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Zion Dog Trainers

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Throw Me a Bone, LLC
5.0
from 54 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 77 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Bethany P.
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Kristi has been wonderful, offering valuable training for our new puppy along with practical tips for dealing with some issues that our older dog has as well. We appreciate her patience and dog training experience and would highly recommend her to anyone in the market for dog training!

Christy's Canine Care
4.9
from 26 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 59 hires on Thumbtack
Amy B.
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She has gotten to know my family and guided us well in training our pup!

Who Let the Dogs Out
5.0
from 25 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 57 hires on Thumbtack
Grant F.
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Belinda was absolutely amazing, she looked after out new dog pheobie while we were away over Christmas. I immediately felt comfortable leaving her in charge of our pet & home when we met & my confidence continued to grow. Belinda clearly loves dogs & pheobie obviously felt at ease with her very quickly as they were playing & gelling within minutes. Belinda sent daily updates with pictures to us which was sweet as we missed her & could see she was happy & ok. I would highly recommend Belinda & will definitely be using who let the dogs out again, in fact we already have her pencilled in for our next trip to Mexico. Thanks Belinda.

Worthee
4.7
from 27 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 83 hires on Thumbtack
Nancy A.
Verified review

We used Worthee for the first time over the Christmas holiday (2013). We combined walks with overnights, over a period of five days. Having previously boarded our dog and seeing the stress this caused him, having the in-home care was priceless. We came home to a happy dog, which was very important to us. We also appreciated getting periodic updates from the walkers while we were gone, including pictures! We are hooked, and plan to continue to use Worthee for our dog-walking needs.

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Brittany Rose
4.9
from 22 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
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Lara B.
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Brittany helped us with basic dog training but also tips to reduce reactivity. She's very personable and fun to work with. Our dog especially looked forward to our training sessions together

BFF Dog Academy
4.8
from 17 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
Lisa C.
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Leslie put me at ease the moment she walked through my front door! She is so easy to talk to about any issues concerning my dog and takes the time and care to personalize training to that dogs needs. Her training method allows for the puppy parent to both see Leslie herself do it and then for me to do it myself, since us humans needs training too! It's very crucial that the puppy parents takes and use her guidance as it will pay off immensely! My puppy, Rhett,was constantly love biting for attention and bothering us during non play time, like dinner. Thanks to her training (me and Rhett that is, lol), he is not nipping and knows when we go to eat, it's not play time. He's also much improved with greetings,has better focus, and is well in his way to be an excellent Canine Citizen! We love, Leslie! 2 paws up! !

The Educated Canine
4.5
from 17 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Gwen S.
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I was having issues with my boy Brunswick. I had taken him to a different dog training program. It just wasn't enough for my stubborn boy. I needed an extensive in-resident program. Leslie was able to get him in immediately. She thoroughly explained what she was going to do to help me and Brunswick. I thought if he learned only half of what she said I would be happy. He was a bit overweight. He slimmed down and looks great. Leslie made some recommendations to his diet and he loves it. It also saves me some money. The program was not just for him. It was also for me. I am becoming a better dog handler. I am more confident in what I can do with Brunswick. When I have questions, Leslie responds quickly. I am so glad I found The Educated Canine. I wish I had known about her a year ago.

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K9 Tutoring
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro 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.

Top Pro
  • 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)

Dilis Dog Academy
4.6
from 11 reviews
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
Jeanie M.
Verified review

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!

Mutts in a Rutt
4.8
from 6 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Marlo K.
Verified review

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.

Awesome Pet Service
4.8
from 4 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Meg G.
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I had a great experience with Awesome Pet Service! They were very reliable and conscientious, always taking good care of my dog, Pepper. They walked Pepper everyday and also kept her when I would go out of town. I was disappointed when I moved away and could no longer use them. I highly recommend them!

  • 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.

Chicago Dog Mentor
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Jay S.
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Yana is a great trainer, we did obedience and we are doing tracking with my dog next! I am impressed with the rate considering we work with her one on one on our own schedule.

  • 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!

Carlos neria
5.0
from 1 review
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Alison S.
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Carlos walks my dog Samson every weekday. He's proven to be very reliable and he makes it clear that he cares about Samson. Carlos keeps me informed about anything I need to know about Samson that happens on his walks, too.

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We'll travel to you at your convenience. We take care of all dogs and cats that need care and attention while you're at work or away for travel!

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I am a reliable and responsible high school student who loves animals and will provide dog walking and pet sitting services for you.

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We offer dog feeding, dog walking, and checking on dogs' well being by visiting them when you just can't fit your dog's needs in with your crazy, busy schedule. Sometimes, we just need an extra set of paws or hands.

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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Sheboygan, WI

  • Dog age(s)
    1-2 years
  • Dog size(s)
    Small (1-15 lbs)
  • Dog training type
    Obedience, Behavioral Modification, Assistance / Disabilities
  • Details
    Skitzo is a jack russell terrier mix so I've been told was also told he is 2 years old he doesn't seem to like other dogs which is sad cause I like to take him to parks and stuff also not sure if he has had his shots. I acquired Skitzo in Januaray 2013
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