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Dog Obedience by Gina, LLC
from 29 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 51 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kenneth L.
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Gina spent time addressing are concerns and showed us how to work with Tobee (18 mo. yellow lab). Tobee has caught on to many of the things Gina has shown us and we feel confident she will continue to learn. The experience of training in her own surroundings is a plus for sure. We highly recommend Gina.

Sunset Training Center
from 25 reviews
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
Barb R.
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I went to her facility and it has indoor. & outdoor areas and a huge agility course that we did too, after training. My dog listened immediately to her and now she is showing me how to get the same results all the time. She really enjoys helping you. Nice lady. We are going back.

Dog Talk
from 14 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Jeff W.
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As a first time dog owner I have learned that the process to a well behaved dog is the training of both the dog AND the owners. Our rescue one year old Birder Collie/Australian Shepard mix was pretty well behaved indoors and in our yard but had a very aggressive issue when meeting new digs and people. He could not be trusted to not bite either. After one session with Lynn and homework he was 100% better. After the second session I have little fear of having a problem. Buddy still needs some work however the change has been dramatic. Lynn comes to your home with written plans and homework assignments. Hire Lynn, you will not be disappointed. Jeff Wadsworth

  • 4 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Tyson A.
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Cassidy does a great job with our Goldendoodle Doug! We have her stop at least twice a week to let Doug out, take him for a walk and play with him. Cassidy has even started to teach Doug some new commands. She communicates well and lets us know when she arrives and leaves. We would recommend Cassidy to anyone that needs a dog walker, pet sitter or just someone to spend some extra time with their dog.

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Hair of The Dog That Bit Ya
from 13 reviews
  • 37 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
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

  • 9 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Susan P.
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We are so pleased with Michelle. Really like that she updates us and texts a photo of Tess while she is here.We are new to this area and our dog has had the same pet sitter for six years, so it was important to find the right person. We knew as soon as we met Michelle that she was the one.

  • 4 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Morgan L.
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I took my dog aggressive shepherd Blue to offleash because I was tired of being pulled down the street when he saw another dog it was very frustrating and embarrassing. Now after doing the 8 lessons I couldn’t be happier! I can walk past any distractions and Blue doesn’t bat an eye! Couldn’t recommend them enough!

Sev’s Smarty Paws LLC
from 2 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Andrea C.
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I’m looking forward to working with Sev’s Smarty Paws. Tracy was helpful and professional from her first contact with me. Our consultation showed me she is exactly what we are looking for in a trainer for our dogs.

  • 2 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Les M.
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Is doing wonderful with training of the 3 family dogs.

  • 8 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack

We hold 2 official world records in obedience! We are recognized by the World Record Academy for setting world records in “The Longest Down From A Distance with Voice Command” of 360 yards and “Most Off Leash Commands with Less than 5 Days of Training” - 14 commands. Just last year, we were featured on Cesar Milan’s Documentary "Love My Pit Bull:" Nick has people come from all throughout the US for his private training! As you will see, our client list includes: VP Cheney, actor Ryan Reynolds, WWEs John Cena, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, NBA Star John Wall, UFC World Champion Jon “Bones” Jones, World Champion Boxer Roy Jones Jr, UFC Star Lyoto Machida, Actress Carolyn Stotesbery, Model Marissa Fraering, film star Ron Jeremy, 3x UFC Champion Rich “Ace” Franklin, UFCs Rashad Evans, WWE Champion Mike “The Miz” Mizanin, WWE Champion and Actress Eve Torres, World Renowned Gracie Jiu Jitsu trainer, Rener Gracie, NHL Star Sheldon Souray, Model Barbie Blank, MLB Star/National’s Pitcher Max Scherzer, WWF World Champion Iron Sheik, Kane Hodder (“Jason” from the Friday the 13th movies), the staff from the hit show “Operation Repo,” and Elliot’s dog from Elliot in the Morning on DC 101! As you will see on our website, we are getting a lot of publicity and it's continually growing! We've had American Legion, US Military Veterans, NoVa Dog Magazine, Military Times Magazine, Smart CEO Magazine, and The Virginia and Maryland Dog Magazine do stories on us (just to name a few). Additionally, we are the official trainers for ABC's "The Pet Show." The popular online dog magazine, "The Dogington Post" named us one of the top trainers in the world! Recently, we were added to Wikipedia's "List of 17 Most Notable Dog Trainers in the World." We would HIGHLY encourage you to check out our YouTube link below, there are over 1700+ videos of dogs we have trained on YouTube so you can see the amazing results we get verse us just tell you about it! :-) We also have over 300+ 5-star reviews on Google! What separates us from other dog trainers in the area is we do not only teach your dog commands, we give you an off leash dog that responds with military/law enforcement K9 speed and precision. We have experience working with dogs from numerous military and law enforcement agencies, and we train your dog the same way that we train theirs. Also, our lessons are all private, which means you and your dog gets our undivided attention. As I always say, "I have NEVER seen a dog that impressed me in obedience that came from a group class."


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


I enjoy tutoring kids, looking after dogs, or doing housekeeping. Please give me a chance to prove my work in your home.


I offer in home training solutions for a happy and well balanced k-9 companion. I use a variety of methods to match the training to the dog for positive results.


I have my own pet sitting business, where I personally take care of the animals. I have worked with animals for over 20 years, and I am also a certified dog trainer and pet nutrition specialist. I belong to several animal welfare and rescue organizations, and I am also a HomeAgain pet rescuer. I have five dogs and one cat of my own and recently have acquired some Cichlids (fish) that I rescued. I believe in treating another person's little furry family member like they were one of my own with the utmost of love and devotion. Animals are and always have been my passion in life. I will travel up to 15 miles within Wisconsin and Illinois.

  • 4 years in business

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 will come to your house and walk or let your dog out at an agreed-upon time everyday if you so desire.

  • 3 years in business

Is your dog rude when it meets new people? Does she jump, bark, or pull on the leash? Did you just get a puppy that simply just needs training? Through Civilized Canine training programs, it is my goal to not only make your pup a well-behaved civilized canine but to make sure the owner is happy as well.

  • 5 years in business

The dedication I have to both dog and owner. I am always looking to keep the dog safe as well as provide the peace of mind to the owner their dog is in good hands.


Anew Life is dedicated to helping canines and their humans become one team. Offering in-home behavioral correction, obedience training and rehabilitation. Specializes in dominant breeds. All breeds welcome.


I will give your best friend the care that they desire and more. You let me know what they like, and I take care of the rest.


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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Joliet, IL

  • Dog training type
    Behavioral Modification
  • Dog age(s)
    Puppy - 0-6 months
  • Dog size(s)
    Large (46-70 lbs)
  • Details
    Our dog is very, very friendly! She loves people. She is also VERY large (an English Mastiff). I want to take her on walks but she weighs the same amount as me and she pulls REALLY badly. I would like to work on her leash walking.
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