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Novato K9 Trainers

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Pete's Dog Behavior Training
4.8
from 80 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 202 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Barbara A.
Verified review

Hey, Peter is a dog wizard. I was having trouble with my 2 year old golden doodle but after Peter did one session, my dog shaped up and has really improved. He taught me a routine withGrazie so that I am always training her for 10-15 min. a day. Easy and so rewarding!

Logan's Animal Training
4.7
from 58 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 92 hires on Thumbtack
Regina H.
Verified review

Logan is great at what he does I am disabled and have a puppy that was a lot for me to handle at first. He kept knocking me down so we decided to get him some training Logan was available when I needed and he has been on time every apt. My boy has gotten better at minding we have a lot to work on still but the progress is amazing. Logan is great at showing me how to get my dog to act/behave as I want by teaching me mostly and the dog as needed he shows me what steps to take to correct things and I can follow his example of course he is better at it than me but that is why I trust his opinions and I only have great things to say about Logan and his training skills

A Better Dog Trainer
4.9
from 24 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 79 hires on Thumbtack
Katy K.
Verified review

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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Pawgress Dog Training
5.0
from 23 reviews
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Rachel K.
Verified review

Rusty has exceeded above and beyond my hopes for a trainer. After our first complimentary consultation for him to assess my pups behavior as well as for me to assess whether Rusty was the right trainer for us, I knew I had landed on one of the best. He possesses an incredible wealth of knowledge that he conveys efficiently and proficiently giving you the tools to truly carry over the work done in the sessions to every day life with your dog. He is professional, patient, and creative in his training, not to mention a true dog whisperer. While I originally sought Rusty's guidance for foundational obedience training and separation anxiety, it evolved to using him to assist in the journey of training my pup to be a therapy dog. Along the way, my dog suffered an traumatic experience while under the care of a sitter and adopted fear behaviors that had not existed before. I called Rusty right away for advice and help. We adjusted our sessions to address the immediate concerns so they would not become permanent. He was a complete blessing and my pup is successfully on the mend. Rusty is so well-versed in many areas of dog-training (he's your one-stop shop!) Whether you need short-term assistance, long-term, or varying areas of concerns, look no further. You don't need to take my word for it, just take advantage of the complimentary consultation and see for yourself. Absolutely no regrets here.

Majyk Paws Dog Training
4.8
from 21 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
Phylis W.
Verified review

Maj is amazing! In a short time, we have been able to see huge improvements with our pup! Maj is ALWAYS on time, receptive to feedback, clear and direct with training. We are very happy with her services!!!!

  • 6 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
Jim H.
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JaxWilde helped us greatly with Buddy. Taught us a lot about handleing and training. Buddy adapted well with the comands she provided us with in training. We would recommend her for your trainings needs.

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Mindful Paw
5.0
from 17 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Samantha K.
Verified review

I can’t recommend Emily enough. We rescued our three-year-old dog Kiki around eight months ago from what we can only imagine was an absolutely horrific situation. Needless to say Kiki had a number of different things that she was uncomfortable with. Emily was not only incredibly empathetic, but from day one showed Kiki unconditional love and support. Over a number of months, she worked with us and Kiki at a pace that Kiki was comfortable with in order to help her overcome her fears, and learn to trust people. She was not only incredible with Kiki, but incredible with us, she’s an incredible teacher and gave us all the tools that we needed to be successful in training Kiki in between our sessions. Throughout this process and as we have gone to find dog walkers, vets, or any person that will interact with Kiki we always say we hope they’re like Emily. She is truly someone that understands dogs and what they need, as well people to work with them in order to help them train their dogs. Thank you so much for all that you do, Emily!

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Puppy Love Puppy Camp
4.9
from 16 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 30 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!

Domestic Pets
4.9
from 10 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Christine N.
Verified review

I have worked with Mary for a week now and she has been incredible. We have a new puppy and she has really gone above and beyond to help us with him, visiting up to 3 times per day. She is very prompt, receptive to suggestions and requests, provides consistent updates, helps with training, and -- most importantly -- clearly cares about our pup! We were a little nervous to leave him alone while at work and it gives us great peace of mind to know he is in Mary's capable hands. We plan on working with Mary indefinitely to help us with our new family member. I recommend her enthusiastically for any and all of your canine walking/training/visiting needs!

ABC Dogs
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Emmanuelle P.
Verified review

John is fantastic. Our dog is a 62 lb 1 year old male, very energetic and rambunctious. When we got him, he needed not only exercise, but also training and socialization. John provides it all! He takes our dog for 90 - 120 min hikes in Funston 3/wk. John makes sure our dog is well matched with the others in the group, so they all get along and get enough exercise and positive play. Our dog is always calm and content after his walks. John also sends up pictures so we can see how much fun (and sprinting) our dog is having. Plus we've noticed a marked improvement in our dog's recall, leash training, and how well he plays with other dog since being with John. I highly recommend John and ABC Dogs!

  • 7 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Shaunda T.
Verified review

Lisa is knowledgeable and very helpful. She taught me a lot about what's going on with my dog and how to mondify her behavior. I'm still working on it, but my dog is making improvement. I highly recommend Lisa as a valuable resource for any training or behavior issues you are having with your dog.

Silver Lining Pet Services
4.8
from 6 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
Kim P.
Verified review

Sue is very knowledgeable and her training methods make sense and can create a training schedule that suits you and your pet. My partner and I are/were very appreciative of her service.

Snooze Dog Walks
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 3 years in business
Biru G.
Verified review

Suzanne and Andrew are by far the best, most professional, and most responsible dog walkers and sitters we have ever had the privilege of working with! We have 2 pups -- a border collie and a rough collie -- both with their own unique needs. Our border collie is not friendly with most new dogs (but LOVES Suzanne's dog, Beau) but we never have to worry because Suzanne and Andrew are both incredible dog handlers and recognize dog body language and behaviors impeccably. Our rough collie is 5 years old and has always been terrified of stairs and hardwood floors. Suzanne somehow trained him to walk up and down a full flight of hardwood stairs during her house-sitting stays at our home -- we were BLOWN AWAY! Before she taught him stairs, we were carrying all 60 lbs of him up and down the stairs for every trip outside! Further, he has a number of tricky health issues which Suzanne is always considerate of and is able to take perfect care of him. Snooze Dog Walks are the only reason we felt comfortable going away on an international trip for a full 2 weeks recently. They sent us updates, photos, and we knew our pups were in the best hands. We can't recommend this team enough!!

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!

FearLess Dog Training
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Dale A.
Verified review

Chris worked our Lab-mix, Zoe, to stop her habit of jumping on people. Chris is professional, observant, and patient. And, most importantly her training is based on kindness. She was able to assess both Zoe's and our particular needs and worked accordingly to help us. Throughout our session Chris took her time not only teaching Zoe, but also teaching us. And, Chris has given us further support through a follow-up e-mail checking on Zoe's progress. With Chris's help we are well on our way to success!

Canine Centric
5.0
from 1 review
  • 5 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Mary F.
Verified review

We were concerned about our dog Lola and her anxious behaviors. We contacted Lea and we are so glad we did! Lea is kind, caring and understanding. She took the time to get to know our dog, Lola. She is experienced and really helped us to gain a better understanding of how to help Lola with her issues. She gave us strategies to work on before our next session. She said if we have any issues or questions to let her know so she can help us work through it with Lola. We definitely recommend Lea, without a doubt!

  • 3 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
About

Kendall has taken her experience, work ethic, drive, and love for dogs to Offleash K9 Training as Head Trainer for San Francisco. With 20 Owners Testimonials & Reviews she has solidified herself as the best trainer for you and your dog for San Francisco. Offleash K9 Training San Francisco is certified Evaluators for: AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC), Star Puppy, Community Canine, Urban CGC, Therapy Pets Unlimited, and The Foundation for Service Dog Support. Regardless of what breed, age, or size your dog is, whether your dog is a seasoned pro or an amateur, we guarantee we will get you amazing results!

About

We are the best choice for personalized dog training. From basic obedience to behavior problem solving, we will help you get results immediately. Commands you will learn: Sit, Down, Stay, Go to your bed, Heel, Come, Leave-it, Outside, Inside and more! Problems we can help you solve: Barking, Jumping, Growling, Digging, Chewing, Mouthing, Separation anxiety, acting fearful, aggression and more! If you need help with your dog call us today!

About

I do house cleaning, babysitting, dog training and others. For anything you need help with, I'd be glad to lend a hand.

About

I not only love working with animals, but I also have a passion for understanding their behaviors, and looking at each animal on an individual basis. I believe in positive reinforcement to both correct existing problem behaviors and mold new wanted behaviors.

About

We offer dog boarding, doggy day care, cat boarding, dog grooming, dog training, dog groomers, and more. We are located in Santa Rosa, CA, and provide everything you'd expect from a high-quality dog boarding facility. Our rates are affordable, and the staff is highly experienced. Please come visit us and see for yourself why Santa Rosa locals trust K9 Activity Club over any other dog boarding, training, or dog grooming center in Santa Rosa, CA.

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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