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Dog Training
4.5
from 226 reviews
  • 26 years in business
  • 407 hires on Thumbtack
Annie L.
Verified review

Bruce offered great insight and helpful tips from his personal experience. He was very personable and listened to us, which is really important to make sure our needs were being met! He was extremely fair and we will be using him in the future for our dog training needs!

K9katelynn
4.4
from 126 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 359 hires on Thumbtack
Angela D.
Verified review

My experience with K9 Katelynn dog training has been excellent. When Tom first met my dog, I described him to a friend as "magical with dogs" - silly, but true. It is immediately evident that he has significant experience training both dogs and their owners. It takes work to make progress; I felt a bit like I was in school with my two 20 minute sessions (at a minimum) of dog training "homework" per day. It was very rewarding to see my dog's progress. Tom had an answer to every question I asked, and if you do what he says, you WILL see results. That being said - you have to do what he says! If you are looking for someone to magically fix your dog, you are in the wrong place. Tom teaches you - the owner - how to work with your dog and train him effectively.

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Fit Dog Training
4.9
from 49 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 77 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
John S.
Verified review

Elisa was amazing! Not only is she knowledgeable about dogs, she really knows how to work with owners as well. She is energetic, fun, punctual, and very caring. Elisa's training methods worked great for both my Sheepadoodle puppy and my three year old Golden Retriever. Each dog had different learning needs and Elisa adapted to both with ease and patience. Both of my dogs listen reliably to commands, walk great on a leash, and are great anywhere that I take them. I highly recommend Elisa for dog training!

I love your Dog Pet Services
4.8
from 42 reviews
  • 26 years in business
  • 112 hires on Thumbtack
Deb B.
Verified review

Kimberly came to my home to help me with my two dogs (puppy and older dog) that seemed to be not getting along. She was willing to do an assessment and she gave me amazing feedback as to dog behavior that I did not understand. She was great at interpreting the problem and offered a wonderful solution that is already starting to work. I would highly recommend Kimberly for dog training.

Hunter Canine
5.0
from 25 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 84 hires on Thumbtack
Alex D.
Verified review

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
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Nikki E.
Verified review

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!

East Valley K9 Services
4.6
from 17 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Megan T.
Verified review

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
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

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Waggin' Train LLC
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 23 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
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!

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.

TLC While You're Away
4.8
from 5 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Andrew A.
Verified review

Very happy with TLC, we get a note describing exactly what happened on the walk. Our dogs also love the team, as a family with high fear rescue dogs that was always a worry we had. I recommend them to everyone!

FurBabies & Friends
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Amy B.
Verified review

When Kristie lived in Minnesota she watched, trained, bathed, gave my dog his medications, and walked, my Great Dane for many years. She is very reliable and treats every dog like her own. Dogs are truly her passion and I would not hesitate to have her help you with yours.

  • 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!

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.

The Big Dogs
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Malea B.
Verified review

Searching for a dog trainer is not easy, let alone if you have specific demands. This was my situation. Joyce was not quite capable of accommodating what I was requesting, but she has continued to reach out to me to try to source a solution for my specific situation. That alone, someone who didn't get my business, by no fault of her own, has repeatedly checked in seeing if she could still help some how some way speaks VOLUMES on her character. If my situation was a typical one, I can assure you I would have hired her.

Stellar Pups
5.0
from 1 review
  • 1 year in business
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.

Teresa P.
Verified review

Being involved with Schutzhund for the past 10 years, and more recently AKC, i have attended several seminars. But, it was not until a couple of years ago when i attended my first seminar with Uschi that everything came together. When our club was later asked who they would want to bring back for another seminar, everyone said Uschi, hands down! Since then i have traveled long distances to attend her seminars, and it is always well worth it! My relationship with my dog has improved and i am more confident as a handler. When no one else could help with training challenges with my dog, it was Uschi who took us to the next level! I am also now doing agility with my dog and Uschi has helped so much with that too! I always get compliments on my dogs performance! Uschi trains the handler and can read a dog better than anyone i have ever trained with! Not just one breed of dog, but ANY breed! Not just Schutzhund but AKC obedience and agility! I always look forward to training with Uschi!. She is patient but firm and always fun! Uschi is absolutely the best trainer i have ever worked with!

  • 4 years in business
About

I really enjoy and find it therapeutic for myself and also a good exercise to us both. I also give baths, only if requested! I'm used to big dogs. I'm open to all requests. Thank you for your time.

About

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.

  • 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 love dogs, and I need a job, so with the fact that I love dogs made me decide to become a dog walker/sitter. I have experience with watching and walking dogs. While watching your dog, I like to include playtime, walking, feeding, and cleaning (your dog).

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

Glendale, AZ

  • Dog training type
    Obedience
  • Dog age(s)
    1-2 years
  • Dog size
    Medium
  • Details
    found dog and tried finding her owners and no luck now he is part of the family but i also have 4 other dogs and this dogs goes after all of them need help even attacked my 15yr old dog for no reason
  • $325
    Average price

Need a Dog Trainer for 2 Female German Shepherd Dog

Buckeye, AZ

  • Dog training type
    Obedience
  • Dog age(s)
    1-2 years
  • Dog size
    Large
  • Details
    I have two female GSD .
  • $695
    Average price

Need Dog Training

Apache Junction, AZ

  • Dog training type
    Obedience
  • Dog age(s)
    Puppy
  • Dog size
    Medium
  • Details
    My dog has barking and biting problems.
  • $595
    Average price
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