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Hercules 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
April S.
Verified review

Pete gave us a great starting point to start training our dog with behavioral problems. We started working on impulse control, feeding rituals, and commanding her attention in a stressful environment for our dog.

Logan's Animal Training
4.7
from 56 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 90 hires on Thumbtack
Blanca C.
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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
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

Courtney is fantastic. I appreciated how she inquired after both me and my dog during our training sessions. It helped further cement the relationship between dog, owner, and trainer.

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

Les is the best of the best when it comes to dog training. He knows his stuff and it was apparent from the way he connected with our dog in the first training session. He truly cares about each client and is committed to seeing them succeed. We saw results after the very first training session and the progress was remarkable following each session. Les comes prepared to each session with treats and training aids. He gives you "homework" to do with your dog after each session to prepare you for the next. He even follows up with you after each meeting to see how things are going. Les played a significant role in shaping our puppy into the dog he is today. I highly recommend Les for dog training, we will definitely use his services again!

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

John is very knowledgeable about the psychology of dogs and he came to our house to show us how to deal with the specific problems we were having at home. Taking our dog out to another trainer was not addressing our specific behavior problems at home. John is very nice and caring of our dog and we have been very happy with his dog training. He has given us the tools that we need to work on our dogs behavior and let our dog be an active member of our family.

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
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
Tanya B.
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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.
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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 17 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 19 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.

Erika's pet care
5.0
from 17 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Trisha L.
Verified review

Erika is absolutely amazing with my senior golden retriever. Hope loves Erika because she is loving, cautious and very observant of my dog's needs. I am very picky about who I allow to walk my dog due to her health concerns. Erika takes her time and makes sure that all of Hope's needs are taking care of including change of water, and cleaning up any of Hope's "you know what" on our patio. I cannot recommend this young lady enough. Her gracious and calm personality make her highly valuable. She is absolutely dependable and listens to all of the directives I gave her about Hope. Hire her, and do not let her get away, you will not be sorry.

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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.

Pride & Groom / Aqua Doggie
4.9
from 15 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 39 hires on Thumbtack
Angelique P.
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Angela is a fun, quirky lady who really cares about your pup. My little pupper, Rufus, needed a haircut badly, but I could not get an appointment this week or drop him off to his regular groomer in the Fillmore next week. Angela made a house call yesterday and lugged all her gear to my apartment to give my dog a bath and haircut. I offered to help her since she went out of her way and didn’t have her regular assistant with her (also, it would have taken forever!) and let me tell you, if “assistant” grooming is that hard I can only imagine how exhausting the actual grooming is! With me helping her it took a little over 2 hours and it’s not like she took breaks or dragged anything on – my dog, a 22 pound Shih-Poo - took about 2 hours and 25 minutes for: nails, ears, glands, bathing, blow drying and a haircut. She really gets in there and makes sure the paws are on point. She is meticulous in her method and takes the time to assess what the best course of action is for your dog’s haircut. She switches blades often, making sure that she can get rid of matted fur without compromising your dog’s look or safety. Angela was super caring with Rufus, much like how I act with him. I would definitely recommend her skills!

Walkie Doggies
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Megan M.
Verified review

Renata exudes goodness and was thorough in her inquiries about my dog's needs. I definitely hope to hire her again as needed for dog walks.

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.

  • 7 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Marlyna S.
Verified review

Lisa is a wonderful trainer and dog walker. She is knowledgeable about dog behavior and what works well. Lisa trained our dog for obedience commands and everyone raves about how well behaved our little guy is. I'd recommend Lisa highly. Our little one loves her.

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.

PuppyLuv Academy
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 5 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

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!

  • 3 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
About

Kendall has taken her experience, work ethic, drive, and love for dogs to Offleash K9 Training as Head Trainer for San Francisco. With 20 Owners Testimonials & Reviews she has solidified herself as the best trainer for you and your dog for San Francisco. Offleash K9 Training San Francisco is certified Evaluators for: AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC), Star Puppy, Community Canine, Urban CGC, Therapy Pets Unlimited, and The Foundation for Service Dog Support. Regardless of what breed, age, or size your dog is, whether your dog is a seasoned pro or an amateur, we guarantee we will get you amazing results!

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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