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South Holland Dog Agility Trainers

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Scott The Dog Guy
4.9
from 186 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 361 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kimberly M.
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Scott was great! He was very knowledgeable and took the time answering all the questions I had about training our dog Sofie. So glad I checked out in-home training services!!!

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  • 34 years in business
  • 126 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!

Worthee
4.7
from 27 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 83 hires on Thumbtack
Hayley R.
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From our initial conversation, Leah was friendly, professional, and passionate about Worthee, and providing exceptional services for me and my two dogs. I spent almost a year searching for a dog walking service before I came across Worhee. I was impressed by the thoroughness of Worthee's hiring and training process for it's dog walkers. Leah was extremely patient and even enthusiastic about answering all the questions and concerns I had regarding allowing another person to handle my dogs. She went above and beyond to work with me on a package that would fit my lifestyle and budget. After I had my first meet and greet with the dog walker, I contacted Leah to express a few concerns I had. Leah immediately took the initiative to contact me by phone and listen to all my concerns in depth with a both professional, and down to earth demeanor that made it easy for me to speak openly. She then quickly put my mind at ease and resolve all of my concerns. Leah then went a step further and came along on the next meet and greet and connected me with a dog trainer from Worthee, thereby creating a team of remarkable people to help improve the lives of my dogs and myself. I absolutely love receiving a photograph of my pups on the days of their walks and a nice note about how their walk went. I found that Worthee is without a doubt a unique company. They have set themselves apart by making their client's and client's pet's happiness the number one focus of their business!

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Takacs Dog Training LLC
5.0
from 22 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
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Maggie H.
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We would highly recommend Chris and Takacs Dog Training! We hired Chris to help with our 6 month old wheaten terrier puppy and were more than pleased with the results. Chris was able to customize a training plan based on our family home and not just an off the shelf program. He helped us create an engaging and fun training program that included basic house training, leash and walking control, when&how to treat, controlling temperament and discipline with guests, etc. We will definitely be calling Chris in the future for any and all dog training needs!

BFF Dog Academy
4.8
from 17 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 37 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

Pawfect Dog Training
5.0
from 15 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Diana W.
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I LOVED PAWFECT DOG TRAINING! The trainers were incredibly insightful and spent more than enough time to not only train Jack, but to teach me everything I needed to know to do my training with him in between our sessions. Jack would get so excited every time we would pull up to the Pawfect House and Matthew and Carin always gave us such great greetings. Being able to train with other dogs in such a friendly environment was so relaxing and pressure-free. We thought we would just do some general training for behavior to stop Jack's jumping and nipping concerns but we learned so much and evolved to agility training with Pawfect and it has done wonders to reduce Jack's energy level and he is so much more responsive to my commands now. I spent so much money on training facilities and I simply didn't know if I would ever be able to resolve my issues with Jack, but a friend told me about Thumbtack and once I was quoted by Pawfect, spoke to Matthew and Carin, and reviewed the Pawfect website, I felt that it would be a safe bet to try the training and I am so, so happy I did. This experience was unlike anything I would've ever imagined for dog training. It is so much more than basic obedience or even advanced obedience training. Matthew is a behavior specialist first and he completely changed my view of not only my dog but all dogs. Working with our dogs as just an animal was simply not correct. Learning that Jack is actually as intelligent as he is and training him as such really made a difference; not in days or weeks, but immediately! I can go on and on but I want to express how truly amazing Pawfect Training is and I encourage anyone and everyone to stop doing facility training and just go to Matthew and Carin and experience what I have; IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE AND YOUR DOG'S LIFE FOREVER! Thank you Pawfect... for more than you will ever know!

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K9 Tutoring
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 7 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.

Andrea Kutzko Dog Trainer
4.9
from 14 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Valerie H.
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Andrea first met our dog, Jake, in an adult beginner class. It became clear shortly after we got Jake and he started taking the classes that he had some difficulties around people and other dogs. She handled him so well in every class, setting up a special area for us where he wouldn’t be distracted by the other dogs and owners while still being able to participate in class. She taught us all the basics and was very patient and attentive to Jake, despite not being able to directly interact with him until the fourth week. She gave us so much helpful one-on-one advice before and after every class and continued her wonderful work with us with a couple private sessions. My husband and I were fortunate enough to reconnect with Andrea at Canine Connect for the “Rambunctious Rovers” class designed for reactive dogs. In this class, we learned how to build off of Jake’s beginner knowledge to help him succeed in challenging circumstances. Andrea is able to use her firsthand knowledge of these types of dogs not just due to her training background, but because of her experiences with her own reactive dog. She is able to relate to our difficulties. In this class, we learned many strategies on how to have better control of Jake to prevent things from going wrong. We also learned how to allow for and reward his good decisions. I’ve left this 6-week class with so much more confidence on handling our dog. Throughout all of our time with Andrea, she has been available to us outside of class to address our concerns and questions. She is patient and caring with all of her clients. She truly loves what she does, and it shows! Andrea is a fantastic dog trainer committed to her clients and we look forward to working with her again.

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  • 8 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Ana D.
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Dee is amazing she is best dog trainer! My dog love her!

Dilis Dog Academy
4.6
from 11 reviews
  • 28 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!

  • 4 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Jaime L.
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Nicole at Great Pet Vacations was a Godsend to our family. Our 14 month old yorkie poo was disobedient and had awful manners. We did not have the skills to change the situation. In June, we did 9 days of board and train with Nicole and we all were amazed at the initial results. Cocoa immediately was more reliable with potty training, would not cry in her cage and did not attempt to escape her pen. In July, she went back for the additional 12 days of the board and train program and can now sit, lay, target, walk on a leash, leave an item alone and is a calmer more obedient dog. Nicole is a miracle worker and takes her time demonstrating how to continue working on reinforcing the behavior with the owners to ensure continued success at home. She spent more than an hour with us at the intake consultation in order to understand our training goals. In addition, she spent more than 2 hours upon exit. It is clear she loves the animals she cares for, treats boarded dogs as her own, and is a superb dog trainer. This experience was every thing I hoped for and more than I expected. We plan to continue training sessions with Nicole and give her our highest recommendation to others.

Five Star K9
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 5 years in business
Ted N.
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I made contact with 5 star canine to train my dog. Jason arrived at my house on time, explained his services and went to work immediately training my dog. My dog now listens to my commands. Unbelievable. I was extremely impressed with his knowledge, expertise, and value. If you need your dog (s) trained, I would highly recommend contacting five star K9. I am glad I did .

PET PLANET INTERNATIONAL
4.9
from 8 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Damisola O.
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Jay is extremely attentive to details. He takes time to study your personality and lifestyle and pairs you up with the dog that can fit into that personality and lifestyle. He is always available to help answer all my questions about the health of my dog and even other dog owners he has no relationship with. I have learned that when it comes to dogs, Jay is always right. My dog got missing one day due to my negligence, and he gave me steps on how I can make sure my dog finds her way home, and before and hour, my dog was barking in front of my door. Jay is an exceptional and professional dog whisperer and I would always recommend him.

Dog Training Now!
4.9
from 8 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Janice L.
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Marcus and Chris were great with our Lab. We had signed her up for a 10 day board and learn training program, and we see a marked improvement in her while walking on the leash - she is more responsive to commands, and it's so much easier to stop her from pulling on the leash when there are other dogs around. The trainers are really nice, and it's obvious they love dogs and love what they do. Would highly recommend them to other dog owners!!!

  • 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.

  • 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!

K9 University
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 26 years in business
Maria M.
Verified review

William is an excellent dog trainer. You can clearly see his love for all animals as soon as you meet him. We have a 2 year old Pitbull and we were amazed at the energy around our dog when we met with Will. He makes you feel at ease and asks many questions before making an assumption of the relationship with you and the dog. He was spot on, we can't wait to get started on our 5 week training program. His prices very affordable and flexible payment arrangements.

  • 4 years in business
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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.

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I offer basic obedience training with emphasis toward off leash obedience. Currently working with private clients in Chicago.

  • 20 years in business
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I have been training dogs for about 16 years, and I'm very good at it. I do obedience and attack, and I also help dogs with trust issues.

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.

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.

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?
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