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Novato Dog Trainers

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Devoted Dog Training
5.0
from 48 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 78 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Natalie W.
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We have been working with Courtney of Devoted Dog training on scent lessons with our Corgi. We have been extremely impressed with the lessons. They are always very structured and focused. Courtney does a great job of making sure that my dog is challenged but not frustrated during lessons. We enthusiastically recommend Devoted Dog Training!

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Executive Canine Services
5.0
from 34 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 46 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Sebastian B.
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Excellent dog training service. Highly recommend.

Majyk Paws Dog Training
4.7
from 14 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Tanya B.
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Maj is kind, a good listener, and a deeply empathetic human being. She also happens to use those skills as an excellent dog and dog-human trainer:) She’s prompt, responsive and pretty darn reasonably priced. I’d highly recommend her to anyone looking to solve a dog issue or just deepen their existing relationship with their animals. Really, there should be more stars to give her:)))))

Logan's Animal Training
4.6
from 36 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 69 hires on Thumbtack
Blanca C.
Verified review

Logan is a GREAT trainer for Humans!!!! His gift for handling and training my new Family member Beala (dog) is inspiring. Thank you Logan

Pete's Dog Behavior Training
4.8
from 78 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 196 hires on Thumbtack
April S.
Verified review

Pete gave us a great starting point to start training our dog with behavioral problems. We started working on impulse control, feeding rituals, and commanding her attention in a stressful environment for our dog.

A Better Dog Trainer
4.9
from 23 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 77 hires on Thumbtack
Katy K.
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He came to Napa and did a combined dog training lesson with my sister and I. He was very good with the dogs and got her crazy 6 month old puppy to learn to lay down within minute. I will be recommending him to anyone looking for a dog trainer.

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4 Paws Concierge
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

Krystal responded to my inquiry right away and has been flexible about my very special needs dog (old and set in his ways). I'm excited to work with 4 Paws.

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Mindful Paw
5.0
from 15 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
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Alexander L.
Verified review

I met Emily by chance walking our dog Stella. Stella is an American Staffordshire Terrier whom we rescued through the Peninsula Humane Society when she was 5 months old. They had found her running in and out of traffic. Stella is a sweet and loving dog, and full of lots of energy. Emily noted Stella and I walking, or I should say her pulling me as I tried to not let her pull me. Despite having her 2 years, we still didn’t have the training thing down. My partner and I had been looking for a trainer but for whatever reason, just never found the right person or took the time to jump into it. Walking with her through our neighborhood in SOMA could be a challenge, and I have to admit, kind of sucked. We were using a harness that clipped on the back. Emiliy advised that what I was doing was “literally how you train sled dogs” and advised a front lead harness. She gave me a card and made some recommendations of harnesses that I could find on line. The next day, I went and got a front lead harness and put it on Stella. OMG. Like a different dog. She wasn’t pulling and would actually walk beside me. I took a video and emailed my partner, and said “You won’t believe it!”. I called Emily and we hired her that day. The changes that we have seen in Stella have been unbelievable. We live in SOMA and went from a pulling dog who would bark at skateboarders, jump up on little kids, and eat everything on the ground (including homeless pooh – gross!) to a dog who is interactive with us, plays agility games (jumping up or standing on hydrants for a treat), backing up from children and sitting calmly for attention, totally ignoring skateboarders, and leaving homeless pooh and other things where they belong, on the ground. I am amazed that this is the same dog. What I love the most about Emily and her training is that her techniques are about management and engaging your dog. Stella is Stella. My partner and I don’t believe in shock collars, aggressive management or training your dog into submission. The first part of her life was hard enough, we want a relationship with our dog of trust and love. Emily understands and advocates this theory. Stella is who she is. She is still the happy, rambunctious, energetic dog who loves life, people, and other dogs. What Emily showed us is how to channel that energy into productive and fun ways of expression. The training has really built a closer bond with Stella and she is very focused on us as we walk. The walks have actually become really fun. The true test came last week up in Santa Rosa where we have a home in the country. Stella goes crazy over the wildlife (turkey, deer, rabbits, etc). She will often try to get out and chase them. A front door was inadvertently left open and Stella escaped from our home and ran down the driveway, near the cow pasture. This is a dangerous spot and she has run under the fence and chased the cows in the past. My partner said, “back up” from about 200 yards away. She stopped, turned, came running back up the driveway and sat at us feet. Unbelieveable. I highly recommend Emily! The money and time was worth the improved quality of life that we have with our family member, Stella.

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Pride & Groom / Aqua Doggie
4.9
from 15 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 39 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Angelique P.
Verified review

Angela is a fun, quirky lady who really cares about your pup. My little pupper, Rufus, needed a haircut badly, but I could not get an appointment this week or drop him off to his regular groomer in the Fillmore next week. Angela made a house call yesterday and lugged all her gear to my apartment to give my dog a bath and haircut. I offered to help her since she went out of her way and didn’t have her regular assistant with her (also, it would have taken forever!) and let me tell you, if “assistant” grooming is that hard I can only imagine how exhausting the actual grooming is! With me helping her it took a little over 2 hours and it’s not like she took breaks or dragged anything on – my dog, a 22 pound Shih-Poo - took about 2 hours and 25 minutes for: nails, ears, glands, bathing, blow drying and a haircut. She really gets in there and makes sure the paws are on point. She is meticulous in her method and takes the time to assess what the best course of action is for your dog’s haircut. She switches blades often, making sure that she can get rid of matted fur without compromising your dog’s look or safety. Angela was super caring with Rufus, much like how I act with him. I would definitely recommend her skills!

City Tails SF
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Frances V.
Verified review

Gail has been walking our dog Val for about 6-7 months now and she is fantastic! I can't say enough about Gail's attentiveness, reliability, and great communication. We have had previous dog walkers an Gail is by far the best. She frequently sends pictures or videos of the day's walk, which is really thoughtful. She is also very flexible and works with us and our schedule. We originally had Gail come a few days a week, but we are so happy she now comes Monday through Friday. It's clear she really cares about the dogs she works with and wants to make sure they're happy. If you're looking for a reliable, trustworthy, and thoughtful dog walker, contact Gail!

Trail Hounds
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Joshua C.
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The method of how Christina teaches and trains was very helpful from The get go.  Our puppy initially a shy tiny girl wishing she was anywhere but there, by the 3rd training she was running around playing with the other dogs and obeying basic commands. Every week our pup is ecstatic to go on her walks and to puppy training and see all of her friends.  Christina is helpful, accommodating and I trust her to have a key to my house and with my fur baby, that really says a lot, no app or company can replace her awesomeness and she’s entertaining. Christina is really great about sending instructions in text and photos of my puppy on walks and is always quick to respond by phone and very flexible with changing walk or training times.

Notched to an OTCH
4.6
from 23 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Joseph D.
Verified review

We have had such a great experience with George and Notched to an OTCH with our fear reactive dog. Our pup has gone from barking and lunging at every person on walks and barking the entire time someone was in our home to happily running up to people to get treats and calming down within 5 minutes of someone entering our home. George's detailed training plan and support made working with Kole possible by alleviating many of his fears. We took Kole to Home Depot with us the other day and he calmly walked next to us while we picked flower pots for our yard and even let someone in an ice cream shop pet him on the head. We never thought this would have been remotely possible a year ago and we certainly couldn’t have come this far without George at Notched to an OTCH. Training a dog is a lot of work and nothing happens quickly, but the help and support George gave us was invaluable and we’ve made so much more progress than we ever thought possible. We really can’t thank them enough for helping us help Kole become a calm and relaxed pup who now sees people as treat-giving friends rather than something to be afraid of. Here is his contact info, George Mendiola, Owner and Founder Notched to an OTCH -A notch above the rest. NotchedtoanOTCH@icloud.com https://m.facebook.com/NotchedtoanOTCH/ ‭‭(415) 635-9846‬‬ Pet Services‬‬

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Pawgress Dog Training
4.9
from 18 reviews
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Debbie C.
Verified review

Rusty is extremely knowledgeable in all areas of dog training. We found him through Thumbtack. What set him apart from other trainers who responded to my ad was his attention to my exact details for the needs I required for my dog. He pin-pointed the specific areas he would be able to focus on helping us and highlighted his experience in these areas, which is very extensive. We also love that he travels to our home and helps our dog in the environment that is most comfortable to him. He eventually shifted outside of the home, incorporating other physical spaces that were natural to the outside world. His first meeting with us was complimentary because he wanted to make sure he was the right fit for us, as much as we were the right fit for him. We appreciated that he had our dog's interest at heart. He explained that he has been working in shelters for many many years and with former bait dogs and Vietnamese street dogs for years, helping to reduce fears and aggression. He also had extensive knowledge on providing basic commanding tools. He has recently started his own company and is clearly ready to have his own business up and running. I do hope this review will assure those looking for the right trainer to give Rusty a call for your complimentary consultation. Rusty is a dog whisperer and I would highly recommend his services. We are so grateful to have found him.

Pet care extraordinare
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Lisa B.
Verified review

My Dogs are like my children and I am very protective of them. Audrey made me feel comfortable leaving them with her and will definitely use her again and again! Very professional. Very caring:)

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Puppy Love Puppy Camp
4.9
from 15 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Biana R.
Verified review

Emily is fantastic! She began working with our 6 month old weim only 4 weeks ago, and he is already a different dog. He has learned to be better on the leash, developing better response to commands such as sit and stay. Emily truly listens to the needs of the family and is very responsive to the individual dog needs. She is dependable, responsible and when you meet her, you can just feel her passion and dedication to puppy training. She sent us regular daily updates about our puppy's progress, including video clips. When we first started, our puppy was shy of other dogs, but after only 2 weeks, he was braver and more assertive in the dog park with other pets. Emily is a pleasure to work with and we have just signed up for another 4 weeks of training to continue building on the progress our doggies has made. She is down to earth and caring. She is also not afraid to say when something isn't working, which we truly appreciated. Our dog didn't like the halti leash, so after a couple of weeks of training, Emily came up with a different leash option and was very honest about the reasons for the change. It's refreshing to work with such a professional. Thank you, Emily, for all your dedication and hard work!

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Need Dog Training

Galt, CA

  • Dog training type
    Obedience, Behavioral Modification
  • Dog age(s)
    Puppy - 6-12 months, 3+ years
  • Dog size(s)
    Large (46-70 lbs)
  • Details
    Aggression problems with 2 English Bulldogs, 4 and 6 years old
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