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Tinley Park Dog Trainers

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Scott The Dog Guy
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
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.

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Takacs Dog Training LLC
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!

Pawfect Dog Training
from 15 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Cherri T.
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We rescued a Siberian husky puppy for a new addition to our family and for our kids to have a companion to play with. We were beside ourselves with just how much energy Kane had. We knew he could be an energetic breed but he was always running around and loved being outside all of the time; we live in an apartment complex. We were referred to Pawfect Training and felt very confident based on the reviews on the website and on Thumbtack. After our first appointment, we couldn't believe the amount of information being provided to us about the Siberian husky breed, about how Kane was relating to our family, about why his energy was always so high, and so, so much more. Matthew got our entire family involved in the training, including our 5-year-old. The basic obedience went incredibly well and the connection our whole family now shares with Kane is amazing. We all walk more now and Kane is calmer inside and even around other dogs he hasn't met. The whole experience with Pawfect Dog Training was one to remember and we are thankful for having found the right trainer for our incredible new family member!

BFF Dog Academy
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
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
Crissy P.
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Jim provides the creme de la creme in dog training. His knowledge and professionalism are outstanding. He is sincere and takes the time to listen to you and your dog. The changes he has implemented in our dogs life as well as our family is greatly appreciated and worth every dollar spent. Thanks Jim!

  • 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
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.

  • 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!

Maria E.
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It is obvious that Alec is an animal lover. Conscientious, kind and respectful of the owners and their pets.


I am a dog lover and a true believer in the value of proper pet diet and exercise. I treat all animals as if they are my own, and I strive to build great relationships with my clients and their pets. I work on mornings, and I will often bring my own pup, George along!


Dog walking services are provided locally. A 30-minute walk costs $10 for one dog. The second dog is free, as long as it will walk well with the first dog. My hours are from 5 A.M. to 7 P.M. I will walk dogs earlier or later for an additional charge. There is no additional fee for holidays. I have my own transportation. I am a nonsmoker.


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.


I'll make sure your dog is walked, and I take care of what he/she has to do. Feel free to give me a call anytime.


We specialize in obedience training using positive reinforcement as well as theory based on scientific fact, mainly in the field of animal learning.


I take care of dogs for local pet owners. I will walk, play with, and feed your dog while you're at work or out of town.

  • 16 years in business

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.


I provide housecleaning, house-sitting, dog sitting, dog walking and dog grooming services with unlimited time.


I live in Chicago and do not mind traveling to locations for pet care. I love animals especially dogs and have not yet found a dog that does not like me. I am free to walk or dog sit from 10 in the morning to about four in the afternoon, Monday to Friday.

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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