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The Top Dog Trainer
4.9
from 112 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 228 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Margret M.
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We are an older couple who have never owned a dog before so the training process seemed overwhelming before our session with Beth Jeffery. Beth is a warm, immediately likeable person who has a very practical method that she communicates in a motivating way. Since she's written a book on the subject of training puppies, she knows how to share her information in a way you can remember and put into practice after she's gone. It's made a big difference to to us because she is able to let us understand how what we do and say is interpreted by our dog. We now appreciate our dog in a new way because we relate with our dog differently. Our dog is better behaved and more confident too. It's been rewarding and fun too!

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  • 62 hires on Thumbtack
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Chelse M.
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I have an English mastiff whom I was reading wrong. So I ran into a girl who knew Paula and swore that she is the best with dogs and she also said Paula brought down the euthanize rate at the local shelters. I was skeptical because I have never had a dog trainer come to work with my dogs. My mastiff was a little different from my other dogs so I was in need of someone who knew what they were doing. When Paula came to meet djanga, the dog was doing her normal barking and showed some of her nervousness. Paula just came to just be around her pursay, and it was just so djanga could see that she's not a threat or anyone to be worried about. Paula has the most open personality and it's like these dogs just feel that vibe and soak it up. Djanga doesn't feel comfortable around most adults but she loved Paula from day two haha. I know that Paula can solve all dogs issues if not strive to give her all trying to. She would come in and we would take djanga out come back in let her chew on an antler to release her tension then go back out. It worked, I thought my dog was a goner. Djanga was getting so much better and Paula would bring different things to introduce her too, ( including her daughter). I bought a super nice leash off of her that djanga worked really well with and a few antlers. Djanga got to where she was looking for her weekly tennis ball in Paula's bag and was super happy to see her. That's not the only good thing though she is very adamant about working the dog and getting them to where they need to be to feel comfortable in their environments and just calm no stress. She did that for djanga and I'm so thankful for that. Djanga today is a better dog then she's ever been I still use her tools to this day and it has made the world so much easier to handle for her. Paula is a great person and the dogs love her but she is very patient and calm with them. Her rates are super affordable, and she will come to you where ever you are. If anyone has the chance to work with her or her work with their dog, it'll be the most wonderful experience you will ever have with a dog trainer. The only thing I would change is I would live to see Paula travel and help dogs around the world I know she could make a difference in our shelters today.

Dogpanion, LLC
5.0
from 23 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
Denise B.
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Working with Mel has been fantastic. She is a terrific trainer. She's patient and teaches training techniques in an accessible way that's easy for an inexperienced dog owner to understand and implement. Working with her has given me a lot of confidence with my dog. I would recommend her to anyone who's looking for one on one positive dog training.

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Taylor Made Working Dogs
4.9
from 21 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
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Jessica V.
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I bought a dog (german shepherd puppy) from Kris a couple years ago for sport work. He set me up with training and my dog is THE best trained dog I have ever owned. She has a balanced and stable temperament on top of fantastic obedience and protection. I am so incredibly happy with her and Kris is extremely knowledgeable in dog behavior and dog training of all aspects. I recommend Taylor made Working Dogs for any source of dog training or buying.

San Diego Dog Training
4.3
from 15 reviews
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Mickey P.
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I’m still in the process of training my dog

PoshPaws
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Emily C.
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Laura took wonderful care of our dog a couple days while we were vacationing on Coronado. Our dog had a full day of fun play and came home happily tired.

Mandy Reynoso
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Catherine T.
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Mandy is amazing with the dogs. Two of our dogs needed new medicine and Mandy went above and beyond to make sure they had their meds. We appreciate her!

K9 Positive Training
4.9
from 9 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Jocelyn F.
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Mike worked with dog, Rocco, and I to prepare for the CGC test. He is not only an excellent trainer, who has perfected his skill set and demonstrates passion combined with eternal patience, he is very personable and caring. He was just as invested in Rocco's success as I was. I could not recommend him more highly. We hope to continue training with Mike and go on to take therapy dog and maybe service dog tests in the future.

Dog Vibes Only
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Stacy M.
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Breanna helped our once fearful and skiddish puppy blossom into the now confident and playful dog! Highly recommend!

Everyday Canine
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Christina G.
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My dog Polly is really smart and sweet but she was really struggling with fear and anxiety which made it impossible to leave her alone for any amount of time without her freaking out. I booked some dog training sessions with Nick and with even one session I noticed a positive difference in her stress. His method is kind, logical and most of all I found it easy to translate the techniques he taught me into action. I plan to recommend him to all of my dog-owning friends.

Tricks for Treats
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Hannah J.
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I've been working with Heidi for awhile now. When I first started, my dog had a lot of issues with other dogs. He was very reactive and afraid of them and we couldn't even go for a walk outside the house without it being a nightmare. It's been about a month, and my dog walks like a gentleman now, right next to me. Heidi has been working with me on desensitization. We do lots of treats every time we see another dog, from a far distance, and my dog no longer fears them. The distance is slowly decreasing. I like that Heidi is affordable. Her rate is much lower than other trainers I have worked with, and the results are better. I had almost given up on training my dog, Brutus, when a friend referred me to Heidi. I like that she doesn't use choke chains or pinch collars. I've had trainers tell me these were the only options for my dog and she has proven to me that they aren't. She explained to me right away why these methods don't work, the psychology behind it, and that they are better options that may take longer but won't make my dog go back to old habits because this way we are treating the emotions behind the behavior, and the cause, not just the symptoms (the barking and reactivity). I will be continuing to work with her and referring her to friends for years to come. Thank you! Also, I'm not sure why the bad review but that doesn't sound like Heidi at all. I have friends who are working with her as well, and her fees are explained very clearly on her website, in her contract, and in person. She charges $80 per session when they are paid for individually, and $65 per session when they are paid for in groups of 3. I buy in groups of 3 so training is costing me about $200 a month! And that rate is about half of what most of the local trainers in San Diego charge. Of the previous trainers I worked with, one charged me $125 per session to stick a prong collar on my dog and gave no actual training. And it made my dog worse. The other charge me $100 per session and told me that my dog would need a behaviorist and referred me to someone who was charging $3000 for boarding camp. So at $65 a session I couldn't ask for a better deal compared to what is out there.

Crazydogs
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Pat R.
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I'm working with Nicole Hartmann a wonderful trainer she's doing wonders with my dog boomer. Looking forward to working with her in the weeks ahead..m

Brian Grasberger
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Marissa M.
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Brian trained my dog Bella. I hired him for 3 training sessions and the amount he taught her in just three sessions was awesome. Probably more important than training her, he trained me how to work with her and re-enforce what he taught her. Bella really seemed to like Brian (possibly partly because he always has treats with him!) and she really positively responded to his instruction. He does seem to have an immediate connection to dogs. The training was very interactive and he made sure to address any problems I was having with Bella and offered very practical solutions. I would definitely recommend him if you are looking for someone to train your dog.

  • 6 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Natasha R.
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Melissa has been here twice already, and our Rottweiler puppy has really improved a lot. I would highly recommend her to train anyone's puppy/dog She is still working with us

Cassie's Pet Services
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Ashley W.
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Cassie was absolutely helpful when learning more about grooming care for my Akita/Lab. She did a great job helping my dog feel more relaxed as I observed her clipping his nails and then bathing him. Upon returning, Cassie was very friendly and my dog looked great, definitely worth hiring a professional.

Corys pet services
5.0
from 1 review
  • 11 years in business
Sita L.
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Hired Cory to take care of my four dogs and she did an amazing job. Would highly recommend her and use her again in the future.

About

Welcome to Down To Earth Dogs A place full of “pawsitive” energy where your dog can be a dog! Whether you’re away for work, on vacation, or just need to spend some time taking care of you, Down-to-Earth Dogs can help. We specialize in doggie daycare and overnight boarding designed to provide your dog with excitement and adventure while putting your mind at ease. With over 10 years of dog training, rescuing and volunteering, we will provide your dog with a pawsitive environment where he can thrive. Our company is earth friendly using 100% biodegradable bags, natural dog treats, and non-toxic cleaners. We even provide electronic invoices to do our part to save the trees!

About

I have two dogs and one cat myself. I have a chihuahua and a German Shepherd Lab mixed. I walk them everyday, sometimes twice a day. I give them baths, brush their teeth and cut their nails. Brushing your pet's teeth can be an option but cutting nails might not, unless I'm familiar with the pet.

About

I have a soft spot for four-legged fur babies. I have more than 10 years of experience working with dogs. I have a dog of my own. I know how to successfully walk dogs while providing a service with professionalism.

  • 4 years in business
About

Our job description includes taking care of your dogs and keeping them safe, feeding, waking, and bathing. Grooming them could also be provided. We can do everything that involves dog sitting.

About

I have 22 years of experience in dog grooming and 18 years in dog training. I love my work. I am helping to keep dogs happy and healthy with their families.

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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