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Portage K9 Trainers

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  • 34 years in business
  • 125 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Patrick W.
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Sherry has a wealth of knowledge and experience when it came to training my dog as well as teaching me to help train my dog. She is very gentle with her doggy clients yet firm. The classes are honestly fun, informative and practical can't get any better than that.

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
4.9
from 19 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Steven Z.
Verified review

Chris did a great job helping me with my dog Miles. Miles is a much better walker after ongoing leash training and is now interested in walking next to me instead of way in front. I highly recommend using Chris for your dog training needs.

Pets N Me
4.8
from 17 reviews
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Kelly T.
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Nancy and Angelica are a perfect match for our pups! My dogs are wild and Nancy has committed to keep training with them on their walks and work on basics commands. Nancy always follows up walks with fun photos and I love that part. She is extremely reliable and flexible with times and days, and I appreciate that with a busy schedule. We are sold!!! We appreciate you Nancy.

ZenPet Behavioral Coaching
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Julie L.
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She gave many good suggestions in training our dog that were realistic, demonstrated what we needed to do, and gave other options as well. She answered all of our questions and made herself available for any future issues or questions

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
Angelica L.
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Jay 'Halfman Halfdog' has done amazing things with my baby Lily. Lily is 3 years old and I have allowed her to get away with murder. However, Jay started working weekly with her and now she listens to commands and actually does the command, she has learned to control her desire to run out the house or car when the door opens. Jay has taught her to sit and to stay seated until told to go which was a BIG feet for Lily because she has a lot of energy and no previous training. Currently, Jay is working on training Lily off leash so she can have more autonomy. Jay is amazing, respectful, patient, reliable, and smart, speaks the language of dogs, and is very diligent. He wants to see you and your fur baby succeed.

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

  • 14 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Carley S.
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Tammy is amazing! We have a 3 month old Shih Tzu. My boyfriend was out of town all week and he normally comes home on his lunch to walk and play with our pup, so we needed someone to take over while he was gone. Tammy came out for a meet and greet with our pup, and we instantly knew she was trustworthy and had a true love for animals. We utilized her Training program, and her dog walking services. I would highly recommend her! Thank you Tammy!!

  • 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!

Gabby's Dog Training
1.0
from 1 review
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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I am a dog trainer. I do obedience classes off-leash training and also invisible fence training, e-collar training and leash training.

  • 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.

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

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I do pet sitting, pet training, and house sitting. I am expert in boxers, but I will pet sit other dogs as well. We charge really cheap. We'll list your service in all the major search engines (for free). There are millions of searches in Google for local services every day. Don't miss.

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I can train your dog to be obedient. I also walk dogs during my spare time. This a job I enjoy doing.

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Alex Brooks Canine Center offers doggie daycare, overnight boarding, and behavioral training for your pet. We are well-known in the Chicagoland and New York City areas for our specialized behavioral training. Many rescues such as PAWS Chicago and Save-A-Pet use Alex Brooks Canine Center. The facility is also recommended by many veterinarians. We are family-owned and -operated and have been in business for over 22 years. Alex's expertise in behavioral training has been sought after by TV programs, MTV videos, movies, and many sports superstars. He speaks at seminars on behavioral training and appears at many pet events for speaking engagements. The canine center is known for its friendly atmosphere and well-trained staff.

  • 21 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
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I care about the animals more than the ppl I was put hear for the animals it's in my best interest to make sure they are happy and we'll taken care of if u have a proper training there's a far less chance of the animal end up being abused in a long term if I can save a life that way then I've done my calling

  • 26 years in business
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We offer various options for the owner as far as training,daycare,boarding, and grooming. We offer board and trains, private lessons, one on one day trains, and group classes.. also help with aggressive or reactive dogs on leash.

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I am a Chicago based dog trainer, and I have been so for the past year. I am passionate about training dogs, because I've loved them from a young age, and I love to help them and their owners work together in harmony! I have worked with all different breeds and sizes of dogs on various issues, ranging from age puppy to adulthood. I provide individual dog training. Each session is individually quoted based on client's need after an assessment.

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I provide one-on-one training for six weeks. I work with you until you feel happy with the results. Follow-ups are free.

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Found Chicago Boarding & Training Center aims to serve dogs that fall anywhere on the behavior spectrum. From basic obedience to aggressive behavior, Found Chicago trainers are able to collaborate with owners to determine training methods that will both benefit the dog and fit the owner's lifestyle. Through group training classes and one-on-one boot camps, we are able to prepare dog owners to encounter real world situations.

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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