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Tucson Obedience Trainers

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Play Your Way Obedience
from 34 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 77 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Melissa C.
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My husband and I weren't really sure what to expect and we were both pleasantly surprised. The training was not at all what we were used to, it was performed in a series of games and activities and both of our dogs picked up on it really quickly. Over the course of our training we noticed that our dogs were a lot more responsive, attentive and happier to be doing what we wanted. As soon as I would get the treats and start the at home follow up from our training sessions our dogs would be smiling and wagging their tails. For this type of training, the more you put into it the more you and your dogs will get back. I would definitely recommend Jaime and Play Your Way Obedience

Dog Squad U
from 29 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.

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!

  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Joshua D.
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We did a board and train package with Manners and More and I could not be more pleased with the results. Our little dog Baxter was uncontrollable jumping on us all the time, he had no leash manners at all, would not come when called. We gave him to Nathen and were amazed with the results. Baxter now will stay in a designated space (willingly) when we put him there for as long as we need. He now sits for attention in front of us instead of jumping on us constantly. He has awesome leash manners and he comes to us when called. Baxter went from the worst dog in the house to best trained dog by far. He is a joy to have again. Granted, we had to learn how to command our own dog. We had to learn how to communicate with our dog (included) so the things he learned while away could be duplicated at home. The follow ups were great so that at first if he regressed we were able to address it and get him back on track. Great Trainer! Great Training!

  • 18 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Marion S.
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I have been working with Gwen for about 15 years, and during that time I have never had a dull routine with her. I have worked with her both in a gym setting and at my home. She is very knowledgeable about body function and movement. She mixes up the workouts and tailors them to meet the weaknesses and demands of my body. She touches on all muscle groups in each session, often with circuit training. She also has me work to maintain flexibility and to improve my balance (I am not young), and she always ends with a good stretching session. If I am off my game on some days, she finds a way to work around any weaknesses I have at the time. She provides the most inclusive, personally-tailored workouts I have experienced. And they are always fun!

  • 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.

Teddi J.
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She knows her thing! She has long-term goals set up for me, and I am glad to have that arsenal. I would recommend her to anyone needing to do obedience especially. She did not address my specific issue in that I need something NOW as opposed to long-term, although I will implement the long-term goal once we get cooler weather, and when there will be a more likelihood of dogs in the dog park with which to use to help me.


I train dogs with behavioral problems and newbies just learning. Patience and consistency are the key to getting the job done. The biggest problem is people tend to treat their pets like they would with humans. Though we love them like our family, they are still animals with specific traits and ways of doing things.


Besides my absolute love of animals, I am a certified dog trainer which encompasses anything from socialization to obedience, and service dog training.


We come to you to teach you the techniques that stop annoying barking, dragging on walks, aggression, separation anxiety, messing in the house and all other bad behaviors. Our customers enjoy their dogs so much more! We train you and balance your dog or dogs. You can see us at B&L Dog Training on Facebook.

  • 4 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack

My love and passion to help others keeps me going. I love having well balanced dogs and I get many compliments. I want other people to feel the same way. The relationship and behavior we cultivate in Our home can show its self out in the real world .


I have a large, beautiful property in NW Tucson where I own three extremely well-behaved dogs, and I welcome other dogs to stay with us for a short while. During that visit, I touch up on the basics with your dog along with social skills, which my dogs are great at.


I provide manner (group/private), agility, and trick classes. I am good in problem solving. I have been training dogs for over 20 years. I will use the best method that works for you and your dogs.


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


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.


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.


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


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!


Let your dog become the best well-behaved dog! I have weekly rates. I am willing to work with any breed.


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.


We understand the underlying psychological impulses and drivers that lead to certain behavioral problems, and therefore we specialize in interpreting canine behavior and addressing it from this perspective during the training process. Your dog needs guidance and encouragement in a language that they can understand. We are able to work though any of the many problems that may occur during dog ownership. Not only will we resolve your issues but we will make it a fun and pleasant adventure.

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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