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Valparaiso Dog Trainers

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  • 34 years in business
  • 129 hires on Thumbtack
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Maureen T.
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I am delighted to write a review for Sherry from Love, Honor and Obey. I have a 9 month old- very large Great Dane. I was having trouble walking him (he knocked me down twice), he needed to learn commands, and I needed him to learn to obey. I found the price to be very reasonable- I was surprised at how affordable one-on-one training in my house was ( I was not confident enough to take my dog out to a group training as I didn't feel it was safe-he was too strong for me to control). First visit, Sherry requested that all family members were present and she asked each one of us what our training goals were (even the kids)-this was very helpful. I learned how to properly walk this dog at our first session, and by the end of the 2nd session, I could walk him confidently by myself. Sherry has a tremendous amount of experience in dog training and that is evident from the start. I am someone who has had dogs all my life, and I have learned so much- from nutrition to proper collars/harness, to appropriate toys. Sherry gave me a nice instruction manual with LOADS of good information. Sherry has made herself available by phone for any issues/questions that arise between training sessions. We have completed 4 lessons and I am amazed at how well we are all doing. It is nice to see Sherry in action, to see how well she can control a dog that is twice her size-using only positive reinforcement.

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Takacs Dog Training LLC
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from 24 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
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Jackie S.
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Chris was amazing from the start. You can tell right away how much passion he has for dog training. He was always just a call or text away throughout the entire process. He helped give me and my pup a solid foundation for training and taught us both lessons to last a lifetime.

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

  • 17 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Jessica L.
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We are so happy we found Black Dog K9! Our 1 year-old rat terrier/dalmatian mix, Buddy, loves Marty and loves his dog Ida! I can't say enough wonderful things about our experience with Black Dog. Before we started training with Marty, we struggled to train Buddy with general obedience and meeting other dogs. Buddy barks like crazy at large dogs, but tonight Buddy played with 105 pound Ida in our house. It was such a relief to see Buddy play well with another dog! Marty facilitated the whole process and we couldn't have done it without him (or Ida!). We feel so lucky to have Marty help us with the socialization process, and to see Buddy have fun with a large dog! Before working with Marty, we received quotes from other trainers and not only were we uncomfortable with their approaches, but their prices were outrageous. Black Dog K-9 approaches obedience training with love and offers training that is best for the dog, at a reasonable price. Marty has realistic suggestions, answers all questions thoroughly, gives great examples, and has excellent recommendations for dog training tools. In addition to the exceptional dog training we've already received in only 4 sessions, Marty has been kind, supportive, and is really a joy to be around--Buddy thinks so too! Marty is flexible, punctual, and he really cares about you and your dog. If you're trying to decide between trainers, go with Black Dog K9, you won't regret it.

Chicago Dog Mentor
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from 5 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Sheela B.
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Lilo was my very first dog and I quickly got overwhelmed. I got the puppy package which was the perfect number of classes for us to train my dog and for me to feel confident in everything I do with him. We even did potty training and crating! Compared to dealing with classes or going to a trainer for sessions this was a great deal on top of being convenient. We would just meet at my house after I was done with work. I didn't want to deal with going to classes being in classes with other people and their dogs and Chicago traffic!!! Haha She is very patient and you can tell she really cares about dogs and their owners. She has this way of making you feel motivated and excited about training and 'engaging' with your dog. I felt confident and ready to take on the 'homework' she would give us. I would definitely recommend her to everyone, but unfortunately I moved out of state! Otherwise I would be telling everyone to call her! Speaking of calling, I was also very impressed by how easy she made it to get in contact with her when I had questions. She never made me feel like I was bothering her and as a first-time dog owner I really did message her a lot between classes haha. She was always prompt knowledgeable and kind. Some people just have a way of restoring your faith in humanity.

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I love all kinds of dogs. I enjoy walking dogs, playing with them and feeding them. I had 6 dogs before, and they were trained!

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Midway Dog Academy offers customized dog training to fit you and your dog's individual needs. We offer board and train programs, private lessons, as well group classes. We also specialize in training puppies that need help with potty training, behavior problem solving, as well as all obedience trainings! We provide the best dog training in Chicago.

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

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I have been dog walking for over 6 years. I love dogs! I am a lifelong dog owner as well. I started with my friends' two puppies, and that leads to me, thru word of mouth and also Sitter City, getting for more "customers" (dogs). I also wanted to be available for my son and his school, after-school activities, etc. So it all works out. I enjoy taking care of dogs, and I love my job.

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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.

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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. I enjoy assisting in the creation of a reliable communication structure that pet parent's and their companions can use to achieve the goals that they set together.

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You should hire me because I'm young, so of course I'm energetic and active. I love pets. My business would be great because I have no problem walking dogs.

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I walk dogs and love playing with them. I like washing, walking and feeding them. Most of all, I like to talk to them.

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We walk your dog when you are lazy. We have been around for two years now. Our motto is, "We walk your dogs till they can't wake any more".

  • 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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I am qualified to perform the following services: Interior design; staging, space planning and remodeling. Pet sitting, boarding, walking. Housecleaning and organizing. Personal assistant; run errands and office work. Childcare; full-time, part-time, all ages. I can also teach the children Spanish, as it is my second language. Elder care; companion, dr appts, cleaning, cooking, and running errands. I like the freedom of working the hours I choose and feeling appreciated. I enjoy being able to help others.

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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. Keeping it simple, we like to help people! There are many situations where owners feel they don't have the help or can't find the experience to get them over some behavioral problems. We want to share our knowledge of dogs and make sure owners have what they need to succeed!

  • 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 Satisfaction I get from teaching an animal how to coexist with their humans which makes both them and human happy and less likely for abuse on the animal why do you do it this way why do you do it that way if you do what I say and the dog will be happy you'll be happy because you guys will be having understanding and the unconditional love will start

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The Barker Shop opened in November 2004. Since then, we have won hundreds of awards for pet grooming and have added such services as the following: * pet photography * self wash * retail and premium pet foods * dog daycare * dog training * boarding * animal rescue

  • 18 years in business
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We have been trusted to hold on to house keys long after the job is finished. Pam can handle even difficult animals with caution and care. Able to give meds when most people fail. I get paid to walk dogs; love meeting all kinds of animals and I am very good with them. Most animals warm to me and it makes me feel good about myself.

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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.

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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