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Dog Training
4.6
from 237 reviews
  • 26 years in business
  • 426 hires on Thumbtack
Thelma T.
Verified review

The over all training. Bruce took the time to teach me on how to walk, handle bad behaviours and general obedience training on my two puppies. I would recommend him to my families and friends in the future.

K9katelynn
4.4
from 137 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 396 hires on Thumbtack
Michelle W.
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Highly recommend K9Katelynn - had a wonderful experience and gained so much training knowledge. My Portuguese Water Dog puppy has learned so many things and is improving every day with his obedience training. Big thanks to K9Katelynn!

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Fit Dog Training
4.9
from 56 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 90 hires on Thumbtack
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Jenn C.
Verified review

Elisa is an amazing and caring dog trainer. She has been a dog obedience trainer for many years. She helped me with my two dogs. They are more obedient and walk better on the leash. I would highly recommend her for your next dog trainer! You won't be disappointed!

Nate Dog Training
4.9
from 52 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 150 hires on Thumbtack
Jane S.
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I met Nate at a local park while walking my dog, Otis. The one thing that caught my eye immediately was that he was walking effortlessly with 5 dogs, most of them were not on a leash and staying within a foot or two from his side. I have had many dogs in my life, taking each one through obedience training but nothing ever stuck. After having tennis elbow surgery years ago from trying to teach my Mastiff mix to heal, I called a popular training franchise that used small "bags" to throw at the animal when they were misbehaving. Needless to say that didn't work. Years later I moved to Arizona and that's when I met Nate. He came to my house the first session to assess Otis' behavior, the environment and my approach to training. We had a very long discussion on canine behaviors. From there Nate gave me a several things to work on with Otis. The results after one month were amazing. Each session we had after that was tailored to what Otis and I needed to work on; totally personalized training to our needs and behavior issues. Nate approaches training with a different approach than standard obedience schools. He addresses canine behaviors and helps you understand those behaviors by explaining where they are coming from, and how to work towards correcting them. I now for the first time in my life have a happy and calm animal that actually listens to me! The coaching I received from Nate not only helped shape Otis but also gave me more confidence in being the pack leader. I have also boarded Otis with Nate after having a couple training sessions. When I picked Otis up he was calm, happy and adjusted. Something you rarely find. I recently accepted a new job that is a very long commute. Nate graciously offered to help me by boarding Otis during the day so he is not left alone for long days. Nate has a genuine passion for animals and lives out this passion. I am grateful to have met Nate. He has changed the relationship I have with my canine companion. I am often complimented on Otis' behavior and have been happy to refer them to Nate. That speaks for itself!

  • 8 years in business
  • 89 hires on Thumbtack
Jeremy F.
Verified review

John is a class act who opens your eyes and makes you see what a dog is thinking and gives the tools needed for your dog to be your follower and not your leader...the difference in our German Shepard from before the training to now (end of training) is like apples to oranges, and our dog now knows his boundaries, in and out of the house. Great service, great guy, great price ! Thanks again for your help John! And a big thank u from Rocky!

I love your Dog Pet Services
4.8
from 44 reviews
  • 26 years in business
  • 120 hires on Thumbtack
Michael L.
Verified review

Highly recommend Kim. She knows what she is doing and how to help you learn to train your dog. She's calm, soft spoken but firm with the dogs. We brought a Aussie puppy into the house with 2 adult Aussies. One of the adults wouldn't accept the puppy, having to be restrained. Within one week they were buddies and playmates. We then focused on basic obedience-sit, stay, down, come, leave it, etc. The dogs all responded to her approach quickly as did my wife and I. We will continue to work with her on heel & socialization. Her cost is very reasonable as is her offer of availability without further cost long term. Meet her, discuss her approach, you'll be quite pleased with the process and results.

Dog Training By Cat
5.0
from 25 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 54 hires on Thumbtack
Bernie U.
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I have tried obedience classes with my exuberant, hyper maltese previously with limited success. Cat trained my eccentric little pup to sit, wait, leave it, touch and come, as well as worked on her barking with one week of daily one-on-one training. It is obvious that she is very experienced and talented. I felt safe knowing how happy my puppy would be there with her big beautiful yard and friendly demeanour. I highly recommend Cat for dog training!!

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Spot On Obedience Training
5.0
from 23 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 44 hires on Thumbtack
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Margaret A.
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I hired Renee to come to my home & help with basic puppy training when my crazy Great Pyr/Lab puppy was 3.5mos old. She basically trained me how to train my dog. One session we even went for a walk & she showed me how to start training Remi at 4mos to walk well on a leash! I also took Renee’s 6 week outdoor basic obedience class & I highly recommend! I had her come to my house again for a private session this week because I needed some help getting my now huge 6mos old puppy under control in my home. She gave me some great tips & within 24hrs I have seen results! I’m so thankful I found Spot On Obedience Training! Great prices & I’m a huge fan of the positive reinforcement training. My sweet pup is responding well & still knows I am in charge. Renee is always available to answer questions via text, call or email & she really loves my crazy dog!

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  • 5 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kaylee R.
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She has been training my 1 ½ year old pitbull and he's been doing so much better! I was never been able to take him on walks and after one day of training I was able to take him out and he didn't pull me to the ground! I highly recommend taking your furbaby to her! 😃

East Valley K9 Services
4.7
from 19 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
Mayank P.
Verified review

I'm a first time dog owner and really had no idea what I was doing. We found Brandy on Thumbtack site and we decided to give it a shot. Max was already 7 months old so we had no idea what she would know so the idea of obedience training sounded wonderful. Brandy definitely taught the basics as well as the other things that we wanted with our dog. Brandy also talked through issues we've had, given great advice and tips and Working with Max on them has definitely made a huge difference. Max has learnt some amazing behaviors. He can sit, come, sleep and walk loosely on a leash. Our bond with our puppy is incredible and we owe a lot to Brandy for helping me overcome my fear of dogs. I recommend her for owners with dogs of any age. Brandy came to our house and totally understood my dog's dilemmas. She taught positive training techniques that actually worked! She helped us prevent Max from resource guarding and regain order in the house.

Families and Animals
4.5
from 17 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
Christi J.
Verified review

I just love how she help me to get my dog to stay off of my little siblings and the other dogs too. I love how she has my little brothers be involved with the training. She is so good with dogs and I recommend her she will give you good tips

Precision Paws LLC
4.4
from 16 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Kimberly E.
Verified review

Honest, ethical, and truly want to see results.... they are the first of the many trainers that we have tried that explained everything & showed us what to do.. they had our very fear aggressive dog walking beside them & eating out of their hands (literally) within 30 minutes!! I would recommend these guys to anyone that is having training problems..don't send ur dog away for thousands ... let these guys come to u... for affordable pricing & quick results!!

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Waggin' Train LLC
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 23 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
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Aimee C.
Verified review

Dianne was great! She was personable and flexible working with my schedule. My dog made great strides with her, and we are well on our way to getting him registered as a service dog! If I wasn't moving, I'd be continuing my training and training my future dogs with Dianne. I 100% recommend her services.

FurBabies & Friends
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Laura C.
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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.

Wolf's Dog Training
4.8
from 6 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Corrina H.
Verified review

An overall great experience, always on time, helpful, knowledgeable and left with a list of priority tasks each week. Always available to contact with questions and clarification. Great training at a very decent price as well! Has helped change some negative behaviors in my service dog in training so he can get back on the path to an amazing working dog!

Stellar Pups
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Jen H.
Verified review

Let me start off by saying that I rarely write reviews. I diligently read every review for any good or service I’m interested in but I just never seem to write a review about my experience. That being said, we received several responses from different trainers in regards to my inquiry. Sam from Stellar Pup responded quickly and provided a great price. I spoke with her on the phone and immediately felt comfortable with her service and price so I booked her for a training session in our home. I was upfront and told her I was interested in the package for 6 visits but wouldn’t make that commitment until our first session was complete. She arrived exactly at the time we set up and immediately went to work on our main concern which was biting (we have a goldendoodle and she was only about 12 weeks old at the time). Sam has been such a great trainer and our Mayzie is just in love with her. I highly recommend hiring Sam from Stellar Pup for any and all of your dog training requirements.

  • 20 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Sarah P.
Verified review

I went to take a tour of the school prior to having my training and I was very happy with how the staff treated me. Very friendly and helpful. Answered all my questions and was completely honest. And I think hats very important when it comes to working with animals. The facility was organized and clean. Which is awesome for me since I will also be boarding my pups there in the near future! I can't wait to start my training!! Thank you!

Canines4kids
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Lisa H.
Verified review

We are excited to be working with Carol. Already after our first training we see changes in how our Lab is responding to us. I look forward to our future sessions.

Altruistic K9
4.0
from 1 review
  • 3 years in business
Megan S.
Verified review

So far my dog loved Brandon, and in my consultation I am applying what I saw him do with my dog, and its working. Looking forward to the real training, for me and my pup!

Team Canine, Inc.

New To Thumbtack

  • 19 years in business
About

Jade is a Nationally Registered EMT and also holds a 4 year Master's degree in Acupuncture. In her pre-med studies she has taken over 9 collegiate courses in normal, abnormal and developmental psychology. Teaching humans how to effectively communicate with their dog and watch their relationship develop into a harmonious relationship.

Animal Training

New To Thumbtack

  • 5 years in business
About

I have the experience of training many different species of animals. I believe there are many different ways to train one thing, you just have to figure out what works best for the animal and the trainer. The animals of course! My passion is working with animals of any kind.

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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