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Racine Dog Trainers

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  • 116 hires on Thumbtack
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Lynda F.
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Carolyn is a great and patient trainer. My dog is a work in progress but progress is what we are getting with Carolyn.

Sunset Training Center
from 25 reviews
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
Katherine F.
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I was looking for a high-quality dog trainer for my new puppy and am so happy I found Claudia. The one-on-one sessions allow us to cover a lot of ground and move at our own pace. She is very patient with me as I learn all about my dog and her behaviors. She really gives you insight into dog psychology and behavior and I finally feel like my puppy and I are speaking the same language! After the first session, my puppy was already more responsive at home and a much better walker. Looking forward to learning more with Claudia.

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Dog is Your Copilot LLC
from 15 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
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Elizabeth I.
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Elena is an absolute professional. Her varied experience with different training methods as well as her biology degree make her, in my opinion, the perfect well rounded dog trainer. Elena is concerned with all aspects of your dogs emotional and physical health and with all those tools in her tool box she is an fantastic resource. My dog really enjoys working with Elena and doesn't try and run and hide when she comes over! The ultimate sign of a dog trainer who intuitively cares about your dog, and your dog knows it.

Dog Talk
from 15 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Jennifer H.
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Lynn is an amazing dog trainer and she has changed our lives in only a few sessions:)

The Educated Canine
from 16 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
John S.
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I volunteered to assist the Navy in training recruits at RTC Great Lakes, while stationed here I wanted to find something to do with my time while I was here. I decided that I wanted to get dog and train the dog to be a therapy dog. I thought it was an outstanding way to provide love & affection for people that truly need it. I hand selected a female Golden Doodle, that I named Bella. I now needed to find a dog trainer to help me train Bella, after searching around for a few days, I was referred to Leslie Wooldridge, after meeting with Leslie and discussing the reason why I wanted to her to train Bella, she was very direct and up front about how it is going to be acommitment, and that it is a lot of work. I respected her honesty because I could see that she took pride in her work. I have been training with Leslie for almost a year now, and I am extremely happy that I chose her. The relationship between Leslie & Bella has been amazing, and the results of the training have aloud Bella to ace both the AKC "Canine Good Citizen" (CGC), and Therapy Dog International (TDI) certifications. I would highly recommend Leslie Wooldridge to anyone willing make the commitment to take the time necessary to get superior results.

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Brittany Rose
from 14 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 18 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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Hair of The Dog That Bit Ya
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

Dilis Dog Academy
from 10 reviews
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Jeanie M.
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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!

Mutts in a Rutt
from 6 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Marlo K.
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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.

  • 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.

Canine Composure
from 2 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Sandra L.
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I did board and train with my girl Lucy. It was pricey but it was the best money I ever spent on my dog. I have been to 2 other trainers prior to meeting Kristi. She really helped me with Lucy wanting to drag me on walks and bark and lunge at other dogs and people. I now enjoy walks. If you want training from Canine Composure just bite the bullet and do it. Not only did she fix my dog but she also really helped me.

Mary's Pet Sitting
from 1 review
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Denise F.
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Mary has watched our two dogs Dakota and Tucker numerous times and has stayed with them overnight. Mary has always been extremely reliable and enjoyed watching our dogs; she is very knowledgeable when it comes to animals behaviors. I totally trust Mary with our dogs and I highly recommend her to watch your animals. Mary is also always punctual and very communicative to let us know how our dogs behaved while we were away. Our older dog Dakota also has a mean streak every now and then that Mary knew how to handle and was extremely patient with Dakota for which our family is thankful.


I'll make sure your dog is properly taken care of like it was my own. I need at least a business day to respond.


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.


Hi, my name is Matt, and I have been in the dog walking business for 4 years. I am experienced with dogs of all breeds or size. Be it 100 degree weather, rain, snow, 20, or below zero, I will be there to walk your family pet. I will make sure your family pet will be walked, if he/she needs playtime. I will make sure he/she will have attention. I will also make sure that the food dishes are filled, if needed. All you do is leave me a note of what you would like done for your pet, and I will make sure that it is done. If you need your pet walked a second time during the day, just a quick text or a note in the a.m., and I will be there a second time. Are you going on a vacation? I will take care of your pet while you are gone for a reasonable rate, and your pet won't have to be locked up all day in a dogie daycare kennel.


As an experienced dog walker, I can manage several dogs or pay attention to just one. I'm a pet lover, an owner, and a walker by profession!


I love dogs and love to go on long walks with them. Please consider me to help your busy family and provide desired care for your pet.


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


We teach pets to train their people! We offer in-home, private, all-positive, and professional dog training for all breeds and all ages. We handle new puppies, rescues, and older dogs. We help with curbing bad habits, polishing up behaviors, tricks, CGC prep, and more! We have over 20 years of experience. Travel within 10 miles is included in training fees.



We offer training classes for your dog, from puppy to adult. We've been training people and their dogs since 1946. I am a former army instructor.

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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