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Alameda Dog Trainers

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Pete's Dog Behavior Training
4.8
from 80 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 202 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sharleen H.
Verified review

Instead of just training the dog, Pete trained me and my two boys how to get the behavior we needed from Cocoa. He didn’t require a certain amount of sessions; our scheduled meetings were “as needed.” His rate was well worth his training expertise.

Logan's Animal Training
4.7
from 58 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 92 hires on Thumbtack
Blanca C.
Verified review

Logan is a GREAT trainer for Humans!!!! His gift for handling and training my new Family member Beala (dog) is inspiring. Thank you Logan

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Devoted Dog Training
5.0
from 49 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 79 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Natalie W.
Verified review

We have been working with Courtney of Devoted Dog training on scent lessons with our Corgi. We have been extremely impressed with the lessons. They are always very structured and focused. Courtney does a great job of making sure that my dog is challenged but not frustrated during lessons. We enthusiastically recommend Devoted Dog Training!

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Alpha K-9 Academy
4.9
from 44 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 106 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kathy C.
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Tammy began training and working with our chocolate lab when he was 11 months old. While our dog went to stay with Tammy for 2 weeks, we often wondered what was occurring, as we knew that Rudi was strong willed as a puppy and often destructive. During the 2 week training time, we would get messages and even a video or 2 sent to us, showing the progress that she was making with Rudi. After 2 weeks, Rudi returned with behaviors on lease that made realize that with consistency our dog could demonstrate and practice good training behaviors. Tammy has a strong communication system established with our dog so he understands what is expected of him when we walk or work in the house. He really looks forward to seeing Tammy. Even more, Tammy continues to work with us and our dog on a weekly basis, working to train us as well as the dog. We are so pleased with our dog, his training ( which is praise based, not treat based) and our weekly sessions with Tammy. She really wants everyone to be successful.

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Nu Pawspective
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Dianne G.
Verified review

We have been sending our dog to Susan at Nu Pawspective for about a year now. Susan is an intelligent trainer with a "dog whisperer" instinct for dogs. Our dog loves going with Susan every day and always comes home exhausted and happy. We are thankful to have someone whom we trust to care for our dog as much as Susan does.

A Better Dog Trainer
4.9
from 24 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 79 hires on Thumbtack
Katy K.
Verified review

He came to Napa and did a combined dog training lesson with my sister and I. He was very good with the dogs and got her crazy 6 month old puppy to learn to lay down within minute. I will be recommending him to anyone looking for a dog trainer.

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Pawgress Dog Training
5.0
from 23 reviews
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Danielle H.
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Rusty at Pawgress dog training has been an absolutely amazing trainer for our reactive cattle dog/ border collie mix. He has really given us so much information and shined light on some new techniques and strategies! We have found it so useful to have our dog practice with his dogs and we love the feedback and guidance! His PDFs have helped us to be able to practice and apply at home in between trainings as well! We can’t thank Rusty enough for the work this far! We look forward to training every week as we see our dog (and us!) make strides!

Notched to an OTCH
4.8
from 23 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Silvia S.
Verified review

Easy going and great interaction with dogs. Knows to well how close we can be with our dogs and shows training your dog should be a comfortable feeling. Friendly and helpful to understand how to better correct their dog. Would recommend!

Who's Training Who?
4.7
from 21 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
Eryn G.
Verified review

Debbie is AMAZING! She walks or takes my dogs to the dog park 2 times a week and shes amazing. My dogs LOVE her. I usually get text message updates or pictures and she is always so fast to respond via text! Couldn't do it without her!

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Mindful Paw
5.0
from 17 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Alexander L.
Verified review

I met Emily by chance walking our dog Stella. Stella is an American Staffordshire Terrier whom we rescued through the Peninsula Humane Society when she was 5 months old. They had found her running in and out of traffic. Stella is a sweet and loving dog, and full of lots of energy. Emily noted Stella and I walking, or I should say her pulling me as I tried to not let her pull me. Despite having her 2 years, we still didn’t have the training thing down. My partner and I had been looking for a trainer but for whatever reason, just never found the right person or took the time to jump into it. Walking with her through our neighborhood in SOMA could be a challenge, and I have to admit, kind of sucked. We were using a harness that clipped on the back. Emiliy advised that what I was doing was “literally how you train sled dogs” and advised a front lead harness. She gave me a card and made some recommendations of harnesses that I could find on line. The next day, I went and got a front lead harness and put it on Stella. OMG. Like a different dog. She wasn’t pulling and would actually walk beside me. I took a video and emailed my partner, and said “You won’t believe it!”. I called Emily and we hired her that day. The changes that we have seen in Stella have been unbelievable. We live in SOMA and went from a pulling dog who would bark at skateboarders, jump up on little kids, and eat everything on the ground (including homeless pooh – gross!) to a dog who is interactive with us, plays agility games (jumping up or standing on hydrants for a treat), backing up from children and sitting calmly for attention, totally ignoring skateboarders, and leaving homeless pooh and other things where they belong, on the ground. I am amazed that this is the same dog. What I love the most about Emily and her training is that her techniques are about management and engaging your dog. Stella is Stella. My partner and I don’t believe in shock collars, aggressive management or training your dog into submission. The first part of her life was hard enough, we want a relationship with our dog of trust and love. Emily understands and advocates this theory. Stella is who she is. She is still the happy, rambunctious, energetic dog who loves life, people, and other dogs. What Emily showed us is how to channel that energy into productive and fun ways of expression. The training has really built a closer bond with Stella and she is very focused on us as we walk. The walks have actually become really fun. The true test came last week up in Santa Rosa where we have a home in the country. Stella goes crazy over the wildlife (turkey, deer, rabbits, etc). She will often try to get out and chase them. A front door was inadvertently left open and Stella escaped from our home and ran down the driveway, near the cow pasture. This is a dangerous spot and she has run under the fence and chased the cows in the past. My partner said, “back up” from about 200 yards away. She stopped, turned, came running back up the driveway and sat at us feet. Unbelieveable. I highly recommend Emily! The money and time was worth the improved quality of life that we have with our family member, Stella.

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4 Paws Concierge
4.8
from 17 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

Krystal responded to my inquiry right away and has been flexible about my very special needs dog (old and set in his ways). I'm excited to work with 4 Paws.

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Puppy Love Puppy Camp
4.9
from 16 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Biana R.
Verified review

Emily is fantastic! She began working with our 6 month old weim only 4 weeks ago, and he is already a different dog. He has learned to be better on the leash, developing better response to commands such as sit and stay. Emily truly listens to the needs of the family and is very responsive to the individual dog needs. She is dependable, responsible and when you meet her, you can just feel her passion and dedication to puppy training. She sent us regular daily updates about our puppy's progress, including video clips. When we first started, our puppy was shy of other dogs, but after only 2 weeks, he was braver and more assertive in the dog park with other pets. Emily is a pleasure to work with and we have just signed up for another 4 weeks of training to continue building on the progress our doggies has made. She is down to earth and caring. She is also not afraid to say when something isn't working, which we truly appreciated. Our dog didn't like the halti leash, so after a couple of weeks of training, Emily came up with a different leash option and was very honest about the reasons for the change. It's refreshing to work with such a professional. Thank you, Emily, for all your dedication and hard work!

Bliss Bound Hound
4.6
from 15 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
Carolyn P.
Verified review

Paul and Jules are an incredible team. They were very professional from the first contact. In our initial meeting, they asked many detailed questions and listened carefully to our answers giving us great confidence. Our dog clearly had a great time with them both! The incredible bonus at the end was a behavior assessment of our dog with valuable suggestions for helping our dog's physical and mental well being. So much more than I'd ever expected from a dog sitter. I highly recommend.

B.O.N.E. Dog Training
4.9
from 8 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Shirla M.
Verified review

She was amazing!!! Kristen was able to get my dog to actually go near her from the beginning and that is not an easy feat at all. She taught my dog and me some very helpful and new tricks. I just loved our session! And I can't express that enough.

City Tails SF
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Frances V.
Verified review

Gail has been walking our dog Val for about 6-7 months now and she is fantastic! I can't say enough about Gail's attentiveness, reliability, and great communication. We have had previous dog walkers an Gail is by far the best. She frequently sends pictures or videos of the day's walk, which is really thoughtful. She is also very flexible and works with us and our schedule. We originally had Gail come a few days a week, but we are so happy she now comes Monday through Friday. It's clear she really cares about the dogs she works with and wants to make sure they're happy. If you're looking for a reliable, trustworthy, and thoughtful dog walker, contact Gail!

YEEEPAW!
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Marc W.
Verified review

Eliot and his staff do a remarkable job caring for the dogs in their care. Our dog was always very happy to go to play group and see the Yeeepaw staff.

  • 5 years in business
  • 43 hires on Thumbtack
Byron J.
Verified review

Outstanding! Koru K9 trained us to be successful owners of a well-behaved dog. It was well worth our time and effort. When Scruffy rescued us, he was a 2 year-old, fearful, psycho-biter terrier who had been badly abused. It's taken 2 more years to get win his trust and love but he still went crazy around other dogs and strangers. Koru K9 taught us how to win Scruffy's focus, keep him calm and start working on obedience basics. How much was that worth to us? A lot more than we paid!

Playground Hounds
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Kelly K.
Verified review

Brandon has been taking my dog Andre out on dog park outings for several months now. Andre is a bit reactive but Brandon took on the challenge and has figured out a way to get Andre his exercise and manage his reactivity as well. I like that he gives me reports on their outings and also mentions health issues that he may notice. He gave me great advice on a new food to help ease Andre's itchy skin too! He's very reliable and if there ever is something that comes up where he needs to miss an outing I am always given plenty of time to make alternative arrangements. Most importantly, Andre loves him!

The House Holders SF
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Haley H.
Verified review

The Housesitters were amazing, kept our apartment clean and perfect and out dog very happy

At Sylvette's
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Chi T.
Verified review

Sylvette is part of the family already! Flexible with times, sweet, funny and she loves our Chappie as much as he loves her. Her walks are always varied and interesting and our dog gets great exercise working off his 1 1/2 yr old pent-up energy. When she first got Chappie, he was a shy young man, not at ease with other dogs. Now, thanks to her loving encouragement he's opened right up and now has made lots of other two-legged and four-legged friends. He runs to her when she gets here to pick him up and returns to us as happy as ever. She gives him love as if he were her own, keeps up our training/discipline regimen and only gives him delicious healthy treats and food. She's even watched him for a week while we were out of town. We've been through larger dog walking services and we will never go back. Longue Vie Sylvette!

Barkeley K-9 University
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Jaime L.
Verified review

He is great with both my dogs who can be a handful at times. Patrick also went out of his way to help my dog Panduh during emergency eye surgery. I highly recommend him for training and any boarding needs!

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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Fair Oaks, CA

  • Dog training type
    Obedience, Behavioral Modification
  • Dog age(s)
    Puppy
  • Dog size
    Small
  • Details
    10 week old Havanese puppy is growling at grandkids and sometimes adults when they go to pick her up
  • $300
    Average price
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