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4 Way Stop
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  • 12 years in business
  • 52 hires on Thumbtack
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Gary is doing an absolutely amazing job with my Doberman Magnum! couldn't have asked for better help! we currently did basic training with him (loose leash walking, leave it, release) and just showing us as the owner how we should be the leader in our "pack" and how magnum should look for us for commands. I will definitely continue intermediate/advance training and further more training with Gary! Thank you Gary! -April & Magnum

  • 5 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Daniel S.
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Toni is OUTSTANDING in Her training experience and personality !!! makes training fun and exciting for both Humans and dogs ....We Like the way she trains and "WE" have our homework of repeat session training until she comes back...and were excited to show Toni ALL that our dog has learned =)



I am a dog trainer. I have always enjoyed training dogs. I want to help dog owners who are having troubles training their dogs.


I like animals, especially dogs. I also have worked with dogs before in a training program. I helped dog named Bobby with uneven-sized legs get trained and later, adopted. I am a certified junior dog trainer.


We are training dogs in only three hours for one day dog training. What makes the business great is we show the dog owners how to handle their pets the right way.


Just think 8 weeks from chaos to control! We offer dog obedience training, private and group classes, board and train, personal protection, problem solving (aggression issues), evaluations, police dogs, and Schutzhund, a German sport for dogs and their handlers.


I offer dog care, pet sitting, basic training, playgroups, and pet walking. I give every pet the royal treatment while their parents are away.

  • 8 years in business

Dog Training for every day real life


Thriving Canine offers a variety of services for eliminating your dog's unwanted behavior, improving manners and sharpening obedience skills. Thriving Canine believes in a balanced approach to dog training. By integrating positive reinforcement and traditional training methods, all-the-while focusing on the intrinsic value of the human-dog bond, you'll not only have a dog who loves to learn, you'll have a companion who responds reliably and is not touch sensitive. Thriving Canine offers basic to advanced obedience classes and puppy classes in Morgan Hill, agility classes and recall clinics in Gilroy and private training anywhere in the Califonia Bay Area including San Francisco, San Jose, Los Gatos and Monterey. We also offer private training in the Los Angeles Area.


I provide positive reinforcement for thumbs and paws. I take time to truly know your fur babies. I love them enough to socialize them and reward their good behaviors.

  • 13 years in business

We have worked with thousands of dogs since 2005, in our training programs as well as in our boarding and daycare facility. We don't take a cookie cutter approach to dog training, or rehabilitation, as we believe every dog is different, and may have different motivations. It's our job to create a relationship with each dog, and teach the dog's owners to do this as well, so that we can move forward easily with whatever program we are working on.

  • 10 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack

I will come to your home and do an evaluation after which I will tell you what I believe needs to be worked on. We can tailor your training program to your needs! While some clients want just in-home instruction, others love to do my out and about program where we do just that. We get out and about in real life situations. Neighborhoods, stores, parks; you name it, and your dog will learn proper behavior in any situation. I can help guide you through those difficult puppy months as well! As a certified AKC CGC evaluator, I can help you and your puppy get ready for their AKC Star Puppy test or your older dog gets ready for the CGC test!

  • 18 years in business

We offer puppy classes, group obedience classes, private in-home lessons, behavior consultations, and AKC CGC and STAR Puppy evaluation. Our goal is for you to "enjoy your dog". Let us help you make your dog the best companion he or she can be. Classes are available in Turlock, Modesto and Salida. Visit our website.

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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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