Lovedog

Stuart, FL

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

Lovedog is well respected in the dog training and rescue community. We work with puppies learning basic obedience to the dogs that are considered hard to handle or untrainable. Our continuing lifetime training programs are designed to enrich the relationship between you and your dog. With our experience in canine behavior, we can help you to correctly interpret your dog’s behaviors. We will teach you to reinforce the good behaviors and eliminate the unwanted behaviors. I'll suggest positive techniques and innovative solutions for your dog’s training. Your dedication to training, combined with our expertise and training programs, is the perfect recipe for you and your dog to succeed. Whether you want a well-behaved pet, an agility dog or a therapy dog, our goal is to make your goals a reality! You and your dog will benefit by developing mutual trust, love, and respect as we teach you to be a successful dog trainer.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I literally enjoy every part of the work we do!(Ok, not poop pick-up) Seeing people enjoy their trained dog is the most rewarding part, but the journey getting there is always fun too. I especially love the days we get a dog off-leash for the first time!
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Location

Stuart, FL 34997

Years in business

10

Number of employees

6

Times hired on Thumbtack

112

Reviews

58 Reviews
  • Raymond C. May 7, 2017
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Love dog is a bad guy. Paid 800 up front and moved. Doesn't want to give me the money back. Bad choice! Beware. I will see him in court. Do not use!
    Rick B. May 8, 2017

    Paid for a 10 session package, used 1 and never scheduled another. Six months later calls and asks for a refund. Training packages are non refundable, but we'd have loved to train more with you! Sorry that you're unhappy with our services.

  • Stacey D. May 3, 2017
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    His honesty regarding situation with pet and is very informative.
  • Shanna H. Apr 26, 2017
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Rick is the right choice.
    Rick gave great advice and was patient and understanding with our dog and us. We have seen so much improvement in behavior. Everyone in our family is happier as a result. Thanks Rick!
  • Roger G. Apr 25, 2017
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Great Trainer.
    Rick was great. I hired him for 5 sessions. He addressed my concerns and was able to socialize my mastiff, witch was my main concern. I would definitely recommend him.
  • Amanda E. Apr 7, 2017
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Paws and Thumbs Up!
    My husband and I set up a consultation with Rick for his expertise regarding our recently adopted Chihuahua who has developed some bad behaviors. We were very pleased with our session. Rick was familiar with the behaviors that concerned us and discussed techniques we could use to achieve our goals. His insights were helpful, it was obvious to us that he loves dogs and is great at what he does! It was such a relief to know there are ways to deal with the problems we are having. Rick encouraged us to contact him with any questions or concerns we may have in the future. It affords us a level of comfort knowing that we have such a wonderful resource as we go forward with our training. We would highly recommend Rick to anyone!
  • Mary R. Apr 6, 2017
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Wonderful Trainer
    Rick was right on time and flexed to meet my schedule. He was extremely professional, knowledgeable and open to all my questions. He brought one of his dogs to help him evaluate my dog and better understand what needs to be done. I look forward to working with him again. Thank you!
  • Janet A. Apr 5, 2017
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Amazing Success in just one viist!
    Just one visit with Rick and our puppy is under control! Thanks for introducing us the the remote dog trainer. it is amazing how quickly Danny has learned to respond! Thank you!
  • Joan M. Mar 16, 2017
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    The dog whisperer.
    One week ago I adopted a 'teenage' dog Jazz rescued from a Korean meat factory farm. He was scared and totally anti-social. Rick was amazing with my dog. The only way I could think of to describe Jazz adequately to Rick was to say I thought he was autistic....wouldn't look at you, couldn't touch him, wouldn't accept treats or toys. I didn't dare take his leash off in case he bolted even in the house. TA...DA drum roll....before Rick left the dog was licking him and for the first time I had held my furbaby and petted him. We still have a very long way to go but with Rick's help I feel confident he can be really "rescued"
  • Tracy R. Mar 4, 2017
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Highly recommend!!
    Rick was amazing. Arrived on time. Very knowledgeable. Very patient, answered all my questions. Didn't try to sell me a package I didn't need. We ordered the collar for our German Shepherd, and start our training next week! Very happy so far, wish us luck!
  • Jeanene H. Mar 3, 2017
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Great Understanding of needs
    we are just starting out, but his expertise and professionalism was great, and he understands our needs and how to assist. Am very excited
  • Cheryl J. Feb 7, 2017
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    First Impressions are the best!
    Loved them...can't wait to send my pups there.
  • Linda H. Feb 2, 2017
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    so far, so good.
    Clay is attending a 2 week training camp. So far, it's been a good experience, but we have another week to go.
  • Melisa J. Jan 23, 2017
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Very satisfied customer!!!!
    The service we received was excellent. The trainer was prompt, very friendly and immediately you could tell he loved what he does. Our session went fabulous with our dog and ourselves both learning. Looking forward to progress.
  • Michelle C. Jan 20, 2017
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Dog trainer
    Received qoute within an hour. Fast, professional, friendly repoir with trainer. He listened to our needs and had wonderful suggestions to start.
  • Linda P. Jan 20, 2017
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Excellent Dog Trainer
    Gave us lots of new solutions to work with our dog. Coming back next week for follow-up. Our dog loved Rick and his great bag!
  • Melody M. Jan 17, 2017
    Dog Training - Board and Train
    Verified Review
    Love Lovedog!
    Our 3 month old Labradoodle visited Lovedog and went from a biting, jumping, digging terror to a well behaved little girl. She was happy, healthy and we'll behaved. Looking for to sending her for further training when she is older!
  • Xeny L. Dec 25, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Very Knowledgeable!
    Rick was very knowledgeable and assured me that my dog's behavior could be corrected. He never pressured us to move forward with lessons, but needless to say we were so impressed we plan on scheduling additional private lessons.
  • Ian H. Dec 13, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Professional Help
    Took the time for a consultation and explained what to fully expect before moving forward, the dog was very comfortable with Rick, and I am looking forward to better understand my dog.
  • Ruth D. Dec 10, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Grandog In Training
    We met with Rick to determine the best training approach for our energetic "granddog". Rick is very confident that Rozie will be a good candidate for in home training. We were very impressed with the interaction between Rozie and Rick and look forward to working along side Rick to develop a happier (if that's possible) and better behaved dog.
  • Sharon K. Dec 6, 2016
    Dog Training - Board and Train
    Verified Review
    Wonderful experience.
    There is nothing I would change about this service. I was contacted by the companies quickly and had all of the information to choose the right company for my need's.
  • Donald B. Dec 5, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    We got back a new dog!
    We thought we'd have to get rid of LuLu. She was way too much for us to handle. You sent us back a wonderfully trained pup. She's fun, loving and obedient. Thank you and your team so much. I'd recommend Lovedog to anyone!
  • Heather B. Dec 4, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Puppy body slams cat!
    It's amazing what he did in just one visit! Our house was a war zone because our mini schnauzer mix wouldn't leave the cat along! Not any more!
  • Pam P. Nov 29, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Setting appt to meet & make a plan
    I had a great phone consultation with Rick. I am looking forward to meeting him to make a plan for my pup.
  • Doris A. Nov 9, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    POTTY TRAINING MY PUPPY
    Rick Bailey came to my house to help me with potty training my puppy. He gave me some very useful nformation to help me reach my goal. This is my first experience with a puppy and after talking to Rick I had more confidence that I could accomplish potty training my puppy.
  • Stephanie D. Oct 26, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Really great experience!
    This was such a great experience because it was so easy to use. I put in my criteria and within an hour I had three quotes from different trainers. I chose the one I wanted and he emailed me back immediately. We have our first appointment scheduled for this Sunday. This process was fantastic it could not have been any easier! I highly recommend it!
  • Janet I. Oct 24, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Excellent Training Advice
    Service was excellent. Definitely helped start our 6 month old puppy on the right path to better behavior. We will definitely continue.
  • Nicholas S. Oct 24, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    First session was great!
    Great experience. Rick is very professional and knowledgeable. Our dog was very responsive to him. Looking forward to another session soon!
  • Linda K. Oct 20, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Awesome Beginnings
    I was astonished after our first meeting. Rick explained his training,focused on my goals and outlined a plan moving forward. He then had both of my boxers walking on leash in less than 5 minutes as if they had spent days of training. I was truly amazed and am looking forward to our next sessions. Rick is very personable, experienced and attentive to the customer's needs. I highly recommend his services.
  • Michael M. Oct 16, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Max
    Very pleased with the first visit, information and tips provided. Also, happy to know that we have options for the training.
  • Liz B. Sep 26, 2016
    Dog Training - Board and Train
    Verified Review
    excellent dog trainers!
    Rick and Jaime truly love what they are doing. Rick is an excellent trainer! I highly recommend their services.
  • Catherine M. Sep 8, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Knowledgeable patient takes time to understand your concerns!!
    Have a male dog that recently turned very agressive to a male coming into his adult time 1 year 2 months both nurtured but will attack with no provoking. He was completely honest that it would take months and a ton of money to " maybe" correct the issue. In the process in trying to re- home the agressive boy. Will get lesson next week on a shock collar.. Patient very knowledgeable and helpful!! I would really consider viewing this wonderful Man! He knows his stuff😄
  • Lance P. Aug 19, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    He was excellent and very knowledgable. Highly recommend
  • Albert E. Aug 19, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
  • Delores H. Aug 11, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Rick reassured my dog would retrain fairly easy. He gave me advice that really helped. Best of all, I will to be retrained. Sessions begin next week.
  • R. K. Aug 3, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Good response
  • Rachael W. Jul 30, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    They are awesome! You can tell they really know what they are doing. We will continue to use them for sure!
  • Christine B. Jul 28, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Thumbtack made it quick and easy to connect with what I needed. I was linked to a qualified professional who was exacwhat I needed!
  • Melody S. Jul 27, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    I highly recommend love dog to anyone who wants the best for their dog. They are knowledgeable and caring. They truly love the dogs they work with. Rick went above and beyond to help my dog with severe separation anxiety. He is an amazing person and the best in the business.
  • Doug A. Jul 21, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Great person, very knowledgeable and well worth our money
  • Rebecca S. Jul 14, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Rick seems to be an all around cool guy and a super solid businessman. I used thumbtack just to test the water and find options and he was the guy who reached out. After one session, we still have a long way to go, but the dynamic here is already changing for the better. :)
  • Kelly S. Jul 13, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Very professional, but laid back. Informative and knowledgeable. A great start...the dog did well.
  • Angela M. Jul 7, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    He was amazing from the first second! Couldn't believe my attack dog was not attacking him .Rick knows exactly what to do very impressed my dog was listening and following directions Rick even taught me a few things that are working wonderful after one hr. Can't wait for ## 2nd visit !! EVERYONE DON'T MISS OUT ON A REAL PRO HE'S ALSO VERY EDUCATED !!! thanks Rick god bless...
  • Katherine K. Jul 1, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    We've only had the initial review and 1 session, but I am very impressed with Rick and Jaime They first came and visited with us and our dogs (2 large dogs, a GSD and a Golden Coon) and were very informative about their methods. After watching the behavior of the dogs Rick gave us an idea of what to expect, how long he thought it would take and was willing to get started that same day. They came back that evening and after just one session both dogs are already off to a good start. More later as we progress
  • Rick F. Jun 17, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Right off the bat Rick had our Rottie backing off her obsession of her toys. Next will be working with our new puppy.
  • Arlene A. Jun 13, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    After just the initial session, I saw Rick bring out the best in Brewster. He and Jaime put my fears to rest about having a high-energy puppy and I feel totally confident that Brewster and I will get through this training with flying colors!
  • Allen C. Jun 8, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    the man is incredible he is the next cezar mallon he had our pup following commands in the first hour we would highly recommend his quality training
  • Lee K. Jun 7, 2016
    It was nice to meet Rick and Jamie. Ray and I appreciated them coming out to our home to work with us and Brownie. Brownie has some fear issues that need work and Rick gave us some pointers on what to do and what not to do to promote better behavior. Brownie has some issues that we are still working on and Rick is very good about checking in and keeping tabs on us. It's a work in progress and I am sure it will all work out. The both of you are Great and it's nice to be able to call and get a response quickly.
  • Melissa H. Jun 3, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Rick was fantastic! Within the first 20 minutes of working with Dixie, he had my puppy responding to hand commands and a control on the nipping. He gave us the tools and information we needed to work with her too. I could defiantly see a difference with her! Looking forward to our next session.
  • Dr. Diana C. May 31, 2016
    LoveDog provides "second to none" quality training for your canine family member. My Rottie has been training and boarding with them since he was young. Not only will they get the best experience with certified professional training, but it is given with great love, care and fun! Many of my friends and colleagues have had the same great experience. "Outstanding" is an understatement! My dog is exceptionally trained and never wants to leave. Give it a try, you will NEVER use anyone else!
  • Nancy T. May 29, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    After researching the impressive credentials of Rick Bailey of LoveDog Inc. my husband & I asked him to come to our home to help us with our rescued 1 1/2yo Belgian Malinois, Sargeant. Rick was extremely courteous & well organized in his explanation of his services. He's so kind & engaging wanted to know as much as possible to help Sargeant succeed. We really feel he's the right trainer for us especially after he said that he never wanted us to feel as if we were in this alone; that we could contact him at any time with questions or concerns big or small. He is also very easy to reach when we have questions/concerns. And with that in mind, he's never made us feel stupid or ignorant with any question we've asked, moreso, respectful for having asked. Rick's fees are more than reasonable as he offers such a variety of services. He is very prompt to appointments & flexible with our schedule. We're so looking forward to more sessions with Rick & a well behaved Sargeant! We'd highly recommend Rick/LoveDog, Inc.!
  • Lindsey K. May 28, 2016
    Rick was amazing!
  • Barbi M. May 26, 2016
    I am the President of a local rescue and Rick has been amazing with our dogs. He is patient, kind and genuinely cares about the dogs. I encourage all of our fosters and adopters to contact Rick at Lovedog to train their dog as we have seen wonderful results. The dogs respond immediately to Rick and he has been able to help even the most untrained, unsocialized rescue dogs. I highly recommend Rick and Lovedog.
  • Michelle M. May 24, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Rick was able to come in and quickly assess the situation with our new dog. He addressed and explained our dog's behavioral issues and was able to correct it in a calm and gentle manner, leaving easy-to-follow instructions and exercises for us once he left. I highly recommend his training!
  • Jamie K. May 20, 2016
    Ricky worked with myself and my 6 year old American Bulldog on obedience and off leash training. He was patient and very professional and Hooper took to Rickys training style really well. I'm really excited to work with him further on more intense training, I'd recommend him highly.
  • Marcie F. May 19, 2016
    Rick has been our trainer from the time our dog Mango was 8 weeks old (she is now 4). We have never had another trainer with as much patience and love for his trainees as Rick has. Mango is truly excited to see him each time. He often watches Mango while we are away and she is always happen to leave with him and comes home just as happy. We have recommended his services to many friends and none of them have ever been disappointed.
  • Mike F. May 19, 2016
    Very professional, excellent results, truly cares about his clients.
  • Theresa P. May 17, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    I've only had a few sessions so far but what a difference. my dog Karma loves him. Karma had a little insecurity problem but in a few sessions he's managed to turn it around. he's really good at explaining things that I can do to keep the training going .looking forward to our next session
  • Stacie L. May 3, 2016
    Rick was very responsive to my phone call and prompt to our scheduled meeting, which was conveniently on a Saturday morning. He listened to our concerns and the things we've already tried to get our rescue dog to stop focusing on our cat. He observed their behaviors, took control to gently work with our dog to modify her behavior. He gave us direction and daily exercises to teach the dog and also ourselves how to better handle their interactions. We have already started to see improvement. We totally recommend Rick.

Q&A

What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
We determine what needs and training goals the customer has and then develop a training plan to meet them.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I am certified with and/or a member of CPDT, APDT, AKC-CGC and NADOI. I have been training dogs for over a decade and work with various rescues and humane societies.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
We do and they will be posted on our website soon.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
My family has been breeding and training dogs for generations. My grandfather and his brothers bred and trained GSD's and Doberman's for the military so I was raised around dogs and learned how to train at a young age. It was a little over ten years ago that I decided to make this my career and started training professionally.
What types of customers have you worked with?
We have worked with everyone from private dog owners training basic obedience to urban humane societies and dog rescues rehabilitating past fighting dogs.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
We always have great projects in the works, but rehabilitating and training rescue dogs that others have given up on and seeing them live out a happy life always brings the fondest memories.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
If you have questions, ask! Make sure the trainer you hire has the experience and knowledge to help with your specific needs. Don't be afraid to ask for references, any good trainer will have plenty of clients willing to talk with you about their experience.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
First, ask yourself what level of training you want for your dog and then ask your trainer how to get those results. Think about the time and effort it takes to train a dog, and then decide if you want to train the dog yourself with private trainings or send them to train with us in our board & train program.