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La Quinta Dog Trainers

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Best Paw Forward
5.0
from 58 reviews
  • 32 years in business
  • 110 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jayne O.
Verified review

Valerie came to my home. She made the xtra effort of bringing a few of her dogs also to interact with my dog. She stayed well beyond the hour she was there for. She is so knowledgable and really helped me understand my dog and his behaviors. Amazing!!!! Have signed on for more sessions and would highly recommend Valerie to anyone seeking help with the training of their dog.

Honor K9
5.0
from 31 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
Cyndi R.
Verified review

Mark really help us with our overly excited Labordor Retriever. He gave us the tools and direction we needed to have a calm sweet dog. I would highly recommend Mark to anyone needing training for there dog. Mark was great and very informative. Much thanks Cyndi and Robert

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Taylor Made Working Dogs
4.9
from 22 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jessica V.
Verified review

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.

  • 10 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
Taylore B.
Verified review

CV Dog Club is by far the best in The Valley! I started with a rescue dog I was considering taking back to the rescue who now visits nursing homes. I wouldn't go anywhere else for animal training!

  • 11 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Ralph C.
Verified review

Wendy did an awesome job!!! She not only trained the dog within the first visit, the dogs owner (our daughter) was trained as well. She turns out to be more difficult to train than the dog regarding his behavior!!!! Thanks Wendy!!!!

Blue Barn Ranch
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 8 years in business
ALICE W.
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I AM SO HAPPY WITH BLUE BARN RANCH MY DOGS ARE SERVICE DOGS THEY ARE SEARCH AND RESCUE. THEY GO TO DOGGIE DAY CARE EVERDAY AND SOME TIME STAY OVER NIGHT . WHEN THE LAKE FIRE WAS GOING ON THEY OPEN THERE DOORS TO MY FAMILY LET US SET UP OR TRAILER AND LET US LIVE AT THE RANCH FOR A WEEK . THAT IS GREAT SERVICE. THEY ARE DOING A GREAT JOB MONTANA ABBY ZIVA TITAN SAY BIG THANKS

Mimi's Pet Services
4.9
from 8 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Wayen D.
Verified review

Jennifer has just gained a new lifelong customer. She took care of my dog flawlessly while i was gone for a few days. Prices are great and the service is second to none. I Highly recommend her. She's simply head and shoulders above the rest.

  • 8 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Phil S.
Verified review

The crew at Off Leash k9 Training Palm Springs surpasses my expectations. I really didn’t know if there was any hope for me or my puppy, but the training my dog received, and the education I was given was second to none. I can literally take my dog anywhere now and she doesn’t even need a leash. It’s literally a different dog experience when you can let them roam off Leash with the confidence that they’ll come when called, and Off Leash of Palm Springs can deliver that life changing experience in just 14 days! Thank you so much to Morgan and her staff.

  • 23 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Raven V.
Verified review

Maya is one of the most caring, gentle, patient groomers around. I have seen her take a dog that was clearly fearful upon arrival and have them leave clean, clipped and happy. Anyone who has a dog that does not like going to the groomer should try Maya. In addition to her way with dogs, she is also a very talented groomer so when you leave your dog will also look amazing.

29K9 Dog Training
4.8
from 5 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Kathleen R.
Verified review

We enjoy the puppy training and look forward to more sessions

No Canine Left Behind
4.6
from 5 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Ronda W.
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Brandy's instincts and skills match her dedication to the dogs.

Kaylee's Pet Sitting
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 5 years in business
Toni R.
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Our dogs love her- we have 3 dogs - one that is temperamental - you wouldn't know this around Kaylee- Sarah Jess is calm and loves the extra loving attention that Kaylee gives her.

InJoyable Pet Care
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Jeanne T.
Verified review

I needed someone to stay with my senior dog/pitbull, while I went out for a long evening. Holly was very knowledgeable of my dogs needs. Walked him with no incidence and stayed longer than originally planned. I will hire Holly Joy again.

Kevyn P.
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Lauren has been taking care of my dogs for over a year. It's such a relief to come home to happy dogs. I'd never leave them with anyone else. From day visits to staying with them for weeks she is awesome!

Top Dog Pet Care
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
April K.
Verified review

They come to my house and take care of my pet, so he doesn't get dropped off at a groomers where he gets anxiety. Kyle has been taking care of my dogs for several years and will be as long as I have dogs. I had an Akita who wasn't friendly with other animals, so we began using Kyle and his wife at that time (and my Akita absolutely loved them).

Happy Dog Training
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Gary K.
Verified review

Very Professional and excellent with our dog. Highly recommended

Gayle Cousineau
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Ellen S.
Verified review

Gayle has been training my puppy since she was 8 weeks old. Sunny is a very large, stubborn dog, now 7 months old, but is turning into a wonderful part of my family thanks to Gayle. She is a calm influence on me and my dog which is much needed. She has taught me many ways to deal with Sunny's personality and I can't recommend her enough for anyone needing dog training. Ellen

  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Patty B.
Verified review

Cat care, and plant watering. All went exactly as promised. When I returned home, the cat was happy, the plants were alive and I was relaxed. Good job.

  • 4 years in business
Jonas H.
Verified review

Amazing trainers. They have worked wonders with our 2 dogs that couldn’t even be in the same room together. They are very professional and go out of their way to help their clients. I highly recommend them.

Michelle Stirling
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Laura R.
Verified review

Shell came out to help with our 9 month old American Pit Bull Terrier Cocoa. Cocoa needed basic obedience training, as well as to be taught not to jump on guests, not to pull on leash, and to be less dog reactive on walks. She helped us with all of that as well as gave us tips on how to get Cocoa to stop jumping on and scratching up the sliding glass door, and how to better direct her energy while left in the yard to help her be less destructive. She really helped us to teach our dog to be a model citizen. We would definitely recommend her services.

A.C Dog Training
5.0
from 1 review
  • 8 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Amber F.
Verified review

I love how much April loves dogs and cares about dogs. She does positive training which is what we want. Very excited

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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