Morgan Hill, CA253 Dog Trainers near you

Where do you need the dog trainer?

Answer a few questions

Tell us what you need so we can bring you the right pros.

Get quotes

Receive quotes from pros who meet your needs.

Hire the right pro

Compare quotes, message pros, and hire when ready.

Morgan Hill Dog Trainers

Browse these dog trainers with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Morgan Hill.

Top Pro
Alpha K-9 Academy
4.9
from 44 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 106 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Fiona L.
Verified review

We love Tammy ! We have a 2-year old Aussie with pretty serious issues regarding: charging at the door barking (scaring guests), barking at random noises, biting (yikes! but yes.. many times to even friends and family), and leash aggression. We had 2 trainers before. One was at the prestigious Cali-K9 which was like training your dog to almost be like a police dog with a lot of consequences including pulling very hard on the chain where they want his two front feet to literally be lifted ( we didn't want to do this at all .. but we trusted them because of their amazing reviews )..this caused our anxious pup to become a very anxious dog, esp. to strangers... we then went with another trainer from Pet Food Express who was purely positive reinforcement. Here, she had him locked away in the room for months without social interaction in order to try to desensitize him and slowly introduce him back to people and triggers. THIS DID NOT WORK. If anything, his habits got worse and we forgot what it was like to even have a dog anymore :( We reached a very sad point, full of tears, where we discussed the fact that we might have to give him away but we decided maybe board & train was the next step. There are articles out there saying this method is not suggested because it might not be long lasting, or maybe the dog might just listen to the trainer and not you. Anyways, we came across Tammy and at first was very hesitant. As a millennial couple both working in high-tech.. we were killing ourselves over online research. Thumbtack wasn't a service I ever used before so I trusted other sites like Yelp & Facebook which Tammy didn't have too much of a presence on :( We did a bunch of research and even paid $100 for a consultation with Lori Hamilton - but it didn't feel right.. but she was still on our radar as another top option. When we met Tammy, she seemed incredibly sweet, genuine, & honest. As she is going full-time as a dog trainer, I knew she was going to treat our dog Finn as an individual and not just a number or revenue. She truly cared about his life and happiness. Eventually we made the decision to go with Tammy, reason being is because we know not everyone is as tech-savvy and we went with social media all-stars like Cali-K9 before which didn't go well.. so we couldn't judge a trainer just based on online presence. When we got Finn back from Board & Train you could tell how much he adored her. It was crazy! When she walked away he locked his eyes and body towards her. When she comes for our trainings now, our dog throws his body on her and rubs himself missing her. This is how I know she spent a lot of time with him instead of just shipping him off, and crossing our fingers that Finn was getting the training attention he needs. Forward 2 months, Finn is not perfect but he is x10 more manageable and we know what to do if he reacts in any way. He now goes to work with my boyfriend as an office pup, we aren't scared to take him downtown, he rarely barks at the Amazon dude (this could be fixed very fast before it happens). My boyfriend and I are so happy we went with Tammy now! She is the most patient person ever and I am so excited to have her integrated in our lives. She has helped us find so much different solutions regardless if its testing individual techniques or even supplements to help with Finn's anxiety. The greatest gift she gave us is the confidence that we are a great dog owner and that we also have the greatest dog! Put time and effort in your dog & Tammy will always do the same! We are continuing to board with Tammy when we go on vacations, so our relationship will definitely continue for a long time <3 (:

Erika's pet care
5.0
from 17 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 17 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.

Top Pro
The Heart of Caregiving
4.8
from 17 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Susan V.
Verified review

I had a meet & greet with Sonia yesterday; she brought her "pack" of dogs to meet my dog, who is sometimes aggressive toward other dogs. Sonia really seems to know her stuff, and gave me great advice on dealing with my dog!! And he behaved pretty well around all her dogs, thanks to her coaching! I was impressed!

  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Mary G.
Verified review

Christina was great with my dog. They went on an hour walk and he came home and was ready for a nap. She made him a friend for life with treats. She will be coming back again this week.

  • 22 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Bethany W.
Verified review

We got a rescue puppy. While adorable, she's got many of the behavior issues rescue dogs may come with, especially destructive anxiety. I've trained dogs before, and this dog has made me run out of ideas. Amy has consulted with me many times on ways to reduce her anxiety and help her with everything from getting the hang of potty training to not nipping at the kids. She has always tried her hardest and done her best. All with positive reinforcement methods too! She's taken on tough cases and doesn't give up. She's great at coaching owners too so we can genuinely help the dog. If you're not working with Amy, you don't have the best - yet! Give her a hollar!

  • 5 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Daniel S.
Verified review

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 =)

  • 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.

The Canine's Voice
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 10 years in business
Ken G.
Verified review

I've been working with Sabrielle for almost two years now. I wouldn't trust my dogs with anyone else. She knows how to inspire the right behavior. My dogs love her. I've referred her to many. Call her now!

  • 6 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Jen P.
Verified review

My dog, Kacie, was the most sweet, but stubborn dog. I could not get her to stop chewing/eating everything in site,including the sheetrock on the wall if there was nothing else in her area to chew! I also could not housebreak her and she barked/howled often at nothing. I tried to crate train her as well, but it was a fight to just get her into the crate. I went to Kris for help. She trained her and I could not believe the results. Kacie stopped chewing on things. She would go in her crate when told. She was housebroken. She rarely barked or howled unless someone came to the door (or the answering machine went on lol). I truly thought she switched my dog with another lol I would highly recommend Kris for training your dogs. She is amazing!

Emily Beck
5.0
from 1 review
    Ally H.
    Verified review

    Emily has taken care of our Golden Retriever and black lab on a handful of occasions, and she is wonderful! She has so much experience with all sorts of dogs, so I knew that our energetic (but sometimes anxious) dogs were in good hands. She knew what to do when introducing them to others , and they got plenty of exercise with her and came back to us tired and happy. It's so great to drop them off at a home that you know will give them so much love and attention during the day. Highly recommend!

    Silicon Sitters
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 4 years in business
    Chris R.
    Verified review

    She was best dog sitter reliable snd great with my dogs.I will use her again when I travel

    Char's Puppy Play
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 4 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Samuel H.
    Verified review

    Char is very friendly, patient and punctual. She cares a lot about dogs and more importantly, our puppy Samoyed. Char always reports how our puppy is doing when we ask and is happy to complete extra tasks including reporting the temperature of our house or duct taping our mail-slot so our puppy doesn't destroy our mail. My fiancé and I would highly recommend Char and we've only heard positive comments about her from our friends in our HOA.

    About

    I am a one on one trainer and I like to get to know the dogs characteristics before I start training. Every puppy has it's on personality that's what makes this job so enjoying and exiting for me.

    About

    Hi. I'm a very responsive person and caring. I have also been a dog owner myself. I am also a doggy lover who loves to take dogs on walks. My favorite dog breeds are chihuahua and terrier mix. Another dog breeds that I like are pit bulls and huskies. I am willing to go travel to take care of the dog. I have a flexible schedule.

    • 8 years in business
    About

    I have a deep connection with dogs that no one else has, I can tell when they are hurt, happy, anxious, nervous etc.

    About

    I provide individual care for your dogs. I have over 50 years of experience with dogs and their care. I am dependable, as well as responsible. I would love to have someone like me to help with my pets!

    About

    I walk, feed, clean, and bath dogs. I sit dogs at home. I have 10 years of experience. I worked for the shelter of San Jose and Vac Rocker Hospital.

    • 41 years in business
    • 3 hires on Thumbtack
    About

    I have been training dogs for 55 years. I have trained in most every disciplines. My training is based on not only the dog but also the owners. Your lifestyle and your dog must work together. The breed or mix of breeds also determine your dogs behavior. This combination of factors are essential to that well behaved dog. I don't believe in robot training for your dog and know that you train a Terrier, including pit bulls, different that you train a Poodle. I have had German Shepherds, Smooth Fox Terriers, Manchester Terriers, Whippet, Poodle, Afghan Hounds and Borzoi. I am now an American Kennel Club judge and also judge international shows.

    About

    I walk dogs on a park to exercise them and to take care of them.

    About

    Worried your furry friend is lonely or isn't getting enough exercise while you're at work? Need someone to pet sit while on vacation? Maybe your dog could use some training? Let me help. With The Canine Constitutional, I offer a wide variety of services, so get in contact with me, and we can work towards getting your dog to be happy and behaved.

    About

    If you need help with pet care, dog walking, pet sitting, house cleaning from a trusted, respectful and caring professional, then I am your girl! Our pets get lonely during the day and would love a little extra attention to get them through that time when you are away. I would come to your home and give them love and care, walk and play with your dog(s), clean up any mess they made, brush, feed and provide water too, if requested. Cats don't like to be walked, but I offer the above services for them as well. Rats, hamsters, birds, snakes, and fish, I've had them all and know how to care for them. I offer housecleaning services as well. Sometimes just the company of someone in the home is good enough for your pet.

    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

    See other requests for dog trainers in Morgan Hill

    Need a Dog Trainer

    San Jose, CA

    • Dog age(s)
      3+ years
    • Dog size(s)
      Medium (16-45 lbs)
    • Dog training type
      Obedience, Assistance / Disabilities
    • Details
      Trying to get therapy dog certification.
    • $1600
      Average price

    Need a Dog Trainer

    Stockton, CA

    • Dog age(s)
      1-2 years
    • Dog size(s)
      Large (46-70 lbs)
    • Dog training type
      Obedience, Behavioral Modification
    • Details
      She dont listen and is a handful no one wants to play or be around her with her flopping around her.
    • $75
      Average price
    Hire skilled professionals for absolutely everything.