the door to come back in, no loud barking, no trash digging, no jumping...all the things we asked to be worked on seemed to be handled. About a week after we brought Jaws home, the trainer gave us a call to see if we wanted to set up the in home lessons. We said we didn't think it was needed at this time, they informed us that the lessons never expire so if we change our mind to give them a call. This was a nice experience from start to finish, I only wish we had found them sooner. Jaws is a happy 2year old Doberman pincher. And we just love him so much!

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Dog Obedience by Gina, LLC
5.0
from 26 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 44 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Marlene A.
Verified review

Gina walks our dog everyday and is completely dependable and reliable. She has a true love for dogs which is completely obvious in all of her engagements with our dog... we're pretty sure he likes Gina more than us! I would absolutely recommend Gina as a walker and trainer for dogs.

Who Let the Dogs Out
5.0
from 25 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 57 hires on Thumbtack
Michele M.
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I am very happy with Belinda and my dog Mollie loves her. After having one dog walking company for 11 years it was time for a change. I found Belinda through Thumbtack and could not be happier!.

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Christy's Canine Care
4.8
from 25 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 54 hires on Thumbtack
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Michaela A.
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First off, Christy is amazing! She is very professional and cares about dogs deeply. I contacted Christy because I have a 46 pound Pitbull named Layla who is very reactive/aggressive towards other dogs and was seeking training/behavior classes. What Christy found was and reassured me of, was that Layla was not aggressive at all and that as a dog, she did not want to be. Rather, Christy said that she was very insecure of herself and I found that to be very true!! During session 2, Christy brought along her dog Mazzei and after only 3 sessions, Layla was able to co-exist with her PEACEFULLY!! It is truly amazing and I would have never been able to imagine that Layla would be able to be around another dog. Added bonus: Christy massages Layla when she is in distress which teaches her to calm down and it has been a huge help! Christy gives my boyfriend and I expert direction on how to properly train Layla as well as weekly "homework" assignments. Although we are still continuing training with Christy and onto our fourth week, we have found her to be a huge help and couldn't imagine the way Layla is now without her. I HIGHLY recommend Christy for training, behavior modification, and canine massage for your furbabies. You will not regret it!! If I could, I would rate her 10 stars! Do yourself a favor and hire Christy...like NOW! :)

Pets N Me
4.7
from 17 reviews
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Kelly W.
Verified review

Very reliable and professional. She came for a meet and greet before walking our dog and always sends pictures and texts to let me know how it went.

BFF Dog Academy
4.7
from 14 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 33 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

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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

Top Pro
  • 8 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Brian S.
Verified review

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!!

Five Star K9
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Delmar D.
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I was super impressed with the quality of dog training I received and I def plan on bringing Hobbs back for more! Jason is an awesome guy and I can’t wait for my next session.

Deja Vu's K-9 Korner
4.8
from 6 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Rubi D.
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My 3 dogs look and smell great after getting groomed here. One of my dogs is part Schnauzer and we always get him a schnauzer cut, which isn't easy to do, I've been told. She did outstanding. I also have a yorkie who was dealing with an injury and she was able to work with him. After a bad experience at PetCo and having visited multiple dog grooming facilities, I am beyond pleased and satisfied with my experience at Deja Vu's K-9 Corner. I will be going back to get my dogs groomed here.

A+ Dog Training
4.8
from 6 reviews
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Michelle B.
Verified review

Lindy did a fantastic job with our puppy! She taught us techniques on how to better handle the dog and had our pup showing confidence and positive behaviors during the 1st session!

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
Dan C.
Verified review

Jim has been reliable, professional and trustworthy. Wouldn't go anywhere else with my dog training needs.

  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Steph W.
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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!

  • 41 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Nessa B.
Verified review

Looking for an EXCELLENT dog trainer? Ms. Jo is the one you’re looking for! She’s beyond the ordinary doggie trainer. She shapes and molds the minds of dogs to conform to their parent(s) while efficiently teaching parents the do’s and don’ts to having a good dog. Got a new puppy and don’t know what to do? Ms. Jo can FIX THAT! Is your dog biting your fingers? Ms. Jo can FIX THAT within 1 session! Potty training not going well? Ms. Jo can FIX THAT! Your dog has behavior issues? Ms. Jo can diagnosis and FIX THAT! Need to get away and no dog sitter? Ms. Jo can FIX THAT! Ms. Jo is…  Extremely knowledgeable about every breed and their behaviors.  Effectively teaches parent(s) how to bond with their dog.  Incredibly patient with parent and dog.  Economically reasonable.  Exceptionally clean and secure facility. There are a plenty of how to videos and books on the market, but Ms. Jo gives you a personal touch in a group setting. Her classes are not just informative, but FUN. Best of all, your dog will LOVE HER.

  • New on Thumbtack
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