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Dog Training
4.5
from 235 reviews
  • 26 years in business
  • 423 hires on Thumbtack
Brooke K.
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Great Experience! Fast response and appointment. Our new nine month old shelter rescue refused to walk on a leash was even scared of the leash/collar. He would sit down and refuse to move. We travel a lot so leash training is imperative when staying in hotels! Bruce's training skills are exceptional, whether the training is for the dog or myself lol...it worked! He had my little puppy walking on a leash/wearing the collar within one session.. this is after one month of me trying to train him myself. Every day since he's been walking with a collar and a leash with no problems.... of course he still get scared here and there of other digs or people but is doing so well! We felt that Bruce's skillful and gentle approach really helped our little Kingston. Highly recommend. Thanks Bruce!

K9katelynn
4.4
from 133 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 385 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
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The man that I had a consultation with was very fast speaking and it was hard to understand everything that was being offered. I am not sure what the average price is for dog training but the prices seemed very high for so few visits. The advertised price was not what I was quoted online, it was substantially higher. The business wanted payment before receiving services which I thought was a little odd. Overall, I trust that the company will follow through with their promises and given their historical ratings, I decided to move forward with the process.

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Fit Dog Training
4.9
from 54 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 87 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Michelle M.
Verified review

Elisa was responsive from the the beginning. She tailored the puppy training to our needs and provided an individualized plan. She is incredibly professional and punctual. Elisa provided valuable resources and information at each session. I would highly recommend her to anyone in need of dog training.

Nate Dog Training
4.9
from 52 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 150 hires on Thumbtack
Shawna G.
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I called Nate Dog Training because I was at my wit's end with my dog Rizzo. Rizzo is a pug/brussels griffon mix (we think) and is estimated to be between 3-4 years old. The rescue I adopted Rizzo from didn't know much about his background, only that he was found in a park and seemed to be very weary of men. I thought Rizzo would eventually warm up to my male roommate, but he didn't show any improvement after several months. He would hide behind desks and under beds when my roommate was in the room and refused to let anyone but me take him outside. He also had a habit of barking continuously when left alone. So, I called Nate. I thought it was too good to be true when Nate told me it might take as little as one session to see improvement, but it was true! Rizzo's behavior has improved greatly in a fairly short amount of time after only one training session. The methods Nate uses are fairly easy to follow and make perfect sense. He even made suggestions for food/treat choices that Rizzo not only loves, but are healthy for him! Overall, I felt that the training guidelines Nate provided are incredibly helpful and I'm optimistic that Rizzo's behavior will continue to improve as we continue to follow the regiment. Best of all, Nate is always available to answer questions. I have already texted him several times to get clarification on some things or insight on behaviors Rizzo has started to develop and Nate has responded promptly. I cannot recommend Nate Dog Training highly enough!

  • 8 years in business
  • 88 hires on Thumbtack
Barbra H.
Verified review

John is very professional and knowledgeable. He was quick to establish a rapport with us and our dog, Jimmy. We would highly recommend him for dog training and most of all dog bonding.

I love your Dog Pet Services
4.8
from 44 reviews
  • 26 years in business
  • 117 hires on Thumbtack
Scott K.
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Kim did an outstanding job with our Rottweiler puppy. She was very thorough and we started seeing the transformation with our dog by the 2nd lesson. Her follow up with us was excellent. I highly recommend Kim to anyone that needs dog training.

Happy Fur Baby Pet Care
4.9
from 28 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 42 hires on Thumbtack
Maria R.
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Beth does go above and beyond. She is caring and gives helpful tips on training my dog. When I leave I feel confident that my dog will be well taken care of.

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Spot On Obedience Training
5.0
from 23 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 44 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Nikki E.
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Renee's classes were so relaxed and fun. We got a new puppy and this was the first time I'd ever gone to dog training classes. Renee explains how a dog thinks and learns. Teaching them new things is easier than I though it would be. You do need time and patience. I wish I would have done it with our previous dogs. Thanks Renee!

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Mary's Pet Sitting Services
5.0
from 20 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
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Nancy D.
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Mary demonstrated compassion in caring for our dogs. When one of our dogs got sick, Mary not only cleaned up the mess, she lovingly cleaned the soiled area on my dog. Mary is a trustworthy resource and cared for our dogs as if they were her own. We highly recommend Mary, and will use her services again.

East Valley K9 Services
4.7
from 18 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 27 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 16 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Tom G.
Verified review

She answered my questions regarding training my dog.

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Waggin' Train LLC
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 23 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
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Kelly T.
Verified review

People comment on my well behaved and obedient dogs - it is because of training from Waggin' Train. Waggin Train helped me train my dogs based on my lifestyle and needs and my dogs' personality. Waggin' Train also helped me introduce an adopted dog into my home. Amazing results - the new dog is quickly learning and my other dog is loving her new sister quicker than I expected. Thanks Waggin' Train!

FurBabies & Friends
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Laura C.
Verified review

We had our first meeting with Fur Babies and you can definitely tell she knows and love dogs. After our session we were left with some great information and tools to help us better understand and teach our dog. We look forward to our next training session.

Tricia's Pet Sitting
4.6
from 7 reviews
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Lisa M.
Verified review

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.

Stellar Pups
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Mary W.
Verified review

Sam has trained my dog to learn many different things. Sam has even taught my labrador to retrieve my keys, phone and credit card. I am very happy with Stellar Pups and I would recommend them to others. I am even planning on to return to Stellar Pups for more training.

About

I enjoy Dogs immensely! Have 2 now, am a retired 30 year Police Officer/K9 handler, Nv) retired Animal Control Warden (IL)

  • 4 years in business
About

Do you need help with your pet? We provide dog walking, sitting, and all type's of training to keep you and your pet happy!

About

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

  • 4 years in business
About

I go out of my way to help ensure the animals are well taken care of, above and beyond.

About

I will walk your dogs as well as watch them at your home. Depending on the situation, I'm the girl for you.

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I take dogs for a walk, clean houses and also babysit. I am able to do anything that you ask me to.

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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Need a Dog Trainer for Obedience & Behavioral Modification

Glendale, AZ

  • Dog age(s)
    1-2 years
  • Dog size(s)
    Medium (16-45 lbs)
  • Dog training type
    Obedience, Behavioral Modification
  • Details
    Dog was a rescue & needs help with aggression towards other dogs
  • $125
    Average price

Need a Dog Trainer

Prescott Valley, AZ

  • Dog training type
    Obedience, Behavioral Modification
  • Dog age(s)
    3+ years
  • Dog size(s)
    Medium (16-45 lbs)
  • Details
    Dog was a rescue about 1.5 years ago. Main problem is aggression toward other dogs.
  • $25
    Average price

Need a Dog Trainer for Obedience & Behavioral Modification

Phoenix, AZ

  • Dog training type
    Obedience, Behavioral Modification
  • Dog age(s)
    Puppy - 6-12 months
  • Dog size(s)
    Medium (16-45 lbs)
  • Details
    3 dogs to train, ages 1 to 6, various issues, most recent is fighting :-(
  • $237.5
    Average price
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