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Throw Me a Bone, LLC
5.0
from 54 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 77 hires on Thumbtack
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Jordan L.
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Kristi did an outstanding job with dog training. My dog is a little stubborn and she took her time to work with her. I would definitely go back to her and refer her.

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  • 116 hires on Thumbtack
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Tanya S.
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Just beginning but are very encouraged that Best Yet Behavior and Dog Training is the solution we are searching for :)

  • 10 years in business
  • 74 hires on Thumbtack
Sophia V.
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I hired Kim to help me train my young puppy whom I'd already somewhat spoiled. I was looking for help with puppy biting and jumping, setting rules and making him understand them and sticking to obedience training, which I find sorta boring. Kim was working the second she stepped through my door, showing me how to deal with the jumping and explaining my dog's body signals to me. She was funny and interesting to work with, not only told me what to do but WHY it works and went a step beyond what I'd gotten from trainers in dog class as far as connecting the pieces for me. She demoed every trick and technique she was showing me and made me feel like I can easily incorporate her tips into our daily life. I am very excited that I now have a more interesting approach to training my pup. I was a bit overwhelmed by all the information at the end of our time together and I think Kim could tell because she summed up what things I will need to work on with him. She gave me a clear plan of when I'd hear from her next so we could discuss challenges and progress and gave me options for working for her in the future if I chose to. I am definitely going to work with Kim again to see if I can improve the relationship between my dog and my boyfriend's dog and teach my pup how to nicely walk on a loose leash.

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Brittany Rose
4.9
from 23 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 34 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

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Blue Grass Kennels
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 29 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
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Tom D.
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We met with Tim Mader this evening for assessment and training of our dog Charlie. Both my wife and I were impressed with Tim's knowledge and his ability to "diagnose" the problem and give us advice and direction on the proper way to handle and/or correct our dog when he adversely reacts to situations. Charlie was termed a "difficult to adopt" dog that we adopted from the Humane Society. We do not have knowledge of Charlie's past, but as Tim worked with him he was able to explain to us why he thinks Charlie sometimes reacts to situations and why he (Charlie) is acting the way he does with strangers. He then demonstrated to us what we need to do to correct him. Tim is very personable, friendly, easy to talk to, and his directions were easily understood. Both my wife and I are very appreciative of his advice. We highly recommend Tim to anyone who has a "problem" dog and needs direction.

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Hair of The Dog That Bit Ya
4.9
from 13 reviews
  • 37 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
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Todd B.
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Here is a little history, we adopted a tree walker coonhound from a shelter in Tennessee and brought him home to Wisconsin. The first month was ok as we all got adjusted to each other. There were counter surfing, mouthing and dominance issues from the beginning. We knew we had a stubborn ALPHA, ALPHA male but we were working through it. The dog and I had an altercation over a rawhide where he became very aggressive and tried to bite me. From that day forward he would try to attack me unsolicited any time he saw me or heard my voice. It got so bad I would have to lock myself in a room so my wife could let him out. I am 6',1" tall and 220 lbs, this is the first time in my life with all the dogs I've owned that I was afraid of a dog. We talked to many behaviorist's whom all said we should just rehome the dog and had no answers for us. I was determined not to give up and make things work because I knew that this was a good dog deep down inside. That is when I was recommend to Shelly at "Hair of the dog that bit ya". I got a great feeling from her right away on the phone and was intrigued by her explanation of how she handles her training of dogs (it was a much different approach from what I was hearing from everyone else). This is a large breed hunting dog who is aggressive and she knew exactly how to handle it. She came out the very next morning to a situation where everyone in the house was uneasy and afraid of this dog who now was in total control of the situation. Long story short after two hours Shelly had broken the dog had him taking commands from both my wife and myself. We felt like we had our lives back and believe it or not the dog seemed happier that he now knew the pecking order. This was truly a Christmas miracle for my entire family. The picture attached is from the same day where that morning my dog wanted to kill me and what he was like by the afternoon! I cannot thank Shelly enough and I am so excited for our new life together with Bohannon. Todd & Shelly Bloom

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  • 5 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
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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)

  • 18 years in business
Erik Lindstrom
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We have been overly impressed with Kristi's dog training. We contacted her when we brought home our newborn baby and our 1 year old American Bulldog had no manners and was out of control. We enrolled izzy in Canine Composure's board and train program and izzy was a changed dog after the five weeks of training. We were beyond thrilled! We have been continuously training izzy with Kristi over the past year and have been impressed with the results. We have recommended Canine Composure to all of our family members! We are so thankful For Kristi and Canine Composure! We have a bulldog that is well trained and the best family dog!

  • 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.

SideKick Dog Training
5.0
from 1 review
  • 2 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Jason P.
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Jennifer is a great trainer, very insightful in the ways that dogs think and feel. My dog and I have attended training classes before, but there were a few behaviors I wanted to work on. Working one on one and at home is great, as there are less distractions than working in a large class. In all a very positive experience for my dog and I; he gets rewarded for his good behavior and I'm less stressed because he's doing what I want him to do! Jennifer's positive reenforcement methods are easy to learn and work great!

About

I'm a UK Lab breeder. I offer dog training, from basic obedience and psychology to finished hunting with whistle sits and hand signals. All breeds are trained.

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I currently have two jobs. One of them is working for a cleaning company for about 2 years. I would like to get some of my own cleaning clients. Also, I have three dogs among many other animals. So I would love to dog sit or dog walk for some extra money.

  • 19 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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I treat my clients pets as though there a part of my family Building a bond with the pets in my care

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I will walk your dogs and care of pets daily while you are at work or out of town. I am also available to stay over while you are out of town.

  • 4 years in business
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I have shown dogs since I was seven. Dogs have always been a part of my life. Therefore, it's natural for me to want to pursue pet sitting full time. I love meeting the owners and animals. Everyday is different and I base my days events based on the animals I am watching.

  • 4 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
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I offer a one on one service at my customer's convenience, tailoring the sessions to what the pet and owner need. My goal is to make changes in the pet's behavior to make the relationship be what it is meant to be. I love dogs, any size, age, breed, or training level. Teaching the pet parent to be the Alpha in the relationship and witnessing that in their relationship is a beautiful thing.

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I handle dog training in McHenry and Chicago based on customer satisfaction. Try before you buy. Make your canine a Smart K9.

  • 5 years in business
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I care what happens to unwanted pets or strays. Everything that goes along with helping unwanted pets.

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I do everything with a smile, it's the customers satisfaction that really matters. The animals of course! and their lovely owners :) I really love to work with animals and to make their owners happy to come back to me, Just the happiness of the people and animals!

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I stand out because I really injoy watching animals and some people do it for the money and I do it for both. what I like most about my job is that I can be with different animals and learn about them.

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I work with owners and their dogs to resolve behavior issues that contribute to dogs being surrendered to shelters and make homing them very difficult, if not, impossible.

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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