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Dog Training
4.5
from 224 reviews
  • 26 years in business
  • 405 hires on Thumbtack
Diana G.
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My husband and I really enjoyed talking to Bruce and listening to all his ideas and suggestions. He seemed interested in our German Shepherd and stayed way beyond the one hour session. His price was way below the average dog trainers out there. He listened to everything we had to say, answered all our questions and gave us lots of encouragement. Thank you Bruce, we will definitely let you know how things go with Dingo and Kendrick!!

K9katelynn
4.4
from 126 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 358 hires on Thumbtack
Michael J (MJB) B.
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I feel compelled to share our experience with anyone looking for a dog trainer. Tom did a great job but he also showed up on time every time. He informed us along the way what he was doing, why and how it was going to work. Even though we probably weren’t the best persons for our pet he stayed on top of us to help make our dog a great and obedient friend. Thank you Tom and K9katelynn, you are the best and we look forward to referring you to our friends. MJB

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Fit Dog Training
4.9
from 48 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 77 hires on Thumbtack
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Liz S.
Verified review

Elisa is one of the best dog trainers I have had. Not only is she professional towards me, but she has shown an amazing amount of love, patience, and genuine care for my rescue dog. That was the most important factor for me, and she exceeded expectations. I'm referring her to all my family and friends!

I love your Dog Pet Services
4.8
from 42 reviews
  • 26 years in business
  • 112 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
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Kim is an amazing dog trainer. Our dogs are calm after just 3 sessions. The dogs like the training as much as we do.

Hunter Canine
5.0
from 25 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 84 hires on Thumbtack
Alex D.
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Being new to dog ownership and the "dog world" I was skeptical about training in general. I knew I didn't want some kid from petsmart training me dog but at the same time I wasn't looking for someone who was an elitist and looked down on me for not knowing much about training. I found hunter canine on thumbtack kind of at random. Andrew called me and thoroughly answered all my questions and concerns. The price was fair and comparable to other professional trainers I had inquired about. Having just completed beginner obedience I can say that these guys are great. It's obvious from the minute you start class that Andrew and Chad are passionate about what they do. The facility is amazing, it's big, it's clean, and the trainers are knowledgable and helpful. In just 8 short weeks we've seen massive changes our dogs behavior. The class objectives are clear and the trainers are always attentive to any issue you may have with your dog during class. Even in the group classes the trainers still provide ample one on one time with each dog and their handlers. We enjoyed the class so much that we have enrolled our dog in the CGC prep class and plan on doing more training in the future. I would recommend Hunter Canine to anyone looking for training, if you show up to class and do your part (practicing what you've learned) you won't be disappointed...

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Spot On Obedience Training
4.9
from 23 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
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Donna M.
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Prior to meeting Renee, I had dropped out of multiple training classes sponsored by other private trainers because my dog and I weren't confident about our work outside of the classroom. We successfully completed Renee's Basic Obedience class and went on to take her Class in the Park to strengthen the skills we learned with added distractions of people, bicycles, little league games etc. Her ability to lead the class in a relaxed manner and her willingness to provide support between classes was the key to our success. Her extensive experience allows her to provide alternative solutions in situations where a particular dog isn't responding to an exercise. She has knowledge of a multitude of dog breeds and knows some of the training challenges that can come up with certain breeds. One of my issues was walking my 100 lb. lab without being pulled all over the neighborhood. After using Renee's training methods, not only do I now enjoy walking my dog, but I have actually had people stop me and ask how I was able to get my dog to walk so well on a leash!

East Valley K9 Services
4.7
from 18 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Megan T.
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I love Brandy and Steve. They have paid very close attention to my two dogs, Charlie and Frankie. We came in with two hyper active working dogs that had little training but have picked up so much information in training class. I am trying to beg them to do a level 2 training class for my dogs to be in. I love how attentive they were before and after class with Frankie and Charlie. I also realized a lot of the work was to train me. They have trained me well. I spend 30 min a day with both of my dogs training them separately with all the tricks they taught me in there class. I would highly recommended this obedience class with Brandy and Steve. They are very reasonably priced as well as they answered my response to their services within minutes. They treat my dogs as there own and send out weekly emails regarding all the dogs in the class and what we need to work on. On the off hours of training Brandy answers my texts and sends me additional info regarding activities for working dogs that she thinks would be good for my babes. One week I didn’t have a second handler and she had her husband help me out. She’s a serious gem and moving forward I will only work with her. She’s passionate about what she does and understands dogs so well! Thanks Brandy!

Families and Animals
4.7
from 15 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Tom G.
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She answered my questions regarding training my dog.

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Waggin' Train LLC
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 23 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jacob B.
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Dianne from Waggin' Tails responded to my request for a dog trainer immediately. She was very professional from the beginning and taught us a lot about our dogs. She trained us as a family and since her training our family is much happier and all 3 of our dogs are getting along wonderfully. She has tons of experience with all different breeds and can turn any situation that arises into a training exercise. I highly recommend Waggin' Tails to anyone in need of a trainer.

Tricia's Pet Sitting
4.6
from 7 reviews
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Lisa M.
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Tricia was exceptional. She clearly loves dogs, is very flexible, trustworthy, and even stopped by to pick up my 2 dogs which makes life easier before a trip. I've used many other dog sitters in the past and Tricia would be my first choice. She even sent pictures of the pair while I was away. And when I returned from my vacation, my 2 dogs were more relaxed than ever. Clearly my dogs were well taken care of. Would highly recommend Tricia's.

FurBabies & Friends
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Amanda S.
Verified review

FurBabies and friends has changed our dog and our lives! Our once rambunctious, wild, and crazy catahoola pup has found herself, and her place in our home because of Kristie and her amazing ability to channel our pup’s energy into a positive. Because of FurBabies and friends we have the dog we have always wanted and the manners she has always needed. Thank you Kristie!

Bitty Paws
3.7
from 3 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Michael L.
Verified review

Bitty Paws did an amazing job with my dog Czonka. They were extremely friendly, professional and treated Czonka with such love. I am definitely going to be using Bitty Paws again. And best of all they came to my house.

Tao of Balance
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Shannon C.
Verified review

Eileen and Ben were fabulous! They worked with us on vocal commands and how to respond to our dogs when other dogs approach. They brought their 2 pits within them to help with the training. Plus our neighbors pup (in training) was also there. We thank them and will be calling them again for more help.

Lorenzo's Dog Training Team
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 31 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Laurel C.
Verified review

Anton worked with us on training our Aussie puppy Bailey. Bailey was a little crazy and we knew we needed professional help to train him. Lorenzo's was referred by our vet, along with several other trainers. After speaking with each of the companies they referred and speaking to other personal recommendations we received from friends, we went with Lorenzo's. From the first time I spoke with Anton, I felt a trust in him. He was very understanding of what we wanted and worked with us until both he and the family thought Bailey was in a good place with his training. Anton was very understanding of each of our family members and where they were personally at with Bailey's training. He took the extra time on each session to make sure we were working with Bailey and comfortable with the lessons we had previously used, as well as the new lesson for the day. He was also very accommodating to our work and school schedules, which helped us tremendously. The cost of the training and tools were more expensive than what we were originally looking to spend, we feel that the training program was totally worth the expense. We continue to work with Bailey and his training on a personal level. What is even better is that we have the option to take him to group training sessions on a regular basis with Lorenzo's for as long as we would like. I would recommend Lorenzo's very highly.

  • 5 years in business
Ann F.
Verified review

Yes, Mark is my brother. :) He has always been wonderful with animals. He treats dogs with patience and kindness, yet he is firm when he needs to be. He works well with both my 16 yr old Lab and 6 yr old Golden. He is also very reliable and trustworthy. He will do a great job with your precious pup. I highly recommend him.

About

I do a good job cleaning your house and am really fast. I am really good with pets. I can babysit too.

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We love pets, so we will visit, hug, play with, walk and feed them as needed. We are flexible about breed.

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I clean after the dog, feed and give the water needed. I walk dogs to the park near my home as well.

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I can take care of your pets if you go out of town or for any other occasions. I can also walk your dogs.

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I connect with my clients and am committed to the success of their training and development of an appropriately behaved dog within the family environment. Experience and dedication.

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I don't just walk the dog and call it a job. I form a relationship with the pet and its owner. Walking dogs is something I love to do and it should be a joyful experience for your pet. I NEVER discipline another person's pet because I would be very upset if anyone ever did so to mine. I treat your pets the way I would expect anyone else to treat mine.

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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