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Fairfield Dog Trainers

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Pete's Dog Behavior Training
4.8
from 80 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 201 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 56 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 90 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
Pam R.
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Courtney is a great trainer for both us and the dog! We are all doing great after just 3 lessons. She is always on time and takes care of business. We highly recommend Devoted Dog Training!

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Wagtime Dog Training
4.9
from 46 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 102 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sandra K.
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Don is very professional and conscientious. His dog training methods are proving to be very effective for our 4 month old puppy. I recommend him highly.

ForrestGlenn Kennels
4.8
from 40 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 89 hires on Thumbtack
Dawn V.
Verified review

I received many responses from my inquiry for a dog trainer on Thumbtack. Kevin was the first to actually call me. We chatted about my needs and concerns and immediately felt I was making the right decision in selecting him. I received so many great tips and my little Lola and I have a better relationship because of it. I now know how to handle certain situations and it's not as big of a deal as I thought it would be. Since my dog is 14 weeks old, I decided to have Kevin come back once a week for 4 weeks so he could assess our progress and help us through the next stage. I would highly recommend Kevin for your dog training needs. Not only is he helping me with training, he's also assessed her food intake, food quality and gave me some additional tips on my crate training efforts.

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Executive Canine Services
5.0
from 35 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 47 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sebastian B.
Verified review

Excellent dog training service. Highly recommend.

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.

Dirty Paws
5.0
from 19 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 44 hires on Thumbtack
Carol S.
Verified review

Kevin impressed us with his willingness to work around our schedules and to patiently manage our young rescue dog. Our dog reacted to him better than others we interviewed so, in a sense, she chose Kevin. His rates are very competitive too. We hope this is the beginning of a long and successful relationship!

Majyk Paws Dog Training
4.8
from 19 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
Tanya B.
Verified review

Maj is kind, a good listener, and a deeply empathetic human being. She also happens to use those skills as an excellent dog and dog-human trainer:) She’s prompt, responsive and pretty darn reasonably priced. I’d highly recommend her to anyone looking to solve a dog issue or just deepen their existing relationship with their animals. Really, there should be more stars to give her:)))))

  • 6 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
Joan H.
Verified review

Jackie gave dog training lessons to our 4 year old boxer which we just got from the Boxer Rescue Assoc. We were totally impressed with everything she did. Her training was excellent and even after a few sessions we saw a significant difference in our dog. Would highly recommend Jackie, she even helped get our cat and dog to be happy together in the same room, something we thought would never happen!

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Mindful Paw
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
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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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Puppy Love Puppy Camp
4.9
from 16 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sonali M.
Verified review

We absolutely love Emily and will continue to use her for ongoing help with our puppy! Emily helped us make huge leaps with our puppy's training. She came down to the South Bay every day for pick-up/drop-off and we appreciated the convenience. Emily established a routine for our puppy, worked on crate anxiety and barking issues, and trained her to respond to basic commands. Additionally, when we have gone out of town, she has looked after our puppy lovingly. We love how Emily sends us Snapchats and text updates so that we can see our puppy's progress through the weeks. She also let us visit our puppy a few times while we boarded her which was so great. There is no one like Emily! We cannot endorse Puppy Love Puppy Camp strongly enough!

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4 Paws Concierge
4.8
from 16 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 22 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.

  • 20 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
Gabriel P.
Verified review

Great experience. Very excited about getting my dog trained.

The Paw Spa
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Carol W.
Verified review

We boarded our lab with The Paw Spa for a couple of days while we were in the Napa area. Chewie loved his stay (you can always tell when you pick up your dog!) and Nicol was good about texting us pictures throughout the weekend. Their place is in a great location, right next to a trail that is perfect for dogs. Would highly recommend!

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.

Silver Lining Pet Services
4.8
from 6 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Colleen M.
Verified review

Sue has been working with me and my two min pins, Coco and Tootsie on behavior modification issues. I was at the point of contacting the breeder to give one of them back - basically at the end of my rope. I'd worked with other dog. trainers, but Sue explained and showed how to manage and modify behavior that was easy to comprehend and made sense. I am not exaggerating when I say she has literally changed my life and helped me rethink how to interact with my girls. I am very grateful.

Little Paws' Big Adventures
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Andrea D.
Verified review

Karin walks my dog Bodie every day, rain or shine. Karin is nice, responsible, clearly crazy about the dogs, and great about letting me know her plan for the day. I get regular photos of Bodie having a great time, and he's always wiped out when he gets home. A tired dog is a happy dog!

Leash Loverz Dog Training
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Kristi D.
Verified review

We met with Kevin for an initial consultation for our 2 boxers. In the short time he spent with us, our dogs learned so very much. Kevin showed an instant connection with our boys and we are excited to start working with him. He was able to answer all our questions and provide honest answers.

PuppyLuv Academy
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Jp C.
Verified review

Kelli take care of my two dogs .Kelli works with my dogs on trainer them on the trails They are always happy when they come home form there walk

Urban k9 Transformation
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Jennilyn Y.
Verified review

Keynoe did a great job with getting my pit bull Rhylie back on track. We came to him with behavioral problems with leash pulling, not listening to us, recall issues, and greeting people who come into our house. After just a few weeks of sessions I can honestly say that my dog has significantly changed for the better! She listens to us, comes when called and walks are so much more enjoyable now for both of us.

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.

Actual Requests

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Need a Dog Trainer

San Jose, CA

  • Dog training type
    Guard / Protection, Sports / hunting
  • Dog age(s)
    1-2 years
  • Dog size
    Medium
  • Details
    My staffy has high prey and chase drive

Need a Dog Trainer

Sacramento, CA

  • Dog training type
    Obedience
  • Dog age(s)
    5 or more years
  • Dog size
    Small
  • Details
    The pomeranian just has a nasty attitude. He belongs and lives with my son. The dog growls at my husbands and has threatened to bite him and me at times for no apparent reason.
  • $95
    Average price

Need a Dog Trainer

Livermore, CA

  • Dog training type
    Obedience
  • Dog age(s)
    1-2 years
  • Dog size
    Medium
  • Details
    She pees when meeting people, and can be agressive to other dogs when we are on a walk
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