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Tucson Dog Trainers

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Play Your Way Obedience
from 34 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 78 hires on Thumbtack
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Kelley F.
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I now use the book in all my service dog training

Dog Squad U
from 30 reviews
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
Monica R.
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So far I've been very impressed with Dog Squad U. I really liked the YouTube videos of dog training in action. I was able to get a great feel for how the the trainer works with the dogs and their owners! I had a great idea of what to expect and what questions to ask. I've had an in-home initial evaluation and I was very pleased and impressed with the trainer and training during that time. I'm looking forward to working with Joe and getting help training my puppy.

  • 24 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
Judy M.
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I have use Gerard in training my two dogs. Both of my dog were very hyper as puppies. Gerard instructed me how to become the pack leader. He was meet me at parks, schools, home and work to train my dogs in all environments. Gerard takes his time in training the dogs and me, the alpha. I know I can call Gerard if I'm having any problems and he inform me how to handle it. My one dog is 5 years old chow/heeler mix, my other dog is a 10 month old Rottweiler. I won't have any other trainer. Gerard, thank you for training my dog to be two wonder pets.

Wheels Walks and Wags
from 5 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Brandy B.
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Mel responded to our request very quickly and has been very easy to work with. She has been wonderful with our dog, and she's very knowledgeable having vet tech and dog training experience. I highly recommend her!

  • 29 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Jeff G.
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Joe and Marci were very personable from the very first time we met. I was also impressed with how much they know about dogs! I learned a lot from them at each session and it was actually easy to use their instructions daily to improve our dogs behavior.

  • 2 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Nancy D.
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Joe has built a great relationship with our puppy and is a great teacher. We are very impressed with his skill and knowledge of dog behavior. With Joe’s help, our puppy is developing into an incredible pet that everyone loves being around. We couldn’t be happier!

Deana Fritton
from 1 review
    Kaylah A.
    Verified review

    Deana was an over all wonderful person to work with, her over all charisma was great, she's amazing with my dogs as well


    Over 25 years experience handling all breeds of dogs. I like to improve your pets overall quality of life with simple methods easy to learn and maintain. Accessing the overall health, nutrition and safety of your pet is my top priority.


    I developed a compassionate relationship with dogs after a life experience. I treat dogs today with kindness and compassion.


    I am experienced in law enforcement, and my pick of a major in college was of course criminal justice. I love training large dogs who seem aggressive, because I know they can be made into militant partners and obedient friends. Training K-9 dogs taught me to be thankful for my fellow peacekeepers, human and K-9 alike. I am affordable, and I will even train your dog while improving stance mobility and muscle toning. Call or text me for affordable quotes all day!


    I walk dogs and bath and feed them also. I care for any other animals. I love animals, and I have many of my own. So I hope to care for others.


    I'm retired and I love dogs. I've lived here in Tucson for 12 years now. I retired from Lambert International Airport in the Eng. department and I came here. I have the time and transportation. I'm a volunteer at the V. A. two days a week for 4 hours.


    I recently sold my restaurant. I have a lot of available time. I love dogs and enjoy walking. I live on the East side but will travel.


    If your dog is taking you down the wrong road, we can help! Our common sense approach is humane, dog-friendly and never hurtful. We pride ourselves in being the top dog trainers in Tucson, AZ and want you to walk away feeling confident you can handle your dog or puppy when we aren't there. Our mission is for you and your dog(s) to have the best learning experience possible so you can have the best life and relationship with your pet. We use a balanced approach building on your relationship with your dog or puppy. It's never harsh, and you can see results quickly with our dog training methods and philosophy.

    • 33 years in business

    I have lots of experience with dogs. I ran my own kennel and training school for a few years in Guadalajara, Mexico. I'm a very active and energetic person. I'm always looking for the best way to keep myself busy and dogs used to be my passion, my job and my business for long time. My prices are very reasonable since I know all the details needed to take care for dogs.


    I have several years of experience with animal behavior, with dog training, with pet sitting, etc. Let me know how I can help.


    Established in 2008, Desert Dogs has grown from a small, in-home training service to a storefront facility with three professional trainers and kennel staff. Though the company has grown, our main focus has always been on our customers and utilizing the most effective and innovative training techniques. While we continue to expand, we retain our commitment to the community by providing rehabilitation and a foster home for local rescues and their most behaviorally challenged dogs. We participate in many community events and provide a resource for owners to connect with other dog lovers and organizations. We believe that a true canine professional's education is never finished, and furthering our knowledge is imperative. We pride ourselves on becoming proficient in the most effective and progressive techniques of training available. Desert Dogs is licensed and insured for both you and your dog's safety and protection. Even though it is called dog training, it should be called people training for dogs. The most important part of training is how you handle and respond to your dog's behaviors. Dogs and humans don't naturally speak the same language. Training provides an opportunity to open a line of communication that will allow your relationship to become mutually beneficial. By making the training a "way of life", your dog will no longer question when to display appropriate behaviors. The more you practice and implement the training into your everyday life, the faster your dog will learn and the more reliable he will become. Your dog deserves your time and dedication to the training. The more devoted you become, the greater the reward will be.


    I will walk your dogs and make sure they get exercise and have a good time, and they will be in good hands.


    I have a dog that is a therapeutic PTSD dog. I have my own residence. I am willing to travel depending on the distance, because taking public transportation or members come to me.

    • 4 years in business

    Because I love what I do, I am also dedicated too keeping both my customers and there furry friends happy. Happy puppies is affordable and convienient too those whom need my services now or later.


    I provide animal care, including pet sitting, dog walking, and basic training and behavior modification.

    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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