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The Top Dog Trainer
4.8
from 116 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 239 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kari M.
Verified review

FIVE STARS! Beth is wonderful!! I have a 6 year old Yorkie that has separation anxiety and displays very disruptive behavior regularly. Beth came to my home and got right down to business. She was very knowledgeable and with her help my dog has made huge improvements in just a matter of weeks! Of course, training a dog takes time to make a full change, but just having the information she provided really helped me to know what to do and how consistently I have to do it. It also gives me peace of mind knowing if I have further questions, she is there to help me out! I highly recommend using Beth to help train your furry friends.

Dogpanion, LLC
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 42 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 22 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
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
4.1
from 17 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Mickey P.
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I’m still in the process of training my dog

K9 Positive Training
4.9
from 12 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 20 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.

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.

Everyday Canine
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Sarah S.
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Excellent experience. Had no idea training a dog could be like this. It's like we're starting over with our dog and this time we know what we're doing!

Inception K9 Academy
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
June B.
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Just finishing my puppy training and couldn’t be happier with the results. My pup responded well to the positive training techniques. Highly recommend.

  • 12 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Becky B.
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I have known Bree for 9 years and have taken 4 dogs to training classes with her!! She is a very positive trainer and takes the time each animal needs to get to the next level!! Never anything negative to say and never criticizes anyone regardless of wether it's being done correctly or not!! Very patient and it's obvious her work is her passion!!! Have also attended classes at her home with essential oils. Her knowledge continues to grow and she's always answering questions to better help 2 and 4 legged alike!!!

Dog Gone Pet Pros
4.0
from 5 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Rita L.
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I called Trish last minute. She was so sweet! She came the very next day. She was so good to my dogs!

Pacific Beach Pet Care
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 3 years in business
Eric C.
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I recently sent my 2-year-old Labradoodle and 14-year-old Cocker Spaniel to board at Pacific Beach Petcare. It was the perfect locale to send our dogs during a summer family vacation. My wife and I enrolled our Labradoodle, Raya, in Shirine’s 2-week board and train program. Roxy, our older little spaniel, didn’t need training. However, Roxy does require lots of attention, affection, short but well spaced walks, and overall, extremely gentle care. Pacific Beach Pet Care handled everything seamlessly. From drop off to pick up, I was a more than satisfied customer. For instance, prior to admitting Raya into boot camp, Shirine and I discussed a custom treatment plan as well as my behavior goals for Raya. During both the dogs’ stay, Shirine provided round-the-clock phone availability for any questions or concerns that arose. She even included her personal number! I appreciated receiving regular progress updates and pictures of my ”girls” on the beach. My family and I devoted to the happiness and wellbeing of our animals. Thus, money spent at Pacific Beach Petcare has been an unquestionably sound investment. I’ve heard before that “a trained dog is a free dog.” Shirine at Pacific Beach Petcare is the epitome of this idea. If you are looking for a professional, experienced, and extremely personable dog trainer, contact Shirine. You can bet we will he repeat customers for life!

Alice's Pet Sitting
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Leean A.
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Alice took really great care of our maltipoo. I was out of town for a week and was kind enough to pick up my dog from my parents, and drop her off when it was time to. She took care of my dog for 2 days including overnights. While in Hawaii, I received pictures and videos of my Mia pup :) I was so glad she was being well taken care of. Prior to picking her up, Alice wanted me to tell her all about our dog, and made sure she understood everything regarding the care of our dog including any medication she needed to take, and if it was ok for her to bring our Mia to the dog park. She does have a bigger dog at home, but she made sure both Kira and my Mia got along before they could be in the same room together :) they enjoyed playing with each other. We are a military family and we don't know that many people, let alone people we trust to take care of our pets when we need someone to. I'll definitely have Alice take care of my dog again if we ever need a pet sitter again. She's affordable and really great at what she does!

Crowncierge
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Sharrie W.
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Sam has always done a great job pet sitting my two dogs, as well as providing daily walks and playtime for them. He's a true animal lover and now he is the only one I trust him with "my babies" for their daily care and overnight care when needed.

Trainings.Dog
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Ashley H.
Verified review

I am so excited I found Vivien. My dog loves her and I feel so much more relaxed knowing she is in great, capable loving hands.

About

I have a few extra hours during the day and would love to walk your pup! I currently have two dogs (GSD). I grew up with dogs. I understand you don't always have the time to walk your pets during your busy week. The time change doesn't help, but I can help!

About

I have more experience than your average dog trainer. With an extensive background in exotic animal training and behavior I know what works for your animal, whether it be a dog, goat or monkey. I love educating the owners. I like to say my job of training the dog and owner is a 60/40 split...you decide who is 60 and who is 40. Believe it or not a lot of the times dogs aggression or frustration stems from what we are doing. I love seeing owners understanding their dogs and taking control on what they can do to better their dogs life.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
About

I send pictures to the owners everyday through the phone or email, to relieve them of any worries they may have. I run around the neighborhood, take pets to parks, near beaches. I walk one at a time every three hours. I like the bonding, getting exercise, and petting them.

About

Our mission is simple, we provide dog training programs that result in a happy, confident, and obedient dog, as well as a happy, confident, satisfied owner. We specialize in private, in home, dog training, and offer a free consultation so you can learn all about us and see exactly what we can do for your dog.

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.

About

I love reading people and dogs so that helps me see better ways to help them communicate as a Team Communicating with and teaching dogs to understand new tasks.

  • 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.

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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